Married Before Midnight is Available Today

Dear Reader,

I am excited.

Well, DELIRIOUS maybe the best word.

About Married Before Midnight.

About two wonderful characters who haunted me for weeks. And about a wonderful, inspiring and plucky canine  companion named Cody.

This is my first book in a new contemporary series set in Oregon, in this same world as my Summer Island prior series but with all new characters and plots. Yes, I’ve left Harlequin and I’m bringing this one out independently.  Why did I go independent?  You may well ask!

At Harlequin I routinely had to wait a year and a half for a book to be released AFTER I had finished all the work on it. Also I did not have control over the kinds of books I could write.  Or my covers. I couldn’t bear that. Nor could my readers.  :-/

So I packed up… And I went indie!

This first book will not be available in a print edition. It is very expensive pricing as an independent author. My plan is to bring out the first TWO books in the new Brides Club series together in a print box set, probably in February.  And each print book will be hand signed by me.


Here is an except to Married Before Midnight.

And here is a second, more enticing except.  :-)

And to keep it very price friendly to you, as a loyal newsletter follower, the book will available for a very limited time for $.99. Here are links to purchase MARRIED BEFORE MIDNIGHT.

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I am delighted to be part of a box set with a whole group of very talented contemporary authors. So you can cash in with these links and get 9 books for the price of 99 cents. Simply awesome. I hope you enjoy the new book. I warmly encourage you to leave a review at Amazon once you are done. Honesty is always the best.

It helps readers find new authors!

Thank you again for your support and for your enjoyment of all of my various series.

Happy reading!

PS I also have my two historical titles available at very special pricing for a  few days. You can buy SEDUCING THE RAKE and  SEVEN NIGHTS WITH A PIRATE  with these links.

Seducing the Rake
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Early Christmas presents, anyone?



I have made special recipe cards and bookmarks for all my reprints & contemporaries. Just email me at

I will be happy to send you a contemporary bookmark set or the historical recipes. Also ask for the new special recipe for MARRIED BEFORE MIDNIGHT. Some good cooking there!


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Married Before Midnight Recieved 4 Stars

by Christina Skye

Genre: Contemporary Romance, General Contemporary Romance
Sensuality: HOT

RT Rating 4 stars.

Memories are the key driver of versatile Skye’s launch book in her touching new independently published Brides Club series, which features a heroine hell-bent on running from her memories and a hero desperately trying to recover his. Both of these individuals are severely damaged and their journey, not only to romance but emotional healing, is what makes this tale so compelling. Skye showcases once again why she is such an exceptional storyteller!

Cognitive therapist Annie Monroe is fleeing from the dark memories that haunt her. Annie’s flight has taken her across the country with her only companion being Cody, a dog she recently rescued. However, something is wrong with Cody and Annie is forced to stop in Summer Island, Ore. With no money to pay, Annie agrees to help out the local vet while he diagnoses Cody’s problem. Lt. Jared Fallon is still recovering from injuries sustained in Afghanistan. Most worrisome are Jared’s missing memories regarding the nightmarish ambush and the cave he found filled with weapons. Jared is scheduled to testify in two weeks and so far nothing has helped restore his memories. Fate has brought these wounded individuals together, can they help each other heal? (STEEL MAGNOLIA, Nov., 230 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

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More news about Married Before Midnight

Married Before MidnightI am excited.
No,  DELIRIOUS may be the best word.

About Married Before Midnight.

About two wonderful characters who haunted me for weeks. And about a wonderful, inspiring and plucky canine companion named Cody.

Welcome to my first book in an emotional new contemporary series set in Oregon.  Married Before Midnight is set in this same world as my Summer Island series.

But now you are going to meet all  new characters and discover a dramatic, richly emotional plot which stretches over four books. Right… four new books are headed your way!

Let me tell you more. ..

Yes, I’ve left Harlequin and I’m bringing this series out independently.  Why did I go independent?  You may well ask!

At Harlequin I routinely had to wait a year and a half for a book to be released after I had finished all the work on it. Also I did not have control over the kinds of books I could write.  Or my covers. I couldn’t bear that. Nor could my readers.  You told me that often!

So I packed up… And I went indie!

( And for all you Draycott Abbey fans, this is important because I am working on new Draycott books.  More news on that in the next few months.)

You may be surprised and you may be disappointed by what I’m going to tell you next.
This first book will not be available in a print edition. Print editions involve   very expensive pricing for an independent author. So if you will help me and be a little patient, here is my plan.

I  will bring out the first TWO books in the new Brides Club series together in a print box set, probably in February.  And each print book will be hand signed by me.


