Spellbound Today!

The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor anthologies go on sale today! My story is one of the three Regency romance novellas included in Spellbound.Spellbound, a Regency romance anthology by Claire Delacroix, Jane Charles and Claudia Dain

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Claire Delacroix
Seven years ago, Sophia Brisbane lost everything—her father, her brother, her family fortune—but worse, was rejected by the man she loved. She’s determined not to yearn for the past and its pleasures—until she encounters Lucien de Roye again. Although he knew Sophia could never be his own, Lucien vowed to retrieve her squandered inheritance—even wagering his very soul to a demon. When Sophia learns what he has done, no force on heaven or earth will convince her to let him pay the demon’s due, no matter what the cost to herself.

Her Gypsy Lord by Jane Charles
Lady Charlotte Beck craves just one little adventure, which is nearly impossible as her older brothers are the most diligent of chaperones. However, when her family is summoned to Castle Keyvnor for the reading of her great-uncle’s will, Charlotte can hardly contain her excitement. Ghosts, magic and gypsies seem to be the ingredients to the adventure she’s been searching for. However when she meets Adam Vail in the nearby gypsy camp, it may be another adventure all together that calls to her soul…if she can survive Castle Keyvnor and one very murderous ghost.

Lord Death and Lady Ghost by Claudia Dain
Hal Mort, Viscount Blackwater, visits Keyvnor Castle in the company of friends and atop his new stallion. How was he to know that ghosts awaited him? Hal does not believe in ghosts. Unfortunately for Hal, the ghosts take an interest in him. One ghost wants to see him married to the lovely Lady Morgan. Another ghost is just as determined to see him slip the noose. As the ghosts work their supernatural magic, Hal can’t determine if the intense attraction he feels for Morgan is coming from him or from them. And after a few magical kisses, he’s not sure he cares.

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Guest Author Michelle Willingham on the Haunting of Castle Keyvnor

The final post in our series Behind the Scenes at the Haunting of Castle Keyvnor is from Michelle Willingham, whose novella is included in the anthology BEDEVILED. Please welcome Michelle!

Don’t miss the other posts in this series:
Ava Stone
Claire Delacroix
Elizabeth Essex
Claudia Dain
Kate Pearce
Renee Bernard
Erica Monroe
Deb Marlowe
Jerrica Knight-Catania
Jane Charles

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Author Michelle WillinghamI was married on this day eighteen years ago. Happy Anniversary to us!

My own personal love story began with a blind date. One of my good friends invited me to come and play cards with her, and she mentioned that her boyfriend and his roommate would be there. I didn’t know at the time that the entire card game was a set-up. The roommate was looking for a date for an upcoming dance, and my friends thought I would be a good candidate.

We hit it off, but I can’t say it was love at first sight for either of us. We did go to the dance, became good friends, and enjoyed spending time together over the next few months. And then, out of the blue, I realized that I was looking forward to his visits more and more. Friendship gradually transformed into love, and we’ve been married for eighteen years now.

Michelle Willingham's wedding pictureIn my story, “A Dance with the Devil,” Jane Hawkins and Devon Lancaster are intrigued by one another but Jane is well aware that no man wants to marry an impoverished vicar’s daughter. They become friends by chasing down an escaped poodle, Oscar, and Jane finds Devon easy to talk to. And when they are locked in the wine cellar together, the sparks fly! It may not be love at first sight, but friendship at first sight can lead to an even stronger love.

And remember the card game I was invited to play? Ironically, we were playing “Hearts.”

Michelle Willingham is the author of over thirty historical romances and novellas. She lives in Virginia with her husband and three children. Visit her website at: www.michellewillingham.com/book/bedeviled to read an excerpt from Jane and Devon’s story, “A Dance with the Devil.”


Bedeviled, an anthology of Regency romance novellas by Kate Pearce, Deb Marlowe andA Dance with the Devil by Michelle Willingham
Devon Lancaster is fascinated by the beautiful vicar’s daughter, Jane Hawkins, who has been summoned to the will reading of the late Lord Banfield. But is she truly only a vicar’s daughter? Or does her past hold secrets that put her very life in danger? Jane knows she is unlikely to find a husband among the handsome men at Castle Keyvnor because of her poverty. But when she is locked in the cellar with Devon, she finds that the Devil of Lancaster sets her blood on fire.

