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The last thing Phillip wants is a wife, until The Lady Jane Blackmore seeks out his quiet corner of the ballroom.
I Close My Eyes
“You do know that even though your eyes are closed others can still see you.”
Annoyed someone was interrupting her much needed moment away from the stifling crowd, The Lady Jane Blackmore closed her eyes tighter and pretended to be anywhere but in the Braxton’s ballroom.
The whole point of hiding in a corner at the back was to regain her composure, so why didn’t this stranger just go away like any true gentleman would?
Even as she wished this, a warm shiver ran down Jane’s spine, tempting her to take a peek at who owned such a deep and passionate baritone voice.
The entire night had already been a complete disaster. The last thing she needed now was another difficulty, and being caught with this stranger would most definitely fall into that category.
When searching out a good place to which to sneak away, she hadn’t seen anyone hiding in this quiet corner of the ballroom. Jane had really only had enough time to note that the column here was suitably broad enough and the potted ferns growing about it full enough to hide her yellow gown.
And why hadn’t the highly polished floor already opened up and swallowed her? Jane had certainly prayed hard enough for it to do so.
The stranger cleared his throat.
“Shush,” she hissed, immediately horrified at being so rude, but then Jane’s eyes flew open of their own accord. She pressed the tips of her fingers against her lips and finally dared meet the smiling brown eyes of the rich baritone voice’s owner.
Oh my. For the first time in her life she understood the benefits of a good swoon. If only she could carry such a thing off without making an even bigger fool of herself.
“Did you just shush me?” The stranger bit at his bottom lip, as if to suppress a grin.
But the man had such a kind face, she doubted he could have stopped his perfect mouth from doing so even if he had wanted to.
His only imperfection appeared to be a jagged scar that ran from the corner of his mouth to the bottom edge of his left ear. It was still angry and red, so how could Jane not notice and stare? She immediately regretted it, for it brought the man to draw his perfect lips to a thin line as he self-consciously fingered the scar. When she continued looking, he crossed his arms, as though to keep from touching it.
Jane squeezed her eyes tight shut again and once more silently pleaded that the floor just this once swallow her whole. In this year of eighteen-twenty-five, this was the first ball of her third social season, and it was going as she had expected—horribly. She blamed her father. After all, she had repeatedly begged him to let her join a convent.
“But I want babies,” she thought she’d only said to herself.
“Shouldn’t someone formally introduce us first?”
Mortified beyond belief, Jane opened her eyes, despite every instinct telling her not to. All those seemingly wasted years memorizing how to behave in public. Her stepmother was surely going to be disappointed in her conduct when she found out, and find out she would. She always did.
Careful not to lean out too far from the ferns, Jane angled towards the man. There was the ever present danger of her stepmother discovering her hiding place, and Jane wasn’t certain she had what it took to face the harsh judgments of her or the other fashionable guests, not so soon after having so mortifyingly fallen into the punch bowl.
“Did I say that out loud?” she whispered, but not low enough to mask her embarrassment. She hung her head and stared at the toes of her white satin slippers.
Their once pristine state was now marred by the black marks inflicted on them by the ever-so-sweet but rather clumsy Viscount Wellington.
Her toes still ached from her one and only dance of the evening. It was hard to hold it against the poor man that he danced like a blind ox. Viscount Wellington was all bones and loose limbs. Even though the man meant well, he would never be graceful, no matter how hard he tried. It had only been his kind-heartedness that had weakened her enough to accept his request for a dance. The marring of her slippers had therefore been a foregone conclusion once she had pencilled his name onto her dance card.
“You have the scent of lemons,” he observed.
Jane lifted her sleeve and sniffed. “I’m afraid so. Countess Braxton is well known for her wonderful punch. She certainly doesn’t skimp on the sugar. I was so looking forward to having a drink before…” She flipped her fan open and stared at the floor. “Well, you know.”
“It’s a shame, then, that you spilled most of it.”
Jane let her gaze meet his smiling eyes. “But at least I caught the bowl before it hit the floor.”
The stranger did a slow inventory of the front of her ball gown, one that sent a flash of heat coursing from the top of her head to the tips of her toes. Her once beautiful pale yellow gown was now a disgrace, splattered with punch. If he had only seen her before her unfortunate accident at the refreshment table, but then, the way he stared at her now was almost as though he didn’t care.
Jane fanned the harder, hoping her cheeks didn’t appear quite as red as they felt hot.
