Rosalind Merriweatherâ€™s life has been one of hardship and servitude
since her late sisterâ€™s ruination. Now a paid companion, her latest
post brings her to London to watch over the daughter of a social
climbing harridan. She vows to protect her chargeâ€•and her own
heartâ€•from rakes and libertines, the very type of man who destroyed
her sister. This vow proves difficult when Sir Tristan Crosby, the
epitome of all she despises, begins to show attention to the
has spent decades perfecting his easygoing, charming persona to hide
the damage done by years of abuse by his father. Finding he has a
talent for matchmaking, he fills some of the emptiness inside him by
helping the overlooked, shy women of London find true love. However,
the latest young woman has a watchdog of a companion who seems to see
beyond his careful faÃ§ade to the flawed, uncertain soul he strives
to hide from the world. Even worse, she affects him in ways no woman
he will not give up his matchmaking, even for one such as her. What
he does not expect is for Rosalind to be fired from her position
because of itâ€•nor that she will immediately find a position in his
own household. When these two headstrong adversaries meet under one
roof, will their attraction to one another lead to heartbreak, or
have these two passionate souls finally met their match?
Britton developed a passion for writing romance novels shortly
after buying her first at the tender age of thirteen. Though for
several years she turned to art and put brush instead of pen to
paper, she has returned to her first love and is now writing full
time. She spends her days dreaming of corsets and cravats and
noblemen with tortured souls.
lives with her husband and two children in the San Francisco Bay
Area. A member of Romance Writers of America, she also belongs to
her local chapter, Silicon Valley RWA, and is a 2017 RWAÂ® Golden
HeartÂ® winner. Her debut novel, With Love in Sight, was released by
Diversion Books in early 2018.
Through a crazy twist of fate, Caroline Clemmons
was not born on a Texas ranch. To compensate for this illogical error, she
writes about handsome cowboys, feisty ranch women, and scheming villains in a
tiny office her family calls her pink cave. She and her Hero live in North
Central Texas cowboy country where they ride herd on their three rescued indoor
cats as well as providing nourishment outdoors for squirrels, birds, four feral
cats, a fox, a raccoon, and two possums.Â
The books she creates in her pink cave have made her an Amazon bestselling
author and won several awards. She writes sweet to sensual romances about the
West, both historical and contemporary as well as time travel and mystery. Her
series include the Kincaids, McClintocks, Stone Mountain Texas, Bride Brigade,
Texas Time Travel, Texas Caprock Tales, Pearson Grove, and Loving A Rancher as
well as numerous single titles and contributions to multi-author sets. When
sheâ€™s not writing, she loves spending time with her family, reading her friendsâ€™
books, lunching with friends, browsing antique malls, checking Facebook, and
taking the occasional nap.
A destitute widow; a reformed con man;
the danger that links themâ€¦
Betsie Galloway Hirsch has escaped
Memphis with her son. Her gambling husband tricked the wrong people and theyâ€™re
demanding Betsie pay his debtsâ€”or else. Sheâ€™s come to Kincaid Springs to stay
with her mother and seek a safe place for her son. Being so far from her former
home, she feels secure. That is, until danger confronts her.
After 34 years alone, Michael â€œMonkâ€
Magonagle is falling in love with Betsie and is fond of her son. Monk is
certain she is not free of the men her late husband cheated. Although he is not
a violent man by nature, Monk is willing to fight for Betsieâ€™s safety. He and
the men of the Kincaid family prepare to meet the enemy.
How can Betsie and Liam be protected
from the approaching danger? Will she and Monk be able to forge a love that
endures or will one of them be silenced forever? What toll will the enemy exact?Â
They were at the Kincaid front
door. She hated their time together was over.
Monk put his hands on her
shoulders. â€œBetsie, may I kiss you goodnight?â€
Inside she was yellingÂ yes!,Â but
she pretended to be demure. She certainly didnâ€™t want him to think she was a
hoyden. â€œI think that would be all right.â€
He removed his hat and pulled her
into an embrace. Sheâ€™d thought he meant a kiss on the cheek, but that wasnâ€™t
the case. His lips sought hers softly at first, then as if he would consume
her. Without conscious thought her arms went around him, pulling him closer.
When he broke the kiss, it was as
if sheâ€™d been deprived of a part of herself. Each of them panted with ragged
breaths. He held her a few minutes longer, his forehead against hers.
â€œI apologize for getting carried
â€œPlease donâ€™t. I was hanging on to
you as if I was drowning and you were a life preserver.â€
He brushed an errant curl from her
face. â€œThen youâ€™re not sorry?â€
â€œNot a bit. I have to admit I was
carried away, too. Perhaps itâ€™s not proper to admit, but I enjoyed your
Her admission brought a wide smile
to his face. â€œGoodnight, Betsie. Iâ€™ll be by to escort you to Mass in the
morning. I hope I may call again soon.â€
was the best boyfriend Kelsey ever had, but seven years ago he
disappeared from her life. She coped with her heartbreak by finishing
her doctorate in Celtic Artifacts, and now her career is taking off.
But Tavish is back, acting like a stranger who knows more about
Celtic artifacts than she does. He’s been on staff at every one of
her job sites in Scotland, wearing that stupid sexy kilt.
just got her dream job in the highlands of Scotland. Where her
friends ply her with celebratory champagne, throw a plaid cloak over
her business suit, and take her to the 14th century to do original
research on the dig site. She meets gorgeous highlander Seumas
(“Shaymus”) there, and â€” wait, is this a good idea?
was on top of the world. He had a hot girlfriend. She knew about time
travel, so he didn’t have to keep secrets around her. So why did the
sight of his old friends Amber and Kelsey make him uncomfortable? His
girlfriend kept telling him to forget about them. But he couldn’t. He
wished he knew why.
dons a Roman helmet left among her ex’s things and is transferred to
the Pictish Celt side of Hadrian’s wall — flat on the ground and
tripped over by Breth. The naked woad-painted warrior is being chased
by Romans who caught him scouting their fort. She earns his trust by
grabbing an injured Roman’s sword, fighting beside Breth, and saving
his life. He takes her to his clan, where she sees druids in their
sacred grove imparting magical protection by painting the warriors’
nudity with muscle-activated woad pictures.
phone calls from Kelsey,Â Jaelle thinks her first time travel
adventure was a dream, but a new museum display shows a stick figure
she remembers drawing with her fingernail file on the top stone of
Hadrian’s Wall. Whoa, that means her time travel and meeting of the
dazzling warrior Breth and their fight with the barbarians at the
Roman fort really took place! She needs to get back to Breth!
first time travel assignment was challenging. Sure, she had her magic
dagger, but he wasn’t cooperating.