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Guest Author Jane Charles on the Haunting of Castle Keyvnor

Today’s guest in our ongoing series Behind the Scenes at the Haunting of Castle Keyvnor is Jane Charles. Please welcome Jane!

Don’t miss the other posts in this series:
Ava Stone
Claire Delacroix
Elizabeth Essex
Claudia Dain
Kate Pearce
Renee Bernard
Erica Monroe
Deb Marlowe
Jerrica Knight-Catania
and one more to come!

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New Orleans, such an inspiration. If you read Ava Stone’s early post, you already know how we all came to write a story that takes place in a very haunted Castle Keyvnor.

Regency romance author Jane CharlesYou can’t walk the streets of New Orleans and hear the stories without feeling the life of the present and the past—and nothing feeds the imagination more than taking the tours of the cemetery, or the places known to be haunted or be linked to vampires and voodoo.

The one thing I did not participate in, which I had fully intended to do, was having a Tarot Card reading. The night Ava Stone, Jerrica Knight-Catania and I went to have it done, I’m the one who backed out. They had awesome readings, but I could not bring myself to participate.

This had been at the top of my “to do” list and Ava and I had talked about it for months before we ever got to New Orleans. However, when we entered the small shop, a horrible anxiety came over me, as if to warn me not to participate. It was a panic attack like I have not experienced in years. I resembled more the character Ava wrote for this anthology, Cassy, than the character I wrote, Charlotte.

It’s not like I haven’t done anything like this before. Years ago I talked to a psychic, who was scary accurate about things. I’ve had my palm read a couple of times, and a good friend does Tarot readings, so it isn’t like this was a new thing for me. However, I also don’t ignore the gut or strong feelings like I experienced that night, especially in a haunted city like New Orleans. So, I stepped away and back out on the street, had a brightly colored drink to calm my nerves and waited for them.

Do I regret not having my fortune read? Yes and no. I would have loved to see what the cards said, but I wasn’t about to ignore the feelings, almost of foreboding either. However, that experience is also the inspiration for Charlotte. She couldn’t wait to visit the gypsy camp and have her fortune told and eagerly took a seat at the table to find out her future, unlike me. Except, she gets a lot more than she bargained for.

USA Today Bestselling Author Jane Charles lives in the Midwest with her former marine, police officer husband. As a child she would more likely be found outside with a baseball than a book in her hand, until one day, out of boredom on a long road trip, she borrowed her sister’s romance novel and fell in love. Her life is filled with three amazing children, two dogs, two cats, community theatre, and traveling whenever possible. Jane may have begun her career writing romances set in the Regency era, but blames being a Gemini as to why she’s equally pulled toward writing contemporary novels.

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Spellbound, a Regency romance anthology by Claire Delacroix, Jane Charles and Claudia DainHer Gypsy Lord by Jane Charles
Lady Charlotte Beck craves just one little adventure, which is nearly impossible as her older brothers are the most diligent of chaperones. However, when her family is summoned to Castle Keyvnor for the reading of her great-uncle’s will, Charlotte can hardly contain her excitement. Ghosts, magic and gypsies seem to be the ingredients to the adventure she’s been searching for. However when she meets Adam Vail in the nearby gypsy camp, it may be another adventure all together that calls to her soul…if she can survive Castle Keyvnor and one very murderous ghost.

Spellbound goes on sale September 20. Pre-order your copy at these portals:

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Guest Post from Jerrica Knight-Catania on the Haunting of Castle Keyvnor

Our “Behind the Scenes” in the making of the Haunting of Castle Keyvnor series continues! Today’s guest blog post is from Jerrica Knight-Catania. Please welcome Jerrica!

Don’t miss the other posts in this series:
Ava Stone
Claire Delacroix
Elizabeth Essex
Claudia Dain
Kate Pearce
Renee Bernard
Erica Monroe
Deb Marlowe
and more to come!

