#MedievalMonday ~ For This Knight Only by Barbara Bettis

Huzzah, Medieval Romance Lovers! Welcome back to another round of Medieval Monday. Here you may discover new authors writing about love in our favorite time period. Our theme this time around is the bad guy. You know, that one character you love to hate. This week’s excerpt comes from Barbara Bettis. Barbara loves creating stories of other times and places, of heroines ‘to die for’ and heroes to live for. Of happy endings. Today she shares with us an excerpt from her #MedievalRomance, For This Knight Only.

BLURB:

He’ll do anything for land, even marry her; she’ll do anything for her people, except marry him.  If only either had a choice.  It’s a marriage only love can save.

Sir Roark will do anything to gain land, even beguile an unwilling lady into marriage. He knows she’s much better off with a man to take control of her besieged castle, to say nothing of her desirable person. But it isn’t long before he discovers that, although her eyes sparkle like sunlight on sea waves, her stubbornness alone could have defeated Saladin.

Lady Alyss is determined to hold her family’s castle, protect her people, and preserve her freedom— until her brother’s dying wish binds her to a stranger. Still, she’ll allow no rugged, over-confident, appealing knight to usurp her authority, even if she must wed him. Especially since he thinks a lady’s duties begin and end with directing servants. Alyss has a few surprises for her new all-too-tempting lord.

But when a common enemy threatens everything, Roark and Alyss face a startling revelation. Without love, neither land nor freedom matters.

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EXCERPT: Prince John turned away and walked toward the center of the bedchamber. Candlelight muted the purple and gold of the robe he wore and etched his features, making the nose seem sharper, the intelligent eyes more menacing.  He gestured. Paxton rose and followed.

The chamber was empty but for the two of them. No woman. Surprising for this time of night.  John must have been expecting him.

Flickering light cast the men’s shadows long and narrow against the far wall. Paxton watched as those dark forms undulated in the silence. He caught smells of candle wax and heady perfume, underscored by a trace of body odor and woman’s musk.  So the royal cock hasn’t been alone. No wonder he made me wait so long at the door

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#MedievalMonday ~ The Highlander’s Welsh Bride by Cathy and DD MacRae

Huzzah, Medieval Romance Lovers! Welcome back to another round of Medieval Monday. Here you may discover new authors writing about love in our favorite time period. Our theme this time around is the bad guy. You know, that one character you love to hate. This week’s excerpt comes from Cathy MacRae and her writing partner DD MacRae. Cathy is a best-selling, award-winning author of Scottish historical romance and enjoys writing stories of happy-ever-afters featuring strong heroes and feisty heroines against the stirring backdrop of the Scottish Highlands. With more than 35 years of martial arts training and a deep love of history, DD draws on personal experience to shape characters and story lines. Today they share with us an excerpt from their #MedievalRomance, The Highlander’s Welsh Bride.

BLURB: It was over. Prince Llywelyn was dead, his soldiers fleeing before King Edward’s army. Carys, a distant cousin to the prince, herself a princess of Wales, had picked up arms alongside her husband more than a year ago. Now homeless, her husband buried beneath the good Welsh soil, she seeks shelter in the north, far from the reach of Longshanks’s men. Carys and Wales would never be the same again.

Birk MacLean has been ordered to take a bride and produce an heir. He grows weary of the lasses paraded before him, women of delicate nature and selfish motives. He desires a wife strong enough to help lead one of the most powerful clans in Western Scotland.

One like the Welsh woman sitting in his dungeon, arrested for poaching MacLean deer.

Can Birk convince Carys marriage to him is preferable to a hangman’s noose? And will the heard-headed Scot be worthy of a Princess of Wales?

From the towering Welsh mountains to the storm-swept Scottish coast comes a tale of betrayal and loss, deceit and passion. An epic tale of honor and the redeeming power of love.

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EXCERPT: A Welsh princess on the run from King Edward’s army, Carys finds herself embroiled with pirates pillaging the western coastline of Scotland. She has escaped their clutches twice before. Has her luck at last run out?

Children’s screams pierced the air as a spear landed in their midst. A slender ship, toothy dragon’s head carved into the bowsprit, battle shields bristling along the rail, loomed over them before plunging down into the next trough to sink beneath the Már’s bow.

Tully grabbed Eislyn and Abria. Sliding on the wet boards, he dragged them to the cabin. He struggled with the door, but before Carys could reach them, Hanna was at his side. Together they wrestled the door open and shoved the girls inside.

“Do ye know how to use this?” Hanna drew a dagger from a sheath at her waist.

Tully nodded.

She flipped the blade over and shoved the hilt at him. “Let no one cross this door who does not know ye by name.”

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#MedievalMonday ~ Shadow of the Swan by Judith Sterling

Huzzah, Medieval Romance Lovers! Welcome back to another round of Medieval Monday. Here you may discover new authors writing about love in our favorite time period. Our theme this time around is the bad guy. You know, that one character you love to hate. This week’s excerpt comes from Judith Sterling. Judith’s love of history and passion for the paranormal infuse everything she writes. Her favorite themes include true love, destiny, healing, redemption, and finding the hidden magic which exists all around us. Today she shares with us an excerpt from her #MedievalRomance, Shadow of the Swan.

