Brethren of the Coast

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Loving Lieutenant Douglas

free-logo-tealIf you’ve read the Brethren of the Coast series, then you know Admiral Mark and Lady Amanda Douglas, as the patriarch and matriarch of the Nautionnier Knights.  Would you like to know how they fell in love?

Take a trip back in time, to 1785, when Horatio Nelson was a new captain. It is the Age of Sail, England is on the brink of war with France, and Royal Navy First Lieutenant Mark Douglas is not looking for a wife.  As is so often the case, fate has other plans, and Mark sets his sights on a fiery society miss with a spirit to match his own.  But can he redeem himself after inadvertently insulting his prospective bride?

Lady Amanda Gascoigne-Lake is at first smitten with and then disappointed by the impeccable naval man. After all, is it not a woman’s prerogative to change her mind?  When a soldier disparages her reputation, Mark defends her honor and wins his lady. What happens when her father rejects Mark’s suit, and an ancient brooch with mystical powers portends doom?


Enter the Brethren

Fate brings them together in a dimly lit cabin. He is looking for revenge, and she is taking a bath.

Heartbroken and desperate to escape another London Season, Caroline Elliott stows away aboard a friend’s ship, never dreaming she’ll be mistaken for a courtesan and abducted by a handsome mariner with wounds as deep as her own.

Trevor Marshall, sixth Earl of Lockwood, is a battle-hardened sea captain out to settle a score.  But the inexpressibly gentle heart and unschooled passion of his beautiful captive weaken his resolve, and soon the seducer finds himself seduced by an unbridled desire unlike any he’s ever known.

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My Lady, The Spy

Can the mind forget what the eyes have seen?

L’araignee, the Spider, is England’s most notorious spy–and Lady Rebecca Wentworth’s alter ego.  After her partner in espionage is killed in the line of duty, Rebecca returns to London, only to discover a traitor has compromised the war effort from the highest levels of the vaunted Counterintelligence Corps. To lure the villain into the open, Rebecca embarks on a new mission, acting as prey for a dangerous enemy.  But it is the handsome former Navy captain tasked with her safety that presents the greatest threat, when she falls in love.

When Nautionnier Knight Dirk Randolph is sent to evacuate spies from the Continent, he is shocked to discover a beautiful noblewoman in service to the Crown. A no-nonsense man accustomed to a ruthlessly ordered life, his world is upended when he is paired with the intriguing operative and must act the part of smitten suitor. While he protects L’araignee, he does not guard his heart.  But can he accept that his ladylove and the spy exist as two sides of the same coin?

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The Most Unlikely Lady

Woo a gently bred young lady with a fishing rod and a bucket of worms?

Oh-so dashing, but untitled, Everett Markham seeks a bride, and he has charged the field of Miss Sabrina Douglas, a woman who prefers trout to truffles. But, sometimes, even when both hearts are engaged, happily ever after isn’t so smooth a journey. Unabashed and unapologetic, Sabrina sets her cap for a second son, one who will smile patiently when he comes home to find she’s misplaced the children. But marriage changes her in ways she could never have imagined, as the awkward debutante surrenders to a very real, very womanly, all-consuming love.

An irresistibly handsome English rogue, Everett plots his future with ruthless detail, but his chosen bride is anything but predictable, resulting in the zaniest courtship London society has ever seen. When a family tragedy upends his life, on his wedding day, no less, he must chart a slippery course with his most unlikely lady–as the new Earl and Countess of Woverton.

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One-Knight Stand

Do old friends truly make the best lovers?

When Cara Felicity Douglas, known throughout the ton as Miss Perfect, sets her cap for childhood chum and Nautionnier Knight Lance Prescott, she enlists the aid of the Brethren women to chart a course for the altar.  But her plans go awry, when her prospective bridegroom refuses to cooperate, and the hunter becomes the hunted.  Soon Cara is forced to choose between staunch obedience of societal expectations, or throw caution to the wind and take a chance on love, as the young lady finds herself entangled in the trap she set for her knight.

