Spring is Not Just for Flowers
It has been a year of pandemic living, a year of sourdough bread starters and stay-cations, and zoom fatigue. My bread skills are sharp, my stay-cations are turning into DIYs, and my zoom fatigue is REAL. But I’m hopeful about vaccines, hopeful about the return to normalcy, and hopeful that we have learned how to appreciate the little things–like going out to eat so someone else has to cook and clean! Can you imagine?
I have definitely been using Romance Novels to help me escape the stress. And I know I’m not the only one! (I would love to see your book recs for favorites from this last year in the comments below!) My go-to is always historical romance, and especially since I also write it, I can use “market research” as an excuse to cozy into the next pages of petticoats and gloves and long, wistful glances across a ballroom.
With Spring on the horizon, I want to introduce you to my books, full of strength both physical and metaphorical, resilient and relatable misfits, fancy ballgowns and low-rent pubs. There’s champagne but also ale, the crush of dancers, but also the sweaty heat of boxing matches.
To get you started, I’m hosting a giveaway on Instagram, and it’s super easy to enter:
The two books in the When the Blood is Up series, A Lady’s Revenge and The Boxer and the Blacksmith, are both up for grabs over on Instagram. Simply go to Edie Cay’s page, find the appropriate post, drop a comment and a tag, and follow her in order to enter. There are THREE winners, so chances are high!
Winners will be announced during an interview on After Dark, a program with romance author Kryst Ashly on Twitch.tv, on March 17th at 9:30 pm EDT/6:30 pm PDT. Tune in to say hi! (Kryst Ashly is also giving away prizes for the first 50 people to subscribe to her channel as well! So many free books!)
Lady Lydia Somerset is an earl’s daughter. At the ripe age of twenty-five, she still wears the lavish gowns and dances the dainty steps of the haute ton as if she were pursuing a husband; but her goals are far more personal. Instead, she pursues her tormentors: the men who bet that taking a girl’s virginity–her virginity–really can cure a brothel’s plague. She has her cousins and sister to aid her, but no one can understand what it feels like to be helpless. Pugilism, England’s manliest pastime, is her only relief. Training in secret with a female boxer keeps her sane, but when her instructor is hired away by one of the men she is seeking to destroy, she is in a bind. Her new teacher, a former prizefighter with a ready joke and a quick wit might do more than just correct her technique.
John Arthur is made of money. A street kid who dazzled with his fists, he now impresses as a miracle worker on the London Stock Exchange. But a man can’t forget a boyhood spent in the gutter. Easy-going and affable, John Arthur knows he shouldn’t tangle with bluebloods. He should be happy with a full belly and coin-filled pockets. But when he meets a woman who finds boxing as vital as he does, his life suddenly gets complicated.
Caught between revenge and finding love with a man who might truly understand her, Lady Lydia must commit to opening her heart or closing it forever.
*Winner of the Golden Leaf Best First Book Award in 2020
Can London’s lady champion fight for love?
As London’s undefeated women’s boxer, Bess Abbott has the scars—both inside and out—to prove it. But when one of her boxing students, Violet, needs protection, Bess Abbott’s rock hard heart cracks open. And when a handsome blacksmith comes along, giving her compliments and treating her, well, like a woman, Bess doesn’t know what to do. She’s on the ropes in the face of his affections.
Os Worley was a child when he became an accidental stow-away. He grew up not knowing the family or the island that inflected his accent. His only memory of his mother is a head bent, hands working a stitch, a voice humming a melody. Now that he has his own foundry, and his own apprentice, he’s come to London to find the woman attached to this impression. His heart is already tempered and quenched, focused on his goal—but a lady boxer threatens to recast his love in her own image.
As Os and Bess face off, will they toe the line or retreat to their corners?
Winner of the 2019 Hearts Through History’s Legend Award: A Man for All Reasons as an unpublished manuscript
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