CAPTIVE OF LOVE... Spirited Rowena Belleme must produce an heir - or incur the dangerous wrath of a ruthless stepbrother who stands to forfeit his ill-gotten wealth. And the magnificent Warrick deChaville is the perfect choice to sire her child - though it means imprisoning the handsome knight...and forcing him to bend to her amorous whims.
SLAVE OF PASSION... Vowing to resist but betrayed by his own virility, noble Warrick is intoxicated by Rowena's sapphire eyes and voluptuous beauty. Yet all the while he plans a fitting revenge - eagerly awaiting the time when his sensuous captor becomes his helpless captive... and is made to suffer the same rapturous torment and exquisite ecstasy that he himself has endured.
Dear Reader... Come back to England in the year 1277 and meet Hastings of Trent and Severin of Langthorne, two strangers joined in marriage. Hastings is an heiress and Severin is the warrior whom the dying Earl of Oxborough has selected to assume his title, properties, possessions, and his daughter. It is Severin's duty to sire children, to bring strong new blood to the line, and keep Oxborough powerful.
Hastings thinks he's cold-blooded, severe, merciless. Severin doesn't smile, he looks capable of cruelty, he inspires fear. Then a marten appears over the top of his tunic.
Now, who can be afraid of a man who carries a marten in his tunic? (What is a marten, you ask? A marten is a sable; a sable is a weasel. What is a weasel, you ask. See marten.)
As for Hastings, Severin believes she should be obedient, submissive, malleable. She should speak softly and do whatever he wants, immediately.
Both are in for a surprise.
Sweeping you through this medieval adventure are these and other richly drawn characters, among them Gilbert the goat and Alfred the Healer's cat. And of course, there is Trist, the marten, perhaps the mostly richly drawn of all. And what, you will ask, is this mysterious place called Rosehaven?
Dear Reader.... Philippa de Beauchamp, as impulsive as she is beautiful, flees her father's castle when she hears she is to be wed to the repellent Baron de Bridgport. But her daring escape in a wool wagon quickly becomes a midadventure, and she winds up in the arms of Dienwald de Fortenberry, a rogue as smooth and bold as Acquitaine wine.
Soon Philippa finds herself a prisoner at Dienwald's castle, where there are mysteries to be solved, villains to be bested, and a stubborn man's heart to be won.
You'll also meet old friends, Graelam and Kassia de Moreton from FIRE SONG, as well as the king of England, who is closer to Philippa than shec could ever imagine. Journey back to thirteenth-century Cornwall, and let me entertain you! - Catherine Coulter
Dear Reader... You met Roland de Tournay in EARTH SONG - a handsome rogue with a subtle wit and quick tongue who was variously an actor, an adventure, a master of disguise. Now in SECRET SONG he meets his destiny when he must rescue from a Welsh stronghold Daria of Forteque - as daring, as clever, as fascinating as he is himself.
The link between the two is as unbreakable as the finely forged steel of Roland's sword, but being an obstinate man, he resists it with all his might. Characters from EARTH SONG and FIRE SONG bestow their own particular brands of aid on this beset pair.
Travel back in time with me in the final novel of the Song Trilogy to meet new friends and old in a romantic adventure you won't soon forget. - Catherine Coulter.
Dear Reader... Rorik is a Viking warrior, as fierce and savage as the North Sea during the winter solstice. Mirana is a Viking woman who loves birds, is more ingenious than most men, and loyal down to her toes. Her life changes utterly one fateful day when Rorik and his men come to Clontarf, a Viking fortress on the eastern coadt of Ireland, to kill her half-brother. But she is the one taken as a hostage to use as a pawn against him.
Rorik is the Lord of Hawkfell, an island off the east coast of Britain. The moment he brings his captive home, it seems that everything begins to fly out of his control. The women are out to teach the men a lesson with the result that the food is rank, Rorik's family is out for Mirana's blood, a murderer is on the loose, and a huge mongrel, Kerzog, dotes not only on his master but also on his master's captive.
Rorik and Mirana are two strong-willed people, ardent in their opinions, who will have you rooting for both of them equally.
Do enjoy. Let me know which of the three Viking novels you like best. - Catherine Coulter
Dear Reader... I love the Vikings. For hundreds of years they were viewed by the world as vicious plunderers and ruthless savages. But in fact, these fierce people were also great explorers. They were romantic, too, their feats those of heroes, of grit, and of valor. They were strong, proud, loyal - the stuff of legends and of fiction.
So come back with me again to Viking times with the Lord of Raven's Peak, Merrik Haraldsson, the younger brother of Rorik, the Lord of Hawkfell Island, whose journey begins in Kiev where he comes away with two slaves, but they're not who or what he thinks they are, not by a long shot.
Then the question arises: Can a woman be a skald, a troubadour of Viking times? Laren, one of Merrik's slaves, is just that, and she's quite good. She wants to tell stories to earn enough silver and gold to buy her and her little brother from Merrik, only he refuses to sell her. And now that she's his, he must protect her when she's accused of murder, then save her yet again when he discovers her secrets.
I challenge you to guess the truth behind both mysteries. Be honest now, write me and tell me if and how I fooled you...and I will. - Catherine Coulter
Dear Reader...When Chessa is kidnapped by Ragnor of York, Cleve sets out to rescue her. After all, he's the one who negotiated her marriage to William of Normandy, and his word is on the line. When a storm blows Chessa and her kidnapppers onto Hawkfell Island, outrageous complications set in.
In the third novel of this Viking trilogy, Cleve of LORD OF RAVEN'S PEAK and Chessa of LORD OF HAWKFELL ISLAND first meet when Chessa is the princess of Ireland and Cleve has no memory of the time before he was a slave. When vivid dreams kindle memories of his native Scotland, Cleve's goal becomes to return to Loch Ness to claim his inheritance.
But first, there is Chessa to be rescued and handed over to her rightful groom. When Cleve arrives at Hawkfell Island, he learns that Chess not only refuses to marry Ragnor of York, she won't consider William of Normandy either. She wants to marry him! Her strategies to bring this about anticipate Machiavelli by 600 years.
Chessa and Cleve may be bullheaded, but they're no match for Ragnor of York, who will have you laughing at his abominable antics. One thing about Ragnor, he never knows when to say when.
All the characters from the first two Viking novels are back, all five years older now ~ but not necessarily wiser ~ and ready to stick their oars into Cleve's and Chessa's problems. And you'll have these questions answered: Is Cleve's father really a master sorceror? Is there truly a Loch Ness monster?
You will also discover who really rules Hawkfell Island. Please enjoy. - Catherine Coulter
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