The Venturous Hearts Series

After finishing The Seaside Affair, I realized that the multiple characters and their open-ended stories would not serve well. After creating them, their existence demands resolution too. Meet the characters who take venturous risks to find love. The books border on the historical romance genre but include many other elements such as historical fiction and family relations.   Read More

The Seaside Affair – August 1, 2020 Release Date

Pre-Order Now on Amazon I have been working very hard on getting the book ready to send to Victory Editing in mid-June.  There have been a few changes here and there, and I’ve attempted to tighten the story in some areas, fix a few plot holes, and expand other chapters. This reminds me of why I like to write shorter books! It’s been quite a few years since I’ve hit the 84,000-word mark. Nevertheless, the book will is up on Amazon for pre-order.  I have decided to release the book on August 1st.  Since I won’t have the edited version back until late June, early July, I need sufficient time to finalize the manuscript, and format for eBook and print.  When I’m pressured, it’s easy to miss things so I want to take my time. Hopefully, the ebook and print will be released within a few days of each other. Read More

The Seaside Affair – First Draft Done

Writing a book is a long, arduous process.  This particular story has not been an easy one for me. I started with a premise back in the fall and stumbled along the way to the end. Multiple times I had to put the book aside and ponder where to take the story.  Usually, it comes a bit easier for me, but sometimes life has a way of stifling the creative process. My muse definitely got gagged and tied up somewhere with this book. However, I am happy to report that on day 57 of being stuck at home because of a novel virus circling the world, I was able to focus on the book.  Actually, I still had to pause a few days at a time and get into the heads of my characters. After much agonizing, laying in bed thinking about it, wandering around the house from the bedroom Read More

My Thoughts Are With You

I wanted to take this moment to reach out to my readers during this difficult time that affects everyone worldwide.  For the past ten days, I’ve been home, only peeking my head outdoors to take out the garbage. My groceries are delivered to my door, but unfortunately, not everything I order is in stock.  Currently, I have 24 rolls of toilet paper, one can of Lysol spray, and two boxes of tissues.  I’m good!  On the concerning side, I’m 70 years of age – yes, I’m that old – so I’m taking the Oregon “stay-at-home” orders seriously. Many authors on Facebook have talked about what they can do to help readers.  The suggestion was made to discount books, so I have lowered every book to 99 cents.  Because I do not make the majority of my income from writing, I feel bad that it is impacting other authors who are Read More

In Progress – The Seaside Affair

Old habits are hard to break. With every book and series I write, I start a separate blog to track my progress, write about my research, and build interest during the journey. The Seaside Affair is no different. Please visit it at The Seaside Affair on WordPress. I had thought about taking a break from historical romance but recently found myself drawn back regardless of my cozy mystery that I started writing a few months ago.  Often new genres are a challenge to write, and when the muse arrives to take you for a walk on the beach, you don’t complain. Perhaps I need to take a trip to the Oregon coast to work on this book, although this one is set on the southern coast of England in a fictional town named Aycliffe. After starting this book, it’s going to include multiple characters and side plots to draw you Read More

Lady Jane and Lady Charlotte – Updates

Lady Jane was released on September 16, and since that date has been well received. I loved writing the story about a woman whose character was forged because of a devastating heartbreak, and then bringing back into her life the man responsible. I’m extremely pleased with the strong reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, as well as other sites. If you haven’t had a chance to read about Jane, or any other ladies in my collection, feel free to grab a copy. Lady Jane and Lady Charlotte (who just took the bestseller list by storm in the UK, CA, and AU this week), are available for 99 cents until October 31. I hope you enjoy the trailer below! Read More

Pre-Order “Lady Jane” – September 16th Release date

Lady Jane is up for pre-order at all major retailers.  Enjoy!  It is a scandalous hot read, with a little more action in the bedroom than I normally write. Jane Cavanagh possesses the most scandalous reputation in London. With an ample allowance from her father, she’s able to live a lifestyle of autonomy. She answers to no one regarding her choices in life. For entertainment, she engages male companionship, enjoying multiple sexual trysts without an ounce of guilt. After a few months with a man, she moves to the next, leaving scattered victims of broken hearts strewn across the social landscape. Her motto is no love, no babies, and no marriage. When someone from her past returns into her life, Jane is sent into a tizzy of emotions she would rather not face. In a shattering display of spilled champagne, she comes face-to-face with Colonel Matthew Rutland, a decorated war Read More

