From my crew to yours, I wish you all a blessed day of fellowship, family, and friendship.
Wishing you following seas,
I’ve been working on a new series and I’m so happy to be finally sharing it with you.
Welcome the first book in my Christmas for Ransome Series – To Sir Christmas, With Love! Based on The Pirate’s Yuletide Treasure short story, I’ve expanded the world of Captain Ransome and his wife Cassia, and why they go to a brothel in Canterbury to celebrate Christmas Eve every year.
Napoleon’s war still rages on the Continent, and Lieutenant Christmas Astley-Milne must return to sea. However, Chris is tormented that Emma Clavering, the woman he’s always loved, might marry another while he’s gone. There’s nothing for it but for him to propose before he leaves.
Emma accepts without hesitation. But as months turn into years, and nothing more is heard of Chris, must she also accept that he’s dead, or is he being held captive? The only way she can keep hope alive is to help bring prisoners of war back to England as part of a smuggling operation she runs with her cousin. It’s her dearest wish that Chris, wherever he is, is being treated well, and he, too, will eventually be returned safe and sound.
Finally, after five long years, her steadfastness is rewarded when Chris comes home just in time for Christmas. But he is not the same man who left her to fight the French. War has changed him, and he is wounded inside and out. Will anything, save a Yuletide miracle, be enough to thaw his heart?
And December 13th, you’ll get book two, Yule be Home for Christmas.
From the workhouse to the British army, then captivity courtesy of Napoleon’s men, Lieutenant Daniel Barrett has never known the warmth or safety of a real home. But now, his training as a physician and loyalty to his captain, Sir Christmas Astley-Milne, have found him a temporary resting place. Having helped the wounded Chris escape to England, Daniel is sequestered at Milne Manor, caring for other soldiers who’ve returned across the Channel.
But it’s not the place he can call home, where he can settle with the wife and children he longs for. For what can he offer a good woman such as Ivy Martin, the daughter of Milne Manor’s stableman and his able medical assistant, for whom he’s formed a secret affection, when he has no money and few prospects? Once again, it’s time to move on.
However, just before Christmas, Ivy’s father is badly hurt, and Daniel finds himself comforting her—and kissing her under the mistletoe. This changes everything. Or does it, when he’s preparing to leave Milne Manor for London come the New Year?
And coming in January 2023, the extended novella of The Pirate’s Yuletide Treasure!
That’s right! You loved the short story so much that I created an entire series around it. Huzzah! And boy, has this been a joy to write. I hope you enjoy it too! 😍
Here’s a peek at the novella’s cover.
Isn’t this cover FANtastic? My cover designer, Dar Albert, was able to capture Cassia’s approach to Klaus Haus in Canterbury perfectly. 🎊
I’m going to continue to offer the short story for FREE as my gift to you. Yay!!! The books in the series will be available for #99ents each.
I’m happy to tell you that I’m having the best time writing these characters’s stories.
Here’s what one reader had to say about To Sir Christmas, With Love.
5 Stars! ✶✶✶✶✶ “As a prisoner of war in France, Chris endures hardships that would kill a normal man but thoughts of Emma is what keeps him alive. When he finally escapes and is brought home badly wounded, Emma is there waiting for him but both have changed. This is where the magic of Christmas occurs and two hearts are finally together again. I always enjoy Katherine Bone’s writing and this was no exception.”
Wishing you following winds,
It’s the day after Pretty Little Lyon’s book birthday. Huzzah! Thank you to everyone who purchased the book, read it, plans to read it, and/or left a review. I’m so thrilled to hear that readers are enjoying the great twist at the end. [No spoilers] And thank you to Dragonblade Publishing for the beautiful celebratory flowers. They made my day! ❤️
What do these have in common?
A nutty professor. The Rosetta Stone. An undercover investigator. A gambling hell. A brothel madam. Blackmail. Scandal.
Pretty Little Lyon
What readers are saying!
"A second chance at love, combined with a mystery, a disguised assistant to Dove-Lyon and a road to happy ever after, if they can only find their way." ~ 5 Stars Amazon Reviewer
"Katherine Bone has developed a wonderful tale of deception, a lost love, and an unexpected conclusion. I really enjoyed reading the “Pretty Little Lyon” and I believe you will, too." ~ 5 Stars Amazon Reviewer
"A fun, historical romance that is linked to the Lyon's Den World, a multi author series. All the books I've read from this "World" have been fun. Now we learn a bit more about the Lady herself. Good fun." ~ 4 Stars Amazon Reviewer
These have been a trying two years for everyone and I haven’t posted many blogs because of it. But today, I’m happy to announce that I have another book up for PreOrder! (And keep reading to see how you can join the Historical Romance Easter Egg Hop.)
