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mjortmeier

Michael and Julie write separately, but when they write together they are...M.J. Ortmeier!

Getting There

My Stupid Human Trick is the ability to list the kings and queens of England from 1066. I devour books on English history. One of the many reasons Julie and I are so compatible is our shared anglophilia. Between us, we’ve been to England five times and yearn for more, […]

The Orchard of Eden

Chapter 9 Sainte-Foy-de-Montgomery, Normandy – May, 1048 Seigneur de Montgomery didn’t leave the next day, though his baggage did. Talvas wasn’t asked to leave, either. Instead, Sieur Roger was, in all ways, the best of hosts, who treated her father and her half-brother like invited guests, even taking them hunting […]

Faith

Photo by Jeswin Thomas on Unsplash Chapter 8 Normandy – May, 1048 After nearly two years of wandering, they were almost home. At least, in a sense of distance. Only half a day’s ride north from Sées, where her uncle Ivo was bishop. Only half a day from the rugged, […]

The Hunted

Chapter 7 Brittany – November, 1047 A familiar shape was outlined in the underbrush to Mabel’s left. A small bump, like a loaf of bread, with long ears laid back and head down. Caught in a bad place, waiting for the danger to pass. Mabel knew the feeling well. The […]