A free Tudor romantic suspense, and some of my secrets revealed!

This week I am taking over the Dragonblade Publishing Book Club. Let’s imagine it’s my birthday party and everyone who comes gets to take a gift home. Your gift is an ebook, LORD OF DECEPTION. You can download it FREE from my Amazon page or get it direct from Amazon in your part of the world by clicking HERE.

If you have time to read it and chat to me about it by the time we get to the live session on Saturday, February 12th, that would be awesome. But if you can’t manage that, fear not! We are going to have a lot of fun along the way.

If you’re not a member yet, feel free to sign up. There’s a great new author in the Book Club every week, and loads of games to play and prizes to win.

Ebooks of LORD OF DECEPTION will be free until Friday 11th February, 2022 only.

A Very Modern GIVEAWAY!

Here’s some good news for people who love reading apps! My bestselling Regency romance, DISTRACTING THE DUKE, is now available on the KISS app. How trendy is that? Sorry- I’m quite old now, so everything seems trendy to me…

If you already have the KISS app, you can check out the book HERE.

Here’s a little bit more about KISS:

KISS is a new and exciting way to experience Romance stories of all genres. Enjoy serialized quality content from NYT and USA Today bestselling authors, available right from your phone. KISS has hundreds of titles and authors to choose from, including new and exclusive content from some of your favourite voices! Best of all, you can choose just how much to read with our pay-as-you-go format!

Where can I download it?



To celebrate our new venture, the lovely people at KISS have gifted me some coins to give away. These will enable you to read more on the app. There will be 4 lucky winners, and all you have to do is share the following Tweet to be in with a chance of winning. https://twitter.com/EKeysian/status/1485214512215175175?s=20

The contest is open until February 20th 2022. I’ll keep a list of all the re-tweeters and then pull out my 4 winners, who’ll get 20 lovely KISS coins each.

A sneak peek at some new covers

I’m thrilled to announce that I am giving my MARRY IN HASTE series a makeover. Here’s the first of the new covers, created by the incomparable Madelene Martin via TheBookCoverDesigner. I love the gothic feel of this cover- and it reminds me of when my heroine’s candle blows out while she’s traversing the passageway at night. What is she up to? You’ll need to read the book to find out.

Woman in historical gown with candle and dark forest behind

Never get caught in a trap of your own making.

Miss Athene Hartville must marry quickly, before her inheritance runs out. When her flirtatious chaperone secures an invitation to spend the week with an eccentric duke and his guests, Athene’s hopes of finding a rich husband soar. Until, that is, her childhood nemesis Viscount Rushbourne arrives. He threatens to trample her ambitions into the dust. Struggling to manage his ailing father, a maverick younger brother, and an unwieldy earldom, Rushbourne’s reunion with the fiery Athene is a welcome distraction. Then he uncovers a conspiracy against him that could lead to his total ruin. His only hope is to win Athene’s heart…but can he pay the price and accept her bitter revenge?

This heart-stopping Regency romance is still only $0.99. You can get a copy here- http://mybook.to/lovetohateyou

There are three more covers to come- I can’t wait to publish them!

Grab a bargain!

Want to lose yourself in a gripping Victorian romantic saga? For a limited time, the multi-award winning, bestselling WORKHOUSE WAIF is discounted to just $0.99.
“Workhouse Waif will keep you spellbound.” “One of the best books I’ve read all year.”

How can Bella Hart escape the hell of the Victorian workhouse?
Fleeing the abuse that she suffered there, the lonely outcast hopes her new life in a factory town can provide the esteem and affection she craves. Torn between the worlds of masters and workers, Bella falls for the enigmatic Jack, but their relationship shatters when his true identity is revealed. In a desperate bid to revive her love, Jack unearths Bella’s past, with tragic consequences.
After a devastating fire, a secret emerges that seals Bella’s fate, and that of everyone and everything she holds dear.


FREE TODAY! NEVER TEMPT A WIDOW. This is my take on the old folk ballad, “Pretty Polly”, in which the heroine is murdered. Only this time, she survives. But for how long?

