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About Mia Pride
Mia is an award-winning author and mother of two human boys and many furry creatures residing in the SF Bay Area. How she manages to get anything done is a wonder to all, including herself.
As a child, she often wrote fantasy stories, preferring to live in a world where the line between reality and fantasy didn’t exist. In High school, she entered writing contests and had some stories published in small newspapers or school magazines. As life continued, so did her love of writing.
Mia received her Bachelors in Health Science from CSUEB and recently completed her editing certificate with UC Berkeley. Currently, Mia is both self-published and small-press-published with Dragonblade Publishing.
When Mia isn’t writing books or hanging with her family and pets at home, she loves to get lost in a good book, buy anything with pugs on it, and drink massive margaritas with her friends. Her happy place is the Renaissance Faire, where you can find her at the joust, rooting for the shirtless highlander in a kilt.
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Star of royal beauty bright…
Dragonblade Publishing brings you not one, but two beautiful collections of holiday cheer for 2021. STAR OF LIGHT is Collection #2 in this glorious holiday gathering of tales from some of your favorite Dragonblade authors.
From the bedecked halls of Regency England to the cold and crisp air of Medieval England, and everything in between, welcome to the magic of a holiday collection inspired by classic Christmas carols that will bring the joy of the season into your heart and into your home. Holiday Historical Romance has never been so heartwarming.
Authors in this collection include:
Melanie Rose Clarke
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From Dragonblade to you, we wish you a very happy holiday season!
Book 2 in the Irvines of Drum series is now available. Read for FREE with Kindle Unlimited!
Mary Hamilton is no stranger to scandal. As the former Laird of Drum’s lover, she has been on the receiving end of many dark stares. But when he died in battle, leaving her alone and carrying his unborn child, darkness was all she had left. A woman cannot raise a child alone without scorn, but she would prefer to face the judgment of others than marry to save her reputation.
The need for an advantageous marriage is a burden that Sir William Keith, Laird of Dunnottar and Marischal of Scotland, is all too familiar with. If only every prospective bride did not make him wish to jump off the cliffs surrounding his castle. When an invitation arrives to celebrate the Yule with his Sister at Drum Castle, William is eager to accept and escape the constant reminder of his plight… until the reason for his invitation becomes as apparent as the contempt Mary holds for him.
She needs a husband and a father for her child. He needs a wife and an heir. But a marriage of convenience has never felt less convenient as they seem to fight more than they breathe. However, despite William’s resolve to keep his distance, there is a spark in the darkness that surrounds the lass, one that draws him in- like a moth to a flame. But, just like a fire burning out of control, the heat between them may only burn them both in the end.
Irvines of Drum
Book 1 - For Love of a Laird
Book 2 - Like a Laird to a Flame
Book 3 - Maid for the Knight
Book 3 in the Irvines of Drum is now available! Read for free in Kindle Unlimited.
Abandoned as a wee bairn and lovingly raised by the Keiths, Matilda has spent her entire life pondering her identity. When the truth proves more sinister than expected, she is desperate to hide her shameful secret despite the missives that continue to arrive, threatening both Matilda and her kin. Even death is preferable to losing the trust of those she loves, for surely, the Keiths and Irvines will disown her if they discover their enemy’s blood runs through her veins.
Preferring the life of a traveling knight, Reginald Irvine lives for the moment, never focusing on tomorrow. When ordered to discover the contents of Matilda’s mysterious missives, Reginald relishes the task. He will charm the truth out of the lovely lass, then be off on his next journey. But when Matilda pushes him away and finds herself in danger, Reginald determines to protect her at all costs, even if the cost is losing his life… or his heart.
Tired of the threats, Matilda takes matters into her own hands, and Reginald gladly follows. If their plan succeeds, they will save hundreds of lives. If they fail, they have more to lose than just their heads.
But, when tempers flare, desires are spoken, and attraction turns to passion, the enemy on their heels is no longer the only threat to life as they know it.
Irvines of Drum
Book 1 - For Love of a Laird
Book 2 - Like a Laird to a Flame
Book 3 - Maid for the Knight
When that very lass turns up in his village badly beaten and holding a child, his nightmares become a reality. She may be the last person he ever wished to see again, but now she is staying in his home, consuming his life. Honor forces him to help her recover but prides demands he keeps his distance.
