Thanks to the efforts of the amazing Ashley York (you should really check out her books if you haven’t yet!), a group of fourteen medieval romance authors have put together a blog hop!

Every Monday, from February 8 through May 10, 2021, each author will post an excerpt from one of the other authors’ books on their blog. For this round of Medieval Monday, we all chose a “first kiss” scene from one of our books. The scene is divided into smaller excerpts, so that you can hop between the blogs to read the it! To see all the posts for today, visit our Facebook Group, Medieval Romance Lovers. We’ll have fun giveaways starting this Friday, so be sure to drop by!

It’s a fun way to find new authors. I really enjoyed the blog hop from Fall 2020, as it introduced me to authors I hadn’t read yet by taking me to their home base and giving me a taste of their writing.

This week to kick things off, I’m sharing the first excerpt from my very own “first kiss” scene, just in time for Valentine’s Day!

“‘Tis simply a harmless attraction,” Ronan assured himself aloud. Until two days ago, Ronan had led a life of masculine simplicity. When it came to his relationships with women, Ronan relied upon St. Jerome’s sage words: avoid it like the plague.

Instead, he focused his efforts on improving Clan Calder’s defenses and raiding their neighbors when necessary. He trained, he fought, he made plans with his father and other elders, hunted game, and very occasionally he sent gifts and letters to his niece, Beatrix.

Since the arrival of Adelina, he had been beleaguered by troubles with women. His father pushed him toward marriage. Nothing new, he thought bitterly, but it was far more burdensome this time around.

 

Follow along next week on Sherry Ewing’s blog: https://www.sherryewing.com/blog

A murder, a mix-up, and a midnight missive make for one unforgettable Highland romance…

 

When a fiery, red-haired Englishwoman falls for the laird’s charming, off-limits son, their passion ignites a fire that threatens to engulf the clan.

Ronan Calder, eldest son of Clan Calder’s laird, is going to stay as far away from marriage as he can get. After losing his mother and beloved sister during childbirth, Ronan knows there is no way he could ever inflict such a fate upon any woman. Things get a little complicated when he meets the enchanting new scholar and mistakes her for his future bride. 

Adelina Matheson has every intention of becoming the first female scholar at Oxford, and the quick wit to prove it. The only thing she’s missing is permission to attend lectures. When the masters challenge Adelina to serve as advisor to a Highland laird in exchange for entry, she is left with little choice. She agrees to the challenge – surely she can manage such a simple task to prove herself.

Except that once Adelina arrives at Calder Keep, she realizes that nothing about her task is simple. She must battle her alarming attraction to the laird’s handsome son while enduring the laird’s beastly temper. The only other Englishwoman is also her competition for Ronan’s affection, and the entire clan is under threat of attack at the upcoming Samhain celebration. Can Ronan and Adelina put aside their personal troubles and save Clan Calder, or will they doom the entire clan?