#MedievalMonday ~ #Giveaway Winner and #Free Books

We have finally wrapped up our latest theme. This time, we decided to hold a contest. One lucky winner gets a free copy of each of the books featured in this round. This reader visited and commented on every blog, every week, and all that hopping has paid off. Congratulations to Karen Markuson! Thank you, Karen, for being such a loyal Medieval Monday reader.
But wait! You can still get free books. Well, at least one. During this round, I featured the 3rd episode in my Viking Erotica series, The Vikings. The premiere episode, Gunnar, is free today only. Here is a quickie to whet your appetite.

Oliana waited in her new husband’s bed chamber. Her heart hammered in her chest. And no wonder. She’d heard rumors about his brutal, sadistic tastes. She shuddered as fear swept her from head to toe. She had speculated too long about the treatment she would receive from him on her wedding night. Now she waited, their vows complete. The consummation of those vows imminent. Once he claimed her, their bond would be unbreakable.

What a strange word: bond. Oliana would be bound to du Fossé until death. From what she’d heard, that could be soon if she did not comply with her husband’s depraved demands.

Her guardian, the Seneschal of Neustria, had held on to her dowry far longer than expected, counting on her bride-price to bring him a much sought-after commodity. After much negotiation, he finally agreed to an alignment with du Fossé. The seneschal wanted the island for the control it would afford him, and du Fossé could only benefit from this elevation in society. Marriage to the seneschal’s ward would take him farther than any amount of fen-sucking had heretofore afforded him.

She shivered when a chill brushed across her skin. Her nipples hardened painfully. Oliana choked back tears, squeezing her eyes tight against the single drop that slid down her cheek. She would not cry. Her husband was reputed to despise weakness and was well known as a merciless man. Tears would only garner his wrath, and no matter what, Oliana knew she must please him if she wanted to survive.

Get your free copy of The Viking: Gunnar by clicking here.

BLURBGunnar Sigurdsen needs a place for his band of Norsemen to hold up for the winter. 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. She doesn’t realize she is being seduced by an invader from the north until it is too late.

Will Gunnar and Oliana set aside their differences long enough to create a safe haven that just might last longer than a season?




#MedievalMonday ~ Wrap-up and #Giveaway

Greeting, gods and goddesses. Thank you for paying a visit to the forest. Today we are wrapping up our Hero and Heroine First Encounter with a reminder that this time, we’ve been holding a contest. To enter, all you need to do is go to each of my snippets and leave a comment. The prize: #FREE BOOKS!!

That’s right. It’s not too late to enter. Just click on each author’s name to follow the links and leave a comment. You must comment on each post to be entered. Winner will be chosen next Monday, November 20. Good Luck!

Excerpt #1: Barbara Bettis

Excerpt #2: Judith Sterling

Excerpt #3: Lane McFarland

Excerpt #4: Sherry Ewing

Excerpt #5: Elisabeth Hobbes

Excerpt #6: Nicole Locke (Scroll to page 6.)

Excerpt #7: Ceci Giltenan

Excerpt #8: Laurel O’Donnell

Excerpt #9: Jenna Jaxon

Excerpt #10: Ashley York

Excerpt #11: Mary Morgan

Excerpt #12: Cathy MacRae

Excerpt #13: Ruth A. Casie

Excerpt #14: Bambi Lynn

Be sure to stop by next Monday to see if you’re a winner!

#MedievalMonday ~ Bambi Lynn

Yep. You read right. I’m all alone today. This is the final Medieval Monday for our Hero and Heroine’s first encounter theme and the final excerpt from my #Medieval #Erotica, Bron.

She stood before him, naked, vulnerable. It made no difference that he vowed not to hurt her. He could do with her as he wished and most likely would before the night was over.

“What is your name?” he asked.

“Leda, my lord.”

“Leda, I am Brondulf Adilsson. You can call me Bron.”

If you’d like to check out the entire series, start with Epidsode I, Gunnar. 

BLURB: After escaping the brutal tyrant who holds her under his boot, Leda’s newfound hope is shattered to discover her safe-haven to be nothing more than a den of brutal Norsemen, intent on conquering all of Francia and claiming its riches for their own. When she is offered as a bed slave to the fiercest Viking of them all, she despairs to realize freedom comes at a price.

