Holding the Line is now out in the world! Here’s a little montage I put together of moments from the book. Many events take place at various tony homes around London, such as the ones pictured here. Some important scenes take place at the Aerated Bread Company depot. There were many of these around London, offering tea, coffee, bakery goods, and light meals. I think of them as the Panera of their day. Readers of the series will recognize Rose’s mourning ring. It will play a role in this book as well. As for the kiss in the shadows…I’ll leave that for you to discover in the book!
I’m thrilled that the Love Along the Wires series is complete, and I am so grateful for the love already being shown for Holding the Line by advance readers and reviewers.
If you enjoy audiobooks, the whole series now available on audiobook too!
I recently completed the final edits for Holding the Line, with the usual mixed emotions. It’s tough to be parting from these characters for the last time, but I’m excited because I’m one step closer to sharing this book with readers! Many readers have told me they are excited for Rose’s story. As with the other books in this series, telegraphy will play an important role. There is also a certain book called The Spinster’s Guide to Love and Romance, which has been entrusted (unwillingly on her part) to Rose’s possession.
Here’s what it’s about…
A widow at just 30 years of age, Rose Finlay is determined to put all ideas of marriage and family behind her and pursue an independent life. But when she notices a young woman about to be led astray by a roguish aristocrat, bitter memories from her past arise, and she feels compelled to intervene. The unintended consequences of her efforts will ultimately force Rose to reexamine her life in a new light.
As the overseer of his two widowed sisters’ financial and domestic affairs, John Milburn carries heavy responsibilities for a single man. But he’s faced with his biggest challenge when his headstrong niece falls prey to the attentions of a powerful man who could ruin both her and her family.
When Rose and John join forces to protect his niece, they put everything they hold dear—including their growing attraction—in jeopardy.
I love this story because…
I think if anyone deserves a happy ever after, it’s the stalwart, kind, honest, and resourceful Rose. Although Rose is genuinely happy that her dear friends have made good marriages, she has no dreams of romance for herself. But she finds a kindred soul in John Milburn. They bond over many things, including a love of books and, ironically, a desire to remain single due to troubles past and present. It was very satisfying to see their story unfold.
The book will be released on December 6, 2022, but you can preorder now at BakerBookHouse.com for 40% off and free shipping!
CROSSED LINES releases on August 31! I’m excited to share this book with readers. To celebrate, I’ll be having a book signing and tea party on August 29, 3:30-4:30 pm in the party room of The ParTee Shack, 5300 Fayetteville Rd, Raleigh, NC 27603. Tea and treats will be provided. There will be a book reading, Q&A, and a few surprises. If you are in the area, I would love to see you there!
What do the following things have in common?
- A busy Victorian office with its own telegraph
- A handsome Scottish hero
- A clever and independent heroine
- A delightful little bookshop on a London high
- Two career-minded people who are in love but
don’t know it yet
- A romantic dance in the park
- A dash of workplace intrigue
- A quirky little book called The Spinster’s
Guide to Romance
They’re all found in Line By Line, the first book in my new series, which launches on June 30! It’s available to preorder now at your favorite retailer.
You can get more information about the book, read an excerpt, and find buy links on the Line By Line book page.
On Saturday, February 15, 2020, I’ll be taking part in a panel on writing romance at the Carolina Book & Writer Conference in Raleigh, NC.
More details about the conference can be found at the conference website.
If you’d like to attend the conference, use conference code DELAMERE when you register for half-price admission ($75). Hurry! This conference usually sells out.