Christmas fun facts and giveaways!


Christmas is a time for giving!

And, of course, that means that we have some opportunities for you to win books and gift cards! Check them out below.

I hope you are all enjoying the Christmas season and finding time to relax with family and friends. Here are a few Christmas historical fun facts for you! How do they relate to your own traditions?

Since we are talking Christmas historical fun facts, we have to start with mistletoe, do we not? I feel as though it is the backbone of every Christmas Regency story! The origin of mistletoe isn't entirely known, but one myth goes back to the Druids, when it was used as a symbol of fertility and cut for winter soltice ceremonies -- thus tying it to Christmas. During the regency era mistletoe was a simple arrangement decorated with ribbons and hung over a doorway or entrance.

Christmastide with His Countess takes place during the Christmas of 1813, one of the coldest -- and SNOWIEST -- on record. Which would make it, of course, difficult to get around in a carriage. With no way of plowing snow, besides traffic slowly trampling it down, sleighs were often used as a means of transportation. People would sit in an open sleigh, drawn by horses, and would wear heavy outerwear as well as tuck thick furs or blankets around themselves, with footwarmers at their feet.

The Yule Log is a staple in most historical romances set during the Christmas season. The tradition of the yule log goes back far beyond medieval times, though the exact origin is actually unknown. The log is a huge block burned in the home during the twelve days of Christmas. Once it has been set in the hearth and is lit, it is bad luck to have to re-light it again during the Christmas season. The tradition is held throughout Europe, and various regions call it different names, with various types of trees used for the log.

Where are the Christmas trees? Nowhere to be found in an English regency romance! While it is true that fir trees may have been used to celebrate the season throughout Europe as far back as a thousand years ago, the tradition didn't come to Britain until likely the 1830s, and even then didn't become popular until the next decade, when Prince Albert (Queen Victoria's German husband), set up a Christmas tree in Windsor Castle. Through the Victorian era, the trees were decorated with candles to represent stars.

In the Regency era, Christmas dinner could be a family affair or celebrated with close friends. The meat was often roast beef, venison, or boar’s (pig’s) head, and could also include goose, pheasant, peacock, or any other fowl. Turkey became popular in the Victorian era.  Vegetables and stuffing for the fowl accompanied it, and a second course was often mince pie, also called Christmas pie or Twelfth Night Pie. And for dessert? Christmas pudding! Scarlett and Hunter discover in Christmastide with His Countess that they, however, much prefer their cook’s gingerbread, which was also a staple, as were butter shortbread and trifle. What are your favourite Christmas dishes?

With love and Christmas cheer,


A little gift for yourself...


Just a quick email today to tell you about a flash sale! I have joined with a few other authors to offer some of our books for 99 cents for a limited time -- until December 11th. Plus, stock up on additional 99c/99p book bargains! My own Someday Her Duke Will Come, which takes place during the Christmas season,is featured at 99 cents.


With love,


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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas


I hope all of my friends in the United States had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Next up? Christmas! Of course, I have been preparing for Christmas for quite awhile now, but I know not everyone gets quite so excited as I do.

Have you created your Christmas list yet? What would you like Santa to leave you under the tree?

And are you enjoying Christmastide with His Countess and Seduced Under the Mistletoe? I would love to know what you think. If you haven’t yet, I would so appreciate a review -- on Amazon, Goodreads, or Bookbub. Thank you so much!

And don’t forget, we still have an ongoing giveaway! You can win a $20 Amazon gift card! Enter by answering the following question: In Christmastide with His Countess, what did Scarlett give Hunter as a Christmas gift? Send your answer to the following email: Also see the post on Facebook and share to receive an extra entry! 

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Christmas begins early!


I hope everyone is enjoying Christmastide with His Countess and Seduced Under the Mistletoe! If you haven’t yet started your Christmas reading, we have  just over one month to go until the day -- so you can find the links below!

Christmastide with His Countess will be 99 cents for only five more days, so now is the time to buy!

Today is a quick email to share a few things that are happening.

I have THREE giveaways for you, a book on sale, and a Christmas catalogue to share with you!

First, the giveaways.

1 - You can win a $20 Amazon gift card! Enter by answering the following question: In Christmastide with His Countess, what did Scarlett give Hunter as a Christmas gift? Send your answer to the following email: Also share my post on Facebook to receive an extra entry! 

2 - You also have the opportunity to win a $10 Amazon gift card. Click here (or the image above) to enter! 

