Why I Like Medieval-Renaissance Heroes by @RuthACasie #guestpost #romance


Why I like Medieval-Renaissance Heroes: A Guest Post by USA Today Bestselling Author Ruth A. Casie

KnightofRunesFinalnew

 

Several years ago, my friend Joanna Chambers had a discussion. Joanna thinks Regency men are the uber Romance Hero. She gave me her top three reasons in a guest post in November.

 

Now, I agree Regency men look good, live in a world filled with titles, and appear to live a life of leisure.  I enjoy Mr. Darcy but Regency men are all too tame. Let me give you my top three reasons why I think Medieval-Renaissance knights are the best.

 

  1. Appearance

Some enjoy the breeches, shiny boots, tight coats and acres of snowy white linen. I love the shirtless look of a well-defined chest and ripped abs. It speaks protection, comfort and well, truly, their great to look at. I enlarged my book cover, Knight of Runes to 8.5×11 and keep it posted next to my desk.

Every so often, after my husband’s shower, he comes into my writing room in his towel and poses next it. He thanks me for not including his full face. We can both dream.

 

knight-hood-2065312_640

 

  1. Ascendance

Knights were members of the noble class. Likely candidates were chosen at boyhood and trained. A lesser or unlikely man could aspire to knighthood and reach his dreams, if he is found worthy. Knights, their code of conduct and chivalry, “Protect the weak, defenseless, helpless, and fight for the general welfare of all,” inspired literature and the foundation of courtship through the middle ages up until the turn of this century.  What would a romance be without a (k)night?

 

  1. Adventure

Knighthood comes with its requirements: save the damsel in distress, right the wrongs, and do away with the villain. Of course there were trials he had to go through to prove he was worthy. Usually he would somehow loose his shirt and give the damsel a glimpse of those perfect pecks and adorable abs.

Knights, not only had to prove themselves worthy on the field of battle (for his king, the damsel or even for himself) but also had to learn balance the command and control needed to succeed with his own wants and desires. It’s a lesson Lord Arik learns in Knight of Runes.

 

Druid Knight Series 2 Book Spread 250x250

 

What do you think?  Regency heroes or Medieval-Renaissance Knights?  Or something entirely different? 

 

 

Title: Knight of Runes

 

Author:  Ruth A. Casie

 

Genre: Medieval Romance, Romance, Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance, Time Travel

 

Publisher: Carina Press

 

 

Blurb:

When Lord Arik, a druid knight, finds Rebeka Tyler wandering his lands without protection, he swears to keep her safe. But Rebeka can take care of herself. When Arik sees her clash with a group of attackers using a strange fighting style, he’s intrigued.

 

Rebeka is no ordinary seventeenth-century woman—she’s travelled back from the year 2011, and she desperately wants to return to her own time. She poses as a scholar sent by the king to find out what’s killing Arik’s land. But as she works to decode the ancient runes that are the key to solving this mystery and sending her home, she finds herself drawn to the charismatic and powerful Arik.

 

As Arik and Rebeka fall in love, someone in Arik’s household schemes to keep them apart, and a dark druid with a grudge prepares his revenge. Soon Rebeka will have to decide whether to return to the future or trust Arik with the secret of her time travel and her heart.

 

 

Short Excerpt:

A man, club in hand, rushed at Arik. Before the attacker could bring his weapon into play, Arik pivoted around him. He raised his sword high, and slammed the hilt’s steel pommel squarely on the man’s head. Arik moved on before the man’s lifeless body dropped to the ground.

 

Willem and Simon, on either side of Arik, advanced through the melee. Their swift continuous swordplay moved smoothly from one stroke to the next, whipping through the air. They slashed on the downswing and again on the backswing, sweeping their weapons back into position to repeat the killing sequence. The knight and his soldiers steadily advanced, punishing any man who dared to come near them.

 

“For Honor!” Logan’s war cry carried from the small camp up river to Arik’s ears.

 

Arik stiffened. Both camps were now under attack. He pulled his blade from an attacker’s chest. The body crumpled to the blood-soaked ground. Arik breathed deeply, the coppery taste of blood in the air. “For Honor!” he bellowed in answer. His men echoed his call, arms thrown wide, muscles quivering, the berserker’s rage overtaking them.

 

The remaining attackers paled and fled headlong into the forest.

 

Motioning to his men to follow, Arik raced toward the camp. He could hear the shouts, and cursed himself for not seeing the danger. He crested the hill and came to an abrupt halt.

 

Logan’s sword ripped through the air as he protected Doward. The tinker drew his short blade and did as much damage as he could. But it was the woman Arik noticed.

 

Her skirt hiked up, she twirled her walking stick like a weapon with an expertise that left him slack-jawed. She dispatched the attackers, one by one, in a deadly well-practiced dance. A man rushed toward her, knife in hand. The sneer on his face didn’t match the fear in his eyes. She stepped out of his line of attack, extended her stick to her side, and holding it with both hands swept the weapon forward, striking the attacker across the bridge of his nose. Blood exploded from his face in an arc of fine spray as his head snapped back. Droplets dusted her face creating an illusion of bright red freckles. As he fell, she reversed her swing and caught him hard behind his knees.

He went down on his back, spread-eagled. She swung her stick over her head and landed a precise and disabling blow to his forehead that knocked him unconscious.

 

As she spun to face the next threat her eyes captured Arik’s and held. In the space of an instant, time slowed to a crawl. Her hair slowly loosened from its pins and swirled out around her. His breath caught and his heartbeat quickened as a rapturous surge raced through his body. Something eternal and familiar, with a sense of longing, unsettled him. In the next heartbeat, she tore her eyes away, leaving him empty. Time resumed its normal pace. Another attacker lay at her feet.

 

Arik joined the fight.

 

 

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/14jMXOy

BN: http://bit.ly/19FnJwr

Carina Press: http://www.carinapress.com/shop/books/9781426892585_knight-of-runes.html

KOBO: http://bit.ly/1yjZDiK

iBook: http://bit.ly/17XTxgO

HQN: http://www.harlequin.com/storeitem.html?iid=27243

Audio: http://bit.ly/uqLc9y

 

Ruth A Casie close

 

Author Biography:

RUTH A. CASIE is a USA Today bestselling author of swashbuckling action-adventure time-travel romance about strong empowered women and the men who deserve them, endearing flaws and all. Her Druid Knight novels have both finaled in the NJRW Golden Leaf contest. The Guardian’s Witch, part of the Stelton Legacy series was a Reader’s Crown Finalist. Ruth also writes contemporary romance in the Havenport series with enough action to keep you turning pages. Ruth lives in New Jersey with her husband, three empty bedrooms and a growing number of incomplete counted cross-stitch projects. Before she started writing time travel romance, she was a speech therapist, international bank product and marketing manager, but her favorite job is the one she’s doing now—writing time travel romance. For more information, please visit www.RuthACasie.com or visit her on Facebook, @RuthACasie, Twitter, @RuthACasie, or Pinterest RuthACasie.

 

 

Social Media Links:

Website: http:// www.ruthacasie.com

Personal Blog:  http://www.ruthacasie.blogspot.com

Google+ https://plus.google.com/+RuthSeitelman

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/RuthACasie

FB Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/RuthACasie

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/ruth-seitelman/6/6b7/964

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/ruthacasie/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4792909.Ruth_A_Casie

 

The Guardian’s Witch by @RuthACasie #99cents #romance #books


TheGuardiansWitchFinal

 

Title: The Guardian’s Witch

Author: Ruth A. Casie

Genre: Historical Fantasy Romance

 

Book Blurb:

England, 1290

Lord Alex Stelton can’t resist a challenge, especially one with a prize like this: protect a castle on the Scottish border for a year, and it’s his. Desperate for land of his own, he’ll do anything to win the estate—even enter a proxy marriage to Lady Lisbeth Reynolds, the rumored witch who lives there.

