#Excerpt “Agricola’s Bane (Celtic Fervour Saga Book 4)” by Nancy Jardine

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A.D. 84 Northern Roman Britain 

Nith of Tarras helps Enya of Garrigill in the search for her kin, missing after the disastrous battle at Beinn na Ciche fought between the Caledonian warriors and the mighty Ancient Roman legions. Enya soon has a heartrending choice to make. Should she tread Vacomagi territory that’s swarming with Roman auxiliaries to find her brother? Or, should she head south in search of her cousin who has probably been enslaved by the Romans? 

The Commander of the Britannic Legions and Governor of Britannia – General Gnaeus Iulius Agricola – is determined to claim more barbarian territory for the Roman Empire, indeed plans to invade the whole island, but finds not all decisions are his to make. It increasingly seems that the goddess, Fortuna, does not favour him.

The adventures of the Garrigill clan continue…

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A.D. 84 Northern Caledonia, Taexali Territory, General Agricola’s Well of Ythan Temporary Camp

Ancient Roman General Gnaeus Iulius Agricola has continued to surge northwards after the Battle at Beinn na Ciche against the Caledon allies, the survivors of the battle having fled into the Caledon Mountains. Though, that doesn’t mean the local tribesmen have given up entirely. Agricola is feeling that total success is eluding him and, deeply devout, what’s even worse is that his gods and goddesses aren’t listening to his pleas…

“Lentulus!” Agricola tossed the board to the scribe when the man emerged around the tent flap. “Well caught! Put it on my desk.”

Noticing that Junior Tribune Flavus was shivering, he gestured him towards the carbonarius. “None of that patrol returned, Flavus? Not even a messenger?”

“No, sir.”

“Then perhaps they have gone deeper into the mountains, even though what the goddess sends us has not been in their favour.” He swiped his mouth and nose free of the stinging droplets of sleet before holding his hands out to the flames.

The circumstances sent by the goddess Tempestas were so unpredictable here in northern Britannia.

“They did not plan to do that, sir.” Flavus sounded quite sure.

Agricola did not even try to prevent deep sarcasm from creeping in to his reply. “Sometimes plans change, Flavus. The men are well-trained to adapt to whatever the gods send their way!”

The hurt squirming of Flavus’ lips set him to stride about again. Agricola observed the tribune over his curled fingers, while his short sharp-breaths warmed the tips. Changing and adapting plans was a daily occurrence. He had too many concerns to occupy his thoughts, and no time to be bothered with one small detachment being late. Though, of course, the confirmed loss of one of his best mining specialist…and maybe at the whim of Mercurius more than two handfuls of mounts…was something he ought to be informed about. Barbarian’s balls! He would cut them off when he caught the culprits.

His foray into Taexali territory had been conducted in a light manner, to cover the ground quickly, but hopes of acquiring new equine stock had been well and truly dashed. By Annonaria’s bountiful breasts and Fortuna’s stinking virtues! What had he done to incur the disfavour of the dual-role goddess? Perhaps ordering the two cohorts of the Legio IX out of his current Well of Ythan camp the previous day had been hasty, given the way the days had turned out? His shiver of anxiety brought forth the regulatory response from Flavus.

“Sir?”

The boy worried about a patrol of eleven men. He had ordered out a thousand.

He shook off his pessimistic thoughts on realising that the sleet had again abated, and that the grey above him was a shade lighter. Perhaps cursing Fortuna was the answer?

“Think positively, Flavus.”

“Yes, sir.”

Titus Sicinia Flavus was probably incapable of any useful thought, the response given being no more than a learned reaction.

News of the Legio IX cohorts’ success would come soon. Their task was simple: aid the mariner auxiliaries who had berthed along the coastline to quell any native Vacomagi unrest. Early information had indicted that treaties would be signed without much bloodshed, though better still none at all.

The approach of a capsarius, a medical assistant he knew was assigned to the senior medicus of the Legio IX, interrupted his long drawn-out conversation with Flavus.

“This top one gives the latest names and the numbers of those now able to move on from our last camp at Durno, sir.” The medical orderly handed over a single board.

“And those?” Agricola indicated the bundle of wooden boards still in the soldier’s hands.

“These are the details of the dead, and the others who cannot move on yet.”

“In the name of Aesculapius! What still ails them?”

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Nancy JardineAuthor Bio

Nancy Jardine writes historical fiction; time-travel historical adventure; contemporary mystery thrillers; and romantic comedy. She lives in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, where life is never quiet or boring since she regularly child minds her young grandchildren who happen to be her next-door neighbours. Her garden is often creatively managed by them, though she does all the work! Her husband is a fantastic purveyor of coffee and tea…excellent food and wine! (Restorative, of course)

A member of the Historical Novel Society; Scottish Association of Writers; Federation of Writers Scotland; Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Independent Alliance of Authors, her work has achieved finalist status in UK competitions.