When the handsome stranger finally met her eyes again, he grinned. Jane only fanned as hard as her tiny wrist would allow, although in no way did it alleviate the heat that still suffused her face. She lifted her long black curls away from her neck and stared longingly at the closed French windows.
It would be heavenly to step outside and walk through Lord Braxton’s rose gardens. They were said to be among some of the finest blooms in England.
That thought was short-lived, though, for her new friend had moved towards her a couple of steps, thankfully still being careful they both remained hidden.
Jane knew why she was hiding here, but why was this attractive man here with her, away from the most elite people in all of England?
But of course, she reasoned, no doubt there were overbearing mothers amongst the assembly who were trying to press an ugly daughter on him. Jane could only imagine how annoying it would be, for there were so many hideously greedy women trying to ensnare the rich and titled for their daughters. Even if this man wasn’t so rich, and perhaps not titled, he was certainly handsome enough to have to run such a gauntlet.
Once more, Jane closed her eyes, but this time pictured this handsome stranger leading her in a waltz. He didn’t look the type who would step on her toes. She could just see them both twirling in circles—around and around—one of his hands resting on her waist, the fingers of his other entwined through hers.
She smiled at that thought.
“No matter that you’ve closed your eyes again, I can still see you.” He cleared his throat. “You’re extremely lovely when you smile.”
A warmth pooled in the centre of Jane’s stomach. It made it even harder to meet his eyes again but she finally did. After all, she didn’t want him thinking she was a complete ninny. Just because accidents happened wherever she went, it didn’t mean she was a girl just out of school who didn’t know the simplest of things about the social graces.
“Please, do be a gentleman and go away.” Janes tried her best to cover the punch stain on her bodice even though it ran down most of the front of her once lovely gown, not to mention its stickiness that had already plastered her corset to her breasts in a most uncomfortable manner. She hated appearing so dishevelled in front of someone so unnervingly handsome. Why couldn’t fate be kind to her at least once in her lifetime?
Jane had always dreamed of a night such as this, only without the punch bowl having been tipped over her gown. She had been to many balls but had never been asked to dance by any of the most eligible bachelors. They always stared past her, as if she didn’t exist. The only gentlemen who ever asked her to dance were those like Viscount Wellington, those just as studiously avoided as she was herself. Many of them, though, seemed to prefer being bachelors for the rest of their lives in preference to considering her as a prospective bride.
Jane fingered the soft yellow fabric of the skirt of her gown. It was ruined—just like her life. She would never marry nor have children. Jane closed her eyes even tighter to keep the pain from consuming her. She drew in a deep breath and let her thoughts drift to the quaint little cottage by the sea that her mother had left her in her will. Jane would find a way to be happy there. After all, she had her books, but even more importantly, she would finally be rid of her stepmother. That thought in itself was enough to bring a smile to her lips.
When Jane opened her eyes, she found the stranger had moved yet further out of hiding.
“Get back before someone sees you,” she hissed.
He took a step back but then glanced out from behind the column, at the other guests and the dancers.
He hissed back, “Maybe you should re-join the ball before you’re missed.”
Jane shrunk even further into her hiding place. “It’s really better that I stay here. Just a little while longer. You ought to return to the ball before someone sees you here with me. It wouldn’t do to set tongues wagging.”
She tucked a curl of her hair behind her ear and stared at the floor. “You really don’t want your name linked with mine.”
“Now, how could I possibly know that if I don’t know your name?” He stepped even further from their hiding place, now almost certainly visible to anyone who might look their way. Someone was bound to come over and enquire why he had chosen to be so removed.
“But there’s no one here to introduce us, so I think you should run along before we’re the cause of an awful scandal. I do hate scandals, especially when they involve me. My father has already warned me that if I give him cause for concern tonight it will be the death of him. And,” she now whispered loudly, “I just can’t be the death of my father.”
“But what’s life without a good scandal, eh? It would be terribly dull and stuffy.”
His charming smile was enough to draw her gaze from his scar. He must have been the most dashing man in society before his otherwise perfect face was so noticeably marred.
Jane sighed. “It seems, though, that for some reason men can simply walk away from a scandal, far more easily so than a lady.”
She snapped her fan shut and stood straighter. “I’m afraid my father will completely disown me if I do one more thing to cause an uproar tonight, certainly at Earl and Countess Braxton’s ball. You have no idea how long a season can be when one is cause for ridicule and chatter at each and every event.”
She stared at her satin slippers again. “I can’t face another embarrassing season.”
He snapped his fingers. “I know just thing.”