 

Feared and scorned for her second sight, Lisbeth swore she’d never marry, but she is drawn to the handsome, confident Alex. She sees great love with him but fears what he would think of her gift and her visions of a traitor in their midst.

 

Despite his own vow never to fall in love, Alex can’t get the alluring Lisbeth out of his mind and is driven to protect her when attacks begin on the border. But as her visions of danger intensify, Lisbeth knows it is she who must protect him. Realizing they’ll secure their future only by facing the threat together, she must choose between keeping her magic a secret and losing the man she loves.

 

Excerpt:

The berries Lisbeth had gathered tumbled forgotten from her hands. A tremor touched her lips while the vision slammed behind her eyes. She didn’t doubt the vision’s truth. Sometimes a bright light, warm and comforting, accompanied the vision; other times the wind howled, cold and disturbing. Today, panic clearly filled the air.

 

She spun around trying to pinpoint a direction and abruptly stopped. Facing south, she licked her lips nervously and tasted the sweetness of fresh water. A rushing sound burst in her ears. The river. Her head snapped east toward the river path and she ran. As she careened down the narrow trail, the outstretched branches tugged at her dress, pulled off her shawl and clawed at her face and arms. She took no notice. The cadence of her footfalls beat out a mantra, not him, not him, not him. She rushed on faster, mumbling enchanted words under her breath.

 

She exploded out of the forest and stood on the riverbank as the bridge gave way, sending the horse and rider plunging into the angry current. Swiftly the horse surfaced and headed for shore with an empty saddle. She stood on the bank, still mumbling as she scanned the river until she glimpsed a clear red aura shining deep in its middle. Her relief was momentary when the blackness began to creep in. There wasn’t much time.

 

Quickly she pulled off her heavy dress and, wearing only her chemise, dove into the river. Save him was her only thought. Down she plunged kicking hard against the current. The usually clear water, now choked with mud, churned with debris. She screamed the words in her head and made her demands. In response, the current slowed and as the mud began to settle, a lifeless hand beckoned to her from below.

 

TGW

 

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/ZgvmDw
BN: http://bit.ly/ZQkCuY
iBook: http://bit.ly/TGWiBook
KOBO: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-guardian-s-witch

 

Ruth A Casie close

 

Author Biography:

RUTH A. CASIE is a USA Today bestselling author of swashbuckling action-adventure time-travel romance about strong empowered women and the men who deserve them, endearing flaws and all. Her Druid Knight novels have both finaled in the NJRW Golden Leaf contest. The Guardian’s Witch, part of the Stelton Legacy series was a Reader’s Crown Finalist. Ruth also writes contemporary romance in the Havenport series with enough action to keep you turning pages. Ruth lives in New Jersey with her husband, three empty bedrooms and a growing number of incomplete counted cross-stitch projects. Before she started writing time travel romance, she was a speech therapist, international bank product and marketing manager, but her favorite job is the one she’s doing now—writing time travel romance. For more information, please visit www.RuthACasie.com or visit her on Facebook, @RuthACasie, Twitter, @RuthACasie, or Pinterest RuthACasie.

 

Social Media Links:

Website: http:// www.ruthacasie.com

Personal Blog:  http://www.ruthacasie.blogspot.com

Google+ https://plus.google.com/+RuthSeitelman

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/RuthACasie

FB Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/RuthACasie

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/ruth-seitelman/6/6b7/964

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/ruthacasie/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4792909.Ruth_A_Casie

“Intoxicating and Swoon-Worthy” The Highlander’s English Woman by @RuthACasie #romance


thehighlandersenglishwoman300-1

 

Title: The Highlander’s English Woman

Author: Ruth A. Casie

Genre: Historical Fantasy Romance

 

Book Blurb:

Laura Reynolds is in love with her long-time friend, Jamie Maxwell Collins. She adores his playful sense of humor, caring nature as well as his strong sense of family and honor.

Jamie lives across the border in Scotland. Outwardly carefree, he hides a dark secret. He can’t involve Laura in this deception. He can’t give her hope for a future together.

Laura stumbles upon Jamie’s secret. In her heart of hearts she knows Jamie is innocent. Their relationship in tatters and with no hope of reconciliation, she plays a deadly game to exonerate Jamie, she agrees to a political marriage. She has no idea the entire game has been orchestrated by her future husband, Jamie’s greatest enemy.

 

My Review:

Betrayal. Deception. Love. Power. Something is amiss and The Maxwell calls on his most trusted warrior, Jamie Maxwell Collins, to root out the perpetrators before The Maxwell Ghost strikes again.

 

In the continuation of the short story, The Maxwell Ghost, Ruth A. Casie tells the complete story of Laura, Jamie and the ghost(s) haunting the castle of The Maxwell. If you read The Maxwell Ghost, you’ll be familiar with the first part of this book. But please don’t skip the first half of the story. Casie adds intricate detail to the original story and trust me, it’s worth a re-read. It’ll suck you into Laura’s and Jamie’s romance as well as what else is happening.

 

Back to the story…

 

Laura agrees to accompany Jamie, on her mother’s behalf, to help the restless spirits before their time is up. She, like her mother and sister, have certain “gifts” and she knows she can right the wrong. But all is not as it appears to be and it may be Laura the hidden villain is after, not The Maxwell.

 

Jamie knows he must end things with Laura because his enemy is vicious and would think nothing of torturing Jamie through Laura. So, he makes a clean break and shatters Laura’s heart, although his pain is much worse than hers. He goes undercover to uncover the plot against The Maxwell and even goes so far as to “pretend” to be in love with one of women associated with the plot to overthrow The Maxwell.

 

Laura, in an effort to get over Jamie, befriends an old friend who falls in love with her. He proposes marriage and seeing no other choice, aligns herself into a political marriage. Laura is playing a deadly game and all those she loves may pay the consequences. Can Jamie save her or is all lost?

 

I loved this historical romance and while it was written years after The Guardian’s Witch, this prequel’s continuity is exceptional. Casie blends the supernatural with historically accurate romance with precision and flair. The plot has several twists and surprises (I won’t reveal any here) which I wasn’t expecting. The monk scene is priceless!

 

If you’re a fan of historical medieval romance set in both Scotland and England with dashes of the supernatural, pick up this book right now! It’s a gem and I highly recommend it! Can’t wait for the next installment in the Stelton Legacy by Ruth A. Casie!

 

This is a standalone, as is The Guardian’s Witch, but I recommend you read this first.

 

Favorite Character: Laura. Strong, independent and full of passion, Laura knows what she wants and goes after it. She’s in love with her childhood friend, Jamie, and when he pushes her away for another woman, her pain is acute.

 

Favorite Quote:

He kissed her fingertips. “I thought I lost you forever.”

 

My Rating:  5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon/Kindle: https://amzn.com/B01LXYHNGS

 

Amazon Print: http://a.co/am0MfIq

 

iBook: http://apple.co/2eddatE

 

BN: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-highlanders-english-woman-ruth-a-casie/1125365584?ean=2940157490539

 

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-highlander-s-english-woman

 

Ruth A Casie close

 

Author Biography:

RUTH A. CASIE is a USA Today bestselling author of swashbuckling action-adventure time-travel romance about strong empowered women and the men who deserve them, endearing flaws and all. Her Druid Knight novels have both finaled in the NJRW Golden Leaf contest. The Guardian’s Witch, part of the Stelton Legacy series was a Reader’s Crown Finalist. Ruth also writes contemporary romance in the Havenport series with enough action to keep you turning pages. Ruth lives in New Jersey with her husband, three empty bedrooms and a growing number of incomplete counted cross-stitch projects. Before she started writing time travel romance, she was a speech therapist, international bank product and marketing manager, but her favorite job is the one she’s doing now—writing time travel romance. For more information, please visit www.RuthACasie.com or visit her on Facebook, @RuthACasie, Twitter, @RuthACasie, or Pinterest RuthACasie.