Some secrets go to the grave, and Clarice has enough to fill her own. But she isn’t prepared to face death yet. When a violent man forces her into marriage, she risks all to save her and her son, never expecting her journey to bring her back to Jeoffrey. Her love for him is just as strong as ever, as is his hate for her. His terms are clear. He will care for her, then he will send her away.
But, nothing stays buried forever and when truths are revealed, Jeoffrey may discover that Clarice, and forgiveness, can be the best salvation of all.
Romance rated 18+ due to some adult content
Book 1 in the NEW "Irvines of Drum" series is now available!
Betrothed to the elderly laird of their enemy, disillusionment and duty are all Elizabeth Keith has ever known. She may never know true love, but her people will finally know peace.
However, when tragedy strikes more than once, and Elizabeth is pawned from laird to laird, unexpected desires for one man threaten to compromise her dutiful existence, forcing her to defy the rules.
As the spare to the heir, Robert Irvine understands his obligation to the clan during these volatile times. But, marrying his brother’s beautiful widow is more than he bargained for, and nothing he is prepared for. When all he never wanted becomes all he ever needed, Robert suddenly stands to lose it all.
When war is a constant threat, and a marriage to Elizabeth is the key to peace, Robert will do all he can to secure both, until he discovers she has done something that may destroy them both.
Irvines of Drum
Book 1 - For Love of a Laird
Book 2 - Like a Laird to a Flame
Book 3 - Maid for the Knight
Descending from a long line of English privateers, the need for adventure flows through Ruby Berry’s veins. Unfortunately, her parents have other plans for her future. Betrothed to the stodgy Vice-Admiral of the Queen’s Navy, Ruby is destined for a life of obedience… until the day Callum Campbell walks through her door and captures her interest, and maybe even her heart.
Noble born and bred, Callum Campbell is the laird of his clan by day and a devilish pirate by night. Loyal to the house of Stuart, he prefers to make his own rules as captain of his ship, plundering both treasure and women as he pleases- even if it marks him as an enemy to the queen. When business takes him to the coast of Cornwall, Callum discovers the greatest treasure of all, one he is unable to resist, but she is arranged to marry his greatest enemy.
Ruby is desperate for one last escape before her wedding, and Callum is never short of schemes. But will he be able to give her up once their adventure on the high seas comes to an end?
A steamy pirate novella that is sure to be an adventure!
Sheltered from the world, Ginny O’Faolain has been raised amongst warriors but denied any opportunity to prove herself worthy of her name. Her mama would rather protect Ginny than allow her a chance to help her people.
Fed up, Ginny is determined to learn to fight and honor her Wolfe family heritage. Unfortunately, the warrior she is ordered to train with loathes her, and she isn’t fond of the lout, either.
Keegan Mac Carthaigh is one of the king’s most trusted warriors, loyal, and capable in battle. But when he is commanded to train the most frustrating lass in the entire village, he is not so certain he is up to the task.
The Wolfe lass is naught but a thorn in his side: stubborn, impulsive, and foul-mouthed. And now, he must spend every day training her to fight, an impossible task and one that may drive him mad.
But when tempers flare and fire meets fire, an attraction burns brighter than either of them could have ever imagined.
He went from not being able to stand the lass, to suddenly wanting to devour her
As a member of high society and a business mogul, Christopher Farrington IV holds himself to the highest standards. His career consumes his world, and there is no time for love or relationships. Infrequent dates with fortune seekers to keep his mother happy are his only distraction, until the night Monica Stevenson, his best friend's fiery hot twin sister, tempts him into making the first uncalculated decision of his life.
But one night of passion turns both their worlds upside down when the consequences prove permanent. Neither of them is ready for a baby, and certainly not for the fallout. Tempers flare, passions burn, and emotions sizzle as Monica and Chris fight to gain the higher ground. But the more they fight, the further they may fall.
The line between love and hate is thin, and one wrong step could send them plummeting in either direction. But no matter which way they fall, their reality remains the same: a baby is on the way, and neither of them is prepared.