3 - And finally, I am part of a Thanksgiving Bookpalooza with many other authors. You can find the link here or through the image below. The winner of the giveaway receives a $50 Amazon GC, as well as a gift basket with 21 books!

And finally, if you have not read He’s a Duke, But I Love Him, it is 99 cents for the next five days! Find it here:

With love and Christmas cheer,


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Fall in love this Christmas with Scarlett and Hunter


Christmastide with his Countess is finally here! I think I am as excited today as I am on Christmas morning. I have always loved Christmas, and I was thrilled to write both a novel and a novella set during the season this year.

Scarlett and Hunter’s story is available for only 99 cents for a very limited time, and if you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, you can read for free.

This story was so much fun to write. It holds sleigh rides, snowball fights, yule logs, a New Year’s party, and -- of course -- mistletoe.

With love and Christmas cheer,


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Seduced Under the Mistletoe is now available!

I am so excited to share that Seduced Under the Mistletoe is now available! Sixteen historical romance authors have written Christmas novellas, spanning a wide variety of eras. I am thrilled that Duke of Christmas is a part of this box set! Duke of Christmas is the story of Lionel and Marie Harrington, and is a prequel to the Searching Hearts series. Below you will find a synopsis of both Duke of Christmas as well as the set as a whole.

Scroll to the bottom of the email to find a giveaway to win a $25 Amazon gift card!

I would like to note that the novellas are all steamy, from about a 3/5 to a certain 5/5 for spice. However, the box set is only 99 cents for a few more days (and will be in Kindle Unlimited for three months), so you can certainly buy and read the stories of your choosing -- though all are receiving rave reviews!

So pick up, enjoy, and I hope it puts you in the Christmas spirit!

With love,


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Fill up those Kindles!


Happy Halloween to those who take part! I would love to see your photos of costumes and decorations. You can head on over to my Facebook page to share if you’d like!

Today’s message will be short and sweet as I’d like to get to what you want to hear about -- another flash sale! We had such amazing feedback last time that we thought we would once again put our books on sale for you.

My most popular book, He’s a Duke, But I Love Him, will be on sale for only 99 cents for three days only (and, as always, is free with Kindle Unlimited). If you have already read it, not to worry -- there are nine other fabulous authors offering books for 99 cents as well. So dig in and start reading!

With love,


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Coming Soon!

Thank you everyone, so much, for answering my survey last week. I really appreciate your thoughts. I love corresponding with you, but at the same time I also don’t want to be annoying! I know everyone receives many emails, including quite a few from authors, so I want to be sure that you are enjoying what you are receiving.

On that note -- I am emailing you a week later to tell you that, by a slight majority, you would like to see my emails every two weeks. So here’s what I’ll do. Each Tuesday I’ll determine whether or not I have anything interesting to share. If I do, an email will go out, and I will strive for every other week. There will be a few weekly ones at the beginning of November, however, as there will be a couple of Christmas books coming out!

I am excited to share with you a first look at the cover of the multi-author box set I will be taking part in, Seduced Under the Mistletoe. Sixteen authors are coming together to offer you a very, sexy, very steamy holiday season. My contribution is a 30,000-word novella, Duke of Christmas. It features two characters that, if you have read the Searching Hearts series, you know very well -- Lionel and Marie, the parents of the Harrington siblings. I have to tell you that this was probably the most fun I have ever had writing interactions between characters, and I cannot wait to share it with you. There won’t be a pre-order for this one -- it will be coming to you live on November 1st.

I should note that I will also be cutting down the descriptions and space provided to recommended reads. They will still be there, but if you are interested, the description is there on the buy page, so I don’t want to duplicate things.

One last note -- if you truly only want emails from me when something big is happening, I do have a email list where subscribers ONLY receive my launch emails. That means you get an email about once every couple of months, telling you about a new book that has been released. I am more than happy to move you to that list if you’d prefer. All you have to do is email me back with “Launch Only” in the subject line and away you’ll go.

Before you go, a quick historical fact for you: Portrait miniatures were most popular in England for about 60 years -- from about 1770 to 1830, until photography was introduced in 1839. They could be as small as one inch by one inch to as large as seven by four inches. They were worn as bracelets, brooches, in watch fobs, or, as Scarlett wears in Christmastide with His Countess, in a necklace. Many artists began to specialize in them, and they were quite detailed and excellent representations of their subject.

Have a wonderful week (or two ;))

With love,


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Now’s the time to download!


I hope you are all enjoying Because the Earl Loved Me! When I finished the first draft of this book, I wondered if everyone would think I was crazy as my imagination took us for a wild ride. When the book went out to my advance review team I was nervous, but then the reviews began coming in, and I was blown away! Thank you all so much for your wonderful words. 

