Lady Jane

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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 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 hero and widower. If it wasn’t for him, she might have turned out to be a different woman altogether. After a few painful interactions, it becomes obvious they both have unfinished business that needs resolving. Jane, however, isn’t keen on settling anything with the man who cruelly discarded her to pursue a military career.

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"Lady Jane is an easy-flowing, enjoyable, fun read I'd recommend to anyone who loves a short and sweet romance." 5 Stars


Lady Charlotte

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Lady Charlotte goes to great lengths to keep her scandalous reputation, feeling no remorse whatsoever for her unconventional social behavior. Cedric, her cousin, thinks she’s an embarrassment to their extended family and decides to embark on the impossible task of reformation. In doing so, he engages a man known for his untainted moral character and respectability among his peers. Albert Beckett eagerly accepts the quest to reform Charlotte, feeling it his moral duty. Charlotte, on the other hand, finds Albert to be a pompous aristocrat, who she spitefully decides to corrupt as he attempts to transform her character. As the two face off for battle, who will win the challenge? Will Charlotte reform her wayward ways? Will Albert fall prey to Charlotte’s trap? A delightful outcome awaits them both.

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"Hopkins's plot is finely honed, and her writing style is smooth and assured. Lady Charlotte: Ladies of Disgrace is most highly recommended." - 5 Stars


Lady Grace

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As a young woman of twenty-one, Grace did not think it unusual to marry a man of forty. Although she wed a kind and respectful individual, something remained absent from their relationship. Before she could fully understand her growing despondency and restless emotions, England declared war on Germany. Like a jigsaw puzzle turned upside down, the pieces of Grace’s life scatter in different directions. When her husband leaves for France to fight for king and country, Grace is left behind to face years of loneliness, temptation, and loss. After the declaration of peace, the picture puzzle of her life is reassembled but paints a vastly different scene than it did before.

Second in a series of "Ladies of Disgrace" - Every Era Has Its Fallen Women

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"Ms. Hopkins has a very direct way of writing, the story is told without fanfare but with plenty of details. It's easy to fall into this story, to feel as though you are there, experiencing everything that happens, every emotion..." 5 Stars


Lady Isabella

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Seduced at the tender age of sixteen, Isabella Stuart did not understand what one poor decision could do to a person’s life. The consequences of her flirtation with the stable boy infuriate her parents, who make arrangements to hide her scandalous behavior. As a result, they send her into hiding to give birth and insist she give up her child for adoption. Upon her return to England, she discovers that her freedom remains severely hindered as her parents insist on orchestrating her marriage. Isabella, however, has fallen in love with another man, who unbeknown to her possesses far more than her heart.

First in a series of "Ladies of Disgrace" - Every Era Has Its Fallen Women

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Whitefield Hall

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As a young lady, Elizabeth Dutton chose the occupation of a hired companion, rather than seeking love and marriage. She accepts a new position to keep company with the mother of the 4th Baron of Warrington, who is not interested in having a companion. As the weeks pass in a strife-filled home occupied by bickering adults, Elizabeth wonders if she will be the next companion to mysteriously disappear from Whitefield Hall.

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Thorncroft Manor

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Caroline Woodard was convinced that she would die a spinster. Her headstrong personality was not her best quality or an attractive female characteristic to eligible Englishmen. Upon her cousin's invitation to be her maid of honor, she travels to Pendeen, a small village on the Cornwall coast of England. Caroline is introduced to Bramwell Croft, who will be the best man. Even though he is a wealthy owner of a tin mine, Caroline finds him to be a brooding and disagreeable individual. Instantly, their personalities clash like the tempestuous sea that pounds the rocky coastline.

When she is forced to spend more time at Thorncroft than she would like, she finds herself strangely intrigued and attracted to the gloomy lord of the manor. However, as time goes by, Caroline cannot help but wonder if she will be his next victim of seduction or perhaps murder.

