Fancy something a bit different?

How about an Elizabethan spy romance? Not quite James Bond with a codpiece, but thrilling all the same!

DANCE OF DECEIT is revealing itself little by little on Wattpad. You can read it for free right HERE.

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Mistress Alys is intrigued by the handsome gardener employed by her cousin Kate. Certain there’s more to him than meets the eye, Alys becomes ensnared in a tangle of spying and deceit, until she no longer knows who to trust.
Banished from Queen Elizabeth’s court through the lies of a jealous lady, Sir Christopher Penrose has a lot to prove if he wants his old life back. Can he convince the tragic but alluring Alys of her cousin’s treachery before it’s too late? Or will he be forced to watch the woman he loves sent to the Tower?

A Perilous Passion is heading your way!

I’m proud to announce that my first book for Entangled Publishing’s Amara line is due out on December 11th 2017!

Firstly, here’s the gorgeous cover-3d hardcover perilous

Secondly, here’s the deliciously tempting blurb-

Miss Charlotte Allston is unwittingly ensnared in a sinister web of traitors and spies when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome stranger on the beach. Fiercely determined to redeem his honor after a humiliating military defeat, the Earl of Beckport is living incognito, hunting a band of smugglers at the center of a French plot to invade England. Continue reading →

Prizes! Prizes! Prizes! Oh yes, and a new book out…

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If you fancy a whole heap of chances to win a $15 Amazon gift card and a copy of my Regency Romance ebook “Distracting the Duke”, then get your pogo stick out and do some blog-hopping!
A two week blog tour celebrating the publication of Book #2 in my Wayward in Wessex series, “Unmasking the Earl” started on May 15th. The added stops for May 16th are as follows:

http://www.ramblingsfromthischick.com,
unitedindiebookblog.blogspot.com,
mjbookblogandreviews.blogspot.com,
https://silvatrend8553.blog/.

The tour ends on May 26th.
Watch this space for further stops!

Good luck!

And if you fancy a copy of my newest release, it’s only $3.99 or less in eBook Format at:
http://amzn.to/2pvpf2k Amazon.com
http://amzn.to/2oHLkqA Amazon.co.uk
http://bit.ly/2pvdUiK Barnes & Noble
http://amzn.to/2oHM66J Amazon.ca
http://apple.co/2oFOcDp Apple
http://bit.ly/2oFKI3M Kobo

That’s less than the cost of coffee and cake in a UK cafe. And the pleasure is longer lasting!

Inspiring settings used in “Distracting the Duke”

What woman in Regency England would not be thrilled to be imprisoned with the dangerously attractive Duke of Ulvercombe? Lady Clara Tinniswood, apparently, who suffers from claustrophobia, as well as a hearty dislike of men. Sparks fly when the pair become trapped in a camera obscura on the Duke’s roof.

Looking down on the roof of Dyrham Park from the raised  walkway. You can see the scaffolding supporting this aerial walkway in the bottom left corner of the picture.

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I thought that, if the English aristocracy could have dining rooms on their roofs, why not a camera obscura? This contraption is like a man-sized pinhole camera, used by artists historically to capture life-like landscapes. I used the roof of Dyrham Park as a model for Kessington House, the duke’s Devonshire residence. In a stunning piece of left-field thinking, the National Trust, who run Dyrham, decided that, as the house had to be closed while the roof was mended, their visitors could observe the roof repairs from a raised (and covered) walkway supported by scaffolding. Not being too fond of heights, like the characters in the story, I didn’t look down a great deal…

You know that moment when you suddenly realize you have fallen in love? When you look at someone in a different way and see that they are absolutely perfect for you? The Duke of Ulvercombe experiences this moment with Clara while sheltering from the rain on a riverside walk.

River-side walk with old iron workings, Great Elm, Somerset, England

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The setting was inspired by a hidden gem of the Somerset countryside which is a step right back into history. Superbly dark, green and mysterious, with the rippling water and intriguing ruins to ramble through, the Great Elm riverside walk is pure magic.

