Saturday, 30 August 2014

Author interview and giveaway with MaryAnn Bernal






 The Briton and the Dane




Blurb:

King Alfred the Great has thwarted the Viking threat against his kingdom of Wessex. Signing a treaty with the formidable Danish King Guthrum, he succeeds in pushing the heathen army back to the rolling fens of East Anglia.

An uneasy peace holds sway: The King establishes a standing army under Lord Richard, who takes command of the citadel at Wareham.

Richard and his army are accompanied by his daughter, Gwyneth, an impetuous and reckless young woman – at once striking, intellectually gifted, but dangerously vain and imprudent.

While Richard broods on the Viking threat, Gwyneth falls in love with an enemy prince - only to discover that she has been betrothed to a Saxon warrior twice her age.  

Refusing to countenance her grim fate, she flees the fortress, but is soon kidnapped by a Viking warrior and taken to the camp of King Guthrum while Saxon search parties scour the land.  

In captivity, a hostage to fortune, and the focus of political intrigue, Gwyneth is submerged in a world of expediency, betrayal and black treachery. Slowly, she realizes the truth is suspect, nothing is what it appears and her reality cannot be trusted. 

And all the time, against this background, she desires nothing more than to be reunited with her dashing Danish prince.


Tell us a little about your book

The story begins when Gwyneth hides a wounded Danish Viking, Erik, from her father, Lord Richard, who commands the Burh of Wareham where men wishing to serve in King Alfred’s standing army are trained. King Alfred and the Danish Viking King Guthrum have already signed a peace treaty and King Guthrum will be returning to his lands in East Anglia. Gwyneth falls in love with Erik, but he is rescued before she speaks with her father who has already arranged her marriage without her knowledge. Meanwhile, the southern coast is being fortified to withstand another Viking assault from the Danish homeland. Gwyneth is kidnapped by one of King Guthrum’s favored warriors who brings her to the Danish encampment. There are many characters whose lives intertwine with Gwyneth’s plight, and each of them have their own story. Illegitimate offspring covet a crown and warring Norsemen covert the fertile land. Treachery, deception and betrayal determine the outcome of the battle for sovereignty (Birthright) and the battle at sea (Legacy).


Read excerpts from the franchise while listening to music


The Briton and the Dane Birthright

The Briton and the Dane Legacy

The Briton and the Dane Concordia

The Briton and the Dane Timeline


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The Briton and the Dane: The Complete Trilogy

The Briton and the Dane: Timeline

The Briton and the Dane: Concordia

I am a big fan of Diana Gabaldon and her Outlander series. I also love James Herbert, Barbara Erskine, Anne Rice and Victoria Holt and these authors have helped to inspire me. Who are your idols and who inspires you?

Sir Walter Scott is number one on my list. My love of history and inspiration for my stories began after reading Ivanhoe.

Erik was “born” when I was still an impressionable teenager after having seen the period Hollywood blockbusters of the time. A few examples are: The Vikings, Knights of the Round Table, Prince Valiant, and The Black Shield of Falworth, to name but a few
My female characters are strong women, following the example of Eleanor of Aquitaine (12th c) - a woman before her time. When she was Queen of France, she participated in the Second Crusade, was a powerful Queen of England, and as Queen Dowager, was regent when Richard participated in the Third Crusade.

Frans G. Bengtsson (The Long Ships) and Steven Saylor (Roma, A Novel of Ancient Rome) also deserve mention.


Your books are historical – if you had the chance to go back in time, is there anyone in particular that you would want to see again or meet for the first time and would you try and change history?
I’d love to meet Ramses II, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Jesus of Nazareth, Spartacus, Ragnar, Alfred the Great, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Cesare Borgia, Richard III, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I - will stop here because the list is quite large. Would I attempt to change history - I would have to resist temptation, lest I’m never born (Star Trek paradox).


If you could have any super or magical powers in the world – what would you choose?

Omni-linguism
Omniscience
Time manipulation

Bucket List Stuff

1. Spending a week walking the ruins of Pompeii
2. Visiting Stonehenge during the summer solstice
3. Exploring Cornwall, starting at Tintagel
4. Volcano hopping in Hawaii
5. Visit the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, Denmark


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Thursday, 21 August 2014

All 3 Novellas in "The Someone To Love Me" Trilogy in one paperback......



