Paranormal Talk and a Giveaway on “Sorchia’s Universe”

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I’m a guest on author Sorchia DuBois’s blog today, and the post is all about the paranormal…specifically, activity at The Witch House, the 17th-century landmark where I work.  If you didn’t catch my October post about the goings-on there, you’ll want to check it out here!

We’re also giving away five e-copies of The Cauldron Stirred in anticipation of the release of The Stone Awakened (Book 2 in the series).  You can enter the giveaway through midnight on December 21, the perfect date because the winter solstice plays an important role in the second book!  The winners will be announced later that day on a follow-up post, which will feature an excerpt from The Stone Awakened.  Enter the giveaway here!

Hope to see you there!  🙂

Christmas and Family ~ My Guest Post on Iona Morrison’s Blog

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Bestselling author Iona Morrison asked me to write a guest post for her blog about Christmas and family, so I whipped up something short and sweet.  You can read the post here:

http://ionamorrison.com/guest-author-judith-sterling/

She’s also sharing an excerpt from my upcoming young adult release, The Stone Awakened.  We’re only a week away from release day, and I’m so excited to share the Donoghues’ continuing story with you! Have you read the first book in the series?  Have you preordered your copy of the second?  Click here for buy links and travel to Ireland from the comfort of your own home.

Speaking of buying, my husband and I finally finished our holiday shopping.  Our boys don’t know it yet, but they’re going to have a great Christmas.  Then again, maybe they do know; they’re spooky that way!

Happy Wednesday, and of course, happy holidays!  🙂

 

 

Mary Morgan’s New Release: TRIAL OF A WARRIOR

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My dear friend, Mary Morgan, is here to celebrate tomorrow’s release of Trial of a Warrior, the third book in her Legends of the Fenian Warriors series. Yay! More Celtic mythology! You know about my Guardians of Erin series and the upcoming release of The Stone Awakened (Book 2). My love for Ireland runs deep, and Mary is definitely a kindred spirit in that respect! Let’s see what she has to say about her new release.

What inspired you to write this book/series?

Initially, you meet these warriors in my first series, Order of the Dragon Knights. I knew one day I would have to write each of their stories.

I have always been fascinated with Celtic mythology, so it only made sense that I would develop and expand the world of the Fenian Fae Warriors. Theirs was a world rich in legends, colors, and senses. I’ve based my own fictional account on the legend of the Tuatha Dé Danann—one of the invasions of Ireland. They were known as the Shining Ones or the Fae.

With my warriors, there is nothing diminutive with these heroes. They’re ancient, extremely tall, and commanding. As always, it will take a strong woman to stand beside these ancient Fae.

Absolutely! The Tuatha Dé Danann fascinate me too, which is why I’ve woven them into my young adult series. Dreams–or what appear to be dreams–play an important role in that saga, especially in the first book, The Cauldron Stirred. Speaking of dreams, have you encountered any of your characters in one? Yes, all of them! They’re usually speaking all at once, arguing over a specific plot. I never interfere, but tend to sit back and try to absorb the messages.

Awesome! If you could give your hero a word of advice, what would it be? To always maintain his humor.

Any advice for your heroine? Try to curb the stubbornness.

In general, which do you enjoy writing more: description or dialogue? Both. I love the ebb and flow of describing a scene and then adding dialogue.

So do I. What do you love most about being an author? The freedom to create stories. There’s always a tale to be told within my mind.

I’m right there with you, Mary! Thanks so much for joining me today. I’m positive the new book will be a great success.

A little more about Trial of a Warrior:

“You met them in the Order of the Dragon Knights. Now, journey to the realm of the Fae and witness their legends!”

A warrior sentenced to die.

On trial for breaking a supreme Fae law, Fenian Warrior, Liam MacGregor has no regrets. He is prepared to accept his sentence—even if it means his death. However, freedom comes in an unexpected manner, and brings with it certain dangers as he travels through the Veil of Ages.

A princess honor-bound to remain hidden.

Princess Abela might be a priestess and the daughter of royalty, but that doesn’t prevent her from doing the unimaginable. She sacrifices duty and honor to set free the man who captured her heart so many years ago. No matter the severity of his crimes, she cannot let Liam die.

A rescue that will bring about a war and divide a kingdom!

In their quest to secure a treaty to forestall Liam’s death sentence, they must fight their desires for one another, as well as the Fenian Warriors sent to capture them.

A peek inside the pages:

Taking the end of her braid, Liam wove the soft hair around his finger. Black as ebony, the lock glistened in the soft glow of the fire. She’d tempted him beyond reason. Once, he thought there might have been a destiny, but her words of rejection slammed the door on any possibility. If she had no desire to claim him, why did Abela come to his initiation?

“Why witness my ceremony?” He let out a frustrated breath and brought the braid to his lips.

