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“Are you here to see Ellie?” she ask... and more...

“Are you here to see Ellie?” she ask...

“Are you here to see Ellie?” she asked.

“Yes. I can hear the noise from the nursery all the way down the staircase.”

“All the children are excited to be with their cousins again.”

“I recall we were that way, at their age.”

She had lived for the times he had joined their large family gatherings. His father’s close friendship with her uncle Edward had enabled him to practically grow up with her and her cousins, at least until he went to sea. He had never known how much she cared for him, how she had pined for him with girlish tears. She was a girl no longer, but she still felt remnants of that wistful longing for him, that little gasp of excitement in her chest when he looked at her.

Gerard would never know. He must never know.

--From The Spinster's Christmas in Mistletoe Kisses, 99 cents only until Nov 30th



He was careful in climbing the stairs, h...

He was careful in climbing the stairs, his good leg beginning to shake with the strain from the two flights of the grand staircase. When he finally reached the drawing room, Miranda had disappeared.

He lowered himself into a gold and white striped chair, but his leg gave out and he fell heavily into the seat, making it wobble on its delicately carved legs. He winced. Yes, Gerard, the quickest way to cultivate Cecil’s good graces is to break his furniture.

--From The Spinster's Christmas in Mistletoe Kisses, 99 cents only until Nov 30th



Dorsetshire, England December 23rd, 1...

Dorsetshire, England
December 23rd, 1810

“I am heartily sick of your complaining and moaning, you old woman,” Lady Wynwood told her companion lounging on the seat across from her in her travelling coach.

The “old woman” was in actuality a fit man in his fourth decade, a rugged face and easy smile hovering on the edges of his mouth. His jaw might not be as firm as twenty years ago, but he was still the handsome buck Laura had first met when she had her debut in London, and he knew it, too. “Reduced to name-calling, Laura?” Solomon Drydale drawled.

“Would you rather I simply open this coach door and boot you out of it?”

--From The Spinster's Christmas in Mistletoe Kisses, 99 cents only until Nov 30th



Gerard's scarf & Prelude giveaway!

I’ve been knitting the wool scarf my hero gives the heroine in my Regency novella, The Spinster’s Christmas, based off of a knitting pattern that I’m pretty sure is from the Regency era. I admit I haven’t actually finished the scarf, but I’m posting the giveaway now because I’m reasonably sure it’ll be done before the giveaway ends. :) Here’s the link to my Ravelry project page if you’re interested.

I’m also giving away 10 copies of my Regency romance, Prelude for a Lord! US winners will receive a print or ebook copy (your choice) of Prelude for a Lord, but International winners will only receive an ebook copy, provided you are able to receive Kindle, iBooks, Kobo, or Nook books in your country.

Please spend a buck on Camy! This contest is in celebration of my latest novella in the Mistletoe Kisses anthology, eight authors writing contemporary romance, historical romance, and romantic suspense novellas. Right now, Mistletoe Kisses is only 99 cents! But the sale is ONLY UNTIL NOVEMBER 30TH so pre-order yours today!


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Gerard's Red and Black Scarf, part 2

11/17/2014: Update: Giveaway for Gerard's scarf and 10 copies of Prelude for a Lord here!

As I mentioned in a post on the Regency Reflections blog, I decided to try to knit the Regency scarf that Gerard, my hero, gives to my heroine in my Christmas novella in the Mistletoe Kisses anthology.

I chose A Gentleman’s Comforter from The Ladies’ Knitting and Netting Book, First Series by Miss Watts, originally published in 1837. You can download the .pdf of the Fifth Edition, with additions, which was published in 1840.

I’m pretty sure this pattern was in use in the Regency, because most patterns had been passed down by word of mouth long before they were published. So Jane Austen could have gotten this pattern from a friend or family member and used it when making a scarf for her father. :)

Here’s the original pattern:

I’m not entirely certain what “coarse steel needles” and “5 skeins of fine wool yarn” mean, so I’m guessing. I’m using US 1 needles and fingering weight wool yarn, but you could use anything you want, including larger needles and yarn. Just cast on fewer stitches, making sure it’s an even number.

I got my yarn from, and was thrilled to find a “Hollyberry” color way. Very Christmasy!

If you’re interested, here’s my project on Ravelry.

I cast on 72 stitches. I used the same cast on I do when I make top down socks, which is the Norwegian cast on with two needles held together. However, you can use whatever cast on you want. I would suggest, however, that you cast on either with a larger needle or two needles held together.

