Release Day: Once a Husband

Huzzah! It’s release day at last. The sixth and final Hunt Club romance is out from today. Australian readers should have Once a Husband by now. The rest of the world in the next twelve hours or so. Happy reading!

Once a Husband

Hunt Club, book six

Husband. Father. Son. Earl. Rupert Manning has thoroughly lost his way. Already resigned to a loveless marriage, he never expected that to be taken away from him too when his wife is murdered. Implicated her death unless he can clear his name, he’s determined to uncover her murderer and the secrets of her life—so that he too might be free to live the life he should have fought for.

Five years ago Angelo Marinari limped away from his life gravely wounded and hid from everyone he’d ever known and loved. Now earning his way as a fighter and entertainer, Angelo is resigned to his life until fate lands the love of his life at his feet—bloody and beaten and breathtakingly defiant. Saving Lord Bracknell complicates everything but is he strong enough to abandon the earl twice when he and his son are in grave danger?

Read an Excerpt:

Chapter One

They say death is peaceful.

Dying certainly is not.

“Help me!”

The man perched on the window ledge of Wiggan’s Boarding House shrugged and stared at his dripping hand. Of all the fruits on display at the market, oranges might just be his favorite to steal and to eat as another murky day of life began. He bit into the firm flesh of one and let the juice linger on his lips before dabbing at them with a linen napkin.

“Please,” the voice wailed from below in the filthy yard.

“Seven Dials is no place for mercy or kindness,” he whispered.

The man missed the berries of home with a sudden and unexpected pang of homesickness. Sun-warmed and ripe straight from the kitchen garden of his family’s villa. He’d once gorged on fruit with his innocent younger brothers and sisters. In those carefree days, being first to the table was all he had cared about, and it was that misty memory he clung to now when the world was so bleak and cold. The air was cleaner in that faraway memory, too, than the soot and filth that filled the metropolis of London of his present. He supposed he could have returned to the place of his birth years ago, but even if he was able to make the voyage, what was the point? He’d nothing to return to.

Nothing here either, for that matter, so he made no effort to change his situation. Everyone he’d known and loved there was dust.

“No, don’t!”

The gentleman dug in his pocket and found the fruit-studded bun he’s stolen on his way back from taking in the sights and sounds of another London night, and inhaled reverently.

The simple things in life were the best—to breathe, to eat, and make as much mischief as he possibly could.

He bit into the bun—and then spat out a small pebble that grated on his teeth. He stared at it in disappointment. He’d had such high hopes when he’d taken it.

He really missed cooks who could cook.

Friends who were real friends.

Lovers who were…willing to be with him in any guise.

The gentleman scrubbed his hand through his hair, still surprised that he ran short of length after only a brief caress of his head after so many years. It was also an infrequent shock that he barely recognized himself when he saw his own reflection, which meant any past cooks, friends or lovers may not know him if he was standing right in front of them.

“Someone help me!”

He tore off another chuck then ate the soft center first, scraping away the edible portion with his teeth, taking every pleasure from what he put into his body.

He had learned long ago that what little joy could be found in life was taken anywhere and at any time. He glanced about his tiny attic chamber—at his narrow bed, locker of clothes beneath, and a single precious volume of poetry stolen from a bookseller yesterday.

He was content for now.

He was at peace.

He wiped his hands carefully then brushed crumbs off his breeches, resigned that his shabby appearance was utterly necessary. He’d never be welcomed at his favorite shops as he appeared now. He sniffed, and then wrinkled his nose with distaste. He definitely needed a bath soon, too, but in his line of work, cleanliness most often led to suspicion.

“Where ya going, ya pitiful bastard?” a man jeered beneath him, and then a scream tore out of the victim’s throat.

He glanced out his window, peering down on a scene he’d viewed many times before. “Amateurs,” he complained.

He uncurled the wire-and-bead garrote from beneath the stocking on his left ankle and stretched the length before him. The perfect length to silence any victim. A pity the practice of using them had fallen into disrepute in recent years. Too many liked to play with their prey, making them suffer unduly. Killing with a garrote was elegant, fast and blessedly silent in comparison to the callous violence offered below.

