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Snippet from Magnar
Scene set-up: Magnar and Elspeth are in the forest discussing where their enemy and his men have fled. They deem there is still a threat. During their conversation, Elspeth realizes how much her counsel matters to her husband. With the threat of a storm approaching, Magnar judges it wise to return to the castle. When Magnar slips in a puddle of mud and water, his plans are somewhat altered. Or are they?
Water dripped from her hair down her cheeks, and Elspeth blinked.
He pressed her against his body. “Are you thinking? Again?”
“Now you are jesting with me,” she scolded, smacking at his wet tunic. “I found myself at a loss of words over your kind offer.”
Magnar’s laughter echoed all around her, drowning out the continual thunder. Without giving her time to react, he scooped her into his arms and marched across the bailey. When they entered the keep, he shouted, “You best have that tub filled and ready for my wife!”
Elspeth rolled her eyes at the thought of all his men doing a simple task for her. “You had your men filling my tub?”
“Our tub, my kærr.”
Known as the Barbarian, Magnar MacAlpin is a fierce ruler for those under his command. As leader of the Wolves of Clan Sutherland, his loyalty and obedience lies with Scotland. However, the king’s last demand is not something Magnar will tolerate.
After Elspeth Gunn’s brother the Chieftain of Castle Steinn is murdered, she flees with her nephew, and finds safety amongst a band of men who are rumored to be part wolf. When the king forces her to wed a heathen Northman, she fears losing her heart and soul not only to the man, but the beast as well.
In order to restore peace to a shattered clan, Magnar and Elspeth travel a treacherous path that challenges their beliefs. When evil seeks to destroy ancient traditions, will Magnar be compelled to restrain his wolf or allow him free to protect those he loves?
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