Whether you’re one of my longtime readers, someone who has just discovered my books, or you’re just poking around the rest of my website after checking out my money surveys, I’m delighted you’re here! I do my best to keep this page updated with my latest doings, with regard to my books as well as my author earnings surveys, so check back often.
In March, my first new book in several years was released! Out Of Her Depth is now available from Bell Bridge Books in print, digital, and soon in audio! This is my first foray into contemporary fiction (not counting the contemporary half of Bridge Over Time, that is) and also my first mystery. At least, I’m told it’s a mystery, though as I was writing it I thought of it more as suspenseful, humorous women’s fiction. Maybe that’s too hard to print on the spine? Anyway, I’m thrilled to death! Better yet, it’s just $1.99 on Kindle until late May!
In other news, I’m pleased and proud to be among a sparkling group of Historical Romance authors who have banded together as The Jewels of Historical Romance to give away a FREE anthology of our favorite scenes as well as to collaborate on fun contests for our readers. Our April giveaway will be a lovely silver necklace, so hurry on over to our website to enter!
After more than a year of effort, all eight of my previously published historical romances are also now available as e-books, along with my one time travel and four of my traditional Regencies, including Azalea, the first book I ever wrote. (While this was my first written book, it was my seventh published. What can I say? It still needed a lot of work!) Harlequin published it only as half of the 2-in-1 volume, Regency Diamonds. Now, for the first time ever, it stands alone!
I updated my traditional publisher survey last fall, adding a few new publishers (and deleting a few old ones). Click on “Show Me The Money,” above, to see the latest version. I plan to update my indie earnings survey again soon as well, so please send me your data, if you have it! (See details on the survey pages, under the “Show Me the Money” tab, above.)
And now, for the books…
Newly available from Bell Bridge Books! After her husband leaves her for a younger woman, a newly divorced woman goes to Aruba alone for what should have been her 25th anniversary trip, hoping to reinvent herself. To force herself out of her comfort zone, she signs up for scuba diving lessons. But when she finds a ring during her first dive that turns out to be a clue in a high-profile murder case, she finds more adventure than she bargained for. Will the price of a fresh start be her very life?
Have you ever longed to ask your favorite author which of her scenes she loves best? Twelve internationally bestselling, award-winning historical romance authors, all Jewels, have selected their favorite scenes to share with you in this special volume.
Each gem-sized scene is the perfect length to read over a cup of coffee or before falling asleep at night. From the glittering ballrooms of the Regency to the majesty of Medieval castles, sample the sparkling best from the Jewels of Historical Romance! Available FREE at all vendors!
A switch in time! Busy socialite Kathryn Monroe visits her parents in South Carolina only to find herself unexpectedly transported to 1825. Forced to step into the shoes of a near-identical ancestress, she is desperate to get back —until she falls for the very man her counterpart most wanted to avoid. Catherine Prescott wants nothing more than freedom—from rules and from the prospect of an unwanted marriage. When she abruptly finds herself in 2013, it seems all of her dreams have come true, especially when she finds her soulmate in a man her counterpart never cared for. Available everywhere!
To safeguard her future, thirteen-year-old orphan Azalea is married—in name only. Her handsome new husband immediately sails back to England, but Azalea has already fallen completely in love with him. When she learns of his death at sea, she is devastated. Six years later, Azalea sails for England herself to recover her inheritance there. She is stunned to discover that Christian, her beloved, lost husband, is alive but seems to have no memory whatsoever of her or their marriage. Worse, he is betrothed! Can Azalea possibly force Christian—now Earl of Glaedon—to remember the truth before he breaks her heart again? Available everywhere!
Dina’s only chance to keep her inheritance from her gamester brother is to marry before her twenty-fifth birthday. When her carefully planned elopement goes awry she travels to Gretna Green alone, where she finds herself rescuing a naïve young lady from a fortune hunter. This earns the gratitude of the young lady’s handsome, eligible brother, who has come in hot pursuit. When he asks her to name her reward, she has her answer ready. Grant (aka “Thor”) is stunned when Dina demands marriage in repayment of his debt to her. She insists she will not infringe on his freedom, but the more time he spends with her, the more determined he is to win her heart along with her hand. Surely spending Christmas with her at his parents’ estate will help him to do just that? Available for Kindle, Nook and all other formats.
TESSA’S TOUCH, features Lord Anthony Northrup, brother to two of my “Saints,” though not a “Saint” himself. Tessa Seaton has a special gift with horses; with a word and a touch, she can tame the most unbroken beasts. But when handsome Lord Anthony Northrup gallops into her life, she finds herself faced with a greater challenge than any horse ever posed. Anthony first assumes Tessa is helping her unscrupulous uncle to sell half-broken horses to unsuspecting gentlemen, but soon realizes she is motivated by love for her crippled father and for the horses she trains. Charmed by her spirit and independence, Anthony determines to free her from her uncle’s trap so he can claim her for himself. Available for Kindle, Nook and all other formats.
GABRIELLA – a traditional Regency romance and my first published book. A lost wager obliges the Duke of Ravenham to bring a pretty little nobody from the country into fashion for the London Season. That irksome duty turns into something quite different as he falls under the spell of his protege’s innocent charm. Gabriella is in London at her mother’s insistence, but she’d much rather assist in running her father’s veterinary practice than attempt to fit into fashionable society. But the more time she spends in the dashing Duke’s company, the more conflicted she feels— particularly when she discovers they have more in common than she ever dared dream. Available for Kindle, Nook, and all other formats.
