Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Blurb Blitz & Giveaway - A Woman of Honour by Marlow Kelly



A Woman of Honour

by Marlow Kelly 

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BLURB: 

Duncan Campbell wakes to discover he is imprisoned with a woman in his enemy's dungeon in the Highlands of Scotland. The disenchanted warrior hopes his last few moments on earth will be spent in the arms of the sweet-voiced Isabel. If only she will cooperate.  

Isabel Douglas has no intention of obliging the crude captive. The penniless noblewoman considers herself too tall and thin to be desirable. She intends to become a nun. But first, disguised as a boy, she must deliver an important letter to Scotland's hero in hiding, King Robert the Bruce.  

Together, the pair make a daring escape that plunges them into the bleak countryside in the middle of winter. In the struggle to survive, they learn the true strength of their feelings for each other. But when Duncan's animosity towards the king becomes evident, Isabel must decide between her heart and her country.
 

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Excerpt: 

Duncan Campbell drifted into consciousness and opened his eyes to absolute blackness. He lay perfectly still on the cold, dirt floor listening. A small rustle of fabric echoed in the darkness. He cocked his head, getting a sense of the sound’s location, then rose to his feet. 

“Tell me who you are before I tear you apart,” he roared, seizing his opponent. Whoever it was didn’t answer, just silence. A fist punched him on the nose. Pain ricocheted through him, and he grabbed his face. In the dark, he lost his balance and fell in the dirt, cradling his head in his hands.  

“Oh my, are you all right?” asked a small voice.  

“No, I’m not.”  

“You threatened me, and I wanted to give you fair warning I will fight back if you touch me.”  

The lyrical voice stunned him. A woman? She spoke Gaelic with a strong, lowland accent. He shook off the pain and asked, “Where am I?”  

“Dunstaffnage Castle. Don’t you remember your capture? I’ve heard of people getting a bump on the head and not remembering their own name. Is that what happened to you? Did you bump your head?”  

Lord, she was talkative.  

“Is it?”  

“I remember I was hit from behind scouting the bast….Are we in the dungeon?” He rose to his feet.  

“Yes.”  

He grunted. On the bright side he hadn’t gone blind. On the other hand they were in a dank, windowless cell with no hope of escape. There wasn’t even a sliver of light coming through the door.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links: 

After being thrown out of England for refusing to drink tea, Marlow Kelly made her way to Canada where she found love, a home and a pug named Max. She also discovered her love of storytelling. Encouraged by her husband, children and let’s not forget Max, she started putting her ideas to paper. Her need to write about strong women in crisis drives her stories and her curiosity regarding the lives and loves of historical figures are the inspiration for her characters.
 

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Giveaway:
Marlow will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. 
The more you comment, the better your chances of winning!
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23 comments:

  1. Great excerpt, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Collenga, thanks. I'm glad you like it.

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  2. Thank you for having me as a guest on your blog.

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  3. Loved the excerpt - thanks for sharing and for another awesome giveaway :)

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    1. You're welcome Victoria, I'm glad you liked the excerpt.

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  4. Medieval Highland stories are a favorite of mine. This sounds like it will fit in nicely with what I read. Thank you for the excerpt and the giveaway.
    Patricia in rafflecopter.

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    1. Librarypat,
      I enjoy stories set in the medieval Highlands too. I hope you enjoy it.

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  5. I enjoyed the excerpt. Marlow, how much of yourself is hidden in the characters in A Woman of Honour?

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    1. That's a good question, Skeeter Lee. Well, Isabel is tall and thin and I'm short and round. She has hardly any family. I come from a huge Irish family. But I suppose as an author you must put a little of yourself into every story. After all, I created it. So somewhere in the depths of my soul my characters are hiding, waiting to get out.

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  6. Nice excerpt, thanks for the share!

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  7. i enjoyed the excerpt.thanks for having the giveaway

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  8. I loved the excerpt!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  9. Natasha, I'm glad you liked the excerpt and you're welcome on the give away.

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