The Unmasking of Lady Loveless by Nicola Cornick
This holiday season Lord Alexander Beaumont is on a mission of seduction and revenge, and the target is his estranged wife, Lady Melicent. Once Alex learns that his supposedly inexperienced wife is "Lady Loveless"—the writer of erotic literature setting London alight—he's determined to unmask her for the wanton she really is. But when his Christmas nights with Melicent take an unexpected turn, Alex finds his heart is in danger!
Christmas Reunion by Catherine George
Felicia Maynard hasn't laid eyes on her first love, Gideon Ford, for years, but here he is on her doorstep, looking devastatingly attractive and insisting they spend Christmas together. As the magic of Christmas casts its spell, will Gideon claim Felicia, once and for all, as his bride?
A Mistletoe Masquerade by Louise Allen
Lady Rowan Chilcourt agrees to masquerade as a simple lady's maid to help her friend avert an undesirable marriage. But while working among the servants she meets the handsome Lucas Dacre. As Christmas approaches, Rowan begins to fall for Lucas, until she discovers that she isn't the only one masquerading under the mistletoehellip;.
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About the Author
For the first 18 years of her life Nicola lived in Yorkshire, within a stone's throw of the moors that had inspired the Brontë sisters to write Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. One of her grandfathers was a poet, and her family contained teachers and avid readers who filled the house with books. With such a background it was impossible for Nicola not to become a bookworm.
Nicola went to school in a historic building that had originally been the dower house of a stately home. It was the sort of school that taught girls how to find a rich husband and how to get in and out of a Rolls-Royce gracefully.
Unfortunately Nicola did not pay enough attention to the bit about the rich husband and has therefore never had the chance to practice the bit with the Rolls- Royce. She was too busy reading. It was also at school that Nicola developed her love of history, English literature, and French, due to some truly inspirational teachers.
Meanwhile, Nicola spent her evenings reading piles of romances and historical novels and watching costume dramas with her grandmother. Her grandparents were very influential to her and also taught her canasta, ballroom dancing, and how to grow rhubarb, all of which she is determined to incorporate in a historical romance one day.
At 18 Nicola went south to study history at London University and during her holidays did a variety of jobs, from sticking price tags on shoes in a factory to serving refreshments on a steam railway. When she left college she had to settle for something far less interesting in order to earn a living and worked as an administrator in a number of different universities. She moved to Somersetand lived for seven years in a cottage haunted by the ghost of a cavalier.
Nicola met her future husband while she was at university, although it took her four years to realize that he was special and more than just a friend. Her husband, being so much more perceptive, had worked this out much sooner but eventually an understanding was reached.
This lack of perception also meant that Nicola did not realize for years that she was meant to be a writer. She wrote bits and pieces of novels in her spare time but never finished any of them. Eventually, she sent in the first three chapters of a Regency romance to Mills and Boon and, although they were rejected, she found she had become so addicted to writing that she could not stop. Happily, her third attempt was accepted and she has never looked back.
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Catherine George was born in a village on the Welsh-English border, where the public library featured largely in her life. Her mother, who looked upon literature as a basic necessity of life, fervently encouraged Catherine's passion for reading, little knowing it would one day motivate her daughter into writing her first novel.
At 18, Catherine met her husband, who after their marriage swept her off to Brazil, where he worked as Chief Engineer of a large gold-mining operation in the mountains of Minas Gerais, a setting which later provided a very popular background for several of Catherine's early novels.
Nine happy years passed there before the question of their small son's education decided their return to Britain.
Not long afterward a daughter was born, and for a time Catherine lived a fulfilled life as a wife and mother who always made time to read, especially in the bath! Her husband's job took him abroad again, to Portugal, West Africa, and various countries of the Middle East, but this time she stayed home with the family. And spent a lot of lonely evenings in between the reunions when her husband came home on leave.
"Instead of reading other people's novels all the time," he suggested one day, "why not have a shot at writing one yourself?" So Catherine did.
But first she took a creative writing course. Encouraged by the other students' enthusiasm for her contributions, she decided to try her hand at romance, and read countless Mills & Boon novels as research before writing one herself. Her first novel, which Romantic Times voted best of its genre for that year, was accepted, along with all 54 written since.
These days son and daughter have fled the nest, but they return with loving regularity to where Catherine and her husband -- back for good from his travels -- live, with Prince, the most recent Labrador, in a house built at the end of Victoria's reign in four acres of garden on the cliffs between the beautiful Wye Valley and the River Severn.
Louise Allen has been immersing herself in history, real and fictional, for as long as she can remember, and her first attempt at historical fiction at the age of eight was three pages of improbable medieval drama set in the local castle. Some considerable time later she joined forces with a friend and became one half of the writing partnership Francesca Shaw what began as a decidedly tipsy storytelling session in a Burgundian vineyard led on to a series of Historical Romances, all but one set in the Regency period.
Career changes meant that the partnership had to end and Louise now writes about her favorite historical period alone which means she can keep all her gorgeous heroes to herself.
She lives in England in a village in Bedfordshire with her long-suffering husband who is not only a wonderful cook, but also the perfect inspiration for every romantic hero imaginable. All their spare time is spent at their Norfolk cottage on the coast where, although they have no pets, they are permitted to share the garden with a very bossy pheasant called Percy.
With a degree in geography and archaeology, Louise finds landscapes and places are a powerful influence on her writing, and ideas for plots and characters often arise directly out of locations. Venice, Burgundy, the Hertfordshire and Norfolk countryside, the Greek islands all have proved inspirational.
Louise writes in her head until the story can't be contained any longer and has to get out and onto paper, an unpredictable process as the hero and heroine are quite likely to take over and ruin all her pathetic attempts to keep to any sort of plan. She consoles herself with the thought that it is, after all, their story.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Typical Christmas romance
I enjoy anthologies for those times I don't have to sit down and enjoy a full novel. All three stories were enchanting.
The UnMasking of Lady Loveless.... Lord Alexander Beaumont suspects that his estranged wife Lady Melicent is the infamous author Lady Loveless. This author is the talk of the ton with her erotic tales of romance and seduction written under the guise of events happening within the ton. But Alex and Melicent have been separated for over two years and while he has given her space this latest antic proves too much and he is on his way to confront her about these books. But once he arrives he finds that all the hurt and anger that caused their separation has melted away. Yes he had been forced to marry her to appease his overbearing father but perhaps what was considered a disastrous match is really a blessing he never took full advantage of. When the hurt is replaced with love, the anger with passion and the love is let free the holiday's become a joyous and wondrous event. Melicent will even overlook her out of control brother and hypochondriac mother for one more moment alone with Alex and when he promises her a lifetime of happiness nothing can keep them apart.