Category Archives: Victorian Romance

The Mannequin • Quarantine Price

The Mannequin, Book One of The Mannequin Series, is quarantine-priced at $0.99 through the end of March. Use the universal link HERE to go to your favorite bookstore.

362 5-Star Ratings on Amazon!

Blurb: 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?

Don’t forget about the audiobook version, narrated by Stevie Zimmerman. It’s available at Audible, Apple, and Amazon.

Quarantine #Freebies

With all the hardships people are enduring due to quarantines and shutdowns, I wanted to highlight the ebooks and audiobooks (the latter are limited in quantity!) I have available, absolutely free. Everything is clean & wholesome (no language or overt spice). Although the audiobook codes are usually reserved for readers who sign up for my newsletter mailing list, I’m going to make them available to anyone who wants them at this time. Take advantage of whatever pleases you, with my best wishes, and stay safe. ~ Suzanne

EBOOKS

MAGICAL MISPERCEPTION (Fantasy short story, suitable for all ages)

For one, magical summer, Jona is selected to be a companion to Prince Lee and help him practice social graces. Despite her joy, however, she is expected to follow the rules: never speak to the queen unless spoken to, never forget she’s merely a servant, and never, ever fall in love with the prince.

Are the differences between a prince and a commoner too large to overcome, or are they just a matter of magical misperception?

To download, use this universal link HERE.

A GIFT FOR LARA (A Victorian short story, suitable for teens on up)

Lara Robinson wrote a love letter four years ago, but received no reply. Now the man to whom she gave her heart will visit Blythe Manor for Christmas. How can she enjoy the holidays knowing Miles Greystoke must despise her for revealing her feelings in such an unguarded fashion?

To download, use this universal link HERE.

AUDIOBOOKS

(Available at Audible, for US and UK markets only, with COUPON. These coupons are very limited in quantity, and will be given out first come, first served. Send an email request for your code(s) to suzannegrogers@gmail.com, specifying whether or not you are in the US or the UK. If the code is still available, I will send it to you, along with directions on how to redeem it.)

RUSE & ROMANCE • The Beaucroft Girls Series, Book One (Victorian romance, narrated by Helen Taylor)

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. With no intention of following through, 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?

RAKE & ROMANCE • The Beaucroft Girls Series, Book Two (Victorian romance, narrated by Helen Taylor)

Juliet’s plans to wed Lord Elbourne come to naught when she discovers he’s obliged to wed an heiress from overseas instead. To salvage her dignity, she enters into a ruse with the heiress’s brother, whom she views as a rake. Unfortunately, he’s also the most attractive man she’s ever met.

When Cody Gryphon first arrives in London, everyone seems to confuse him with his wicked cousin, Lord Gryphon, whom he hasn’t seen in years. His uncanny resemblance to the man doesn’t make it easier to establish himself. Nevertheless, Cody will do anything to see his sister Stephanie wed to Lord Elbourne, including entering into a temporary engagement with her romantic rival, Juliet. Although he intends to return to Texas as soon as his sister is wed, he finds it increasingly difficult to resist Juliet’s charms.

Can a rake and a debutante ever have their happily ever after?

THE DRAGON RIDER’S DAUGHTER (fantasy romance, narrated by Tara-Louise Kaye)

After Minna’s father loses his career, health, and wealth due to a rogue wizard, he forbids his daughter from studying magic. She carries on in secret, all the while plotting revenge against the man who ruined her father’s life.

Evan Valentine has attended a prestigious magical academy on scholarship, although he’s cleverly managed to conceal the fact from everyone. He’s on the fast track to success—until he discovers he owes a debt that can never be repaid.

Minna and Evan don’t realize it yet, but their destinies have been intertwined for years. Once the truth is known, they’ll be forced to choose between vengeance…or each other.

WHIMSICAL TENDENCIES (fantasy romance, narrated by Tara-Louise Kaye)

Although Cypher has no memories before the quake that destroyed the kingdom of Augury, she holds a steadfast hatred of the repressive Cauldian regime now occupying the country. Because her magical gifts are deemed subversive, she does her best to avoid detection–until she discovers the Cauldians plan to desecrate the ruins of nearby Castle Augur. She stumbles on a key that she hopes will unlock her memories…but first she must confront a long repressed horror at the Castle Augur ruins.

Featured Image by monicore from Pixabay

LEAP DAY RELEASE • AN AMERICAN IN PARIS OF THE WEST #historicalromance

Happy Leap Day! Today is also the day I release my first book of 2020, An American in Paris of the West. This novel is a slight departure from my usual stories about lords and ladies of England, but it has all the romance and manners you’ve come to expect…with an American flair.