Brondulf Adilson has struck terror into his enemies for as long as he can remember, to include the women who share his bed. Shunned for his frightful appearance, he doesn’t expect compliance from his new thrall and is resigned to forcing her to his will.

But the beauty he finds himself saddled with turns out to be anything but meek and compliant.

BUY LINK:   Amazon  

#MedievalMonday ~ Cathy MacRae

Join me in welcoming my dear friend Cathy MacRae to the forest. Cathy enjoys weaving tales of romance in the Highland mists. Her stories feature strong heroes and feisty heroines in pursuit of their happy-ever-afters in medieval Scotland. When not writing, Cathy can be found curled up in a chair with a book or enjoying the outdoors with her corgis and maybe a German Shepherd or two. Today she shares an excerpt from the #MedievalRomance (which combines two of my favorite things!) she co-authored with her partner DD MacRae, The Highlander’s Viking Bride.

Use the sight. It doesnae lie.

Looking past her normal ability to see, she glanced first at her father. The darkening gray aura surrounding him reflected his greed, his nature growing more corrupt with time. A band of deep brown layered on top of the gray was new today. She knew it as a sign of deceit and wondered what he was up to. Scanning the rest of the table, the light blue surrounding her brothers Bjorn, Christer and Patrik reflected confusion. Whatever her father contrived with the MacGerry, they knew nothing of it.

BLURB: Calder MacGerry, laird of an impoverished clan, has resolved to end the bitter feud between the MacGerrys and Sinclairs. He jumps at Laird Sinclair’s offer of marriage to his only daughter, Katja, to seal the agreement between their clans—only to get more than he bargained for.

Katja’s chance to escape her father’s harsh treatment appears to be too good to be true. But becoming Lady of a clan that despises her because she’s a Sinclair, doesn’t make her life any easier. When the attacks turn deadly, she fights her way out, making a dangerous passage to the Shetland Isles for refuge with her Viking family.

Calder and Katja’s marriage, built on mistrust, rushes quickly into disaster. As Calder seeks to repair the damage, Katja discovers not another enemy, but a husband who pledges a new beginning.



Medieval Monday ~ The #Vikings

If you’re familiar with my work, you know I write Paranormal Romance, mostly set in the Middle Ages, or the Medieval period. I’ve only recently ventured into the contemporary and am still finding my way. My heart is in the Middle Ages. I’m sure I lived there in a previous lifetime. I’m fascinated with everything about it. But what you may not know is that I also write Viking…shhhhh…Erotica.

I was first published in the genre back in 2011. I released three books with that publisher: Wrath of the Fire God, The Valiant Viking, and Broken Armor.  After starting the Gods of the Highlands series, I missed my Vikings. I became hooked on the Vikings television series (History Channel) as soon as it began, but wanted more in between episodes and (worse) seasons. The Valiant Viking is still one of my best-sellers, so I thought, why not a series of erotic shorts that feature Vikings?

If you are a fan of the show (or maybe even if you’ve never seen it) you know that Rollo was the first Duke of Normandy. After invading Francia (present-day France), he was granted that title as payment to the Norsemen (Normans) to stay and protect the coast from future invaders. 

My erotica series, The Vikings, is centered around a group of Vikings who take over the small island fortress of Jeufosse, outside of Paris intending to hold up for the winter. One after another, they — to keep this post suitable for all audiences, let’s say — fall for a local woman they have claimed as a thrall, or slave. They accept this Danegeld (payment), along with Rollo and many others, to become the first Normans. 

If you’re looking for an intricate plot and deeply developed characters, please don’t read this series. But if you like a quick, hot romance this is just the series for you. Episodes I and II (Gunnar and Wulf) are currently on sale — 2 for the price of 1. You can get them by clicking here. There is also a third episode, Bron, and episode IV, Thorleif, will be out in just in just a few weeks.

Thanks for stopping by. Skál!

#SexySaturday ~ Serving My Viking Masters

Serena Starling has done it again. Finally, a 4th installment in her Viking Erotica series about an Irish beauty captured and kept as a slave by the Viking king, Barak. If you’re looking for a Happily Ever After, keep looking. But if hot sex with very, virile Vikings is your thing, look no further than this HOT series. Book 4 is titled, Passion’s Price and is now available on Amazon.

