Thursday, 30 June 2022

Christmas in July. My Medieval Holiday Romances with Prairie Rose Publications

 For Christmas in July, here are four of my Medieval Historical Romances, published by Prairie Rose Publications. All are Free to Read with Kindle Unlimited.



The Snow Bride (THE KNIGHT AND THE WITCH 1): USA https://amzn.to/2MZZan0 UK https://amzn.to/2H1tYzY #EXCERPT #ChapterOne https://bit.ly/2yV95Cb #REVIEW https://bit.ly/38ynFzh #FreereadKU #KindleUnlimited #HistoricalRomance #HolidayFiction #paperback

She is Beauty, but is he the Beast?

Medieval Knight Sir Magnus searches the land for kidnapped brides. Hideously scarred, he is finished with love, until he rescues the beautiful witch Elfrida, whose innocence ignites his passion.






Sir Conrad and the Christmas Treasure USA https://amazon.com/gp/product/B07KW6K5RL/

UK https://amazon.co.uk/dp/B07KW6K5RL/

What is the true treasure of Christmas?

Maggie’s younger brother, Michael, is kidnapped by outlaws, and it’s up to her to rescue him. Appealing to Sir Conrad, the grim steward of the northern English high lands, is the very last thing she wants to do. With the very real possibility that the outlaws know of Michael’s talent—the ability to open any lock, to reveal any treasure—Maggie races against time to find him before his usefulness to the outlaws is ended.

Sir Conrad desires Maggie from the minute he sees her—she makes him feel alive again—and that has not happened since the death of his wife. Though he hasn’t known Maggie before, a strange feeling of familiarity nags, and he agrees to aid the beautiful peasant girl in this quest of finding her brother.


Sir Baldwin and the Christmas Ghosts. 


99 cents  http://amzn.to/2vRkEKS

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Excerpt http://bit.ly/2fC7A5m

Ambitious and arrogant, the young knight Sir Baldwin returns to his family’s lands and estate at Brigthorpe to face disaster. The pestilence has struck, destroying his parents and all his family save for a young half-brother, Martin, whom Baldwin does not wish to acknowledge because Martin is the bastard child of a serf. Baldwin needs to learn kindness and how to be a lord–and quickly.

Into this hopeless situation comes Sofia, a young woman who can see glimpses of spirits, of the restless dead. These revenants are very restless around Sir Baldwin.

Somehow, Baldwin and Sofia must work together, to make a true Christmas for the survivors of Brigthorpe and the Christmas ghosts. Can they do so in time—or will the gulf of class and custom make any love between them impossible?


Carrie's Christmas Viking 


He was trapped and she freed him
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99cents



 USA https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08P3X8QH6/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i0




0.77p UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08P3X8QH6/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i0



Thursday, 12 May 2022

Hunting. A Medieval Passion. Plus new Excerpt from "The Snow Bride"

 


                                            Hunting. A Medieval Passion.

 

 

 


Hunting in Anglo-Saxon England was a pastime for the rich. Spears, nets, horses, men and dogs were often needed.  Of the bigger hunted game, wild boar were extremely dangerous, most of all when cornered and brought to bay, but they were seen as worthy adversaries. The god Woden was a god of hunting and the god Frey rode a boar called Gullinbursti.

 

As a sport, hunting was mostly for the well off. However the forests were largely free for landowners and their people to gather wood, honey and fruit and to pasture animals. Rights to woodland, heath, moorland and wetlands were shared by all by ancient custom.

 

1066 and the conquest of England by the Normans saw a massive change in the law. King William appropriated huge tracts of land as hunting preserve—the New Forest being the most famous.  In such areas the law was forest law, a new import into England, and bitterly resented, being regarded as oppressive. All game was protected and reserved for the king and his nobles.  There were deer parks, enclosed stretches encircled by stakes and earthen banks, costly both to set up and to maintain. Breeding and training dogs for the chase were also expensive. Edward III spent about £80 a year (around £49,000 in modern money) keeping a pack of hounds of various types. Costumes for the hunt were often specially made and favourite hounds might have silver collars.

 

Hunting was frequently portrayed in art and in literature. The month of December was often shown in illuminations, symbolized by a deer or boar hunt.  In the poem “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”  there are several hunting scenes, each vividly described.


 

With all this tasty food and opulent display, the nobles were keen to gain royal grants so they could also hunt on their lands. Although both lords and ladies hunted, tracking and killing large prey was seen as a form of single combat, man against beast, and a means to train young warriors for war. Because of this martial association priests were not supposed to hunt or hawk, although these strictures were often ignored.

