Novellas are long short stories or short novels, generally about a quarter of the length of a typical historical romance. In print they are published in anthologies with stories by other authors, but many are now available as single story e-books.
MISS BROCKHURST'S CHRISTMAS CAMPAIGN
in MISCHIEF AND MISTLETOE, a Word Wenches anthology
The authors at the Word Wenches blog have put together a collection of fun Christmas stories involving "wicked wenches" -- that is, ladies breaking the rules. In my story, the heroine, notorious for jilting gentlemen, realizes whom she really loves and will break the rules to win him.
Available in print and e-book from your favorite bookseller.
"...delectable tidbits, confections that charm and delight, like the holidays themselves."- RT
"...a sweet gift for the reader." PW
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SAINT AGNES AND THE BLACK SHEEP
in A Cast of Characters
This abundant anthology is put together by Novelists Inc, an association for multi-published authors of popular fiction. It is available on line in print and e-book. My Regency story features a young lady who is too virtuous for the London ton, until she takes a big risk.
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STORIES REISSUED AS E-BOOK SPECIALS.
The similarity of titles of the first two here is completely coincidental.
They were written a decade apart.
THE DEMON'S MISTRESS first published in IN PRAISE OF YOUNGER MEN
Lord Vandeimen returns home from Waterloo to ruined estates, his family all dead. His attempts to recreate something of his heritage leave him deep in debt, and he is ready to commit suicide when a woman bursts into his room with an extraordinary proposal. Mrs. Maria Celestin, widow of a wealthy foreign merchant, will pay him a small fortune to pretend to be her betrothed husband for six weeks.
Van cannot refuse, but he is wary of this outrageous good fortune. He is also intent on getting into the widow's bed. He doesn't expect to be dragged back into life, and into love, or into a battle to win the woman who bought him."Darkly erotic." Publishers Weekly.
"Poignant..." Romantic Times.
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Read my article, In Praise of Younger Men, that inspired this anthology
THE DEMON'S BRIDE
first published in Moonlight Lovers
February 2011, a special e-book edition.
Rachel Proudfoot has enough trouble resisting the temptation of rakish Lord Morden without supernatural intervention. When she plays the traditional role of the Demon's Bride, however, a mighty earth spirit wants to use them both to return to the world.
Read the beginning here.
THE MARRYING MAID
in Songs of Love and Death
Gallery, Simon & Schuster November 2010
I'm delighted to be part of this eclectic selection of stories which explore many aspects of fantastic love. In my Georgian story, a faery curse hangs over the family of Rob Loxleigh unless he can find his destined bride, his "marrying maid." But what if she flees such a rakish aristocrat?
The Marrying Maid was an honorable mention in Best Science Fiction, 2010
Read an excerpt here
THE RAVEN AND THE ROSE
in Chalice of Roses Medieval period.
NAL Trade paperback January 2010
Four new love stories based on the mythology of the Grail by Jo Beverley, Karen Harbaugh, Mary Jo Putney, and Barbara Samuel.
The Raven and the Rose is set in the middle ages, close to Glastonbury, the heart of Grail mythology.
Read chapter one of my story here
THE DRAGON AND THE VIRGIN PRINCESS
in Dragon Lovers Fantasy/medieval
NAL Trade paperback March 2007
Mass market paperback, October, 2007
The "faery four" are venturing in otherworld again, this time with four wonderful love stories featuring dragons -- all kinds of dragons! Jo Beverley, Karen Harbaugh, Mary Jo Putney, and Barbara Samuel.
Read chapter one here.
The Dragon Lovers page
See my captioned dragon pictures here.
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THE TROUBLE WITH HEROES
in STAR OF WONDER A millenial collection 1000 AD
Berkley, November 1999. 0-515-12653-5
Out of print
A holiday collection for the millennium, offering joy, hope, and romance. Four stories wrapped around the turning of the centuries, and a legend about a jewel touched by the Christ Child in Bethlehem.
