Lord Harrington’s Lost Doe, 99 cents on Kindle! #ilovemrgrumpy

I’m excited to announce
Lord Harrington’s Lost Doe
is now only 99 cents on Kindle!
Get this special for only one week.
Feb 7th- Feb 14th

LHLDNewFrontLord Alexander Harrington’s life is rather tame until a shoeless, coatless waif is found wandering his estate with no memory of who she is. Despite his stoicism, Lord Harrington finds himself drawn to the lost girl who he compares to a scared doe. Caring for her illness despite speculation of her mental state, he develops feelings for her.

Is she an escaped lunatic, or simply a lost woman desperately in need of his help? A revelation about his own family’s history with the mental asylum down the road causes him to question his feelings. When a massive fire breaks out on estate grounds, will he lose her forever?



Meant to Be…MINE

mine2Meant to Be…MINE is a cute book with two new short stories to enjoy.
One is from my contemporary series, Sweet Dreams.
The second is from a new voice in Regency Romance, Lela Bay.
Only .99 cents

Love Notes 1: Meant to Be…MINE

Ah love… Love is grand. It’s sometimes painful, blissful, or a feeling that tears us apart. It’s often unexpected or unplanned. When it’s true, it forgives. Some say, “All we need is love.” Others say Down with Love!

Whatever your experience with love, we here at Meant to Be Press wish you success in love. In this book, we bring you two stories to inspire love.

“That Feeling” by Emmy Z. Madrigal is of the unexpected type. In this modern tale, rock front man Greg Stang, falls in love at first sight (or is that first hear?) when he overhears the melancholy piano playing of the hauntingly beautiful Raven. Will she return his affections? Or is he just another guy blindly following her?

“The Unusual Manners of Mr. Aarons” by Lela Bay is of the unplanned variety. In this Regency tale, Emmaline is taken by Mr. Aaron’s good looks and peculiar interests, but it appears like he’s after her cousin. Beautiful Catherine Connersfield is the more sensible choice, but will she have him? More to the point, will Emmaline stand by and let her?

As a bonus, if you’re searching for stories to love, get to know the characters of some of our other Meant to Be authors in the 21 Questions section of this book.

Whether you are in love with your soulmate or still searching, we hope these stories inspire hope, imagination, and love.

Meant to Be Press

Emmy’s modern love stories, with a ♪ MUSICAL ♪ twist.

Most of you know me for the Regency novel Lord Harrington’s Lost Doe, but if your interests also run to modern romance, you might be interested in my series, Sweet Dreams.

The Sweet Dreams Series contains three print works, now for sale on Amazon, and four complete audiobooks on podcast, with the 5th scheduled to finish this year. Sweet Dreams features musical-minded high school senior, Victoria Knox who runs into her soulmate one fabulous Christmas Day.

What makes Sweet Dreams different from all the romances out there? Well, several things.

sweetdreamsbignew1. The first book is only 99 cents

If you are wondering if you will like this series, the first Kindle book Sweet Dreams  is only 99 cents, not $5.99 like most novels. Not much to bargain for the chance that you will love it. Check it out, see if it’s your thing.

starstruck2. The first 4.5 books are on free audio-casts you can listen to now.

Starting with Sweet DreamsI have podcasted the first 4.5 books for your listening pleasure. With no cost to you, this is an easy way to see if you will fall in love with the characters as so many have in the past. To listen, just go to SweetDreamsNovel.com and click on the book you would like to listen to. You can listen from the site, or download all the episodes on iTunes.

Chapter one is right here if you’d like to give it a try:
Sweet Dreams, Chapter 1:

rjfrontcover3. You can depend on more books in the series.

With the first three books in print, as well as the companion piece Robert Malloy’s Journal, you can depend on the fact there will be more to read and listen to in the future. And if you can’t wait for print, you can listen to your heart’s content to the most up-to-date audio at SweetDreamsNovel.com

omtbetter4. The most musically-inspired Romance series in podcast and print.

As the first ever fiction Romance-centered podcast, Sweet Dreams is still attracting music-addicts from around the globe. Beginning in 2008, I was the only one doing an on-going romance fiction podcast. Since then, I have added 4 books, with the most recent being #5, One More Try. I plan to continue this series and launch a spin-off in the coming years.

5. Real issues and experiences. Good and bad.

tlsmallSince I began writing these in high school, they reflect the hopes and dreams of young adults with real-world situations. I didn’t hold anything back. As an adult, I’ve tried to keep the optimism of that young adult mind while bringing the fiction more up-to-date. Is some of the “star-studdedness” unrealistic? Sure. As a teen you dream of such things, but I strive to play out day-to-day situations as real as possible. I believe the relationships of young adults, what they deal with, and what trouble they can get into is real and should be played out how it happens, not with PG-13 blinders on. I feature pre-marital monogamous love and also non-monogamous situations. I deal with rape, drugs, and gang fights. I want my characters to explore the dangers and pleasures of their budding emotions.


21 Questions with Character: Lord Harrington

Lord Harrington answers 21 questions with Meant to Be Press.

Meant to Be Press

cropped-mtb3Lord Harrington is the lead male in Lord Harrington’s Lost Doe. Affectionately called “Mr. Grumpy” by those who know him best, he is the owner of a massive estate in Northern England.