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"There is but one flaw in this otherwise perfect romance - not enough story!" 4.5 Crowned Heart of Excellence


Blythe Court

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Ann Seddon knew at an early age that her aristocratic parents would arrange an advantageous match on her behalf. Nuptials of convenience blended family fortunes and kept bloodlines pure. When her parents suggest John Broadhurst, the Marquess of Dorchester, as a potential mate, Ann dislikes their choice. Even though he appears dashingly handsome, she finds him to be a boorish and aloof man. Ann harbors a dark premonition that one day the marquess will break her heart. After beginning their married life together, her fears are realized as she is engulfed by a world of secrets, betrayal, and danger at Blythe Court.

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Reviews: InD'Tale Magazine (June 2015) wrote:

"A wonderfully heartbreaking read that serves a powerful lesson on love." 4.5 Crowned Heart of Excellence

Readers' Favorite (June 2015) wrote:

"Blythe Court is a thrilling tale of a rakishly handsome marquess and his lovely lady." 5 Stars


The Price of Passion

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The Legacy Series family saga concludes with Book 4. Each character has paid the price for innocence, deception, and love—now passion tempts its characters.

After eighteen months apart, the family reunites in England. Young Robert is in search of a wife while Jolene is in search of a husband. However, being young and in love can lead to tempting situations, especially for young females who have never experienced passion.

Robert makes a wise choice in courtship while Jolene spurns good counsel and pursues a questionable relationship. Stubborn and strong-willed, she unknowingly places herself on the brink of ruining her reputation as well as destroying family relationships. After all, every young woman wants to feel the spark of passion with the man she loves.

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The Price of Love

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The Legacy Series family saga continues into the Edwardian era. Each character has paid the price for innocence and deception. Now discover the price paid for love.

At the age of eighteen, Angelique Jolene von Lamberg felt secure in life. After all, her stepfather was an Austrian count, and she inherited his wealth and the title of komtesse. But when a letter arrives claiming she was kidnapped as a baby, suddenly everything changes.

Unable to dismiss the accusations, she embarks on a journey to London and Paris to seek out the truth. When she discovers that her life has been played like a pawn in a chess game of deceit, adultery, and vengeance, she decides to take matters into her own hands.

Will she continue to be the victim of the price of love, or will she become the only person able to heal a broken family from the pain of the past?

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The Price of Deception

Five years after releasing the love of his life to another man, Robert Holland struggles with remorse about his past decisions. Chained in a loveless marriage of convenience and strangled by duty, he wallows in regret and drink. Everything in his life changes, when on holiday in Paris, he meets a young boy and his former rival. Suddenly, he finds himself thrown into a whirlwind of deceit and lies as he searches for the meaning of truth and love. Just like innocence, deception carries a price. Book Two of the Legacy Series weaves a tangled web of deceit and dire consequences, which in the end rearranges everyone’s life on a path of either good or evil.

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The Price of Innocence

The year is 1878, and the setting is Paris, France. It's a place of privilege and comfort for the rich, but one of heartache and struggle for the poor. Upon the death of her father, Suzette is thrown from the comforts of middle-class life into the terror of homelessness on the streets of Paris. Without family or friends, she struggles to survive. Her journey takes her from charity houses to the grueling life of a laundress. When her plight becomes unbearable, she is enticed by the mistress of the most famous brothel in France to live in luxury and service her aristocratic clientele. On her first night, she meets Lord Robert Holland who receives more than he bargained for in the price of her virginity.

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Reviews:Coffee Time Romance wrote:

Price of Innocence is an extremely well-written book, with splendid dialogue. The characters and scenery are vivid in their descriptions and examples. -- Coffee Time Romance - 4 Cups

Judge's Critique - Writer's Digest wrote:

This is a well-written researched story of ironic love, the first of a series of novels involving some of the same characters, which is set in late 19th century France and England. Overall, the book is a satisfying historical romance.


Dark Persuasion

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Set in 1890 Victorian England, Dark Persuasion tells a romantic story of regret, restitution, and forgiveness between three individuals who are prisoners of their past.  Rival brothers seek to win one woman in a fierce competition, each driven by different motives. Charlotte Grey has no idea of their identity or their sudden interest in courting a blind woman.