Leighton Series on Hold

Hi, everyone!  The Leighton Family Saga has been put on hold for a while. I’ve had a difficult time marketing the first book and a pittance of sales, but let’s face it — most readers don’t like to read about poverty or bricklayers. Any historical fiction/romance with a duke is much more appealing. Nevertheless, I will continue it as time allows. In the meantime, the book did receive a favorable four-star review with Readers’ Favorite. Author Vicki Hopkins tells an amazing story about two siblings at odds with one another. It’s very relatable and an enjoyable read. Toil Under the Sun gives the reader the feeling of being from the lower classes, trying to survive and thrive in such a way that you can easily step into William’s shoes. I always like learning about pieces of history that I hadn’t before and Hopkins’s book has urged me to research further Read More

Lady Jane (Regency Era – Ladies of Disgrace) In Progress

Lady Jane is my fourth “Lady of Disgrace” set in the Regency era. This is my first attempt to write Regency, so I’ve had to pull out my book, “Jane Austen for Dummies” written by Joan Klingel Ray, the President of the Jane Austen Society of North America, for research purposes. Each time I write a book, it is a different experience. My first book, I was filled with dread and self-doubt. My second book, I dreamed a lot about it. My third book turned into a “what if” scenario and the story unfolded. After that, I wrote three more books in my Legacy Series, and my subsequent “Ladies of Disgrace” books and “Romance with a Kiss of Suspense” books. As a general rule, I don’t plot. I hate outlining. I’m a panster, which is the type of writer who starts with a premise or theme and then writes from Read More

Companions & Whitefield Hall

Whitefield Hall has been substantially rewritten and expanded, and will be out in eBook format in the next 24-72 hours on all major venues.  In anticipation of its release, here is a post about companions in the Victorian era. My heroine in Whitefield Hall is a middle-class woman by the name of Elizabeth Dutton. Elizabeth has chosen a career as a companion, rather than seeking a husband and having children. Elizabeth Dutton is also the name of my third great grandmother who was born in Warrington, England, the setting of Whitefield Hall.  Of course, the book is dedicated to her memory. As I researched the lifestyle of companions in the Victorian era, I discovered some fascinating reports. In addition, I discovered photographs of advertisements placed in the London paper (click link to read). Here is one that I tweaked for the book: Wanted – A respectable, young woman as a companion Read More

Arsenic & Blythe Court

How do you commit murder? Well, in the Victorian era arsenic was a good way to do in your rivals, spouses, and enemies. Blythe Court, contains arsenic, and you may wonder if my use is accurate. Hopefully, you know by now I do my research, even if it really does sound extremely odd when you read the story. Arsenic, in case you need a quick education, is a chemical element. It occurs in many minerals. During the Victorian era, it was widely used in commercial products. It was also available to purchase in bottle form from a druggist—half an ounce cost a penny, enough to kill 50 people. Unbeknownst to the Victorians, they were slowly poisoning themselves from wallpaper to clothes. The poison caused agonizing deaths until they finally realized the dangers of the chemical and began putting restrictions in place. Here are a few of the products that contained Read More

Cornwall Mining & Thorncroft Manor

When I write historical romance, I take the time to research. All of my books are carefully laced with background material regarding the setting and era in which my characters lived.  Thorncroft Manor was no different.  The majority of my research in this novel related to the city of Pendeen and the Cornish mines along the coast of Cornwall, England. Most of the facts about Cornish mining were taken from the websites linked below.  If you are interested in learning more, here is an opportunity to read about the real miners who toiled in the depths of the earth. Life from the past always fascinates me, no matter what the subject. Research helps stories come alive when you travel back in time to how people lived, worked, and loved in centuries past. “In 1839, 7,000 children were employed in Cornish tin mines.  Until the age of 12, young boys worked Read More

Blood, Sweat, and Tears

I’ve been doing some cleanup on my Legacy Series Book blog and came across this post I wrote long ago.  The entire series is on sale, by the way, until June 21st for 99 cents.  This blog post came after writing book two, I believe.  It speaks volumes. The Blood – I guess I equate the blood part to various aspects of being an author. It’s the pain you go through being a writer from the voices in your head to the critical, and sometimes cruel voices in your reviews. When you pour your soul into any work, you bleed. A part of you becomes imprinted upon the page. Your thoughts, struggles, and life experiences are woven between the chapters and hidden in certain words. Usually, your readers are none the wiser they exist, but they do. Once your DNA is in the work, then comes the blood from people Read More