Slings And Arrows on the Yellow Brick Road

Imagine that you are Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, skipping along the Yellow Brick Road on your way to the Emerald City. Suddenly, the Wicked Witch flies in your face and lobs an insult along with, “…and your little dog, too!” She zooms off into the sky before you can retort, of course, because the last thing the Wicked Witch wants is an actual conversation. Her intent is to get you to give up your quest, go back to Munchkinland, and settle for being a big celebrity fish in a small pond.

It wouldn’t be much of a story if Dorothy gave up, would it? Oh, it would be easier to capitulate. She could collapse in the corn field, have herself a good cry, and then slink back the way she came…

You are transported into the scene…

As Dorothy decides to do exactly that, Scarecrow gives her a piercing glance. “What are you doing, Dot? I’d like to get to the Emerald City before nightfall.”

“I’m not good enough to get to the Emerald City.” Dorothy’s lower lip trembled. “And if I keep going, the Wicked Witch will insult me more and insults hurt!”

Scarecrow stood with his arms akimbo. “Seriously? You’re going to let a green woman who consorts with Flying Monkeys stop you from achieving your dreams?”

“But why would she pick on me in particular?” As Dorothy picked up a rotting apple from the field next to her and tossed it, Toto scampered off in pursuit. “I must be some kind of loser.”

Scarecrow sighed as he sank down onto his knees. “You’re new around here so maybe you don’t know, but everyone on the Yellow Brick Road gets harassed.” As he shook his head, a few pieces of straw fell out. “The Powers That Be try to discourage anyone from succeeding except the people on their team.”

“Really?” Dorothy studied him a moment. “That’s not fair.”

“Fair?” Scarecrow rolled his eyes. “No such thing in this universe, friend. You have to know the game and have enough gumption to keep going anyway.”

Dorothy bit her lip. “Mean people stink.”

“That they do, but you have to understand a great many mean people are actually Flying Monkeys in disguise, sent by the Wicked Witch to kick the stuffing out of you.” He stuffed a protruding bit of straw back into his plaid flannel shirt. “I should know. I’ve had the stuffing kicked out of me so many times, I can’t think straight.”

She gave him a grin. “Maybe that’s because you don’t have a brain yet.”

Scarecrow snickered. “You got me on that one.” He stood and reached out his hand. “Come on, fellow traveler. We won’t give up our quest until the credits roll at the end of the movie.”

“All right.” Dorothy allowed him to help her to her ruby slipper-clad feet. “Why are you so brave?”

A sad smile lifted the corners of his lips. “I have nothing to lose, that’s why.”

Her spine straightened. “Neither do I.” Dorothy glanced over her shoulder. “Let’s go, Toto. We’re off to see the wizard!”

The moral of the story is…expect Flying Monkeys to bedevil you as you try to achieve your dream. Find the courage to keep going because the credits haven’t yet rolled.

Music to lift your spirits:

Tubthumbing by Chumbawamba

Waiting for a Star to Fall by Boy Meets Girl

Walking on Sunshine by Katrina & the Waves

Hold On by Wilson Phillips

Don’t Stop Believing by Journey

Thunderstruck by AC/DC

My Fair Guardian • #Free

When Bethany is saddled with an unwanted, unrefined, and decidedly common guardian, she must polish him up before he’s fit for good society. As for Willoughby Winter, all that stands between him and his inheritance is to marry Bethany off. Can he succeed in his efforts before his past becomes known or will she manage to distract him from his goal—by hook or by crook?

What are reviewers saying?

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Download your free Kindle copy HERE, but don’t wait! This deal lasts only through Friday, June 25th.

Courtship on Eaton Square • #Pre-release

Why yes, I do have a new release in the works! Courtship on Eaton Square is set in England, 1867. Although most of the story takes place in London, the characters do travel to picturesque Canterbury for a few days.

Can two people who have been crossed in love find happiness with one another?

Blurb: After Angela Smith’s engagement to a viscount falls apart, she seeks refuge from London gossip with a family friend in Canterbury. From the moment she steps foot in the railway station, she locks horns with Mr. Ellery Chaucer, fresh from romantic troubles of his own. When circumstances conspire to throw Angela and Mr. Chaucer together, they form an uneasy alliance to regain what they have lost. Unfortunately for Angela, her growing attraction to the man threatens her carefully laid plans.

Release Date: July 6th, 2021. Pre-order HERE.

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JUNE IS AUDIOBOOK MONTH • #SALE

I’m pleased to announce that MY FAIR GUARDIAN has been selected to take part in the “June is Audiobook Month” sale at Nook! MY FAIR GUARDIAN is also on sale at Google and Apple. You’ll never find this audiobook at a lower price anywhere, so don’t wait!

Dance of the Books

Three of my titles (Duke of a Gilded Age, Jessamine’s Folly, and Lady Fallows’ Secrets are now back in the KindleUnlimited program:

Two titles, Rumer Has It and American in Paris of the West are now in wide distribution.

If you like fairy tales, my fantasy short story, Magical Misperception, has a new cover and is free in wide distribution.

In other news, The Mannequin and Spinster are both available in hardcover format. If you would like to see any of my other titles in hardcover, please let me know in the comments. Otherwise, I’ll be rolling out hardcover versions as time permits.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

My Fair Guardian #Audiobook

I’m pleased to announce the publication of My Fair Guardian as an 8 hr 19 min audiobook, narrated by Helen Taylor.

