Today is Knight Treasure’s Book Birthday!

In 15th Century England, alliances can be deadly for a Knight of the Swan. Especially those made in the heat of passion…

Knight Treasures #3

Fleeing for her life after a savage attack on her homeland, Lady Sabine of Clearmorrow finds sanctuary on the windswept shores of southern England, praying that her family reaches her before her foes. When Sir Darrick of Lockwood shows up in a swirl of raging wildfires, Sabine is not willing to trust the dark knight, though he may be her last hope.  And when she learns of his urgent quest to locate his sister, she realizes she may be his, too…

Lady Sabine is the last woman who saw his beloved sister alive, which is the only reason Darrick demands she join him on the perilous journey to bring Elizabeth home. But even as he shelters Sabine from their powerful enemies—and savors the sweet passion between them—he wonders if the brave beauty will bring him all that he desires, or draw him deeper into danger….

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KNIGHT TREASURES is now up on NetGalley!

Read, Review & Recommend!

In 15th Century England, alliances can be deadly for a Knight of the Swan. Especially those made in the heat of passion…

Knight Treasures #3

Here is the direct link to the page: http://netgal.ly/Z69Hwo

Fleeing for her life after a savage attack on her homeland, Lady Sabine of Clearmorrow finds sanctuary on the windswept shores of southern England, praying that her family reaches her before her foes. When Sir Darrick of Lockwood shows up in a swirl of raging wildfires, Sabine is not willing to trust the dark knight, though he may be her last hope.  And when she learns of his urgent quest to locate his sister, she realizes she may be his, too…

Lady Sabine is the last woman who saw his beloved sister alive, which is the only reason Darrick demands she join him on the perilous journey to bring Elizabeth home. But even as he shelters Sabine from their powerful enemies—and savors the sweet passion between them—he wonders if the brave beauty will bring him all that he desires, or draw him deeper into danger….

I’d love to hear from you. And, please, be sure to leave a review. 

Knight Quests: Knights of the Swan #2 is on tour!

 

20258349_1560913337272363_4631801217787460427_nFollow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, guest posts, and a giveaway!

July 26
kickoff at The Silver Dagger Scriptorium
Mythical Books – GUEST POST

July 27
Jazzy Book Reviews
Book Lover in Florida

July 28
Romance Novel Giveaways
The Book Town

July 29
Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog

July 30
The Authors Blog

July 31
CelticLady’s Reviews
AC Squared Book Blog

Aug 1
U.S. – Brazil Book Review
Spunky N Sassy

Aug 2
Just Books-GUEST POST
Momma Says: To Read or Not to Read

Aug 3
Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
Wonderful World of Books

Aug 4
The Reading Diaries
Books Dreams Life

Aug 5
Mello & June

Aug 6
Readeropolis – GUEST POST

Aug 7
Book Bangers Blog
Tales of A Wanna-Be SuperHero Mom

Aug 8
3 Girls Who Love Books – REVIEW
BB’s Book Reviews & Promotions

Aug 9
Books and Spoons
Teatime and Books

Aug 10
Laurisa White Reyes, Author
Traci Hayden

Aug 11
6 Feet Under Books
Queen of All She Reads

Aug 12
Paranormal Romance and Beyond

Aug 13
The Avid Reader

Aug 14
Always Love Me Some Books Blog
Sylv.net

Aug 15
Must Read Faster
Circle of Stalkers

Aug 16
Bound 2 Escape
Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer

Aug 17
The Pen and Muse Book Reviews
A Mama’s Corner of the World

Aug 18
The Bookworm Chronicles
Turning Another Page

Aug 19
Breaking Genre

Aug 20
Susan Heim on Writing

Aug 21
Ourbookstars
For Love of Books4

Aug 22
SnoopyDoo’s Book Reviews
Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’

Aug 23
My Book and Music Obsession
The Blackwood Blog

Aug 24
Yah gotta read this
Lisa-Queen of Random

Aug 25
Laura’s Interests – REVIEW, GUEST POST
Rabid Readers – REVIEW

Aug 26
Anna Del C Dye
Indie Wish List – GUEST POST

Happy Book Birthday, Knight Quests: Knights of the Swan #2!

Today is the book release day for Knight Quests: Knights of the Swan series.

KNight Quests_FINALThis is Drem and Brigitte’s story.

Orphaned as a young girl, Brigitte de Marnier has learned to live by her instincts. Which doesn’t explain why she accepts protection from a soldier in the service of the enemy crown. But something about Drem Ap Dafydd has her leaning into his strength, and surrendering to his intoxicating kiss, even knowing he is duty bound to destroy her . . .