I’m so excited about Lottie and Septimus’s story! And I added a great twist to the end of this Pretty Little Liars meets Indiana Jones story that I know readers of the Lyon’s Den Series are going to love. The book also reads as a stand-alone so don’t worry if you haven’t read the other Lyon’s Den books yet. However, I hope you will check them out here. Lots of great stories waiting for you. PreOrder your copy of Pretty Little Lyon today! 📚
Enter the world of the most notorious gambling den in London, where matches are made… unusually. Welcome to the world of THE LYON’S DEN: The Black Widow of Whitehall Connected World, where the underground of Regency London thrives… and loves.
If you do not marry by Season’s end, I shall expose the seedy side of your father’s past, thereby damaging his reputation—and yours by proxy—condemning you both to a life of destitution and despair.
Who is sending Charlotta Walcot threatening notes? Why would anyone cast aspersions against her father, a mild-mannered professor of antiquities at Cambridge University? As for herself, although she has no plans to wed, why would that be of issue to anyone to save herself? Desperate to swerve the scandal that would destroy both her and her father’s reputations, Charlotta dares to venture into the Lyon’s Den, a gambling hall and house of ill repute in London’s fashionable Whitehall. There, she begs its owner, the mysterious Black Widow, Mrs. Bessie Dove-Lyon, to use her connections to identify her blackmailer.
But that is not the end of Charlotta’s troubles.
Obliged to attend her cousins’ coming-out ball, she collides with Lord Septimus Grey. After witnessing the delivery of another unpleasant note to her, Septimus offers his help. But how can Charlotta place her trust in him since he is the man who, years ago, stole her young and impressionable heart?
Miss Charlotta Walcot,
It has come to my attention that several Seasons have passed without you securing a husband when presented with the chance. And you call yourself a loving daughter. This cannot be borne. If you do not marry by Season’s end, I shall expose the seedy side of your father’s past, thereby damaging his reputation—and yours by proxy—condemning you both to a life of destitution and despair.
Take time to digest my letter, but do not tarry long. You can anticipate another missive each week that passes without news of your betrothal in The Morning Post. If you care for your father as much as you say you do and wish to prevent a scandal from darkening his door, especially when his work on the Rosetta Stone is made public, heed my words. Meanwhile, speak of this to no one, especially your cousins, the Misses Steeres. I am confident you do not wish to jeopardize their standing in Society.
I am watching. I am determined. Pray, do not doubt my intentions or dismiss this note as a mere threat. For if you do, you will experience misery and ruin the likes of which you have never known.
Let the games begin.
Ahoy, me hearties! My friend, Jenna Jaxon, is revealing the cover for her December 28th release of THE WIDOW WORE PLAID, and I’m helping her share the news! Congratulations, Lady Jenna! Read on to learn more about book six in The Widow’s Club Series.
The Battle of Waterloo made them widows, but each has found new happiness. And Jane, Lady John Tarkington, intends to keep her freedom, even if love—and one particular gentleman—are determined to claim her heart . . .
It is a truth rarely acknowledged—at least in public—that a wealthy widow is free to pursue a great many adventures. For two years, Jane has privately enjoyed her independence. Why should she remarry, even when the gentleman proposing is as wonderful as Gareth, Lord Kinellan? She entreats him never to ask her again. But as her Widows’ Club friends—now all joyfully remarried—gather at Castle Kinellan, Jane begins to wonder if stubbornness has led her to make a terrible mistake . . .
Kinellan needs a wife to give him an heir, and he wants that wife to be Jane. They are perfect together in every way, yet she continually refuses him. Just as he is on the point of convincing her, a series of accidents befall Gareth and point to an enemy in their midst. He has promised Jane a passionate future filled with devotion, but can he keep them both alive long enough to secure it?
Laughing together they approached the horses, who were quietly cropping grass. Kinellan adjusted the girth first on Penelope, then tossed Jane up and handed her the reins. He had just done the same for Hector, tightening the saddle before he slung the carry bag over the cantle when a shot rang out from the woods, kicking up dust right behind the horse’s hooves. Hector danced sideways, forcing Kinellan out into the yard. The pack slid off the saddle onto the dirt.
