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About Sandra Sookoo
Sandra Sookoo is a USA Today bestselling author who firmly believes every person deserves acceptance and a happy ending. She’s written for publication since 2008. Most days you can find her creating scandal and mischief in the Regency-era, serendipity and happenstance in Victorian era romances, or historical romantic suspense complete with mystery and intrigue. Reading is a lot like eating fine chocolates—you can’t just have one. Good thing books don’t have calories!
When she’s not wearing out computer keyboards, Sandra spends time with her real-life Prince Charming in Central Indiana where she’s been known to bake cookies and make moments count because the key to life is laughter. A Disney fan since the age of ten, when her soul gets bogged down and her imagination flags, a trip to Walt Disney World is in order. Nothing fuels her dreams more than the land of eternal happy endings, hope and love stories.
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Major Phineas Allan Storme is struggling with his new life. After being paralyzed from injuries received during Waterloo, he’s confined to a Bath chair. Depression bedevils him, making him feel useless and helpless. With his older brother sulking in the country and his younger brother no doubt causing scandal elsewhere, he’s keeping his mother company. What the bloody hell else can he do but be a companion?
Lady Jane Marsden—daughter of the Earl of Worchester—is popular within the ton. Though she enjoys society life immensely, it doesn’t fill the emptiness in her soul. After having her heart broken twice over, she never lets males close, but when she meets a dark-haired man at a late summer rout, her thinking changes. The need and longing in his eyes draws her interest, but his personality captivates her mind. What could it hurt to introduce herself?
As Finn and Jane strike up a friendship that blooms into something more, responsibility and duty constantly intrude, but each is determined to conquer the obstacles set before them. When an emotional misunderstanding threatens their romance, his depression convinces him he’s a millstone about the necks of those he cares for, and he’s determined to remove himself from life.
It’ll take a harrowing night of heart-wrenching emotions for him and Jane to discover if love is worth risking everything to keep.
The Storme Brothers
The Soul of a Storme
The Heart of a Storme
The Look of a Storme
Star of Wonder
Star of Light
Star of royal beauty bright…
Dragonblade Publishing brings you not one, but two beautiful collections of holiday cheer for 2021. STAR OF LIGHT is Collection #2 in this glorious holiday gathering of tales from some of your favorite Dragonblade authors.
From the bedecked halls of Regency England to the cold and crisp air of Medieval England, and everything in between, welcome to the magic of a holiday collection inspired by classic Christmas carols that will bring the joy of the season into your heart and into your home. Holiday Historical Romance has never been so heartwarming.
Authors in this collection include:
Melanie Rose Clarke
Rachel Ann Smith
Make sure to pick up your copy of STAR OF WONDER, Collection #1, to complete your holiday reading.
From Dragonblade to you, we wish you a very happy holiday season!
Welcome to book 1 in the exciting new series from USA Today Bestselling Author Sandra Sookoo.
Andrew Charles Storme—ninth Earl of Hadleigh—has been in a monstrous temper for the better part of two years. Unable to join the fight against Napoleon due to the declining health and subsequent death of his father, his rotten mood worsened when his two brothers survived the war with life-changing injuries. Ashamed, Drew retreats to his country estate in Derbyshire to spare them his ire. Why the devil was he not worth more than his title?
Miss Sarah Copeland is a poor relation. In exchange for room and board, she’s become the governess to her great-uncle’s two rambunctious offspring. It was better than being tossed in the street, but only just. Freedom and imagination are found in playing a flute, especially since dreams of her future died long ago. When she meets her handsome, growling neighbor, she believes she’s finally found her purpose. After all, didn’t music soothe the savage beast?
While Drew battles with his guilt and anxiety, he finds safety and solace in Sarah’s company. As they enter into a surprising marriage of convenience, the earl’s temper slowly begins to improve, as does her outlook. But while an unexpected romance blooms over the summer weeks, responsibility to the title rears its ugly head, and his temper flares anew, threatening to tear apart everything they’ve built.
