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Welcome to week four of Medieval Monday. Our first meet theme continues and today’s guest is my friend Judith Sterling who has an snippet from Shadow of the Swan. Be sure to read all the way down to be in the running for Judith’s giveaway! Happy reading and enjoy!


The red veil lifted, revealing two pairs of dusty, leather boots, one of which sported the gilt spurs of a knight.  “He’s gone.  You may come out now.”

God be praised!  She crawled out from under the table, stood, and met the steel-gray gaze of her savior.

’Twas one thing to be handsome; the knight before her took it entirely too far.  He appeared to be in his late twenties and was clean-shaven, with strong features and straight, jaw-length black hair.  Tall, broad-shouldered, and clad in blue, he cut a striking figure.  Yet something indefinable struck her more.  The longer she stared into his eyes, the more familiar he seemed.  They’d met before.  Shrouded were the details, but a link existed…invisible and ever fixed.

She found her tongue.  “Sir Robert, I presume?”


Lady Constance de Bret was determined to be a nun, until shadows from the past eclipsed her present. Marriage is the safest option, but she insists on a spiritual union, in which physical intimacy is forbidden. Not so easy with a bridegroom who wields unparalleled charm! But a long-buried secret could taint his affection and cloak her in shadow forever.

Back from the Crusades, Sir Robert le Donjon craves a home of his own and children to inherit it. From the moment he meets Constance, he feels a mysterious bond between them. When she’s threatened, he vows to protect her and agrees to the spiritual marriage, with the hope of one day persuading her to enjoy a “real” one. She captivates him but opens old wounds and challenges everything he thought he believed.

Two souls in need of healing. Two hearts destined to beat as one.

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