He was grateful for the shadows, but his experience filled in the gaps. There’d be enough claret spilled about down there by now to cover his bed. “So unnecessarily untidy,” he muttered with disgust.

There were other sounds that would make a more delicate man shudder.

“Never gamble with your life,” he advised when the man below came into view, attempting to crawl away one-armed from the larger man following behind and taunting him. “And always know a way out. If there is no escape possible, make them pay dearly for their insolence.”

He sighed. He’d never lost a fight since turning sixteen, which was why he’d done so well as an assassin.

But he was dead to everyone he knew, or was supposed to be. An unmissed and unlamented casualty of war.

He scowled at the turn of his thoughts. “Must be the mild weather making me grim.”

The past was an unpleasant memory. Being shot by a man he’d foolishly trusted had given him ample reason to feel put out. Shot, left for dead, nearly damaged beyond fixing, and cast aside like an overflowing night soil pot.

It was enough to make any man irritable, let alone one who could break a neck without breaking a sweat.

His former friend’s shot to the shoulder may have been wide of his target, but it was to the point. His services were no longer required and his usefulness had come to an immediate end five years ago on the dark southern coast. His friend had been given orders to kill, and he’d obeyed, appearing pained to do it.

To this day, he continued to live in the shadows, avoiding the streets he used to sneak through with his many unsavory accomplices.

In the yard below, the man was still crawling on his belly, moving toward the blind alley, dragging his legs behind him as if they no longer worked. They were probably broken, and by the way he called out, weaker now and pained, his chest had damage too.

He knew the signs of imminent death as well as anyone in his profession.

The sounds would stop soon, and there would be another body floating in the Thames. Whether the fellow could swim or not made no difference to his chances of avoiding that fate.

He was as good as dead the moment he’d set foot here.

The sounds from below cut off abruptly, and he sighed with relief that it was finally over.

Another fool dead by his own foolishness, but there would always be another.

His meal finished, Angelo Marinari, former assassin, former abbess of the Hunt Club and admirer of fine gowns only women could wear, closed the window on the scene below. It wasn’t his business to save the foolish from danger. Not anymore. He was alone, and that was the way he wanted it.

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June Update

June Update!

Wow. This year is rocketing along. So much is going on and so much is left to do.

First news, back for an encore – Captivated by his Kiss Boxed set has returned to virtual shelves in print and digital format this month.

Captivated by His Kiss 3-D cover imageThe boxed set features regency romances from New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Cheryl Bolen and USA Today Bestselling Author Bronwen Evans along with stories by Barbara Monajem, Collette Cameron, Wendy Vella, me, and Lauren Smith. That’s SEVEN emotional stories of second chances, scandalous wagers, and the quest for true love. If you missed it when it first published, here’s your second chance.

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The second bit of exciting news: Once a Husband has just returned from my editor! Given what I’ve seen of her feedback, and its looking pretty good, I’ve reason to be excited to share this story soon and discover what Hunt Club fans think of this final story in the series. I’ll be working on the edit and putting together the book files over the next two months and then reaching out to early readers/reviewers.

The last bit of news: A Very Wicked Christmas is a RONE Award Finalist (run by InD’Tale). Winners will be announced and presented at the RONE awards ceremony and gala on October 14th, 2017 at the Burbank Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in the US in conjunction with the InD’Scribe Con and Book Festival. I’m not able to attend personally, but I’ll be watching social media during the event with my fingers crossed. 🙂






Have Yourself A Very Wicked Christmas! 99c Pre-order

A Very Wicked Christmas!

So very, very excited to share the news that I’m publishing in an anthology with 5 fantastically talented regency romance authors. A Very Wicked Christmas is a collection of stand alone novella length stories full of our usual brand of mischief and exciting romantic adventures.

Have Yourself A Very Wicked Christmas!

Six of today’s most popular regency romance authors come together to deliver a holiday anthology full of passion, promise, and scandalous dalliance.

