Thursday Throwback The Lady Tamed

thursday throwback the lady tamed book coversThursday Throwback ~ The Lady Tamed

A lady possessed of a fortune. A poor actor with a shady past. It’s the role of a lifetime…but their contract said nothing about falling in love.

Fortune hunters and fools. Those are the gentlemen Fanny Rivers has endured since her husband’s passing. Men who believe women too feeble-brained to manage a fortune, much less help it grow. So for her sister’s upcoming wedding festivities, she’s combined her business acumen with her habit of collecting strays—hiring an actor to play her besotted beau. And it’s working marvelously. Too marvelously. Before long, her attraction to Jeremy makes it difficult to discern fact from fiction, and Fanny herself is in danger of falling for her own scheme.

Jeremy Dawes can scarcely believe his luck when Fanny Rivers agrees to be his patroness. Despite learning he’s the latest in a long line of charity cases, he willingly takes on the most complicated role of his fledgling career—that of a proper gentleman. She’ll never need know of his unsavory beginnings, though the closer they become, the more Jeremy wishes he could be what she deserves. It’s only after a thrilling moment of intimacy—and a regrettable decision by Fanny—that Jeremy finds unexpected allies in the negotiation for his savvy lady’s heart.

Read an Excerpt…

Jeremy looked around, up at the high walls decorated with plaster moldings of birds and what he assumed were family portraits. A wide staircase rose to the next level, where he’d been told all guests would sleep. Jeremy’s last bed had been on the floor in a corner of the stage.

“You must be Mr. Dawes.”

Jeremy smiled pleasantly and turned around to find a tall man emerging from a nearby room. He was big, bigger than Jeremy by half a head at least, older by at least a dozen years or so, and might just be the butler. “Indeed I am.”

“May I be of assistance?” the fellow asked in a bored voice.

“Yes, well, if you could tell me where I am to go?”

“The servants have taken your trunk up already. I can show you the way.”

Relief filled him. “I would appreciate that very much. Thank you.”

The man inclined his head and started up the stairs. “This way.”

Jeremy followed, encountering no other souls on the way to a large light-filled room with a massive bed placed in the center. He stared at it in shock. At least four of his fellow actors could have shared that bed and been very comfortable still. He could hardly believe the bed, the chamber, would be his for two whole weeks. But his trunk was being unpacked, and his new possessions were already being put away.

The fellow turned to him, one brow lifting. “Was there really just the one trunk?”

“Yes, of course. How many did you expect?”

“Several, I imagined.” The fellow prowled about the room, observing the servants at their work and nodding. He turned to Jeremy suddenly. “I’m surprised you’ve acquired so little, given the length of your association with Lady Rivers. She is usually much more giving to someone like you.”

Jeremy straightened to his full height, offended by the remark. “I have everything I need.”

The man stroked his long fingers over the trunk’s lettering. J. K. D. “What does the K stand for?”

“It is none of your business what my full name is.”

“What if I think it is?”

Jeremy was taken aback by the man’s tone. “Look, you had better mind your own business and get on with it. Lady Rivers would not be pleased to learn I’d faced an inquisition from you.”

The fellow smiled slowly. “Will you tattle on me?”

Jeremy looked the man up and down. “No, but…”

“Lady Rivers is easily taken advantage of,” the fellow announced.

“You could say that of everyone.”

“And yet you have your hand out to her.” The fellow drew close. “Just another attention-seeking fop intent on spending a fortune on fine hats from Lock’s and frequenting the very best tailor her money can buy. Weston, I believe you’re wearing.”

Jeremy brought his face within inches of the fellow’s, his hands curling into fists. “Hold your tongue unless you want trouble from me.”

“Oh, do you see yourself as a buck then? Do you attend Gentleman Jackson’s, too?”

The fellow didn’t even look alarmed that he was still being glared at, but the other servants had all paused to watch the confrontation. They seemed alarmed.

Jeremy quickly got his temper under control. “No. I’m only an actor, and Lady Rivers my patroness. She is a great lady and spoken of with respect. Especially by those who’ve known her longer than I probably ever will.”

“Got you under her thumb already, has she?” The fellow suddenly grinned. “She’s a persistent minx, my daughter. I’ve yet to meet a man who can say no to her when she gets an idea in her head.”

Jeremy blinked several times. “What did you say? Daughter?”

The other servants snickered but the duke shushed them. “Enough of that now. Back to work, all of you.”

“Oh, my God. I thought you were…” Jeremy bowed deeply, his face flaming as the realization dawned that he was actually standing before the Duke of Stapleton, Lady Rivers’ esteemed father. “Forgive me for not recognizing you, your grace.”

