Threatened with an unwanted marriage, Lady Josceline Woodsby escapes London to take a position as a country governess. When she discovers the job is no longer available, Josceline vows she will do anything to avoid returning to her previously dismal life - even if it means coercing the ruthless Captain Sharrington into providing her with employment.
Spurned by a father he never knew and sent off to sea at a very young age, Christopher Sharrington leaves a promising naval career determined to make his own mark on society as owner of a shipping enterprise. The only problem is, hiring the alluring Lady Woodsby as governess for children he doesn’t even have, is definitely not part of his future plans.
Josceline soon realizes Christopher is under the mistaken impression her social connections will help him attain his dream. Will he cast her out when he determines she is more a hindrance than a help? And what of the devastating secret he harbors? Will it destroy any chance they have of building a future together?
HOT UNDER THE COLLAR is a 37,500 word novella (approximately 110 printed pages). In addition, this ebook includes excerpts from THE LESSON PLAN, the first Lords of Lancashire novella, and INCARNATE, an Edwardian-set urban fantasy novel set for release in fall 2012.
Despite the old saw about third sons being destined for the church, no one ever expected the rakish, irresponsible Walter Langston to take up the collar, least of all himself. After an accident renders him unfit for military service, however, he has few other options. When he’s given the post of vicar at a parish church in a sleepy, coastal village, he’s convinced he’ll molder in obscurity. Instead, his arrival brings a sudden resurgence in church attendance…or at least, the attendance of female parishioners. As word of the eligible young vicar spreads, every well-heeled family for miles with a marriageable daughter fills his pews, aiming to catch his eye. Unfortunately for these hopeful members of his flock, Walter’s eye has already been caught—by the one woman who doesn’t come to church on Sundays.
Artemisia Finch left a lucrative career as a celebrated member of London’s demimondaine to care for her ailing father. Returning home hasn’t been easy, though, as her past isn’t even a well-kept secret in the village. When the new vicar arrives on her doorstep, Artemisia is determined to send him on his merry, pious way. But Walter Langston is nothing like any man of the cloth she’s ever known—he’s funny, irreverent, handsome, and tempting as sin. Falling in love with a vicar would be a very bad idea for a former courtesan. Why does this one have to be so hot under the collar?
Ten years after the brutal murder of his mother, Denrele Mayo, now grown into manhood, resurfaced into Benin Empire to seek vengeance. Unknown to him, he had returned to an Empire that desperately needed a savior. He didn't want to be that savior. He wanted vengeance and only that.
On his vengeful path, he ignorantly aided the destroyer, losing his friends and his love, Lara. Everything fell apart. Humanity stood at the brink of destruction. Denrele must now look beyond his own vendetta and be the hero he didn't intend to be.
A medieval man with an uncertain destiny, Llywelyn, the Prince of Wales, faces treachery and deceit at the hands of friends and foes alike ...
A modern woman with a troubled past, Meg's life is in tatters when she slips through time and into medieval Wales ...
Only by working together can Meg and Llywelyn navigate the shifting allegiances that threaten the very existence of Wales--and create their own history that defies the laws of time.
Daughter of Time is appropriate for readers from young teens to adults and is a prequel to the After Cilmeri series. Other books in the series include Book One, Footsteps in Time, its companion novella, Winds of Time, Book Two, Prince of Time, and Book Three, Crossroads in Time, available now.
Eighteen year old Desiree Chandelle comes from a sheltered and pampered home, with an adoring father that has grudgingly agreed to forgo arranged marriage and allow her the freedom to choose a man when inclined. However, Desiree’s ability to turn the most ardent suitor from rutting stag to trusted friend is both her gift and her undoing, for she has yet to experience her first taste of romance or love, although more than eager to do so. The constant arguments with her nursemaid over how she should behave coyly to entice a man have gone unheeded by Desiree as she is determined that she will find a man by being herself, rather than a conniving twit like most women that are her peers. Women who use flirtatious games and intrigue to entice a man and bring him to the marriage alter.
Captain Stephen Colter is a rakish womanizer who has been at sea and traveling the world since his fifteenth year and who has never considered women as more than a momentary distraction, an amusement. He has never looked beyond a woman’s charms when measuring her worth and has no experience beyond that measure.
When these two collide, it is life changing for both of them. Stephen finds himself getting to know a woman, as never before. He is fascinated by her personality, her strong opinions, quick wit and quicker mind and before long, he is finding himself falling in love for the first time in his life. While Desiree is falling in love as well, a childish schoolgirl notion of love, imaging Stephen as some courtly suitor or the fairytale knight in shining armor of her romantic dreams. She is not prepared when she tests her womanly wiles for the first time, with a flesh and blood man who wants her desperately and passionately.
When he allows his passion to rule and takes her innocence, Stephen understands too late that with attaining that completing bond between them, he has destroyed everything else and the loss of her is devastating. He will try desperately to repair the damage and regain the trust and warmth they had shared before that fateful night. He will move heaven and earth to regain her and bring her back to him. For Stephen has no doubt that Desiree—is his destiny.
But it will take all his wits to keep at bay, the evil that is determined to take her from him. And all his patience to wait for Desiree to grow up and accept that the true love he is offering, will never waiver and never fail.
Their saga takes them from Rouen France, to the colonies of America, to Somerset Bermuda and the Spanish Main where they find an unlikely ally in the legendary pirate Captain Red Legs Greaves and his crew of outlaws. But in the end it will still come down to one man and his battle to transform Love’s Vengeance to pure Love.
Set in 1859 Denver, Liberty Belle is a story of finding freedom and forgiveness. A jilted bride, a wayward sheriff, a small boy, outlaws, and a gallows provide
plenty of action, romance, and hope.
