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The Reluctant Debutante -- Becky Lower

The Reluctant Debutante -- Available in paperback and ebook from Crimson Romance
Book One

In 1855 New York, nineteen-year-old Ginger Fitzpatrick has absolutely no interest in taking part in the newest rage in America—the Cotillion Ball. Instead, Ginger would rather be rallying for women’s rights; at least until she meets her brother’s best friend from St. Louis, a dark mysterious man named Joseph Lafontaine, who ignites her passion and makes her question if love and marriage is such a ridiculous notion after all. What she and the rest of New York’s high society don’t realize is that Joseph is half Ojibwa Indian, and therefore, totally unsuitable for marriage to a fine, cultured young lady.

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The Abolitionist’s Secret -- Becky Lower

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Book Two

In 1856 New York, eighteen-year-old Heather Fitzpatrick, a bashful abolitionist, falls for dashing young Army lieutenant David Whitman, who is tracking a runaway slave from his father’s plantation.

Despite their divergent views on slavery, romance ensues and an engagement quickly transpires. He wants her to accompany him home to Savannah, GA to meet his ailing father.

She longs to go to meet his parents, and possibly to secretly teach his father’s slaves how to read and write.

But she knows the South is no place for an abolitionist.

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Banking on Temperance -- Available in e-book from Crimson Romance
Book Three

Basil Fitzpatrick was born into a life of privilege. In 1856, at 23 years of age, he is the owner of the St. Louis branch of the family banking business. He has his pick of the ladies and life by the horns. Temperance Jones and her family are far from privileged. Her father is a circuit-riding preacher from Pennsylvania. But the rumblings of a war between the North and the South force the preacher to move his family to Oregon rather than to take up arms against his fellow man. However, hardship and sickness have slowed their pace, and they are forced to spend the winter in St. Louis, waiting for the next wagon trains to leave in the spring.

Basil is drawn to the large family the moment they roll into town, partly because they remind him of his own big family in New York. But also because of the eldest daughter, Temperance. She is a tiny, no-nonsense spitfire who is bent on fulfilling her father’s wish to get the family safely to Oregon. Basil knows if he allows Temperance into his heart, he is accepting the obligation of her entire family. He wants Temperance like he has wanted no other, but the burden of her family may be too much for him.

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The Tempestuous Debutante -- Becky Lower

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Book Four

 It’s Jasmine Fitzpatrick’s year to shine at this season’s Cotillion and men will be throwing themselves at her. But she sets her sights on a man she’s never met, the Viscount of Foxborough. He’s wealthy and has an English title. Only a few things stand in her way: a wealthy, young, beautiful widow who captures the viscount’s attention immediately, her fear of riding horses when he owns a breeding stable and racetrack, and the viscount’s stableboy, Parr.

Parr O'Shaughnessy loses his heart to Jasmine the moment he meets her. However, he has no title to interest her. He left behind an impoverished existence in Ireland when the viscount offered to bring him and his famous horse to America to build a dynasty together. He believes Jasmine barely noticed him when she was introduced—she only had eyes for the viscount. He struggles with his loyalty to the viscount and his love for Jasmine. But winning her love might mean losing all he has worked for.

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Blinded by Grace -- Beck Lower

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In 1858 New York City, Halwyn Fitzpatrick thinks he's off the hook for attendance at the annual Cotillion Ball. He has no sister to shepherd down the grand staircase this year and no real desire to go through the rituals of courtship and betrothal himself. Besides, he'll know the right girl when he sees her, especially now that he has new spectacles. But his mother has other plans for him. At 27 years of age, her son is in dire need of a wife.

Grace Wagner needs a husband by July, in order to inherit the trust her father has left for her. Her stepfather, though, has plans for the money that don’t include Grace, and the last thing he wants is for her to find a husband before she turns 21, thereby fulfilling the terms of the trust. She's been in love with Halwyn since she was thirteen, but he hasn't noticed her at any of the balls they've attended over the years. With the aid of his new spectacles, he spies Grace from across the room and they share a dance. Grace decides to present him with a business proposition that will satisfy them both. But, can a clueless knight in shining armor and a desperate damsel in distress find a way to turn a marriage of convenience into something more?

