Saturday, October 22nd, 2016
Releases June 1, 2017 from Bethany House!
I’m so excited to share this cover with you!
Here’s a bit of what THE CAPTAIN’S DAUGHTER is about:
When a series of circumstances beyond her control leave Rosalyn Bernay alone and penniless in London, she chances upon a job backstage at a theater which is presenting the most popular show in London. A talented musician and singer, she feels immediately at home and soon becomes enthralled with the idea of pursuing a career on the stage.
An injury during a skirmish in India has forced Nate Moran out of the army until he recovers. Filling his time at a stable of horses for hire in London, he has also spent the past two months working nights as a stagehand, filling in for his injured brother. Although he’s glad he can help his family through a tough time, he is counting the days until he can rejoin his regiment. London holds bitter memories for him that he is anxious to escape. But then he meets the beautiful woman who has found a new lease on life in the very place Nate can’t wait to leave behind.
Sunday, March 13th, 2016
I’m so happy to announce the sale of my new 3-book series to David Long at Bethany House. The trilogy follows the stories of three orphaned sisters, now young women, who each find a new life—and love—in London. The book is scheduled for release in 2017.
As I love to do in my books, I’ve placed this series against the backdrop of real places and events. The first book, THE CAPTAIN’S DAUGHTER, is set backstage at the original production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operetta “HMS Pinafore” in 1879.
If you like Pinterest, I’ve made a board here that will give you a “sneak preview”!
Friday, October 17th, 2014
I am happy to report that A Lady Most Lovely has won the 2014 Maggie Award for Excellence!
The winners were announced last weekend at the Georgia Romance Writers annual Moonlight and Magnolias conference.
It was truly an honor to receive this lovely medallion and wear it home. I’m so thrilled and blessed by the warm reception this book has received.
A reader pointed out to me that in A Lady Most Lovely, Tom gives Margaret the nickname of Maggie. A happy coincidence indeed!
Be sure to visit my Facebook page for more photos of the conference!
Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
I’m giving away 10 autographed copies of A Lady Most Lovely on Goodreads. Enter before October 1. Enjoy!
Monday, August 11th, 2014
For all who have asked me about pre-ordering A Bride for the Season, I am happy to say the book is available to order at these booksellers:
Barnes and Noble (25% off list price!)
Books-A-Million (20% off list price!)
Indiebound – Support your local bookseller!
You will notice that Amazon is not on that list. During their current contract negotiations with my publisher, Amazon is refusing to allow pre-orders of any of my publisher’s books. Also, if you see my books listed on Amazon as “usually ships in 1-3 weeks,” be aware that Amazon will most likely not get around to shipping them in that time frame. Please consider buying my books from any of the other fine booksellers listed above.
With my sincerest thanks,
Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
To celebrate the upcoming release of A Bride for the Season, I’ll be giving away autographed copies of my first two books. The first, An Heiress at Heart, is up for grabs right now on GoodReads! If you haven’t read it yet, here’s your chance to win a copy of my debut novel, which was a finalist in the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® contest. Soon I’ll have info on how to win A Lady Most Lovely, as well as a Barnes and Noble gift card. Enjoy!
Monday, May 5th, 2014
Happy May, everyone! I’m happy to say my final edits for A Bride for the Season have been turned into the publisher. In honor of that, and since this is May 5 (or 5/5), here is a little snippet from chapter 5.
Lucinda entered the drawing room and found Emily and James seated next to one another on the sofa, sitting just far enough apart to qualify as proper. Emily was sipping tea with unnatural tranquility; Lucinda had never known her sister to be able to control her fidgeting. She smiled at Lucinda with the complacency of a cat who has just swallowed a canary.
James stood up immediately, as did her father, whose expression Lucinda would have described as closer to resignation than contentment. But at least the signs of anger were gone—a complete turnaround from this morning. James gave her a bow and a polite greeting that was entirely devoid of his usual ironic air.
Lucinda could only stand and stare. The whole atmosphere of the room was weirdly off-kilter. Had everyone gone mad?
Her father took her hand and drew her into the room. “We’ve been waiting for you, my dear.” He led her to a chair with an assiduous attention that was completely unlike him. She stared at her father in mute inquiry.
