Sunday Snippet #3 Guarding the Spoils


Hey there. It’s been weeks since I’ve offered up samples from my work. Deadlines must be met. But I’m back sharing snippets from my new and very shiny upcoming release, Guarding the Spoils. This seven sentence is from the introduction. My hero, Oliver Randall, is attempting to indulge in a bit of light reading but his brother Leopold has other ideas.

WHEN OLIVER RANDALL had been very young, he’d believed heaven could only be found in the thirty-feet-square library of Romsey Abbey. At seventeen and wrenched from his studies, he’d been assured he’d never see that library again and the long, lonely years after proved that heaven would be denied him. At eight and twenty, and thanks to his younger brother Tobias’s daring rescue two weeks prior, he’d thought he would be granted his reward. Yet once he’d stood within Romsey library’s hushed confines, filled with books of every sort and description, he’d acknowledged that this place was merely a stepping stone on the path to adventure.

“Have you taken leave of your senses?”

Oliver set the polished wood stepladder against the uppermost shelf edge and scaled the heights of literature, prose, and radical thought in search of entertainment. “They are all still there as far as I can tell, Leopold.”

And that’s my first official Weekend Writing Warrior’s post. I had intended to sign up last week but I got a bit distracted by family. By the time I remembered the list was closed. I hope you visit the WeWriWa website to check out the other wonderful work by the authors listed there.

Guarding the Spoils … the date is set.

The adventure he never expected.

It is with great relief and not a little anxiety that I can happily announce the release date for Guarding the Spoils, Book 3 in the Wild Randalls series will be April 30.

The blurb:


Elizabeth Turner once loved Oliver Randall, but was blind to his desire to travel without the encumbrance of a wife weighing him down. When she learned the truth, Beth settled for the security of a loveless marriage. Now a widow with a son to support, desperation has driven her into service at Romsey Abbey and directly into the path of the man she’d loved and lost.

Oliver has no intentions of letting his dream of travel slip away again even for a pretty face from his past. Since his return to the abbey, he’s planned a grand tour to the continent down even while examining the astonishing emotional changes a decade apart from his brothers has wrought. The last thing Oliver wanted was stronger ties to the people living at Romsey. But then fate offers him both an affair and an unexpected friendship. Is it curiosity alone that stirs him or the beginning of an expected adventure?

Guarding the Spoils is available for pre-order from Kobo now.

To read an excerpt go to the book page >>.

The print edition (below) is gorgeous and will be available on or around the release date. I hope you’re looking forward to the release as much as I am.


Who’s Lucky in Love?

Lucky in LoveHi Peeps,

Welcome to his weekends Lucky in Love Blog Hop. I hope you stick around, share your story and leave a comment to go into the draw to win a copy an ebook.

Many thanks to Carrie Anne Ryan for organizing the hop. She always does such a great job at organizing us all.

St Patricks Day has had a special meaning for my family for a number of years. In fact, since a painful start 11 years ago every moment has become sweeter. You see, my youngest son was born on St Patrick’s Day (hence the painful beginning.) LOL That guarantees us a party each year to celebrate with green food. If you have kids, or you’re closely involved with someone else’s, you know that no two children are exactly the same. The nine year age gap might be a factor but my challenge me, amuse me, and make me so proud. I have such good luck in my children.

But wait, you’re not here to listen to me wax lyrical about the boy in my life (to be referred to as the PreTeen and New Adult in social media). You’re here to win a prize. So easy question this blog hop:

Are you feeling lucky? How are you lucky? I wanna know.

One lucky commenter will win a digital copy of Engaging the Enemy, the first novel in The Wild Randall’s series.

This is the cover of Engaging the Enemy

A duchess should be regal, aloof and the image of calm elegance. But those words have never applied to Mercy, Duchess of Romsey. A widow and mother of a young duke, Mercy is lonely and floundering to keep the estate afloat. When she discovers the existence of Leopold Randall, her husband’s estranged cousin, Mercy commits to help him locate his missing siblings if he’ll return the estate to order. Although cautioned against trusting a man who would inherit everything should her son die, she impetuously hands over the estate to Leopold’s care in the hope of keeping him near.

Leopold Randall, heir to the young duke, has returned to Hampshire to demand information regarding the fate of his missing siblings. Unfortunately, the Duchess of Romsey is clueless about them, yet her struggle to maintain the estate tugs at Leopold’s sense of duty. At her insistence, he steps in to bring order to chaos while searching for hints to his family’s whereabouts amongst the old duke’s papers. Yet the duchess tempts him in ways best unspoken. He fights to hide his weakness for her and a shameful past that could see him banished again. But when Leopold discovers a threat against the duchess and young duke’s life, he must join forces with the temptress to protect his last known relative.

The series has just had a cover change in preparation for the upcoming release of the third book in the series. Follow the blog or signup for the newsletter to hear the release date first, but don’t forget to leave a comment on this post!

Now onto the major prize. The blog hop has TWO grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A $100 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
2nd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!


AA Service Excellence

Just wanted to give a quick shout out to two exceptional businesses that I’ve dealt with in the past few weeks.

victorybutton_thThe first A — Anne @ VICTORY EDITING

Anne is a great editor, affordable and a lovely person to deal with too. Full edit or oops protection. I cannot say enough good things about her editing of my latest project and her continuing availability after the bill was paid. For more information about the services she offers click here.

A-EMS_Sq_logo.002_reasonably_smallThe second A – Amy @ AuthorEMS

Another brilliantly helpful service for time poor authors or authors grappling with making ebooks, especially epubs. Her work is incredible, fast and realistically priced. Author EMS also runs short course on marketing and much much more so check out the site thoroughly.

Thank you Anne and Amy for making these past few weeks so easy on me.