After an injury at sea leaves him bedridden, and his rival captains Lance’s ship, he drowns in a dangerous mix of anger, frustration, and jealousy.  Harboring more than physical wounds, a past tragedy haunts his present and future.  When Cara proclaims him the man of her dreams, Lance vows, “I will never be your husband.”  But Miss Perfect will not be deterred and acts completely out of character, making him an offer he dare not refuse, if only he can win her heart.  For two people so alike in every way, what could possibly go wrong?  In a word: Everything.

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Captain of Her Heart

Lady Alexandra Seymour is going after her man.

To make amends for a past deception, when she enlisted her connubial conquest’s aid in a scheme of hearts, she tells newly inducted Nautionnier Knight Jason Collingwood, “I will do anything.”  But she ends up making his bed, instead of warming it.  Still, Alex will not be discouraged, as she vows to meet and surpass his challenge, but will he meet hers?

When Alex arrives in Plymouth, Jason tries to resist the temptation she presents, but the highborn daughter of a duke will not be denied.  As his storm-battered ship is refitted, he mends the rift in his relationship with the woman of his dreams, but war gets in the way, as duty calls. When Jason returns, six months later, hoping to surprise Alex with a proposal, he’s the one in for a shock, and he fears his lady may never again hold him as the captain of her heart.

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BOOK 6 ***#1 Bestseller***

The Lucky One

Kindle Book Review Semi-FinalistWhen a band of thieves steals a priceless family heirloom from Nautionnier Knight Dalton Randolph’s ship, he vows to recover the treasured artifact and bring the criminals to justice.  But the local governor is missing in action, and the governor’s daughter, Daphne Harcourt, is anything but cooperative, which presents a most irresistible challenge for the happy-go-lucky rake.

Miss Daphne Harcourt has spent her entire life on Portsea Island.  When desperate circumstances force her to take drastic measures, she is discovered in a compromising position by a handsome stranger.  To the undiscerning eye, Dalton Randolph could be the answer to her prayers, and an ancient brooch with mystical powers predicts just that.  But is the charming sea captain her salvation or her downfall?

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Love With An Improper Stranger

After her father is killed on the battlefield, Lenore Teversham, along with her younger sister Lucilla, is stranded on the Continent and must rely on the generosity of a stranger for safe passage to London.  While the journey brings with it the usual discomforts, as she detests sailing, the oh-so-rude captain inflicts pain of a different sort, as they clash in a test of wills at every turn.  When a devious guardian auctions Lenore in marriage to the highest bidder, she wishes she had wed her shipboard nemesis, the arrogant captain who awakened something within her she can neither define nor understand, when she had the chance.  Can Lenore find her way back to the man who claimed her heart?

When notoriously hotheaded Nautionnier Knight Blake Elliott, fifth Duke of Rylan, volunteers for a mission, his magnanimous gesture does not include acting as nanny to a couple of blushing sisters.  At first, the cantankerous nobleman finds the young women quite amusing, yet he is drawn to the elder sister, as their verbal fencing becomes a hard habit to break.  After Lenore suffers a wicked bout of seasickness, Blake nurses her back to health but loses his heart in the process. What happens when Blake alters his course and sets sail for an altogether delectable, more permanent destination?

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To Catch a Fallen Spy

Lady Elaine Prescott, the most timid member of the Brethren, has spent much of her time in the shadows, forever blending into the background. From her unconventional perspective, she studies people and their behavior, gleaning information most overlook, and she is content in her quiet little world. When her unusual habit puts her in the right place at the wrong moment, she witnesses a violent crime, and her life is threatened. To her dismay, Elaine finds herself in an unwelcomed spotlight and in need of a knight.

Sir Ross Logan is a master spy and the mysterious head of the covert Counterintelligence Corps. In dark spaces he lurks, scrutinizing those he is charged to defend, and it is an easy and uncomplicated existence for a man of many secrets. In the midst of a murder investigation, he is tasked with guarding a noblewoman, the gentle lady he has furtively admired for years. Young and unspoiled, she is everything he is not, and he vows to protect her. While he doubts not his ability to save her from a lethal villain, can Ross defend Elaine against himself?

