Medieval Monday ~ REDEEMING THE ROGUE KNIGHT

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Welcome back to Medieval Monday! I’m pleased to have Elisabeth Hobbes with me today, and I’m featuring her romance, Redeeming the Rogue Knight.

If you’re following my excerpt from Shadow of the Swan, you can find the twelfth snippet of Robert and Constance’s unconventional wedding night on Elisabeth’s website: https://elisabethhobbes.co.uk 

Now, let’s check out Elisabeth’s twelfth snippet:

‘Mean something? To you or to me?’ She laughed. She actually laughed, loud and shrill, until Roger understood it was no laugh at all, but pain escaping in an alarming flood of emotion.

‘I know you want me and you know I want you, too. I’ve resisted you and tried to ignore the feelings and desires I know will only lead to misery but it hasn’t been easy.’
She reached out and put her hands on Roger’s face, fingers spreading to caress his cheeks.

Follow along next week on Sherry Ewing’s blog: https://sherryewing.com/blog/

A little more about Redeeming the Rogue Knight:

The spy who sought refuge… When injured spy Sir Roger Danby comes asking for shelter at her inn, Lucy Carew is wary. He may be strikingly handsome, but the disgraced single mother has learned the hard way with men like him. Against her better judgment, she gives him refuge. Sir Roger has never been at the mercy of a woman before, and he’s never met one as mysterious and bewitching as Lucy. He hasn’t come looking for redemption, but Lucy is a woman who could reach in and touch his closely guarded heart…

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See you next Monday!

Salem Con 4

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Yesterday, I spent the whole day at Salem Con, a paranormal conference here in Salem, Massachusetts.  Because I’ve experienced the paranormal and written about it (in fiction and nonfiction) all my life, it was wonderful to meet with like-minded people for a day of lectures, soulful discussion, and just plain fun!  I got to meet the experts and had some wonderful conversations, particularly with Elizabeth Saint, Nick Groff, and Grant Wilson.  Just a great day!  🙂

Medieval Monday ~ THE HIGHLANDER’S CRUSADER BRIDE

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Welcome back to Medieval Monday! I’m pleased to have Cathy MacRae with me today, and I’m featuring her romance, The Highlander’s Crusader Bride.

If you’re following my excerpt from Shadow of the Swan, you can find the eleventh snippet of Robert and Constance’s unconventional wedding night on Cathy’s blog: https://www.cathymacraeauthor.com/bits-n-bobs-author-blog

Now, let’s check out Cathy’s eleventh snippet:

Her eyes flashed. “I ask only the manner of man ye are. ’Tis in our best interest for each to speak our mind. This night, no matter how we spend it, will set the tone for the rest of our lives.”

“The two of us alone, this entire night?” Caelen cocked his head. “When we last spoke, we agreed only on the manner in which we would live our lives once wed. I havenae changed my mind. We dinnae specifically agree on this night where the expectations arenae entirely our own.”

Follow along next week on Bambi Lynn’s blog https://bambilynnblog.wordpress.com for the next snippet from The Highlander’s Crusader Bride!

More about the book:

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.

Though 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.

Buy it here:

https://www.amzn.com/dp/B0762TL89Z

See you next Monday!

 

 

Another giveaway!

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N. N. Light’s got spring fever! It could be all the flowers in bloom or the birds singing in the trees. Hurry and hop like a bunny over to N. N. Light’s Book Heaven and enter to win some amazing prizes, including a few new releases by bestselling authors. In fact, I’m one of the authors participating and you could win an e-copy of Flight of the Raven, the very first of The Novels of Ravenwood.

By the way, I’m currently working on the fourth book in the series, Night of the Owl.  And for those of you reading my young adult paranormal series, I just handed over The Stone Awakened (Guardians of Erin, Book Two) to my editor!

The list of prizes for the spring giveaway is long and personally, I’d love to win myself. But alas, I can’t. So, I’ll just live vicariously through the lucky winners.  Here are the links:

April Giveaway: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/92db775011/?

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

 

An Interview with Peggy Jaeger, Author of CAN’T STAND THE HEAT

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I’m thrilled to have Peggy Jaeger, one of my sister authors at The Wild Rose Press, here today.  Welcome, Peggy, and congrats on your new release, Can’t Stand the Heat!  I wish you great success with it.  I have lots of questions for you, so let’s get started.

At what age did you write your first story?  If I’m remembering right, I was 6. It was about a lonely, neglected girl who made a wish for a family and got that wish granted!

Sounds like a wonderful story! Which genre was the first to hook you?  Mystery. I devoured every Nancy Drew and Trixie Beldon book in my local library when I discovered them. Then I moved on to Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie. At one point in my 20’s I had a copy of every Agatha Christie book in print. This was waaaaaaaaaaaay before ebooks!

