Once an award-winning copywriter for brands such as Diet Coke and Johnnie Walker, I switched to tea with my debut novel.
I graduated with honors in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and lived and worked in London. That inspired the book, but the reality of life in a Chicago suburb with my husband, my son, daughter, and various pets provided the opportunity to write it.
I'm a life member of the Jane Austen Society of North America and can appreciate what a floor-length gown and opera gloves offer a girl!
Taking it off in the name of history?
Thirty-five-year-old American social media master Vanessa Roberts lives her thoroughly modern life with aplomb. So when her elderly Jane Austen?centric aunt needs her to take on the public relations for Julian Chancellor, a very private man from England who’s written a book called My Year as Mr. Darcy, Vanessa agrees. But she’s not ?excessively diverted,” as Jane Austen would say.
Hardbound books, teacups, and quill pens fly in the face of her e-reader, coffee, and smartphone?
Until she sees Julian take his tight breeches off for his Undressing Mr. Darcy show, an educational ?striptease” down to his drawers to promote his book and help save his crumbling estate. The public relations expert suddenly realizes things have gotten?personal. But can this old-fashioned man claim her heart without so much as a GPS? It will take three festivals filled with Austen fans, a trip to England, an old frenemy, and a flirtatious pirate re-enactor to find out
There's no place for pride in this Austen misadventure. Chloe Parker was born two centuries too late. A thirty-nine-year- old divorced mother, she runs her own antique letterpress business, is a lifelong member of the Jane Austen Society, and gushes over everything Regency. But her business is failing, threatening her daughter's future. What's a lady to do?Why, audition for a Jane Austen-inspired TV show set in England, of course.
What Chloe thinks is a documentary turns out to be a reality dating show set in 1812. Eight women are competing to snare Mr. Wrightman, the heir to a gorgeous estate, along with a $100,000 prize. So Chloe tosses her bonnet into the ring, hoping to transform from stressed-out Midwest mom to genteel American heiress and win the money. With no cell phones, indoor plumbing, or deodorant to be found, she must tighten her corset and flash some ankle to beat out women younger, more cutthroat, and less clumsy than herself. But the witty and dashing Mr. Wrightman proves to be a prize worth winning, even if it means the gloves are off...