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Celebrations Can Be Quite Hilarious

Welcome back for another Medieval Monday snippet. This week I have Best Selling Author Cathy MacRae with the third book in her Hardy Heroine Series, The Highlander's Crusader Bride.

And I'm over at Cathy MacRae's blog with my next snippet from Daughter of the Overking.


I stiffen ye in wedlock. . .. From what she knew of the act that passed between husband and wife, stiffening was needed, though it shouldn’t take a priest’s command to make it so. The traditional I join yewas much preferred in a public setting, though it seemed she and Alex and her father were the only ones who’d noticed. She bit her lip as she idly wondered how many other couples the good priest had stiffened.

Hilarity at last under control, Arbela rose and accepted Caelen’s binding kiss.

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Born in the Holy Land only a few years after the Third Crusade, half-Armenian, half-Scot Arbela MacLean is a true daughter of the desert, beautiful and untamed. Trained to be a warrior to avoid her gentle mother’s fate, Arbela has honed her skills with Turkish bow and arrow, sword, and throwing darts—and dreads the day her father choses a man for her to marry.

After more than thirty years in the Holy Land, Donal MacLean, Baron of Batroun, is recalled to Scotland, the last son available to take up leadership of clan MacLean. He brings with him knights, treasure, trade—and a daughter of marriageable age.

Caelen MacKern, known as the Bull of the Highlands, is cynical about women. His first marriage formed an alliance, and he did not grieve when his spoiled, immature bride passed away. He has agreed to marry again—against his better judgement—for the men, means, and coin to recover from a devastating pestilence that all but wiped out his clan.

More than a little resentful at finding himself forced to remarry, Caelen’s proposal to Donal MacLean’s headstrong daughter nevertheless piques her interest. Each will receive what they want most from life—the ability to live as they please without interference from a meddling spouse. But their marriage of indifference will soon change to one of passion that neither Arbela nor Caelen could have predicted.

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