felt anxious about this meeting. A summons to the sacred grove had
always meant the druids would perform their woad magic to prepare him
for battle. So he was in no way prepared to make the acquaintance of
the woman he found there with them. Deirdre was beautiful, and a
warrior, and from the way she was flitting around the grove, she was
the most powerful druid he had ever heard of in his life.
friend tricks her into time traveling to 15th century Scotland. A
gorgeous highlander Jessica is sure is out of her league invites them
to stay at his manor house.
knows he should keep his mind on training the militia for the battle
that is sure to come soon. And after all, Jessica is just passing
through his town. But she is so compassionate he feels his heart
has a magic dagger that gives her orders and sometimes stifles her
speech. It wants her to find some artifact here in 1400s Scotland and
give it to some druid friends.Â
wants to get to know Taran. But the dagger whispers that Taran is in
life in a small town in Scotland was disrupted six months ago with
the arrival of Lauren and the other two lasses. Lauren knew the way
mechanical things worked in a way most astonishing. He never tired of
hearing her explain. But to find out she has a magick dagger that she
is in danger of losing her self control to? That shocks him.
and Katherine are two bullheaded people trying to “out stubborn”
each other. They’ve been verbally sparring in Medieval Scotland for
the past year. He’s never met a headstrong woman before, and he is
such a stubborn male! When chance throws them forward to Katherineâ€™s
time, he is the fish out of water. Understanding blooms, as does
boss at Celtic University plonks an iron bracer on her desk. It
brings up one of Kelsey’s magic druid dreams. In it, Sarah’s ex,
Michael (Meehall in Gaelic), used this bracer as a time travel
object. And was a kilted highlander in 1700s Scotland.
lunch, Sarah’s friends say theyâ€™re calling in sick tomorrow to
attend a local fair. They want her to call in sick too.
isnâ€™t keen on giving the bracer back. She wants revenge on Meehall
for breaking up with her and decides to use the bracer to have a bit
tells her friends they donâ€™t have to call in sick. Sheâ€™s taking
them back in time.
arrives in the 21st Century with Eoin (John) in the darkness of the
Celtic University night. Ciaran is delighted to run into Nadia and
wants to stay and visit, but Eoin drags him away from her. Eoin is
extra grumpy, saying the Murrays need an edge because the Cameron
Clan is planning something big. Eoin sneaks the two of them into a
storage basement and seems inordinately glad to find a particular
remembers the kilted warrior Ciaran from her experience in 1706
Scotland and secretly has a crush on him. Wherever he and Eoin are
going, she bets it will inspire her story for Celtic University’s
historical society paper, especially if they are time traveling. She
sneaks into the back of the cart Ciaran and Eoin are driving and
hides under a blanket.
was captured during her last time travel adventure. But her friend’s
husband’s life hangs in the balance. And this ring she found is
giving her courage. Probably too much courage for a modern woman in
1706 to have.
is glad to see Ellie again. Her friend married his cousin and stayed,
when Ellie went back to their time. But he keeps his distance. Many
will die in the upcoming battle, maybe including him.
frowned. “Dinna ye think it wrong, tae grab the faerie axe by
batted the air as if what Marybeth had said was dismissible. “The
faeries gave it tae Ciaran, who gave it tae John. Kelsey stole it
from John. ‘Tis na wrong for John tae steal it back from
stuck his chest out and his chin up in a show of bravado. “Kelsey’s
gotten full oâ€™ herself, syne she went off tae Celtic University.
That, or she has been brainwashed by all those Druids. We used tae be
friends, but now she’s gone tae far. We wull be taking that axe back
from her sae we can save Donnan. End oâ€™ discussion.”
worked at the Renaissance Pleasure Faires at Paramount Ranch Agoura,
Devore, and Black Point Forest from 1987 to 1993. She started as a
peasant, then auditioned and made it into the Washerwomen, and then
was a sea dog. She also hawked for Belle Star’s perfume wagon and The
Dye Spot clothing booth. Jane Stain is a pen name.
is in her fifties and has been influenced by the writing of Diana
Gabaldon, Isaac Asimov, Anne McCaffrey, Harry Harrison, Jane Auel,
Ray Bradbury, Ursula K LeGuin, Robert Jordan, Stephenie Meyer, Terry
Goodkind, and many more great authors.
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Storm and Fury Adventures Collection
Gail Z. Martin & Larry N. Martin
Paranormal Historical Adventure, Steampunk
Pittsburgh, 1898 â€“ a crucible of invention and intrigue. Born from
the ashes of devastating fire, flood and earthquake, the city is
ruled by the shadow government of The Oligarchy. In the swarming
streets, people of a hundred nations drudge to feed the engines of
progress. The Department of Supernatural Investigation was set up to
take care of those things that live below, that go bump in the nightâ€¦
those odd cases that go beyond â€˜standardâ€™ investigation.
Nicknamed â€˜Storm and Furyâ€™, Mitch Storm and Jacob Drangosavich
are two of the more creative agents, working in New Pittsburgh and
obeying the rules â€“ when they have to.
collection of short stories and novellas set in the world of the Iron
& Blood novels and the related Storm and Fury
Airship Down, Ruin Creek, Resurrection Day, The Hunt, Grave Voices,
and Rogue. Plus two bonus stories: Ghost Wolf and a Steampunk fairy
tale: The Patented Troll
discovered her passion for science fiction, fantasy and ghost stories
in elementary school. The first story she wrote at age five was about
a vampire. Her favorite TV show as a preschooler was Dark Shadows. At
age 14, she decided to become a writer. She enjoys attending science
fiction/fantasy conventions, Renaissance fairs and living history
Larry N. Martin
is the author of the new sci-fi adventure novel Salvage Rat. He is
the co-author (with Gail Z. Martin) of the Spells, Salt, and
Steel/New Templars series; the Steampunk series Iron & Blood; and
a collection of short stories and novellas: The Storm & Fury
Adventures set in the Iron & Blood universe. He is also the
co-author of the upcoming Wasteland Marshals series and the Joe Mack
Cauldron/Secret Council series.
The Martins have
three children, a Maltese, and a Golden Retriever.
Wind That Knocks Down Lodges loves his little sister, Cactus Flower,
and the wildness of the desert canyonland the Apache call home. But
in one night of misunderstanding and mistakes, Knocks Down and Cactus
Flowerâ€™s innocent world is shaken as they find themselves locked in
the nearby fort with the pale face soldiers and their motherâ€™s
lifeless body. With no one to lean on but each other, Knocks Down and
Cactus Flower must make their way as children of The People in the
pale face worldâ€”pale faces who have now become the enemy.
finding themselves at the mercy of the Army, far from Apache
Territory and well on the trail to Colorado, Knocks Down must bring
himself to trust the soldier, Pale Face Joe. But Joe disappears, and
when ordered to dispose of the children or else, the other Army
soldiers waste no time in depositing them at the nearest Catholic
manage to escape the evil orphanage along with a new pale face
friend, Kid McCoy. But they are set upon by a gang of murdering claim
jumpers who steal Cactus. With Kid McCoyâ€™s help, Knocks Down goes
after her. When they encounter a soldier who was responsible for
their motherâ€™s death, they realize heâ€™s set on seeing them dead,
as well. How can a boy defeat a battle-hardened soldier? Just when
Knocks Down is about to give up, the biggest surprise of all changes
is a mother of four, animal lover and advocate, and conservationist.