Wow! I love all of those, and my childhood wouldn’t have been the same without Nancy Drew! I think those books inspired many future authors. What was your first published book?  THE KINDNESS TALES, published in 1994. It was a children’s book from a very small press that has since gone the way of the dinosaur.

What’s your favorite part of the writing process? Brainstorming? Research? Outlining? Writing? Editing?  Actually, my favorite part is coming up with my characters. I’m a huge and unabashed eavesdropper and people watcher. I watch and listen to people all the time when I am in public. On the line at the grocery store. In Panera. At the drugstore. Even when I go out to dinner with my hubby. I am always thinking of scenarios and backstories for interesting people I see. It gets kinda hard in the small town I live in, since I know so many of the people already! But outside of that town and when I travel, my creative juices really start to flow.

What are you working on now?  I am currently in edits for my third San Valentino book which will be coming out Christmas-time 2018 from the Wild Rose Press, titled BAKED WITH LOVE (A San Valentine Christmas Romance). This book tells the love story of baker Regina, and the handsome stranger who comes into her bakery looking for a custom cake and winds up leaving with her heart!

I loved reading about the San Valentino family in A KISS UNDER THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS.  They remind me a lot of a large Italian family I knew when I was growing up.  I’m sure BAKED WITH LOVE will be a fun read, too!  Of all the settings you’ve used (or created!) for your books, which is your favorite?  My fictional town of Heaven, NH for my book series (as of yet unpublished) A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN. Why?  It’s about a tiny town in New Hampshire. I live in a tiny town in New Hampshire. The setting of the book plays a pivotal role in each of the 4 books. There’s something about a small community of people, esp. New Englanders, that just warms my heart. So many backstories, so much history. Secrets everyone knows but never speak about. Love that!

Have you ever dreamed about a character you created?  Actually, yes. In Book 3 of my Macquire Women series, the character (hero) Pat Cleary, came to me fully formed in a dream. I saw him, knew him, heard him speak all in one dream. That entire book was written for him.

Very cool! If you could have a conversation with anyone—dead or alive—who would it be?  Love this question. Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennett. I’d like to ask her, for once and for all, to settle a dispute in my head: Did she marry Darcy because she truly loved him, or because she loved Pemberton and wanted to be its lady and the only way to do that was to marry the onwer?

Great answer! I love Elizabeth Bennett, and I’m guessing she truly came to love him. If you could travel to any time and place, when and where would that be?  You know, I’m kinda happy where I am right now!

If you could step inside any book or series and live there for a week, which would you choose?  Hands down JD Robb’s IN DEATH series. I would love to work with Eve Dallas and Delia Peabody and just sit around and stare at Roarke!

If a fairy godmother appeared and offered you one thing—anything at all—what would you request?  Oh boy, what a question! Well, I could take the moral high road and ask for world peace. Or the fiscally sound one and say a billion dollars so I could make sure my family is secure for the rest of my life. Or I could be selfish and ask for the body I had at 20 back (HeeHee). But I think the thing I would ask for is the power to end world hunger. To make sure everyone, everywhere has enough to eat for the rest of their lives. I don’t want anyone ever to know what it’s like to go hungry. Ever again!

A wonderful wish! Now, it’s time to learn some of your favorites.

Sound:  babies giggling

Eye color:  Green

Foreign language (whether or not you speak it!):  Italian (lovelovelove the way it sounds on someone’s lips)

Song:  “Secret Agent Man” by Johnny Rivers

Book:  New York to Dallas by JD Robb (the last 3 pages make me cry every single time I read it!)

Movie:  Gone with The Wind

TV show:  Hawaii 5-0 (the original one with Jack Lord and James MacArthur)

Cuisine:  cake (Trust me, it’s a cuisine!)

Cookie:  Plain sugar cookies. Yummo

US location:  Hawaii

Foreign location:  Tuscany

And finally, list your preference from the following choices:

Tea or coffee?  Neither. I drink DIET MOUNTAIN DEW by the gallon!

Cake or pie?  Cake. Always and forever

Halloween or Christmas?  Christmas

Nancy Drew or Sherlock Holmes?  Nancy

Jane Austen or the Brontë sisters?  Jane, always!

A mortal, vampire, ghost, or fae for a lover?  Don’t know what a fae is, but I do know that I love the fact that vampires got it right when they discovered that the neck is a supreme erogenous zone, so I’d have to say, Dracula.

English gent, Scottish highlander, European count, or all-American guy?  All American guy, every single time!!!

Thanks so much for being here, Peggy.  And now, here’s a little about Can’t Stand the Heat, Book 3 in the Will Cook for Love series:

In Peggy Jaeger’s delectable series, delicious food is just an appetizer for life’s main course: the kind of love that feeds your soul.