Blurb: On the cusp of a new century, Asa and his childhood sweetheart, Katherine, are breathlessly swept up in love. After she is unwillingly betrothed to another man, heartbroken Asa takes a job in San Francisco to start anew. When disaster strikes, Kat strikes out across the country to seek Asa’s help. To her shock, she discovers he’s in a legal fight for his life–and she must put herself in mortal danger to save him from a horrible miscarriage of justice.

Download your Kindle copy HERE or read it free with Kindle Unlimited.

Leap Day Release • An American in Paris of the West

On the cusp of a new century, Asa and his childhood sweetheart, Katherine, are breathlessly swept up in love. After she is unwillingly betrothed to another man, heartbroken Asa takes a job in San Francisco to start anew. When disaster strikes, Kat strikes out across the country to seek Asa’s help. To her shock, she discovers he’s in a legal fight for his life–and she must put herself in mortal danger to save him from a horrible miscarriage of justice.

My new historical romance will be released on February 29, 2019, but you can reserve your Kindle copy now at a special pre-release price HERE.

Here’s an excerpt from Chapter One!

Love Denied

Staunton, Virginia

May, 1899

Asa Ballard grinned as he urged Fancy Dancer into a trot. When the gig surged forward, Kat Inverness shrieked with delight and clutched his arm. If he hadn’t been driving so fast along the narrow country lane, he would have stolen a kiss from those delicious lips. Of course, he had good reason to believe such a liberty might be freely given, judging by the way Kat clung to him. The thrilling thought made his pulse race along with the gig.

“We’re flying, Miss Inverness.” He chuckled. “Only the fastest chariot will do for the most beautiful creature of my acquaintance.”

Kat gave him a sidelong glance. “I’ve missed your flattery, Mr. Ballard!”

“I speak the truth.”

The corners of her mouth turned up. “If that’s the case, why have you stayed away so long?”

“Learning to be an architect takes time…like wooing a lady.”

“Let us hope that a proper courtship does not take four years.” She tossed her head. “A girl could turn to dust as she waits.”

“No man would be foolish enough to delay overlong and let a girl like you slip through his fingers.”

Kat snuggled even closer and he caught a whiff of her intoxicating fragrance. Life was truly a wonderment as long as she was by his side. When the gates of Hawthorn House came into view, he slowed his horse to a walk. Nevertheless, Kat kept her hand firmly around his arm—and her presence felt as necessary to him as the air in his lungs.

He nodded toward the hedges surrounding the property. “If the hawthorn is in bloom, it must be May.”

“Indeed, it must.” She giggled. “We shall have to run three times around a hawthorn tree and make a wish.”

“Before or after our picnic?”

“It had best be beforehand.” Kat’s nod was decisive. “I won’t be able to run on a full stomach.”

He chuckled. “You’ll run faster if I’m chasing you.”

“Will I?” Her expression turned coy. “And what if I prefer to be caught?”

Asa gave her a mock frown. “Miss Inverness, I believe you’re flirting with me.”

“I might be.” She paused. “Then again, I might not.”

“Minx.”

Asa drove the gig up the long drive, past the great house, and to the stables. After he relinquished the horse’s reins to the stable boy, he lifted Kat down to the ground.

“You’re lighter than a thistle.” He made no effort to remove his hands from her tiny waist. “I shall have to feed you cake.”

Her expression brightened. “I adore cake.”

Asa leaned over to whisper in her ear. “I adore cake, too.”

“Oh, you made me shiver.” When she stepped back, a mischievous twinkle lit her exquisite eyes—one the color of lapis and the other an emerald green. “Where are we to have our picnic?”

He pointed. “In the corner of the estate, between that hawthorn tree and the hedge. After I retrieve the hamper from the gig, I’ll escort you.”

“Last one there is a bullfrog!” Kat darted off across the rolling lawn.

“Hey—that’s not fair!”

Chuckling, Asa grabbed the wicker hamper from underneath the seat, along with a brown leather tube on a strap. After he put one arm through the strap, he loped off after Kat at a slow speed, enjoying the pursuit more than he would have thought possible. He’d been fond of her ever since he could remember, but four years of faithful correspondence had fixed his affections permanently. If the day unfolded like he had planned, perhaps he would shortly be able to call Katherine Inverness his own.


