Medieval Monday ~ A KING’S ENEMIES

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Welcome back to Medieval Monday!  I’m delighted to have Lane McFarland here today, featuring her work, A King’s Enemies.

If you’re following my excerpt from Shadow of the Swan, you can find the fourth snippet of Robert and Constance’s unconventional wedding night on Lane’s blog: lanemcfarland.com/blog/

Now, let’s check out her fourth snippet:

Before the king’s declaration, she’d intended to poison the cur.  She’d managed to gather a pouch of wolfsbane roots and planned to slip crushed bits of the plant into the tonic de Seabrooke habitually requested before retiring for the evening.  After a few hours of retching, the fatal poisoning would’ve worked its magic.  No one would’ve been aware of his ailment until morn–much too late to save his wretched life.

Now armed guards surrounded the man.  The king’s protection made her mission harder.  And the fiend would reside in Edinburgh.  Unlike here in London, where she roamed the castle at will, she wouldn’t have access to him or his quarters in Scotland.

Damn it!  In her aim to find the perfect opportunity, she prayed she hadn’t missed the chance she’d waited for.

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

A little more about A King’s Enemies:

Tormented by King Edward’s brutality against Scottish sympathizers, Drake Fletcher vows revenge, but only a madman single-handedly attacks the Crown. Instead, he enters the royal court as a spy to aid Robert the Bruce’s rise to power and place a formidable leader on Scotland’s throne.

Scottish lass Katherine Mackenzie Armstrong targets three of King Edward’s officers who brutally raped and murdered her mother. Disguised as one of Queen Margaret’s attendants, she sets a course to destroy the men.

The acts of treason both Drake and Katherine commit are punishable by death in The Tower of London, but their determination pushes dangerous limits. Considered enemies, they use each other to gain vital information. Neither expect their overwhelming attraction to one another, the staggering emotions stirred. But the closer they become, the more they jeopardize their pledges of vengeance.

Will the weight of retaliation crush them, see them beheaded? Or will Katherine and Drake form an alliance and learn to live and love again?

Buy the book:

Amazon

See you next Monday!

Medieval Monday ~ BETRAYAL

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Welcome back to Medieval Monday! Today, I’m featuring Jenna Jaxon’s latest work, Betrayal.

If you’re following my excerpt from Shadow of the Swan, you can find the third snippet of Robert and Constance’s unconventional wedding night on Jenna’s blog: www.jennajaxon.wordpress.com

Now, let’s check out Jenna’s third snippet:

Thomas glanced at his wife, expecting a glaze of terror—and instead looked into eyes filled with a ferocity he had never beheld there before. They shifted back and forth from him to the retreating figure of Lady Carlyle. So the seeds of jealousy had taken root. Mayhap this night would end in true marriage rather than counterfeit.

“Are you prepared, wife?” He ran his hot gaze over the proud form before him.

“I am, my lord.” Her calm voice held only a touch of nervousness. She had recovered well from the sight of his nudity. Given the circumstances, a truly remarkable woman.

Follow along next week on Ashley York’s blog: www.ashleyyorkauthor.com

A little more about Betrayal:

The worst betrayals come from within.

After a night of passion with her betrothed, Sir Geoffrey Longford, Lady Alyse de Courcy is eagerly looking forward to her wedding. But when Geoffrey is forced to marry another, a heartbroken and possibly pregnant Alyse finds herself in her own private hell. She must either gamble with her reputation or marry someone she does not love.

A reputed connoisseur of women, Thomas, Lord Braeton, has dallied with many ladies of King Edward’s court, although he has favored none. However, as Geoffrey’s best friend, Thomas has sworn to serve and protect Alyse, an oath now sorely tested when he agrees to marry her—in name only—to guard her reputation. Yet, as they grow closer, and Thomas discovers Alyse’s sweet but spirited nature, he comes to desire a marriage in truth.

Can he overcome her memory of Geoffrey, or is Thomas doomed to burn with passion for a woman he can never possess?

Buy the book:

Amazon

B & N

Smashwords

See you next Monday!

Medieval Monday ~ MASK OF THE HIGHLANDER

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Welcome back to Medieval Monday! Today, I’m featuring Bambi Lynn’s Mask of the Highlander.

If you’re following my excerpt from Shadow of the Swan for a chance to win a free eBook, you can find the second snippet of Robert and Constance’s unconventional wedding night on Bambi’s blog.  Remember to comment, so I’ll know you were there!  Here’s the link: www.bambilynnblog.wordpress.com

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

Mrs. Dingwell cleaned the room regularly, but the air reeked of a mustiness brought on by disuse. There was an unearthly silence to the granite walls, hung with faded tapestries and notched with arrow slits at random intervals. A single window let in light from outside, but it was not enough to chase away the gloom. Or the memories.

Follow along next week on Lane McFarland’s blog:  landmcfarland.com/blog/

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 before 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?

The Laird of Domhnul has returned from war a changed man—moreso than his wife or clan 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, while proving he is no longer the cruel tyrant they came to know all too well.