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The Duke and I is currently FREE for a limited time and it is also today’s Bookbub Featured Deal.

bookbub featured deal the duke and I book cover imageWidowed Nicolas Westfall, the Duke of Stapleton, cannot prevent the upcoming debut for his youngest daughter no matter how much he wishes her eventual marriage wouldn’t leave him all alone. Convinced to host a Christmas Ball to prepare her for the season, he’s aware he’s considered a catch on the marriage mart too, but Nicolas is drawn to companion Gillian Thorpe instead.

Gillian was hired to prepare the duke’s daughter for her first season, but its not easy when the girl hasn’t the least interest in the men and the widowed father makes her knees weak when he laughs with her. Gillian respects and admires (perhaps too frequently) the Duke of Stapleton and when she’s lured into a mistletoe kiss with him, will she be able to stop at one or even want to?

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Read an Excerpt from the Duke and I…

“Ah, there you are, Thorpe,” the Duke of Stapleton exclaimed. “How fortunate I am to find you in this out of the way spot. Were you waiting for me?”
Gillian blushed deeply as he paused at her side. She was outside his study door, so of course it might look that way to him.
Judging by the amusement in his tone, he wasn’t concerned she might be dangling after him. “I assure you it was not intentional. I wanted to see if the weather outside had cleared enough for a short walk. Oh look,” she said quickly, “there is Mr. Whitfield at last, joining your daughters for a stroll about the grounds.”
“I sent him out to put a stop to my daughter’s rather transparent attempt at matchmaking,” Stapleton promised as he brushed against her side. “Forgive me for teasing you today. I know you are the model of propriety.”
“I do try, Your Grace.”
Tried and failed last night—rather spectacularly, in fact. Gillian had not stopped thinking about her employer ever since their kiss, and in ways she was not supposed to consider him. It was very likely she could have shared his bed, if she’d not been scared witless by the very great risk she’d taken with her reputation.
He glanced behind them. “I shouldn’t have kissed you last night.”
She startled. “But you did. Why?”
He appeared puzzled. “I took advantage of you having put mistletoe in my pocket.”
“But I didn’t put mistletoe in your pocket.” Her eyes widened as she realized what must have happened with the mistletoe.
Jessica had put it in her father’s pocket!

New Release: An Earl of Her Own

Hey, Romance Fans. I’m super excited to share the news that my new book An Earl of Her Own is available to read today.


The Saints and Sinners story so far..

At Christmas, the Duke of Stapleton was dreading the loss of his youngest daughter (Jessica) to marriage, but then fell in love with the paid companion – Gillian. They married in London before Jessica’s season began.

Unfortunately, Jessica did not find a husband while she was away in London. Upon returning home she discovered love was waiting for her there and accepted a marriage proposal from her best friend–Gideon Whitfield. Everyone is pleased about the match.

My new story begins as Jessica’s upcoming marriage is announced and there’s so much to do at Stapleton Manor to please the duke and make this a wedding to be remembered. The task of preparing the manor for the event has fallen on Rebecca Warner’s shoulders due to the new duchess’s expanding waistline and ill health.  Rebecca doesn’t have time for distractions and she sure doesn’t expect she’s singled out for seduction by the usually drunk Lord Rafferty.

You can find out more on the book page. You’ll find the first two chapters to read plus all the purchase links you could ever need. If you pre-ordered a copy I hope you enjoy the story. And if you loved it, be sure to leave a review. You’ll make my day if you do.


An Earl of Her Own Cover Reveal

It’s cover share time for An Earl of Her Own. What do you think of my latest cover design? He’s hot, right?

Marriage is about finding that special someone you want to annoy
for the rest of your life!

Saints and Sinners Book 3

Rebecca Warner had a chance to be happy once, until her late husband callously broke her heart, and someone began running up debts in her name. Humiliated by the prospect of financial ruin, she’ll first help arrange the perfect house party to celebrate her sister’s marriage and then head to London to find the culprit—or she would if a certain annoying earl stopped distracting her.

Lord Rafferty enjoys tempting pretty ladies and getting in Rebecca’s way has long been a favorite pastime. She’s everything he’s not—reserved, committed to decorum, a pessimist—but then an accident reveals her life is filled with regret. With a greater awareness of her need for recognition, Rafferty seeks Rebecca’s counsel on the best way to raise his motherless daughter. He has no intention of putting his heart on the line, but when Rebecca turns to him late one night…it’s the start of something extraordinary.


AN EARL OF HER OWN is book three in the Saints and Sinners series, but can be read as a standalone novel, of course. The book will release on February 12, 2019 and you can preorder the ebook today for Kindle, Kobo, Nook and Apple Books today.

If you prefer reading from print, physical copies will be available to preorder closer to the release date. Keep an eye on the website page for the book for additional retailer links mid January and I’ll be posting excerpts from the novel there too. I hope you love the story, and my hero Lord Rafferty, as much as I do.

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