Grab ‘Always the Rival’ on discount now!

With just days to go until Always the Rival goes on sale, you absolutely have to grab it now otherwise you’ll end up paying full price for it! This wild romp of a Regency romance is eagerly anticipated by some of my readers, I know, and I can’t wait for you to enjoy Priscilla’s story!

Make sure you grab this gorgeous Regency romance and let me know what you think!

– and this time, it’s her own fault…

What had Miss Priscilla Seton been thinking? She had always assumed that Charles would stay the same forever, but bowing to familial wishes he is now engaged – and Priscilla is determined to sabotage the match. She has known him for all her twenty years, and he is hers.

But Charles Audley, Duke of Orrinshire, is facing pressures of his own. His marriage arranged for him, there’s not a single day that goes by without him regretting Priscilla.

Of course, he could never say anything. His family honor is at stake, and he would never betray them – but letting off a little steam?

He’s determined to have his cake and eat it. She’s ready to rival any woman that comes into his life. Seduction isn’t the problem – it’s the pressure of family and commitment that threatens to destroy everything.

Is it possible for Priscilla to rival not just the perfect woman for Charles, but also his family?

This full length novel is a steamy Regency romance with a happily ever after, no cliffhangers, and is part of a series that can be read in any order.

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Hugs in the time of COVID

You know, I never thought I would think of a hug as a powerful thing, until this year.

I have always loved hugs. I am one of those people who is a ‘hugger’, even hugging people who I have just met – apologies if you are one of those people who hate that!

It is just my way. I like hugging people, feeling close to them, ensuring they know of my affection for them. But of course that has all changed now. In a world of COVID, when you are not supposed to be within a few metres of another person, you simply cannot hug those you want to.

I am fortunate to live with my wonderful husband so I am able to have hugs pretty much on command (sorry, dear!), but there are so many other people that I would like to hug, especially as we move into the winter months.

And of course, there are those who live alone and are finding this time so challenging. My heart goes out to you, and I hope my books and the other authors you love keep you company.

When we will can all go out into the world again, I am sure we will all be huggers for a little while!

Surprise! Another Christmas anthology!

I know, I have been busy! As well as O Night Divine, this year I am a part of another Christmas anthology – this one is called Have Yourself a Merry Little Secret!

Some of my favourite historical romance authors to read are in this set, and so you’ve got to dive in and explore how secrets and scandals can bring people together at Christmas time

From the seductive boudoirs and elite salons of London to the ancient castles of the snowy Scottish Highlands, our fearless heroines enter the Christmas season in pursuit of their heart’s desire.

But, the course of true love never did run smooth… especially when SECRETS abound.

Settle in to enjoy these tales of intrigue, romantic adventure, sizzling passion, and heartwarming holiday romance.

This collection of never-before-published Yuletide historical romances from your favorite authors is available for just three months, so don’t miss out.

Unwrap the pleasure

Wedding Her Christmas Duke – by Collette Cameron
He’s not who he says he is…but then again, neither is she. Their secrets are revealed at a Christmastide house party, resulting in scandal and scorching romance.

The Knot of a Knight – by Linda Rae Sande
Sir Randolph’s daytime occupation collides with his nocturnal avocation of service to the Crown when he discovers Lady X’s hidden stash of bank notes. They might be counterfeit—but are his feelings for her?

The Marquess is Mine – by Tamara Gill
Is a Christmas ball at St. Albans Abbey the perfect setting for Sarah to regain her trust in love–and in Giles? Or is their second chance at happily ever after doomed to end as badly as their first?

A Yuletide Miracle – by Laurel O’Donnell
The one knight who didn’t believe her was the only man who could keep her secret and save the Yule.

The Lady Who Stole Christmas – by Sydney Jane Baily
Amid mistletoe and missing jewels, a wealthy widow and a sexy sleuth play a game of cat and mouse.

Christmas with a Czar – by Emily E.K. Murdoch
This Christmas at St. James’ Court, a gentleman claiming to be a Czar is not all that he seems…

A Scot Most Wanted – by Angelique Armae
When highwaywoman Catrina Lennox’s secret is unmasked during a Christmas Eve snowstorm, she learns just how deliciously scandalous the laird she once walked out on, truly is.

Secretly Marvellous – by Virginia Taylor
Lady Mary doesn’t expect Lord Westerham to ask for her hand in marriage but she has a secret reason to say ‘yes’ and mean ‘no.’

Yuletide Secrets – by S. Cinders
He promised to never love again—until she quite literally fell at his feet. Now he’s ruined for anyone else but her.

