The Blurb Blog Tour and Giveaway Continues Through May 19

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Foolish Bride by A.S. Fenichel and Knight Secrets by C.C. Wiley

I’m excited to share the first book in the Knights of the Swan series that is published by Kensington/Lyrical Press.


Knight Secrets

Sworn to protect the crown, a Knight of the Swan must never surrender—not even to love . . .

England, 1415. Ordered never to leave the lonely tower on her family estate, Lady Clarice Margrave is suddenly set free when her home is plundered. Now she is determined to discover the truth behind her father’s alleged treason. But an act of daring only propels her into a new prison, with the very knight who destroyed her home as her keeper. Sir Ranulf, Lord of Sedgewic, is ruthless in his inquisition, though there is a searing tenderness in his touch. Is it possible her bold jailor is the Red Wolf of whom her father spoke—and the one man she might be able to trust?

As a knight, Ranulf never questions his troth, but his beautiful prisoner stirs his heart and mind like no other. Clarice is achingly vulnerable—and extremely closed-mouth about her possible ties to the plot against the king. Duty demands he keep his distance, though he yearns to take her to his bed and adore her until he discovers what lies within her heart. And he would—if he weren’t in danger of losing his own . . .


Foolish Bride

Sadly ever after . . . unless some dreams really do come true?

Elinor Burkenstock never believed in fairy tales. Sure, she’s always been a fool for love—what woman isn’t? But Elinor knows the difference between fiction and truth. Daydreams and reality. True love and false promises. . . . Until the unthinkable happens, and Elinor’s engagement is suddenly terminated and no one, least of all her fiancé, will tell her why.

Sir Michael Rollins’s war-hero days seem far behind him when, after one last hurrah before his wedding, he gets shot and his injuries leave him in dire shape. He wants nothing more than to marry Elinor, the woman of his wildest dreams. But Elinor’s father forbids it . . . and soon Michael is faced with a desperate choice: Spare Elinor a life with a broken man or risk everything to win her heart—until death do they part?

A digital copy of both of the books on tour will be awarded to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

It’s been a blast discovering these great bloggers. Be sure to visit ALL of these blogs on the tour for additional chances to win:

April 24: Rogue’s Angels 
April 25: Mixed Book Bag
April 26: The Avid Reader
April 27: T’s Stuff
April 28: Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog
May 1: The Pen and Muse Book Reviews
May 2: Buried Under Romance
May 3: Readeropolis
May 4: Dawn’s Reading Nook
May 5: Welcome to My World of Dreams
May 8: EskieMama and Dragon Lady Reads
May 9: Booklove
May 10: A Writer’s Life
May 11: BooksChatter
May 12: Sharing Links and Wisdom
May 15: Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
May 16: Nickie’s Views and Interviews
May 17: Long and Short Reviews
May 18: Books, Dreams, Life
May 19: Full Moon Bites

Blurb Blitz and Blog Tour: 23 Days Left

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: April 24-May 19

Foolish Bride by A.S. Fenichel and Knight Secrets by C.C. Wiley

A digital copy of both of the books on tour will be awarded to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Visit these blogs on the tour for additional chances to win:

April 24Rogue’s Angels 
April 25Mixed Book Bag
April 26The Avid Reader
April 27T’s Stuff
April 28Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog
May 1The Pen and Muse Book Reviews
May 2Buried Under Romance
May 3Readeropolis
May 4Dawn’s Reading Nook
May 5Welcome to My World of Dreams
May 8EskieMama and Dragon Lady Reads
May 9Booklove
May 10A Writer’s Life
May 11BooksChatter
May 12Sharing Links and Wisdom
May 15Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
May 16Nickie’s Views and Interviews
May 17Long and Short Reviews
May 18Books, Dreams, Life
May 19Full Moon Bites

The Blog Tour Starts Today

 

Check out two historical romances from Lyrical Press authors A. S. Fenichel and C.C. Wiley.

