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Night of the Owl by Award-Winning Author Judith Sterling is a New Year New Books Fete Pick

Title: Night of the Owl

Author: Judith Sterling

Genre: Time Travel Romance

Book Blurb:

PhD student Ardyth Nightshade has renounced men and pursues her twentieth-century career with single-minded focus. When fate whisks her to medieval England, she meets her match in a man whose passions mirror her own. Can she sacrifice ambition for a love she never sought?

Hugh, Lord Seacrest confounds all who know him. He refuses to marry without a meeting of minds and hearts, and no lady has even approached his ideal…until Ardyth. But she's an odd one, with unique skills, shocking habits, and total conviction she needs no man. She also harbors secrets, and in the midst of rumors, plots, and murder, trust is fragile.

A woman outside of her time. A man ahead of his. They must take a leap of faith to forge a bond that will shape history.


Hugh stormed into the cave, unable to stem the tide of jealousy swelling inside him. A pox on Ranulf! Ardyth thought him smart, talented, kind, and handsome. She told me she didn’t need a man. Now here she is, half in love with a goliard!

Her arms dropped to her sides, and she stumbled backwards.

He stopped and frowned. “Why do you recoil?”

She halted and lifted her chin. “Why do you look so angry?”

With purposeful strides, he closed the distance between them. “I met Lady Isobel near the gatehouse. She told me you were here, talking of Ranulf.”

“Oh, she did! How good of her to report my every move, and how predictable that you prize her opinion above mine.”

“As you prize Ranulf above other men?” He clenched his fists, willing her to contradict him yet knowing she wouldn’t.

“What are you talking about?”

“I saw the pair of you last night…conversing cozily in the hall. ʼTis obvious he’s claimed your affections, though how I cannot—”

“What?!” Her flushed face was a mask of disbelief.

“You heard me.”

“I did, but I doubted my ears. A man of your depth and perception must’ve realized that…”

His clamped fingers relaxed. “Realized…what exactly?”

“Must I say it out loud?”

“I think you’d better.”

With a huff, she rolled her eyes. “Ranulf is just a friend. If there’s anyone I like around here, ʼtis you!”

He hesitated only an instant, long enough to absorb what she’d said. Then he grasped her arms, pulled her to him, and pressed his lips to hers.

Breaking free of his hold, she took his face between her hands and returned his kiss with passionate abandon. Her tongue took the lead. Her moan harmonized with the howling wind. She tasted of elderberries, ginger, and honey. Of lust and life. Heat rushed through him, heightening every sense as he gave himself to the kiss.

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It’s a brand-new year, full of possibilities Did you make any resolutions/goals for 2020? If so, please share one.

I’ll complete two novels—the final books in my two current series (The Novels of Ravenwood and Guardians of Erin)—and submit them to my publisher by the end of 2020.

Why is your featured book a must-read in 2020?

It’s a quick, fun read that provides the perfect escape from whatever ails you. And if you’ve ever fantasized about traveling back in time to medieval England, here’s your chance to go along for the ride!


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Runs January 1 – 31, 2020.

Drawing will be held on February 1, 2020.

Author Biography:

Judith Sterling is an award-winning author whose love of history and passion for the paranormal infuse everything she writes. Whether penning medieval romance (The Novels of Ravenwood) or young adult paranormal fantasy (the Guardians of Erin series), her favorite themes include true love, destiny, time travel, healing, redemption, and finding the hidden magic which exists all around us. She loves to share that magic with readers and whisk them far away from their troubles, particularly to locations in the British Isles.

Her nonfiction books, written under Judith Marshall, have been translated into multiple languages. She has an MA in linguistics and a BA in history, with a minor in British Studies. Born in that sauna called Florida, she craved cooler climes, and once the travel bug bit, she lived in England, Scotland, Sweden, Wisconsin, Virginia, and on the island of Nantucket. She currently lives in Salem, Massachusetts with her husband and their identical twin sons.

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Judith Sterling
Judith Sterling
Jan 08, 2020

Aww...thank you for your kind words, Barb. I'm looking forward to reading more of your work, too!


Barbara Bettis
Jan 08, 2020

Yes! I want to go along for that ride, Judith. Your book helped make my wish come true :) Looking forward to the next two books on your horizon.


Judith Sterling
Judith Sterling
Jan 08, 2020

Oh, wow! That's wonderful, Tena! Thanks so much for letting me know. Hope you enjoy the story!


Tena Stetler
Tena Stetler
Jan 08, 2020

This book caught my eye. It's on my ipad and it's now make it's way to the top of my TBR list. I can't wait to read it. Good luck and best wishes for a wonderful New Year Judith!


Judith Sterling
Judith Sterling
Jan 08, 2020

Thank you, Mary. I'm looking forward to reading more of yours, too!

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