Special Announcement and Interview on Faith V. Smith’s Blog!

I’m sharing some exciting news about DRAGON KNIGHT’S MEDALLION along with an interview on Faith V. Smith’s blog today! 

Here is the link: http://faithvsmith.blogspot.com/

Hope to see you there! 

 

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Medieval Monday ~ The Saxon Bride

Welcome to Medieval Monday and my first guest,  Ashley York! Her story will sweep you away to a past filled with adventure…and this isn’t the only book. When you’re finished with the excerpt, check out her website.

Historical Romance writer Ashley York loves history and intrigue. Her latest book, The Saxon Bride, is the first in her Norman Conquest Series. Here is a little about the book:

In war torn England the battle lines between Saxon and Norman are clearly drawn. The Saxons must fight for everything they have in the hopes of winning their country back from the Normans who are determined to break their resistance.

Rowena Godwinson, the sole remaining member of the defeated royal family, stands proudly against the Normans that would trample them underfoot but her nobility and grace make her an ideal pawn in the Norman King William’s play for power with the Saxon people. When he decrees she marry a powerful Norman knight, her subjugation appears to be complete. The handsome soldier with the kind brown eyes and gentle touch is a threat to her determination to defy the interlopers. Can she hold firm to her Saxon heritage and refuse to give in to his advances?

John of Normandy wants only to prove himself worthy of the king’s trust. He is rewarded for his service and loyalty with land, titles and a Saxon beauty for a bride. John balks at the marriage, driven by the secret guilt of knowing Rowena’s father died at his sword. However, John’s reluctance is soon replaced by a burning desire to please this woman and win her over as well as her people.

As their people look to them for guidance and peace, can John and Rowena find a love that unites all of England?

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Excerpt from The Saxon Bride:

Pacing the small area like a confined animal, she finally paused to look out the window. The dreary day reflected her feelings, rain threatening at any moment. “Do you know when my husband will be returning?”

“I am back now.”

John stood in the doorway handsomely dressed as befit the new Lord of Essex. Rowena’s breath caught in her throat. She looked away before the immense pleasure she felt at his return showed on her face.

Joan quickly gathered her sewing and removed herself from the room, closing the door behind her.

“Will you attend me, my lady?”

Rowena went to him and helped him remove his surcoat before seeing to the heavier chainmail. He smelled of horses and leather. Manly. Rowena tried not to close her eyes as she drank in the intoxicating smell of him. Why would a dirty, sweaty man make her feel so light headed? She stepped away when she realized why, the chainmail slipping forward off his arms. His hooded eyes told her that he knew what she was feeling.

“Is there a problem?” His deep voice seemed to reverberate through her body.

Quickly putting the heavy material down, she headed to the door. “I will order a bath for you.”

“Wait.”

Rowena froze with her hand on the latch and heard him coming toward her. He stood close behind, his breath soft against her cheek.

“Yes?” Be done with this. Her body yearned for his arms to pull her against him, to feel his kiss again. She licked her lips.

“Why are you leaving in such a hurry?” His hand lightly touched the side of her head as he spoke, pushing her hair away from her face. He leaned in closer to her exposed ear. A responding shiver ran down her body. “Are you afraid of me?”

She backed up to the door with a thud and faced him. Her pulse was racing as she lied. “No, my lord. Methinks you have a rather strong odor about you and I would have you take a bath before the evening meal.”

John backed away quickly, his eyes flying open. “I am sorry if I offend you. Please see to the bath.”

Rowena felt only slightly guilty when he turned away from her, standing like a lost little boy in the middle of the room.

Buy link:  The Saxon Bride  available now.

Ashley York loves to hear from her fans. Visit her at ashleyyorkauthor@gmail.com, FacebookTwitter, and her website www.ashleyyorkauthor.com

Next week on Medieval Monday my guest is Andrea Cooper. 

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Quote for the Week of September 14, 2014

Keep calm and take me to Scotland

 

“A day to come seems longer than a year that’s gone.”

–Scottish proverb 

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WINNER! Dragon Knight’s Medallion Cover Reveal and Giveaway!

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Congratulations to…

DAWN MORSE

Please email your mailing address to: moirarose415@yahoo.com

Thanks with love to everyone who left comments regarding the cover for DRAGON KNIGHT’S MEDALLION. I was overjoyed by your excitement for the second book in this series. 

Stay tuned for news on a release date!

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Dragon Knight’s Medallion Cover Reveal and Giveaway!

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I’m so happy to reveal the cover for DRAGON KNIGHT’S MEDALLION! Nothing like a gorgeous cover to wrap around a beautiful romance story, and I loved writing this one. 

