Thursday, April 7, 2022

A Duke in Winter: A Historical Romance Collection Pre-Order is Live!

 So excited to be a part of another Dragonblade Publishing Anthology…

A Duke in Winter: A Historical Romance Collection 


Here is the blurb for the collection releasing December 29, 2022:

“It was a dark and snowy night…”

Winter has come and the holiday seasons have arrived. ‘Tis the season to be jolly for most, but beneath the joyous celebrations lurks moody, dark, and seductive dukes that make England’s most famous bard’s brooding lords look like charm boys. But this isn’t a tortured Danish prince or a tormented king with three conniving daughters. This is…

A Duke in Winter.

Ten of your favorite historical romance authors have come together for this wintery collection to set your pulse racing. Melt the snow a little with this collection of sexy tales of moody dukes and the women hot enough to warm them.

Indulge in the most unexpected of winter romantic tales!

This set includes USA Today and Bestselling authors:
Elizabeth Johns
Emily Royal
Anna St. Claire
Elizabeth Keysian
Caroline Warfield
Elizabeth Ellen Carter
Ruth A. Casie
C.H. Admirand
Charlotte Wren
Sandra Sookoo
Veronica Crowe
Anna Markland
Chantry Dawes

Stay tune for more information…

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

The Lady and the Spy is in the Running!!

They say not to judge a book by its cover but I need you to do just that. If you liked the cover of my book, The Lady and the Spy (The Ladies of Sommer by the Sea Book 2), please vote for it for the Cover of the Month contest on AllAuthor.com!

I’m getting closer to clinch the "Cover of the Month" contest on AllAuthor! I’d need as much support from you guys. Please take a short moment to vote for my book cover here: 

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Thursday, February 17, 2022

The Lady and the Spy – CAN YOU CRACK THE CODE?


Release Day for The Lady and the Spy

                                            



No matter how many books an author has, a release of their 20th book is as exciting as the release of their 1st. I am no different.
This book was almost finished when I realized I had overlooked a major piece of the story. Take a look at the cover and you will find a beautiful diamond and ruby brooch. You really can’t miss it. I got so involved in writing the spy story that I neglected to add in the brooch’s significance. The pin was worth more than a simple mention. It was an important part of the story. I tossed out half of what I had written (*sigh*) and went to work.
The results are wonderful. The story is available on Amazon https://tinyurl.com/TLATSpy
Research led me to secret codes and for my readers a chance to CRACK THE CODE in the story.

Solve the Puzzle

Win a $50 Amazon Gift Card

The secret is in your hands! Break the code and find the key for a chance to win

Learn more and enter to crack the code here. 

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

The Lady and the Spy

 

Introducing Book Two of my Regency Series, The Ladies of Sommer-by-the-Sea.

The Lady and the Spy


With each encounter her heartbeat quickened.

With each encounter his need for her grew stronger.

Lady Patrice Montgomery Edgemont always did what was expected of her and look where that got her, married off by her father into a loveless relationship. She solved the puzzle that was prospective husband number two, another of her father’s choices and quickly made him a distant memory. Lady Patrice is not playing games. She is through with men.

Nikolai Baranov is the son of a Russian grand duke and spy for Tzar Alexander I. When his father and associates are killed, Nikolai doesn’t play games. The only thing worth winning is revenge for his family.

When a blizzard blankets Sommer-by-the-Sea, Lady Patrice is the only one who can help the mysterious wounded Russian she finds in her hunting lodge. It will take Nikolai’s skill as a spy and Lady Patrice’s expertise at solving puzzles to play through and win the game, a happily ever after.

Buy Link https://amzn.to/3L527y6      

Chapter One is available for you to read here.


The Ladies of Sommer-by-the-Sea



Welcome to Sommer-by-the-Sea, a vibrant village nestled on the rugged northeast coast of England, 15 miles north of Newcastle upon Tyne. Here, the world is centered on the country village and the lives of the landowning and professional families. Sommer-by-the-Sea is populated with aristocrats, gentry, self-made men, shop owners, local workers, and servants, a cross-section of the people of the time. Steeped in history dating back as far as the Vikings, the villagers are proud and celebrate their heritage.

