Bits 'n Bobs Author Blog
week # 11
Join me in welcoming award-winning author Ashley York to the blog today. She's sharing an excerpt from the first book in her Warrior Kings series, Curse of the Healer.
You can find my excerpt from The Highlander's Welsh Bride on her blog here: https://www.ashleyyorkauthor.com
Curse of the Healer
After the death of Brian Boru in 1014, a legend arose of a healer so great she could
raise a man from the dead, with a power so strong it could make any warrior the next
high king of Éire...and to steal it away from her, he need only possess her.
Fated to be a healer…
Aednat has spent her entire life training to be the great healer, knowing she must
remain alone. When she meets Diarmuid, the intense attraction she feels toward him
shakes her resolve to believe in such a legend. If she gives in to the passion he ignites in
her, can she settle for being less?
Destined to be his…
Diarmuid of Clonascra is renowned for his bravery in battle. Only one thing daunts him:
the prospect of taking a wife. The safest course would be to keep his distance from
Aednat, the bold, headstrong healer who's far too tempting for his peace of mind. But
his overking orders him to protect her from a group of craven warriors intent on
kidnapping her to steal her power.
What starts as duty for Diarmuid quickly transforms into something more. Aednat's
power might be at risk, but so is his closed-off heart.
“Mmm, my fiery one, is yer need as great?”
She heard the guttural sound as if from someone else. A gnawing alarm grew somewhere in
the back of her brain. She pulled away, immediately missing the heated contact, and resisted the
nearly overwhelming urge to return.
She couldn’t speak, and he remained where he was, watching her, ready to resume as soon
as she returned. A mere hair’s breadth away. She need only move in closer, and she would again
know his touch. He could ease the tension now centered much lower, she was certain of that.
Taking a shaky breath, she struggled to remember why she had pulled away from his tempting
His intense gaze never wavered from her. She imagined what he must see. Surely he must
think her a peasant with her blackened skirt, her hair tumbling about her unkempt. He was
being… too familiar. Too enticingly familiar, and she relished it.
“I’m no peasant.” Her words were again breathy.
* * *
Follow along next week when Ashley visits Barbara Bettis blog with her next snippet: http://barbarabettis.blogspot.co.uk
BUY LINK: https://www.ashleyyorkauthor.com/curse-of-the-healer
Today I have guest author Kate Hill on the blog, sharing an excerpt from her historical romantic suspense, Captain's Mercy.
Mercy Brown’s life changes when she accepts a position as companion to the disabled sister of wealthy shipyard owner Jonah Barnes. She is instantly attracted to the rugged former sea captain, even if his brusque manner offends her. Mercy soon finds herself entangled in the quirky family’s secrets.
From the first, Mercy is troubled by prowlers, disturbances from the attic, and unearthly howls on the property. After meeting several unusual household members, including a groundskeeper who works by night and the mischievous Maxwell Barnes, Mercy realizes she should flee while she can.
Pages from Mercy’s first novel go missing and Jonah’s domineering personality causes tension in the house. Only Mercy’s fondness for her young companion, Faith Barnes, as well as her fascination with Jonah prevent her from leaving, but will her desire for him endanger her life?
* * *
“Mr. Barnes?” she called again.
She glanced over her shoulder, back toward the stairs. When she turned around, she cried out, startled to find herself facing Jonah who now stood outside the attic door, holding a lamp.
“Miss Brown, what are you doing up here?” he demanded, wearing his usual scowl.
“I heard noise from up here. A crash. I thought perhaps lightning had struck the house and someone might be hurt.” She couldn’t keep the tremors from her voice. “I’m also worried about your siblings. You don’t suppose they’re caught in the storm?”
Jonah’s brow furrowed and he stepped closer to her. He held up the lamp and studied her face.
“I’m sure they’re fine,” he said in a gentler tone. “Max is quite capable and I doubt they’d venture out until after this passes. Are you all right, Miss Brown?”
Another clap of thunder made her jump.
“You don’t look fine,” he said. “Are you afraid of the storm?”
She chuckled nervously. “Silly isn’t it? A grown person afraid of a thunderstorm.”
“Why don’t we wait it out in the library?”
“There’s no need for you to keep me company.”
Again she jumped at the thunder and lightning.