As a newly appointed Knight of the Swan, Drem is eager to prove his allegiance to the English crown in the battle against France. But in his sheltering arms, beautiful Frenchwoman Brigitte arouses in him another instinct—to love, honor, and protect. Then Drem discovers his beloved has a price on her head and he must choose between his vow—and his heart’s desire . . .

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His kiss made her head spin, stealing her thoughts and leaving her with desire for more. Tears slid past her lashes, trailing down her cheeks.

He sighed over her mouth. Brigitte prepared to feel the onslaught of loneliness whenever they were apart. Sir Darrick would wait only so long. They had tested his patience long enough. Drem surprised her by lifting her off the floor. He cradled her in his arms and marched toward the bed.

Her breath caught. “Drem. What about…”

“Hush.” He nipped the corner of her mouth. “We have much to celebrate.”

Brigitte drew back to see if he was serious. “I have not agreed to wed you.”

Drem grinned down at her as he lay her on the bed. “Then I shall have to persuade you.”

Available at: amazonkindle, Apple, Google,Kobo, Nook Watch for the next book in the series, Knight Treasures: Knights of the Swan #3

Coming in November 2017

Hurry! Tickets for 3rd Annual Utah Readers Luncheon are selling fast

 

The Heart of the West, Utah Chapter Romance Writers of America is hosting the 3rd annual Readers Luncheon on October 14, 2017.

2017 Readers Luncheon Flyer (RGB)

I know, you’re asking yourself. “Why is she telling me about this so soon?”

I have to. Please, hear me out on this.

I know, it’s spring and the event takes place in the fall. I know, we all have busy schedules, but it’s also important to do something kind for ourselves. It’s time to be good to you, right? Come to the event! There will be prizes and gifts. Great food. And wonderful speakers, like the amazing Jill Shalvis. And did I mention free books? A LOT of FREE BOOKS!

If you happened to sit at my hosted table last year, you would have received this goody bag. IMG_4785 (Edited)
I added a custom candlIMG_4789e that is linked to my Knights of the Swan series. A mystical blend of rosemary, sage, lavender, and sweetgrass.

Since the series has to do with a secret brotherhood and they use the symbol of the swan, I added a sterling silver necklace created by Kevin N Anna. IMG_4790AIMG_4791nd who doesn’t love coloring in medieval themed books?

And of course, BOOKS!

So raise a glass to honor your loved one, or yourself with a toast for eternal love. Read a book that offers hope and celebrates the power of love. And treat yourself to an afternoon of romance.

And that, my friends, is only the tip of this fun event.

Most of all there will be authors who want to say, “Thank you for reading our stories, loving our characters, and allowing us to carry you away for just a few moments.”

The Davie Conference Center is located in Layton, UT. http://www.davisconferencecenter.com/   If you want to spend the evening you don’t even have to step outside to stay at the Hilton Garden Inn.http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/utah/hilton-garden-inn-salt-lake-city-layton-SLCLAGI/index.html

But don’t wait too long. I have to tell you that the tables are filling up. Our readers know this is a great event and they are clamoring to claim their seat. Won’t you join us?

Knight Quests #2 is uploaded on NetGalley

You don’t have to wait for Knight Quests’s release date, July 25, 2017. For a limited time, all you have to do is click on the book cover and follow the NetGalley link. Be one of the first to read and review Knight Quests: Knights of the Swan #2.

KNight Quests_FINALDon’t wait too long to act. It will be available as an eGalley until a few days after the books on sale date. After the eGalley is taken down from NetGalley, it will be automatically removed from most eReaders and reviewers will no longer be able to download it.

KNIGHT QUESTS #2
For a Knight of the Swan in 15th century England, falling for the enemy is an act of treason . . .

Orphaned as a young girl, Brigitte de Marnier has learned to live by her instincts. Which doesn’t explain why she accepts protection from a soldier in the service of the enemy crown. But something about Drem Ap Dafydd has her leaning into his strength, and surrendering to his intoxicating kiss, even knowing he is duty bound to destroy her . . .

As a newly appointed Knight of the Swan, Drem is eager to prove his allegiance to the English crown in the battle against France. But in his sheltering arms, beautiful Frenchwoman Brigitte arouses in him another instinct—to love, honor, and protect. Then Drem discovers his beloved has a price on her head and he must choose between his vow—and his heart’s desire . . .

MORE INFO ABOUT NETGALLEY:

NetGalley is the platform that is used to deliver free review copies of ebooks. A reviewer or bookseller can download an eBook by requesting it through NetGalley or clicking on the widget/link sent to them. The ebook then is delivered to their ereader, but it’s protected so it can’t be shared or pirated. It is removed after the date set by the publisher (usually around the book’s on sale date).

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

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.