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

Buy the book:

Amazon

For more info about Bambi and her books, visit www.bambilynn.net/

See you next Monday!

 

Shadow of the Swan ~ Worldwide Release

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Today’s the day:  the worldwide release of Shadow of the Swan!  This is the third of The Novels of Ravenwood, and as many of you know, it’s Sir Robert’s love story.  Here’s the scoop:

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.

If that piques your interest, here’s where to buy the book:

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

The Wild Rose Press

 

USA Today Interview

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Joyce Lamb interviewed me about Shadow of the Swan (release date tomorrow!) for Happy Ever After on USA Today, and it was an honor.  Come and check it out!

We discuss my writing, interests, and background, as well as a surprising moment that occurred while I was brainstorming Flight of the Raven, the first of The Novels of Ravenwood.  Here’s the link:  happyeverafter.usatoday.com/2018/01/30/judith-sterling-interview-shadow-of-the-swan/

Happy Tuesday, everyone!  🙂

Medieval Monday ~ THE GUARDIAN’S WITCH

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It’s time for a new round of Medieval Monday!

For this round, it’s Author’s Choice. We’ve chosen our own themes or a scene we particularly enjoyed writing. My theme is “An Unconventional Wedding Night,” and my excerpt (broken into snippets over the next 14 weeks) is from my upcoming release, Shadow of the Swan.  If you comment on my snippets, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a free digital copy (Amazon) of one of my books.  Your choice!

Every Monday for the next 13 weeks, I’ll feature a snippet from another author’s medieval romance and tell you where to find the next bit of the story.  I’ll also let you know where to find my snippet.  On the last (14th) Monday, I’ll feature the end of my excerpt right here on my blog.

Today, Ruth A. Casie is featuring my first snippet on her blog: www.RuthACasie.blogspot.com

I’m featuring hers from The Guardian’s Witch.  Let’s take a look!

The berries Lisbeth had gathered tumbled forgotten from her hands. A tremor touched her lips while the vision slammed behind her eyes. She didn’t doubt the vision’s truth. Sometimes a bright light, warm and comforting, accompanied the vision; other times the wind howled, cold and disturbing. Today, panic clearly filled the air.

Follow along next week on Lane McFarland’s blog: http://lanemcfarland.com/blog/

A little more about The Guardian’s Witch:

England, 1290

Lord Alex Stelton can’t resist a challenge, especially one with a prize like this: protect a castle on the Scottish border for a year, and it’s his. Desperate for land of his own, he’ll do anything to win the estate—even enter a proxy marriage to Lady Lisbeth Reynolds, the rumored witch who lives there.

Feared and scorned for her second sight, Lisbeth swore she’d never marry, but she is drawn to the handsome, confident Alex. She sees great love with him but fears what he would think of her gift and her visions of a traitor in their midst.

Despite his own vow never to fall in love, Alex can’t get the alluring Lisbeth out of his mind and is driven to protect her when attacks begin on the border. But as her visions of danger intensify, Lisbeth knows it is she who must protect him. Realizing they’ll secure their future only by facing the threat together, she must choose between keeping her magic a secret and losing the man she loves.

Buy the book:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/ZgvmDw
BN: http://bit.ly/ZQkCuY
KOBO: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-guardian-s-witch
iBook: http://bit.ly/TGWiBook

See you next Monday!

 

 

Medieval Monday and a chance to win!

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Hi, everyone!  Medieval Monday returns in one week.  For this round, it’s Author’s Choice. We’ve chosen our own themes or a scene we particularly enjoyed writing.

My theme is “An Unconventional Wedding Night,” and my excerpt–broken into 14 snippets, one for each week–is from my upcoming release, Shadow of the Swan. If you follow along and comment on all of my snippets, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a free digital copy (Amazon) of one of my books. Your choice!

So stay tuned!  🙂

Goodreads Giveaway ~ Shadow of the Swan

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Today you can enter the third Goodreads giveaway, and this one is for the new release!  Win a signed copy of Shadow of the Swan by entering here:

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/274574-shadow-of-the-swan

This giveaway runs through February 15, 2018.  You can also enter to win the first two books in The Novels of Ravenwood series.

For Flight of the Raven (Book One) enter here:

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/274569-flight-of-the-raven

For Soul of the Wolf (Book Two) enter here:

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/274572-soul-of-the-wolf

Wishing you luck with all three giveaways!

Goodreads Giveaway ~ Soul of the Wolf

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As you know, I’m doing three Goodreads giveaways to celebrate the upcoming release of Shadow of the Swan, the third of The Novels of Ravenwood.  You can still enter the giveaway for the first book, Flight of the Raven (now through February 13) at this link:

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/274569-flight-of-the-raven

Today, you can also enter the second giveaway, this time for Soul of the Wolf, the second in the series.  Enter today through February 14 to win a signed copy!  Here’s that link:

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/274572-soul-of-the-wolf

Good luck, everyone!