Medieval Mondays – Cathy MacRae

We are continuing with our medieval first encounters. This week you will find another snippet from Highland Redemption on Cathy MacRae’s website.

Below is a snippet from Cathy’s, The Highlander’s Viking Bride.

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When they reached the door to the hall, she raised a hand, whispering a
command for her companion to wait outside the door as she perused the people
seated in the great hall. Pale auras of color surrounded each man, giving the room a
festive look were it not for the unsettling tale each told her. The reds of anger and
lust, the brown of dishonesty, gray and sulphur of dark thoughts and pain. From
long practice, she ignored the pale green of pity she knew were aimed at her.


Calder MacGerry, laird of an impoverished clan, has resolved to end the bitter feud between the MacGerrys and Sinclairs. He jumps at Laird Sinclair’s offer of marriage to his only daughter, Katja, to seal the agreement between their clans—only to get more than he bargained for.

Katja’s chance to escape her father’s harsh treatment appears to be too good to be true. But becoming Lady of a clan that despises her because she’s a Sinclair, doesn’t make her life any easier. When the attacks turn deadly, she fights her way out, making a dangerous passage to the Shetland Isles for refuge with her Viking family.

Calder and Katja’s marriage, built on mistrust, rushes quickly into disaster. As Calder seeks to repair the damage, Katja discovers not another enemy, but a husband who pledges a new beginning.

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Medieval Mondays – Barbara Bettis

We are continuing with our medieval first encounters. This week you will find another snippet from Highland Redemption on Barbara Bettis’s blog.

Below is a snippet from Barbara’s,  The Lady of the Forest .


If Henry hadn’t been so angry, he’d smile at the youth’s open-mouth shock. But he was
angry. And his damned head rang like a benighted gong.

He’d lain quiet, waiting for the pain to fade into a throb. That, and taking stock of his
surroundings through slitted eyelids. But enough was enough. He had no time for this

What did the youth play at, attacking an armed knight? Surely the stripling realized he
could have been badly hurt.

The fact that the armed knight now lay bound on a pallet only made Henry more
disgusted with himself.


He must pursue his enemy; she must protect her people. Can their love survive the duties that drive them apart?

When her elderly husband dies, Lady Katherine fakes her own death and disappears into the forest with others escaping the brutish new lord. Determined to protect her people, she knocks the wrong man senseless. But Lord Henry isn’t an enemy, he’s the brother of her childhood friend. Although his tender confidence tempts her, she’s bound by duty.

Henry of Chauvere has found the one lady he wants for his own, never mind she’s tied him hand and foot. When he learns the king has ordered her to wed Stonehill’s ruthless new master, he insists Kate seek haven with his sister. But she won’t desert her friends. Henry vows to solve her problem, provided he catches a traitor before the threat from Kate’s past catches her.

When a daring rescue compels Henry and Kate to join forces, their attraction grows into love. If only duty didn’t drive them apart.

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Medieval Mondays – Mary Morgan

We are continuing with our medieval first encounters. This week you will find another snippet from Highland Redemption on Mary Morgan’s blog.

Below is a snippet from Mary Morgan’s, Dragon Knight’s Axe.


A wager…
“I dinnae want any trouble.”

The giant leaned his head down. “Would ye take these?” He pulled out a small pouch and opened it.

Pulling out several stones, he held them aloft. “Amber from the Northmen’s homeland.”
Robert’s eyes went wide, but then he crossed his arms. “I will take the lot and a barrel of your whisky.”

The man arched a brow. “How do ye ken I have whisky?”

“Do ye take me for a fool, MacKay?”

“Nae, Robert, but only foolish if ye do not take my offer of ten stones and one barrel.”
The moments stretched out between the two men, and Fiona’s heart pounded in her chest. She was being traded for amber stones and a damn barrel of whisky.


Alastair MacKay, a battled-scarred Dragon Knight flees to the sea to separate himself from his fae-given power connecting him to the land. But it is on land that he rescues a woman from a slave trader in Ireland. It is through Fiona he steps back inadvertently into a world filled with magic—taking on the role of protector and at the same time leading him on a journey to confront his greatest regret and fears. 

Research assistant, Fiona O’Quinlan loves translating ancient artifacts at Trinity College. When she falls asleep on an archeological dig, she awakens in another time. She soon discovers a Dragon Knight’s relic has been entrusted into her care. Determined to return the artifact to the Great Glen, Fiona is unprepared for the danger ahead—losing her heart and soul to Alastair “Beast” MacKay.

Will their love be strong enough to soothe the beast and heal the man? Or will Death swing its axe, leaving them lost for all eternity?  


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Medieval Mondays – Ashley York

We are continuing with our medieval first encounters. This week you will find another snippet from Highland Redemption on Ashley York’s blog.

Below is a snippet from Ashley’s, Curse of the Healer, book one in the Derbfine series.


The man continued toward her, looming over her. “And well I know it.”

“Mayhap ye need to seek the ri túath’s permission to be here.”

“Mayhap I have the overking’s permission.”

The Meic Lochlainn had attained overking status, with several lesser kings under him. These men, the rig túaithe, were from the direct line of former kings, had proven themselves in battle, and had been properly anointed. This man could be one of the visiting rig túaithe, but Aednat sensed he was not.