Credit: Featured Image is courtesy of Booth Kates from Pixabay

A Chance of Rayne • #Sale

For the first time, ever, A Chance of Rayne is on sale for $0.99 at Amazon. Although it is part of The Mannequin series, it can be read as a standalone.

Blurb: Although the Harrison daughters look almost like twins, one was born on the right side of the blanket while the other was not. Rayne is tasked with drawing in a suitable husband for her sister, Garnet, but soon discovers her quarry is a kindred spirit from her past. When Rayne refuses to deceive Lord Finch any longer, her father makes good his threat to exile her overseas, to New York City. Although Rayne is determined to survive, she is quickly ensnared in a web of vice.

What Reviewers are saying:

5-Stars: “[A]n absolute pleasure” – Vibliophile (Vine Voice)

5-Stars: “I love stories about a poor, down on her luck girl getting a happy ending.” – Amazon Reader

A Chance of Rayne will only be on sale from Thursday, January 30 through Saturday, February 1st, so don’t wait! Click HERE to download your copy.

A Chance of Rayne • New Release

Although the Harrison daughters look almost like twins, one was born on the right side of the blanket while the other was not. Rayne is tasked with drawing in a suitable husband for her sister, Garnet, but soon discovers her quarry is a kindred spirit from her past. When Rayne refuses to deceive Lord Finch any longer, her father makes good his threat to exile her overseas, to New York City. Although Rayne is determined to survive, she is quickly ensnared in a web of vice. Without friends or resources, she is slated to be auctioned to the highest bidder at one of the most elite brothels in Manhattan. Can Lord Finch rescue his beloved before it’s too late?

A Chance of Rayne is available exclusively at Amazon, and is part of the KindleUnlimited program. Although it’s Book Four of The Mannequin series, it can be read as a standalone.

What reviewers are saying:

5-Stars: “While Rogers has always compared favorably to Robin McKinley in her ability to write fairytale romances in realistic, historical settings, I couldn’t help but be reminded this time of Frances Hodgson Burnett of “The Secret Garden” and “A Little Princess” fame (even before I read the sneak peek for the next book, lol) despite the more mature topics in this story. There are clear “good guys” and “bad guys”, yet Rogers characters are still believable because they are very human and appealing.” ~ Vibliophile (Vine Voice)

5-Stars: “There’s plenty of scandal and outlandish events, but I love stories about a poor, down on her luck girl getting a happy ending. ” ~ Reader

Upcoming Release • A Chance of Rayne

Although the Harrison daughters look almost like twins, one was born on the right side of the blanket while the other was not. Rayne is tasked with drawing in a suitable husband for her sister, Garnet, but soon discovers her quarry–Lord Arondell Finch–is a kindred spirit from her past. When Rayne refuses to deceive the baron any longer, her father makes good his threat to exile her overseas, to New York City. Although Rayne is determined to survive, she is quickly ensnared in a web of vice. Without friends or resources, she is slated to be auctioned to the highest bidder at one of the most elite brothels in Manhattan. Can Lord Finch rescue his beloved before it’s too late?

Book Four of The Mannequin Series! Available for pre-order HERE. Release date: December 27th, 2019.

My Fair Guardian • Free Kindle Download

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?

Thursday, November 21st through Friday, November 22nd, My Fair Guardian is a free Kindle download. Get your copy HERE.

#HistoricalRomance • Larken • #free

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.

Marked by romantic tragedy and the loss of his brother, Brandon King has forsworn marriage. Obliged to take in a ward, he advertises for a bride to raise the boy. Since the union is to be a marriage in name only, his criteria are youthful age, a certain level of intellect, good breeding, and that the girl shouldn’t be so ill-favored she would embarrass him in society. To his dismay, he gets more than he’d bargained for.

Will it take a miracle for Mr. and Mrs. King to fall in love, or is their marriage another accident waiting to happen?

This clean & wholesome Victorian romance (with a touch of melodrama) is free on Wednesday, October 2nd. Get your copy at your favorite bookstore, using this UNIVERSAL LINK

Larken is also available in paperback

Audiobook is available at Amazon HERE, and iTunes HERE

Audible by country:

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If you enjoy Larken, you’ll love the sequel, Lord Apollo & the Colleen

Theo King has returned to Graceling Hall five years after his supposed death, but a mystery remains. A stranger is buried in his grave, and nobody knows if his death was accidental…or murder. As Theo resumes his former life, the dead man’s sister shows up on his doorstep to hold him accountable. If he helps this Irish spitfire solve the mystery, will she finally leave him in peace?

This fun and romantic tale is available at your favorite bookstore, via this Universal Link.

Now in paperback, too.