Rolf’s Quest by Aubrey Wynne

With Love Least Expected, romance comes in many different ways. Aubrey Wynne’s story, Rolf’s Quest, is perfect for readers who like their historical romance with a little bit of magic.

Time is running out for the royal wizard of King Henry II. Rolf must find genuine love in order to break the spell that has imprisoned Merlin and plagued his descendants for centuries. To lift the enchantment, he must win a noblewoman’s heart without the use of magic. Though Melissa desires him, will she defy her family and turn her back on her betrothed? Or will Rolf be doomed to a life of discontent and bitterness like his ancestors before him?

Excerpt from Rolf’s Quest

Without thought, Melissa moved toward the sound. She approached the edge of the forest and stopped just behind a large oak. A man stood on a hill beckoning to someone or something. His voice captured her, bound her to the spot, and her eyes fixed on the scene.

Silhouetted against the blood-orange sun sinking into the horizon, the dark, powerfully built figure slowly raised his right arm toward the evening sky. The sides of his mantle fluttered in the autumn breeze as a hawk screeched in answer. He raised his left arm and the howl of wolves echoed through the air in obedient response.

A sudden gust of air swirled the black, heavy cloak around the legs of the man, sending leaves flying about his feet as if they were commanded to dance. Melissa watched from behind the tree and held her breath, for fear of being discovered.

His resonant voice rose in a chant that captivated, then soothed. It spoke to her, beckoned her. She clutched at the rough tree bark to resist the physical pull. Then the chant abruptly ceased.

His head snapped around and tawny golden eyes locked onto hers. His gaze seemed to pierce her very soul, and her body pulsed in excitement as he pushed back the hood exposing raven hair and the chiseled features of an extraordinarily handsome face. She gasped, her gaze transfixed on the most magnificent creature she had ever seen.

Distant voices threatened to encroach upon this moment of fate. She pushed the sound to the back of her mind and focused only on the mysterious man in front of her. The urge to move closer overwhelmed her, and she stepped away from the shelter of the tree. Her feet moved of their own will, and her arms reached out to this stranger who now filled her with an intense need.

The voices behind her grew louder. Footsteps rustled dead leaves and brush, intruding on the enchantment. Her mind, not yet ready to let him go, struggled to stay in his world. But the mystical influence receded and she knew he had released his hold over her. An inexplicable emptiness took its place.

Melissa reluctantly turned towards the commotion behind her, certain he would be gone when she looked back over her shoulder. Would she see him again? Her father had spoken of a wizard rumored to have the ear of the king. Her mind a tangle of unexplained questions, she bowed her head and attempted a look of repentance as her father approached.

“Daughter! What were you thinking to wander off alone?” She heard more worry in his tone than anger. “These are hard times. I fear too many thieves lurk near the main roads.”

“Yes, Milord.” The relief on his face caused her to regret the impulse for a moment of privacy.

She cast one last glance toward the hill but spied only a single hawk, circling low. The bird landed on a nearby branch, observing the group. As Melissa admired its beauty, her heart raced. One hand covered her chest as her eyes locked onto a pair of golden ones. It cannot be him. Unless he is a …

The bird seemed to read her thoughts. With one sharp cry, the winged creature took flight and disappeared over the trees. She reached out to stop him, but he vanished into the night.



Aubrey Wynne’s first love is historical romance. Her current story, Rolf’s Quest, is set in the chivalrous 12th century court of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitane. Though she is an avid reader of historical fiction, her own works usually involve some level of fantasy.

Aubrey resides in the Midwest with her husband, dogs, horses, mule and barn cats. She is an elementary teacher by trade, champion of children and animals by conscience, and author by night. Obsessions include history, travel, trail riding and all things Christmas.
She is a proud member of the Coffee Talk Writers. Her debut story, Merry Christmas, Henry, was published in November 2013 by Melange Books, LLC and received Best Short Romance in the Editors and Predators Reader’s Choice of 2013. Her humorous shorts, Pete’s Mighty Purty Privies (Goodreads Top 100 Laugh Out Loud List) and To Cast A Cliché are published with

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Praise For Aubrey

Rolf’s Quest

“The idea of Merlin’s descendants trying to save him from a curse he brought upon himself… just brilliant. The characters were amazing and the story was completely spellbinding.” — A Bookaholic’s Fix

“I enjoyed this Merlinian tale … vivid, and wonderfully written. I was transported right into the story. I could feel every breath, caress, flutter in my heart, and the warmth of love right along with the characters … You will fall in love with Rolf and Melissa and wish for their happiness and for Merlin’s curse to be broken.” — Books N Pearls Reviews

“magical tale set in the whimsical time of Merlin the magician. This story had all the things a great old time fairy tale.” — Goodreads Review

Merry Christmas, Henry

~Winner of Best Short Romance in the Editors and Predators Reader’s Choice of 2013~
~Top 100 Best Seasonal Romance and Best Christmas-themed Books on Goodreads~

“SHORT, SWEET & STUNNING!” — By the GreatReads!

“Captivating Christmas Choice!” — By The Kindle Book Review

“Grab this short story and curl up in your favorite chair … This will be one of your best Christmas presents to yourself ever.” — By Leiah “So, I Read This Book Today . . .”

Pete’s Mighty Purty Privies

~Top 100 Goodreads Laugh Out Loud List~

Expertly written and hysterical. You can’t go wrong with this one!” — Renea Mason, author of the paranormal erotica Symphony and Light series.

“If you have a few minutes and want to laugh and snicker this short story is for you.” — Shelly R. Pickens, author of the YA novel The Haunting of Secrets.

To Cast A Cliché

A fractured fairy tale with humor and tongue in cheek…to use a cliché.” — Nancy Pennick, author of Waiting For Dusk series.

“Funny and satisfying!” — Elisabeth Hamill, author of Song Magick

Aubrey’s Publications

Merry Christmas, Henry
Henry, a shy and talented artist, moonlights as a security guard at a museum and loses his heart to a beautiful, melancholy woman in a painting. As his obsession grows, he finds a kindred soul who helps him in his search for happiness. On Christmas Eve, Henry dares to take a chance on love and fulfill his dream.

Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Melange Books

Pete’s Mighty Purty Privies
Pete McNutt, a privy salesman, needs customers for his new business. Spring has arrived and it’s prime time Privy Season. After much consideration, he refines his sales pitch, takes courage in hand and heads to the monthly meeting of the Women’s Library Association.

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To Cast A Cliché
The evil Queen Lucinda exacts revenge on a royal poet by casting a spell of never-ending clichés upon the kingdom. Will the clever King Richard thwart his stepmother’s magic and save the good people of Maxim? Test your literary knowledge and enjoy an entertaining spoof on fairytales.

Buy Links: Alfie Dog Fiction

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