Medieval Monday ~ TIME ENOUGH TO LOVE

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Welcome back to Medieval Monday! Our “First Encounter” theme continues with bestselling author Jenna Jaxon’s Time Enough to Love.  Isn’t this a lovely cover?

If you’re following my excerpt from Shadow of the Swan, you can find the twelfth snippet on Jenna’s blog. Remember to leave a comment there for a chance to win a signed print copy of the book! Here’s the link: www.jennajaxon.wordpress.com

I’ll feature the final excerpt from Shadow of the Swan right here on my blog next Monday.  But for now, let’s enjoy Jenna’s twelfth snippet from Time Enough to Love:

Instead of taking the direct route to her table, a mere half dozen steps away, his course now included the entire Great Hall. King Edward laughed in approval at his courtier’s boldness as Geoffrey proceeded to stop at every table to present her as his betrothed.

At each one, she silently cursed him anew. Could this great hulking oaf not see her discomfiture? Did he not care about her feelings at all? And she must be married to this man?

Oh, Father, what have you done to me?

Catch Jenna’s final installment next week on her blog, Jenna’s Journal.

A little more about the book:

When Lady Alyse de Courcy is betrothed to Sir Geoffrey Longford, she has no choice but to make the best of a bad bargain. The hulking knight is far from her ideal man, and although he does possess some wit and charm, he is no match for the sinfully sensual man she secretly admires, Thomas, Earl of Braeton, her betrothed’s best friend.

From the first, Sir Geoffrey finds himself smitten by Lady Alyse, and, despite her infatuation with his friend, vows to win her love. When Geoffrey puts his mind to wooing Alyse, he is delighted to find her succumbing to his seduction. But when cruel circumstances separate them, Geoffrey must watch helplessly as Thomas steps in to protect Alyse—and falls in love with her himself.

As the three courtiers accompany Princess Joanna to her wedding in Spain, they run headlong into the Black Plague. With her world plunged into chaos, Alyse struggles with her feelings for both the men she loves. But which love will survive?

Buy link: Amazon

See you next Monday!

Voting for the RONE Awards has begun!

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Voting is underway for InD’Tale Magazine’s 2019 RONE Awards!  As you know, THE STONE AWAKENED is up for the award in the young adult category, but I’ll need your vote to make it to the judging round.  I’m up against 10 other books, so please consider voting!

You can register at http://www.indtale.com.  Once you do, InD’Tale will send you an email with a verification link, on which you must click in order to vote.  This will ensure the voting is fair.

Wish me luck!  Thanks for your support.  🙂

Medieval Monday ~ A HIGHLAND MOON ENCHANTMENT

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Welcome back to Medieval Monday! Today, I’m featuring the work of my dear friend, Mary Morgan. Our “First Encounter” theme continues, and we’ll get a peek at A Highland Moon Enchantment, A Tale from the Order of the Dragon Knights.

If you’re following my excerpt from Shadow of the Swan, you can find the eleventh snippet on Mary’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://www.marymorganauthor.com/blog

Now, let’s enjoy Mary’s eleventh snippet:

Quickly mounting his own horse Desmond gave a curt nod to Alastair, and they proceeded to follow the lass. Silently approaching the area where the battle took place, Ailsa dismounted and crouched down behind a large pine. Tam stayed with the horses while Alastair and Desmond both scanned the area. Evidence of the battle lay strewn everywhere. Shields, swords, and dead men scattered across the ground. Yet, the enemy was nowhere to be seen.

Ailsa started forward, and Desmond pulled her back against the tree. Her eyes blazed with fury, but he held up a finger in warning. He bent his head near her ear. “Let Alastair make sure all is secure. For all we ken, they may be hiding in the brush.”

Fear reflected briefly in her features, but the lass quickly masked the emotion. Swallowing, she nodded. Releasing his hold, he watched as Alastair knelt and placed his hand upon the ground. Several moments passed before he stood and motioned them forward.

Making their way to the dead men, Ailsa ran toward an older man slumped against a boulder. Desmond was instantly at her side.

Follow along next week on Cathy’s blog https://www.cathymacraeauthor.com/bits-n-bobs-author-blog and leave a comment for a chance to win a signed print copy of A Highland Moon Enchantment.

A little more about the book:

You first met this warrior in Dragon Knight’s Axe, Order of the Dragon Knights, Book 3

Irish warrior, Desmond O’Quinlan has never surrendered his heart to any woman. He has no wish to have his soul tortured by love. Yet, the moment he locks gazes with Ailsa, his fate is destined for an adventure he never fathomed. He may have battled alongside a Dragon Knight, but his greatest challenge will come from within his own heart.