 

Social Media Links:

Website: http:// www.ruthacasie.com

 

Personal Blog:  http://www.ruthacasie.blogspot.com

 

Google+ https://plus.google.com/+RuthSeitelman

 

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/RuthACasie

 

FB Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/RuthACasie

 

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/ruth-seitelman/6/6b7/964

 

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/ruthacasie/

 

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4792909.Ruth_A_Casie

 

Reviewed by: Mrs N

The Maxwell Ghost by USA Today Bestselling Author @RuthACasie #romance #FridayReads


themaxwellghost300

 

Title: The Maxwell Ghost

Author: Ruth A. Casie

Genre: Historical Romance, Scotland

Publisher: Timeless Scribes Publishing LLC

 

Book Blurb:

Caerlaverock Castle, on the Scottish border is in an uproar. Traitors, deception, murder and ghosts run riot. The food stores have been tainted and the granaries set ablaze. Rumors fly when servants Evan and his bride-to-be, Angel are found murdered. They believe that in the heat of an argument Evan killed Angel when she threatened to expose him. Distraught over his impulsive actions, he took his own life. Now his ghost haunts the castle. A young cook, Sonia is sure everyone has it wrong and the ghost haunts the castle to seek justice. She will move heaven and earth to get to the truth, but she is helpless.

Laura Reynolds travels from England to her cousin, The Maxwell’s castle to put Evan’s ghost to rest. They have one week to complete the task or Evan’s ghost is doomed to haunt the castle forever. The Maxwell, while he loves his cousin, doesn’t believe in her sorceress ways. With the unsettled times, he cannot send her back to England right away, rather he lets her pursue her investigation.

Jamie Maxwell Collins has finished his service to The Maxwell and eager for his promised farm. While longtime friends with Laura, he has little patience for her hocus pocus, but in order to get his farm The Maxwell requires Jamie protect and help her. Will Sonia’s information tip the scales and help them find justice for Evan and Angel? With Sonia’s insight, will Laura and Jamie see that the depths of their relationship goes way beyond friendship or are they doomed to deny it forever?

 

Excerpt:

He and Laura were targets in the swift moving water. He needed to get farther downstream, away from the marshland. He cursed himself for worrying about her propriety rather than her safety.

The sound of splashing from up river grew closer.

“Wrap your arms around my waist and try not to lose your seat.”

They reached the far bank and raced along the river, the raiders not far behind.

“You need to let me down,” she yelled at him in the wind. “You can go faster without me.”

“Keep down,” he said between clenched teeth and pulled his sword. They raced on, the land a blur as they flew by.

The spray of water from his horse’s pounding hooves turned into small clouds of dust as they came out of the marshland into the meadow. His horse couldn’t maintain this speed much longer. They reached the area where the river dog-legged to the right. A dense fog hung low in the forest. Jamie let loose his battle cry then veered into the woods.

They raced on. Out of the mist his men charged and dashed past them set to do battle with the reivers close behind them.

Jamie and Laura raced on. Laura glanced over his shoulder.

“Rider behind us.” Jamie urged his horse on faster. If they didn’t stop soon, the poor animal would collapse.

Another glance. The man was gaining ground. Think, she told herself. Sunlight bounced off Jamie’s sword. Could it work? It had to.

“Put your sword on your left shoulder then make a quick half-turn to your left and face the rider. Don’t stop, charge,” Laura said as she lay as close to his horse as possible to give Jamie more room to maneuver.

“Don’t look. It’s not going to be a pretty sight.”

She closed her eyes tight.

Jamie followed her instructions. The sound of the horse’s hooves echoed in her head as he completed the maneuver and his horse sprang forward. With the full weight of the charging horse behind his sword, he hit the raider in the chest. The man fell to the ground. His disembodied head rolled somewhere in the mist.

Jamie turned his horse again and continued into the woods. Laura sat up. The trees sped by. She began to panic at the tall hedge row that loomed in front of them.

Their direction didn’t waver. Rather than slow down, the animal gathered speed. Jamie crushed her in front of him and held her head against his chest.

“I won’t let anything happen to you. Hold me.”

The sensation of flying through the air frightened and exhilarated her at the same time. For a moment, her heart stopped. How they landed without the horse falling or them being thrown was beyond her, but they did.

The horse slowed to a halt, lathered and blowing hard. His men were soon with them.

 

Buy Links:

Amazon/Kindle:  https://amzn.com/B01M5JJB1I

iBook: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-maxwell-ghost/id1171286842?mt=11

BN: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-maxwell-ghost-ruth-a-casie/1125055692?ean=2940156846641

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/the-maxwell-ghost

 

Ruth A Casie close

 

Author Biography:

RUTH A. CASIE is a USA Today bestselling author of swashbuckling action-adventure time-travel romance about strong empowered women and the men who deserve them, endearing flaws and all. Ruth also writes contemporary romance with enough action to keep you turning pages. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, three empty bedrooms and a growing number of incomplete counted cross-stitch projects. Before she found her voice, she was a speech therapist (pun intended), client liaison for a corrugated manufacturer, and international bank product and marketing manager, but her favorite job is the one she’s doing now—writing romance. She hopes her stories become your favorite adventures.

 

For more information, please visit www.RuthACasie.com or visit her on Facebook RuthACasie, Twitter @RuthACasie, or Pinterest RuthACasie.

 

 

Top 10 #Medieval #HistoricalRomance Novels to Read #FridayReads #books


Friday Book Round Up

 

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round Up. It’s the middle of summer and during this time of year, I yearn to read novels that take me back into the past. Lately, I’ve been enjoying Medieval Historical Romances. It started with Jude Deveraux on Canada Day and I’ve worked my way through quite a few more as it’s almost time for my vacation. Why do I love this particular genre? I’m not sure but I think it has something to do with virile knights and the ladies who love them. Anyway, here are my must-read recommendations if you love the genre as much as I do:

 

Knight of Runes by Ruth A. Casie

England, 1605

 

When Lord Arik, a druid knight, finds Rebeka Tyler wandering his lands without protection, he swears to keep her safe. But Rebeka can take care of herself. When Arik sees her clash with a group of attackers using a strange fighting style, he’s intrigued.

 

Rebeka is no ordinary seventeenth-century woman—she’s travelled back from the year 2011, and she desperately wants to return to her own time. She poses as a scholar sent by the king to find out what’s killing Arik’s land. But as she works to decode the ancient runes that are the key to solving this mystery and sending her home, she finds herself drawn to the charismatic and powerful Arik.

 

As Arik and Rebeka fall in love, someone in Arik’s household schemes to keep them apart, and a dark druid with a grudge prepares his revenge. Soon Rebeka will have to decide whether to return to the future or trust Arik with the secret of her time travel and her heart.

 

The Conquest by Jude Deveraux

Lovely Zared Peregrine was the pride of her family, a treasure her rough-hewn brothers would strive at any cost to protect from their ancient enemies, the Howards. The Peregrines had suffered loss enough. Thus Zared’s brothers trained her in the arts of war, and dressed her in boy’s clothing. Beyond the castle walls, none knew that the youngest Peregrine was a girl….

