The lady and her pen Is the first novel in the best-selling series by author Ruth A. Cassie, Regency’s new romance series, The Ladies of Sommer by the Sea. Posted by Dragonblade, this title is available on Kindle Unlimited and sells for 99 cents. Have a cup of coffee and enjoy a section. Be sure to sign up for a gift before you grab your copy!
The lady and her pen
Date published November 16, 2021
Her mind kept telling her to stop loving him, but her heart could not let him go.
Welcome to Book 1 of the new and amazing series, Singing women by the sea By USA Today from the bestselling author Ruth A. Cassie!
Renowned author Lady Alicia Hartley has lost her muse after poor reviews. She blames it all on the writer JC Melrose. A chance encounter with the handsome and witty Justin Caulfield arouses her heartbeat, and her muse ostensibly returns. Is he her savior or her worst nightmare?
He did not see the stormy ocean. He was too busy dealing with another storm.
Recently retired captain Justin Caulfield faces his demons. As the gifted writer JC Melrose, his stories honor people who have died at the hands of one person. His only focus is to avenge their deaths, that is, until he meets and falls in love with Lady Alicia.
The two authors take on a writing challenge based on a story of stolen gold taken from newspaper headlines, all to determine the better writer. While investigating the story, Lady Alicia is caught by the leader of the thieves. Can Lady Alicia turn this mystery into an award-winning story? Can Justin save his real heroine?
Can both overcome their challenges with happiness and wealth?
Singing women by the sea
The lady and her pen
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Alicia reached into her net, removed a folded letter and handed it to Mrs. Bainbridge.
“Sir. Culfield and I agreed that my next book would be published in February, but we did not finish the contract. When I got to his office, I saw the review. I was disappointed of course, but when he offered not to publish my story until the summer, I was upset.”
Mrs. Bainbridge picked up the interrogation cup attached to a film that dangled down the front of her body and read the letter while Alicia opened her forearm and took out a package.
“This is wonderful news.” She returned the message to Alicia.
“William Lane is the largest publisher in London if not in England. I offered him my books before I went to Mr. Caulfield, he said maybe a smaller store would be more suitable for my job and suggested Caulfield Publishing. Isaac Caulfield is a good man, but he maintains tight control over all aspects of my work. I told him several times that I wanted to be involved. He pats me on the head, tells me not to worry about anything and sends me on my way. My stories sell well. I planned to ask that we change the contract. I will pay the production costs. He can make the distribution and I would give him a commission based on sales. “William Lane will never consider me now, not after reading the review.”
Alicia stared blankly at her company. She was speechless as Mrs. Bainbridge helped her continue with her fleece.
“What makes you imagine Mr. Lane being different? Be careful what you wish for. A larger company may have more constraints. Now, leave with you. And I enjoyed your story. The criticism was one person’s opinion.”
“You’re right,” Alicia said as she pushed her forearm and the pack of books.
“Would it be easier to leave the books in your luggage? The streets are getting colder in this weather.”
“I walk a short distance and prefer not to open my luggage in the library. I will manage.”
A quick hug from Ms. Bainbridge and she was ready to face the weather.
She left the seminary and did not go far before cursing herself for going at all. The street became mud and ice, and the wind did not stop. Carrying the portamento and the bundle of books turned out to be a more difficult achievement than you first imagined.
She crossed the lane and hurried down North Wickham to the library in front of her. Drey stood in front of the building on the one area that was not muddy. She maneuvered her way around the cart to avoid the large puddles in front of and behind her.
When she reached the door her feet began to slip on an ice stain. She juggles the package in an attempt to prevent it from falling into the mud. She kept the books but in the next step her foot slipped beneath her. Her full hands had no way of stopping her fall.
A strong hand gripped her elbow.
“I have you,” he murmured in her ear.
She caught her balance and looked up into gray eyes that were wonderfully familiar, but she had no idea why.
About the writer
RUTH A. CASIE is USA Today’s bestselling author of contemporary historical and romantic action adventures with enough action to keep you browsing. Her stories feature strong women and the men they deserve, lovable flaws and all. She lives in New Jersey with her protagonist, three empty bedrooms and a growing number of countless cross-stitch projects. Before she found her voice, she was a speech therapist (word game), a customer contact of a wavy manufacturer and vice president at an international bank where she was a product / marketing manager, but her favorite job is the job she does now – writing romance. She hopes her stories will become your favorite adventures.