As Miss Luce of Luxton Hall, Miranda always expected to make her debut at Almack’s. But when her father’s death leaves her penniless, the spirited young miss decides to embark on a career as an actress at her brother-in-law Edward’s theater, rather than become a dependent poor relative or worse, a wife. When Edward is wrongly arrested for debts, Miranda and her sister Mary have to come up with the funds to free him from debtors prison, or lose everything.
Lord Justin Devereux needs a fiancée—in a hurry! But the young nobleman has no intention of being maneuvered in the parson’s mousetrap. Eager to take control of his inheritance and escape the brittle, unsatisfying social scene of the London ton, he hires an actress who can act the part of his betrothed.
But when Justin hires Miranda, neither of them expected the upheaval their masquerade would produce, nor did they expect to fall in love…
Note: Previously published elsewhere under the title The World’s a Stage, now substantially revised and altered.
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We all need a place in which to create, a spot where we can woo our Muse. You may have heard about the “Girls in the Basement,” those subterranean sprites that offer up great ideas from deep inside our creative souls – but I seem to work best when I’m perched up high!
So my writing space is in our Guest Room, up on the second floor of our house. If I could be in a high tower, that would be even better, but as it is I get to look out on the lawn and the trees in our back yard.
I have a small desk in front of the window. On my desk are the necessary tools of my trade: Computer, tiara, kitchen timer, and Jane Austen Action Figure. My tiara, a basic dime-store model embellished with a large rhinestone brooch and a couple pairs of earrings, is great for getting into the writing mood – it’s resting there on top of the old books on the left. I’ve also got my glass Blessings Jar (somewhat hidden behind the computer), where I keep notes that remind me of all the good things that happen to me.
My comfy chair is very important for keeping me seated at my work (and I love the colorful crocheted pillow cover I made!), but when I get tired of sitting up straight, I can always move to the comfy corner of my sofa! I also like to have my electronic keyboard and my guitar close by, if I’m in a musical mood. Crafting items are tucked into other corners of the room: beads, wire, knitting needles, yarn.
And of course, no room is complete without books. Plenty of books! This bookshelf contains fiction by some of my favorite authors: Elizabeth Peters, P.G. Wodehouse, Barbara Hambly, and more. Reference books on England, the theater, and other topics are shelved in other rooms throughout the house.
You can’t really tell from the picture, but the smaller paperbacks are stacked two deep on these shelves! I wouldn’t dream of selling any of these treasures – it would be silly, because I’d just have to buy them back later, when I wanted to read them again.
I read a lot of books, but there are plenty of books that I consider “keepers.” Do you like to re-read books? What is your top Keeper book?
Inquiring minds (like mine) want to know!
Saralee Etter always knew that writing was the only career for her. A constant day-dreamer, writing down the stories she imagined seemed like the perfect job.
Instead, she wrote other things: Newspaper articles, public relations releases, legal briefs. After working as a legislative analyst for a trade association in Albany, NY, she moved to central Ohio where she has worked as a local weekly newspaper reporter and a public school district communications coordinator.
Now Saralee is writing the stories that she dreamed up so long ago. She enjoys history, romance, adventure, and mystery. In addition to A Limited Engagement, which is a traditional English Regency romance, she's written two Regency-set Christmas love stories and is working on an historical murder mystery.
She lives in Pataskala, OH with her husband and son.
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