Ailsa MacDuff, a warrior among her clan, has no desire to have a man chain her to a life of obedience. However, that is before she meets Desmond. The temptation to allow this warrior inside her heart is a risk she dares to take, but one that could lead to a future of emptiness and sorrow.

When betrayal looms from within, the battleground of love is no match for these two warriors. Can the power of a Highland full moon be strong enough to unite or destroy them?

Buy Links:

AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0767QVJBX/

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-highland-moon-enchantment-mary-morgan/1127176325

Apple iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/a-highland-moon-enchantment/id1294140045?mt=11

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/a-highland-moon-enchantment

See you next Monday!

We have TWO winners in the giveaway!

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My Facebook giveaway of a signed print copy of any one of my books has ended, and I received so many kind comments, I decided to pick two winners instead of one.  There were close to 100 entrants.  Wow!  The lucky winners, randomly chosen, were Emily Buckmaster of Oklahoma and Helen Gordon of Ireland.  Congratulations, ladies!

I’ll be doing another giveaway soon, so keep a lookout for that.  Hope you’re having a lovely Wednesday!  🙂

 

Medieval Monday ~ CURSE OF THE HEALER

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Welcome back to Medieval Monday! I’m excited to have award-winning author Ashley York here today. We’re featuring her medieval romance, Curse of the Healer.

If you’re following my excerpt from Shadow of the Swan, you can find the tenth snippet of Robert and Constance’s first encounter on Ashley’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://www.ashleyyorkauthor.com/blog

Now, let’s enjoy Ashley’s tenth snippet:

“I do.” His voice, no more than a whisper.

A tentative caress to her breast and her nipples tightened, painfully. His open palm running across that sensitive area increased the heat beneath her skirt. She squirmed under his ministrations as he cupped one breast and then the other. Grasping and releasing. The tension bloomed into pleasure and she exhaled.

“A lovely night.” He moved back to her ear, his warm breath making her heart beat faster. “And we are of the same mind.”

She nodded, pressing her breasts against the eager hands that stroked her, blessedly soothing.

“I’ve a great need for ye, Aednat.” His husky whisper intensified her longing.

A hand caressing her backside urged her closer. She molded herself to him, allowing her breasts to be more fully grasped in his hands, the heat becoming nearly unbearable. His persistent mouth suckling at the crook of her neck sent waves of delight through her body, settling between her legs.

Follow along next week when she’s visiting Cathy MacRae’s blog.

A little more about the book:

After the death of Brian Boru in 1014, a legend arose of a healer so great she could raise a man from the dead, with a power so strong it could make any warrior the next high king of Éire…and to steal it away from her, he need only possess her.

Fated to be a healer…

Aednat has spent her entire life training to be the great healer, knowing she must remain alone. When she meets Diarmuid, the intense attraction she feels toward him shakes her resolve to believe in such a legend. If she gives in to the passion he ignites in her, can she settle for being less?

Destined to be his…

Diarmuid of Clonascra is renowned for his bravery in battle. Only one thing daunts him: the prospect of taking a wife. The safest course would be to keep his distance from Aednat, the bold, headstrong healer who’s far too tempting for his peace of mind. But his overking orders him to protect her from a group of craven warriors intent on kidnapping her to steal her power.

What starts as duty for Diarmuid quickly transforms into something more. Aednat’s power might be at risk, but so is his closed-off heart.

Buy the book: https://www.ashleyyorkauthor.com/curse-of-the-healer

See you next Monday!

A RONE Award nomination for THE STONE AWAKENED!

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Good news! The Stone Awakened (the 2nd book in my Guardians of Erin young adult paranormal series) has been nominated for InD’Tale Magazine’s prestigious RONE Award! The week of April 15 – 21 is the reader voting phase of the award process, and if I receive enough votes, I’ll reach the actual judging phase.  Wouldn’t you know, I’ll be away on a mostly tech-free family vacation when the voting starts, but I’ll schedule a reminder post before I go.

If you’ve read and enjoyed the book, please consider voting for it. If you haven’t read it but would like to, comment below or send me a message on Facebook, and I’ll give you a free digital copy.  Just to be clear: you don’t have to vote for me to receive a copy.  But this way, anyone who does vote will have had the chance to read it.

Thanks in advance for your support.  Have a lovely weekend! 🙂

Spring Facebook Scavenger Hunt and a Giveaway

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JOIN US FOR A SPRING FB SCAVENGER HUNT!

https://bookwrapt.com/spring-fb-scavenger-hunt/

For many, spring is the sweetest time of the year. We’re betting you’ll agree if you’re the lucky winner of our grand prize See’s Candies gift basket. Play our fun and easy hunt for your chance to take home over $100 in chocolates and other goodies!

