Medieval Monday: Author’s Choice ~ 4/16/18 A Wee Highland Predicament by CiCi Giltenan



Author’s Choice

This time around on Medieval Monday our theme is simply Author’s choice. Each author get to choose their own theme–celebration, food, betrayal–everything is on the table.

I have chosen a celebration–a wedding and more particularly a wedding night–for my snippet. My excerpt is from Betrayal and can be found this week at CiCi’s blog if you’d like to keep up with my story.

This week on my blog, is an excerpt from

CiCi Giltenan’s

A Wee Highland Predicament



 “Ye may think it’s the best plan, but I don’t. If we can’t go to Castle Carr, and ye won’t take me back to Edinburgh, I’ll go by myself.”

He snorted. “Have ye taken leave of yer senses?”

“Nay. I’m sure I can do it. It’s not that far. I insist ye let me go back to Edinburgh.”

He could see this was going to be a never-ending argument unless the lass herself decided it was best to stay with him. He’d go along with her and see what happened.

“Well, if ye insist.” He dismounted and lifted her off the saddle. “There ye are. Off ye go, now. Edinburgh is that way.” He pointed in the direction from which they had come.

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Sometimes a bad boy can be a good man.

Lucas Grant’s brother is going to be furious. Lucas was supposed to secure a betrothal with a wealthy heiress to save his clan from financial ruin. After meeting her, he cannot marry the detestable woman.

As he flees Edinburgh to escape her, he happens upon six men who are holding a lovely Highland lass captive. He can’t just leave her to whatever fate awaits, so he rescues her.

Well, perhaps rescue isn’t the right word…

When he learns the feisty lass he stumbled upon is Ailsa MacLennan, he sees another way to help his clan. He’s going to hold her for ransom.

But when she steals his heart, what will the ransom be?

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Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 04/15/18 Only Seduction Will Do ~ Raw Animal Strength


Only Seduction Will Do releases on June 5, 2018. Only 51 days until Release Day!


Welcome to my next set of snippets for Only Seduction Will Do, which will be out in early June.

Jack and Alethea have entered into an arranged marriage, and while Alethea is infatuated with Jack, he is not in love with her. He agreed to marry her to save her from ruin, but has agreed to a marriage in name only. At this point, they are on their wedding trip to Knowlton’s Keep, an ancient castle belonging to Alethea’s cousin’s family. The butler has just brought Alethea the day’s post.

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“Do you know where Lord Manning is?”



“I believe he is in the great hall, my lady.”

Alethea cocked her head, asking “Whatever is he doing there?”

“Fencing, my lady.”

A shiver of dread shot down her spine as she rose from her comfortable chair, the book in her lap, Robinson Crusoe, thudding to the floor. Ignoring the volume that had surprisingly captivated her for well over an hour, Alethea grasped the letter and marched out of the library, intent on finding her husband.

When she rounded the corner into the echoing great room, she stopped dead and gazed at Jack, his back to her as he wielded his sword viciously at the thin air in front of him. Time ceased to move as she drank in the sight of her husband, clad only in a shirt and breeches, lunging toward an imaginary opponent. Every part of him, back to buttocks, rippled with effort each time he extended his arm and lunged in the mock battle; his leg muscles, on display in just stockings, bunched and strained at the effort as he lunged and retreated. The raw animal strength of him almost took her breath away. 

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“Won’t you come to bed, my lord?” 
In a vulnerable moment, Alethea Forsythe allows herself to be seduced by a married peer.  Now she is with child—and without recourse.  Her reputation will soon be in tatters and she will be forced to wed a stranger—unless she takes matters into her own hands.

When Jack Fitzwilliam, the Earl of Manning, is summoned from the House of Pleasure on a matter of importance, he hardly expects to receive a marriage proposal. He’s long been aware of Alethea’s infatuation with him, but at twenty-three, taking on an expectant bride is not in his plans.  Yet the desperation in the lady’s lovely eyes overrides his misgivings.

Alethea would not have believed it possible for a man to be too chivalrous. But though her new husband is perfectly amicable in public, he insists they maintain separate quarters. Desperate to possess his heart and prove herself a wife in every way, she boldly reaches out to Jack. And as their unexpected connection between silken sheets is tested by jealousy and misfortune, Jack must decide where honor ends…and true passion begins . . .

