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Saturday, October 13th, 2018

It’s always a little sad to complete a series. You have “lived” with these characters for months, and leaving their world is like saying “good-bye forever” to a dear friend. So it helps if the new story you move on to write to involves characters from the previous work. Which is the case here!

As I was writing Temper’s story, the unconventional woman who befriended her in the face of all the gossip and innuendo swirling about her was plain, no-nonsense Emma Henley. She was such a vibrant character, she kept trying to take over scenes! So although I had been planning to write the story of Christopher and the twins’ older brother Gregory next, I found I was going to have to do her story instead.

Often told by her beautiful mother that she is “not pretty enough to attract a rake and not rich enough to attract a fortune-hunter,” Emma is not at all concerned that she’s survived several seasons without a suitable offer of marriage. In fact, having grown up viewing the often-loveless or tepid marriages common among the ton, she determined before ever making her debut that she would have none of it. Along with two other school friends of similar average looks and dowries, she’s decided she will live independently and devote herself to good works.

The last person Emma needs to be attracted to is handsome, beguiling Lord Theo Collington, a rich younger son with neither a need nor an inclination to marry. Though she expects her plain-speaking and refusal to adhere to the conventional politenesses will soon have him avoiding her, he seems paradoxically intrigued by a woman who refuses to accept empty compliments and makes no attempt to attract him. How is she to get over her illogical and annoying tendre for him when this far-too-charming rogue keeps seeking out her company?

I’ll keep you updated here as the writing progresses!


Saturday, July 15th, 2017

With posting on social media, I’ve been neglecting my poor news/blog updates! Here’s a quick summary of what I’ve been up to. First, lots of traveling–five weeks in Australia, a week-long cruise to Alaska, a week at the Atlantic shore of Florida, several visits to children/grandchildren in the Austin-Houston-San Antonio areas, and one spectacular wedding! Along with that, Christopher’s book, last of the Hadley’s Hellions, was completed and will be out soon! (Review copies are going out now.) I’ve acquired yet another new editor, who has the proposal for my next series, The Scandal Sisters, which features Christopher’s twin sisters. In a little over a week, I head to Orlando for this year’s Romance Writers of America conference, where about 2000 writers gather to do workshops, seminars, meet with agents and editors, and basically hobnob with our fellow wizards. I’ll try to be better about keeping this space updated!


Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

For the Season of Hope, Julia offers winners the story of Helena Lambeth, who fights her way back from isolation and loneliness to a future bright with love and family. Enter here: <


Monday, November 2nd, 2015

In anticipation of the holidays to come, Julia’s November contest offers one winner a pair of Christmas anthologies, ONE CANDLELIT CHRISTMAS and CHRISTMAS KEEPSAKES. Enter here for a chance to win:


Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Are you a follower of the PBS series “Home Fires” or Julia’s personal fav, “Foyle’s War?” If so, you’ll be delighted to discover several series of books set in the World War II British homefront. Read about them in Julia’s History Refreshed column here:


Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

For fans of fiction set in India (and lovers of the new PBS miniseries “Indian Summer”,) Julia has a new History Refreshed column up describing some new and classic works. Enjoy!


Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Fellow Regency author Collette Cameron shares her knowledge of Regency colors (or colours.) Ever wondered the exact hue of coquelicot or pomona green? Read on!


Friday, September 11th, 2015

For fellow history nerds, Julia shares a blog post by Regency writer Regina Jeffers about the docks of London.


Friday, September 11th, 2015

Lovers of Downton Abbey will be thrilled to learn that the BBC has a new adaptation of Tolstoy’s “War and Peace,” set to debut in the UK this year and in the US next year. Even better, the female lead is played by audience-charmer Lily James, who captured hearts as Lady Rose in Downton. Julia is excited! More info here:


Monday, September 7th, 2015

This week the Harlequin Community is featuring Harlequin Historicals. Stop by and chat!


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