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#Spotlight “The Viking’s Witch” by Kelli A. Wilkins

I’m pleased to announce the release of my latest historical romance, The Viking’s Witch. This full-length novel is set in Celtic Scotland and blends a sensual love story with adventure and paranormal elements.

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The Viking’s Witch

Scotland, 803 A.D.

About to be burned at the stake by her fellow villagers, Odaria does what any betrayed witch facing certain death would do. She calls down a curse. Within seconds, rampaging Norsemen raid the village, capturing everyone except her.

But her reprieve is short-lived, and Odaria lands in the clutches of the Norse leader Rothgar. Can she remain true to herself and fight her growing attraction to this domineering man, or will she fall under his influence and be used for his ambitions?

After Rothgar witnesses Odaria’s powers firsthand, he strikes a bargain with her. The raven-haired beauty will use her magical abilities to help him with his quest in exchange for safe passage off the isle. But can this cunning woman be trusted, or is she using him to exact vengeance on her village?

Together they must fight bloodthirsty villagers, battle a mutinous band of Norsemen, find a missing Norse ship, and learn to trust each other…before time runs out.

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Kelli A WilkinsABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kelli A. Wilkins is an award-winning author who has published more than 100 short stories, 19 romance novels, 5 non-fiction books, and 2 online writing courses. Her romances span many genres and heat levels, and she’s also been known to scare readers with her horror stories.

Her latest historical romance, The Viking’s Witch, was released in June 2019. This full-length novel takes place in Celtic Scotland and blends a sensual romance with paranormal elements.

In March 2019, Kelli published Dangerous Indenture, a historical mystery romance set in Colonial Pennsylvania. She released the second half of her flash fiction series, Cupid’s Schemes, in early 2019. These two volumes of lighthearted mini-romances are perfect reads for a quick lunchtime escape or an after-work indulgence.

Kelli released her latest Teachable mini-course, Fiction Basics: Finding Ideas in February 2019. She authored Fiction Writing for Beginners through Teachable in 2018. These courses are perfect for anyone who wants to learn how to write. Visit: https://kelliwilkins.teachable.com/ for more details.

If you like horror fiction, don’t miss her latest novella, Nightmare in the North.

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#NewRelease “Tamed by the Highlander” by Madison Faye

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The first rule when you’re arranged to marry a gorgeous, dominant Highland lord?

Don’t, under any circumstances, no matter how sinfully tempting he is, fall in love.

…Oops.

If I had it my way, I’d never get married. But then, it’s not up to me at all.

Because the gruff, muscled, gorgeous and powerful Highlander Lord Hamish Ballentyne has decided to claim me as his bride.

I’m determined to resist him. He may be beautiful, and dangerously brooding, and carrying around the shadows of the wars he’s fought in. But I will not be some lord’s property, and I refuse to be “his”.

Except one look into those dark, piercing eyes? One forbidden, pulse-quickening, toe-curling touch from his rough, strong hands? I can refuse to belong to him all I want, but the thing is…

…I might already be his.

He speaks to me like no man ever has. He touches me in ways I’ve only dreamed feverishly of. And he promises to take what can only be taken once.

And God help me, I’m ready to give it to him.

ALL the trope clichés. Lots of plaid. Wildly historically inaccurate. More alpha than you can shake a thistle at. Warning: not responsible for lost or ripped bodices. Reader beware ;).

As with all my books, this one is safe, with no cheating, and a HEA guaranteed.

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“Captured by the Pirate Laird (Highland Force Book 1)” by Amy Jarecki

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Captured by the Pirate Laird (Highland Force Book 1)

by Amy Jarecki

Genre: Historical Romance/Medieval/Scottish

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Wed by proxy to a baron old enough to be her grandfather, Lady Anne trudges up the gangway of a galleon that will deliver her into the arms of a tyrant. Crestfallen, she believes her disastrous life cannot get worse—until she awakes to the blasts of cannon fire.

Facing certain death, Anne trembles in her stateroom while swords clash and the chilling screams of battle rage on the deck above. When a rugged Highlander kicks in her door, she prays for a swift end.

But Laird Calum MacLeod has a reason for plundering the ship—and it’s not a stunning English lass. With no other choice, he takes Anne to his crumbling keep on the isle of Raasay and sends a letter of ransom to her husband. In time, Anne grows to understand MacLeod’s plight and finds it increasingly difficult to resist Calum’s unsettling charm—until the baron sends a reply agreeing to terms.

