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We've reached the end of this round of blog hop excerpts. Here is the final part of the scene from 'Wedding night jitters' from The Highlander's Crusader Bride.
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I'll post the entire selection next week in case you missed any :-)
The ebook winner will be posted next week as well.
She glanced about the room, her attention lighting on a small leather box on a nearby table. Laughter lit her eyes and curled her lips as she lifted her gaze to his.
“Someone brought this here, though I gave it to Bram earlier. Should I teach ye the game of Fierges?”
Caelen gently rested the back of his hand on the soft curve of her cheek. “Mayhap there is a better game I could teach ye?”
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Born in the Holy Land only a few years after the Third Crusade, half-Armenian, half-Scot Arbela MacLean is a true daughter of the desert, beautiful and untamed. Trained to be a warrior to avoid her gentle mother’s fate, Arbela has honed her skills with Turkish bow and arrow, sword and throwing darts—and dreads the day her father choses a man for her to marry.
After more than thirty years in the Holy Land, Donal MacLean, Baron of Batroun, is recalled to Scotland, the last son available to take up leadership of clan MacLean. He brings with him knights, treasure, trade—and a daughter of marriageable age.
Caelen MacKern, known as the Bull of the Highlands, is cynical about women. His first marriage formed an alliance, and he did not grieve when his spoiled, immature bride passed away. He has agreed to marry again—against his better judgement—for the men, means and coin to recover from a devastating pestilence that all but wiped out his clan.
Though more than a little resentful at finding himself forced to remarry, Caelen’s proposal to Donal MacLean’s headstrong daughter nevertheless piques her interest. Each will receive what they want most from life—the ability to live as they please without interference from a meddling spouse. But their marriage of indifference will soon change to one of passion that neither Arbela nor Caelen could have predicted.
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Join Lane McFarland as we share the blog hop today. Her excerpt is from her book A King's Enemies.
You can find my excerpt from The Highlander's Crusader Bride on her blog:
A King's Enemies
Drake Fletcher’s pulse quickened. The bonny red-head with wide almond-shaped eyes was staring at him. Who was she? He’d spotted her before amidst the queen’s ladies-in- waiting. Her shimmering waves of auburn hair had caught his attention, but she’d slipped out of the chamber before he’d had a chance to introduce himself.
Immediately, she broke eye contact. She’d regarded him longer than was considered appropriate for a young maid. She was interested in him. Perhaps she liked what she saw.
Her silky thick hair resembled fiery gold. He imagined running his fingers through its softness. His gaze traveled over her curves. Desire strummed through his body, and he wondered at the reaction. He was no untried lad lacking company to warm his bed.
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Follow along next week on Lane McFarland’s blog at http://www.lanemcfarland.com, and leave a comment for a chance to win an ebook of A KING’S ENEMIES.
Next week concludes the blog hop, and you'll find my last excerpt HERE! Remember to leave a comment for a chance to win one of my ebooks. Winner will be announced May 7.
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Tormented by King Edward’s brutality against Scottish sympathizers, Drake Fletcher vows revenge, but only a madman single-handedly attacks the Crown. Instead, he enters the royal court as a spy to aid Robert the Bruce’s rise to power and place a formidable leader on
Scottish lass Katherine Mackenzie Armstrong targets three of King Edward’s officers who brutally raped and murdered her mother. Disguised as one of Queen Margaret’s attendants, she sets a course to destroy the men.
The acts of treason both Drake and Katherine commit are punishable by death in The Tower of London but their determination pushes dangerous limits. Considered enemies, they use each other to gain vital information. Neither expect their overwhelming attraction to one
another, the staggering emotions stirred. But the closer they become, the more they jeopardize their pledges of vengeance.
Will the weight of retaliation crush them, see them beheaded? Or will Katherine and Drake form an alliance and learn to live and love again?
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I'm hopping today with Bambi Lynn! Her excerpt is from her book, Mask of the Highlander.
You can find me on her blog: https://bambilynnblog.wordpress.com with an excerpt from The Highlander's Crusader Bride. Don't forget to leave a comment to enter to win one of my ebooks!
Mask of the Highlander
Shut up, shut up, shut up, a tiny voice screamed inside her head. You will only make it worse. But Kenna could not stop, despite the every-growing rage that seemed to render him speechless and the certainty that he would punish her for her insolence.
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You can find Bambi's next excerpt on Barbara Bettis' blog: http://barbarabettis.blogspot.co.uk
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Once she was afraid to touch him. Now she’s afraid to let go.
Forced to marry to avoid war between clans, Kenna Cleary endured three days of her new husband's painful brutality before he rode off to battle the English. In the five years of his absence, she bore him a daughter, increased his holdings, and gained the love and respect of his people. Now he's home. Must she and the clan learn to endure his cruelty once more?
The Laird of Domhnul has returned from war a changed man—moreso than his wife or clan can possibly know. Now the warrior faces a new battle, one for his wife's heart, and his peoples' trust. He must walk the knife's edge of deception and danger, while proving he is no longer the cruel tyrant they came to know all too well.
But when his father embroils both them in a deadly plot, can the couple find a way to prevent war between the clans?
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Welcome back to Medieval Monday's blog hop! This week I'm trading excerpts with Judith Sterling. Keep reading for an treat from her book, Shadow of the Swan!
You'll find my excerpt from The Highlander's Crusader Bride on her blog here: https://judithmarshallauthor.com/blog/
She flinched, then slowed her breathing. Calm yourself. ’Twas only the door. Your husband is a man of honor. She listened for the scrape of the bolt. It didn’t come.
Frowning, she wrenched her gaze from the bed and sought Robert.
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Follow along for Judith's excerpt next week at Elisabeth Hobbes’s blog: www.ElisabethHobbes.co.uk
You'll find next week's excerpt from The Highlander's Crusader Bride on Bambi Lynn’s blog https://bambilynnblog.wordpress.com
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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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Thanks for joining me today for the Medieval Monday blog hop! I'm pairing off today with Ruth A. Casie. Her excerpt is from her book, The Guardian's Witch.
You can find my excerpt from The Highlander's Crusader Bride on her blog: http://ruthacasie.blogspot.co.uk
She kept the building panic at bay. Think. Calmness overcame her. She rolled him onto his back and knelt above him. She placed her mouth over his and gave him her breath. She’d given her breath before, when the blacksmith’s wife gave birth and the baby didn’t breathe. That day she had tried everything but nothing worked. She wanted to move the baby’s chest, just one breath. In desperation she breathed for the child. It worked then. It had to work now.
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Find out what happens next in The Guardian's Witch next week on Barbara Bettis’ website http://barbarabettis.blogspot.co.uk
I'll be on Judith Sterling’s blog next week at https://judithmarshallauthor.com/blog/ with my next excerpt from The Highlander's Crusader Bride.
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Lord Alex Stelton can't resist a challenge, especially one with a prize like this: protect a castle on the Scottish border for a year, and it's his. Desperate for land of his own, he'll do anything to win the estate—even enter a proxy marriage to Lady Lisbeth Reynolds, the rumored witch who lives there.
Feared and scorned for her second sight, Lisbeth swore she'd never marry, but she is drawn to the handsome, confident Alex. She sees great love with him but fears what he would think of her gift and her visions of a traitor in their midst.
Despite his own vow never to fall in love, Alex can't get the alluring Lisbeth out of his mind and is driven to protect her when attacks begin on the border. But as her visions of danger intensify, Lisbeth knows it is she who must protect him. Realizing they'll secure their future only by facing the threat together, she must choose between keeping her magic a secret and losing the man she loves.
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