The Joy of Romance

I came to romance early. And by that I mean, I was interested in boys from the age of 4 to, well, now! At 4, my next door neighbor was Robert, who was an older man of 5. I would call over the fence, “Robbbbbbbert! Robbbbert!” Robert’s mother told my mother that Robert would hide in the house when I rang out my call of romance. Robert was clearly a late bloomer.

Since Robert wouldn’t play with me, my mom put me into nursery school, as it was then called, and there I met David. I would climb to the top of the monkey bars and wait for David to arrive. When he did, I would scramble down the monkey bars and stand in front of him, grinning. David, also 4, would shuffle his feet in the dust and smile back.

The romance with David was on. Unfortunately, nursery school romances are notoriously brief and unreliable.

My romantic life continued on through all the school grades. In each grade, I had a heart-throb. Whether or not the boy knew he was my personal heart-throb might be in question, but my fascination with boys was not.

In 8th grade, my English teacher told me I was Boy Crazy. I struggled to find the insult in that remark. I liked boys. I liked looking at a boy and feeling that kick in my heart and that jolt to the brain. I liked talking to boys and I liked hanging out with boys.

In 9th grade, I read Romeo and Juliet and thought it was the best story I’d ever read. That story catapulted me out of horse stories and dog stories into boy/girl romance stories. Thank you, Will Shakespeare!

In 12th grade, many boyfriends later, I decided my college major would be English.

Post college, I got my teaching credential.

Post teaching credential, I married my final boyfriend and I discovered romance novels. Yes, that late. Finally, after all those boyfriends and all those books read, I found romance novels.

Yes, I am happily married to the man who jolts my brain and melts my heart, and though I read romance novels featuring other men who jolt and melt, it is an innocent infatuation that endures until the last page. The joy of romance, the necessary pleasure we find in falling in love and of being loved, is the joy of being human.

Boy crazy? No such thing.

Questions for the author from The Joy of Romance:

1 – Tell us about a moment in your life when you experienced sheer joy.

It was such a simple moment, really, but it was a moment of pure joy for me. Driving along in the car at dawn in New Mexico, and running all alone was a mustang, majestic mesas behind it, tinted purple and pink and rose in the dawn light. It was a surprise moment, a ‘you can’t plan it’ moment. A wild horse at dawn in the west. Magical.

2 – Tell us about a place that brings you joy, or is attached to a memory of joy.

The lake. Any lake. I have so many wonderful memories about being at the lake that any lake scene will take me there. I am most refreshed and inspired and at peace when on a lake.

3 – Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.

Bird song! I love the sound of bird song. There is no happier sound than birds singing through the trees.

4 – What recent book have you read that brought you joy.

Life With Father by Clarence Day. This book was published in the early 1930s and was the basis of the longest running NY play (non-musical) to date, and of a wonderful 1940s movie of the same title. Based on real life and the author’s real father, it’s a loving look at a very demanding, difficult dad. I laughed from start to finish and found the dad charming.
Not a recent book, but recent for me!

5 – And for fun, the joy of choice!

Pick your Chris! Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pine, Chris Pratt, Chris Rock, Chris Evans or Christopher Plummer?

I have to go with Chris Pratt. It’s not his looks, it’s his humor! A man with a sly sense of humor will win me over every time.

Courtesan Series Cast of Characters

Sophia, Dowager Countess of Dalby: DOB 1766. Sophia’s mother (Elizabeth) is of the English aristocracy; she was captured by Indians in America and recaptured by a Mohawk of the Iroquois Confederacy. Sophia’s father is that Mohawk sachem. Through a series of events, Sophia found her way to England. Her mother’s family rejected her and she became a courtesan. She eventually married the 8th Earl of Dalby in 1783 and had two chlidren, John Markham Stuart Grey Trevelyan and Caroline Trevelyan. The 8th Earl died in 1795.

John Grey: DOB 1764. Brother to Sophia, same mother and father. John stayed in America as a youth, unlike Sophia. His wife is deceased.

George Grey: DOB 1782. Oldest son of John Grey, twin to Elizabeth.

Elizabeth Grey: DOB 1782. Twin to George, Sophia’s niece. Her story is Taming Miss Grey.

John Grey: DOB 1784. Called John the Younger or Young.

Matthew Grey: DOB 1786

John Markham Stuart Grey Trevelyan, 9th Earl of Dalby: DOB 1784. Schooled at Oxford, Mark went to Paris at the 1802 Treaty of Amiens. Fearing that he is not learning what he needs to be a proper man, Sophia sends Mark to America with her brother John to learn the ways of the Mohawk.

