Had a great day visiting with Garry Mitchell and Linda Prince at Walnut Springs Press today! They had a box for me of the first print copies of my second Regency romance, In the Wilds of Devon. After a very enjoyable visit, Linda took me out to lunch for some extra delicious Indian cuisine. It is hard to believe after all the work that it is finished. Now on to finishing my third Regency. I love to write!
So am I extremely excited! Yes! Three years in the making, my second Regency romance, In the Wilds of Devon, is finally at the printer and should be available for purchase within the next week or two. Watch my blog and Facebook page for book signings, contests, a book release party, and other fun stuff.
This has been a great journey, and I owe special thanks to these amazing authors who read my manuscript and gave me such invaluable advice: Joyce DiPastena, Donna Hatch, Jennifer Lunt Moore, Debra, Erfert, Rebecca Lamoreaux, and Marie Higgins. A heartfelt thanks to my friend, Carol Marchant, who read and critiqued my manuscript two or three times as it went through a few revisions. Words could not express my thanks to Linda Prince, my editor at Walnut Springs Press, who spent long hours on the final edits, proofreading, typesetting, and all the particulars that go into turning a manuscript into a book. My most special thanks go to my husband and family who have been my support and cheerleaders at every turn. And a great thanks to all my readers who enjoyed Lydia, my first Regency and asked for more. It has been a great adventure.
Lord Rupert Carrington, heir apparent to the Marquess of Lansdowne and former captain in His Majesty’s Royal Navy, cannot forget the girl he loved in his youth, who died when he left her to fight in the war against Napoleon. Guilt-ridden, Rupert buries his regret by helping the detectives of Bow Street take down criminals. But when Rupert ferrets out a ring of smugglers and is marked for death, the prince regent banishes him from London until the villains are arrested and brought to court.
On the first day of Rupert’s exile to the “wilds of Devon,” he meets Alexandra Dancy, whose beauty, extraordinary courage, and unaccountable oneriness stir in him a degree of affection and admiration he has never before felt for any lady. As fate or Providence would have it, Alexandra and her family, whose property backs his on the other side of a canal, have been hired to provide Rupert’s meals and to care for his house and stables.
When Rupert’s friendship and warm attentions awaken Alexandra’s heart, she suffers the torment of loving a man she believes is of a higher social class than he pretends, and therefore beyond her reach. The impoverished Dancys hide their own aristocratic origins to protect a dark secret known to only one man—Cecil Bedford, a blackguard of the first order, who wields a cruel power over Alexandra and her family. Can Rupert save her from Bedford’s clutches and topple the seemingly insurmountable barriers to winning her love and her hand?
At six and twenty, the impoverished Lydia Hathaway has endured bleak years of heartbreak, longing for a love that never came. Her deceased father's foolhardiness has left her family bankrupt, and Lydia is eventually left no alternative but to take a position as the companion and governess to Susan Ashcroft of Danbury Park in Surrey. During the first days at her post, Lydia pines bitterly for a life she believes forever lost. Anxious for peace, she rambles one morning across the muddy wilds of the Ashcroft estate where she has a most unimaginable encounter with the notorious Lord Connor Denton. As their paths continue to cross, Lydia falls ever deeper in love with the charming rogue while battling against his growing assault on her heart.
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