In other news… The Duke She Wished For is FREE from today until October 7th. It’s the first book in the Happily Ever After series, so if you haven’t started it yet, now is the time. If you have read it and enjoyed it, I would love for you to leave a review, or to share with anyone you know who loves historical romance.

With love,


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Anne and Christopher’s story is waiting for you!


It’s release day for Because the Earl Loved Me! I’m so excited for you to read it. It is yours for only 99 cents for the next two weeks, and if you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, you can now read for free.

This story was so much fun to write. I always start with an outline, of course, but Anne’s unpredictable character took us completely off course. I wrote this book faster than any other, as I was so curious to find out what was going to happen next!

I hope you enjoy this fun Regency romp!

To celebrate the release, I have below for you both a giveaway as well as a flash sale with many amazing historical romance authors. Enjoy!

With love,


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Because the Earl Loved Me Inspiration!


We are only a week away from the release of Because the Earl Loved Me! Thank you to everyone who has already pre-ordered, and to my ARC team who is busy reading and reviewing. You are all wonderful and I appreciate you so much!

We have so much happening in the next few weeks!  If you haven't yet read the Happily Ever After series, now is the time. Here is a bit of what is to come:

Sept 25th -- The release of Because the Earl Loved Me! It will be 99 cents for the first two weeks

Sept 25th - 27th -- Loved by the Viscount will be reduced to 99 cents for a very limited time during this flash sale! I am participating with a few other lovely authors, and will share more next week.

Oct 3rd - 7th - The Duke She Wished For will be free!! I will send you all the info that week.

As always, while writing I saved my inspirations for the story on pinterest. Be sure to check it out here for a sneak peak! 

I love to find figures who best represent to me our hero and heroine’s physical description, and also to find true houses or estates that I can model the setting after.

In each board there is also a segment for “themes” that includes some of my research. Which is where today’s historical fun fact comes from… If you are an avid regency reader, I'm sure you have heard of Covent Garden, but what about theatre outside of London? Theatres were built throughout England, where entertainment of various sorts was held. Rich and poor alike attended, with the rich in boxes beside the stage, to the poor in galleries. Theatre audiences could be rather rude, typically talking through the performances, often arriving late, and sometimes were even downright dangerous. Actors were often equated to the same status as servants, while actresses were often looked upon as prostitutes -- and many often were mistresses of the nobility.

With love,


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Anne & Christopher


I am so thrilled to reveal the cover of my next book! Because the Earl Loved Me will be released in just two weeks! It is coming to you one week earlier than initially planned, and I can hardly wait for you to read it. It is the story of Lady Anne Finchley and Christopher Anderson, the Earl of Merryweather. Read all about it:

Desire for drama...

Known by all as a beauty with a haunting, hypnotic voice, Anne Finchley has always longed for more than marriage to a nobleman. She dreams of gracing the stage as an actress, an occupation unheard of for the daughter of a duke. But a chance meeting at a country theatre changes her fate forever.

Perfectly planned...

The Earl of Merryweather, Christopher Anderson, pre-determines every moment of his life, carefully calculating every decision -- including marriage to the sister of the Duke of Breckenridge. When he begins his courtship, however, everything goes awry, as nothing about her fits his expectations.

A shocking incident that changes everything...

When Anne suffers an accident and must rely on Christopher for help, she turns his life upside down. Despite his inflexible ways, Anne finds herself falling for the man she once rejected, but now it may be too late, as the resulting scandal and upheaval may prove to be too much for  Christopher to overcome. Everything is telling them they are wrong for one another -- but then why does being together feel so right?

 Before you head on over to check out the book on Amazon, I’ll leave you with a historical fun fact from my current work in progress. In one of my upcoming novels, our heroine has to climb up to reach the ceiling. How does she get there? Well, as it turns out, ladders are not exactly a new invention -- they were found as far back as over 10,000 years ago! In the Regency era, they would have been in homes for a few purposes. You could find bed steps where some of the nobility had beds quite high off the floor. Not very romantic, and not in every home, however. Library steps or stairs would have been the most common, in order to reach those high shelves. They were typically constructed almost like a staircase -- they didn't fold but rather had construction at the back to keep them steady. And when required, you could certainly find a ladder more typical to what we know today.

With love,


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Because the Earl Loved Me


Hello to all of my lovely readers!

