18 September 2013

Lord Griffin's Prize VBT

Part of the Emerald Isles Fantasies series

Tullamore Castle Ireland is an enchanted place where the unexpected happens. Phantom lovers materialize in haunted beds and a lonely griffin patrols the ramparts waiting to reclaim its mate. And that’s just the beginning.

For the adventure of a lifetime Maeve de’Burgo visits Tullamore to study genealogy. Through a magical act and time travel she becomes embroiled in a dangerous medieval romance and the unfinished life of her ancestor. Maeve gets thrown back in time to be captured, ravished and cherished as a war chief’s prize.

Ronan O’Griofa is a griffin-shifter, the most loyal of creatures. He’s been trapped in limbo as the avenging guardian of Tullamore since 1332 AD and longs to be free. When the soul of his wife returns to the castle he’s granted the privilege of becoming a man for one day to be her lover, win her heart and remind Maeve of a bond strong enough to last an eternity.

Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains adult sexual situations and/or adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.

Maeve walked down a long carpet runner of elegant red and blue heraldic designs that stretched the length of a football field. “From looking at the website I had no idea how sprawling Castle Tullamore is.”

“The castle as it stands now has been greatly expanded over the years. We are in the oldest wing. There have been many times during the castle’s stormy eight-hundred- year history when it has housed hundreds, perhaps thousands of people during a siege. Tullamore and its surrounding lands have been peaceful for generations but we still have a few old spirits wandering the halls who haven’t heard the news. They are still on guard for invaders.”

A chill traveled over Maeve. “Not malicious spirits, I hope.”

“No.” Áine pursed her lips. “Protective ones. We have a few devoted souls who watch over the castle with a wary eye just as they did in life. They’re noble spirits and you’ll feel no threat from them.”

“Tullamore is big on spirits, isn’t it?” Maeve didn’t mean to sound dismissive but she feared she did.

“Yes, the castle has more than its fair share. It’s not an exaggeration to say that Castle Tullamore is a supernatural vortex. Things happen here that can’t happen anywhere else.” Áine stopped at the end of the corridor in front of a massive wooden door carved with winged griffins. “This is the O’Griofa suite.” She slipped the brass key into a heavy brass lock, turned the key with a squeak and pushed the door open. “Lovely, isn’t it?”

Maeve stepped into the softly lit room and felt her breath catch. To her right a crystal lamp glowed with the strength of a candle flame and shot tiny rainbows across a pale marble table. A low fire crackled in the massive stone fireplace, which smoldered crimson. The floors were polished dark wood offset by fine carpets. The mantel was ornamented by two graceful stone griffins with wings raised and heads bowed, which cast dramatic shadows on the wall.

The entire room was filled with elegant art and unique furnishings from many eras, but the heart of the room was the monumental oak bed with towering carved posts and a vaulted canopy. The bed’s silk coverlet was a rich shade of viridian green. The carved headboard displayed a victorious griffin screeching in flight, with wings spread wide, and looked as if it belonged in an art museum.

Maeve gaped with disbelief. “I get to sleep in that bed? It’s gorgeous!”

Áine nodded. “Lady dé Burgo once slept in that bed, though ‘slept’ might be too polite a term. According to legend, Lord O’Griofa didn’t let her get much sleep. The bed was simpler too—it has been added to over the centuries but elements of it are the original bed.”

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