Medieval Monday ~ THE PIRATE’S JEWEL

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Welcome back to Medieval Monday!  Our nature theme continues with stormy seas ahead!  I’m featuring The Pirate’s Redemption by USA TODAY bestselling author Ruth A. Casie.

If you’re following my excerpt from Night of the Owl, you can find the fourth snippet on Ruth’s blog today: http://www.RuthACasie.blogspot.com

Now, let’s enjoy her fourth snippet:

The ship glided out of the protection of the dock and sailed into the churning channel. Huddled under the sail, hugging her knees, Darla thought she might as well be blind. To add to her discomfort, the aroma of beer from the surrounding barrels was overpowering in the small space.

The rise and fall of the ship had her holding on to the barrels for dear life. Large raindrops that randomly pelted Darla’s shelter intensified. The ends of her canvas hideout fluttered and hammered a beat as gusts of wind plowed into the standing barrels sending sprays of water through the spaces between them. The tight ropes holding her sanctuary together sang as they strained against the pitching of the ship and onslaught of the wind and rain.

Did you miss excerpt three? Find it on Jenna Jaxon’s blog http://jennajaxon.wordpress.com

Join Ruth next week for another excerpt on Cathy MacRae’s blog https://www.cathymacraeauthor.com/bits-n-bobs-author-blog

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?

Ruth A. Casie’s vivid descriptions place you right in the story. It is a wonderful read I highly recommend.” ~ Deb

Where to buy it:

Amazon ($2.99 or Kindle Unlimited)

See you next Monday! 🙂

Sydney Winward’s New Release ~ ROOT BREW FLOAT

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I’m excited to welcome sister Rose (published by the Wild Rose Press) Sydney Winward back to my blog!  We’re spotlighting her new release, Root Brew Float, which is part of our publisher’s summer series, One Scoop or Two.  Here’s the story:

Josephine Brevil has lived hundreds of years haunted by the horrors she experienced during the Salem Witch Trials. She takes great care to hide her powers, though serving a Root Brew Float laced with a magic potion now and again never hurt anybody. The Order sends her to Massachusetts to deal with a paranormal threat, and she meets the young and handsome widower, Clarence Watts. However, being with him comes with a choice. How can she choose between the man she loves and the magic she holds dear?

A peek between the pages:

“There’s a reason we’re inside the circle. Nothing can touch us in here. Now close your eyes and listen to my voice.” She paused for a moment to take a deep breath, channeling the magic swirling within her core. “Clarence Watts, our task here is to send your deceased wife into the afterlife, beyond the door and into the next realm. If you have done as I previously instructed, you have gotten rid of many of Heidi’s earthly belongings, which is a crucial step to letting her go. Now, imagine a rope that connects you to Heidi. Cut it and sever the tie.”

“It can’t be that simple.”

“It’s not. It’s symbolic of freeing her, but the act of letting go is another story altogether.”

“I’m not sure how I’m supposed to let her go.”

“Cling onto something else you care about. It usually helps.” 

His hands tightened around hers. She cracked her eyes open, her heart racing as she stared at their conjoined hands. The word home echoed in her mind again, and when she tried to push it away, it slammed back into her stronger than before. 

Home is with the Order, she insisted.

Yet, her pounding heart didn’t believe her.

Book Trailer

Intrigued?  Here’s where to buy the book:

Amazon ~ Barnes and Noble ~ Applebooks

A little about Sydney:

Sydney Winward was born with an artistic brain and a love of discovery for new talents. From drawing to sewing to music, she has loved to explore every opportunity that comes her way. At a young age, Sydney discovered her love of writing and wrote her first book at twelve years old, and since then, she hasn’t been able to stop writing. Her active imagination and artistic mind take her away to different worlds and time periods, making every new story a fantastic adventure. When she is not writing (or fawning over animals in the neighborhood) she spends time with her husband and children at home in Utah.

Where to find her:

Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Goodreads ~ Amazon Author Page ~ Instagram

Thanks so much for sharing your new release with us, Sydney.  Wishing you all the best with it! 🙂

Sadira Stone’s New Release ~ LOVE, ART, AND OTHER OBSTACLES

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I’m excited to welcome sister Rose (published by The Wild Rose Press) Sadira Stone today!  We’ll get a peek between the pages of her new release, Love, Art, and Other Obstacles, which is part of her Book Nirvana series.  She’s also here to tell us about her inspiration for the series.  Take it away, Sadira!

