Tuesday, July 24, 2012


"The Eagle's Woman," Part I of my Viking romance "The Eagle," will release August 2, 2012. Here are a blurb and excerpt for you along with the yummy cover featuring Sam Bond!

Son of an impoverished, dying Norse chieftain, Ari raids for booty and slaves so he can feed his people. Pagan himself, still he spares priests though he sells them. He’s a heathen, a murderer, and it is a sin for any Christian woman to love him. Yet when he abducts Maeve from her peaceful Irish fishing village, he may have found the one woman who can.


“What?” Ari asked, reaching with his free hand to take her chin in it. His thumb caressed her bottom lip and she thought she was not out of danger with him, no matter how disheveled her appearance. This man wanted her, no doubt of it. Not enough to commit violence on her, apparently, but she thought gentleness held its own dangers. If she was not careful, it could weaken her will. He was not unattractive—with fair skin, strong angular features and striking eyes—though just then he looked like a drowned rat as all of them did. It did not obscure the strength of his body or the keen intelligence in those eyes. She turned her head to the side, dislodging his thumb.

“I have not seen tears from you before,” he said thoughtfully, “though many of the others are crying. What has finally broken you?”

“I am not broken,” she spat, “only mourning two good people who raised me. But I am sure you know nothing of such feelings.”

He sat back on his heels. “Do I not? Two good people raised me as well. One lies crippled in his sickbed and the other waits for me to bring coin to buy things a sick man needs.”

Maeve was silent, surprised and momentarily chastened. She had never seriously supposed he had motives other than greed.

“Do you think raiding is worthy of a fighting man?” he persisted. “I would rather face an army than hungry children.”

She stifled an impulse toward sympathy. “Ours are dead or captive. You seem to have no trouble facing that.”

Abruptly, he set both feet beneath himself and got up, undaunted by the motion of the ship which made such things impossible for Maeve. She had not noticed a wineskin hanging from the rigging, but she saw him reach for it then.

“I cannot help your children.” He took a fulsome swig. “Just mine.” Wiping the neck with his wet tunic, he held the wineskin out to her.

It was decent wine, probably from their monastery, tasting of strength and summer. She needed strength to remember that summer would come again, so she drank.


  1. Damn, Miriam, I knew you'd have me at hello.

    Congrats on the imminent debut. Count me as your first (or one of the first) buyers. I love your characters already, as I so loved those in The King's Daughter and Scion. You have the touch.

    Wishing you tremendous success!!! Erin

  2. Aww, thanks, Erin. I'll post it here with a buy link. And just remember there's a sequel! LOL.

  3. Fantastic blurb, Miriam! And I loved your except.
    August 2nd is definitely your lucky day! Happy birthday and Congratulations.

  4. This one sounds fabulous, Miriam. I'll be in Ireland on Aug 2. Will be checking to see if my Kindle works there. Congrats on the pending release!

  5. Thanks to Gerri, Julie and Pat! I had my usual good time writing this book and am knee-deep in the sequel. Pat, I'm making my trip at the end of September! Batteries are in need of recharging. Hoist one at The Laurels for me if you're in the area. Someday we'll get there at the same time.

    1. Won't hit Killarney this time, Miriam. A quick stop in Dublin, and we're off to Westport, Co. Mayo. Someday...

  6. I'm going to be near Westport but opted to overnight elsewhere. Enjoy!

  7. I can't believe it but I'm late for the party again. Sigh-h! Will it never end? I can't wait to pick up a copy of this book, Miriam. I've so loved all your others. I wish you huge success with it!!!

  8. Sorry, Cate! This should be out August 2, so I'll let you know when it's available.