Eight authors and eight different takes on four dramatic elements selected by our readers—an older heroine, a wise man, a Bible, and a compromising situation that isn’t.
Set in a variety of locations around the world over eight centuries, welcome to the romance of the Bluestocking Belles’ 2017 Holiday Anthology.
It’s Never Too Late to find love.
The Piper's Lady by Sherry Ewing
True love binds them. Deceit divides them. Will they choose love?
Her Wounded Heart by Nicole Zoltack
A solitary widow, a landless knight, and a crumbling castle.
A Year Without Christmas by Jessica Cale
An earl and his housekeeper face their feelings for one another in the midst of the English Civil War.
The Night of the Feast by Elizabeth Ellen Carter
One night to risk it all in the midst of the French Revolution.
The Umbrella Chronicles: George & Dorothea's Story by Amy Quinton
The Umbrella Strikes Again: St. Vincent’s downfall (aka betrothal) is assured.
A Malicious Rumor by Susana Ellis
A harmonious duo is better than two lonely solos for a violinist and a lady gardener.
Forged in Fire by Jude Knight
Forged in volcanic fire, their love will create them anew.
Roses in Picardy by Caroline Warfield
In the darkness of war, hope flickers. In the gardens of Picardy, love catches fire.
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About the Author
Jessica Cale is a historian and author of award-winning romance. Originally from Minnesota, she earned a BA in Medieval History and MFA in Creative Writing in Wales while climbing castles and photographing mines for history magazines. She is a member of the Royal Historical Society and the editor of Dirty, Sexy History. You can find her at dirtysexyhistory.com
Elizabeth Ellen Carter is a historical romance author whose works frequently contain elements of high adventure. Her published titles include the Regency adventures ‘Moonstone Obsession’ and its sequel ‘Moonstone Conspiracy’, set in England and France during the French Revolution, and ‘Warrior’s Surrender’, set in 1077 Northumbria. In 'September Harvest', her contribution to the anthology Second Chance Cafe, she paints a sensitive picture of life and growing up in rural Kent in the late 1800s. Other short stories include 'Moonstone Promise', 'Three Ships' (in the anthology A Season To Remember) and The Tin Bear. Elizabeth Ellen Carter lives in Australia with her two cats and editor husband.
Susana Ellis has always had stories in her head waiting to come out, especially when she learned to read and her imagination began to soar. A former teacher, Susana lives in Toledo, Ohio in the summer and Florida in the winter. She is a member of the Central Florida Romance Writers and the Beau Monde chapters of RWA, Maumee Valley Romance Inc., and the (in)famous Bluestocking Belles.
Sherry Ewing picked up her first historical romance when she was a teenager and has been hooked ever since. A bestselling author, she writes historical & time travel romances to awaken the soul one heart at a time. Always wanting to write a novel but busy raising her children, she finally took the plunge in 2008 and wrote her first Regency. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, The Beau Monde & The Bluestocking Belles. Sherry is currently working on her next novel and when not writing, she can be found in the San Francisco area at her day job as an Information Technology Specialist. You can learn more about Sherry and her published work at www.SherryEwing.com
Jude Knight has been telling stories all her life: making up serial tales to amuse her friends and children, imagining sequels to books that have moved her and left her wanting more, occasionally submitting short stories to magazines and the radio, starting more than a dozen novels set in different times and places. She has devoted most of the last forty years to a career in commercial writing and raising a large family (most recently as grandmother-in-residence while a daughter was out of action for three years). She and her own personal romantic hero, with whom she has shared those forty+ years, now live with two cats and frequent visitors in a small town in rural New Zealand. Judy wrote and published her first historical romance in 2014, and now has the wind in her sails and a head full of strong determined heroines, heroes with the sense to appreciate them, and villains you'll love to loathe.
Historical Romance Author, Mother of Boys, American Wife of an Englishman, Crafter, Reader, Camper, Bluestocking Belle Amy Quinton is an author and full time mom living in Summerville, SC. She enjoys writing (and reading!) sexy, historical romances. She lives with her husband, two boys, and three cats. In her spare time, she likes to go camping, hiking, and canoeing/kayaking… And did she mention reading? When she’s not reading or traveling, she likes to make jewelry, sew, knit, and crochet (Yay for Ravelry!).