  1. What is your favorite drink?
  2. What is your usual breakfast?
    Turtulong, marmalade, tea
  3. What is your favorite holiday like?
    A quiet one, spent at home with just family.
  4. What is your favorite feast?
    Venison, asparagus, rarebit, port
  5. What is your favorite animal?
    My horse
  6. What is your favorite thing you own?
    Denwood, my estate. I’ve worked hard to bring it back from ruin.
  7. What is your favorite city?
    London, I suppose, but that’s not saying much.
  8. What is the best thing about London?
    Leaving it.
  9. What is the worst thing about London?
    The smell.
  10. What is the biggest difference between London and Denwood?
    The crowds.
  11. Where would you like to travel?
    Not keen on travelling. Being…

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Contemporary Romance: Sweet Dreams Musical Romance


Although this blog is dedicated mostly to Regency and Historical fiction, I thought perhaps some of you cross over and would enjoy hearing about my Contemporary Romance series, the Sweet Dreams Musical Romance Series.

sweetdreamsbignewAt twenty-one, Rob Malloy is a successful San Francisco entertainment manager and has achieved more than most men twice his age. Wealthy and famous for closing any deal, he may seem to have everything a man could want. However, he longs to meet a woman he can share his life with.

Victoria Knox is a poor eighteen year old student who dreams of nothing but becoming a singer. Dating is the last thing on her mind when she accidentally bumps into Rob in an airport gift shop on Christmas day. Instant attraction draws them to one another, despite their different lifestyles. Looking as if he stepped out of a GQ ad, Rob exudes high class and money. Victoria is convinced he is too good for her, but Rob is immediately attracted to how she freely shares her innocently opinionated views. He likes her down to earth personality that is such a breath of fresh air compared to the gold digging socialites he is normally plagued with.

In this love story, Rob introduces Victoria to a high society world where she meets the rich and famous. For the first time she dares to believe her dream of becoming a singing star is possible through Rob’s industry connections. However, Rob is different from anyone she has ever met and she fears she won’t fit into his world. Her mother adds fuel to Victoria’s misgivings by questioning Rob’s intentions. Though sincere, Rob may have trouble convincing his country club parents that Victoria is a proper match. Join Rob and Victoria as they battle social class lines, parental disapproval and ghosts from their pasts to prove to others and themselves that their love is meant to last.

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Rob and Victoria’s story may start on Christmas day, but it continues in the novels:
Star Struck, True Love, Undecided, One More Try, and coming soon…2B with U, Anything 4 U, and Life and Death.

There is also a companion book written from Rob’s perspective of the first book.

Robert W. Malloy’s Journal, Uncensored


You know Robert Malloy as the sexy business man who swept Victoria Knox off her feet. Here’s a glimpse into his thoughts with the unauthorized publication of his personal journal. What does he really think about Victoria and those intimate moments spent together? Experience Sweet Dreams exclusively through Rob’s eyes, uncensored.

*A companion to Sweet Dreams Volume #1*

You can listen to the free podcasts, buy the text books, or visit the extras area (where you can play with an interactive map of San Francisco and see author sketches of book locations) at SweetDreamsNovel.com

Review: The Most to Lose by Laura Landon

mostoloseThe Most to Lose by Laura Landon is a beautiful tale of longing.

Cecelia has loved Jonah since she was just a young girl running along behind her brother’s best friend, but when Jonah and her brother get into a fight over another woman, she thinks she’ll never see him again. Cece’s brother hopes he never does. He misunderstands a situation that might cause him to lose his friend forever.

My favorite scene is one that Laura does the best…the entrance of the male love interest. The way she crafts the scene, describing his entrance, his manly stance, his fierce expression, and how the room takes him in – it’s magic.

The men in this tale are so contradictory, yet so much alike it’s easy to see how they were friends once upon a time. And the villain in this book, who only appears in one scene, is someone you will love to hate. It is interesting to note that she writes villains that are selfish, spoiled women and dastardly, evil men, who lived long ago, but I’ll bet they resemble people you know today.

Laura has a way of presenting a most dire situation, setting up believable characters, and then mixing them all together into a tale that can keep you captivated from beginning to end. Her heroines are strong, smart, opinionated gals who fight for what they believe in, even if it goes against society’s acceptable behavior. I also really enjoy how she is able to create male characters that, although they may be misunderstood by some, truly try to do the right thing.

I have been a fan of Laura’s work fro some time now. Laura seems to have a diverse talent that makes each one of her books different, each one a sparkling gem on her charm bracelet of work. Romances are so often formulaic, but Laura’s characters and settings make you forget the formula and just read.

Bravo Laura! I loved this book. Now on to the next! 🙂

Review: Mr. Darcy’s Christmas by Elizabeth Aston

darcyxmasIf there is one character I’d love to see matched up and taken care from the original Pride and Prejudice book, it is Georgiana. Such a sweet and tortured girl deserves someone to love and to love her. Even after all the Wickham nonsense, it’s miraculous that she still believes in love at all.

In Mr. Darcy’s Christmas, Georgiana is at Pemberley, preparing for the festive holiday and knowing it will be the last one with her in household. She’s got herself engaged and in the New Year, will become someone’s wife with a house of her own.

Her fiancé is a good man named Mr. Moresby, whose only fault is having a passing fancy for Caroline Bingley before meeting Georgiana. Although Darcy and Elizabeth have their doubts Mr. Moresby will make her happy, Georgiana knows he will take care of her and keep her safe as Mr. Wickham never could. However, when conniving Miss Bingley arrives for Christmas celebrations, all bets are off. She had Mr. Moresby first and is determined to win him back at all costs.

Will Georgianna survive a cutting attack on her own turf and what part does her childhood friend, Sir Giles Hawkins play in the game?

I absolutely adore this tale. Not only did it star my favorite supporting character, Georgiana, it gave me insight on how she adores the holidays and shows she will stick up for herself if need be. I was also interested to find out what she would do when faced with the whole nasty Wickham affair. I was cheering for Georgiana the entire book.

I have and will always be an Elizabeth Aston fan and finding these little novellas after her death was like a present reserved just for me.

What is your favorite Elizabeth Aston work?