Until 2016, I was one of those readers—literary snobs who look down their noses at romance for the usual stupid reasons: too corny, too predictable, too fluffy. Then I read about how fun and lucrative writing erotica can be. I thought, what the heck? Let’s try.

I have never had so much fun with a writing project! My first steamy romance, Through the Red Door, nearly wrote itself, though it damn sure didn’t edit itself. Now I’m totally addicted to passionate, heartfelt stories with happy endings, both as a reader and as a writer. 

Why set the series in a bookshop? Ever since I was a wee lass, I dreamed of owning one. Add to that my fascination with historical erotic art and literature, and you’ve got the Book Nirvana series, set in an indie bookshop with an extensive erotica collection behind a locked red door.

I love writing stories in which a couple’s powerful physical attraction leads them to consider a partner outside their usual M.O.—one who just might turn out to be their perfect match. That’s how it happened for my husband and me!

I wanted to set my series in a college town, so I chose Eugene, home of the University of Oregon, with its lively arts scene and rich counterculture legacy from the hippie era. It’s now my favorite Oregon town to visit!

The scoop on Love, Art, and Other Obstacles:

Rejected by her family for her bisexuality, graphic artist Margot DuPont yearns for a life with no fences, no limits, and no family ties. Between college, work at Book Nirvana, and an art competition, she barely has time for her part-time girlfriend, much less a flirtation with her competitor.

Dumped into the foster system at a young age, ceramics artist Elmer Byrne craves a big, loving family of the heart. His artist family almost fills that need, but something is missing…until Margot. But when he offers his heart, her thorny defenses shatter him.

Thrown together in an art competition that could jump-start one artist’s career, but not both, their irresistible attraction forces them to reconsider the meaning of success.

A peek inside:

                “Tell you what,” he said. “How about if we have drinks and talk about anything but the competition?”

                “Because…why?”

                “You’re a real hard-ass, aren’t you?” He rolled his eyes. “Because I like you, Margot.”

                “Why?”

                He leaned so close their foreheads almost touched, a challenge simmering in his smile. “Have a drink with me and find out.”

                If there was one thing she couldn’t resist, it was a challenge. On the other hand, he might not like her so much if he knew about Darcy. Let that be the test, then. Let him prove he wasn’t one of those possessive, controlling guys Darcy warned her about.

                “Okay. I will.” She stepped back. “But you should know, I’m sort of seeing someone.”

                His thick auburn brows contracted. “Sort of?”

                “A woman.”

                His nostrils flared on a deep inhalation, but he held her gaze. “Is it serious?”

                “Not really.” Might as well serve up the truth, raw and ungarnished. Might as well be honest with herself too. “She lives in Berkeley. I only see her every month or two.”

                Holding her gaze, he nodded. “Okay then. Thanks for telling me.” The tense lines of his mouth relaxed into a casual grin. “So, drinks?”

                Well I’ll be damned.

The e-book is currently on sale for $2.99.  Buy it today!

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Apple Books | Kobo | Google Play

More about Sadira:

Ever since her first kiss, Sadira’s been spinning steamy tales in her head. After leaving her teaching career in Germany, she finally tried her hand at writing one. Now she’s a happy citizen of Romancelandia, penning contemporary romance from her new home in Washington State, U.S.A. When not writing, which is seldom, she explores the Pacific Northwest with her charming husband, enjoys the local music scene, plays darts (pretty well), plays guitar (badly), and gobbles all the books.

Where to find her:

Website: http://sadirastone.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sadirastone/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SadiraStone

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18568049.Sadira_Stone

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/sadira-stone

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Sadira-Stone/e/B07KWK5FBX

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/sadira0641/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sadirastone/

Author newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dKLMP2

Thanks so much for joining us today, Sadira.  Best of luck with the book!

Medieval Monday ~ LOVE WILL FIND YOU

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Welcome back to Medieval Monday!  Our nature theme continues, and today I’m featuring Love Will Find You, the fourth book in Sherry Ewing’s The Knight’s of Berwyck, A Quest Through Time series.  I love this cover, and the book releases tomorrow!  I’ll be co-hosting the Facebook release party on Sunday, May 24 at 6:40 p.m. EST.