A Very Wicked Christmas

In Heather Boyd’s The Christmas Affair, a lonely shopkeeper offers shelter to a beautiful, not so innocent miss to overcome the bitter memories of Christmases past, but could such a wicked connection ever lead to a happily-ever-after? A dashing spy with marriage on his mind seeks to rekindle the spark by any means possible with the woman who claimed his heart in Love at First Dance by Barbara Monajem. A scandalous widow rescues the man of her dreams – but his secrets could destroy their love in Nicola Davidson‘s Joy to the Earl. A masquerade ball was no place to be reckless with your innocence, and yet one scorching look at the masked highwayman urges Miss Partridge to do just that in Mistletoe and the Marquess by Wendy Vella. In Lord Misrule by Donna Cummings, a young widow chooses a handsome rogue to be her first lover, but his regrets from a past Christmas may end their affair before it even commences. A blue-stocking becomes a courtesan to escape a murderer in The Glittering Prize, an intrigue-filled romance by Beverley Oakley about finding love where it’s least expected.

A Very Wicked Christmas is an all-new collection of stand-alone complete works.


The Christmas Affair

Rebel Hearts Novella

Harper Cabot, the proprietor of Cabot’s Haberdashery, was devastated by the death of his wife to the point he cannot pack away any of her belongings. Everyone expects his mourning to end soon, but he is devoted to his business and ignores how lonely his life has become in every other respect. A chance encounter brings Amy Mellish to Harper’s notice when he discovers the woman huddled behind his store one bitterly cold night before Christmas. Stirred by compassion and unexpected attraction, he offers Amy shelter in his home…only to have the woman seduce him before the night is over.

Amy has long admired the proper Harper Cabot from a distance, believing a prostitute very far below his notice and unneeded in his life. Although saddened by his loss, Amy very much needs Harper’s protection and boldly strikes a bargain to stay in exchange for satisfying his lust. In Harper’s arms, Amy discovers passion beyond her experience even though the signs of the late Mrs. Cabot linger every corner of his home. Although begun as a diversion from shared sorrows, can their brief affair overcome the bitter memories of Christmases past and create the lasting connection they both secretly desire?

(Harper Cabot first appeared in An Affair of Honor)

Pre-order now at 99c. On Sale October 18, 2016

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Rakes and Rogues is Out!

Rakes and Rogues

This month I’m publishing a first in series collection with the best group of writers! Barbara Monajem, Wendy Vella, Donna Cummings, Nicola Davidson, and Beverley Oakley are 5 fabulous authors with unique writing styles. Our collection, RAKES AND ROGUES, is a brilliant way to sample new writers. Readers should expect novella to novel length stories.

Rakes and Rogues Regency Boxed SetRakes and Rogues abound in this six-book collection of secrets, spies, vengeance, and lust. From London’s glittering ballrooms to the intimate mischief of a pre-season country house party, be captivated by these sexy first in series Regency romances.

A duchess and her son’s heir join forces to solve a family mystery in ENGAGING THE ENEMY by Heather Boyd.

Barbara Monajem’s lady spy is a rogue in distress in THE RELUCTANT SEDUCTRESS.

An earl’s sensible plans go awry as he becomes embattled with a sworn enemy, and his best friend’s sister, in TO LOVE A HELLION by Nicola Davidson.

In Wendy Vella’s LORD GALLANT, newlyweds hide secrets and confront dangers of the heart as well as a deadly foe.

When a sizzling encounter with a handsome stranger at a masquerade ball leads to love, Fanny’s dreams have nearly come true in RAKE’S HONOUR by Beverley Oakley.

In LORD WASTREL by Donna Cummings, a former rake needs a scandal-free wife to help him raise his child, but he’s falling for London’s most notorious woman instead.

Publisher’s Note: With the exception of The Reluctant Seductress, these stories are all previously published works

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Work in Progress – Rebel Heart’s Book 4

I’m 40% into the first draft of book four in the Rebel Hearts series. Chaos, mayhem and a lot of seduction already on the pages. I’m lost in this one truly. My characters are practically writing their own romance without my help. Should be wrapped up by the end of next month I hope.

