Tuesday, April 28, 2015

FREE Excerpt Booklet

Once again some of us have grouped together to create an excerpt booklet. This one features excerpts from historical romances that involve governesses. The excerpt booklet is FREE as an e-book from your favorite sites.

I'm particularly happy to be part of this venture because one of my all time favorite characters is Miss Tibbles. For those of you who have read my books, you know Miss Tibbles is a remarkable woman who took households in hand when daughters were out of control. No title, however lofty, ever daunted her or swayed her from her perceived duty! And yet, she also had the kindest of hearts--even if very few saw that inner core of kindness. But her girls did--when they needed it most.

It was such a joy when I could finally give Miss Tibbles her own chance at romance in Miss Tibbles' Folly. That's the book I chose for the excerpt included in the Governess Romance excerpt booklet.  As noted above, you can find it free at:

Kindle      Apple iBooks       B&N Nook       Kobo  

Google Play      All Romance     Goodreads  

The Governess Romance contains excerpts from the following previously published books:
An Unexpected Encounter – Deb Marlowe
Conduct Unbecoming a Gentleman – Wareeze Woodson
Dark Surrender – Erica Ridley
Deeply in You – Sharon Page
Miss Merry’s Christmas – Callie Hutton
Miss Tibbles’ Folly – April Kihlstrom
Moonlight and Memories – Patricia Rice
One Wicked Weekend – Charlotte Russell
Tempting the Governess – Vivienne Westlake
What a Lady Demands – Ashlyn Macnamara

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Some characters just grab your heart...

Even after over 30 published books, there are some characters who still just grab my heart when I think about them. Miss Tibbles, of course, but others as well, including Drusilla Lawford and Lord Pensley from THE NABOB'S WIDOW.

The Nabob's Widow originally came out in 1986 as a traditional Signet Regency. I loved the book then. I still loved it as I reconstructed the book from digital files 30 years old, created with software long vanished. Even when I was going through the tedious task of removing all the extraneous carriage returns and other glitches in the converted files, I found myself falling in love with the characters all over again.

The funny thing is that as much as I loved the original story, I could see a few ways to tweak it to make it even better, and because I am bringing my back list books out myself, I could do that. I had fun giving a darling young boy an even bigger role than he had before.

I also got to fix a few historical details. (The Nabob's Widow was written before the advent of the internet as a research tool for writers.) I hope I caught them all but...life being what it is, apologies in advance if I missed some.

As always, there's love and honor and courage, hope and challenge, danger as well as kindness and history, of course, because this is, after all, a Regency. I hope all of you will love these characters as much as I do.

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