“Because I never said goodbye,” she uttered softly. Lifting her head, her eyes sought his and her cheeks colored from the heat of his gaze.

Liam was unable to look away from her beauty. “No. I recall harsh words and tears.”

“We were young—naïve.”

“Stubborn and set on a path of adventure,” he added.

“But our roads have led us to this fork, so to speak.”

Liam cupped her chin. “Was it destined?” He felt her tremble from his touch.

“I am not a seer,” she replied, darting her tongue out along her bottom lip.

His mind screamed at him to move away. She was a princess—a priestess. But the temptation to taste her lips once more seeped into his being. Liam bent his head and placed a feather-like kiss on the corner of her mouth.

A small breathless whisper escaped her lips, “More.”

Her invitation sparked a desire that had remained sealed. Cupping the back of her head, he continued to kiss her tenderly on the eyes, nose, and forehead. As he shifted his position, Liam brought his arms around her and dared to feast on something that was forbidden. If death was his future, he wanted one more kiss to take with him.

Buy the book:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JGMH8XS/

BN: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/trial-of-a-warrior-mary-morgan/1129784209?ean=2940161545003

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/trial-of-a-warrior/id1441254175?mt=11

The Wild Rose Press: https://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-titles/6349-trial-of-a-warrior.html

More about Mary:

Award-winning Celtic paranormal and fantasy romance author, Mary Morgan, resides in Northern California, with her own knight in shining armor. However, during her travels to Scotland, England, and Ireland, she left a part of her soul in one of these countries and vows to return.

Mary’s passion for books started at an early age along with an overactive imagination. Inspired by her love for history and ancient Celtic mythology, her tales are filled with powerful warriors, brave women, magic, and romance. It wasn’t until the closure of Borders Books where Mary worked that she found her true calling by writing romance. Now, the worlds she created in her mind are coming to life within her stories.

If you enjoy history, tortured heroes, and a wee bit of magic, then time-travel within the pages of her books.

Where to find her:

WEBSITE: http://www.marymorganauthor.com
BLOG: http://www.marymorganauthor.com/blog
TWITTER: http://twitter.com/m_morganauthor
FACEBOOK AUTHOR PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/MaryMorganAuthor/

GOODREADS: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8271002.Mary_Morgan
AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE: http://www.amazon.com/Mary-Morgan/e/B00KPE3NWI/
PINTEREST: www.pinterest.com/marymorgan50/
INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/marymorgan2/
BOOKBUB: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/mary-morgan

Medieval Monday ~ SILVERHAWK

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Welcome back to Medieval Monday! It’s Week Six of our “Family” theme, and I’m honored to feature an excerpt from Silverhawk (Knights of Destiny) by the talented Barbara Bettis. It sounds like a wonderful read!

If you’re following my excerpt from Flight of the Raven, you can find the sixth snippet on Barbara’s blog: www.barbarabettis.blogspot.com  Be sure to visit and leave a comment for a chance to win a digital copy of Flight of the Raven or your choice of another of my books!

Now, let’s enjoy Barbara’s sixth snippet:

Garley paused at the door for a last jab, his tone flat. “Just remember, there’ll never be a place for you at Compton. Give the old man a son, and you’ll want for nothing. Fight him and you may find yourself back at the convent—if you’re lucky.”

His footsteps thudded down the corridor. Ortha slid in, muttering beneath her breath as she dampened a cloth from a water jar on the table to hold against Emelin’s face. Emelin felt her lower lip. It was swollen a bit. Perhaps no one would notice.

Please leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Silverhawk. And follow along next week at Sherry Ewing’s blog: https://sherryewing.com/blog/

If you would like to read last week’s installment, check out Ruth A. Casie’s blog: https://www.RuthACasie.blogspot.com/

A little more about Silverhawk:

He’s everything a proper lady should never want; she’s everything a bastard mercenary can never have.

Sir Giles has come to England to kill his father, who seduced and betrayed his mother. First, however, he’ll seek sweet revenge—kidnap the old lord’s new betrothed. But when Giles uncovers a plot against King Richard, he faces a dilemma: take the lady or track the traitors. What’s a good mercenary to do? Both, of course.

Lady Emelin has had enough. Abandoned in a convent by her brother, she finally has a chance for home and family. Yet now she’s been abducted. Her kidnapper may be the image of her dream knight, but she won’t allow him to spoil this betrothal. Her only solution: escape

Rescuing the intrepid lady—while hunting traitors—is a challenge Giles couldn’t anticipate. But the greatest challenge to Giles and Emelin is the fire blazing between them.

Buy link:

SILVERHAWK

See you next Monday!

I’m a finalist for the N. N. Light Book Awards!