The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor, a Regency romance collection

I know Ava Stone has already told you all about our 2014 trip to New Orleans and how it sparked the idea for our first (but not last!!) Regency Halloween anthology, but before I dive into the inspiration for my own Castle Keyvnor story, I just want to relive that trip for a moment…

Regency romance author Jerrica Knight-CataniaLate night ghost tours through the French Quarter, jambalaya and gumbo at every meal, so many Pimms Cups I was practically oozing the stuff…sigh. I do love New Orleans, so thanks for indulging me for a moment J

Now onto Possessed by the Stranger! I always love when Ava Stone asks me to write her heroine’s sister. It’s almost as if we get to be real sisters for the time being. So when she asked if I wanted to do it for this anthology, I eagerly said yes! But where her character isn’t terribly fond of the haunted castle, mine is more than excited to be spending a week in one. Putting the sisters at odds with one another adds a touch of realism to the stories, but of course the girls always have one another’s backs!

As for my hero, I’m rather fond of him. A beta hero if there ever was one, he’s kind and gentle, not one for whoring or over-imbibing. He’s steady and loyal, and just what Lady Samantha needs, so hopefully nothing will stand in their way!

Now, get your hot cider and snuggly blanket ready, and hunker down for some spooky, historical fun!

USA Today Best Selling Author, Jerrica Knight-Catania, knew from an early age that she was destined for romance. She would spend hours as a young girl sitting in a chair by an open window, listening to the rain, and dreaming of the day Prince Charming would burst in and declare his undying love for her. But it wasn’t until she was 28-years-old, tired of her life in the theater, that she turned her focus toward writing Regency Romance novels. All her dreaming paid off, and she now gets to relive those romantic scenes she’d dreamt up as a child as she commits them to paper. She lives in sunny Palm Beach with her real life Prince Charming, their Princess-in-training and their precious pup, Pumpkin.

Visit Jerrica’s official website to learn more about her other books, the Wetherby family and to see what’s new in her writing world!


Mystified, an anthology of Regency romance novellas by Renee Bernard, Jerrica Knight-Catania and Erica MonroePossessed by a Stranger by Jerrica Knight-Catania
Lady Samantha Priske can hardly wait to make herself scarce in the allegedly haunted residence of her late great uncle, the Earl of Banfield. And when she meets a handsome stranger who is blessedly not a relation, she finds herself flirting uncharacteristically with him. Chadwick Kendall isn’t thrilled to be at Castle Keyvnor for the blasted will reading. His father is dying, and he’d rather be by his side. But Chad finds something at Castle Keyvnor far more valuable than anything the earl could have left for him: A beautiful redhead, whom he must convince to be his bride.

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Guest Post from Deb Marlowe on the Haunting of Castle Keyvnor

Are you ready for another installment in our continuing Behind the Scenes series about the creation of the Haunting of Castle Keyvnor? I’m really enjoying these posts and hope you are, as well. Please welcome today’s guest, Deb Marlowe.

Don’t miss the other posts in this series:
Ava Stone
Claire Delacroix
Elizabeth Essex
Claudia Dain
Kate Pearce
Renee Bernard
Erica Monroe
and more to come!

The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor, a Regency romance collection
Ghosts and Sorcerers and Pixies . . . Oh, my!

When Ava Stone first spoke to me about the idea for the Haunting of Castle Keyvnor series, I was thrilled to say yes, and then almost immediately said I would do it if I could use Cornish pixies for the paranormal aspect of my story. She agreed and I cheered . . . and then I went, “Wait, I don’t actually know anything about pixies.”

romance author Deb MarloweWell, that never stopped me before. J And I did know–and warned Ava–that my story would be a light, paranormal romp instead of a horror story. And then I went to do a little research.

The most famous pixies in Cornwall are the Knockers, a sort that live in the mines in the area. Miners share their meals with them, and in return, the Knockers make knocking noises to warn the miners of impending cave-ins or other dangers.