“Sit down, Lucinda,” Lady Cardington commanded imperiously. “We’ve important family business to discuss.” She set down her teacup and began to dust sandwich crumbs from her fingers with a napkin.
Here, at least, was something that had not changed. Lucinda seated herself and accepted the teacup proffered by Emily. She took a cautious sip; Emily always put too much sugar in her tea. But today it was exactly as Lucinda liked it. She threw a wary look at her sister. “Are you well, Emily?”
“Oh, perfectly!” Emily answered, her eyes shining. “We’ve been making such wonderful plans, and—”
“—And your father is going to tell you about it,” her mother broke in, peering significantly over her pince-nez at Emily.
“Yes, Mama,” Emily replied demurely.
Too demurely. Emily never failed to bristle whenever their mother interrupted or corrected her. Now Lucinda was sure something was very wrong indeed. As all eyes in the room settled on her, she had a sudden mind picture of a gazelle being separated from the herd for a kill. It would be better to have this out as soon as possible. “So are Emily and Mr. Simpson to be married, then?”
“We are!” Emily clasped James’s hand and gazed at him like a schoolgirl whose head is filled with romantic fantasies about love. James did not appear quite so ecstatic, but he returned Emily’s smile with a warmth that Lucinda deemed sincere.
“Well, I’m glad that’s settled,” Lucinda said truthfully. She dared not ask why her father had abandoned his foolish insistence that Lucinda get married first. Everyone here knew full well she had no beau, nor was she likely to get one. Not that she was in the market. She’d made up her mind on that score. “My felicitations to you both. When is the happy day to be?”
“A week after yours,” her father said.
A Bride for the Season will be released this fall. I’ll be offering some fun giveaways this summer, so be sure to sign up for my newsletter to keep up with the current news!
Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
So happy to receive a wonderful review from the Historical Novel Society for A Lady Most Lovely.
Here is an excerpt from their review:
“Tom and Margaret’s worlds collide in electric, sometimes violent, ways, leaving readers wondering if they can find love together when the only people able to keep them apart are themselves. Both of them must learn when to fight and when to surrender to their desire, and both must also determine when to hold on to what’s been left, and when to let go and begin a brand new legacy.
Readers will appreciate the way the plot swerves early in the book, away from historical romance’s traditional love triangle angst and into a complex, character-driven climax. It’s easy to care about Tom and Margaret and their world, yet difficult to predict what will happen to them.”
You can read the entire review at the Historical Novel Society website.
Wednesday, October 9th, 2013
This week and next, I’ll be participating in a fun blog tour to celebrate the release of A Lady Most Lovely. I’ll be joining four other Forever Romance authors who have recent releases as well.
For starters, readers voted on what kind of original scene they wanted to see from us. Here are the parameters they chose:
A young heiress heroine who is a mysterious brunette.
A titled gentleman hero whose usual expression is a dark scowl.
This couple has never met before.
The scene takes place in a bedroom.
Intrigued yet? I’ve listed the links to these fun scenes below, as well as the day they will appear. Mine will appear on Thursday, October 10, on the Library Journal blog!
Then next week we’ll be answering some lively Q&A’s. I hope you will check it out.
Anne Barton- Publishers Weekly, Beyond Her Book Blog 10/8
Eileen Dreyer- Dear Author Blog 10/8
Lily Dalton- USA Today’s Happy Ever After Blog 10/9
Jennifer Delamere- Library Journal 10/10
Elizabeth Hoyt- Heroes and Heartbreakers 10/11
10/12 – Literati Literature Lovers
10/13 – Romancing Rakes for the Love of Romance
10/13 – Reading Between the Wines
10/14 – Book Binge
10/15 – The Romance Dish
10/16 – Happily Ever After Reads
10/16 – Romance Reader at Heart/Novel Thoughts & Book Talk
10/17 – Harlequin Junkie
10/18 – Fiction Vixen
10/19 – The Royal Reviews
10/20 – BookHounds
Monday, September 2nd, 2013
A Lady Most Lovely has received a starred review from Publishers Weekly! Here is an excerpt from the review:
“Delamere follows An Heiress at Heart with an intense mid-Victorian Christmas story . . . Fans of inspirational romance will appreciate subtle references to Tom’s Christian faith and the lack of explicit sex scenes, and the undercurrent of attraction between Margaret and Tom is a powerful force that keeps the story moving.”