Everyone from the elite summer residents to the year-round residence keep businesses flourishing and gossip thriving. As with any small town, there are challenges and successes, secrets, disagreements, and feuds. There is no shortage of romance, mystery, drama, and even a murder or two.

Graduates of the Sommer-by-the-Sea Female Seminary have a unique education. Along with the usual studies available, the head mistress has nurtured each woman’s innate ability and helped them develop into the women they are today. This shared unique experience has kept the graduates close.

Each lady has her own story to tell as she is called to action and must demonstrate she is smart, strong and sensible and must challenge the accepted definition of a “woman’s place.” For these women, arranged or political marriages will not do. If she chooses a husband, it will be for love, on her own terms, and with a man who will accept her as a partner. 

It is with pleasure I introduce you to The Ladies of Sommer-by-the-Sea, and their stories.


Thursday, December 23, 2021

December - You’re amazing! Happy Birthday.


 

As promised, on the 23rd of every month I will post a list of literary author birthdays. I came across the list on Book Lover Gifts website. Feel free to add your favorite authors special day. Put it in the comments section, just wait for their birth month.

 


  • 09 Dec 1608 – John Milton, author of Paradise Lost
  • 12 Dec 1821 – Gustave Flaubert, author of Madame Bovary
  • 16 Dec 1775 – Jane Austen, author of Pride & Prejudice
  • 30 Dec 1865 – Rudyard Kipling, author of Jungle Book

 

December Facts:

  • The first day of Winter, the Winter Solstice, is December 21 or 22 and is the shortest day and the longest night.
  • In 700 BCE, December was shortened to 29 days. It was changed to 31 days with the advent of the Julian calendar.
  • December’s full moon is known as the Cold Moon, a Mohawk name that conveys the frigid conditions of this time of year.
  • Folklore: December changeable and mild, the whole winter will remain a child.

 


This is the end of the year. It’s been fun. Have a wonderful New Year!

 

Sources:

http://projectbritain.com/year/march.htm

https://www.almanac.com/content/month-january-holidays-facts-folklore

https://www.ducksters.com/history/decemberinhistory.php


Tuesday, November 23, 2021

November - Today’s your birthday–time to celebrate!

 


As promised, on the 23rd of every month I will post a list of literary author birthdays. I came across the list on Book Lover Gifts website. Feel free to add your favorite authors special day. Put it in the comments section, just wait for their birth month.


 

  • 08 Nov 1847 - Bram Stoker, author of Dracula
  • 11 Nov 1821 - Fyodor Dostoyevsky, author of Crime and Punishment
  • 13 Nov 1850 - Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island
  • 29 Nov 1898 - C. S. Lewis, creator of Narnia
  • 30 Nov 1835 - Mark Twain, author of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

 

November Facts:

  • Most, if not all, of the leaves have fallen off the trees in the Northern Hemisphere by the end of November.
  • Throughout much of history, November has often been thought of as a somber month because it signaled the start of winter. People would spend the month storing up their harvest and preparing their food and homes in order to survive the winter.
  • Folklore: If there’s ice in November that will bear a duck, there’ll be nothing after but sludge and muck.

 

See you next month!


Sources:

http://projectbritain.com/year/march.htm

https://www.almanac.com/content/month-january-holidays-facts-folklore

https://www.ducksters.com/history/decemberinhistory.php


Saturday, October 23, 2021

October - Happy, happy birthday! Time to blow out the candles and make a wish.

 


As promised, on the 23rd of every month I will post a list of literary author birthdays. I came across the list on Book Lover Gifts website. Feel free to add your favorite authors special day. Put it in the comments section, just wait for their birth month.

 


  • 04 Oct 1884 – Damon Runyon, author of Little Miss Marker
  • 16 Oct 1854 – Oscar Wilde, author of The Happy Prince and Other Tales
  • 27 Oct 1914 – Dylan Thomas, the stormy Welsh poet

October Facts: 

  • In the Northern Hemisphere, the leaves on trees begin to change color.
  • The Saxons called October Wintirfylith because it had the first full moon of the winter season.
  • Halloween, celebrated on the last day of the month originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. Samhain marks the end of the harvest season and beginning winter.
  • Folklore: A warm October means a cold February.

