Sunday, October 29, 2017

One Last Night Bestseller


I was surprised (happy, thrilled) this morning to find One Last Night, Book One in the Mad Duchesses series, ranked #1 in the Historical Erotica category at KOBO.


This is a lovely series. Personally, I love the novella From Now On. Yes, I wrote it, but even authors have favorite children.

Hope you enjoy all four books! Available at all major retailers.


Saturday, October 28, 2017

As Outlander Turns


I feel a little guilty about the Mt. Everest of expectations to which we hold the Outlander/Tall Ship gurus responsible. It is no small feat considering the Outlander Book Fiends KNOW every word and expression Jamie Fraser has ever uttered or displayed. Yes, Jamie did cry! He fell A.P.A.R.T after he so sweetly and lovingly touched his daughter through those pictures. There. I said it.

But considering I am the O.F. of O.B.F.’s, I do want to acknowledge all the things that have been done right in Season Thee.

OH. SO. RIGHT. Here’s my contribution to the vast opinions on Outlander.



21. Claire’s grief. Not only is she pregnant, but she must also deal with a husband she no longer loves while dying inside from her profound grief and loneliness. I believe Catriona’s performances. I believe I am seeing a woman lost. I should note that I have been a believer since she and Jamie verbally flayed each other after her rescue in The Reckoning.



20. The Print Shop set. I want to live there. I’d line the shelves with leather-bound books and wake to the six o’clock chime in Edinburgh. Ink, leather, polished woods and some fresh hay (you know, to stuff in my mattress.)



19. Frank and Claire. Each of their bouts displayed the decay of lost love. I suppose a nurse could have raised a daughter alone in 1948, but I find it believable that she said yes to Frank. I really do want to hate Frank, but he has a sly wit and for the most part is kind to Claire and loves Bree. Really a beautiful display that, I suspect, reflects reality more than I care to acknowledge. Tobias does understand his characters.

18. The hair. Not just Jamie's DunBonnet hair, but Claire's during the 40's, 50's and 60's. Just fantastic. I could mention the customes, but I think there is no disagreement that they have been incredible since day one. Season 3 has really captured the ear with the hairstyles.



17. The PUDDLE transition. This is the third great transition in the whole series. The other two occurred in Season 2, Episode 1. The first when Frank is burning her “Highlander” clothes and the smoke is wafting upward. Claire is staring out the window and then the transition to the plane parked on the tarmac in Boston. The second transition occurs right after, as Claire walks down the stairs and Frank is reaching for her but then we see Jamie’s fingers as he guides her from the gangplank in Le Havre. But this one is so great because it gets her right where we want her to be. Near Carfax Close and Jamie.

16. All things Batman. The utility belt. The theme song. A great break from an otherwise serious episode. And I loved that Claire sewed her own outfit, but was anyone else surprised she could do this in one day? She wore the same clothes through the whole scene.

15. #IamMadameJeanne. Someone asked the other day on the Heughligans’ FB page, ‘what Outlander character are you?’. This one character is all of us – the fan base. Well, seeing Madame Jeanne’s longing as she looked at James Fraser and the burning jealousy in her gaze when Jamie brings Claire to the whore house – well, I sympathize. We all want him, and Madame Jeanne expresses the longing that all fans feel. Yes, we’ll risk the man you are, Jamie.

14. Rupert stole the show that is Episode 1. Loyal to the end, even though he didn’t need to be. In the books, Jamie didn’t remember so much about Culloden. I liked this whole addition to the story.

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13. We all know Catriona Balfe is a beautiful woman but we’ve seen her looking pretty plain in previous seasons. The pinnacle Claire is Jamie’s vision of her as he walks into Lallybroch (carrying that hunk of soon-to-be fire-grilled venison) displays Claire at her best. She turns, just a hint of a smile upon her lips. The sun might be reflecting off her perfect skin on top of that. She really is a witch.

12. Walk Off The Earth. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall. Don’t ask me why this song works but it does. Bear McCreary, you evil composer wizard you. Don’t worry, I’ll buy the sound track.

11. Clark Butler. Jamie and Willie together. OMG. I’m actually imaging Clark being on the show to reprise his role as Willie when Lord John visits Fraser’s Ridge. Willie would be 12 then; Clark was 11 when he was cast as Willie. Make it so.

10. Matthew B Roberts. Is he single?

9. Don’t miss it. Jamie’s expression when Lady Dunsany offers to seek his parole so he can return to Scotland. Thank you, your Ladyship. Again, another brilliant bit from Sam. Jamie continually sacrifices his own happiness in the service to others and there is no higher service than to his son.