The Duke of Wolfingham’s scapegrace daughter Seraphina is convinced her lover tried to kill her. Alone, penniless, and desperate, there’s nothing she can do to save the life of her beloved baby daughter, Adelina. Sir Rowland Cavendish offers an escape from her grief, but how can Seraphina ever trust a man again?
Rowland has just lost his wife, and his baby boy needs feeding. The beautiful young widow from the village would make the perfect wetnurse, but the conditions she sets in exchange for her compliance are not at all what he expects.
Seraphina refuses to share her secrets with Rowland, but her past returns to haunt her, threatening her new-found security. Her future hangs on a knife-edge as the game turns deadly, and a web of kidnapping, blackmail, and lies is uncovered.
She loves Rowland deeply, but if she doesn’t leave him, he may lose what he values above all else. His baby son.

Get your copy HERE – but hurry- the offer is only open for a limited time!

Are you ready to go Halloween Hopping and win $150?

Starting Friday 29th October and running through until Sunday 31st, you will need to visit the locations in the list below to collect the candy in our Halloween Treasure Hunt. Once you know what all the different types of candy are, you can enter a draw to win an awesome $150 Gift Card! That’ll start your November off with a bang, right? Here’s a link to the event on Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/events/589264772429114

Here are the details-

WIN $150! Historical Romance Author Halloween Hop October 29 – 31, 2021

Happy October, historical romance lovers! It is time for our annual Trick-or-Treat FB Hop! Hop from site to site to “collect” candy from these fabulous historical romance authors to be eligible to WIN a $150 gift card to the online store of your choice. What could be better than trick-or-treating from the safety of your home? And there are no calories to worry about! Just some spooky fun and possibly a $150 gift card. Follow these four easy steps to enter the grand prize drawing:

Hop to each link (will be posted on 10/29/21), which will take you to a historical author’s FB page, web site, Amazon page, or Bookbub page.

While you’re there please like, follow, or sign up for a newsletter if you wish to stay up to date on our new releases and author happenings. Personally, I would welcome Bookbub followers or newsletter subscribers- here are some links for you-

newsletter- http://eepurl.com/cxe369



Find the piece of candy the author has on their landing page (you’ll have to scroll through a couple of posts for mine).

Collect the name of the candy from each listed author, and e-mail the complete list of authors and their candies to Heather@HeatherMcCollum.com. Put Historical Romance Authors Are So Sweet in the subject line.

The list must be turned in by 11:59 PM ET on October 31st. One grand prize winner, of a $150 gift card, will be selected randomly from those who collected and turned in the list of authors and their candies. Heather McCollum will announce the winner on the event page and e-mail the winner. The winner must respond within 24 hours to claim the prize. Best of luck, everyone! Have a super sweet time! Starting link: https://alannalucas.com/ 

Historical Romance Trick-or-Treat Hop

2021 Author List

Alanna Lucashttps://alannalucas.com/ 
Amalie Howardhttps://amaliehoward.com/
Amy Jareckihttps://amyjarecki.com/historical-romance-author-halloween-hop/
Anna St. Clairehttps://www.annastclaire.com/contests.html
Ava Stonehttps://www.avastoneauthor.com/family-trees
Barbara Monajemwww.BarbaraMonajem.com
Caroline Warfieldhttps://www.carolinewarfield.com/the-halloween-hop
Deb Marlowehttps://www.debmarlowe.com/historical-tidbits.html
E. Elizabeth Watsonhttps://eelizabethwatson.com/halloween-contest/
Eliza Knighthttps://www.facebook.com/elizaknightfiction/
Elizabeth Keysianhttps://elizabethkeysian.com/
Erica Ridleyhttp://ericaridley.com/contest/
Heather McCollumhttps://www.heathermccollum.com/
Hildie McQueenhttps://www.facebook.com/hildieMcQueenWriter
Jane Charleshttps://www.janecharlesauthor.com/holiday-books
Janna MacGregorhttps://jannamacgregor.com
Jerrica Knight-Cataniahttp://www.jerricasplace.com/
Jessica Clementshttps://www.jessicaanneclements.com/holiday-hops
Katherine Bonehttps://www.katherinebone.com
Kathleen Bittner Rothhttps://www.facebook.com/Kathleen.bittnerroth.author
Kathryn Le Vequehttps://www.kathrynleveque.com
Laurel O’Donnellhttps://www.laurel-odonnell.com/
Lori Ann Baileyhttps://loriannbailey.com/
Madeline Martinhttps://www.facebook.com/MadelineMartinAuthor/
Michelle McLeanhttps://michellemcleanbooks.com/
Nadine Millardhttps://www.facebook.com/nadinemillardauthor
Sydney Jane Bailyhttps://sydneyjanebaily.com/historical-romance-halloween-hop
Tabetha Waitehttps://authortabethawaite.wixsite.com/romance/blog-1
Terri Brisbinhttps://www.TERRIBRISBIN.com
Tracy Sumnerhttps://www.tracy-sumner.com/

