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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.”
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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/
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