When Nicholas Herron, Duke of Berwick and his best friend, Rolf Torgesson, two of King Edward III’s most powerful and respected knights, discover a badly beaten young woman hiding in the forest, they swear to protect her. By the time they learn that she is Lady Kathryn Weston, and that her attacker is none other than her betrothed, Robert Walford, the powerful and ruthless Duke of Pemberton, it is too late. They have both fallen in love with her and she with them—a love so forbidden it could cost them everything, even their lives.
Bent on revenge, Walford uses his power as Chief Magistrate of the Crown to issue two arrest warrants, one charging Kathryn with attempted murder, the other charging Nicholas with high treason. For years he has been abusing the authority of his office by bringing false charges of treason against loyal knights and confiscating their wealth to finance his scheme to overthrow Edward and seize the throne of England. Getting his hands on Nicholas’s vast fortune would finally allow him to accomplish his goal.
Traveling to Berwick to serve the warrants in person, Walford’s triumph is short-lived when Nicholas publicly humiliates him and sends him packing. Incensed, Pemberton hastily assembles an army to lay siege to Berwick castle, vowing to take it apart stone by stone. But Nicholas has anticipated just such a move and he has taken countermeasures to assure the safety of everyone at Berwick—especially Kathryn and their unborn child.
But Walford does something no one expects. He sneaks into Berwick castle and seizes Kathryn and all of a sudden certain victory becomes a desperate race for Rolf and Nicholas to save their home and rescue the woman they love.
Set amidst the turmoil and pageantry of 14th-century England, Dark Warrior weaves a vivid tapestry of three lost souls who find each other and a deep, abiding love that spans time itself.
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Reviews for Dark Warrior
“Amidst the warring times of 14th-century England, Julie Shelton spins a most exquisite tale of passion, vengeance and a forbidden love.” Kathy W. Read the full review at: http://simplysxy.com/articles/2014/01/30/book-review-dark-warrior-by-julie-shelton/
“I loved this book, couldn’t put it down. I thought the storyline was awesome.” Denisa at Tnt Reviews. Read the full review at: http://tntreviews.weebly.com/4/post/2014/01/dark-warrior-by-julie-shelton.html.
[Dark Warrior is] a dark and exciting story with action, mystery, and a LOT of sex. I mean, A LOT OF SEX. The chemistry of the three main characters is scorching, and it burned up my Kindle. The story moves along at a quick pace, and I got caught up in it right away. The action was exciting, and I even learned a few things (Greek fire is an AWESOME weapon!) about life in a castle keep. If you enjoy stories of knights, battles, love, and well…hot sex, this one’s for you. Check it out! Read the full review at http://www.cocktailsandbooks.com/review-dark-warrior-julie-shelton/
“This was my first book by Ms. Shelton. I loved it! It had everything that I
enjoy in a book. It was exciting, had great characters and lots of great sex. It
was hot! I will definitely be reading more Julie Shelton books!!! :0) BUY! Read the full review at: http://www.bookstrand.com/myearnestreview/show/?id=866493
They were upon her before she could flee.
Rudely snatched up out of the deep sleep of exhaustion, she lay huddled, still and frightened, trying to disappear into the hard, frozen ground. The piles of leaves and pine boughs she had carefully piled on top of herself now seemed totally inadequate to conceal her. The nightmare she’d so desperately tried to escape was finally upon her.
It surrounded her. She could hear it in the form of men shouting, hounds barking, mail clanking, hooves pounding. She could smell it in the form of sour sweat, overheated horses. She could taste it in the form of bitter bile rising in her throat—Sweet Merciful Virgin! He’s sent an entire army after me! To hunt me down and run me to ground like a helpless animal!
Nearly out of her mind with fear, she curled up into a tight ball, making herself as small as possible. She pressed her face into the frozen dirt, hoping against hope that the brown and tan of her stolen clothing would help make her invisible.
Don’t let them find me. Merciful heaven, don’t let them find me. Please don’t—
She let out a shriek as a growling dog sank his teeth into the rough cloth of her sleeve and yanked viciously, sending leaves and twigs flying. Others, barely kept in check by their handlers, lunged at her, snarling and barking, nipping at her with their slavering jaws. She could feel them buffeting her, felt the heat from their bodies. Sweet, merciful God! She threw her hands up in a desperate attempt to protect her face and neck from the animals’ razor-sharp teeth. There was no escape. If she so much as moved, they’d rip her to shreds.
Rough hands seized her, jerking her up out of her hiding place amidst a flurry of pine branches, dirt, and dried leaves. She tried to scream, but no sound came from her ravaged throat. Blessed Virgin!