This Blurb Blitz Blog Tour starts April 24th and continues until May 19. It begins with Rogue’s Angels.

These two authors will be awarding a digital copy of both of the books on tour to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Foolish Bride: Forever Brides #2

by A.S. Fenichel

Knight Secrets: Knights of the Swan #1

by C.C. Wiley

 

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway For Knight Quests (Knights of the Swan #2)

Goodreads Book Giveaway For Knight Quests (Knights of the Swan #2)

Open for entries on April 21, 2017-April 28, 2017

Knight Quests by C.C. Wiley

  • Knight Quests (Knights of the Swan #2)
    by C.C. Wiley (Goodreads Author)

    Release date: Jul 25, 2017

    ENTER FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A COPY OF KNIGHT QUESTS BY C.C. WILEY!

    Orphaned as a young girl, Brigitte de Marnier has learned to live by her instincts. …more

    Opens for entries on April 21, 2017

    Availability:2 copies available, 0 people requesting

    Giveaway dates:Apr 21 – Apr 28, 2017

    Countries available:US and CA

    Format:Print Book

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/232609-knight-quests

Does WordPress Make You Crazy?

Every time they make a change, I am scrambling to catch up. Posts disappear. And I spend hours trying to recreate what I wrote earlier. It’s enough to make me wonder how medieval people communicated.

So, what else could I do? I went on a little research trip.

At HistoryExtra.com,  author Emma Mason shares in A Brief History of How People Communicated in the Middle Ages  some of the ways this was carried out.

Monk BorderAh yes, the church officials, namely the priests, delivered the news by reading aloud to the masses. They would present the news of a battle well fought and help to raise funds needed to continue the war.

 

According to the author of the article above, the royals had an intricate netwMedieval knights of St. John (Hospitallers)ork of messengers, who rode their horses for weeks on end, carrying messages over the countryside.

What people wore also told a great deal about themselves and the political conditions of the day. The color, material of the clothing, and symbols told of their station.  Their armor, banners, coats of arms and royal standards marked whether they were of noble rank. When in battle, it also marked who was worthy of a ransom. Even those from the guilds wore badges to mark that they were members and could be trusted.

In my Knights of the Swan series, the symbol that the knights in the brotherhood carried was a talisman in the shape of the swan. Sometimes the messenger would present the swan to prove who sent them and that the message could be trusted. Other times it is used as a cry for help.

In Signed-sealed-delivered: How Messages Were Sent in the Middle Ages the cost to hire a messenger would be too exorbitant a price to pay. They relied on word of mouth, what they heard and saw, and that would carry from person to person, from village to village.

Can you imagine the rumor mill grinding away at the truths and half-truths? It makes me wonder how accurately history was maintained. It certainly is understandable that there are many sources who saw the same scene and end up telling a different story.

Remember the game phone tag? Or was it called Grapevine or AKA Telephone or AKA Telegraph? According to Wikipedia.org, the game is also known as Russian scandal,[3] whisper down the lane, broken telephone, operator, grapevine, gossip, don’t drink the milk, secret message, the messenger game, and pass the message. I found the rules for the game, and it brought back memories.

 


This game is intended for a large group, kids and adults 15 or more.  The more the better.  The group sit in a large circle. The kids should be spaced about arms length apart.  The way we did it was to hold hands in a circle and gradually spread out until our arms were stretched.  Now everyone takes a seat.  The “originator”, usually the one who organized the game, or the bossiest, starts a message.  The originator whispers a short message into the ear of the person sitting to the right of them.  The message is whispered once. The new messenger then whispers the message into the ear to the one to their right, and so on and so on.  When the message reaches the person sitting to the left of the originator the message is announced out loud.  Seldom does the message arrive in its original form.  The person to the right gets to be the next originator.

A variation of the game is to start one message to the right then start a message to the left and see what happens.  Tongue twister are really fun messages to send.http://www.gameskidsplay.net/games/mental_games/grapevine.