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,

Ellie

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Now’s the time to download!

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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,

Ellie

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Anne and Christopher’s story is waiting for you!

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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,

Ellie

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Because the Earl Loved Me Inspiration!

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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,

Ellie

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Anne & Christopher

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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,

Ellie

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Because the Earl Loved Me

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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,

Ellie

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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.

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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,

Ellie

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A Busy August!

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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,

Ellie

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Discover seven swoon worthy historical romances!

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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,

Ellie

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Thank you!!

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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,

Ellie

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Promise of Redemption is now available!

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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!

Ellie

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Searching Hearts Deals & Inspirations!

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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,

Ellie

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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Have you read the first three books?

Release days are always so exciting! Today is the day my first box set, the first three books of the Happily Ever After series, are now available. You can buy The Duke She Wished For, Someday Her Duke Will Come, and Once Upon a Duke’s Dream, at the $2.99 pricing for the next few weeks.

For those of you who have read the books, I have a favor to ask you. I would so appreciate you heading over to the Amazon page and leaving a review. Reviews are very, very helpful for both other readers as well as to increase the visibility of the book. Your 100% honest review would be wonderful!

Last week, I received so much feedback from my historical fun facts! So, in follow up, I will try to include a piece of information for you in each newsletter. Hopefully, you enjoy it, and if there is ever anything you have questions about, please let me know!

This week is regarding the London season, which is included in a large majority of regency romances. And yet, what is it all about? The season was actually the time when Parliament was in session. Members had to be in the city, and so, their families typically followed along. The 'Season' developed because of the many upper class citizens who were in London at the same time and required entertaining. In the late 18th century, this was from about October or November until May. By the Regency era -- when it was easier to travel in winter -- the season was pushed back to begin in January or even early February.

With love,

Ellie

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Regency Weddings

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A couple of weeks ago, I asked what you would like to see more of in my newsletters. One request I received was for historical facts from my research, which I am more than happy to share! I often post them to social media, so I’m not sure why I haven’t included more in my newsletters - but that will change now!

When I was researching for my next release, I came across quite a bit of information regarding Regency weddings. Some of you may have read some of this on my Facebook page or instagram account, but if not, I hope you enjoy and learn something new! I certainly did.

First I'd like to talk about the white wedding dress. Many of you may read my next novel and say, "Ellie, the white wedding dress was a Victorian custom." You are correct -- a white wedding dress was made popular by Queen Victoria's wedding to Albert. In the Regency era, most women would likely have had a dress made for their wedding, but unlike today, they would wear it multiple times afterward. For many women, this meant a dress of a darker color, as white would drag in the mud and the hems would easily be dirtied. In the noble classes, however, particularly among the very rich, dresses were more likely to be created specifically for the wedding day, and while they were often pink, blue, green, or yellow, white was a very popular color of the time, and therefore, many wedding dresses of the noble classes were white, though not by tradition.

Many Regency novels include weddings that take place under a special license, which could be purchased and would allow the couple to be married without the usual three weeks of banns read in the parish, and in any location of their choosing. Since life is often more dramatic in novels, in reality the procurement of a special bann was actually fairly rare. Many weddings of the nobility took place in a church -- specifically, St. George's Church in Mayfair's Hanover Square. The exterior is impressive, though the interior is not nearly as extravagant as many other churches and cathedrals of its time. It featured stained glass windows, and a painting of The Last Supper.

The beautiful, white-tiered wedding cake we know today is, of course like most things it seems, a Victorian tradition. However, wedding cakes go back for centuries, they have just changed over the years. In the Regency era, they resembled more of a fruitcake, and would be filled with brandy, rum, or wine, which would preserve the cake. This was important, as pieces of it were sent home with guests, as well as delivered to family and friends who were unable to make the wedding. In very wealthy families, some cakes were finished with white sugar icing.

You’ll be able to read all of this and much more in my next book, coming out August 7th! It now has a title -- Promise of Redemption. 

Do you have any other questions about Regency weddings that you are particularly interested in?

With love,

Ellie

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A new Box Set! And an exciting piece of news...

Happy July!

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For some of you, Happy Fourth of July, for others, Happy Canada Day, or for others Happy Summer (or Winter, if you are in the southern hemisphere).

