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Christmas Cookie Hop with the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood!

I’m thrilled to participate in the  Ruby Slippered Sisterhood‘s Christmas Cookie Hop. We here at the Essex abode are peppermint fanatics: we mark the start of the holidays as the moment when tins of peppermint bark are stacked in the stores, and seasonal peppermint stick ice cream lines the freezer shelves.

My own particular pepperminty favorite is an easy recipe for Sparkly Peppermint Sugar Cookies:


3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup softened butter (salted)

1 large egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup crushed mini candy canes or peppermint candies

1/4 cup sugar




~ Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.


~ Combine 3/4 cup sugar, butter, egg, vanilla and peppermint flavoring in bowl; beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt; beat at low speed until well mixed.


~ Crush the candy canes by placing in a plastic bag and smashing up with a rolling pin or meat mallet. Stir 1/4 cup crushed candy into dough.


~ In a separate bowl stir remaining 1/4 cup crushed candy into 1/4 cup sugar. For a more sparkling affect, crush the candy canes more finely and mix with coarse grain sugar.


~ Shape dough into 3/4-inch balls; roll in sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheets.


Baking Instructions:


~ Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Do not over bake.


~ Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.


Enjoy!!! And if you want to eat these delicious cookies with a scoop of peppermint stick ice cream and a drizzling of hot fudge sauce you’ll have my favorite Christmas dessert of all time.

Wishing you and yours a holiday filled with comfort and joy!

Check out the other Ruby Slippered Sisterhood cookie recipes!

Diana Layne

Heather McCollum

Lizzie Shane

Julia Day

Jennifer Bray Weber 

Jacie Floyd

Katie Graykowski

Lara Archer

Hope Ramsay

Liz Talley


And while you’re in the Christmas spirit, I’ve got two holiday anthologies you might want to check out…

Dashing All the Way, featuring my novella Up on the Rooftops

Tempted at Christmas, featuring my novella A Merry Devil



Two Christmas Anthologies!

What’s better than one Christmas anthology? Two! I’m delighted to share with you two new holiday novellas.

First, Dashing All the Way came out last week! I so enjoyed working on this Christmas anthology with Celeste Bradley, Eva Devon, and Heather Snow. This is the first time I have written a widow, and I really fell in love with Caledonia’s story.

Best-selling and critically acclaimed historical romance authors Celeste Bradley, Eva Devon, Elizabeth Essex and Heather Snow heat up this Christmas with four never-before-released novellas guaranteed to make your holiday season merry and bright.

“Up on the Rooftops” by Elizabeth Essex

Mischievous widow Caledonia Bowmont longs for London’s Christmas cheer, but a string of jewel thefts has brought the festive season to a standstill—and Society accuses the Scottish Wraith, Tobias McTavish. Toby is determined to clear his name and reclaim the life he’s built, so with Cally’s help, he heads up on the rooftops to trap the thief. Will they stop the high-carat crime, or find the hidden gem of lasting love instead?

“A Rake for Christmas” by Eva Devon

Lady Evangeline Pennyworth is done with being a wallflower and turns to London’s most notorious rake, demanding he teach her how to be desirable. After witnessing the love of his parents devolve into pain and anger, Anthony Basingstoke has vowed never to be swept away by passion, even if he finds himself taken by this wallflower in a way he’s never been before. Only a Christmas miracle will make true love a gift that will last forever.

“The Very Debonair Lady Claire” by Heather Snow

When Claire Barton’s twin is murdered, she takes his place in the War Department to flush out his killer. Her ruse works perfectly—until the man who once broke her heart becomes her new spymaster. The worst mistake of Andrew Sedgewick’s life was walking away from Claire that Christmas six years ago. Now that he’s found her again, he doesn’t intend to let her go—if they both survive this holiday season.

“A Liar Under the Mistletoe” by Celeste Bradley

Fearless Amie Jackham doesn’t attend balls to dance, she’s there for the thrill of robbing the lockboxes of the unscrupulous. With the notorious Vixen still at large, Liar’s Club spy Lord Elliot Hughes is taking the opportunity to clean out a few lockboxes for the good of Crown and Country—and leaving the Vixen’s trademark lacy handkerchief behind. Thief and spy can’t resist each other in this sexy, catch-me-if-you-can Liar’s Club holiday novella.


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Second, TEMPTED AT CHRISTMAS, which features my story A Merry Devil, about Captain Matthew Kent and Tressa Teague. You may recognize these characters from Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, my prequel to the Kent Brothers Chronicles. TEMPTED AT CHRISTMAS also features novellas from Kate Pearce and Jane Charles. I think you will thoroughly enjoy this charming Christmas anthology, set amidst the wild Cornwall coast. 

Elizabeth Essex’s A Merry Devil

Captain Matthew Kent has always been bound by his service to the Royal Navy. But when the Admiralty rewards him handsomely for cleaning out a nest of Cornwall smugglers, he is tempted to throw it all away for a second chance with Tressa Teague, the very woman he should not admire—a smuggler. Tressa is the daughter of the vicar, expected to be everything sweetness and light. But instead she has the heart of a pirate. She thought she’d seen the last of the dangerous sea captain who left her heartbroken before. But when he returns to the rugged coast of Cornwall to offer her the chance of a lifetime, will she lose her freedom, or only her heart?

