Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A Woman of Honour by Marlow Kelly: Excerpt and Giveaway

Kinky Vanilla Romance is pleased to share A Woman of Honour by Marlow Kelly, an historical romance released on August 27, 2014 by The Wild Rose Press.

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Marlow will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Remember, the more stops you visit, the more chances you earn to win.

A Woman of Honour by Marlow Kelly

Duncan Campbell wakes to discover he is imprisoned with a woman in his enemy's dungeon in the Highlands of Scotland. The disenchanted warrior hopes his last few moments on earth will be spent in the arms of the sweet-voiced Isabel. If only she will cooperate.

Isabel Douglas has no intention of obliging the crude captive. The penniless noblewoman considers herself too tall and thin to be desirable. She intends to become a nun. But first, disguised as a boy, she must deliver an important letter to Scotland's hero in hiding, King Robert the Bruce. 

Together, the pair make a daring escape that plunges them into the bleak countryside in the middle of winter. In the struggle to survive, they learn the true strength of their feelings for each other. But when Duncan's animosity towards the king becomes evident, Isabel must decide between her heart and her country.


“And even though we’re going to die, you still can’t find it in your heart to forgive me?”

“Maybe if you were very nice to me and warmed me with your sweet, little body, I could see my way to absolving you.”

She gasped and he couldn’t help but smile at her outraged reaction. He had no idea why he enjoyed baiting her, but he couldn’t seem to stop.

“You’re the most sinful man I’ve ever met. I take it back. I don’t want your absolution. How can you think about your carnal needs at a time like this?”

The ire in her voice made him want to continue their argument, but his headache was worsening by the minute.


After being thrown out of England for refusing to drink tea, Marlow Kelly made her way to Canada where she found love, a home and a pug named Max. She also discovered her love of storytelling. Encouraged by her husband, children and let’s not forget Max, she started putting her ideas to paper. Her need to write about strong women in crisis drives her stories and her curiosity regarding the lives and loves of historical figures are the inspiration for her characters.



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  1. Welcome to KVR, Marlow. I am happy to host you here. I enjoyed the excerpt. Duncan sounds like he is going to be Isabel's undoing.

    If you could travel in a time machine, would you go back to the past or into the future?

  2. Thank you for having me Skeeter Lee.
    It's funny that you're asking that question because I'm planning to write an article for my blog entitled - Three Reasons You shouldn't Travel Back in Time.
    I love history. I love doing the research, and imagining how the lives of our ancestors played out, but the dirt, illness, the lack of social justice and the fact that I would probably be a peasant make me say the future.
    Although, given a choice I'd stay right where I am in the here and now.

  3. Thanks for the excerpt - it was fun and Isabel sounds like my kind of heroine. Duncan sounds like he's a terrible tease! I agree with Marlow about the reasons I would not want to travel back through time and would add in the difference in medical care - like they had

    1. Thanks Maria. Wow, you guys must be reading my mind today. I was just researching medieval medical practices for my blog post on Saturday,
      I`m glad you liked the excerpt.

  4. I enjoy learning about the books and and the authors.

    1. Thanks Nikirenne, I enjoy learning about my reader too.

  5. Great excerpt! Can't wait to read the rest of the book.

  6. Thanks for the excerpt, I real enjoyed it.

  7. Great cover and excerpt, thanks for sharing

    1. You're welcome. The cover was the work of the very talented Debbie Taylor.

  8. Sounds really good! Thanks for the giveaway

  9. Thanks you Gemiinii, and you're welcome on the Giveaway