With three successful TV series under her belt, including her cousin Kandy’s, executive producer Stacy Peters is ready to helm her own show. But to make that happen, she has to do her network boss one favor first—spend two months on a ranch in Montana wrangling the notoriously difficult director of Beef Battles. Apparently, he eats producers for breakfast. Yet all Stacy can think when she meets the lean, rugged man is how hungry he makes her . . .

Dominic Stamp—Nikko to his very few friends—has had enough interference from TV newbies. And when Stacy climbs out of the car in Montana, he’s not convinced she’s even old enough to drive, much less produce his show. But he can’t deny that the long-legged blonde with the stubborn will and the dazzling smile whets his appetite. And as Stacy proves her talent with the crew and the budget alike, Nikko vows to prove to her that love is on the menu for both of them . . .

Look for exclusive recipes in each book!

Excerpt:

This couldn’t be the new executive producer.

She looked like an intern, barely out of college, not the seasoned television producer Teddy Davis had emailed him about.

The one he’d emailed back saying he neither wanted nor needed.

Hair the color of freshly uncorked champagne fell just below her shoulders in a soft cascade of waves and ripples. Even in the heat and humidity engulfing them it looked fresh. Her face was a perfect heart, a tiny dip in the center of the hairline bifurcating her brow into two perfectly aligned sections, her flawless chin falling into a delicate point. She had one hand out to shake his, the other shading her eyes from the strong and harsh afternoon sun, but underneath her fingers he was able to make out a pair of sloe-shaped eyes in a deep, forest green.

Taller than average but small boned, her legs took up most of the lissome body. With her lips held together in a tight line, she reached him.

“I’m Stacy Peters, Mr. Stamp.”

He stopped and planted his feet, his gaze shifting to her outstretched hand and then back up to her face without taking it. Her eyes narrowed into a determined glare and it looked as if she wasn’t going to back down until he shook it. With reluctance, he did.

Like the rest of her, her fingers were narrow and thin as they coiled around his.

A blast of heat instantly warmed and calmed his entire body like a few shots of his favorite Irish whiskey did after a rough and painful day. The subtle aroma of vanilla floated to him, filling his senses with the sweet fragrance. The persistent, throbbing ache in his left leg the liquor helped chase away, was momentarily forgotten with his hand rooted in hers.

As soon as she pressed her fingers firmly against his palm once, she pulled her hand back.

For a split second, Nikko missed the touch.

In the next, he found his anger again.

Buy Links:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/s/?field-keywords=9781516101092
Nook https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cant-stand-the-heat-peggy-jaeger/1126718088?ean=9781516101092&st=AFF&2sid=Kensington%20Publishing%20Corp._8067221_NA&sourceId=AFFKensington%20Publishing%20Corp.
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/can-t-stand-the-heat-8

A bit more about Peggy:

Peggy Jaeger is a contemporary romance writer who writes about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them.

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, Peggy 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 has created the families she wanted as that lonely child.

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

Where to find her:

Website/Blog: http://peggyjaeger.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/peggy_jaeger

Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00T8E5LN0

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

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

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

Instagram: https://instagram.com/mmj122687/

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

 

Giveaway ~ SHADOW OF THE SWAN

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Hi, everyone!  I’m doing another Goodreads giveaway.  This time, it’s for Shadow of the Swan, the third book in my medieval romance series, The Novels of Ravenwood.  The story takes place in the spring of A.D. 1102, with warmer temperatures than what we’ve experienced here in New England so far!

Click on the link below and enter to win a signed copy:

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/274577-shadow-of-the-swan

Good luck!

Medieval Monday ~ A KNIGHT WITH GRACE

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Welcome back to Medieval Monday! I’m pleased to have Laurel O’Donnell with me today, and I’m featuring her romance, A Knight with Grace.

If you’re following my excerpt from Shadow of the Swan, you can find the tenth snippet of Robert and Constance’s unconventional wedding night on Laurel’s website: www.laurel-odonnell.com

Now, let’s check out Laurel’s tenth snippet:

“You kissed me.”

He gritted his teeth and looked down. What could he tell her? He would have to hurt her so she kept her distance from him. He would have to lie to her to keep them apart. “I thought you were someone else.”

Follow along next week at Sherry Ewing’s blog – https://sherryewing.com/blog/

A little more about A Knight with Grace:

Lady Grace Willoughby defies her father’s orders to marry Sir William de Tracy and escapes with a friend. She has no intention of wedding a cursed man, a man ostracized from the church, a man who would only doom any future children they might have to the fires of Hell. She prays for a knight to rescue her.