But first, I need to launch book one well and smoothly.  And you can help me do that by spreading the word and giving Annie and Jared a chance to find their audience.

Here is a special excerpt to entice you.

Excerpt One:

Excerpt Two:

Loaded Corn Chowder Recipe:


I want to keep this new book very price-friendly to my wonderful readers,  so the book will available for a very limited time for $.99. Links to purchase MARRIED BEFORE MIDNIGHT will be up on my blog, website and Facebook on October 1st.  Note that it will not be $.99 beyond a week.

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Early Christmas Gift

Special price this weekend for one of my favorite historical romances, completely rewritten.  You can pick it up for $0.99 today on Amazon. Early Christmas gift!


Enjoy Tony and Chessie.
If ever a rake met his match and got exactly what he deserved!

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New Book Announcement!

I am sorry to be so long with news! I have finally finished my next book. Finally. Finally! Dancing with happiness here.

MARRIED BEFORE MIDNIGHT is the first book in my brand new series — The Brides Club. I am thrilled with the characters in this story, and also with my special secondary character. I hope that you will join me on a very emotional journey that takes you along the coast road, up past Butterfly Cove and into the hearts of some brave and amazing residents of Summer Island.

But no spoilers yet. I will be revealing my the cover tomorrow, along with my first excerpt. Early looks to all on my newsletter list!

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A Victorian Adventure….

61v-NzniMRLIn case you missed my favorite Victorian adventure.… You can scoop it up now for $.99.

I’m joining a whole group of stellar historical authors in one volume.

Don’t miss this one!


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Exciting Promotion!!!

I don’t know where you live, but here in Arizona it is sweltering. Routinely reaching 115° temperatures. To cool off inside with a good book seems like a GREAT idea to me!

Even if the book is a very hot one :-)

Two wonderful sites have posted some of my books in special promotions today. I hope you will take a look. I’m always very happy to support these special sales from wonderful sites so readers can save money too.

Today Ereader news is showing my Victorian historical, THE TIGER’S LADY. If you get overheated from my alpha hero, don’t blame me. :-)

Here’s the link:

They have also included a link to the book on Barnes and Noble.

And to keep things HOT, Kobo is offering their own special promotion from July 25-28 in the US and Canada. THE UK has their special price from August 1-4. More hot reads for those who like strong heroes and smart, independent heroines.

(Scroll down to find my two books. )


Happy reading.
I promise more exciting book news coming soon…..

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QUESTION: I read your books. They are very well written. I am trying to find about the story of story of Ian Delamere. Is there one that was written …

ANSWER: Hello.

Thanks for writing.

I have not yet written Ian’s book. I had planned to finish both his book and a book for Connor MacKinnon but I changed publishers and they did not want me to continue with that series. :-(

I do plan to write those books in the future, but I cannot give you a date yet. Right now I’m focused on continuing my contemporary series set in Oregon.

But I will definitely be writing more Delamere books in the future.
If you sign up for my newsletter, I will send updates on all new books.

Happy reading.


QUESTION: In the author’s note in Bound By Dreams, you mentioned, Bound By Night. I didn’t see it in the B&N e-book web site. Is it out and if not, any guess when its planned for.

ANSWER: I am so glad that you enjoyed Bound by Dreams. Unfortunately, my plans to write the sequel were put on hold as my publisher did not want me to continue with the Draycott Abbey series.

Bound by Night was my planned next book.

In the meantime, I have written a sequence of contemporaries with related characters. It is the Summer Island series, set on an island in Oregon, with four linked books and related characters.

I have also written a spinoff book set at Draycott Abbey, called FALLEN. That is only available as an e-book. But it is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. You might enjoy that one.

I intend to continue the Draycott Abbey series in the future, but I don’t have a date right now. My plans this year, in addition to updating all the ebook editions of my historicals and older Draycotts and contemporaries (! ) is to write two new contemporaries.

More Draycott books will come soon after that.

Thanks again for writing!

If you would like a set of bookmarks and recipe cards, please email me your mailing address and I will send those out to you. It is a small thank you for enjoying the series.

I wish I could write faster, believe me!

All the best,

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I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family. And that you didn’t do too much shopping. :-)As for me, I haven’t had time to shop or do much of anything else. For the last six weeks I’ve been too busy working. But…now it’s FINALLY done. I’m thrilled to let you know that I have an entirely rewritten and replotted book available for you this week. It is the second book I ever wrote and even now it remains one of my very favorites.

When I walked the narrow cobblestoned streets of Rye in southern England two decades ago, the plot jumped full-blown into my head. I could swear I heard the cries of excise officers chasing desperate smugglers. And the story never let me go.