“Keeping you company is far more pleasant than the paperwork I’ve been looking over.” He offered her his arm in a gallant gesture that took her aback. She rested her hand on it lightly. Goodness, she shouldn’t enjoy how solid and warm he felt, yet she was unable to ignore it. His arms were rock hard from years at sea and working in the shipyard.
On their way downstairs, she asked, “What were you doing in the attic? I thought I heard howling up there a short time ago and then a crash.”
“The wind, I’m sure. No doubt the crash you heard was Michaels. He tripped over an old trunk. He’s up there now, making repairs on a window that was blown open by the storm. He’s also trying to get rid of more unwanted guests of the flying rodent variety, so I remind you to stay away from the attic.”
“Why do you suppose the pests keep coming back?”
“I’m not sure. My expertise is the sea. Ask me about whales and sharks and I could probably answer. Bats are another story.”
“Do you still go to sea?” she asked, eager to keep her mind off the storm.
“Not as much as I used to.”
“Do you miss it?”
“At times. I miss the straightforwardness of being at sea. The simplicity. Aboard ship, a man is valued more for what he knows than for his bloodlines.”
“You don’t have much use for polite society, do you?”
“As long as rich men keep buying my ships, I like it well enough.”
* * *
* * *
Always a fan of romance and the paranormal, Kate Hill started writing over twenty years ago for pleasure. Her first story, a short erotic vampire tale, was accepted for publication in 1996. Since then she has sold over one hundred short stories, novellas and novels.
When she's not working on her books, Kate enjoys reading, working out, spending time with her family and pets, and running the Compelling Beasts Blog, dedicated to antagonists, antiheroes, and paranormal creatures. She also writes under the name Saloni Quinby. Find her online at https://www.kate-hill.com and https://www.twitter.com/katehillromance.
Barbara Bettis joins me this week with an excerpt from her book, The Lady of the Forest. Barbara loves creating stories of other times and places, of heroines 'to die for', and heroes to live for. And of course, happy endings.
You can find this week's excerpt from The Highlander's Welsh Bride on her blog here: http://barbarabettis.blogspot.co.uk
The Lady of the Forest
He must pursue his enemy; she must protect her people. Can their love survive the duties that drive them apart?
When her elderly husband dies, Lady Katherine fakes her own death and disappears into the forest with others escaping the brutish new lord. Determined to protect her people, she knocks the wrong man senseless. But Lord Henry isn’t an enemy, he’s the brother of her childhood friend.
Although his tender confidence tempts her, she’s bound by duty.
Henry of Chauvere has found the one lady he wants for his own, never mind she’s tied him hand and foot. When he learns the king has ordered her to wed Stonehill’s ruthless new master, he insists Kate seek haven with his sister. But she won’t desert her friends. Henry vows to solve her problem, provided he catches a traitor before the threat from Kate's past catches her.
When a daring rescue compels Henry and Kate to join forces, their attraction grows into love. If only duty didn’t drive them apart.
“Quickly.” Kate motioned to the pallet. “Tie him.”
The two dragged off the heavy metal link armor and managed to bind his hands before he
shook his head and blinked his eyes.
“Easy there,” Oscar warned, “don’t want to have to hit ye again.”
The knight attempted to kick out. Oscar caught him under the chin with a smart blow,
then grumbled. “Told ye, didn’t I?”
He grabbed the prisoner beneath the arms while Oscar looped a rope around the ankles.
Before Kate could gather her thoughts, the two deposited him on the pallet where he lay
motionless, eyes closed.
* * *
Come visit Barbara next week for the next installment: https://www.rueallyn.com/blog/
And leave a comment for a book drawing at the end of the tour.
Join me in welcoming Rue Allyn to the Medieval Monday Excerpt Hop today!
You'll find my excerpt on her blog here:
Rue's excerpt is from her book, The Herald's Heart.
The Herald’s Heart
Royal herald, Sir Talon Quereste could never love an overly adventurous, impulsive,
argumentative woman of dubious background who threatens everything he values. Lady
Larkin Roshan can only despise a man who would deny her identity and steal her
heritage. So why has fate thrown them together to solve the mysteries of the heart?
A delicate nose flared in a perfect oval framed with fiery red tresses. Long, dark lashes
fluttered over bright, exotically tilted blue eyes. A berry-red mouth formed an O. Ivory satin skin
pinked over high cheekbones as he watched. Every feature vanished the instant the fog closed
between him and the vision. Talon choked on the nauseating aroma of death and lavender mixed
with the sea-scented fog.