Ripped from passion that will be forever seared into their souls, will Anne and Calum risk everything for love?

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“The Cursed Clan: Includes Callum, Angus, and Logan” by Melissa Schroeder

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The Cursed Clan: Includes Callum, Angus, and Logan

by Melissa Schroeder

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Witches & Wizards/Scottish

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Will desire be the salvation or ruin of an entire clan?
Includes Books 1-3

CALLUM – BOOK ONE

I want them to suffer…

For years, the Clan has lived through that curse, trying and failing to break free of the shackles that hold them to it. Now, an obscure text gives five cousins hope…

His duty was all that mattered.

Callum Lennon has one goal in life: protect his cousins. His failure in the past to do just that is what drives every action. When they discover a chance for redemption, Callum is willing to try. But trusting an outsider isn’t acceptable.

A woman in need of a new beginning.

An expert in archeology, Phoebe has always felt dwarfed by her parents’ shadow. In college by thirteen, she’s never measured up to her parents’ high standards. When the Lennons contact her, she decides to take a chance…and finds herself intrigued by the most insufferable man.

A passion impossible to ignore.

One argument leads to a kiss and to an unbearable desire they cannot seem to fight. When an old enemy threatens their fragile new love, Callum will have to choose between believing his mind or trusting his heart.

ANGUS – BOOK TWO
A man who only believes in fact.

Even after everything the Clan has endured, Angus has always held onto his scientific leanings. He isn’t a believer of instant attraction, so, he is surprised by the force of his attraction to Irishwoman Maggie O’Conner. He doesn’t trust her, but she soon become an obsession he can’t seem to shake.

A woman who defies every logic.

Single mother Maggie comes from a long line of magickal women, but she walked away from that part of her life. When Angus bursts into her life, she tries to ignore the handsome Scot, but soon finds that she needs his protection. She knows he’s not normal, but she never expected him to be the one man who could capture her heart.

A passion they could not deny.

As they work together, their need for each other threatens to consume them both. But just as they close in on the next jewel, a new enemy emerges and puts everything they hold dear into jeopardy.

LOGAN – BOOK THREE
A man who always sees beneath the surface.

Logan has lived his dream of being an artist for hundreds of years. He’s painted some of the most beautiful women in the world, but none of them compare to Meghan Campbell. When they are paired up to go after the next jewel, resisting her becomes almost impossible, but he knows he must. The witch is hiding something and until he knows what that is, he cannot fully trust her.

A woman who can lure any man.

As a witch with siren abilities, Meg has never had a problem with the opposite sex. That is, until she met Logan. The irritating man seems to be the one person in the world who doesn’t succumb to her spell. Unfortunately, he is the one man she really wants. No matter how hard she tries, he resists her.

As they embark on their quest for the next jewel, tempers flare and passion ignites. But when a new layer of the curse is revealed, they discover their failure could put lives in danger. The two must work together to fight the rising power against them and hope that those who support the Clan survive the fight.

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“Wedded to the Highlanders (Highland Fling Brides Book 1)” by Katie Douglas

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Wedded to the Highlanders (Highland Fling Brides Book 1)

by Katie Douglas

Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian/Scottish

FREE at time of posting!

Lucy’s found her husbands… now she just has to get them to marry her.

Lucy has her sights set on strong Highlanders Steen and Hugh, but one won’t give her the time of day, and the other is being relentlessly pursued by another woman. When her luck with the hot, hunky Highlanders starts to change, dark powers throw the entire village into turmoil. Hugh and Steen need to take up swords and fight for their lassie. But how can a baker and a fisherman defeat a powerful sea creature?

This is a cozy Victorian Highland ménage in a reverse harem world aligned with supernatural forces. Charmed meets Outlander. There are elements of ménage and domestic discipline. Cakes will get baked. Water nymphs will get buckets of water thrown at them. And there’s a HEA (and no cheating). This is NOT a serial, but it is a series.

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“Seduction of a Widow (The Marriage Maker Book 20)” by Tarah Scott, Laura Chandler

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Seduction of a Widow (The Marriage Maker Book 20)

By Tarah Scott, Laura Chandler

Genre: Historical Romance/Scottish/Short Story

99¢ at time of posting! Kindle Unlimited!

She intends to win the race. He intends to win her heart…

Evan MacLaren prefers to find his thrills on the high seas. Stormy waters might be fickle, but not as fickle as a woman—particularly a high-spirited widow. Yet Lady Carr’s adventurous spirit calls to him just as the sea does. Here is a woman who will never bore him. A woman who is as free and dangerous as any ocean. And he must have her.

