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Black and whiteI’m excited about MASTER OF THE FLEET! With a little luck, it will be out by the middle of December.

In the meantime, here’s a little preview for you.

In her younger days, before she gave up the hope of a better life, she had dreamed of this kind of man. Someone tall and handsome, strong but gentle, and, most of all, kind. But he hadn’t existed in her world.

In escaping her world, she had ruined her chances of knowing true love. How could she enjoy being with a man after being used as a whore? Why would a man such as Richard want her, except as a last resort when his urges became too strong?

Somehow, she would survive. It was too late for what-ifs and happily-ever-afters, but…

He had called her Annie.

Watch for Master of the Fleet!

Her lips

Share the Romance…

 

And this is the time of year to do it. The weather is cooler, nights are longer, and it’s nice to cuddle in front of the fire.

So what’s in store?

I have a new book coming out in December under a pen name–Sultonna Nadine. I’ve decided to use Mellie Miller for my series, but Sultonna for the stand-alones. So watch for Master of the Fleet.

http://bit.ly/MasteroftheFleet_SW

 

How about a little excerpt?

“Milord, are you Lord Sir Richard of Côte d’Or?” the lad asked nervously.

“I am.”

“There is a priest to see you and your lady, sir. If you’ll follow me.”

Looking at Anne-Marie, he saw true fear in her eyes. That was too damned bad. She had made her bed, now she would lie in it and please him. How many times had she played this game?

He rose from the table and motioned for Anne-Marie. The lad led them out of the banquet hall and into a small guest room

“Lord Richard? I’m Père Michel. His Excellency sent for me,” the priest began.

“I’m sorry to have called you out on such short notice, Père,” Richard told the man.

“This is all very unusual, milord. Perhaps you would enlighten me as to the circumstances surrounding this event.”

Sighing deeply, Richard gave his account of the trip, the festival, and the evening, as concisely as possible. He tried not to show prejudice. After all, the mere facts of the matter were enough.

Père Michel stood silently for a moment after he had finished, digesting the information. With a nod of his head, he turned to Anne-Marie.

“Is there anything you would like to add, refute, deny, or show differently?” he asked.

Anne-Marie was quiet for so long Richard thought she would deny everything. But looking from him to the priest, she shook her head, and in a small but clear voice said, “No, Père. Nothing to add or refute. I wish I had held my temper. Truly I do. I don’t think I would have killed him. But aside from that, the facts are much as he stated them.”

“Do you have regrets?” he asked.

“I regret my actions earlier this evening, yes,” she said.

“Milord Richard, you have had some time to think this through and calm yourself. Are you certain this is what you desire?”

“Yes, it is,” Richard answered flatly.

“Milady, will you marry willingly? If you will not, speak now. I will not bind you unless you are willing, no matter the cause.”

Again she was quiet for a moment.

“Considering the alternatives to marriage, I wed willingly. Had events not transpired as they had, I would answer differently. But I will wed Lord Richard, if he wills it.”

“Is there anything else I should know before we begin? If not, bring out your witnesses and we will conduct the ceremony.”

Richard had nothing else to say and apparently Anne-Marie didn’t either. Once the witnesses were present, the ceremony began. The group passed through the front gates into the courtyard, to stand in the presence of the heavens.

Those in the wedding party removed their shoes to stand on earth. With hands raised, eyes to the heavens, the priest began to intone the opening words of the marriage oath.

“In the presence of God, I call upon heaven and earth, water and fire, wind and spirit, to witness the union of Lord Richard LeMarnier and Anne-Marie Desplaines…”

They made it through the ceremony without complications. He used the ring he’d bought for their betrothal for her wedding ring. She used his signet ring for his. These represented Earth, the metal having come from the ground. Candles lit during the ceremony represented fire, the couple was sprinkled with water, and the kiss represented an exchange of spirit. As the ceremony continued under the stars, the evening breeze swept around them, caressing them and adding its seal to the union. Arcane symbols bound their vows to each of the elements.

Bound by God and the six elements of creation, their human representatives bearing witness and completing the perfect ring of seven, the marriage was sealed by the priest, and recorded.

