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Soul of the Wolf by Judith Sterling is a Wintertime Reading Event pick #historicalromance #ku #medievalromance #romance #giveaway



Title: Soul of the Wolf

 

Author: Judith Sterling

 

Genre: Historical romance

 

Book Blurb:

 

A Norman loyalist, Lady Jocelyn bristles when ordered to marry Wulfstan, a Saxon sorcerer. She nurses a painful secret and would rather bathe in a cesspit than be pawed by such a man...until her lifelong dream of motherhood rears its head.

 

A man of magic and mystery, Wulfstan has no time for wedded bliss. He fears that consummating their marriage will bind their souls and wrench his focus from the ancient riddle his dying mother begged him to solve. He's a lone wolf, salving old wounds with endless work. But Jocelyn stirs him as no woman ever has.

 

Their attraction is undeniable. Their fates are intertwined. Together, they must face their demons and bring light to a troubled land.

 

Excerpt:

 

          Wulfstan’s expression shifted faster than the midnight clouds. “Why are you here?” he asked in a low, tight voice.

 

          Keeping her distance, she eyed the wolf behind him and willed her voice to sound calm. “Why do you think?”

 

          “I think…that you’re spying on me.” His eyes were like ice.

 

          She held his wintry gaze. “Then you think rightly.”

 

          “What? No denial? No protestations of innocence?”

 

          “Would you have me lie?”

 

          He clenched his fists. “No.”

 

          “Then you cannot—”

 

          “Nor would I have you pound your pestle into my private affairs.”

 

          Heat swept through her. “Pray tell, what affairs have you that are not private?”

 

          “I’ve given you a free hand with the servants and the keep. What more do you want?”

 

          The wolf turned away and padded toward the forest. Her courage doubled. “More.”

 

          Her mind made up, she strode past Wulfstan and approached Woden’s Stair. She raised her foot above the first step.

 

          “Stay!” Wulfstan shouted above the wind.

 

          She stopped short and turned to him. “Are you addressing me?”

 

          He tore his gaze from the forest and settled it on her. “No. The wolf.” With powerful strides, he bridged the gap between them.

 

          Her stomach quivered. He stood but a foot away. “Good,” she croaked. Then she cleared her throat. “For a moment, I thought you ordered me to stay, as you would order a dog.”

 

          Humor softened his features. “Now there’s an idea. I must say, it has a certain appeal.”

 

          “Be serious.”

 

          “A dog can be trained to please its master, but the master also enjoys pleasing the dog. Some hounds are spoiled, in fact.”

 

          She frowned. Something in his tone was…suggestive. “Were I a bitch, I would not be so easily managed.”

 

          He grinned. “That I believe. And I know you’re no animal to be trained. You’re a strong woman with a mind of your own. But even the strong-willed like to be pampered. Wouldn’t you like it?”

 

          “I…I wouldn’t mind being pampered.”

 

          His hair looked like spun starlight. “And pleasured?”

 

          She stepped backward and the heel of her boot met stone. Flustered, she clambered onto the step.

 

          His demeanor darkened. “Get down from there.” His large hands invaded her mantle and encircled her waist.

 

          She wriggled free of his grasp and backed onto the second step.

 

          He crossed his arms. “Didn’t you hear me? Come down. That’s an order.”

 

          Her body heat flared anew, and she climbed three steps higher. “I heard you, but I’ll not play the bitch to any man.”

 

          “This isn’t a game.”

 

          “No? What would you do if I ran all the way to the top?”

 

          “I would stop you.” His words, exactly measured, were a promise.

 

          “You could try.” She whirled around and started upward.

 

          He grabbed her from behind and hoisted her several inches off the stairs. She struggled and kicked, and her left foot connected with his flesh.

 

          “Woden’s blood!” He hauled her away from the stairs and planted her on the ground.

 

          She twisted in his arms to face him. “Your nerve is unparalleled.”

 

          “Trust me, it bows to yours.” His face was mere inches from hers. The hard, hot length of his body pressed against her.

 

          “You’ve a clever tongue, my lord.”

 

          His eyes were now dark and inviting. Expectant. “Would you care to see how clever?”

 

          He lowered his lips to hers in a feather-light kiss. She gasped at the intimacy of it. He slipped his tongue inside her open mouth and began to explore.

 

          ’Twas her first kiss. A secret made known.

 

          He’s tasting me, she thought. He tasted like mulled wine.

 

          She melted to the kiss and opened her mouth wider. Their tongues entwined in a wet, rhythmic dance every bit as intricate as the patterns of Saxon art.

 

          Now this is magic. She wanted it to last forever.

 

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What makes your featured book a must-read?

 

It’s the perfect winter read, as much of the story takes place during wintertime. The romantic scenes are spicy and sure to keep you warm on cold, dark nights. And three books of the series, including this one, are free in Kindle Unlimited!

 

Giveaway – 

 

Enter to win a $20 Amazon gift card:

 

 

Open Internationally.

 

Runs January 23 – January 29, 2024.

 

Winner will be drawn on January 30, 2024.

 


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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