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This is the final snippet for this round of Medieval Monday. Thanks for joining us! I hope you've enjoyed reading our nature themed bits.
Medieval life was intimately linked with nature. I didn't have to look far to find a source for this season's snippets.
“Narfi isnae his real name,” the elder girl stated. “Narfi means skinny.”
Maggie tilted her head thoughtfully. “Then I suppose it suits him. But I see him as wiry and agile. He’s been a grand help to me.”
Narfi’s cheeks flushed. “Can I feed him this time?” Excitement lit the lad’s eyes.
“Nae. Colyn is my bird, and only I can feed him. But ye may watch and learn, and mayhap one day a falcon will come to ye and ye will know how to care for it.”
Narfi accepted Maggie’s decision with a reluctant sigh. “I can get more mice.”
“’Twill soon be time to teach him to hunt, and yer help in the meantime is greatly appreciated. But we dinnae wish to keep yer ma and the others waiting.”
Chattering excitedly, the girls grabbed Maggie’s hands and pulled her after them. Maggie cast a helpless look at Phillipe.
“May we speak later?”
A thoughtful look crossed his face and he smiled. “Of course, m’lady. I am ever at your service."
Welcome to Medieval Monday for Spring 2020!
Our theme for this season is Nature.
In historical novels, nature touches lives in so many ways. Nature can be beautiful, dangerous, inspiring.
What will it bring for this round of Medieval Monday excerpts?
I'll be featuring excerpts from my and DD's newest novel, The Prince's Highland Bride, which releases May 13!
Maggie MacLaren has an island. Phillipe de Poitier has protected her on her journey to the isle, but when he sees its lack of defenses, he decides to remain long enough to be certain she comes to no harm.
Today's the final snippet in our 2019 Winter Medieval Monday blog hop. Thank you so much for joining us! We'll be back with more soon.
I hope you've enjoyed reading these lively, heart-felt, celebration-themed excerpts! If you've missed any of my previous snippets, here are the links:
Week #2: http://www.marymorganauthor.com
Week #3: https://bambilynnblog.wordpress.com
Week #4: https://sherryewing.com/blog/
Week #5: https://sherryewing.com/blog/
Week #6: https://judithmarshallauthor.com/blog/
Week #7: http://www.laurel-odonnell.com/blog.html
Week #8: http://barbarabettis.blogspot.co.uk
Week #9: https://www.ashleyyorkauthor.com
Week #10: http://lanemcfarland.com/blog/
I hope you've enjoyed this round of evil villains from Medieval Monday. We've met all manner of characters determined to see our heroes and heroines fail. But strength, determination, and love will conquer the best (or worst) the villains throw at them.
But what will it cost them?
Below is the final excerpt from a scene where Birk and Carys are preparing to fight the pirates once again. This time they also face a giant maelstrom known as the corryvreckan, and the knowledge that their lives won't be the only forfeit should they lose the fight, but that of other innocents as well.
Carys has faced pirates twice before. Has her luck at last run out?
Welcome back to Medieval Monday!
This summer we'll be sharing excerpts on the evil villains from our books. So, buckle in, and prepare for a ride that will leave you rooting for the hero and heroine!
Leave a comment each week to be entered for a chance to win an ebook (kindle) copy of The Highlander's Welsh Bride.
I'll start the set off with an excerpt from The Highlander's Welsh Bride.
A Welsh princess on the run from King Edward’s army, Carys finds herself embroiled with pirates pillaging the western coastline of Scotland. She has escaped their clutches twice before. Has her luck at last run out?
Carys released Birk to answer the captain’s call. She crossed to the circle where children, one dog, and a padded, salt-streaked leather ball romped across the deck. She dodged an errant kick and caught the ball as it flew toward her head. With a warning that a ball overboard was a ball forever gone, she tossed it back to Tully. He batted it to the deck and chased it down, stopping it next to a wooden bucket filled with sand. Eislyn rushed to his side, then turned to Carys.
“Why are there buckets of sand on the deck? I count eight.”
“I count lots,” Abria piped up, joining her sister.
Taken aback, Carys struggled with her answer. “They are here in case of a fire,” she replied carefully. And to absorb blood to protect our footing during battle. But this she could not tell them. A shiver of premonitions swept down her spine.
The children sent each other speculative looks that included the vast waters around them, then shrugged and returned to their game. Carys sighed thankfully and continued across the deck.
“Birk told me of the Corryvreckan whirlpool,” she said as she reached Hanna’s side.
The older woman nodded. “I’m certain ye have such tales in your land. The true story of the corryvreckan is a combination of Norse and Scots. I’ll tell it to ye sometime when curious ears aren’t listening.”
Follow the excerpt next week to Mary Morgan’s blog: http://www.marymorganauthor.com
Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win an ebook (kindle) of The Highlander’s Welsh Bride!
It was over. Prince Llywelyn was dead, his soldiers fleeing before King Edward’s army. Carys, a distant cousin to the prince, herself a princess of Wales, had picked up arms alongside her husband more than a year ago. Now homeless, her husband buried beneath the good Welsh soil, she seeks shelter in the north, far from the reach of Longshanks’s men. Carys and Wales would never be the same again.
Birk MacLean has been ordered to take a bride and produce an heir. He grows weary of the lasses paraded before him, women of delicate nature and selfish motives. He desires a wife strong enough to help lead one of the most powerful clans in Western Scotland.
One like the Welsh woman sitting in his dungeon, arrested for poaching MacLean deer.
Can Birk convince Carys marriage to him is preferable to a hangman’s noose? And will the heard-headed Scot be worthy of a Princess of Wales?
From the towering Welsh mountains to the storm-swept Scottish coast comes a tale of betrayal and loss, deceit and passion. An epic tale of honor and the redeeming power of love.
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Buy link: Amazon: https://www.amzn.com/dp/B07KNYTMPK
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