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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Judith Sterling joins me today in the Medieval Monday blog hop First Encounter series with her book Soul of the Wolf.
Excerpt, Week 11:
She shook her head. “You return if you like. I’d rather stay.”
“To be drenched by the storm?”
“’Twill be refreshing. I’m still warm from the walk.”
A cold raindrop splashed onto Wulfstan’s cheek. “I doubt you’ll remain so. Come, don
your mantle and—”
“There’s no need. I’m quite warm-blooded. I was about to propose you take my mantle back to the keep. ’Tis cumbersome when wet.”
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My snippet from The Highlander's Viking Bride is on Judith's blog HERE.
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Soul of the Wolf – Blurb
A Norman loyalist, Lady Jocelyn bristles when ordered to marry Wulfstan, a Saxon sorcerer. She
nurses a painful secret and would rather bathe in a cesspit than be pawed by such a man...until
her lifelong dream of motherhood rears its head.
A man of magic and mystery, Wulfstan has no time for wedded bliss. He fears that
consummating their marriage will bind their souls and wrench his focus from the ancient riddle
his dying mother begged him to solve. He's a lone wolf, salving old wounds with endless work.
But Jocelyn stirs him as no woman ever has.
Their attraction is undeniable. Their fates are intertwined. Together, they must face their demons
and bring light to a troubled land.
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Why I Love Writing Medieval
Some of the first romances I read as a teen were set in medieval England. I loved the passion of the period—the High Middle Ages (11th – 13th centuries) in particular—and the lure of the British Isles. Ultimately, that love led to a degree in history and a minor in British Studies.
During college and grad school, I studied in England, Scotland, and Sweden. I jumped on every opportunity to explore castles, monasteries, and other medieval buildings throughout Europe. The older the structure, the better! In ruin after ruin, the whispers of the past seduced me. I hear their voices still. With any luck, they add a magical twist to the medieval romances I feel compelled to write and give my readers a world they’ll want to enter again and again.
BIO: Judith Sterling's love of history and passion for the paranormal infuse everything she writes. Flight of the Raven and Soul of the Wolf are part of her medieval romance series, The Novels of Ravenwood. The Cauldron Stirred, the first book in her young adult paranormal series, Guardians of Erin, will be released soon. Written under Judith Marshall, her nonfiction books--My Conversations with Angels and Past Lives, Present Stories—have been translated into multiple languages. She has an MA in linguistics and a BA in history, with a minor in British Studies. Born in that sauna called Florida, she craved cooler climes, and once the travel bug bit, she lived in England, Scotland, Sweden, Wisconsin, Virginia, and on the island of Nantucket. She currently lives in Salem, Massachusetts with her husband and their identical twin sons.
Visit me on Facebook @judithsterlingfiction. You can find my books at https://judithmarshallauthor.com/my-books