Get a jump on your holiday shopping!

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And just like that, the holidays are upon us! I’ve teamed up with over forty-five award-winning/bestselling authors to bring you the ultimate holiday gift guide for any booklover. The best part: it’s an online store. Scroll away and do all your holiday shopping in one place. Who knows? You might even find a few books you’d enjoy for yourself. Check it out here: https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/holiday-gift-guide

Medieval Monday ~ TO FOLLOW MY HEART

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Welcome back to Medieval Monday! It’s Week Three of our “Family” theme, and I’m excited to feature an excerpt by my dear friend and bestselling author, Sherry Ewing’s To Follow My Heart: The Knights of Berwyck, A Quest Through Time (Book 3).

If you’re following my excerpt from Flight of the Raven, you can find the third snippet on Sherry’s blog: https://sherryewing.com/blog/

Now, let’s enjoy her third snippet:

Fletcher very kindly held her chair out for her. It wasn’t something that hadn’t been done for her before at any high class restaurant, but, somehow, the gesture seemed more significant sitting here in a place of honor at the same table as the lord and lady of the hall. Once she was seated, the conversations in the room resumed to full volume. Fletcher sat down beside her, and Jenna felt dwarfed sandwiched between him and the gentleman next to her. She surmised this was the very same Riorden that Katherine had told her about, since she was placed to his left. He nodded to her when she took her seat, and Jenna almost swooned when she saw how handsome he was. Were all the men in this castle graced with such stunning good looks?

The food began to arrive on huge platters, sometimes carried by two servants, to feed the multitude of people who filled every table in the hall. There were so many individuals here, she likened it to a great big huge party where everyone was celebrating some special occasion. As the bounty began to fill the space in front of her, she began to wonder if the table would hold the weight of so much food.

Be sure to leave a comment for Sherry below for a chance to win an eCopy of To Follow My Heart, The Knights of Berwyck, A Quest Through Time (Book 3). A winner will be randomly selected and announced on Medieval Monday, December 31st.

Catch last week’s excerpt here: www.RuthACasie.blogspot.com

Follow her to next week’s blog (November 26) here: http://www.marymorganauthor.com

Don’t forget to visit Sherry’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 To Follow My Heart:

Love is a leap. Sometimes you need to jump…

After a gut wrenching break up with her fiancé, Jenna Sinclair heads to the coast to do a little soul searching. To say everything is subject to change is putting it mildly. Her world is not only turned upside down, but pretty much torn asunder when she is pulled through a time gate on the beach beneath the Cliff House and transported more than eight hundred years into the past.

Fletcher Monroe, captain of the garrison knights at Berwyck Castle, has wasted too much time pining for a woman who will never be his. When he finally decides to move on with his life and focus on his duties, he is suddenly confronted with a woman who magically appears at his feet. This could either be the best thing that has ever happened to him or another cursed event in a string of many. He soon finds he is wildly attracted to her, but she’s scared to death of him ─ not a very encouraging beginning.

From the shores of California to twelfth century England and back again, Jenna and Fletcher must find a way to reconcile their two different worlds before Time forever tears them apart.

Buy Links:

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1TWTF15
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/29jPdiT
iBooks: http://apple.co/247Nb53
Kobo: http://bit.ly/20Cc08b

See you next Monday!

Medieval Monday ~ DRAGON KNIGHT’S SHIELD

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Welcome back to Medieval Monday!  It’s Week Two of our “Family” theme, and I’m thrilled to feature my dear friend and award-winning author, Mary Morgan’s work, Dragon Knight’s Shield (Order of the Dragon Knights, Book Four).  Don’t you love this cover?!

If you’re following my excerpt from Flight of the Raven, you can find the second snippet on Mary’s blog: www.marymorganauthor.com

Now, let’s enjoy her second snippet:

Hearing the door closed, Angus slumped down against the stone wall. The druid’s visit left him raw with emotions. Hanging his head in his hands, he thought back to the night of Meggie’s death, shoving aside the vision of her lifeless body, he brought forth the image of the Guardian. Closing his eyes, he could see her in all her beauty and then she spoke. Across the sea, their destiny awaits. A love will meet through time and space. To right a wrong within this place. Beneath the gate to test your fate.