If you’re following the excerpt from my time travel romance, Night of the Owl, you can find the third snippet on Sherry’s blog today: https://www.SherryEwing.com/blog/

Now, let’s read her third snippet:

He pulled on the reins bringing the horse to a halt and scanned the perimeter of the area. “We shall make for the trees tae conceal us. Can ye ride just a few more minutes, Lady Ella?” he asked.

She rested her head upon his chest and felt his arms tighten around her. “Once I am upon solid ground again, I will give you a sound verbal thrashing for using the L word with me again. ’Til then, I suppose my bruised backside can withstand a few more minutes of torture on this hideous creature.”

Did you miss week two? Find it on Ruth Casie’s blog here: http://ruthacasie.blogspot.co.uk

Join Sherry next week for another excerpt on Cathy MacRae’s blog here: https://www.cathymacraeauthor.com/bits-n-bobs-author-blog

More about Love Will Find You:

Sometimes a moment is all we have…

Ella Fitzpatrick is a woman with a secret. As she comes and goes from Berwyck Castle, seeking refuge within its gates, she yearns to be reunited with the one for whom she crossed time from the twenty-first century. She has lived another lifetime in the twelfth century waiting for the date of their reunion and it is almost upon her. But how could she have known the man she believes she loves is not the person she needs?

Killian of Clan MacLaren has been infatuated with Ella for many a year but has guarded his heart, knowing her affection lies with another. When Ella must flee Berwyck, Killian vows to escort her to her encounter with destiny. But passion flares between them and there is no doubt the bond they have is far greater than either of them expected.

Their time together is running out. Killian has a decision to make that might give him and Ella a future together. If you could change someone’s past, would you seize the moment?

Preorder the book:

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3cixJPC

Apple Books: https://apple.co/3cjFMvq

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/3crq6pU

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2PB7Dh9

That’s all for this Medieval Monday.  See you next week! 🙂

VANILLA WITH A TWIST by Peggy Jaeger

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Sister Rose Peggy Jaeger is back!  She’s here to talk about her upcoming release, Vanilla with a Twist.  Ice cream and romance:  not a bad combo, if you ask me, and it sounds like a fun summer read.  Take it away, Peggy!

My new novella, VANILLA WITH A TWIST, is part of the new summer series from Wild Rose Press titled ONE SCOOP OR TWO. All the stories revolve around ice cream in some form and all must be set in summer. Since they are also novellas, the word count is set at 35,000 or less.

I typically write long tomes that range from 85,000 to 100,00 words, include a lot of story elements, and that typically feature some kind of intimacy (read: sex!) for the hero and heroine. I like a slow buildup with a lot of emotional and physical tension, so my folks don’t just jump in the sac in chapter 1. Sometimes, not even by chapter 10!

Because I like to write this way, penning a romance novella where I am restricted in the word count, and therefore the slow buildup, has made me a side-writer of sweet romance.

Of the three – now 4 – novellas I’ve penned for WRP, all have been sweet romances. No physical intimacy aside from a few kisses and hugs for the H/H.

Can I just tell you what an exercise in writing restraint that’s been?! Hee hee.

It’s actually been a good exercise, because it’s made me figure out alternative ways to show the physical tension and buildup of emotion through action and dialogue. A simple brush of the hero’s hand against the heroine’s can show a shiver of longing run up her spine, or have him hiss in a breath at the simple content. Just having them be aware of one another across a crowded room, or thinking about the other throughout the day without actually being in the same room denotes a type of intimacy and affection that can occur without sex accompanying it.

I have to admit, I love that.

But I also have to admit, I like writing my sex scenes, too. Hee hee.

The story:

Tandy Blakemore spends her days running her New England ice cream parlor, single-parenting her teenage son, and trying to keep her head above financial water. No easy feat when the shop’s machinery is aging and her son is thinking about college. Tandy hasn’t had a day off in a decade and wonders if she’ll ever be able to live a worry-free life.

Engineer Deacon Withers is on an enforced vacation in the tiny seaside town of Beacher’s Cove. Overworked, stressed, and lonely, he walks into Tandy’s shop for a midday ice cream cone and gets embroiled in helping her fix a broken piece of equipment.

Can the budding friendship that follows lead to something everlasting?

A peek between the pages:

For a few moments, she regarded him with a look his mother would have called insightful. The corners of her eyes narrowed, she dipped her chin a hair, and she pulled her mouth into another appealing pout he was tempted to kiss.

