Talk about an unlikely combination!
Jane Austen’s Persuasion provided the inspiration as I wrote and posted serialized stories. To keep readers coming back, I developed my signature style: intertwined plots, cliffhangers, and laugh-out-loud humor.
Romcom Regency, anyone?
The comedy I come by in my job as a teacher—there’s never a dull moment with teens! In case you’re wondering, my fiction is for everyone.
New! Darcy By Any Other Name is now available on Kindle.
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Have you discovered Mercy’s Embrace?
Elizabeth Elliot and all your favorites from Jane Austen’s Persuasion are waiting.
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About Mercy’s Embrace
Jane Austen’s beloved Persuasion provides the backdrop for this three-book series of romantic romps set in Regency England featuring the beautiful (and opinionated!) Miss Elizabeth Elliot.
These books are a kick to read. Even my stepdad giggled as he turned pages!
Elizabeth Elliot is as beautiful as ever, yet no gentleman of proper stature has requested her hand. Lady Russell claims she is too particular, but Elizabeth begs to differ. She is not about to settle for a gentleman of no distinction like her sister Mary. Nor will she follow her heart and marry a commoner with no title but Captain–that was Anne’s mistake. As for romance and the tender stirrings of the heart, why, only a simpleton would fall prey to such foolishness!
But when the proud Miss Elliot encounters a pair of smiling Irish eyes in a most unsuitable man of vulgar connections, she is tempted to change her opinion. Almost.
Twelve-thousand a year and an extensive estate can gild a sow’s ear, or so Elizabeth Elliot has always supposed. But now that she’s fallen for the dashing Patrick Gill, Elizabeth is almost ready to give up Mr Rushworth’s fortune. Painfully aware of her bruised pride and vulnerable heart, Elizabeth can only despise herself for loving so common a man. But it has never occurred to her that darling Mr Gill guards a secret of his own–and that he might be responsible for her father’s disappearance.
As the news of Elizabeth Elliot’s broken engagement becomes known, the storm of social disapproval descends and Elizabeth is left to wonder how she, with every claim to birth and beauty, has made such a muddle of her life. Even worse, why has dear Mr Gill suddenly become so distant?
Patrick Gill has dropped many a hint that he is not the lowly clerk he has pretended to be, but Elizabeth Elliot will have none of it. His playful jest has gone too far, for him as well as for her. But her father has fled from his creditors, leaving her in disgrace. Now “Mr Gill” must force a meeting between Elizabeth and the man he truly is–Admiral McGillvary, a man she claims to despise.
Still curious? Why not take a look at Chapter 1 and see for yourself.
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