Caroline Trevelyan: DOB 1785. Caroline married Jem Sedgwick, Earl of Westlin in 1802. Their story is The Courtesan’s Daughter. Mother of one daughter, Elizabeth.

Jem Sedgwick, 11th Earl of Ashdon and 8th Earl of Westlin: DOB 1772. Married Caroline Trevelyan in 1802. One child, Elizabeth.

Humphrey Sedgwick, 7th Earl of Westlin: DOB 1747. Ashdon’s father. Ashdon is his only legitimate child. He fathered many bastards. Died in 1803.

Anne Warren/Staverton: DOB 1782. Widow to naval officer who died in battle. Mother was Emma Chester, courtesan. Father is presumed to be the 7th Earl Westlin. Married Lord Staverton in 1802. He died in 1803. Anne marries the Marquis of Dutton in 1804. Their story is Much Ado About Dutton.

George Kirkland, 5th Marquis of Melverley: DOB 1742. Infamous womanizer, close friends with the Duke of Cumberland, Prinny’s uncle, who died in 1765. Widower. He is the last living member of Sophia’s raping “party” on Westlin’s estate.

Louisa Kirkland: DOB 1782. Older daughter of Melverley, once in love and in hot pursuit of Lord Dutton, she marries Henry Blakesley in 1802 in The Courtesan’s Secret. Cousin to Amelia Caversham and the Marquis of Hawksworth.

Eleanor Kirkland: DOB 1786. Younger daughter of Melverley. Deceased mother is Margaret Whaley. Eleanor Comes Out in 1804.

Amelia Caversham: DOB 1781. Oldest child of the Duke of Aldreth, cousin to the Kirkland girls, she married Cranleigh in 1802. Their story is The Courtesan’s Wager.

Horatio Caversham, Marquis of Hawksworth: DOB 1782. Heir to the Duke of Aldreth and Amelia’s brother. He has been traveling in America with John Grey.

James Caversham, 2nd Duke of Aldreth: DOB 1753. Father of Amelia and Hawksworth. Deceased wife: Martha Whaley. French mistress: Zoe Auvray. Their child is James Caversham.

Zoe Auvray: DOB 1766. She met Aldreth at Drury Lane theater soon after his wife died. They have been together ever since. One child, Jamie. Zoe is close friends with Sophia.

Jamie Caversham: DOB 1782. Bastard son of Aldreth and Zoe. His story is Encounters of the Ardenzy Heiresses (novella).

Mary, Lady Jordan: DOB 1757. Chaperone to Amelia, Louisa, Eleanor, sister to the deceased Marchioness of Melverley and the deceased Duchess of Aldreth, she is widowed and impoverished. She had a discreet affair with John Grey, Sophia’s brother. Her husband died in 1792, no children. Oldest of the beautiful Whaley sisters who came to London in 1778.

Jeffrey Blakesley, 4th Duke of Hyde: DOB 1742. Fought in American Revolution, father of 5 sons.

Molly Blakesley, Duchess of Hyde: DOB 1752. Boston Loyalist during American Revolution, father was in shipping. Sister to Sally Elliot of New York, aunt to Jane Elliot, good friends with Sophia.

William Blakesley, 6th Marquis of Iveston: DOB 1773. Heir to the Duke of Hyde. Married Penelope Prestwick in 1802. Their story is How To Dazzle A Duke.

Robert Blakesley, 9th Earl of Cranleigh: DOB 1774. Has been at sea with the Elliots, his American cousins. Marries Amelia Caversham in 1802. Their story is The Courtesan’s Wager.

George Blakesley: DOB 1775. Has been at sea with the Elliots, his American cousins.

Henry Blakesley: DOB 1777. Marries Louisa Kirkland in 1802. Their story is The Courtesan’s Secret.

Josiah Blakesley: DOB 1779. He is good friends with Markham, the Earl Dalby. He is also friends with George Prestwick and Lord Raithby.

Thomas Staverton, Viscount Staverton: DOB 1752. Good friends with Sophia. Marries Anne Staverton in 1802 and dies in 1803, childless.

Charles Reed, 4th Duke of Calbourne: DOB 1772. Widower with one son. Closest friends with Ashdon, Earl Westlin.