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The Duplicitous Debutante  -- Becky Lower

The Duplicitous Debutante -- Available September 1, 2014 in e-book from Crimson Romance
Book Six

In 1859, ladies of New York society were expected to do three things well: find a husband, organize a smooth-running household, and have children. 

Rosemary Fitzpatrick’s agenda is very different. As the author of the popular Harry Hawk dime novels, she must hide her true identity from her new publisher, who assumes the person behind the F. P. Elliott pen name is male. She must pose as his secretary in order to ensure the continuation of her series. And in the midst of all this subterfuge, her mother is insisting that she become a debutante this year. 

Henry Cooper is not the typical Boston Brahmin. Nor is he a typical publisher. He’s entranced by Mr. Elliott’s secretary the moment they meet, and wonders how his traditional-thinking father will react when he brings a working class woman into the family. Because his intentions are to marry her, regardless.

Rosemary’s deception begins to unravel at the Cotillion ball, when Henry recognizes her. The secretarial mask must come off, now that he knows she is a member of New York society. But she can’t yet confess who she truly is until she knows if Henry will accept her as F. P. Elliott. 

The more time they spend together, the closer they become. But when Rosemary reveals her true identity to him, will Henry be able to forgive her or has her deceit cost her the man she loves?

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Voice Of An Angel -- Becky Lower

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Max Bainbridge is an ace newspaper reporter who gets all the biggest assignments, most recently covering the fighting in Afghanistan. When he is shot on the battlefields, he is operated on and then flown home. The nurse responsible for his subsequent care is Evelyn Hammer, a 35-year-old woman who ran for her life, and from the musical spotlight, when she was 17 and on the cusp of fame. Her new identity has been in place, and impenetrable, ever since. Over the years, she’s found singing is a more soothing way to wake people from surgery, and they are usually so foggy they don’t realize she’s been singing to them. Until Max, that is.

Evelyn knows she’s breaking one of the cardinal rules of nursing by dating a patient, but she can’t resist Max. What begins as an innocent affair with a definite expiration date when Max leaves for his next assignment becomes a real threat to unmasking Evelyn’s hidden identity. Max can’t control his journalism instincts as one clue after another emerges and he realizes he doesn’t know the person he’s fallen in love with.

Only by uncovering Evelyn’s secret past can they move forward with their future. But her past is still there, and threatening. Some secrets are better left alone.

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The Road To Comfort -- Becky Lower

The Road To Comfort -- Available in e-book from Soul Mate Publishing

Juliette St. James has only done two impetuous things in her life. The  first resulted in her becoming a single mother at age 18. Now, she’s  embarking on a cross-country trip to celebrate becoming an empty-nester. Not sure of what she will do now that she’s flying solo, she comes face-to-face with her worst nightmare—a cowboy.

When ex-bull-rider Cyclone Kelley heads out on his horse, the last thing he expects to find is a damsel in distress parked alongside the road. Especially one that resembles his first rush—Brigette Bardot.  He doesn’t need or want a complication in his life. His wife died  while he was chasing the elusive dream of fame and fortune on the  rodeo circuit. Blaming himself for her death, he quit the rodeo and returned to Nebraska. Now his mantra is “love them and leave them  smiling.”

They are attracted to each other and decide a one-nighter would be a  good idea. After all, what happens in Comfort, Nebraska, stays in  Comfort. But when Juliette’s car gets sucked up in a tornado, she’s  forced to spend a week in the town instead of just one day. While neither denies their attraction, they both realize that a week  together will change the course of their lives forever. They are both  forced to decide if love is worth gambling on what could be. Or if  tornadoes, and Cyclones, are better left alone.

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Blame it on the Brontes -- Becky Lower

Blame It On The Brontës -- Available from Soul Mate Publishing

Three unruly sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne, reunite in their hometown of Puffin Bay, ME for their mother’s funeral. The sisters haven’t had much to do with each other for almost twenty years, relying on their mother to keep them informed about each other. As a condition of her will, each sister has to move back to the family home for one year and live under the same roof again. Only if they comply can they share in the considerable bounty of the estate. They bring emotional as well as physical baggage as they return to the town where they grew up, and to the men of Puffin Bay.

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