Writing Process

After a brief flirtation with Scrivener writing software (two full stories) I’ve gone back to basics – back to Microsoft Word and my old way of writing (using beginning template with chapter headers and table of contents already laid out). I like starting from a template like this because after 30 stories it’s a real time saver and I often write scenes out of sequence when the next one is a struggle. Much simpler and faster for me. I know a lot of author’s rave about the Scrivener Program — I just can’t.

Recent Reads

Pinterest_logo-3Thanks to some changes in the publishing world, I’ve decided to move my virtual Keeper Bookshelf (books I loved and re-read) off Goodreads and over to a new Pinterest board. My Keeper Shelf (begun in my pre-published days) has nearly 300 titles – both regency romance and other genres. It is probably going to take me forever to move but with Amazon now the owner of Goodreads, I’d like to avoid any potential conflict if Amazon suddenly decides to change their terms of service. I’ll be adding new reads and old loves to Pinterest as quick as I can over the coming months. Wish me luck!

Out Today: Wicked Temptation

Out Today: Wicked Temptation A First in Series Collection. This boxed set contains four stories: Chills, Love Me Tender, Engaging the Enemy, Miss Watson’s First Scandal from my existing body of work. Its a great way to try me out by starting at the beginning of each set of stories.

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WTBS_3D2_533Be swept into a world of naughty rogues, independent women, fierce desire and scandalous trysts in this new collection of romance. Each book is the first story in an existing and exciting series ranging from sweet to steamy encounters set in regency England.

Get caught up in Wicked Temptation today…

CHILLS – Distinguished Rogues Book 1: Accident-prone country maiden seeks marriage of convenience with deep-pocketed husband to avoid debtor’s prison. Applicant should not be old, arrogant and be capable of ignoring the occasional clumsy gaff when gadding about in society. And no matter how much the lady might wish it, he cannot be her handsome former guardian the Marquess of Ettington—even if he were available.

LOVE ME TENDER – Brothers in Love Book 1: Tristan Greene, Viscount Ramsbury, might be a rake-on-the-run from a husband-hunting debutant, but he also has seduction firmly in mind when he begs protection from the recently widowed Winifred Moore.

ENGAGING THE ENEMY – Wild Randalls Book 1: Every great family has a few secrets best left unspoken. The wild Randalls of Hampshire excel at them. Leopold Randall has come home to England to find his family and face the demons of his past. The question is, however, if he’s fully prepared to engage the enemy, the Duchess of Romsey, when she’s intimately tangled in his past.

MISS WATSON’S FIRST SCANDAL – Miss Mayhem Book 1: Overworked London banker David Hawke had two goals for his week in the seaside town of Brighton: one, recover a debt from a friend and two, relax for his remaining holiday. Marriage wasn’t part of the plan…until the girl next door barges in and turns his life upside down.

Four Steamy Regency Romance stories. Over 228,000 words.

Happy reading everyone!

Out Now: Reason to Wed, Distinguished Rogues 7

Reason to Wed is live in online bookstores everywhere!

It’s release day for Reason to Wed, book seven of the Distinguished Rogues series, at last. So far the buzz is good, see excerpts below, and I hope you get a chance to read and enjoy Reason to Wed, my last new release for 2015 soon. Here’s a little taste..

Just let it happen. If all of Esme’s liaisons began this easily, she’d never have reason to be discontent.

Lord Windermere’s breath teased her skin and tempted her to set aside all the reasons why an affair with him wasn’t wise. She did not wish to become another conquest for the earl, but she was still peevish and in need of an outlet for her frustration. Sex had always been her preferred method to rid herself of irritation, and he had offered nicely.

His suggestion too had loosened something reckless inside her that she’d never known existed. A desire to break her own rules grew. To experience something new without forethought or planning had never been her way. But Windermere’s offer did tempt her. She knew him very well. She was aware of his character, his failings and values. Society at large assumed they’d been intimate, but they each knew there had never been any intention of that.

Until now.

He curled his fingers about her waist in a soft caress that left her wanting more. She closed her eyes as he did it again with more conviction.

