Tuesday, April 16, 2024

And Suddenly, We Have a Mail-Order Bride!

Hello, my dears! I’m delighted to report that the first book in my new Frontier Brides series is out! This series is set close to my home, on Hawks Prairie outside of Olympia, Washington, in the mid-1800s. It’s been so much fun to write about places I can go see and walk around! And having a large family in the picture is even more fun!

The charming Jeremy Willets thought writing away for a mail-order bride a wise decision. He just had to find a way to break it to his family. They valued true love, after all. True love wasn’t so easy to find in a frontier territory where men outnumbered the women eight to one. He never expected the woman with whom he was corresponding to show up at the door of his family’s ranch, unannounced and ready for a wedding.

Spunky Caroline Cadhill staked everything on finding a groom as far away from Cincinnati as possible. The letters Jeremy sent her seemed heartfelt and witty. Yet he hadn’t made a commitment. With danger threatening and her brother vanished, her only choice had been to run, right into Jeremy’s arms. Now she isn’t sure which is more dangerous, the men chasing her or the smile of her cowboy would-be groom.

Between a boisterous matchmaking family and a threat from her past, Caroline and Jeremy will have their hands full. But if they persevere, they may find their sudden romance turning into a forever love.

You can find it at fine retailers online as an ebook:

Directly from me 


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Barnes and Noble 

Apple Books 


You can find it in print on Amazon and Barnes and Noble as well as the following:



Or at your local library via Overdrive. Don’t see it at your library? Ask them to order it!


Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Twenty-Four Characters for Twelfth Night

I was doing research (lovely, lovely research!) and came across a picture I just have to share with you.

We’ve talked about Twelfth Night several times, and a masquerade to celebrate it is included in The Aeronaut’s Heart in My Fair Regency. January 6 marks the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas and the end of the Christmas season in general. In England, it might be commemorated with parties and a special cake. I am a bit late for this year’s celebration, but I offer you the following to get you thinking for next year. (Fingers crossed that if you click on the picture, you can see a larger version.)

These cards were designed and published by Thomas Rowlandson in 1811 and depict the various “characters” you might play during a Twelfth Night party. Your hostess might hand you a role to play when you arrived, or she might have sent you the card in advance so you could come in character and in costume.

And oh, the plot possibilities!

  • A shy young lady aghast at being asked to play Lady Racket.
  • A mismatched couple; say the gentleman is asked to play Captain Dash but the lady is stuck with Lady Careless.
  • Your rival insisting that you play Miss Gadabout.
  • A studly fellow being assigned Lord Flutter while a bookworm is assigned Major Matchless.
  • The grumpiest chaperone being given Mrs. Friendly!

What do you think? See one you’d like to play? Or one you wouldn’t?

Wishing you a very happy new year, with many wonderful characters to discover in books you love!