In the words of the sign on my front porch…

In the words of the sign on my front porch…

To those in the US have a great 4th of July. Please be safe and don’t forget to take time to remember the meaning behind today–Independence Day. So many brave men (and women–women were spies, offered medical help, harbored patriots, sewed uniforms and flags, and so much more that isn’t always remembered during that time) who fought for our freedom in the Revolutionary War and in many, many since then.
As a bonus, here is some useless trivia for ya, when George Washington have orders for what the militia uniform should be, he specifically asked the women to make the men tan shirts of lawn materials with very long shirt tails. The reason? Because the breeches were made of a scratchy material and when it got wet it very abrasive and he wanted his men to be focused on fighting off the Redcoats and not distracted by their itchy or chaffing groins! 😇 You’re welcome for that tidbit.

Passions of a Gentleman is up for pre-order!!!

FINALLY!!!! I know some of you have already seen this and I thank you if you’ve already pre-ordered your copy. But for those who haven’t?

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Having been thrown over twice already, Simon Appleton has given up his pursuit for a wife—especially if his only choice is the elusive Miss Henrietta Hughes…

Coming August 2, 2016
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Also up for pre-order…. Mistletoe & Michaelmas!

MandM The last thing Daphne Cavanaugh wants to do is marry—well, perhaps not the last thing, but it’s certainly not at the top of her list, especially if it’s only to get her out of her guardian’s hair…

Aaron Lentz has faith in marriage—for other people, that is. Having been betrayed and made a fool once before, he has no inclination to walk down the aisle…

But perhaps a sprig of mistletoe, a dash of fate and a shameless, meddling family (even in the form of an ancient duke), Michaelmas, 1816 might bring about a future they never expected.

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*This novella was previous released in The Duke’s Christmas Greeting

The Hero Least Likely is NOW HERE!!!

The latest collection I’m involved in–The Hero Least Likely–is now available! All seven heroes have a flaw. Some physical…some emotional.

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SCOUNDREL EVER AFTER ~ Darcy Burke
When wallflower Audrey Cheswick runs away with England’s most wanted criminal, she learns adventure comes with a price—not just her reputation or her virtue, but her heart. If Ethan Jagger can escape the hangman’s noose and start anew, will she consent to love a scoundrel ever after?

FOREVER BETROTHED, NEVER THE BRIDE ~ Christi Caldwell
War-torn veteran, Lord Drake devotes himself to forgetting his days on the Peninsula through an endless round of meaningless associations. He no longer wants to feel anything, but Lady Emmaline is making it hard to maintain a state of numbness. With her zest for life, she awakens his passion and desire for love.

DESIRES OF A BARON ~ Rose Gordon
Giles Goddard, Lord Norcourt is odd. Odder still, he has suddenly taken a fancy to his brother’s love interest, the fallen Lucy Whitaker. Lucy was once thrown over by a lord and she has little desire to let it happen again, but she’s about to learn that his desires just might be enough for the both of them.

ATHENA’S ORDEAL ~ Sue London
Quincy Telford, Duke of Beloin, has hated Viscount Bittlesworth as long as he can remember. Now the man’s daughter is constantly in his path. Can he escape her temptation and avoid peril in the increasingly dangerous game of cat and mouse he is playing with his blackmailer?

THE EARL’S SCANDALOUS WIFE ~ Ruth Ann Nordin
Season after Season of not being able to secure a wife, Lord Clement’s life changes for the better when a beautiful stranger kisses him. Now he has a wife who has it all: beauty, passion, and excitement. But it’s not over. Thanks to her tainted past, her newfound love with Perry is threatened when her brother comes back into her life. Can she protect Perry from finding out the truth or will her brother get the upper hand?

THE MAJOR’S FAUX FIANCEE ~ Erica Ridley
When Major Bartholomew Blackpool learns the girl-next-door from his childhood will be forced into an unwanted marriage, he returns home to play her pretend beau. He figures now that he’s missing a leg, a faux fiancée is the best an ex-soldier can get. He admires her pluck, but the lady deserves a whole man–and he’ll ensure she gets one.

CORINNA ~ Lauren & Devon Royal
What’s a colorblind Irishman to do when he’s blackmailed into impersonating a renowned landscape artist, lying to all of London society, and risking the TON’s collective wrath if he’s found out? Why, fall for the lovely and unattainable marquess’s daughter next door, of course. But his fetching neighbor is no simpleton and an artist in her own right. When she realizes his ruse, will she expose his misdeeds…or find herself drawn into the hoax?

All seven of these full-length stories are amiable now for only .99!!! Go grab a copy at the following!

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REPOST: Poll for To Win His Wayward Wife! **SPOILER ALERT** Read at Your Own Discretion

Okay, the book has been out for at least 36 hours now and I saw the surprise has already been announced, so now I must ask:

There were several hints (not real giant ones, though) woven into the two earlier books. On May 16–exactly one month from today–I’ll do a post containing all the clues, why did or didn’t this or that happen in certain books, as well as give details as to when and why I decided to match the pair up.