Blurb: When Bethany is saddled with an unwanted, unrefined, and decidedly common guardian, she must polish him up before he’s fit for good society. As for Willoughby Winter, all that stands between him and his inheritance is to marry Bethany off. Can he succeed in his efforts before his past becomes known or will she manage to distract him from his goal—by hook or by crook?

The audiobook is available at the following retailers now:

AmazonAudibleKobo/WalmartBingeBooksChirpScribdGooglePlayNook AudiobooksAppleeStoriesBeekHoopla

Have a listen and enjoy!

St. Patrick’s Day #Megasale

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! You don’t need a pot of gold to score some great deals because I’m having a $0.99 sale on a huge number of titles in my catalogue. Just click the book’s title to be taken to a universal link (leading to your favorite bookstore). These prices won’t last, so don’t wait!

Spinster

Staring down life as an old maid, newly jilted Clare flees to a country home she’s inherited from her grandmother. She doesn’t count on clashing with her handsome neighbor, whose gentlemanly manners and education are at odds with his workingman’s image. As their relationship unfolds, however, she discovers the mysterious Meriweather Holcroft is not at all what he appears to be.

Duke of a Gilded Age

When American-born Wesley Parker inherits a dukedom in 1890, he must be taught how to be an aristocrat. Assigned to the task is his attorney’s daughter, prim Belle Oakhurst. As they travel to England together on a luxurious ocean liner, their tempestuous relationship encounters more than rough seas.

Ruse & Romance (Book One of the Beaucroft Girls Series)

Unjustly labeled a flirt, Kitty Beaucroft is in need of a fiancé. Lord Philip Butler’s father wants him to settle down before he can become a landowner. Kitty and Philip enter into a temporary engagement as a means to an end. Unfortunately, someone knows the truth and is determined to expose them. Will the ruse turn into a romance before it’s too late?

The Ice Captain’s Daughter

The daughter of a wealthy ice merchant, Miss Jillian Roring intends to marry for love. En route to her first Season in London, however, a failed kidnapping sends her into the arms of the most jaded bachelor in England.

A Gift for Fiona

With one sister married and another soon to be engaged, Fiona Robinson worries she’ll be on the shelf. She pins her hopes on a handsome viscount, but his unexpected proposal to another girl hands her a stinging and demoralizing defeat. A new acquaintance awakens all her senses—until she realizes he’s related to the girl who stole her beau.

Larken (Book One of the Graceling Hall Series)

The sole survivor of a train accident, young Larken Burke is dubbed the Miracle Orphan. Four years later, however, her life is far from fortunate. Because of her emotional and physical scars, she believes she’s not marriageable. With little hope for the future, she agrees to wed a gentleman she’s never met. Unfortunately, his aloof manner proves difficult to bear.

If you’re feeling adventuresome, check out some of my fantasy titles, all of which are $0.99 for a limited time! (Psst…The Last Great Wizard of Yden is FREE everywhere but Amazon!)

Daylight Savings Time #sale • The Mannequin

It’s time to spring forward again! To celebrate an extra hour of daylight, I’m offering a #99cent sale on my bestselling historical romance, The Mannequin.

When she was a poor country girl in a hand-me-down dress, Rosamund saved the Duke of Swanhaven from the brink of despair…only to fall in love with him. Now a celebrated mannequin for an exclusive London dressmaker, her glamorous life is empty without the man to whom she gave her heart. Can a beastly duke and a beautiful mannequin ever find a fairy-tale ending?

Go HERE for your $0.99 Kindle download, available through Tuesday, March 17th. Don’t forget, The Mannequin is also available in audiobook format and paperback, too!

Also specially priced is my newest fantasy release, Royal Promenade.

When Alice takes her place as the Princess of Colossus, she’s thrust into the world of the Royal Promenade—a reality show in which the kingdom’s elite find matches for their sons and daughters. Blade, the fair-haired wizard who makes hearts flutter, and ruggedly handsome Kellan, an elite Ranger with His Majesty’s Special Forces, will vie for her hand in marriage. Although the Promenade is filled with excitement, conflict, and glamour, nothing is what it seems. In the end, will Alice be able marry the man she truly loves or will secret plots and intrigue destroy her?

Royal Promenade is priced at $0.99 for a limited time, so don’t wait!

POST VALENTINE’S DAY ROMANCE #SALE

Valentine’s Day is a recent memory but you can still pick up some nonfat sweet treats to relish the romance. From Tuesday, February 16 through Monday, February 22, Rumer Has It and An American in Paris of the West are priced at $0.99 on Amazon and Amazon.co.uk.

Jocelyn Rumer Conroy’s newspaper column allows her to write gossip about the population of Charleston while avoiding scrutiny of her own family secrets. She’s used to having her own way, but when arrogant and cosmopolitan Piers Wilde is brought into the newspaper, she chafes under his supervision. As they become writing partners in a new agony column, their relationship becomes fraught with tension…and an inconvenient attraction that cannot be denied.

A sweet historical romance set in 1910 Charleston.

Just as childhood sweethearts, Katherine and Asa, begin planning a life together in Staunton, Virginia, she is forced into an engagement with another man. Heartbroken and bitter, Asa takes a job three thousand miles away in San Francisco, known as the Paris of the West. When fate brings Kat and Asa together again, he’s fighting for his life. She’ll do whatever it takes to save him, but can their shattered romance ever be healed?

CLEAN & WHOLESOME HISTORICAL ROMANCE

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