A shock of want consumed her. She wanted his hands on her skin, his body entwined with hers, the thrill of fulfilled desire soon to follow. Esme had never considered Windermere as a potential lover. An annoyance, certainly. A man with whom to spar when she felt peevish, as she did now; not that she’d ever admit that as the sole reason she’d enjoyed finding fault with him in the past. Yet tonight she was hard-pressed to find a reason to deny him because she wasn’t satisfied yet. He’d been kind and his timing and understanding of her mood had been excellent. Who would have thought he might interpret her needs so well?

Sharing a bed would change things between them.

She would know his taste, the sound of his pleasure. The most intimate of knowledge only possible when a man and a woman had lain together and driven each other wild.

She turned in his arms. An expectant grin twisted his lips, making him appear boyish and even more attractive. Her pulse raced with anticipation as she saw the gleam of hope in his eyes. “This would mean nothing.”

Praise for Reason to Wed:

She gets right to the heart of any story and captivates her readers with every tale.” ~ I Love Romance

A Reason to Read!…A quick escape, this novel is the perfect way to indulge in a happy ending!” ~ Jenerated Reviews

Fascinating and Sizzling….I was left spellbound by Richard and Esme’s passionate story!” ~ Nicole Laverdure, reader

Contest Contest Contest!!

I’m very excited to share news of a giveaway I’m running for two print copies of Reason to Wed through Goodreads. Jump on over and get your name into the draw. Contest closes December 20.

Out today: Reason to Wed in Digital and Print

Out Now: Reason to Wed

Richard Hill, the Earl of Windermere, might desperately require a wife and heir, but thoughts of duty fly from his mind when he rescues Esme, Lady Heathcote, from the embarrassment of a failed affair. They usually never agree about anything. He’s never even kissed the vexing widow. But when the opportunity arises to whisk her away for a no-strings-attached rendezvous, Richard can’t imagine a better way to spend a moonlit evening.

 Esme has never lacked for admirers, but having Lord Windermere’s company goes a long way to ease the pain of losing her suddenly betrothed lover. And when Windermere suggests an affair, Esme is intrigued by the blazing-hot connection even while knowing their relationship has no future beyond his house party.

But as with any temptation, it’s a bargain they’ll soon regret.

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One Week till Reason to Wed Release Day

I can’t believe its just one week till Reason to Wed comes out! Where has the time gone and why haven’t I said more about it so far? Well life got a bit hectic. There was a little emergency finger amputation for my husband, and my plans fell apart. He didn’t mean to crush his finger, but worrying about him couldn’t have come at a worse time! (He’s healing well btw)

So, now to Reason to Wed, book 7 in the Distinguished Rogues series.

When Esme met Richard it was not love at first sight. In fact, I’d go as far as to claim the opposite for Lady Heathcote and Lord Windermere. Esme has long thought Richard Hill arrogant so getting involved with him was the last thing on her mind. As for Richard, well, he was busy enjoying himself to the full as most distinguished rogues are prone to do. Richard and Esme were amazingly fun characters to write. They were older and knew what they liked when it came to intimacy. Esme would never cop to her exact age but Richard was early forties and getting worried about the succession. They hardly ever agree but what does that matter when the circumstances are right?

Here’s a sneak peek into the story–a first conversation between my hero and heroine:

“Looking for me?” Windermere asked as he came to stand near. His gaze raked her from head to toe in the most gauche way.

Arrogant and presumptuous. “Hardly. You should pay more attention to your guests and the health of your servants.”

Instead of taking the hint that she wasn’t in the mood to talk, he caught her hand and raised it to his lips. His blue eyes danced with amusement. “I do love when you’re friendly. How have you been, Esme?”

She scowled at him and withdrew her hand to her side. “I’ve not given you leave to use my first name and I am not of a mood to spar with you. Go back to your other guests for amusement and send your butler to his bed. Anyone can see he’s on the verge of collapse tonight.”

“I already banished Oswin to rest.” He laughed suddenly. “Young Pip has assumed his duties until Collins comes up.”

“Just as well,” she replied, thankful for such sensible decisions at last.

“Only you would ever dare tell me what to do in my own home. I wanted to thank you for coming,” Windermere murmured. “But to convince everyone we’re not at odds, you will have to talk to me occasionally with a little less acid in your tone.”