When Patrick Rochester is the victor and wins her hand in marriage, he is haunted by grief over his complicity in Charlotte's blindness. Finally she falls in love and completely trusts him, but the revelation of his true identity threatens to destroy their relationship. In the end, Charlotte learns that love can be blind for everyone--even her.

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"Powerful, haunting, poignant and angst-filled. This is a fantastic read that will stay with you."


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The Phantom of Valletta

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Another chapter in the life of the infamous Phantom of the Opera, as penned by Gaston Leroux, continues when he leaves Paris and moves to Malta in search of a new beginning. Clothed in secrecy, he purchases The Royal Opera House in Valletta, which has been destroyed by a devastating fire. In an attempt to bury the pain of his past, the burned-out shell becomes his new obsession. He is determined to resurrect the structure from ashes and return it to glory.

To raise funds for his task, he holds a masquerade and encounters a strange woman who prophesies his destiny of undoing and death. Her words haunt the Opera Ghost, but he continues on his path of restoration. After years of hard work, the gala reopening occurs. The Phantom is convinced he has reached the pinnacle of success in his life. He rests in peace over his accomplishments.

For sheer amusement, he takes on a new student, which leads him down a path of romance, mystery, and danger. His fortune unfolds before him, and he discovers he cannot hide from those who seek retribution for his former sins. He is forced to reap the consequences and comes face-to-face with his darkest demons and fears. In the end, his insatiable hunger for beauty is challenged to the core. Will he survive the obstacles he encounters or will this finally be his undoing and death?

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A Portrait of Perfection

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Damon Thorburn had one goal in life – to find the perfect wife. After two failed attempts, Eve Seymour catches his fancy. She embodies everything he has always wanted in the way of innocence, submissiveness, and physical perfection. Eager to marry his new love, Damon quickly removes every obstacle standing in his way.

Eve, starved for attention, is mesmerized by the commanding Baron of Wentworth, twenty years her senior. After agreeing to marry, she becomes a willing pupil, learning the erotic pleasures of the flesh. Her love for Damon tolerates his controlling tendencies.

Nevertheless, eternal love is not always heavenly, especially when a marriage is built upon the crumbling foundation of secrets and lies. Even though Damon controls Eve, he is unable to contain his haunting past created out of desperation. The very thing he once sought to possess has possessed him in return. It is only through betrayal, tragedy, and murder that Damon discovers perfection is an illusion.

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Chapter One

The Chosen One

Damon stood in the assembly, eyeing the single female attendees. He wandered among the crowd like a panther in search of a meal. The scornful gazes of the mothers in attendance attempted to warn unsuspecting daughters that he was not a good catch. He returned their glances with a polite nod and cordial grin, declaring they would not deter his advances. If one of their daughters appealed to his roving eye, no one would halt his quest for another wife.

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The Fifth Baron of Wentworth, Damon Thorburn, had been unfortunate in love. Rumors explaining his misfortunes had been the talk of society. He divorced his first wife for infidelity, who later fled the district, so they say, with her lover. The second died from an untimely illness, the nature of which remained a secret.

Now in his late thirties, his ability to impress available spinsters had diminished. Due to the oddity of his situation, his considerable fortune, and renovated Norman castle, no longer held its appeal. Unfortunately, the younger female generation that flitted about the dance floor thought him too secondhand for serious consideration. His search would not be easy.

“You might soften that expression on your face. You look like Jack the Ripper, rather than a man in search of a wife.”

Damon felt a soft elbow jab from Rhys, his younger brother. He relaxed his tightened jaw, replacing it with a grin. The dark streak in his personality had a way of affecting his admirable traits when not controlled. However, slashing throats and disembowelments had never been his forte.

“Quite right,” he said, glancing at his brother. He shook his head in frustration. “This is the third time I have sought a wife. It is a grueling task, to say the least.”