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May Day Giveaway! Enter to Win 60 Historical Romances and A Kindle Fire!

“Tra-la, it’s May, the lusty month of May”

I’m using a fabulous and fun song from the classic movie Camelot to help me introduce a fabulous opportunity for readers of historical romance.

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New Release: Love’s Betrayals: The Extraordinary Life of Amy Winston, Book 2 by Liza O’Connor

Love’s Betrayals

The Extraordinary Life of Amy Winston, Book 2

The necessary death of Sicily’s father

Father Duncan, in an effort to save Nicolas, thinking him a good man in a difficult situation, convinces Antonio to protect him as he pretends to be his manservant. Antonio knows Nicolas requires more than that if the man is to stay alive. Antonio is going to have to kill Sicily’s father and make it look like an accident. Unfortunately, when Nicolas and Sicily return from their honeymoon on the continent, the Metropolitan Police are all over Antonio as the probable murderer of Sicily’s evil father. Only Nicolas insists Antonio had accompanied them to the continent and was always there when he called for him, so Inspector Yardrow had no choice but to let it go.



When Amy and her friend Domnika arrive in London, she discovers her guardian, Nicolas, is under the thrall of his ‘perfect’ wife. Neither is happy she has come. The only person who seems pleased with her arrival is the handsome valet, Antonio, who turns out to be far more than a servant.

Needing to escape her guardian’s care, Amy and Domnika take refuge at a fellow schoolmate’s home. Antonio leaves Nicolas’ service and becomes one of her many protectors. Unlike the other protectors, he becomes the first of many admirers that vie for her hand.

All the while, Nicolas continues to prove over and over that he is not the fine fellow her uncle had thought.



Who’s who and where are four of them sleeping?

As Nicolas and his valet, Antonio, sat on a bench overlooking the docks, Antonio interrogated him about Uncle John’s niece.

“Is she intelligent?”

“Frighteningly so. By now I suspect she knows more than most doctors in London about medicine.”

Antonio smiled. “A practical woman as well.”

“I hardly would call it a practical vocation,” Nicolas objected. “No one will ever accept a female doctor.”

“I suppose it depends upon the situation. The next time I get stabbed or shot, I’ll be most glad to allow her to tend my wounds.”

“You don’t even know her.”

“She’s the colonel’s niece. That’s all I need to know.”

“Well, I wish Sicily was half so obliging to like her. She hasn’t spoken to me in three days.”

“It is odd. I’ve never seen the two of you even argue before,” he admitted and then stood up. “That’s got to be them.”

Nicolas squinted but could not make out anything except the vague shape of a ship on the horizon. “You must have the eyes of an eagle.”

“Would she be the tall or shorter one?”

“Since she never said whether her friend was short or tall I could not tell you.”

“Red or black haired?”


“The tall one. She has the colonel’s stance. Ah, my kind sir, you failed to mention she was such a beauty.”

Nicolas frowned. “Antonio, I am not going to have a problem with you, am I? This is my ward who is arriving, not some toy for you to trifle with.”

Antonio chuckled. “Trifling with that beauty would cost a man his life. I recognize one of the four…no…I recognize them all. They are considerably older now, but they still look most formidable. Doesn’t appear they have led an easy life of retirement.”

Nicolas groaned as he realized that Amy had brought along Gunter and the Silent Three, Sam, Brick, and Tomas. Sicily would fall into hysterics when she discovered four additional servants added to the household, and the only work they would do was watch over Amy. Perhaps it was a good thing his wife was not speaking to him just now. He could only imagine what she would have to say about this revelation.

“Do you by chance know if there is room in the servant’s quarters for them?”

Antonio smiled. “Since half the servants will probably quit upon first sight of Gunter, I don’t imagine space will be a problem.”

“That is not a helpful observation.”

“Perhaps not, but true all the same. I’ll offer them room in my house, if you like.”

Nicolas smiled. “Thank you. I am certain everything would go much smoother if you would.”

“Ah you see, there is an advantage to your valet owning his own house,” Antonio teased.



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More About the Author

Liza O’Connor’s favorite books are Pride & Prejudice and Douglas Adams’ four book trilogy, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Go figure…

Raised in the southern mid-section of U.S., Liza escaped to the East Coast once out of college. She’s worked as a journalist, a radio DJ, a security guard, a stock broker, a strategist, and a business solutions consultant to name a few of her many occupations.  Again…go figure.