8. Buttons. I didn’t know they could be an aphrodisiac. I want to undo everyone one of them here.

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7. Mary McNab. I don’t think any of us were looking forward to Jamie being with other women, but Mary’s kindness and her obvious need spilled over into her real desire to give comfort to Jamie. Like one time, in a dark, dank cave, they were soul mates. Oh, that single tear. Someone fetch me my tear catcher!

6. You filthy wee bitch. Some scenes are condensed into such small chunks but contain all the power of a full-length episode. I loved Jamie’s two outbursts here. “How dare you speak that way to me!”

5. “And you never touched me.” The best of Jamie’s eloquent and romantic soliloquies when he is reunited with Claire, ending with “There’s the two of us now.” No list that is worthy of being called a list would be complete without calling out Sam’s perfect performance here. The longing, the doubt, the shock – all of it on display with such overt yet controlled emotion.

4. Jamie riding away from Helwater. All the feels. All the awards.

3. That amount of time doesn’t exist. The most perfect, the most heartbreaking words in the Outlander universe.

2. Murtagh. This has been one of the biggest and best surprises of the entire Outlander series compared to the brilliant books. I never really noticed Murtagh in the books. Well, you can’t blame me. Uh, Jamie...  Yeah, he was Jamie’s godfather and all, but he didn’t jump off the page like he has on screen. Great casting is the culprit of this shameful and sinful deviation from canon. Duncan LaCroix made Murtagh a man for all seasons and a great romantic sideshow. A few of us, of a certain age, regrew ovaries at the sight of Murtagh and Suzette getting it on. Am I right? And there he is at Ardsmuir. How relieved and satisfying to know he lives. Note to writers: Don’t make the rookie mistake of hooking him up with Aunt Jocasta though. Ellen lives strong in this one.

1. Of Lost Things. Without a doubt, the best episode to date in the Outlander run. Of course, those who say it is The Wedding or A. Malcolm are wrong. Just when we think Jamie is at peace, and dare I say happy, he has yet another brutal heartache. I measure the true beauty of this episode by the amount of salty tears in my tear catcher (also known as a wine glass). Don’t judge me.



I do have one question for Diana, which I will ask her when I see her in June on the Avalon river cruise: Is there anything that you have seen in the Outlander tv series that you thought would have been a good addition to the books?



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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Release Day: A Mistress To Remember

Hi all! It's time for the release of the much anticipated A Mistress To Remember. This is Book Three in the Birds of Paradise series, so you know it's going to be steamy. It's up for pre-order now on Amazon with a release day of September 26th (I think the 27th everywhere else.)

Here's the blurb:

Baroness Katrina Klee is an outsider looking in. Born in Russia and raising her three half-English/half-Russian sons while trying to fit in English society is a continuing challenge. When Mark Turnbow, the Earl of Compton, seeks her out as his mistress, she is intrigued. Giving into such a temptation involves weeks of passion and exploration. While their search for the ultimate pleasure is rewarding, Katrina is injured in their play.

And worst of all, her secret affair is discovered by her sons' guardian. His threats are real. Give up her sons or give up her lover.


If you've read The Darkness in the Marquess of Dane, you might remember Mark Turnbow. He is the brother of Christina, who is now married to the dark marquess, Luc Conover.

And, I have to say, another wonderful cover from #Dar Albert. I just love this one:



And, the good news, there is one more story left in this series. Book Four brings the Birds of Paradise series full circle. Let me start at the beginning.

In Another Lover, Isabella St. Hillaire takes her final lover, Dorian Montgomery. She was pursued by the dark marquess, Dane, but rejects him for the Scottish ship magnate - the final lover she has dreamt about...

In The Darkness in the Marquess of Dane, Luc Conover is approached by the virginal Christina Turnbow, willing to sell the last thing she has of value in order to save her family.

Now, in A Mistress to Remember, Christina's brother Mark Turnbow finds an exquisite treasure in Russian √©migr√© Katrina Klee.

Finally, in a book I have tentatively titled. His High Seas Temptress, Christian St. Hillaire, captain on one of Dorian Montgomery's ships, finds a stowaway who is desperate to return to England. She claims to be a countess. Christian might have thrown her overboard if he'd realized she was also the Marquess of Dane's cousin.


Friday, June 30, 2017

New Releases







Hi everybody! Once again I have been slacking on blog posts, but I do have good news for you. I've been very busy on the writing front. 2016 was a downer year what with all the goings on at my last publisher. I've got all my books back and republished, except for my Romantic Suspense series at Amazon.

