Audiobook Spotlight and a Continuing Party

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The Online Cocktail Party Romance Giveaway continues at Bookwrapt, and there are so many prizes to win!  If you haven’t already, check it out here.

In other news, N. N. Light’s Book Heaven is spotlighting my medieval romance Soul of the Wolf, the second of The Novels of Ravenwood today.  Come join us here.

Wishing you a great start to the week!  🙂

Mary Morgan’s New Release ~ DESTINY OF A WARRIOR

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My dear friend and sister Rose (The Wild Rose Press) Mary Morgan is here today to talk about her recent release, Destiny of a Warrior.  Let’s see what she has to say about it.

Mary, each book of a series resonates in a unique way with its author, and this is the fourth in your Legends of the Fenian Warriors series. How is it dear to your heart?

I’ve waited a long time to tell this hero’s story. The great Aidan Kerrigan was a tale I feared to write. When he first appeared in the story, Dragon Knight’s Medallion, Order of the Dragon Knights, Book 2, I panicked. I did not know he was a Fenian Warrior until he walked through the crowd of people at the airport to greet his daughter, Aileen. His presence loomed mighty and grew with the previous stories in the Legends of the Fenian Warriors. Regardless, I knew then that his and Rose’s love story had to be told from the beginning. With each Fenian Warrior’s story, I shared a layer about this Fae. Little did I know when I penned his first line of dialogue that he was the leader of the Fenian Warriors, came from royalty, and his sister was Queen of the Fae realm.

He chose not to reveal any of this to me. And this is why I became terrified. What more could he share? Aidan made it simple. He told me to write a love story, stating, “For you see, love is greater than all the power attained in the world—be it human or Fae.”

With this revelation, Aidan Kerrigan has remained my favorite (and most complex) character. He’s honorable and loyal—struggling with a new-found love and what this relationship would do to his Fae people. He also continued with a code of ethics his entire life.

And the lovely Rose MacLaren was a perfect match. As he professed to her, “I saw beauty inside the depth of your soul. Your intelligence would rival any Fae in the herbal gardens, and you possess a wisdom that sparks from a desire to learn more. You challenge me.”

What was your first thought when you saw the cover?

I gasped! I wanted the cover to represent power, the Fae realm, and the Tree of Life in the background. Debbie Taylor went above and beyond to deliver a stunning cover. I love it!

You’ve already bestowed life on your characters. Is there another gift you’d like to give them as a couple?

Ahh…that is a difficult question. I cannot answer this without giving away a major spoiler. I’ll leave that to the readers after they’ve had a chance to read both books: Dragon Knight’s Medallion and Destiny of a Warrior.

If you could offer Aidan a word of advice, what would it be?

You should have told your daughter Aileen who and what you were sooner.

How would you advise Rose?

Not all visions are what they appear to represent. Don’t let fear guide you.

Is there any chance this couple will appear in a future story?

A question my editor keeps asking, too, Judith.  🙂  For now, Aidan and Rose are both where they should be—blissfully happy and forever young.

Thanks so much for hosting me on your lovely blog, Judith. It’s always a joy to visit. And readers, don’t forget to enter the rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win a fabulous grand prize!

Always a pleasure to have you here, Mary.  Best of luck with your new release!

Here’s what readers could win in the giveaway (June 5 – July 15, US and Canada only):

~Signed print copy of Destiny of a Warrior
~Celtic jeweled bookmark
~$5 Starbucks card

Enter here!

A little more about the book:

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

As leader of the Fenian Warriors, Aidan Kerrigan’s accolades are many and his loyalty to the Fae unwavering. When an unexpected mission sends him to the human world and a chance encounter with Rose MacLaren, he’s tempted for the first time in his existence to discard duty and claim what is forbidden.

Rose MacLaren, a Society of the Thistle member, yearns to expand her botanical knowledge with her love of history. After her rescue by a handsome stranger, she is compelled to look beyond what her rational mind comprehends and unravel the secret of the standing stones, as well as the man who captivates her.

In a mystical world ruled by ancient laws and edicts, can a fierce warrior choose a path destined for love? And will a woman honoring the ways of the land believe in a myth only spoken of in legends? If they do, will their love be enough to defy death’s punishment?

A peek between the pages:

Flexing his fingers, Aidan yearned to bring some light into the dreary situation. Rose’s rigid stance against the vehicle spoke volumes. While her back was turned, he magically brought forth a red rose. Striding across the muddy terrain, he presented the flower over her shoulder.

Her indrawn breath at his gift resonated within him. “How lovely, Aidan. I don’t recall seeing any roses on the property.” She grasped the flower, but winced. “Ouch.”

Stepping around in front of her, Aidan removed the rose from her delicate fingers and placed it on the roof of the vehicle. Droplets of blood oozed from the damage done by the thorn. Without thinking of the consequences, Aidan brought her injured finger to his lips. Instantly, the taste of her blood ignited a war in his veins. Passion so intense slammed into his body. As he released her hand, his gaze roamed over her features.

