It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. - Seneca

Friday, August 10, 2012

Featured Today- THE EAGLE'S WOMAN

By Miriam Newman

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.



Fantasy poetry driven by myths and legends has been Miriam’s passion for as long as she can remember.  She was published in poetry before catching the romance writing bug.  She brings that background to her writing along with a lifelong addiction to horses, an 18 year career in various areas of psychiatric social services and many trips to Ireland, where she nurtures her muse.  Her published works range from contemporary fantasy romance to fantasy historical, futuristic, science fiction and historical romance.  Currently she lives in rural Pennsylvania with a “motley crew” of rescue animals.  You can view her books at  



Miriam Newman said...

Thank you for your always-lovely presentation! I had a great time writing this book and am well into the sequel. The research really was fascinating and I hope will enrich both books.

Victoria Roberts said...

Great excerpt, Miriam. And I LOVE the cover!

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Adele Dubois said...

Best of luck with this release, Miriam! Gorgeous cover (what a hunk!)and terrific excerpt. I'm off to buy my copy now.


Susan Macatee said...

Sounds great, Miriam! Congrats on your new release!

Erin OQuinn said...

Wow, Miriam, I have just finished your superb romance THE EAGLE'S WOMAN. All I can say is, "Bring on the sequel!"

Now that I feel quenched by this pair's first attraction to each other, I want to know how two strong, passionate people cope with Ari's malevolent half-brother, how Maeve succumbs wholly to her Viking lover's full passion, and how both of them find happiness in the cold, lovely setting of Norway...or wherever they should sail.

You've set me up, as usual, you beguiler. I can't read your books fast enough.

Congratulations on another winner! Erin

Miriam Newman said...

Thanks, ladies! Wow, Erin, that was fast. But I deliberately set out to write this series in convenient bite-sized pieces. I just have to keep ahead of you speed demons! Hehe.

Lana Williams said...

Yummy cover and loved the excerpt! Best of luck with sales, Miriam!

Kate Hofman said...

Oh Miriam! I was riveted by your excerpt, but then what else is new.
I am not a fan of historicals, but I loved your THE COMET to death.
And here again, Vikings arent my bag, but.... here I was, instantly surrendering to your magic...
You know I think you're the best, and you proved it again here.

Love, KATE

Miriam Newman said...

Thanks, Lana. Kate, between my Vikings and Heide's, you're surrounded.

Pat McDermott said...

Congrats on your latest work of art, Miriam. So glad you're already at work on the sequel. Sounds like these characters are enchanting you, and if they'll enchant the author, we readers are surely in for a treat. Loved the excerpt. Looking forward to another great MN read!

Miriam Newman said...

Thanks, Pat. I think it's always a good sign when you can't wait to get back to your WIP! It was a rainy morning this morning, perfect for coffee and writing. Of course I had to go to work. Sigh. Well, maybe someday... Just think, I could double my output! :)

Dariel Raye said...

Got kindle. Got "The Eagle's Woman." Can't wait to start reading it :-D

Jennifer (JC Page) said...

Cover/excerpt...its all great! Miriam, you are a wonderful inspiration. Glad I stopped by...

Miriam Newman said...

Thanks to Dariel and Jennifer. I'm glad you stopped by. Dariel, here's hoping you like the book!

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