Ulvercombe enjoys the sea, including the opportunity to throw off all responsibility (along with his clothes) and go for a swim. This is where Lady Clara watches him through a telescope (not her original plan of course!) and gets caught in the act. But by whom, and what are the consequences?

The beach I describe is a private one, part of the Holkham Hall estate, and Holkham Hall itself, a magnificent example of Palladian splendor, doubles for Wroxham, the duke’s summer residence.

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If you’ve read “Distracting the Duke”, are the places above anything like you imagined? Are they the kind of place you might find romantic and, if not, what sort of location would get YOUR romanctic juices going?

You missed a great party but don’t worry, there’s another one planned!

I went to a fab Facebook party last night to celebrate some Entangled Scandalous new releases. I’ve been waiting for people to wake up and get over their hangovers so I can announce my winners. ARE YOU UP NOW??? Good. Here goes.
Winner of giveaway #3, Jane Austen biography and Regency fashion print is Jennifer Becker. Congrats!
Winner of giveaway #2, Georgette Heyer book and Regency fashion print is Linda Kay Stults. Well done, Linda!
Winner of giveaway #1, signed paperback copy of “Distracting the Duke” and Regency Fashion print is Deb Jones Diem. Good work, Deb!
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If you didn’t know about this party, don’t worry. There’s another one on May 23rd where more terrific giveaways will be on offer- Romance or Ruin? I’ll also be celebrating the release of my second book with Entangled Scandalous, “Unmasking the Earl”. Cover reveal coming shortly!

New giveaway party April 18th!

Just a sneak peek at one of the prizes I’ll be offering in Tuesday’s “An Earl for Every Girl” Scandalous book release party http://bit.ly/2pdXVVG. There are two other prizes, including a signed paperback copy of “Distracting the Duke”, so don’t miss out. All the other authors hosting will be offering prizes and giveaways too and it’ll be a fantastic event (aren’t they always?). So if you want to socialize with your favorite authors or fellow historical romance fans, make sure you’re free 17.00-20.00 EDT.

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St. Patrick’s Day Facebook Giveaway

From 17th-20th March, anyone with a Facebook account can win a Kindle Fire, Amazon gift cards and individual prizes from over 80 authors and bloggers taking part. I’m offering some Jane Austen themed goodies (well, I do live near Bath, where she once had a house…). Please visit my Facebook page to enter. May the luck of the Irish be with you!stpatrickshop

If you’ve got it, flaunt it…

 

A 5* review for “Distracting the Duke”

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Thank you so much to Sonja, from onehopelessromanticsbooklandia.blogspot.co.uk

What happens on Publication Day?

The answer, if you’re an author with Entangled Publishing, is that you get sent on a blog tour. What’s a blog tour? I hear you ask. It’s when an organisation sends all the information about your book to a number of bloggers and book review sites to be promoted on a specific day. In the case of Distracting the Duke, my debut novel published today (20th February 2017), the tour lasts several days, and includes reviews, excerpts, spotlights and giveaways. http://indiesage.com/tour-distracting-duke-elizabeth-keysian/

If you follow the link above, you’ll be in with the chance of winning a $15 Amazon Gift card! And if you sign up for my newsletter, you’ll also have the opportunity to win some fabulous Jane Austen memorabilia. Just go to the Contact page.

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The fears and joys of a debut novel

Will anyone like it? Will the reviews be terrible? Will I ever be able to show my face in my hometown again?

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I hope very much that, in the safe hands of Entangled Publishing, this book will find the right readers, and that in “Distracting the Duke”, readers will find a story to love, and read, and read again.

Available now for pre-order on Amazon, Kobo, B&N and ibooks. Links to come. In the meantime, anyone signing up to the newsletter will be in with the chance of winning a very special Jane Austen-themed prize. Just go to the contact page.

Thank you!