Bits 'n Bobs Author Blog
I'm excited to welcome Elisabeth Hobbes to Medieval Monday.
You'll find my 2nd excerpt on her blog here: https://elisabethhobbes.co.uk/
And be sure to follow me next week to Ashley York's blog: https://www.ashleyyorkauthor.com
Remember to comment on my excerpts weekly for a chance to win a copy of The Highlander's Crusader Bride!
Here is the excerpt from Elisabeth's book, A Wager for the Widow
‘Yes, she’s beautiful,’ he admitted. He thought back again to their first meeting and his lips twitched. When she had rounded on him with such indignation on the ferry it had taken all his self- possession not to silence her fury with a kiss! Will ran his fingers through his hair, thanking his good fortune he hadn’t done so.
‘I think prickly would be a fair description,’ he conceded.
‘I always imagined taking a tumble with her would be akin to falling into a holly bush!’ Rob laughed.
Will snorted noncommittally, wondering what his brother would say if he knew how close to the holly bush he had got. The way her green eyes had widened as he’d pulled her close to him had sent a throb of raw desire through his entire body that even now threatened to return.
Enticing smells drifted from the kitchen so Will struck the large brass gong sharply. Whisking away their goblets, he took his position by the double doors to greet the household.
Presently the family and household servants began to make their way into the hall. Sir Edgar and Lady Fitzallan led the procession followed directly by Edmund Fitzallan escorting Lady Peyton on one arm and Anne Fitzallan, fourteen and the youngest of Sir Edgar’s children, on the other. Will bowed deeply as Sir Edgar led his family to the table on the dais, but could not resist casting a surreptitious look at Lady Peyton. She caught his eye and her step faltered. A rose-coloured flush
appeared enchantingly on each cheek.
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What has caused Eleanor’s reaction? See if next week’s excerpt contains the answer on Ruth A. Casie’s blog https://www.RuthACasie.blogspot.com
For last week’s excerpt visit www.barbarabettis.blogspot.com
A WAGER FOR THE WIDOW
Widowed Lady Eleanor Peyton has chosen a life of independence. Living alone on her rocky coastal outcrop, she's cut herself off from the world of men—until William Rudhale saves her life
and demands a kiss!
As steward to Lady Eleanor's father, Will knows the desire he burns with is futile—but he'll still wager he can claim Eleanor's kiss by midwinter. Yet when the tide turns Will realizes vulnerable
Eleanor is far too precious to gamble with. Can he win his lady before it's too late?
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Mills & Boon: https://www.millsandboon.co.uk/p45341/a-wager-for-the-widow.htm
Sherry Ewing and the Bluestocking Belles have a lovely Christmas collection just right for this holiday season! Check out the books in the set and get the buy links here: Follow Your Star Home
Here is the blurb from Sherry's contribution to the set,
One Last Kiss: The Knights of Berwyck, A Quest Through Time novella
Banished from his homeland, Thomas of Clan Kincaid lives among distant relatives, reluctantly accepting he may never return home… Until an encounter with the castle’s healer tells him of a woman traveling across time—for him.
Dare he believe the impossible?
Jade Calloway is used to being alone, and as Christmas approaches, she’s skeptical when told she’ll embark on an extraordinary journey. How could a trip to San Francisco be anything but ordinary? But when a ring magically appears, and she sees a ghostly man in her dreams…
Dare she believe in the possible?
Thrust back in time, Jade encounters Thomas—her fantasy ghost. Talk about extraordinary. But as time works against them, they must learn to trust in miracles.
Can they accept impossible love before time interferes?
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Grab your copy of this wonderful set before the season ends!
Welcome back to Medieval Mondays! If you Tweet, follow #MedMonFall18 for all the great excerpts from some pretty fabulous books!
Here's what it's going to look like:
Every week from now until Dec. 24, the Medieval Monday authors will host each other's books in a set of round-robin posts.
All blogs will have exciting posts with snippets from excerpts each author has chosen from the book she is showcasing for the next 8 weeks. Be sure to follow along. Links to previous and prior weeks will be posted.
Some blogs will have giveaways attached, so don't forget to comment!
You'll find my excerpt this week on Sherry Ewing's blog here: https://sherryewing.com/blog/
And now, from Sherry Ewing, a bit from her book, To Follow My Heart: The Knights of Berwyck, A Quest Through Time (Book 3)
The knight took her hand and placed it on top of his own, his arm raised high. A jolt of electricity went racing up her arm, much like the feeling she’d get from a shock when she skidded in socks on carpet and then touched something metal. She dared a peek at him, not realizing just how far she needed to lean her head back. Good Grief...the man must be over six feet tall.
He began to move, and the scene reminded her of her beloved Errol Flynn movies. She followed him mutely across a floor filled with straw or rushes. Everywhere her gaze landed, there was some new wonder for her to behold, including the man who gently ushered her through the hall.
She noticed his tunic for the first time. Was it her vivid imagination running a tad wild, or were they dressed in a similar color? His clothing was a far cry from the black getup he had worn when she first saw him on the beach where he had scared her nearly to death.
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Follow along next week (November 12 th) to Ruth Casie’s blog here:
Love is a leap. Sometimes you need to jump…
After a gut wrenching break up with her fiancé, Jenna Sinclair heads to the coast to do a little soul searching. To say everything is subject to change is putting it mildly. Her world is not only turned upside down, but pretty much torn asunder when she is pulled through a time gate on the beach beneath the Cliff House and transported more than eight hundred years into the past.
Fletcher Monroe, captain of the garrison knights at Berwyck Castle, has wasted too much time pining for a woman who will never be his. When he finally decides to move on with his life and focus on his duties, he is suddenly confronted with a woman who magically appears at his feet. This could either be the best thing that has ever happened to him or another cursed event in a string of many. He soon finds he is wildly attracted to her, but she’s scared to death of him ─ not a very encouraging beginning.
From the shores of California to twelfth century England and back again, Jenna and Fletcher must find a way to reconcile their two different worlds before Time forever tears them apart.
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1TWTF15
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/29jPdiT
The Highlander's Welsh Bride is officially finished. (And don't you just love this cover?!)
It has been a labor of love, though I'll have to admit to shaking my head more than once as spell-check cranked out its version of Carys, Terwyn, Llywelyn, and scores of other Welsh names and words. It had no idea what hit it.
And when I started this book, neither did I.
DD dreamed up the hero and heroine, the timeline (DD loves using historical turning points), and the plot high points, then tossed it in my lap and said, "Let's see what you can do with this." (I think I saw a smirk--but perhaps it was merely challenge). DD kept up with the fight scenes (they're as real as possible, y'all), and disagreed whenever I wrote Carys as 'too soft'. I think you'll agree she is deserving of 'Hardy Heroine' status.
OK. So, a year later (with pauses for 2 novellas that 'had' to be written), here it is. Currently with beta readers and one over-worked editor, we believe The Highlander's Welsh Bride will release shortly after Christmas.
Here's where it's about to get fun.
This book has a novella's worth of notes to help keep the story on track with history--and all that other cool stuff called 'research'. I'm going to share a bit with you between now and the book's release so you can join in and anticipate Carys and Birk's story.
Today I'd like to share a Welsh folk song Carys sings as a lullaby to three children she's 'adopted' (2 by marriage, 1 by circumstance). It's called Dacw 'Nghariad (link here: YouTube)
The words and translation are on the YouTube page. I thought the melody was lovely.
I'd love it if you shared a favorite lullaby in the comments below.
Check back later for another bit from Carys and Birk's story. It might be a battle, it might be a maelstrom, it might be something to melt your heart. You just never know.
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