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Hello there!

Well, we are almost done with 2021, and I'm not sorry to see it go. This was a ROUGH year for so many, and it feels like we are sliding backward on the pandemic. My heart goes out to anyone who is vaccinated and boosted, yet still can't see their family members over the holidays.

I have just finished copy edits on The Bride Goes Rogue, which is Preston and Katherine's story. I love it so much and I can't wait for you all to see what happens on May 24th!

Let's hope 2022 is healthy and happy for us all!

Keep reading for exciting news, like:

   🎁 Miracle on Ladies' Mile is now in audio!

   🎁 A peek at The Gilded Age on HBO!

   🎁 The Rogue of Fifth Avenue now in KU!

   🎁 Most anticipated reads of early 2022!

   🎁 Gilded Age tidbits!



Now in Audio! Miracle on Ladies' Mile

I am so excited to share this with all of you! You can now listen to my grumpy-meets-sunshine Gilded Age department store novella in audio! Narrator Leanne Woodward did such an amazing job bringing Alex and Grace to life. I love it so much!

Start listening ➡️

🎧 Audible/Amazon

🎧 Chirp

🎧 Google Play

🎧 Kobo

🎧 Scribd

🎧 Apple

Fa la la la listen....

Coming in late January! The Gilded Age on HBO!!!

Did everyone see the newest trailer for The Gilded Age, a series developed by Julian Fellowes for HBO? The series premieres on January 24th! I. AM. SO. EXCITED!!

From the website:

"The Gilded Age begins in 1882 with young Marian Brook (Louisa Jacobson) moving from rural Pennsylvania to New York City after the death of her father to live with her thoroughly old money aunts Agnes van Rhijn (Christine Baranski) and Ada Brook (Cynthia Nixon).

Accompanied by Peggy Scott (Denée Benton), an aspiring writer seeking a fresh start, Marian inadvertently becomes enmeshed in a social war between one of her aunts, a scion of the old money set, and her stupendously rich neighbors, a ruthless railroad tycoon and his ambitious wife, George (Morgan Spector) and Bertha Russell (Carrie Coon). Exposed to a world on the brink of the modern age, will Marian follow the established rules of society, or forge her own path?"

For those who have asked--no, these aren't adaptations of my books. (I wish!!) But I literally can't wait to watch this. Follow me on Instagram for a 24-day Gilded Age countdown in anticipation of the show!

History of the Ball Drop in Times Square

Yes, it happened in the Gilded Age!

In my books, you may remember a place called Longacre Square. This was the precursor to Times Square! In 1904, The New York Times moved their headquarters to the Times Building at One Times Square and Times Square was born.

Adolph Ochs, owner of The New York Times, organized the first NY Eve celebration in Times Square in 1904 with a fireworks show to ring in 1905. Close to 200,000 people attended.

This wasn't enough for Ochs, who wanted the event to be much bigger. The newspaper's chief electrician suggested a time ball, after seeing the nearby Western Electric building use one.

Ochs hired a designer and a 700-pound, 5-foot electric ball was crafted. When it was finished, it took six men to hoist the ball up a 70-foot flagpole atop the building. The first ever "ball drop" was in 1907 to ring in 1908.

KU Subscribers! You can now read THE ROGUE OF FIFTH AVENUE for free.

This is book #1 in the Uptown Girls series, and it received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, who said, "A forbidden relationship fuels lust and love in the stellar first Uptown Girls historical!"

Yes, there is a pool table scene.

I have no idea how long it'll be in KU, so grab Frank & Mamie's story while you can. 

🎩 Start reading in Kindle Unlimited

🎩 Wait, I want to read it but not in KU

Yes, there is a pool table scene . . . .

Fun Historical Stuff

🎶 Did you see there's a Broadway musical, Paradise Square, coming in February that is set in Five Points during 1863?

🔎 Over on Instagram, the Mud Historian (Malcolm Russell) documents things he finds in mud of the River Thames. The top ten items found in 2021 have been fascinating!

🏰 Famous designer Ken Fulk is redoing a former Gilded Age mansion, now hotel, in the Berkshires.

🍽️ Want to know what it was like to dine in a Gilded Age restaurant? Gage & Tollner in Brooklyn has just restored its 1892 interior. 

💪 A great read of 5 Women who impacted Washington D.C. history.

📘 Smithsonian Magazine rates their 10 favorite history books of 2021.

Coming in Early 2022!

Here are some books I'm looking forward to in early 2022. Many of these I have read and absolutely loved, so click those preorder links. You won't want to miss these!

The Marquess Makes His Move by Diana Quincy

March 29, 2022


The Rake Gets Ravished by Sophie Jordan

February 22, 2022


The Good Girl's Guide to Rakes by Eva Leigh

February 22, 2022


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Dating Dr. Dil by Nisha Sharma

March 15, 2022


American Royalty by Tracey Livesay

June 28, 2022


Something Wilder by Christina Lauren

May 17, 2022


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Munro by Kresley Cole

January 25, 2022


All the Duke I Need by Caroline Linden

April 26, 2022


One Night Expectations by LaQuette

April 26, 2022


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And finally... see you in 2022!

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "A happy New Year." The New York Public Library Digital Collections.

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