Before Jane could do a thing, the stranger walked over to a group of nearby gentlemen. After a minute or two of discourse, he drew one aside. They stood with their heads together before finally coming over to Jane’s hiding place.
She pressed even closer to the column and once more closed her eyes. How was it that each and every time she went out in public something horrible happened? As huge as the Braxton’s London house was, how was it that she had managed to pick the only corner that had hidden a mad man? She was doomed. There was no way the three of them were ever going to go unnoticed now.
Jane might have remained close up against the column all night had she not recognised the deep resonating throat now being cleared.
Why couldn’t he just go away? “Shush.”
“Stop shushing me and open your eyes.”
He clearly wasn’t going to take the hint, and he was certainly no gentleman. Jane only opened her eyes again because she despaired that it was time to give up at last.
She only hoped the nuns would be kind to her.
Her determined new acquaintance grinned before turning to his friend. “Robert, we have a slight difficulty that only a man of your good standing can help us with.” The handsome stranger dipped his head to the other man. “Would you be so kind as to introduce the two of us?”
Jane knew Robert, but seriously doubted the viscount would know her own name. After all, he was first rate marriage material, so Jane had hardly ever been near the handsome man. It hadn’t, though, precluded her from admiring Viscount Worthington’s guileless, even if a mite too beautiful face. Never having been this close before, she had never noticed how brilliant blue were his eyes, stunningly beautiful but ever so kind. The viscount clearly thought his friend had lost his mind, but his good manners and gentle nature kept him rooted before Jane.
Over the previous two seasons she had kept a conceit: that the viscount had been her brother. She had often thought that if she had had an older brother he would have put a stop to all the vicious attacks she had had to endure since her coming out. And now that he was standing in front of her, Jane saw that he was every bit the man she had always dreamed him to be. There was no hiding the strength of character in his eyes and in his confident demeanor.
Jane’s make-believe brother bowed and then smiled. Deep dimples in his cheeks came out of nowhere, and if she hadn’t before understood why all the unmarried ladies chased after him, in that moment she did.
“But, my dear Phillip,” he implored, “the lady is far too lovely to draw into what is certain to become a scandal. We must escort her back to the dance floor before such a thing can happen.” The viscount smiled at Jane, as if to apologize, but she knew that scandal seemed drawn to her every appearance in polite society. But the man who seemed intent on engineering her next one now gave a polite bow.
“And one of the many reasons,” he grinned, “why we should hurry the introductions along.”
Jane had become distracted by the way her dashing stranger’s unruly dark curls fell into his eyes every time he bowed, although she did note a certain reticence held the viscount back.
“My good lady,” he finally said, a smile lifting a corner of his mouth, “if you would permit me to introduce my best friend, The Duke of Greystone. And, Phillip, this is the beautiful Lady Jane Blackmore.”
Jane couldn’t help but blink at hearing the stranger’s name, although she tried to remain calm. It had only recently come up in conversation, that afternoon as it happened, whilst enjoying high tea at Lady Harper’s home.
Jane’s gaze wandered back to the man’s scar, her interest piqued as to whether or not the rumour was indeed true. But then here he stood in front of her, his face scarred just as Lily had said it would be.
If Phillip noticed her staring, he didn’t show it but took her hand.
His devilish grin returned. “My friends call me Phillip, and I think by now you should consider us good friends, since we’ve shared such a special moment here behind Lord Braxton’s ferns.”
Jane’s mouth fell open.
He grinned again. “Why is it we’ve never met?”
Trying to recover from her shock, Jane curtsied. The Duke of Greystone? Her father was simply going to kill her when he discovered she had made a total fool out of herself in front of a duke.
She hoped by the time she met his eyes again her expression would once more be the fake smile her stepmother had drilled into her since the vile woman had married her father, what now felt far longer than ten years earlier.
Jane glanced at the wet stain running down her yellow ball gown and then back at the duke. “Unfortunately, I seldom make it past the first dance before disaster befalls me and I have to leave.”
The two men looked at her punch-stained dress but Phillip recover his good manners first. He took Jane’s hand and kissed it. “Then the fault lies with me, because I should have been by your side to stop such a cruel disaster from ruining your night. I’ll certainly make a point of doing so in the future.”
It was a kind gesture and it did what it was clearly meant to do—Jane blushed again.
“Thank you, but we both know this will be my last time out in public if we don’t soon go our separate ways. Someone is bound to notice us huddled here in this corner. Please excuse me and I’ll go find my father. I may as well accept defeat before he comes looking for me.”
