New Book Announcement!

I am sorry to be so long with news! I have finally finished my next book. Finally. Finally! Dancing with happiness here.

MARRIED BEFORE MIDNIGHT is the first book in my brand new series — The Brides Club. I am thrilled with the characters in this story, and also with my special secondary character. I hope that you will join me on a very emotional journey that takes you along the coast road, up past Butterfly Cove and into the hearts of some brave and amazing residents of Summer Island.

But no spoilers yet. I will be revealing my the cover tomorrow, along with my first excerpt. Early looks to all on my newsletter list!

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A Victorian Adventure….

61v-NzniMRLIn case you missed my favorite Victorian adventure.… You can scoop it up now for $.99.

I’m joining a whole group of stellar historical authors in one volume.

Don’t miss this one!


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Exciting Promotion!!!

I don’t know where you live, but here in Arizona it is sweltering. Routinely reaching 115° temperatures. To cool off inside with a good book seems like a GREAT idea to me!

Even if the book is a very hot one :-)

Two wonderful sites have posted some of my books in special promotions today. I hope you will take a look. I’m always very happy to support these special sales from wonderful sites so readers can save money too.

Today Ereader news is showing my Victorian historical, THE TIGER’S LADY.  If you get overheated from my alpha hero, don’t blame me. :-)

Here’s the link:

They have also included a link to the  book on Barnes and Noble.

And to keep things HOT, Kobo is offering their own special promotion from July 25-28 in the US and Canada.  THE UK  has their special price from  August 1-4. More hot reads for those who like strong heroes and smart, independent heroines.

(Scroll down to find my two books. )


Happy reading.
I promise more exciting book news coming soon…..

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QUESTION: I read your books. They are very well written. I am trying to find about the story of story of Ian Delamere. Is there one that was written …

ANSWER: Hello.

Thanks for writing.

I have not yet written Ian’s book.  I had planned to finish both his book and a book for Connor MacKinnon  but I changed publishers and they did not want me to continue with that series. :-(

I do plan to write those books in the future, but I cannot give you a date yet. Right now I’m focused on continuing my contemporary series set in Oregon.

But I will definitely be writing more Delamere books in the future.
If you sign up for my newsletter, I will send updates on all new books.

Happy reading.


QUESTION: In the author’s note in Bound By Dreams, you mentioned, Bound By Night. I didn’t see it in the B&N e-book web site. Is it out and if not, any guess when its planned for.

ANSWER: I am so glad that you enjoyed Bound by Dreams. Unfortunately, my plans to write the sequel were put on hold as my publisher did not want me to continue with the Draycott Abbey series.

Bound by Night was my planned next book.

In the meantime, I have written a sequence of contemporaries with related characters. It is the Summer Island series, set on an island in Oregon, with four linked books and related characters.

I have also written a spinoff book set at Draycott Abbey, called FALLEN. That is only available as an e-book. But it is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. You might enjoy that one.

I intend to continue the Draycott Abbey series in the future, but I don’t have a date right now. My plans this year, in addition to updating all the ebook editions of my historicals and older Draycotts and contemporaries (! ) is to write two new contemporaries.

More Draycott books will come soon after that.

Thanks again for writing!

If you would like a set of bookmarks and recipe cards, please email me your mailing address and I will send those out to you.  It is a small thank you for enjoying the series.

I wish I could write faster, believe me!

All the best,

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I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family. And that you didn’t do too much shopping. :-)As for me, I haven’t had time to shop or do much of anything else. For the last six weeks I’ve been too busy working. But…now it’s FINALLY done.  I’m thrilled to let you know that I have an entirely rewritten and replotted book available for you this week. It is the second book I ever wrote and even now it remains one of my very favorites.

When I walked the narrow cobblestoned streets of Rye in southern England two decades ago, the plot jumped full-blown into my head. I could swear I heard the cries of excise officers chasing desperate smugglers. And the story never let me go.

Even today, I still get goosebumps remembering how I somehow found myself lost in Needles Passage.

SEVEN NIGHTS WITH A PIRATE is the result, set in the beautiful brooding marshes of southeast England near Rye.

The time – 1813, at the height of the Napoleonic Wars.

Who– smugglers, spies and traitors.

And two brave but wounded lovers.

I completely rewrote the 700 page book, a real labor labor of love. I think the story sings now, and I’m hoping you will agree. This is a sweeping adventure for real historical fans.