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Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me

Sold into marriage at sixteen, widowed at nineteen, and mired in a scandal of her own making at twenty-two, Lady Moreton has fallen on hard times. Alone, shunned by society, and on the verge of homelessness, she desperately searches for salvation. When Almira receives an intriguing invitation to join one of England’s most respected families for Christmas, she clings to hope, to the possibility of rescue, and packs her best gowns.

Heir to a tarnished title, Lord Nicholas Sheldon seeks to right the wrongs of his past, after his father is found floating in the Thames, and his younger brother faces trial for kidnapping a high-ranking member of the peerage. In exchange for evidence in support of the Crown’s charges, Nicholas wants only one thing: the beautiful woman who stole his heart, so long ago. Pinning his hopes on a kiss beneath the kissing bough, he enlists the aid of his onetime enemies, journeys to Portsea Island, and risks everything for a chance at happiness.

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Book 9

The Duke Wears Nada

His Grace, Damian Seymour, the duke of Weston, cordially invites you to his wedding…if only he can get his chosen bride to the altar.

Miss Lucilla Teversham is a lighthearted soul with an intrepid spirit and an inherent love of books. After surviving a horrible crime, she conceals a dark secret, abandons her hobby and England in favor of life in America, and plunges headlong into the world, vowing to partake of various adventures and not just read about them. When Lucy is summoned to London to testify against the ruthless criminal who destroyed her youthful naïveté, she must also address unresolved feelings for a certain dashing Nautionnier Knight. But can her beau help her confront the demons of her past, to find happiness with him?

His Grace, Damian Seymour, is known throughout the ton as the voice of reason. In all things, he seeks order and tranquility. After he falls for his best friend’s sister-in-law, a hoydenish young woman he cannot resist, he plans his pursuit with customary care and precision. Of course, the unpredictable lady does not cooperate, so Damian must plot a new tack, with Lucy in his sights. When she divulges a shocking truth, he must abandon the logic that defines his character and embrace a new path, which just might lead to ruin.

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Debuting January 8, 2019


A Very Brethren Christmas

***From the USA Today Bestselling collection, All Things Merry & Bright
Admiral Mark Douglas is a career naval man, dedicated to duty, who just wants to get home in time to spend Christmas with his family. After a broken carriage wheel stalls his trip, Admiral Douglas must improvise his travel arrangements, when he is thwarted, time and again. Follow the adventure, as Admiral Douglas rediscovers the importance of family traditions and the true meaning of Christmastide.

If you’re a fan of the Brethren books, you don’t want to miss this charming little Regency take on the classic holiday film Planes, Trains, & Automobiles.

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Debuting March 5, 2019


Owner of a Lonely Heart

Eileen Logan is the respectable sister of England’s most decorated spy, but she has never ventured to London. After a stolen kiss at Christmastide opens her eyes to heretofore-unimaginable possibilities, she accepts an invitation to journey to the city and partake of a Season. But Eileen is unfamiliar with the edicts that govern polite society, and a series of missteps sends her running for the relative safety of the country. Yet one man refuses to let her flee–her nemesis, George de Vere.

George de Vere, Viscount Huntingdon, is bored. Stuck in a predictable routine associated with his rank, he longs for adventure, but none of his usual distractions suffice. When Sir Ross Logan’s sister Eileen shows up in the ton’s ballrooms, George pursues the ingenue, but he is not alone in his interest. As the Season progresses, and his target becomes embroiled in a scandal, he can think of only one solution to her predicament, but is he prepared to make the sacrifice?

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Brethren of the Coast Boxed Set, Volume I

Enter the Brethren

Fate brings them together in a dimly lit cabin, where Trevor is looking for revenge, and Caroline is taking a bath.

My Lady, the Spy

Can Nautionnier Knight Dirk Randolph accept that his ladylove, Rebecca Wentworth, and the spy, L’araignee, exist as two sides of the same coin?

The Most Unlikely Lady

Oh-so dashing–but untitled–Everett Markham seeks a bride, and he has charged the field of Miss Sabrina Douglas, a woman who prefers trout to truffles.

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