Little House on the Prairie, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, and Lonesome
Dove are among her favorite shows/movies and books. Sara holds her
B.A. in History and is the author of the historical romance series,
An Everlasting Heart, from 5 Prince Publishing and recently debuted
into the children’s book realm with Chunky Sugars (5 Prince Kids),
written for her own chunky baby.
As the eighth earl of Kellworth, Gareth is accustomed to getting what he wants. Then he encounters a woman he suspects is from the future–a utopian future that he feels compelled to see. He intends to get what he wants, but it will involve dealing with fae magic. And that could lead to disaster–for his heart.
Dr. Catherine Ryan is drawn to the handsome guest at Twickenham Manor, with his odd combination of childish excitement and old eyes that have seen too much pain. She loses her heart to him before she discovers the truth of when heâ€™s from. Now she faces the biggest decision of her life!
Dead? The comment brought a macabre feel to the evening, and Catherineâ€™s curiosity-itch flared. She peered at the stairs again with narrowed eyes; she had to investigate.
But, if Aunt Nellie were to discover Catherine up there, would she be banned from coming to Twickenham again? She reminded herself that â€œcuriosity killed the cat.â€ In her mind, her grandmotherâ€™s voice finished the old adage, â€œBut satisfaction brought him back.â€
Still, Catherine needed to ask herself if the risk would be worth it. These balls had become the one bright spot in her life. If she were to lose them too . . .
Then the ever-present pull gave a stronger tug, the sense that there was something else going on and she must investigate. The American woman had said â€œtheyâ€ were dead. Catherine was a doctor. Surely she had a responsibility to investigate.
Glancing to make sure she was alone, she picked up her skirts and began the climb. Winded by the time she reached the last landing before the fourth floor, she paused to catch her breath, vowing to start exercising regularly. Catherine had been blessed with a fast metabolism, so people were forever thinking she was fitter than she was.
She climbed the last flight. The hallway was unremarkable, lined with paintings. Listening for the sounds of movement, she examined the portraits as she went down the hallway. She heard nothing, and she didnâ€™t smell blood.
One door stood open, so she let the tug lead her inside. The long room held nothing but more paintings. How odd. There were a few chairs scattered around, but it didnâ€™t look like it was meant to be a regular gathering place for people to sit together and talk.
Most of the pictures were busts of individuals, but in the center of the room hung a large painting of five people, three women and two men. Catherine blinked. It was the Americans, and their painted images wore the same clothing the five had on tonight. She shivered.
The young man sheâ€™d danced with hadnâ€™t attended the Regency immersion vacation, having only arrived that day. When had someone had time to paint him? Sheâ€™d also never heard that Twickenham had an artist on staff.
She studied the rest of the pictures in the room. Some were dressed in Regency clothing, but there were many others that spanned several eras. The one with the Americans was the only picture of such a large group. Whoever had arranged the paintings lacked any sense of design, leaving large sections of the walls empty.
That pull came again, as though Catherine had a string attached to her chest that drew her. This time it was to a portrait of a man placed to the right of the one with the Americans. Catherine came to stand before his painting, wondering who he was.
He appeared to be a little older than she was with a few silver strands at his temples. He also had what sheâ€™d call a regal bearing. She worked with enough surgeons and specialists who were used to being in charge, and this man had that look about him. He also wore an expression of someone with a fierce determination, the type of man people would steer clear of.
Catherine stepped closer to the painting. Behind the force of will that he projected, he had pain etched on his face. Her heart ached for him. What had happened to mark him that way?
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Donna Hatch is the author of the best-selling â€œRogue Hearts Series,â€ and a winner of writing awards such as The Golden Quill and the International Digital Award. A hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, she discovered her writing passion at the tender age of 8 and has been listening to those voices ever since. She has become a sought-after workshopÂ presenter,Â and also juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, and most of all, her six children (seven, counting her husband). A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.
bubbled up inside Susanna at the possibilities that lay before her. â€œOh,
Martha, I do want to go to London to find work as a harpist. How would I get there?â€Â
How would she get there? Susanna froze. She
must travel alone, unprotected, and in the company of strangers. Still,
remaining here seemed infinitely worse.Â
â€œIt doesnâ€™t seem right, a gently bred lady like yourself traveling all alone.â€
manage somehow,â€ Susanna said, trying to be brave.Â
maid-turned-confident paused. â€œThatâ€™s true. I came here from London on the mail
coach. It took three days. It is an uncomfortable way to travel because it only
stops to change horses and drivers. Thatâ€™s when we stretched our legs and
bought food at the posting inns. I didnâ€™t have to worry about paying for a
bedchamber. But Iâ€™m used to being on my own.â€
considered. â€œI know where the nearest posting inn is. But once I reach London,
I wouldnâ€™t know where to begin. I donâ€™t know all the theatres, nor how to go
about getting a position, nor even where Iâ€™d stay.â€ The unknowns all loomed
before her like an endlessly high wall.Â
â€œI canâ€™t help you
with getting a position, but I know the theatres.â€ Martha started counting off
on her fingers. â€œThereâ€™s the Kingâ€™s Theatre, Covent Garden, Drury Lane,
Susanna smiled at
the sweet maid. What a dear she was for trying to help her! â€œI can see I should
have spoken to you sooner.â€
Martha added, â€œI
still canâ€™t like the idea of you traveling all the way to London alone, miss,
but I admire your courage.â€
Courage orÂ desperation? Either way, the more Susanna thought of it, the more determinedÂ she was to flee. Fear and excitement and anticipation tugged at her from everyÂ side, creating nervous anticipation. Sheâ€™d never felt so terrified. Or so
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For as long as she can remember, Bethany Swafford has loved reading books. That love of words extended to writing as she grew older and when it became more difficult to find a ‘clean’ book, she determined to write her own. Among her favorite authors are Jane Austen, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Georgette Heyer.
When she doesn’t have pen to paper (or fingertips to laptop keyboard), she can generally be found with a book in hand.
Twenty-year-old Diana Forester, a country-bred young woman, fears that her inexperience and uncertainties have discouraged the charming Mr. John Richfield.Â
On arriving back home from London, she learns that he has already arrived, ready to continue their acquaintance and explore whether they are suited for each other.Â
If Diana thought that deciding her future marriage mate was difficult in London, courting takes on a whole new aspect when Diana’s younger siblings become involved. She finds herself dealing with her own feelings, her sister, her younger brother, jealous members of a house party, a jilted suitor, and a highwayman as she falls in love with the charming Mr. Richfield.
