Category Archives: Victorian Romance

New Release! The Glass Heart

I’m very happy to announce the publication of my latest historical romance, The Glass Heart.

Blurb: After Merrill’s widowed mother becomes engaged to an earl, the fate of their respective estates hangs in the balance. A battle of wits ensues when the earl’s arrogant son shows up to make demands. Despite their prickly start, once Merrill discovers she and the viscount have both been painfully crossed in love, she begins to feel a measure of empathy. Unfortunately for their burgeoning relationship, a tempestuous drama threatens to tear them apart forever.


Merrill lifted her chin as she strode toward the house. As she approached the drawing room, she was dismayed to hear the sound of piano music — a song from Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers.

“Cheeky devil,” she muttered.

Despite her irritation, Merrill plastered a serene smile to her lips as she sailed into the room. A young man was sitting at the baby grand piano and she was obliged to raise her voice to be heard. “Excuse me?”

Lord Wharton broke off playing and rose to his feet. “You must be Miss Cawthorne? Good afternoon.” He picked up a snifter of amber liquid from the piano lid and lifted it up as if in a toast. “Thank you for making me feel welcome here at Ravenell.”

Despite his words, the man’s eyes glittered with obvious and inexplicable dislike.

“If I have made you feel welcome, it was entirely inadvertent.” Merrill returned his glare with one of her own. “You’ve not been invited, so what is the meaning of this intrusion?”

“Forgive me but I have been invited — by your mother,” With his left hand, Lord Wharton extricated a letter from his jacket pocket. “This letter of introduction is addressed to you.”

As Merrill crossed the room to pluck the letter from his fingers, he swirled the amber liquid with appreciation. “I usually don’t drink before dinner, but this brandy is lovely.”

She bristled. “It’s Armagnac from Gascony, and it’s a very rare vintage.”

“Mmm.” He took a long swallow. “C’est magnifique.”

Merrill discovered the letter was in her mother’s hand and did indeed appear to be a letter of introduction. She read the entire missive through twice before glancing at her unwanted guest.

“You are Lord Seacombe’s son, then.” Merrill gritted her teeth. “I am to show you every courtesy.”

Lord Wharton bowed. “I am delighted to meet you, Miss Cawthorne — or should I call you sister?”

“We are not related yet, so Miss Cawthorne will do.” She peered at him. “Why have you come?”

He put the snifter down so hard she thought he might have broken the stem. “In contemplation of marriage to your mother, my father may sell his estate out from under me.”

“That’s unfortunate, sir, but what does that have to do with me?”

He fixed her with his gaze. “In contemplation of marriage to my father, your mother may sell Ravenell instead.”

Merrill gasped. “What? No!”

“It will be one or the other. Neither my father nor your mother have decided yet.”

“That’s not possible.”

“It is not only possible, but from what I overheard, they have indicated the sale of one estate is a certainty.” Lord Wharton’s eyes narrowed. “If we do not find a way to stop this travesty of a union, one of us will be deprived of our home.”

“I’m not sure what you expect me to do.”

“Tell your mother to break her engagement.”

“You’re mad! I would never presume to tell my mother what to do.” Merrill frowned. “If you are so determined, why don’t you make your demands to your father?”

“My father keeps his own counsel.”

“So does my mother!”

“In that case, we are at an impasse — for now. In the meantime, I intend to acquaint myself with Ravenell. For all I know, I will be living here before long.”

“What a ghastly notion.”

Lord Wharton raised an eyebrow. “I couldn’t agree more.”

The Glass Heart is available at Amazon, in both ebook and paperback format. Happy reading!

Upcoming Release #Sale


After Merrill’s widowed mother becomes engaged to an earl, the fate of their respective estates hangs in the balance. A battle of wits ensues when the earl’s arrogant son shows up to lodge his objection. Despite their prickly start, once Merrill discovers she and the viscount have both been painfully crossed in love, she begins to feel a measure of empathy. Unfortunately for their burgeoning friendship, a tempestuous drama threatens to tear them apart forever.

The Glass Heart will be published for the Kindle on October 25, 2022 for $2.99, but you can pre-order it HERE at a special low price of $00.99. The paperback version is available now!

Thank you for your support!

