Beneath the Mask

Uncommon Lords and Ladies

Book 1
TTO Publishing
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A sweet Regency romance for all ages.

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?

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About the author

Margaret McGaffey Fisk is a storyteller whose tales often cross genres and worlds to bring events and characters to life. She currently writes romance, science fiction, steampunk, and fantasy,  but will go wherever the story takes her. Foreign Service brat, data entry clerk, veterinary tech, editor, manager, and freelancer are among the roles she’s lived, giving depth to the cultures and people that form the heart of her works. As her website is titled, she offers tales to tide you over.

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Publisher
TTO Publishing
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Published on
Oct 1, 2013
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Pages
342
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ISBN
9781936507399
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Coming of Age
Fiction / Historical
Fiction / Romance / Historical / Regency
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This content is DRM free.
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Available on Android devices
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Eligible for Family Library

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