Undeserving (Novella #1 in the Someone To Love Me trilogy)

All of her life, Bree had been treated badly by men.  According to her mother, it was just the way it was with the women in her family and there was no point in trying to fight it. There was no sense in dreaming about Prince Charming right out of the story books, he just didn't exist. She had to accept her fate and move on. It was as simple as that.

Bree craved love. She longed for a man to promise her his heart and soul and protect her from the monsters that she had grown accustomed to. She prayed that her mother was wrong and that one day he would find her.


Unforgiving (Novella #2 in the Someone To Love Me trilogy)


When she is given a second chance, Bree tries to put the pieces of her shattered life back together. Without her abusive husband ruling her every move, she begins to enjoy her newly found freedom and decides to explore her feelings for his younger brother.

But is the violence truly over? Or is Bree undeserving as her mother always said she was......


Understanding (Novella #3 in the Someone To Love Me trilogy)


Still believing that her mother may have been right and everything she touches turns to dust, Bree decides to break away from the entire Butler family. Can she put the pieces of her shattered past behind her and start afresh on her own? Or will Trey's undying love draw her back into his arms and into his world once more.


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Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Novella 1 is now #FREE!!!!!!!!!


Teaser:

“The problem is,” he said and then paused. “The problem is, I cannot just switch off my feelings.”
He raised his head to gaze into my eyes and my stomach muscles tightened. The image of him making love to me at the hospital flashed before me and as I looked into his eyes, I knew he saw it, too. His eyes were dark and brooding and filled with lust. I had to look away before I threw myself at him. My hormones were all over the place and now all I could think about was the feeling of his skin against mine….
“I still love you, Bree,” he said softly. “That isn’t going to change overnight. I think about you all the time. I remember what it felt like when we were together and it takes all of my willpower not to just grab you and have you, right here and right now.”
My heart beat very fast and a flush travelled up my neck and into my cheeks. I knew that if he decided to have his way with me, there was no way I could stop him. Not that I would even want to. My body was overtaken with desire, but I was frozen to the chair and unable to move. I was helpless and at his mercy. I broke our gaze and tried to pick up my cup to sip my tea. My hands were trembling and I knew that he noticed.
“You’re shaking,” he said and he reached across the table and ran his finger down my forearm. “Are you scared of me?”
He frowned and seemed genuinely concerned. I shook my head and smiled. I wasn’t scared of Trey; I knew he would never intentionally hurt me. I was scared about the way he made me feel, though, and I knew I was fighting a losing battle to keep my distance from him. If he were to take me in his arms and kiss me, I would be his.
 Undeserving (Novella #1 in the Someone To Love Me trilogy)

All of her life, Bree had been treated badly by men.  According to her mother, it was just the way it was with the women in her family and there was no point in trying to fight it. There was no sense in dreaming about Prince Charming right out of the story books, he just didn't exist. She had to accept her fate and move on. It was as simple as that.

Bree craved love. She longed for a man to promise her his heart and soul and protect her from the monsters that she had grown accustomed to. She prayed that her mother was wrong and that one day he would find her.
 Unforgiving (Novella #2 in the Someone To Love Me trilogy)


When she is given a second chance, Bree tries to put the pieces of her shattered life back together. Without her abusive husband ruling her every move, she begins to enjoy her newly found freedom and decides to explore her feelings for his younger brother.

But is the violence truly over? Or is Bree undeserving as her mother always said she was......


 Understanding (Novella #3 in the Someone To Love Me trilogy)


Still believing that her mother may have been right and everything she touches turns to dust, Bree decides to break away from the entire Butler family. Can she put the pieces of her shattered past behind her and start afresh on her own? Or will Trey's undying love draw her back into his arms and into his world once more.






Edited by: 

Pamela Gifford





Cover Artist: 

Erin Dameron-Hill



Cover Models:

Angelina Cavanaugh and Ronen Cain







Thursday, 24 July 2014

Someone To Love Me trilogy is now LIVE!!!!!!