“Oh, for heaven’s sake spare me,” Rhys drawled, rolling his eyes. “Do not beg for my sympathy. You have a way of making women fall at your feet with a single touch. Exhausting as it may be, once the right one catches your eye, things shall swiftly turn in your direction as they always have in the past.”

As prideful as it sounded, Damon knew he possessed qualities women found irresistible. Dark shiny hair, chiseled features, toned body, enticing blue eyes, and a voice soft enough to melt the winter’s snow were his best assets. His controlling mother had done one thing well in life. She birthed a firstborn son who met her standards of excellence. Rhys somewhat missed the mark. As a result, his mother’s affections rested upon Damon, as she thought her firstborn superior of the two.

When their parents tragically died in the Tay Bridge rail disaster while vacationing in Scotland, it had been a shock. The manor house, emptied of an ill-tempered father and manipulative mother, transferred to Damon along with wealth and a dilapidated castle. He shared his good fortune in many ways with his sibling. As brothers, they never competed with one another. As far as their taste in women, they were vastly different. Rhys settled for less than perfection while Damon only sought the finest.

After strolling around the perimeter with Rhys, Damon came to a halt and made another sweeping glance. His eyes fell upon a young woman dressed in a dark blue evening gown, dancing in the arms of an unfamiliar male.

“Who is that?” he said, leaning in towards his brother. “The young lady in blue with brown hair.”

Rhys took a sip from a fresh glass of champagne he plucked from the tray of a server passing by. He cocked his head in the direction of his Damon’s inquiry.

“Eve Seymour, I believe.”

“Do you know anything else about her?” Damon asked, bringing his hand to his chin and stroking it thoughtfully while he examined a possibility.

“Unavailable, as far as I know. She is engaged to the chap she is dancing with now. His father is a viscount,” he replied. Rhys paused, attempting to recall his identity. “I’m sorry, but his name escapes me at the moment.”

“Her family?”

“Her father had been Knighted by the Queen for his service to the crown but is deceased.”

“You’re such well of social knowledge,” Damon said, turning to him in surprise.

“Thanks to your edicts to investigate the landscape of available females for you, I keep abreast of current social affairs.” He shook his head. “Besides, she’s spoken for.”

“It matters not,” Damon disagreed. “The man is of no consequence.” His eyes narrowed at his rivalry.

“For heaven’s sake,” Rhys spoke with a harsh edge to his voice. “The entire room is filled with eligible females, and you set your eyes upon an engaged woman.”

Damon slowly turned his head and viewed his brother blubbering at him needlessly. “You love the tasks I give you to complete,” he cajoled. “You’re a boldface liar if you say otherwise.”

Rhys’ rigid stance relaxed and his shoulders slouched. “Oh, I’m sure that you will once again assign me a devious chore to carry out on your behalf,” he admitted with a Machiavellian grin.

“I need an introduction.” Damon returned his attention to the young woman who now stood in front of her beau conversing. As he studied her countenance, he perceived a subtle discontent in her facial expression. The posture of her body suggested an uneasiness as she allowed one hand to dangle limply at her left side. She folded the other, bringing it across her midsection. Her rigid stance while in her fiancé’s presence gave him encouragement.

Without speaking to Rhys, he stepped away and began a slow meandering stroll in Miss Seymour’s direction. Unaware his brother followed him a few feet behind, he halted when her beau abruptly departed with a scowl on his face. Damon smiled and shook his head in disbelief. The man left her alone and vulnerable. In an instant, he seized the opportunity and filled the unattended space by her side.

“Excuse me. I could not help but notice that you appear a bit lost. Might I be of assistance?” Using his smooth tenor vocal cords, the young woman raised her eyes. Her pink lips parted slightly, showing astonishment at his sudden arrival.

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The book is a bit more controversial than I anticipated.  One individual called it "horror," but it doesn't cross the line.  It's Gothic Romance, and if I could sit through Crimson Peak without being scathed, this book is nothing compared to the bloody and sad outcome of that story.  Nevertheless, it's currently off of Amazon but available at other retailers. No print version has been released.

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