A Little Legal Luck - On St. Patrick’s Day, the last thing paralegal Lisa Brennan needs is another lawyer in her life, but when handsome attorney Daniel Wilson shows he’s a sweetheart in an industry of sharks, she’s intrigued. Daniel is impressed by the pretty paralegal and her desire to succeed despite a bad job, but with the pressure of running his own firm, does he have time for a relationship? Thrown together in the jury pool, Lisa must overcome her prejudices about attorneys to trust Daniel and get lucky in love.
Rock 'n' Roll Reunion - What happens when your high school crush suddenly reappears, conjuring up a pack of bad memories more embarrassing than your old perm? If you’re Cindy, you put the past behind you, prop up your courage and take a chance on love.
Both stories were previously published separately in 2011.
Next week is the 2015 Romance Writers of America conference. I won't be going this year, but last year I attended in San Antonio.
After an exciting week of meeting people, attending workshops and partying with
publishers, I came home happy and exhausted. I also returned with a few tips to
share with you about surviving a conference week.
1)Pace yourself. You can’t do everything, so don’t
try. Do what interests you the most and if you have to miss something, like a
workshop, try and find someone you know who is attending it who can share their
notes. You’ll get the highlights without stressing out about being everywhere
2) Sleep. You will have a long day at conference and then stay up late talking with your roommate and going to parties. Then you will get up early again the next day and do it all over again. Try and get as much sleep as you can, and don’t be afraid to go back to your room between events for down time.
3)Eat. Don’t let your energy wane by getting hungry. Caffeine can only carry you so far and it is hard to have fun when your stomach is growling. Pack healthy snacks and carry them in your purse to keep you going between meals.
4)Network. Conference is all about meeting people
so don’t be afraid to speak with someone in the elevator, or sit next to a
stranger at lunch. You are all there because you have something in common. Talk
about it, have fun and make some new friends.
5)Business cards. Take any offered and pass yours
out. No one can remember everyone they meet, but a business card with or
without something written on the back can help.
6)Learn. Everyone there has a slightly different experience
than you, or perhaps experience you don’t have. Talk to them and learn from
them then share what you know.
7)Don’t overindulge. Depending on the conference,
there may be events with alcohol. Remember, this is a professional event so you
don’t want to be the sloppy drunk.
8)Dress the part. This year I packed only dresses.
It made getting dressed in the morning easy because I didn’t have to coordinate
anything. They also helped me to look professional and well put together. I
also packed flat but stylish shoes. You are on your feet a lot at conference so
you have to be comfortable.
9)Have fun! If you are in a new city do some
sightseeing. Get together with friends, both old and new, and go to dinner. Smile
and enjoy yourself. You will make a lot of great memories and be fired up to use
what you’ve learned once you get home. I hope these tips help you get through a conference week. I would love to hear about some of your suggestions. Leave them in the comments below!
Charlotte Stuart is an heiress dedicated to charitable
causes who's been betrayed by the false love of a fortune hunter before.
Ridiculed by Paris society for her mistake, she vows never to fall victim to
the weakness of love again. Driven back to England by the collapse of the Peace
of Amiens, she enters London society and meets Lord Edward Woodcliff, a
handsome Viscount in straightened circumstances. Falling for Edward means
risking being humiliated again.
Edward has come to London
to find a wife. Made leery of marriage by his father’s disastrous second
marriage, Edward feigns poverty in order to find a woman who loves him and not
his wealth. He loses his heart to the independent and spirited Charlotte, but
her fear of being betrayed, and his hesitation to make a matrimonial mistake,
prove difficult to overcome.
All seems hopeless
until Edward challenges Charlotte to a wager. If he wins, he gains her hand in
marriage. If he loses, then Charlotte is free of him. Charlotte accepts the
wager only to lose her hand and her heart to Edward. Now Charlotte must put
aside her fears of being betrayed by love long enough to let Edward into her
life and admit he is the man of her dreams.
Labor Day is almost upon us, which mean so is the end of summer. Any kids haven't already started the new school year will definitely do so the day after Labor Day. No more carefree days of swimming in the pool, lying out in the grass and goofing off. It will be back to work for the kiddies and for some of us parents too.
In Regency England, the end of summer was August 12th, known as the Glorious Twelfth of August. Parliament closed up shop, and the fashionable haut ton removed the knockers from their front doors, packed up their carriages and headed for their country estates. Just as no one wanted to miss the season in London, which began with the opening of Parliament in the spring, no one wanted to be caught dead in London once the season was over.
The reason for this mass exodus from the city was the start of grouse hunting season. After a busy spring and summer of serving in parliament, or enjoying the less legislative delights of London, a gentleman looked forward to shooting birds, going fox hunting and a little well deserved time off. He also needed to spend some time overseeing his estate and attending to the many other duties which came with being lord of the manor.
For the ladies, the end of the season meant a break from the endless round of parties and social events in London. It also provided a little rest from the whirlwind of the London marriage mart. Mothers ventured back to country either happy that their daughter's future was settled, or frustrated that yet another year had passed without a marriage proposal.
For both men and women, social activities didn't end with the move to the country, but their focus shifted from more urban events to more country and family centered ones. The men would hunt, both sexes would ride, and friends and family would come for extended visits. All too soon, the Christmas season would usher in another round of dinners, parties and dances. Then, during the long days of winter, everyone would plan for their next season in London and the delights which awaited them.
Two hundred years ago, the end of summer meant the end of the hustle and the bustle. In the cold days of autumn and winter, people would enjoy the great outdoors, carefree days of walking the grounds and riding a horse, and the warm comfort of a comfy chair by the fire.