Only patience, trust, and love will see them through to a happy ending.
The Storme Brothers
The Soul of a Storme
The Heart of a Storme
The Look of a Storme
Julianna Leah Winslow, Lady Mayborne, is three years a widow. While packing items to clear clutter, she finds an antique jade elephant among her husband’s possessions. When a secret panel pops open revealing a cryptic note with the name of his best friend—the man she’d wanted to marry as a young girl—she summons James no matter that seeing him again will open old wounds not fully healed.
James Percival Holles, Earl of Braxton, has just turned forty-two. It’s time to marry and set up his nursery, but every relationship he’s had has ended in disaster. When an urgent summons comes from Julianna, he’s immediately wary but intrigued, and agrees to travel to the Berkshire estate to perhaps vent his spleen and air old grievances. He would not let the fact that he still had a tendre for her sway his attitude.
Emotions explode each time they’re together, to say nothing of her twenty-year-old son’s animosity toward James, yet when long-held secrets are brought into the light, both he and Julianna find a shaky peace and a new direction. As the August days pass, they give into the desire brewing between them, and trust is put to the forefront. If they can stop hiding their true selves and surrender to the strength and security found as a couple, they’ll have a chance to grasp a second chance at love.
Miss Caroline Sloane is on her way to Poughill, Cornwall. In highhanded fashion, her estranged grandfather has arranged a marriage for her to a sea captain she's met but once, and she wishes to convince him otherwise. She'll marry for love or not at all, but an accident with the crowded mail coach on which she's traveling throws her existence into chaos.
Alan Blackmore, the Earl of St. Clair, has been summoned to his Devon estate by his ducal father. His engagement, designed by the duke years ago, has now come due and he must wed to merge holdings. The last thing he wants is a leg-shackling, for he enjoys his life of a rake too much, and he means to tell his father off, but one dark, rainy night on mud-slick roads changes his course forever.
Lost and injured in windswept and rugged Cornwall, the first order of business is survival. As their injuries heal, Caroline and Alan come to know each other while living a simple, uncomplicated life. A friendship of necessity slowly grows into something passionate and scandalous, but when reality returns to rescue them, they both must decide what is more important: duty, tradition, or an unexpected love.
Evan Nicholas Radcliff has no time for such silly things as the annoying hens that interrupt his work. He’s on a tight deadline and can’t keep humoring his pretty, curious neighbor or her wild flock. Except he secretly lives for those brief meetings. He’d woo her if only he could summon the courage.
With Christmas Eve upon them and the hens once more in the wind, Isabelle and Nicholas are thrown together due to a large misunderstanding that starts a long overdue conversation. What might have begun as a fowl Christmastide has the potential to turn into a happily ever after.
Please note: this is a short story, not a full length book or novella.
First in the series is The Folly of Caroling. Griffin Ivy, Earl of Hollingsworth, has been summoned to Ivy Castle, in the heart of Warwickshire County. He’s terrified of taking the title of duke soon, and he’d rather bury himself in books until he meets his father’s nurse, Nora. When Miss Nora Ridley is told to draw the earl out of his shell during the holiday season so he’ll feel more comfortable at social events, she balks at the odd request. It would it mean she’d need to play at being someone she’s not, but then she meets Griffin and her perspective changes. Ivy Castle is big enough to provide a respite from responsibilities and an opportunity for quiet talking. The magic of Christmastide helps to usher in love, but a little white lie and societal differences threaten to tear the couple apart unless they both take a leap of faith together.
Next in the series is Three Mistletoe Kisses. Stephen Ivy—Viscount Tilbury—has no interest in finding romance again. He’s content to watch the antics of his siblings with a hearty dose of sarcastic skepticism and envy. Widow Lynette Hodgins is back in the country to help save her destitute mother from ruin, but she’d rather do anything than to see the man she jilted all those years ago. Since she lost her husband to the war, she’s been existing merely for the good of her son.
