Monday, August 28, 2017

Now Available - The Pursuit of Lady Harriett!

I'm thrilled to finally announce that the third and final book in the Tanglewood series, The Pursuit of Lady Harriett, is now available on AMAZON as an ebook or paperback. The audiobook should be coming out late-October or early-November. Hope you enjoy!

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Description

When wills clash and hearts collide, who will reign victorious?

Termed an Incomparable during her first London season, Lady Harriett Cavendish is beautiful, spirited, and confident, capturing the attention of a great many suitors. Unfortunately, they all failed to capture her attention, and she concluded the season as unattached as she’d begun it.

Only weeks prior to her second season, Harriett encounters Lieutenant Christopher Jamison while visiting Tanglewood Manor. Recently returned from war, the lieutenant is everything that Harriett's previous suitors were not. He’s arrogant, ungentlemanly, irritating, and challenges her at every opportunity. When he goes too far, Harriett decides that it’s time to turn the tables on him. But as she sets out to put the lieutenant in his place once and for all, she discovers there is more to him than meets the eye, and when it comes to matters of the heart, she has no control whatsoever.

EXCERPT
     The corners of the man’s eyes crinkled in a mild show of amusement. “Lady Harriett, I presume?” Rather than look at her with appreciation as most men did, he appeared amused.      At her nod, he tucked his hands behind his back, remaining a few steps above her. “I am Lieutenant Christopher Jamison, an old friend of Jonathan’s.”
     “I was expecting you days ago,” she answered. “Lord Jonathan charged me with the unhappy task of informing you he and his new bride are currently away on their wedding trip. He is sorry he cannot be here to meet with you and has asked that I relay his apologies.”       “May I inquire as to how long they will be away?” he asked. 
     No, you may not, she wanted to say. Her neck was beginning to ache from looking up at him, but she forced her gaze to remain steady. “They expected to be gone a fortnight, sir.” 
     “And they have been gone how long, exactly?” She felt an unaccountable hesitancy to tell him. “A week.” 
     “Ah.” He sounded disappointed but seemed to take the news in stride, glancing at Charlie as though wondering whether he ought to retrieve his horse or not. Harriett prayed that he would. When his gaze strayed back to her, he took the unwelcome, and ungentlemanly, liberty of perusing her figure. When his eyes met hers again, his lips twitched into a slight smile. 
     “Forgive me, my lady, but you appear to have had a run-in with a mud puddle and lost.” 
     How kind of him to point that out. Harriett kept her hands at her side rather than attempt to brush the dirt from her face and pelisse yet again. The damage was done, and no amount of brushing or shaking would remove the muck. What she needed was a hot bath and a change of clothes. 
     “Actually, sir, I was merely an innocent bystander.”
     “Indeed?” She picked up her skirts and ascended the steps, stopping on the stair above him so that she was eye level with him. “Are you always such a reckless rider, sir? Do you not pay heed to your surroundings?”
     “Of course I do.”
     “If you had, you would have seen me standing at the side of the road and, I would hope, thought to slow your animal down so as to not splash mud all over my pelisse.” Her chilly set down did not have the desired effect. He did not appear the least bit repentant. Rather, he looked ready to burst into laughter. 
     “And your face, apparently.” He leaned forward and squinted. “If I’m not mistaken, there is a splash or two of mud on your bonnet as well.”
     Harriett glared at him. “How observant you are, Lieutenant Jamison. One can only wonder why you didn’t put that skill to good use earlier. If you had, perhaps my pelisse, face, and bonnet would still be clean.”
     “I am always observant, my lady,” he said. “But might I suggest that if you would like to be noticed at the side of the road, you should wear a color that does not blend so perfectly with your surroundings. That particular shade of green looks quite lovely on you, but only someone with the eyes of an eagle would have spotted you in front of a landscape of evergreens.”
     Harriett opened her mouth to respond, but no words were forthcoming. The man did not even attempt to behave like a gentleman. How could he be so . . . so . . . “Have you no apology to offer, sir?” she finally spluttered.
     “Oh, did I not apologize? Forgive me.”
     “For what? Forgetting to apologize or for not doing so in the first place?”


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Coming AUGUST 28, 2017 - The Pursuit of Lady Harriett

I keep getting inquiries about when the third book in the Tanglewood series will be out, and I realized I haven't posted an official release date. My bad! So here it is, the official release date:
August 28, 2017

The ebook and paperback will be available on Amazon by that date, and the audiobook will be out in October. Oh, and the title is no longer The Splash of Lady Harriett (as originally advertised). It is now The Pursuit of Lady Harriett. I hope you enjoy it! Harriett's story was a fun one to write. 

When wills clash and hearts collide, who will reign victorious?

Termed an Incomparable during her first London season, Lady Harriett Cavendish is beautiful, spirited, and confident, capturing the attention of a great many suitors. Unfortunately, they all failed to capture her attention, and she concluded the season as unattached as she’d begun it.

Only weeks prior to her second season, Harriett encounters Lieutenant Christopher Jamison while visiting Tanglewood Manor. Recently returned from war, the lieutenant is everything that Harriett's previous suitors were not. He’s arrogant, ungentlemanly, irritating, and challenges her at every opportunity. When he goes too far, Harriett decides that it’s time to turn the tables on him. But as she sets out to put the lieutenant in his place once and for all, she discovers there is more to him than meets the eye, and when it comes to matters of the heart, she has no control whatsoever.




Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Rise of Miss Notley AUDIOBOOK Now Available!

The Rise of Miss Notley Audiobook
For all you audiobook listeners, I just received word that The Rise of Miss Notley is officially available. A massive thanks to Helen Taylor for doing such a fabulous job on the narration. I love how it turned out and hopefully you will too.