Mother sat alone in the sitting room when I entered. â€œCome have a seat, Diana,â€ she said, gesturing to the space on the settee next to her. â€œYour aunt hinted you had something you wanted to share with me.â€
â€œYes, I do.â€ I crossed the room. The entire trip from London I had spent thinking of the best way to approach this subject. All of my planning vanished the closer I got to my mother. By the time I sat down, my hands were damp with moisture. â€œYou recall I met a Mr. Richfield in London, shortly after I first arrived?â€
â€œYes, you mentioned him several times in your letters.â€
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Her tone was matter-of-fact, giving absolutely nothing away, which I should have expected. Mother was an expert at keeping her thoughts to herself. â€œWellâ€”â€ I hesitated as I sought the right words. I rubbed my palms against my skirt. â€œAt Aunt Foresterâ€™s last dinner party, Mr. Richfield asked for my permission to come speak to father.â€
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â For a moment, there was silence. â€œWhat was your answer?â€ Mother asked, as calm as ever.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â I bit my lip and found I could no longer meet her gaze. â€œI fear I may have spoken without thinking.â€ Back when I had said the words, I had been surprised. Now though, I realized just how mistaken I had been. â€œI said itâ€™s always pleasant to have someone new visit.â€
Â Â Â Â Â â€œI see. Do you like him?â€
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Ah, there was the question. â€œI think so.â€ I took a deep breath and let it out slowly. â€œHe is respectable, at least as far as Uncle Forester could discover. No one ever had a word to say against him. I think he is a good man.â€
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â â€œAnd yet, you donâ€™t seem enthusiastic about marrying him.â€
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â â€œI have only known him for a few weeks.â€ It felt good to be able to talk this out with my mother, now the awkwardness of saying the words had passed. If anyone could help me untangle my feelings, it was her. â€œIs that enough time to know a person? You knew Papa your whole life before he proposed.â€
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Motherâ€™s hand came over mine. â€œDiana, look at me.â€ I lifted my eyes to hers. â€œYou are the only one who can make this decision. It is your right to refuse an offer you find distasteful. However, you need to understand it is not likely you will have the opportunity to travel again and meet other people.â€
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â â€œI donâ€™t find the offer distasteful. I donâ€™t think I know him well enough to accept his hand in marriage.â€ I sighed. â€œI wish I had had the time to know more about him.â€
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â â€œPerhaps you will.â€
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â I shook my head. That seemed an impossibility. â€œMama, the look on his face when I pretended I didnâ€™t understand. I acted as if I were a senseless, empty-headed child! What kind of man would pursue me in the face of that?â€
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â â€œA man who would be understanding. Someone who would realize your shy nature.â€
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Pulling my hand away, I reached to pour myself some much-needed tea. â€œThere are other, much prettier girls with better dowries than I,â€ I remarked, adding just the right amount of cream and sugar. â€œI doubt I will ever see him again.â€
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Of that, I was quite certain. I had spent hours considering what a mess I had made of the situation. Why would he chase after me when Miss Reynolds was on hand to charm and flirt with him? I sipped my tea as I watched my motherâ€™s face. Her smile was one I couldnâ€™t quite understand. Why did she look so amused?
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â â€œMr. Richfield is already here.â€
Arabella Sheraton grew up on a diet of Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, and many other writers of that period. From Jane Austen to Georgette Heyer, Arabella has found both enjoyment and inspiration in sparkling, witty Regency novels. She also loves history and generally finds the past more fascinating than the future. Arabella wrote her first Regency romance to entertain her aged mom who loved the genre. Arabella is honoured to share the adventures of her heroes and heroines with readers.
In this charming traditional Regency romance novella, Patience Cherwell is resigned to a life of spinsterhood. Therefore, when her young friend, the lovely Lorna Hartley, comes to stay for a London season, she decides the eligible, handsome Lord Blackwood is the perfect match for Lorna.Â Granted, Lord Blackwood, at forty, is much older than the vivacious 20-year-old Lorna, but Patience is determined to help her young friend make a good match.Â So why isnâ€™t she happy when his lordship and Lorna seem to like each otherâ€™s company? The problem is that Patience is already madly in love with his lordship!Â
An unexpected invitation arrives for Lorna and Patience to attend Lord Blackwoodâ€™s Valentine Ball. This is the perfect moment for him to propose to Lorna. Mysteriously, a corsage arrives from an anonymous admirer. Who is it for? And what will be the outcome for the wearer at Lord Blackwoodâ€™s Valentine Ball?Â
This novella is the prequel to The Ladyâ€™s Revenge.
For her part, Patience had noticed everything about Lord Blackwood in one massive burst of clarity, as if his physical proximity heightened all her senses. The cleft in his firm chin, the somewhat tired look in his eyes that might be the sadness Henrietta mentioned, the way his coat fitted him so well across the breadth of his shoulders, his height which made her feel small and delicate, and the manly aura he exuded. He wore subtle spiced cologne water that she found appealing and strangely sensual, although she had pushed that wicked thought away, lest it cause more blushes. His eyes were hazel, flecked with green, and he had long dark eyelashes and straight black brows. It was futile to be the least bit interested in Lord Blackwood because he was not at all attracted to her. His smile for Lorna was caressingâ€”or did she just imagine it?â€”and his glance fell upon Lornaâ€™s fiery tresses and rose petal complexion with tendernessâ€”or did she imagine that as well?Â
Arabella Sheraton grew up on a diet of Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, and many other writers of that period. From Jane Austen to Georgette Heyer, Arabella has found both enjoyment and inspiration in sparkling, witty Regency novels. She also loves history and generally finds the past more fascinating than the future. Arabella wrote her first Regency romance to entertain her aged mom who loved the genre. Arabella is honoured to share the adventures of her heroes and heroines with readers.
In this delightful traditional Regency romance, Miss Diana Dashwood accepts an invitation to Lady Prescott’s Christmas party at Camden House, in the countryside. But things do not go quite as she imagined. Through an unexpected event, she is forced to spend the night in a woodsman’s hut with one of the guests. What a scandal!Â
Of course, Sir Gareth Blakely must propose, and he does. Unfortunately, Miss Diana Dashwood has already been engaged to and broken off her engagement from Sir Gareth Blakely after a bitter quarrel. Is it likely she will bow to social pressure and accept his proposal, one made only to save her reputation, and if they marry, does their union stand a chance of survival?Â
And what about the pretty heiress, Miss Jemima Plymstock, whom everyone thinks is the lady Sir Gareth had his eye upon? Headstrong and proud, Miss Diana Dashwood is caught in a dreadful dilemma. A must-read for Regency fans!