THE CYGNET, originally published as The Ugly Duckling, was my second published book, also a traditional Regency romance. Though in London for her debut, Deirdre Wheaton would rather meet celebrated poets than eligible bachelors. In fact, her deepest desire is to have her own poetry published someday . . . until she meets the Marquis of Wrotham. Once Cupid’s arrow strikes, Deirdre can think of nothing but the handsome nobleman. Determined to give love a chance, she transforms herself from the ugly duckling of the family into an elegant woman of fashion. But no sooner does she catch Lord Wrotham’s eye than she learns he apparently has an aversion to her first love—poetry! Is all lost? Available for Kindle, Nook and all other formats.
LORD DEARBORN’S DESTINY was my third traditional Regency, originally published in 1993. After a fortuneteller prophesies a statuesque blonde as Lord Dearborn’s perfect match, the skeptical Earl is abruptly convinced upon meeting just such a woman. Blinded by her beauty, he barely notices her cousin, a lively, witty brunette. True, he does seem to have more in common with the petite and impoverished Miss O’Day than the divine Miss Rosalind, but she is not in his style at all. Will he seal his fate with the wrong woman, or will his eyes be opened in time to his true Destiny? Available for Nook, Kindle and all other formats.
ROGUE’S HONOR is the first of my Regency historical “The Saint of Seven Dials” series. A duke’s daughter disguises herself as a maid to avoid a marriage that would snatch away her inheritance. She is nearly discovered but is rescued from certain social disaster by a seeming servant who is in fact the legendary Regency Robin Hood, the Saint of Seven Dials. Love is the last thing either of them needs just now, but when was love ever wise? Available for just 99 cents at Kindle and everywhere else!
NOBLE DECEPTIONS, the second in my “The Saints of Seven Dials” series, was first published by Avon Books in 2002 under the title A REBELLIOUS BRIDE. After I got the rights back, I took the liberty of restoring my original title, as well as tweaking the text a bit to bring it closer to my original vision. In NOBLE DECEPTIONS, an American shipping heiress and the new Saint of Seven Dials (who just happens to be a duke’s younger son) find themselves trapped into a marriage neither wants. They soon discover a powerful attraction between them, but even as passion turns to love, both are hiding secret identities that could lead to arrest if discovered. If they can admit to their growing love and trust each other with the truth, it could lead to a lifetime of happiness—or to disaster. Available for Nook, Kindle, and all other formats.
INNOCENT PASSIONS is the third book in this series, first published in 2003. In this story, former spy Noel Paxton takes on the role of the Saint of Seven Dials to hunt down a deadly traitor. He finds himself distracted in his quest by studious and opinionated Rowena Riverstone, newly arrived in London. But is Rowena the innocent bluestocking she appears, or the very traitor he’s been seeking? And which is in more danger–his heart or his life? Available for Nook, Kindle and all other formats.
SAINTLY SINS, the fourth and final book in the “Saint” series, was originally released as WICKEDLY YOURS by Avon in 2003. After the last Saint retires, a penniless beauty assumes the identity of the Saint of Seven Dials in order to rescue her young brother from the streets. Lord Peter Northrup is both smitten and intrigued by the lovely Sarah Killian, but when he digs beneath the surface, he learns she has a secret that could ruin them both. But perhaps love is worth the risk… Available for Kindle, Nook and all other formats.
This all-in-one e-book volume contains all four of my Saint of Seven Dials books: Rogue’s Honor, Noble Deceptions, Innocent Passions and Saintly Sins. At the bargain price of $9.99, it’s like getting a book and a half free! Available for Kindle, Nook and all other formats.
My other available e-books (so far) include:
SCANDALOUS VIRTUE, where an overprotected widow ready to kick up her heels meets a notorious rake trying to reform. Each sees the other as a shortcut to change . . . until the sparks fly! My first single title historical romance (after several traditional Harlequin Regency Romances), it was named “Best Romance of the Year” in 1999 by the American Book Readers Association and received glowing reviews from several publications, to include Publisher’s Weekly, which described the book as “fast, witty and fun.” Available for Nook, Kindle and all other formats.
SHIP OF DREAMS, first published in 2000 by HarperCollins, and my very first e-book. This book was a bit of a departure for me, as it is not a Regency, and is as much historical fiction as historical romance. This story is built around the true events (and people) of the final, ill-fated voyage of the SS Central America, a sidewheel steamer bringing passengers (and gold) back from San Francisco after the Gold Rush. While I did a massive amount of research to get the historical details right, my goal was to bring my readers an enjoyable read, not a textbook. Judging by reviews and feedback from readers, I believe I succeeded. Available for Everywhere.
Because I could, I have taken the opportunity to do some tinkering before re-releasing these books. I was also able to commission my own covers (shown here), something traditional publishers rarely allow authors to do. (This part was a lot of fun, especially as I was able to use my own daughters as my cover models for SHIP OF DREAMS and THE CYGNET.) I’m very excited to make these books available again after several years out of print, and I hope those of you who missed them the first time around will enjoy the chance to read them.
NOTE: Though the Saint of Seven Dials books are linked, each stands alone and it is not necessary to read them in order. This also goes for TESSA’S TOUCH (formerly TAMING TESSA) and THE RUNAWAY HEIRESS, which are linked to that series, though not technically a part of it. Linked or not, all of my Regency-set books (including my traditional Regency romances) are set in the same “world” with a few recurring peripheral characters, so I hope you’ll feel at home with whatever book you happen to pick up.
Of course I’m still writing new books, though not (at the moment) Regency-set historicals. My newest traditionally published book is a contemporary suspenseful (and humorous) women’s fiction novel, OUT OF HER DEPTH, from Bell Bridge Books, and I’m currently working on book 3 of a new young adult series with science fiction elements. Look for an announcement about STARSTRUCK (book 1 of that series) soon!
Again, thanks for stopping by!