Liberty Longstreet was left at the altar, but that wasn’t the worst of her day. She awakens to the fact that she needs to declare independence from her controlling mother. Wanting her freedom and to find a man of her choosing, Libby leaves home for faraway Denver. She just doesn't count on being robbed, falling for a wayward sheriff, or being accused of murder.
Sheriff Wade Calder throws down his badge in a quest for revenge. Instead, he takes responsibility for his enemy’s young son. Wanting only to be free, Wade runs into Libby, and she wins what is left of his heart. Unfortunately, he has nothing to offer her until he picks up his badge. His honor is restored, but it may cost Libby her life.
Together they learn the cost of freedom and the wealth of forgiveness.
Hannah Talbot has no one. Forced to leave the only home she's ever known, she works for a cruel employer who brutally takes the one thing she has left--her dignity. When she is banished from London, she is certain God has turned his back on her.
John Bradshaw was a successful businessman whose untamed spirit sometimes wanted more. When he is betrayed by those closest to him, he loses everything--his wife, his business, even his freedom. John's and Hannah's paths are about to cross. Aboard a ghastly, nineteenth-century prison ship from London to Australia, John and Hannah must keep hope alive and trust God's unconditional love.
The future stretches out in front of Sarah Dobbs like the pure blue Texas sky. Leaving the past behind in Philadelphia, mail-order bride Sarah arrives in San Antonio ready to greet her groom, Austin Canfield, a man she has never met but whose letters have won her heart from afar. But there is one problem--he has died. And Sarah cannot go back East.
As Sarah tries to reconcile herself to a future that is drastically changed, Austin's brother, Clay, struggles with his own muddled plans. Though he dislikes working on the family ranch and longs for a different life, Clay is driven to avenge his brother's death. But something between them is growing and neither Clay nor Sarah is ready to admit it.
Book 1 of the Texas Dreams series, Paper Roses will sweep readers into the Hill Country with a tale of love and loss, closed doors and beautiful possibilities that will leave them wanting more.
When spunky Marguerite Westing discovers that her family will summer at Lake Manawa in 1895, she couldn't be more thrilled. It is the perfect way to escape her agonizingly boring suitor, Roger Gordon. It's also where she stumbles upon two new loves: sailing, and sailing instructor Trip Andrews. But this summer of fun turns to turmoil as her father's gambling problems threaten to ruin the family forever. Will free-spirited Marguerite marry Roger to save her father's name and fortune? Or will she follow her heart--even if it means abandoning the family she loves?
Author Lorna Seilstad's fresh and entertaining voice will whisk readers away to a breezy lakeside summer holiday. Full of sharp wit and blossoming romance, Making Waves is the first book in the LAKE MANAWA SUMMERS series.
First in the Medieval Herb Garden Series, a short novel (about 80 pages) of passion and love in Medieval England. Now with exclusive excerpts.
Lord Bernard of Derkland needs to find a wife, if for no other reason than to satisfy his father and his incessant badgering. He has no interest in marrying, but when he meets the beautiful and gentle Joanna of Swerthmore, he knows immediately that she is the one.
The only problem is: she's already wed.
Readers who like Roberta Gellis, Catherine Coulter, Tina St. John, and Paula Quinn will enjoy this book.
History never changes. It repeats. It errs. It lies. After all, it lied about her.
She knew it was only a matter of time. She knew the Radicals would come. But knowing never seems to make it any less sudden. Even as the war raged on, Elvira Hamilton was sure she was safe—safe in her little village, safe in her garden, safe under the canopy of stars.
That is, until the Radicals, fueled by their desire for a pure human race, set out to eradicate those with the powers that branded them as unnatural and dangerous: the Marked.
When the Radicals attack one fateful night, Elvira and her sister must escape, leaving their parents still caught in the struggle. With the war raging in England, they only have one choice: Flee to America with the other refugees.
The only problem is, they are not refugees, and they are not supposed to leave.
As stowaways on the RMS Celtic, the sisters embark on a precarious journey to America, only to find the strong bonds of lust pulling the strings of right and wrong. Handsome and avidly curious, Mr. Laurence makes Elvira question everything she once believed about the secrets she holds so dear to her heart. Should she tell him the truth and risk being handed over to the Radicals, or should she continue to lie, risking the loss of his trust and friendship along with everything else?
She has an excellent escape planned...
Lady Tempest MacIntyre has been offered, by her stepfather, as an item up for auction! But she has an excellent escape planned...if she can keep from tripping over the good intentions of the Duke of Stromburg, sometimes referred to as Lord Fool.
Lord Fool to the Rescue has at least one hero, a heroine, and an assortment of characters who may or may not be villains. The fun is in the discovery.
England, in the glittering court of King James 1...
To further her ruthless father's political ambitions, Lily Hutchinsn is forcibly engaged to man little better than a beast. She finds an unexpected ally in her father's handsome young footmen, Thomas and John. Together they show her just how much of a woman she can be, but can they help her escape the snare of marriage her father has set for her?
Warning: this is an erotic romance, with as much heat as two handsome footmen can generate.
Mademoiselle at Arms
Threatened with a pistol by the young lady discovered in a deserted mansion, Major Gerald Alderley is instantly intrigued. Who is the beautiful intruder? And why does she disguise herself as a nun? What circumstance has thrust her into an enterprise both foolhardy and dangerous? The girl’s French accent places her with the émigrés from across the channel, except that Mademoiselle insists she is English.
Set on unravelling the mystery, Gerald begins a relentless pursuit, hunting down every possible clue - much to the indignation of Mademoiselle. When her life proves to be in danger from the villainous émigré Valade, Gerald has his work cut out. For Mademoiselle Melusine, engaged in a desperate battle to prove her true identity, believes she is well able to take care of herself and is determined not to be rescued.