She scoffed. “I do not believe ye.”


After the death of Brian Boru in 1014, a legend arose of a healer so great she could raise a man from the dead, with a power so strong it could make any warrior the next high king of Éire…and to steal it away from her, he need only possess her. 

Fated to be a healer…

Aednat has spent her entire life training to be the great healer, knowing she must remain alone. When she meets Diarmuid, the intense attraction she feels toward him shakes her resolve to believe in such a legend. If she gives in to the passion he ignites in her, can she settle for being less?

Destined to be his…

Diarmuid of Clonascra is renowned for his bravery in battle. Only one thing daunts him: the prospect of taking a wife. The safest course would be to keep his distance from Aednat, the bold, headstrong healer who’s far too tempting for his peace of mind. But his overking orders him to protect her from a group of craven warriors intent on kidnapping her to steal her power.

What starts as duty for Diarmuid quickly transforms into something more. Aednat’s power might be at risk, but so is his closed-off heart.

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Continue to follow along as Ashley goes on to Laurel O’Donnell’s blog next week. And be sure to leave a comment below for a chance to win a prize at the end of the tour.


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Medieval Mondays – Laurel O’Donnell

As I said last week, today starts a 14 week series of medieval “first encounters.” You will find a snippet from Highland Redemption on Laurel O’Donnell’s blog.

Below you’ll find a snippet from Laurel’s, The Angel and The Prince.

Through the darkness he wore like a veil, she saw the flash of his white teeth.  Ryen pulled her hands away and watched the shadows slide off his features as his face slowly came into the flame’s light.  A shiver snaked its way up her spine.  The candlelight revealed a sensual mouth with a cynical twist to it, a Spartan chin hewn from an ancient line of warriors.

Ryen realized that she had been holding her breath and released it slowly in admiration.  She could not believe the sight that greeted her.  This is the man who was born without a heart?  The man who is in league with the devil?  The most feared barbarian in all of England?

Then how can he be so handsome?

Blurb for The Angel and the Prince by Laurel O’Donnell
In this exciting medieval romance, the French lady knight known as the Angel of Death
wages a battle of wills and desires against her dreaded enemy — the English warrior known
as the Prince of Darkness.
Ryen De Bouriez is a French warrior, dedicated to protecting her country against the hated
English. In place of glittering ball gowns, she wears shining armor. Instead of practicing the
gentler arts, she wields a sword. Those who whisper her name in fear and awe call her the
Angel of Death.
Bryce Princeton is the Prince of Darkness, an English knight sent by his king to find and
destroy their most hated adversary — the Angel of Death. Little does he know that his enemy
is no man at all, but a beautiful woman who will challenge his heart and honor at every turn.
Forced to choose between love and honor, the Angel and the Prince wage a battle of wills
that challenges everything they have ever believed in.

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Medieval Mondays…

Do you love medieval romance?

Do you get a thrill reading the scene when a hero and heroine have their first significant encounter?

Then join me starting on Monday, August 7, through November 6 as fourteen authors of medieval romance (Laurel O’Donnell, Ashley York, Mary Morgan, Barbara Bettis, Cathy MacRae, Ruth A. Casie, Bambi Lynn, Lane McFarland, Judith Sterling Marshall, Sherry Ewing, Elisabeth Hobbes, Jenna Jaxson, Nicole Locke, and me 🙂 ) share snippets from a “first encounter scene” in a serialized fashion.

If you stop by each blog, every Monday, and leave a comment, you will be entered for a chance to win a variety of prizes. Each author will be awarding a different prize at the end of the tour and the winners names will be drawn from people who commented on their posts.


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Tomas MacIan’s story…

I’m feeling a little sentimental today.

My first novel, Highland Solution was first released almost four years ago, on September 3, 2013. It was the story that had been swirling in my imagination for years. Many of the characters had existed for over thirty years before I found the time and courage to write them into a story and send it out into the world. And at the risk of sounding crazy they felt, and still do feel, very real to me. Katherine had the traits I value most in a person, kindness, compassion, generosity, tolerance and an incredible capacity to love. And while I love all of the heroines I have created, she is, and I think will always be, my favorite.

Benedict MacIan, who you will meet in The Choice is a direct descendant of Katherine and Niall.

Within weeks Highland Solution became the #1 bestseller on Amazon in medieval and Scottish historical romance. After its re-release in June of 2014, with the aid of BookBub, it became the #1 bestselling historical romance on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Almost immediately I started receiving requests for stories about swoon-worthy secondary characters, Tadhg Matheson and Fingal MacIan. But many readers also wanted to know what happened to Tomas, the seven-year-old orphan Katherine brought with her to Duncurra and adopted. Well it has taken a few years for him to grow up. We saw a glimpse of him as a fourteen-year-old in the epilogue for Highland Intrigue but it is finally time for you to meet the man he has become. Tomas’s story, Highland Redemption, is now available for pre-order on Amazon.

And for those of you who hated that fact that Ambrose Ruthven got away with buying Katherine’s inheritance, you might enjoy knowing that karma has him in her cross-hairs.


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