Deirdre was sent to him across the veil of time. A test—one he had failed to see.

Follow along next week on Barbara Bettis’ blog: http://barbarabettis.blogspot.com/

For a chance to win a signed print copy of Dragon Knight’s Shield, please leave a comment.  And don’t forget to visit Mary’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 Dragon Knight’s Shield:

Angus MacKay, leader of the Dragon Knights, failed his brothers and his clan upon the death of his sister. Now he must fight the darkness of despair tempting his soul. Back on Scottish soil, he comes face to face with Deirdre who can wield a sword as mightily as his warriors, and takes her captive. Yet, with each passing day, the fire dragon inside him roars to claim the one woman fate has destined for him.

Famed mystery writer, Deirdre Flanagan, is unprepared for the next chapter in her life. On a vacation to Scotland, she steps through the mists and enters into a skirmish alongside a Highlander. However, the fight has only begun, and now she must battle Angus as well as evil in order to claim the love of this Dragon Knight.

Will their love be powerful enough to shield them from danger, or burn them to ashes?

Buy Links: AMAZON | BN | KOBO | iTunes

See you next Monday!

GUARDIANS OF ERIN Series ~ Read the First Book for Free!

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The first review of The Stone Awakened is in, and it’s 5 stars! – “The writing, as in the first book, has real warmth that welcomes you right in and holds your hand through the entire book.”

Because it’s crucial to read the first book before the second, I’m doing something I’ve never done before. I’m offering a free digital copy (pdf, mobi, or epub) of The Cauldron Stirred to the first 20 people who message me on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/judithsterlingfiction

All I ask in return is that you write a short, honest review (even just two sentences) on Amazon, and on Goodreads if you have an account.  If you like young adult paranormal fantasy, I hope to hear from you!

 

Medieval Monday ~ THE GUARDIAN’S WITCH

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Medieval Monday is back!  I’m teaming up with seven amazing authors of medieval romance, and every Monday for the next eight weeks, we’ll share excerpts from each other’s books on our blogs.

This round’s theme is “Family” in honor of all the family holidays during the next two months.  Each excerpt will be broken into eight snippets; mine will be from Flight of the Raven (The Novels of Ravenwood, Book One).  My excerpt highlights brotherly trust, support, and love…tough love, in this case.  Sometimes, only a trusted sibling can open one’s eyes.

Each Monday, I’ll feature a snippet from another author’s book 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 Monday (December 24), I’ll feature the final snippet from my own excerpt here on my blog.  If you follow along and comment on the snippets from Flight of the Raven, you could win a digital copy of the book.  If you already own a copy, you’ll have your choice of any one of my other books, fiction or nonfiction.  I’ll announce my winner on Monday, December 31.  The other authors will also award prizes to commenters, so you have lots of chances to win!

USA Today bestselling author Ruth A. Casie is featuring my first snippet on her blog: https://www.RuthACasie.blogspot.com

I’m featuring hers from The Guardian’s Witch, Book One of the Stelton Legacy. Let’s take a look!

“Jamie,” Tom called. “We captured six English. They were tracking Alex.”

Jamie and Alex sat in the main room of the hunting lodge. They looked up from a large parchment map on the table.

“Your brothers?” Jamie waved his hand at the six men accompanied by highland guards.

“Yes, I thought they would follow.” Alex left the table to welcome them.

“Alex.” Cameron came forward. “With the carnage we passed on the trail, we arrived at the conclusion you’ve made at least one friend here. We thought about going back but we knew we would upset Mother if we arrived without you.”

The excerpt continues next week on Sherry Ewing’s blog: https://sherryewing.com/blog/

Don’t forget, commenters each week will be entered into a drawing for a free digital copy of The Guardian’s Witch.  And visit Ruth’s blog to comment on my snippet for a chance to win Flight of the Raven or another of my books!