BLURB: Kira, the beautiful Irish bed slave of a powerful and possessive Viking king, realizes she and her lover Drengr will face a dire future if caught by Barek, her king and master. Crushing the massive warrior’s heart in order to spare his life, Kira resigns herself to an empty existence as a pleasure vessel for the king, and nothing more. Fate has another plan for Kira, however, as the ruthless king of a neighboring land plots with her master to trade her supple flesh as repayment for old debts. Will Kira be able to withstand the unflagging onslaught of lusty, strapping men as she is shared by Mogr and his twin sons? Finally given over to Mogr’s barbaric warband to take their pleasure as they please, the lovely bed slave fears for her life. Bound, gagged, and completely defenseless, Kira struggles helplessly against the assailment of hard, brawny warriors intent on using her body for their enjoyment. Will Kira’s former lover Drengr intercede to save her, or will his bitter heart urge him to join the depraved gang of men brawling for her tender flesh?

BUY LINK: Amazon

Sexy Saturday ~The Valiant Viking

I’m just devastated that History’s Vikings had ended for this season. I love that show so much! I’m considering going back and watching again from the beginning. After four seasons, surely there are things I’ve forgotten.  Those rough and rugged barbarians have inspired me since I first began writing, so today I’m giving you a peek at one my first books, The Valiant Viking.

the-valiant-viking-cover-200-x-300EXCERPT:  At the sound of approaching footfalls, Rolf closed his eyes, slowed his labored breathing. His senses, keen despite his injuries, detected the approach of a female. He knew by the sound her feet made upon the earthen floor. She squatted next to him. He felt her gaze on him even before she nudged his shoulder. He made no response. Better to wait and discern her intentions.

The woman prodded him, with more force this time. She dropped to her knees. Her bare thighs brushed against the bruised flesh along his ribs as she knelt next to him and placed her hand on his chest. He struggled not to wince at the pain, relieved though it was by the feel of her warm flesh against his.

When he again made no response, her touch became gentler, almost caressing. His heart hammered against her palm, but as she traced his wounds with her fingertips, he almost lost control. Many a full moon had come and gone since he had felt the soft stroke of a woman.

Her touch soothed him. Despite the calluses of a hard life, her tiny hand felt soft against the ragged planes of his body. As she stroked his skin with a feather-light touch, he imagined her loving caress could take away all his pain. She continued her scrutiny of him, sliding her hand across his stomach and charting a path from his chest to his…

By the gods. She was a bold wench. She stroked his tight curls with the tips of her fingers, tickling him beyond what a mere man should be able to tolerate. Her tantalizing caress tortured him, almost more than he could stand. His cock stirred, awakened and sought attention from the brazen wanton who knelt at his side. She jerked back with a gasp at the sudden growth of him.

If the woman realized he no longer slumbered, she did not show it. He struggled to control his breathing, not yet wanting to alert her. He dare not risk a peek, more than curious now, anticipating her next move.

His cock stretched to its full length. The sweet pain almost chased away the hurt of battle. He listened to the woman’s heavy breathing and resisted a knowing smile. Back home, the size of his cock had become legend amongst the women of the surrounding clans.

Instinctively, he knew he was not in Ulfrik’s kingdom. He had probably washed up on the coast of Angleland. He had engaged in many an onslaught along these shores, but he had yet to sample any of the dark beauties he had encountered, choosing instead to claim his reward from the wealth of gold and silver piled high after each raid. He had taken note of the ripe farmland, the settled villages that flourished. He had dreamt of a life less…debauched.

While his comrades violently relieved themselves on the unwilling slaves they captured, he preferred his women compliant. He took nothing they did not offer freely.

So far, none of the local women had offered.

As he lay there struggling to remain motionless, he considered taking a slave of his own. He almost laughed. Here he lay, naked and injured, and all he could think about was taking a slave. When she took him in her gentle grip, his ruse drew to an abrupt end.

In one swift movement, he flew at her, flipped her onto her back, straddled her thighs and pinned her arms to the floor.

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.