It's my blog time again at Embracing Romance. In my new novella, The Right to Remain Single, which will be out in October in the anthology, Christmas Kisses (cover pic on the left), the heroine's family serve Christmas Pie (à
la Little Jack Horner) to all the villagers on Christmas Eve. It sounded so yummy that I just had to make some for myself. Here's a pic:
But don't let my bad photography and messy pastry discourage you. A link to the recipe (which has a much prettier picture) is at Embracing Romance.
Today I'm at Embracing Romance, whining about going through my old clothes. If you want to give me a virtual slap, now's the time. You also might win a book. And maybe a pair of Moomintroll socks.... So hop on over and comment there.
It's been a rough spring and summer, and despite having four projects going, I have only finished one novella. It's called The Right to Remain Single, and it will be in the anthology, Christmas Kisses: A Collection of Historical Romances. The release date isn't set yet, but it will be sometime in early October.
Today I'm at Embracing Romance talking about everyday magic. What exactly is that? I don't really know -- that's why I'm asking. The ghost cat below wants to know, too.
Go on over to Embracing Romance to find out what everyday magic is, or to enlighten me. Because it's May, this month's giveaway is my two May Day Mischief novellas (see below) -- or another of my books, winner's choice.
Tired of being paraded before every eligible bachelor, Peony
Whistleby decides it's time to find her true love—through the ancient
custom of rolling naked in the dew on May Day morning. But the magic
goes awry when she is caught in the act—and by an entirely unsuitable
man. And yet, the way his eyes linger upon her flesh ignites a sensual
craving that can only be satisfied by his touch…
Book one of the May Day Mischief duet.
Lucasta Barnes knows the folly believing in magic can lead to—and she
won't accept that her illicit tryst with a notorious rake was the
result of anything more than pure lust. Or that it has bonded them
together forever. Yet, she can't deny that she yearns for just one more
night in his arms…
David, Earl of Elderwood, is used to women
being enchanted by him, but ever since a passionate encounter with
Lucasta three years ago, he desires only her. How can he convince his
thoroughly practical paramour that love is the greatest magic of all?
Today I'm over at Embracing Romance talking about how I love learning new things from reading novels--and how I like to put stuff I find interesting in the books I write. And there's a giveaway.
Hop on over and comment for a chance to win a free book.
These are Roman fibulae -- brooches for fastening garments. I took this picture at the British Museum, I think, several years ago. I don't remember whether I put one of these in a book yet, but I will sooner or later.
And this is a bunch of Roman coins. Imagine finding a hoard like this in one's back garden, and wondering about the soldier who buried them there hundreds and hundreds of years ago. I really love it when I learn about this kind of thing in fiction--history come alive!
It's the perfect day for the re-release of my Regency novella with magic,Lord Quickthorn's Bargain. (It was originally included in the Embracing Romance anthology, Passionate Promises, but that's no longer available, so I have released it all by its magical little self.)
Much as I like writing about the more or less real historical world (can't say how real, exactly, as I've never had the opportunity to travel back in time), I am absolutely compelled to add magic now and then. So this little story has a half-human, half-fairy hero with a mischievous heart, and a heroine with a smidgen of fairy blood and an unacknowledged heart's desire. Here's the blurb:
Sensible Gwen Appleby is aghast when her foolish sister vows to pursue the notorious rake, Lord Quickthorn. To save her sister from certain ruin, she turns to her friend, the custodian of the fairy well. A simple spell, making Lord Quickthorn indifferent to her sister’s beauty, is all that’s required.
But Gwen’s friend is no longer at the well, and the new, mischievous, very male custodian agrees on one condition: Lord Quickthorn will turn his seductive wiles on Gwen instead. To save her sister’s virtue, must Gwen sacrifice her own? Worse, will the promise of passion make her long to do so?
It's only 99 cents US. Here are some buy links if you're so inclined: