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About Amelia Fernside
Amelia Fernside, who lives in Washington state, fell in love with the U.K. a few years ago during a long hike on Cumbria Way in England’s Lake District. That experience led to a love affair with the novels of Jane Austen and other British writers. That, in turn, led Amelia, a journalist by profession, to write her own regency romances. She loves what she does and hopes to continue for years to come.
Amelia is graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. She is married and has four sons, three dogs and a crazy cat named Louie.
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“I fear for your safety!” the Duke thundered. But he might as well have been barking at the moon. Isabella, his beautiful but supremely arrogant niece, scoffs at the notion. Isabella’s father, also a Duke, was fighting in the Peninsular War, and there are reports that men of ill repute are capturing and holding the sons and daughters of the aristocracy for ransom.
Isabella, however, is too busy holding parties and trying desperately to gain the attention of the handsome Lord Balton. Until a man dressed in black points a gun at Isabella and threatens to kidnap her.
This time, Isabella’s uncle will not take no for an answer. And the Duke engineers one of the cleverest and most bizarre switches in regency romance history. Will she survive this ordeal? Who will be her hero? And what will happen to the maid who is right in the middle of all the intrigue? This book is FREE.
"Clean, romantic and wonderfully engaging: Amelia Fernside has captured my heart. This book is such good company that I hated for it to end." ~Amazon reader
"In my opinion Amelia Fernside is the absolute master of clean, short story regency romances. I marvel at how she is able to put so much feeling, excitement, realism, and drama into so few pages." ~Amazon reader
Each Other is a novelette by Amelia Fernside.
The Earl’s body is still warm, slumped over his desk. His pale face presses against a pile of letters, and his open eyes are glassy. Sadly, his death occurs a day before the grand celebration to honor his 25th wedding anniversary to Bridget, the Countess of Bath. Enter Scotland Yard Detective Harry Webber, who determines that the Earl’s mysterious death is murder, and all those attending the celebration are suspects. In the midst of such treachery, how can romance possibly blossom for two young people who only have eyes for each other but are unsuited by class?
The three former Dowagers, their new husbands and Marjorie, stepdaughter to Lady Deborah, go for a well-deserved weekend holiday at Bath. They are excited to celebrate their good friend's anniversary. They also hope the trip will be good for Marjorie, who spent the winter gravely ill, but has just made an almost miraculous recovery. Marjorie has never seen the sea and hopes to have that adventure, she's never even been outside London.
As the mystery unfolds, the danger increases. Will this murder derail Marjorie's hope for love and adventure? Her safety at risk with a murderer roaming free, she is determined find a way to explore.
Ruined by Love is a novelette by Amelia Fernside.
An inspirational story of Deborah and her two dowager friends, looking for love after losing their husbands. Neither wants to spend her life alone. But, it's just not done by real Ladies. Their courage, support and loyalty to each other is unwavering. No more black dresses and loneliness. Time for a change. Time for an adventure.
Deborah is happy when longtime friend, Harry Webber, a Scotland Yard detective, pays her a visit. She invites him to dinner, but meanwhile, Owen Godart, a handsome, wealthy art critic, shows up. He sweeps her off her feet and carries her off on the adventure she desired. A world of luxury, fancy dresses and restaurants, gifts and compliments, impressive jewelry, and high-value art overwhelm her.
But something is not quite right, and Deborah knows it. But, how can she safely extract herself now that she's in his web? She knows he's dangerous and does not want to confront him. Will love ever be hers, or will her folly end that hope?
Deborah and the Mystery Man is a novelette by Amelia Fernside.
Lady Sarah Alder, the Dowager Duchess of Hillburton, is lonely, bored and tired of wearing black after her husband's death. She longs for yellow, green and blue dresses to lift her spirits and cover her shyness. She also longs for a man to love and excitement in her life. She attends a ball, but is too shy to engage the men who show interest.
Days later, history professor Jacob Wellington writes to her and begs her indulgence. He saw her at the ball, but was too shy to ask for a dance. She understands that. They agree to meet, and her quest for love begins.
A night at the theatre, a visit to the museum where he works, mysterious artifacts, a trip to Paris, intrigue, mystery, danger, and she returns home unsure of their connection. But adventure has hooked her, and she is drawn into a fantastic quest, even greater than the one for love.