 

Yet when the magnificent Knight Tearle Howard returned from a lengthy sojourn in France, it took him but one glance to discover that Zared was most definitely female, and beautiful. Now, as the enmity between their families raged on, Tearle would mount a bold campaign to win the ravishing spitfire’s heart — and save her from his brother’s dark and deadly obsession!

 

Lord Grayson’s Bride (Highland Regency Brides Book 1) by Tarah Scott

She can’t allow his love for her to destroy him…

 

When Nicholas Spencer, Earl of Grayson, returns to claim the woman he loves, Lady Josephine Knightly isn’t willing to forgive him for abandoning her six years ago. But neither can she resist the man he’s become.

 

Two days after Josephine signs the marriage contract she discovers a nasty secret that will destroy her family. The only way to protect them—to protect the only man she’s ever loved—is to disappear…or die.

 

Nicholas won’t make the same mistake twice and let Josephine Knightly go. She loves him. He felt it in their one kiss before he left, and in the single kiss she allowed since his return. But she’s doing everything in her power to sabotage the marriage even before it’s begun. Nicholas doesn’t care. If Hell is where he must live to have her, then she must stand by his side in the fire.

 

 

His Stolen Bride (Stolen Brides Series Book 0) by Shelly Thacker

She’s kidnapped on the morning of her royal wedding–by her groom’s most dangerous enemy.

 

Treachery leads battle-hardened Highland lord Darach of Glenshiel to abduct an innocent: wealthy Lady Laurien d’Amboise, betrothed to the knave who betrayed Darach and his men. Stealing the delicate beauty from the steps of Chartres Cathedral on her wedding day, he vows to keep her safe–and untouched–for she is a hostage to be bartered for the freedom of his beloved Scotland.

 

But soon he discovers that his lovely captive has unexpected strength, fire–and plans of her own. From a besieged French castle to the untamed Scottish Highlands, Darach and Laurien are swept up in wild adventure, dangerous secrets… and forbidden love that puts their honor and their lives at risk.

 

An RWA Golden Heart Award Finalist: Best Historical Romance of the Year

 

“Fast-paced action, a very likeable heroine, and a story that keeps you enthralled from page one.” -Rendezvous

 

“A compelling, memorable romance. HIS STOLEN BRIDE joins the ranks of the finest medieval captive/captor stories along with those by Elizabeth Stuart and Johanna Lindsey. 4 1/2 stars (highest rating).” -RT Book Reviews

 

A full-length novel of 100,000 words

Adult content: steamy love scenes

An earlier edition of this novel was originally published by Avon Books under the title Falcon on the Wind

 

This extensively revised Author’s Preferred Edition ebook includes new scenes never before published. Also includes a link to exclusive, multi-media bonus content: “The Making of His Stolen Bride: The Story Behind the Story.”

 

Must Love Kilts: A Time Travel Romance (Must Love Series Book 3) by Angela Quarles

The Jacobite Rebellion–not the best time to get drunk, hook up with a guy, and lose your sister.

 

A drunken bet…

 

When computer game designer Traci Campbell gets too close and personal with a bottle of Glenfiddich while vacationing in Scotland, she whisks her kilt-obsessed sister back to 1689 to prove hot guys in kilts are a myth. Hello, hundred bucks! But all bets are off when she meets Iain, the charming playboy in a to-die-for kilt.

 

Wrong place, wrong time, wrong name…

 

Iain MacCowan regularly falls in love at the drop of his kilt. The mysterious red-haired lass with the odd accent is no different. But when his new love is discovered to be a Campbell, the most distrusted name in the Highlands, his dalliance endangers his clan’s rebellion against King William.

 

It’s all hijinks in the Highlands until your sister disappears…

 

Traci thinks men are only good for one thing–thank you, Iain!–but when she awakens once again in Ye Olde Scotland and her sister is gone, she must depend on the last person she wants to spend more time with. He wants to win a heart, she wants to keep hers, but can these two realize they’re meant for each other before the Jacobite rebellion pulls them apart?

 

White Lion’s Lady (Warrior Trilogy Book 1) by Lara Adrian

The Warrior Trilogy: Book 1

 

She was promised to another, but her heart belonged to him alone . . .

 

Abducted on the way to her wedding, heiress Isabel de Lamere is unaware that the scoundrel planning to use her for his own gain is the cherished champion of her childhood: Griffin, the White Lion. Yet even as she discovers his treachery, Isabel cannot deny that Griffin lingers in her dreams, awakening the passion in her steadfast heart.

 

Then a twist of fate puts a price on both their heads, embroiling them in a life-and-death chase that will force Griffin to choose between his own freedom and his fierce desire for the woman who would redeem his noble spirit. But to reclaim his lost honor, the White Lion could lose Isabel forever. . . .

 

The Warrior Trilogy reading order:

White Lion’s Lady

Black Lion’s Bride

Lady of Valor

 

(Complete trilogy also available in a 3-in-1 ebook boxed collection.)

 

LADY AT ARMS: A Medieval Romance by Tamara Leigh

LADY AT ARMS: A “clean read” rewrite of the bestselling WARRIOR BRIDE, published by Bantam Books, 1994

 

HE WAS THE VILEST OF MEN

 

Lizanne Balmaine has spent years honing her skills at arms, determined she will never again be at the mercy of any man. When she comes face to face with the one who stole her future, she seizes the opportunity to exact revenge. Soon he is her prisoner, at her mercy. But something is different about him, something that makes her question her purpose. Is it possible a man can be so changed? More, can she right the wrong that could lay ruin to her family?

 

SHE WAS A QUESTION NEVER BEFORE ASKED OF HIM

 

Ranulf Wardieu does not seek a bride, nor a settling of scores when his mission for the king places him in the path of a beguiling, raven-haired maiden. But fascination turns to fury when she imprisons him. Accused of wrongdoing, the nature of which she refuses to reveal, he discovers the lady is as skilled at wielding a sword as she is at verbal sparring. When he bests her at her game and his jailer becomes his captive, he is determined to learn what wrong he has done her. However, as they engage in a battle of wits and wills and he glimpses her woman’s heart, he discovers Lizanne is a question never before asked of him—one his own jaded heart refuses to answer.

 

The Beautiful Pretender (A Medieval Fairy Tale Book 2) by Melanie Dickerson

After inheriting his title from his brother, the margrave has two weeks to find a noble bride. What will happen when he learns he has fallen for a lovely servant girl in disguise?

 

 

 

The Margrave of Thornbeck has to find a bride, fast. He invites ten noble born ladies who meet the king’s approval to be his guests at Thornbeck Castle for two weeks, a time to test these ladies and reveal their true character.

 

 

Avelina has only two instructions: keep her true identity a secret and make sure the margrave doesn’t select her as his bride. Since the latter seems unlikely, she concentrates on not getting caught. No one must know she is merely a maidservant, sent by the Earl of Plimmwald to stand in for his daughter, Dorothea.

 

 

Despite Avelina’s best attempts at diverting attention from herself, the margrave has taken notice. And try as she might, she can’t deny her own growing feelings. But something else is afoot in the castle. Something sinister that could have far worse—far deadlier—consequences.

 

 

Conquered (Thrice Blessed Book 1) by Kirsten Osbourne

This book was previously published under the pen name Morganna Mayfair.

 

Christiana and her two sisters, women of power in medieval Europe, are left alone to defend their family’s home when Duke William of Normandy invades England in 1066. When they are unable to fend off the invading army, the leader of their enemies claims Christiana was promised to him as his wife, along with her home and her family’s lands. Betrothed to another, she fights him, but finds herself married quickly.