 

Those less than noble despised the changes. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle complained that the Norman King William I  “set aside a vast deer preserve and imposed laws concerning it….Whoever slew a hart or hind should be made blind.”  On his death in 1087, the Chronicle broke into verse:

“For he loved the stags as dearly

As though he had been their father.”

The death of his son and successor, William Rufus,  within the New Forest, was seen by later chroniclers as divine punishment for driving so many off the land to accommodate the beasts of the chase.   

              

               In these circumstances it is perhaps not surprising that many folk turned to poaching in the woodland to eke out their diet and to defy the authorities. The fact these poachers were successful  is shown in the statue of 1390, which stated that any artificers, labourers or peasants with lands worth less than £10 a year (around £7000 in modern money) could not hunt deer, rabbit or hares. Still poaching went on—Robin Hood hunts in the greenwood as a gesture of defiance and to supply himself and his men with venison from captured deer. Perhaps it tasted particularly sweet?

 


Hunting could also be a cover for assassination – as is suspected in the death of William Rufus by way of a hunting “accident”. I used the same threat in my novel “The Snow Bride”, where the hero Magnus has to go hunting with his enemy, Denzil.

 

Excerpt.

 

Out in the forest, Magnus glanced so often at the sun’s position that Gregory Denzil chaffed him. “Eager for the night, Magnus? That luscious redhead is a trophy, before God, and we all envy you!”

His men added more, which embarrassed even Mark and set Magnus’s guts grinding in slow fury. Keeping his countenance was easy. His scars meant most men had trouble guessing his mood. Except for Elfrida, of course, but she was unique.

“I remember you with that blonde from Antioch,” Denzil added, “but this new one is better.”

“Elfrida is not for sale,” Magnus repeated. He hated to sully her name by speaking it in such company, but Denzil and his men had to learn. He gripped his spear, a flash of memory returning him to Outremer as he saw in his mind’s eye a Templar screaming in agony as a spear passed through him. “Where is this rich game?” he demanded, snatching at any diversion and wishing only for the night. Elfrida in his arms again and him seducing her, kissing her in her most secret place...

He heard a faint click and creak behind him and knew at once it was a bow and arrow being readied and aimed. There was no game in the wastes and thickets of hazel ahead, so he must be the target.

Before he completed his conscious thought, he had reacted, dragging his left foot out of its stirrup and head-butting down into the snow, not considering the speed of his cantering horse or where he might land. Snow-crusted brambles snagged and broke his fall, and as he urged his flailing limbs to roll away, he felt the vane of the arrow score the top of his shoulder, where the middle of his back would have been.

“Maaagnusss! Areee yeee weeeeelllll?”

Gregory Denzil’s question crawled from his mouth as the world about Magnus slowed into thick honey. As his jaw crunched against a branch and threatened to loosen more teeth, he felt a trickle of blood run into his eye.

He compelled his sluggish body to sit up, a devil caught in a thicket. He knew he would make that picture, and he grinned, raising an arm to his men and yelling, “Hola! What a ride!”

Denzil and his mob nudged their horses closer. Mark had already leapt from his own with his hunting spear aimed at Denzil's throat. Magnus stood up, cursing with all the oaths of Outremer he could remember, and looked around him. His own men were honestly puzzled, while Denzil's wore expressions of studied innocence.

“Not a good time for archery practice,” he said. All good fun, all men together.

Denzil smiled thinly. “A fool, too eager for sport.”

“Indeed.” As an assassination attempt, Magnus rated it as poor to moderate, but Gregory Denzil had always been lazy. And in the clustered mass of hunters, he saw no skinny stranger with distinctive rings.

“Time to go on?” he asked, knowing if he suggested it, Denzil would say the opposite, which he did.

“We go back.”

 

 

Thursday, 18 November 2021

Perfect Winter, Christmas and New Year Reads

 

Read of a knight & a witch & their descendants in 3 wonderful romances! All #freeread with #KindleUnlimited & in #paperback!

She is Beauty, but is he the Beast?


THE SNOW BRIDE (THE KNIGHT AND THE WITCH 1): USA https://amzn.to/2MZZan0          

UK https://amzn.to/2H1tYzY

EXCERPT https://bit.ly/2yV95Cb                              

REVIEW https://bit.ly/38ynFzh



SIR THOMAS AND THE SNOW TROLL: (One of the novellas in ONE WINTER KNIGHT) USA https://amzn.to/30FFzlo


UK https://amzn.to/3CqdwDh

EXCERPT https://bit.ly/3nr4xgT





THE MASTER COOK AND THE MAIDEN: USA https://amzn.to/3FsEhJm

UK https://amzn.to/3oDJ9EH

EXCERPT https://bit.ly/3oI9npx

Sunday, 10 October 2021

The Snow Bride is a Featured Romance Title at Book of the Day!

