Medieval Monday ~ Villains ~Week #12 Sherry Ewing’s A Knight to Call My Own

 

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Villains!

 is our theme for this round of Medieval Monday!

Join us and discover some of the most evil and dastardly villains our medieval romances ever produced! And we are doing something a bit different this time around. We’re breaking our excerpts up into tantalizing little bites–only 8 to 10 sentences each week. So you’ll need to keep up to get the whole excerpt. We let you know each week whose blog we’ll be at the week so you can keep up with each Medieval Monday author’s work the same way.

This week’s excerpt is from Sherry Ewing’s

A Knight to Call My Own

 

Excerpt:

 

“Nay,” he at last answered her with a tone that clearly implied he would not change his mind.

“I will tell my kin no harm befell me, my laird,” she pleaded. “Just take me home to my family.”

“I told you, nay. I would have taken you to wife, if I could have won your hand. But I could not stand by, watching you give your affection and dowry to the MacGillivray laird.”

“And who are you to tell me where my affections should turn. I never said they went to Ian, or any other man!”

“The fact you speak of him by his first name tells me you cared enough for the man. He won plenty of matches to prove he would have you, no matter the cost. I could not afford to lose what you would bring to fill my coffers. Instead of a dowry, I shall now claim a ransom. I am sure Dristan will pay any amount I ask to have you returned to his protection.”

 

Blurb:

When your heart is broken, is love still worth the risk?

Lynet of clan MacLaren knows how it feels to love someone and not have that love returned. After waiting for six long years, she has given up hope of Ian’s return. Her brother-in-law, the Devil’s Dragon of Berwyck, is tired of waiting for her to choose a husband and has decided a competition for the right to wed Lynet is just the thing his willful charge needs to force her hand.

Ian MacGillivray has returned to Berwyck Castle in search of a bride and who better than the young girl who cared for him all those years ago. But Lynet is anything but an easy conquest and he will need more than charm to win her hand in marriage.

From the English borders to the Highlands of Scotland, the chase is on for who will claim the fair Lynet. The price paid will indeed be high to ensure her safety and even higher to win her love.

 

Buy Link:

Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  |   iBooks  |  Kobo

Next week is the slam, bang finish to our Villains theme hop. My final snippet from Beleaguered will be here to finish where it started.

 

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Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 04/23/17 Heart of Delight ~ A Lady’s Maid

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I’m staying with my Handful of Hearts novella Heart of Delight, again this week for WWW.

 

I thought today I’d skip ahead a little after they meet–and kiss–to Hal’s thoughts after their encounter.  (Creative punctuation utilized to conform to WWW rules.)

 

A Lady and Her Maid

And the moment he’d seen Miss d’Aventure, he’d decided he must meet the lovely creature, have one conversation without the ton dictating his behavior—have her meet the man, rather than the blasted title so many women sought. He hadn’t imagined he’d want to continue the acquaintance, yet now he could not countenance the idea of not seeing her again. Unfortunately, neither could he reveal himself without making her angry about his deception. She’d find out eventually, of course. No one who knew him would ever mistake him for his valet, the real Horace Carpenter, still he wanted to give them time to know each other as equals.

He liked Mademoiselle d’Aventure on a level much deeper than he’d have thought possible in the fifteen minutes they’d been together. Smart, funny, beautiful, stubborn—that he liked most of all. He’d wager his inheritance she could hold her own in any drawing room in London; that she could be his marchioness had crossed his mind more than once. Their kiss and her lovely figure pressed close to him had incited a riot in every part of his body.

If only she were not a lady’s maid.

BLURB:

He’ll do anything to be her heart’s delight—except tell the truth.

Gabriella d’Adventure is on a mission. She has come to England as a lady’s maid in pursuit of the Duke of Rother. When she meets Horace Carpenter, valet to a marquess, she is delighted to enlist his aid in gaining her heart’s desire: a meeting with the duke. But will her growing feelings for the handsome valet interfere with her plans for the duke?

The eccentric Marquess of Halford, Hal to his friends, is tired of the demands of Society, especially his father’s decree that he marry this Season. When a breathtaking young woman intrudes on his solitude, he is captivated and introduces himself as his valet in hopes of learning more about her. Despite his fear about the true motive behind Gabriella’s quest to meet the Duke of Rother, Hal agrees to help her gain an audience with him, all the while praying his deception won’t ruin his chances of winning her love.

 

Heart of Delight is available in the Her Perfect Gentleman boxed set for just .99!

Amazon and B & N.

 

Books in the Handful of Hearts series:

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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The Romance of Language: Word for the Week 4/21/17

Buzznacking:

“Gossiping from place to place.