 

Roland joined William of Normandy for the potential to become a land owner. A second son, he knows the only way he will ever own anything is by joining forces with the powerful ruler. He’s told there are three sister witches defending their home and the oldest is his promised bride. Both Christiana and Roland are used to being in charge. Will the sisters be able to fight off the coming evil to fulfill their destiny? Is it possible for two headstrong people from different cultures to find a way to live as husband and wife?

 

Lady of the Eternal Hearth by Sandi Murtland

In the spirit of the Mists of Avalon, Lady of the Eternal Hearth presents the epic love story and courageous adventures of Nora, a healer with power far beyond human abilities, and Gawaine of Lothian, King Arthur’s captain of field and most loyal knight.

 

Set in 6th century post-Roman Britain and Scotland, Nora’s tale begins with the disappearance of her beloved kinsman, Gildas, archdruid of Britain and apprentice to the famed Merlyn. Her quest to find him leads her to legendary Camelot where she meets Gawaine. But, secrets of her sordid past with King Arthur’s bastard son and apparent heir, Mordred, and his mad mother, Morgaine, loom over her shoulder. She desperately tries to conceal her identity by working in the kitchens of Camelot and befriending head cook and would-be spy, Lorelei.

 

However, the undeniable attraction between Nora and Gawaine turns to love, and he vows to help her find her kinsman. As their search for Gildas unfolds across the hills and moors of southern Britain, they discover a conspiracy to usurp King Arthur’s throne and a vengeful curse that’s destroying the lands. Meanwhile, Nora learns of her powerful past life, an uncontrollable dark side to her Goddess-given gifts, and her place in a sacred order of the Goddess amongst the Priestesses of Elemental Power. This legacy includes the Lady of the Lake, who has control over water, as well as other lady priestesses who possess power over fire, air, and earth.

 

As the pieces fall into place, will Nora and Gawaine find Gildas? Can they and their allies save ancient Britain from the curse, the conspirators, and especially the ruthless and maniacal Mordred? Is Nora strong enough to control her unbelievable power and claim her legacy? Does she even want to?

 

Lady of the Eternal Hearth stretches across genres. Historical figures mixed with those of Arthurian legend and a host of new characters give this novel a truly historical/fantasy/Arthurian romance vibe.

 

Author’s Note: This novel contains content that may be inappropriate for individuals under age 18.

 

 

Have any medieval historical romance book(s) to recommend? Share in the comments below.

 

Happy Reading!

 

MRS N, Book Addict

The Du Lac Chronicles by @maryanneyarde is a Best-Selling #Arthurian Adventure! #bookpromo #YA


The Du Lac Chronicles 10 Feb 2016 KINDLE

 

Title: The Du Lac Chronicles

Author: Mary Anne Yarde

Genre: Young Adult Medieval Fiction

 

Book Blurb:

“It is dangerous to become attached to a du Lac. He will break your heart, and you will not recover.”

So prophesies a wizened healer to Annis, daughter of King Cerdic of Wessex. If there is truth in the old crone’s words, they come far too late for Annis, who defies father, king, and country to save the man she loves.

Alden du Lac, once king of Cerniw, has nothing. Betrayed by Cerdic, Alden’s kingdom lies in rubble, his fort razed to the ground and his brother Merton missing, presumably dead. He has only one possession left worth saving: his heart. And to the horror of his few remaining allies, he gives that to the daughter of his enemy. They see Annis, at best, as a bargaining chip to avoid war with her powerful father. At worst, they see a Saxon whore with her claws in a broken, wounded king.

Alden has one hope: When you war with one du Lac, you war with them all. His brother Budic, King of Brittany, could offer the deposed young king sanctuary—but whether he will offer the same courtesy to Annis is far less certain.

 

Excerpt:

It was a poor meal, Alden thought as he broke off the meat and handed some to Annis. They would need something more filling than a small bird if they were to survive. He wondered if they dared try and find a village to stock up on supplies, not that they had any coins to buy anything with. It was a bad idea, really, for nobody liked beggars, and they would probably be hounded out of the village by pitchforks. Still, he had to think of something. He frowned as he chewed. Kent was an option. It was close and he was on good terms with the king. They would be safe in Kent and it wasn’t that far away. Yes, Kent. He had wanted to reach Cerniw, but Kent was a better option, especially if Cerdic’s men were raping the place, as Bors had suggested.

 

“We are heading for Kent,” Alden announced, his mind made up. It was a logical plan.

 

Annis lowered the meat she was about to put in her mouth and looked at him.

 

Alden popped some more meat into his mouth and chewed slowly.

 

“Kent?” Annis asked. To her, Kent was as far away as the moon. She had never stepped foot out of the lands that surrounded her father’s castle.

 

“I need to know what is going on. King Oeric has always been an ally and he has a good fleet of boats.”

 

“But you could be caught. My father will have placed men at the border. Surely he will guess you will head that way,” Annis argued.

 

“I was caught last time because I surrendered. I can promise you, I will not be caught again. And as for your father, he knows as well as I that there are several places I could go. I do not doubt that Kent has crossed his mind. But this time, I am looking for him, so the way I see it, I have the advantage.” He frowned. “Eat,” he ordered, popping some more of the meat into his mouth. “I will not have it said that I starved you.”

 

She brought the meat halfway to her mouth again and stopped. “How long will it take to get to Kent?”

 

“A day, maybe less, depending on the weather.”

 

“And if the weather isn’t kind?”

 

Alden laughed. “Forever the pessimist,” he mocked gently. “If the weather isn’t kind then I am guessing it will take longer.”

 

Annis blushed. “I know that,” she mumbled. “I’m sorry for being…” Her words faded into nothing as she sat and stared at the flames.

 

“For being what?” Alden queried.

 

“Oh nothing, forget I said anything. It was a stupid question and…”

 

“And?” he encouraged, noting her change of tone and the way she would not look at him.

 

“And I know I am not very good company and I slow you down, and if it wasn’t for me you would probably be in Kent by now.” He tried to interrupt, but she would not let him for she had too much to say. “I cannot cook to save my life. I have no idea how to look after myself. If anything happened to you, I would die within days. My father is a monster. My body feels like it has been trampled on by a herd of raging horses. I am dirty. I smell. And I hate my knees,” she huffed.

 

“Your knees?” Alden asked, bemused, for he had not expected such a torrent of words from her and being a mere man, he did not really understand her point.

 

“Never mind my knees. You are right. I am a pessimist. I learned very early on not to look forward to things, because then, I would not be disappointed if they did not happen. And I have had a great many disappointments. I hate my hair. I hate curls. I hate the fact that I am a Saxon. Sometimes I hate myself. And now I am rambling, and no doubt making a fool of myself. I am completely useless, am I not?”

 

“You lost me with the knee thing. Can you repeat the rest again?”

 

 

Buy Links:

Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Du-Lac-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B01CDK2MK0

Amazon.co.uk http://www.amazon.co.uk/Du-Lac-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B01CDK2MK0

 

Mary Anne Yarde Head Shot

 

Author Biography:

Born in Bath, England, Mary Anne Yarde grew up in the southwest of England, surrounded and influenced by centuries of history and mythology. Glastonbury–the fabled Isle of Avalon–was a mere fifteen-minute drive from her home, and tales of King Arthur and his knights were part of her childhood.

At nineteen, Yarde married her childhood sweetheart and began a bachelor of arts in history at Cardiff University, only to have her studies interrupted by the arrival of her first child. She would later return to higher education, studying equine science at Warwickshire College. Horses and history remain two of her major passions.

