Medieval Monday: First Encounter! ~ Judith Sterling’s Soul of the Wolf

 

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First Meet!

 is our theme for this round of Medieval Monday!

Join us, our heroes and heroines and as we see that crucial first encounter with a couple meant to be together.

This week’s excerpt is from

Judith Sterling’s

Soul of the Wolf

(The Novels of Ravenwood, Book 2)

 

Excerpt:

At first, she saw only the towering stones, nine of which formed a circle.  Two more stood at the ring’s center, crowned by a final, horizontal stone.

It looks like a gateway, she mused, studying the central piling.

A tall man stepped from behind one of the weathered stones into the path of the wind.  Only his profile was visible above his whirling, blue cloak.  He was clean-shaven and fair-skinned, with strong features and straight, shoulder-length hair so blond it shamed the cowering sun.

He was simply the handsomest man she’d ever seen.  Her gaze, her whole being, was riveted on him; his was glued to a raven perched atop a bordering stone.

The bird cocked its head toward her.  Kraa!  Kraa!  Kraa!

It flew off into the whispering forest as the man turned.

Blurb:

 

A Norman loyalist, Lady Jocelyn bristles when ordered to marry Wulfstan, a Saxon sorcerer. She nurses a painful secret and would rather bathe in a cesspit than be pawed by such a man…until her lifelong dream of motherhood rears its head.

A man of magic and mystery, Wulfstan has no time for wedded bliss. He fears that consummating their marriage will bind their souls and wrench his focus from the ancient riddle his dying mother begged him to solve. He’s a lone wolf, salving old wounds with endless work. But Jocelyn stirs him as no woman ever has.

Their attraction is undeniable. Their fates are intertwined. Together, they must face their demons and bring light to a troubled land.

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Next week follow Judith to Lane McFarland’s blog for the next installment!

And find my next installment of the first meet in Betrothal on Judith’s blog today.

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Medieval Monday: First Encounter! ~ Sherry Ewing’s For All of Ever

 

MedMon

First Meet!

 is our theme for this round of Medieval Monday!

Join us, our heroes and heroines and as we see that crucial first encounter with a couple meant to be together.

This week’s excerpt is from

Sherry Ewing’s

For All of Ever

 

Excerpt:

Riorden quirked his brow, letting out the breath he had been holding. “Do you see the woman there?” he asked, pointing in the direction of the sand dune ahead of them.

He watched as Aiden’s gaze swept the sand, but apparently he saw nothing out of the ordinary; just the ocean, the beach, and the castle looming high above. “I see naught, Riorden, and certainly nary a woman.”

“You will think I am mad when I tell you I see her, but I assure you, I am not.”

“’Tis a ghostie,” Patrick whispered as he began to cross himself to ward off any evil spirits.

“Hush, Patrick,” Aiden told his brother.

 

Blurb:

Sometimes to find your future, you must look to the past…

Katherine Wakefield has dreamed and written of her knight in shining armor all her life. Never finding a man to measure up to the one of her imagination, she and her three closest friends take a dream vacation to England. Yet, strange things begin happening while visiting Bamburgh Castle, but how could they have known they’d find themselves thrown back more than eight hundred years into the past?

Riorden de Deveraux travels to Bamburgh answering the summons of King Henry II knowing his past life is about to catch up with him. But nothing prepares him for the beautiful vision of a strangely clad ghost who first appears in his chamber, let alone the fact he begins having a conversation with her.

Centuries are keeping them apart until Time gives them a chance at finding love. But there are obstacles threatening the fragile bit of hope that Riorden and Katherine can remain together. Will the past of one consume what their future may hold, or will Time take the decision from them and hurtle Katherine forward to where she truly belongs?

 

Buy Links:

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Next week follow Sherry to Ruth A Casie’s blog for the next installment!

And find my next installment of the first meet in Betrothal on Sherry’s blog today.

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Medieval Monday: First Encounter! ~ Elisabeth Hobbes’ Redeeming the Rogue Knight

 

MedMon

First Meet!

 is our theme for this round of Medieval Monday!

Join us, our heroes and heroines and as we see that crucial first encounter with a couple meant to be together.

This week’s excerpt is from

Elisabeth Hobbes’

Redeeming the Rogue Knight

Excerpt:

She clutched the poker firmly in her hand and retreated to the bottom of the staircase.

The man she had taken for a drunk now raised his head, which had been lolling to one side. He gave a wolfish grin beneath his thick beard, but it was his eyes that transfixed Lucy. Brown as walnuts and studying her with such intensity that a sensation stirred inside her she had not felt in longer than she could remember. She felt a blush begin deep between her breasts that was only prevented from spreading by the dawning realisation that her admirer’s gaze was so intense because he was struggling to focus.

