Keeper of the Stone

Author: Lynn Wood
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781494259037
Format: PDF, Kindle
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A young Saxon maid. A fierce Norman knight. Can a young maiden's gentle surrender quell the fires raging in the heart of her Norman captor?Captured by the brutal Norman invaders who stole her home, Lady Rhiann is taken to London and wed to the king's loyal vassal, Nathan. Now as she waits in her new husband's quarters for the true consummation of her fateful choice, Rhiann fights her terror at the prospect of the night ahead. She wonders if a man who has spent his life surrounded by war and destruction learn to love? Is it safe to trust her heart and her secrets to him?Prologue:The queen's prediction proved accurate. The heavy door barely closed behind Matilda when Rhiann heard it creak open again. She stood in front of the hearth trying to draw ragged breaths into her suddenly tight throat. She refused to turn around; hoping a few more moments would help her gather her courage to face the terror of the night ahead.Nathan stepped into his room and closed the door behind him, sliding the wood latch into place to bar any interruptions. He saw his wife stiffen at his entrance. He drew in a deep breath in an attempt to calm his raging needs. His bride's slender form was outlined by the light from the fire. The see-through gown did little to hide her naked body from his avid gaze. He needed to gather his discipline before she turned to face him, lest he terrify her with his lustful intent. He drew a steadying breath, willing his thudding heart to slow down. He was never going to be able to summon the patience he was certain would be needed to gain his bride's trust if he couldn't clear his head and slow his body's incessant urging to take the maid and have done with it. “Rhiann.”Her name echoed in the hushed silence of the room. Reluctantly Rhiann turned to face the man who was now her husband. Her arms were wrapped around her stomach in a protective gesture and in what she knew was a foolish attempt to cover herself as much as possible. The way Nathan's glance raked over her she recognized she would be defenseless against his greater strength. Just as she was unable to stop the Norman siege on Heaven's Crest, she would be unable to prevent her husband's assault on her virgin's body. She shivered involuntarily at the thought of what was to come.Not wanting to give the terror his bride was unable to hide from him a chance to take hold, Nathan held her glance and demanded, “Come to me, wife.” He winced at the sound of his harsh command in the silence of the room. He was already struggling to contain his raging desire. He suspected his self-control would be tested tonight in a way he was never tested before. When his innocent wife took an instinctive step back towards the heat of the fire he could almost believe from the blind panic he read in her eyes she found going up in flames a more preferable option to a night spent in his bed. Hoping not to push her any further, he added softly, “Do you remember your vows to the priest?”She nodded reluctantly. “Do you intend to keep them?” He watched the flash of annoyance at his gentle reminder flare across his gentle bride's face a moment before she swallowed nervously and took a hesitant step forward. Nathan stayed where he was by the door. It was important to both of them she come to him willingly.

The Young Madonna

Author: Lynn Wood
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781533165312
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Aspiring artist, Mary Elle McGann has a haunting encounter with the child virgin and is suddenly propelled to the dizzying heights atop the glittering international art scene where she meets Luc Bordeaux, a wealthy Parisian collector. After a fairytale weekend in Paris, Mary Elle returns to the states to pick up the pieces of her former non-glittery life only to realize that some doors once opened are not so easily shut again. The virgin returns, but this time as a young woman on the brink of changing the course of history. Trying to gain a step on the bizarre turn her life has taken, Mary Elle travels to Nazareth and then Bethlehem following the footsteps of the girl who would become the mother of Christ. But the virgin is not the only one pursuing her and with each step she takes in the direction of her destiny, another hand offers Mary Elle a different vision...one born of passion, fame, wealth and love.Can she risk reaching for both the virgin's gifts and the heady excitement she finds with Luc or will their competing designs for her future tear her apart? Can she be the star in her own Cinderella story or in the very moment she takes Luc's hand will she forfeit the singular gift that attracted him to her in the first place?A compelling story of fate, of a faith tested and honed in the agonies of indecision, and of the yearning for the fairy tale ending ever woman dreams of...both today...and 2000 years ago...

Keeper of the Dream

Author: Penelope Williamson
Publisher: Dell
ISBN: 030756780X
Format: PDF, Mobi
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A spellbinding tale of magic, passion, and destiny • “One of the most beautiful love stories I’ve ever read.”—Julie Garwood Blessed with the Welsh gift of “sight,” Lady Arianna saw the vision in a golden bowl: a knight with eyes gray as the English sea that had captured her, his sword about to pierce her heart. And she trembled, not with fear, but with a desire that engulfed her very soul. On the treacherous border of Wales, Raine, the Black Dragon, rode his charger toward Castle Rhuddlan and the lady within. Illegitimate son of a Norman nobleman, his past was scarred by denial and mistrust, and now his future lay in the conquest of a fiefdom . . . and a woman’s love. As the battle trumpet sounded, Arianna, her Celtic pride unyielding, saw her dream take flesh: Raine, the enemy who inflamed her blood with desire; Raine, the lover she must gentle and tame, and then, as ancient hatreds threatened their lives, either cherish . . . or betray. “A wonderful read . . . I was hooked from the first page and the magic continues throughout.”—Johanna Lindsey

Forbidden

Author: Sophia Johnson
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780615734149
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The beginning of The Raptor Castle Series starts with a story taken from a real life. This a tale about a scarred warrior-monk who can control his forbidden desires and fearsome temper while in Kelso Abbey. What will he become if forced to live in the tumultuous secular world?

A Kingdom of Dreams

Author: Judith McNaught
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0671737619
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Jennifer Merrick, a headstrong Scottish woman, is abducted from her convent school by the English warrior Royce Westmoreland, but her disdain and impatience with her captor give way to her growing attraction

Sapiens

Author: Yuval Noah Harari
Publisher: Signal
ISBN: 9780771038518
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Destined to become a modern classic in the vein of Guns, Germs, and Steel, Sapiens is a lively, groundbreaking history of humankind told from a unique perspective. 100,000 years ago, at least six species of human inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo Sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism? And what will our world be like in the millennia to come? In Sapiens, Dr. Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical -- and sometimes devastating -- breakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural, and Scientific Revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, palaeontology, and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities. Have we become happier as history has unfolded? Can we ever free our behaviour from the heritage of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come? Bold, wide-ranging and provocative, Sapiens challenges everything we thought we knew about being human: our thoughts, our actions, our power...and our future.

Captive Heart

Author: Glynnis Campbell
Publisher: Glynnis Campbell
ISBN: 193811406X
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Helena of Rivenloch has fire in her heart and battle in her blood, and she’s desperate to save her youngest sister from a fate worse than death...marriage. When Helena attempts and fails to slay the bridegroom, she does the next best thing...abducts his right-hand man, the witty and dashing Sir Colin du Lac, and demands her sister as ransom. But her plans go awry as her captive—amused and enchanted by her wild spirit—becomes a willing participant in her scheme, and Helena soon finds her own heart held hostage.