Title: The Lady
and Her Quill
Author: Ruth A.
Publication Date: Nov. 16th, 2021
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
Her mind kept telling her to stop loving him, but her heart couldn’t let him
Welcome to book 1 in
the fabulous new series, The Ladies of Sommer by the Sea from USA Today
Bestselling author Ruth A. Casie!
Renowned author Lady
Alicia Hartley has lost her muse after a bad review. She blames it all on the
author JC Melrose. A chance encounter with a handsome, witty Justin Caulfield
has her heart racing, and her muse seemingly back. Is he her savior or her
He didn’t see the
turbulent ocean. He was too busy dealing with a different tempest.
The recently retired
Captain Justin Caulfield is facing his own demons. As gifted author JC Melrose,
his stories honor men who died at the hand of one man. His only focus is to
avenge their deaths, that is, until he meets and falls in love with Lady
The two authors take
on a writing challenge based on a story of stolen gold taken from the newspaper
headlines all to determine the better writer. While researching the story, Lady
Alicia is captured by the thieves’ ringleader. Can Lady Alicia turn this
mystery into an award-winning story? Can Justin save his real-life heroine?
Can they both
overcome their own challenges for a happily ever after?
RUTH A. CASIE is a
USA Today bestselling author of historical swashbuckling action-adventures and
contemporary romance with enough action to keep you turning pages. Her stories
feature strong women and the men who deserve them, endearing flaws and all. She
lives in New Jersey with her hero, three empty bedrooms and a growing number of
incomplete counted cross-stitch projects. Before she found her voice, she was a
speech therapist (pun intended), client liaison for a corrugated manufacturer,
and vice president at an international bank where she was a product/marketing
manager, but her favorite job is the one she’s doing now-writing romance. She
hopes her stories become your favorite adventures.
Alicia reached into her reticule and removed a folded letter and handed
it to Mrs. Bainbridge.
“Mr. Caulfield and I had agreed my next book would be published in
February, but we hadn’t finalized the contract. When I got to his office, I saw
the review. I was disappointed of course, but when he suggested not publishing
my story until the summer, I became upset.”
Mrs. Bainbridge lifted the quizzing glass that was tied to a ribbon that
dangled down the front of her bodice and read the letter while Alicia opened
her portmanteau and took out a package.
“This is wonderful news.” She handed the message back to Alicia.
“William Lane is the biggest publisher in London if not England. I had
offered my books to him before I went to Mr. Caulfield, he said perhaps a
smaller shop would be more appropriate for my work and suggested Caulfield
Publishing. Isaac Caulfield is a good man, but he maintains tight control over
all aspects of my work. I’ve told him several times I want to be involved. He
pats me on the head, tells me not to worry about anything, and sends me on my
way. My stories sell well. I planned to ask that we change the contract. I will
pay the production costs. He can do the distribution and I would give him a
commission based on sales. William Lane will never consider me now, not after
reading the review.”
Alicia stared unblinking at her friend. She was at a loss for words as
Mrs. Bainbridge helped her on with her pelisse.
“What makes you imagine Mr. Lane will be different? Be careful what you
wish for. A larger company may have more constraints. Now, off with you. And I
enjoyed your story. The review was one person’s opinion.”
“You’re right,” Alicia said as she jostled her portmanteau and the
package of books.
“Would it be easier to leave the books in your luggage? The streets ice
up in this weather.”
“I’m going a short distance and prefer not opening my luggage in the
library. I’ll manage.”
A quick embrace from Mrs. Bainbridge and she was ready to face the
She left the seminary and hadn’t gone far before she cursed herself for
going at all. The street had turned to mud and ice, and the wind hadn’t
stopped. Carrying the portmanteau and package of books proved to be a more
difficult feat than she first imagined.
She crossed the lane and hurried down North Wickham to the library ahead.
A dray stood in front of the building on the one area that wasn’t muddy. She
maneuvered her way around the cart to avoid the large puddles in front and
As she reached the door her feet began to slip on a patch of ice. She juggled
the package trying to keep it from falling into the mud. She saved the books
but with the next step her foot slid out from under her. Her hands full she had
no way to stop her fall.
A strong hand grabbed her elbow.
“I’ve got you,” he murmured in her ear.
She caught her balance and looked up into gray eyes that were strikingly
familiar, but she had no idea why.