“We’ve spoken as much as needed to quell any gossip.” She smiled at him. “Or was it your wish to have me chivvy you out of your mopes too.”

“I will say again you were right.” Windermere sighed and raked a hand through his dark, wavy hair. “You’re enjoying rubbing my nose in that business with Lady Bartlett, aren’t you?”

“Perhaps.” She smothered a laugh. He hadn’t wanted to believe he was being used until it was almost too late to extract himself from the connection. “You were so indignant that day, and after venting your pique at me, you charged down the street—on foot of all things, my man and your horse trailing after. I laughed for at least a whole day afterward. But I am sorry you were let down.”

He inhaled sharply, his jaw clenching before he relaxed and shook his head. “No, you’re not. You’re positively gloating that you were proved right about her.”

She allowed herself the briefest smirk. “You should learn to listen to good advice when you hear it, even if it comes from a direction you don’t care for. I did try at first every subtle method I could imagine to make you really look at her figure and behavior. She wanted to trap you and almost did. An adventuress of her poor standard is not suitable to be your countess.”

“I believe you wholeheartedly.” He leaned closer, bracing one hand on the doorframe beside her head so she was partially trapped by his body. “In fact, I’m considering leaving the matter of who should be in that position in your capable hands.”

She stared at him in shock. “You’d let me choose your wife for you?”

“Well, perhaps not a wife.” He grinned and his attention dropped to her bust. “But I’m open to hearing your suggestion for my next lover. I seem to have the worst luck in that area and you seem to have developed an interest in those I take to my bed.”

Esme laughed at his absurd suggestion and ignored the overwhelming urge to unbutton her gown for him. She did not lead a man on while involved with another, even if that other was leading her on a merry chase tonight. “You hardly need advice on that. Any pair of breasts will do. But next time, if the lady claims she’s carrying your child, at least find out for sure she’s speaking truthfully before you request a special license.”

“Breasts come attached to the lady.” He sighed again and drew back. “Given my near miss, I’m no longer confident I’ve the patience for marriage.”

Last year, Esme had formed a suspicion about Lord Windermere, what set him to sigh so often when someone married or was heard to have fathered a son or daughter. He implied he lacked patience, but that probably wasn’t true. There were countless other gentlemen of their acquaintance with both legitimate and illegitimate children attached to their names. Lord Windermere had not lived the life of a saint, but he had no children of his own that Esme had ever learned of.

She could sympathize with his situation, though she’d never let on or embarrass him by speaking of it. At his age, nearing three and forty years, he must have begun to worry for the succession, since his brother appeared even less ready to settle down than he was. After that, the estate and title fell to a cousin who hadn’t the bearing of an earl, in her opinion, although he did possess a sweet wife and two sons already.

She didn’t know what to say to make him feel better anyway because nothing really could. She’d long since accepted her own barren state as a certainty. “Things might be different with the right woman,” she suggested gently. At least that is what well-meaning family had always advised her.

He shook his head then assumed the warm expression so common for him that lit up his eyes so brightly she wanted to draw closer. “So, are you going to tell me what you were looking for?”

She glanced away, glad he’d changed the subject and that the uncomfortable personal conversation between them was over. She wouldn’t confide in him about her exasperation with her lover, but Windermere had invited Meriwether knowing they were intimately involved. It should have been clear to him whom she’d be looking for. “I’ll let you get back to tending your guests and charming your next dance partner.”

He sighed dramatically. “You’re a cruel woman but you are correct. I have obligations. Until we meet again.”

Esme turned on her heel and left the library and Lord Windermere behind. If not for the lingering feeling of shared sadness, she didn’t plan to think of him again tonight.

I’m happy to answer any questions you have about this and my plans for 2016.

About Reason to Wed:

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Richard Hill, the Earl of Windermere, might desperately require a wife and heir, but thoughts of duty fly from his mind when he rescues Esme, Lady Heathcote, from the embarrassment of a failed affair. They usually never agree about anything. He’s never even kissed the vexing widow. But when the opportunity arises to whisk her away for a no-strings-attached rendezvous, Richard can’t imagine a better way to spend a moonlit evening.