The audiobook can be found on either . . .




Hope you enjoy!!!

Monday, February 20, 2017

The Rise of Miss Notley Now Available!

I'm thrilled to announce that Book 2 in the Tanglewood series is finally available. Although it reads as a standalone book, readers of Book 1 will recognize a few of the same characters in this new one. I hope you all enjoy! As always, thanks for your kind words, encouragement, and support!

Description:

When Miss Coralynn Notley’s father barters her off to the first titled gentleman to come along, she realizes she must flee her home or be forced to wed a despicable man. Driven by desperation, she applies for the position of housekeeper at Tanglewood Manor, the home of the handsome Mr. Jonathan Ludlow. The moment Jonathan sees Miss Notley, he is intrigued. 

She is far too young and inexperienced, yet there is something about her that that inspires a certain hope within him. Does he dare offer her the position of housekeeper or will doing so result in catastrophe?


Available now on Amazon.
Audiobook coming May 2017

Friday, February 17, 2017

Cover Reveal!

Coming August 28, 2017 . . .



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Monday, January 2, 2017

COVER REVEAL and AUDIOBOOK Now Available!

I'm thrilled to announce that I can now reveal the cover for the second installment of the Tanglewood series. I hope you love it as much as I do.


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COMING FEBRARY 2017 . . .

Description:
When Miss Coralynn Notley’s father barters her off to the first titled gentleman to come along, she realizes she must flee her home or be forced to wed a despicable man. Driven by desperation, she applies for the position of housekeeper at Tanglewood Manor, the home of the handsome Mr. Jonathan Ludlow.

The moment Jonathan sees Miss Notley, he is intrigued. She is far too young and inexperienced for the position, yet there is something about her that that inspires a certain hope within him. Does he dare offer her the position of housekeeper or will doing so result in catastrophe?

The Rise of Miss Notley is the delightful tale of a mysterious gentleman and a determined young woman, caught together in a web so tangled it begs the question: Will they ever get out?


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I'm so excited to announce that The Fall of Lord Drayson's audiobook is now available. Helen Taylor did a fabulous job narrating the story, and I'm so grateful for her help and expertise. For those of you who prefer audiobooks, I hope you enjoy it! And happy New Year to you all!


Available on AMAZON and AUDIBLE

Monday, August 29, 2016

Release Day for The Fall of Lord Drayson!

The Fall of Lord Drayson

Who is he really? A high and mighty lord or a lowly servant?
When Colin Cavendish, the new earl of Drayson, informs Lucy Beresford that she and her mother need to vacate the house they’ve called home for the past two years, Lucy is fit to be tied. They have no money, no relations they can turn to for help, and nowhere to go. How dare the earl break the promise his father had made to the Beresfords without so much as a twinge of conscience?

Fate plays her hand when Lucy discovers the earl unconscious and injured in the middle of the road. When he awakens with no recollection of who he is, Lucy seizes the opportunity to teach the earl a much-needed lesson in humility and tells him that he is nothing more than a mere servant. Her servant, in fact.

And thus begins the charming tale of a pompous lord and an impetuous young woman, caught together in a web so tangled that it begs the question: Will they ever get out?

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Excerpt
    He stared at her incredulously, as though she had escaped Bedlam. “Are you in your right mind, woman?”
    Lucy leaned forward and planted her palms on his bed so that her eyes were level with his. “My name is Lucy Beresford. I have lived in Askern all my life. I’m the sole daughter of a vicar and a seamstress who lived most happily despite their differences in station. When my father passed away, I came here, to this dower house. So yes, I am in my right mind. It is you who are not.”
    The earl’s jaw clenched, and Lucy took some pleasure at the sight. Perhaps he would come down off his high horse and show at least a small amount of kindness or respect.
    “I may not know who I am or where I came from,” he finally said, “but at least I do not feel the need to tell tales.”
    “Tell tales?” Lucy gaped at him. Was he accusing her of telling untruths? Her, of all people? What untruths? How dare he!
    Lord Drayson glanced down at his fingers, frowning when he spotted grime under his nails. He began to scrape it out as he spoke. “Claiming to be the daughter of a vicar and seamstress is all very romantic, but it cannot possibly be the truth.”
    “And why not?” she asked.
    His gaze returned to hers. “In my experience, the daughter of a vicar would behave with more decorum, would know how to make a palatable broth, and would never allow herself to be alone in a room with a man who is not her relative. If there is one thing I know with absolute certainty, it is that you are no relation of mine.”
    Lucy’s jaw clenched as she fought to control the rage building inside her. Ever so slowly, she pushed herself up to standing and glared down at the earl. “You are correct in thinking I am no ordinary vicar’s daughter. I do not love unconditionally. I show decorum only when I wish to. And I despise those who care for no one but themselves. But I do not tell tales.”
    He actually chuckled, but it was more of a scoff than a show of humor. “Did you learn those traits from your father?”
    “Do not speak of my father.”
    “I would prefer to speak of myself, but you do not seem to share that preference, so perhaps we should speak of your father instead. Where is he, by the by? I would very much like to meet him.”
    Lucy’s fingers became fists while her conscience became a battleground between all that was good and evil inside her. It was a short battle, with evil making a quick triumph.
    Ever so slowly, her body still trembling with anger, she lifted her chin. If he was going to accuse her of telling tales, then tell them she would. “Very well, Collins. If you must know, I am your employer. And though you may not remember me, or this house, or your position in it, or the fact that you are perfectly susceptible to coming off a horse, just like any other human, I still expect some kindness and respect from you.”
    “What on earth are you talking about? What position?”
    There was not a hint of hesitation in her voice when she answered. “You are a servant in this house.”