There does not seem to be a lot known about the other sorts of pixies, the ones that inhabit the moors, the forests and cliffs of Cornwall. They can be mischievous or helpful, depending on how they are treated and there are stories of them helping widows with housework as well as leading strangers astray.

So, I felt free to make up my pixies in exactly the way I wanted. Mine live in an ancient barrow–a burial mound–and come out to dance on the nights of the full moon. Tuft, the most ancient, most magic and most responsible pixie, is the caretaker for the animals and wild spots around Castle Keyvnor. His old enemy, a powerful, dark sorcerer, comes for the reading of the will and Lady Tamsyn and Gryff Cardew get caught up in their battle in Lady Tamsyn and the Pixie’s Curse. The story turned out to be a sort of fairy tale, in the end, and I hope that you’ll enjoy the story of the magic of True Love!

USA Today Bestselling Author Deb Marlowe loves History, England and Men in Boots.  Clearly, she was meant to write Regency Historical Romance! Deb grew up in Pennsylvania with her nose in a book. Luckily, she’d read enough romances to recognize the true modern hero she met at a college Halloween party—even though he wore a tuxedo t-shirt instead of breeches and tall boots. They married, settled in North Carolina and produced two handsome, intelligent and genuinely amusing boys. Though she spends much of her time with her nose in her laptop, for the sake of her family she does occasionally abandon her inner world for the domestic adventure of laundry, dinner, and carpool. Despite her sacrifice, not one of the men in her family is yet willing to don breeches or tall boots. She’s working on it. 

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Bedeviled, an anthology of Regency romance novellas by Kate Pearce, Deb Marlowe andLady Tamsyn and the Pixie’s Curse by Deb Marlowe
Her father inherited an earldom and a castle. Has Lady Tamsyn inherited a curse? It’s what it feels like when she discovers that she can see the truth behind the lies that men tell. All she wanted on arrival at Keyvnor was to avoid Mr. Gryffyn Cardew, but in a sea of lies, he is the one who always tells her the truth. Together they find that her curse might just be a gift—and their love the key to preventing a tragedy.

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Guest Post from Erica Monroe on the Haunting of Castle Keyvnor

Our peek behind the scenes at the Haunting of Castle Keyvnor continues today with a guest post from Erica Monroe—who is going to tell us a bit about Regency insane asylums. Please welcome Erica!

Don’t miss the other posts in this series:
Ava Stone
Claire Delacroix
Elizabeth Essex
Claudia Dain
Kate Pearce
Renee Bernard
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I have always been drawn to the darker, sadder side of history, the facts that aren’t told much because they aren’t pleasant to talk about. I believe survivors of tragedy deserve to have their stories told, and that the greatest hope can be found in facing the darkness with light. I’ve written about the London underworld of the rookeries, the devastation of grief when a family member is murdered, and now with The Mad Countess I’ve explored the dismal lives of patients in Regency lunatic asylums.

Regency Romance author Erica MonroeThey say that writers face their greatest fears when they put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard, as is oft the case now). For me, this has always been true—my historical romances are dark and gritty, where the stakes are often life or death. I tap into the scariest corners of my mind in crafting the suspense subplot that runs through every book I write to some extent. It’s only through writing that I feel like I have control over the terrifying elements of the world, because in romances the happily ever after is assured, and all the more sweeter for the many, many difficulties the main characters have to overcome to get to that happiness.

In The Mad Countess, I faced another fear—one far more internal than my usual suspenseful subplots, as Claire’s family is cursed with madness. Claire’s fears that she will become trapped in her own mind, separated completely from reality, is one that many people may experience. While today we have healthy, safe treatment options for patients with mental illness, during the Regency madness was highly misunderstood and often equated to a death sentence for people viewed as “abnormal” by society. If they weren’t left to wander on the street, they were imprisoned in a lunatic asylum, where they were treated more like criminals than patients. Many stories still circulate about the horrors of being trapped in the public Bethlem Hospital, which functioned as an asylum for those of the lower classes. (Indeed, “Bedlam,” as the hospital was often called, was so much a part of the culture of the time that the word came to mean the general state of madness as well as the hospital.)