Teaser:

“The problem is,” he said and then paused. “The problem is, I cannot just switch off my feelings.”
He raised his head to gaze into my eyes and my stomach muscles tightened. The image of him making love to me at the hospital flashed before me and as I looked into his eyes, I knew he saw it, too. His eyes were dark and brooding and filled with lust. I had to look away before I threw myself at him. My hormones were all over the place and now all I could think about was the feeling of his skin against mine….
“I still love you, Bree,” he said softly. “That isn’t going to change overnight. I think about you all the time. I remember what it felt like when we were together and it takes all of my willpower not to just grab you and have you, right here and right now.”
My heart beat very fast and a flush travelled up my neck and into my cheeks. I knew that if he decided to have his way with me, there was no way I could stop him. Not that I would even want to. My body was overtaken with desire, but I was frozen to the chair and unable to move. I was helpless and at his mercy. I broke our gaze and tried to pick up my cup to sip my tea. My hands were trembling and I knew that he noticed.
“You’re shaking,” he said and he reached across the table and ran his finger down my forearm. “Are you scared of me?”
He frowned and seemed genuinely concerned. I shook my head and smiled. I wasn’t scared of Trey; I knew he would never intentionally hurt me. I was scared about the way he made me feel, though, and I knew I was fighting a losing battle to keep my distance from him. If he were to take me in his arms and kiss me, I would be his.
 Undeserving (Novella #1 in the Someone To Love Me trilogy)

All of her life, Bree had been treated badly by men.  According to her mother, it was just the way it was with the women in her family and there was no point in trying to fight it. There was no sense in dreaming about Prince Charming right out of the story books, he just didn't exist. She had to accept her fate and move on. It was as simple as that.

Bree craved love. She longed for a man to promise her his heart and soul and protect her from the monsters that she had grown accustomed to. She prayed that her mother was wrong and that one day he would find her.
 Unforgiving (Novella #2 in the Someone To Love Me trilogy)


When she is given a second chance, Bree tries to put the pieces of her shattered life back together. Without her abusive husband ruling her every move, she begins to enjoy her newly found freedom and decides to explore her feelings for his younger brother.

But is the violence truly over? Or is Bree undeserving as her mother always said she was......


 Understanding (Novella #3 in the Someone To Love Me trilogy)


Still believing that her mother may have been right and everything she touches turns to dust, Bree decides to break away from the entire Butler family. Can she put the pieces of her shattered past behind her and start afresh on her own? Or will Trey's undying love draw her back into his arms and into his world once more.






Edited by: 

Pamela Gifford





Cover Artist: 

Erin Dameron-Hill



Cover Models:

Angelina Cavanaugh and Ronen Cain





Tuesday, 8 July 2014

ENTICE

#Erotic #Shortstory #99cents


Beautiful and sexy Charlie Mason, is very content with her life - until the day she loses her mojo. After months of trying to get it back, failing and becoming more and more frustrated, a friend suggests a relaxing massage. Is this just what the doctor ordered to restore harmony to her life? Or will she get more than she bargained for.....?

 #Teaser

Sheryl was right; this is exactly what I needed. I have never been so relaxed in my entire life. Every muscle is limp and floppy, from my head right down to my toes. I actually feel like I could fall asleep, but just as I contemplate letting go of my senses, a warm glow starts deep in my belly. It’s familiar, one I have felt many times before. Its arousal and I am fighting very hard to ignore it. Just relax and it will go away, I try to reassure myself. But it isn’t going away, the intense feeling of lust and need is growing stronger.

I attempt to think of something else, concentrate on anything but the ache that is building deep inside of me, but it’s futile and I can feel my nipples digging into the table below me. I’m positive my breathing and heart rate have quickened and start to panic that Josh has picked up on the fact that I am turned on. I focus on trying to calm myself and slow everything down as Josh works on my lower back. I have goose bumps and his touch feels slightly electric on my skin. Every part of me is alive and I decide to relax and go with the sensations.
 



Saturday, 19 April 2014

Win Paperback copies of my new Someone To Love Me novella trilogy!!!!!



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Undeserving by Gladys Quintal

Undeserving

by Gladys Quintal


Giveaway ends July 29, 2014.

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