A storyteller for as long as she can remember, Margaret McGaffey Fisk explores the barriers between cultures, economic classes, and social standing regardless of genre. Her short works have been published in numerous science fiction and fantasy anthologies, and her published novels fall into the steampunk, science fiction, and romance genres.
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Lady Daphne should dream of handsome lords coming to court, but she has little interest in her upcoming presentation. Her sister is slated to save the family coffers by marrying well, leaving Daphne to pursue other interests. The Earl of Scarborough has spoiled his younger daughter by retaining her dance instructor long past when she’s mastered all the formal dances. Little does he know this instructor has been teaching her dance only seen on the stage. His excitement in finding talent blinds him to the false dreams growing in her head of her own debut not in society’s ballrooms but in a theater.
Baron Jasper Pendleton grew up in a house with divided parents who could barely suffer each other. His father’s passing left him in charge of decent, if neglected, properties, and he’s gained a reputation for how he brought them back to prosperity, but the prize for such standing is the interest of eager mothers and their daughters who, no matter how pretty, will become as waspish as his dear mother did in her husband’s presence. Love is something denied those of his bloodline, so he puts the securing of their family in his mother’s hands, his time better spent working or playing hard.
When a masked dancer’s mystery and passion inflames his frozen heart, can Daphne and Jasper find love when convention sets them on opposing sides?
The Blade’s Memory is the fifth installment in the Dragon Blood series.
For eight years, since a chance encounter in the forest, he has maintained an innocent friendship with Georgiana Ferrier, the youngest daughter of a respected farmer and horse breeder. With her turning sixteen, he's finally ready to reveal how she has won his heart, but fears his parents will reject her humble origins.
Georgiana has always been a bit of a wild child.
Her father indulges her forest wanderings unaware how they changed the day she encountered a boy in her favorite glade. She savors their secret friendship when she must share everything else with her three sisters. As her feelings for him become more complicated, she worries about her father's reaction when he learns the truth.
Can they reveal their love without sacrificing their families?
Lady Barbara Whitfeld’s dreams are shattered when she overhears a harsh condemnation from the one lord she’s set her heart on. If he thinks her frivolous then she’ll show Lord Aubrey St. Vincent just how frivolous she can be. Despite popularity with the ton, and the gossip an absence will provoke, Lady Barbara is banished to her uncle’s farm in the hopes she’ll learn maturity.
Lord Aubrey believes in true love, but finds none among the season’s debutantes who provokes even the slightest interest. No one, that is, until Lady Barbara gives him a cut direct in Hyde Park. After fruitless searching, he learns she quit London before he could discover how he offended her. Lord Aubrey heads to the country to escape the season only to find himself drawn to a young farm girl, none other than Lady Barbara in country guise.
Can Aubrey overcome his qualms about her unsuitability before Barbara’s plans to teach him a lesson destroy any chance they might have?