Rose was his land—his home. A part of him fractured with the realization. When did his world tilt off its axis? There was no firm compass anymore. No sure direction, save one. Rose.

The roar of desire hummed into his being, and Aidan crushed her to his chest. His hand took her face and held it gently. He covered her mouth hungrily, seeking entry into her velvet softness with his tongue. When her moan slid inside of him, Aidan groaned. Her scent consumed him.

Emotions within him whirled and skidded. Unable to control the flood of so many, he swayed and broke free from the kiss. These feelings were foreign to him, but he no longer feared them.

Aidan breathed heavily, keeping her at arm’s length. The sensuous flame of desire reflected back within her sparkling emerald eyes. “Forgive me?”

“Not for the kiss, Aidan,” her tone low and sultry.

Slowly, he took hold of her hand and kissed her finger, which was now healed from his touch. “I meant the thorn.”

Her tongue darted out along her bottom lip, enticing him further. “Not for the thorn, either,” she admitted, plucking the rose off the top of the vehicle. “Isn’t it time you showed me your other castle, Aidan?”

“Croí Dragon. That is the name of my keep.”

Rose placed her hand on his chest. “Dragon Heart.”

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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:

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Online Cocktail Party Romance Giveaway

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Who wants to win bestselling romance books and Amazon gift cards, while schmoozing with authors and the characters they’ve created? You do! Join us for a rockin’ party featuring 13 giveaway rooms loaded with prizes and fun conversation.

My giveaway room (#12) features Shadow of the Swan, the third of The Novels of Ravenwood, and my hero, Sir Robert le Donjon, is sharing his favorite recipe for mulled wine.  Also featured in Room #12 are works by Mariah Stone and Anna Durand.  Together, we’re sponsoring a great prize pack:  a $25 Amazon gift card and an e-copy of Kaitlyn and the Highlander by Diana Knightley.

No matter your favorite romance subgenre…whether you like it sweet, sexy, or steamy, we have the prize pack for you. Enter now for your chance to win by visiting us here!

And remember to visit me on Facebook to enter my SUN AND SAND GIVEAWAY.  Have a lovely Tuesday!  🙂

Sun and Sand Giveaway and a party!

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I’m doing a SUN AND SAND GIVEAWAY!  Check out my books and choose which one you’d like as your beach read.  Then go to my Facebook page, find the giveaway post pinned to the top, and tell me your choice.  You can comment until 11:59 p.m. EST on July 6, 2019.  (Open only to entrants from the US and Canada.)  I’ll randomly choose one winner, who will receive a signed paperback copy of his/her book of choice.  Good luck!

In other news, I’m co-hosting a Facebook launch party tonight for my dear author friend, Mary Morgan.  We’ll be celebrating her latest release, Destiny of a Warrior.  Come join us for fun and prizes here!  I’ll be hosting from 6:35 p.m. until 6:50 p.m. EST.  Hope to see you there!


Guest Author Peggy Jaeger ~ DEARLY BELOVED on sale!

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I’m thrilled to have a sister Rose (published by The Wild Rose Press) as my guest today.  Welcome, Peggy Jaeger!  Dearly Beloved, Book One of her contemporary romance series A Match Made in Heaven, is currently on sale for 99 cents, and she’s here to tell us what inspired the series in the first place.  Take it away, Peggy…

Three years ago my daughter was in the wedding party of one of her sorority sisters from college. The bride hailed from one side of the country, the groom, the other. Where to have their ceremony so that all could participate proved quite the question for them.

They decided to have a “destination” wedding, but the destination was in the continental US so that both families could attend without breaking their bankbooks on air fares, exorbitant hotel fees and the thousand other little wedding costs that pop up. They chose a venue where they could have the marriage ceremony, the reception, the afterparty, and also, where the guests could stay, all in the same place. My daughter jokingly called it “a one-stop wedding.”

It’s amazing how something like that simple statement can spark an idea.

The moment she uttered those words a new book series jumped into my mind and A Match Made in Heaven was born. Book 1, DEARLY BELOVED, was released in November 2018, and the ecopy is currently on sale for just 99cents until 6.21.19.

I love a good wedding and I adore a good wedding romance. Luckily for me, I get to write about them, too!

And your lucky readers get to read about them!  Thanks so much for joining me today, Peggy.  Now, here’s the scoop on the story itself:

Colleen O’Dowd manages a thriving bridal business with her sisters in Heaven, New Hampshire. After fleeing Manhattan and her cheating ex-fiancé, Colleen still believes in happily ever afters. But with a demanding business to run, her sisters to look after, and their 93-year-old grandmother to keep out of trouble, she’s worried she’ll never find Mr. Right.

Playboy Slade Harrington doesn’t believe in marriage. His father’s six weddings have taught him life is better as an unencumbered single guy. But Slade loves his little sister. He’ll do anything for her, including footing the bill for her dream wedding. He doesn’t plan on losing his heart to a smart-mouthed, gorgeous wedding planner, though.