Blurb:

The spy who sought refuge…

When injured spy Sir Roger Danby comes asking for shelter at her inn, Lucy Carew is wary. He may be strikingly handsome, but the disgraced single mother has learnt the hard way with men like him. Against her better judgement, she gives him refuge.

Sir Roger has never been at the mercy of a woman before, and he’s never met one as mysterious and bewitching as Lucy. He hasn’t come looking for redemption, but Lucy is a woman who could reach in and touch his closely guarded heart…

 

 

Buy Links:

 

Available on Amazon.

Next week follow Eliasabeth to Laurel O’Donnell’s blog for the next installment!

And find my first installment of the first meet in Betrothal on Elisabeth’s blog today.

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Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 8/06/17 Heart of Desire: An Unexpected Acceptance

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I’m back! Last weekend I was driving home from RWA National Convention in Orlando–super time but no time for anything but the conference. This past week I was in the writing cave at my aunt’s house for four days. Much closer to being finished with Book 4 of the House of Pleasure series, but still working day and night to meet my deadline.

Still, I wanted to come back to Weekend Writing Warriors and share one of the Regency romances  in my series Handful of Hearts. This snippet comes from Book 2, Heart of Desire. I was sharing snippets from it almost this time last year, after it released, so I’m starting with the snippet I posted then and will go forward for several weeks with this one.

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The time is the beginning of the Season in London, May 5, 1820. Miss Katherine Locke is waltzing with Lord Haversham at Lady Hamilton’s ball. Lord Haversham and Miss Locke are the Regency equivalent of Kate and Petruchio, Beatrice and Benedict all rolled into one. Kate’s brother has goaded Haversham into asking Kate to dance the night following a spirited exchange at Lady Hamilton’s ball.

Hope you enjoy!

couple 2“Thank you for that kind offer, Lord Haversham.” She fluttered her fan over her face, revealing nothing. “I am not engaged at the moment, so yes, I will be happy to accept you,” she said as she smiled and curtsied, for all the world as though she meant it.

Words failed him although he managed a bow and grabbed his friend’s arm, hauling him away from Miss Locke’s disturbing presence. “What did you say to her?” he demanded as soon as they were out of earshot.

“Why? Has she trampled your efforts before they are even born?” Ainsley’s frown—without a hint of mirth around the eyes—convinced Marcus his friend spoke the truth.

“She accepted me.”

Ainsley slowly cocked his head as he asked, “Isn’t that the desired outcome of an invitation to dance?”

Blurb:

Follow your heart to find your desire

Miss Katherine Locke is irked to start her 3rd season dancing with the disagreeable Lord Haversham, her brother’s friend and her own arch enemy. After three years out, however, she’s finally interested in the dashing Lord Finley—only to find out her cousin has set her cap for him too. To make the man jealous, Kate feigns interest in Lord Haversham, only to be shocked to find herself falling for the handsome lord against her will.

Marcus, Lord Haversham, is in a tight pinch. His estates are failing and worse, he’s just lost 3,000 pounds to his best friend, Lord Ainsley. Ainsley’s solution: have Marcus marry his shrewish sister and he’ll cancel his gambling debt plus give him 10, 000 more for her dowry. With nowhere to turn, Marcus agrees, praying he can keep word of the wager from Kate until he can woo her and charm her into marrying him.

And don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here.  There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.

All three of my Regency romance novellas are available in Handful of Hearts, Volume 1 on Amazon for just .99! Includes Heart of Desire, Heart of Delight, and Hearts beneath the Mistletoe.

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Liza O’Connor’s Toxic Diamonds

Baby Farmers were usually women (or a couple) who, for a monthly fee, would care for your baby. (In the late Victorian Era, London was full of women needing work at various factories. Many baby farmers failed to feed or would simply drowned the babies. There were several notorious baby farmers who killed babies: Amelia Dyer is believed to have killed over 400 babies. The exact numbers of babies who died by these women was rarely certain.

In my story, when Vic is trying to train Scotland Yard officers to be more intuitive, she realizes one of the officers has been flirting with a baby farmer. When Captain Meyers and the officer check out the young lady’s home they discover five babies dead in the crib.

Sixteen other babies are returned to their mothers. Oddly, the one baby that someone paid to have killed remained alive, more than likely to blackmail the gentleman who brought the child to her.

Vic decides instead of sending the baby boy to an orphanage where it would likely die in a month, she would give it to her brother in law. Claire never lets David hold their baby girl.  David needs a little boy to teach him wisdom and share his love.

 

Determining who to trust is getting very hard, indeed. This may be the most trying cases imaginable. Director Stone has gone missing and it appears Ministers of Parliament are involved. Xavier is arrested and placed in a jail meant to kill him, while Vic, disguised as a woman, attempts to locate the Minister of External Affairs and ask for his help.

