Tour Stop & Giveaway: Bitterwood by Rowan Speedwell

Title: Bitterwood by Rowan Speedwell
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Genre: Historical, Fantasy, Action/Adventure, M/M, Romance
Length: 167 pages/Word Count: 44,300


Outrunning a winter storm in the north, Captain Faran of the King’s Guard leads his men and a young mage named Meric to shelter at Bitterwood Manor, the ancestral home of the Daenes. Faran and his troops have been searching for weeks for a mysterious, lion-like beast that reportedly haunts the uncharted northern woods. For Meric, finding that prophesied cat is a matter of life and death.

Though Faran is deeply focused on their mission, the enigmatic Joss Daene, Lord of Bitterwood, fascinates him. Strong and proud, Joss is everything Faran wants in a lover. More, if he were honest. But Joss belongs to Bitterwood, and Faran to his duty.

Together they will need to brave the oldest, darkest part of the Bitterwood in the coldest, deepest snows of winter to find the legendary cat. But time is running out—for Meric, for the kingdom, and for Faran and Joss’s fledgling love.

(Note: This is a revised second edition, previously published elsewhere.)

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Purchase Link: Riptide Publishing

Author Bio

An unrepentant biblioholic, Rowan Speedwell spends half her time pretending to be a law librarian, half her time pretending to be a database manager, half her time pretending to be a fifteenth-century Aragonese noblewoman, half her time . . . wait a minute . . . Hmm. Well, one thing she doesn’t pretend to be is good at math. She is good at pretending, though.

In her copious spare time (hah) she does needlework, calligraphy and illumination, and makes jewelry. She has a master’s degree in history from the University of Chicago, is a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, and lives in a Chicago suburb with the obligatory Writer’s Cat and way too many books.

Author Links: Website * Twitter * Goodreads


To celebrate the release of Bitterwood, one lucky winner will receive a $15 Amazon Gift Card! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on September 24, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.  Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!.


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13 Responses to Tour Stop & Giveaway: Bitterwood by Rowan Speedwell

  1. Lisa

    Congrats on the release, I love the cover & I look forward to reading it!

  2. susana

    Historical novel is one of my favourites so this sounds like the perfect story for me. And that cover! beautiful!

  3. Wonderful cover and sounds like a very good book.
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  4. Trix

    Good luck with the release!


  5. Jen

    I read and greatly enjoyed the original version. Love the new cover!


  6. BookLady

    What an interesting book! Great cover too.

  7. Liz Marshall

    Congrats on your release. I’m in the mood for something fantasy to read! I’ll definately be checking this out. Love the sound of the blurb.

  8. H.B.

    Congrats on the re-release! The cover looks fantastic.
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  9. Sue A.

    What a wonderful story, congratulations on its re-release! I enjoy historical romances with mystical creatures.
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  10. Ree Dee

    Congratulations on the new release! I really enjoyed learning about this book.

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  11. Timitra

    Thanks for sharing

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  12. Sandra

    Sounds quite interesting. Congratulations and much success, Rowan. Thanks for the giveaway!
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  13. bn100

    nice blurb

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