Diana stepped into the carriage as if hypnotized and sat next to Miss Plymstock. â€œWhat are you going to do to me?â€ she asked.
Mr. Rundle put on an expression of exaggerated surprise while Miss Taggart giggled behind one black-gloved hand. He stroked his beard.
â€œMy dear Miss Dashwood, you are so imaginative. You make me sound like a villain in these romantic novels so popular with young ladies nowadays. I am going to do nothing to you. You will witness the marriage, along with Miss Taggart. I will begin my honeymoon with my lovely young bride, and the carriage will return you to town. Then you will, no doubt, make your way back to London and forget all about Jemima.â€
He gave a leering wink.
â€œShe will be too busy learning her new marital duties as Mrs. Rundle to keep up any acquaintance with you.â€
He knocked on the roof of the carriage to signal the driver. Miss Plymstock moaned but did not wake. Diana looked out of the carriage window as the horses gained speed.
What have I done? I was a fool not to wait for Mr. Whittaker. Oh, Gareth, if only you were here.
My name is Robyn Echols. Zina Abbott is the pen I use for my historical novels. Iâ€™m a member of Women Writing the West and Western Writers of America. I currently live with my husband in Californiaâ€™s central valley near the â€œGateway to Yosemite.â€I love to read, quilt, work with digital images on my photo editing program, and work on my own family history.
I am a blogger. In addition to my own blog, I blog for several group blogs including the Sweet Americana Sweethearts blog, which I started and administer.
A widow with two small children, Nissa Stillwell was forced out of the mining supervisor’s house after her husband died in the mine disaster in Wildcat Ridge, Utah. She quickly learns before his death, he went heavily into debt. She leaves what few possessions remain behind and contracts with the Ridge Hotel to do their laundry and live in the laundry shed and drying yard next to the hotel. She is able to make ends meetâ€”barely.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Being left with only the furnishings and personal items that make up James Stillwellâ€™s estate, Mortimer Crane goes after Nissa to pay the balance owed. She refuses, but he insists she work off the debt in his Gentlemen Only Salon.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Rancher Dallin Walsh has been too busy building up his spread in the isolated mountains of western Colorado to look for a wife. He comes to Wildcat Ridge for a big horse auction. Between Crane and three drifters, he comes to Nissaâ€™s defense more than once. Desperate to leave Wildcat Ridge, Nissa asks him to hire her as a housekeeper. Does Dallin want a housekeeperâ€”or does he have something else in mind?
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Hal and Buck, two wranglers who work for Dallin, soon find most women in town are as eager to find husbands to move to Wildcat Ridge so they can keep their homes as they are to sell horses. A woman in difficulty captures Halâ€™s attention. Another woman finds Buck, but he definitely is not interested in a wife.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Who will go to Colorado, and who will stay in Wildcat Ridge?
â€œYou never answered my question, Nissa. We missed you at the widowsâ€™ meeting today. If you were worried about finishing these sheets, you could have asked me to help you with them so you could have gone.â€
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â â€œI appreciate that, Diantha, but I didnâ€™t want to go. You know Iâ€™m not welcome by most of those women. Besides, I had no one to watch the children. Iâ€™m sure they didnâ€™t need my two underfoot.â€
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â â€œI would have helped you with the children, Nissa. Besides, why ever would you think the ladies would not have been welcoming? You are also one of the widows affected by this disaster.â€
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Nissa eyed the wash tub, now empty of sheets and towels. She wiggled her fingers in the diminished suds. She decided the water still felt warm enough to wash Dinky Moonâ€™s clothes, especially since she might need to give them a double wash. She clapped her hat back on her head, gathered together the light-colored articles, and dumped them into the tub.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â â€œMy situation isnâ€™t the same as you other women, Diantha. Most of you live in town. Your husbands worked in businesses in town. You have homes you want to keep. On the other hand, my husband was a mine supervisor. We lived in a house closer to the mineâ€”one that Mr. Crane provided us as part of my husbandâ€™s compensation.â€
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Nissa grabbed a wooden paddle which she plunged into the water to dampen all the clothes. She stepped back as the foul miasma that drifted up from the tub hit her in the face. She turned to Diantha with a wry smile. â€œYou donâ€™t see that fine, two-story house up on the hill near the mine anymore, do you? My husband was barely cold in the ground, and I had not yet started seeing where our finances stood when Mr. Crane showed up on my doorstep to tell me I needed to be out by the end of that week. He claimed he needed to dismantle the house and move it up to his mine by Clear Creek for his mine supervisor up there.â€
rash love affair with a member of the Irish Mafia catapults Luna
Mulkerrins into scandal, murder, scorn and decadent friendships in
Ragtime Manhattan. Escaping from the blaze of publicity, a new Luna
emerges: Blythe of the Seven Gates. Her meteoric rise as a magician
leads to fame, vaudeville, silent movies and the notoriety of a
damaging court case. Can Luna reclaim her reputation and reinvent
herself as an independent woman of the time?
Leah Erickson, author of The Brambles, winner of the Crime Fiction
award from the IPA.
Erickson is the author of the novel “The Brambles” (2017)
and “Blythe of the Gates.” She is the recipient of the 2018
Independent Press Award and the Independent Book Award. Her short
fiction has appeared in many magazines and journals in print and
online, including The Fabulist, Pantheon Magazine, The Saint Ann’s
Review, Eclectica, The Coachella Review, and many more. She lives
near Newport, Rhode Island with her husband and daughter.
had one of those days, how about one of those weeks? If you haven’t,
you are missing out. I spent years priding myself in the fact that I
was always with it, I always had my wits about me, until that day. My
life changed and not just a little. I became someone else, someone
who was far stronger than I am, someone who I could only hope to be.
Ray Lafayette was a man who was neither rich nor famous yet I lived
every day to see what he would do next. The fear I experienced in
that time only made the happiness that much more exiting. I have
heard the statement “Don’t judge a man until you walk a mile in
his shoes.” I walked many miles in his and can say with pride
that he and all others from his time were the greatest, all colors,
all nationalities, young and old, men and women alike. It may sound
great to know the future but there is a dark side to it, an almost
unbearable side. Your eyes will be opened to things your mind may not
handle.This event has changed me. I no longer wish for things, I live
Thomas William Lowrie has lived outside of Las Vegas most of his
life, but his best memories are of the days fishing in South Texas.
Summer vacations were the best. That is also where he found his
bestÂ friend and wife, Tina. He could not have done any of this
without her. Of course, Ray pecking at his brain for years had
something to do with it too.
Kara, as a ward with
no parentage and no future, has been raised knowing nothing outside
her ladyâ€™s chambers. Until Royce Capello, a visiting nobleman, is
struck by her ice-pale looks, and demands her as payment for the land
the family needs.
