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FINDING KATE

Kathryn’s strong will and sharp tongue have branded her a shrew in her small town. Now, not even the generous dowry offered by her wealthy father can tempt any man to court her. But when Sir William rides into town on his magnificent war horse, Kathryn’s world turns upside down.

William is like a burr in Kathryn’s side from the very beginning. Even the way he insists on calling her “Kate” irritates her thoroughly, yet she can’t keep from listening for his voice. Though he claims he is the only man for her, she is certain he only wants her rich dowry. When he proposes marriage, she accepts as a way out of her miserable home.

Freed from her cruel family and judgmental town, Kathryn must decide whether she will continue her battle of wills with the sometimes charming, often maddening Sir William. Will she remain the shrewish Kathryn or find a way to be Will’s Kate?

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Forthcoming:  BEING BEATRICE

Three years ago, when the love of her life went off to join Henry Tudor’s rebels, Beatrice expected marriage, or at least a betrothal. Instead, she got a lecture on how neither of them should be ensnared in such bonds in case the worst happened. Her shattered heart healed into something resembling a stone wall mortared with ice.

When her former love Edmund Benedict returns, newly knighted and made wealthy by the victorious King Henry VII, Beatrice is determined to pretend he never meant anything to her. But as a gentleman and lady in waiting at the royal court, they can’t just ignore each other, and if they can’t ignore each other, they’ll trade insults with an intensity as deep as their love once was.

The ice in Beatrice’s heart begins to melt the day she overhears her favorite cousin, Grace, say that Sir Edmund still loves her. Warily, like opponents preparing for a joust, Beatrice and Edmund approach each other in love once more. And when Grace is disgraced by her fiancé at the altar, Beatrice calls upon Sir Edmund to avenge this betrayal. But how can asking him to risk his life in single combat solve anything? Beatrice realizes that she will have to risk her own future to save them all.