“Whewwww! God’s blood, boy, you stink! By my oath, pigs smell better than you!”
General male laughter greeted this comment, sending her into full-fledge panic. Heart pounding in her breast, she pushed against the beefy hands lifting her. Dear God, she had to get away. She just had to! Frantically she started to kick, managing to land a few blows with her wooden clogs.
“Here now, lad, none of that. Oww! Hold still, damn you! God’s teeth, you’re as slippery as an eel!” He tightened his grip, wringing a cry of anguish from her throat at the sharp, stabbing pain that robbed her of her breath, even as she continued to twist and writhe and kick. But her attempts to break free were in vain. Whoever was holding her was much too strong, and much too determined.
“Cease your struggles, damn it!” It was a raspy growl right in her ear. She could feel a coarse beard prickling her neck. But she was too frightened to heed the words. Too terrified to hear the underlying kindness in the gruff voice. She continued to twist and kick helplessly against the imprisoning arms, succeeding only in increasing her excruciating pain and exhausting what little store of strength she had left.
Rock-hard, muscular arms closed around her abdomen, pulling her back against a chest as hard and unyielding as a stone wall. “We’re trying to help you, lad. Cease your struggles!”
She stopped abruptly, gasping desperately for breath, spent and shivering with both fright and cold. Despair settled over her like a shroud, clogging her throat with unshed tears. Any further struggles were pointless, and she knew it.
Tears burned her eyes, sliding silently down her cheeks, leaving tracks in the dust and dirt. Every breath ended in a sob. Her worst fears had come true. The nightmare she had sought to escape was all around her, dragging her back to Hell. Back to him. And this time he would finish what he’d started three nights ago. This time, he would kill her.
She swallowed hard as her shoulders slumped in defeat. She was well and truly caught and her brief, miserable time on this earth was about to end. Her mind ground to a halt as the utter hopelessness of her situation bore in on her. And as hope died, so too did her resistance.
Suddenly the man holding her leaned forward, loosened his arms and set her on her feet. She stumbled forward on the uneven ground, nearly sprawling face first in the dirt and leaves.
“Here, lad, steady now. Don’t fall.” Thick male fingers bit into her upper arms, turning her around to face her captor. She heard a gasp. “Jesus, Mary and Joseph!” One hand released her and she knew he was crossing himself. “What happened to you? Who beat you like this?” Without taking his eyes off of her, the man shouted out, “Your Grace! Come at once!”
His Grace! She swallowed hard, her body stiffening, bracing itself against the blows she knew were coming. The blows she knew she was powerless to stop. Sweet, merciful God, how much more must I bear? Keeping her head lowered, she grabbed the tattered woolen scarf she’d wound around her neck for warmth and quickly pulled it up over her chin, mouth and nose. Mayhap he won’t recognize me. Mayhap he’ll let me go. She gave her head a slight shake. Mayhap pigs will fly.
About the author
Julie has always loved stories, both reading and writing them, ever since she was old enough to hold a book in her hands. One of her favorite childhood activities was smuggling books under the covers to read by flashlight after she was supposed to be asleep.
A career as a children’s librarian eventually led to her dream career as a freelance storyteller and puppeteer, a business she operated successfully for twenty-five years. During that time she created and wrote all the original material for a monthly language arts newsletter full of poems, songs, puppet and flannel-board stories, fingerplays, and other resource material for early childhood educators. For that endeavor she won the prestigious EDPRESS Award for the best educational newsletter of 1982. She has also written other resource materials for preschool and early elementary teachers.
Julie lives in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. Now widowed and retired, she once again has time to devote to her two favorite things—reading and writing—especially her new love, erotic romances.
Also by Julie Shelton
LOVING SARAH, MFM, Menage Amour, BDSM Collection, Heat Rating Sextreme
Eight years ago Jesse Colter fled his small town, leaving behind eighteen-year-old Sarah Marshall, broken-hearted and devastated. Now a retired Navy SEAL, he’s back and he wants only one thing—Sarah Marshall—preferably bound, naked, and on her knees before him.
She has never forgotten Jesse. He’s been the object of all her sexual fantasies since she was fifteen, as well as the star of nightly dreams that have become increasingly erotic over the years. So when he suddenly reappears in her life, she is torn. Can she trust him not to hurt her, or will he once again break her heart? Warily, she agrees to let him introduce her to his world—the world of bondage, Domination, and erotic slavery. When he also introduces her to his best friend, Adam Sinclair, Sarah faces a daunting future of sexual submission to two powerful alpha males.