From spies at the glittering court of Elizabeth I to the mysterious stranger living wild in the forest…

… this boxed set of Tudor romantic adventures will keep you glued to your seat! The first THREE books in the TRYSTS AND TREACHERY SERIES can now be bought as a boxed set for just $0.99/£0.77. Grab this limited time bargain while it lasts and be transported back through the centuries to the glamour and passion of the Tudor era.

Set includes: Lord of Deception, Lord of Loyalty, Lord of the Forest,

PLUS Bonus Story- Mistress Mathieson’s Dilemma

Get your copy HERE while the special discount lasts.

“I felt totally immersed in the Tudor era.” USA Today bestselling author, Barbara Monajem

“I really enjoyed this… and I think any fans of Tudor era history would enjoy it as well.”

“…romantic suspense with danger and treachery on every page.”

“If you haven’t had a chance to read this wonderful author, please take the opportunity to do so!”

“Ms Keysian’s attention to detail is purely for the reader’s delight and sweeps us back to Elizabethan England.” Vivienne Brereton, author of House of the Red Duke

A spook-tacular bargain! (sorry. *blush*)

Thanks to the talent, generosity, and efforts of this august collection of Dragonblade authors, UPON A MIDNIGHT DREARY has made the USA Today bestseller list!!!

It is now available on Kindle Unlimited for FREE- it’s the best collection of ghostly romances out there, so grab your copy TODAY

“If you know this publisher or any of the authors, you know these are novels worth having, stories that will thrill you, stories you won’t be able to put down.”

“This is a wonderful collection of tales that will thrill you, chill you, and make you sigh.”

“A wonderful anthology filled with romance and haunting tales. So many stories and diverse locales with lots of heroes and heroines for everyone.”

When the veil between the worlds draws thin…

Do you like ghost stories? I mean, REAL ones, that send shivers up your spine? Then catch me talking to Elizabeth Ellen Carter about the real life ghosts that inspired my story in the UPON A MIDNIGHT DREARY Halloween collection. It’s over on YouTube now.

I talk about skeletons in the garage, the ghosts I have discovered connected with archaeological sites, and the up-to-date tales of hauntings that brought people into the museum where I worked, desperate to find out why things went bump in the night in their houses!

There’s still time to put your order in for the anthology, before it publishes in 3 weeks’ time. It’s still only 99 cents/pence! Get your copy HERE.

And if you want to find out more about some Tudor era ghosts that have been spotted in recent times, have a look at the TUDORS issue of HISTORICAL TIMES, where I’ve written an article on the subject.

Finally, because Samhain is not far off now, here’s some of my favourite candy. I’ll let you know why I am showing you this very soon!

The Vikings are coming!

Want to know what’s going to be TRULY AWESOME? The next issue of HISTORICAL TIMES magazine, that’s what. Out in just 3 days’ time, the focus is going to be on VIKINGS. I’ve had a sneak peek and I can tell you the pages are packed full of fascinating articles, fun features, and the very best in historical fiction.The magazine is free and you can sign up to receive it every month right HERE

My favourite from this month’s issue? An intriguing item by bestselling author Anne O’Brien!