I am thrilled to announce I have been part of a wonderful project aimed at raising money for the charity Planned Parenthood. Five historical romance authors (myself, Eve Pendle, E. Elizabeth Watson, Evelyn Isaacks and Diana Lloyd) were given the following brief- write a novella (around 30,000 words in length) set in the Regency era featuring romantic Christmas reunions and the parlour game of “snapdragon”.
And this is what we came up with.
Christmas is a time for rekindling love in five new historical romance novellas. These couples will be sheltering from blizzards and hiding in wardrobes, reuniting with old flames, stealing mistletoe kisses, and falling in love. Passions are reignited by Snapdragon, a fiery Regency party game, but who will receive the best Christmas present of all—a happy ending? Immerse yourself in the romance, snow-covered landscapes, and blazing hearths of a heart-warming, sensual, Regency Christmas.
All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to Planned Parenthood. The authors have worked hard to raise funds for this praiseworthy charity.
A bit about Planned Parenthood
When you get to my age- yes, I’ll admit it, I’m over 50- that’s when many things start to go wrong in your body. Not only do you have the discomforts and embarrassments of menopause but, as a woman, you also have to worry about cervical and breast cancers, urinary tract infections and various other nasties. For men of my age, testicular and prostate cancer are big fears, so access to affordable health care is essential.
As is looking after all aspects of your reproductive health, which is where the charity Planned Parenthood comes in. It’s not all about birth control, pregnancy care and sexually transmitted diseases. It can help both men and women with just about any issue they might have with their reproductive systems. The clinics don’t just offer advice, but educate and raise awareness of such issues before they even get to the stage of needing medical treatment. Check out their website and you’ll see what I mean- https://www.plannedparenthood.org/
You can help Planned Parenthood by buying this anthology. You can help still more by donating, or you can let them help you, with problems you just don’t want to discuss with anyone else, because they’re simply too personal.
The world needs charities like this one, which are not afraid to tackle awkward problems head-on. In my opinion, they need all the support they can get.
Love Rekindled at Christmas
The book will be available for pre-order soon, and I’ll be able to provide more details shortly on each of the five individual novellas. Watch this space! But here’s a hint of mine…
A MIDWINTER WAGER by Elizabeth Keysian- coming soon as part of LOVE REKINDLED AT CHRISTMAS.
James stood by the fireplace, one booted foot resting on the empty fender, his hands clasped behind his back, emphasizing the breadth of his shoulders. Despite the heat of the day, his white neck linen was crisply pristine, his face fresh and smooth, framed by hair recently cut into the fashionable windswept style. With his long legs encased in tight-fitting buckskins and his light blue tailcoat, he looked extremely dashing.
His gaze fastened on her as soon as she entered the room, and he stepped forward to give her a smart bow before brushing a kiss across the back of her hand.
All her bravado melted away.
Emma Hibbert will never trust a good-looking man again-they have nothing to offer but heartbreak and humiliation. So when she rescues a sinfully handsome stranger from an accident, it’s all-out war against the passions he ignites. She can’t afford distractions-she has to hide her past and protect her family. But the stranger Emma saved is Viscount Tidworth, and she soon realises she should have left the stricken aristocrat on the muddy road where she found him. He’s a friend of her new employer, and has the power to ruin everything.
Tidworth blames Emma for wrecking his betrothal plans, and threatens to expose her deception. But when she risks her reputation for him, he vows to make amends to Emma and her family. The mistrustful beauty sees his gratitude as meddling, until a moonlight kiss exposes the viscount’s true feelings.
Then a notice appears in the paper, claiming Emma’s engaged to Charles Keane, Tidworth’s best friend…
The third book in the Wayward in Wessex series will be here very soon! Follow me on Twitter for the Big Announcement!
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.
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?
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-
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 →
And if you fancy a copy of my newest release, it’s only $3.99 or less in eBook Format at:
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That’s less than the cost of coffee and cake in a UK cafe. And the pleasure is longer lasting!
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.
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.
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.
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?