But Sarah faces an even bigger challenge. Someone is stalking her. Is it the old enemy who’s just been released from prison? Or is it someone else from her past who is determined to destroy any chance she has at happiness? Can Adam’s and Jesse’s love protect her? Or will her world explode in a cataclysm of betrayal and violence that will destroy them all?
OWNING SARAH, MFM Menage Amour, BDSM Collection, Heat Rating Sextreme
It’s been a month since Sarah Marshall was kidnapped and held at knife-point by her ex-fiance. But Jesse Colter and Adam Sinclair, her two loving Doms, know that there is an even deadlier threat still out there—Ryder Malone.
He blames both Sarah and Jesse for sending him to prison eight years ago for attempted rape, and he’s determined to make them pay. So, he begins a systematic campaign of terror and intimidation against them. But the danger he poses doesn’t end there.
Set against the deepening love and commitment between Sarah, Jesse, and Adam, Owning Sarah is more than just a sexy, sensual, BDSM love story. It is a harrowing race against time for Jesse, Adam, and a team of former SEALs to stop one of the biggest arms-for-drugs deals in U.S. history. And to rescue Sarah before Malone sells her to a human trafficker and she’s lost to her men forever.
Interview with Holly Hewson
HH: Julie, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Dark Warrior. Where did you get the idea for this sizzling tale?
JS: I was doing extensive research on the Middle Ages for my “Honors Project”, a detailed term paper in order to graduate from college “With Honors”. In the midst of all my note-taking on 3 x 5 index cards, the idea for this novel sprang to mind in its entirety. So I wrote the entire novel on what I had on hand—3 x 5 index cards. I couldn’t write it down fast enough. By the time I was through writing my Honors Project, I had two shoe boxes full of index cards with my novel on them, and two shoeboxes full of index cards with my notes on the Middle Ages. That was forty years ago, and I’ve been carrying around those shoeboxes with me through all those years and eight different moves. Dark Warrior was the first thing I entered into my first computer in 2003. (By the way, I did graduate With Honors.)
HH: What do you like best about Kathryn and what will readers like about her?
JS: I like her strength and resilience in the face of terrible trauma and her determination to grab onto happiness with both hands and not let go. She is a woman who is way ahead of her time in a brutal era where women had no rights and were considered little more than property to be traded in loveless marriages for their fathers’ betterment in life. By the time the book opens she has seen the worst of humanity, until Nicholas and Rolf show her the best.
HH: What do you like best about Nicholas and Rolf and why will readers love them?
JS: Nicholas Herron is the Duke of Berwick and Rolf Torgesson, a Danish knight, is his best friend. They are two of King Edward III’s most valiant and noble knights. When they find a traumatized and badly beaten Lady Kathryn hiding in their woods, they take her to Berwick Castle to care for her. In doing so, they both fall in love with her and she with them. It is a deep, true love. A timeless love. A love forbidden by both secular and Church law. A love so profound they are willing to defy both and risk the consequences in order to be together, because being apart is unacceptable.
HH: What makes this work different than anything you’ve written so far?
JS: This is my first historical novel. My first two novels, Loving Sarah and its sequel Owning Sarah, are both contemporary MFM, BDSM novels, and even though they were both published first, they were both written much later, after I had discovered the delights of BDSM erotica.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
JS: My current work in progress is Keeping Sarah, a third novel about Jesse Colter, Sarah Marshall, and Adam Sinclair, the heroes and heroine of Loving Sarah and Owning Sarah. It is not strictly a sequel to the first two books, since their Happily Ever After at the end of Owning Sarah is complete and well earned. It’s more an addendum as they are faced with an entirely new threat to their happiness. Look for Keeping Sarah by the end of this summer. After Keeping Sarah, I plan to write a series of books about some of the former SEAL teammates of Jesse and Adam who are minor characters in the three Sarah books. Look for the first three of these by the end of the year.
HH: What inspires you in your writing?
JS: Everything. Everything I’ve ever seen, everything I’ve ever done, every place I’ve ever been, everyone I’ve ever known, every conversation I’ve ever heard, every book I’ve ever read. They’re all fodder for my devious imagination. And they all show up sooner or later in my writing, although they’re all in disguise, lol.
HH: What do you enjoy when you’re not writing?
JS: I enjoy TV, movies, walking, going to the ballet or symphony, reading, shopping.
HH: What are you reading?
JS: I just finished Climax by Sexxa Kohl and am now reading Consensual (The Club Imperial Series) by Katherine Rhodes. Both excellent.
HH: What goals have you set for yourself this year?
JS: Write and publish four books. I’m nearly finished with the first one, Keeping Sarah.
HH: Where can readers find you online?
JS: MY LINKS