Even today, I still get goosebumps remembering how I somehow found myself lost in Needles Passage.

SEVEN NIGHTS WITH A PIRATE is the result, set in the beautiful brooding marshes of southeast England near Rye.

The time – 1813, at the height of the Napoleonic Wars.

Who– smugglers, spies and traitors.

And two brave but wounded lovers.

I completely rewrote the 700 page book, a real labor labor of love. I think the story sings now, and I’m hoping you will agree. This is a sweeping adventure for real historical fans.

And of course, there is a passionate romance at its heart.

And although my book cover is not shown in the box set, it will be repackaged at a higher price early next year. Meanwhile, here’s a sneak peek at the gorgeous new cover.

And for the next week, SEVEN NIGHTS WITH A PIRATE is specially priced as an early Christmas gift for readers. It is part of a box set of three wonderful pirate historicals from Steel Magnolia Press. I hope you will enjoy it, and the two powerful companion books by Jennifer Blake and Lynette Vinet.

PIRATE HEARTS includes three historical romances by three award-winning, national and international bestselling authors with over 120 titles between them!

PIRATE’S BRIDE (Lynette Vinet)

Young Bethlyn Talbot, daughter of the Earl of Dunsmoor, is forced into an arranged marriage with brash colonial Ian Briston, who abandons her after the wedding ceremony. Seven years later, she sets sail for America, determined to force her husband to be just that. But when the ship is captured by the infamous American privateer, Captain Hawk, he mistakes her for a prostitute. Bethlyn becomes Hawk’s prey and succumbs to nights of passion in the arms of the masked buccaneer. But what will happen when she arrives in Philadelphia to claim her wayward spouse now that she’s known the ecstasy of being the pirate’s bride?


Driven to redeem her father’s debts, gently bred Tess Leighton dons a mask and cloak by night, running contraband across the sands of Romney Marsh. After crucial military secrets are captured enroute to Napoleon, London sends naval hero Viscount Ravenhurst to stop the elusive Romney Fox. But one kiss by moonlight invigorates his passion … and the heart he thought long dead. Then Tess is betrayed and finds herself the captive of a notorious smuggler pirate. Now two unyielding rivals swear to claim her wounded heart. But a traitor watches from the shadows, and Tess must learn who to trust before she loses everything she holds dear.

Note: this book was originally published by Dell as The Black Rose.

But I consider this a brand-new book. Every page has been changed, the characters reworked, the plot transformed. The result is one of my very favorite books.


Félicité despises the Irish colonel, Morgan McCormack, who marches into New Orleans with the Spanish conquerors, even though she’s pressed into becoming his mistress or risk losing her father and brother to charges of treason. Pride demands she escape from his beguiling embrace, but when she flees, she winds up in a pirate haven where desperate men vie to have her. Morgan follows her into the island trap, where only courage and desperate desire can possibly lead to freedom, trust … and love.

I will have a special announcement soon with my next Christmas title. And a very special Christmas bonus coming to you.

Meanwhile, to get you in the mood, here is my favorite Scottish shortbread recipe, courtesy of one very rugged Highlander.

Jared MacNeill’s traditional Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies

Makes 2-1/2 dozen


1 cup pastry flour

1 tbsp loose Earl Grey tea leaves

(Preferably Trader Joe’s Lady Grey)

Approximately 4 opened bags

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup unsalted butter, soft

1/4 cup confectioner’s (powdered) sugar

1/2 tbsp orange zest — finely grated


Open the tea bags. Crush the loose tea leaves by hand to a fine powder.

Take a moment to inhale the rich scent….

Mix the tea, flour and salt.

In a separate bowl cream the butter. Once it is fluffy, add powdered sugar, orange zest and vanilla. Mix all the ingredients well. Then add the flour/tea blend in two batches. Mix well.

Shape the prepared dough on a floured surface. Divide in half.

Roll out in 1-1/2 inch diameter logs. Completely cover in plastic wrap and chill well in refrigerator.

While the oven is preheating to 350°F, cut the logs into 1 inch segments and shape into circles. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, just until the edges are golden. Do not over cook. Cool on a wire rack before serving.

Enjoy with a steaming cup of Earl Grey.

Or a crisp Riesling, if you are so inclined.

With warm regards,



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Special promotionally- priced link for Come the Night.

Just to get you in the mood for Christmas.


Come the Night , by Christina Skye, is regularly $3.99 but has been discounted to just $0.99 today in the Amazon Kindle store, and this book has received an average user rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars based on 72 customer reviews.

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