Mr. Charles Gordon sees mistletoe. Not surprising, since he's spending Christmas at Mistletoe Manor. But the mistletoe always hangs over Miss Penelope Lawrence, the despised lady who jilted him the day after she accepted his marriage proposal. Even worse, no one else sees the benighted plant. Real or imagined, the weed taunts him with the treasure he lost. And might also drive him insane.
Penelope wants nothing to do with the faithless Charles, who broke her heart into tiny pieces when he cried off after proposing marriage. But try as she might, she’s never succeeded in removing him from her heart and mind. The baffling thing is, he stares at her all the time. Or rather, at something on the empty ceiling over her head.
Despite their struggles to extinguish every ounce of feeling, their love still burns bright. According to folklore, mistletoe is the plant of peace. Can Penelope and Charles, so full of hurt and anger, heed the mistletoe's message and make peace?
A sweet, traditional Regency romantic comedy with fantasy. 34,000 words, about 120 pages. A new version of the previous work, expanded and completely rewritten.
Beta hero, female friendship, companion heroine, rags to riches, riches to rags, Regency, second chance at love romance, interfering relatives, comedy, fantasy, countryside romance, house party, gentleman hero, aristocrat heroine, Christmas, sweet romance, hero-heroine misunderstanding, British historical fiction, fantasy romance, wealthy hero, poor heroine, cruel guardian, cruel relative, lies, broken engagement, evil suitor
Ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties and geese that go bump in the night!
Henry, Baron Grey, called Hank, might have found ghoulies and ghosties as he lay in the dirt on this cold autumn night watching and waiting for pumpkin thieves. With widespread food shortages in 1816, this Year Without a Summer, pumpkinnappers—pumpkin kidnappers or pumpkin thieves—have threatened his friend Emily’s pumpkins. Instead, he got a goose. A big, mean goose who “watched” him in a very embarrassing place. Repeatedly.
Any sane man would give up. But Emily is here—Emily, the special playmate of his youth. He could never let anything endanger her. Ten years ago when they last saw each other, they might have become more than playmates. Perhaps now they can pick up where they left off—if her pet goose ever stops damaging him.
The widowed Mrs. Emily Metcalfe reluctantly allowed Hank to try and catch the would-be pumpkin thieves, partly as an apology for accusing him of being the pumpkinnapper. But that may have been a bad idea. Her pet goose will warn her of any villains and he intensely dislikes Hank. And then there is Hank himself, the lost friend of her youth, and with whom she would like more than mere friendship.
He’s unwed, and she a widow. Can a flame from so long ago once more burn bright? Or will the pumpkinnappers and the goose thwart them?
A sweet, traditional, drawing room not bedroom, Regency romantic comedy with paranormal elements. A new version of the previous work, expanded and completely rewritten. 31,000 words, about 120 pages.
Second chance at love, poor widow heroine, wealthy hero, aristocrat hero, pumpkin thieves, vicar’s daughter heroine, poor heroine, Halloween, interfering pet goose, comedy romance, sweet romance, British historical fiction, fantasy romance, pumpkins, spirit, ghost, traditional regency, countryside romance, rural romance
Mr. Christopher “Kit” Winnington never expected his favorite aunt to dream up something as ridiculous as a contest to determine the heir to her sizeable property.
But there it is, in black and white, in the letter from her solicitor. In order to win the inheritance, Kit must vie with his aunt’s companion, Miss Angela Stratton. Their task: Make his aunt’s pet ducks happy. Odd, for such a sharp-witted lady, and definitely out of character.
Still, making ducks happy is better than his current, despised job. Shouldn’t be much of a problem, either. Quack at them, pet them and maybe feed them some stale bread. He should win handily.
Angela liked her employer very much, but the most she expected from the will was a little money. But now, a chance to win an entire estate! Since she cares for the ducks and knows their quirks, she should win easily.
The ducks, already happy, quack along their merry way as Kit and Angela discover that love may be a greater prize than any inheritance.
A sweet, drawing room, not bedroom, Regency romantic comedy. 40,000 words, about 145 pages. A new version of the previous book, expanded and completely rewritten. Non-explicit, mild sensuality.
Beta hero, inheritance, hero-heroine competition, countryside romance, rural romance, gentleman hero, big secret, companion heroine, poor heroine, wacky ducks, comedy, sweet romance, British historical fiction, unexpected villain, Regency, evil suitor
Everyone looks forward to the Earl of Langley’s annual family party because everyone, relative and employee alike, receives a gift.
Which includes Mr. Stephen Fairfax, tutor to the earl’s bratty son. But what a gift! And from the demure widow Mrs. Anne Copely, the earl’s niece, no less. If he accepts the gift book’s implicit invitation, his wildest dreams about the beautiful lady will come true. He might also lose his job, but he’ll take the chance.