In The Mad Countess, Claire’s mother, the Marchioness of Brauning, is imprisoned in the private lunatic asylum Ticehurst, a real-life nineteenth-century institution for aristocrats and other members of the upper echelons of society. (You can actually view the entire case records for Ticehurst Asylum online and it is a treasure trove of information about the historical treatment of madness.) Ticehurst, with its gothic summer house, aviary, pagoda, and many acres of gardens was considered the best treatment money could buy. Noble families could send their mad relative off to Ticehurst and hope the rest of society forgot this apparent stain on their reputation.

But as you can see in the online records of Ticehurst, the outlook for mental patients in the nineteenth century was still quite bleak. In The Mad Countess, Claire’s mother drowns from a forced submergence of water in “the chair,” which bound all of the patient’s extremities and kept them upright as cold water was dumped on their head and warm water on their feet. The belief was that the cold water would “kill the mad idea” and rid of the body of mental derangement. (Obviously, this is not true.) Water therapy was used as a method of sedation, as a method of restraint (foregoing physical shackles in favor of the chair, bath box, or shower room), and also to bring out behavior that society viewed as more acceptable. In asylums, patients were also often shackled to the wall, and kept in rooms with metal bars across the windows or doors. Instead of feeling like a hospital, the asylums became more like prisons.

The treatments which I have discussed were not practiced by all doctors, thankfully. During the nineteenth century, reform-minded individuals worked to better the conditions for the mentally ill. And as with any historical research, it is important to keep in mind that we view all things from our modern-day standpoint—these treatments sound absolutely appalling to us, but at the time they may have been the best care available and not meant to deal harm. We have made a great many medical strides throughout the centuries.

It is with compassion and understanding then that we as writers try and relay these disheartening parts of history, in hopes that by showcasing what happened we learn to not make the same mistakes or inflict the same kinds of wounds. Ultimately, with dark romance, the goal is to present those fears, and in doing so give the reader a feeling of empowerment over their own demons. Claire conquers her curse, and you too can conquer the darkness in your past. Your future need not be defined by the wounds of your history.

Erica Monroe is a USA Today Bestselling Author of dark, suspenseful historical romance. She was a finalist in the published historical category for the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Romantic Suspense, and her books have been recommended reads at Fresh Fiction, Smexy Books, SBTB, and All About Romance. When not writing, she is a chronic TV watcher, sci-fi junkie, and comic book fanatic. She lives in the suburbs of North Carolina with her husband, two dogs, and a cat. Visit Erica online at ericamonroe.com and sign up for her new release newsletter at bit.ly/mlem4.


Mystified, an anthology of Regency romance novellas by Renee Bernard, Jerrica Knight-Catania and Erica MonroeThe Mad Countess by Erica Monroe
Theodore Lockwood, Earl of Ashbrooke, has been in love with his best friend, Lady Claire Deering, for as long as he can remember. Claire too harbors a secret desire for him—but a witch cursed her family with madness, and she’s terrified she’ll only hurt him if they act on their feelings. When a will reading at a mysterious castle in Cornwall brings them both together, they’ll work to break her family’s curse…and find true love.

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Guest Author Renee Bernard on the Haunting of Castle Keyvnor

Today’s guest author is Renee Bernard, whose story—The Sweetest Curse—is the lead novella in Mystified, which is part of the Haunting of Castle Keyvnor collection. Renee’s heroine is a secret member of the local coven, and her peek behind the scenes is about that. Please welcome Renee Bernard!

Don’t miss the other posts in this series:
Ava Stone
Claire Delacroix
Elizabeth Essex
Claudia Dain
Kate Pearce
and more to come!

The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor, a Regency romance collection

Sometimes, I feel as if I am always in reverse when everyone else is driving forward. Such is the creative twists of a brain that can never sit still and also never takes the easy way out of a problem. My artist’s brain. I’ve tried to trade it out or up for a new one but apparently the Rules of the Universe mean you have to use the one you’re given.