Twice widowed, Lady Leslie Carr has never been in love. That suits her just fine. She is better off without a man. Oh, they can be very agreeable on a cold winter night or a walk in the garden. Beyond those pleasurable moments, however, they are a bore. So why does a young buccaneer haunt her dreams?

Other books in The Marriage Maker and the Widows Series:
Rake Ruiner
Marrying the Belle of Edinburgh
Widow’s Treasure

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“Caelen’s Wife: Book One – A Murmur of Providence (The Clan of McDunnah Series 1)” by Suzan Tisdale

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Caelen’s Wife: A Murmur of Providence (The Clan McDunnah Series Book 1)

by Suzan Tisdale

Genre: Historical Romance/Medieval/Scottish

FREE at time of posting!

Rumor has it the water on Clan McPherson lands is magical….

Clan McPherson has known peace amongst their neighboring clans for more than one hundred years. That peace is threatened when Fiona McPherson is made chief after the death of her husband.
Known more for her fighting skills than her beauty, Fiona refuses the multiple proposals of marriage that begin to seemingly arise from nowhere. She may be the chief of her clan, but she’s still a woman. It isn’t Fiona they want, but her land and she’s willing to fight to the death to keep it.

Rumor has it Caelen McDunnah has lost his mind…

Caelen McDunnah, the chief of Clan McDunnah, has no desire to remarry. He’s perfectly content to still mourn the loss of his first wife and babe, even if it has been sixteen years. Until he meets the beautiful and feisty Fiona McPherson.
Known to start a fight out of sheer boredom or madness — no one is ever truly sure which — Caelen suddenly finds himself in the middle of battles he has no desire to fight, but fight them he will if it means he can have Fiona McPherson as his own.

There is always a wee bit of truth in every rumor.

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“The Delicate Matter of Lady Blayne (Intimate Secrets Book 1)” by Natasha Blackthorne

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The Delicate Matter of Lady Blayne (Intimate Secrets Book 1)

by Natasha Blackthorne

Genre: Historical Romance/Scottish/Gothic

3.99 at time of posting! Kindle Unlimited!

Catriona, Lady Blayne is recovering from a most delicate situation. Driven to the brink of madness by love for her late husband, a young man too ill to meet the demands of the marriage bed, she teeters on the brink of scandal. Now she must face the carnal temptation personified by her husband’s cousin and heir, James, the new Lord Blayne. His sensual appeal, contrasted with his iron will and stern self-mastery fascinates her. She can’t help but ask: what if sensual indulgence is the only way out of her darkness? However, she is not free to explore the idea. There are those who seek to control the young widow, keeping her imprisoned through emotional manipulation and physical coercion. With her growing restlessness, the very people she loves and trusts the most are becoming an increasing danger to her sanity and safety.

James is determined to protect Catriona—but he will not soften to her again. She rejected him once and James can’t risk losing his heart a second time. As heir to the Blayne baronetcy, he must marry a woman socially and politically appropriate. Such a scandalously self-indulgent lady as Catriona won’t do. Yet the pretty girl he once knew has grown into a beautiful, curvaceous woman that is every man’s dream.

Especially his.

Erotic Romance; Regency Historical; Elements of Sensual Domination, Spanking and Light Bondage; Rubenesque Heroine; Character-Driven Story with Angst and Strong Internal Conflicts; Standalone Long Novel.

Reader Advisory: The characters discuss issues of abuse which took place in the heroine’s backstory. Frank sexual language & period appropriate sexual slang and general bedchamber naughtiness.

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“Scent of the Soul” by Julie Doherty

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Scent of the Soul

by Julie Doherty

Genre: Historical Romance/Ancient World/Scottish

2.99 at time of posting! Kindle Unlimited!

In twelfth century Scotland, it took a half-Gael with a Viking name to restore the clans to their rightful lands. Once an exile, Somerled the Mighty now dominates the west. He’s making alliances, expanding his territory, and proposing marriage to the Manx princess.

It’s a bad time to fall for Breagha, a torc-wearing slave with a supernatural sense of smell.

Somerled resists the intense attraction to a woman who offers no political gain, and he won’t have a mistress making demands on him while he’s negotiating a marriage his people need. Besides, Breagha belongs to a rival king, one whose fresh alliance Somerled can’t afford to lose.

It’s when Breagha vanishes that Somerled realizes just how much he needs her. He abandons his marriage plans to search for her, unprepared for the evil lurking in the shadowy recesses of Ireland—a lustful demon who will stop at nothing to keep Breagha for himself.

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