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Cry of the Peacock

After the death of her father, Abbie Gray is offered a place within her wealthy landlord’s family. Such an opportunity, however, seems perhaps too good to be true, particularly since her own family’s feelings towards Sir Nicholas and Lady Crawford have always been tinged with resentment. But, at last having exhausted all other alternatives, Abbie accepts the invitation, determined to make the most of this extraordinary opportunity.

While Abbie is being groomed according to the ideals of Society—and of the eldest son, heir to title and property—the younger brothers attempt to expose her as the mercenary they believe she must be. But when they discover that her mysterious past is closely—even disturbingly—connected with their own, they are forced to ask themselves some very hard questions about the meaning of integrity and honour, and, perhaps most importantly of all, what it means to be worthy of the title “gentleman.”

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Of Moths and Butterflies

Archer Hamilton is a collector of rare and beautiful insects. Gina Shaw is a servant in his uncle’s house. Clearly out of place in the position in which she has been discovered, she becomes a source of fascination . . . and curiosity.

A girl with a blighted past and a fortune she deems a curse, Gina has lowered herself in order to find escape from her family and their scheming designs. But when she is found, the stakes suddenly become dire.

All Gina wants is the freedom to live her life as she would wish. All her aunts want is the money that comes with her. But there is more than one way to trap an insect. An arranged marriage might turn out profitable for more parties than one.

Mr. Hamilton is about to make the acquisition of a lifetime. But will the price be worth it? Can a woman captured and acquired learn to love the man who has bought her?

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Sixteen Seasons

A collection of short, and yes, sometimes strange, stories, loosely inspired by the seasons of the year—as well as those of life.

Described as “elegant” and “delightful”, these stories are sure to capture the imagination, entertain, enlighten, and inspire.

Containing material new as well as that previously published, there is something here for every fan of historical fiction; from the traditional ghost story, to the Christmas tear-jerker, from the bit of steampunk fantasy, to the romantic comedy. And for those already familiar with the author’s work, the collection contains bonus material relative to the bestselling novels Of Moths and Butterflies and Cry of the Peacock, as well as the soon-to-be-released Gods and Monsters.

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The Sixteen Seasons collection features the following short stories, also available individually foSteam cover B&Wr Kindle.

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A young wife anxiously awaits a Christmas eve phone call. When at last it comes, it brings with it a message of hope—and of warning from the other side of the grave.

 

When Evelyn Cogg’s father dies, he leaves her with a gift and a mission to protect his favorite invention, a steam powered pocket watch, with a unique and remarkable power.

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Blind newArthur Tremonton is a man of wealth, yet cursed from birth to live without sight. Zachary Goodfellow is a young man raised in poverty, once blind, now deaf. But these two men have far more in common than their physical impairments. Something perhaps neither of them wants to admit.

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Caroline Wallace is a woman who never forgets a wrong. Is Caro really the heartless woman people believe her to be, or has she a reason for maintaining her grudges?

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Is Roger SOBS4Barrett truly ready to marry Claire Montegue? Perhaps not. It seems his past has come to haunt him. But when death comes to call, will it prove too late to make up for his mistakes?

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The Great War is over, but recovery takes time, particularly when the fallen have never been found. But spring is a time of renewal. What will it mean to one soldier’s widow?

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A trunkful of missing items leads Imogen on a quest to find a piece of her mother’s history. What she discovers instead is something about herself.

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Prejudice comes in many forms. For Madeleine Woodson, it is the handicap of child’s eyes, which have not yet learned to see the man who has grown up beside her. Will she learn her mistake before it’s too late?

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Invitation coverParadeThe Invitation is the first five chapters of the original version of Cry of the Peacock—reworked to be told as a short story. Two sisters find themselves the recipients of an extraordinary offer, one, perhaps, that is too good to accept. But is it even possible to refuse such an offer?

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When a young woman finds a stray balloon, she is led on an adventure that will change her life forever. Magic, imagination, and a touch of steampunkery flavor this fantastic Victorian short story.

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Summers endAdelaide coverMyra Thorpe is not mad, and in order to escape being confined to an asylum, she runs away. Finding shelter with an old woman and her grown son in an out of the way village, she finds herself with the unique opportunity of examining her history. What happened to her mother? What will become of herself? And what is she to make of the strange visions she sees through the spectacles she finds in an ancient graveyard?

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What is it about Arthur Tremonton’s house that frightens Adelaide so? Perhaps her gift is really more of a curse.

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While on his way to his mistress’ cottage, Miles Wyndham crosses paths with a ghost, who bears a message of warning.

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A woman estranged from her soldier husband is haunted by strange happenings in her large and empty house. Are there ghosts? Or is there more going on here than meets the eye?

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David Crawford and his wife have returned from abroad, but is there any way to reconcile the differences between them and his manipulative family? Forgiveness is sometimes difficult to find, but when it is found, it often brings unexpected blessings.

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A young boy finds himself homeless on Christmas eve. A strange journey leads him to a family who need him, and to whom perhaps he always belonged.

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