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CHAPTER ONE

Griff cracked open a single eyelid. A bright stab of pain told him he’d made a grave mistake. He quickly shut his eyes again and put a hand over them, groaning.

Something had gone horribly wrong.

He needed a shave. He needed a bath. He might need to be sick. Attempts to summon any recollection of the previous evening resulted in another sharp slice of agony.

He tried to ignore the throb in his temples and focused on the tufted, plush surface under his back. It wasn’t his bed. Perhaps not even a bed at all. Was it just a trick of his nausea, or was the damned thing moving?

“Griff.” The voice came to him through a thick, murky haze. It was muffled, but unmistakably female.

God’s knees, Halford. The next time you decide to bed a woman after a months-long drought, at least stay sober enough to remember it afterward. 

He cursed his stupidity. The epic duration of his celibacy was no doubt the reason he’d been tempted by … whoever she was. He had no idea of her name or her face. Just a vague impression of a feminine presence nearby. He inhaled and smelled perfume of an indeterminate, expensive sort.

Damn. He’d need jewels to get out of this, no doubt.

Something dull and pointed jabbed his side. “Wake up.”

Did he know that voice? Keeping one hand clapped over his eyes, he fumbled about with the other hand. He caught a handful of … Read More »

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Happy New Year to all!

2013 is off to a great start on the website. At long last, I can reveal the beautiful cover for Any Duchess Will Do, releasing May 28th! Any Duchess is full-length book 4 in the Spindle Cove series.

Cover for Any Duchess Will Do

Isn’t it sighworthy? I just love it. The tender, sexy pose…her coy smile…his exquisite chest..that gorgeous dress…

But what color is that dress? Click here to read the debate and see the stepback!… Read More »

When a girl meets a rake…

Miss Eliza Cade is a lady in waiting. And waiting. Because of a foolish mistake in her youth, she’s not allowed “out” in Society until her three older sisters are wed. But while she’s trying to be good, she keeps bumping elbows—and more distressingly, lips—with notorious rake Harry Wright. Every moment she spends with him, she risks complete ruin. The sensual passions he stirs in her are so wrong…but Eliza just can’t resist Mr. Wright.

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Just in time for your holiday reading… A hero who’s definitely on the Naughty List. 😉

The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Wright cover image

My novella The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Wright is now available from Avon Impulse. This novella was published earlier this year in Three Weddings and a Murder, a charity anthology. If you missed it then, here’s your chance to snap it up for just $0.99!

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Reviewers have said:

“With a funny and witty plot, this story will have readers cheering.” (RT Book Reviews)
“Eliza and Harry are just right for one another—their interactions sparkle and sizzle with wit and desire.” (Dear Author)

I hope you enjoy their story, too! And don’t miss The Rake Name Generator — a fun widget that will give you a Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good name of your own. Or is it a Perilous, Raffish, Ill-Intentioned name? Or a Fascinating, Crafty, High-Class name? Click and find out for yourself.

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Are you looking for a wicked rake to steam up your winter’s night? 😉

Look no further! That rascally duke’s heir Harry Wright is coming your way in my novella The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Wright, releasing December 11 from Avon Impulse. This novella was published earlier this year in Three Weddings and a Murder, a charity anthology. Here’s your chance to snap it up if you missed the anthology, or to send a gift copy to a romance-reading friend who hasn’t tried my books yet. At just $0.99, it’s less expensive than a greeting card! There will also be a print edition, available for order in late December.

The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Wright cover image
I truly loved writing Harry and Eliza’s story, and I’m so glad it will be available to readers widely…and with this gorgeous new cover!

In other news, I am beyond thrilled that A Week to be Wicked was selected for “Best Romance of 2012” lists by both Publisher’s Weekly and Library Journal! In addition, A Week to be Wicked and A Lady by Midnight were nominated for Reviewers Choice awards from RT Booklovers magazine. I’m overwhelmed and honored for the books to be recognized by these three esteemed publications. My congratulations to all the other authors and books recognized. … Read More »

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In late September, Team Bodice Rippers had the honor of participating in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Santa Barbara, CA. Pictured below (L-R) are me, Courtney Milan, and Carey Baldwin, just before we started off on the walk. Our fourth team member, Leigh LaValle, was at home with her newborn baby, but she was with us in spirit!

Thank you so much to everyone who purchased the Three Weddings and a Murder anthology, helping us meet and exceed our goal of raising $10,000 for breast cancer research, prevention, and patient support. We also owe a huge thank you to all our individual donors and to Samhain Publishing, for putting us over the top with a generous team donation.

For anyone who might have missed the limited-time anthology, my novella “The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Wright” will soon be available again, probably in late November. Stay tuned for more details!

Now I’m on the road again–or in the air, off to England and Scotland for a research trip! My last trip to England was in 2010, when I gathered all the photos, information, and memories that went into creating Spindle Cove. I’m looking forward to creating some new romantic settings soon!

Hope you and yours are having a wonderful October. In the words of Rhys St. Maur
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