IT’S RELEASE DAY!! CELEBRATE WITH MARY MORGAN AND MAGNAR

I am thrilled to to welcome my friend and fellow Rose (Wild Rose Press author) Mary Morgan to the blog today to celebrate the release of her new book — and new series. Out today, MAGNAR is the first of Mary’s new series about The Wolves of Clan Sutherland. I’ve been waiting impatiently for this book, Mary. I can’t wait to read it. By the way, that’s a great cover!

Hi Barbara! I’m delighted to be here on your beautiful blog today. Thank you for allowing me to share a part of my epic adventure while traveling across the Orkney Islands three years ago.

My Adventure at the Tomb of the Eagles

During our trip several years ago to Northern Scotland and the Orkney Islands, my husband and I were fortunate to have a personal guide escort us. David Ladd was exceptional in his knowledge—from referencing the names of flowers in the most obscure places to the wildlife and history, especially during our travels on Orkney. He took us on an amazing adventure, oftentimes off the well-worn path, revealing spectacular vistas. I shall always treasure our time with him and for allowing me to crawl into the Tomb of the Eagles in South Ronaldsay, Orkney. For a few hazarding moments, I worried David and my husband when I had trouble getting out of the small tomb. Was I worried? No.

Before I entered, rain and wind pelted us on our mile walk up the hill. Once I crawled inside the small tomb, I stood and encountered utter silence—no howling wind and no rain leaked through the crevices of stone. It was as if I entered another time and place—literally. Here were my immediate reactions within this cairn: Peace. Stillness. I am not alone.

Let me explain further about the Tomb of Eagles…

Located above the dramatic South Ronaldsay cliffs, the Isbister Chambered Cairn—better known today as the ‘Tomb of the Eagles’—is one of Orkney’s top archaeological sites. Discovered by a local farmer Ronnie Simison in the 1950s, the Stone Age tomb revealed an amazing collection of bones and artifacts, placed here some 5,000 years ago. Among the human bones, there were many talons and bones of the white-tailed eagle.

The Tomb of Eagles played an important part in the book. I took my experience and wove it into the story and through Magnar.

What a fascinating place! Totally understandable that it provided such inspiration. How fortunate you were to have visited it. Now, please give us a taste of this delicious new medieval Scottish tale. I know it’s loaded with excitement, romance, and your signature touch of paranormal.

Blurb:

Known as the Barbarian, Magnar MacAlpin is a fierce ruler for those under his command. As leader of the Wolves of Clan Sutherland, his loyalty and obedience lies with Scotland. However, the king’s last demand is not something Magnar will tolerate.

After Elspeth Gunn’s brother the Chieftain of Castle Steinn is murdered, she flees with her nephew, and finds safety amongst a band of men who are rumored to be part wolf. When the king forces her to wed a heathen Northman, she fears losing her heart and soul not only to the man, but the beast as well.

In order to restore peace to a shattered clan, Magnar and Elspeth travel a treacherous path that challenges their beliefs. When evil seeks to destroy ancient traditions, will Magnar be compelled to restrain his wolf or allow him free to protect those he loves?

Excerpt:

She stomped the ground with her foot. “I will not be forced to marry a…a heathen!”

He gritted his teeth—her words sparked outrage from his inner beast. Glancing over his shoulder, he offered, “Then which would you prefer? Halvard or me? Make your choice, Elspeth. Did you not consider I do not favor this union either?”

Confusion marred her features. She fisted her hands on her hips and glanced upward. “Did you argue against this marriage with King William?”

“Aye.”

“Yet he convinced you?”

Aye.”

When she returned her gaze to him again, resolve and a bit of stubbornness filled them. “Why, Magnar?”

 “The king will permit me to continue with my duties with the elite guard, including an important task which requires my attention after our marriage.”

Chewing on her bottom lip, she nodded slowly. “Then you will be absent most months from Steinn?”

“Most assuredly, and when I am there, Erik will be my focus.”

Her face softened as she moved slowly toward Magnar. “Therefore this marriage is in name only for Erik’s protection, aye?”

Annoyed with the direction of his thoughts, he looked away. How Magnar longed to tell the lie on the tip of his tongue. The word ached to be released. He turned and stared into her jeweled eyes in an attempt to offer her any hope of what she wanted to hear.

