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Excerpt from DAUGHTER OF THE KING by Ashley York

A mistaken identity. A gruesome murder.

The uniting of two powerful clans.


Trained as a warrior… Brighit of Clonascra is the only daughter of the fearsome overking, Sean, but despises the trappings and demands of womanhood. She’s far more comfortable training for battle than preparing a meal. Long held alliances require she set aside selfish dreams and take Darragh as her husband. The union intended to promote peace between the clans is interrupted by the shocking murder of a neighboring king and she quickly discovers there are far worse things than being wed. Trained to be king… Darragh of Drogheda has no wish to follow in the path of his father, Tadhg, but he is an obedient son and supports his father’s plans. His marriage to Brighit, however, will be no hardship at all since he finds her most intriguing especially when she fights him at every turn. A she-warrior indeed. Her persistent dismissal of him merely blows the fire aflame and sets him down the path to discovery of all her most tightly held secrets. When she stands accused of the murder, can they finally come to an agreement that will give them each what they truly desire?

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by Ashley York

“Ye canna be late, lass.” Niall’s serious expression surprised her. “Yer mother will have my head if she learns what I’ve got planned. She’ll never forgive me.”

Pressing her lips together to keep from smiling, Brighit said, “Ye need not worry about me. I’ll not be getting caught.”

“Caught?” Darragh’s voice startled her, but her uncle quickly turned back toward the group as if they’d not just been talking. “Are ye getting into mischief again?”

It was suddenly very hot. Brighit dropped again, collecting the dandelions from the ground. “No good wife gets into mischief.”

She smiled at her choice of words.

“So ye wish to not be a good wife?”

Her gaze flew to Darragh to find him grinning at her. She sensed no anger, so he must not have heard any more than what he’d repeated.

She stood.

“Did ye not promise ye could make me a good wife?” he said, his tone teasing. “Did I say that? Hmm. I do not recall.”

His hair hung around his face, not pulled back as usual, and she had the sudden urge to push it away from his face. She shook herself. “Something about teaching me?”

That look of desire was back, but he held her gaze, mimicking her words.

“Something about it.” His quiet voice seemed like a caress. “Within hours ye’ll be mine.”

“We’ll be wed.”

He tipped his head. “Is there a distinction?”

“I will not only be yers. Ye will be mine.”

She sensed his intake of breath rather than heard it. Darragh took her hand, gently leading her away from the others.

“And how d’ye treat what is yers?”

Brighit hesitated, not sure what the right answer should be. “I will protect it. As ye would.”

His expression relaxed into a broad smile. “And so much more.”

“And so much more.” She mimicked him back. Although she had no idea what he referred to, she was certain she would find out soon enough. The excitement was back in her belly, more intense even than the thought of slipping away tonight for a late-night adventure. That thought stirred the guilt she’d been trying to ignore.

As if reading her mind, he said, “Ye enjoy yer uncle’s tales more than the other lasses.”

Her defenses went up and she straightened her back. “I am more capable than the other lasses.”

“Ah, so ye have said.”

“I could…I could easily be one of those riding along with him.” She watched him closely. “If I were a man.”

“If ye were a man.”

Darragh’s expression was intense, as if he were looking right into her soul.

Copyright © 2018 by Ashley York

Learn more about this book and order a copy by visiting the author's website. DAUGHTER OF THE KING was released March 17, 2018.

AUTHOR BIO: Aside from two years spent in the wilds of the Colorado mountains, Ashley York is a proud life-long New Englander and a hardcore romantic. She has an MA in History which brings with it, through many years of research, a love for primary documents and the smell of musty old libraries. With her author's imagination, she likes to write about people who could have lived alongside those well-known giants from the past.


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Daughter of the King by Ashley York

Genre: Historical Romance/Medieval

Type: Novel

Heat Level: 4

Language Level: 2

Violence Level: 2

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