I hope you all enjoyed the third book, and I also hope nobody slammed their Kindle against the wall when they read the first line of the second chapter.

Feel free to tell me your thoughts on the match in the comments section or click here to go back to my website and send the comments in through there.

~Rose

REPOST: Character Interview with Madison Banks, Heroine from To Win His Wayward Wife

Good morning! Today is Thursday, and as promised I will be interviewing Madison once again. I’ve caught her at a time where she has just as much anticipation as the rest of us: the day before her book starts.

Madison, thank you for once again coming to join me, it was most kind of you.

You’re welcome. But you know I only agreed in an attempt to talk you out of this…this foolishness.

Poppycock. You know you’re warming up to him.

No. I don’t think I am.

Well, you’re planning to be warming up to him tomorrow night, right?

 *Grimacing* Yes, I know my duty, but that doesn’t make it any less daunting. I’d prefer not to think of sharing his bed, please. Let’s talk of something—anything—else.

 Hmm, well, the last time we spoke you were about to begin a formal courtship with him. Has he proved a good suitor?

No. Although, I can’t fault him there. It’s not exactly easy to conduct a courtship with Andrew and Brooke hovering about.

So he did try to court you?

I suppose.

Good to know he’s coming around a little and making an effort. 

I guess.

Is there any part of you excited about tomorrow?

Depends how one defines excitement. Eager? No. A basket of nerves? Yes.

You’re not nervous about—

The wedding? Yes, actually I am.

That wasn’t want I was going to say.

I know. I just wanted to halt your words before they scared your readers, or me.

All right, I’ll change the subject. Is there anything you’d like to tell our readers before your debut?

No. You know, Ms. Gordon, this is our what, fourth interview now? I daresay nobody else has been interrogated as much as I have. Do you know what it’s like to be constantly asked questions and forced into exposing parts of yourself you hadn’t planned to. 

Are you asking me if I’ve ever found myself on the other side of the interview?

Yes.

Yes, I have. In fact, just yesterday I was and you can read about it when we’re done.

I think I just might.

More power to you. Now, let’s talk more about you impending marriage.

Let’s not and say we did.

Why, Madison Banks soon-to-be—

Don’t you dare say it!

—that would be lying!

Oh, and you’ve never fibbed?

No. Never.

*Snorts* You just did.

I know. Back to our interview, and don’t you dare think that if I get sidetracked talking to you this morning I’ll forget what I have to do here in a little bit.

I wouldn’t dream of it.

Yes, you would and we both know it. All right, do you at least think he’s handsome?

 Yes, he’s handsome Nobody could deny that.

And, do you think some girls have ever spun dreams about marriage to him?

Probably. And if any of those young girls would like to step up and take my place at the church tomorrow they are more than welcome.

That won’t be happening, dear girl. You will be the one on Andrew’s arm trotting down the aisle tomorrow.

I can hardly wait.

I know. And neither can I (or the groom)! But we must. Tomorrow all will be revealed and you shall be a married woman! Until then, have a good day everyone!

Now about that interview…

Oh, here it is.

REPOST: Character Interviews with John and Carolina Banks, (Minor) Secondary Characters from To Win His Wayward Wife

This morning I’m once again on at ship making a voyage to England from America, but instead of talking to Robbie again, I’m here to interview John and Carolina Banks. John, Carolina, are the two of you excited to be going back to England?

CB: Of course we are. We’ll get to see our three girls.

JB: Which is a good thing, indeed. Carolina will be there to console them after I kill two of their husbands, one in particular.

Now, now, I know you have no intention of doing such a thing. However, I must know, which husband in particular would you like to kill, or shall we say injure because you will not be killing anyone?

JB: Which one do you think? The one who caused this situation.

CB: That could be both of them, dear. Ms. Gordon, the one he’s most angry with changes hourly. Just excuse his attitude. He doesn’t like being in a situation where he cannot do anything at the moment.

Very well, Mrs. Banks, and are you angry with one of your daughter’s husbands?

CB: Of course. But unlike my husband, I think this all could have been avoided had Andrew and Brooke been keeping a better eye one her. See, I imagine Brooke wasn’t the best chaperone I could have found for her. Looking back on it now, I should have asked Regina, or even Liberty would have been a better chaperone than Brooke.

*Coughs and nearly chokes* Liberty? But she’s the younger sister by three years that would not have gone over well at all.

CB: No, it wouldn’t have, would it? But the truth of the matter is, while Andrew will take the brunt of the blame from my husband, Brooke probably ought share it.

JB: Townson will not be encountering my temper alone. He’ll have company. That no-good, filthy wastrel who married Madison will be right beside him.

*Exchanges looks with Carolina* I see. So, is it safe to assume if you’d been present at the wedding you would have objected?

**Silence**

A moment later: CB: No. Though the whole mess is rather sordid and does not meet our approval, we would not have publically objected to the match that way—

JB: Instead, we would have never agreed to it in the first place.