 

See you next month!



Sources:

http://projectbritain.com/year/march.htm

https://www.almanac.com/content/month-january-holidays-facts-folklore

https://www.ducksters.com/history/decemberinhistory.php


Thursday, September 23, 2021

September - Time to enjoy a birthday cake and the company of loved ones. Happy Birthday!

 


As promised, on the 23rd of every month I will post a list of literary author birthdays. I came across the list on Book Lover Gifts website. Feel free to add your favorite authors special day. Put it in the comments section, just wait for their birth month.

 


  • 09 Sept 1828 - Leo Tolstoy, author of War & Peace
  • 13 Sept 1916 - Roald Dahl, author of Matilda
  • 21 Sept 1947 - Stephen King, The Master of Horror
  • 21 Sept 1866 - H. G. Wells, author of The War of the Worlds
  • 24 Sept 1896 - F Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Great Gatsby
  • 25 Sept 1897 - William Faulkner, author of The Big Sleep
  • 26 Sept 1888 - T. S. Eliot, author of The Cocktail Party

 

September Facts:

It is the first month of Autumn.

  • Many children begin the school year in September.
  • September is often associated with fire because it was associated with Vulcan, the Roman god of fire and the forge.
  • In 1752, the British changed from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. The change required an adjustment to some days because the seasons were off. To fix it, they moved 11 days from September. They went from September 3 to the 14th. To the Britain in 1752 the days between September 3 and 13 just never happened.
  • Folklore: Married in September’s golden glow, smooth and serene your life will go.

 

See you next month!

Sources:

http://projectbritain.com/year/march.htm

https://www.almanac.com/content/month-january-holidays-facts-folklore

https://www.ducksters.com/history/decemberinhistory.php


Monday, August 23, 2021

August - Wishing you the happiest of birthdays and a fantastic year ahead!


 

As promised, on the 23rd of every month I will post a list of literary author birthdays. I came across the list on Book Lover Gifts website. Feel free to add your favorite authors special day. Put it in the comments section, just wait for their birth month.

 


  • 01 Aug 1819 – Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick
  • 22 Aug 1920 – Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451
  • 24 Aug 1899 – Jorge Luis Borges, author of The Library of Babel

 

August Facts:

  • It is the last month of summer.
  • It is the month of summer vacations and holiday for many around the world.
  • Many cultures call August the harvest month.
  • Folklore: If the first week of August is unusually warm, The winter will be white and long.

 

 See you next month!


Sources:

http://projectbritain.com/year/march.htm

https://www.almanac.com/content/month-january-holidays-facts-folklore

https://www.ducksters.com/history/decemberinhistory.php


Friday, July 23, 2021

July - Wishing you all the best on your special day!

 


As promised, on the 23rd of every month I will post a list of literary author birthdays. I came across the list on Book Lover Gifts website. Feel free to add your favorite authors special day. Put it in the comments section, just wait for their birth month.

 


  • 21 July 1899 - Ernest Hemingway, author of A Farewell to Arms
  • 28 July 1866 - Beatrix Potter, author of Peter Rabbit
  • 30 July 1818 - Emily Bronte, author of Wuthering Heights
  • 31 July 1965 - J K Rowling, author of Harry Potter

 

July Facts:

  • July is the warmest month in the Northern Hemisphere.
  • Sometimes the long, hot days of July are called the “dog days of summer.”
  • The ruby, July’s birthstone is associated with contentment, love, passion and integrity.
  • Originally call Quintillis on the Roman calendar, the name was changed to honor Julius Caesar who was born July 12.
  • Folklore: As July, so next January.

 

See you next month!


Sources:

http://projectbritain.com/year/march.htm

https://www.almanac.com/content/month-january-holidays-facts-folklore

https://www.ducksters.com/history/decemberinhistory.php