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I'm happy to host Lane McFarland on my blog today with her 7th excerpt from
To Support A King.
You'll find my excerpt for this week on her blog here:
To Support A King
Plagued by atrocities he committed against innocent victims while pursuing his father’s killers,
Laird Mangus MacAndrew pledged to defend and provide for his clan. But his leadership is
tested when two of his ships are attacked and his crews massacred. Desperate to fulfill his
obligation to protect the clan, Mangus agrees to help reinstate The Turnberry Bond. His
mission—garner support for the Bruce and avenge the deaths of his men.
The MacAndrew clan provides Catriona Butler something her Irish home could not, a safe
haven. But when she receives a missive her brother is imprisoned and will be executed unless
acceptable éraic can be obtained, she must return to her homeland. Mangus agrees to take
Catriona to Ireland and vows she will not become a distraction, but he longs to be near her.
Catriona witnesses Mangus’s fierce anger and grows distrustful. After a life of suffering her
father’s vicious temper, she is skeptical of anyone with a penchant for violence. She attempts to
keep her distance, but her traitorous heart pulls her in Mangus’s direction.
With the fate of the kingdom on his shoulders, will Mangus reunite the men of The Turnberry
Bond? Can he pursue vengeance against his enemies without taking more innocent lives? And
can Catriona free her brother and grow to trust Mangus, staying true to her heart?
She wobbled back. Her legs scraped against the boulder as she extracted the small dagger.
“As ye can see, I keep it nearby in case I need it.”
In a flash, he grabbed her wrist and with a twist, effortlessly seized her weapon. “Ye’re more
likely to hurt yerself with it, or at the verrae least, give yer aggressor a knife.”
Follow along next week on Barbara Bettis blog at http://barbarabettis.blogspot.com/, and
leave a comment for a chance to win an ebook of To Support A King.
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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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Today's spotlight is on an excerpt from Lane McFarland's book, Elsbeth.
Another peek into our hero and heroine's First Encounter.
The nun’s guileless belief indicated her innocence in the ways of men in battle. After Longshank’s defeat at Stirling Castle, Edward meant to set an example and strike fear in the
Scots. His barbaric, depraved acts were taken on all women, including those devoted to the church in an attempt to terrify and bend the people to his will. “Ye are not safe, especially in this house of worship.”
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Join Lane next week to find out what happens on her blog!
And you can find my snippet for week #13 on Lane's blog today!
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Elsbeth MacDougall recoils at the violent Scottish rebellion and the bleak plight of orphans. Vowing to protect the homeless, she embarks on a journey to Scone and sets her course to become a nun, sheltering children from the cruelties of war. But when Brandon McLeod arrives
at the Abby, he shakes her convictions and stirs provoking emotions she buried long ago.
After English soldiers murder his family, Brandon McLeod determines a course of revenge and leads numerous clans in Scotland’s fight for freedom. Bent on the annihilation of English oppression, he is resolved to a life of solitude, vowing never to marry and chance the pain of
losing loved ones again. However, that was before he met the enchanting Elsbeth.
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Why I love writing stories set in medieval times…
My passion is writing historical romance novels. Throwing my imagination into years gone by, researching dark periods of strife and violence, justice and quests for freedom, and dreaming of what it might have been like to live and survive during these hostile periods have been the most rewarding aspects of writing historical romance.
I’m fascinated with medieval history and can get quite sidetracked in my research, absorbed in reading about the goings on at the time from the political climate and issues of the period to what foods people ate, the clothes they wore, the pastimes they enjoyed. I can get lost reading about the era and have to limit the time I spend immersed in history.
My Daughters of Alastair MacDougall Series begins in May 1297, a time of unrest between Scotland and England. It has been such fun to delve into this period and imagine living amongst the clans. The Turnberry Legacy Series picks up in 1301 with Robert the Bruce vying for Scotland’s crown, much like other power-hungry nobles who fought for control.
My name is Lane McFarland and I write historical romance, spanning the early Middle Ages through the American Civil War. While my books are fiction, each one is based on historical facts, and you will often see known figures such as William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, or The Red Comyn make guest appearances. All my books revolve around human struggles, sacrifices survivors are forced to make, and their resilience to live and thrive.
I’m a southern girl living on top of a mountain in North Georgia, and I’m most happy when surrounded by family and friends. If I am not writing, you can find me hiking with my husband, or fiddling around in my flower and vegetable gardens, feeding the birds and watching black bears and deer. I am blessed to have a wonderful son—my pride and joy, my buddy who, along with my husband, have made my life complete.
My website: http://www.lanemcfarland.com
My Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Lane-McFarland/e/B00G7UQZNI/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
It's week four at our Medieval Blog Hop, and the excerpt today is from Lane McFarland's book, Lindsey.
The enemy soldiers straightened, their attention focused on her. A burly guard advanced, his dark eyes narrowing. “Who the hell are you? Where’s Cora?”
Another man circled her. He stroked her mud-crusted hair, then squeezed the padding on her bottom. She inwardly flinched and moved out of his reach. Dirty cur.
“Och, the old healer be feelin’ poorly,” Lindsey answered. “I’m ‘ere to fix up the master’s prisoners fer ‘er. Hear tell they be taking them to stand trial, and Master Collins wants ‘em looking guid, their injuries healed.”
She faced the groping man and offered her basket to him while struggling with the overwhelming urge to slam it into his filthy face.
Follow along next week by checking out Laurel O’Donnell's blog with excerpt #5 http://www.laurel-odonnell.com/blog.html
The Daughters of Alastair MacDougall Series
Set in late thirteenth century Scotland, this series tells the stories of Laird Alastair MacDougall’s four independent and oftentimes, headstrong daughters coming of age in a country fraught with war and feuds amongst rival clans. Follow his daughters as their lives become intertwined with four fierce, rebel highland warriors bent on eradicating the English soldiers from their homeland.
Who said life was fair? Certainly not Lindsey MacDougall. She rebels at a world dominated by men. Dressed in lad’s clothing, she manages her father’s stables, caring for, breeding and selling horses. Unwavering on performing her duty to the rebellion, Lindsey throws caution to the wind and secretly delivers missives behind enemy lines to the Scottish warriors.
Logan Ross uses his happy-go-lucky smile to warm the hearts of many willing lasses, but it also masks his pain—the pain of his birth. As a bastard son, he is unacceptable for any Laird’s daughter, including the spirited Lindsey MacDougall. However, she haunts his dreams. Determined to prove his worth, he throws himself into the middle of the rebellion, leading men into mortal danger.
After helping Logan escape from a brutal English dungeon, Lindsey fights her traitorous attraction to the virile highland warrior, vowing never to lose her heart to any man.
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