And of course, there is a passionate romance at its heart.

And although my book cover is not shown in the box set,  it will be repackaged at a higher price early next year. Meanwhile, here’s a sneak peek at the gorgeous new cover.

And for the next week, SEVEN NIGHTS WITH A PIRATE is specially priced as an early Christmas gift for readers. It is part of a box set of three wonderful pirate historicals from Steel Magnolia Press. I hope you will enjoy it, and the two powerful companion books by Jennifer Blake and Lynette Vinet.

PIRATE HEARTS includes three historical romances by three award-winning, national and international bestselling authors with over 120 titles between them!

PIRATE’S BRIDE (Lynette Vinet)

Young Bethlyn Talbot, daughter of the Earl of Dunsmoor, is forced into an arranged marriage with brash colonial Ian Briston, who abandons her after the wedding ceremony. Seven years later, she sets sail for America, determined to force her husband to be just that. But when the ship is captured by the infamous American privateer, Captain Hawk, he mistakes her for a prostitute. Bethlyn becomes Hawk’s prey and succumbs to nights of passion in the arms of the masked buccaneer. But what will happen when she arrives in Philadelphia to claim her wayward spouse now that she’s known the ecstasy of being the pirate’s bride?


Driven to redeem her father’s debts, gently bred Tess Leighton dons a mask and cloak by night, running contraband across the sands of Romney Marsh. After crucial military secrets are captured enroute to Napoleon, London sends naval hero Viscount Ravenhurst to stop the elusive Romney Fox. But one kiss by moonlight invigorates his passion … and the heart he thought long dead. Then Tess is betrayed and finds herself the captive of a notorious smuggler pirate. Now two unyielding rivals swear to claim her wounded heart. But a traitor watches from the shadows, and Tess must learn who to trust before she loses everything she holds dear.

Note:  this book was originally published by Dell as The Black Rose.

But I consider this a brand-new book. Every page has been changed, the characters  reworked, the plot transformed.  The result is one of my very favorite books.


Félicité despises the Irish colonel, Morgan McCormack, who marches into New Orleans with the Spanish conquerors, even though she’s pressed into becoming his mistress or risk losing her father and brother to charges of treason. Pride demands she escape from his beguiling embrace, but when she flees, she winds up in a pirate haven where desperate men vie to have her. Morgan follows her into the island trap, where only courage and desperate desire can possibly lead to freedom, trust … and love.

I will have a special announcement soon with my next Christmas title. And a very special Christmas bonus coming to you.

Meanwhile, to get you in the mood, here is my favorite Scottish shortbread recipe, courtesy of one very rugged Highlander.

Jared MacNeill’s traditional Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies

Makes 2-1/2 dozen


1 cup pastry flour

1 tbsp loose Earl Grey tea leaves

           (Preferably Trader Joe’s Lady Grey)

            Approximately 4 opened bags

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup unsalted butter, soft

1/4 cup confectioner’s (powdered) sugar

1/2  tbsp orange zest — finely grated


Open the tea bags.  Crush the loose tea leaves by hand to a fine powder.

Take a moment to inhale the rich scent….

Mix the tea, flour and salt.

In a separate bowl cream the butter.  Once it is fluffy, add powdered sugar, orange zest and vanilla. Mix all the ingredients well. Then add the flour/tea blend in two batches. Mix well.

Shape the prepared dough on a floured surface. Divide in half.

Roll out in 1-1/2 inch diameter logs.  Completely cover in plastic wrap and chill well in refrigerator.

While the oven is preheating to 350°F, cut the logs into 1 inch segments and shape into circles. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, just until the edges are golden. Do not over cook. Cool on a wire rack before serving.

Enjoy with a steaming cup of Earl Grey.

Or a crisp Riesling, if you are so inclined.

With warm regards, 



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Special promotionally- priced link for Come the Night.

Just to get you in the mood for Christmas.


Come the Night , by Christina Skye, is regularly $3.99 but has been discounted to just $0.99 today in the Amazon Kindle store, and this book has received an average user rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars based on 72 customer reviews.

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The Tiger’s Lady


The Tiger's Lady

The Tiger’s Lady

I am thrilled to have another revised and updated historical adventure for you. This is a dark, sensual Victorian adventure that was originally titled THE RUBY.

You can grab it now a very special price! Enjoy!

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Update on this past year…

Recently several readers have asked me about Bound by Night, the planned sequel to Bound by Dreams.

