Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Christmas Pie and a #Giveaway

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. 

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And there's a giveaway, too.

Barbara



Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Getting rid of stuff and a #giveaway 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.

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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.

Barbara

Monday, July 31, 2017

Book recommendations over at Embracing Romance and a Giveaway

If you'd like to hear about some books I loved, or maybe talk about some of your favorites, come on over to Embracing Romance today. Also, there's a giveaway.


And asparagus pudding, but believe me, that's no incentive.

Barbara

 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Good Intentions at Embracing Romance and a #Giveaway

Today I'm at Embracing Romance maundering on about Good Intentions. And there's a giveaway, because I like doing giveaways so much.

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So please come on over and comment for a chance to win a book.

Barbara

 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Everyday Magic and a #Giveaway

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.

Barbara 



England, 1804

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.









England, 1804
 
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?

Book two of the May Day Mischief duet.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Cool Historical Stuff and a #Giveaway

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.

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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!

Barbara

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Happy April Fool's Day! Lord Quickthorn's Bargain is out. :)


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:
(Barnes and Noble link not available yet but should be soon.)