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If you follow me on Facebook, you know this already, but Wednesday afternoon, I found out I’m a finalist for the N. N. Light Book Awards!  In TWO categories, too:  Paranormal for The Cauldron Stirred and Historical Romance for Shadow of the Swan.  I’m thrilled and so grateful my books have been considered for this honor.  Just wanted to share the good news with you!  🙂

Kam’s Place Showcase ~ SOUL OF THE WOLF

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Author Kameron Brook is showcasing holiday reads this month on Kam’s Place, and today she’s featuring an excerpt from Soul of the Wolf, the second of The Novels of Ravenwood.  The story takes place during the yuletide of A.D. 1101, so if you like medieval romance, this Christmas read is right up your alley!

Check it out here:  https://www.superkambrook.com/2018/12/author-showcase-judith-sterling-soul-of-the-wolf-the-novels-of-ravenwood-book-two.html

The weekend is almost upon us.  Wishing you a great one!  🙂

Guest Post and Giveaway ~ Sherry Ewing’s Blog

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With the fast-approaching release of The Stone Awakened, my dear friend and bestselling author, Sherry Ewing, is featuring me and my Guardians of Erin series on her blog today.  We’d love for you to visit!  If you comment on the post, you could win an e-copy of The Cauldron Stirred, the first book in the series.  Then you’ll be all caught up and ready to read the continuing story once Book Two is released on December 19.

If you love Ireland or the paranormal (or both!) you’ll want to check this out!  Come and join us:  https://sherryewing.com/2018/12/05/a-new-release-from-judith-sterling-a-giveaway/

 

Medieval Monday ~ DAUGHTER OF THE KING

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Welcome back to Medieval Monday! It’s Week Five of our “Family” theme, and I’m excited to feature an excerpt from Daughter of the King (Book 3 in the Derbfine Series) by the amazing Ashley York.

If you’re following my excerpt from Flight of the Raven, you can find the fifth snippet on Ashley’s blog: https://www.ashleyyorkauthor.com/blog

Now, let’s enjoy her fifth snippet:

“We’ll be wed.”

He tipped his head. “Is there a distinction?”

“I will not only be yers. Ye will be mine.”

She sensed his intake of breath rather than heard it. Darragh took her hand, gently leading her away from the others.

“And how d’ye treat what is yers?”

A note from Ashley: I loved writing about Brighit and Darragh. Follow along next week when I’ll be visiting Sherry Ewing’s blog: https://sherryewing.com/blog/

Remember to visit Ashley’s blog and comment on my snippet for a chance to win Flight of the Raven (or if you already have a copy, your choice of another of my books)!

A little more about Daughter of the King:

A mistaken identity. A gruesome murder. The uniting of two powerful clans.

Trained as a warrior…
Brighit of Clonascra is the only daughter of the fearsome overking, Sean, but despises the trappings and demands of womanhood. She’s far more comfortable training for battle than preparing a meal. Long held alliances require she set aside selfish dreams and take Darragh as her husband. The union intended to promote peace between the clans is interrupted by the shocking murder of a neighboring king and she quickly discovers there are far worse things than being wed.

Trained to be king…
Darragh of Drogheda has no wish to follow in the path of his father, Tadhg, but he is an obedient son and supports his father’s plans. His marriage to Brighit, however, will be no hardship at all since he finds her most intriguing especially when she fights him at every turn. A she-warrior indeed. Her persistent dismissal of him merely blows the fire aflame and sets him down the path to discovery of all her most tightly held secrets.

When she stands accused of the murder, can they finally come to an agreement that will give them each what they truly desire?

Check out Ashley’s books here: https://www.ashleyyorkauthor.com/books

See you next Monday!

Curl Up with a Book Giveaway ~ N. N. Light’s Book Heaven

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As winter approaches in the Northern Hemisphere, my inner bookaholic rejoices because there’s more time to read. There’s nothing better than curling up with a good book. N. N. Light has gathered both new releases and backlist in a giveaway that’s sure to please any booklover. Free e-copy, print, and audio books are just waiting for readers to indulge in. You could even win one of mine. Enter below and good luck!

Curl Up With a Book Giveaway: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/92db775022

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

NetGalley News ~ THE STONE AWAKENED

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The Stone Awakened, the second book in my Guardians of Erin young adult paranormal fantasy series, is now available to read and review on NetGalley through December 15, 2018.  If you’re interested and haven’t read the first book (The Cauldron Stirred) yet, send me a message, and I’ll set you up with a copy!

Here’s the link to NetGalley:  https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/154273

Besides all the prep work for this upcoming release, I’m busy writing Night of the Owl, the fourth book in my medieval romance series, The Novels of Ravenwood.  I’m also working limited hours at The Witch House, and last night, I helped out with a couple of the food tours which are part of the “Christmas in Salem” event this weekend.  Salem’s period homes are looking lovely and festive, especially The House of the Seven Gables!

Well, I’m off to help my family decorate our home for Christmas.  Wishing you a relaxing weekend and a fun holiday season ahead!  🙂