Jane’s head shot up. “What was that?”
Kinellan spun around, peering into the trees. “Hello! Who’s—”
A second shot smacked into Kinellan’s shoulder and he staggered backward into the spooked horse.
“Gareth!” Jane turned Penelope into a tight circle, her attention focused solely on Kinellan, who had managed to move to the other side of the animal, putting that barrier between him and danger. Blood seeped from his shoulder, yet somehow he coolly scanned the woods for the intruder.
“Jane, ride out,” he called to her, not taking his gaze from the forest. “Down the path as quick as you can. Follow the trail back to the castle.”
“No. You’re wounded.” She stilled the dancing Penelope and unhooked her leg from the pommel.
“Stop! Don’t get down from the horse. You won’t be able to remount.”
Uneasily, she slid her leg back onto the saddle and gathered the reins.
Kinellan had moved toward Hector’s head and twitched the bush to release the reins. “I’ll be right behind you.”
“I’m waiting for you.”
Cursing, he turned the frightened horse and was ducking under its chin when another shot kicked up dirt and rocks directly beneath his feet. Hector reared, throwing Kinellan to the ground, then took off down the trail at a gallop.
Jenna Jaxon is a best-selling author of historical romance, writing in a variety of time periods because she believes that passion is timeless. She has been reading and writing historical romance since she was a teenager. A romantic herself, Jenna has always loved a dark side to the genre, a twist, suspense, a surprise. She tries to incorporate all of these elements into her own stories.
She lives in Virginia with her family and a small menagerie of pets–including two vocal cats, one almost silent cat, two curious bunnies, and a Shar-pei beagle mix named Frenchie.
Wishing you the greatest success with THE WIDOW WORE PLAID, Lady Jenna!
This weekend 30 Historical Romance authors are having a Halloween Hop with a $150 gift card prize going to one entrant (chosen at random) who hops from site to site and collects each author’s Halloween candies and treats!
Beginning today, 10/29 @8am and going until 11:59pm on Sunday, 10/31, the hop is a great way to find out more about these talented storytellers and their work too.
Head to Author Heather McCollum’s Facebook page for instructions at: Heather McCollum’s Halloween Hop
Or just hop to all 30 sites to “collect” the candy that each author has on their site. Send a list of authors with their matching candy to me, Heather McCollum. Put “Trick-or-Treat” in the subject line.
Historical Romance Trick-or-Treat Hop2021
Author ListAlanna Lucas https://alannalucas.com/
Amalie Howard https://amaliehoward.com/
Anna St. Claire https://www.annastclaire.com/contests.html
Barbara Monajem www.BarbaraMonajem.com
Caroline Warfield https://www.carolinewarfield.com/the-halloween-hop
E. Elizabeth Watson https://eelizabethwatson.com/halloween-contest/
Eliza Knight https://www.facebook.com/elizaknightfiction/
Elizabeth Keysian https://elizabethkeysian.com/
Erica Ridley http://ericaridley.com/contest/
Heather McCollum https://www.heathermccollum.com/
Hildie McQueen https://www.facebook.com/hildieMcQueenWriter
Jane Charles https://www.janecharlesauthor.com/holiday-books
Janna MacGregor https://jannamacgregor.com
Jerrica Knight-Catania http://www.jerricasplace.com/
Jessica Clements https://www.jessicaanneclements.com/holiday-hops
Katherine Bone https://www.katherinebone.com
Kathleen Bittner Roth https://www.facebook.com/Kathleen.bittnerroth.author
Kathryn Le Veque https://www.kathrynleveque.com
Laurel O’Donnell https://www.laurel-odonnell.com/
Lori Ann Bailey https://loriannbailey.com/
Madeline Martin https://www.facebook.com/MadelineMartinAuthor/
Michelle McLean https://michellemcleanbooks.com/
Nadine Millard https://www.facebook.com/nadinemillardauthor
Sydney Jane Baily https://sydneyjanebaily.com/historical-romance-halloween-hop
Tabetha Waite https://authortabethawaite.wixsite.com/romance/blog-1
Terri Brisbin https://www.TERRIBRISBIN.com
Tracy Sumner https://www.tracy-sumner.com/
(𝐷𝑖𝑠𝑐𝑙𝑎𝑖𝑚𝑒𝑟: 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑔𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑎𝑤𝑎𝑦 𝑖𝑠 𝑏𝑒𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑑𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑏𝑦 𝑎 𝑔𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑝 𝑜𝑓 𝑎𝑢𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑟𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑖𝑠 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑛𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝑜𝑟 𝑠𝑝𝑜𝑛𝑠𝑜𝑟𝑒𝑑 𝑏𝑦 𝐹𝑎𝑐𝑒𝑏𝑜𝑜𝑘. 𝑉𝑜𝑖𝑑 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑝𝑟𝑜ℎ𝑖𝑏𝑖𝑡𝑒𝑑. 𝑁𝑜 𝑝𝑢𝑟𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑠𝑒 𝑟𝑒𝑞𝑢𝑖𝑟𝑒𝑑.)
