Monthly Archives: August 2017

New contest: “Listen to the Moon” re-release gift basket and ebooks!

The third book in my Lively St. Lemeston series, Listen to the Moon, comes out today with a beautiful new cover! To celebrate, I’m giving away 5 e-books and a few lovely physical items:

Listen to the Moon is a Regency historical romance about a snarky maid-of-all-work and a very proper valet who marry to get a plum job.

She’s a maid-of-all-work, and he’s a valet of no play…

John Toogood always prided himself on being the perfect gentleman’s gentleman, skilled, discreet, and professional. But now he finds himself laid off and blacklisted, stuck in tiny Lively St. Lemeston until he can find a new job. Any job.

His instant attraction to his happy-go-lucky maid Sukey Grimes couldn’t come at a worse time. Her manners are provincial, her respect for authority nonexistent, and her outdated cleaning methods…well, the less said about them, the better.

Sukey can tell that John’s impeccably impassive facade hides a lonely man with a gift for laughter—and kissing. But she also knows he’ll leave her sleepy little town behind the moment he gets the chance, and she has no intention of giving him her heart to take with him.

John learns that the town vicar needs a butler—but the job is only for a respectable married man. Against both their better judgments, John and Sukey tie the knot. The ring isn’t on her finger long before Sukey realizes she underestimated just how vexing being married to the boss can be…

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The winner will receive:

1. A paperback copy of Listen to the Moon.

2. The collected Jeeves and Wooster radio dramas!! Seventeen hours and thirty-five minutes of Wodehousian joy with a full cast of performers! This is a smaller basket than usual because I splurged on this item, which looks DELIGHTFUL and I am super jealous of whoever wins it. Jeeves is the Platonic ideal of the impassive gentleman’s gentleman and a key influence in writing Toogood.

3. Rose soap, so you can take a glamorous rose-scented bath just like Sukey!

The rules:

1. Comment on this post to enter.
2. The winners will be chosen at random using
3. The 5 e-books are open internationally. The gift basket is US only.
4. Open for entries through September 11, 2017. (I am releasing a BRAND-NEW Lively St. Lemeston erotic novella on September 12! A Taste of Honey is about a perfectionist baker who needs his lovely shopgirl’s help to fill a big catering order…but she has something sweeter in mind. If you’ve read Sweet Disorder, you’ll recognize Mr. Moon! It’s already up for preorder at a couple of venues: amazon · apple)
5. Void where prohibited.

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Remember, you can buy Listen to the Moon here! Or if you’ve read it, check out the DVD extras.

Good luck!

“Listen to the Moon” bibliography

This is just a partial bibliography of some of my favorite sources. If you have particular questions about any of my research, please e-mail me or comment! It’s a subject I never get tired of talking about.

1. Servants: English Domestics in the Eighteenth Century, by Bridget Hill. So detailed and helpful!

2. Counterflows to Colonialism: Indian Travellers and Settlers in Britain, 1600-1857, by Michael H. Fisher. I love this book. An insightful and heavily footnoted starting point for the Indian community in Britain during the Regency.

3. The Complete Servant: Being a Practical Guide to the Peculiar Duties and Business of All Descriptions of Servants, &c., by Samuel and Sarah Adams. First published in 1825 by a married couple of career servants, this book was invaluable to me in laying out how people in the field at the time thought a household should be run. It also includes a ton of cleaning and cooking tips!

4. Diary of a Country Parson, 1758-1802, by James Woodforde. This diary is fascinating (although I didn’t make it through the whole thing) and the edition I read had a very helpful foreword with a lot of information about the church at the time.

5. The English Parsonage in the Early Nineteenth Century, by Timothy Brittain-Catlin. One of those books you don’t expect to be as phenomenally useful as it turns out to be. This book covers not only parsonage architecture but church politics and bureaucracy. Plus there are tons of floor plans!

6. Unquiet Lives: Marriage and Marriage Breakdown in England, 1660-1800, by Joanne Bailey. Exactly what it says on the tin. A lot of people talk as if before easily accessible divorce, everyone just stayed married. Not so! I got my information about bigamy and separate maintenance from this book.

7. Folklore of Sussex, by Jacqueline Simpson. I can’t say enough good things about this series. Covers folk tales, superstitions, folk medicine, holidays, and much much more.

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