“I bet,” she said after a long, drawn-out sigh, “you were the kind of kid who took apart clocks and fans and vacuum cleaners to see how they worked.”

“It was more washing machines and lawn mowers and anything with a motor, but yeah. I was.”

She shook her head, her own lips forming a lopsided grin. “Your poor mother.”

“She survived.”

Tandy rolled her eyes and shot her hands to her hips. “So it’s working again?” She thrust her chin at the ice cream machine.

“For now.”

“Okay, well, I can live with for now. And you think you know the real reason it’s been acting up?”

“I definitely do. But like I said, the water to the machine needs to be shut off to fix it.”

“Okay. Well, we close at nine.”

“I’ll come back a little before then. Get things ready. Is that okay with you?”

“I guess it’ll have to be.” She bit down on the inside of her cheek as her brows pulled together. “And you’re sure you want to do this?”

“If I weren’t, I wouldn’t offer, Tandy.”

Why her reluctance to have him help was such a turn-on was something he considered while he waited for his ice cream.

Buy the book:

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More about Peggy:

Peggy Jaeger is a contemporary romance writer who writes Romantic Comedies about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them. If she can make you cry on one page and bring you out of tears rolling with laughter the next, she’s done her job as a writer!

Family and food play huge roles in Peggy’s stories because she believes there is nothing that holds a family structure together like sharing a meal…or two…or ten. Dotted with humor and characters that are as real as they are loving, she brings all topics of daily life into her stories: life, death, sibling rivalry, illness and the desire for everyone to find their own happily ever after. Growing up the only child of divorced parents she longed for sisters, brothers and a family that vowed to stick together no matter what came their way. Through her books, she’s created the families she wanted as that lonely child.

When she’s not writing Peggy is usually painting, crafting, scrapbooking or decoupaging old steamer trunks she finds at rummage stores and garage sales.

A lifelong and avid romance reader and writer, Peggy is a member of RWA and her local New Hampshire RWA Chapter.

As a lifelong diarist, she caught the blogging bug early on, and you can visit her at peggyjaeger.com where she blogs daily about life, writing, and stuff that makes her go “What??!”

Where to find her:

Website: http://peggyjaeger.com/

Blog: http://peggyjaeger.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Peggy-Jaeger-Author/825914814095072?ref=bookmarks

Twitter: https://twitter.com/peggy_jaeger

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13478796.Peggy_Jaeger

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/peggy-jaeger

            YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDR8RRIlssIyS0FYZWeGqsg/videos?view_as=subscriber

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/peggyjaeger_author/

Pintrest: https://www.pinterest.com/peggyjaeger/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/peggy-jaeger-296ab878/

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00T8E5LN0

Authors database: https://authorsdb.com/community/15814-peggy-jaeger

Triberr: https://triberr.com/tribe/strong-women–loving-men

Thanks for joining us today, Peggy.  Wishing you all the best with the book!

Medieval Monday ~ MASK OF THE HIGHLANDER

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Welcome back to Medieval Monday!  Our nature theme continues, and today I’m featuring Bambi Lynn’s Mask of the Highlander.  A cool cover, don’t you think?

If you’re following the excerpt from my time travel romance, Night of the Owl, you can find the second snippet on Bambi’s blog today: https://bambilynnblog.wordpress.com/

Now, let’s check out Bambi’s second snippet:

She sauntered through what remained of a village, still struggling to survive after all this time, on the outskirts of the forest. She towered over the few humans she passed. Most of them kept their eyes downcast, easy enough, given her height. Others, bolder, gaped openly, waving their hands before them to make a sign that had been in existence long before it came to symbolize the sacrifice made by the Son.

She smiled. Humans would be pagans until the end of time.

Intriguing!  Here’s a little more about Mask of the Highlander:

Once she was afraid to touch him. Now she’s afraid to let go.

Forced to marry to avoid war between clans, Kenna Cleary endured three days of her new husband’s painful brutality, unaware of his demon heritage. Leaving her for dead, he rode off to battle the English. In the five years of his absence, she bore him a daughter, increased his holdings, and gained the love and respect of his people. Now he’s home. Must she and the clan learn to endure his cruelty once more?

Can an ancient Celtic god find peace in the mortal world?

