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This novella, originally published in 2011, has been reissued with a new cover. A paperback edition is also in the works!

Some wallflowers bloom at night…

Violet is a quiet girl. She speaks six languages, but seldom raises her voice. The gentlemen aren’t beating down her door.

Until the night of the Spindle Cove Christmas ball, when a mysterious stranger crashes into the ballroom and collapses at Violet’s feet. He’s wet, chilled, bleeding, and speaking in an unfamiliar tongue.

Only Violet understands him. And she knows he’s not what he seems.

She has one night to draw forth the secrets of this dangerously handsome rogue. Is he a smuggler? A fugitive? An enemy spy? She needs answers by sunrise, but her captive would rather seduce than confess.

To learn his secrets, Violet must reveal hers—and open herself to adventure, passion, and the unthinkable… Love.

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It’s release day for Once Upon a Winter’s Eve!  

This all-new novella in the Spindle Cove series is yours for just $0.99 this holiday season. If you’d like a preview, the first chapter is available here.

I have to confess, this story wouldn’t have come about without my friends. The entire plot was hatched out of a comment I made on The Ballroom Blog several months ago, while chatting with pal and fellow author Sara Lindsey late one night. I happened to say, “Some wallflowers bloom at night,” and she wrote back, “That would make a great story.” The wheels began turning in my mind (Are those mental gears are supposed to resemble big industrial-strength cogs? Because I imagine mine to look like hamster wheels.), and Violet’s story was born.

I’m indebted to several other friends for helping me with the manuscript and the publication process, and as Thanksgiving approaches, I am very thankful for them all. And I am endlessly thankful for my readers. I wish you all enjoyable holidays with your loved ones.

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Just two weeks until the release date for Once Upon a Winter’s Eve!  I have three great bits of news on that front.

Pre-order available!   You can pre-order it for Kindle here.  Other formats (including HTML and PDF) are available for pre-order directly from the Samhain store.  That’s just the beginning.  By November 15th, the novella will also be available for purchase directly from Nook, Sony, Kobo, Apple, and other e-book vendors.

New excerpt!  I have uploaded the entire first chapter for your reading pleasure here.

Great price!  And I’ve saved the best news for last – for the holiday season, Samhain is making the novella available for a promotional price of just $0.99!

I’m excited.  Can you tell?  🙂

Violet’s story was a joy to write, and I’m so glad that this novella will be available in time for the holidays, at a very affordable price.  And isn’t the cover beautiful?

Remember, even if you don’t have an e-reader, you can use one of the free Kindle apps to read it on your computer or phone, or you can purchase the book from Samhain in html or PDF format and read it in your browser.

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In the last month or so, readers have said a lot of very kind things about A Night to Surrender. Several have told me they’re eager for Colin and Minerva’s story in A Week to be Wicked, releasing March 27, 2012.

And some have even been so kind as to say, “I can’t believe we have to wait another six months to revisit Spindle Cove!”

So it’s with great joy that I say to all you wonderful readers today:

You don’t!

You don’t even have to wait six weeks!

You see, I just couldn’t wait six months to revisit Spindle Cove, either. So I am thrilled to announce that Once Upon a Winter’s Eve, a Spindle Cove Christmas novella, will be releasing digitally from Samhain Publishing on November 15, 2011. Barely a month away!

I’m just so excited. I hope to have a cover and official blurb to share very soon. But in the meantime, just know that it’s a story packed with romance, passion, and intrigue. There’s a Christmas ball! There are ladies with weapons! It’s Spindle Cove, through and through. I’m so excited for you to read it, and I’m glad you’ll be able to do so very soon. 🙂

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Please don’t feel left out if you don’t own a Kindle, Nook, or other e-reader! One of the reasons I’m glad to be publishing with Samhain is that they make their books available in a wide variety of formats, including PDF … Read More »

Thank you to everyone who entered the KISS and Teal bundle contest last month, and congratulations to winner Linda M.! I’ve just posted a new contest for October. One lucky reader will rake in three gorgeous new historical romances, all taking place in times and settings other than the English Regency. If you enjoy variety in your historical romances, this is the contest for you!

In other exciting news, please join me in welcoming Rouge Romance to the world! This new UK-based digital imprint is part of the Random House family. Rouge just launched on September 29th, with all three of my Stud Club books in their catalog. My other trilogy (Goddess of the Hunt, et al) will be forthcoming, as well. Until now, my first six books not been available as e-books in the UK. The sheer fact of their availability pleases me tremendously, but pretty new covers make it all the more exciting! Aren’t they lovely?

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