Everyone is called in to assist: Jacko, his wife Alice, their son Pete, Samson the Crime Lord, David and Claire, Tubs and his wife Sara, the boys: Cannon and Ham, plus the bloodhound Arroo.

The Wasp who escaped punishment for her attempts to murder her bigamist husband’s first wife last year is back. Vic discovers love letters between Ben, their terrible secretary and the Wasp. Worse yet, he shared Xavier’s financial advice with the Wasp, making her and her husband very wealthy.

With Stone missing, and Barns and Meyers stretched to their limits, Vic decides it’s time to train more of the Scotland Yard officers in intuitive and deductive reasoning. While only half the class makes it through her two-day course, everyone is pleased with her results.

Be warned, Vic’s sister, Claire, is becoming more difficult than ever. Gregory thinks she is going mad.

His sad demeanor warned her the news would break her heart. “She was murdering the babies,” Vic stated as tears ran down her cheeks.

“Yes. There were five dead in the cribs. Dr. Connors said they either died of starvation or poison—they showed signs of both—so he’s claiming both to be the cause of death. I brought in more men to dig up the backyard and they found seven more bodies before I left. I expect there’ll be more.”

“How old was this woman?” Vic asked.

“She is only twenty with a demeanor of kindness and charm.”

“It’s how she convinces the poor women to hand over their babies to her care,” Vic replied. “But she couldn’t have been baby farming for long. Does Cotter know how long she’s lived there?”

“She moved in five months ago.”

“Are the bodies in the back yard just bones?”

“Some are, some aren’t,” Meyers replied softly.

“So, she bought the business from someone else.”

“She swears she didn’t know about the bones in the backyard. She sounded completely sincere, but two of the graves were freshly dug, probably in the last week, so she’s just good at lying.”

Vic nodded with his conclusion. “It’s a skill a baby farmer must have. Most women do not want to kill their babies. But they either cannot afford to feed them or they must work long days and cannot care for their own child. A baby farmer must be able to convince a woman, for a small amount of money each week to pay for the child’s keep, she will love the baby like her own.”

“That no doubt explains why she had so many babies.”

“Were any still alive?”

“Seventeen of them.”

“Does she have paperwork as to whom they belong to?”

“She does on sixteen of them. The mothers had to work, so they left their babies with her for eight pounds a month. The little boy was to be killed, but she hadn’t gotten around to it.”

 

Book 8

TOXIC DIAMONDS

Free with Amazon Kindle Unlimited

 

Need to catch up?

Book 1

The Troublesome Apprentice

Book 2

The Missing Partner

Book 2.5

A Right to Love

Book 3

The Mesmerist

Book 4

Well Kept Secrets

Book 5

Pack of Trouble

Book 6

The Darkest Days

Book 7

The CrimeLords’ War

 

 

All Xavier & Vic books are Free with Amazon Unlimited

 

Liza O’Connor was raised badly by feral cats, left the South/Midwest and wandered off to find nicer people on the east coast. There she worked for the meanest man on Wall Street, while her psychotic husband tried to kill her three times. (So much for finding nicer people.) Then one day she declared enough, got a better job, divorced her husband, and fell in love with her new life where people behaved nicely. But all those bad behaviors has given her lots of fodder for her humorous books. Please buy these books, because otherwise, she’ll become grumpy and write troubled novels instead. They will likely traumatize you.

You have been warned.

The Adventures of Xavier & Vic Sleuth series: (Late Victorian/Mystery/Romance)

The Troublesome Apprentice — The greatest sleuth in Victorian England hires a young man who turns out to be a young woman.

The Missing Partner — Opps! The greatest sleuth in Victorian England goes missing, leaving Vic to rescue him, a suffragette, and about 100 servants. Not to mention an eviscerating cat. Yes, let’s not mention the cat.

A Right to Love — A romantic detour for Jacko. Want to see how amply rewarded Jacko was when he & Vic save an old woman from Bedlam?

The Mesmerist The Mesmerist can control people from afar and make them murder for her. Worse yet, Xavier Thorn has fallen under her spell.

Well Kept Secrets — The problems with secrets is that they always come to light, no matter how you wish to silence them.

Pack of Trouble — Changes are a part of life, but these changes almost kill Vic.

The Darkest Days — Muddled cases make Vic very grumpy.

The CrimeLords’ War — Vic is almost killed twice as she tries to prevent a CrimeLords’ War, stop a female Russian spy, and locate Xavier.

Toxic Diamonds The Queen’s Diamonds have been stolen, Director Stone of Scotland Yard is missing, and there is a toxic gas that may kill hundreds of Londoners.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT

LIZA O’CONNOR’S MANY BOOKS

Investigate these sites:

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Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 07/23/17 Only A Mistress Will Do ~ A Damnable Mess

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I’m back with more of Only A Mistress Will Do. It’s still on sale for .99! If you want it at that bargain price, here’s the Amazon link!