One Scandalous Christmas – by J. Burrelli
Robert Vaughn, never expected to lay eyes on Kitty Thorpe again. Her misplaced anger confounds him, but the fire in her eyes tempts him to pure folly, of falling in love with her all over again.

The Rogue’s Secret – by Stacy Reid and Giselle Marks
Bachelor, Lord Rupert Rogers, is searching for the treasure his great uncle suggests he has left him but finds an enemy and a bride he must convince with one kiss at a time they are perfect for each other…

The Secrets He Keeps – by Amy Sandas
She’s the madam of an elite London brothel. He’s a master in the art of seduction. Enticing her to his bed will be a pleasure. Convincing her love is real might prove to be impossible.

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What do you eat and drink while writing?

Whenever I was studying for my exams when I was young, I would always need to have chocolate chip cookies. For me, that’s what revision tastes like! I would use them for motivation; all I had to do was get through revising another few pages, and I would have a cookie.

As I’ve got older, I really haven’t changed that much! Some days I am completely in the zone, the Muse is with me, and I can’t imagine struggling to write another chapter – and another chapter – and another chapter…

But sometimes, writing is hard. Writing is hard! Every word seems to be a real challenge and although I know I need to write more, I struggle.

That’s when the cookies come in.

There’s nothing quite like incentives like cookies! I line them up and make sure I promise myself not to have one until I finish the chapter. All of a sudden, the chapter is written, and I’m stuffing a cookie into my face!

But that’s what works for me. What works for you? What food or drink do you use to motivate yourself – or do you use something else?

Think bluestockings are a thing of the past?

My latest release in my Never the Bride series, Always the Bluestocking, has Mariah Wynn as my heroine – a bluestocking who is desperate for education and furious that society forbids her from university.

I loved writing this book. Mariah is probably one of my heroines who is most like me, and so I had a great time being angry on her behalf – or was it that she was angry on my behalf?

Because I am angry. Although I was able to go to university for an undergraduate degree and even my masters, there are women and girls all over the world who are denied that right.

Bluestockings are not a thing of the past. There are millions of girls in countries in almost every continent who are not allowed to go to school, whether because they are needed at home, because they need to work, or because education isn’t seen as valuable for girls.

I’d really encourage you to look at Unicef’s website about girls’ education, which you can find here: https://www.unicef.org/education/girls-education

I look forward to the day when every girl can get a good education! In the meantime, I’m going to keep supporting Unicef and writing books that have strong, powerful, and amazing women.

‘Always the Bluestocking’ is waiting for you!

Thanks to such amazing reviews from my wonderful readers (that’s you!) the release date of Always the Bluestocking has been brought forward! That means you can grab it right now and lose yourself

Make sure you grab this gorgeous Regency romance and let me know what you think!

Always the bluestocking and never the bride – not that any woman should have to choose…

Book 6 in the bestselling series Never the Bride is now Available! Read FREE in Kindle Unlimited.

Miss Mariah Wynn was adopted and has spent her life attempting to prove herself worthy. Intelligent and witty, it’s nonetheless not a good idea to let a gentleman know you actually have brains. After all, no one marries the bluestocking, even if she is beautiful and but twenty one.

One man who laughs in the face of bluestockings is Patrick O’Leary, Viscount Donal. He knows the woman’s place, and that is most certainly in the home.

Until, that is, he sees Mariah attending a lecture at his alma mater. A woman – at university. He’s determined she won’t get an education. She’s ready to face down any ignorant man, title or no. A battle of intellect storms while a battle of desire fights under the surface.

Will Mariah and Patrick have enough focus to argue while every bone in their bodies wants to make love?

I have Patreon!

One of the hardest things about being a writer is that you have to do much of it alone.

Now, that doesn’t mean that I don’t have some amazing author friends. They encourage me support me, and laugh with me when things go terribly wrong! But most of them live hundreds, if not thousands of miles away from me.

I also have my amazing readers! They get to see a huge amount of me, by reading my books, but I don’t get to chat with them so much.

When you combine that with my dream to spend a bit more time writing, it totally makes sense to create a Patreon.

A Patreon is where people who want to support a person’s creativiity can commit to a certain amount of money a month, usually around $5-10, to encourage them and get cool rewards, bonus content, and behind the scenes.

Now I have one. You can check out my Patreon and see what sort of awesome benefits you can get by supporting me. Of course, you don’t have to, you can always get my books from Amazon.

