Oh, the angst! Changing into a lion isn’t all fur and games.
Ready for a roaring great time with my steamy hot Regency shapeshifters?
Ensnared by Innocence – read it now
Deceived by Desire – on preorder
Tamed by Temptation
A Regency lord battles his inner beast while helping an innocent miss, never dreaming how he’ll come to care for the chit—nor how being near his world will deliver danger right to her doorstep.
While the first two books were published back in the day, when I was with Ellora’s Cave, my writing has grown a lot, especially since Ensnared, which was only the second Regency I’d completed at that time. The original version was much, much shorter than what I ended up with, after toning down the language and adding in new characters and a series’ subplot.
Now that I’ve discovered the joy and authenticity to be found in writing Regency stories utilizing Regency-appropriate slang, I also changed it up to fit in with my current writing ethic. What’s that, you ask. 😉 My goal is to only use words documented by 1850 (in many cases, much earlier) in my historical regencies. Do some slide by me? Sure. Just today, I had to replace the word “ongoing” because, alas, it wasn’t in use until 1877.
Ensnared by Innocence released August 2021 – three times as long as the first version with completely new characters, chapters and scenes – even a lovely meet Lord Tremayne (of Mistress in the Making) bonus! I adore how Ensnared turned out, but I also pushed myself like crazy to make it happen after stupidly putting it up for preorder, having no idea I was going to rewrite it to the extent I did. To save my sanity and preserve my body, I pushed out the release dates of the next two a bit.
The blurb is up for Deceived by Desire, and it’s up for preorder at most vendors now. Check it out!
Pestered by a persistent stammer, a regency lord with a keen interest in orreries and boxing—but not in talking—must find a way to woo his new mistress without words.
For Jane Austen fans who always wished her fun and witty books had more heat.
The Mistress in the Making series is a fun, “sexy Jane Austen styled”, emotionally satisfying tale told in three parts: Seductive Silence, Lusty Letters, and Daring Declarations.
What reviewers are saying after the third book:
“Highly recommended reads and definitely keepers!”
“These three books are definitely worth reading again. Loved it.”
“Will be rereading this whole story again and again.”
Though the Mistress in the Making trio originally began as a single novella entitled Mistress by Morning, it soon blossomed into an extended-length, emotional story of true hardship and ultimately finding that special person who makes you a better version of yourself. Of course, it’s also brimming with steamy scenes and my trademark humor too (including some awesome Regency slang).
Thea, raised on the fringes of London society, is left destitute when her unromantic husband dies, and soon it’s a nightly battle to fill her belly—one she often loses to the two mice, George and Charlotte, she shares her hovel of a rented room with. In such a dire situation, who among us wouldn’t at least consider becoming a kept convenient? Especially when Thea’s friend, a long-time courtesan, makes it sound so much better than starving? And has a particular gentleman in mind…
For Daniel—a marquis who struggles to hide his stammering difficulty (taught by his ruthless father he was less of a man, of a person, because of it), the thought of seeking out a new mistress would leave his tongue tied in knots—if it wasn’t already.
After their first (not-quite) intimate night together, Daniel tries his hand at penning a letter to the lovely Thea, and soon the two embark on a fun, flirty exchange that was a sheer joy to write. Thea, especially, surprising me with a racy sense of humor she’d kept hidden till then.
The story also incorporates Daniel’s fascination with orreries—something I learned of quite by accident, and only recently. Solar system miniatures…how wonderful to be surprised by learning about something that’s been around for centuries that was completely brand new to my awareness. 🙂
And while completing their impassioned journey took far longer than I wished, these two have lived on in my heart more than other characters who have found their happily ever after. Like Daniel, I sometimes have trouble speaking, only from a musculature standpoint not because of severe stuttering, and for an author who uses dictation software to write, that’s frustrating on so many levels. I think I may relate to him more than other characters (so much more, that I think I’ve developed a crush—shhh! We’ll not tell Thea or Mr. Lyons about that, all right?).
The first book of Daniel and Thea’s journey, Seductive Silence is available FREE at most vendors.
I’m really excited to pen the sexy stories of the four Regency ladies we meet in The Pirate’s Pleasure. I’ll be working on those after releasing the first three of my upcoming Roaring Rogues. Stay tuned for more!