BLURB: Lady Constance de Bret was determined to be a nun, until shadows from the past eclipsed her present. Marriage is the safest option, but she insists on a spiritual union, in which physical intimacy is forbidden. Not so easy with a bridegroom who wields unparalleled charm! But a long-buried secret could taint his affection and cloak her in shadow forever.

Back from the Crusades, Sir Robert le Donjon craves a home of his own and children to inherit it. From the moment he meets Constance, he feels a mysterious bond between them. When she’s threatened, he vows to protect her and agrees to the spiritual marriage, with the hope of one day persuading her to enjoy a “real” one. She captivates him but opens old wounds and challenges everything he thought he believed.

Two souls in need of healing. Two hearts destined to beat as one.

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EXCERPT:

Sweat chilled every inch of her body.  She couldn’t speak.

“What?” the archdeacon prodded.  “No flowery words to welcome me?”

She glanced at his pectoral cross.  Then she steeled herself and found her tongue.   “How…when…why are you here?”

Shrugging, he played at nonchalance.  “Ravenwood’s priest, Father Cedric, is my cousin.”

By all the saints!  First the Mother Prioress and now this!  “Have you kin over all creation, or just where I choose to be?”

Be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win digital copies of the first three books in The Novels of Ravenwood series, and follow along next week on Sherry Ewing’s blog: https://www.sherryewing.com/blog

 

#MedievalMonday ~ The Valiant Viking by Bambi Lynn

Huzzah, Medieval Romance Lovers! Welcome back to another round of Medieval Monday. Here you may discover new authors writing about love in our favorite time period. Our theme this time around is the bad guy. You know, that one character you love to hate. We’re kicking off by sharing the first excerpt from our own featured #MedievalRomance. Mine is The Valiant Viking.

BLURB: Can a foundering seaside village survive the onslaught of marauding Vikings bearing down on them?

Desperate to save her village from a band of Norsemen sweeping down the coastline, Kaylla catches her first ray of hope when she discovers one of the pillaging heathens washed ashore. Perhaps they can use this captive to bargain for the safety of their village. Rolf Bloodhands, sole survivor of a traitorous attack on his king’s fleet, assures her that his kinsmen will not spare the easy conquest of their waning village for the life of one man. Instead he teaches them the basics of defense and combat with the meager weapons they have available. If they fail to stave off the invaders, the few villagers left will either be killed or enslaved.

With only two days to prepare for an invasion sure to decimate her village, Kaylla is shocked by her attraction to the hunky Norseman she has enslaved. Who knew fear of imminent death could drive an innocent woman to explore the oldest sins known to man.

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EXCERPT:

The giant man loomed over Kaylla. The toe of his filthy leather boot pressed down on her bony knuckles, preventing her from jerking her hand back as pain seared her fingers and crawled up her arm. He reached down and twisted a fist in her hair. Tears stung her eyes when he cruelly yanked her head back. He pressed his face so close to hers, she could smell his rancid breath. The taste of blood combined with the stench, and she feared she would vomit the bile churning in her stomach. A few gulps of air saved her from that humiliation. He grinned down at her. What few teeth remained in his head were sickly yellow and dark with crud. His comrades laughed as he yanked her to her feet with such strength, she cried out. She struggled within his grasp, determined not to cry out a second time.

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#MedievalMonday ~ The Vikings by Bambi Lynn

Huzzah, Medieval Romance Lovers! Today’s excerpt comes from my own book, The Vikings. These stories contain detailed #sex scenes that feature #bondage, male #domination, #spanking, and other things you might expect from a group renowned for raping and pillaging. If these topics make you uncomfortable, please do not buy this book. Not sure? Read on for an excerpt from my #erotic #MedievalRomance, Bron.

“As I thought,” he said. “Now come.” He sat on the edge of his bed, pulled his shert over his head, and began to remove his boots. “Take off your clothes and let me see what I have gotten myself into.”

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BLURBFive fierce invaders. Five innocent maids. One land to conquer.

THE VIKINGS OF NORMANDY ~ When the Viking leader, Rollo, sets his sights on conquering Paris, he sends a band of his fiercest warriors to capture a stronghold to shelter the invaders through the winter. Collect all five episodes in one volume.

GUNNARGunnar Sigurdsen finds an unguarded stronghold at the mouth of the Seine River is the perfect target. Oliana du Fossé waits helplessly for her brute of a husband to claim her.

WULFWulf contemplates his share of the spoils after capturing a stronghold in Francia, fat with treasure and slaves. Farin longs to escape her fate as bed slave to the most savage barbarian of them all.

BRONBrondulf Adilson has struck terror into his enemies for as long as he can remember, as well as the women who share his bed. Now he finds himself saddled with a beauty who may just steal his heart.