Wishing you fair winds!
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What’s a Freebie Blast? Easy – some of your favorite Historical Romance authors have banded together to share their free books, for five days only, from 8/15 through 8/19.
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This year I’ve experienced a lot of ups and downs, but one of the things I am most proud of is writing my first Victorian Christmas book, A Sprig of Mistletoe. And today is the book’s birthday. Huzzah!!!
This book has everything I love in it: Christmas; orphans; inspiration from A Christmas Carol and The Man Who Invented Christmas; Charles Dickens; a heroine who wants to change the world, a Scrooge-like hero; and the Victorian Industrial Age. As part of the Miracle Express Series, it also includes steam engines. Trains were a huge part of my childhood. My grandfather longed to be a train conductor, but his mother advised him against the profession, preferring him to study music. ‘Grandy’ honored his mother’s wishes, received his doctorate in music, and taught organ and piano at East Texas State University. During his free time, however, he studied trains and their engines, planning adventures and vacations around them. I suspect in his lifetime he rode every steam train still in existence.
And so, me hearties, A Sprig of Mistletoe comes from the heart, and I hope readers will read this story and come away with the spirit of Christmas.
She’s unconventional . . .
Lady Catherine “Kitty” Egerton leads a quiet life in Hertfordshire riding horses, reading extensively to improve her mind, and entertaining one disappointing suitor after another. She desires to marry, but the men her father introduces her to detest a headstrong woman. Kitty wants to help the poor, and Christmas provides ample opportunities when women cannot join organizations that fund these efforts. When she’s invited to London to visit Field Lane Ragged School, it’s the opportunity she’s been waiting for. But she’s only allowed to go if she agrees to spy on her brother and his elusive friend—a key investor in the formation of a new Poor Law Union, a man who’s refused to visit their home in Christmases past. Kitty agrees because she has an ulterior motive: her dearest friend is in love with her brother, and the railway journey to London allows her time to play matchmaker.
He is not who he says he is . . .
Bartholomew “Bart” Fernsby inherited his wealth from a kind man who liberated him from the workhouse in Holborn. Sent to upper-crust schools, he received every consideration: lodging, food, clean clothes, except what he desired most—his mother’s love. But to whom much is given, more is required. Haunted by his parents’ deaths and a scandalous past, he’s determined to change other children’s fates by beating back the crushing blow of poverty taking London by storm. Putting his money to good use, he becomes one of the founding members of a Poor Law Union, which seeks to educate the poorest districts in the city, and enlists an old friend’s help to raise funds for Field Lane Ragged School. Another friend, Charles Dickens, has written A Christmas Carol, hoping the book will draw sympathy for the city’s poor and downtrodden. Bart purchases multiple copies for the Ragged Schools, but there’s only one problem—he hates Christmas.
Can Kitty’s love and a sprig of mistletoe mend Bart’s broken heart?
Happy Birthday, A Sprig of Mistletoe!!!
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Love historical romance? Love prizes? Thirty historical romance authors including Heather McCollum, Alanna Lucas, Tara Kingston, Elizabeth Keysian, Madeline Martin, E Elizabeth Watson, Lori Ann Lori Ann Bailey, Collette Cameron, Eliza Knight, and Jennifer Trethewey have joined together for an Easter Egg Hunt hop. Visit each of the authors’ sites to “collect” the decorated eggs. Collect all 30 eggs for a chance to win $150 gift card! For entry details, and to download your Easter Egg Match form, hop over to the FB event page.
