Saturday, November 8, 2014

Thankful Author- Laura Strickland

November 8, 2014
Featuring Laura Strickland

Why I Am Grateful

I am grateful for so very many reasons! When I sat down to express one today, I had a hard time choosing. But a single thing did spring to mind: this summer we lost our beloved dog Shannon to a sudden and devastating illness. At that time, it was hard to believe we would ever recover enough to love another animal as much. Then Jessie came into our lives through a wonderful rescue association in our community. Who knows what heartache landed her where she was? All we know is that at ten years of age, she was surrendered by her owner. We were able to open our bruised and battered hearts, but the best part is, so was she. Jessie is an angel in dog form, and I’m so grateful she made room in her warm, silly, funny heart for us!

Author Bio:
Born and raised in Western New York, Laura Strickland has pursued lifelong interests in lore, legend, magic and music, all reflected in her writing. Though her imagination frequently takes her to far off places, she is usually happiest at home not far from Lake Ontario with her husband and her "fur" child, a rescue dog. Author of Scottish romance Devil Black as well as The Guardians of Sherwood Trilogy consisting of Daughter of Sherwood, Champion of Sherwood and Lord of Sherwood, she is currently working on the second book of a new Steampunk romance series and has two Christmas novellas releasing this season: The Tenth Suitor and Mrs. Claus and the Viking Ship.


When Edwina Armstrong’s father invites ten titled lords to spend Christmas at his estate so Edwina may choose one for a husband, she finds the idea romantic. She dreams of gazing into the eyes of one of her suitors and falling deep in love. But it soon becomes apparent the lords in question are far more interested in gaining her father’s estate than Edwina’s hand. 

Thorstan’s in attendance but he hasn’t been invited and he’s no lord. A former mercenary, he’s come disguised as a fool to get near Edwina, long adored from afar.  Edwina quickly falls for his charm and quirky humor even though she fears her father will never approve of a commoner for her husband.  But when Edwina is abducted, only Thorstan—a skilled swordsman— has hope of rescuing her in time for the promised Christmas wedding.


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  1. What a precious picture. Both my son's family and a good friend both recently lost beloved dogs, one to age and one to a fast car on the road. I know how much each of them were affected. In both examples, they have rescued dogs, now, too. What a wonderful thing to give a pet a loving, safe home after a rough beginning. Jesse is one lucky doggie!

    1. Thanks so much, Barb. We feel like the lucky ones!

  2. What a beautiful story, Laura, and I love this picture! You both look so happy. :) Thanks for sharing.

  3. To be put on my TBR list. Best of luck Laura.