Guest Post: Michele Stegman’s Love of Books

Michele Stegman is here today to talk to us about her love of books and her new paperback release.

I love books in any form. I have been reading a lot of ebooks, first on my iPad, and since Christmas last year, on my iPhone. It is so nice to have that capability. Finally, I can read in the dark! I don’t even need a flashlight under the covers! I can read in the car while my husband drives us home late at night.

But there is just something wonderful about a real book, paperback or hardback, that gives me such a thrill. I love to touch books, smell them, see them lined up along my walls. That’s why it is so exciting to finally see Conquest of the Heart in paperback. It has existed as an ebook for over a year. Now it has physical form.

My family knows about my addiction. Back when there were actually bookstores in shopping malls, my daughters would grab my arms as we neared the bookstore and say, “No, Mom. No.”

Whether you enjoy ebooks or paperbacks, I hope you take the time to read Conquest of the Heart.


Conquest of the Heart


Her people conquered his country.

In 1067 England, Madeline, a Norman, wants a big, brash, never-defeated-in-battle, Norman knight. What she gets, by order of the king, is a wiry Saxon who once studied for the priesthood instead of warfare. But is this gentle man she is falling in love with entangled in the rebellion now sweeping the land?


Now she must conquer his heart.

Ranulf wants to marry the girl next door. What he gets, by order of the king, is a lush, strong Norman woman who just might be a spy reporting his every move. He wants her in every way a man can possibly want a woman. But can he trust his heart to a woman who might have been sent to root out the struggle for freedom his people are engaged in? How can they overcome the distrust they feel to find love?




He let his gaze travel back to his bride walking stiffly, reluctantly, toward him. For once, Ranulf felt speech was beyond him. She was so much more than he had expected. So beautiful. So clean. She  glittered like a bright jewel in a dung heap. For Etherby, no matter how much he loved it, was not much better than one right now.


If only he could say to this magnificent woman, “Go away. Come back in a year. Give me time to build the castle the king has ordered, tear down this rotting hall, teach cleanliness to servants to whom filth is a way of life. Then you won’t have to grit your teeth and square our shoulders as if going into battle as you come to wed me.” But it was already too late. She was here. The wedding was now. And he felt as randy as a billy goat.


He would begin building the king’s castle immediately. The work would distract him from Lady Madeline’s seductive lure. She would find no treason with which to fill the king’s ears, and, like his mother’s attitude toward his father, he was sure the lady would be glad not to have him in her bower, not the way he felt now, the things he wanted to do to her.


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Michele Stegman has always loved history and she lives it every day. She spins, weaves, makes her own soap and bread, and lives in a 175 year old log cabin with her husband, Ron, who is the basis for all her heroes.


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