Day Of Wrath. 999 AD. When her childhood friend and love marries another, Wulfhera of Froxton enters a nunnery, but Viking raids and the coming of the millennium cause her to flee home. There she finds Raef a widower, but intent only on despair and suicidal vengeance. Then, on the shortest day of the year, she finds a precious jewel in the belly of a fish. Is it the fabled Star of the Magi? Can it really help her to bring peace, and save the life of the man she loves?
in THE BRIDES OF CHRISTMAS
Harlequin Historicals, October 1999. 0-373-83417-9
Reissue, October 2005 0-373-77148-7
This novella will be reissued in a new collection, A Bride By Christmas, in October 2008
alongside stories by Heather Graham and Candace Camp.
It was a daring attempt to rescue Lady Nicolette de Montelan before her father finds out that she's pregnant with an enemy family's child, but it goes awry because Nicolette's cousin Joan has played the Blessed Virgin in the Christmas reenactment. After all, for Nicolette to do it would have been sacrilege!
Now, however, Lady Joan finds herself trapped in a cave on Christmas Eve with the great Edmund de Grave, the Golden Lion, and neither of them are pleased about it. He's annoyed that his plan has been spoiled and worried about his brother, now in enemy hands. She's disappointed that a distant hero has turned out to be the sort to get a lady with child outside of marriage. A mighty battle ensues, but one that ends up breaking ancient hatreds and bringing the true spirit of Christmas and love to everyone around.
THE LORD OF ELPHINDALE
in FAERY MAGIC Four stories set where Georgian England and the Kingdom of Faery collide. Kensington, January 1998 Reissue, September, 2006
Also featuring stories by Mary Jo Putney, Barbara Samuel, and Karen Harbaugh. This unique collection was put together on-line and features linked stories set in Georgian England in the boundaries between the human world and that of Faerie.
Gwen Forsythe is startled, to put it mildly, to be told that she's part Faery, and that it is her duty to marry into the human family of Elphinson to strengthen the Faery bond there. It's not that she doesn't want to marry Sir Andrew Elphinson, her childhood friend. But Drew doesn't care for her, and is about to offer for another lady. Can she really seduce him at Faery's command?Buy now from AMAZON.COM
A GIFT OF LIGHT
in THE CHRISTMAS CAT(Regency) Berkley, November 1996
Kitty Mayhew is alone in the world, and at Christmas, but then her new cat and her maid involve her with the rake who lives nearby. A rake who doesn't believe in the Christmas spirit.
Tricked by a clever seducer, Kate Dunstable finds herself a pregnant army campfollower. She will not let her child be born a nameless bastard, however, and pursues the father into a battlefield, determined on marriage. There, however, she finds that her lover is dead. In despair, in labor, she accepts the offer of one of his fellow officers, a man who expects to die.
But Charles Tennant does not die, and soon they discover that their midnight marriage has created as many problems as it solved.
A childish superstition turns serious for Phoebe Batsford and the two brothers who are suitors for her hand. The trouble is that she ends up engaged to marry the wrong one, and only a ghost can sort it all out.
This only came out in a short run of hardcovers. You'll be really lucky to find a copy, but it's now available as an e-book in your preferred formatFor Kindle US, click here. For Kindle UK click here. For other formats click here.
in A Christmas Delight Zebra, 1991
A Christmas Delight is out of print, but this story was in a new collection, FIVE GOLDEN RINGS
Zebra, Oct. 2000 0-8217-7062-4
Every year at Christmas, the Conyngham family host a grand medieval twelve day feast, and this year Lady Alice Conyngham is organizing it for the first time. It presents only the usual problems until a man from her past turns up -- Tyr Norman, who had seduced her and abandoned her on Twelfth Night. But Tyr, now Lord Ivanridge, seems to think that he is the injured party, and he has the same power as before to melt Alice's common sense and willpower.
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