Buy Link: Amazon https://www.amzn.com/dp/B01LOIJSCC
Please welcome Judith Sterling who has a passion for history and the paranormal. Her favorite themes include true love, healing, destiny, redemption, and finding the healing magic that exists all around us.
You can find my excerpt from The Highlander's Welsh Bride on her blog: https://judithmarshallauthor.com/blog/
Today she shares an excerpt from her book, Shadows of the Swan
Shadows of the Swan
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.
“I cannot thank you enough for sending Archdeacon Dominy on his way.” Her obvious relief threaded through her soft voice.
He gave her a single, slow nod. “Why did you hide from him?”
She averted her eyes and fiddled with her veil. “Out of necessity.”
“Necessity? But what—”
“My reasons are my own.” Her gaze claimed his.
“Very well. I didn’t mean to pry.”
* * *
Leave a comment for a chance to win a signed print copy of Shadow of the Swan, and follow along next week on Barbara Bettis’s blog: https://barbarabettis.blogspot.com
Barnes & Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/shadow-of-the-swan-judith-sterling/1127751024?ean=2940158925597
I'm happy to host Lane McFarland on my blog today with her 7th excerpt from
To Support A King.
You'll find my excerpt for this week on her blog here:
To Support A King
Plagued by atrocities he committed against innocent victims while pursuing his father’s killers,
Laird Mangus MacAndrew pledged to defend and provide for his clan. But his leadership is
tested when two of his ships are attacked and his crews massacred. Desperate to fulfill his
obligation to protect the clan, Mangus agrees to help reinstate The Turnberry Bond. His
mission—garner support for the Bruce and avenge the deaths of his men.
The MacAndrew clan provides Catriona Butler something her Irish home could not, a safe
haven. But when she receives a missive her brother is imprisoned and will be executed unless
acceptable éraic can be obtained, she must return to her homeland. Mangus agrees to take
Catriona to Ireland and vows she will not become a distraction, but he longs to be near her.
Catriona witnesses Mangus’s fierce anger and grows distrustful. After a life of suffering her
father’s vicious temper, she is skeptical of anyone with a penchant for violence. She attempts to
keep her distance, but her traitorous heart pulls her in Mangus’s direction.
With the fate of the kingdom on his shoulders, will Mangus reunite the men of The Turnberry
Bond? Can he pursue vengeance against his enemies without taking more innocent lives? And
can Catriona free her brother and grow to trust Mangus, staying true to her heart?
She wobbled back. Her legs scraped against the boulder as she extracted the small dagger.
“As ye can see, I keep it nearby in case I need it.”
In a flash, he grabbed her wrist and with a twist, effortlessly seized her weapon. “Ye’re more
likely to hurt yerself with it, or at the verrae least, give yer aggressor a knife.”
Follow along next week on Barbara Bettis blog at http://barbarabettis.blogspot.com/, and
leave a comment for a chance to win an ebook of To Support A King.
Buy Link: Amazon
Welcome to Medieval Monday
Week # 6
Today I have USA Today Best-selling author Ruth A. Casie sharing an excerpt from her latest book, The Pirate's Jewel!
You can find my excerpt on her blog here: http://ruthacasie.blogspot.co.uk
Commenters on Ruth's excerpt each week will be entered into a drawing for a free digital copy of
THE MAXWELL GHOST.
The Pirate’s Jewel – part of Pirates of Britannia
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?
He made his way between the crates where he could still see and hear what was happening. It would be better for everyone if Lord Ewan didn’t catch sight of him.
The two men came out of the aft-castle.
“You know we have enjoyed having Darla with us,” Lord Ewan said. Maxwell walked him to the wagon.
“She insists on coming home with me. I hate to disappoint her,” Maxwell said.
* * *
The excerpt continues! Next week Ruth will be on Barbara Bettis' blog: http://barbarabettis.blogspot.co.uk
I will be with Lane McFarland: http://lanemcfarland.com/blog/
Don’t forget, commenters each week will be entered into a drawing for a free digital copy of THE MAXWELL GHOST.
A warm welcome to Sherry Ewing as she showcases a snippet from her hero and heroine's first meeting in her book If My Heart Could See You.
I'm on her blog here with snippet number 5 from The Highlander's Welsh Bride.
