My new story begins on a terror-filled night when two babies–identical twin girls of noble birth–are separated. One grows to womanhood as the frail, manipulative ward of the handsome young earl of Harcourt. The other becomes an enchanting, street-smart urchin who earns her way as a traveling player on the streets of England and France.
The two girls’ paths might never again have crossed if Harcourt hadn’t run into Miranda in the midst of an exuberant performance. The resemblance to his ward is unmistakable–uncanny, in fact…and an ambitious plot begins to take shape in Harcourt’s mind.
His ward, Maude, will commit herself to a convent rather than marry the love-struck king of France, who will soon be traveling to London to claim her. What if Miranda were to take Maude’s place? Harcourt is confident that with the right training, the right clothes, and the right attitude, the lithe, carefree Miranda will captivate society–and the king.
So begins Harcourt’s breathtaking scheme to turn an ugly duckling into a gorgeous swan. But if he succeeds too well, Miranda may become something irresistible–even to Harcourt….
It’s a delicious dilemma and a dangerous deception…and the twists and turns surprised even me.
Dear Reader, Like the rose in the haunting tale of "Beauty and the Beast," a silver rose on a charm bracelet brings together a beautiful young woman and a battle-scarred lord….
In my story, Ariel Ravenspeare has been taught to loathe the earl of Hawkesmoor and everything he represents. Their two families have been sworn enemies for generations. But it’s one thing to hate him, and another to play the part her vicious brothers have written for her–trapping Hawkesmoor into a marriage that will destroy him, using herself as bait. Forced into the marriage, Ariel will find her new husband unexpectedly difficult to manipulate, as well as surprisingly–and powerfully–attractive.
But beneath the passion lurk the strands of a long-hidden secret…a secret embodied in a sparkling silver rose.
I hope you will be as caught up in Ariel and Hawkesmoor’s love story as I was.
What comes to mind when you think of a diamond slipper? Cinderella, perhaps? That’s what Cordelia Brandenburg imagines when her godparents arrange a marriage for her with a man she’s never met–a marriage that will take her to Versailles, far from the rigid confines of her childhood home. The betrothal gift is a charm bracelet with a tiny, glittering diamond slipper attached…as befits a journey into a fairy-tale future.
But Cordelia–young, headstrong, and completely adorable–runs into trouble right away. Her escort to the wedding is the golden-eyed, sensual, teasing Viscount Leo Kierston. For Cordelia, it’s love at first sight. Yet Leo seems to see only a spoiled child–perhaps it’s the way she cheats at chess–and Cordelia is determined to show him the woman beneath.
There is, however, no escaping her arranged marriage. She’s devastated to discover that her new husband is an utterly loathsome tyrant who will stop at nothing to satisfy his twisted desires.
My heart went out to Cordelia as she struggles courageously against a man determined to break her spirit. But her husband has a secret, one that will bring down the vengeance of Viscount Kierston and all who have reason to hate him.
I hope you’ll enjoy this love story of two of my very favorite characters.
P.S. The charm bracelet makes its next appearance in The Silver Rose. Look for it next summer.