Archives for August 2015

Thursday Threads

Stella’s up on Thursday Threads with her latest, How To Train Your Knight! Check out the excerpt below, and have a great day!

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Title: How To Train Your Knight
Author: Stella Marie Alden
Genre: Historical Medieval Romance
Heat: Sensual

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 alter. 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!

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 endowment 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?

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Book 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.”

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Erin Bevan

Wedding Day Blurb

Okay, here is the blurb I promised. Wedding Day is scheduled to release on October 28th! I’m so giddy with excitement. I hope you are, too!

Wedding Day

Famous Bull Rider, Dallas Day, met Cassie Bailey briefly in high school, but her plain looks and quiet personality left no lasting impression on him. Cassie, however, couldn’t say the same about Dallas.

Their paths cross again ten years later when Dallas is home recovering from an injury, and Cassie is the only veterinarian who volunteers her services at the home town rodeo. She’s jump-starting her new practice, and every eligible man within a ten-mile radius is trying to land a date with the attractive vet.

Dallas’ older brother bets him that, even with all his charm and fame, Dallas can’t land a date with the reserved lady vet. Not one to turn down a challenge, Dallas makes it his mission to win a date with Cassie. After meeting her, he realizes they’ve met before, but he didn’t remember her being so pretty. His persistence pays off, but when Cassie finds out about the bet, their new love is put to the test.

Determined to win her back, he meets his biggest challenge yet: saving her life when a casual admirer turns into a deadly stalker.

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I’ll let you guys know as soon as the presale link goes up. Have a great day!

Erin Bevan

Birthday and Cover Reveal! Crazy Day!

It’s my birthday! Today, I’m thirty years strong and we are spending the week vacationing in Florida. When I woke up this morning, I was greeted by this.

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I’m assuming my mother-in-law and daughter had something to do with it, but my favorite is the card.

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No presents needed. That card is precious enough. When  a five year old takes the time to write and spell all of those words out, you’re not only getting a card, but an ample amount of patience and time from such a young person. Her love for me is all I need.

Okay, pushing the tear aside and moving on. It’s cover reveal day!! Yah!!! Are you ready? Are you excited? I am. Can you tell? Do you want to know why I’m excited? Sure you do, and if you don’t you will humor me because its my birthday. I’m excited because this is my favorite cover yet. It is Be-You-Ti-Ful and I am so happy to share it with you.

Drum Roll Please…

Seriously, do a drum roll…

I’m waiting…

Da-Da-Da-Dam

Thank you! See, that wasn’t so hard.

And here we go.

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Isn’t she beautiful? (Wipes away another tear). This is starting out to be the best birthday ever! Goodbye Twenties and Hello Thirties!

Check back Monday and I’ll give you a snippet of what the book is actually about!

Have a great day everyone and eat a piece of cake for me. You have reason to celebrate. It’s my birthday!

Erin Bevan

Good Search

1I heard something on my favorite show today- Home and Family- that was so good, I had to share with you all. The powers of Good Search!

Lately, I’ve been concerned about giving back. If you watched the Presidential Debates last night, you heard that not all American’s are doing so hot right now. Helping, giving back, donating are all concerns of mine, but how? I have three small kids and not enough hours in the day to do everything, anyway. Some of you probably feel the same. Am I right? We want to do what’s right, but it’s not always easy.

I’m determined before the end of the year is out, my five year old will help in some capacity, somewhere. It’s important to show our children that not everyone is as fortunate as they are. But, how do I figure out what a five year old can do to give back? Heck, how do I figure out what I can do to give back, with limited time and resources?

The answer is here. While you’re sitting on your computer searching Bruce, oh excuse me, I mean Caitlyn Jenner, checking to see if Donald Trumps hair is real or not, or maybe you have to do a legit search for your kids science fair project, you can do so through the powers of Good Search.

www.goodsearch.com

Good Search donates a portion to a charity for every search generated through it’s site. Isn’t that awesome? You can help charities just by sitting on your keister, searching the web. I think that’s totally awesome.

Another great site is smile.amazon.com. It’s the same great Amazon site we all love, but whatever you buy, a proceed goes to a charity you choose. Amazing stuff, huh?

And, last but not least, there is www.volunteermatch.org. Go there, choose what you like to do, and TADA, a charity opens up to you.

Okay, everyone. No excuses! Start giving back, one Good Search at a time!

Have a great weekend, everyone.

Erin Bevan