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The Courtesan’s Daughter and the Gentleman – Chapter Two

Chapter Two Lottie could not believe she was flirting with Mr. Westbrooke. She never had the chance to flirt, but she assumed that was what she was doing. She hated to admit something about the man charmed her. And it felt quite good, actually. She had behaved foolishly in jumping from the table and running off like a skittish colt. Quite childish, in fact, and somewhat disastrous for Mr. Westbrooke’s trousers. When she finally calmed down, she realized if he knew who her mother was, he would have said so immediately. That was not the type of thing a man …

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The Courtesan’s Daughter and the Gentleman – Chapter Three

Chapter Three If Carter hadn’t been so happy to see the effect he was having on Miss Danvers, he would feel sorry for her. She was truly at sixes and sevens since he’d arrived. That was a good sign. He much preferred that to apathy. The rail ride home had been pleasant with him keeping the ladies entertained. He had also brought a lunch basket with him, compliments of Ross & Hager, a fine restaurant he patronized whenever in London. They shared pâté, cheese, fruit, crackers, cold chicken, and apple tarts, along with lemonade. He thought he’d made progress in …

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The Courtesan’s Daughter and the Gentleman – Chapter One

Chapter One London One year later Charlotte, who was now known as Lottie to her friends in Bath, took a final look in the mirror, pleased with her appearance. She rarely dressed so formally since she didn’t attend the Assemblies and other social events in Bath where she’d lived for the past year, preferring to keep to herself, always afraid someone would recognize her. However, today was Addie Mallory’s wedding day. She, Addie, and Pamela were the best of friends and met for tea every day in Addie’s bookstore, Once Upon a Book. Recently, Addie met Lord Berkshire and his adorable …

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Win a ticket to Lori Foster’s RAGT

Want to attend Lori Foster’s 2018 Reader and Author Get Together? If you love books, live in or are willing to travel to Cincinnati, OH, and are available June 7-9, enter my giveaway for one reader ticket to Lori’s event. Click HERE for details and to enter. Visit Lori Foster’s website for more information about RAGT18. Rules: Giveaway not associated with Lori Foster, the Reader Author Get Together or Entangled Publishing. Open internationally. Open to those 18 and older. Void where prohibited. Prize is for one (1) reader ticket to RAGT only. Prize does not cover costs of travel, food, …

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Research and Jack the Ripper

London, 1888 She’s a widow She’s being stalked Is it an admirer? Or has her past caught up with her? The Pursuit of Mrs. Pennyworth Research. Where do you draw the line? When does research for your book become research for fun? My new romantic suspense, The Pursuit of Mrs. Pennyworth, required a lot of research into Victorian London. I chose that time and place because I always think of that period and location as sinister, dark, frightening. Think Sherlock Holmes and the Agatha Christie stories. Of course, my research that led me to Jack the Ripper—my book is set …

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Excerpt from Denying the Duke

Patience gave him a sweet smile and turned to the door connecting the two rooms. Her hips swayed delightfully underneath the gown as she strolled away from him. He would really have preferred to be her lady’s maid tonight, so he could kiss each delectable inch of her skin as he removed her garments. Allowing for her innocence, Alex permitted her to go. He pulled his cravat off and tugged at the cuffs of his jacket. He’d given his valet, Thomas, the evening off. Once he’d stripped all his clothes off, he struggled with what he should wear. He preferred …

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Monday Musings

Here in tornado alley we are in the middle of our severe weather season. We’re supposed to have some storms this week. My daughter and I are flying out during this turbulent week for a panel I will sit on for high school students at Piscataway High School, where my niece is a teacher and mentor/coach for these girls. We will also visit with family while I’m there. It is always fun to connect with my sisters and their families. I want to give a big shout out and thank you to everyone who read and enjoyed Marrying the Wrong. …

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‘The New Year’s Eve Quandary’

A naughty book helped Lady Eugenia seduce her husband, ultimately resulting in the Marquess of Devon falling in love with his passionate wife. When the couple hosts a New Year’s Eve celebration and Great-Aunt Lavinia’s horrid cat gets a hold of the book, they fear the consequences. Enjoy this humorous holiday short story featuring the hero and heroine from my Regency romance, Seducing the Marquess.   “Oh, dear.” Eugenia, Marchioness of Devon, chewed her bottom lip as she read the missive in her hand. Her husband, Devon, lowered the morning newspaper, and regarded her over the breakfast table. “What is …

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‘Stranded at an Inn on Christmas Eve’

My characters, Lady Sarah Lacey and Professor Braeden McKinnon from The Highlander’s Accidental Marriage are travelling on Christmas Eve from their home at the University of Edinburgh to Sarah’s twin sister Lady Sybil’s home at Bedlay Castle, forty miles away for the holidays. Braeden is not happy with the trip because his wife is in her final month of pregnancy, but unable to deny his love anything, he agrees to her wish to spend Christmas with her sister.   Leaning heavily on Braeden’s arm, Sarah entered the main room of the coaching inn. Thank goodness a strong fire had been …

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