Paperback Blow Out

Do you remember when you could buy paperback novels for less than five bucks? Well, Amazon is having a sale on three of my paperbacks. Since this pricing is not my doing, I have no idea how many copies are available at these prices or how long the “sale” will last. I’ve heard from other authors that Amazon is selling some of their paperbacks at extraordinary prices as well, so it might be a good idea to check out your favorite independent authors, just to see if bargains can be had.

Links: Ruse & RomanceThe Ice Captain’s DaughterMy Fair Guardian

Happy Hunting!

Book Five of The Mannequin Series

UPDATE: The Substitute has a new e-book release date of April 5th, 2022.

The Substitute is getting ready to launch! The book is in pre-order right now, for an estimated release date of 4/19/22, but it will likely be published sooner. If you can’t wait, the paperback is available now.

Blurb: When Portia Coulter meets the mysterious Mr. X at a masquerade ball, she’s forbidden from deepening their acquaintance. As it turns out, however, the flirtation sets in motion a chain of events out of her control. Mr. X has no intention of letting her go that easily but his efforts to woo her may cost her everything.

Will fate be kind to a substitute mannequin or is Portia destined to live a loveless existence?

Happy Thanksgiving • Black Thursday!

Today and through the rest of November, ALL of my titles are $0.99 at Amazon. Every. Single. Book. Newer releases and back list. Both historical romance and, if you like fantasy, all of those titles as well.

Follow the link to my author page on Amazon or go to the individual book you want by clicking on the title below. Enjoy your Thanksgiving and don’t forget to pick up one of my ten audiobook titles while you are shopping! Audiobooks are great when you want to “read” while traveling, exercising, or doing chores around the house.


The Mannequin Series

The Mannequin*Grace UnmaskedThe Star Crossed SeamstressA Chance of Rayne

The Beaucroft Girls Series

Ruse & Romance*Rake & Romance*

Graceling Hall Series

Larken*Lord Apollo & the Colleen

Standalone Titles

Spinster* Duke of a Gilded AgeMy Fair Guardian*The Ice Captain’s Daughter*Rumer Has ItA Gift for Fiona (includes the prequel A Gift for Lara) • An American in Paris of the WestCourtship on Eaton SquareLady Fallows’ SecretsJessamine’s Folly*


Yden Series

The Last Great Wizard of YdenDragon Clan of YdenSecrets of YdenKira (Prequel to the Yden Trilogy)

Standalone Titles

Something Wicked in L.A. Dani & the ImmortalsRoyal PromenadeTournament of Chance: Dragon RebelWhimsical Tendencies*The Dragon Rider’s Daughter*

*Available in audiobook format

Music by Lesfm from Pixabay

Labor Day #Sale

From Saturday, September 4th through Saturday, September 11, Courtship on Eaton Square, Jessamine’s Folly, and Lady Fallows’ Secrets are 99 cents at Amazon. (US only)

Courtship on Eaton Square

After Angela’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. 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.

Jessamine’s Folly

After her estate is entailed away, Jessamine Foster has no choice but to live with relatives who detest her. When her aunt gives her an ultimatum to leave, Jessamine accepts a position as companion to Lord Kirkendale’s sister—even though she’s been warned her predecessors can’t seem to resist the earl’s exceptional good looks. Can Jessamine manage to hold onto her job without losing her heart?

Lady Fallows’ Secrets

After a riding accident leaves Sybil’s brother, Ash, physically and emotionally devastated, she breaks off a courtship to devote herself to his care. Unfortunately, the one girl who could save Ash from his increasing melancholy has been whisked off to London by her ironfisted guardian. When a handsome stranger offers Sybil his help, she dives headlong into a clandestine scheme fraught with danger. As a daring rescue unfolds, deceit and mysteries are brought to light, the bonds of friendship are tested…and passion is unleashed. Can Sybil manage to save her brother without losing her heart to a man she cannot marry?

Psst! The Mannequin (Book One of the Mannequin Series) is also at its lowest price right now, too. 99 cents!

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?

Download your copy of The Mannequin HERE, and have a wonderful Labor Day holiday!

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?

5-Star: “…a true gem…”

5-Star: “Very highly recommended!”

5-Star: “…I’m sure it’ll go down a treat.”

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


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!