Jane didn’t immediately leave, though, but flipped her fan open and yet again furiously fanned her hot cheeks. There was something rather marvellous about being surrounded by two handsome men. Why not enjoy these last few moments of freedom before being locked away in a convent, where she would no doubt die of either boredom or a rash from her woollen habit?
But then she looked over Phillip’s shoulder and her heart sank, the best night she had ever had about to come crashing down around her ears.
Before either man could notice her distracted look, she pointed her fan over their shoulders and told them: “Gentlemen, you are about to meet my father, His Grace Stratton Blackmore, The Duke of Rutherford.”
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Susan Jean Ricci and her husband Joe live in a lovely New Jersey town near the sea. Together they have seven children and ten grandchildren.
An award-winning, internationally read, From Womens Pens author and humorist, Susan is best known for her series of works titled Cindy's Crusades that includes two novels, Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems and The Sugar Ticket, the short chronicle Twilight and Chickadees, and a collection of short stories titled Heart Marks the Spot.
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I am a wife of thirty years, a mother of four grown children and the grandmother of four lovely grandchildren. When not writing a new story, I can be found riding my motorcycle and exploring this fabulous country of ours. My writing revolves around people anyone would love to spend time with. No self-absorbed billionaires for me.
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The Rebel’s Redemption
JACQUIE BIGGAR is a USA TODAY bestselling author of Romantic Suspense who loves to write about tough, alpha males who know what they want. That is until they're gob-smacked by heroines who are strong, contemporary women willing to show them what they really need is love. She is the author of the popular Wounded Hearts series and has just started a new series in paranormal suspense, Mended Souls.
She has been blessed with a long, happy marriage and enjoys writing romance novels that end with happily-ever-afters.
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BIO A member of the Romance Writers of America, Tamara Ferguson is the multi-award winning, #1 international bestselling author of the Tales of the Dragonfly Romance Suspense Series, the Kissed By Fate Series, and the Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Series.
Her latest wounded warrior romance novella, Two Hearts Unspoken, is included in the top-ten bestselling Holiday Anthology, Mother’s Day Magic…With Love, which was also #1 in Wounded Warrior Fiction. Since being released independently, Two Hearts Unspoken has become a #1 International Best Seller at Amazon as well as a #1 International Hot New Release, and is the 2016 SILVER MEDAL WINNER at Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards for Military Fiction.
The wounded warrior romance, Two Hearts Surrendered, was originally published in the bestselling Magical Weddings anthology, which included stories by fifteen USA Today, best-selling, and award-winning authors. Two Hearts Surrendered independently earned 3-5★reviews from Readers’ Favorite, and has just become a #1 International Best Seller at Amazon on 8 bestseller lists. Two Hearts Surrendered was also a New Adult Finalist in the Romance Reviews 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Two Hearts Undone (Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance #3) was released in May of 2016 by AA Publishing and was #1 in 8 Wounded Warrior categories at Amazon. This short story is included in the Annie Acorn 2016 Romance Anthology.
That Unforgettable Kiss (Kissed by Fate Book 1) is a #1 International Best Seller, earned 3-5★editorial reviews from Readers' Favorite, and was the WINNER of The Romance Reviews Readers' Choice Award in New Adult Romance.
That Unforgettable Kiss is currently featured in the #1 bestselling A Touch of Passion, 8 full-length novels by USA Today, New York Times bestselling and multi-award winning authors. This anthology is a #1 Holiday Romance, and the WINNER of the 2016 Romance Reviews Reader’s Choice Award in Anthology Romance.
Tales of the Dragonfly In Tandem was a romance finalist at the 2013 Indie Excellence Awards, while Tales of the Dragonfly In Flight was a 2014 WINNER at the Readers' Favorite International Book Awards. In Flight will soon be rereleased by Blue Harvest Creative.
Her wounded warrior romances, Two Hearts Unspoken. Two Hearts Surrendered, and Two Hearts Undone have all become WINNERS at the 2016 READERS’ FAVORITE INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS. Along with The Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice Award Winner, That Unforgettable Kiss, Two Hearts Surrendered and Two Hearts Unspoken were also finalists for the IAN Book of The Year.
Presently, Tamara’s working on Two Hearts’ Christmas Wish, the fourth story in her multi-award winning Two Hearts Wounded Warrior series, Emergence, the third book in the multi-award winning Tales of the Dragonfly Novels, and a novella for the next installment of the bestselling Wedding Pets and Kisses anthologies, featuring stories by multi-award winning, bestselling and USA Today authors.