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Next Sunday I’ll be on my way home from RWA Nationals–my how time flies. So I won’t be on Weekend Writing Warriors that week. The following week I’ll be up at my cabin in the woods of upstate New York, but I should have my cell phone data, so I’ll have a new book for you in August.

In this snippet, I’m giving you the end of the scene from the last few weeks between Tristan and Dora, the young woman he is betrothed to. It’s an arranged marriage so Tris can gain a valuable piece of property. He and Dora have met only a couple of times and danced perhaps twice. Tris has just kissed Dora, her very first kiss, and she has happily run out of the room.

(Creative punctuation used to conform to the WWW rules. The published text may be slightly different.)

What a damnable mess. He hated to lie, but the hesitant hope in Dora’s face when she asked if he enjoyed the kiss had squeezed his conscience into that pathetic admission.

The girl was sweet, too sweet for his tastes if truth be told. So he should not be surprised she stirred not one iota of passion in him, even pressed firmly against his cock. There hadn’t been so much as an inkling of a stirring down below.

That might concern him except for the immediate response when he thought of kissing Violet. If he had been engaged even in this light a dalliance with her, his ride home would have become damned uncomfortable. In fact, if he didn’t stop thinking of her right this minute he might regret it, though he doubted that.

Stepping out onto the portico in the brisk wind, his ardor abated somewhat; still, it didn’t matter. He’d be tortured by thoughts of Violet in his arms long after her departure and his wedding were things of the past.

 

BLURB:

The man of her dreams…belongs to another woman.

Destitute and without friends, Violet Carlton is forced to seek employment at the House of Pleasure in London. She steels herself for her first customer and is shocked when the man rescues her instead of ravishing her. A grateful Violet cannot help but admire the handsome Viscount Trevor. But she must curb her desire for the dashing nobleman she can never have because he is already betrothed to another . . .

Tristan had gone to the House of Pleasure for a last bit of fun before he became a faithful married man. But when he recognizes the woman in his bed, he becomes determined to save her instead. Now, his heart wars with his head as he falls for the vulnerable courtesan. Unable to break his betrothal without a scandal, Tris resolves to find Violet proper employment or a husband of her own. Still, his arms ache for Violet, urging him to abandon propriety and sacrifice everything to be with the woman he loves. . . .

Only A Mistress Will Do is on sale for .99 on

Amazon and B & N

 

Books in the House of Pleasure series:

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And don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here.  There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.

 

 

 

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Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 07/16/17 Only A Mistress Will Do ~ “We Will Have to Try Again”

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I’m back with more of Only A Mistress Will Do. It’s still on sale for .99! If you want it at that bargain price, here’s the Amazon link!

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In this snippet, I’m continuing the scene between Tristan and the woman he is betrothed to. It’s an arranged marriage so Tris can gain a valuable piece of property. He and Dora have met only a couple of times and danced perhaps twice. So Tris tries to reassure his young bride-to-be. This week I’m continuing on from last week. Tris has just kissed Dora, her very first kiss, although she tells him she’s uncertain whether  she liked it.

(Creative punctuation used to conform to the WWW rules. The published text may be slightly different.)

“Then we will have to try again, when next I come.” He smiled gently, trying to reassure her as he would a skittish colt. “Perhaps then you will know.”

“Did…did you enjoy it, my…Tristan?” The big blue eyes held out the hope of his approval.

“I did, Dora, very much. Soon I hope you will feel the same.”

Her smile stretched the width of her face, banishing her uneasiness and lightening her eyes to a dazzling azure. “Oh, I am sure I will, Tristan.” She bobbed her head and scurried out.

BLURB:

The man of her dreams…belongs to another woman.

Destitute and without friends, Violet Carlton is forced to seek employment at the House of Pleasure in London. She steels herself for her first customer and is shocked when the man rescues her instead of ravishing her. A grateful Violet cannot help but admire the handsome Viscount Trevor. But she must curb her desire for the dashing nobleman she can never have because he is already betrothed to another . . .

Tristan had gone to the House of Pleasure for a last bit of fun before he became a faithful married man. But when he recognizes the woman in his bed, he becomes determined to save her instead. Now, his heart wars with his head as he falls for the vulnerable courtesan. Unable to break his betrothal without a scandal, Tris resolves to find Violet proper employment or a husband of her own. Still, his arms ache for Violet, urging him to abandon propriety and sacrifice everything to be with the woman he loves. . . .

Only A Mistress Will Do is on sale for .99 on

Amazon and B & N

 

Books in the House of Pleasure series:

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And don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here.  There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.

 

 

 

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