She learned to fly planes, jump out of planes, hang-glide, kayak and scuba dive, to name of few of her ‘let’s kill Liza’ sports. However, her favorite activity is to hike with her dog Jess among the shaved mountains of NJ.





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Medieval Monday: Author’s Choice ~ 4/09/18 Beseiged and Betrothed by Jenni Fletcher



Author’s Choice

This time around on Medieval Monday our theme is simply Author’s choice. Each author get to choose their own theme–celebration, food, betrayal–everything is on the table.

I have chosen a celebration–a wedding and more particularly a wedding night–for my snippet. My excerpt is from Betrayal and can be found this week at Jenni’s blog if you’d like to keep up with my story.

This week on my blog, is an excerpt from

Jenni Fletcher’s

Besieged and Betrothed




Her expression wavered in a way that he couldn’t interpret, before she reached around him, cutting the bindings on his wrists before holding the dagger out in both hands.

‘In that case, I surrender.’

He bent his head in acknowledgement, trying to dampen the hot swell of desire that seemed to have been unleashed in his body as she reached past him. For a fleeting moment, the soft curve of her breast had pressed against his arm and it had been all he could do not to push her up against the battlements right there and then. Now that his hands were free, he could do it, too…



Ruthless warrior Lothar the Frank has laid siege to Castle Haword, but there’s a fiery redhead in his way—and she’s not backing down!

More tomboy than trembling maiden, Lady Juliana Danville would rather die than lose the castle. When she’s caught on opposite sides of a war, a marriage bargain is brokered to bring peace. But is blissful married life possible when Juliana has a dangerous secret hidden within the castle walls?


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Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 04/08/18 To Woo A Wicked Widow ~ The Worst Possible Moment




This will be the last snippet from To Woo A Wicked Widow. Next week I’ll begin for with my next release, Only Seduction Will Do, which will be out in early June.

So I’m skipping ahead a couple of pages after last week when Charlotte,  seeking Alan Garrett who is leaving the house party in the middle of the night to attend his dying uncle,  opened the doors of the library, tripped on her skirts again, and landed in Nash’s arms. He takes advantage of the situation to ply her with a passionate kiss. We will pick up, in Nash’s POV still, toward the end of that kiss.

(Extraordinarily creative punctuation utilized to conform to WWW rules.)

Every inch of him tingled with the need to touch her skin, enfold himself around her, possess her completely in every way. No other woman had ever moved him this deeply; scary as hell, yet satisfying beyond belief.

Still, he must move with caution for despite her sweet responses, he couldn’t assume she wished to pursue an even deeper intimacy tonight; best give her the opportunity to make her intentions known.

Nash began to ease away from her when he became aware they were not alone.

Damnation…and at the worst . . . well, almost worst possible moment. Instinctively, he spun them around so she stood behind him, her identity shielded slightly at least. Too bad she was not a young miss—then the earl could have them leg-shackled before the ink dried on the special license; still, it would be enjoyable to spend some time wooing Lady Cavendish.

Nash swung back around, frowning at the intruder, who should have been abed by now anyway.

“My pardon, my lord, my lady, but if you desired more privacy I would have suggested you close the door,” the dark figure’s voice held a wry tone—respect tinged with knowing laughter.

Before Nash could upbraid the man for his impertinence, the lady poked her head around his side, took a sharp, in-drawn breath and said, “Mr. Garrett?”

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The war years are behind them. 
The future is before them.
And one by one, the widows of Lyttlefield Park are getting restless . . .
Lady Charlotte Cavendish is still the spirited girl who tried to elope in the name of love. That dream was thwarted by her father who trapped her into a loveless, passionless marriage. But now widowed, Charlotte is free to reenter the giddy world of the ton—and pursue her desires. For hardly your typical widow, she remains innocent to the pleasures of the flesh. Yet her life is finally her own, and she intends to keep it that way . . .

Nash, the twelfth Earl of Wrotham, is beguiled by Charlotte at first sight—and the feeling is mutual. When he receives her intriguing invitation to a house party, the marriage-minded lord plans to further their acquaintance. But even he cannot sway her aversion to matrimony, and only with great restraint does he resist her most tempting offer. For unbeknownst to Charlotte, the misadventures of the past are revisiting them both, and bedding her could cost him everything—or give him everything he ever wanted . . .

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