Edward Preston, 3rd Marquis of Dutton: DOB 1776. Marries Anne Warren in 1804. Their story is Much Ado About Dutton.

James Hampton, 5th Marquis of Ruan: DOB 1765. He is enamored with Sophia and harbors as many secrets as she does.

Gabriel Aubourn, 3rd Marquis of Penrith: DOB 1783. Friends with Markham. His mother and Sophia are good friends.

Charlotte Aubourn: DOB 1786. Penrith’s sister. She has been traveling with her mother since 1802.

Julia, Dowager Marchioness of Penrith: DOB 1764. Mysterious past that only Sophia knows about.

Hugh Austen, 6th Duke of Edenham: DOB 1764. Thrice widowed with two children. The mothers died in childbirth. Married Jane Elliot, American, in Daring A Duke.

Katherine Austen Becklin, Lady Richard: DOB 1772. Sister to Edenham and widow of Lord Richard Becklin. No children.

Harold Prestwick, 1st Viscount Prestwick: DOB 1750. He made his money in the West Indies and “bought” his way into the peerage. Widower.

George Prestwick: DOB 1779. Friends with other single men about Town.

Penelope Prestwick: DOB 1781. Married Lord Iveston, Hyde’s heir apparent in 1802. Their story is How To Dazzle A Duke.

George Raithby, 3rd Earl of Quinton: DOB 1756. Was an Army officer in America during the Revolution; knew Sophia as a child. Widower.

Humphrey Raithby, Lord Raithby: DOB 1780. Only child of Quinton. His story is Taming Miss Grey.

Ponsonby Thorn, 6th Earl of Helston: DOB 1736. Estate is in Cornwall, where he stays to hunt. Four daughters.

Yvonne, Countess of Helston: DOB 1751. Of the French aristocracy who lost it all in the American and French revolutions. Travels most of the year.

Antoinette, Dowager Countess of Lanreath: DOB 1777. Married a friend of her father’s in 1795 and widowed in 1799. No children.

Bernadette, Dowager Countess of Paignton: DOB 1779. Married a rake in 1796. He died in a duel. No children.

Camille Thorn: DOB 1782.

Delphine Thorn: DOB 1785.

Timothy Elliot: DOB 1744. American revolutionary, shipping interests, rich from the China Trade. Lives in New York.

Sally Elliot: DOB 1754. Raised in Boston with sister Molly. Three children.

Jedidiah Elliot: DOB 1777. Eldest of Elliot children. Ship’s captain.

Joel Elliot: DOB 1778. Ship’s captain.

Jane Elliot: DOB 1781. Marries the Duke of Edenham in 1802 and mothers his two children. Daring A Duke.

Elizabeth Ardenzy: DOB 1783. Older identical twin daughter of Sebastian Ardenzy. Marries Jamie Caversham in Encounters of the Ardenzy Heiresses.

Elena Ardenzy: DOB 1783. Marries Horatio, Viscount Redding in 1804. Encounters of the Ardenzy Heiresses.

Robert Donnington, 4th Earl of Lanreath: DOB 1776. Only son of 3rd Earl, Antoinette’s husband. Friends with Vasily Yusupov.

Prince Vasily Borisovich Yusupov: DOB 1780. Russian. One of many children in his family. He and Anne Warren lost their virginity to each other as teens.

Princess Tatiana Yusopova: DOB 1784. Sister closest in age to Vasily.

Robert Godwinson, 6th Earl of Aysgarth: DOB 1753. An old enemy of Sophia’s. Widower. Two children.

Susan Godwinson: DOB 1784. Elder daughter of Earl Aysgarth. Mother died in 1790 in childbirth.

Sarah Godwinson: DOB 1785. Younger daughter of Aysgarth.

Elaine Montford: DOB 1786. Her grandmother and the 4th Earl of Aysgarth were siblings. Two brothers: Robert and Henry. Susan and Sarah Godwinson are her cousins. She is friends with Eleanor Kirkland. Her story is Chasing Miss Montford.

Emeline Harlow: DOB 1786. Her grandfather was 3rd Earl of Dinsdale, title extinct. Three brothers: Pip, Sig, Harry. She is friends with Eleanor Kirkland. Her story is Accidentally in Love.

Christopher Culley: DOB 1780. Mother widowed, one younger brother. He and Raithby are friends from Oxford. His story is Accidentally in Love.

Roger Ellery: DOB 1780. Captain, 10th Regiment of Light Dragoons. Father was in the same regiment and died when Roger was young. Widowed mother, no siblings. Sophia knew his father. His story is Chasing Miss Montford.

