Classic Regency Romance
     Phaedra Gillian, the spinster daughter of a vicar, is quietly content to manage the chores in the household she shares with her father, and tend to the needs of the less fortunate in their small village. When she discovers the body of a man who's been badly beaten and robbed on the road near their cottage, her compassionate nature compels her to take him in and nurse him back to health. But sheltered as she is from the depravities of the London ton, she's dismayed to learn that the ruggedly handsome Hardcastle is a notorious rake and scoundrel-- a man who stirs unfamiliar, and dangerous, feelings of physical longing within her.

    Lord Hardcastle has led a debauched and dissolute life, taking pleasure from woman at his whim and shrewdly breaking the fortunes of lesser men in the gambling dens. While on his way to collect a debt from his latest victim at the card table, he's beset by highwaymen and left for dead, only to be saved by an angelis creature as beautiful as she is virtuous. Captivated by the lovely Phaedra, and shamed by her pure-hearted goodness, he's nonetheless drawn to thoughts of seductions and concocts a fiendish scheme to coax her to his bed.

    As Hardcastle skillfully leads her from genuine affection to mounting desire, and Phaedra finds her resolve weakening, she must struggle to defend her virtue against the promise of a deeply tempting pleasure. And in a bold gamble that will change both their lives, Phaedra agrees to wager her innocence against Hardcastle's dishonorable ways-- as both come to realize that a true and lasting love hangs in the balance and rests on the turn of a card.

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Donna Lea Simpson (also Donna Simpson) is a nationally bestselling romance and mystery author with over 37 novels and seven novellas to date.

Kensington Books
published her first romance novels under their imprint Zebra Regency Romances, and Berkley published her 'Awaiting...' paranormal romance series set in Germany. Other novels include Book 1 of the 'Lady Anne' series... a historical romance mystery at Sourcebooks. (Lady Anne books 2 & 3 are available at Beyond The Page.)

These days, Donna writes traditional mysteries under the pseudonym Victoria Hamilton and Amanda Cooper. But now, thanks to Beyond The Page Publishing, she is thrilled to bring back the Regencies and historical mysteries that readers loved so well.

When not writing, Donna enjoys crafts, cooking and singing, wine and friends, and best of all, reading!

       National Bestselling Historical Romance Author 

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... if you love Austen, you'll fall in love with Love & Scandal!
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Nothing sells like love & scandal...

Collette Jardiniere writes of passion and seduction but has experienced neither. Her pseudonymous novel, The Last Days of a Rake, has shocked Victorian society and become a runaway bestseller. Infamous roué Charles Jameson is "revealed" as the author, and Collette is outraged when the cad does little to curtail the gossip.

Intrigued by the book the tabloids claim is his thinly veiled autobiography, Jameson tries to find the real author. Returning to London after an unsuccessful hunt, he is pleasantly distracted by a plain country miss reading the wicked book.

Collette is dismayed when she learns the identity of the devastatingly handsome man who kissed her senseless. And Jameson cannot believe that she wrote The Last Days of a Rake.

As Collette tries to convince him of the truth, their mutual attraction reaches a fever pitch, and soon they find themselves in a real-life scandal!

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Companion piece to Love & Scandal by Donna Lea Simpson

Love & Scandal, Collette Jardiniere is outraged when notorious roué Charles Jameson appears to take credit for The Last Days of a Rake, a novel she wrote under the pseudonym Colin Jenkins to satisfy Victorian convention.

Can a rake be true to himself, yet remain free from sin?

Edgar Lankin has lived the life of rake, a man who cares for nothing but the pleasures of the flesh. But it is the seduction— and abandonment— of a gentle maiden that turns him from mere gadabout to immoral cad. Too late, Lankin realizes his self-centered ways have left him incapable of finding enjoyment in anything. Now on his deathbed, he relates the shocking tale of his wasted life to John Hamilton, a school chum who chose a different path.

In telling his story, can Lankin find redemption for the
trail of ruined lives he leaves behind?
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Did you know...
Donna Lea Simpson
also writes mysteries under the pseudonyms of

Victoria Hamilton
& Amanda Cooper

Victoria Hamilton is the pseudonym of nationally bestselling romance author Donna Lea Simpson.
She now happily writes about vintage kitchen collecting, muffin baking and dead bodies for Berkley Prime Crime in the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries and Merry Muffin Mystery series.

Besides writing about murder and mayhem, and blogging at Killer Characters, Victoria collects vintage kitchen wares and old cookbooks, as well as teapots and teacups.

Victoria also writes the Teapot Collector Mysteries as Amanda Cooper! You can find out more about Victoria Hamilton at her website, as well as on Facebook and Pinterest.

Victoria Hamilton

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Latest Book by: Victoria Hamilton

Merry Muffin Mystery #3:

From the National Bestselling author of MUFFIN BUT MURDER, baker, Merry Wynter returns with a fresh tray of muffins and a case that has authorities stumped...

They say one's home is one's castle, but when it comes to Wynter Castle, Merry would like it to belong to someone else. But until a buyer bites, she could use some extra dough, so she decides to take in renters. The idea pans out, and Merry's able to find a handful of tenants eager to live in a real castle. The only problem is most of them are crumby, tea-swilling old biddies.

The Legion of Horrible Ladies, as Merry calls them, is led by the terribly nasty--
and fabulously wealthy-- Cleta Sanson. The abrasive Englishwoman keeps everyone whipped into a frenzy-- until she meets an embarrassing end behind a locked door. Evidence reveals that Cleta was murdered, yet no one is privy to how the deed was done. Merry knows she must quickly find the killer before another of her guests gets greased...

*Includes Delicious Recipes!

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