If My Heart Could See You
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.
* * *
Merciful heavens, what was she to do? His words hung in the air between them, and her
consciousness frantically screamed to find an answer to give him and quickly! Yet, no rebuttal
came to her frozen mind as Amiria stood there in total indecisiveness. She knew she could not
allow him to get too close on the off chance he might recognize her, even though her face was
clean from the grime and mud usually gracing it these days. ’Twas the words he uttered,
haunting her as he had spoken them to her once afore, although she was now in a different guise.
“Somehow, I do not think giving you my name would be in my best interest, my lord,” she said
quietly and took but an instant more to gaze at him afore her eyes became downcast. Her mind
was racing, thinking of only how to escape the predicament she now found herself in with no
horse to hasten her journey.
Dristan gave a soft chuckle at her words. “Mayhap not, but ’twould please me to know it just the
“It matters not to me if you are pleased, so I will keep it unto myself I think,” she retorted
* * *
Be sure to leave a comment below 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 6 th .
Catch last week’s excerpt here: https://judithmarshallauthor.com/blog/
Follow me to next week’s blog (March11th) here: https://barbarabettis.blogspot.com
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1LV1qnk
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/2pNkekK
Welcome to week 4 of Medieval Monday 2019! I have author Bambi Lynn on my blog today, and you'll find my newest excerpt on her blog here:
Bambi's excerpt is from her newest book, The Vikings.
THE VIKINGS OF NORMANDY
Five fierce invaders. Five innocent maids. One land to conquer.
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.
Gunnar 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.
Wulf 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
Brondulf 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
Thorleif 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?
Magnus 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.
* * *
Now that he thought back on it, he could not remember if he had ever gotten a good look at this woman Wulf convinced him to take. She could be hard to look at, growing harder as the years passed. And she was a Frankish maid. He would have to sleep with one eye open.
* * *
For more information on Bambi and her books, click here.
BUY LINK: Amazon
Elisabeth Hobbes helps me kick off the third week in our Medieval Monday Excerpt Hop. Isn't this a romantic cover?
You'll find my excerpt from The Highlander's Welsh Bride on her blog here:
Beguiled by the Forbidden Knight
He’s her enemy…
…and she must not fall for him!
When her mistress is claimed as an enemy knight’s betrothed, handmaiden Aelfhild knows it would be too dangerous for her lady; she must go in her place. But there’s more to the scarred knight than she first thought—she isn’t expecting to fall for him! As the line between friend and enemy blurs, Aelfhild realizes she might be protecting her mistress, but not her heart…
The girl paused her song and giggled to herself. Unexpectedly she ducked under the
surface to her neck and came up again in one fluid movement, now soaked to the skin.
She gasped aloud in a series of breathy panting noises that reached inside Gui to a time
when he had been capable of causing women to make such sounds. His guts twisted with
longing as he looked at her, transfixed.
The curves that were now apparent beneath the thin cloth indicated she was even closer
to womanhood than he had at first supposed. True, her breasts were small, but her waist
was shapely and the wet tunic clung to her legs. Through the fabric Gui could make out
the dark triangle of hair where her legs met, and the pink of her nipples. Despite the cold
water Gui felt himself hardening. He almost choked on the cold water in surprise at the
unexpected awakening of an urge that had lain dormant for so long.
