Bits 'n Bobs Author Blog
Welcome back to Medieval Monday!
For the next several weeks, some of your favorite Medieval Romance authors will share in a round-robin hosting of excerpts from some truly wonderful books.
What better time to showcase this season's Celebration theme than in this time of holidays, gatherings, and remembrances?
I've chosen a snippet from The Highlander's Crusader Bride that centers on a bit of unexpected humor at Arbela's and Caelen's wedding.
Here is the list of sites for upcoming snippets:
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/
And the final snippet, week #11, will be back here! https://www.cathymacraeauthor.com/bits-n-bobs-author-blog
Born in the Holy Land to a life of danger and adventure, Arbela MacLean is not the bride Caelen expected.
THE HIGHLANDER’S CRUSADER BRIDE
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.
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.
The sudden skirl of pipes snatched Caelen from his musings. Glancing up, he spied a procession coming from the end of the great hall to his position near the enormous double doors of the keep. Even Bram, who’d begun to fidget, stood straight, grabbing at Caelen’s tunic as he peered around his legs.
“Bela?” he asked.
Caelen caught a glimpse of scarlet fabric trimmed in gold and glittering in the candle light. “Aye,” he breathed, awed in spite of himself.
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