A graduate of the University of Michigan with a major in history, Cora is the 2014 winner of the Royal Ascot contest for best unpublished Regency romance. She went on a twelve year expedition through the blackboard jungle as a high school math teacher before publishing Save the Last Dance for Me, the first book in the Maitland Maidens series. When sheâ€™s not walking Rotten Row at the fashionable hour or attending the entertainments of the Season, you might find her participating in Historical Novel Society events, wading through her towering TBR pile, or eagerly awaiting the next Marvel movie release. If youâ€™d like to find out more about Cora or her books you can visit her website, sign up for her newsletter, or connect with her on Facebook or Goodreads.
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Mr. Benedict Grey is the only heir to a long-standing title, and he knows his duty: find a suitable girl, get married, secure the succession beyond himself. But if a gentleman could be called a wallflower, Benedict would fit the description perfectly. And for the past six years, heâ€™s been out of Society more than heâ€™s been in it. How will he find a woman to wed and bed when he can barely converse with the ladies of the ton?
Lady Honoria Maitland has promised her dying father that, before he breathes his last, she would find a husband to take care of her. But she wants a gentleman that loves her, not her dowry or her name. When she reunites with her old friend Benedict, she proposes a plan that will help them both: a faux courtship and betrothal. She can teach him how to woo a woman and simultaneously ease her fatherâ€™s last days. But Honoriaâ€™s clever plan failed to account for Benedictâ€™s heart…or her own. Is she strong enough to bear the loss of her father and her friend?
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She turned his free hand
palm-up and placed hers in it. â€œThere are other positions in which to waltz,
but this is the one I like best. It feels the most natural.â€
â€œItâ€™s like an embrace.
Youâ€™ve really danced like this with other gentlemen?â€
She tilted her head back and
laughed a little. â€œYes, though not too many times. Andâ€”fortunatelyâ€”never with
someone I wasnâ€™t fond of. Are you ready?â€
He adjusted his hand on her
back, fitting it snugly against the curve of her body. â€œI think so.â€
â€œStep off with your right
foot, just like before, and use your hands to turn me. Think of thisâ€â€”she
squeezed his left handâ€”â€œas the prow of a ship. You lead with that. Thisâ€â€”her other
hand slid down his arm â€”â€œis like a rudder. A little pressure one way or the
other on my back, and Iâ€™ll know which way to turn.â€
He nodded. He could do this,
if he could just concentrate on the steps rather than the woman so unexpectedly
close to him. â€œGot it.â€
She replaced her hand on his
shoulder. â€œWeâ€™re ready, Aunt.â€
The music began and Benedict stood still for a few moments, trying to
get a feeling for the mechanics of the steps in this new position. Honoriaâ€™s
expression and body were relaxed as she waited in the half-circle of his arm,
as if she was perfectly comfortable being there.
Ready for some Author Q&A?
When did you start writing, and was there a specific event or person who influenced you to become an author?
IÂ didn’t start writing seriously until a handful of years ago when on
medical leave from teaching. I was having severe asthma problems and
couldn’t walk the length of my (tiny) apartment without stopping to
rest, so I did a lot of reading. The reading eventually led to writing,
which I hadn’t done in several years at that point. I fell in love with
it all over again, and I’ve been writing ever since!
Are you currently working on a project, and if so, can you tell us anything about it?
I’m working on the second novella in the Maitland Maidens series called Back In My Arms Again. It features Lady Cecilia Maitland (the aunt of Honoria in Save the Last Dance for Me) and the James Fitzsimmons, who was Cecilia’s beau when they were young.
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