MEDIEVAL MONDAY: CELEBRATION THEME ENDS WITH FINAL INSTALLMENT OF AN EXCERPT FROM FOR THIS KNIGHT ONLY

Well, this it. The wrap-up of this Winter Medieval Monday’s Theme of Celebration. Today each author features her final installment of a long excerpt from a featured novel. It hardly seems possible for the time to have go so rapidly, right? I hope you’ve enjoyed the samples from the wonderful books of all our very talented members. Our fearless leader, Ashley York, is planning something special for readers very soon. Watch this space!

Speaking of someone special–you. That’s right–readers. Thank each and every one for stopping by to visit, to read, and sometimes even to comment on these posts. And most of all, thank you for your support throughout the year for our books. I know I appreciate when you drop me a note to say what you’ve liked about our current theme here and what you like about my books. You’re the best!

Now, for a look at Roark and Alyss’s wedding. I’m sure Roark thought—FINALLY!

Blurb:

He’ll do anything for land, even marry her; she’ll do anything for her people, except marry him.  If only either had a choice. It’s a marriage only love can save.

Sir Roark will do anything to gain land, even beguile an unwilling lady into marriage. He knows she’s much better off with a man to take control of her besieged castle, to say nothing of her desirable person. But it isn’t long before he discovers that, although her eyes sparkle like sunlight on sea waves, her stubbornness alone could have defeated Saladin.   

Lady Alyss is determined to hold her family’s castle, protect her people, and preserve her freedom— until her brother’s dying wish binds her to a stranger. Still, she’ll allow no rugged, over-confident, appealing knight to usurp her authority, even if she must wed him. Especially since he thinks a lady’s duties begin and end with directing servants. Alyss has a few surprises for her new all-too-tempting lord.

But when a common enemy threatens everything, Roark and Alyss face a startling revelation. Without love, neither land nor freedom matters.
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EXCERPT:

The only freedom Alyss really had lay in her choice of a husband—the new lord of Windom or Sir Roark. Although Sir Roark had a talent for irritating her, and no matter how she’d insulted him earlier, for some inexplicable reason she trusted him. Her trust had nothing to do with the unwelcome warmth his touch sparked, nor the unexpected breathlessness that squeezed her lungs at the sight of strong face. Certainly not.

Alyss looked Sir Roark squarely in the eyes. They held confidence, determination—and something more. An intensity, a drive. Beneath his grim stare, she vowed, lay sincerity. 

She prayed she wasn’t mistaken. 

As if from a distance, she heard herself say, “Very well.” 

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A shout of laughter made her start. Servants and men from the garrison were celebrating the wedding with ale and pasties. Fare for the evening meal. Who had ordered that? She saw Sir Roark watching her. That’s who.

Her husband. And in such a fashion. In her own hall—not even on the steps of the chapel for all to see. 

The ceremony was brief, cloaked in unreality. Alyss repeated what was needed, but her mind refused to focus. And when the final vows were over, she felt no different. Yet everything had changed. She was married. She had staked her life and that of everyone here on a man she knew nothing about. She prayed the decision hadn’t been a mistake.

The villagers should be told, although word undoubtedly had spread. She needn’t trouble  announcing anything. No, that wasn’t her way. She did her best to keep her people informed of any change that affected their lives.

 “We will go out to the village now.” She raised her voice to reach Roark, who looked up from a conversation with Sir Alain. “I will introduce you.”

“I don’t need you…” He stopped, grasping her intent, then inclined his head. “My thanks.”

She walked past him on the way to the door.  “I’m not doing this for you.”
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Where earlier snippets of the longer excerpts can be found this round.

Nov. 25:          https://www.laurel-odonnell.com/blog.html

Dec. 2              https://www.marymorganauthor.com/blog

Dec. 9              https://bambilynnblog.wordpress.com/

Dec. 16            https://sherryewing.com/blog/

Dec. 23            http://ruthacasie.blogspot.com/

Dec. 30            https://judithmarshallauthor.com/blog/

Jan. 6               https://www.cathymacraeauthor.com/bits-n-bobs-author-blog

Jan. 13             http://lanemcfarland.com/blog/

Jan. 20             https://www.ashleyyorkauthor.com/blog

Jan. 27             http://www.barbarabettis.com/index.php/blog/

And here is the video for the Winter 2019 Medieval Monday line up. It’s created by one of our talent members, Ruth A. Casie

MEDIEVAL MONDAY: WELCOME AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR ASHLEY YORK AND HER DAUGHTER OF THE OVERKING

My friend, award-winning Ashley York is here today for the final guest post for our theme Celebration. Next week the theme completes with each author posting the end of the extended excerpt on her own blog. But now, take a look at Ashley’s delightful snippet from her latest exciting Ireland-set story, Daughter of the Overking, Book 3 of the Warrior King Series.

Blurb:

A mistaken identity. A gruesome murder.

