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It’s time to strut your stuff!! Post any excerpt, or blurb of 400 words or less. You are welcome to post your buy links or social media links, and covers (if you can figure out how to do it)  as well. Please keep it PG.

The Temptation of Lady Serena

The Temptation of Lady Serena

Here is mine from The Temptation of Lady Serena, book #3 in The Marriage Game, currently available for pre-order here.

Robert Beaumont rode toward the woman on the crest of the hill. She sat atop a raking roan, much too large for a lady. Her riding habit, a dull rust color, reminded him of autumn leaves. Her long auburn hair curled down her back, and she wore a small hat with some sort of feather—pheasant, by the way it stuck out. He wondered how the devil she kept the hat on her head with her hair down. His interest piqued, he urged his horse to a trot. As he neared, she took off at a fast gallop.

She was gone when he reached the top of the hill. Beaumont looked out over the valley. A horse and rider were in the north. How had she got that far so quickly? Disgruntled, he turned and rode home. After throwing his reins to a groom, he strode through the doors into the main hall and called to his housekeeper, “Norry!”

She came out from a parlor. “I’m here, my lord. There’s no reason to shout.”

“Who lives to the north?”

“Well, my lord,” she muttered, “if you were here more often, you’d know. It’s a widow lady. I can’t remember her name right off my head. Why?”

Ignoring Norry’s all too familiar complaint, he pressed for more information. “Does she have any children?”

The housekeeper narrowed her eyes. “I heard all her children are grown. She moved here after her son married. Now, if you’ll excuse me, my lord, I have work to do.”

“Norry, let me know if you remember. Especially if it concerns an auburn-haired female.”

Master Robert,” she began in a censorious tone, “we’ll have none of your carrying on up here. You leave it in London.” She nodded her head curtly and left.

Beaumont clenched his jaw and stormed off to his study, cursing the fact that so many of his servants had been with him since childhood, and never let him forget it.


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Good Morning from sunny Virginia where I’m visiting before traveling to Atlanta for RWA Nationals.

CongratulationsCongratulations to Bibbie Sparks, who won the Amazon card from Kae Elle Wheeler.

I received the final piece of my Regency ensemble, knit silk, clock, stockings.  I put them on a modeled them for my husband, assuring him that if he’d been a Regency gentleman, he’d think they were sexy.stockings 001

Other than doing a lot of running around and organizing for Nationals, not much else happened this week. Though I promise I’ll take pictures and will post them next Sunday.

Pursuing Miss Eugénie Villaret, Book #5 in The Marriage Game is with beta readers, and the responses have been good so far. One of them stayed up until 2:00 am reading it so she could find out how it ended.

There will be excerpts tomorrow, but that will be the last post of the week.

The Temptation of Lady Serena

The Temptation of Lady Serena

I’ll leave you with the cover and an excerpt of The Temptation of Lady Serena.  The book goes on pre-order at the beginning of August. If you are a member of my news letter, you’ll get first shot at the plans for it’s roll-out.

A man on a large black horse appeared in the
valley and stared up at her. He looked tall, but it was hard to tell at this distance.
A breeze ruffled his fair hair as he rode toward her.

Have a wonderful week.


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The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh

The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh

I received wonderful news this morning, The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh received a 5 star review from Liza O’Connor. Please stop by her blog and read it.

In case you didn’t hear, Anna Marsh also received a 4.5 star review from Carol Cook at Rakes and Scoundrels.

Between the blog tour and preparing for Nationals, I’ve been living life in the fast lane, so I’m taking a few days off. I’ll see you on Sunday for Sunday News!!

The 4th of July has special meaning to me. Not only did my husband and I serve in the military, but my ancestors fought in the Revolutionary War and almost every war since then.

Have a wonderful 4th and while your celebrating remember those men and women who risked their lives and livelihood for our freedom. Not only those who fought, but also the statesmen and diplomats whose efforts were just as important.

4th of July fire works


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It’s Monday and your turn to sparkle. Since I’m doing a countdown to when I leave for Nationals, and it’s in fourteen days, post an excerpt no more than fourteen sentences long. Add your buy links if you have them, if not a link to your website or blog.

The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh

The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh

Here is mind from the Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh, book #2 in The Marriage Game.

The innocent expression in Miss Marsh’s large blue eyes belied the stubborn set of her lips. Rutherford turned his choking laughter into a cough and looked down so she couldn’t see his expression.

When he raised his head, she was in negotiations about something with Lady Marsh. He took the time to admire her. As always, Anna was elegantly attired. She wore a day gown in printed mulberry, and he could make out the lean lines of her slender figure. Lately, his fingers had itched to touch her in ways they never had before.

Gleaming chestnut curls were allowed to escape the loose knot held by combs at the back of her head. During the past year, her heart-shaped face had lost much of its youthful roundness. When she stood, the top of her head was below his collarbone. Rutherford had kicked himself at least a dozen times in the last few weeks for not having made a move to engage her affections sooner.