Plus, with 35 authors participating—most hosting individual giveaways of their own on the hunt—our spring basket is overflowing with dozens of treats we’re eager to give away. I, myself, am doing a giveaway on my Facebook page.  You could win a signed print copy of one of my books; it’ll be your choice which one! Here’s the link:

https://www.facebook.com/judithsterlingfiction/

Enter April 5-9 for your chance to win!

Authors Participating in the Hunt

Alex Gordon • Amanda Uhl • Angela Roquet • Angelica R. Jackson • Angie Wilder • Anna Durand • Anne McClane • Ben Westerham • Cailin Briste • Casi McLean
Christine Grabowski • CM Lally • Donna R. Mercer • Honey Phillips • J.M. Walker • Jacqueline Diamond • Jacquie Biggar • Jim Stein • Joanne Dannon • Judith Sterling • Katherine Gilbert • Kathryn Knight • Kerry Blaisdell • Kristine Smith • Lia Davis • Lisanne Harrington • Michelle Jo Quinn • Shae Banks • Shereen Vedam • Soraya Naomi • Stephanie Queen • Taylor Marsh • Viola Calvary • Zoe Dawson • Zoe Forward

N. N. Light’s Book Heaven Spring Break Bookapalooza ~ Enter to win!

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Calling all readers! Spring has sprung, and you’re all invited to N. N. Light’s Book Heaven Spring Break Bookapalooza, featuring 56 books and a chance to 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

I’m thrilled to be a part of this event. The Cauldron Stirred, the first book in my Guardians of Erin young adult paranormal series, is being featured today.  You can read an excerpt and learn where I’d go on spring break if money were no option. Wonder if it matches up with your dream location.  Check it out here.

Bookmark this get-together and tell your friends:

https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/spring-break-bookapalooza

Enter to win here:

https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/92db775027

The drawing will be held on May 1.  Good luck, and happy Thursday!  🙂

Spring into Freebies Giveaway ~ N. N. Light’s Book Heaven

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Spring has arrived and N. N. Light’s got spring fever. It could be all the flowers in bloom or the birds singing in the trees, but whatever the case, it’s a chance to score some amazing prizes, including a few new releases by bestselling authors in paperback. I’m one of the contributing authors, so you might win an e-copy of my medieval romance, Flight of the Raven, the first of The Novels of Ravenwood.

The list of prizes is long, and I’d love to win myself.  But alas, I can’t, so I’ll just live vicariously through the winners. Hurry and hop like a bunny over to N. N. Light’s Book Heaven, where you can enter to win. Good luck!

Spring Into Freebies Giveaway: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/92db775028

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

Medieval Monday ~ THE LADY OF THE FOREST

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Welcome back to Medieval Monday! I’m thrilled to have the talented Barbara Bettis here today. We’re featuring The Lady of the Forest, a Knights of Destiny romance.

If you’re following my excerpt from Shadow of the Swan, you can find the ninth snippet of Robert and Constance’s first encounter on Barbara’s blog. Remember to leave a comment there for a chance to win a signed print copy of the book! Here’s the link: www.barbarabettis.blogspot.com

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

This was the traitor?

Her heart thudded and her breath hitched.

She knew him.

That strong blade of a nose, the firm jaw with its little scar—so familiar, even covered in grime. From childhood, an image flickered. A gangly, laughing squire who teased his sister’s friend.

Henry of Chauvere. Impossible! Stonehill sat leagues from his home.

But if it were Henry, he’d grown into an imposing knight.

Sam’l and Oscar finally got his arms freed from the cumbersome mail and were poised to drag it over his when he groaned.

Be sure to leave a comment for a book drawing at the end of the tour, and follow her to next week’s installment: https://www.cathymacraeauthor.com/bits-n-bobs-author-blog

Review last week’s installment: https://lanemcfarland.com/blog

A little more about the book:

He must pursue his enemy; she must protect her people. Can their love survive the duties that drive them apart?

When her elderly husband dies, Lady Katherine fakes her own death and disappears into the forest with others escaping the brutish new lord. Determined to protect her people, she knocks the wrong man senseless. But Lord Henry isn’t an enemy, he’s the brother of her childhood friend. Although his tender confidence tempts her, she’s bound by duty.

Henry of Chauvere has found the one lady he wants for his own, never mind she’s tied him hand and foot. When he learns the king has ordered her to wed Stonehill’s ruthless new master, he insists Kate seek haven with his sister. But she won’t desert her friends. Henry vows to solve her problem, provided he catches a traitor before the threat from Kate’s past catches her.

When a daring rescue compels Henry and Kate to join forces, their attraction grows into love. If only duty didn’t drive them apart.

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