First row:
Knit 1, move the yarn to the front, slip one stitch purl wise, move yarn to the back
(knit 1 but instead of throwing the yarn once around the needle, throw it twice around before pulling the loop through, move the yarn to the front, slip one stitch purl wise, move yarn to the back) repeat to the last 2 stitches in the row,
knit 1 with the yarn twice around the needle, knit 1 with the yarn only once around the needle.

Next row:
Knit 1 (with yarn only once around needle), slip stitch purl wise with yarn in front, dropping the extra loop, (knit with the yarn twice around the needle, slip stitch purl wise with yarn in front, dropping the extra loop) repeat to the last two stitches, knit 1 with the yarn twice around the needle, knit 1 with the yarn only once around the needle.

Repeat this last row until your scarf is long enough.

It’s basic double knitting, but with a drop stitch, which makes the stitches a bit poofy and airy. It would make the scarf softer even if the wool was a bit tightly spun. A tightly spun yarn is typically more durable, and that would make the scarf durable, soft, and warm all at once.

I’m going to try to do red and black blocks, but since I have no idea what the gauge is with this pattern, I’ll have to wing it.

Here’s the start of my scarf!

I’ll be posting as I continue with this pattern, and at the end, I’ll hold a giveaway for Gerard’s scarf!

The Mistletoe Kisses anthology is eight authors writing contemporary romance, historical romance, and romantic suspense novellas for only $0.99! But the sale is ONLY UNTIL NOVEMBER 30TH so pre-order yours today!


A new collection from some of your favorite inspirational authors: 

From USA Today bestselling author Janet Tronstad, a new retro romance The Day Gina Rossi Lost Her Yet: 
Gina Rossi has dreamed of being Marco Scaglia's sweetheart for as long as she can remember. But just when it looks like her dream might come true, her life gets crazy. 

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Mondello, a new contemporary romance The Gift
When Allison Jones finds a small envelope on the ground, CEO Derek Holden accuses her of stealing the money that was supposed to be inside. Knowing what the envelope means for a little girl, Allison is determined to not only fulfill the gift herself, but to prove to Derek that there is more to life than just money. Derek didn't need the simple conventions of life...until he met Allison. He soon learns that a bank account full of money is no match for a heart full of love... 

From New York Times bestselling author Lenora Worth, a contemporary romance A Palm Tree Christmas: 
When an overworked, heartbroken Atlanta nurse takes a holiday on the Gulf coast, she meets a widower with two adorable children and rethinks what love really means. Together, Clara and Hank rediscover Christmas and maybe the beginning of something more. 

From Amazon bestselling author Margaret Daley, a new romantic suspense Deadly Holiday: 
Tory Caldwell witnesses a hit-and-run, but when the dead victim disappears from the scene, police doubt a crime has been committed. Tory is threatened when she keeps insisting she saw a man killed and the only one who believes her is her neighbor, Jordan Steele. Together, can they solve the mystery of the disappearing body and stay alive? 
From Carol Winner and CBA Bestselling author Pamela Tracy, a new historical romance Two by Two: 
In 1880's Arizona Territory, Frank Barlett, a Yuma prison guard, heads to the mining town of Bisbee in order to bury his younger brother Jasper and see that his widow has safe passage home. The widow isn't who or what Frank expected and doesn't have a home to be escorted to. Emmaline Bartlett has a secret or two and every time Frank uncovers one, it's just one more reason he's got to protect her. 

From award-winning author Camille Elliot, a new Regency romance The Spinster's Christmas: 
Spinster Miranda Belmoore and naval Captain Gerard Foremont, old childhood friends, meet again for a large Christmas party at Wintrell Hall. Miranda is making plans to escape a life of drudgery as a poor relation in her cousin's household, while Gerard battles bitterness that his career was cut short by the injury to his knee. However, an enemy has infiltrated the family party, bent on revenge and determined that Twelfth Night will end in someone's death ... 

From fan favorite author Lacy Williams, a new contemporary cowboy romance Mistletoe Cowboy: 
After suffering a career-ending injury, bull rider Justin Michaels has stalled out. At twenty-seven, he's back in college to try and find direction for his life. Valri North is a few credits away from completing her pre-med degree. She's got her life planned out, until a disastrous assignment in class and a distracting cowboy threaten to derail her carefully-ordered plans. 

From award-winning author Cheryl Wyatt, a new contemporary romance A Refuge Christmas: 
Refuge police officer Connor Stallings is facing the challenge of his career: new mayor Adrianna White, who wants to restructure his beloved town upside down. Adrianna's heart is in the right place, but as she and the handsome police officer clash, they grow close enough to glimpse on their horizon a partnership of vows beyond helping the quirky but close-knit town.


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