The Hearts & Chocolate Valentine’s Romance Giveaway continues!

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Valentine’s Day might’ve passed, but the Hearts & Chocolate Valentine’s Romance Giveaway is still going strong.  We’re giving away your favorite bestselling romance eBooks AND chocolate.  If you haven’t entered already, here’s your chance to win!

https://bookwrapt.com/hearts-chocolate-valentines-romance-giveaway/

Good luck, everyone.  Enjoy your Saturday!  🙂

SHADOW OF THE SWAN ~ N. N. Light’s Love and Romance Book Festival

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The Love and Romance Book Festival continues at N. N. Light’s Book Heaven.  Today, an excerpt from Shadow of the Swan–the third book in my medieval romance series– is being featured.  I also gave a couple of romantic tips, of which my husband wholeheartedly approves!  🙂

Check it out, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win Amazon and Barnes & Noble gift cards.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/single-post/2019/02/14/Celebrate-romance-with-Shadow-of-the-Swan-by-Judith-Sterling-and-WildRosePress-historicalromance-romance-giveaway

A Valentine’s Surprise

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I just noticed that Amazon still has the first three books of my medieval romance series, The Novels of Ravenwood, on sale, and just in time for Valentine’s Day!  It’s a surprise to me but good news for you, so get ’em while they’re hot!  The fourth book in the series, Night of the Owl, is with my editor now, and I’m currently writing a detailed outline of the fifth and final book, Return of the Raven.  Big reveals lie ahead!

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B01MT3KB7L

Amazon UK (for 99 pence) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Novels-Ravenwood-3-Book/dp/B079J1QGV1

Amazon CA (for $1.32) https://www.amazon.ca/Flight-Raven-Judith-Sterling-ebook/dp/B01JVH2GFO

Ruth A. Casie’s New Release ~ THE PIRATE’S JEWEL

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I’m thrilled to have USA Today bestselling author Ruth A. Casie here! She’s part of our Medieval Mondays group, and today is release day for her latest book, The Pirate’s Jewel. Let’s see what she has to say about it.

What inspired you to write this book/series? Have you ever read a book with secondary characters that scream for a story of their own? Or better yet, characters you want to know more about?

Yes! That’s why my medieval romance, Flight of the Raven, turned into a series, The Novels of Ravenwood. Tell me more! Wesley Reynolds and Darla Maxwell, the central characters of my new release, The Pirate’s Jewel, are the parents of Lisbeth Reynolds, the heroine in my story, The Guardian’s Witch.
My story that is releasing today is one of the books in the Pirates of Britannia connected world created by Eliza Knight and Kathryn LeVeque. It is also a cross-over story to my series, The Stelton Legacy.

That is so cool! I have to know…have you encountered any of the characters in a dream? No. I haven’t encountered any of my characters in a dream, but I did get pulled over by a policeman for speeding because I was talking to one. I lost track of how fast I was going on the parkway. I was arguing with my character while I was driving to my meet up with my writing partners.

He just wouldn’t cooperate, my character not the police officer. I was having a terrible time with a plot point, and my hero sat in the passenger seat and didn’t say a word. I threw out idea after idea, but he said nothing. That was when I saw the flashing lights.

Yes, I told him everything and no, I did not get a ticket. The very nice police officer let me off with a warning. I would have liked to be a fly on the barracks wall when he came in.

I love it! If you could give your characters a word of advice, what would it be? In The Pirate’s Jewel, deception and family honor are a central theme that touches both Wesley and Darla in different ways. They learn that blind trust can have deadly consequences. My words of advice are listen, question, and evaluate.

Good advice! In general, which do you enjoy writing more: description or dialogue? That’s a great question. To outline my stories, I write what loosely resembles a synopsis. Here is where I can write straight dialogue without worrying about body language, emotional cues, or anything else. I just write the words. I find the dialogue comes naturally. When I edit, I need to wordsmith, and some of my best repartees will be deleted, but for me the dialogue fuels my writing.

I adore dialogue too! What do you love most about being an author? I love the creativity of storytelling. My sister is fifteen years older than me. When I told her I wrote a story and it was published by Harlequin, I didn’t know what she would say. Bernice was not surprised. She said I always had a story to tell or act out and quickly reminded me that I made her dress up as a cowgirl to play cowgirl (we didn’t have any bad guys) with me.

Yes, storytelling is truly magical! Thanks for joining me on your release day, Ruth. I wish you great success with The Pirate’s Jewel!

A bit more about the book:

Deception and family honor are at stake – so is her heart.

