It seems like every other women's fiction or romance book advertisement I see these days is about cake. Cake decorating heroines, cake-business owning heroines, bakeries...yes, it's all about the cake! Most of what I see is contemporary romance, but, you know what? I write about cake-loving heroines in Victorian England. Yes, someone was making amazing cakes 125 years ago, setting the scene for today's delicious and beautiful cakes, and I've had fun doing the research to bring a London bakery to life from that era.
If you are looking for more of the sweet fun that comes from cake-oriented fiction, check out my Redcakes series from Kensington. I promise you'll leave wanting to visit your kitchen or your local bakery!
Authors of erotic romance often get teased about what kind of research they might delve into for the sake of their books – it’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it…**snicker, giggle, knowing wink.**
The research my husband and I engaged in for this spicy romantic suspense is a little different – some might say, it’s been our entire lives. We’ve both taught at universities (that’s where we met) and we know the academic life from the inside. The choices and struggles faced by our professorial hero, Anthropologist Matt Bayfield, are more familiar than we might like to admit.
Hubs is a sociologist with a specialty in criminology. I promise he’s drawn on this background immensely in creating our spunky female undercover cop, Nancy Appleby, in plotting the trajectory of the crimes and the mystery of solving them, and especially in understanding our truly creepy villain (who I won’t name, of course – that would spoil everything!).
We’ve both immersed ourselves in understanding Celtic culture and history for years – long before we envisioned this novel. Hubs has Welsh roots, and mine are Scotch-Irish on one side, so we feel an ancestral pull to that era and its understanding of seasons and cycles. It was easy to hand that passion over to our ersatz professor. We won’t say more about how it’s woven into the plot, but we think readers will like it.
We had a close call researching the technology we’ve given our resourceful cop – hubs found himself on a website requesting security clearance for more information. Backed right out of that one! But found what we needed to know without tripping any more alarms.
The North Woods, where we’ve set the novel? A place we’ve lived and loved, and left, when the winters grew too much for us to handle. But while we lived there, we threw ourselves with a passion into the cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and crisp winter outings Nancy enjoys so much. Writing those scenes was like watching snippets from our own life on the screen.
The Unmasking was originally released in 2008 under a different pen name; rights reverted to us when the contract ran out, and we’ve decided to re-issue it as “ourselves.” We’ve thoroughly re-edited the book and incorporated helpful feedback from our beta readers
Our tag line is Erotic Romance for Two, Three, or More. Most of our published work has focused on the “three or more” side of the equation. We’re happy to offer a book focused on the “two” element, and we think readers will find the sex is no less sizzling. And no, we’re not going to share any research we might have indulged in to write those scenes.
Whose mask will crumble first—
the enigmatic professor of Celtic Studies,
the undercover cop masquerading as a co-ed,
or the campus stalker,
biding his time to strike again?
Is anthropology professor Matt Bayfield the Blackthorn College rapist, or a potential ally? Aloof and unapproachable, Matt has academic ambitions. He can’t escape Blackthorn College soon enough, and he doesn’t want any entanglements to slow down his exit.
Nancy Appleby would like nothing more than to solve the string of campus rape cases before Thanksgiving so she can go home. The last thing she wants is a relationship to complicate her life—but she’ll settle for a fling, especially when the sex sizzles.
The stalker has his own carefully crafted timetable, with a special date just for Nancy. Can Matt and Nancy force him out of his hidey-hole before it’s too late?
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“Lord Judah?” She faltered, as his unusual amber eyes focused in her direction.
“Captain Judah Shield.” He bowed slightly. “I should have introduced myself earlier.”
“Did you know who I was? A Cross, I mean?”
“No, no.” He shook his head. “My mind was on other things.”
“It sounds like there is a tale here,” the marchioness said.
“We reached for a paper at the same time and ended up walking here together,” Captain Shield said. “Nothing more exciting than that.”
The marchioness nodded and introduced herself to Magdalene with an informality that reminded her of her brothers.
When Magdalene was seated, Captain Shield said, “You inquired about Lieutenant Cross?”
“Yes. Of course there was all that business last winter about your deaths, and then being disciplined for being in Lahore. Then you both resigned your commissions?”
Captain Shield frowned. “He had not resigned when I left.”
He shook his head. “I am afraid you know more than I do if that is the case.”
“But you were close friends, were you not?”
“I have not received a letter from him since I arrived.” He turned to his brother. “Nothing came to the Farm or Hatbrook House?”
“Not that I’m aware of.”
“I will send letters to a couple of places that might reach him,” he offered. “And send you word of the results.”
Magdalene tried to smile. “My family would appreciate that. You can contact my brother George directly if you prefer.” She pulled a second piece of paper from her reticule, on which she’d written the address.
He accepted the paper and smiled, a dashing tilt of the lips that exposed a wry sensibility and even, white teeth. “I much prefer to communicate directly with beautiful ladies. Forgive me if my years in India have taken the polish from my manners.”
December 1st #histrom release: One Taste of Scandal
Releasing December 1st in trade paperback (online purchase only) and December 5th in ebook! Enjoy autumn in 1887 London in this second book of the Redcakes series. Just as much cake...