Anyway, I hope everyone is having a lovely week.

I have a few updates I would like to share with you! Up until this point, all of my books have been priced at 99 cents. I wanted to give you some notice, that beginning in two weeks, many of my books will be going up to $2.99. That being said, there are still many ways to keep you from paying full price! Here’s how:

  • The first book in each of my current series will remain at 99 cents.
  • New releases will continue to be launched at 99 cents, so never fear -- as long as you order early, you will not have to worry about paying more than that!
  • The first three books in my Happily Ever After series will soon be available as a box set! They are on pre-order for the next two weeks at $2.99, which will be a great deal, and a couple of weeks after launch will go up a bit in price.

So, if you have not ordered some of the books, now is the time!

I have one more piece of news that I have saved to the end…. I think the question I have been asked most often lately, is whether Daniel will be getting a book in the Searching Hearts series. The answer, of course, is YES! I just finished his book and sent it to my editor last week. I am so excited to share it with you and will tell you more shortly.

P.S. What do you think of the box set cover? I think it just beautiful, but of course, I’m biased…

With love,

Ellie

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Pre-order your box set!

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Thank you everyone for your feedback last week! I will continue with the content that you have always enjoyed, and will be sure to include more of what you most want -- free book links and information on my new releases!

So with that being said … I’m excited to tell you about a new project! Now available on pre-order is a box set I am taking part in with other fabulous Regency authors -- Amanda Mariel, Scarlott Scott, Jillian Eaton, Dawn Brower, Gemma Blackwood, and Tammy Andersen. You can buy all seven books for only $0.99 while on pre-order! It will be launching on August 14th. I will be including Unmasking a Duke -- which, if you are receiving this newsletter, means you have likely read the book, as it was sent out to everyone who subscribed to my newsletter. However, I have added over 10,000 words to the book, including new characters and additional scenes with Andrew and Arabella, if you would like to take another read along with the six other books included.

The box set is not in Kindle Unlimited, but is available in many online stores! Read more and pre-order through the link below.

With love,

Ellie

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A whirlwind week!

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Hello everyone! It had been a whirlwind week and I’m happy to share more with you. 

First of all, it was the launch of Loved By The Viscount. I have been blown away by your reviews. Thank you to my ARC readers and everyone else who has purchased, read in Kindle Unlimited, and left reviews on various sites. Because of you, Rosalind and William’s story is in the top 20 of Amazon’s Regency bestseller list and I am so humbled. What means the most, however, is knowing that this story has resonated with you, my readers.

While this book has just launched, I have now finished the first draft of my next book — Daniel’s story! I know many of you have been waiting for this one, and I hope it lives up to your expectations. Daniel has a bit of a darker story than his siblings, and he needs a woman who can pull him through. I will share more in the near future as we get closer to the book’s release in August.

In the meantime, we were also on holidays for five days for my cousin's wedding! It was in Arizona, so quite hot for this Canadian girl, but it was so much fun reconnecting with family and celebrating love (as you can see in my photo here!). We were so busy that I didn't get any work done, but a break can be a good thing. I have been eager to get back writing.

Next week I will have more to share about an upcoming box set I will be releasing along with other wonderful Regency authors.

I have a quick favor to ask you. I include many different types of content in my newsletter and I’d like to know what you enjoy most and wish to see more of. Click below to let me know -- you can choose as many as you'd like.

With love,

Ellie

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Loved by the Viscount is waiting for you!

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It seems like it has been a long time coming, but the day is finally here! Rosalind’s story has been in my head for some time, and now it’s finally ready for the world to read :)

The character of Rosalind is a lot like me, actually, and I’ve never before written a character in quite this way. At first, William seems to be the perfect fit for her, but they certainly face many bumps in the road. 

This can certainly be read as a standalone story, although it is part of my Happily Ever After series, and you briefly meet Rosalind in He’s a Duke, But I Love Him.

I hope you all enjoy this as much as I loved writing it. I work really hard to create stories you love, and I hope this comes across in my books. I would love for you to share with others and leave reviews as well.

If you haven't pre-ordered, you can buy now! For those of you with Kindle Unlimited subscriptions, download and read free today!

With love and enjoy,

Ellie

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