With barely time to
protest, Kara is sold and packed off for a life as a concubineâ€”until
a raiding party descends on Royceâ€™s company and sheâ€™s kidnapped
for the second time in as many days.
Kara will be alone in the world, inexperienced and fearing even the
vast unfamiliar sky. But one raider gives her a choiceâ€”and a magic
mirror appears to show her where each path will leadâ€¦
She can leave with
her protector Raven and journey with his performing troupe, competing
for his mercurial affections.
She can flee the
raidersâ€™ settlement, and return to Royceâ€™s manor, chattel among
Or she can stay in
the settlement, bound to firm, silent Caine, who is as gentle as he
is staid and inscrutable.
Her fates twist and
turn to affect far more than she could have guessed, tangling the
bitter with the sweetâ€”and Kara must choose which consequences she
can live withâ€¦
Olivia Geroux knew
her king was reluctant to marry her, whatever the negotiations had
arranged. But she never expected to find handsome, arrogant King
Rowan obsessed with his stepsister instead. And before she can
determine what course to take, she overhears her greatest ally
plotting to murder the princess.
Olivia must act
quicklyâ€”and live with whatever chaos results. As the assassin hunts
his prey, a magic mirror appears to show Olivia the three paths that
open before her . . .
If she hesitates
only a moment, the princess will dieâ€”and she will become queen.
If she calls for
help, she will gain great powerâ€”but she must also thrust away her
If she runs to stop
the murder herself, she will know love and contentmentâ€”but her
whole country will suffer.
As she lives out
each path, her wits and courage will be tested as she fights to
protect her people, her friends, and her heart. And deciding which to
follow will be far from easy . . .
On her seventeenth
birthday, Megan of Chaumont discovers sheâ€™ll be sold as a bride to
the brutish Volodane familyâ€”within hours. Her father grants only
that she may choose which one of the ruthless, grasping lord’s three
sons she weds:
Rolf, the eldest:
stern, ambitious, and loyal?
second son: sympathetic, sly, and rebellious?
Or Kai, the
youngest: bitter, brooding, and proud?
As shy, horrified
Megan flees the welcome dinner for her in-laws-to-be, she finds an
enchanted mirror that will display how her life unrolls with each
man, as if she were living it out in a breath. But there is no smooth
â€œhappily ever afterâ€ in her choices.
Deaths and honors,
joys and agonies, intrigues and escapes await her in a remote,
ramshackle keep, where these rough but complex men reveal one side
and then another of their jagged charactersâ€”and bring forth new
aspects of Megan, too. But the decisions of one teenaged
marriage-pawn reverberate much farther than any of them have guessed
. . .
Barb Hendee is
the New York Times bestselling author of The Mist-Torn Witches
series. She is the co-author (with husband J.C.) of the Noble Dead
Saga. She holds a masterâ€™s degree in composition/rhetoric from the
University of Idaho and currently teaches writing for Umpqua
Community College. She and J.C. live in a quirky two-level townhouse
just south of Portland, Oregon.
“Sally Britton is sixth generation Texan, received her BA in English from Brigham Young University, and reads voraciously. She started her writing journey at the tender age of fourteen on an electric typewriter, and sheâ€™s never looked back.
Sally lives in Arizona with her husband, four children, and their dog. She loves researching, hiking, and eating too much chocolate.”
I didnâ€™t know what it meant, that I shouldâ€™ve fought harder for it.â€
Banished from home by her angry father, Julia Devon travels to Bath to fulfill her role as family spinster by assisting her cousin, Lady Macon, in caring for her dying husband.
Nathaniel Hastingsâ€™s life runs in a predictable pattern, until a routine visit to one of his ailing patients brings him face to face with Julia, the woman who broke his heart five years before in London.
Julia and Nathaniel find themselves unlikely allies as they work together to tend to the familyâ€™s needs, fend off Lady Maconâ€™s scheming brother-in-law, and avoid confronting the pain of their shared past. But could this accidental meeting be their second chance at love?”
â€œFather did not approve and neverÂ would have. Nathanielâ€”Doctor Hastingsâ€”had dreams of becoming a physician. IÂ could not ask him to wait for me, putting an added burden upon him, and I never
couldâ€™ve convinced Father.â€
â€œBut Julia, if you loved himâ€”â€
â€œI didnâ€™t really understand what loveÂ was,â€ Julia said hastily. â€œI didnâ€™t know what it meant, that I shouldâ€™ve foughtÂ harder for it.”
Russ Wallace is long-time student of history and religion. He employs a vivid imagination to fill in the life of Zenobia, a real historical figure and one of the most fascinating women who ever lived.Â
He is working on future books in the Zenobia Book Series. Zenobia – Birth of a Legend won a 2012 IPPY award in Historical Fiction.
Sequel to the award-winning Zenobia – Birth of a Legend.
The continuing saga of the deadly young warrior who will one day challenge Rome for the supremacy of her world. As the dynamic girl continues her education in Egypt, for a time she is diverted from her warrior path. Complicating Zenobia’s life is a budding romance with her brilliant and charismatic instructor. The challenge – he is the scholar, she the warrior. Can they blend their worlds to become the most exciting couple in Alexandria?
Learning of a slave trade in kidnapped young women, Zenobia determines to free the oppressed. Warrior skills will not be enough. Her new challenge – to become a pirate, then a temptress in her fight for justice.
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Shanzar woke Zenobia for her watch. The fire had burned low and
the night air was cool, so she added a few pieces of dried wood. She propped
her saddle against a small tree for a backrest, and, using her blanket as a
cape, she settled in to think about Longinus. The problem is exactly as Mother
said, she admitted to herself. I love the world of academics, but I want to
rule and eliminate injustice. She paused and reconsidered. At least, as much of
it as I can.
Are you sure Longinus is what you want? Or whom you want? She
reflected deeply before she admitted that she was not sure. The wise course
would be to observe how their relationship expanded or contracted over the next
At the same time, she felt conflicted in view of her recent
feelings for Salim. He is a warrior like me and he is more practical than I am.
Sometimes I feel like he is reading my mind, we are so similar. We would also
be a great match, except â€¦
Her contemplation was interrupted by a soft noise in the thicket
nearby. Instantly her mind and senses went to high alert. She slung a quiver
over her shoulder and picked up her bow. She felt the reassuring sword at her
side as she crept stealthily toward the sound. It was difficult to see in the
thicket with only the stars for light, and it required patience to maintain her
It took her nearly half an hour to draw close to the spot where
she judged the rustling had originated. It might be a hunting lion. Then she
heard very low voices. No lion! She crept closer and strained to hear the
â€œHow can we attack them now?â€ a voice whispered. â€œWe canâ€™t even
â€œThen neither can they,â€ another voice whispered back. â€œWe
outnumber them ten to four, plus we would have the advantage of surprise.â€
A third man joined, â€œIf we donâ€™t bring the girl back alive, we
will have to disappear to save ourselves. Itâ€™s too risky when we canâ€™t see. I
say we take them tomorrow.â€
Zenobia heard them starting to withdraw and decided to kill the
three now. Then the soft trill of a night bird startled her, and she whirled to
her left, bow and arrow ready. Did she glimpse the shadow of a man? It was hard
to be sure. She heard the trill a second time. Could it be Cam?