So what's going on:


A Sleight of Hand is out and available at all retailers. This is Book 3.2 of The Body of Knowledge series. It is a novella and the second part of Eadan MacMurrough's love story. In the novella, The Trouble With Scots, we learned that Eadan's visions of Gellie Cabot have propelled him into a dream world where he lives in a place between death and life.

For all anyone knows, Gellie doesn't really exist.

Except Gellie Cabot was there that night. She was at the inn where Eadan was first stricken.

In A Sleight of Hand, Gellie is summoned to Dunbar Castle to use her gift to heal the dying earl. She's afraid of her gift because she cannot control it and she knows she might kill him.







Next will be A Mistress To Remember, Book Three in the Birds of Paradise series. I love this one, not only because of the beautiful Russian heroine, trying to establish herself and her sons within the ton, but also because she is a curious and warm lover to the Earl of Compton, a newly widowed man searching for comfort. The wicked Marquess of Dane is back for a couple of scenes. He is married to the earl sister, Christina. I think you are going to like this one.

This cover is another one by Dar Albert. I absolutely love it. She just catches my vision when I describe the cover I want. And then does it ten times better.

It is currently in edits, so it should be a month or so until release day.


And I'm wrapping up A Wife Is Forever. I'm not sure this is the title I'm going with. This is Book Three in the Infamous Forresters. This plot is interesting. No spoilers yet.






Thursday, March 30, 2017

Another Lover new cover/Birds of Paradise

I may not be getting new work published but I am catching up on getting all of my "rights reversion" books re-published.

So, Another Lover. One of my favorite books. This is one of the only books where I knew the ending lines before I ever started writing the novella. But even though I'm a punster, I don't let my characters meander.

The series, Birds of Paradise, is all about women in unique circumstances in which they take lovers. The stories are also tied, in a way.

Another Lover is about Isabelle St. Hillaire, the Westminster Whore, and the final book will be about her brother, Christian St. Hillaire, captain of a sea-going vessel owned by Isabelle's new husband. This final book is started but not yet titled.

Book two, one of my bestselling books, is The Darkness in the Marquess of Dane. Dane was the dark character in book one who wanted to purchase Isabelle's favors. In DMD, we find out why he is such a troubled, dark soul. His lover, Christine Turnbow, needs money and she sells herself to Dane to save her family. Only she saves Dane's soul instead.

Christine's brother, the earl of Compton, Mark Turnbow, is featured in book three, currently titled a Mistress to Remember. He takes a lover after his wife dies with no thought to marriage. I'm on the last chapter of this book and will have a blurb out on this shortly.

Two families, four love stories. All of the books are very sexual, so I've warned you.

About the Another Lover covers: The lovely Dar Albert did both of these. I loved the first one, but man, oh man, did Dar outdo herself on the second one. Tell me which one you like better.

Here's the new one. Just fabulous, I think
And the original...



Another Lover will be re-published this week! Hope you'll pickup your digital copy and fine retailers near you...

Friday, March 17, 2017

My Dear Lord Forrester

Hi all. I'm calling it a release day for My Dear Lord Forrester even though this novella was in the Seven Nights of Sin anthology. We just wrapped the anthology up a couple months ago and it took me a little time to get the cover done and to do another round of edits. Always edits. No matter how many eyes look at it, there is something that can be made better.

So here's the new cover.

Some of you may have seen my FB post about my "smiling" hero. I liked it but he just seemed too happy. So went with another model instead, though I must confess, he's still not quite right. The curse of getting to do you own covers, I guess.

A big shout to Dar Albert who puts up with me changing my mind from day to day!




Here's a blurb:


Joshua Forrester is a man of the world, returning to London after receiving a wound in a Parisian duel. He's done it again - out to save all womankind. When will he learn not all women want to be saved? In London, he is reacquainted with a family friend and now widow, Char Dunlevee. He is charmed - and appalled. He knows her secret and is furious his friend, Char’s now dead husband, could have left her in such circumstances. He can save her, if she will only say yes to his proposal.

Char has other plans. Joshua would make a perfect husband—for one of her sisters. She doesn’t need to be saved. Seduced perhaps…? With one kiss, Char forgets her plans as she is drawn closer to the enigmatic and dear Lord Forrester.

Previously published in the Seven Nights of Sin anthology.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

A new logo

Someday I'll have a marketing/PR person to help me with the minutia of writing. So much to do, so little time.

But this week, Dar Albert (my cover designer) finished up a new logo for "Eliza Lloyd" - and I really like it. You might be seeing it around from here out. What do you think?