Next week Elisabeth will be on Barbara Bettis’ blog
All 4th Of July 99 Cents Abbotsford Adam Adam-a-highlander-romance Aidi Breed American-civil-war Andrea-r-cooper Angela-scavone Anne-b-cole Anthology April-holthaus Ashley York Australia Author Interview Bambi Lynn Barbara Bettis Berengaria-brown Best-seller Betrayal Black Watch Museum Blair-castle Blog Hop Book Deal Book Dogs Book Release Day Book Release Party Book Sale Book Series Books To Read After Outlander BookSweeps Border-collies Boxed-set Braemar-highland-games Brenda-stinnett Burke-and-hare Capercallie Carly-jordynn Carmen-stefanescu Carol-ann-moleti Carole-ann-moleti Caroline-warfield Castle Menzies Catherine-castle Cathy & DD MacRae Cathy Macrae Cd-hersh Ceci Giltenan Celebrations Celtic Cerian-herbert Character-interview Char-chaffin Chocolate Christmas Christmas Box Set Claire-gem Clava-cairns Collette-cameron Colley Collie Compuiter-woes Contemporary-mystery Contemporary Paranormal Contemporary-romance Contest Cover Reveal Creme-de-la-cover-contest Ct-green Culloden-battlefield Cynthia-owens Dawn-ireland Dd-macrae Debut Debut-author Dewars-distillery Direct-deposit Edinburgh Eilean-donan-castle Elisabeth Hobbes Elizabeth-preston Elizabeth-rose Elle-hill Excerpts Fantasy-historical Farleyer-lodge First First-kiss Flowers Food Forth-bridges France Free Book Free-books Freki Georgian Romance German-shepherd Get Lost In A Story Blog Interview Ghost Tour Gilda Gildas-story Giveaway Glen Ord Whisky Graveyards Guest Author Guest Blogger Halloween Hardy Heroines Highland Chocolatier Highlander Romance Highland Escape Highland Romance Historical Irish Historical-post Historical Romance HM Queen Elizabeth II Holiday Holiday Read Hot Historicals Hurricane Harvey Iain Burnett Indtale Jenna Jaxon Jenni Fletcher Jessica-jefferson Jill Hughey Judith Sterling Karen Lopp Katherine Bone Kathryn Le Veque Kindle World Lane McFarland Larynn Ford Laura Strickland Laurel O'donnell Lauren-linwood Leault-farm Legends-of-scotland Life-with-freki Linda-bennett-pennell Lochleven-castle Loch-ness Luxury-cruises Macleod Madeline Martin Madelyn-hill Maggie-mundy Mairi Norris Marilyn-baxter Mary-gillgannon Mary Morgan Meda-white Medieval Blog Hop Medieval Hop Medieval-monday-2015 Medieval Monday 2016 Medieval Monday 2017 Medievalmonday2018 Medieval Monday 2018 Medieval Monday 2019 Medieval-mondays Medieval-mystery Medieval Romance Meet-the-characters Meggan-connor Meggan-connors Mhairi's Yuletide Wish Military-romance Miriam-newman Neva-brown New Book Nicole Locke Night Owl Reviews Norman-conquest Nostalgia-romance Novella Paranormal Paranormal Romance Patricia-hudson Patrick Paty-jager Pirate Romance Pirates Post-civil-war Postcivil-war-western-romance Preorder Pre-order Prizes Puppy Rachel-sharpe R-b-austin Rb-austin Recipe Recipes Red-l-jameson Regency-romance Release-date Research Review Rl-syme Romance Romance Novels Romance On The High Seas Romantic-mystery Romantic Suspense Rone-award Rue Allyn Ruth A Casie Ruth-kaufman Sale Samantha-wyatt Samhain Sandra-harris Sandra-jones Sarah-hegger Sarah-hoss Sarah-woodbury Saranna-dewylde Scavenger Hunt Sci-fi-romance Scifi-romance Sc-mitchell Scotland Scotland-with-grace-2016 Scottish-crannog-centre Scottish Historical Scottish-regency Scottish Romance Sheep Sherrie-hansen Sherry Ewing Short-dog-press Sir-walter-scott Soul-mate-publishing Southern-romance Special Price Spermbanks Spring Steamships Stella-marie-alden St. Patrick's Day Sweet-romance Tam Tea Party And Books Teaser-tuesday Thankful The Ghosts Of Culloden Moor Series The Hardy Heroines Series The Hghlander's Accidental Bride The Highlander's Accidental Bride The Highlander's Bride Series The Highlander's Crusader Bride The Highlander's French Bride The Highlander's Norse Bride The Highlander's Outlaw Bride The Highlander's Reluctant Bride The Highlander's Tempestuous Bride The Highlander's Viking Bride The Highlander's Welsh Bride The Reading Cafe The Saint The Seventh Son The Twalve Days O Yuletide Thursday's Teaser Thursday's Threads Time Travel Tina Susedik Top Ten List Travel Twelve Days Of Christmas Uisge Beatha Urban Fantasy Urquart Castle Valentine Valentine's Day Victorian Romance Victoria Zak Vijaya Schartz Vikings Villains Viola Russell Wales Wareeze Woodson Water Kelpie Weeping Window Of Poppies Western Romance Whisky Winner Winners Women's Fiction World Of De Wolfe YA Fantasy