Iron Paws and the Tinker’s Forged Marriage (Gears, Cogs, and Puppy Dogs, book 2)
A year ago, Vesta Bartlett received a rather unusual assignment.
Now, as if perfecting her clockwork puppies for Queen Victoria weren’t enough, a surprise invitation to present them to the Texas Republic president makes Vesta question a number of things, including will the president accept the clockwork from a woman? Unsure, she agrees to allow Henry to go along, as her spokesman and husband, regardless of how her father may feel about a fake marriage.
But they have bigger problems than her father’s anger when an anti-alchemist group takes issue with her clockwork creations and decide they need to stop Vesta’s work. By any means, no matter how violent.
When Vesta Bartlett, a wealthy alchemist and inventor, arrives in England to finalize an arranged marriage and help overhaul a family friend’s outdated ironworks, she never expects to find the family so secretive, nor to develop feelings for her fiancé’s younger brother, Henry.
But the growing attraction between Vesta and Henry is just the beginning of their troubles. Things really heat up when they’re drawn into a secret project for Queen Victoria’s military, one that requires Vesta’s knowledge of clockwork and Henry’s iron.
An epidemic has wiped out all the dogs in Britain, and beyond. If the military fail in their effort to restore the species, a clockwork creation may be all that stands in the way of a world without canine companionship.
Are Vesta and Henry up to the challenge?
Setting: Britain, Nottingham and London, 1887.
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Fresh on the heels of romantic heartbreak, Miss Isabelle Camden agrees to become companion for the sister of a busy, arrogant duke. She plans to keep her distance, but when a snowstorm strands them outside London for days, an unexpected dare sets propriety at naught…and sends her into the duke’s arms.
Setting, south of London, 1880.
circa June 2020:
Engaging the Heiress (Camden Girls, book two)
Mr. Edwin Hetherington needs a fiancée he will never have to marry.
Years ago, his family lost everything to an unscrupulous landlord. Now, the Irishman offers to reinstate Edwin’s title so long as he weds Miss Jera Camden. As far as Jera is concerned, so long as she manages to avoid an unwanted suitor of her mother’s choosing, the bluestocking is happy to play the part of Edwin’s blushing bride-to-be.
Can Edwin and Jera dupe the crafty landlord into making good on his promise before the wedding date arrives…or will their best-laid plans result in disaster?
Setting, south of London, Spring, 1880.
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After Honorine Camden is jilted, leaving her stunned and sparking a scandal in her tiny London borough of Wallflower, she’s devastated. But when she overhears her father, the stationmaster, talking about arranging a party for their newly-minted underground railway station, she volunteers to help. Although she’s intrigued with the handsome assistant stationmaster, Shane MacIntyre, she never expects to fall head-over-heels in love with him.
Unfortunately, one tragic accident might derail everything.
Setting, south of London, 1879.
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The Reign of Tarot set, A bundle of my three Gothic romances (with fantasy) concerning a family fleeing revolutionary France, rebuilding their life outside the troubled capital, and a supernatural debt they find they owe. Purchase on Amazon or Barnes and Noble, Itunes, or Kobo here today.
House of Dark Envy
Surely, lightning can’t strike twice…
1888: When Sarahjane attends Lady Morville’s costume party, she never expects to learn her old beau Felix Gryffith is under the illustrious woman’s patronage and stands on the cusp of making a world-changing discovery. Felix, whose lies disgraced her in the eyes of the London elite by labeling her a flirt.
Felix’s love for Sarahjane has never wavered, despite the scandal that forced them apart. He’s desperate to tell her the truth, if he can convince her to listen.
Fate lurked in the shadows that night, years ago. Has it returned to grant Sarahjane and Felix their wishes, or terrorize them?
This novel is set in 1880s during the “War of the Currents“. When electricity was still a new thing.
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This next one is a little different than the others, a truer historical romance. It’s one that’s been hanging around in my brain for quite a while. A Gothic paranormal romance featuring a (if I do say so myself) charming tarot reader.
LADY OF TAROT #Gothic #romance #PNR. Available on Amazon or in paperback. And yes, you can borrow it with a Prime membership. It is also available in Audiobook! You can listen to a sample below.
genre: Gothic romance, fantasy romance
Setting: 1792, France and London
WHAT THE CARDS FORETELL MAY BE REAL, AFTER ALL
1793: Having escaped the Reign of Terror, Emilie Maigny took refuge in England, trying to come to grips with the life and loss she left behind. When her brother, Sinjon, returns, a terrifying evil swoops down upon her. Nightmares plague her now, providing strange clues … but to what?
Scottish-born Linton Morrison spent his entire life in luxury, whiling away the hours in intense study of the tarot and the cards’ hidden meanings, but until he met the lovely Emilie Maigny, he would never have guessed how important his study might be–to his life and Emilie’s survival when terrible evil strikes.
A Cypher is all Emilie needs, but what is it? Is Linton the key? He may charm her heart–and he may be her only salvation.
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This next is different than the dark stories you might be used to from me, but I hope you will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it. 🙂
genre: Victorian Romance, historical romance
For Miss Phoebe Lockswell, fashionable London tea parties and balls aren’t her style. Instead, she prefers to tinker tirelessly with a clockwork diffuser she’s built from scratch. If only she can get the invention to work on command, she might earn her way out of an arranged marriage to a repugnant member of the House of Commons.
London watchmaker Mortimer Kidd was brought up hard in the arms of an infamous London gang. Despite the respectability he strives for now, the gang leader is blackmailing him. When Mortimer sees Phoebe’s diffuser, he thinks he’s found a way to buy himself out of trouble. The brash Phoebe manages to steal his heart, however, before he can purloin her invention.
Will Mortimer’s unsavory past catch up to him before he convinces Phoebe of his devotion? Worse, once Phoebe learns the truth, will she ever trust him again?
Setting: London, 1898