A little more about The Guardian’s Witch:

Will he come in time or must she trust in her magic and risk exposure as a witch to save them both?

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.

Check out Ruth’s books here:

https://ruthacasie.com/books.html

See you next Monday!

The Scoop on THE STONE AWAKENED (Guardians of Erin, Book Two)

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I’m so excited for the upcoming release of The Stone Awakened, the second book in my young adult paranormal fantasy series, Guardians of Erin!  The release date will be December 19, 2018, just in time for Christmas, which is PERFECT because this second installment of the four-book story ends on Christmas Day.  And it’s now available for pre-order on Amazon!  Click here to grab your copy: https://www.amzn.com/B07K4Y7QV6

Here’s the scoop, but if you haven’t read the first book (The Cauldron Stirred), be warned:  there are a few spoilers!

Since moving to Ireland, Ashling Donoghue has tackled one challenge after another. Now the mystery of her parents’ disappearance seems unsolvable. Are they dead or only missing? No one—not even the godlike Breasals—has a clue. Hope and fear war inside her, but she’s determined to find answers and stay strong for her siblings. Even as she hones newfound powers, her banshee-in-training sister Deirdre needs her support.

Ashling could use a little help herself. She’s struggling to navigate her first romance, and while Aengus Breasal stirs her body, mind, and soul, his nemesis Lorcan does too. Both men harbor secrets about her past life as Caer. One has ties to Aoife, the scheming wind demon whose influence is on the rise.

As the Stone of Destiny awakens, so does the conflict within.

I can’t wait for you to read this continuation of the story!

N. N. Light’s Gobble Gobble…Gobble Up Books Giveaway ~ FLIGHT OF THE RAVEN

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Gobble, gobble . . . Do you hear that? It’s the international call for booklovers, courtesy of the persnickety turkey. It’s time to fill up your e-reader and/or physical library with a cornucopia of books, and this giveaway is a great place to start. N. N. Light has gathered new releases and wonderful backlist titles in one giveaway. My medieval romance, Flight of the Raven (The Novels of Ravenwood, Book One) is one of the prizes.

Enter below and good luck!

Gobble Gobble. . . Gobble Up Books Giveaway: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/92db775021

 

 

Halloween Fun, a Paranormal Update, and an Interview for TV

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Happy Halloween!  I worked all day at The Witch House (a stylized picture of which is pictured above).  Now my husband and I are getting ready to take our kids trick-or-treating.  Things are hopping here in Salem!  When we get home, we’ll settle down in front of the TV to watch the live Ghost Adventures event hosted by Josh Gates on The Travel Channel.  Should be a fun night!

If you read my recent post about the paranormal activity at The Witch House, here’s a quick update.  One of the bed warmers circled again yesterday.  Then today, the bed warmer in the other bedroom started circling.  I wonder what Margaret–and any other spirits who are hanging around–think of all the tourists who’ve filtered through The House during the past month.  We’ve been super busy!

The Boston TV show Chronicle interviewed me earlier this month regarding the supernatural happenings at The Witch House.  Here’s the link to watch it:

https://www.wcvb.com/article/the-witch-city-salems-dark-haunted-history/24288040?fbclid=IwAR3EIp80vD_2mIpEF1l67Oy72wttcCYyAhTFYnhqqP_meWr_8wu3jHGGJw0

Of course, I figured out who was contacting me via the bed warmers after the interview occurred.

Well, it’s time to trick-or-treat.  Wishing you a fun and safe Halloween night!

Amazon Giveaway ~ THE CAULDRON STIRRED

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Happy Thursday!  The weekend is almost here, and it’s going to be a busy one in Salem, Mass.  I’ll be working extra hours at The Witch House.  After all, Halloween is just around the corner!

I wanted to let you know…I’m doing another Amazon giveaway, this time of The Cauldron Stirred.  The second book in the series, The Stone Awakened, is nearing publication, and soon I’ll reveal the cover and blurb.  But for now, you can enter to win a copy of the first.  It’s the perfect #Halloween read, with ghosts, a headless horseman, and all manner of creepy creatures from Irish lore.  The climax of the story even takes place on Halloween!  (Of course, it had to because that’s my favorite holiday!)