I can hardly believe it is September already! We just finished what we call our Labour Day long weekend here in Canada, and it is back to work and school for those with older kiddos. September always seems to mean back to routine, which is a blessing for many. For us, there is little change, as my son is only two and my husband is also self-employed, and I am perfectly ok with that.

As for what else I have been up to … it looks like I will be able to release my next book the last week of September instead of my initially planned first week of October! I have been pushing hard to ramp things up so that my Christmas novel is available in early November, so stay tuned.

We haven’t talked much about my next book. I am pleased to share with you the title -- Because the Earl Loved Me. It will feature two characters you know and love -- Lord Merryweather, who has had a few cameo appearances in the Happily Ever After series, and Anne, the sister of Alastair Finchley, Duke of Breckenridge, whose story you read in He’s a Duke, But I Love Him.

I hope you are still enjoying our historical fun facts! This week is all about ladies’ undergarments. Check out the photo above. :)

The first layer was a shift or chemise -- basically a white linen garment.  Then came the stays or corset, which were slightly less uncomfortable than the full corset worn in other eras. Next we have the petticoat. In the Regency era, not a lot of volume was required, so usually only one was required. Garters held up cotton or silk stockings, and during the day, a chemisette or tucker filled in the bodice area. I can hardly imagine wearing so much material, especially in summer!

With love,


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Christmas stories!

I can hardly believe we are at the end of August! Here in Canada kids go back to school at the beginning of September, but I know it’s even earlier in many other places.


Even though it’s still summer, I have been deep into researching and writing Christmas stories! One is a Christmas novella that will be part of a multi-author box set, and another a standalone Christmas novel. Members of my Facebook group have provided some input into the characters, and it has been so much fun to write.

It wouldn't be Christmas without a little gift, would it? I saw that The Wicked One by Danelle Harmon is free today! It's one of my favorite historical romances, so I highly recommend it.

While I have so much fun Christmas information to share, August may be a bit early yet. So today let's discuss consummation of the marriage and annulments. Unlike you may sometimes hear, non-consummation was not grounds for annulment. There were only three grounds for annulment: identity fraud; incompetence (one person being underage (21) without her parent's consent or insane); or impotence, which was an interesting one to prove.

With love,


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A Busy August!


There has been so much happening in the last couple of weeks! I had two launches (Promise of Redemption and the box set Wicked Rogue of Mine), two Facebook takeovers, and my son was home with me all day every day as we were potty training! I promise I won't get more into that, however -- that's not what you're here for.

Anyway, we are back on track with our regularly scheduled content, which includes historical fun facts. I was remiss in sharing with you last week! These are from my research while writing Promise of Redemption, as you may notice if you’ve read it.

(Side note -- if you haven’t downloaded yet, today is the last day I will have it at $0.99 so pick up your copy now! You can also always read free in Kindle Unlimited.)

Before we get to our facts, however, please make sure you scroll down to our weekly read. Of special note, S. Cinders is giving away a free audiobook copy of Made for Maddie, the first book in her series. All you have to do to enter is click on the link to her box set (no purchase necessary). One random winner will receive the audiobook.

Our first historical fact is a bit depressing, but it does show how far we've come in two hundred years. In Promise of Redemption, our hero, Daniel, provides justice and shelter for women and children who are threatened, especially by their husbands or fathers. Women had nearly no legal rights in the early nineteenth century. Not only did most women marry husbands chosen by their parents, but a woman's husband took control over any income and property, and could even keep her from seeing her children if he wished. A woman had very little options for divorce, and any option was very expensive. In the mid-1800s, one woman, Caroline Norton, was the force behind significant change. When she divorced an abusive husband, he kept her from her three sons. Her story is one of significant struggle, but she helped make life better for so many women, as she was instrumental in creating laws such as the Child Custody Act of 1839, the Matrimonial Act of 1857, the Infant Custody Acts of 1873 (and 1886) and The Married Women’s Property Acts of 1870 (and 1882).

Onto something lighter....

By the Regency era, bookstores and lending libraries were becoming quite popular. Not only was reading one of the main entertainments of the day, but more of the population was becoming literate. Books were relatively expensive, so only the upper classes were usually able to afford them. However, circulating libraries and subscription libraries offered fiction, newspapers, magazines, studies and more for a fee instead.

With love,


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Discover seven swoon worthy historical romances!


I mentioned this release before, but today I am very excited to share with you my first box set with other wonderful historical romance authors! Wicked Rogue of Minefeatures stories from seven historical romance authors and is now available through multiple retailers!