Kate Pearce’s And a Pigeon in a Pear Tree

When stuffy Benjamin Priske, Baron Saxelby, heir to the Earl of Widcome arrives at Castle Keyvnor, he not only falls in love at first sight, but is accidentally mistaken for his valet. As he spends time with Henrietta, the witty, beautiful, and self-assured granddaughter of the castle housekeeper, he’s increasingly reluctant to reveal his true identity and spoil the most remarkable days of his life. Can Benjamin overcome his rigid nature, embrace the magical nature of Keyvnor castle, and maybe indulge in a fairytale romance all of his own?

Jane Charles’s His Mistletoe Miss

Anthony Beck, Viscount Redgrave, has always done what was expected of his title and station. Ever the dutiful son, he abides by his mother’s requests even when they tend to the ridiculous. There is no other reason, after all, that he would visit a gypsy camp to acquire a piece of magical mistletoe that should direct him to the path of true love. Luckily at the gypsy camp, he happens upon the one lady he’s always wanted to court. Unfortunately, she’s in love with her guardian… Miss Holly Prescott is not in love with her guardian. It is her duty, however, to make certain that nefarious young ladies with hopes of becoming his duchess, don’t trap him into a loveless marriage. While attending the Christmas Eve weddings at Castle Keyvnor, Holly learns that the nearby gypsies could be of help in that regard. However, she did not expect to stumble upon the handsome and oh-so-honorable Lord Redgrave in the process. 


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Coming Soon – a new novella and a boxed set!

I’m so excited to share these two titles with you. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, book 1 in my Kent Brothers Chronicles, comes out June 27, 2017. You can get the e-copy for $1.99 at all retailers! (If you read Vexed last year, you have already read this novella.)

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This book will also be available in print!

From award winning author Elizabeth Essex comes an enchanting prequel to the Kent Brothers Chronicles…


Nessa Teague has never believed in the magic that swirls around her village like a fine Cornish mist. She’s never had need of it. Until the day Lord Harry Beck returns to Bocka Morrow and Nessa realizes there is nothing, including the blackest of magic, she won’t do to have him for her own.


Harry Beck has left the Royal Navy only to find himself shoaled upon the rocky coast of Cornwall, where smugglers haunt every cove and treachery fouls the waters. His best hope to find the traitor selling secrets to the French is to charm the vicar’s observant and intelligent daughter, Nessa Teague. 

But in a place where loyalty runs deeper than the deep blue sea, they’ll need more than charm to uncover the secret plot that threatens their country, and shakes their faith in the power and magic of true love.

I’m also very excited to be participating in this new limited time boxed set, Wicked Love: Seven Wicked Historical Love StoriesThis set features Mad About the Marquess, a book which is still super special to me. Preorder the set for $0.99! It will disappear from all vendors on September 20th, so you’ll want to make sure you get your copy today 😉

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Highlights from RT Convention!

I had so much fun at the RT Booklovers Convention this year! I wanted to share some of my favorite photo highlights with you. <3 You can view more photos by checking out my Facebook album too. 

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Here I am blowing a kiss to the lovely Kimberly Rocha, who runs Book Obsessed Chicks! Photo copyright Kimberly Rocha.

Ready for Pistols & Petticoats in the new blue petticoat my darling Terri Aleman stitched up for me!

Here I am at Pistols & Petticoats with Collette Cameron too!

All the Pistols & Petticoats party authors <3 Photo by Kimberly Rocha. Read SOS Aloha’s recap here!

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With the hysterically funny Historical authors at Beach Blanket Bingo: Eileen Dreyer, Kate Pearce, Janna MacGregor, Joanna Shupe and Mary Wine

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I’m here at the Beach Blanket Bingo with Eileen Dreyer! Photo by Kimberly Rocha.

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With some of my wonderful, supportive historical author pals: Caryl Cain Brown, Valerie Bowman, Ashlyn Macnamara and Erin Knightley

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Hanging out with inspirational author Vanessa Riley, who has a three book deal from Entangled coming out! Photo by Vanessa Riley.


Limited Time Boxed Set!

For a limited time, this boxed set is available for $0.99! 

From bluestockings to scandalous heiresses, these strong-willed, unconventional historical romance heroines don’t let anything stand in their way when it comes to love and happily ever after. Featuring seven novellas and novels from award-winning and bestselling authors.

The Pursuit of Pleasure by Elizabeth Essex
Independent, politically-minded heiress Elizabeth Paxton has never wanted to marry, but longs for the freedom afforded to widows. The last thing she wants is dangerously attractive Captain Jameson Marlowe as a husband.

The Thief Steals Her Earl by Christina McKnight
The Earl of Cartwright is determined to find out who stole from his family. When he finds out the thief is the woman he’s fallen in love with, he must choose between duty and love.