Yarde keeps busy raising four children and helping run a successful family business. She has many skills but has never mastered cooking–so if you ever drop by, she (and her family) would appreciate some tasty treats or a meal out!

 

I’d Like to Introduce You to… @stellamariealde #romance #MedievalMonday #authorinterview


Around the internet, Mondays are usually #MedievalMonday (where the spotlight is placed on Medieval Fiction/Romance) so I thought it was a perfect time to introduce you to an author who writes incredible stories. She’s an award-winning author and she agreed to sit down with me for an interview. Please welcome Stella Marie Alde to the Princess of the Light blog. Take it away, Stella: 

What is your writing process?

I tremble and my stomach turns over at the mention of the word process, but I am one to face my fears. Be gone cowardly thoughts! Did I mention I write Medieval Romances? I procrastinate.

I believe that process is a living thing. It has to be, in order to grow. If you do the same thing over and over, first of all, it’s boring. Secondly, you won’t get any better.

Currently my process, as I start a new book, is to meet my characters. For example, I have just met Sir Nicholas and Lady Fay. They made a brief appearance in book two, but I really don’t know them very well. I allow each of them to tell me their life’s story as if at an intimate dinner where there’s a little too much wine to drink.

My first book was not so. I didn’t have any process so I met the hero and heroine as I wrote and I constantly had to back up and rewrite when they exclaimed they would NEVER do such a thing. In ‘How To Train Your Knight,’ the hero Marcus, was way too rough at first. Perhaps more historically accurate, but not likable to the modern audience.

After I meet my characters, we talk about their goals and motivations in their lives. As their god, I know that they are destined for one another, but it amuses me to see what they think so I allow them to carry on about the other character.

Once I know them, I create a high level plot. Sometimes I write a few scenes, plot, and then write. It is a mixture. I write in dialog, then, like a wonderful coloring book, I go back and fill in the scenery from my mind’s eye.

Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you?

 Artists are inspired by their lives. They have to be for what else is there? I’m inspired by every author I have ever read. If you ask me my favorite book, it’ll be the one I’m currently reading.

That being said, Shakespeare and Tolkien have inspired me most. Perhaps because I read them at such an impressionable age, they stuck. In ‘How to Train Your Knight,’ those familiar with ’Taming of the Shrew’ will see some similarities. In the land around their estate, surely some will think upon The Shire and the warmth of hearth and home.

Modern Romances? I love Jane Castle. Her characters are strong, the worlds she creates believable, and dust bunnies. I can’t even explain the nature of the furry loyal pet-friend. Just know that if I could adopt one, I would.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In five years, I will be more. More writing, more fun, more travel, more love, more marketing, more fans,  and more yoga. More, more, more.

I see Rome and London and Paris.

I see stories of love and longing.

I see best sellers that cross over into different markets.

We become what we think about all day long. I have learned to only dream big dreams. Why would anyone dare to do less?

Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy?

 Action scenes have to be choreographed in my mind’s eye in slow-motion. I think I avoided sword fighting in my first book, to be entirely honest, because I was afraid I wouldn’t get it right.

In my second book, I’m braver. I’ve watched Medieval sword fights on YouTube and have a huge Pinterest board of knights. What is hard to imagine is those heavy swords and trying to lift them while upon horseback, no? In one scene, in ‘How to Marry Your Wife,’ Sir Thomas must fight off a group of armed bandits. Our heroine’s horse rears and she falls to the ground, almost trampled to death. That was a hard scene to write but I was glad I did.

What are you working on now? What is your next project?

When I signed a contract with Soul Mate Publishing, I promised a series of three Medieval romances. Book one, ‘How to Train Your Knight’, was released on May 6th. Book two, ‘How To Marry Your Wife,’ is currently with my editor. I’ve just started book three and have no idea where the characters will lead me yet. I know the hero is a bit of a loner and a spy for the English. The heroine is a feisty Scot who has no tolerance for lies.

I have other books in other Romance genres that I will consider editing and publishing once I am done with the above. Shsh. I’ll let you know more as soon as I figure it out myself.

What is your biggest failure?

At first I skipped this question, but then came back to answer it. I don’t believe in failures so there can’t be a biggest. I would like to share that.

As human beings, we make mistakes, but those are not failures. Those are places where we’ve strived but have not yet succeeded.

I have made a shit load of mistakes because I try really hard to do more and be more. That means I take chances and sometimes don’t succeed. Are those failures? No. Those are merely life lessons of things that don’t work. Yet.

So perhaps I could talk about where I’m still working on creating successes?  I am, by nature, a loner and always have been. When I make a friend and connect, I feel success. I love that about writing. I’ve met a lot of authors striving in a similar way.

What do you want your tombstone to say?

Weep not for she lives on in your hearts, in her books, and in the love of God.

What secret talents do you have?

I have an odd talent. I am able to see events and predict trends. If I was a stock broker, I would probably be rich, but I don’t possess that skill.

I have also, at times, seen events that have come true. I saw a public figure shot weeks before the event happened. I told only a few close friends at the time. It’s kind of creepy and it doesn’t happen too often, thank God. I saw my oldest daughter years before she was born. I saw my other daughter as the tall and thin adult she has become, when she was an overweight child. These dreams have a different quality, like watching an old movie reel and I know when I see them that it has a predictive nature.

Before you ask? It hasn’t happened in years, so perhaps the talent is gone.

Do you have any scars? What are they from?

Where some people may walk with a limp, or some may have a thin white line, most of my scars are invisible and happened a long ago.

I used to curse my scars but now I embrace them for they have made me who I am. We cannot change one iota of the past by cursing it, or lamenting it, or wishing it could have been different.

What we can do is love who we have become, the strength within that has allowed us to endure, and the beauty that comes to the surface when we learn to truly forgive.

My scars make me a better writer and a more empathic, caring human being. While I used to search for a way to make the scars disappear, now I know they are interwoven into to everything that I am. Should I pull that thread from the material of my being, the cloth would lose its integrity and fall to pieces.

What do you dream? Do you have any recurring dreams/nightmares?

I have vivid dreams and although it has not happened recently, I can wake up screaming and scare the heck out of my poor husband.

My most common recurring nightmare is walking around a college campus, trying to find my classroom or dorm room. Usually I am late for something of importance but like in a maze, cannot find my way.

I have some other dreams, too scary to relate but I share those feelings, (not the actual events), in my books.

Not one to remain a victim to anything, even my own subconscious, I have studied and practiced lucid dreaming. Most times, I am able to enter my dream and tell myself to wake up. I merely say, “I understand the message that you are telling me and I no longer need to be in this dream.” Then, I am able to wake myself up.

How to train your knight_cover

Title:

How To Train Your Knight – out now!

How to Marry Your Wife – coming soon!

Author: Stella Marie Alden

Genre: Medieval Historical Romance

Book Blurb:

Year of our Lord, 1276.
In the hours just before dawn, blasphemous curses echo throughout the stone manor. A knife clatters to the floor, and a feisty young widow is bound, blindfolded, and led to the marriage altar. The king couldn’t possibly have sanctioned this farce of a marriage, could he? After all, she alone transformed a few mud huts and starving serfs into a flourishing town, never once hesitating to pay generous taxes to his royal kingdom. Abandon her beloved people to be ruled by her new husband, an ignorant Templar knight? Never! the Lady Ann vows.
A murderous witch for a wife? The Beast of Thornhill finds himself in the middle of either a cruel jest or an evil conspiracy. After returning from the Holy wars, he accepts bestowment of a small parcel of land in return for saving King Edward’s life. But the reward comes with a warning regarding the estate’s mistress. Despite his insatiable attraction to the black-haired beauty, he allows her time to warm to him while observing her strange, forward-thinking ways. But when all is on the line, will he stand by her through the inquisition or will they both hang for her secrets?