Unfortunately, that was a book I planned to write but the project was put on hold. I hope to write it someday, as I love the characters,  but I don’t have specific plans at present.

Currently I am hard at work editing and revising all my backlist historicals. That has been my job for the last six months!   I have currently finished five of them, with several more to go.  In the process, I remembered how much I love writing historicals.

I love the research, I love the wit, and I love the rich and exciting plots.  :-)

Since these books were never available in digital versions, I am taking time to make them even stronger, adding new content and expanding the plot elements.


I’ve also been updating the early Draycott Abbey books that were never in digital formats before. So it has been a VERY busy year for me.  I hope to be caught up by the end of 2013.

Then on to brand new stories!

Keep an eye on my website ( for information about new books. Also if you sign up for my newsletter, you will get first notice of all my upcoming projects.

Hope you are having a wonderful fall.

Happy reading!


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Butterfly Cove is out!

Hi.  Me again.
With more news.   Very happy news.

In fact I have been waiting over a year to write this message to you.

A year since I wrote the last sentence.
A year since I closed the last page in the last chapter of book four of my SUMMER ISLAND series.

And today BUTTERFLY COVE finally goes onto bookstore shelves and to ereaders–into your waiting hands.

The story has been long coming.  Olivia is different from the strong women in the prior 3 Summer Island books. She seems fragile and she is fragile. But there’s a hidden strength to Olivia that no one seems to suspect.. I always imagine her knitting exquisite pieces of lace in silk and fine alpaca. And I remember that silk is a very strong fiber. Unbreakable.
And that’s Olivia.

So when the right man comes back into her life – the man who was so wrong for her years before — Olivia must find the strength to claim her future and hold tight to the happiness that has been denied to her for too long.

Lucky for Olivia.
She will have three amazing friends to help her.

Here is a link to the book on Amazon. You can also find it for sale in local bookstores, at all Barnes & Noble stores and in all ebook formats.

I hope Butterfly Cove makes you laugh… And then cry.
And then laugh all over again!

I have to confess, this has one of my absolute favorite last chapters of any book I’ve ever written. :-)

Read it.
You’ll see.

And I don’t want to forget about my favorite historical couple. For three days only, my most recent historical, SEDUCING THE RAKE, is specially priced at Amazon for $.99.
If you missed it before, now’s the time to scoop it up.

And to say thank you, I have a special celebration that starts today.

It’s easy.

Post a review for any of my books on Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Then email me the link. You’ll be entered in a giveaway to win all four of my Summer Island books – signed of course.

You will also be entered to win a beautiful lace scarf that I am knitting right now.

I’ll be posting pictures shortly.
Progress pictures.

Just to nudge you on. :-)

So what are you waiting for??
Send a link to your review here.

And happy reading.

With warm regards,

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Such wonderful news. :-)

Seducing the Rake

Seducing the Rake

No.  Not that lovely couple above.  Yes, the ones from the cover of Seducing the Rake. Although it is pretty wonderful to see a complete new version of that book finally available after all these years.

But the really great news came today from Booklist Magazine. They chose my book, The Accidental Bride, for their top 10 best romances of 2013.

Here’s what they wrote.

I just had to share it with you. :-)




Wit and wise comedy are cherished hallmarks of the romance genre, and humor sharp and tender abounds in the 10 best titles reviewed in Booklist between September 15, 2012, and September 1, 2013, whether set in Regency England or present-day Wyoming. Not to say that serious matters of trust, faith, and love arent also addressed in these captivating tales.

The Accidental Bride. By Christina Skye. 2012.

Jilly loves being a chef, but the stress is killing her. Off she goes to the Lost Creek Resort in Wyoming for a calming knitting retreat, but instead, she meets Walker Hale.

Wait. Can you guess my favorite part of the review?

Rich with realistically complex characters and subtle wit, the latest addition to Skyes Summer Island series is as warm and comforting as a well-knit afghan. Skye perfectly captures the feel and appeal of small-town life, and this sweetly satisfying romance is an excellent read-alikes suggestion for fans of Debbie Macombers Cedar Cove series or Robyn Carrs Virgin River books.”

—–John Charles


Thanks to Booklist.

What an amazing thrill to be chosen for this prestigious list.

But mostly, I am thrilled for Jilly and Walker.  Writers are not supposed to have favorites, but if I did – well, these two would be it!


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