New Release: Ice and Embers: Steampunk Snow Queen now available!

Saturday, July 22, 2017


It's release day for Ice and Embers! The novel went live a little early so now we can all cool down from this summer heat by pretending we're at the 1814 Frost Fair with Elyse, Kai, John, and the troupe at the Ice House Theater! The eBook of this novel is currently available as part of the Regency Rendezvous collection. The paperback, which will feature the below cover, is coming soon!


Novel Description

A Regency Rendezvous Romance

When actress Elyse McKenna fell in love with Lord John Waldegrave, she was prepared to keep their liaison secret. What she wasn’t ready for was how her newfound love would rock her relationship with her dearest friend, Doctor Kai Murray.

With the 1814 London Frost Fair in full swing, Elyse and her troupe at the Ice House Theatre find themselves at the heart of the excitement on the frozen Thames. But when an exotic ship captain, whose vessel is trapped in the ice, turns her attention to Kai, everything Elyse thought she knew about her feelings for her old friend gets flipped upside down.

While the Ice House Theatre’s production of A Midwinter Night’s Dream thrills the London crowd, Elyse’s life begins to take on a distinctly Shakespearean turn.
Elyse must find a way to discover the truth about the captain, Kai, John, and her own feelings if she hopes to escape the Thames with her heart intact.

Ice and Embers is a retelling of the classic Snow Queen fairy tale set in Regency London.

Other Regency Rendezvous Romances
The Devil of Montlaine
The Blue Drawing Room
The Archaeologist’s Daughter
Wreck and Ruin
Romancing the Rake
P.S. I Loathe You
The Earl’s Encounter
The Stablemaster’s Daughter
A Rake Like No Other
The Elusive Lady Winston



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Chapter 1: A Midwinter Night’s Dream

I exhaled deeply. My breath, heated by the passion of the kiss, slipped from between my lips and turned into a hazy cloud in the freezing winter air.
“Elyse,” John whispered, taking the pale blonde hair at the back of my neck into a gentle handful. He pulled me toward him again. His other hand, located on my lower back, gently pressed my hips toward his. I fell into the crush of his body and felt his warmth and want. I didn’t pull away. This was everything I’d ever dreamed of. The idea that a man of his station could fall in love with a girl like me was impossible. But still, here I was.
“Elyse, five minutes,” Marve, the manager of our acting troupe, shouted. When he spotted us, however, a blush crept up on his cheeks, and he disappeared backstage once more.
“I believe you’re needed, Titania,” John said. He stepped back and looked me over then straightened the collar on my costume. “Your makeup will need to be touched up. I’m afraid I smeared it a bit.”
“I need to start carrying a hand mirror,” I said with a soft smile.
“Lovely faerie queen,” John whispered in my ear, pausing to kiss my earlobe. “Don’t let Oberon have the better of you.”
“Never. Are you staying to watch?”
He nodded. “Wouldn’t miss it for the world.”
I reached out to touch his face. The cold air had made the hollows of his cheeks red. “There are braziers near the front benches where your peers will be sitting. You’ll be warm there.”
He gently took my hand and kissed my wrist. He stroked his finger across the blue veins below my pale skin. Lifting his eyebrows in a mischievous arch, he asked, “Do you think there is anywhere on this frozen river that’s warm?”
“In my arms?” I replied, mirroring his playful expression.
He laughed. “That’s the best, and most correct, answer.”
I grinned playfully. “If you wanted to be warm, then coming to the Frost Fair was a wretched idea.”
“But if I hadn’t come, I wouldn’t have seen my faerie queen.”
I smiled and looked deeply into his honey-colored eyes. My heart beat so hard I felt like it was going to burst. If I wasn’t careful, my passion for John was going to make me swoon. Kai would say I was being ridiculous, that swooning was a fashion, not a physical malady.
At the front of the theatre, I heard the sounds of flutes and horns. The play was starting.
Marve appeared once more. Too stressed to remain courteous, he huffed at me. “Elyse…Lord Waldegrave, I’m sorry, but we really do need our faerie queen.”
“I need to go,” I whispered.
“My apologies,” John called to Marve then turned to me. “See you soon, Titania,” he said, kissing the back of my hand. He then turned and headed toward the front of the house, such as it was, situated on the frozen Thames.
I sighed heavily, gathered up the long skirts of my costume, and headed for the stairs.
Forgetting myself, my head lost in love, I nearly slipped on the ice.
“Fool,” I cursed myself, giggling. I steadied myself against the side of the makeshift theatre. When I reached the top of the steps, I paused and looked out at the ice. For the first time in many years, the Thames had frozen solid. The Frost Fair had popped up on the ice practically overnight. Thus far, our company from the Struthers Theatre, which we’d renamed the Ice House Theatre in homage to our temporary venue, was the only one to take advantage of the limited opportunity. I looked out across the frozen Thames. Glimmering hues of amber, pomegranate red, and deep purple streaked the sky as the sun dipped below the horizon. The colors cast an opalescent hue on the frozen river.
I exhaled happily. I had fallen in love with a fine gentleman and he with me. Our amour was not without complications, but it wasn’t uncommon for a man of good station to fall in love with an actress. Other lords had taken singers or ladies of the stage as wives. Our relationship would need to be discreet until he got his family’s approval. I wouldn’t want to sully his reputation in any way. But I was a skilled ballerina and actress, had good manners, and was attractive. That counted for something, didn’t it? Even if I didn’t have good breeding, that didn’t mean I couldn’t become Lady Waldegrave.
“Elyse,” Marve whispered, his voice a sharp hiss. Master Shakespeare called. I smiled, wondering what the Bard would think of our frozen rendition of his work, which we’d playfully titled A Midwinter Night’s Dream.