MUCH ADO ABOUT DUTTON

British Museum

Anne Staverton started life in a brothel. Her mother, beautiful and without a ruthless bone in her body, struggled out of the brothel and into the life of a courtesan. She was not very successful at it, lacking the ruthless streak so necessary to the trade. Anne, taken under Sophia Dalby’s wing, is determined to be both beautiful and, if not ruthless, at least smart in her decisions.

It is for that reason alone that she won’t tumble into Lord Dutton’s bed. Even though she would love to. Even though it is all she thinks about. She won’t. Not until she can meet Lord Dutton on his own terms. In 1804, after years of effort, she can. Anne can finally have her way with Dutton. And Dutton can have his way, or so he thinks, with her.

Lord Dutton is in for the ride of his life. In more ways than one.

Book 1 in the More Courtesan Chronicles series. Available on Amazon and B&N.

Historical Resources

I love research! Research is the engine that drives all my ideas and feeds my imagination, providing me with the perspective of the people of that time and giving me physical anchors to tie myself to their world. Without the research, I wouldn’t have a book.

For those of you are interested in what I read to transport me to the past, I thought I’d list my resources. I’ve divided the list into broad categories in no particular order.

Colonial and Revolutionary America: 

  • Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic
  • The Scratch of a Pen and the Transformation of North America
  • Vindicating the Founders
  • Land of Savagery, Land of Promise
  • Picturing New York
  • The Historical Atlas of New York
  • Divided Loyalties
  • The War That Made America
  • Founding Brothers
  • 1776
  • If By Sea
  • Patriot Pirates
  • The Barbary Wars
  • A People Numerous and Armed
  • The Old World’s New World
  • The Whiskey Rebellion
  • Defying Empire
  • The Epic of New York City
  • Jefferson and the Gun-Men
  • Americans
  • A Few Bloody Noses

Georgian England and England in general:

  • The London Encyclopaedia
  • The World in 1800
  • Jane Austen’s Town and Country Style
  • Dictionary of London Street Names
  • Heraldry, Ancestry and Titles
  • The English Park
  • Life in the English Country House
  • The Making of Victorian Values
  • The A to Z of Georgian London
  • The A to Z of Regency London
  • Harris’s List of Covent Garden Ladies
  • 1759: The Year Britain Became Master of the World
  • The Gentlemen’s Clubs of London
  • Walks in Old London
  • London
  • The Times London History Atlas
  • London: The Biography of a City
  • A Country House Companion
  • Treasures of the British Museum
  • Cities and People: A Social and Architectural History
  • City of Laughter
  • Dr. Johnson’s London
  • A History of Britain, volumes I and II and III
  • The Georgian Gentleman
  • The Princely Courts of Europe 1500-1750
  • Our Tempestuous Day
  • The Regency Underworld
  • The English Face
  • Sea of Glory
  • The London Rich
  • Trafalgar’s Lost Hero
  • Storm and Conquest
  • White Mughals

Architecture/Decoration/Fashion:

  • The Style Sourcebook
  • Elements of Design
  • The Elements of Style
  • Furniture of the Olden Time
  • Georgian Jewellery: 1714-1830
  • Nineteenth Century Fashion in Detail
  • Fashion: A History from the 18th to the 20th Century
  • A History of Costume in the West
  • Dangerous Liaisons
  • The Fashion Dictionary
  • A History of Costume
  • Costume and Fashion
  • History of Costume
  • The Book of Costume
  • The Story of Antiques
  • Masters of British Painting
  • Treasury of American Design and Antiques
  • Architecture: A Visual History
  • Unmistakably French
  • British Tradition and Interior Design
  • Great Houses of England and Wales
  • Behind the Façade: London House Plans, 1660-1840
  • English Architecture
  • Royal Palaces
  • The Royal Crescent in Bath
  • St. James’s London
  • The English Country House in Perspective
  • English Historic Houses Handbook
  • The English Country House: A Grand Tour
  • The Glory of the English Country House
  • The National Trust Book of British Castles

Military:

  • For Liberty and Glory
  • The Frontier War for American Independence
  • Maps of War
  • Early American Firearms
  • Firearms Encyclopedia
  • Firearms in American History
  • Firearms

Financial:

  • The House of Rothschild: Money’s Prophets 1798-1848
  • Greenback

American Indian/Indian Wars:

  • Our Savage Neighbors
  • Captured by the Indians
  • White Devil
  • The Unredeemed Captive
  • Indians of the United States
  • Indian Wars
  • Myths and Legends of the North American Indians
  • A Pictorial History of the American Indians
  • Indians of the Americas
  • Native American Architecture
  • 500 Nations
  • White Savage
  • Tracks and Trailcraft
  • The Hunter’s Field Guide
  • The American Indian Wars
  • The Indian Captivity of O.M. Spencer
  • The Iroquois Trail
  • The Story of the Iroquois
  • Lions of the West
  • Prairie Fever

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  • A Little Revenge
  • The Founding Fathers
  • Revolutionary Characters
  • Beau Brummell
  • Georgiana’s World
  • Privilege and Scandal
  • The Book of Courtesans
  • Courtesans
  • The Courtesans
  • Sex with the Queen
  • Sex with Kings
  • England’s Mistress
  • Mistress of the Elgin Marbles
  • George III
  • Princesses: The Six Daughters of George III
  • The Hanoverians: The History of a Dynasty
  • The Trial of Queen Charlotte
  • No Life For A Lady

 

About Sophia, Lady Dalby (Courtesan Chronicles)

I get a lot of questions about Sophia. She’s not a typical secondary character, that’s for sure. She’s my anchor character. Without her, there would be no Courtesan Chronicles because she’s the courtesan, or she was.

Sophia is half Iroquois and half British. She was born in the wilderness of upstate New York and lived in a Mohawk village for the first ten years of her life. Certain mysterious events ensue, to be revealed in future books, and she finds herself alone in London. She is very young and she is determined to survive; she becomes a courtesan. Perhaps the most infamous and most successful courtesan London has ever seen.

She marries the virile and exceedingly handsome Earl of Dalby, bears him two children, a boy and a girl, and lives happily ever after. Happily ever after does not last quite as long as it should for Lord Dalby dies. Sophia is more than able to bring her children up and see them out into Society, though having a mother who was an infamous courtesan and who is a devilishly provocative woman is not easy for them. Sophia is well aware of the difficulties her children face in having her for a mother, and she is able to manage things without too much trouble.

Sophia has a talent for management, to put it mildly.

It is Sophia’s skill at managing people and situations that forms the nucleus of each Courtesan book. While managing some young miss’s happily ever after, more of Sophia’s motives and backstory are revealed. By the end of the series, Sophia will be laid bare, her story arc complete, her own happily ever after achieved.

How many books will it take? How many men and women in Regency London need help acquiring the proper mate? That many books. I hope to be writing about Sophia for many years to come.

To view the family tree for The Courtesan Chronicles here.

The Courtesan Chronicles Family Tree

Sophia Dalby’s family treeThe Courtesan’s Daughter

  • Anne Spencer: Sophia’s grandmother and cousin of Georgiana (Spencer), Duchess of Devonshire
  • Elizabeth Grey: Sophia’s mother and Iroquois captive, married Iroquois warrior: two children
  • John (1764), Sophia’s brother, married Kawa (deceased): four children:
    • George and Elizabeth (twins—1782),
    • John the Younger (1784),
    • Matthew (1786)
    • Sophia (1766) married Stuart Trevelyan, 8th Earl of Dalby (deceased): two children:
      • John Markham Stuart Grey Trevelyan, 9th Earl of Dalby 1784),
      • Caroline Trevelyan (1785)

Earl of Westlin’s family tree—The Courtesan’s Daughter

  • Humphrey Sedgwick, 7th Earl of Westlin (1747), one wife (deceased)
  • Edmund Sedgwick, Baron Sedgwick (1752), unmarried, Westlin’s brother
  • Jem Sedgwick, 11th Earl of Ashdon (1772), Westlin’s heir
  • Anne Chester Warren (1782), Westlin’s natural daughter

Duke of Calbourne’s family tree—The Courtesan’s Daughter

  • Charles Reed, 4th Duke of Calbourne (1772), one wife (deceased): one child
  • Edward Reed, 7th Marquis of Alston (1795)

Duke of Hyde’s family tree—The Courtesan’s Daughter

  • Geoffrey Blakesley, 4th Duke of Hyde (1742) married Molly Adams (1752): five children
    • William Blakesley, 6th Marquis of Iveston (1773)
    • Robert Blakesley, 9th Earl of Cranleigh (1774)
    • George Blakesley (1775)
    • Henry Blakesley (1777)
    • Josiah Blakesley (1779)

