1. Banks Brothers Brides series…
I think everyone knows that I recently had to shift my focus back to the Banks family. So, as of now, I have covers, titles and vague, not-set-in-stone descriptions:
His Contract Bride
Edward Banks has known most of his life that one day Regina Harris was to be his bride–but somebody forgot to inform her…
An avid academic and aspiring scientist, Edward is pleased to find that he wont have to bother with the nonsense involved in courting a young lady.
Young and naive, it doesn’t take much for her social-climbing father to convince Regina the man she’s to marry has requested her hand out of love, but devastates her when she learns the truth.
Now, it’s up to a man who’s more comfortable in a conservatory than a drawing room to prove to Regina that she’s more than just the proverbial sacrificial lamb that helped gain her family their foot in Society’s door and that he–if no other gentleman–is trustworthy. But he just might be the one doing the learning as he’ll be forced to acknowledge that sometimes the most combustible elements aren’t the ones you control, but sometimes the ones you don’t.
His Yankee Bride
Nineteen and virtually after losing his older brother to that horrid fate of blessed matrimony, John Banks decides to board a ship bound for America—oblivious of who he’ll find when he arrives.
Having grown up on a large indigo plantation, the expressive and possibly overdramatic, Carolina Ellis can hardly wait to see what the gentlemen of Charleston will be like. But alas, they were not what she’d been hoping for. Ball after ball and dance after dance, Carolina is disappointed time and again.
Then she sees him…
Boston and Philadelphia held no appeal to John, so on a suggestion from a friend, he headed south to the booming town of Charleston, South Carolina. Not meaning to become the center of attention, John becomes exactly that when he walks right into the largest social event of the Season dressed like nothing more than a poor drifter.
So what is a penniless man to do when in such a situation? The only thing he can do: rely on his sense of humor to extinguish the tension.
Immediately, Carolina takes a shine to this unusual man and his equally unusual humor and is determined she will do whatever it takes to marry him—Southern aristocracy be damned.
His Jilted Bride
It’s her wedding day and there is no groom in sight. But why should Amelia Brice be surprised? Hiram, Lord Friar is known for having no gentleman’s honor to speak of and his jilting her on their wedding day, makes it official.
Elijah Banks cannot allow his childhood friend to continue to be shamed this way. It’s more than an hour past the time the wedding was to start, and that bounder still hasn’t shown up. Unable to sit still a second longer, Elijah does the only thing that seems logical from where he stands: kidnap the bride and take her to Gretna Green in order to escape this scandal with one far more forgiving for a young lady’s reputation.
So then why does his new bride seem angry with him and rebuff his advances?
Elijah is the gentleman she’d always hoped to marry, but though he was merely the third son of a baron and she the daughter of an earl, she’d never felt worthy of someone like him. Especially now. Try as she might, she cannot find the words to tell him of her situation and ruin the good fortune that has befallen her, but neither can she keep the truth from him.
But when Lord Friar threatens to reveal her secret, it’s up to Elijah to save her from public humiliation once more by revealing a few of his own…
His Brother’s Bride
While traveling around America, Elijah Banks makes a promise he’s unable to keep. So to guard his family’s name and his sister-in-law’s feelings, Henry Banks tells this beautiful stranger that he is the brother she seeks and impulsively agrees to marry the stunning beauty who introduces herself as Elijah’s intended.
It might have been a while since she’d last seen the twins in a smokey ballroom in New York, she knows it’s Henry who is claiming to be Elijah—she just doesn’t care. One Banks brother is as good as the next, as far as she’s concerned. Her near ensnarement of and marriage proposal from Elijah was just part of her plan to seek revenge on their family, but Henry will suffice just as well.
When Elijah and his new wife return from their recent trip to Italy, he has a lot of explaining to do. Especially, when, for the safety of his entire family, he has to reveal what he knows about this American beauty: including her plan for revenge.
Now, without giving away either his identity or his heart, Henry must find a way to dissuade his wife from revenge—but he’s soon finding that ideas are easier formed than executed and with each attempt to change her mind, he loses a little more of his heart to this enchanting creature.
Not the dimwit everyone has treated her as her entire life, she knows exactly what her husband is about. But while her mind refuses to accept his advances, her heart can’t deny them. Everything from his carefree manner to his genuine gestures is a stark contrast to the man she’d been married to before.
But when when her opportunity to seek revenge presents itself, she must decide if it’s revenge she longed for, or the love of a good man, because even she knows she can’t have both.
2. Back from RT (Romantic Times) Convention!
A friend and I met in Chicago for five days of craziness as we heard cover models sing karaoke, wore Scottish gowns to dinner, signed books, feared I’d have to get a toe amputated after a near miss by a giant, book-filled suitcase that missed my foot by less than an inch, saw some downright scandalous drawings, got a very thorough education the history of sex–as well as picked up a few new terms for my books…be looking for one that rhymes with urchin–and even met Mark Coker, the owner and founder of Smashwords.
While there, I was very blessed to meet several of my readers and had an exciting time doing so–thank you for coming out, ladies. Thankfully, I didn’t let any of them down with their preconceived ideas about me! (Or at least that’s what they told me…)
3. Writing and book timeframe
Fortunately, before I left, I’d had a good start to His Contract Bride and I look to be done with it by the end of this month, so with any luck, late May or early June it will be hitting the virtual bookshelf.
I think that’s all for today. I hope you all enjoy what’s left of your weekend!