When she placed a hand on his arm, she whispered, “Tell me honestly, Magnar.”

He swallowed and removed her hand from his arm. Placing it securely over his heart, he stated, “Our marriage will be binding in all ways, Elspeth—in name and body. You may worship your God and I shall do so with mine, but ken this, you will be mine completely.”

The battle of emotions splayed across her face. She stepped closer and pulled her hand free from his. “Then you understand this, Magnar MacAlpin, you can have my body on my terms. The time of my choosing. I am tired of having men telling me what to do. Will you accept my terms?”

By the hounds! Her words sparked his lust further. Magnar concluded he did not want a simpering wife by his side. For the first time, he yearned to have one challenging him—in mind and body.

Grasping her around the waist, he ignored her gasp and cupped her chin. Her eyes widened as he slowly lowered his head. “Agreed.” He breathed the word against her cheek.

Available from these online retailers:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08DCDYT4S/

Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/Magnar-Wolves-Clan-Sutherland-Book-ebook/dp/B08DCDYT4S/

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08DCDYT4S/

Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B08DCDYT4S/

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/magnar-mary-morgan/1137387079

Apple Books: https://books.apple.com/us/book/magnar/id1525101008

Youtube Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/F4fIkZYW44g

About the Author:

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.

Connect with Mary at these places:

WEBSITE/BLOG:  https://www.marymorganauthor.com/

AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE:  http://www.amazon.com/Mary-Morgan/e/B00KPE3NWI/

FACEBOOK AUTHOR PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/MaryMorganAuthor/

TWITTER:  http://twitter.com/m_morganauthor

GOODREADS:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8271002.Mary_Morgan

PINTEREST:  www.pinterest.com/marymorgan50/

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/marymorgan2/

BOOKBUB: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/mary-morgan

AUDIBLE AUTHOR PAGE: https://www.audible.com/author/Mary-Morgan/B00KPE3NWI

LEIGH D’ANSEY OFFERS LIGHTHEARTED LOOK AT WRITING REGENCIES–AND A CHANCE AT TWO BIG GIVEAWAYS

Hello Everyone. I’m excited to welcome Leigh D’Ansey, a talented writer from New Zealand, who has finished a very helpful book for Regency fans and authors. But it’s not a strict instructional directive. Her Tips for Writing the Regency Romance – a light-hearted guide promises an entertaining way of looking at the process.

And–she’s offering a couple of great giveaways, too. Be sure to check below.

Hi, Leigh. Thanks so much for visiting today. I’m looking forward to reading your new book! And those giveaways look marvelous!!

Barbara, thank you so much for hosting me. I am always in awe of the support and generosity writers in our genre show for each other.

I am a writer from New Zealand/Aotearoa, way down in the South Pacific. I have been reading and writing for as long as I can remember and cannot imagine a home without books. While I’m currently focusing on writing romance, I have also published children’s literature, short stories and poetry. Some of my work has been recognized at a national level. I live in a unique landscape of thermal activity, forestry, farms and lakes, with snow-capped mountains and sweeping beaches not much more than an hour or so’s drive away to the south and east.

Like the rest of the world, New Zealand is experiencing unsettling times and an uncertain future. On Wednesday March 25 2020 our government asked us to enter a lockdown period of four weeks and perhaps longer. The coronavirus, Covid-19, was already several weeks into its deadly sweep across the globe. Businesses and schools closed and except for those who worked in what were deemed ‘essential’ services, we all stayed within the boundaries of our homes, wherever and whatever, that might be. We were encouraged to take exercise in the fresh air, and many of us didn’t mind, even enjoyed the lockdown experience. For others, the sense of isolation must have been almost intolerable. Those whose daily lives routinely include fear and violence may have suffered terribly. No doubt many stories are waiting to be told when we emerge from this distressing period.

But lockdown gave me the opportunity to tuck myself away in my writing space and compile the notes I’ve gathered over the years into Tips for Writing the Regency Romance – a light-hearted guide.  As I near launch date, life has returned to ‘normal’ for many of us, although our borders remain closed to international visitors. As in many other countries, we have seen significant job loss and our economy has taken a severe hit.