 Marquis of Penrith’s family tree—The Courtesan’s Daughter

  • Augustine Aubourn, 2nd Marquis of Penrith (deceased) married Julia Lorenzi of Naples (1764): two children:
    • Gabriel Aubourn, 3rd Marquis of Penrith (1783)
    • Charlotte Aubourn (1786)

Whaley family tree—The Courtesan’s Secret

  • Baron Robert Whaley married Matilda Beckworth: three children
  • Mary Whaley (1757) married Baron Jordan (deceased)
  • Martha Whaley (deceased) married James Caversham, 2nd Duke of Aldreth (1753) two children:
    • Amelia Caversham (1781) and Horatio Caversham, Marquis of Hawksworth (1782); Aldreth has one child by mistress Zoe Auvray, Jamie Caversham (1782)
    • Margaret Whaley (deceased) married George Kirkland, 5th Marquis of Melverley (1742), two children: Louisa Kirkland (1782) and Eleanor Kirkland (1786)

Duke of Edenham’s family tree—The Courtesan’s Secret

  • William Austen, 5th Duke of Edenham (deceased) married Sarah Cowper (deceased), two children:
    • Hugh Austen, 6th Duke of Edenham (1764), thrice widowed, two children:
      • William Austen, 9th Marquis of Hillesden (1797) and
      • Sarah Austen (1799)
  • Katherine Austen Becklin, (1772) married Lord Richard Becklin (deceased), no children

Baron Prestwick’s family tree—The Courtesan’s Wager

  • Harold Prestwick, 1st Baron Prestwick (1750), one wife (deceased), two children:
    • George Prestwick (1779)
    • Penelope Prestwick (1781)

Elliot family tree—How to Dazzle a Duke

  • Timothy Elliot (1744) married Sally Adams (1754): three children
    • Jedidiah Elliot (1777)
    • Joel Elliot (1778)
    • Jane Elliot (1781)

Earl of Helston’s family tree—How to Dazzle a Duke

  • Ponsonby Thorn, 6th Earl of Helston (1736) married Yvonne Beaumont (1751): four children
    • Antoinette Thorn (1777) married Earl of Lanreath (deceased)
    • Bernadette Thorn (1779) married Earl of Paignton (deceased)
    • Camille Thorn (1782)
    • Delphine Thorn (1785)

 

A Trip to Mayfair

Pictures from a recent trip of Claudia’s and the setting for The Courtesan’s Daughter.

Mayfair, set roughly between Oxford Street, Regent Street, Piccadilly and Park Lane, is at the very heart of London.

Mayfair’s expansive and handsome architecture has always attracted the very wealthy.

For nearly 300 years the most influential people in the land have enjoyed its elegant squares, broad Georgian thoroughfares and beautiful parks. Mayfair also boasts the capital’s most exclusive shops, hotels, restaurants and clubs.

Mayfair is dominated in the north by three large squares: Grosvenor, Hanover and Berkeley.

The vast Grosvenor Square, which houses the US Embassy, has a statue of Franklin D Roosevelt at its centre. Mayfair’s commercial district lies to the east. Lots of other embassies are around this area.

This area includes Savile Row, world-famous for its tailoring, and New and Old Bond Streets, renowned for their jewellery, antiques and clothing.

New Bond Street is also known for its auction houses; the most famous being Phillips and Sotheby’s.

This area has been owned by the Grosvenor family since 1677 and takes its name from the 15-day May Fair, once held here every year. The May Fair moved from Haymarket to the site of today’s Curzon Street and Shepherd Market in 1686 but a century later it was suppressed by the local nobility for lowering the tone of the neighbourhood…

Red Door Reads

What is it?

It’s a coalition of successful and popular authors. It’s a place where readers can visit with authors familiar to them and discover new authors to love. And sometimes, Red Door authors (Reddorians), join forces to put together an anthology.

Four of us did just that. Michelle Marcos, Deb Marlowe, Ava Stone, and I have each written a novella for the collection An Encounter At The Museum. My story, A Chance Encounter, takes place in the world of the Courtesan Chronicles and features the bastard son of the Duke of Aldreth and the love of his life, French courtesan Zoe Auvray. Each story in the anthology includes a scene in the famous British Museum, and did we have fun researching that fabulous place! It’s been around since the mid-1700s. I had no idea, did you? Anyway, I hope you’ll visit all of us at Red Door Reads.

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