She returned a barely audible trill. She could hardly hear the
â€œZeeâ€ that came in response. She crept silently toward Cam, but still on high
â€œWell done,â€ he spoke a quiet commendation. â€œNot tonight, though.
We will deal with them tomorrow when they attack us.â€ He nodded his head back
toward their camp.
Emily-Jane Hills Orford is an award-winning author of several books, includingÂ GerlindaÂ (CFA 2016) which received an Honorable Mention in the 2016 Readersâ€™ Favorite Book Awards,Â To Be a DukeÂ (CFA 2014) which was named Finalist and Silver Medalist in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and received an Honorable Mention in the 2015 Readersâ€™ Favorite Book Awards. She writes about theÂ extra-ordinaryÂ in life and her books, short stories, and articles are receiving considerable attention. For more information on the author, check out her websiteÂ at:Â http://emilyjanebooks.ca
There are so many possibilities that affect the course of history. One change, one small item overlooked, can make a world of difference, not only in a person’s life, but in the history and well-being of an entire nation. And then there are those multiple scenarios of what if?Â
What if King James VI of Scotland didn’t succeed in amalgamating Scotland with England? What if there had been another heir to the throne of Scotland? One who would secure its independence? Would Scotland have remained free and independent and a nation of its own well into the twenty-first century? And would Scotland, this independent version, make its own decision to join the European Union when its southern neighbor was choosing to pull away?
“Queen Mary’s Daughter” presents another plausible timeline, one that incorporates both historical fact and fiction with the endless possibilities of time travel.
As the wind picked up, blowing her deep red, unruly curls helter-skelter over her face, Mary Elizabethâ€™s eyes focused on her hands. She stretched out the left hand, revealing the old ring that sat on her baby finger. It was a tiny ring and it only fit on the one finger. At the same time Gran bestowed the heirloom gift on her granddaughter, she had shared her story of the ring, at least as much as she was willing to share. The ring had been in the family for generations and only the firstborn daughter of the firstborn daughter (and so on and so on) could wear it. The ring was her connection to a past she wasnâ€™t sure she believed in, a past that had been shared from one generation to the next. Or was there more? Was there a story her grandmother never managed to share?
What would she find at Loch Leven Castle? The clues had to be there. But the boy said it was mostly ruins, crumbled walls and tumbled stones, except for the tower. Queen Maryâ€™s tower. What could she possibly unearth to collaborate Granâ€™s story? And she only had two weeks to do it. She couldnâ€™t afford more time away from work. Even though it was a poorly paid entry level job, she didnâ€™t want to risk losing it.
A glow emanated from the ring on her outstretched hand. She felt a warmth spread up her arms. The wind picked up, violently tossing her hair in every direction, swishing her coat ends like laundry hanging loosely on a clothesline. She faced into the wind, allowing its vicious impact to draw her forward. She took a step, then another, until she felt the cold wet of the lapping waves of the loch splash over her feet. The water was cold; it jolted her back to reality. What was she doing walking into the loch? What was the strong pulse pulling her forward? She allowed her eyes to glance out across the loch, now almost obliterated by the darkened storm that raged all around her.
â€œMiss.â€ She heard a voice from behind her as the power continued to drag her into the loch. â€œMiss!â€ A hand gripped her arm, yanking her back toward the dry shore. â€œMiss!â€ The hands tightened their hold as she tried to pull away, tried to return to the loch. A scream pierced the air. She didnâ€™t know where the scream originated. It sounded like it came from across the water.
It also sounded like it came from deep within herself.
is a Scottish Laird who lives in a world of Druid magic and ancient
customs, hand fasted to the sister of his rival clan, MacDougall.
Alasdair thought he was doing the right thing trying to bring peace
to the region. But he is murdered on the eve of his wedding. Not
willing to accept his death, his mother, a Druid priestess, performs
a geas to keep him alive. But something went awry because, as the
last word of the geas was spoken, Alasdair is trapped in time where
he wanders the earth for centuries. The only one who can bring him
back home is his betrothed. He has given up on ever finding her until
she walks into his office in twentieth century Manhattan.
WOMAN TOO STRONG WILLED TO TAME
Coira Ainsley is a happy-go-lucky
young woman living in twenty-first century Manhattan. Her job as a
travel agent takes her all over. She loves the work she does and is
excellent at it. That is until she follows her client into his office
and finds herself in the fourteenth century at Inveraray Keep in the
Highlands of Scotland. At first, Coira thinks a prank is being played
on her until she sees the giant, wearing nothing but a kilt and a
studded leather strap across his massive chest approach her. Not one
given to swooning, Coira finds herself welcoming the darkness that
come over her as she loses consciousness, without learning that the
naked giant is her betrothed from another timeâ€¦ another place. Will
she give in and accept what has been pre-destined or will she fight
to get back to the life she knows and loves?
alongside his two brothers, Garvin Campbell of Clan Campbell is
content to remain in the shadows. After all, heâ€™s lived most of his
adult life as a Knight Templar, and that requires him being in the
shadows, not seen or heard. â€œNon nobis, Domine, non nobis, sed
Nomini tuo da gloriam; (Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto
thy Name, give glory).â€ That was the rule of the Templars until
they were forced to disband at the request of King Philip IV “the
Fair” of France.
of the Order’s members in France were arrested and tortured. However,
Scotland did not get involved in the arrests and prosecution of the
Knights. There was no recognized king of the Scots, and with the
Bruce having already been excommunicated, the Roman church had little
say in Scottish politics, so Garvin returned to his clan to use his
skills in the fight against the English for Scottish
been told all her life to avoid the Campbells, the last thing Lady
Helen is thinking about is falling in love with a Campbell, and a
Knight Templar at that. She is aware the Templar Knight has taken a
vow of abstinence, so when Garvin Campbell comes to her clan to
deliver the decree from Robert the Bruce, Helen is unprepared for the
connection she immediately feels for the knight. She dismisses it as
butterflies at meeting a knight, but fate has other plans for her and
Garvin, as he becomes her reason for living and he forgoes his
training of remaining in the shadows as he surrenders to love.