When her ex-fiancé comes back into the picture, Colleen must choose between Mr. Right and Mr. Right Now.

A peek inside the pages:

I stared at him for a moment, mulling over how I wanted to ask him what I’d been dying to ask since we’d been in my office.

Finally, because there was no other way to get around it but bluntly, I said, “I feel like we need to discuss your father. Come to a decision about where he fits in the wedding.”

When the warmth in his expression shifted to ice, a weaker-willed person might have stopped there. Since I’m not weak and my parents have always told me I have a real problem with knowing when to quit, I pushed on. “It seems to me as if Isabella wants him to be included. Whether in a father-of-the-bride role, or simply as a guest, I really do think she’d like him to attend, but, for whatever reason, she’s reluctant to press you on it.”

Did I say ice? What’s colder than ice? Because whatever it is, that was the expression floating in Slade’s eyes right then as he glared at me.

Warning bells blared in my head, but that thing about me not knowing when to quit? Yeah, it’s real.

“I think Isabella’s afraid of upsetting you if she tells you how she feels or asks your permission. She loves you so much and respects your opinion.”

“You don’t know anything about my sister. Or me.” He lowered his hands from his hips, kept them fisted at his sides. “Or our relationship with our father.”

“True, but I get the sense—”

He barreled over me as if I hadn’t said a word.

“You’ve been hired to do a job, Miss O’Dowd. I suggest you do it and keep your thoughts about my family to yourself. You’re a wedding planner, not a family counselor.” His voice dropped a level, deepening as it became softer. The cadence became clipped, the tone more…lethal.

If this was the way he acted in business, it was a wonder he hadn’t been convicted of corporate homicide yet.

“Look, I’m not asking simply to be nosy,” I said, my voice rising in opposition to his. “I really do have to plan all this out. There’s still the rehearsal and the dinner after it left to deal with. Then there’s the reception seating. Plus, if he is included, I’ll need to make sure he has a room, a tuxedo, and find out if he’s bringing a guest.”

“What aren’t you understanding about this, Miss O’Dowd?” Slade asked, taking a step toward me. If he’d thought to intimidate me with his height, he’d miscalculated. Retreat wasn’t a word in my lexicon. I simply lifted my chin and stared right back at him.

“I understand a lot more than you think, Mr. Harrington. About all sorts of things. Arrogant and pigheaded men included.”

When he continued to stand like a plank of wood in front of me, his mouth turning down and creasing the sides of his jaw, I knew—knew—I should stop.

But…

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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:

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THE NOVELS OF RAVENWOOD ~ News and an Excerpt

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Happy Wednesday!  I’ve begun edits on Night of the Owl, the fourth of The Novels of Ravenwood.  Time travel plays a large role in this one, and I’m excited to share it with you.  With any luck, it won’t be too long before we have a release date.

In other news, author Barbara Bettis–whom you might recognize from Medieval Mondays–is featuring an excerpt from the first book in the series, Flight of the Raven on her blog today.  Head on over for a peek between the pages here.

Have a lovely day!  🙂

THE STONE AWAKENED is a RONE Award finalist!

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A wonderful surprise was waiting for me when I got home from work this evening.  The Stone Awakened (Guardians of Erin, Book 2) is a finalist in InD’Tale Magazine’s 2019 RONE Awards!  I’m so honored to be among the finalists.

Just wanted to share it with you!  Enjoy your evening.  🙂

Celebrate Audiobook Month ~ N. N. Light’s Book Heaven

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N. N. Light’s Book Heaven is celebrating audiobooks all month long!  Today, the spotlight is on one of my audiobooks–Flight of the Raven, the first of The Novels of Ravenwood–and one of sister Rose (The Wild Rose Press) Peggy Jaeger’s audiobooks.

Narrator Rebecca McKernan did a great job of bringing the medieval world of Flight of the Raven to life.  See the spotlight here!  And if you love audiobooks, check out N. N. Light’s Book Heaven every day in June.  Lots of authors, writing a variety of genres, are participating.

Happy Monday!  Have a great week!  🙂

Beach Blanket Book Giveaway ~ N. N. Light’s Book Heaven

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Summertime is here, and before you head out to the pool or beach to catch some sunshine, check out this amazing giveaway hosted by N. N. Light’s Book Heaven. Win bestselling and award-winning books, both in digital and print. Soul of the Wolf, the second book in my medieval romance series, The Novels of Ravenwood, is one of the prizes. By the way, I just contracted the fourth book in that series: Night of the Owl. I’ll keep you posted as we move toward publication.

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

Beach Blanket Book Giveaway: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/92db775030

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

A surprise sale!

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I just noticed that Amazon and Amazon UK have my Guardians of Erin series on sale. I’m not sure how long it’ll last, so get ’em while they’re hot! As for me, I’m working hard on the third book in the series, The Sword Unsheathed.

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07NMHY25F

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Guardians-Erin-2-Book/dp/B07NMHY25F

Wishing you a lovely day and weekend ahead!  🙂