Here’s the link to enter:  https://www.amazon.com/ga/p/417e6e6a619ce9f9

Good luck with the giveaway.  Wishing you a lovely day and a fun weekend ahead!  🙂

An Interview with Micki Miller, Author of A SCANDALOUS REQUEST

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I’m excited to have a fellow “rose” (published by The Wild Rose Press) here today!  Please welcome Micki Miller, author of A Scandalous Request.

At what age did you write your first story? Does it count if it was before I learned how to write? I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t conjuring stories in my head. When I was too young to write, they usually began with “what if.” Actually, my stories still often get their start that way. One time in school the teacher told us to write a paper, the life story of a fictional person. I was so excited! My fictional character was a detective. I had him surviving all kinds of dangerous situations while solving crimes. My paper received a C. The teacher said I’d written a fictional story, not the life story of my fictional person. Fortunately, she liked the paper enough so I didn’t fail the assignment.

Which genre was the first to hook you? After I graduated from children’s books, the first story I truly loved was Paper Moon by Joe David Brown. It was the first “big” book I ever read. It was in my hands at every chance. For a reason I’ll never understand, and was too wise to question, all the reading annoyed my father. By the time I finished the book, he’d given me such grief, I was finished reading, for years. At eighteen I moved out of my parents’ house. Reading was still a bittersweet memory until a good friend, Mike Campbell, told me about a book he’d read. He told me he’d ditched two days of school to finish it. I couldn’t stop thinking about that book. It kept at me until I finally bought it: The Stand by Stephen King. My love of reading was mine again. I was grown and on my own, and I will never go without books again.

What was your first published book? The Marshal’s Pursuit. A scene kept playing in my head, so I finally surrendered to it and wrote the book. When I got to the love scenes, as usual, I held back, too embarrassed to let go. Then I thought, Well, everything I write gets rejected, so, have some fun and go for it. About ten minutes after I signed the contract, it struck me: Oh, my friends are going to read this!

I know what you mean; there are quite a few love scenes in my medieval romances, and even my parents have read them! What’s your favorite part of the writing process? Brainstorming? Research? Outlining? Writing? Editing? My favorite part is polishing. In the early stages of a manuscript I spend so much time berating myself, my work, my skills, that when it’s finally all together and I’m proud of my work, I love putting on the finishing touches. It feels SO good.

I love that too! What are you working on now? The second and third books of my Request series. The series is set in London, early nineteenth century. I also have plans for the next two books after the series. One, family drama? I’m not yet sure how to categorize it. The other is a romantic comedy. Also, I have two other stories lurking in the back of my head. Both of those are quite dark.

I love the Regency Era, and London makes a great setting for your Request series! Of all the settings you’ve used (or created!) for your books, which is your favorite? Why? Las Vegas. It’s my hometown. It’s a city with endless stories, both real and in my mind’s fiction. I used it for the setting in The Darkest Sum. On the news one night, I saw a story about tunnels that run underneath the city. It put a story in my mind, but before I even wrote the first word I realized the story needed a creature. And it had to be a monster with real purpose and reason. The romantic comedy I’m working on is also set in Las Vegas.

Have you ever dreamed about a character you created? All the time. The ones that cost me sleep, though, are the ones who glide through my dreams so fast I can’t quite catch hold of them. 

If you could have a conversation with anyone—dead or alive—who would it be? The list is long and difficult to narrow down. I have a problem with decisiveness, so how about one dead, one living? They would be George Carlin and Judge Judy.

Interesting choices! If you could travel to any time and place, when and where would that be? I’ve started making notes on a story where the character lives ten years, from age 20 to 30, over the course of several decades. That’s what I’d like to do. Then I could go everywhere.

If you could step inside any book or series and live there for a week, which would you choose? I’d love to hang out with Spenser, from the Robert B. Parker series. Or maybe Milo, from Jonathan Kellerman’s Alex Delaware series. Ooh, or one of about a million historical romance novels. There goes my indecisiveness again. Sorry.