Wesley Reynolds will do anything to avenge his family’s banishment from Dundhragon Castle even throw in with the notorious pirate, MacAlpin. His plan, ruin Lord Ewan’s trading network. He has a more devious plan for his father’s ‘best friend,’ the man who abandoned them at the eleventh hour. He’ll ruin the man’s most precious jewel, his daughter Darla. Wesley’s so close to ruining the trade network and succeeding he can almost taste it, but revenge is not nearly as sweet as Darla’s kisses.

Darla Maxwell, beloved by her parents has no prospects of marriage. Her father and Lord Ewan search to find her the right husband. Darla’s special gifts are frightening to many. She has visions that often come true. The murky image of a man haunts her, she’s sure it’s Lord Ewan’s soon-to-be son-in-law, but the vision morphs when she meets Wesley. The meaning couldn’t be any clearer to her, her destiny lies with Wesley.

When revelations surface indicating Wesley has been deceived and his revenge misplaced. Will he find the truth of what really happened to his family in time to stop the pirates? Will Darla ever forgive him? Will he ever forgive himself?

This is a KU book available at Amazon

More about Ruth:

RUTH A. CASIE is a USA Today bestselling author of historical swashbuckling action-adventures and contemporary romance with enough action to keep you turning pages. Her stories feature strong women and the men who deserve them, endearing flaws and all. She lives in New Jersey with her hero, three empty bedrooms and a growing number of incomplete counted cross-stitch projects. Before she found her voice, she was a speech therapist (pun intended), client liaison for a corrugated manufacturer, and vice president at an international bank where she was a product/ marketing manager, but her favorite job is the one she’s doing now—writing romance. She hopes her stories become your favorite adventures.

Where to find her:

Website: https://ruthacasie.com/
Email: mailto:ruth@ruthacasie.com
Personal Blog: http://www.ruthacasie.blogspot.com
Google+ https://plus.google.com/+RuthSeitelman
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RuthACasie
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/RuthACasie/
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LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/ruth-seitelman/6/6b7/964
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AllAuthor: http://ruthacasie.allauthor.com

 

 

Medieval Monday ~ BEGUILED BY THE FORBIDDEN KNIGHT

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Welcome back to Medieval Monday!  I’m excited to have the talented Elisabeth Hobbes here today, and we’re featuring her medieval romance, Beguiled by the Forbidden Knight.

If you’re following my excerpt from Shadow of the Swan, you can find the second snippet of Robert and Constance’s first encounter on Elisabeth’s blog.  Remember to leave a comment there for a chance to win a signed print copy of the book!  Here’s the link: https://elisabethhobbes.co.uk

Now, let’s enjoy Elisabeth’s second snippet:

At first Gui had mistaken her for a child: partly because of her manner, but mainly because she was so slightly built. Now she was closer he could make out the shape of small breasts beneath her shift and the blossoming curve of hips as she twisted and bent to unlace her shoes.

She was more woman than child.

Faced with this new evidence Gui gulped in surprise. He lowered himself further beneath the water, conscious of his own nakedness. Fortunately for Gui’s composure the girl did not do as he had done and shed every layer. She hitched up the skirt of her shift and waded purposefully into the water to her knees. Just as Gui had done she shivered in the cold. Beneath the water Gui grinned to himself in sympathy as another shudder racked his body.

You can catch up with Gui and the mysterious girl next week on Cathy MacRae’s blog: https://www.cathymacraeauthor.com/bits-n-bobs-author-blog

Elisabeth is offering one reader the chance to win an e-book copy of her brand new Scottish romance, A Runaway Bride for the Highlander which comes out in May. To be in with a chance, all you have to do is leave a comment on each of her snippets.

A little more about Beguiled by the Forbidden Knight:

He’s her enemy…

…and she must not fall for him!

When her mistress is claimed as an enemy knight’s betrothed, handmaiden Aelfhild knows it would be too dangerous for her lady; she must go in her place. But there’s more to the scarred knight than she first thought—she isn’t expecting to fall for him! As the line between friend and enemy blurs, Aelfhild realizes she might be protecting her mistress, but not her heart…

Buy the book:

Amazon getbook.at/ForbiddenKnight

Barnes & Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/beguiled-by-the-forbidden-knight-elisabeth-hobbes/1127581333?ean=9781488086755

Harlequin https://www.harlequin.com/shop/books/9781488086755_beguiled-by-the-forbidden-knight.html

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/beguiled-by-the-forbidden-knight-mills-boon-historical

See you next Monday!

THE NOVELS OF RAVENWOOD ~ Sale Ending Tomorrow and Update on NIGHT OF THE OWL

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If you follow me on Facebook, you already know…I recently finished writing and editing Night of the Owl, the fourth of The Novels of Ravenwood, and turned it in to my editor.  Woohoo!  I’m excited to share this time travel story with you.  Trust me when I tell you there’s a big reveal at the end of the book!

