Welcome back to Medieval Monday! It’s Week Seven of our “Family” theme, and I’m excited to feature an excerpt from Cathy and DD MacRae’s The Highlander’s Crusader Bride, the third book in the Hardy Heroines series. Don’t you love the cover?!
If you’re following my excerpt from Flight of the Raven, you can find the seventh snippet on Cathy’s blog: https://www.cathymacraeauthor.com
Be sure to visit and leave a comment for a chance to win a digital copy of Flight of the Raven or your choice of another of my books. Next week, I’ll have the eighth and final snippet right here on my blog.
Now, let’s enjoy Cathy’s seventh snippet:
Bram slanted her a look from the corner of his eyes.
“In exchange for the fun we will have, I will expect ye to mind yer table manners, try at least two bites of any new food I offer ye, and to speak when something momentous is on your mind.”
Bram slewed around in the chair, facing Caelen. “Da, if Bela marries ye, will she be my ma?”
“Aye,” Caelen replied, sending Arbela a look over the lad’s head. “It doesnae mean we have forgotten yer ma.”
Catch last week’s excerpt here: http://ruthacasie.blogspot.com
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Don’t forget: commenters each week will be entered into a drawing for a free digital copy of The Highlander’s Crusader Bride!
A little 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.
See you next Monday!