A steamy contemporary romance! This title is rated 18+ due to adult content
**** Raising Grace received a perfect 5-star review and the Crowned Heart of Excellence Award in the April 2019 issue of InD'Tale Magazine. **** "Ms. Pride is a master at her craft and brilliantly captures the heartbreak and angst that both Crystal and Brent feel, so much so that these feelings are transferred to the reader. " InD'Tale Magazine Brent In college, I had everything I could ever want: A budding career and the love of my life, Crystal Macintosh. She was my high school sweetheart and my twin sister’s best friend. But one night, a practical joke went bad, and the joke was on me. I lost Crystal that day, and along with her, all I ever wanted. Soon, I had a daughter to raise, but when Grace was diagnosed with autism, her mother took off. I was all alone… until the day Crystal walked into a conference room with the key to my daughter’s success, and the key to my heart. However, convincing her I’m worth a second chance is proving much harder than I ever imagined, and asking her to meet Grace and face the ghosts from our past may be more than either of us are ready for. Crystal Brent Stevenson broke my heart in college. I never knew why he did what he did, but it took years for me to bury the pain — with bad dates, one-night stands, and my passion for working with kids with autism. Just when all my hard work was about to pay off, I discovered the man who ripped my heart out years ago was now the financial investor of my biggest project. Now, I have to convince him to fund my life’s work, and he isn’t going to make it easy. After being assigned to work with his daughter, in his home, I find myself facing some hard truths. The circumstances that drove us apart aren’t what they seem, I’m still in love with Brent, and… I’m falling in love with his daughter, Grace. The baby that once drove us apart, is now the little girl bringing us together. Raising Grace is a full-length steamy, romantic comedy that will tug at your heartstrings and prove that love knows no boundaries, nor does autism.
RATED 18+ FOR ADULT CONTENT AND LANGUAGE
“Raising Grace” treats the reader to flawed but relatable characters. This novel is quite compelling and difficult to put down because so much happens in such a short period of time. Ms. Pride is a master at her craft and brilliantly captures the heartbreak and angst that both Crystal and Brent feel, so much so that these feelings are transferred to the reader. - InD'Tale Magazine
Growing up under the threat of constant attack, Flynn knows that remaining vigilant is the only way to survive. When one enemy falls, another rises. As his king’s best informant, his days are spent traveling in dangerous territory. His life is one of duty. There is no time for women or love, even if a particularly bonny healer continues to catch his eye.
Growing up surrounded by violent men, Maggie fears them all. Though a talented healer, being around the warriors of the village terrifies her, making her duties more than difficult. Only Flynn Mac Greine has ever made her question her fears, but no matter what, she must avoid him… even if he is the first man to make her feel something more. He is still a warrior, and therefore prone to violence.
But, when word arrives that Flynn is mortally wounded and stranded alone in the woods, Maggie must face her fears and risk all to save him, but he may not be the only one to be saved.
"The pacing is engaging, the main characters are well-thought out and likable, and the ending is powerful! There is a hint of mysticism in the Celtic origins of this tale, which adds interest and intrigue. This is an original story with wonderful characters!" - InD'Tale Magazine
Rated 18+ due to adult content
The Warrior's Salvation:
Jeoffrey has had enough of women. When his intended wife Clarice ran off with his cousin, he was left to pick up the pieces of his shattered heart. Now years later, after fighting a long war and finally earning a new start to life, all he wants is a little farm and his solitude. But when the one woman he never expected, or wanted, to ever see again suddenly shows up battered and carrying a small child in her arms, Jeoffrey has no choice but to take her into his home. But as soon as Clarice is healed, Jeoffrey is determined to be rid of them both. Forever.
Faced with a forced marriage to an abusive man, Clarice flees to save her and her son’s lives. When she finally arrives at a new village, desperate for help, Jeoffrey is the last man she ever thought to find there. Injuries have left her helpless and reliant upon Jeoffrey’s goodwill. If only he did not despise her. Clarice never expected to see Jeoffrey again and, though her heart never forgot him, he wishes to forget her.
The Warrior's Wager:
She will not be tamed…
Aislin Mac Cecht is not like other lassies. She prefers her bow, connecting with nature, and most importantly, her freedom. Marriage and children would only tie her down. No man could ever possibly accept her as she is, feral and stubborn to a fault, and she refuses to change for anyone, despite her family’s insistence that she settle down.
He would never dream of trying…
Alastar Mac Murray vowed to never get married. He much prefers to spend his nights with as many lassies as possible, living a life of ease and freedom, even if his easy smile and witty banter hide the painful shadows of his past. But when he first sees Aislin in her short hide dress, bow slung over her shoulder as she berates her brother, all his plans change. He will have Aislin Mac Cecht, and taming her is the last thing on his mind.
