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Laurel O'Donnell is with me today with week 12's excerpt from Angel's Assassin for our villain theme.
What is Damien's true punishment?
Damien eased toward the curtain. He was between Roke and any form of escape. Damien knew there was one other exit in the room, an escape route, in the corner of the room, near the bed. Roke would have to get past him to escape through either exit.
Roke stood absolutely still. His long black robe covered any movement, any weapon. He appeared to be at ease. Too much at ease.
Damien stepped up to the curtain. He grasped the blood red fabric and pulled, yanking it down. It fell to the floor in a thick pile.
The small alcove behind the curtain was empty. The light of the rising full moon shone in through the open shutters on the window. A gentle breeze pushed passed Damien and snuffed out the candles around him.
“What did you expect to find?” Roke wondered.
Damien knew his mistake immediately. A trap. The curtain had been closed to attract his attention. His gaze darted to the bed. The black curtains on one side of the bed had been pushed aside to reveal its occupants. Mother’s large hand encompassed Aurora’s neck as he knelt behind her on the bed. He held her close against his body, using her as a shield.
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Follow along next week for the exciting conclusion at my blog with excerpt #13
Angel’s Assassin by Laurel O’Donnell
Damien is an assassin, a man with no home and a tortured past. Sold into slavery as a young boy, he is trained to kill with cold calculation, without remorse. As a reward for his ruthless success, he is given a chance to earn his freedom from his cruel master. One last mission. One final person to slay…
Lady Aurora of Acquitaine is the epitome of purity and goodness, beloved by all her people. She lives her life trying to atone for her mother’s cruelty by being a fair and just ruler. Secretly she fears that one day her mother’s murderer will return for her.
When Damien enters Aurora’s life, tempting her with promises of dark passion and forbidden lust, he threatens to tear her peaceful world apart with shadowy secrets of his own.
Can Aurora’s light heal Damien’s dark spirit or will his evil consume her? The eternal battle of good versus evil, love versus hate, dark versus light, all come to a shattering climax in this historical romance set in medieval England.
It's week #11 in our blog hop. Today's treat is from The Lady of the Forest by Barbara Bettis.
THE LADY OF THE FOREST, Lord Henry and Lady Katherine’s story, has two villains. One, Sir Mortimer, is armed with a royal command to wed Kate and assume control of her holding. Kate and Henry have searched for ways to challenge the order, but time is running out. Henry finally faces Mortimer the day the ceremony is to take place.
Henry fought for control. A quick move now could be fatal to Kate. He didn’t much care about his own future if anything happened to her. “Harm her and you die here.”
Eyes wide, Kate clasped trembling fists to her throat. Then one hand drifted to her gown’s neckline.
Henry edged toward them, and Mortimer swung Kate around before him. Not taking his
eyes from the desperate knight, Henry said, “Is this the way you fought in battles, cowering behind women?”
He chanced another step. “Is this how you bested de Mohet? From behind? Like a coward? You took the king’s order from him and what, had it recopied with your name? That’s why the seals are missing, isn’t it?”
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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.
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From Mary Morgan's Dragon Knights Trilogy we find this week's excerpt as Angus battles the villain.
Angus will risk everything to save Dierdre.
“Are ye mad?” hissed Duncan.
Ignoring his brother’s outburst, Angus kept his focus on Deirdre, willing her to remain strong.
“’Tis mine!” Lachlan lowered his blade.
Angus nodded once to Deirdre. She understood his meaning and with her good arm, she swung and punched Lachlan in the face. However, the effort caught her off balance causing her to slip and fall.
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Angus MacKay, leader of the Dragon Knights, failed his brothers and his clan upon the death of his sister. Now he must fight the darkness of despair tempting his soul. Back on Scottish soil, he comes face to face with Deirdre who can wield a sword as mightily as his warriors, and takes her captive. Yet, with each passing day, the fire dragon inside him roars to claim the one woman fate has destined for him.
Famed mystery writer, Deirdre Flanagan, is unprepared for the next chapter in her life. On a vacation to Scotland, she steps through the mists and enters into a skirmish alongside a Highlander. However, the fight has only begun, and now she must battle Angus as well as evil in order to claim the love of this Dragon Knight.
Will their love be powerful enough to shield them from danger, or burn them to ashes?
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Introducing a new Hardy Heroine you're sure to love!
Katja Sinclair has been emotionally abused and neglected most of her life. Her refusal to become a part of her demanding father's greedy machinations, earns her his scathing disapproval and scorn.
With few options open to her, she accepts marriage to the laird of a neighboring clan--hoping to end the feud between their clans and help right the wrongs to the MacGerrys at the hands of her father.
But nothing goes as planned, and even her marriage to the handsome Calder MacGerry, begun in optimisn, slides into distrust and despair. There are those in the MacGerry clan who despise her for being a Sinclair, and the attacks on her person become bolder.
Forced to fight for her freedom, Katja flees to the Shetland Isles to join her Viking family. There she will discover much about her past--and her future.
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Ashley York is with us this week to share the continuing excerpt from The Gentle Knight.
What must Brighit face on the long journey to her life at the priory?
The bald man did as ordered, placing them upon the tables. He sat beside Cole who had already chosen the other table for himself. Ivan stood by the door, shuffling his feet and skulking like a child who'd lost the cat he'd been torturing.
Peter wanted him out of his sight.
"Ivan, sit with your men or be gone from the room."
The innkeeper reappeared with a well-browned pheasant, speared with a knife, on a wooden platter. This time he was followed by a gray-haired woman, probably his wife. She carried a tray of dark bread and offered the upper crust to Peter. Her head bowed slightly.
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Follow along with excerpt #10 next week on Laurel O'Donnell's blog
BLURB: Brighit MacNaughton is an obedient daughter following her father's death bed decree that she take her vows and become the virginal bride of Christ. The hired men seeing her to the Priory at Tanshelf are more interested in the building resentment against the English king than her safety. But when the handsome Norman knight offers his protection against the lecherous mercenaries, he sparks her passion with his gentle touch and smoldering looks of desire, reminding her of dreams best forgotten. Can one night with him quench the intense need in her or will it cause the fire to burn out of control?
Peter of Normandy is a trusted knight of King William, sent north to subdue the unrest and rumblings of revolt at York. Giving aid to an Irish princess more noble than many knights, he is quickly overcome with the need to possess her. With a body meant for a man's pleasure and an unrelenting stubbornness to follow her father's wishes, he struggles against giving her what she wants if it can only be for one night. Will one night of passion prove to be enough or will it unleash an insatiable need that makes him never want to let her go?
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