I am especially thankful this November, for a lot of reasons. I achieved a few significant milestones this year: I published my first two books, and celebrated my 20th wedding anniversary and my 50th birthday. I am thankful that I made it this far, both professionally and personally, without any major crises. I am thankful that everyone I love is in good health and happy. I am thankful for my editor, Allison Byers, and my publisher, The Wild Rose Press, for taking a chance on this unknown writer. And I am thankful for my critique partners and for my friends at NEORWA--they know who they are--who are always there to encourage, celebrate, commiserate, and laugh with me whenever I need them.
Stirring Up the Viscount and Secret Promise are companion novels which follow the trials and tribulations of Theodora Ravensdale and her brother, Edward Mason. After experiencing grueling hardships, both get a second chance at love.
Seeking to escape an abusive husband, Theodora Ravensdale answers an ad in The Times for a job as cook in a country home. A fortuitous house fire enables her to fake her own death and flee to northern England and live under an assumed name. But Theodora’s refuge is not all she would wish, when she stirs emotions in the heir to the estate, Jonathan Tenwick, and in herself.
Meanwhile, as the connection between Theodora and Jonathan grows, her husband learns she did not perish in the fire, and searches for her. Fearing he is close to finding her, Theodora must flee again to protect the family and the viscount for whom she cares deeply. In the final confrontation with her husband, Theodora learns she is stronger than she ever knew, and love is worth fighting for.
Falsely imprisoned as a blockade-runner during the American Civil War, Edward Mason yearns to go home. But when after seven years he finally returns to England, the life he expected is gone. His parents are dead, his home destroyed, his father’s legacy stolen, and his girl—his girl is now the single mother of a child Edward never knew.
Abandoned by the man she loved and disowned by her family, Anna Templeton has learned to stand on her own two feet and make a home for her son. Now the successful owner of The Silver Gull tavern, she's not about to put their happiness in the hands of the one man who let her down so badly.
Edward is determined to regain Anna’s love and be a father to his son. But when a series of suspicious accidents threaten him and those he loves, he must stop the man responsible, or lose everything.
You can find more out about Marin and her books at marinmcginnis.com.