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Night of the Owl by Judith Sterling is a Wintertime Reading Event pick #timetravel #giveaway

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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What makes your featured book a must-read?

It’s a way to escape to another time and place, and if the winter doldrums have struck, you can escape to the summer sun.

Giveaway –

Enter to win a $10 Amazon gift card:

Open Internationally. You must have a valid Amazon US or Amazon Canada account to win.

Runs January 24 – January 31, 2023.

Winner will be drawn on February 1, 2023.

Author Biography:

Judith Sterling is an award-winning author whose love of history and passion for the paranormal infuse everything she writes. Through gothic paranormal mystery (The Gothic Gwyn Mysteries), medieval/time travel romance (The Novels of Ravenwood) and young adult paranormal fantasy (the Guardians of Erin series), she loves to whisk readers away from their troubles and remind them of the hidden magic all around us.

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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Rita Wray
Rita Wray
Jan 25, 2023

Sounds good, I love the cover.

Judith Sterling
Judith Sterling
Jan 25, 2023
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Thanks so much, Rita!


N. N. Light
N. N. Light
Jan 25, 2023

Thank you, Judith, for sharing your book in our Wintertime Reading Bookish Event! I love this book so much! It's still one of my all-time favorites.

Judith Sterling
Judith Sterling
Jan 25, 2023
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I'm so happy you loved it! I'm grateful to be sharing it in this fun event.

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