Exclusive Excerpt:

Year of our Lord 1276

“By God, drag her down here! Naked, if you must! Bread and water from now to eternity if you can’t!” Sir Marcus Blackwell slammed his fist on the well-worn table and the sound echoed back from every direction. Of all the bad luck. Forced into marriage with a foul-mouthed, murderous widow.

He clenched his teeth when the next bout of high-pitched screams and curses exploded from the floor above. Crashes, clanging, and banging followed. He cringed as the Lady Ann’s strident screaming rang throughout the stone manor and probably into the courtyard.

“He can’t steal my lands this easily. He’ll live just long enough to rue this day. I shall never, ever, turn my people over to a blood-thirsty, gold-grabbing beast. I’d rather be cursed to hell. Nay, verily, I’d rather marry the devil himself than see myself married to him.”

Beast? He’d strangle the minstrel who’d taken his sword’s moniker and baptized him with it instead. He was a holy crusader, deserving of respect, not an animal.

Crossing himself while counting to ten, he paced the dark hall lit by a single weak torch. Shadows danced across dark tapestries, beyond a hearth the size of two horses, and over enough tables to feed a small army. Thatch crunched under his boots, releasing a perfume of lavender and grasses.

He stopped for a respite of blessed silence. What in God’s creation have I stepped into?

 

When the mayhem started up again, it was from his first-in-command, Thomas D’Agostine. “The devil take it, watch out. A knife!” A dagger fell upon stone with a metallic clatter.

“Damnation. The bitch nicked me.” The smack of a hand against skin, a female yelp of pain, then the battle paused momentarily.

“Enough!” The king’s command would be obeyed.

Certainly, she’d have to understand that. He stood at the foot of the massive stone staircase and waited for the thundering echoes to cease before continuing at a lesser volume.

Envisioning the vile creature, he shuddered. It was far too late to retreat now. He’d wanted the land and bedding the ancient hag was part of the bargain. “I said, do her no harm. Gag, bind, and blindfold the wench if you must. For the love of God, she’s, but one woman.”

“Excuse me, sir? Am I—”

Marcus swiveled, squinted into the first rays of the rising sun, and clasped the well-worn hilt of his sword. “Brother John?” He let go of his weapon and opened both arms wide in greeting. “Forgive me, a leftover habit. Come in. Come in.”

The lone figure in the arched doorway stood still with both hands high while oversized sleeves swallowed him whole. Were all of his new subjects mad?

“I said you can lower your arms and enter. ‘Tis a simple enough request. I already explained to the elder brother that I mean you no harm.”

The boy, mayhap the ripe old age of ten and six, stepped another foot into the room.

“Now put your arms down.” He tried to smile, but the task was elusive. “Come now, even The Beast of Thornhill wouldn’t consider the slaughter of a holy man. Enter.”

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/How-Train-Your-Knight-Medieval-ebook/dp/B00WRNKOOU

Stella Marie A

Author Biography:

Stella Marie Alden loves Zumba, yoga, watercolor painting, and fixing up her house.

Her mother said it’s not nice to brag, but her first book…

  • Won the coveted ‘The Molly’ Contest

  • Won the ‘Show me the Spark’, too!

  • Came in second for RWA’s ‘Heart2Heart’ contest

  • Third place in the ‘Melody of Love’ Contest

  • Finalist in ‘Joyce Henderson’ contest.

  • Finalist in 2013’s ‘Golden Acorn’ contest

Growing up in Vermont, she loved to make up stories. Crayons fought each other over size and placement in their cardboard box and imaginary friends crowded the house. Her brother often complained. “Tell her no one’s here, Mother.”.

Her career paths have varied. She’s been a librarian, a classical clarinetist, recording studio engineer, broadcast electronics repairman, and now she architects software programs. She lives in Bergen County, NJ with her life-long hero and their two cats. Her two girls are grown but ever supportive. You go Mom!

Social Media Links:

Author Website: www.stellamariealden.com

Facebook Page of Author: https://www.facebook.com/stellaMarieAlden

Twitter handle: @stellamariealde

I’d Like to Introduce You To… @RuthACasie #AuthorInterview #MFRWAuthor #romance


If you love books you can immerse yourself into and do a bit of time travel, you’re in for a treat. Ruth A. Casie is my special guest today. I first met Ruth a few months ago and she is one of the nicest authors you could meet. Her books range from Time Travel to Fantasy with Romance woven between pulse-pounding action. She agreed to sit down with me for an interview in between her very busy schedule. See, kindness is her middle name. So, grab a cup of your favorite beverage and get to know Ruth A. Casie. Take it away, Ruth: 

Ruth.A.Casie.close120x120

1)  Can you tell us how you got the writing bug?  What makes being a romance author so appealing to you?

Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog.

Before I retired I was an international product manager for a large US bank. One of my responsibilities was conducting client product seminars. I know I will be dating myself here but this was in the days before webinars. I traveled overseas conducted the seminar and afterwards met with clients to close deals. To optimize on my airfare, my trips were a minimum of two weeks. I usually traveled alone and met with my bank’s in-country officer at their location.

I read on the long plane rides and found dinner much more tolerable if I read a book. I dined alone. I would stuff my suitcase with 6-8 romance novels. They were quick reads and I would give them away when I finished them. That’s how I got hooked on romance stories.

Fast forward to 2009. A good friend told me she was going to write a romance novel and I volunteered to brainstorm, beta read, do anything to help her. Once we started I realized I had my own story to write. So we decided we would each write our books and try to sell them together. She had several other priorities. She was busy with training for the NY marathon and looking at colleges with her daughter. So while she put her writing on hold I continued to write and in four months I had 104 thousand words and my first book completed.

2) What is your favorite romance genre to read and why?

I love historicals—medieval and renaissance. Some women are turned on by a uniform. I love knights in kilts and armor. I enjoy the conflict between strong men and empowered women and how they must work together to reach their goal and their happily ever after.

3)  Why do you feel romance books are important?  Do you have any tips for aspiring authors? What do you think of e-books for new and established authors?

After food, shelter and safety, love and belonging are a basic human need. I think the curiosity of how others fulfill that need resonate with us. I enjoy the emotional ride. I root for the hero and heroine and boo the villain. For me, romance books with a happily ever after make me feel good and I am not alone. Many readers feel the same way.

As for tips for aspiring writers, write a love story that moves you and it will resonate with your readers.

My traditionally published books were published by Carina Press and are ebooks. I have to admit that I thought long and hard before signing with Carina Press because it would be an ebook. I’ve never regretted my decision. eBook royalties are larger and the time to market is much shorter. I think ebooks work for both new and established authors. For the established author, ebooks coming to market quicker keep their inventory churning which is what an author needs to do.

4) How do you find time to write?  Do you have a writing ritual?  How much do you usually write a day?

It’s just my husband and me. Our three children are all grown and on their own. I wrote my first book while I was working full time and president of a moderate size not-for-profit. I found time at night and on weekends.

I retired a year ago June and now I have made writing my job. I sit down at my desk after my morning routine, breakfast and the gym. 😉   I take a break around lunchtime and run errands or visit with friends. I write some more before my husband comes home from work.

I’ve gotten in the habit of writing after dinner but now that I am retired I am making an effort to not write at night but spend more time with my live in knight in shining armor. Weekends depend on our plans and on my deadlines. My knight is very understanding.