When they’re thrown together through holiday events, sparks thought long dead flare anew. Stephen sets out to woo her again vowing that with three mistletoe kisses he can win her permanently. But if the pair wishes to grasp a second chance a romance, they’ll have to hope that the magic of the season will send a miracle.
The third story in the series is Silver Bells Scandal. Lady Lettice Jonesboro—formerly Ivy—doesn’t enjoy Christmastide activities, for they make her remember the loss of her husband. Though she remains cheerful for the sake of her small daughter, she wishes she could hide away. The one thing that makes the holiday bearable is becoming reacquainted with a neighbor. Courtland Beckwith—Baron Henshaw—has returned to his estate in the Warwickshire countryside to grieve the death of his father in relative privacy. It’s taken him by surprise, and he’d rather remain alone. But when his childhood crush drops by, he might change his mind. As Letty and Courtland are thrown together, the romance they never had years ago begins to bloom. When they find themselves locked in an attic on Christmas Eve night, long held secrets and hopes in their hearts are revealed and if fate is kind, they might just grasp a love they always wanted.
And lastly is A Holly and Ivy Affair. It’s Boxing Day as well as his ducal parents’ wedding anniversary, and Graham Ivy—Lord Bonham—is stuck at a Christmastide house party. He’s had too much fun in playing the rogue in London, but when a mysterious, pretty, stranger arrives during a celebration ball, he might just change his mind. Miss Arabella Holly is in a spot of bother. Her travelling coach broke an axel so she walks a few miles until she reaches Ivy Castle. Surely the occupants of will assist in her quest to flee the clutches of a horrible man who wishes to claim her hand in marriage. A series of events that smack of intrigue or a bit of theatric fiction worthy of Drury Lane catches them in its vortex. Staying two steps ahead of the lecherous lord who wishes to take her away provides thrills but falling tip over tail into love at first sight is much more exciting.
Recently retired from the Royal Navy, much acclaimed Captain Bartholomew Grayson has come home to London. He’s looking forward to the Christmastide season, especially now that he’s adopted his ten-year-old former cabin boy. The waif needs a family and Bart wants to recapture the joy of his own childhood. Too bad the fly in the ointment is a strong-willed harridan with a tart mouth intent on stealing his cargo.
On the shelf and well past the first and second blooms of youth, Miss Felicity Cowan has made peace with the fact she’ll never know love or have a family of her own. The daughter of a shipping merchant, she keeps inventory for her father’s imports. The remainder of her time is spent as companion to a cantankerous elderly widow, but she’s determined to enjoy herself this holiday season. If only a foul-mouthed, bad-tempered ship captain hadn’t got her dander up at first meeting.
Immediate loathing turns into attraction, even more so when Bartholomew discovers Felicity is part of his household. Though all hell breaks loose for the first few days, there’s magic and mischief afoot that works to throw him and Felicity together at every turn. When a surprise romance comes about, they do everything they can to circumvent the fall, but if they can stop clinging to old excuses, they might just find what they’ve wanted all along.
Hugh Cavendish, new Marquess of Armestead, is a man disillusioned about life. After spending three years imprisoned in Botany Bay for crimes he committed against a peer, even though doing so was the right choice, he’s returned to London with revenge on his mind and a black mark against his name. However, it’s a sticky wicket, for in bringing retribution to a certain duke’s doorstep, he would destroy the life of his enemy’s sister—the woman he’d loved and lost.
Lady Roslyn Kenton, sister to the Duke of Innesford, is wary of men, for they’ve certainly proved untrustworthy and disappointing. Though her brother wields dark and treacherous power, she’d rather not have her name associated with him, but when the repercussions of his misdeeds come home to roost, they bring with them the one man she never hoped to see again—her former fiancé, Hugh Cavendish.