A cup of sugar . . . a dash of cream . . . and a craving for a cake
decorator that won't be denied . . .
When Captain Judah Shield learns he
is more bastard than noble born, he goes in search of his true lineage.
Determined not to lean on his family's wealth, he accepts a job
managing Redcake's Tea Shop. Despite the flurry of excitement a single
soldier creates among the staff, Judah clearly has no time for a wife.
Though what man doesn't have time for a delectable beauty like lovely
Magdalene Cross? . . .
He has the bearing of an English gentleman and
the fiery touch of a true rake. Which is precisely why Magdalene must
avoid Judah if she hopes to escape her family's reputation for scandal.
Surely no good can come from a man whose kiss leaves her hungry for
more. Certainly not the kind of marriage that could restore her social
status. Still, Magdalene cannot help imagining what an incredible
wedding night it would be-and when fate steps in, she may not have to
imagine after all . . .
"One Taste of Scandal is a delicious,
multi-layered Victorian treat" -Gina Robinson, author of The Last Honest
Seamstress and the Agent Ex series
My Wear Black prequel, historical fantasy, is free today!
SHE HAS BIGGER DREAMS THAN THE CURRAGH
Nellie Clifton isn’t going to spend her life as a “wren,” one of the
prostitutes serving the soldiers on the desolate plains of the Curragh
outside Kildare, Ireland.
THE PRINCE OF WALES IS HER ESCAPE PLAN
Nellie is going to make something of herself, and to do so, she has a
plan: she is going to be the mistress of Queen Victoria's son, Prince
Albert—but if he is a mistake, she needs another escape plan.
HER LIFE IS GOING TO CHANGE IN WAYS SHE COULD NEVER HAVE EXPECTED
Nellie Clifton: Well on her way to becoming a legend, instead of just a footnote in history.
Shop at Barnes and Noble and donate to Charity at the same time!
I'm heading to Bellevue, WA tomorrow for my first conference in five years. Yep, the kid and I are finally mobile enough to give this a try. There will be a booksigning on Saturday the 19th at the Bellevue Westin across the street from Bellevue Square if you are local. It starts at 4:30.
But to me, what is really exciting is the special online deal Barnes and Noble is doing. If you use this special code when you order books, even if you don't attend the bookfair, money from sales online will go to a great charity.
this year is Barnes & Noble. The way they do a bookfair is kind of
unique. Sales from books purchased via their website or a brick and
mortar store can also be counted toward our bookfair totals beyond the
two hour window of time for the fair itself. This is fabulous, because
it increases the amount of the proceeds going toward DAWN (the Domestic
Abuse Womens' Network). If a reader uses the code 11132172
at the point of sale, a portion of the proceeds of that sale will be
donated to DAWN. The code is good in stores from October 19th through
the 25th, and online through October 30th."
On #sale The Marquess of Cake, a Victorian romance
Extra, extra, read all about it! Seriously
though, I had no idea The Marquess of Cake was going on sale for $1.99 at 4 etailers
today. Sixty-seven percent off! Fabulous price for my full-length
Victorian romance with cake! I have no idea how long this will last, so
snap it up quick. Don't forget, The Marquess of Cake is also available in print. And, the sequel, One Taste of Scandal, is available for preorder.
Coffee. . .tea. . .or a pastry chef sweeter than any confection. . .
trifle fit for Queen Victoria, scones with clotted cream. . .Alys
Redcake knows the way to a man's heart. Yet she is unaware that with
each morsel--and flash of ankle--she is seducing the handsome marquess
frequenting her father's tea shop. Unmarried at twenty-six, Alys's first
love is the family business. But thoughts of the gentleman's touch are
driving her to distraction. . .With his weakness for sugar, the
Marquess of Hatbrook can imagine no more desirable woman than one
scented with cake and spice. Mistaking Alys for a mere waitress, he has
no doubt she would make a most delicious mistress. And when he finds
himself in need of an heir, he plans to make her his convenient bride.
Yet as they satisfy their craving for one another, business and pleasure
suddenly collide. Will Hatbrook's passion for sweets--and for Alys--be
his heart's undoing?
Dancing in Red is coming soon! #amreading #victorian #fiction
Dancing in Red is the prequel novella to the Wear Black historical fantasy series. The first novel, Wear Black, is available now. Dancing in Red will be available at Amazon this week!
SHE HAD BIGGER DREAMS THAN THE CURRAGH
Nellie Clifton isn’t going to spend her life as a “wren,” one of the prostitutes serving the soldiers on the desolate plains of the Curragh outside Kildare, Ireland.
THE PRINCE OF WALES IS HER ESCAPE PLAN
Nellie is going to make something of herself, and to do so, she has a plan: she is going to be the mistress of Queen Victoria's son, Prince Albert—but if it turns into a bad romance, she needs another escape plan.
HER LIFE WAS GOING TO CHANGE IN WAYS SHE COULD NEVER HAVE EXPECTED
Nellie Clifton:Well on her way to becoming a legend, instead of just a footnote in history.