Regency romance author Renee BernardSo, when the challenge of The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor came up, I was ready! And then my brain said, let’s do something different! (And I had to make myself a cocktail and accept my fate.) Because nothing about the usual things that go bump in the night seem to be working for me…

And then it came in a quiet and very politically incorrect moment when someone was spewing something about someone else’s faith and what they considered “a good religion” and I knew I was in for a writing rollercoaster. Because my brain said, “Let’s roll.”

Wicca and the Old Religion have been around since..well…since forever it seems. I modeled the witches in my coven not on pointy-hat wearing caricatures but on a group of women being true to a faith that centers on a care for the earth and others, on a belief in goddesses and gods and things unseen and who would easily be ostracized as the “other” in English society for their wisdom, independence and refusal to kneel at the feet of a religion that they would interpret as being overtly into human sacrifice. What can I say? Misunderstandings happen. Witches not only don’t worship the devil but they don’t acknowledge such a creature’s existence and see him as the invention of the church or as a construct used by wicked men to place blame and burn every hapless midwife they can get their hands on. So…as I said, I tend to write in a different direction sometimes.

Love conquers all and while I kept all the sharp, scary objects off the writing table, I do hope that readers will enjoy the twists of a coven that resembles a knitting circle more than anything else. “The Sweetest Curse” is a light read meant to warm your heart on a chilling Autumn evening—and to remind us all that not everything is what it seems.

Renee Bernard is an award winning and USA Today bestselling author of historical romance and recently, contemporary romantic comedy.  She won RT’s Reviewer’s Choice award for “Best Debut Historical” in 2006 and never slowed down (she missed the memo).  By the end of 2014, she will have fifteen books out there in the world.  She has published with Simon & Schuster and Berkley as well as branching out into independent publishing, audio books and comic books.  For over four years she has been the host of “The Romance Bookmark” (formerly “Canned Laughter and Coffee”), a weekly internet radio show with between 80-100K registered listeners via Readers Entertainment.  From wine wrangling—to stand-up comedy and public speaking, there’s nothing off the table.  (No really.  Nothing.  Except anything involving dancing and a pole.  She’s past that now.)

Renee lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains with her husband and daughters, and an adequate number of cats to qualify as a romance writer.

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The Sweetest Curse by Renee BernardMystified, an anthology of Regency romance novellas by Renee Bernard, Jerrica Knight-Catania and Erica Monroe

Blade Hambly believes in three things: logic, science and the notion that if a man just keeps his eyes forward, he is unlikely to be tripped up by the past. But how does a man keep his thoughts cool and focused when he meets a young woman like Miss Elethea Fairfax? A woman who heals with the touch of her hands, who talks to the air and radiates magic with every other-worldly fluttering of her eyelashes? What does a man of science do when the woman he is falling in love with is a witch?

Mystified—along with the other three books in the Haunting of Castle Keyvnor collection—goes on sale September 20.

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Guest Author Kate Pearce on the Haunting of Castle Keyvnor

Today, our behind the scenes at the Haunting of Castle Keyvnor series continues with a guest post from Kate Pearce.  Please welcome Kate!

Don’t miss the other posts in this series:
Ava Stone
Claire Delacroix
Elizabeth Essex
Claudia Dain
and more to come!

The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor, a Regency romance collection

When I was invited to participate in The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor collection I wondered what on earth I was going to write because for once the opportunities for fun were limitless. When you’re offered ghosts, and witches, and pixies it’s hard to choose.

Romance author Kate PearceI settled on the Tudor ghost who roams the castle seeking star-crossed lovers who need his help, and the rest followed on from there. Shorter works offer a great opportunity to try out something new. I wanted to write something light and funny rather like a nineteen forties movie/play with a lot of double takes and silly characters.

That’s how I ended up with A Ghost Of A Chance where two beautiful ditherers almost wreck the romantic plans of our hero, Edwin who is determined to make Violet DeLisle notice him—while she is busy dreaming of his terribly sweet, but terribly dim brother, Charlie.