Secrets in Scarlet by Erica Monroe
When a bluestocking with a scandalous past meets an idealistic sergeant, sparks fly as they work to solve a murder…but her secrets may lead to their undoing.

Sleeping Beau by Lila DiPasqua
Inspired by the tale of Sleeping Beauty—a scorching hot historical romance novella from the Fiery Tales series. One sleeping rake, one scorching kiss, one night of unforgettable passion… 

The Art of Seduction by Eileen Richards
A spinster finds freedom as a theatre set painter until a chance meeting with the marquis who broke her heart has her questioning what she wants for her future.

The Madam’s Highlander by Madeline Martin
What’s the madam of a successful bawdy house in Edinburgh to do when she finds one of the English supported Black Watch soldiers needing to desert his post? She helps him, of course – but there’s a high price to pay.

Reckless Wager by Christy Carlyle
Victorian propriety and passions collide when a beautiful widow makes a wager with a wounded police detective bent on solving the Ripper mystery.

Purchase your copy today
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A Fine Madness is here!

I’m so excited to share with you the third Highland Brides book, A Fine MadnessThis novella was featured in the Scandal’s Daughters anthology last year, but I have also expanded upon it with an additional 10,000 words. (If you read it already in Scandal’s Daughters, the plot remains largely the same.)

For a limited time, A Fine Madness is available at the discounted price for $1.99! (If you prefer to read it in print, you can also purchase the paperback for $8.99). 

If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad. –Jane Austen

 Miss Otis regrets

The entirely of Miss Elspeth Otis’s inheritance from her wastrel father is a battered old trunk with some scrawled-upon foolscap sheets. Nothing that could free her from a stifling life with her fusty maiden aunties in a musty old cottage in a misty corner of Scotland. Nothing that will give her the life she’s always dreamed of—a life full of kindness and kisses and love. Or will it?


Mr. Hamish Cathcart wants more than anything to avoid the hasty marriage to a brewer’s daughter his father, the earl, has arranged to revive his fortunes. Hamish’s only hope is his failing publishing company, whose only asset is a scandalously banned book by an infamous, but unfortunately deceased, author. But when a new novel written by the same man lands on Hamish’s doorstep, he’ll go to any length to secure it—any length but love.

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The Dartmouth Brides series is re-released!

The Dartmouth Brides are here!

I’m so thrilled to get to reintroduce you to the Dartmouth Brides, which was my first series ever, back in 2010-2012. In releasing the second versions of these books, I have reedited and revised them, and I’m so pleased to offer them to you at the affordable price point of $3.99 each for the e-book and $13.99 for the paperbacks! All three books are available now!
Purchase The Pursuit of Pleasure
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Miss Elizabeth Paxton is a new sort of heiress—educated, opinionated and entirely independent. The last thing she wants is a husband mucking about her life. Even if he is the only man she’s ever loved.

When dashing Captain Jameson Marlowe returns to Dartmouth, he proposes to give Lizzie exactly what she wants—a marriage without the man. After one night of searing passion, his sworn duty will take him far off to sea…or so she thinks until secrets and lies set a collision course with the smugglers along the south coast, and Lizzie is caught in the dark tide of treason. Can she salvage her pride and learn to trust in true love before it’s too late?

Purchase A Sense of Sin
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The Ravishing Miss Burke has everything a young lady could want—beauty, status and suitors lined up just to beg for her hand. Until a blackmailer from her past holds her future for ransom.


Colonel Rupert Delacorte, Viscount Darling will go to any length to ruin the woman responsible for his beloved sister’s death. But the Ravishing Miss Burke is nothing like the icy murderer of his waking dreams—she’s nothing but a bluestocking with a shocking secret she’ll go to almost any length to keep. Even succumbing to his sinful seduction.

The Danger of Desire
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Royal Navy Captain Hugh McAlden will do anything to stop the treasonous flow of information out of the Admiralty, even if it means taking in a slyly attractive street thief to steal those secrets back.


Circumstances might have forced Meggs Evans into a life of crime, but she’s bound and determined to lift herself out of the gutters even if it means stealing for the wickedly handsome captain. On the trail of a traitor, the undeniable attraction between Meggs and her captain explodes. But when danger ignites their desire, the only thing in danger of being stolen is her heart.

New Dartmouth Brides covers!

I’m delighted to reveal the covers for my Dartmouth Brides series, which was originally published by Kensington. After getting the rights back to these books last year, I have been hard at work revising and reediting them. I’m very excited to get to present these books to you again during March and April, at the new, affordable price point of $3.99!


These covers were shot by Jenn LeBlanc of Studio Smexy, and designed by PickyMe

Holiday Dream Weavers Extravaganza!

Thrilled to be involved in this promotion with the Dream Weavers! Nineteen of historical romance’s best authors have combined to bring you many, many opportunities to win wonderful prizes 🙂 Check out our event here on Facebook. The contest runs from November 11-January 3, 2017.

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Progressive Dinner Hop!

Delighted to participate in the Progressive Dinner Party Hop which is sponsored by Red Door Reads! Below you’ll see my recipe for a holiday cocktail, which is about all the cooking I do during the holidays 😉

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