Excommunicated and outcast for a horrible crime in his past, Sir William de Tracy searches for forgiveness. Marriage has never crossed his mind until Lord Willoughby commissions him to retrieve his fleeing daughter and honor the dying wish of his father by marrying Grace.

But things are not as they seem. And when an assassin tries to kill Grace, William must choose between his soul and the woman he has come to love. Can William and Grace overcome their past and find the redemption and love both are so desperately seeking?

Buy the book:

Amazon – http://a.co/1LG3mx8

See you next Monday!

 

Medieval Monday ~ A WEE HIGHLAND PREDICAMENT

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Welcome back to Medieval Monday! I’m pleased to have Ceci Giltenan with me today, and I’m featuring her romance, A Wee Highland Predicament: Duncurra Legacy Novel.

If you’re following my excerpt from Shadow of the Swan, you can find the ninth snippet of Robert and Constance’s unconventional wedding night on Cecii’s website: www.cecigiltenan.com

Now, let’s check out Ceci’s ninth snippet:

“Well thank ye, Lucas Macrae, for saving me from that lot.”

“’Twas my pleasure. But how did they manage to capture ye anyway?”

She remained silent.

“Ailsa, I asked ye a question? How did ye end up as a prisoner of the Galbraiths?”

“That isn’t important. Ye need to take me back to Edinburgh now.”

“Nay, lass. There were six of them and only one of me. If we run into them again, I couldn’t keep ye safe.”

“But…”

“Nay, no buts. I’ll not argue with ye about it. We’re going north.”

“Fine. Take me to the nearest village. Ye can leave me there and I’ll find someone else to take me back to Edinburgh.”

“Ye’re a bossy wee thing aren’t ye?”

Follow along next week on Sherry Ewing’s website: https://sherryewing.com/blog/. Remember to leave a comment for a chance to win an e-copy of A Wee Highland Predicament or another e-book of your choice by Ceci Giltenan.

A wee bit more about A Wee Highland Predicament:

Sometimes a bad boy can be a good man.

Lucas Grant’s brother is going to be furious. Lucas was supposed to secure a betrothal with a wealthy heiress to save his clan from financial ruin. After meeting her, he cannot marry the detestable woman.

As he flees Edinburgh to escape her, he happens upon six men who are holding a lovely Highland lass captive. He can’t just leave her to whatever fate awaits, so he rescues her.

Well, perhaps rescue isn’t the right word…

When he learns the feisty lass he stumbled upon is Ailsa MacLennan, he sees another way to help his clan. He’s going to hold her for ransom.

But when she steals his heart, what will the ransom be?

Buy the book:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0799T7KB3
Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0799T7KB3
Amazon Canada https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B0799T7KB3
Amazon Australia https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B0799T7KB3

See you next Monday!

Medieval Monday video!

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One of our talented authors from the Medieval Mondays group, Ruth A. Casie, created a new promo video.  I’m honored that my book, Shadow of the Swan (The Novels of Ravenwood, Book 3) was included.  Take a look:

Here’s a bit 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.

Amazon https://amzn.com/B078JYQDTX

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

The Wild Rose Press https://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-titles/5561-shadow-of-the-swan.html

Medieval Monday ~ BESIEGED AND BETROTHED

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Welcome back to Medieval Monday! I’m pleased to have Jenni Fletcher with me today, and I’m featuring her romance, Besieged and Betrothed.

If you’re following my excerpt from Shadow of the Swan, you can find the eighth snippet of Robert and Constance’s unconventional wedding night on Jenni’s website: www.jennifletcher.com

Now, let’s check out Jenni’s eighth snippet:

He stiffened, taken aback by his own words. Why had he said that? He never said things like that! It had to be her proximity affecting him, recalling his dreams from the previous night. He was so close that he could smell the delicate honeysuckle scent of her hair, or was it her skin? He was tempted to bend closer to find out…

‘Surrender.’ He cleared his throat huskily. ‘Now, while you still can. No matter whose side you’re on, Matilda’s or Stephen’s, your father would have wanted you to be safe.’

Follow along next week on Sherry Ewing’s blog: https://sherryewing.com/blog/

A little more about Besieged and Betrothed:

Ruthless warrior Lothar the Frank has laid siege to Castle Haword, but there’s a fiery redhead in his way—and she’s not backing down!

More tomboy than trembling maiden, Lady Juliana Danville would rather die than lose the castle. When she’s caught on opposite sides of a war, a marriage bargain is brokered to bring peace. But is blissful married life possible when Juliana has a dangerous secret hidden within the castle walls?

Buy the book:

Barnes and Noble  http://bit.ly/2yZxh8T

Amazon US  http://amzn.to/2uNq4CW

Amazon UK  http://amzn.to/2sM1FfV

iTunes  http://apple.co/2jinIY9

See you next Monday!