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Double Cover Reveal: Ice and Embers: Steampunk Snow Queen

Monday, July 17, 2017



I'm very pleased to be taking part of a special collection this summer. My retelling if the Snow Queen fairy tale with steampunk elements is part of the Regency Rendezvous Collection. For 12 days, we Scarsdale Publishing is releasing a new Regency novel. Ice and Embers is set during the London Frost Fair of 1814. This novel is part of my Steampunk Fairy Tales Collection. All my steampunk works, including the Airship Racing Chronicles, exist in the same alternative world.

For this novel, I will have two covers. As part of the Regency Rendezvous Collection, my eBook cover has a distinctly Regency feel and fits perfectly with the other covers. Have a look:

Regency Rendezvous eBook Cover



The paperback and audiobook for this novel had the feel of the other books in my fairy tales collection. Sometimes next year the eBook will also carry this cover:


Steampunk Fairy Tales Paperback Cover

The paperback for this book is currently being formatted and will be available soon!


Novel Description


When actress Elyse McKenna fell in love with Lord John Waldegrave, she was prepared to keep their liaison secret. What she wasn’t ready for was how her newfound love would rock her relationship with her dearest friend, Doctor Kai Murray.


With the 1814 London Frost Fair in full swing, Elyse and her troupe at the Ice House Theatre find themselves at the heart of the excitement on the frozen Thames. But when an exotic ship captain, whose vessel is trapped in the ice, turns her attention to Kai, everything Elyse thought she knew about her feelings for her old friend gets flipped upside down.


While the Ice House Theatre’s production of A Midwinter Night’s Dream thrills the London crowd, Elyse’s life begins to take on a distinctly Shakespearean turn.
Elyse must find a way to discover the truth about the captain, Kai, John, and her own feelings if she hopes to escape the Thames with her heart intact.



Ice and Embers is a retelling of the classic Snow Queen fairy tale set in Regency London.



The novel is now available for preorder. I'll be posting the first chapter preview next week!


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New Release: Poison and Potions Boxed Set

Wednesday, July 12, 2017



Hi everyone,

I'm so excited to share that I'm participating with an amazing group of authors in the Poison and Potions boxed set. My contribution to the set is Ink: A Dark Waters Romance. Some of you may already have a copy of this work. If not, it's currently available exclusively in this set. Check out the line-up and Table of Contents. There are a ton of awesome books in this set. I can't wait to read it myself, lol! I'm really looking forward to reading K. N. Lee's and Monica Corwin's books. And what a cover! I am scheduled to work with this cover artist in the fall on a 2018 project, and I cannot wait.

Hope you all enjoy the set!




Pretty Poison or Deadly Draught? You decide!

Read the never before seen collaboration from today’s top voices in Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. This highly-curated collection contains fourteen EXCLUSIVE stories from today’s NYT and USAT bestselling authors, bringing you tales of magic, madness, malevolence, and so much more, including a majority of BRAND NEW material!

In this one-of-a-kind set, you’ll find thousands of pages packed with shifters, faeries, vampires, witches, and a host of other preternatural creatures! Available for a limited time only, Poison and Potions is a spellbinding opportunity you won’t want to miss.

Including stories from...
New York Times bestselling Erin Hayes 
New York Times bestselling Norma Hinkens 
New York Times bestselling Margo Bond Collins 
USA Today bestselling May Sage 
New York Times bestselling Catherine Vale 
New York Times bestselling Monica Corwin 
New York Times bestselling Thea Atkinson
USA Today bestselling Rachel McClellan
USA Today bestselling Debbie Herbert 
New York Times bestselling Melanie Karsak 
New York Times bestselling K.N. Lee
USA Today bestselling Megan J Parker and Nathan Squires
New York Times bestselling Rebecca Hamilton 
USA Today bestselling author Conner Kressley & New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Hamilton


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