The Price of Desire
The Price of Desire is an historical romance novel set in late Victorian England and was a 2017 Golden Heart® Finalist.
It has been three long years since the unconnected, unfashionable, and all together unremarkable Charlotte Alwyn was last a guest at Heathway, ancestral home of the powerful Winterfield family and her best friend, Lily Winterfield, when she escaped in the middle of the night to avoid her guardian’s ruthless scheme to marry her off. Now she is older, wiser, and determined to stop Lily from marrying the notorious Lord Eliot. But she didn't count on Lord Eliot turning his much lauded charms on her instead, threatening to ruin her only friendship and her already tenuous place in society. When she confronts his aloof cousin Edward about his lordship's true intensions, a stolen moment with the man who has done nothing but glare at her since they met reveals an attraction she has never experienced, and she suspects that behind his steely demeanor beats a lonely heart that could rival her own.
However, Edward Braddon is not interested in hearts—hers, his, nor anyone else’s. What he needs is to secure a wealthy wife for his spendthrift cousin before they both go broke, and Charlotte, with her vast inheritance and lack of connections, is the perfect target. Edward should be ecstatic, except he can’t stop thinking about (or glowering at) the headstrong, captivating, and wildly arousing young woman. Edward is determined to let neither his growing interest nor his pesky conscience intervene with his cousin’s seduction, but when money is everything even desire has a price.
The manuscript is complete at 94,000 words.
The Irishman (Coming Soon)
Emily is nearly finished with her next manuscript, a stand alone Victorian romance novel tentatively called The Irishman. It was recently named a 2018 finalist in West Houston RWA's Emily contest.
After a childhood touched by violence, Will Callahan knows that love leads to madness, and as an Irishman living in England, he plans on keeping his wits about him—until one woman inspires him to risk everything…
For years Will has enjoyed a privileged position in an unconventional English household as stable master to the eccentric Viscount Ashdowne, but yearns to make a name for himself and sets his sights on training a spirited young filly to win the 1,000 Guineas. When the viscount becomes guardian to a young, horse-mad heiress, her uppity, overprotective governess first captures his interest, then tests his patience before pushing through the boundaries of his wounded heart. When a powerful figure from her past reappears, he makes Will an offer that could change his life, but destroy their future...
Evelyn Foster learned long ago that no man can be trusted and that some secrets must stay buried. Since then she has been working as a governess to the daughter of her dearest friend, a woman to whom she owes her very life. But when her mistress dies after a long illness, Evelyn and her charge find themselves in a new home, with a new master, and a new staff--including a very attractive but ornery stable master. Evelyn will not let anything or anyone distract her from the child’s care and safety, especially a grump like Will Callahan.
When Evelyn’s presence proves to be vital to the filly’s training, she is forced to spend more time with Will and their mutual peevishness quickly leads to a moment of passion. But just as Evelyn begins to let down her walls, her past resurfaces and threatens to ruin everything she has worked for, only now there is so much more at stake.