(Tris) Campbell accepts the fact that his brother came back to them
from the land of the fae. He accepts that life in the Highlands with
his clan is fraught with strife and dangerâ€¦ that they will be
forever warring with opposing clans for Scottish independence. What
he doesnâ€™t expect is that, like his brother Alasdair, he, too, will
travel through time to find his one true love, Lady Brianne
Brianne Oâ€™Connor has vowed never to take a husband, and as she is
her fatherâ€™s only child and heir, he does not dissuade her but
allows her to live as she pleases. After her new husband is murdered,
or so she thinks, she takes to unexplainable weeping, spending all
her days and nights in her bedchamber at Kilchurn Castle mourning
him. That is the only place in which she feels safeâ€¦ the only room
where she can be with the love of her life. She is torn with grief by
his untimely death.
comes upon a woman in a vision, and now he must find a way to connect
with herâ€¦ a woman he is convinced he knows but, for the life of
him, canâ€™t recall from where. Bent on finding the woman who stirs
his senses like no other, Tris will not rest until he can feel her in
his arms againâ€¦.
he succeed? Will Lady Brianneâ€™s mourning finally be over?
Ephraime writes steamy high heat romances, packed with emotions and
strong alpha characters and always a wonderful, happy ever after. She
has won several awards for her writing, and had even seconded in
Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest, with her White Magic Woman. When
not writing romance novels, Ju could be found writing childrenâ€™s
books, which includes her, Too-Clever series, a collection of ten
children stories. Ju writes her children’s stories under, Dr. Julia
E. Antoine. These days she stays busy helping in the community and
donating her services to a not-for-profit organization, which she
helped establish. Presently, she resides in CT where she has lived
with her family for the past thirty years. She still misses her time
on the sunny Caribbean islands, but takes pleasure in using them as
backdrops to some of her stories.
the last 25 years, Liz Bannerâ€™s life has grown stagnant. Not that
she hasnâ€™t loved being a stay-at-home wife and mother, but she
didnâ€™t mean to lose herself in the process. And after surviving the
most challenging time in her life, Liz realizes that life is too
short, and second chances donâ€™t come around very often.
a milestone birthday approaching, Liz is determined to live a little.
And when her best friend, Anne, gifts her a ticket for a 10-day
luxury cruise, Liz decides itâ€™s the perfect excuse to experience
new things, and just take some time to relax with some of her
favorite women. But her idea of a relaxing vacation gets thrown
overboard when a few surprise guests make an appearance and attempt
to win their way back into Lizâ€™s heart.
a second chance at lifeâ€¦and love, turning 50 never felt better.
Here is the excerptÂ
Liz was still gaping at the man standing in front of her, frozen with shock. She was at a loss for words, though, after so many years, there was so much to say. James didnâ€™t give her much time to process things and pulled her into a brief hug. Her body stiffened in his embrace and he pulled away to lean on the railing once more.
â€œWow. I canâ€™t believe youâ€™re here. I thought I saw you earlier when the ship was leaving the port, but I just assumed my mind was playing tricks on me again.â€ James ran a hand through his hair and a wide smile played on his lips.
Again? Liz shook her head, trying to formulate a sentence. Finally, she was able to slow the swirling thoughts in her head long enough to state the obvious.
â€œItâ€™s been so long,â€ she almost whispered, then found her fingers inching closer to his arm. Maybe he wasnâ€™t really there. Maybe she had too much to drink, and with the stressâ€¦and her medicationsâ€¦
James looked down at her hand as it made contact with his forearm. His brow furrowed slightly, but he continued to smile. He met her eye. â€œIs everything alright?â€ He let a chuckle escape and Liz swiftly withdrew her hand.
She pinned both of her arms across her chest, hoping to keep them from randomly touching people. â€œIâ€™m sorry. I guess, Iâ€™m a little surprised to see you.â€
Drapp, who writes under the name of J.D. Corbett, was raised in
Charleston, South Carolina. As a girl, she was obsessed with learning
and reading about historical and fictional characters; one of her
favorites being Scarlett O’Hara. Jen has always loved writing,
whether it was short stories about made-up worlds or even essays for
school. She has recently had two contemporary romances published and
continues to learn and grow as an author. Jen currently lives in
Northern Virginia with her husband, daughter, and a 15-year old very
steals for the French crown.She heals for the Catholic church
will heal her heart.She will steal his.
Privateer, CaptainÂ Drago
given one final mission from his employer, the king of France:
reclaim religious relics from a New Orleans cathedral and bring them
back. Trouble begins when he’s forced by a mysterious, veiled,
novitiate nun to swear on the Bible to protect the very items he was
instructed to steal.
60 British warships have amassed in Negril Bay, Jamaica, preparing to
attack New Orleans. He must retrieve the sacred relics before the
British arrive and seize the city.
nun and healer,Â Eva
secrets, and hides more than her face behind the veil. The convent
has been her safe haven since she crawled, beaten and bloody, to its
door nine years ago. When an old enemy re-surfaces and threatens to
drag her back into the dark underworld from where sheâ€™d escaped,
both she and her dark pirate captain stand to lose everything theyâ€™ve
fought so hard to protect…including each other.
commit treason or betray the woman he secretly loves. Betraying one
sends him to the guillotine, the other straight to hell.
series is about spirited, independent women and rakish bad boy
pirates, wrapped up in women’s action and adventure sea stories. If
you enjoy romantic action and adventure, action and action and
adventure romance fiction, historical romance or women’s fiction,
you’ll love the Pirates & Petticoats series.
Author~ Chloe Flowers writes historical womenâ€™s action and
adventure romance novels about scoundrels, pirates, and spunky,
independent heroines. She likes to challenge her characters by
tossing them the middle of actual historical events, or with real
is a member of the Romance Writers of America, Northeast Ohio Romance
Writers and The Beau Monde Romance Writers group, where she serves as
secretary. In 2011, she formed the Sunshine Critique Group so that
she and other aspiring authors could motivate and challenge each
other to become better writers. Six members have been published. She
has given workshops and presentations on creating a critique group,
how to provide effective critiques, story structure, and
self-publishing lessons to writers groups, library patrons and
children. In 2014, she started her own small publishing company,
Flowers & Fullerton. Currently, sheâ€™s the publisher of record
for authors Sheridan Jeane, H.O. Knight as well as herself.
biggest fault is her apparent inability to say â€œnoâ€ whether itâ€™s
in response to a call for aid or a double-dog-dare to hike home
through 30 acres of a snow-covered forest at midnightâ€¦during a full
moon. It was early morning during said adventure when she came upon a
group of sheriffâ€™s deputies searching for a lost girl. So, of
course she offered to help. Turns out, they were searching for
addition to her addiction to adrenaline, she has a weakness for good
red wine, dark chocolate and brown-eyed guys with beards, which is
probably why she digs pirates and treasure hunters and writes about
action and adventure, pirates and romance (which is the greatest
adventure of all).