They say it takes a village, but in this story it takes a ghost to sort things out, and show Violet what she’s been missing. I hope you enjoy reading this novella as much as I enjoyed writing it.

NYT and USA Today bestselling author Kate Pearce was born in England in the middle of a large family of girls and quickly found that her imagination was far more interesting than real life. After acquiring a degree in history and barely escaping from the British Civil Service alive, she moved to California and then to Hawaii with her kids and her husband and set about reinventing herself as a romance writer.

She is known for both her unconventional heroes and her joy at subverting romance clichés. In her spare time she self publishes science fiction erotic romance, historical romance, and whatever else she can imagine. You can find Kate at her website at www.katepearce.com, on Facebook as Kate Pearce, and on Twitter as Kate4queen.


Bedeviled, an anthology of Regency romance novellas by Kate Pearce, Deb Marlowe andA Ghost of a Chance by Kate Pearce
Violet DeLisle is secretly delighted to have the opportunity to meet up with some of the more obscure branches of her family tree. She’s been in love with her stepmother’s second cousin, Charlie, since she was a child. But her beautiful half-sister has clearly set her sights on Charlie and he is obviously dazzled. Forced to hide from the lovebirds, she huddles under the stairs and meets a kindred spirit who not only turns out to be a rather feisty ghost, but a master of courtship.

Bedeviled goes on sale September 20. Pre-order your copy at these portals:

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Guest Post from Claudia Dain on the Haunting of Castle Keyvnor

Today, Claudia Dain joins us for more “behind the scenes” in the Haunting of Castle Keyvnor series. Please welcome Claudia!

Remember to check the previous posts in our “behind the scenes” series:
Ava Stone
Claire Delacroix
Elizabeth Essex

The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor, a Regency romance collection

Do I love writing about the Regency period? I do.

Do I love writing about paranormal events? I don’t.

Regency romance author Claudia DainDid I want to participate in this series with all these fabulous authors? I did.

Did I have any ideas about writing a paranormal story? I didn’t.

What did I do? I wrote myself into a solution. I did a “Shakespeare” on it.

Have you read ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’? Yeah, me neither. But I do know that the basic idea is that there are all these fairies in the woods with Issues and there are all these humans in the woods, and they’ve got Issues, and it’s Midsummer Night, and that’s very supernaturally special night, so . . . if Shakespeare can make it work, so can I! (A girl can dream, right?)

My story takes place during Halloween, on the Cornwall coast (there are some woods involved, I’ll admit), and instead of fairies, I used ghosts. Two ghosts: a pair of lovers who died in 1484. Two humans: a pair that in 1811 might fall in love on their own, but why wait when you have ghosts around to give things a push? If Shakespeare can use fairies to push things along, I can use ghosts.

As you might have guessed from the tone of this post, my novella, Lady Ghost and Lord Death: A Love Story, has a comical edge to it. Since it worked for Shakespeare way back in the late 1500s, I thought it might work again, now. The way I look at it, even ghosts deserve a chance to have some fun and to share a few mostly innocent laughs, and so do you.

Claudia Welch/Claudia Dain graduated from the University of Southern California with a BA in English. While there she became a member of Alpha Phi, one of the oldest sororities in America. A two- time Rita finalist, she has won numerous writing awards and honors since her first novel was published in 2000. She has lived for most of her life in Los Angeles, called Connecticut home for a decade, and currently lives in North Carolina with her husband.

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Spellbound, a Regency romance anthology by Claire Delacroix, Jane Charles and Claudia DainLord Death and Lady Ghost by Claudia Dain
Hal Mort, Viscount Blackwater, visits Keyvnor Castle in the company of friends and atop his new stallion. How was he to know that ghosts awaited him? Hal does not believe in ghosts. Unfortunately for Hal, the ghosts take an interest in him. One ghost wants to see him married to the lovely Lady Morgan. Another ghost is just as determined to see him slip the noose. As the ghosts work their supernatural magic, Hal can’t determine if the intense attraction he feels for Morgan is coming from him or from them. And after a few magical kisses, he’s not sure he cares.

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