Mrs. Anne Copely has enjoyed every minute she’s spent in the handsome tutor’s company. The subject of her gift interests them both, and studying the book together is the perfect way for them to spend many happy hours together. Although why he’s uneasy about an innocent collection of illustrations puzzles her.
A mixup of the first order, but when gifts go astray, love comes to the rescue.
A sweet, yet sensual Regency romantic comedy. A new version of the previous work, expanded and completely rewritten. 33,000 words, about 120 pages.
family party, house party, house party, beta hero, gentleman hero, mistaken gifts, scandalous gift, hero-heroine misunderstanding, widow heroine, comedy, poor heroine, sweet romance, protective hero, British historical fiction, big secret, mixup, evil relative, countryside romance, engineer hero
Book 3: Felicity and Frank
Every woman should have her Mr. Darcy—unless she prefers Mr. Bingley.
Something strange goes on in that library.
Not one, but two of Mr. Frank Wynne’s friends found the ladies of their dreams at the library over a copy of “Pride and Prejudice”. Magic? Divine providence? Hardly. Coincidence or luck? Perhaps. And to prove or disprove the possibilities, he’ll go to the library and read “Pride and Prejudice”. Day after day after day. To his surprise, the book is funny, and he does like that Bingley chap. His lady doesn’t appear, though. Of course not. But still…
Miss Felicity White adores “Pride and Prejudice”. But while most ladies swoon over Mr. Darcy, Mr. Bingley is the man after her own heart. Happy, good-natured, cheerful, outgoing Mr. Bingley. She loves him so much, she even rewrote “Pride and Prejudice” from his perspective. Now, if she can only find a gentleman like him…
When Felicity and Frank literally run into each other, the enchantment of “Pride and Prejudice” and the library just might strike again.
A sweet, traditional Regency romance, but not a retelling of “Pride and Prejudice”. 45,000 words, about 165 pages.
1800’s London romance, Regency, Pride and Prejudice, Janeites, Pride and Prejudice fan fiction, author heroine, vicar’s son hero, beta hero, comedy, sweet romance, Bingley, British historical fiction, second chance at love, cruel fiance, duck
The Romance Reviews Finalist for Best in Historical Fantasy/Paranormal
Legends are fun, but not real. Or are they?
Facts rule twenty-first century astronomer Caroline’s life. And then she steps through that gazebo’s back doorway into Regency England, where she meets a man she knows she’ll never see again. But time travel, though improbable, is scientific fact.
In mathematician Richard’s world, there’s no such thing as time travel. Until a woman who claims she’s from the future demolishes his view of reality.
But legends certainly aren’t real. Richard can love Caroline, unconcerned by his family legend, which has lain dormant for centuries.
Until the time is right. And now the time is right…
A mainstream Regency time travel romance with science fiction and fantasy elements. 34,000 words, about 125 pages. A new version of the previous work, expanded and completely rewritten.
woman astronomer, astronomy, male mathematician, Regency time travel, fish out of water, female competition, evil companion, legend come to life, legend, comedy, British historical fiction, Regency science fiction romance, aristocrat, wormhole, countryside romance, rural romance, fantasy
Book 2: Ellen and Laurence
Lightning doesn’t strike in the same place twice. Does it?
Mr. Laurence Coffey doesn’t care for libraries and novels. His interests run to steam engines and mathematics. But his friend found the lady of his dreams at the library over a copy of “Pride and Prejudice”. Laurence yearns for a lady of his own, one of wit and cleverness as well as beauty. And while he doesn’t expect his friend’s luck, visiting the library can’t hurt.
Inventor’s daughter Miss Ellen Palmer uses her skill with mathematics to help her father and brother build steam engines. Unfortunately, many men frown on bluestockings. She loves the library and its mathematics books as well as its novels, especially her favorite, “Pride and Prejudice”. How she would like to find her own Mr. Darcy. Perhaps someday, somewhere, she can discover a man who wants an intelligent woman.
At the library, they both reach for a copy of “Pride and Prejudice” at the same time. Can their mutual interest in numbers—and this particular novel—make their dreams come true?
A sweet, traditional Regency romantic comedy, but not a retelling of “Pride and Prejudice”. 28,000 words, about 105 pages. And there’s a duck. Quack!
1800s London romance, Regency, Pride and Prejudice, library, bluestocking heroine, beta hero, scientist hero, gentleman hero, class differences, comedy, sweet romance, British historical fiction, steam engines, mathematics, love, duck
“How lovely” sigh the ladies of Regency London as they read Lord Lovely’s books, thus giving him his popular (and somewhat ridiculous) name. Who is this gentleman who writes such splendid stories of love? He has to be young, handsome, witty and able to fulfill any woman’s sexual fantasies.