But if you’d like to see a little more of me, and know you’re supporting me writing more books, then check it out!

Grab this Christmas boxset!

I ADORE Christmas. Honestly, I’ve been counting down for weeks until I could reveal this information, and I am so thrilled to now say that I am part of a Dragonblade Publishing Christmas boxset!

Enjoy this stunning holiday collection from some of your favorite Dragonblade Publishing authors in this collection of never-before published seasonal tales!

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Nook – https://bit.ly/DB-ONightDivine-Nook

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Imagine, if you will, that it is Christmas Eve.

The candles are guttered, one by one, and a hush falls over the parlor. The children have gone to bed, and a tall, gloriously decorated Christmas tree looms in the shadows of the hearth’s dying embers. A tattered copy of Charles Dickens’ masterwork, “A Christmas Carol” sits, cold and lonely, upon a table nearby.

A small gust of wind, hurling from the seam of an ill-fitting window, blows the cover open. The first chapter appears… “Marley’s Ghost”…

The clock on the wall chimes midnight.

Now, the magic happens.

From the gaily bedecked halls of Regency England to the cold and crisp air of the Scottish Highlands, and everything in between, enjoy the magic of a holiday collection that has drawn inspiration from Charles Dickens’ most beloved literary works. Where the ghosts of Christmas, the incandescent spirit of a tiny disabled boy, and the joy that is the very heart of the Christmas season come alive.

USA Today and Internationally bestselling authors bring you their version of a Dickens’-inspired holiday in O NIGHT DIVINE.

This collection includes:
Kathryn Le Veque
Caroline Lee
Chasity Bowlin
Collette Cameron
Hildie McQueen
Maggi Andersen
Mary Lancaster
Meara Platt
Violetta Rand
Alexa Aston
Anna Markland
Anna St. Claire
Aubrey Wynne
Charlotte Wren
Elizabeth Ellen Carter
Elizabeth Johns
Elizabeth Keysian
Emily E K Murdoch
Emily Royal
Gabrielle Carr
Lynne Connolly
Maeve Greyson
Whitney Blake

From Dragonblade to you, we wish you a very happy holiday season!

What makes the best writing room?

As many of you who are subscribed to my newsletter know, I moved just before the pandemic and that means that I’ve only just got my writing room into the order that I wanted!

I recently shared – for the first time – a sneak peek into the place that I write my bestselling historical romances, on the Dragonblade Publishing Readers Group. You can watch the video by clicking here.

So what makes the perfect writing room? Here at eh three things that I need to be able to write:

  1. Natural light! Without natural light, I find it impossible to concentrate for more than twenty minutes – which makes writing in the winter really challenging! I’ve got a lovely window right by my desk.
  2. Inspiration! I have a bunch of things in my study that inspire me. From my five bookcases full of my favourite books (though not all the books in my house!), I also have flowers, photos of my family and friends, an antique dagger, and a glass skull called Leonard…
  3. Snacks! Okay, perhaps not a difficult thing to get set up, but when I am finding a chapter really challenging to write, then I use food and delicious drinks to motivate myself.

So that’s my perfect study! Have I missed soemthing off your list?

Do you know the secret language of flowers?

What is your favourite flower?

I have loads of favourites. My grandparents were horticulturalists with their own nursery, with my Mum working for them, and so I was surrounded by flowers and plants growing up. I love them. I love nature!

(I wish I was better at keeping them alive, but…)

But my love of flowers isn’t limited to my childhood. My boyfriend (now husband!) immediately understood my obsession with flowers, and has treated me with flowers throughout our dating life, engagement, and marriage.

In fact, one of my favourite flowers is the purple/blue orchid, the first flowers he ever treated me with.

Flowers have been used in courting for years, and the Victorian era solidified our ideas of the language of flowers, which existed as early as the Regency period.

This secret code was designed to make sure that other people couldn’t immediately tell what you wanted to say to your beloved.

So did you know what a gentleman caller would be saying to you if they sent you…

…a mimosa? This delicate plant meant ‘chastity’, because of the way its petals close up when touched.

…a dark pink rose? This gorgeous blossom means ‘thankfullness’.

…a sprig of heath lavender? I love this scent, and when given as a gift, it means ‘admiration’.

…an orange lily? Run a mile if you receive this one – it secretly means ‘hatred’!

…a sweet pea posy? My absolute favourite flower, this heavily scented flower means ‘blissful pleasure’ or ‘goodbye’!

Did any of these surprise you? What is your favourite flower – let me know in the comments, and I will tell you what it means!