This is Stephen MacKay’s story–the third eldest brother. His power is the element of water and visions. After the death of his sister, he fled to Arbroath Abbey and wanted nothing to do with his pagan past.

Aileen Kerrigan will change everything he believes…

Here is the blurb for DRAGON KNIGHT’S MEDALLION:

To right a wrong, two souls are brought together only to shatter when they are torn apart by the deeds of an evil druid.

Dragon Knight, Stephen MacKay’s powers are altered after the death of his sister. Now he is plagued with visions that threaten to destroy his soul. When Aileen Kerrigan falls through a time tunnel, he vows to keep her safe, despite the fact the beautiful but head-strong half-blooded fae could be the death of him.

When Aileen finds out her dad is a Fenian Warrior, she flees to a nearby ruin. Armed with the medallion her mother gave her, and a matching one belonging to a long dead knight, she is flung into the past and finds a handsome but surly warrior who is on a quest. Now it seems her future could be entwined with his, if she doesn’t kill him first.

I love parties, so I’m doing a giveaway! All you need to do is leave a comment telling me your thoughts on my new cover. The winner will receive a signed copy of DRAGON KNIGHT’S SWORD; a Scotland tote; a beautiful Celtic bookmark designed by the lovely Nicole Laverdure, and some swag. 

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Giveaway Goodies

 

I’ll announce the winner on Saturday morning. Giveaway is open to U.S. and international.

I will let you know the moment I hear a release date, too.   

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Medieval Monday ~ Dragon Knight’s Sword

MedMonToday starts Medieval Monday! Follow me each Monday as I post a new medieval author and their book(s). I’m starting off with my own, DRAGON KNIGHT’S SWORD.

Here’s hoping that you’ll find someone new to add to your TBR list!

Next week’s medieval author: Ashley York

 

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Duncan Mackay will do anything to lift the curse from his family – even forfeit his own life. But his plans change when he encounters the woman from his dreams, literally. She is from the future, somehow has his lost sword, and can talk to the Dragon that is able to lift his family’s curse.

Brigid O’Neill has spent her life listening to the mythological legends from Ireland and Scotland. So, when an ancient sword lands at her doorstep and she starts dreaming of a rugged Highlander, she drops everything and takes on a quest that will alter everything she believes.

Before their journey ends, not only will Duncan and Brigid battle an ancient curse, they must also find the courage to believe in the destiny that brought them together.

Excerpt:

He stood next to the waterfall. Beads of water glistened from his dark locks.

Brigid watched as they trailed down his chiseled torso, traveling down to where his tartan was wrapped low on his waist. The wind whipped at the folds of his plaid, the power coiling within and around him, as mystical as the land he stood on.

“Ancient warrior,” she uttered softly.

When she looked up into his eyes, they smoldered with desire, and it startled her. A sensual shiver ran through her, wanting to be crushed within his embrace. The raw desire to be in this man’s arms, touching and tasting him, was so potent, she could feel her heart hammering inside her chest.

He tilted his head to the side, as if studying his prey.

Brigid didn’t know if she should run or step into his massive arms.

He took a step toward her, and her pulse quickened. The very air around her seemed electrified. He then took another…and another, until he stood
merely inches in front of her.

Her breathing became labored, as he bent his head leaning close to her ear. She was engulfed in a sensual haze wanting his lips to touch her anywhere and put an end to her torture. His mouth was so close, she could feel a dark lock of his hair against her cheek, and she shuddered.

“Bring me back my sword,” he growled into her ear.

Brigid’s eyes flew open, clutching the sheets as the last fragments of her dream faded.

 

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Quote for the Week of September 7, 2014

Owl - Bird of Prey Exhibit - Scottish Games

Owl – Bird of Prey Exhibit – Scottish Games

 

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”

–Anatole France

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Changes…

The Book of Secrest by ShaynART

The Book of Secrets by ShaynART

I’m happy to announce that starting on Monday, I will be with a group of medieval authors who will be spotlighting each other’s books. We’re calling it, “Medieval Monday.”

I will start out this Monday with my own book, Dragon Knight’s Sword. 

This means that I will be moving my “Quote for the Week” to Sundays. It will give you a kick-start to your week in advance. 

I’m really looking forward to sharing more great medieval romances with everyone, and perhaps you’ll find someone new to read, too.

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September Newsletter

The September newsletter is up on my website. Head on over to see the latest news. Good things are happening this month!

 

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Quote for the Week of September 1, 2014

Traveling on the Isle of Skye

Traveling on the Isle of Skye

“There are three things that spoil wisdom: ignorance, inaccurate knowledge, and forgetfulness.”

–ancient Irish saying

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