The Laird of Domhnul has returned from war a changed man—moreso than his wife can possibly know. Now the warrior faces a new battle, one for his wife’s heart, and his peoples’ trust. He must walk the knife’s edge of deception and danger, all while learning to manage the supernatural power flaring inside him and discovering a heritage he never imagined.

But when his father embroils both of them in a deadly plot, can the couple find a way to prevent war between their clans?

Buy the book:

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That’s all for this Medieval Monday.  See you next week! 🙂

 

 

Celebrate Mothers Bookish Event ~ N. N. Light’s Book Heaven

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In honor of Mother’s Day, I’m participating in the Celebrate Mothers Bookish Event at N. N. Light’s Book Heaven.  They’re spotlighting 26 books, including one of mine:  Shadow of the Swan, the third book in my medieval romance series, The Novels of Ravenwood.

You can read excerpts from my book and others here and enter to win an e-book bundle of all 26 books featured in the event.

Open internationally.

Runs May 7 – 10, 2020.

Winner will be drawn on May 18, 2020.

Enter here and good luck!  And happy (early) Mother’s Day!  🙂

Stress Busting Book Festival ~ THE SWORD UNSHEATHED

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The Stress Busting Book Festival is in full swing at N. N. Light’s Book Heaven, and today, my young adult paranormal fantasy, The Sword Unsheathed, is in the spotlight!  You can get a sneak peek inside this soon-to-be-released third book in the Guardians of Erin series and learn how I combat stress.  Check it out here!

While you’re there, remember to enter the giveaway.  You could win one of the following:

~ $50 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card

~ $50 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card

~ $25 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card

~ $15 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card

~ $10 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card

Open internationally

Runs May 1 – June 3

Drawing will be held on June 4.

See you there! 🙂

Medieval Monday ~ NIGHT OF THE OWL

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Welcome to a new round of Medieval Monday!  Our theme is “Nature”; perfect for this time of year!  The participating authors and I have each chosen an excerpt from a medieval romance and divided it into 11 snippets, which we’ll be sharing on our blogs.  Every Monday for the next 11 weeks, I’ll feature one snippet and tell you where to find mine.

Today’s snippet is from my own excerpt, from the award-nominated time travel romance Night of the Owl, the fourth of The Novels of RavenwoodI’m writing the 5th and final book in the series as we speak!  But for now, check out Snippet #1:

Hugh reined in his black stallion next to the burbling river. Ardyth, riding astride her brown palfrey, did the same. The hem of her violet gown rode too, all the way up to her knees, giving him a good view of a beautifully shaped, stockinged calf. The wooded valley was almost entirely surrounded by steep banks which formed a natural barrier to the world outside, and that was fine with him. He craved time alone with her. She filled so completely the lonely void created by his brothers’ leaving, and he wanted to learn everything he could about her.

Want to know what happens next?  You can read Snippet #2 next Monday on Bambi Lynn’s blog.

Or you can buy the book:

Amazon | Amazon UK | B & N | Apple | Kobo

The story:

PhD student Ardyth Nightshade has renounced men and pursues her twentieth-century career with single-minded focus. When fate whisks her to medieval England, she meets her match in a man whose passions mirror her own. Can she sacrifice ambition for a love she never sought?

Hugh, Lord Seacrest confounds all who know him. He refuses to marry without a meeting of minds and hearts, and no lady has even approached his ideal…until Ardyth. But she’s an odd one, with unique skills, shocking habits, and total conviction she needs no man. She also harbors secrets, and in the midst of rumors, plots, and murder, trust is fragile.

A woman outside of her time. A man ahead of his. They must take a leap of faith to forge a bond that will shape history.

Wishing you a lovely week ahead.  See you next Monday! 🙂

Bookaholics Unite Giveaway ~ N. N. Light’s Book Heaven

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The dictionary defines a bookaholic as “a prolific or a habitual reader; a compulsive book buyer.” That describes me to a tee! How about you? We’re in luck because N. N. Light’s Book Heaven is giving away everything a book hoarder could want: books and more books. The Stone Awakened, the second book in my award-winning Guardians of Erin series, is one of the prizes.

If there’s a particular book or prize you’d like to win, be sure to say which one when you enter via Rafflecopter. Enter below and good luck!

Bookaholics Unite Giveaway

Literary Giveaway Portal

Enjoy your weekend! 🙂