Sunday, December 28, 2014

Eight Festive Sentences from a Medieval #Romance by Suz deMello (#Yule @MFRW_ORG)

This weekend's snippet is from Viking in Tartan, a short medieval romance. In this scene, Rhona, the laird's daughter, is taking in the room where she is about to be married:

She glanced around. Their Great Hall wasna so great, but on this afternoon the servants had outdone themselves. They’d cleared away the remains of the previous night’s revelry and decorated every table, mantel and window ledge with fresh evergreen and holly boughs. Their fragrance and bright berries lent a festive atmosphere to the ceremony. Pale moonlight struggled through the few arrow slits uncovered by tapestries. A fire crackled and glowed, fed by the great Yule log that smoldered in the hearth. 

Da had ordered a young sheep, one of the lambs born the previous spring, slaughtered so they ate it roasted with a sauce made of berries and rosemary along with wheat boiled in broth and some haggis. Roasted rabbit and fish from the chilly ponds rounded out the meal, with both a sweet and a savory custard ending all. 

The story is about a Viking warrior who brings change to Clan Kilbirnie in the year 1260--especially to Rhona herself. It's found in the Naughty List, a boxed set put out by the Naughty Literati.

    Who are the Naughty Literati, you ask? We are a group of steamy romance
writers who have banded together to produce excellent stories, stories so hot, so cool, so unique, so special that they deserve special treatment. We plan to give the world--the romance reading world, that is--four anthologies annually, more or less.

     Naughty List, our first boxed set, of course has a winter holiday theme, but this is far from your usual vapid fare about kissing under the mistletoe and random sex at office Christmas parties. No--we have stories from the steamiest erotica to the most heart-warming happily ever after. We have medievals and futuristics, ménages and committed couples rediscovering love. You want romance? You want hot sex? We have it all.

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  1. Wonderful descriptive writing! I like when ritual is infused into stories. Good 8! Happy New year-- I hope 2015 brings good things your way!

  2. And now I'm hungry (but maybe not for haggis LOL). Beautifully written snippet, put me right in the room with her!

  3. What great world building. Loved the description! Great 8!

  4. Thanks, all of you, for your kind comments.