THORLEIFThorleif Rolvsson has been captured by the enemy. The Queen of the Franks has needs. Will a single night of passion change his fate? Or will he dine with his sons in Valhalla?

MAGNUSMagnus hasn’t the time or motivation to take a wife. Especially not one who will most likely try to slit his throat while he sleeps.

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#MedievalMonday ~ Ruth A. Casie

Huzzah, Medieval Romance Lovers! Today’s excerpt comes from Ruth A. Casie. Ruth is happiest when she’s telling stories, either chatting with a group of friends or writing them down. She loves to put her hero and heroine in tough situations and dare them to work it out—together, always together. They complain, but in the end their love and relationships are stronger than ever. Today she share with us an excerpt from her #MedievalRomance, The Pirate’s Jewel.

With lightning speed, the stranger grabbed her arm and pulled her to his chest before she tumbled into the water.

Darla stared up into overpowering gray eyes that seemed to see right through her. His ruggedly handsome face was familiar, but she couldn’t place from where. She lowered her head and looked away. Crushed against his chest, she felt his hard muscles under her hand. For a moment, she couldn’t move, she didn’t want to. A heady sensation wrapped her in a daze like dream. A shiver across her shoulders cleared her mind and she caught her wits.

The excerpt continues! Follow up next week by visiting Ruth’s blog.

You can catch last week’s excerpt by visiting Elisabeth Hobbes.

Don’t forget, commenters each week will be entered into a drawing for a free digital copy of The Maxwell Ghost.

BLURB: He had walked away from women before, but never with remorse, never with his heart broken.

Wesley Reynolds will do anything to avenge his family’s banishment from Dundhragon Castle even throw in with the notorious pirate, MacAlpin. His plan, ruin Lord Ewan’s trading network. He has a more devious plan for his father’s ‘best friend,’ the man who abandoned them at the eleventh hour. He’ll ruin the man’s most precious jewel, his daughter Darla. Wesley’s so close to ruining the trade network and succeeding he can almost taste it, but revenge is not nearly as sweet as Darla’s kisses.

Darla Maxwell, beloved by her parents, has no prospects of marriage. Her father and Lord Ewan search to find her the right husband. Darla’s special gifts are frightening to many. She has visions that often come true. The murky image of a man haunts her, she’s sure it’s Lord Ewan’s soon-to-be son-in-law, but the vision morphs when she meets Wesley. The meaning couldn’t be any clearer to her, her destiny lies with Wesley.

When revelations surface indicating Wesley has been deceived and his revenge misplaced. Will he find the truth of what really happened to his family in time to stop the pirates? Will Darla ever forgive him? Will he ever forgive himself?

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#MedievalMonday ~ Sherry Ewing

Huzzah, Medieval Romance Lovers! Today’s excerpt comes from Sherry Ewing. Sherry is an Information Technology Specialist by day, who transforms into an historical and time travel romance author at night awakening the soul one heart at a time. Today she shares with us an excerpt from her #MedievalRomance, If My Heart Could See You.

“Not all peasants are unlearned, my Lord Dristan, even though ’tis most unusual,” she said, as if stating the obvious. His brow once more furrowed in puzzlement, and he had the distinct feeling she was poised to take flight.

“You give no hint of a Scottish brogue which seems out of place if you are but a peasant from the village, and yet you somehow seem familiar to me as if we have met afore,” he continued tentatively, and saw her give the slightest of smiles. “Surely this is not the case, as I would be hard pressed to forget someone as charming as you.”

“I suppose, coming from the Devil’s Dragon, I should consider your words a compliment, although I find it hard to believe that you give them often,” she teased and gave him an expression that told him she was surprised she had found the nerve to do so.

Be sure to leave a comment on Bambi Lynn’s blog to be in the running for Sherry’s giveaway – an eCopy of If My Heart Could See You. A winner will be randomly selected and announced on Medieval Monday, May 6th. 

You can catch last week’s excerpt here by visiting Elisabeth Hobbes.

Follow Sherry next week’s by visiting Rue Allyn.

BLURB: When you’re enemies, does love have a fighting chance?

For Amiria of Berwyck, defeat does not come easily as she watches her home and clan being ripped asunder. When the very enemy who has laid siege to her home demands her fealty, she will do whatever it takes to protect her people including a hastily concocted ruse that quickly begins to unravel. All too soon, she starts to question whether she can forgive herself for betraying those she has sworn to protect.

Dristan of Blackmore, champion knight of King Henry II, has a reputation to uphold as the Devil’s Dragon. After his invading army conquers Berwyck castle, he sets out to manage the newly claimed estate by training its knights in the art of proper defense. At first, everything appears as it should be, or is it? Betrayed by those he believed he could trust, he must first set aside his anger before he can make room in his heart for love.

Together they are tied by an unspoken bond. As they begin to rebuild the land and unite their people, forces beyond their control attempt to tear apart their fragile truce and only time will tell if love will forever bring them together.

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