The Nutcracker Reimagined in KU

The Nutcracker Reimagined, a Christmas romance anthologyOur holiday boxed set, The Nutcracker Reimagined, is now a free read for Kindle Unlimited subscribers!

My contribution is a medieval romance called The Mercenary’s Bride. This novella is the first story in the Brides of Inverfyre series. It’s the story of Mhairi, daughter of the Hawk of Inverfyre and his wife Aileen. (The family tree for Ravensmuir and Inverfyre is a free download in my online store, right here.) Mhairi is the middle child of five and the second daughter. She’s a crack shot with a crossbow and a bit of a tomboy, and she’s unafraid to defy her father. Her interest was why the mercenary Quentin was dismissed from Inverfyre, but when he returns, bitter and wounded, Mhairi is the only one who can see his merit. Can her love heal him? I think you can guess, but I hope you’ll join me for their adventure.

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The Nutcracker Reimagined & Eliza Knight

Today, my guest is another author participating in the Nutcracker Reimagined collection. Please welcome Eliza Knight!

Hello! I’m Eliza Knight, an award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of historical romance. Under the name E. Knight, I pen rip-your-heart-out historical fiction. Most of my novels take place in medieval Scotland, which is my favorite time period to write about. I’m fortunate enough to have been able to do some research in Scotland, too, which brings me even closer to my characters and the land they cherish so much.

The Highlander's Reward, a medieval Scottish romance by Eliza KnightMy Stolen Bride series is kicked off with The Highlander’s Reward, and in it my hero Magnus Sutherland fights for William Wallace and the Bruce in trying win back Scottish freedom from the English. So what happens, when in the middle of a battle, Magnus comes across an English lass, daughter to the enemy, in need of saving? Well, he takes her of course, and forces her to marry him. Arbella is horrified. She didn’t like the idea of leaving England to marry an English lord occupying a Scottish castle as it was. It’s a wild place full of heathens, and now she’s married to a barbarian! For Magnus, marrying the enemy puts his duty to his clan and country in jeopardy, not to mention that having a wife will be a total pain in the arse. But what started as a mock marriage turns into one of passionate love, and together they have to fight off the enemies who would seek to destroy them. The Highlander’s Reward is currently a free read—escape to the Highlands with me and give this series a try!

The Highlander's Gift, a medieval Scottish romance by Eliza KnightMy story in The Nutcracker Reimagined is The Highlander’s Gift, and it features the daughter of Magnus and Arbella from The Highlander’s Reward. Bella is a fiery and independent lass who definitely doesn’t want to be constrained by the bonds of marriage. And she just so happens to find the most perfect man for her. Sir Niall Oliphant was betrothed to the Bruce’s daughter, Princess Elizabeth, until she declares that his wound in battle has incapacitated him as a man. Because he does not wish to marry the spoiled royal, he is glad to pass her off to his brother Sir Walter, and remain a bachelor. Until he is presented with an offer from the Earl of Sutherland to marry his only daughter, a lass more beautiful than any other. Bella Sutherland, daughter of one of the most powerful earls and Highland chieftains in Scotland, can marry anyone she wants—but she wants no one. When she spies the injured warrior at the Yule festival who has been shunned by the Bruce’s own daughter, she makes her choice. What is better than no husband? A husband who cannot truly be husband at all. With them both satisfied that they are gaining a marriage in name only, imagine their surprise when love blossoms and passion ignites?

The Nutcracker Reimagined, a Christmas romance anthologyThe Highlander’s Gift is the ninth medieval tale in my Stolen Bride series. It will be available first as a novella in the Nutcracker Reimagined which releases on October 19th — only available for 30 days for 99 cents – along with nine other great Christmas novellas! After that, The Highlander’s Gift will be expanded into a full-length novel and released in its own edition.

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More Relationship Tropes

Here’s my last post on tropes in romance novels and in my books. Since we’re down to the bits and ends, this collection of tropes is a bit of a mixed bag.

Protector – one of the protagonists volunteers or is assigned to protect the other, and romantic entanglements ensue. This also manifests in historicals as Guardian/Ward, in which the legally assigned protector of the heroine of minor age develops romantic feelings for her.

Guardian, #2 of the Prometheus Project of urban fantasy romances by Deborah Cooke The Crusader's Vow by Claire Delacroix, book #4 in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series of medieval romances.

Holiday – the book is set during the holidays, often at Christmas but other holidays are possible, too.

All or Nothing, book #4 of the Coxwell series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke A Berry Merry Christmas, a holiday contemporary romance novella by Deborah Cooke, writing as Claire Cross The Rogue, book #1 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix The Snow White Bride, third in the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix Something Wicked This Way Comes, a Regency romance novella by Claire Delacroix and #1 of the Brides of North Barrows

Homecoming – also called Reunion, one of the characters returns to his/her hometown. The other protagonist might have been there all along (Friends to Lovers or Second Chance at Love) or could also have arrived recently.

Third Time Lucky, book #1 of the Coxwell Series of contemporary romances, by Deborah Cooke The Frost Maiden's Kiss, a medieval romance and third book in the True Love Brides series by Claire Delacroix The Crusader's Kiss, #3 in the Champions of St Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix The Crusader's Vow by Claire Delacroix, book #4 in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series of medieval romances.

Kidnapping – another one that is popular in historicals. One protagonist (often the hero) abducts the other and romantic entanglements ensue.

The Beauty, book #5 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix The Warrior, book #3 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix The Rose Red Bride, book #2 in the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix The Crusader's Kiss, #3 in the Champions of St Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix Guardian, #2 of the Prometheus Project of urban fantasy romances by Deborah Cooke Rebel, #3 of the Prometheus Project of urban fantasy romances by Deborah Cooke Wyvern's Warrior, #3 in the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke

May/December – the hero is older than the heroine by more than a few years. When the heroine is older (as in Love Potion #9, An Elegy for Melusine and Wyvern’s Mate) the trope is called Cougar.

The Crusader's Handfast, #5 in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix Kiss of Fire, a paranormal romance and first in the Dragonfire series, by Deborah Cooke Kiss of Fury, #2 in the Dragonfire series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke Kiss of Fate, #3 in the Dragonfire series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke Winter Kiss, #4 in the Dragonfire series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke Whisper Kiss, #5 in the Dragonfire series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke Darkfire Kiss, #6 in the Dragonfire series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke Flashfire, #7 in the Dragonfire series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke Firestorm Forever, A Dragonfire Novel and paranormal romance by Deborah Cooke Love Potion #9, a paranormal romance and romantic comedy by Claire Delacroix An Elegy for Melusine: A Medieval Fairy Tale by Claire Delacroix Wyvern's Mate, book #1 in the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke

On the Rocks – the hero and heroine are in a relationship that is falling apart, but over the course of the book, they make it work again.

One More Time, book #3 in the Coxwell Series of contemporary romances, by Deborah Cooke The Rogue, book #1 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix

Secret baby – the hero and heroine have conceived a child, but he either doesn’t know about it or doesn’t realize the child is his. This trope is often combined with Second Chance at Love. (Spoiler alert on these two books!)

The Rogue, book #1 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix Double Trouble, book #2 in the Coxwell Series of contemporary romances, by Deborah Cooke

Time Travel – the hero and heroine are from different times.

The Last Highlander, a Scottish time travel romance by Claire Delacroix The Moonstone, a time travel romance by Claire Delacroix Once Upon a Kiss, a Scottish paranormal romance by Claire Delacroix

Phew! That’s it for my list of tropes in my books. If you think I missed any or forgot to put a book in a specific category, please comment here and let me know.

What is your favorite trope of all?