–Francis Robinson’s Words Used in the Neighborhood of Whitby [Yorkshire], 1876

“Calletting, saucy gossiping.

–John Brockett’s Glossary of North Country Words, 1825

 

Sharing some gossip over a cup of scandal broth was a great way to pass the day in the Regency (or Georgian or Victorian eras).

      

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Winners for Only A Mistress Will Do Release Party/Birthday Party

On April 4th and April 12th we partied to celebrate my book’s, Only A Mistress Will Do, and my birthdays!

 *throws confetti*

Now on to the more fun part:

The Winners

WINNER #1

MAIRI NORRIS

The winner of the first party game is Mairi Norris. Mairi suggested the name Dark Crest for Lord Manning’s home estate in the next House of Pleasure book and I think that’s a marvelous name! Mairi joined the party on Barbara Bettis’ blog for my Birthday party.

WINNER #2

RACHEL CLEMONS

Rachel wins a book from my back listed books, and gets to have a character named after her in the next House of Pleasure book, Only Seduction Will Do!

WINNER #3

SILVATREND8553

Silvatrend wins a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card for sharing her first kiss with us!

Thank you to everyone who came out to party with Mistress, Barb and I last week! Stay tuned for more news, or sign up for my newsletter to get all the news in advance about my books and appearances.

CONGRATULATIONS WINNERS! 

NOTE: Winners, I will be contacting you later today on how to get your prizes.

 

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Be My Guest! ~ Author Interview with Marie Higgins

 

banner-memeHello, and welcome to my new feature for 2017.

I’ve begun a Wednesday weekly post to present interviews with authors across all romance genres. Although I’m primarily an historical romance writer, I do read outside my genre and suspect a lot of you do as well. And what’s more fascinating than finding out more about either your favorite authors or new ones? I plan to change up my questions (most of them at least) every three months or so, just to keep the interviews lively.

So now gather round the tea table, grab a scone or cookies, and a cup of tea or coffee and discover a new friend in the writing world.

This week on Be My Guest, as promised, I am interviewing historical author Marie Higgins! We are currently sharing  an  historical romance boxed set, Her Perfect Gentleman, along with last week’s guest, Elf Ahearn and five other lovely ladies, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to introduce you to Marie, who I’ve known for years, and let her tell you about herself and her historical novella, The Sweetest Challenge.

Author Bio :

Marie Higgins is a multi-published author of romance; from refined bad-boy heroes who makes your heart melt to the feisty heroines who somehow manage to love them regardless of their faults. Visit her website / blog to discover more about her – http://mariehiggins.com

 

 

And now let’s meet Marie Higgins!

Who was the first romance author and book you read?

Kathleen E Woodiwiss / A Rose in Winter was my first romance novel. I was completely glued to the story, and I read all hours of the night. I couldn’t get enough of historical romance novels after that. Judith McNaught, LaVryle Spencer, and Jude Deveraux were also some of my favorite authors.

 Are you a pantser or plotter? What is your process?

I’m totally a panster! I tried a few times to plot out my stories, but because I knew what was going to happen and how the stories would end, it took me forever to finish them. From that point on, I decided panster was the life for me. I enjoy feeling the rush of excitement when there’s a new twist in the story, and I definitely cherish the heart-melting moment when my characters realize they are in love.

 Which of your own books is your favorite and why?

This is such a hard question, only because I have written / published 43 books. I love each story for different reasons. If I had to choose, however, I think I’d pick “Take My Heart”, my historical romance. I worked on that story for so many years and tried to make it my best work. The twists and turns in that plot surprised even me, and of course, the love story is to DIE for.

 If you could have one wish granted just for you (not world peace, LOL), what would you wish for?

Darn! I was going to say World Peace. lol So I’ll go with my second favorite wish. Although I’ve been writing for about 20 years, I’ve never been with a big publisher. So my wish would be to not only find a big publisher, but that my stories get me to New York Times Bestselling Author! I’m not asking for much, am I?

 What is the first thing you do when you get a story idea?

When I get a story idea, I make sure both my hero and heroine have goals, motivation, and conflict (along with my villain). Once I’ve figured that out, I find names and identities for them. Then I’ll figure out what era will be best for the plot. Once all of that is done…I start my first chapter. I usually don’t know my twists until the characters give me an idea of what they want…then I make sure they can’t get it for a while.

Now, tell us a little bit about one of your books.

What was your inspiration for this story?

The inspiration for “The Sweetest Challenge” actually came from a contemporary story I had started to write many years ago, but had never finished. I have a Regency Romance series that needed another story added to the line-up, and so I went back through my unfinished stories to get some ideas. When I ran across a woman who worked in a car shop, immediately, I thought of a woman trying to work as a blacksmith in the Regency era. DING! Then the rest of the story flew from my fingers. I love when that happens.