He had simply always just assumed she’d be available when he was ready, but he couldn’t have been more wrong. To his chagrin, after Anna had made it very clear he’d have to win her heart, he’d noticed other gentlemen of his ilk also vying for her hand. He wished she’d go home to Kent where he’d have a better chance. At least he’d have her alone.

Buy Links: Amazon US ~ Amazon Canada ~  Amazon France  ~  Amazon Germany ~ Amazon UK Barns & Nobel ~ Kensington * iTunes

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The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh

The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh

Congratulations to Stacy Brutger who won a copy of The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh on Rakes, Rogues and Romance. Congratulations

The blog tour for The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh is officially over, but

The Temptation of Lady Serena

The Temptation of Lady Serena

not the pre-order releases. In August the Temptation of Lady Serena goes on

pre-order, and I’ll start another mini blog tour. I’ll also be participating in the History Lovers Blog Hop.

The Seduction of Lady Phoebe

The Seduction of Lady Phoebe

In mid-September The Seduction of Lady Phoebe releases. Not all the plans are finalized yet, but there will be giveaways and contests. Let me know your ideas. If you want to be the first to hear about them, please sign up for my newsletter.

Happy Sunday and have a wonderful week.


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Not only did Susana post a review for The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh, she also had Lady P con invite Lord Rutherford, the hero in The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh, to tea. Come see what happens when he accepts the invitation. Come by Susana’s Parlour and see how he does keeping his business to himself. Post a comment for a chance to win a copy of The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh.

The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh

The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh

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Good morning everyone. Today we start off with book winners.

Sandy Kenny won Amara Royce’s book Never too Late. <cough> this one was extremely late being announced, but…

bn100 has won Ann Cleeland’s book, Tainted Angel.

Ladies you will be contacted by the author.

I’m being plagued with technical difficulties this morning. First McAfee blocked my email program. I finally got that up. Now my computer can’t see my iPhone so I can download the  pictures I’d planned for today.

The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh

The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh

As many of you already know, The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh, Book #2 in The Marriage Game is now available for pre-order. The release date is November 7th.

Here is the cover. What do you think?

I’ve sent the book out to three reviews, but if you are a reviewer and would like to review The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh, please contact me.

I will be all over the place doing a mini-blog tour and giving away copies of The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh. Here are this coming week’s places and dates:

Monday I’ll visit Collette Cameron on her Blue Rose Blog

Tuesday Anna Small has graciously invited me to join her at Anna Small Books.

On Wednesday I’m back over at Jackki Leatherby’s Leather Bound Reviews

Friday Lord Rutherford, the hero of The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh is being grilled, er, invited for tea at Susana Ellis’s Parlor

Here is my publisher’s blurb followed by a short excerpt. Check out this wonderful cover quote. I can’t thank Sally MacKenzie enough!

“Let yourself be seduced by this sexy mix of spies, smugglers, and happily ever afters.” —Sally MacKenzie

Since she was a young girl, Anna Marsh has dreamed of Sebastian, Baron Rutherford asking for her hand in marriage. But that was in another life when her brother Harry was alive, before she vowed to secretly continue the work he valiantly died for. Now as Sebastian finally courts Anna, she must thwart his advances. Were he to discover her secret, he would never deem her a suitable wife…

Sebastian has always known Anna would become his wife someday. He expects few obstacles, but when she dissuades him at every turn he soon realizes there is much more to this intriguing woman. Somehow he must prove to her that they are meant to be together. But first he must unravel the seductive mystery that is Miss Anna Marsh…

Available at:

Amazon US * Amazon Canada *Amazon UK Barns & Nobel * Kensington * iTunes


Anna met his gaze coolly. “Lord Rutherford, pray, what brings you here?”

“Oh, Anna dear,” her mother said. “Lord Rutherford has very kindly offered to help by escorting you to Charteries for Lady Phoebe’s wedding.”

Anna raised a brow and stared at Sebastian for a moment before turning to address her mother. Lady Marsh reminded Anna of a wraith. Her mother’s dark brown hair was still unmarked by silver. She always dressed in flowing gowns and draped gauzy shawls around her shoulders, giving the impression she would blow away if one breathed hard enough. Mama desperately wanted Anna married and could not understand how it was she’d reached the age of one and twenty still single.

As objecting to Sebastian’s escort would do her no good, Anna kept the smile on her face. “Yes, Mama, very kind of him.” She glanced at him and thought she saw the remnants of a smug look on his face. “How do you think of these ideas?” she asked sweetly.

His lips twitched slightly. “I really couldn’t tell you, Miss Marsh. It just popped into my head. We are both attending the wedding after all.”

It did not auger well for him that he had used her mother to get his way. “Yes, we do have that in common.”

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