Sunday, December 17, 2017

My Christmas Present To Myself

You know how the season can be–filled with buying goodies and packing them into the car for the trip to Grandma's house. Well, I'm doing the same thing, only with an entire house.

That's right. I sold my big old house in Ohio, something I've been trying to do for months. Now comes the fun part–throwing out all those things I have no intention of paying to truck to North Carolina and buying a new home for myself. All very exciting, very exhausting, very worrisome. I'm about to be homeless. Me and Mary on the streets together.

Now is not the best time to be promoting a release, but that's exactly what's happening. The wheels never stop, they just slow a bit with all this other activity. Winning Violet, the first book in my new Regency series, releases on Christmas Day.
Here's a bit of a taste:


Everything’s coming up roses for an English miss and an American gentleman in this delightful new series from the author of the Cotillion Ball saga!

After British soldiers killed his wife and child during the War of 1812, Parker Sinclair vowed to never set foot on English soil. But as Thomas Jefferson’s landscaper, one must sometimes make the ultimate sacrifice. The last thing Parker expects to find is an educated English beauty who can teach him so much more than how to plant a magnificent garden.

An expert at cross-pollinating roses, Violet Wilson’s dreams of becoming the first woman recognized by the Royal Horticultural Society are fading because she’s afraid to leave the quiet solitude of her family’s nursery. Distrustful of men after a traumatic encounter, she’s not keen on disrupting her routine to help the American landscaper, but she soon blossoms under his kindness and respect.

As they fall in love, can this shrinking Violet take the risk of leaving behind all she knows for a new life with Parker? Or is he considering a different ending altogether?

If that's piqued your interest and you want to read more, here's an excerpt:

“Now comes the fun part.” Violet picked a small brush from her apron, carefully wiping it free of any lingering pollen. A blush crept into her cheeks as she explained the next step. “I load my brush with pollen from the Scotch rose and brush it over the sticky surface of the pistil. The sticky part is called the stigma.” With a few deft strokes, she brushed a small amount of pollen onto the plant.

Parker observed her carefully. “I should be writing this all down. Although it’s very similar to humans and how they reproduce, so I get the gist of it.” Her cheeks bloomed even pinker, as he suspected they would. Time to change the subject. “Is that all? One time and done?”
The tinge in her cheeks grew deeper, almost a reddish hue. “Oh no. Once is never enough. I have to stroke on the pollen at least three or four times to assure it’s taken hold.”
“I see.” Parker stroked the leaves of the Lady Banks as his mind conjured up images best left alone. 

Want to find out what happens to Parker and Violet? It's being released on Christmas Day and would make a wonderful gift for someone, even yourself. 


18 comments:

  1. Becky, congrats on the sale and the release. A celebration time with more good things to celebrate. And once you get here, welcome to the great state of NC. I reside "up on the mountain" of WNC.

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    1. Hi Fawn, I'm looking forward to my days in the warmer climate of NC. I do envy your "mountain" location, but Pinehurst is a good central location for me. Maybe we'll meet at a chapter meeting sometime.

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  2. Wow, that's so exciting--and nerve-wracking I'm sure! Good luck with everything, though!

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    1. I have a Bichon that looks like your pup! NC is beautiful state too.

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    2. Thanks, Jennifer. I'm looking forward to the next phase of my life.

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  3. I wish you well on your move, Becky!

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    1. Thanks, Jana. It's really exciting to be moving on.

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  4. I’m so excited for your move but selfishly sad I won’t get to see you once a month! At least we can keep in touch via email and by reading your books. Which, I’ve enjoyed devouring when I get spare minutes here and there!

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  5. Wow! Exciting times. Congratulations on selling your house and good luck with the big move. Also, congratulations on the release of your new book. Take a slow, deep breath...it'll all work out. Merry Christmas.

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    1. Slow deep breaths are all I seem to be doing these days. A day at a time is all I can do. And you're right, it'll all work out. Merry Christmas to you!

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    1. Thanks, Petie. I hope the rest of the book is as entertaining...

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  7. As a pre-release reader, let me assure your fans that they will love "Winning Violet". I'm excited that you are debuting another family saga. Violet's sisters all promise to have good stories too. Good luck with book sales and a new home purchase.

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    1. As always, Linda, thank you for all you do.

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  8. Congratulations on your new home and your new book. Beautiful cover, intriguing excerpt.

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    1. Thanks, Cat. I'm looking forward to a new home and to promoting my new book.

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  9. Congrats Becky and best of luck with your new book. :)

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    1. Thanks, Joanne. I'm looking forward to both things going well.

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