Sample Saturday, “Rose in Bloom”

Hi, everyone. Today’s snippet is from my brand new friends-to-lovers contemporary romance novella, Rose in Bloom. The book is already nominated for a 2023 Global eBook Award. Enjoy this little peek into Rose’s psyche.


Rose in BloomOne of the things I’d loved most about Aunt Susan when I was a kid was how lively and colorful she was. Her blonde hair was long and curly, her make-up and jewelry were bold, and she wore bright, flowing clothes.

I wanted to be just like her. I loved the kind of costume jewelry that my mother, Julia, called “gaudy.” I made scarves into skirts that I wore over my little jeans and t-shirts until Mom took them away when I was about six years old.

“You need to be practical, Rose,” she’d said, tucking a lock of her brown, bobbed hair behind one ear. She wore pearl button earrings, a plain gold wedding band, a polo shirt and khaki pants. It was pretty much her uniform.

“You’re six years old,” she continued. “You need to stop playing pretend. You need to get serious. My sister is no role model. Your father and I have discussed the matter, and there will be no arguments.”

I didn’t understand why my mother was so upset, but I wanted to make her happy. So, I pushed the things that made me smile to the back of my mental closet.


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Rose Davis always prided herself on being sensible. But when she loses her job, she takes an uncharacteristic leap of faith and agrees to spend six months living in Wisteria Cottage, just outside of the tiny village of Shalbourne, England. It will give her the chance to fulfill her secret dream of writing a book, and an opportunity to figure out next steps.

What she doesn’t reckon with is Welsh gardener Gareth Llewellyn. With his long hair and scruffy beard, he’s definitely not Rose’s type. And yet, there’s something about him …

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Sample Saturday: “Rose in Bloom”

Rose in BloomHi, everyone. Today’s snippet is from my forthcoming friends-to-lovers contemporary romance novella, Rose in Bloom. Enjoy!


“Uncle Gareth, Miss Rose sure is nice.” Timothy was playing on his iPad in the back seat of the Rover.

“Mmm. That she is.” Gareth kept his eyes on the road back to Berwyn, but his mind was on what Katherine Tremaine had told him about Rose Davis before she’d moved into Wisteria Cottage: a successful business woman who, if her aunt Susan was to be believed, hid her depression under a facade of hard-edged perfection and control. A woman who felt that polish and practicality were the answer to all problems. He’d presumed she’d be dour, possibly even matronly, with a pinched mouth.

I couldn’t have been more off-base if I tried.

“And she’s pretty. I like her red hair.”

“I think, technically, it’s auburn.”

Dark, rich auburn. That looks like silk. I’d love to run my fingers through it.


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Blurb:

Rose Davis always prided herself on being sensible. But when she loses her job, she takes an uncharacteristic leap of faith and agrees to spend six months living in Wisteria Cottage, just outside of the tiny village of Shalbourne, England. It will give her the chance to fulfill her secret dream of writing a book, and an opportunity to figure out next steps.

What she doesn’t reckon with is Welsh gardener Gareth Llewellyn. With his long hair and scruffy beard, he’s definitely not Rose’s type. And yet, there’s something about him …

Sample Saturday: “Clytie’s Caller”

clytieHi, everyone. Today’s snippet is from my sweet Regency romance novelette, Clytie’s Caller. Enjoy!


Samuel was just donning his hat to leave the Browning townhouse when Isabel stopped him in the foyer.

“Are you really calling on Archie’s sister? That girl is attics to let, Sam.”

“Bella, my dear, she is no such thing.”

“You saw how she ran from the Assembly Rooms; Archie was mortified.”

“She’s frightened, Bella; nothing more. Once I know why, I can help her. She’s no different from the soldiers I help every day.”

“Clytemnestra Preston has never been in battle,” Isabel scoffed.

“I beg to differ, cousin,” Samuel said, and walked out the door to mount his waiting horse.


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Bath, 1816. Clytemnestra Preston has become so terrified of life that she refuses to leave her room. Not even her family can convince her to take her place in Society again. Doctor Samuel Whittington, late of His Majesty’s Army, may be her only chance for a cure … and romance. Can Sam convince Clytie to open the door, and her heart?

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Sample Saturday: “In The Eye of The Beholder”

Hi, everyone. Today’s snippet is from my debut novel. Part of the award-winning Seen Through the Phantom’s Eyes series, In The Eye of The Beholder is available free of charge on Smashwords for the entire month of July.


iteotb“You like beautiful things,” he whispered.

“Of course,” I responded in surprise. “Most people do.”

“Then how can you bear to look on me,” he responded, still whispering. As the carriage moved away, he opened the drape to let the light in and reveal his unmasked face to me.

The left side of his face, his entire mouth, and jaw … all were so handsome that they would take the breath away from an angel. The right side, though, was discolored and twisted. A port wine birthmark discolored skin so thin and fragile that lumps of misshapen bone and delicate blue veins could be seen through it. His left eye was fringed with thick black lashes; the right was barely lidded and sunken in the socket, but was the same soul-filled green-gold as its twin. The right side of his nose was also damaged, the soft nare non-existent.

“Look on this monster, and tell me again how you care more for the soul than the face,” he said in a ragged voice.

Sample Saturday, A Day Late: “Two Days in June”

The Paris June Rebellion started 190 years ago today, led by a group of students from the Sorbonne. The next day it was over. Had author Victor Hugo not been caught behind the barricades, we might never have known about it; it was the inspiration for Les Misérables.

Please enjoy this snippet from my own work, which was inspired by Hugo’s novel.


Two Days in June V2“A toast to fallen comrades, my friends. General Lamarque has gone to his reward.”

Grantaire drains Bahorel’s glass and smacks his lips in satisfaction as he returns it to his dismayed companion.

“What do you know of the funeral plans?” Combeferre inquires. “Surely there will be a procession, with catafalque and all.”

“Indeed,” Feuilly joins in. “The people of Paris will want to pay their respects.”

“We must find out.” Enjolras speaks with authority. “For we may well use this somber occasion to make a change for the better, all over France.”

Grantaire sees the familiar light in his friend’s eye and shakes his head.

“Innkeeper,” he calls out genially. “More of your wine, and good meat pies, for all. Plotting has ever been hungry work.”

With that, he throws some coins on the table. The innkeeper’s daughter snatches them up when she brings the requested items, barely acknowledging Grantaire as she slaps greasy trays on tables.

And so it is that the night wears on, in discussion of weapons, gunpowder and treason. Revolution has ever been thus.


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Starvation. Fear.

Fighting in the streets.

It’s June 1832, and Paris is once again at war. The students of the Sorbonne rise up against those in power, believing that right and the people are on their side.

But King Louis-Philippe has other plans.

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