While I progressed with my Regency guide, I couldn’t help but compare this twenty-first century pandemic to similar events in history. The Black Death raged across Europe in the late Middle-Ages, and throughout the following centuries disease threatened crowded cities during the hottest part of summer. The people who populate the pages of a classic Regency romance set in Britain, flocked to ‘town’ from April to June then retreated to their country homes when the heat intensified. Those without similar means remained in the city, skirmishing with disease in overcrowded homes and teeming streets.

By its very nature, the Regency romance is more frivolous than somber, but it remains a fact that those without wealth are always more vulnerable to the catastrophic events of disease and disaster. I would like to acknowledge the suffering and brave hearts of so many, and the efforts of those essential workers across the globe who continue to care for us in so many ways.

 ‘Tips for Writing the Regency Romance – a light-hearted guide’

If you have always aspired to write Regency romance, this is the go-to-guide for you.

My experience as a published author of Regency romance, a keen interest in the Regency era, and thoroughly researched guidelines will help you breathe life and authenticity into your stories. Come with me while I explore the intricacies of etiquette and the conventions of courting and matrimony among the British upper classes that are central features of a Regency romance. If writing a Regency romance is on your agenda, this handy guide is a must-have for your research shelf.  Tips for Writing the Regency Romance will inspire you to create memorable characters who overcome obstacles, break society’s rules and find their happy-ever-after while still remaining true to their time.

Here is what some reviewers said:

Navigate the Regency era with this easy-to-read, informative guide.” – Jen Yates, Regency Romance author.

The book fair bubbles along with tips and essential-to-know tid-bits on etiquette, fashion, who was who, life below stairs and the very important marriage mart. I loved it.” – Lyndsay Campbell, author of historical women’s fiction.

Tips for Writing the Regency Romance – a light-hearted guide will be released August 31 and is available for pre-order now at this link: Tips for Writing the Regency Romance. If you would like to chance your luck, I will be delighted to give away one digital and one print copy after release date. To be in to win, all you need to do is sign up for my newsletter no later than September 1 here: Sign up for Leigh D’Ansey’s newsletter

Winners will be notified by email, must be 16 years old or over and will be randomly chosen by 2nd September (NZST).

But wait, there’s more!

I have also partnered with fellow Kiwi author Gillian Mayne for an international giveaway. We have a hand-picked selection of Kiwiana inspired gifts and will be pairing these with one of our paperbacks. The title I am giving away is ‘The Beaumont Betrothal’, a finalist in the RWNZ 2020 Koru Long Romance Awards.

To be in to win all you need to do is signup for our newsletters;

Enter Leigh’s Regency Romance signup giveaway; https://bit.ly/3adxDYJ

Enter Gillian’s Sweet Romance signup giveaway; https://bit.ly/3fDYBtO

(Barb says: If these links do not click through, just copy and place in your browser URL)

The giveaway ends on 31 August 2020. Winners will be randomly chosen the following day, one from the entrants who signed up for my newsletter giveaway and one from the entrants who signed up for Gillian’s newsletter giveaway

Note: The winner must be 16 years of age or older and will be required to supply a postal address so they can receive their prize.

Thanks so much for your time. It’s been lovely to meet you.

For updates and more information, please visit my website www.leighdanseyauthor.com.

Lovely having you here today, Leigh. Best of luck with your new book–and with your giveaways! Oh, and would you give us a quick peek at your writing space?

Love to! Here it is.

Leigh, what a nice — neat –space! And outside–a wonderful, peaceful scene. I’m looking forward to reading your next Regency romance too. Come back and visit again soon!

MEDIEVAL MONDAY: NATURE THEME CONCLUDES WITH EXCERPT FROM A WINTER KNIGHT

Oh, my goodness. I doesn’t seem possible that three months have passed since we began our Medieval Monday Spring 2020 excerpts with the Theme of Nature. Yet here we are, the last installment of our weekly tour. And that means the wrap up here on my blog features the final installment of A Winter Knight, one of my five Knights of Destiny stories.

Some good news to share with you: Over the past months, Nicholas and Clare’s story has finaled in the Holt Medallion and National Readers’ Choice awards. And within the past few days, it has finaled in the Beverley Contest. That competition is especially close to my heart because it honors the late Jo Beverley, one of my all-time favorite Regency authors.