 I am a fanatic about my character names. Are the character names special in any way?

I have to find the right names for my characters as well. For some reason, I’m in love with the man’s name, Nick/Nicholas. Don’t know why. But I just can’t name all of her heroes that. As for the heroine…I don’t have a favorite. I have a spreadsheet with a list of historical names, and I read through them until one stands out. That’s how I pick my heroine’s name.

 How long did it take you to write this book?

As I’d mentioned previously, the idea had been created several years ago. Who knew it was supposed to be a historical and not a contemporary? lol  Usually, it only takes about six weeks to write a novel.

Now, the Infamous Lightning Round: 

Tea or coffee and how do you take it?

None. I like water or lemonade. Crazy, I know…

 Hot dogs or Hamburgers?

Hamburgers

 Favorite all time movie?

I have too many favorites, but maybe Princess Bride.

 Chocolate or vanilla?

Chocolate – with nuts!

 Cat person or dog person?

DOG!

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BLURB:

Melinda Stewart was far from being a debutante, but she must disguise what she really did during the day to keep food on the table. When a wealthy businessman enters her life and wants to buy her land, she’s torn between giving up her deceased father’s dream—and wanting to give her heart to this stranger.

Morgan Drake doesn’t take no for an answer, but ever since meeting the very lovely Miss Stewart, all of his business ethics have been pushed aside. Now, the lonely man who never had time for a wife, wants to change, and he wants Miss Stewart to be the woman beside him. If only he can convince her that he’s not the terrible person she believes him to be.

The Sweetest Challenge is on Amazon and other etailers!

EXCERPT:

The man jumped and spun around toward Morgan, still holding onto the hammer. The man straightened, and Morgan was surprised to see how small Mr. Stewart really was. The man’s head touched the top of Morgan’s shoulders. Then again, it didn’t matter his height, as long as he was strong and could handle the tasks given to him in order to keep his blacksmith’s shop in business.

There was a clear object hanging from the man’s helmet, shielding his face, but Morgan could still see the man’s expression. Mr. Stewart’s mouth hung open and his eyes widened. He could also tell that the man was younger than Morgan had first assumed.

Had they met before? By Mr. Stewart’s surprised expression, it certainly seemed like the man knew him.

“Pardon me for interrupting,” Morgan began. “My name is Mr. Drake, and I’m with Drake Land Developers. If you don’t mind, I would like to discuss the offer my company made you a few months ago.”

Suddenly, the surprised expression on the other man changed, and his gaze narrowed on Morgan. The man threw down the hammer and stomped past him.

Morgan held in his frustration the best he could. “Mr. Stewart, I thought we could discuss this matter like two reasonable men.”

“Then you thought wrong.” The man’s voice croaked in a lower tone.

Morgan held back the angry words he really wanted to say. “Mr. Stewart, I’ve come to offer you a better deal.”

Once again, Mr. Stewart spun around and faced him. Through the clear shield over his face, Morgan noticed how red the man’s cheeks were.

He waited for the man to say something, but so far not a word came from him. The sun shone through the window, gleaming on Mr. Stewart’s face…his very young face. Perhaps he wasn’t the owner after all. Morgan should ask to see if the elder Mr. Stewart was around.

“Are you Mr. Mel Stewart, the owner?”

Mr. Stewart yanked off his gloves and threw them on the counter. Surprisingly, the man’s hands were small. And then he flipped up the clear shield from his face. In one swipe, the man had removed the helmet looking covering. But then something else caught his eyes. The man’s wavy, blond hair floated from the helmet to cascade down the man’s neck to his shoulders, and partly over his face. And yet…now it didn’t look like the face of a man, but a woman, instead.

With petite fingers, she swept her hair away from her eyes. Something familiar tugged at Morgan’s memory. The shape of her face was delicate, as well as her chin, and especially her mouth. Last night’s images of dancing with Melinda rushed to his mind, and he couldn’t shake the feeling that he had found the woman who had intrigued him, and then disappeared abruptly.

Yet, this couldn’t be her. Where was the lovely, very desirable woman he’d danced with and held so intimately? And why was she wearing men’s clothes?

She lifted her chin and straightened her shoulders. “I’m Miss Melinda Stewart, not Mister.”

 

 

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Next Wednesday my special guest will be contemporary romance novelist, Charmaine Gordon. Hope you return to you favorite Wednesday spot to meet her!

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Medieval Monday ~ Villains ~Week #11 Rue Allyn’s Knight Errant

 

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Villains!

 is our theme for this round of Medieval Monday!

