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Last spring, just before my late grandmother’s house was sold, my dad and I went through it one last time looking for mementos. After Mimi — that’s what we grandchildren called her — passed away in 1993, my Aunt Lil had moved in and spent the next 20 years hoarding, so the house now comprised a crazy mixture of things that were just as Mimi had left them mixed with Aunt Lil’s heaps of crafting supplies and flea-market finds (books, knickknacks, kitchenware, second-hand clothing, etc).

Sorting through what we considered a mix of trash and treasure was an emotional task — half exciting, half devastating. This house and what it held meant a lot to both my dad and me, and I for one had a sense of desperation. This was our last chance to grasp remnants of thousands of precious memories — what if we missed something important because it was under a pile of smelly old clothes, possibly infested with mice?

To keep up our spirits, I began, jokingly, to talk aloud to the spirit of my late grandmother: “Mimi, what do you want us to take?” My dad eventually joined in, addressing some of his late siblings. We did find some things that stirred strong memories — I took some of Mimi’s colorful tablecloths, and Dad took a camel seat one of his sisters had brought home from a visit to Morocco.

Cover, Eternally YoursThen, when we were about to leave, we asked the spirits for help one last time, and the lamp in the living room began to flicker.

Yes, it really did.

Was it a sign from Mimi? From one of Dad’s late siblings? If so, what were they saying? Their own goodbye to the house? Or to us, for the time being? My dad is a firm non-believer in ghosts, but even he commented that it was “weird.”

Anyway, it’s that time of year again when the veil between this world and the next is thin. If you’re in the mood for a ghost story, please check out Eternally Yours, a full-length contemporary romance featuring a Victorian house and a Victorian ghost. Hubby recently helped design a new cover for it, seen on the left here. (What do you think?)

Meanwhile, happy hauntings!

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Years ago, after Berkley/Jove released my first published book, As You Wish, people (mostly coworkers at my “day job”) often asked if I planned to write a sequel. I always said, “I don’t know, but maybe a prequel telling Phoebe and Harold’s story.” Their story was already half-formed in my mind, but having spent so much time on As You Wish, I wanted to do other stories first.

Well, the day has finally come for anyone who may be waiting for it. 🙂 The prequel to As You Wish, a 35,000-word novella called Wish I Might is out today on Kindle! The cover and back-cover blurb are below. Print edition soon to come, and other ebook platforms later.

Kindle cover for Wish I Might

A love unrequited and wishes unfulfilled…

Phoebe Sheffield has been nursing tender feelings for David Traymore, a bitter younger man who views her as a sister. On a misty evening, under the influence of absinthe, she wishes for a suitor like him, only mature enough to appreciate her as a woman.

Be careful what you wish for…

For a few magic moments, her wish seems to come true when she meets someone she mistakes for a vision of David from the future. But after the most passionate encounter of her life, she learns her dream lover is actually David’s worst enemy: Lord Solebury, the man who sired him then abandoned his mother.

A choice between love and friendship…

Though Phoebe should hate Solebury, she’s wildly attracted to him—and moved when he opens up about the regrets of his youth. But how can she justify betraying David, the friend who needs her most, to be with the man who is the bane of his existence?

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For the Kindle page on Amazon, please click here.

And if anyone is wondering, yes, next I am going to write a third book in the series. Very early days for that yet!

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seventhnewcover_smAt the suggestion of my longtime and fabulous critique partner Tracy Fobes, I’ve been meaning for a while to update the ebook edition cover of Seventh Sanctuary with an image that gives a better sense of the steaminess of the story. (For now, the print edition will still have the original cover, since changing that is more complicated.)

After a lot of contemplation and a bit of a quest, a stock photo caught my eye, and the more I thought about it the more I liked it. Over the weekend, Hubby helped with tweaking and typography, and voilà, the makeover is now complete on the Kindle and Nook editions. What do you think? 😉

For those not familiar with Seventh Sanctuary, the 154-page steamy romance novella tells the story of three ancient Sumerians caught in a web of desire and — maybe — divine intervention. But will the great and terrible goddess Inanna smile on them — or is it her will to destroy them?

The back-cover blurb and a sample are available on the book page here. Scroll down to the web reader for the sample.

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Update: Note that the New Year giveaway has ended — thanks to all 1,040 readers in the US, UK and Germany who downloaded A Perfect Duet! — but if you missed it, check back around Valentine’s Day. If this one seems to spur sales in the coming weeks, I’ll do another. : )

Heads up to anyone who owns a Kindle or reads Kindle books on other devices: On January 1st and 2nd, you can download my Regency romance (think Jane Austen) novella, A Perfect Duet for free.

Description:

Meek Miranda Granville only comes alive at the pianoforte, but even there, Andrew Owen intimidates her. His playing moves her like nothing else, but his critiques of her spoil the effect.

Andrew just wants to share the advantage of his professional training with Miranda, but his words always seem to come out wrong. The trouble is he’d rather be running his fingers over her than the keyboard, but she’s been promised to his rogue of a cousin Julian since childhood.

When Julian stands Miranda up at the village bonfire celebration, Andrew gets a chance to strike a chord with her — but if he wants to make her his, he’ll have to outplay both his cousin and her father.

Set yourself a reminder now, or get one from me by following me on Twitter here or “liking” me on Facebook (see the widget on the right side of the home page on my blog).

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… then “A Perfect Duet” should whet your appetite for romance. In addition to a hero and heroine who speak to each other through their piano-playing, it has a Regency-England setting (Jane Austen-style), a May Day bonfire with celebrants pairing off in the woods, and a mad-dash elopement with an uncertain outcome.

The novella (about 20,000 words) is available as an ebook for the first time and is also my first 99-cent offering. (“Cheap!” as they say over at MAD magazine.) Kindle and Nook editions are both live now.

For a description of the plot and/or to read a sample, hop over to the brand-spanking-new “A Perfect Duet” page here.

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