They get on like oil and water at first, but when underlying sparks set desire ablaze, secrets are revealed that shift their perceptions and challenge their thinking. While a forbidden romance blooms and they work to overcome lingering obstacles, danger moves within the ton, and its sights are set on permanently keeping Hugh from restoring his honor… and her promise. Only by bringing long-held prejudices in the peerage to light and calling upon a few friends fighting social injustices will Hugh and Roslyn have the freedom to grasp the happily ever after denied to them years ago.
Miss Louisa Harcourt’s life isn’t what she’d envisioned. A widow, she returned home to protect her younger brother from domestic threats, but that put her into the soup as well. After constantly rebuffing unwanted attentions, she’s wearied of living in fear. Knowing something must be done, she hires someone who can teach her the skills she needs to defend herself—a champion in fisticuffs—but her trust in men has been dented.
The Honorable Cecil Carrington, fourth son of a viscount, is a glass blower by trade. It earns him a tidy income but not nearly as much as his second love—boxing. For years he’s funneled his energies into learning the skills as a pugilist, which has made him a celebrity in ton circles. When a woman arrives at his shop with obvious bruises, asking for him to teach her how to fight, his protective instincts flare. She’s pretty and determined, but he’s wary of every woman’s motives.
As the chilly autumn days slip by, Louisa learns the basics of fighting and Cecil continues to engage in illegal, professional matches. Through the small victories and failures, an unlikely friendship forms. When romance follows, it takes them both by surprise, but evil lurks in the wings, always threatening. Things come to a head one rainy night, forcing Louisa to take back her life on her terms. And if she’s lucky, she’ll win the heart of a jaded boxer.
Trigger Warning: Some of the content found in this book may be triggering and/or sensitive. Sexual violence, sexual assault and attempted rape/abuse are some of the topics mentioned within the pages and might illicit a strong or potentially harmful emotional response.
As the year 1818 comes to an end, Lady Theodosia Cavendish, only daughter to the Marquess of Armestead, pretends to enjoy society’s glittering ballrooms and endless rounds of parties, for she has other, more interesting projects to fulfill her. An opponent to the men who build their fortunes on the backs of the slave trade, she makes certain social injustice is always at the forefront in London… even at the expense of her life.
Mr. Samuel Johansen, son of an English lord and a high-born Jamaican lady, is a glassblower by trade and a pugilist by recreation. He’s as handsome as sin, which helps in navigating society, for he adores the life of a gentleman, but what he truly desires is a seat in the House of Commons, to fight discrimination, poverty, and class separation by helping to change laws… no matter his own personal battles.
While holiday gaiety mingles with dark hatred, one chance meeting between Theodosia and Samuel spark not only an unlikely romance but also dissention in their world. As their relationship deepens, they court intrigue and danger, and in the process provoke powerful men who wish their secrets to remain just that. When happiness is in their grasp, it’s dashed away in an egregious plan by a black hearted peer that changes their lives. Only with hope and love can they finally have their happily ever after.
The Honorable Olivia Beaumont, eldest daughter of Viscount Hereford, wants revenge. Following an ill-advised game of faro with a powerful duke, her father lost everything and then suffered a fatal heart attack. Now she wants that man to pay and suffer as much as her father did. But the only way she can do so is to enlist the help of the most shunned man in the ton—the disgraced Duke of Skeffington. It matters not that he’s sinfully handsome, for she has a job to do.
Lewis Arthur Sexton is a duke beaten down. Stripped of everything following a manufactured scandal against the Regent, he now wishes to drown himself at the bottom of a bottle. But when Miss Beaumont pays him a visit with the insane idea of humiliating the man responsible for her pain and his, he might just return to society to honor the request. If he ignores her bewitching attitude and alluring looks, he’ll be fine.
Except the scheme is far from fully formed, and friendship grows between them as a distraction. While she fights for revenge, he secretly protects her while they both try to regain honor in the glittering world of the ton. Yet the moment their relationship transitions into romance, everything unravels. When lives are put into jeopardy, they’ll have to decide what they truly want, and if fortune is kind, it might prove to be a happily ever after.