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I hope you enjoy my stories of men and women as they contend with scoundrels and rogues and, often, their own worst enemies, themselves. Whether they live in Regency England, Antebellum America, or Contemporary times, I hope their stories entertain and inspire you. 

                                                                                                                                                                    




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The Redemption Series

Of Faith Under Fire

Redemption Series Book One 
Previously The Diary of Narcissa Dunn


Can she forgive the unforgivable?


     When Olivia Fuller rebels against her minister father’s wish for her to marry an arrogant theology student he mentors, he uses deception and manipulation to gain her obedience. Torn between her growing attraction to Benjamin Pratt, a carpenter who works at the parsonage, and her love for her aging, sickly father, her normally well-ordered world is in chaos.

Meanwhile, Benjamin, in love with Olivia, finds an old diary in the ruins of servant quarters he’s been hired to raze, and discovers a shocking family scandal. If he keeps its sordid secrets, he’ll lose Olivia to another. If he reveals the contents, it could destroy her and disgrace her family.

As two men vie for Olivia’s affection and her father pressures her with his demands, secrets swirl about the parsonage until truth corrupts the protected world 

Reverend Fuller has created and shatters Olivia’s faith. A mysterious woman, who appears almost nightly in Olivia’s dreams, may be the only one who can heal her heart. What follows is a story of fierce love, tested faith, and family redemption.


Hope UnShackled

Redemption Series Book Two

     With strict penalties enacted under the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act, Olivia Pratt, now widowed, makes a family promise to end her dangerous abolitionist activities and close her safe house, an Underground Railroad station that has harbored numerous runaway slaves for years before her husband’s death.

When a desperate runaway appears needing shelter, Olivia’s heart won’t let her refuse. As family turmoil grows, sadistic slave catchers arrive in town in search of the fugitive.

Olivia faces the deadly consequences of her broken promise when the catchers terrorize her daughter, ignite murderous rage in one son, and leave another near death. Still, the slave catchers are determined to collect their bounty.

What follows is both a heart-breaking and heart-warming story of a family healing from grief, terror, and destructive secrets in a world where the hope of freedom for all dwells only in shadows.



Regency Romance

Regal Reward  

                                                     The Blackstone Saga Begins...


 

Marielle Henley, privileged and betrothed to Richard Craymore, has a secure future until her rebellion leads her into the path of the ruggedly handsome highwayman, York

Blackstone. York, the first son of an Earl, turned thief, lives to avenge his family’s demise. His captive’s beauty and her sauciness makes it difficult for him to keep his focus on the prize, a hefty ransom for her return; that is, until she reveals the name of her betrothed. He discovers that she can bring him something money can’t buy, his birthright lost to him when his father was falsely accused of treason.

 Marielle is unable to dismiss York’s contradictory behavior, one moment a tyrant, the next a gentleman, a much too attractive one. Is York Blackstone a fiendish rogue or the orphaned elder son of a once highly respected aristocrat?  York’s cunning and invulnerable nature, hardened by life on the streets, is tested by Marielle’s alluring presence, but he will stop at nothing or allow anyone, including his lovely captive, to divert him from avenging his father’s disgrace. 

 

York and his unlikely conspirators join together to bridge the gap between the power of the privileged and the determination of the discarded in society. York and Marielle’s passion for one another is seemingly lost in the web of conflicts. Could a meddling elderly aunt create the perfect plan to bring the two lovers back together?

 

 


 

A Kiss of Promise

Blackstone Saga continues

Alaina has given up hope that Martin will return her love. She prepares to re-enter society’s social scene. Plans change when Harrington, her father’s business partner, appear and threatens her with blackmail. He reveals damaging evidence that could destroy her brother’s life unless she agrees to a ruse that will help 

him close a lucrative deal her father left unfinished when her father died. Sacrificing her respectability, she leaves London with him on a voyage to America as his fiance. When Martin discovers that the woman he’s left behind has been blackmailed and in imminent danger, he searches for her.  Despite Martin’s heroism, too many obstacles stand in the way of romance. Only a game of chance seems to be the answer in salvaging their love.   BUY NOW ON AMAZON

Excerpt: Martin.  He was there in the crowd, standing taller than those about him.  She watched his agile gait, his expression, one of expectation, even determination as he strode closer to where she stood. He hadn’t seen her. She clenched her fingers into the folds of her skirt—she didn’t know what to do. Should she call out, run to him, plead for his help, orhide?                                                                                                                               



A Convenient Pretense 

a Regency Historical 


Despite her adamant refusal to marry, Emily Grace Hughes must go to London for the remainder of the Season and find a suitable match.  She has only one dream, one she refuses to divulge since suitors have seen it as a mere hobby and have made light of it. Her passion is poetry and she desires to be a published poet. Marcus Deming, Earl of Pembridge, whose been 

labeled a rake but considers himself a responsible one, must eventually marry but, egad, not for atleast another few years. When he does it will not be from the parade of women his Aunt Agatha parades before him.  After their two matchmaking aunts plot an introduction, Emily makes a desperate and outrageous suggestion, to create a pretense of courtship until the Season ends. The ruse is meant to protect them both from further interference or expectations but neither considered the need to protect their hearts.While Emily’s Aunt Delia tries to uncover the reasons for her niece’s aversion towards marriage, Marcus prepares to declare his love. That is, until he finds one of her poems and believes it is a letter to a lover she has left behind in the country. Feeling deceived, he ends the pretense with casual indifference. When a letter arrives the following day with news that Emily’s father is gravely ill, she leaves London abruptly and without a word to Marcus. Marcus leaves for his country estate for the summer and attempts to continue his carefree life but she haunts his mind. He decides to visit her, as a friend, and out of concern for her father’s health, hoping at the same time he’ll find out more about this mysterious lover.  Instead, he finds Emily’s father near death, her household in upheaval and a devious cousin, her father’s heir, in control of everything Emily holds dear.  Marcus must unravel a series of mysteries before he can declare his love.  Emily must discard the lies she’s believed since childhood, or remain lost in her poetry and lost to love.   All pretenses must be revealed so a poetess’ passion can embrace an Earl and their love can become the closing line. BUY NOW ON AMAZON


 

                   Blessings and the Thief

A Spirited Regency Christmas

 

Damien Reeves grudgingly agrees to take over as host for his ailing Uncle Lionel’s planned Christmas celebration to be held at the Blackmoor Inn outside of London.  Holidays hold only painful memories for Damien since his family’s horrific tragedy two years earlier. Spending a snowy weekend catering to a party of elderly couples, promises to be more tedious than his preferable solitude.  That is until his uncle tells him of the mysterious petty thefts that have occurred among guests over the past year. He suggests that Damien might be able to solve the mystery.  When an enticing young woman arrives with her elderly aunt and uncle, Damien begins to think it might not be as dreadful a holiday as he’d predicted.

Tessia Bennington looks forward to spending Christmas at the Blackmoor Inn with Aunt Jane and Uncle Harold. Ghostly tales told about the legendary inn have fascinated her. Since the man she expected to marry begged off after hearing of her meager dowry, nothing but disappointment has been her constant companion.  Damien’s advances are difficult enough to ignore but unexplainable occurrences leave her wondering if there might be a ghostly guest asking for her help. Neither Tess nor Damien could have possibly imagined the outcome of their adventure—the bizarre events, the frolicking escapades of the aged partiers, or the thieving culprit’s identity.  Will they part with memories of an unforgettable Christmas or shed their defenses and find true love?     BUY NOW ON AMAZON                            

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