As their wedding had been unplanned, Richard was startled when a fanfare blared and their union was announced as they returned to the banquet. Anne-Marie must have been as shocked as he was. His arm around her waist kept her from falling, as she stumbled through the entrance.

 

Don’t Forget…

     ….to Share the Romance…

November, November…

Yes, it’s November, which means it is once again time for NaNoWriMo. I’ve joined NaNo several times in the past, and would like to have participated this year. Alas, time constraints will not allow it this year.

My very best wishes to all those authors out there who are participating. It is a real blast, and if you’ve been trying to get a book started, this is a great way of doing it.

50,000 words in one month? Yes, it can be done.

So, good luck to everyone who has signed up for this adventure. You will have days when the words just fly into the manuscript like magic, and days when pulling words out of the ether is like pulling teeth. But you’ll get there!

Have a great time with NaNoWriMo. Hopefully, I’ll see you there next time.

Until then, may your words flow as if by magic, with just a bit of hocus-pocus on your part.

Where can you find my books?

Esperance–The Series

http://bit.ly/EsperanceAM

http://bit.ly/Esperance_BN

http://bit.ly/EsperanceSeries

Gambler’s Folly

http://bit.ly/GamblersFolly_Am

http://bit.ly/GamblersFolly_BAM

http://bit.ly/GamblersFolly_BN

Dante’s Angel

http://bit.ly/DantesAngel

http://bit.ly/DantesAngel_BN

http://bit.ly/DantesAngel_SW

Master of the Fleet–Coming Soon!

http://bit.ly/MasteroftheFleet_SW

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading Time

This time of year is the perfect time to read. Cool evenings, warm fires, something nice to drink. And a good book!

Have you read the books from Esperance? How about a trip to Gambler’s Folly?

Dante’s Angel is the latest book from Gambler’s Folly, in the Speranza Series.

And from Esperance, Morgan–The Pixie and the Green Man is Book 3!

So if you’re looking for something different, a nice Fantasy Romance with a paranormal twist, check out one of the links above.

And don’t forget–

—to Share the Romance…

Set in an alternate timeline of the American Northwest, Master of the Fleet combines paranormal abilities with romance.

Richard Lemarnier  owns the largest merchant fleet on the coast and is its Master of the Fleet. With the ability to bend wind and water to his will, he keeps his ships safe out on the high seas.

Would that he could protect his heart.

Anne-Marie is a seamstress and has captured Richard’s attentions. Having been deeply hurt in the past, she’s out to take men for whatever she can get, without getting trapped in a marriage.

Until she meets Richard and bites off more than she can chew.

Watch for Master of the Fleet!

In the meantime, check out some of my other books!

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/meleigh53

Autumn, Sweet Autumn

My favorite season! How about you?

Cool evenings, crackling fires, and a good book. And don’t forget the spiced cider! What better reading than a good romance?

What are you reading tonight?

ESPERANCE

Jareth, First Lord

Viviane, First Lady

Morgan–The Pixie and the Green Man

 

 

 

 

 

SPERANZA

  Gambler’s Folly

Dante’s Angel

 

 

 

 

 

(and don’t Forget–

    to share the Romance…)

 

What’s Up Next?

Well, you know me. I can’t work on one thing at a time…

However, Master of the Fleet is with my editor, as is The Russian, so you know she has her hands full. Gotta love her. She loves a challenge.

Master of the Fleet is a stand-alone set in the late 1800’s of the American Northwest. Richard LeMarnier thinks he’s found the woman of his dreams, but finds he’s been played. All she was after was what she could con out of him with her hints at a relationship before she moved on to another mark.

The Russian is the third book in the Speranza Series from Gambler’s Folly. Dmitri, a wolf-shifter, has been around for quite a while. At least 500 years. Two hundred years ago his first soulmate died, leaving him alone and wishing for death to take him.  Since then, he’s been a lone wolf, never seeking  a relationship, until a chance meeting on Gambler’s Folly brings him a second chance at happiness.

Master of the Fleet should be out right after Thanksgiving, so keep an eye out for it. And The Russian should be available after the turn of the year.

In the meantime, check out my other books at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords.

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