Overview

Fourteen bestselling and award winning historical romance authors have come together with an excerpt collection just for you.
Inside, you’ll find scenes leading up to that glorious moment of the first kiss—or, in a few instances, the almost first kiss.
We hope you are swept away in the romance of the First Kiss.

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First Kiss

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Overview

Fourteen bestselling and award winning historical romance authors have come together with an excerpt collection just for you.
Inside, you’ll find scenes leading up to that glorious moment of the first kiss—or, in a few instances, the almost first kiss.
We hope you are swept away in the romance of the First Kiss.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045243711
  • Publisher: Parchment & Plume, LLC
  • Publication date: 8/30/2013
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 9,269
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

USA Today Bestselling Author Rose Gordon has written eight unusually unusual historical romances that have been known to include scarred heroes, feisty heroines, marriage-producing scandals, far too much scheming, naughty literature and always a sweet happily-ever-after. When not escaping to another world via reading or writing a book, she spends her time chasing two young boys around the house, being hunted by wild animals, or sitting on the swing in the backyard where she has to use her arms as shields to deflect projectiles AKA: balls, water balloons, sticks, pinecones, and anything else one of her boys picks up to hurl at his brother who just happens to be hiding behind her.

Darcy Burke wrote her first book at age 11, a happily ever after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations. An RWA Golden Heart® Finalist, Darcy loves all things British (except tomatoes for breakfast, or any other time of day, actually) and happy ever afters.A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her devoted husband, their two great kids, and three cats. In her “spare” time Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a 12-step program where one learns to say “no,” but she keeps having to start over. She’s also a fair-weather runner, and her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge. Visit Darcy online at darcy-burke.com, follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/darcyburke, or like her Facebook page, facebook.com/darcyburkefans.

Jane Charles has lived in the Midwest her entire life. As a child she would more likely be found outside with a baseball than a book in her hand. In fact, Jane hated reading until she was sixteen. Out of boredom on a long road trip she borrowed her older sister’s historical romance and fell in love with reading. She long ago lost count of how many novels she has read over the years and her love for them never died. Along with romance she has a passion for history and the two soon combined when she penned her first historical romance, and she has been writing since with the loving support from her husband, three children and three cats.

Catherine Gayle has been an avid reader of romance novels (and almost anything else she can legally get her hands on) for as long as she can remember. Her mother might say it started in the womb. When she is not writing or reading, she can often be found buried beneath her sleeping cat or chasing the Nephew Monster.

Samantha Grace’s debut book Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and was named one of the Top Ten Picks for Spring, 2012. Her work has been described as “smartly written, splendidly sensual Regency romance” (Booklist) with “many surprises, twists and turns on the path to the proverbial happy ending” (Historical Novel Review).With a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Social Work degree, Samantha has worked several years as a clinical social worker with a background in behavioral health and geriatrics. It is her belief that everyone has a story worth remembering, and she cherishes her work with aging adults, immersing herself in their tales of eras gone by.Samantha is happily writing her next book and loves blogging with fellow authors at LadyScribes.blogspot.com. She is married to her best friend, and she strives to stay a step ahead of their two precocious offspring while braving the bone chilling winters in Wisconsin.

Julie Johnstone has been a voracious reader of books since she was a young girl. Her mother would tell you that as a child Julie had a rich fantasy life made up of many different make believe friends. As an adult, Julie is one of the lucky few who can say she is living the dream by working with her passion of creating worlds from her imagination. When Julie is not writing she is chasing her two precocious children around, cooking, reading or exercising. Julie loves to hear from her readers. You can send her an e-mail at juliejohnstoneauthor@gmail.com.

After obtaining a degree in Vocal Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and years of pursuing a career on the stage, Jerrica left the "glamorous" life of an actress in favor of writing romance. She continues to reside in the New York City area with her husband, cat and their precious daughter.

Despite being an avid reader and closet writer her whole life, Erin Knightley decided to pursue a sensible career in science. It was only after earning her B.S. and working in the field for years that she realized doing the sensible thing wasn't any fun at all. Following her dreams, Erin left her practical side behind and now spends her days writing. Together with her tall, dark, and handsome husband and their three spoiled mutts, she is living her own Happily Ever After in North Carolina.Erin writes sensual Regency romances, including the Sealed with a Kiss series, published by Penguin/NAL. Find her and her books at ErinKnightley.com

Sue London began writing short stories about horses and teen sleuths when she was seven years old. After that she traveled to distant worlds, fought with swords and sorcerers, and played with a few undead things. As you might have expected, this means she went into accountancy. Well, maybe that was an odd plot twist, but that's the difference between real life and fiction - fiction has to make sense.In her twenties she developed a deep affection for romance, especially enjoying the work of Nora Roberts, Mary Balogh and, most recently, Courtney Milan, Rose Gordon, Lauren Royal, Danelle Harmon, and Diane Farr. You can thank those authors for leading a sci-fi tomboy into writing historical romances set in the Regency period.

Deb Marlowe loves History, England and Men in Boots. Clearly she was meant to write Regency Historical Romance.A Golden Heart winner and Rita nominee, Deb grew up in Pennsylvania with her nose in a book. Luckily, she’d read enough romances to recognize the true modern hero she met at a college Halloween party—even though he wore a tuxedo t-shirt instead of breeches and tall boots. They married, settled in North Carolina and produced two handsome, intelligent and genuinely amusing boys. Though she spends much of her time with her nose in her laptop, for the sake of her family she does occasionally abandon her inner world for the domestic adventure of laundry, dinner and carpool. Despite her sacrifice, not one of the men in her family is yet willing to don breeches or tall boots. She’s working on it. Deb loves to hear from readers! You can contact her at deb@debmarlowe.com

Delilah Marvelle is the winner of the Reviewer's Choice for Best Sensual Historical Romance of the Year and had Booklist name her historical romance 'Forever and a Day' one of the TOP 10 Romance of 2012.When she isn't writing, she's digging through research books.You can visit her at her website at DelilahMarvelle.com or her blog that explores the naughtier side of history at DelilahMarvelle.blogspot.com

Sara Ramsey writes fun, feisty Regency historical romances. She won the prestigious 2009 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart award with her first book, Scotsmen Prefer Blondes (formerly titled An Inconvenient Marriage). Her second book, Heiress Without A Cause (formerly titled One Night to Scandal) was a 2011 Golden Heart finalist.Sara grew up in a small town in Iowa, and her obsession with fashion, shoes, and all things British is clearly a rebellion against her hopelessly uncool youth. She graduated from Stanford University in 2003 with a degree in Symbolic Systems (also known as cognitive science) and a minor in history. After graduation, she worked at Google for seven years in a variety of sales, management, and communications roles. She left Google in 2010 to pursue her writing career full time. Sara is represented by Jennifer Schober of Spencerhill Associates.

Ava Stone first fell in love with Mr. Darcy, Jane Austen and Regency England at the age of twelve. And in the years since, that love has never diminished. If she isn’t writing Regency era romance, she can be found reading it.Ava loves to hear from readers. You can send her an email at ava@avastoneauthor.com

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  • Posted December 28, 2013

    I have read probably over 60% of the books in this novella. Jus

    I have read probably over 60% of the books in this novella. Just know it is only 125 pages, "it is free", and short but sweet. What I did like, with just a few pages to tell a story of the first kiss, you could decide if the author was able to draw you in. If you wanted to more how they arrived at the first kiss, and how their relationship would develop, then you could add more author's to you list, which is what I did with some of the author's that were new to me. So what do you have to lose? Each story is only a few pages long, so get lost in these stories on the first kiss. (ljb)

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