Staci was so lovely to let me visit and tell you about this anthology, and it’s one that’s really close to my heart. I’ve been hoping to collaborate with the three other authors involved in this book for a long time. We’re all really good friends, but we typically write in very different genres, so the opportunities for that haven’t come around very often. Maggie Robinson writes Regency, and Tiffany Clare writes Victorian, Elyssa Patrick writes contemporary, and I usually write paranormal or contemporary as well.
My story is called Loving Lord Spy, and it’s a twist between Cinderella and an old Cary Grant movie called “An Affair to Remember”. Now, we all know Cinderella, but for those who haven’t heard of An Affair to Remember … OMG, go and Netflix that shit ASAP (I don’t actually think it’s on Netflix, but you get the drift).
An Affair to Remember is the ultimate star-crossed lovers tear jerker, and was a remake, the original being called Love Affair (released in 1939). This 1950s version was done by the original director, Leo McCarey (The movie was remade again in 1994 with Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, and that version has a beautiful scene with Katherine Hepburn that I love). And later Sleepless in Seattle paid tribute to An Affair to Remember, too.
What could be better than star-crossed lovers who can’t be together, but promise to find one another again…except fate intervenes to keep them apart.
Oh no. The tears. They’re starting just thinking about it. I have to re-watch this.
What are your favorite old movies?
With love, JK Coi
Once Upon a Christmas
The holidays are a time for family, celebration—and the Dukes of Ravenglass to fall in love. Spend the Christmas season with the Wynter family, as the Dukes of Ravenglass find their happily-ever-afters in this delightful, heartfelt collection that spans from the Regency era to the present day.
In A Price Above Rubies by Maggie Robinson, set in the Regency era, paid companion Helen Lowe doesn’t know the man she shares her first-ever dance—and first-ever kiss—is Gabriel Wynter, a reclusive, notorious duke. When Helen flees after being exposed, she leaves behind something of far greater value than a glass slipper. Can Gabriel find her, return it, and finally open his heart?
In the Victorian-era set, Never Have I Ever Fallen in Love with a Duke by Tiffany Clare, Alexander Wynter has a problem—his best friend’s younger sister grew up. When he agreed to help Emily MacCallon make her debut, he didn’t expect the beautiful, alluring woman before him—or for her to lead him on such a merry chase. Alexander knows one thing: the only man she’ll be kissing forever and ever is him.
In the World War II-set, Loving Lord Spy by J.K. Coi, Winnie Jenkins, a combat nurse, and Lord David Wynter, an injured British spy, fall in love at the worst possible time. Each of them owes a duty to their country and must go their separate ways. They promise that when the war is finally over, they’ll meet in Hyde Park on Christmas morning . . . but agree that if one of them doesn’t make it, the other won’t seek out the reason why. Can they keep their appointment? Or will secrets, lies, and the perils of war keep them apart?
A missed connection gets a second chance in the present-day contemporary romance, Saved by the Belle by Elyssa Patrick. Seven years ago, Kit Wynter met the woman of his dreams. Even after all this time, he’s never been able to forget the American girl who captured his heart. When Belle Sweeney answers his ad—for she, too, never forgot him—it feels like there’s something still there. Spending the holiday at Ravenglass Abbey is the perfect opportunity to figure out if this is love.
Link to Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2cQdewF
Amazon: will be live on release day
Google Play: http://bit.ly/ouac_gp