You still have time to catch up on the first three books in the series at the bargain price of 99 cents apiece.  But hurry!  The sale ends tomorrow, Feb. 7.

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B01MT3KB7L

Barnes & Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/judith%20sterling/_/N-8qa

The Wild Rose Press https://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/2212_judith-sterling

iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/author/judith-sterling/id954939489?mt=11

Happy reading, and happy Wednesday!  🙂

 

 

Medieval Monday ~ SHADOW OF THE SWAN

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It’s time for a new round of Medieval Monday!  For this round, our theme is “First Encounter,” that moment when the hero and heroine first meet.  Every Monday for the next 13 weeks, I’ll feature a snippet from a medieval romance and tell you where to find the next bit of the story.

My excerpt (broken into 13 snippets) is from the award-nominated Shadow of the Swan, the third of The Novels of Ravenwood, so it’s the first encounter of Sir Robert le Donjon and Lady Constance.  If you comment on my snippets, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a signed print copy of the book.  Without further ado, here’s the beginning of my characters’ first encounter:

Not twelve steps away was a table covered in red cloth that hung an inch shy of the ground. Bolts of fabric sat on top, but the clothier was nowhere in sight. ’Twould make the perfect hiding place.

Avoiding the gaggle of geese, she dashed to the table and crouched on the ground beneath it. The red, woolen fabric created the thinnest of barriers, but she was grateful for it. With any luck, Dominy would pass right by and never notice.

Two male voices came within earshot and grew louder as the men paused in front of the table. One sounded younger, belonging to a body of six- or seventeen years; the other voice was seasoned, yet soothing.

The latter spoke. “You have need of new cloth?”

“Aye, sir.”

“I see. You wouldn’t be trying to impress a certain handmaiden, would you?”

The younger man sighed. “Alice. How did you guess?”

“I have eyes, Guy.”

“And a nose like a hound, if I may say so.”

The man addressed as “sir”—a knight, perchance?—chuckled and slid the tip of his boot beneath the red fabric.

Dust swirled and tickled her nostrils. She fought a sneeze, but it exploded three seconds later.

The laughter ceased. “Did you hear something?”

“Aye, sir. A sneeze. It came from under there.”

Remember to leave a comment for a chance to win a signed print copy of Shadow of the Swan, and follow along next week on Elisabeth Hobbes’s blog: https://elisabethhobbes.co.uk

A little more about the book:

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.

Buy the book (which happens to be on sale for 99 cents at the moment):

Amazon https://amzn.com/B078JYQDTX

Barnes & Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/shadow-of-the-swan-judith-sterling/1127751024?ean=2940158925597

iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/shadow-of-the-swan/id1332023091

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/shadow-of-the-swan-3

See you next Monday!

Love and Romance Book Festival ~ N. N. Light’s Book Heaven

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Calling all romance readers! It’s more than hearts and flowers at N. N. Light’s Book Heaven Love and Romance Book Festival. 42 romance books featured plus a chance to win one of the following:

Enter to win a $50 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card
Enter to win a $50 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card
Enter to win a $25 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card
Enter to win a $15 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card
Enter to win a $10 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card

I’m thrilled to be a part of this event. One of my medieval romances, Shadow of the Swan, will be featured on Valentine’s Day! I also wrote a romantic tip to enhance your love life. You won’t want to miss it!

Bookmark this festival and tell your friends.  Good luck with the prizes!

https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/love-and-romance-book-festival

Hearts and Chocolate Valentine’s Romance Giveaway

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Who wants to win bestselling romance books and chocolate? You do! We’ve got the prizes that will make your Valentine’s month rock. Bestselling books from Nora Roberts, Madison Faye, Susan Mallery, Alexa Riley, K.F. Breene, Carolyn Brown, Scarlett Scott, Tracy Brogan and more. Chocolate from Godiva, Lindt, Ghirardelli, Ferrero Roche and more!

No matter your favorite romance subgenre…whether you like it sweet, sexy, or steamy, we have the prize pack for you. Enter now for your chance to win!

https://bookwrapt.com/hearts-chocolate-valentines-romance-giveaway/

Be Mine Bookish Giveaway ~ N. N. Light’s Book Heaven

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Many people think of hearts and flowers when Valentine’s Day approaches. I say, give me books and I’ll be your forever sweetheart! I’ve teamed up with twenty-two authors to bring you the sweetest giveaway filled with all your favorite things: books. We’re giving away audiobooks, autographed print copies, digital books, and swag. It’s heavy on the romance, but you’ll also find women’s fiction, suspense, and fantasy.  We want you to be our valentine. Say yes by entering to win below. Good luck!

Be Mine Bookish Giveaway: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/92db775025

Literary Giveaway Portal: https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/literary-giveaway-portal