Sarah and the Historian is a novelette by Amelia Fernside.
Who says you must be young and beautiful to find a suitable husband? Dowager Laura is still beautiful, even if she has aged. She still has a strong heart full of love and wants to share it with a good man. She and her two dowager friends, Sarah and Deborah, make a pact to help each other find love, and the rules be dashed. She is a mother, a grandmother, a friend and a poet, but she is determined to be a wife once more.
After Laura has a disappointing start at meeting men, Captain Charles Parry enters her life. But men of a certain age have their own ingrained habits and secrets. Will his tempestuous emotions be the death of their relationship before it has time to develop? What darkness is he hiding from her? And who is that mysterious, angry man she keeps seeing at events and at Charles' home? When Charles is arraigned on murder charges, has Laura escaped a danger she should never have engaged?
When the mysterious man points a gun, first at Charles and then at Laura, will her search for love be terminated?
Lady Laura and the Captain is a novelette by Amelia Fernside.
In ONE PERFECT MOMENT, Lady Mary-Anne defies her parents and takes her horse out for an evening ride.
But when the horse, spooked by an adder, bolts and runs wild, Mary-Anne fears for her life.
She starts to fall off her mount when a young man rides up alongside her and pulls her to safety.
He takes her home, then vanishes.
Five years later, Mary-Anne still dreams her hero will reappear. Meanwhile, her parents insist she marry the son of a Duke who lives nearby, a man she abhors. She rejects the idea, but finally relents.
“I’ve waited because I truly believed we shared one perfect moment,” she says, “but I must move on.”
But an untimely death ignites the ending.
In THE UNLIKELY HEIRESS, Ellen is stunned when a relative dies and leaves her a huge fortune.
Family members are determined Ellen must marry an Army colonel who has a sterling reputation.
But Ellen is in love with a young man who was her childhood playmate and who is now in London studying to be a barrister.
A barrister would be far below Ellen’s newfound social rank, her sisters argue.
Under huge pressure, Ellen relents and agrees to marry a man she doesn’t love just to appease her snooty family.
There is one thing that could save her from a loveless marriage, however.
But the odds that “thing” will happen are exceedingly slim.
In THE UGLY DUCKLING, Lady Augusta Stone dangles her legs over the edge of a cliff overlooking the North Sea as the waves crash into the jagged rocks below. She’s ready to jump.
She runs her hand down the scar that reaches from the corner of her left eye almost to her chin. She touches her nose, which is ajar to the right, blemishes that are the result of a childhood accident.
Now she is 29 and unmarried, the poster girl for women who no one wants to love. Years of depression have driven her to the cliff.
But Augusta’s brother rescues her that day, and it is a turning point in her life.
The ugly duckling meets a man who thinks she is a beautiful swan.
They fall in love.
But her problems are far from over. Her father says he will not let Augusta marry someone who has no title and little income. When Augusta objects, he threatens to take her out of his will.
What to do?
“I have a plan,” Augusta tells her true love.
In GRACE’S LAST AFFAIR, Grace Hawthorn is broke and about to lose her estate because she can’t pay her taxes.
Evan Atwood is a rich novelist with a crippling case of writer’s block.
Harcourt Wilde is Evan’s angry publisher.
Betsey is Grace’s cook, maid and best friend. She’s outspoken and outrageous in a charming way.
Throw all these characters into a small village in England and what do you have?
A lit fuse.
Evan is running from Harcourt because the novel he promised is long overdue.
Then, through pure serendipity and Betsey’s devilish machinations, Evan and Grace meet.
Thus begins a process in which Grace restores Evan’s muse.
And they fall in love.
That is, until Evan betrays her.
Or does he?
In IF ONE SISTER WON’T, THE OTHER WILL, Cecilia Baxter has been in love with Charles St. Germain since she was a child.
So when her parents propose the idea of marriage between the Baxters and St. Germains, Cecilia offers her hand. But sister Emmeline is older, so she has the privilege of marrying Charles.
