Friday, June 22, 2018

Book Tour ~ The Battle is O'er - Blue Bells Chronicles: Book 5 by Laura Vosika

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The Battle is O'er

(The Blue Bells Chronicles #5)

By Laura Vosika

Historical Time Travel, Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 470 pages

March 23rd 2018 by Gabriel's Horn Press

In the gripping conclusion to The Blue Bells Chronicles, just as Shawn is steadily regaining all he feared he had lost forever—his career, his son, and even Amy’s heart—he learns of MacDougall’s vengeance against Niall, for the act Shawn himself committed. He wrestles with a prophecy and an ancient letter that never changes, a letter that details the fate of his own son, if he cannot stop it—and possibly the fate of the world itself, as he learns of Simon Beaumont’s plan to use his knowledge of the future to destroy it.

Shawn’s selfishness once cost him everything. His newfound selflessness may do the same.

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Escaping the Bishop’s Palace

Linstock, 1318

“Is he dead?” Lachlan whispered, looking at the man on the frosty ground.

Owen shook his head, working at the bolts on the huge doors. “A potion is all. He’ll appear to have fallen asleep at his post.” At the same moment, they heard a shout from the courtyard. Owen eased the door open a crack. They slipped through, onto the dock that ran alongside the castle wall and pulled the door shut behind them.

Lachlan scanned the river, whispering, “Conal!” His breath hung in the air.

“Sh.” Owen pointed up. “Guards. Every quarter hour.”

Lachlan looked frantically down the winding river. Clouds once again slid over the moon. And in the quiet night, they heard the soft splash of oars. Lachlan crossed himself, praying.

They would see, if they came looking, that the water gate had been unbolted from the inside. They would know. Another splash sounded, far down the wall and a moment later, from above, two men’s voices. Lachlan’s heart pounded. He and Owen pressed themselves to the wall, hoping Conal had also heard and would wait. Above, one of the men laughed. The voices trailed past, fading away toward the far end of the stables. Lachlan let out a slow breath.

“Lachlan?” The whisper came through the dark.

“We’re here,” Lachlan called back.

Through the door, they heard a commotion rise from the courtyard.

“Hurry,” he whispered.

The splashing of the oars quickened, and a moment later, a small fishing currach slid into view. Conal was reaching up, grabbing his hand, and Owen was climbing down beside him, trying not to sway it. Owen reached for a pair of oars, while Lachlan gripped a knife in each hand, wishing he had his bow.
Water dripped from the oars, sounding like the thunder of war horses in his ears. But they couldn’t possibly have found MacDougall so soon. And if they had, they’d have no way of knowing who to look for—or where. Still, the shouts grew from the castle compound, unnerving him.

“Can you go no faster?” he whispered.

“Not an’ we wish to go quietly,” Conal returned.

Lachlan knelt, tense, between the two of them, each rowing slowly.

And suddenly, they slid past the stone walls, past where the river eddied into the moat, and hands were reaching out, grabbing the rope Conal tossed and the boat was crunching through the thin sheet of ice edging the bank.

“He’s dead?” Niall whispered.

“I gave him the wine.”

“Let the boat go!” Hugh gave a soft rumble and pushed the currach into the river to float away, back toward the castle.

Conal was rushing them into a copse; the horses were surrounding them.

“It worked? He’s dead?”

“Get up, go!”

Owen was throwing the reins of a pony into Lachlan’s chilly fingers, and Conal was on his own mount, pressing Lachlan’s bow back at him. The pony was under him, the land flying beneath him and somehow, his fingers closed around the bow and he was reaching for the quiver as they pounded down the dark forest path, through trampled snow, leaving Linstock behind.

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About the Author

Laura Vosika is the author of the beloved series, The Blue Bells Chronicles, a tale of time travel, action and adventure, romance and redemption, ranging across modern and medieval Scotland. She runs Gabriel’s Horn Press, and is active in poetry as a member of the League of Minnesota Poets, routinely performing at local open mics. She has appeared in The Star Tribune, and on WCCO and Channel 12, and hosted Books and Brews with Laura Vosika on AM 950.

Tour Schedule

- l winner will receive a print copy of Blue Bells of Scotland (book one in the series) and a Team Shawn or Team Angus t-shirt (US only)

- 1 winner will receive an ebook of Blue Bells of Scotland (open internationally)
- Ends June 27th

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