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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Welcome to Samantha Holt on her blog tour with The Borderland Legacy

Samantha lives in a small village in England with her gorgeous twin girls and husband who is a trained bodyguard and ex-soldier (Yes, seriously!). She traditionally writes historical romances involving chivalrous knights and hot highlanders, but occasionally dabbles in contemporary romance. When she reluctantly leaves her computer, she enjoys exploring old ruins and indulging an early midlife crisis. Adrenaline filled suggestions for the bucket list are always welcome.
Blog: http://www.samanthholtauthor.blogspot.co.uk

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Borderland Bride
In the wilderness of 14th century Northumbria, Lady Isabel discovers just how dangerous the Borderlands can be. With the loss of her voice and her hearing, there is little hope left for her. But when a brooding knight rescues her, she vows never to become a victim again and buries the secrets of her past in the hope that those hunting her will never find her in the Borderlands.

Jake is astonished to come across the beautiful Isabel, near to death, on his brother’s lands. Bringing her back to his brother’s home, he finds himself longing for something more from the courageous woman, something that he thought he would never want again. Isabel works her way into his scarred heart and opens Jake up to loving once more. But will Isabel’s secrets destroy their bond? And with his charismatic brother, Dominic, charming her, does he even stand a chance?


Read an excerpt:
Borderland Bride



The Borderland Legacy

“Isabel, what in God’s name are you doing?”
“I am returning to my father,” she told him breathlessly.
“You would see yourself in that monster’s hands? Why?”
“I cannot see Thornewall suffer for my sakes. And I cannot see you or Dominic harmed. Not for me.”
“We are grown men; will you not let us make these decisions ourselves? Thornewall is strong, we have endured worse.”
Isabel shook her head. “Nay, I will not see war brought to your door. If my father fails here, then he will turn his attention to your lands. They have not the strength of Thornewall, you have said as much yourself.”
Jake squeezed her arm until he saw her wince. Damn his brutish manners. He could not let her throw herself into the arms of a murderer for their sakes. “I can defend my lands, lass. I’ve done it before and I’ll gladly do it again.”
But she was right, Greycroft was ill prepared for a full-scale war and his own castle would not hold out long against a siege. It was likely he would die defending it.
“That is what I fear,” she said softly and Jake wondered if he had spoken aloud.
Her voice took on a desperate quality and she pulled against his grip. “Let me go, Jake, for I cannot allow you to place yourself in danger for me. Not for a woman that hurt you so.”
He considered her and saw the fear in her eyes - a fear that was not for herself, but for him, his brother, and all their people. How he could ever have thought her as wicked as his wife, he knew not. There was nothing in this lass but kindness. He gulped, fighting the words he would have to say. There was no other way.
“Isabel, you do not have to return.”
“I do, Jake!” She struggled again.
“Listen…” He grabbed at her other arm and pinned her still. “Listen, there is another way. Marry…”
She ceased her struggles and stared at him.
“Marry Dominic.”
Isabel blinked at him. “What?” she whispered.
“Marry Dominic. Your father would be a fool to say nay to such an allegiance. He is one of the richest men in England. There will be no war and you will be safe.”
Safe. He clung to the word, trying to ignore the ache in his heart. It didn’t matter, as long as she was safe. In spite of himself, he urged her to say nay, to confess her love for him, but he knew it could come to nothing. He had nothing to offer Lord Henry in return for her hand.
Isabel gaped at him. “Marry Dominic? But…did he decide this?”
“Nay.” He sighed. “‘Twas my idea.”
She gulped and her eyes misted with tears as she took a deep breath. Her composure regained, she shook her head in disbelief. “Why would you suggest such an idea?”

 

Borderland Beauty


Lord Dominic is in need of a wife. With the reivers, the wild and dangerous criminals that haunt the borderlands, breathing down his neck and his brother now married, he needs a strong woman by his side. So when he finds out about an old marriage contract between him and his neighbour’s daughter, he vows to give the mysterious woman a chance. Upon meeting the beautiful, feisty maiden, he vows to make her his wife.

Lucy Montgomery wants nothing to do with the arrogant lord. She doesn’t understand his interest in her. Surely a man like Dominic could never fall for a woman like her? Hurt by the past, she refuses to believe that she is anything more than a game to him. If only she didn’t find him quite so charming.

Can Dominic persuade Lucy that she is more than just another woman to him? And with the reivers growing bolder, are there worse dangers than Lucy saying ‘Nay’?

Read and excerpt: 
Borderland Beauty
“Luce.” He reached over and touched a hand to her arm, forcing her attention to him. “Will you forgive my rash behaviour?”

“What behaviour would that be?” She smiled sweetly. “Your behaviour as a young lord, mayhap? Or do you beg forgiveness for keeping our marriage contract a secret? Or mayhap you wish me to forgive you for your impertinence?”

He chuckled. “My impertinence?”

“The k-kiss.” She stared ahead as they trotted through the narrow street.

A smug grin threatened to split across his face but he forced his expression to remain serious. “I would beg forgiveness for my behaviour as a young lad and I regret that I did not share my knowledge of this contract with you. Your father feared your reaction and asked that I keep it from you. Though ‘twas  not my idea, I should never have agreed to keep it silent. Would that I could have informed you differently.”

Her mouth opened as her eyes clouded with uncertainty and she snapped it shut.

“The kiss,” he continued, “I cannot beg forgiveness for. I do not regret it and you will remember that you kissed me.”

“I did not! You kissed me first.”

“Ah, but you kissed me second. Though my kiss was in the heat of the moment, your kiss was not.”

She sniffed. “Ack, I thought not of what I was doing. ‘Twas a mistake.”

“Nay, ‘twas no mistake, lass. And I think you knew full well what you were doing. You wanted to kiss me.”

“You, Lord Dominic, are arrogant. You think that every lass wants naught more than to share a kiss with you. Let me assure you, that I am not one of them. ‘Twas a mistake. And one that I barely remember at that.”

She yanked her horse away from his but he snatched at her reins and held the mounts close, their fingers brushing as he gripped the leather. She stared at their hands as her chest rose and fell, her cheeks flushed with barely concealed anger.

Leading her along the street, several villagers walked past them and greeted them. Dominic responded cheerfully, aware of Lucy’s observation of him. Mayhap she was awaiting further example of his arrogance. He needed to tread carefully if he was going to disprove her theories of him. Damn gossips. He had never been bothered by the tales that followed him before. Those who knew him, knew well enough the truth behind them and he cared not what those who didn't thought of him. Until now.

They neared the flint-walled church and stopped outside the gates. He dismounted first and hurried to Lucy’s side after tying his horse. She bristled and glanced around at her parents but accepted his offered hand as she slid down. Dominic stroked his thumb absently over her skin and leaned in towards her as they turned to approach the church, the stained glass windows bearing down on them.

“I will not forget that kiss, Luce. And from the flush on your cheeks, I think you will not either.”



Buy the books:
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·         Borderland Bride: http://amzn.com/B00C825F1W
·         Borderland Beauty: http://amzn.com/B00DAIUFCM
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Borderland Beauty: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18161766-borderland-beauty?from_search=true

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