One reckless wager, the kiss of a lifetime, and an opportunity to secure the lass of his dreams has Alastar proposing a handfast to Aislin. She keeps her freedom and silences her family, and he wins the girl… for only one year and one day. She vows to leave when it’s over. He vows to keep her forever.
The Warrior's Mission:
He has no time for love…
Son of one of the legendary Sisters of Danu, Flynn has grown up under the threat of constant attack. When one enemy falls, another rises. He knows that remaining vigilant, silent, and far away from romantic entanglements is the only way to survive. As his king’s top informant, Flynn has no room for anything other than duty. So why does the blonde-haired, blue-eyed village healer continue to catch his eye, and why does he find himself seeking her aid for the smallest of wounds, only to be closer to her? Though the lass avoids him at all costs, it is just as well, for nothing can come of his attraction.
She fears all men…
Maggie has seen too many women in her life suffer at the hands of men. Though a talented healer, being around the warriors of the village terrifies her, making her duties more than difficult… until she meets handsome Flynn Mac Greine. He frightens her, yet something deeper draws her to him. But she knows all too well that even a handsome face can hide a sinister soul. If only she could push past her fears, stop living in the shadows. But no matter what, she must avoid Flynn, even if he is the first man to make her feel something more than fear.
The Warrior's Reunion:
Brennain Mac Grein can have any woman in all Ériu. Unfortunately, the only woman he wants is still in Alba, across the sea.
Separated at birth, the sisters grew up never knowing of one another’s existence. Soon, they learn that an ancient legend determined their fate centuries ago and they must reunite by the eve of Beltane to fulfill the prophecy binding them together. But their desire to love the men of their choosing does not always align with the requirements of the legend.
Travel back in time to ancient Ireland as the Sisters of Danu come together, defy fate, and captivate the men they were always destined to love.
This box set includes three full-length Celtic romance novels and 1 award-winning prequel novella that will whisk you away to a time of mystery, magic, mythology and more!
HEA guaranteed, no cheating, no cliffhangers, and lots of love! Rated 18+ due to adult content.
Prequel: Forsworn Fate (winner of the crowned heart award)
Ceara and Garreth have been promised to one another their entire lives. It is a fate Ceara has gladly accepted…if only Garreth would accept it, as well. Instead, he spends his days avoiding her at all cost and his nights with any other lass than the one he must marry. Ceara has had enough. No longer will she be the unwanted bride.
But the very day she decides to release Garreth from their agreement to marry is the same day he realizes he cares deeply for his promised bride. Garreth's stubbornness may have cost him the only woman he has ever loved. Has he gone too far, or can he still convince Ceara that they are meant to be?
Book One: Forbidden Fate
When Gwynneth awakens from an accident with no memory of her past and two men fighting to claim her, she doesn't know who she can trust in their web of lies. In her fear, she does the only thing she can think to do: she runs away from them both. With nowhere to go, no memory to get her there and an unborn child to protect, she finds herself lost in the vast wilderness in the middle of a cold autumn night.
Where will she go now? Which man is the true father of her child? In order to discover the truth, she must first discover herself.
Book Two: Foretold Fate
When Una's mother passes away, she is left with no family and must rely on the protection of her foster-brother, Brocc Mac Greine. But Brocc wants more than to protect Una. He wants to marry her.
Brocc is a determined to make Una his. Her repeated refusals leave him with no other option than to bring her home as his ward, not his wife. But he will not give up.
But, when Brocc comes face to face with two women who look identical to Una, his world is turned upside down. They claim to be the legendary Sisters of Danu in search of their missing sister and that his love for Una is foretold by an ancient legend.
Book Three: Forgotten Fate
Nothing about the legend has gone as expected…
After almost twenty years with no word from the gods, the Sisters of Danu have begun to believe their legendary fate has been forgotten. With their children almost grown, the Sisters enjoy their well-earned peace.
But war is imminent and old enemies threaten to upend their peaceful existence. When a druid arrives with a final task from the gods, the Sisters of Danu discover they must go to war and finally fulfill their destiny to save all of Ériu.
Their daughters have different plans...
Having grown up without any evidence that the legend is true, Treasa, Alyson, and Leannan have more important things on their mind than fulfilling destiny and fighting wars…such as handsome lads and love.