Esme has never lacked for admirers, but having Lord Windermere’s company goes a long way to ease the pain of losing her suddenly betrothed lover. And when Windermere suggests an affair, Esme is intrigued by the blazing-hot connection even while knowing their relationship has no future beyond his house party.

But as with any temptation, it’s a bargain they’ll soon regret.


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Miss Merton is waiting

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Miss Merton is ready and waiting!

Book 4 in the Miss Mayhem series features Melanie Merton and Walter George is winging its way from retailers to your mailbox or digital devices. Thank goodness for that. The waiting was killing me.

If you pre-ordered the book thank you so much. If you grab a copy this week I really appreciate your interest.

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When you finish reading, feel free to contact me and let me know what you think of Melanie by the end. My editor thought I’d go the easy way and was surprised by my choice for the ending.

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It’s all about the hero

It’s just two short weeks until the release of Miss Merton’s Last Hope and I thought it was time to shine a light on my hero Walter George. Walter has been a constant presence in the Miss Mayhem series. Brother to Imogen (of Miss George’s Second Chance) and a best friend to all the men. The ladies trust him but don’t gush over him. And he’s not been altogether happy with one particular neighbour of late.

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Valentine rubbed his hands together briskly. “All I need next is to see my sister happily married.”
Walter nodded, as he was expected to do when the subject of marrying sisters off came up in conversation. His own sister had married a neighbor and friend so he had plenty of experience in this field.
He considered the lady under discussion. She was lovely in her own way, tall, perfect complexion, a beauty, but she wasn’t the least bit approachable. “A tricky proposition, in your case. How many proposals has she turned down?”
“Oh, eleven, I think it is.”
Walter grunted, surprised by the number. He’d only heard of a handful of local beaus who had been turned down. “That many?”
“Be a friend and don’t spread that about. I’m still hoping for one more who might be acceptable before we get to unlucky number thirteen.”
Walter shook his head, unable to fathom why Miss Melanie Merton was so damn particular about choosing a husband. He was acquainted with a few of her former suitors and they were all quite decent sorts and intelligent enough to please even her father. None had possessed a great fortune or a title. “Maybe number twelve will suit.”

Hint: Number 12 suitor has NO chance! LOL

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Miss Radley’s Third Dare is ready to be read!

Miss Radley's Third Dare cover imageAt long last I can share Miss Radley’s Third Dare, the third story about the residents of Brighton during the regency. Thank you for your patience too dear readers. I know it’s been a very long time since Miss George’s Second Chance. This story is set three months after Julia dared Valentine Merton to a race in the sea. He lost fair and square but all has not been smooth sailing in their little community. Julia has suffered, Valentine is annoyed (with everyone else) and the more he tries to pull away the more she’d tries to make everything right again. I love how they are together because they were not what I intended when I first imagined this series of characters. Yes, Julia is something of a hoyden and Valentine is still clever and fun but together they are something special. The most unconventional match I’ve ever written.

I do hope you enjoy Miss Radley’s Third Dare.

Copies are available everywhere in print and digital editions.

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There’s also a print book giveaway running over at Goodreads this month. Ends on the 20th!


MMLH_DC200Miss Merton’s Last Hope…

… is available for preorder now with a October 13 release date.

Never-to-wed Melanie Merton had a knack for repelling suitors, that is until Walter George got close enough to learn her secrets. But even a gentleman like Walter must be kept at a distance for his own good.

There’s also more info about the story on her book page.

You can reserve your copy at AMAZON and at iBOOKS and also here KOBO.


Goals for August

* Complete Reason to Wed for my awesome editor Kelli Collins by the middle of the month. I’m almost ready to send.

* Work on something completely different for the remaining days of August. Vampires! The story will likely be very rough but its a means of feeding my creativity and who knows I might just publish it down the track. We’ll see how the story turn out.

* Get a Fitbit. A friend was showing me her device recently and explained how it keeps her motivated and honest about her daily exercise. I sit on my butt 5 days a week working at home so I need all the help I can get to remember to move. She’s in a group of other fitbit users who track their progress and meet challenges set by the group – that feature blew me away. I get bored working out solo and with the proof the device records I think I might have a chance to slim down by summer.