LOL. No problem! I understand. If a fairy godmother appeared and offered you one thing—anything at all—what would you request? I wish everyone would be nice to each other, and to all animals. I know that sounds childish, but you asked. The cruelty in this world weighs on me. The Darkest Sum was somewhat cathartic in that the story let me address some of the things I think, and hope others feel, too.

I love your answer; it’s not childish at all.  If only that fairy godmother did exist! Now, it’s time to learn some of your favorites.

Sound: Rain. Especially when I’m writing or reading.

I love that too! Eye color: All the colors have beauty I can appreciate.

Foreign language (whether or not you speak it!): A Scottish brogue makes me melt.

One of the things I loved about living in Scotland! Of all the Scottish accents, I particularly like the one spoken in and around Fife. Song: Depends on my mood. I listen to a variety of music, but I love most subgenres of rock.

Book: Both in my writing and my reading, I’m a genre-hopper. I owe a gratitude to Paper Moon and The Stand, (and Mike Campbell). Oh, and a special thanks to Dinah Hafen for giving me my first historical romance novel, Judith McNaught’s Once and Always.

Movie: I love a good romantic comedy, or action hero movie. As with books, I enjoy a
variety of stories, but I can’t tolerate a tear-jerker. I get enough of that in the news. 

TV show: Breaking Bad, Judge Judy, Walking Dead, Orange is the New Black, Better
Call Saul, Monk, Meet the Press. Clearly, I don’t do well when I can only pick
one, lol. I’m starting to think I deserved that C.

LOL. Cuisine: I’m vegan, so, pretty much anything that’s vegan.

Cookie: Same answer as above.

US location: My hometown of Las Vegas will always have my heart. No place in
the world can compare. I’ve been living in Michigan for a while now and
I have to say, with the masses of trees, the rivers, the lakes, the great many
lovely little towns, it’s impossible not to love it here. I even like the winter,
which earns me some strange looks from those who hate it. Autumn,
though, oh! It could be fall most of the year and I’d be happy.

Fall and winter are my favorite seasons! Foreign location: Someplace with castles.

And finally, list your preference from the following choices:

Tea or coffee? Tea.

Cake or pie? Pie, but I wouldn’t say no to a slice of cake if it was vegan.

Halloween or Christmas? Halloween has an easier pace, and as I said earlier, I love the fall. So, I have to go with Halloween.

Halloween is my favorite too! Nancy Drew or Sherlock Holmes? Sherlock Holmes, though I have to give proper credit to Nancy Drew.  

Jane Austen or the Brontë sisters? Can’t choose.

A mortal, vampire, ghost, or fae for a lover? I’m picturing my sweet husband as a vampire, holding his cape-draped arm in front of his nose and mouth, peering at me over his arm like Bela Lugosi. When I stop laughing, I’ll give you an answer.

LOL. English gent, Scottish highlander, European count, or all-American guy? Scottish highlander. Again, that accent.

I hear ya! Thanks so much for joining me today, Micki, and best of luck with your new release! Here’s the scoop on A Scandalous Request:

London 1812

After fleeing the clutches of her vile brother-in-law, Rose Evans finds refuge in the home of her dear friend, Lord Ashton Sennett. They come to an agreement, a marriage of friendly convenience. Since another holds claim to Ashton’s heart and body, he seeks to see that Rose experiences all life has to offer. And so to Lord Darington, he makes a most scandalous request.

Burke Darington, Third Earl of Blackwood and an austere, solitary man, can scarce believe his ears. Apparently, his whispered reputation has earned him an outrageous solicitation–Lord Sennett wants him to seduce his wife. Though Burke finds Rose fascinating, sweet, intelligent, and with a unique bent toward independence, she is also innocent. She deserves better than to be fouled by a tainted man.

A seduction, a shooting, and an unexpected matter of the heart, throw two wounded souls into a sensational scandal.

Buy the book here: http://a.co/d/hRPFmLs