 My "The Snow Bride" is featured as a #Romance  BOOK OF THE DAY  at the Book of the Day Website!

#Excerpt #blurb and #bookdetails here: https://bookoftheday.org/the-snow-bride-lindsay-townsend/

Please go see.



The Snow Bride: Historical Romance Novel, FREEread with KindleUnlimited.

The novel is very exquisitely written, showing great depth of character and a well thought out plot line. The characters themselves are gorgeously written and vivid, making them seem almost lifelike in spots. The Snow Bride is a fantastic story for romance lovers everywhere. Night Owl Reviews 4.5 Stars

She is Beauty, but is he the Beast?

In a dark and snowy northern winter, a  wounded crusader warrior and a witch join forces to rescue missing brides from a dangerous necromancer. Dare they also fall in love?

TwoLips Reviews Five Lips, Recommended Read. I was completely enraptured by The Snow Bride. It's the best story I've read in quite some time.  – Mac




Wednesday, 3 March 2021

Love and Letters. New Medieval Historical Romance Anthology. 77p/99cents


 Two romantic medieval tales and a retold Christmas favourite, now reissued in one volume:

Amazon UK

Amazon Com 

BRIDE FOR A CHAMPION


"I Command you to marry the bearer of this letter."


Lady Alice Martinswood has no choice but to obey her dead father’s final instruction. His choice is his champion, the mercenary Simon Paton. To Alice, the handsome, arrogant Simon is a dangerous, seductive stranger.

Bewitched in turn by Alice, Simon is appalled when he discovers that Alice’s father disowned Henrietta, her younger sister, when Henrietta fell in love and eloped. Simon promises Alice that he will help her find her sister.

Still having nightmares after witnessing the sack of Constantinople, Simon misunderstands Alice’s tears of joy on their wedding night. Swearing not to hurt her again, he decides he must not touch her—a promise he finds impossible to keep, especially when Alice vows to beguile him…

Meanwhile Simon and Alice trace Henrietta to medieval London, wandering together through the perilous, exciting streets. Will they find Henrietta? Will they find true love with each other?



PLAIN HARRY


Recovering from a brutal marriage, Esther is living quietly as a widow when a letter from her brother Sir Stephen destroys her contented life. Stephen orders her to marry Sir Henry—but who is this “Plain Harry” and how will he treat her?


Set in medieval England in a time when women had few rights, this story shows how love can flourish in the unlikeliest of places and between the unlikeliest of people.



A CHRISTMAS SLEEPING BEAUTY


Handsome, confident, a touch arrogant, Prince Orlando thinks that now he has found Sleeping Beauty, his kiss will wake her at once. When it does not, he realizes he has much to learn about life, and love.


Princess Rosie, trapped in her enchanted sleep, dreams of a mysterious man. Is he a rescuer, or a nightmare? Will he find her letters to him? She must fight to recover herself, and all before Christmas, for time is running out.


Wednesday, 10 February 2021

99 cents/99 p Medieval & Ancient World Historical Romance Novels for Valentine's Day

Looking for Historical Romances to read for Valentine's? Why not try these medieval and ancient world romances, just 99 cents or 99p each and free to read with Kindle Unlimited.

#HistoricalRomanticSuspense & #AncientWorldMystery 


 BRONZE LIGHTNING #99cents http://amzn.to/2LZ7L6N UK #99p https://amzn.to/2sfmj9x 

Excerpt: The power was growing, drawing in his body like a strong fire. The Sky God was in him, throwing a deeper burr in his voice. 'It's time you learned what kind of king you have.'
 'O, Mother,' whispered Laerimmer, his features grayer than the sleet, 'he's a storm bringer. That's his kingly power.' He sank to his knees and covered his face. 



BLUE GOLD - https://amzn.to/2SMZsOo UK https://amzn.to/2H1BUUt 
 
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Excerpt: The guards put her with the whores, the drunkards, the killers 




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Dare Celtic Flavia trust her new Roman Master Marcus? #99cents https://amzn.to/2Mk5zqS #99p https://amzn.to/2Hi2B7r 


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 A KNIGHT’S PRIZE #99cents https://amzn.to/2JlERMj UK #99p https://amzn.to/2kTobBb 

 A KNIGHT’S CAPTIVE #99cents https://amzn.to/2JnSCtT UK #99p https://amzn.to/2sAKYpD 

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Alyson heard the shouts from the surviving men-at-arms and jerked her head up, all thought of prayer forgotten. ‘My Lord Dragon,’ she whispered. 

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