Want to know where I’m at in writing each book? This page is updated a couple times a week, so you can keep track of how much further I have to go in writing these books. 😀
Breaking the Rules (Marriage by Design: Book 1)
Coming Early 2020 – still waiting on specific release date
They say a proper lady follows the rules. She lets the gentleman take the lead. She obeys her chaperone. She is soft spoken and careful in everything she says and does. She doesn’t intrude into a gentleman’s business. And she most certainly doesn’t become the object of scandal.
Miss Lilly Lowell has been careful to follow the rules all of her life. But the rules aren’t helping her now when she needs it most. She made the terrible mistake of spurning Mr. Morris’ attention, and now he’s looking for someone else to marry. Determined to get him back, she hatches a plan to make him fall in love with her again. And doing so will require her to start breaking some rules.
Hurt by Miss Lowell’s rejection, Mr. Roger Morris is seeking out another lady to court. But after endless social engagements, it starts to become clear to him that no one can take her place. Whether he likes it or not, he is doomed to love her. She is the perfect lady for him. But the last thing he wants to do is give in, especially when she creates a scandal that forces him to marry her.
This might just be a match made in hell. Or maybe, quite possibly, heaven…as long as Lilly can figure out a way to make things right.
Progress: Getting ready to upload it!
The Duke’s Secluded Bride
(Marriage by Fairytale: Book 5)
(Note: This description is a work in progress)
Most gentlemen wait to get married because they want time to enjoy being a bachelor before taking on the responsibilities of a married gentleman. Baldwin Darby, the Duke of Edmondstone, isn’t one of them. The life of a rogue never appealed to him. He’s wanted nothing more than to fall in love and live a quiet and uneventful life ever since he could remember. It wasn’t by choice that he hasn’t married yet. He’s just not very comfortable around ladies, which makes the marriage mart difficult for him.
So when his acquaintance mentions a sister at his country estate who is ready for marriage, he jumps at the chance for an arranged marriage. He’s been told she is extremely shy and that it takes her time to open up around strangers, so he might find her a bit strange when he initially meets her. But this doesn’t bother him. He’s a patient gentleman and can give her time to get used to him.
What he doesn’t count on, however, is just how strange everything is when he gets to the country estate. There were many things his acquaintance had left out, and it’ll leave him wondering if he made a mistake in marrying a lady without getting the chance to know her first.
*This is loosely based off the Rapunzel fairy tale.
Progress: First draft done!
The Rancher’s Bride (Wyoming Series: Book 2)
Coming Spring 2020
(Note: This description is a work in progress.)
One morning, Thayne Jackson finds a young woman disguised as a boy hiding in his barn with toddler in her arms. Upon realizing she’s injured, he takes it upon himself to let her stay with him while she heals. She won’t tell him where she came from or what happened to her, but he’s determined to keep her safe. The Wyoming territory is a dangerous one. He’d never forgive himself if something bad happened to her or the boy.
Abigail (Abby) Gray learned early in life that you keep your secrets. Don’t tell anyone anything unless you absolutely have to. This is good protection for you and for them. The last thing she wants is to stay with Thayne and his orphaned niece, but she doesn’t have any choice when she’s too injured to leave. She’s just going to have to bide her time. Until then, she’s determined not to get attached to Thayne, no matter how sweet or handsome he is.
Progress: Second Draft Done!
Nobody’s Fool (Marriage by Design: Book 2)
Coming Mid-to-late 2020
Miss Emilia Stewart’s life faces immediate ruin. Her friend made a little slip of the tongue, and now Lord Valentine thinks Emilia’s in love with him.
This is Lord Valentine of all gentlemen! Not only is he unfashionable and socially inept, but the mere thought of kissing him makes her shudder. What’s worse is that her father has arranged for her to marry him. Being a lady with no say in her future has never been more unfair!
She is, however, determined to overcome this cruel fate.
There’s still a chance to protect her future, and keep her sanity intact. All she has to do is become the most repulsive and unattractive wife possible. Then Lord Valentine will insist they live separate lives, and she’ll be spared the most unpleasant aspect of marriage–actually being in the same room with her husband. All she needs is a little ingenuity and help from her friends to make the plan work.
This romantic comedy takes a fun look at one wife’s dream of discouraging her husband from falling in love with her.
Progress: 2,104 to 50,000 words
The Fugitive’s Bride (Wyoming Series: Book 3)
Ever since Wade Gray lost his ranch and his son, he’s had one mission: get both of them back. After a year, he has his son. Now it’s time to get the ranch. With all his careful planning, he realizes he might not make it back. He’s up against a ruthless enemy who’ll kill anyone who gets in his way.
In order to secure his son’s future, he rushes to marry Millie Washington, the woman he rescued on the same night he and his family got his son back. Love doesn’t factor into the equation. Love didn’t factor into his first marriage, either. He married his first wife to rescue her from a life of prostitution and abuse, and the arrangement never led to love. So to him, marriage is a logical decision based on what can benefit both people. In this case, he can offer Millie a place to live, and she’ll be the mother to his son. It’s as simple as that.
But marriage to Millie isn’t like what he had with his first wife. Millie isn’t weighed down by a harsh past. She has an innocent way of looking at the world that becomes a welcome relief after all he’s been through. In the rugged Wyoming Territory, she’s the only pleasant thing that exists.
And this poses a very difficult proposition for him. Feelings get in the way of doing what’s necessary. Will he be forced to choose between the demand for justice and the longing for meaningful connection with another person?
Progress: 0 out of 60,000 words
A Deceptive Wager (Marriage by Design: Book 3)
Coming Early 2021
Miss Kitty Farrow is under no illusion that her guardian cares anything about her, but when she finds out he wagered her in a gentleman’s bet. Not only has her choice in picking her own husband been taken away from her, but the earl her guardian is going to have her marry hates the very idea of having a wife at all.
Aaron Henry, Earl of Northon, doesn’t trust ladies. Any of them. From a young age, his mother taught him that all a lady is good for is an heir. If they’re sweet, it’s only to trick the gentleman into doing what they want, and once they get it, they’re on to the next gentleman. So when he discovers the money he expected to win in a wager turns out to be the dowry of his future bride, he wants nothing to do with his future bride.
But whether Kitty or Aaron want the marriage or not, it’s going to happen. And heaven help anyone who tries try to make the marriage a love match.
Progress: 0 to 50,000 words