Friday, August 30, 2013

Cotillion Regency Christmas - part two

Hello, again! 

Last month, we shared information about four of the eight Christmas stories to be published by EC’s Cotillion imprint – the theme of which is ‘Christmas Traditions.’  This month we have information about the remaining four, plus a wee bit more on the print versions.

From last month:  (e-book release date, title and author)
10/10/13      Twelve Days of Christmas        Barbara Miller
10/17/13      A Christmas Caroline    Christa Paige & Vivien Jackson
11/7/13               Snug in a Snowstorm             Cynthia Moore
11/14/13      Helena's Christmas Beau         Aileen Fish

And now, here’s the next batch!
10/24/13      Festive Persuasion              Charlene Roberts
10/31/13      Lydia's Christmas Charade       Saralee Etter
11/21/13       A Twelfth Night Tale            Susana Ellis      
11/28/13      Sense of the Season             Kate Dolan

Festive Persuasion by Charlene Roberts has a bit of mystery to it as well as Christmas and romance. 

     The terrible scandal overshadowing his family has left Lord Trevor devastated. Not only must he fight murder allegations alongside his father, but he must relinquish any hope of pursuing Lady Sophia for her hand in marriage.
     Lady Sophia tolerates persistent visits from Lord Walter, yet she knows that her heart belongs to Lord Trevor, despite his stubborn honor to stay away.
     During the Christmas season, it is revealed that Lord Trevor’s family is innocent and they are slowly re-accepted by the ton. Will Lady Sophia be able to convince Lord Trevor—through gentle persuasion—that her feelings for him have have not changed, all while fighting off Lord Walter, who will do anything to win her affections.

10/31/13      Lydia's Christmas Charade       Saralee Etter  (here’s the pretty cover!)

       Lydia Potts, the daughter of a wealthy Cit, knows that her loving father hopes to arrange an excellent match for her at their lavish Christmas house party. A dutiful girl, Lydia doesn't object to marrying a handsome if penniless nobleman -- until she finds out that he is in love with another woman. 
       Anthony Moore is shocked to discover that the choice piece of gossip he's shared with an unknown young lady is about the lady herself! His good friend, Lord Danville, really needs to marry an heiress to save his family fortunes, even though his heart belongs to another. To make up for his blunder, Anthony sets about wooing Lydia on Lord Danville's behalf. Then he falls for her himself.
        What can Anthony do, when love and loyalty collide? It will require all his cleverness so that everyone can end up happily ever after.
        If you’ve previously read "A Limited Engagement," you may remember Anthony Moore as the clever teenage nephew of the heroine, Miranda Luce. In this story, Anthony is now 25 years old, a veteran of Waterloo and a budding young barrister with an interest in business.

11/21/13       A Twelfth Night Tale            Susana Ellis      
       Without dowries and the opportunity to meet eligible gentlemen, the five Barlow sisters stand little chance of making advantageous marriages. But when the eldest attracts the attention of a wealthy viscount, suddenly it seems as though Fate is smiling upon them.
       Lucy knows that she owes it to her younger sisters to encourage Lord Bexley's attentions, since marriage to a peer will secure their futures as well as hers. The man of her dreams has always looked like Andrew Livingston, her best friend's brother. But he's always treated her like a child, and, in any case, is betrothed to another. Perhaps the time has come to put away childhood dreams and accept reality.
        Andrew has returned from the Peninsula with more emotional scars to deal with than just the lame arm. Surprisingly, it's his sister's friend “Little Lucy” who shows him the way out of his melancholy. He can't help noticing that Lucy's grown up into a lovely young woman, but with an eligible viscount courting her, he'll need a little Christmas magic to win her for himself.
           (By the way, Susana is a Sweet and Sexy Diva too! Her date is the 26th of the month.  She loves time-travel.)

11/28/13      Sense of the Season             Kate Dolan
        There are many people William Fletcher would prefer to never again encounter in life, but if forced to rank them, he just might put Matilda Blakethorn at the top of the list. She humiliated him at the age of nine, and truth be told, scared the wits out of him for years after.
So now, waking up after a night of heavy drinking to find her looming over him is a bit of an unpleasant surprise. Especially since he has no place else to go.
         Matty Blakethorn doesn't recognize the bedraggled stranger sleeping on the floor of the St. Bartholomew's Almshouse. But when he unwittingly ends up agreeing to stay to help with repairs, the old acquaintance is renewed.  And while neither Matty or William is anxious to admit the troubles that have driven them to such a humble place, Christmas is a time of sharing and giving and reconciliation. When William finally reveals his greatest failing, Matty must decide whether she can again face the demon that already destroyed her life once before.   

Kate adds:  The inspiration for this story came from searching for a B&B to stay in for the first night of our summer trip. Looking for someplace not far from Dover, I found a B&B called "Centuries" in the town of Hythe, right on the coast, situated in an old ragstone building that served as an almshouse from the 13th Century up until the 20th Century. The pictures on the website looked so cool that knew I just had to stay there.
           Even though I hadn't set foot in the place yet, I knew I wanted to use the building as the setting for a story. It didn't  fit my original idea for a Christmas traditions story, so I picked a different tradition - giving alms to the poor.  Of course, then I had to write the story and submit it before I actually had the pleasure of staying at "Centuries," but I also knew I would have the chance to make some revisions before publication to add details about the place, if necessary.
           Many pilgrims from the Continent landed at Hythe on their way to Canterbury Cathedral. To learn more about "Centuries" including the archaeology work done on the site, visit http://www.hythekentarchaeology.com/

There will be two print anthologies, one in October and one in November. We’ll have more details in October! Please visit us again then! 

Hetty St James  (at gmail.com) 


Susana Ellis said...

Thanks so much for your support, Hetty! Fabulous blog post!

Aileen Fish said...

I can't wait to read all of these!

Tina Donahue said...

These look awesome, Hetty - can't wait to read - thanks for sharing!

jean hart stewart said...

Sounds like great reading!

Saralee said...
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Anonymous said...

Thanks for your blog post, Hetty! All the stories sound delightful!