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Happy September!

Hello and welcome, VIP readers! I hope you all had a wonderful summer, and are prepared for back-to-school, football season, and the many other fall events. This is always a hectic time of the year in our household and every year I wish summer could just keep going. On the plus side, I do get quiet writing time during the day again while the kids are at school.

Book News
Edits are done for How to Seduce a Spy, book one in my Potions and Passions series, and formatting and cover design are in progress! Next month we will have preorder links and a cover reveal that will happen first here in the newsletter. So stay tuned!
See below for a link to an exclusive excerpt.

How to Seduce a Spy - Coming Soon

Barmaid and potions expert Elle Deschamps knows a worrying secret: the supply of the magic serum that gives her potions their potency is running dangerously low. When a mysterious gentleman hires her to help search out new sources for serum, she jumps at the chance to earn her way to a life of less drudgery.

Agent of the British crown Henry Ainsworth has a simple directive: end the potions crisis, by any means necessary. Posing as a bodyguard, he joins the beguiling potions expert on her continent-hopping expedition, determined to protect her from the unknown foes who wish to thwart her mission.

With time of the essence and enemies hot on their trail, Elle and Henry must work together to prevent disaster, regardless of the danger to their lives—or their hearts.


Want to read the prologue? Just click the link below. Password: spyVIP
Read the Prologue

Those Wacky Victorians

In my novella The Earl on the Train, hero Nick suffers badly from seasickness. Heroine Ida helpfully (or not) suggests to him numerous cures, so I found some actual Victorian cures in an 1884 edition of Bradshaw's Overland Guide to India.

Here is what the guide has to say:

"Persons troubled with sea sickness should choose a berth as near the middle of the ship as possible. Aperient medicine taken the day before will often prevent an attack, as the stomach requires to be cleansed before going to sea. Three drops of creosote in a little water half-an-hour before embarkation, and repeated every half-hour on a piece of sugar, is an excellent palliative."

And then there's this. Um. No.

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