Sunday, October 10, 2010

Masquerade Marriage, Anne Greene

Historical/Romance
A SECRET LIST
To protect his loved ones and escape the dark fate of his brothers, a noted warrior abandons his identity. Hiding from relentless soldiers who want him dead, Brody MacCaulay vows to protect the woman he loves more than life, more than freedom, more than Scotland. But his presence throws her into danger.

A VOW HONORED
To escape an arranged marriage to an abusive noble, a Lowland Lady weds a stranger to save his life. But vows spoken do not make a marriage, especially when Megan MacMurry holds a different love inside her heart.

A SACRIFICE MADE
Outlawed, and with a price on his head, Brody condemns himself to a life of heartbreak without Megan. Wanting her desperately, knowing he can't have her, he heads alone to certain death..

Excerpt:
Like a determined hero, the fugitive warrior strode through the door at the far end of the tiny stone kirk.

Megan’s eyes widened. Her clenched jaw relaxed. Some of her dread dissolved.

“Impressive.” Molly, Megan’s Irish maid, whispered from where they stood together in the vestibule.

He stopped in front of the hand-carved altar and half-turned toward her. Megan pulled in an uneven breath. This Highlander, wearing formal kilts, was no scrawny lad grown older, nor was he a big, hairy Scot with a bushy beard. The tall, strapping soldier stood with legs braced as if about to do battle.

Her heart skipped. Though she’d known Brody when she wore short skirts, this blond warrior was far more than she expected. Her pulse throbbed in her temples. Doubt niggled her brain. Brody was too tall, too obviously a Highlander. How could she hope to pass him off as a Lowland Laird? He appeared to have too big a chip on his shoulder to let her command him.

Brody’s thick sandy hair swept the collar of his linen shirt. Lace-trimmed cuffs matched the white jabot at his muscular throat. A silver broach clapsed his crimson and black tartan to his wide right shoulder. His Claymore, dirk, and thick sword belt startled her.

Megan suppressed a shudder. The English outlawed kilts. With his dress, Brody spat in the face of the English and further imperiled his life. Why?

His intense sapphire stare blazed a trail across the empty wooden pews toward her. His eyes made her feel dizzy as if she just danced a fast reel with a lively partner.

Molly grinned and handed Megan the bridal flowers.

What had she gotten herself into?

Review:
5 Cups
Megan, a lowland lady marries Brody a Highlander on the run from the English to save his life. Filled with rich Scottish language and descriptive passages, this book literally tosses you back in time to a land where men fought to be free from the tyranny of the English. (Honestly feel ashamed to be English having read this.)

I literally sat and read all day, pausing only to feed the kids, so compelling is the story. I laughed and even cried. The emotions run deep as Megan and Brody slowly see past the pretence of their marriage and fall for each other, only for fate to step in.

Definitely one to read, this will have you riveted to your comp/e-reader/book and one you’ll want to read again.
-- Clare, Coffee Times Romance

Why Anne Wrote Marriage Masquerade:
I was motivated to write this book after visiting Scotland. The final battle between the English and the Scottish Highlanders changed the Highlands forever. A way of life ended. The drama in this story appealed to me, and so I wrote Masquerade Marriage. I love this time in history and so enjoyed living it as I wrote the book. I hope the reader finds a new world to love as he reads my book.

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Author Bio:
Anne Greene writes historical and suspense novels. She’s of Scotch ancestry of Clan Gunn. When she’s not deployed with her military husband, she makes her home in McKinney, Texas. She has four children. Tim LaHaye led her to the Lord when she was twenty-one, and Chuck Swindoll is her Pastor. In 1989 Anne graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Literary Studies from the University of Texas Dallas. Anne loves to travel and has visited twenty-four countries. See her web site http://www.annegreeneauthor.com/ for pictures. At present Anne is in Seoul, South Korea, serving her country with her hero husband, Larry, an active-duty Colonel in the Army Special Forces. Her highest hope is that her stories transport you to a different world and touch your heart.

Please leave a comment for this wonderful book and enter the drawing to win this and other recent features. Don't forget your email address. It makes it much easier for me to get in touch. :)

11 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great read! Please enter me . . . reneeasmith61 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  2. Whoa, I was almost breathless reading the excerpt! I'd love to win Masquerade Marriage.
    worthy2bpraised[at]gmail[dot]com

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  3. Thank you, ladies. I've got you entered. Best of luck!

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  4. I love the sound of this book! Can't wait to read it. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

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  5. I already have a copy of Masquerade Marriage and am a little over halfway through - it's phenominal! :-) Anne, I'll be leaving a review at Amazon very soon. I so agree with your statement about the setting and drama of your story taking over and spurring you on. I can soooo relate! God bless, and keep up the excellent work!

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  6. I look forward to reading this story. When I worked at University of Nebraska there was a grad student from Scotland who played the bagpipes. I could have listened to him talk for hours. Best wishes and blessings.

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  7. I would love to read Anne's book, but I checked and was surprised to find that it's not available for Kindle yet. I can't read very long on my computer, so I need the Kindle format. Are there plans to make it available soon?

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

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  8. Hmm, I had just posted a comment, and something happened to it and suddenly I was not here anymore. Weird! I was saying that this book looks that it is geared for success from reading the review, excerpt and comments above. I enjoy Scottish stories, particularly of this time period. I felt like I was watching someone's dream as I read the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway and for the chance to win this pleasure of a novel. I hope I do!

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