I have teamed up with Scarlett Scott, Amanda Mariel, Gemma Blackwood, Dawn Brower, Tammy Andersen, and Jillian Eaton. From the decks of a pirate ship to the ballrooms of London, the unlikeliest of pairings find their way to happily ever afters.

I do want to note that my book, Unmasking a Duke, is a story you have likely read before, as it was free when you subscribed to my newsletter. This version has been re-edited, and has been significantly added to! You also will not want to miss stories from the other lovely authors.

With love,


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Thank you!!


I would like to say a big heartfelt thank you to all of you! Because of you, Promise of Redemption had an amazing release week, which has led to more readers discovering the Harrington family. I have been completely humbled by the reviews so many of you left, and the messages I have received. You have fallen in love with Daniel and Christina and their story of redemption.

The book will be 99 cents for only more week, so if you haven’t discovered their story yet, now is the time!

I have so much to share with you this week that I will be sending out two newsletters. This is not a regular occurrence, but there are many giveaways and new releases to share!

If you’d like a chance to win over 40 historical romances, check out the Booksweeps link below!

With love,


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Promise of Redemption is now available!


TODAY is the day you can finally read the story of Daniel & Christina! I have been absolutely thrilled and humbled by reviews from my advance reader team. I’ll let you read a few, and then I'll leave you to your reading!

 This is a must read. It is a well written book. I really, really enjoyed reading it. The storyline of murder, attempted murder, love lost, revenge, manipulations, loyalty, misguided loyalty, anger, animosity, justice, romance and love. Promise of Redemption is a journey of two hearts searching for something but found it in each other. There is such emotion in the telling of this story. Feelings such as rage, unrequited love, pain, contradictory feelings, friendship, a loving family and parents, just to name a few. There were ultimatums issued, an arranged marriage, truths to be faced, falsehoods to overcome, justice to seek, a murderer to uncover and peace to be found. The characters were so well written, that it was easy to identify with them. There were many twists and turns in this plot. There was action and danger all based on misinformation and betrayal of a most trusted person. You will never guess who is responsible for the murder. This had a surprising ending. - Emma

I very rarely give a 5 star review but this book deserves it. It is a very well written story. It never dragged and was interesting all the way through the book. I really enjoyed this book. - Joanna

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had characters with great chemistry and spirited conversations. It was suspenseful and the plot was well constructed. I love Ellie St. Clair's books! - Lifelongreader

I so hope you enjoy this story. It’s a deep one, and I hope it pulls at your heartstrings. It will be available for $0.99 for two weeks before it will go up to $2.99, and as always, is available to read free if you have Kindle Unlimited.

When you’re done, if you’d like to leave a review on Amazon, Goodreads, or Bookbub, I would so appreciate it.

With love and enjoy!


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Searching Hearts Deals & Inspirations!


Thank you to everyone who has already pre-ordered Promise of Redemption! I am excited for you to read this one :)

In the meantime ... if you haven't yet started the series, there is no better time than the present! Quest of Honor is currently FREE and will be until August 4th. Beginning August 2nd, Hope of Romance will be discounted to $0.99 for five days. I'll send a reminder when it is. In the meantime, download your copy of Quest of Honor today!

If you have read the rest of the series and are getting impatient for Promise of Redemption, you can always head over to my Pinterest page to check out some of the inspirations for the story. As I’m writing I like to pin things that are either part of my research or inspiration for the characters, clothing, etc.

Check out Pinterest! 

In the meantime, if you haven’t yet, be sure to add Promise of Redemption to your Goodreads Want to Read list!

In the meantime, I hope you continue to enjoy your summer. We have such cold winters here, that we truly appreciate every moment of sun.

Now, onto this week’s historical fun fact -- featuring … bed time!

I had a few options this week but will tell you a bit about what people wore to sleep in the Regency era. Both men and women wore a nightshirt or nightgown. For women, this typically looked like a slightly longer chemise, coming down just under the knees. Overtop, women often wore a bed jacket or other layer, if they needed to be warmer. The bed jacket was simply a loose-fitting cotton shirt. Night caps were also often worn either for warmth or to keep hair from becoming messed during sleep. Men would wear a shirt as well to bed, and around the house would add breeches and a dressing gown, or banyan, which was basically a robe they would wear around the house and with family only.

With love,


Promise of Redemption now on pre-order!

Thank you so much to those of you who purchased and / or reviewed my Happily Ever Box Set last week! The price will remain at $2.99 for most of today, so be sure to buy before it goes up! 

So, what is to come next? So glad you asked! First of all, Promise of Redemption is now available on pre-order! Check out the link below to read more. I hope you love the cover! It is one of my favorites.

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