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Posted by Beth Trissel | 11:45 AM | 0 comments »

I'm thrilled to finally reveal the cover of my March release, Lady of the Flames!

I had great fun writing this book -- it's a Regency with romance, suspense, and MAGIC! I love magic, and I really let myself enjoy writing about it in this one.

Here's what it's about:

Magic is fraught with peril—but so is love.

Lord Fenimore Trent’s uncanny affinity for knives and other blades led to knife fights, duels, and murderous brawls. Five years ago, he faced a choice: marry Andromeda Gibbons, the woman he loved, or find a safe, peaceful use for his blades by opening a furniture shop—an unacceptable occupation for a man of noble birth. The choice made itself when Andromeda turned to another man. The furniture shop prospered, but now Fen’s partner is accused of treason. In order to root out the real traitor, he faces another unpalatable choice—to resort to the violent use of his blades once again.

Once upon a time, Andromeda Gibbons believed in magic. That belief faded after her mother’s death and vanished completely when Lord Fenimore, the man she loved, spurned her. Five years later, Andromeda has molded herself into a perfect—and perfectly unhappy—lady. When she overhears her haughty betrothed, the Earl of Slough, plotting treason, she flees into the London night—to Fen, the one man she knows she can trust. But taking refuge with Fen proves to mean far more than getting help—it means learning to believe in love, magic, and the real Andromeda once again.

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It's up for pre-order now at a special introductory price of only 99 cents. (There's also a paperback at $11.95 for those who prefer.) Here are some links: ebook:

Amazon UK ebook:

Amazon Canada ebook:

Amazon Australia ebook:




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Lady of the Flames is part of a multi-author series called A Most Peculiar Season, about a London Season  when some very strange happenings take place. So far, there are two other books out: A Viking for the Viscountess by Michelle Willingham and Scandal on His Doorstep by Deborah Hale.
Happy reading!


Posted by Josie | 9:21 AM | 2 comments »

Thanks in advance to our local weatherman in the Charlotte, NC area for sharing the following tips:

According to the Mayo clinic, the optimal amount of humidity for a room is between 30-50 percent. A hygrometer measures the amount of humidity in a room. You can purchase them at for $9.99.

If you suffer from sore throats during the winter season, the culprit may be because your home is too dry. Many of our furnaces are running non-stop.

Here’s some ideas for home-made humidifiers:

1. Simply place a glass of water on your heater and let the water evaporate.

2. If you don’t have a flat top heater, soak a clean car-washing sponge in warm water. Squeeze to remove excess water and place in a punctured plastic freezer bag. Place in rooms as needed. When reusing, place sponge in microwave for 1 minute to rid of bacteria.

3. Keep your bathroom door open when showering with hot water. The steam will drift into the next room.

4. Purchase some inexpensive house plants. When you water the plants the water will evaporate through the leaves and back into the room.

5. Boil water on the stove, place in bowl and seal. Wait a few minutes for steam to gather, then bring to room that needs humidifying and unseal. Steam will instantly rise up into the air.

6. An open fish tank mixes business with pleasure and increases moisture in a soothing effective way.

Please note that it’s not recommended that you dry your clothes on radiators or heaters. Yes, moisture is being sent back into the air but the water may spread mold, bacteria, and viruses.