Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Highlander's Reward by Eliza Knight (Spotlight/Giveaway)

Today I'd like to share with you Eliza Knight's new release, The Highlander's Reward, with this excerpt and a chance for you to win your very own copy at the end!


She belonged to another… But was destined to be his… Lady Arbella de Mowbray abhors the idea of marrying an English noble occupying Scotland. When she arrives in Stirling, she is thrown into the midst of a full battle between the Scots and the English. Besieged by rebels, she is whisked from her horse by a Highland warrior who promises her safety. But when he kisses her she fears she's more in danger of losing herself. The last thing Magnus Sutherland wants is to marry the beautiful English lass he saved. As the laird of his clan, he has a responsibility to his clan and allies. But when Arbella is attacked by one of his own men, he determines the only way to keep her safe is to make her his. A decision that promises to be extremely satisfying. Magnus brings Arbella to his home of Dunrobin Castle in the Highlands. And that’s where the trouble begins… Their countries are at war and they should be each other’s enemy. Neither one considered their mock marriage would grow into a deeply passionate love. What’s more, they were both unhappily betrothed and those who've been scorned are out for revenge. Can their new found love keep them together or will their enemies tear them apart?


From Chapter One…

September, 1297
Northern England
Arbella de Mowbray contemplated running away. The forest was conveniently to her left and still thick with leaves. Perhaps she could join a ring of outlaws hidden within the imposing foliage.
She shifted restlessly on her mare, arranging her skirts first one way and then another. The horse responded with an annoyed snort. If only she weren’t with a dozen guards and her father.
“Oh, hush, Bitsy,” she scoffed. The animal had no idea what was at stake here.
Anything would be better than permanently leaving England—and for Scotland! The land of heathens, barbarians… Oh, the horrors she’d heard went on there! The men ate their young. The warriors kept the bones of their victims tied to their beards. The horses were trained to sniff out an English lady and trample her to death. The women were witches. The children ran naked, even in the dead of winter. And the winters, how could she forget? No person of truly English blood could survive one.
She was glad that her maid Glenda had told her all she needed to know of Scotland. Although she could have done without the woman’s tears and fainting when Arbella asked her to join her on the journey. As a result, her old maid was not with her—in fact none of the female servants at Mowbray Manor would accompany her. She was alone, without help. Not that she needed help, but it would have been nice when she arrived in a foreign country to have someone with her from home. And while her father promised her husband would provide a maid, that maid would be Scots.
She would die before the new year—either from frostbite or at the hands of the dreaded Scots.
Now granted, her father said she would be marrying an English baron, but that mattered little. They would still reside in Scotland. And no doubt her baron husband would be just as brutal, if not more so, than the savages she’d heard tales of. Indeed, he would have to be if he kept them all tightly reined in. She knew little of her intended. Never met the man. Never heard any stories. He was a mystery. She discounted the things her father told her. He only honeyed the character of Marmaduke Stewart, hoping to sweeten the horror of her upcoming nuptials.
Arbella shivered, and rubbed her cloak-covered arms, contemplating the forest along the edge of the road. Late in the afternoon, the sun was hidden behind the trees making the road to Scotland chilly. A slight breeze blew, wrenching her hood from her head and pulling a few strands of hair from her tight chignon. Arbella tucked the hair back into the knot and pulled her hood over her ears. She hated the cold. Death might take her before the week was out. She’d no doubt shiver like mad in her new bed since the Scots abhorred warming their homes by fire. Another fact from Glenda. One thing was certain—she didn’t want to die anytime soon.


Eliza Knight is the multi-published author of sizzling historical romance and erotic romance. While not reading, writing or researching for her latest book, she chases after her three children. In her spare time (if there is such a thing…) she likes daydreaming, wine-tasting, traveling, hiking, staring at the stars, watching movies, shopping and visiting with family and friends. She lives atop a small mountain, and enjoys cold winter nights when she can curl up in front of a roaring fire with her own knight in shining armor. Visit Eliza at www.elizaknight.com or her historical blog History Undressed: www.historyundressed.com Twitter:@ElizaKnight and Facebook.

Eliza is giving away one eBook of The Highlander's Reward to one reader. To enter leave a comment on this post; do you like forbidden love stories? If so, what do you like best about them? And then fill out the rafflecopter below. Additional entries are available but not required. Good luck!
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  1. I love that in a forbidden love story the sexual tension is higher, The overcoming all odds and being rebels is a great aspect too.

  2. Great review and giveaway! Thanks for hosting them! :D

  3. I like forbidden love story, because it had letter forbidden and sinfull stories.LOL!!

  4. I like forbidden romance stories because the characters learn to lean on one another for support which makes their commitment that much stronger.

  5. I love forbidden love stories! It's that whole Romeo and Juliet aspect and intensity that makes them very appealing.

  6. I love forbidden love stories because their love is forbidden and more intense and they will do anything to be together. Tore923@aol.com

  7. I like forbidden love stories. They make the HEA ever better at the end. I love historical romances and Highlanders are some of the best.

  8. Yes I do like them. It's the whole Romeo & Juliet aspect; but of course with a HEA at the end. I especially like how the lovers manage to finds ways to be together even tho the relationship is forbidden. & of course the emotional intensity is usually higher too.

  9. I love forbidden love stories, it makes me want to root for the couples to hopefully get their happily ever after.

  10. They're intriguing and you want them to get together. That
    is if you actually like the couple, and you want them together.
    Thanks for the giveaway

  11. I like forbidden romances because they rely on each other and it makes their being together even more special

  12. Yes, I like to read forbidden love stories, because I like to read about how two people who belong together, but are kept apart by outside forces, overcome and get to be with each other. I think it's the struggle I like to read and how they dealt with it.
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  13. Yes i do. There is something that just sweeps you away with it all. Then if it's a Highlander one, then im lost.
    Great post, thank you for sharing:)

  14. maybe because it's forbidden...make me want to know the rest of the story...are they together in the end ? are they have a happy ending..
    really interisting !! ^^


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  15. I love forbidden love stories, =) to join with the one you love against the outside world. As long as they keep their trust in each other, i´m not a big fan of FL stories when the H/h stop communicating and doubt each other.

    Love the excerpt!
    best wishes, Linda xo

  16. Forbidden love stories are the best, because you get to see the couple work together to make it work, no matter what anyone else does to stop it. Great excerpt and cover.

  17. Forbidden love is the best! This is where you see two people go to any lengths to be together. Almost makes you feel like it can happen in real life. It, also, makes your love for the characters that much stronger when, as the reader, you experience their struggles to make the relationship work no matter the odds. I love it!!

  18. Oh I love me a Highlander! I've always been such a sucker for any love story, even more so when it's forbidden love *sigh* I will definitely add this author to my long-list of authors to watch.


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