I fell in love with fairy tales and the romance behind happily ever after at a very young age. Like a lot of you, I tweaked the fables bit by bit in my imagination until they suited me perfectly. By the time I was eleven, a teacher encouraged me to start writing.
Throughout the years that followed, my teachers remained my most fervent supporters, giving me the tools I needed to continue my journey as a writer.
My husband and I have two teenage boys, who are heroes in their own right. For now, we live in a small Midwestern town near Lake Michigan…until a time in the future when a new adventure calls us to other shores.
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Even though her back was to him, there was no mistaking that auburn hair. While her attire was likely the first star of fashion and perfectly in order, her hair was a different matter altogether. As it had been when their paths had crossed in the park, she wore it tied into a chaotic sort of queue that went midway down her back. The ends of a fat periwinkle ribbon knotted with the curls. Absently, he wondered if she would brush out the tangles as soon as she returned home or if she would wait until the end of the evening when she was in bed . . .The errant thought startled him. The last thing he expected to imagine was the infamous Miss McFarland in such an intimate setting. She wasn’t the sort that typically incited a man’s lust. A man wanted curves he could mold with his hands and a mouth he could plunder. As he’d noted yesterday, Miss McFarland possessed a rather small bosom and mouth. Small and yet . . . captivating. Gradually, the strands of the conversation he’d walked in on drew his attention, providing him momentary relief. “I can’t tell you how much I appreciate meeting with you today and beg forgiveness for dropping by unannounced,” the tousled Miss McFarland said, shaking his mother’s hand. “I simply felt it was a matter of urgency and wanted to explain in person.” This piqued his interest. What pressing matter could have brought her here, of all places? “Of course, dear.” His mother patted her hand, not once revealing his presence in the doorway. “But as I said, I think that event has long been forgotten.” Ah. Now he understood. “You are too kind. After coming here today to decline an invitation, I feel as if I don’t deserve the warm welcome you’ve given me. Even though an hour has passed, it seemed mere minutes to me,” Miss McFarland offered graciously. “Not to mention, I don’t think I’ve ever been in a more cheerful parlor. The colors you’ve chosen are so inviting that I find it difficult to take my leave.” “With such praise, I might have to insist you stay until supper,” his mother said with a laugh. This exchange brought to mind the list his sisters had mentioned yesterday, of all the ways a young woman invites a man’s attention. Something to do with remarking on the mother’s sense of style to earn an invitation.Then, there was also the compliment she’d given him about his skillful bonnet rescue. He stared, baffled. Did Miss McFarland have marital designs on him? No. It couldn’t be true.
Length: 300 pages
Publisher: Avon Impulse (August 5, 2014)
Fans of historical romance authors Lorraine Heath and Sophie Jordan will adore Vivienne Lorret's latest Wallflower Wedding novel.
Delaney McFarland is on the hunt for a husband—preferably one who needs her embarrassingly large dowry more than a dutiful wife. After the unspeakable incident at her debut, Delaney knows marrying for love is off the table, but a marriage of convenience—one that leaves her free to live the life she chooses—is the next best thing, never mind what that arrogant, devilishly handsome Mr. Croft thinks. Delaney plans to marry for money … or not at all.
Ever since the fiery redhead burst into his life—in a most memorable way—Griffin Croft hasn't been able to get Miss McFarland out of his mind. Now, with the maddening woman determined to hand over her fortune to a rake, Griffin knows he must step in. He must help her. He must not kiss her. But when Griffin's noble intentions flee in a moment of unexpected passion, his true course becomes clear: tame Delaney's wild heart and save her from a fate worse than death … a life without love.
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