CB: But we weren’t there when the betrothal was announced. All we could have done had we made it back to England before the wedding would have been to try and convince him to cry off.

Him? Why not Madison?

CB: She wouldn’t have done so. She may not be as much as a propriety-lover as Liberty, but she also wouldn’t have acted as Brooke and refused marriage to the man who created a scandal around her, no matter how unsavory he is.

Is it fair to say you don’t approve?

CB: As a mother, no. I honestly don’t know anything about the man to recommend him as marriage material for my daughter. On the other hand, I do know he comes from a family with a respectable position and has the means to take care of her. If he chooses to do so, that is.

You don’t think he will?

JB: We have no idea. He may have money and position and it may be known he keeps his business affairs in order, but our concern is his private life, which happens to be the part of his life our daughter will fall into.

I suppose that’s a legitimate concern. But would it help if I guaranteed you that when you arrive in England you’ll learn he’s turned out to be a better husband than you’re thinking he is?

JB: I suppose it might help ease our minds a bit. But not much. Knowing him, he’s probably abducted her or some such.

CB: Oh, John, don’t be so dramatic. Even he wouldn’t do that.

JB: *Snorts* Yes, he would. He is exactly the type who would do such a thing.

CB: Don’t mind him. He’ll be on edge until we arrive and find out the truth of everything, including just how exactly she ended up married to such a reprobate.

Yes, well, I…um… I think I better be going now. It was very nice to talk to the two of you, we’ll chat again later.

CB: That was most odd.

JB: She ought be running. Marrying our daughter to him.

CB: Would you stop it. I wasn’t talking about that. Did you see the started fidgeting when you mentioned an abduct…

REPOST: Interview with Robbie Swift, Character from To Win His Wayward Wife

Good morning! As promised, today I will be interviewing Robbie Swift, Madison’s former love interest. Fortunately, I was able to intercept him before that fateful ball so we’ll be able to ask him about his motives for coming to England and what he hopes to accomplish. Good day, Robbie, it sure is windy out here on the ship deck.

You’ll get used to it. I take it you haven’ t done much sailing.

Not hardly. A few ferries and speedboats, nothing like this before.

Speedboats?

Right, um never mind, it’s nothing for you to worry about. Anyway, my aquatic background isn’t the point of our discussion.  Let’s talk about Madison Banks, shall we? What’s your plan where she’s concerned?

I’m not sure exactly.

What do you mean you’re not sure?

Just that. I’ll figure out a plan once I get there. I’m not too worried about it.

You’re not?

No. Not in the least. Madison loves me. She always has. She’ll come around.

You seem rather confident, sir.

I am.

But what if she’s found another? It has been over a year, you know?

I never thought of that. But it’s not likely. I was her first love. Her true love. In the unlikely event she’s found another suitor to amuse herself with, she’ll throw him over soon enough.

Tell me, sir, what makes you think you are worthy of her?

Love.

Because she once loved you?

And I her.

You have a rather strange way of showing it, don’t you think?

No. I don’t think so.

But you threw her over for another.

Ah, but that was before.

Before what?

Before I realized I loved her.

So you’re saying during that five years you courted her you didn’t love her?

Yes. No. I don’t know . Does it matter? I love her now.

Do you, or do you want her now because you can’t have her?

I have no idea what you mean. But I do mean to have her. One way or the other, she’ll be mine.

But aren’t you forgetting something?

I don’t think so.

Hmm, what about a small detail?

Do you always speak in wriggles?

Do you mean riddles?

Yes, those. Can’t you just come out and say it?

I was under the impression you threw her over for another woman, one named Miss Small.

Oh, her. No matter on that score.

And why not?

That’s not important.  Do you have any other questions? Because if not I’d like to go the galley and eat.

Of course I have more questions! Everyone wants to know the dirty details of your relationship with Madison and since you have no plans to spend the rest of your voyage forming a plan to appeal to her, you can talk to me.

Fine. What do you want to know?

The details of your relationship with Madison!

Well, there’s not much to say that you don’t already know. We grew up together and were even childhood playmates seeing as my family attended her father’s church. As we got older, her feelings changed. They weren’t so friendly.

And yours?

She was all right I suppose. Far too beautiful for her own good, to be sure. Of course she had a few unsavory tendencies that she learned from her hoyden older sister, Brooke.

You don’t like Brooke?

Not in the least. The less I think of her the better. She was always interfering in our relationship.

Did she have call to interfere?

I’m not quite sure what you mean.

Never mind. All right, so you started courting Madison, then what?

Well, we courted. That’s what.

Yes, but then it ended.

Yes, yes, it did. But that couldn’t be helped at the time. But now, I’ve come to reclaim her.

And you really think this will work?

I’m certain of it.

Well, there you have it, folks.  A very optimistic Robbie Swift is on his way to reclaim the woman he claims to love.  In a week, we’ll find out if his efforts will be successful or not. Don’t forget you can go have a peek at the new cover here and find out how to win a free copy here.