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A Masked Deception was published in 1985 and I won the Romantic Times Award for best new Regency writer that year. Since then there have been numerous Regencies, historicals, and novellas, and more awards too.

My first five books were written longhand and typed into an ancient typewriter. The First Snowdrop was the first book to be written into a computer--an all-in-one dinosaur of a machine that had me in transports of delight. I could actually go back and correct typing errors! I could make wholesale changes without having to rewrite the whole thing. Best of all--and I still have not quite recovered from the novelty of this--when I was finished, I could press a key (no mouse in those days!) and the printer would do the typing for me while I put my feet up and relaxed--or washed another load of dishes, or marked another set of essays...

Finally, in 1988, I was able to retire from teaching after twenty years in order to devote myself to my dream career. And as the children grew up and left home and empty bedrooms behind them, I was able to set up my own study and surround myself with all my books and finest treasures.
Regency/Georgian era historical romance
                                                 Only Beloved                                                

For the first time since the death of his wife, the Duke of Stanbrook is considering remarrying and finally embracing happiness for himself. With that thought comes the treasured image of a woman he met briefly a year ago and never saw again.

Dora Debbins relinquished all hope to marry when a family scandal left her in charge of her younger sister. Earning a modest living as a music teacher, she’s left with only an unfulfilled dream. Then one afternoon, an unexpected visitor makes it come true.

For both George and Dora that brief first encounter was as fleeting as it was unforgettable. Now is the time for a second chance. And while even true love comes with a risk, who are two dreamers to argue with destiny?
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My only scheduled "appearance" for 2016 (so far) is at the Historical Romance Retreat at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane, Washington, from September 22-25, 2016. I chose it because the numbers are being limited to 300, the intent being to keep it small and intimate and informal and to give readers and a chosen group of historical romance authors a chance to mingle and talk and get to know one another-and have fun. It sounds like a relaxing time! If you want to know more (and I hope you do), go to the web site. The registration fee is lower if you reserve your place before the end of December and will probably ensure that there is still a place for you. I am looking forward to seeing a number of you.