Two sisters, one man – a recipe for heartache. The beautiful Emmeline Baxter has just been betrothed to Charles St. Germain, and her sister Cecilia is devastated. She has secretly been in love with Charles for years. When her sister becomes a runaway bride, wanting only the freedom, fashion and fun of Paris, Cecilia has hope for a chance to marry her true love. As she and Charles begin to develop a closer relationship, will Cecilia's dreams be thrown into chaos if Emmeline returns to claim her betrothed? What could she do? After all, Emmaline was betrothed to him first. For Charles to be her brother-in-law was unimaginably sad and unbearable.
In the time of arranged marriages, can love triumph over family duty? Or will Cecilia be forced into service as a governess in America, far from family and Charles? Cecilia's heart breaks when she even thinks of life without him.
"I appreciate Amelia's smooth flowing writing style ... I am pleased that she threw in an unexpected plot twist or two." ~B.D. Mann
"Given that the short-story format places significant constraints on an author, the fact that Ms. Fernside can pack so much in so few pages testifies to her writing skill."
"An engaging, well-told story of love, loss, romance and self-determination."
This is a clean read Regency Romance novelette.
Grace is financially challenged, and about to lose her estate when she meets Evan Atwood, a famous author with a severe case of writer's block. He rents a room at her estate and pays her to help him finish his book. With his angry publisher hot on his trail, he must write, or there will be no more money. His muse has been missing in action for far too long while he partied and spent his advance. When he meets Grace, he knows he has found her. They work together on his book, and their story writes itself. Just when romance seems to be blossoming, Evan betrays her, or does he? Grace is hurt and confused, and Evan has some explaining to do.
"Well constructed, the characterization superb. My attention was locked in from page one to the end."
"A Writer Finds his Muse ... I'm growing more fond of Amelia Fernside's stories all the time. They are clean, sweet and full of hope and love."
"When a rogue turns into a hero, and a woman's romantic notions are fulfilled by the frog turned prince, it is a satisfying romantic read."
"I have become an ardent Amelia Fernside fan, as it is my opinion she is a master at telling short story regency romances of the highest quality."
A Regency Romance novelette, 16,000 words
Lady Augusta Stone dangles her legs over the edge of a cliff overlooking the North Sea as waves crash into the jagged rocks below. She runs her hand down the scar that reaches from the corner of her eye almost to her chin, skirting her crooked nose. She was only five when she was marred by a childish accident. And nothing can change it.
Now she is 29 and unmarried, the poster girl for unattractive women no one wants to love. Years of depression, brought on by the pressures of women being judged on appearance alone, have driven her to the cliff. Can she end it today, or is this a turning point that will redirect her life?
Her father, the Duke of Daubeny, declares he will not allow Augusta to marry someone who has no title and little income. Can she find a suitable man who can see past her face into her heart? The Duke threatens to remove her from his will if she marries a “second-class citizen.” She is at her wits' end.
At a time when women do what they are told, is she strong enough to follow her heart? Is her love strong enough to face her family's condescension? “I have a plan,” Augusta tells her true love, but will it work, or will they be doomed to poverty?
The Ugly Duckling is a novelette by Amelia Fernside.
Ellen is stunned. She has just inherited a fortune from her spinster aunt she barely knew. Apparently letters regarding politics and social reform earned Ellen her aunt's respect and money. Now her family insists she marry money, but she is not in love with the handsome army Colonel they choose for her. She is in love with a man she has known since childhood, who is studying to be a barrister. Heaven forbid, a barrister, so much studying for so little money. He would not be a suitable choice for a husband. The family's reputation would be ruined. Her family took every opportunity to remind her of that.
Under enormous pressure to marry the Colonel, and with her true love gone strangely quiet, she agrees to the wedding. Only one thing can save her from this loveless marriage, but how can that ever happen?
The Unlikely Heiress is a novelette by Amelia Fernside.
Lady Mary-Anne is growing up and itching to see the world beyond Berkeley Manor. Five years have passed, and her mystery man has not returned, but she trusts he will come back for her in time. But time is running out, and she may be forced to marry a man she cannot abide. She cannot allow it, as she only has eyes and heart for the mysterious man she met only once. She cannot be swayed from her faith in his return.
This story takes place in a time when young ladies were bound to do what their family told them. There was little possibility of something more wonderful happening. In the spirit of Jane Austen, hope for a love match is always alive and well.
One Perfect Moment is a novelette by Amelia Fernside.