“No!” Shout the gentlemen. Any man who writes about love affairs must be too unattractive to have one of his own. He’s probably old, fat, bald and missing a few teeth. At least they hope so.
Ladies in a tizzy, gentlemen ready to commit murder, London aquiver with controversy. Lord Lovely’s fame and book sales increase by the hour.
The gentleman known as Lord Lovely scratches his head. How could his books touch off such a conflagration? Male romance authors are a rare breed, but not entirely unknown.
The problem is how to reveal himself. Or should he? He welcomes his books’ earnings, but the disclosure of his identity could destroy his non-book career.
The widowed Bel, forced to marry another, hasn’t seen the gentleman in question in ten years. The best of friends in their childhood, they might have become more, but her father forced her to wed elsewhere. Perhaps they’ll pick up where they left off.
But not if a scheming temptress who has her eye on Lord Lovely has her way. And not if a mysterious, unknown nobleman puts an end to both the author and the man.
Sweet Regency historical fiction with romantic comedy and mystery. 119,000 words, about 430 pages.
1800s London romance, beta hero, Regency mystery, scholar hero, widow heroine, second chance at love, stolen inheritance, contested inheritance, poor gentleman hero, rich widow heroine, big secret, comedy, sweet romance, British historical fiction, aristocrat, love triangle, secret identity, danger, scandal, rebound hero, murder attempt, scheming woman
Book 1: Clara and Justin
"Pride and Prejudice" has always brought lovers together, even in the Regency.
Justin has a deep, dark secret—he likes that most despised form of literature, the novel. His favorite novel is "Pride and Prejudice", and, especially, Miss Elizabeth Bennet. Intelligent, lively, fiercely loyal Miss Elizabeth. How he would love to meet a lady like her.
Clara’s favorite novel is "Pride and Prejudice" and Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy. Intelligent, steadfast and willing to admit when he is wrong. Can such a splendid man exist? And can she find him?
One day in the library, they both check out copies of their favorite book. When Justin bumps into Clara, the magic of their similar taste in books just might make their wishes come true.
A sweet, traditional, drawing room not bedroom, Regency romantic comedy, but not a retelling of "Pride and Prejudice". A closed door romance. 13,000 words, around 50 pages.
1800s London romance, Regency, Pride and Prejudice, library, fencing, finance, beta hero, banker hero, comedy, sweet romance, British historical fiction, love, historical romance, wealthy heroine, closed door romance
Miss Elizabeth Ashby loves astronomy. She especially enjoys her once-in-a-lifetime chance to observe the Great Comet of 1811. However, her excitement vanishes the night an odd-looking meteor proves to be a sky craft which lands nearby. The man who emerges from the vehicle doesn’t see her, but as he reenters his craft to fly away, he drops a small red stone.
The stone from the stars glows and sends waves of warmth and something else through Elizabeth. Her incipient cold disappears, her illness-prone mother shakes off her maladies, and everyone else who comes near the stone, which Elizabeth wears as a pendant, feels in the pink of health.
Including Mr. Jonathan Markham, who also saw the strange meteor but was too far away to determine what the object was. Gored by a bull, Jon has been slow to mend until he meets the enchanting Elizabeth. Does his sudden speedy recovery emanate from his fascination with the desirable lady? Or something else?
A sweet, traditional Regency romance novel with science fiction elements. 71,000 words, around 260 pages.
Regency, comedy, wounded hero, beta hero, wealthy hero, astronomy, comet, spaceship, bluestocking heroine, poor heroine, female competition, countryside romance, house party, Christmas, sweet romance, British historical fiction, science fiction romance, out of this world jewel, wolf, closed door romance
But not for Miss Julia Shaw. She is new to the area, her farm desperately needs upkeep, and the pittance she earns from her artwork doesn’t pay the bills. And then her pet goose runs away. Making matters worse, when she first meets the devastatingly attractive Lord Tyndall, the abominable man insults her as he returns her goose. No peace and good will for her this Christmas.
Exhausted from a year of business travel, Robert, Baron Tyndall, returns to London only to fall prey to his mother’s matchmaking attempts. Escaping to his country estate, he finds solace with the birds in his aviary. Except that a plague of a goose that belongs to his new neighbor, Miss Shaw, has somehow entered his aviary and wreaked havoc. That disagreeable lady had better keep her misbegotten bird to herself. Too bad she is so lovely. What a horrendous Christmas this season has become.
But even in the blackest depths, a spark of light can glimmer. For at this wondrous time of Christmas, miracles and magic can and do happen.
A sweet, traditional Regency romantic comedy with fantasy elements. 61,000 words, about 220 pages.
wealthy hero, aristocrat hero, poor heroine, artist heroine, love triangle, goose, ducks, countryside romance, hero-heroine misunderstanding, interfering animals, talking animals, comedy, sweet romance, British historical fiction, fantasy romance, Christmas romance