Since she remains a full-time caregiver for an autistic son, you can usually find Tammy working at home, where she spends a lot of time not completing her numerous home improvement projects, because she's writing or helping author friends promote their books on twitter.
Dancing With Air – https://www.amazon.com/Dancing-Still-Life-Memories-Book-ebook/dp/B01I4ENROY/ref=la_B006WW4ZFG_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1481321212&sr=1-6
Bio - Uvi Poznansky is a bestselling, award-winning author, poet and artist. “I paint with my pen,” she says, “and write with my paintbrush.” Her romance boxed set, A Touch of Passion, is the 2016 WINNER of The Romance Reviews Readers' Choice Awards.
Education and work:
Uvi earned her B. A. in Architecture and Town Planning from the Technion in Haifa, Israel and practiced with an innovative Architectural firm, taking a major part in the large-scale project, called Home for the Soldier.
Having moved to Troy, N.Y. with her husband and two children, Uvi received a Fellowship grant and a Teaching Assistantship from the Architecture department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. There, she guided teams in a variety of design projects and earned her M.A. in Architecture. Then, taking a sharp turn in her education, she earned her M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.
She worked first as an architect, and later as a software engineer, software team leader, software manager and a software consultant (with an emphasis on user interface for medical instruments devices.) All the while, she wrote and painted constantly, and exhibited in Israel and California. In addition, she taught art appreciation classes. Her versatile body of work includes bronze and ceramic sculptures, oil and watercolor paintings, charcoal, pen and pencil drawings, and mixed media.
Books and Genres:
Her two series won great acclaim. Still Life with Memories is a family saga series with touches of romance. It includes Apart From Love, My Own Voice, The White Piano, The Music of Us, and Dancing with Air. The David Chronicles is a historical fiction series. It includes Rise to Power, A Peek at Bathsheba, and The Edge of Revolt.
Her poetry book, Home, is in tribute to her father. Her collection of dark tales, Twisted, and her Historical Fiction book, A Favorite Son, are both new age, biblically inspired books. In addition, Uvi wrote and illustrated two children books, Jess and Wiggle and Now I Am Paper. For each one of these books, she created an animation video (find them on YouTube and on her Goodreads page.)
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Bio - Regina Puckett is a 2014 Readers' Favorite Award winning author for her sweet romance, Concealed in My Heart. Her steampunk book, I Will Breathe, and her children's picture book, Borrowed Wings, both received the Children's Literary Classic Seal of Approval. “I Will Breathe” was selected as a Science Fiction Finalist in the 2015 IAN Book of the Year Awards. Her boxed set, A TOUCH OF PASSION, is the 2016 WINNER of The Romance Reviews Readers' Choice Awards.
Memories, won first place in the 1st WSBR International Poetry Contest, and her collection of poetry, Fireflies, won the 2013 Turning Pages Poetry Book of the Year.
Regina Puckett has been writing for over forty-eight years, and lives in Tennessee with her husband of over forty years. She has two grown daughters and four grandchildren.
She writes sweet romances, horror, inspirational, steampunk, picture books and poetry. There are always several projects in various stages of completion and characters and stories waiting in the wings for their chance to finally get out of her head and onto paper.
At no other point is passion put to the test as in dire times of war. From the American Civil War to WWII, from Vietnam to the War in Afghanistan to the Persian Gulf, the stories in this boxed set summon the strength of true lovers. Written by bestselling, award-winning, and USA Today authors, the novels and novellas in this collection tell of overcoming the odds to celebrate the victory of love.
If you like Military Romance, Wounded Warrior Romance, Historical Romance, Contemporary Romance, or Romantic Suspense, this anthology invites you to triumph over the worst of conditions. Together with these unforgettable lovers, go through coping with loss, struggling with injuries and rehabilitation, and facing difficult homecomings. And just like them, inspired by desire, find the courage to bring forth the best in us.
Dancing with Air by Uvi Poznansky
In WWII London, Lenny is involved in a covert intelligence ploy. His task must remain confidential, even at the risk of Natasha becoming suspicious of him. Will their love survive the test of war?
Two Hearts Unspoken by Tamara Ferguson
Beth Bowen is a single mom of an autistic son. Zach Logan is a wounded warrior searching for a life after Iraq. Can two lonely people discover that love is that something unspoken, missing from their lives?
The Rebel's Redemption by Jacquie Biggar
When an old enemy follows him from Iraq and causes mayhem in Tidal Falls, can Jared overcome the odds to protect the woman he's always loved?
