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It’s time for a new round of Medieval Monday! For this round, our theme is “The Bad Guy,” and let me tell you, I flat-out loathe my villain, Archdeacon Dominy.  I know I created him, but still…

Every Monday for the next 11 weeks, I’ll feature a snippet from a medieval romance (mine and others) and tell you where to find the next bit of the story.

My excerpt–broken into 11 snippets–is from the award-nominated Shadow of the Swan, the third of The Novels of Ravenwood.  For all of you waiting for the fourth book, Night of the Owl, we’re moving swiftly toward publication.  I’ll keep you posted!

If you comment on my snippets, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win digital copies of the first three books in the series.  Then you’ll be all caught up when the fourth comes out.  I’ll announce the winner on Monday, September 9.

So without further ado, let’s see how Lady Constance de Bret reacts to “the bad guy.”

Basking in the solitude and serenity of Ravenwood’s chapel, Constance knelt before the altar and stared up at the stained-glass window. She had no idea how long she’d been there, but her nerves had finally smoothened. Her knees, however, needed a break. With a sigh, she stood and stretched.

The window and chapel darkened as the sunlight faltered outside. The shuffle of footsteps invaded the sanctum, and she turned.

Her breath caught in her throat. Her pulse quickened.


She stared in disbelief at his hated eyes. His ruddy cheeks and greasy, graying hair.

He smirked. “Miss me?”

Remember to leave a comment for a chance to win digital copies of the first three books, and read the next snippet next Monday on Bambi Lynn’s blog:  www.bambilynnblog.wordpress.com

A little more about Shadow of the Swan:

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.

Where to buy the book:


Barnes & Noble




Amazon Audio


Apple Audio

See you next Monday!