Trained as a warrior…

Brighit of Clonascra despises the trappings and demands of womanhood and is far more comfortable training for battle. Long held alliances require she set aside selfish dreams and take Darragh as her husband. The union intended to promote peace between the clans is interrupted by the shocking murder of a neighboring king and she quickly discovers there are far worse things than being wed.

Trained to be king…

Darragh of Drogheda has no wish to be king, but he is an obedient son and supports his father’s plans. His marriage to Brighit, however, will be no hardship at all since he finds her most intriguing when she fights him at every turn. A she-warrior indeed. Her persistent dismissal of him merely blows the fire aflame and sets him down the path to discovery of all her most tightly held secrets—secrets that could cost him his life. 

Available in e-book or paperback  https://www.ashleyyorkauthor.com/daughter-of-the-king

To read the penultimate snippet from my For This Knight Only, visit Ashley’s blog: https://www.ashleyyorkauthor.com/blog

Excerpt:

That word again… Darragh smacked his hand to his forehead. “Prepared. It sounds like a chicken rather than a wife.”

Tadhg smirked. “Mayhap we can resist a wee bit ourselves.”

Searching his father’s face for any show that he hadn’t understood his meaning was met by a beaming expression. “What d’ye have in mind?”

“A celebration. That’s what this should be.”

For the exciting ending of the excerpt, visit Ashley’s blog next week. https://www.ashleyyorkauthor.com/blog

And be sure to stop in here next week for the final installment of Roark and Alyss’s excerpt from For This Knight Only.

Here’s where you can find my excerpts throughout the round.

Nov. 25:          https://www.laurel-odonnell.com/blog.html

Dec. 2              https://www.marymorganauthor.com/blog

Dec. 9              https://bambilynnblog.wordpress.com/

Dec. 16            https://sherryewing.com/blog/

Dec. 23            http://ruthacasie.blogspot.com/

Dec. 30            https://judithmarshallauthor.com/blog/

Jan. 6               https://www.cathymacraeauthor.com/bits-n-bobs-author-blog

Jan. 13             http://lanemcfarland.com/blog/

Jan. 20             https://www.ashleyyorkauthor.com/blog

Jan. 27             http://www.barbarabettis.com/index.php/blog/

And here is the video for the Winter 2019 Medieval Monday line up. It’s created by one of our talent members, Ruth A. Casie

MEDIEVAL MONDAY: LANE McFARLAND BRINGS “CAMERON” TO THE CELEBRATION

Today’s guest on Medieval Monday is my good friend, Lane McFarland. Lane’s Celebration excerpt comes from Cameron, Book I of her wonderful series The Daughters of Alastair MacDougall. If you like strong, courageous heroines, you’ll love Cameron.

Lane McFarland, Cameron, The Daughters of Alastair MacDougall,Highlanders, Scotland, Medieval Monday, Medieval Romance, Historical Romance, Strong heroines

Blurb:

Cameron MacDougall has devoted her life to the healing arts. She’s long rebelled against her father’s feuding ways, but when Robert Graham abducts her, she’s finds herself at the center of the dispute between their families. She expects the anger she feels, not the simmering attraction to the powerful warrior, or the love she develops for his clan.

Determined to band Scots together against English tyranny, Laird Robert Graham seals a truce with his feuding neighbor, the MacDougalls. But after his brother is nearly killed in a treacherous attack, Graham kidnaps the laird’s daughter in an act of revenge.

Can she stop further violence between the clans with her escape? Or will she find her surrender leads to a lasting peace and her own heart’s desire?

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He slid his palms down her arms and back up. She closed her eyes, relishing the feel of his warm hands. “I like to come here to think.”

Raised voices below caught their attention. Robert leaned over her shoulder to see the commotion, pressing himself fully against her back. He chuckled, and vibrations rumbled from his thick chest. She grew lightheaded from his proximity, or mayhap she’d consumed too much ale. Regardless, she needed to get away from him. She couldn’t trust herself not to turn in his arms and sink into his embrace.
Follow along next week on Cathy MacRae’s blog at https://www.cathymacraeauthor.com/bits-n-bobs-author-blog

For a review of last week’s snippet, check our Lane’s post on Sherry Ewing’s blog: https://sherryewing.com/blog/


And you find my excerpt snippet at Lane’s today: www.lanemcfarland.com

Here’s where you can find my excerpts throughout the round.

Nov. 25:          https://www.laurel-odonnell.com/blog.html

Dec. 2              https://www.marymorganauthor.com/blog

Dec. 9              https://bambilynnblog.wordpress.com/

Dec. 16            https://sherryewing.com/blog/

Dec. 23            http://ruthacasie.blogspot.com/

Dec. 30            https://judithmarshallauthor.com/blog/

Jan. 6               https://www.cathymacraeauthor.com/bits-n-bobs-author-blog

Jan. 13             http://lanemcfarland.com/blog/

Jan. 20             https://www.ashleyyorkauthor.com/blog

Jan. 27             http://www.barbarabettis.com/index.php/blog/

And here is the video for the Winter 2019 Medieval Monday line up. It’s created by one of our talent members, Ruth A. Casie

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