Caroline Warfield has at various times been an army brat, a librarian, a poet, a raiser of children, a nun, a bird watcher, an Internet and Web services manager, a conference speaker, an indexer, a tech writer, a genealogist, and, of course, a romantic. She has sailed through the English channel while it was still mined from WWII, stood on the walls of Troy, searched Scotland for the location of an entirely fictional castle (and found it), climbed the steps to the Parthenon, floated down the Thames from the Tower to Greenwich, shopped in the Ginza, lost herself in the Louvre, gone on a night safari at the Singapore zoo, walked in the Black Forest, and explored the underground cistern of Istanbul. By far the biggest adventure has been life-long marriage to a prince among men. She sits in front of a keyboard at a desk surrounded by windows, looks out at the trees and imagines. Her greatest joy is when one of those imaginings comes to life on the page and in the imagination of her readers.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This anthology is fabulous, if you love regency you will love this book. All the authors have there special take on each story and they all are written very well. I laughed, she'd a few tears and smiled all the way thru each story. If you haven't read some if the authors work before this is the book to start at the beginning to the end. Swoon worthy to me. These ladies rock with regency romance.
This compilatio of novellas is truly amazing. Each author on their own has many books to their credit, but together you get a taste of how good each one writes. The Piper’s Lady -Sherry Ewing -This is a sweet novella that will warm your heart. If you have read Sherry’s books this story will fall right into place. But this is fine as a stand alone. Lady Coria has spent many years traveling with and taken care of her grandfather so has had no opportunity for courtship. After he is gone she travels to Berwyck Castle to stay with the Laird and his wife. Unexpectedly, she meets Garrick, a knight ( or so she thinks!) and they have an instant attraction. But misunderstandings and ghostly sightings might hold them apart. Can they find love and be happy? As with all of Ms Ewing’s stories you will be enchanted until the last page! Her Wounded Heart by Nicole Zoltack - Mary was desperate. Winter was upon her, she had little to eat it to keep her warm and her home was crumbling around her. What to do? Doran had been out hunting but the weather had turned bad and he sought shelter at Mary’s. House. Unable to turn him away, he ends up staying and helping her. Secrets and mystery surround Mary but Doran helps her as much as he can around the house. Can a broken knight and a scared lady find happiness? This was an enjoyable read and a good addition to this anthology A Year Without Christmas by Jessica Cale - Love can happen anytime. Earl Edward Rothschild returns from War almost a broken man. His best friend Henry Virtue was killed and he finds Henry’s widow, Lillian as only one of two people left at his estate. Lillian has been his ever faithful housekeeper for a long time and she has always held a special place in his heart. Lillian has always love the Earl but of course she is a servant. Can Lily and Ed find each other and celebrate Christmas that has been banned by the King? Such a sweet story of wounded hearts finding redemption and caring The Night if the Feast by Elizabeth Carter - Michael St John was hoping he was in the right place. A spy deep in the French Revolution he is trying to make use of his life by helping the town of Vendor to counter the enemy. His contact was Fl be met in a tavern that was owned and run by Jacqueline Archanbeau, a women who is wary and feels she will not feel love again. Surprise is the least of what Michael feels when he finds out Jacqueline is his contact ! Can two lonely hearts save each other as they help their country? A lovely story of hearts found The Umbrella Chronically by Any Quinton - What a delightful story!! George St Vincent was at the Marquess of Dansbury’s house party. At he walked out of his room, there was the dreaded Black umbrella leaning against the wall!! It had been making its rounds of the ton and the Rumor was having the umbrella meant you were fated to be married!! Indeed the umbrella was owned by none other than Lady Harriet Ross who was renowned for her matchmaking! Miss Dorothea Wythe seemed fated to be his target when he found her in the library, while her was looking for a book he misplaced. Dory was not much noticed by society due to her Bluestocking mind and intellect. George found her very interesting and Dory has felt half in love with him for years. Can these two be able to find love? I think this author should take the umbrella and Lady Harriett ( which I found delightful) and make an entire series!! Really enjoyed this story! A Malicious Rumor by Susana Ellis - Alice Crock