Welcome back on this lovely Monday and what could be better than a wee taste of some fine medieval romance from the Highlands? I have Cathy and DD MacRae with a snippet from The Highlander's Welsh Bride, book five in their Hardy Heroine Series.
You can find my next snippet from Daughter of the Overking, book three in The Warrior Kings, over at Cathy's Blog. For both, be sure to leave comments for a chance to win free stuff :)
A Welsh princess on the run from King Edward’s army, Carys finds herself embroiled with pirates pillaging the western coastline of Scotland. She has escaped their clutches twice before. Has her luck at last run out?
Birk struck his forehead with the heel of his palm. “Shite!”
Hanna leaned close to Carys. “I’ve told him to improve his vocabulary, but I’m afraid my pleas fall on deaf ears.”
Birk whirled. “Iain, who lays claim to Jura?”
“Angus Mor MacDonald claims much of these isles.”
“He pledged allegiance to King Alexander, aye?”
Iain tilted his head. “Aye. But he fought with Haakon against the Scots at Largs.”
Birk waved a hand in the air. “’Twas nearly twenty years ago.”
“Scarcely eighteen, and there are Norse in the Isles who do not agree with his change of allegiance.”
Birk gripped the rail as the Már plunged into another trough. He glanced at Hanna, her face pale, eyes fixed on some long-ago memory. “Enough to pillage the Scottish coast?”
“Aye,” she murmured. “There are those who have not forgotten the treachery at Scottish hands.”
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It was over. Prince Llywelyn was dead, his soldiers fleeing before King Edward’s army. Carys, a distant cousin to the prince, herself a princess of Wales, had picked up arms alongside her husband more than a year ago. Now homeless, her husband buried beneath the good Welsh soil, she seeks shelter in the north, far from the reach of Longshanks’s men. Carys and Wales would never be the same again.
Birk MacLean has been ordered to take a bride and produce an heir. He grows weary of the lasses paraded before him, women of delicate nature and selfish motives. He desires a wife strong enough to help lead one of the most powerful clans in Western Scotland.
One like the Welsh woman sitting in his dungeon, arrested for poaching MacLean deer.
Can Birk convince Carys marriage to him is preferable to a hangman’s noose? And will the heard-headed Scot be worthy of a Princess of Wales?
From the towering Welsh mountains to the storm-swept Scottish coast comes a tale of betrayal and loss, deceit and passion. An epic tale of honor and the redeeming power of love.
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