Or find the Easter Egg Hunt Hop form here. If you already have your form, collect my egg at my website, and visit the other authors in the hop. These Easter eggs don’t even have calories. The hop runs through Saturday, April 20. And most of all, have fun! 😉
Here’s the full author link list for your convenience:
Annabelle Anders: https://www.facebook.com/HappyWritingGirl/
Lori Ann Bailey: http://loriannbailey.com/books/highlander-series/
Tammy L. Bailey: https://www.tammylbailey.com/
Katherine Bone: http://www.katherinebone.com/
Collette Cameron http://facebook.com/collettecameronauthor
Tina Gabrielle: https://www.facebook.com/TinaGabrielle
Amalie Howard: http://www.amaliehoward.com
Eliza Knight: http://www.eknightauthor.com/
Diana Lloyd: https://diana-lloyd.com/
Alanna Lucas: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAlannaLucas/
Madeline Martin: http://www.madelinemartin.com/blog/
Heather McCollum: https://www.heathermccollum.com/
Maddison Michaels: https://www.facebook.com/MaddisonMichaelsAuthor/
Meara Platt: https://facebook.com/AuthorMearaPlatt/
Jennifer Trethewey: https://www.facebook.com/jennifertretheweyromance/
E. Elizabeth Watson: https://www.facebook.com/Author.E.Elizabeth.Watson/
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Rules to be Broken by Bree Wolf ~
A scandalous lady. A virtuous gentleman. And rules that need to be broken.
After a minor faux-pas, DIANA LAWSON finds herself forced into a marriage of convenience to save her reputation. However, London society still talks, and no matter how hard Diana tries, the whispers never cease.
After her well-respected husband dies in the arms of his mistress, Diana decides to live by her own rules alone.
ARTHUR ABBOTT, EARL OF STANHOPE, is a stickler for propriety and has never met a rule he did not feel compelled to uphold. However, when he saves a young widow from a most inappropriate situation, he is drawn into a world quite unlike his own. Convinced that he is only lending a hand out of duty, Arthur agrees to a daring compromise.
For Diana to uphold society’s rules, Arthur has to break them.
Can scandalous and virtuous ever walk hand in hand?
Surrendering to My Spy by Dawn Brower ~
A rogue, a marquess and a spy… Each an integral part of Dominic Rossington’s life and he does them all rather well. Love throws him off balance and he’ll do everything in his power to protect the one who holds his heart, Lady Rosanna. Danger lurks on the horizon and he’ll have to put it all on the line to save her.
Rolf’s Quest by Aubrey Wynne ~
A wizard, a curse, a fated love…
When Rolf finally discovers the woman who can end the curse that has plagued his family for centuries, she is already betrothed. Time is running out for the royal wizard of King Henry II. If he cannot find true love without the use of sorcery, the magic will die for future generations.
Melissa is intrigued by the mystical, handsome man that haunts her by night and tempts her by day. His bizarre tale of Merlin, enchantments, and finding genuine love has her questioning his sanity and her heart.
My Wicked Earl by Tammy Andresen ~
Rex is a rake and a rogue who has sworn off marriage. He is the last man Daffodil should give her attention. So why do her eyes drift to him at every opportunity?
One Enchanting Kiss by Amanda Mariel ~
Handsome-as-sin Thomas Astley is more than a little intrigued by the vibrant, saucy woman who saved his life. He knows she is more than she seems, and vows to discover all of Moire’s secrets. A move that unbeknownst to him threatens her future and all she holds dear…including her heart.
My Lady Rogue by Katherine Bone ~
Everything Lord Simon Danbury and Gillian, Baroness Chauncey, have done for Nelson’s Tea has led to this moment…
As war continues off England’s shores, from the sea to the continent, and victory is won at great cost, a devastating betrayal threatens the members of Nelson’s Tea, Admiral Horatio Nelson’s mercenaries. None of them have ever questioned Lord Danbury’s authority–until now. Death’s darkening veil is descending over London, and as a new hierarchy within the group begins to rise, a hostile mole prepares to strike.
Surrounded by the greatest spies in England, longing to share their lasting love, can Simon unify the clandestine group without losing the baroness? Or will she be the price they have to pay for peace?
On Loving a Woman by Keriann McKenna ~
Do No Harm. Professor Ian MacDermot is pleased when a beautiful young woman is turned over to him for individual instruction. His task–to teach her to be a dutiful wife.
The fiercely independent-thinking Sarah MacDonald is having none of it. Haunted by a dark experience from her past, she vowed never to marry and become a ‘sex slave’ to any man, but Ian MacDermot is not just any man.
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