Thanks for joining us during these last eleven weeks of Nature Theme on Medieval Monday. Stay tuned for news of our next theme postings. And don’t forget to drop by our Facebook Page: Medieval Romance Lovers.

BLURB:

He’s running from his past; she’s running from her future. But on a snowy
winter night, they find each other and the surprising gift of love.

Sir Nicholas has given up on marriage. These days he’s content to captain his friend’s
troops and avoid entanglements—until one winter night when he rescues a half-frozen
woman from a snowstorm. Her irrepressible spirit and kindness to others reminds him that all ladies aren’t like his former intended, who wed his brother while Nick was on crusade. But he can’t open his heart to Lady Clare. She’s bound to another, and Nick won’t forfeit his honor. Even if she were free, he has nothing to offer but love, and this lady deserves everything.


Lady Clare’s dying grandfather has arranged her betrothal, but the arrival of the man
she’s to wed sends her fleeing into a snowstorm. Injured when her horse stumbles,
she’s rescued by a mysterious knight. She recovers at his run-down manor, safe at
last—until her betrothed tracks her down two days before Christmas. Trapped at home
with the wedding imminent, she longs for the winter knight she’s come to love.
Only a miracle can bring Clare and Nick together. But at Christmas, anything is possible


Buy Links:
AMAZON: https://amzn.to/356xovq
KOBO : https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/a-winter-knight

EXCERPT:

Lifting the unconscious lady slightly, he examined her face in the glare of moonlight. A gentle breath eased from between her lips, lifting into the air like a faint, white shadow. As if her spirit left her body. His chest squeezed in an odd reaction—gentleness? Pity? Fear? Never. Not him.

Calm settled over him, numbing his emotions and sharpening his focus. 

That response always hit him in an emergency.  Camille had hated the ability—called him uncaring and cold.  

Damn right, he was cold. And so was the lady. 

His mind narrowed to the danger. He’d best get her back to the manor before she froze for sure.

Mounting a horse with his arms full of woman was a feat he hadn’t tried before. Gently he placed her across the saddle, then slid up behind, lifting her so she sat with legs to one side. Solomon seemed to understand his master’s problem and stood uncharacteristically still.

Nicholas settled the lady against his chest, picked up the reins, and urged the horse around to retrace the route home. He shifted until he could free the side of his cloak, then wrapped it around her for further protection.  

Who was she? And why in Satan’s name was she out here alone? Maybe she’d lost her wits and took flight in a disordered panic. He’d seen women—men too—lose their reason and go wild with grief. Or loneliness. Had she been confined to the same place for weeks on end, with no voice to hear but her own? Had she finally set out alone to find someone—anyone— else alive in the world?  His shoulders stiffened. Where in Hades did that thought come from?

He glanced at the soft bundle he held and tightened his arms. 

Answers would have to wait until she woke. Giving Solomon a touch of heel to pick up the gait, Nick followed his earlier tracks and made it back to the manor quickly.

“Send for the healer,” he called to the guard as he rode through the gate. 

“Don’t got one,” came the answer.

Of course not. Someone sure as Hades was needed to care for this unwanted guest.

Tom waited at the stable door. 

“Take care of Solomon, then come to the hall. I have an errand for you.”  Surely a woman lived somewhere close and could help out on the morrow. Provided the lady lived so long.

To see how Nicholas and Clare overcome their individual problems and find their HEA, download your copy of A Winter Knight. Still only 99 cents.

Where to find all Medieval Monday authors:

Kelly Heckart: https://kelleysrealm.blogspot.com/

Bambi Lynn : https://bambilynnblog.wordpress.com

Mary Morgan:  https://www.marymorganauthor.com/blog

Sherry Ewing: https://www.SherryEwing.com/blog

 Ruth A Casie: http://ruthacasie.blogspot.co.uk

Judith Sterling: https://judithmarshallauthor.com/blog/

 Cathy MacRae: https://www.cathymacraeauthor.com/bits-n-bobs-author-blog

Jenna Jaxon’: http://jennajaxon.wordpress.com

Ashley York: https://www.ashleyyorkauthor.com/blog

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