Join us and discover some of the most evil and dastardly villains our medieval romances ever produced! And we are doing something a bit different this time around. We’re breaking our excerpts up into tantalizing little bites–only 8 to 10 sentences each week. So you’ll need to keep up to get the whole excerpt. We let you know each week whose blog we’ll be at the week so you can keep up with each Medieval Monday author’s work the same way.

This week’s excerpt is from Rue Allyn’s

Knight Errant

Excerpt:

This week we pick up the story in our hero, Robert’s, point of view.

Robert ran up the inn stairs late that afternoon. He had the horses. His safe conducts had been recognized, and more money rode in a pouch within the leather of his jerkin, just above his belt. Best of all he knew where Basti was. ’Twas very good news he had for Juliana.

They could leave the port now, tonight, much sooner than expected.

Basti was leaving today, too, for Rome and a heresy trial that would begin several weeks hence in Rome. The magistrate’s secretary had rejoiced because in the month or so while Basti resided in the port, the whores had all gone into hiding due to the priest’s vengeance in Verona.

“You do not know the story?” The man had been all too happy to relay the details. “That cursed Basti hates women so much, he rounded up all the whores there, took them to the square, and had them mutilataed while he watched.”

With a little hard riding, the two of them could pass through Rome while Basti’s attention was on the trial, then escape over the mountains and be far from the priest’s reach.

 

Follow along next week by checking out Sherry Ewing’s blog for week #11.

Welcome to my website!

Blurb:

If Sir Robert Clarwyn can’t find a way to compel Lady Juliana Verault to return to England, he’ll lose any chance of regaining his family lands and redeeming his heritage. Yet Juliana must complete her mission to improve her gender’s future in the church. With danger and intrigue mounting, Robert and Juliana must rely on each other and risk everything … including their hearts.

 

Buy Link:

Knight Errant is available at

Amazon   B & N   iTunes   Crimson Romance

 

Next week I’ll be hosting Sherry Ewing’s  A Knight to Call My Own.

 

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Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 04/16/17 Heart of Delight ~ A Delightful Vision

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I’m changing books today to my Handful of Hearts novella Heart of Delight, which is currently up for the InD’tale Creme de la Cover award! 🙂

 

I thought I’d begin with the “cute meet,” at a ball but not on the ballroom floor. Hal, the Marquess of Halford, has been hiding out from all the matchmaking mama in the private balcony  overlooking the ballroom when his solitude is interrupted.

Hal smiled, moved back to his spot in front of the balcony rail, and settled on the floor once more. Best steel himself to go down and do his duty by all the young ladies. When had his life become so filled with obligation?

“Ah.”

Hal shook his head. “What have you forgott—” He twisted his head toward the doorway and froze.

The young lady who stood before him was definitely not Lady Celinda Graham. Medium height, with golden brown hair, a face fresh as cream, and perfectly bowed lips, she would have been exceptional even without the startling glass-green eyes. Dressed in an unremarkable dull brown dress, she could not be one of Lady Hamilton’s guests, although, with her beauty, she certainly should have been.

As I said earlier, the Heart of Delight cover is currently in a contest at InD’Tale. If you can, would you please vote for it? It’s currently in 2nd place with 15 votes. If you could spare a minute to vote, I’d truly appreciate it! Here’s the link to the Creme de la Cover Contest.  (You do have to be logged in to InD’Tale to vote.)

Thank you all so much!

 

BLURB:

He’ll do anything to be her heart’s delight—except tell the truth.

Gabriella d’Adventure is on a mission. She has come to England as a lady’s maid in pursuit of the Duke of Rother. When she meets Horace Carpenter, valet to a marquess, she is delighted to enlist his aid in gaining her heart’s desire: a meeting with the duke. But will her growing feelings for the handsome valet interfere with her plans for the duke?

The eccentric Marquess of Halford, Hal to his friends, is tired of the demands of Society, especially his father’s decree that he marry this Season. When a breathtaking young woman intrudes on his solitude, he is captivated and introduces himself as his valet in hopes of learning more about her. Despite his fear about the true motive behind Gabriella’s quest to meet the Duke of Rother, Hal agrees to help her gain an audience with him, all the while praying his deception won’t ruin his chances of winning her love.

As I said earlier, the Heart of Delight cover is currently in a contest at InD’Tale. If you can, would you please vote for it? It’s currently in 2nd place with 15 votes. If you could spare a minute to vote, I’d truly appreciate it! Here’s the link to the Creme de la Cover Contest.  You do have to be logged in to InD’Tale to vote.  Thank you all so much!

 

Heart of Delight is available in the Her Perfect Gentleman boxed set for just .99!

Amazon and B & N.

 

Books in the Handful of Hearts series:

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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