Broken Wings by D.G. Torrens
Joshua, a bomb disposal expert in Afghanistan. Angelina, an editor of a local newspaper. Both avoiding love at all costs, until they are unexpectedly thrown together. Tested beyond belief... Can their love survive?
A Soldier’s Promise by Angelica Kate
Ryker is most comfortable in the regulated world of the military. When he is sent to Darby’s doorstep to keep a promise to one of his fallen team members, every rule he holds will be challenged!
Returning Home by the Sea by Traci Hall
Brayden and Zoe wed before he went to Iraq. Once united in passion, a lot has changed in the six years he's been away. Will their love survive his homecoming?
A Weldon Family Christmas by Jennifer St. Giles
A frightening event with an uncertain outcome sends Emma and John's memory to the past, where her helicopter went down in Vietnam enemy territory, and he risked everything to save her. Can she save him now?
The Magic of Snow by Regina Puckett
When Staff Sergeant Charlie Prince’s letters stop arriving from Afghanistan, Sarah White waits in agonizing suspense to discover what has happened to the man she loves.
Mademoiselle by Suzanne Jenkins
To Philipa, working at Mademoiselle Magazine is more important than anything, even love. Her friend, Walter, hopes for a change, but not until his trip to the Persian Gulf does she begin to listen to her heart.
Genteel Secrets by S.R. Mallery
In 1861 America, can the love between a Confederate female spy and the Pinkerton detective hired to shadow her survive, or will their story become just another casualty of war?
Moving to Forever by PJ Fiala
Danny Schaefer returns from Afghanistan broken in body, battered in soul. Tammy Davis, betrayed in a most personal way, struggles against her tormentor. She and Danny must help each other heal, by the power of love.
Lovin’ Those Navy Games by Susan Jean Ricci
Michael Burke has two passions: his high-school sweetheart and baseball. When someone dear to him perishes in Vietnam, will the shock alter his future goals? Will it isolate him from Ellie or deepen their love?
The Elves save Christmas
Santa’s sled is on Little Suzie’s rooftop
Gathering toys for what is to be his last stop
The good boys and girls list has almost been filled
None of the presents have been lost or even spilled
Now all Santa has to do is dig through his bag
To find Suzie’s doll but instead there’s a snag
There no doll to be found but there are five toy trains
To check over his list once more he throws down the reins
The tired reindeer become confuse and begin to fly away
But in the haste and confusion poor Santa falls into the sleigh
Now there are empty bags and stray presents being thrown this way and that
And Santa is bounced around until he loses both boots and then his hat
There is much confusion and bruising before the elves come up with a plan
They grab both reins and are finally able to rescue the unfortunate man
They locate his boots, his hat and even a lost doll under the seat
With Santa’s hat back in place and his boots snug on both feet
Christmas has been saved by Santa’s faithful and fast thinking team
Merry Christmas dear children and to all sweet holiday dreams!
I'm trying my hand at writing a Regency Romance. We'll both find out in January if I succeeded or not. Also in January I'll be releasing a new poetry book.
The last thing Duke of Greystone wants is a wife, until Lady Jane Blackmore seeks out his quiet corner of Earl Braxton’s ballroom. But there she stands, attempting to shut out the rest of the world by simply closing her eyes, but Phillips understands better than most that life is never that simple.
The last thing Lady Jane Blackmore wants is a husband, until she opens her eyes and sees the scarred and much too handsome stranger evading her quiet corner. Why can’t the obstinate man understand she only needs a brief moment of solitude before returning to face her tormentors? But no matter how many times she tells him to go away, he stays, so is it her fault her father misunderstands the younger duke’s intentions?
While marriage isn’t on Phillip or Jane’s mind, when the trials come, they soon become each other’s touchstone and discover joy is within their grasp.
Are you trying to potty train your young toddler? You should make it a fun adventure and read them Pipper Pees and Poops.
In my short tales of horror I've all of my short horror stories into one book with a few new stories.
When I first started writing Sparking in Sunlight I only meant for it to be a short story but I like Sebastian and his club for vampires so much you'll be seeing more of him. What's not to love about a club filled with vampires and their human guests?
I have 25 codes for a free copy of my new audiobook, Do You Want to Play a Game? Just send me your email address and I'll send you the instructions and code. It's that easy. I won't use your email address for anything other than sending you the code. I cross my heart. I'll give away the codes until they're gone. What are you waiting for? They're free.
Welcome to my website. I write romances because there's nothing better than that feeling of falling into love.
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