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How about a little something from Master of the Fleet?

“She never promised marriage. She never intended to marry, after what life had shown her. Men were animals, who could be amusing or entertaining. On the other hand, they could be violent and perverse, especially when drunk. As long as they were pursuing her, they were on their best behavior. Once they’d captured the prize, it would be a different story. Why take the chance?

“It became a game. How much could I get before it was time to move on?”

“You’re a greedy little whore, aren’t you?”

“That’s not fair! Once I left the travelers, I never slept with anyone again, until last night with you. After being forced to bed anything that came along, I have no interest in sex.”

“So you held out hope and took them for everything they had.”

“Yes. And I made a good living at it, as well as the sewing.”

“What happened this time?”

“You did. You had enough money to take me home, so I could gloat. I wanted to look down my nose at the people who’d said I could never leave and know they were wrong.

“But after a little too much wine, and a bit too much excitement, things got out of hand. You sounded too much like those I’d run away from years ago and I snapped.”

“What do we do now?” Richard asked. “Will you share my bed willingly as my wife? Or will you simply tolerate my advances and send your mind roaming?”

“We’re bound by oath, marriage, and blood oath, Richard. I must stay with you. As your wife, I must share your bed. Will I ever enjoy it? I doubt it.””

Who owns your passion

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Yes! You read it correctly! I have all my books on Smashwords on sale for .99 from now through Monday, November 27!

This includes all the books in the Esperance Series, and Dante’s Angel from the Speranza Series.

Master of the Fleet is now available for preorder, and is also included in this weekend sale!

So, if you’ve been thinking about ordering one of my books, but weren’t quite sure, now’s the time.

All of my books are also available in paperback as well, through Amazon, if you’re looking for a gift.

Wishing everyone a happy and safe holiday season.


Speranza the Series

A woman commands his heart

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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

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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.



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…

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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




Gambler’s Folly




Dante’s Angel




Master of the Fleet–Coming Soon!








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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…

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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?


Jareth, First Lord

Viviane, First Lady

Morgan–The Pixie and the Green Man







  Gambler’s Folly

Dante’s Angel






(and don’t Forget–

    to share the Romance…)


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