I usually write/edit about 1,500 words a day. It really depends on how diligent I’ve been with my character study. For me that’s the secret. The better I know my characters the better (and faster) I can write. I can put them into situations and know how they will react.

5) What makes your hero special and sexy?

Strong. Silent. Command and control. Dedicated. Protective. Loving. Magnificent eyes. Wide shoulders. Trim waist. Six pack abs. Soft touch. Adventurous. The usual stuff heroes are made of. But my hero must partner with the heroine to succeed. That takes a different kind of man, one with all of the above and who has an inner strength and is willing share with an equal partner. That’s what makes him sexy to me. For me there is magic in that relationship.

6)  Can you tell us more about the heroine and hero in your current story?  Did you base the modern day heroine, Rebeka at bit on yourself?

Knight of Rapture is the sequel to Knight of Runes.

Rebeka Tyler never thought herself a warrior, renowned authority on medieval and renaissance studies, yes, a martial arts amateur, absolutely, a warrior, definitely not, but one miss-step at the standing stones sends her on an adventure of a lifetime. Faced with the loss of her parents and family connectedness, she matures into a competitive, ‘take control’ woman. Not wanting to face the pain of additional losses, she trusts no one with her heart that is until she meets Lord Arik. She learns that only through trust and love will she find her way.

Did I base Rebeka on me? That’s an interesting question. In some ways yes, but only the good parts. I left my foibles out of the story. I will tell you that she has taught me a lot about myself. Sometimes I hear her words coming out of my mouth.

Lord Arik, the true druid knight, has the total trust of his King and people as he fights to protect them against Bran, the dark druid knight.  Many have demanded much from Arik. He is steadfast and trustworthy and will never give up. He willingly puts his own wants and desires on hold believing his duty to his people comes first and only he can protect them. He has never met a woman as strong as he is until he met Rebeka. Once he gives his heart to her… well, it’s a forever love.

7)  Some publishers refrain from certain genres/time periods, have you had this difficulty writing your books?

When I was looking for a publisher I was told that no one was buying time travel or historicals. It’s strange that the very editors that told me that two years ago are the same ones who have put out a call for them. Go figure!

8) What new and exciting books do you have planned for the horizon?

I’m a fan of stories that combine romance and adventure with a touch of humor, particularly stories where the heroine has trust issues but must rely on working with her hero in order to succeed and ultimately find true love.

My new novel, Einstein’s Theorem (working title), is a contemporary romance. When an elite technology security officer, whose job is to eliminate time travelers, falls in love with a time traveling art appraiser he must choose between his duty and his one chance for a timeless love.

Other questions:

  • Do you write naked?

No, I’d scare myself.

  • Have you ever been in trouble with the law?

I was stopped for speeding on my way to my critique partners. When the officer asked me to explain why I was speeding I told him I was talking out loud and lost track of the speedometer. He asked what I was talking about. I told him the plot problem I was having with my story. We talked for about ten minutes and he asked me for my website address. His wife reads romance.

  • Do you drink? Smoke? What’s your vice?

My husband is ten years younger than me. (Back of hand to head) What I do for my craft. 😉

  • When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?

See the answer to number 2 above.

  • Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?

This is a toss-up, Scotland and Russia. I’ve been to both on very quick business trips and would LOVE to investigate them. Scotland because my heart is with the highlanders (yes those big hunky guys in kilts) and Russia because it’s my heritage.

Knight of Rapture Final Cover RACasie

Knight of Rapture by Ruth A. Casie

He crossed the centuries to find her…

For months Lord Arik has been trying to find the right combination of runes to create the precise spell to rescue his wife, Rebeka, but the druid knight will soon discover that reaching her four hundred years in the future is only the beginning of his quest. He arrives in the 21st century to find her memory of him erased, his legacy on the brink of destruction, and traces of dark magick at every turn.

A threat has followed…

Bran, the dark druid, is more determined than ever to get his revenge. His evil has spread across the centuries. Arik will lose all. Time is his weapon, and he’s made sure his plan leaves no one dear to Arik, in past or present, safe from the destruction.

But their enemy has overlooked the strongest magick of all…

Professor Rebeka Tyler is dealing with more than just a faulty memory. Ownership of Fayne Manor, her home, has been called into question. Convenient accidents begin happening putting those she cares for in the line of fire. And then there’s the unexpected arrival of a strange man dressed like he belonged in a medieval fair—a man who somehow is always around when needed, and always on her mind. She doesn’t know who to trust. But one thing is certain. Her family line and manor have survived for over eleven centuries. She won’t let them fall, not on her watch… in any century.

Genre: Historical, Paranormal Time Travel, Fantasy, Romance

Excerpt:

She took another step and past the stone marker.

The air chilled and the sky turned an array of colors. Everything around her began to swirl. She realized her mistake too late. The portal, she was in the portal.

Arik. Close to him now, she reached for him but her hand passed through the form. She examined her hand turning it over then spotted the shadow of the man.

An illusion?

The shadow turned towards her. She watched as the wind washed over his face and it changed. “Bran,” she whispered in disbelief. Her head swiveled while she searched for something, anything to grab on to. The portal had one use and she had no intention of leaving.

Get out, her brain shouted.

His lips twisted into a cynical sneer. He tilted his head in jaunty satisfaction, snapped his fingers and vanished.

“No,” she yelled. “Arik,” she closed her eyes and screamed in her head trying to mind touch him while the wind tore at her.

“Beka,” he boomed.

Her eyes snapped open. She shielded them from the dust and debris and stared at Arik on the other side of the opening. He stood at the high plateau, miles away. His hands were braced on the opening’s edges, which were nothing more than solid streams of whirling wind. He struggled to keep the portal from closing.

“Come.” His voice didn’t allow for any argument.

The wind whipped at her, pushed her back. She tried again. “I can’t. The wind. Keeps. Pushing. Me. Away.” She shoved her staff in front of her and anchored it in the ground. Against the gusting wind, pulled herself towards him.

“A little more, Beka.” He gripped the edge of the portal with one hand and stretched the other out to her. She shoved her hand towards him as far as she could. The tips of their fingers brushed. In a burst of effort he Hecaught the top of her hand, a precarious hold. With a tight grasp she wrapped her fingers around his thumb.

Safe, she wasn’t far now.

She concentrated on his face. The corners of his mouth turned up as he pulled her towards safety. The wind grew stronger buffeting around them then changed its path.

Before she could brace herself for the new direction, the gust blasted them. Without a firm grip, her hand began to slip. She pushed through the building panic. His smile slipped. The expression on his face turned to determination. Again her hand slipped until he held her by her fingertips.

He held them fast—crushing them but that didn’t matter. He had to hold on to her. Every muscle strained. Inch by inch he brought her closer to him. She tried to help him the best way she could. Anchored to the edge of the portal, Arik encouraged her on. But his alternatives were limited. The closer she got to him, the stronger the gale blew. Just a little closer, that’s all she needed for Arik to grab her and get her out of the portal.

The wind exploded from another direction.

The blasting gale pushed her staff away from the opening, across the dirt, cutting an ugly scar in the ground and dragging her away with her staff.

Away from Arik.

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1CtC7ad

Amazon Print: http://amzn.to/1EN0Hhk

BN: http://bit.ly/1McK4oC

KOBO: http://bit.ly/1NaqW7Q

iBook:  http://apple.co/1M5o92x

Social Media Links:

Website: http:// www.ruthacasie.com

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/RuthACasie

FB Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/RuthACasie

Amazon: http://amzn.to/13GwuQ1

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/ruth-seitelman/6/6b7/964

GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4792909.Ruth_A_Casie