Mistletoe, Marriage, and Mayhem – that says it all!

P13 copySusan Ellis visits the Banditas today to talk about her contribution to Mistletoe, Marriage, and Mayhem a boxed set from the Bluestocking Belles. All seven stories are set in the Regency era and each features a runaway or at least reluctant bride.

The proceeds from this project all benefit the Belle’s favorite charity, the Malala Fund for the education of girls world wide. For more information on their work with Malala see: http://bluestockingbelles.com/projects/the-malala-fund/Print

Susana brings an extra today, a scene that didn’t appear in the book—but it could have. She will give a signed print copy of Mistletoe, Marriage, and Mayhem to one person who comments. Her question is “How long would you wait for someone you love to love you back?”

 About The Ultimate Escape by Susana Ellis

 On the eve of her wedding, Julia realizes she cannot marry her fiancé after all, no matter that it’s been her dream for eight long years. Too distraught to face him, she follows in her mother’s footsteps and flees to the future for a brief reprieve.

Oliver knows he has bungled things badly, but he is determined to win the woman he loves, even if he must travel through time to do it.

An Ultimate Escape Extra 

30 June 1809

Pendleton Grange

Wittersham, East Surrey

Lady Pendleton’s sitting room

“My dear Pendleton, I am not at all certain what sort of company your cousin keeps in County Clare. I find it extremely vexing that you did not see fit to ask. Cox, perhaps you should pack the cerise silk and both of the green muslins. I daresay the Irish will approve of the greens, although the color suits Julia far better than it does me.”

“As you wish, madam. Although perhaps I should ask Sims to bring down another trunk. These are quite full already.”

Lady Pendleton ran a hand through her hair. “Yes. Yes, indeed. Gowns—most especially ball gowns—should not be pressed too tightly together. I am certain space can be found for another trunk, do you not think, Pendleton dear?”

There being no response from the gentleman behind the newspaper, his wife waved a hand in front of his spectacles-clad eyes.

“Do pay attention, George! This visit to Ireland was your idea, after all. The least you can do is take some interest in the preparations.” She shook her head in disgust. “I daresay if it were left to you, you would throw a few things in a valise and be off in a trice without a single thought to the wardrobe you’ll be needing there.”

Lord Pendleton put his newspaper down, removed his spectacles, and smiled indulgently at his wife. “Not at all, my dear. I would leave it all to Dibbs. He is much better at this sort of thing than I am, you know.”

Men! Agatha thought, with a shake of her head. Without their valets—and perhaps their wives—they would undoubtedly make cakes of themselves in society. How could he be so calm when they were about to embark on a journey to Ireland for a six-week visit to a cousin he hadn’t seen for nearly three decades?

She sank down into the damask-covered chair that was a match to his. “George, will you not consider postponing the trip for a year or two? I was so torn about leaving Sarah only a fortnight after her lying in, and to leave dear little Emily for six whole weeks… why she will have forgotten all about us by the time we return!”

JuliacardLord Pendleton chuckled. “Eating and sleeping are the only things a babe cares about,” he said. “And Sarah has all manner of nursery maids and such. No,” he said with a deep sigh, “it’s Julia we must turn our attention to. Twenty-four and still unwed, while her younger sisters are both happily situated.”

Agatha tapped her fingers on the small table between them. “I’m telling you, George, this–this plan of yours to match Julia with your cousin’s son will never succeed. Julia has declared herself against it, and you know how tenacious she can be.” She shook her head. “Our Julia is a woman who must find her own way in the world.”

Her husband pressed his lips together. “I cannot disagree, Agatha, my dear. Perhaps our girl will prefer a life of spinsterhood, ruling the Bluestocking Society. But I feel the necessity of making one more attempt. Perhaps she and my heir’s son will take a liking to one another and… well, eventually, she could be the mother of the next Earl Pendleton.” He cleared his throat. “The odds are against it, I know.”

She leaned over and squeezed his hand. “Yes, my love. It is my eternal regret that I could not give you a son. If Julia and Cedric were to take to each other, I should be as happy as you for her to become my successor.” She swallowed. “But I must caution you once more that Julia has her heart set on Oliver Stanton.”Oliver's card

Pendleton threw up his hands. “But that’s the thing, ain’t it? Young Stanton hasn’t shown any such interest in her, not in all of the five years she’s been out.”

“But if you could have seen them that night at the Hansens’ ball… The way they were looking at each other…”

“She’s a damned fine-looking gel. All men look at her like that.”

But not like that, Agatha thought. It was like love at first sight, the way they had looked into each other’s eyes that first time they’d seen each other as adults. As though they recognized each other as soul mates.

But then… nothing. In five years.

“Well,” she said, shrugging. “I suppose it can’t hurt to try. ” She grinned. “I hear Ireland is lovely in summer.”


In this collection of novellas, the Bluestocking Belles bring you seven runaway Regency brides resisting and romancing their holiday heroes under the mistletoe. Whether Printscampering away or dashing toward their destinies, avoiding a rogue or chasing after a scoundrel, these ladies and their gentlemen leave miles of mayhem behind them on the slippery road to a happy-ever-after.

All She Wants for Christmas, by Amy Rose Bennett

A frosty bluestocking and a hot-blooded rake. A stolen kiss and a Yuletide wedding. Sparks fly, but will hearts melt this Christmas?

The Ultimate Escape, by Susana Ellis

Abandoned on his wedding day, Oliver must choose between losing his bride forever or crossing over two hundred years to find her and win her back.

 Under the Mistletoe, by Sherry Ewing

Margaret Templeton will settle for Captain Morledge’s hand in marriage, until she sees the man she once loved. Who will win her heart at the Christmas party of her would-be betrothed?

 ’Tis Her Season, by Mariana Gabrielle

Charlotte Amberly returns a Christmas gift from her intended—the ring—then hares off to London to take husband-hunting into her own hands. Will she let herself be caught?

 Gingerbread Bride, by Jude Knight

Traveling with her father’s fleet has not prepared Mary Pritchard for London. When she strikes out on her own, she finds adventure, trouble, and her girlhood hero, riding once more to her rescue.

A Dangerous Nativity, by Caroline Warfield

With Christmas coming, can the Earl of Chadbourn repair his widowed sister’s damaged estate, and far more damaged family? Dare he hope for love in the bargain?

Joy to the World, by Nicole Zoltack

Eliza Berkeley discovers she is marrying the wrong man—on her wedding day. When the real duke turns up instead, will her chance at marital bliss be spoiled?

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P13 copyAbout Susana Ellis

Susana has always had stories in her head waiting to come out, especially when she learned to read and her imagination began to soar.

A former teacher, Susana lives in Toledo, Ohio in the summer and Florida in the winter. She is a member of the Central Florida Romance Writers and the Beau Monde chapters of RWA.

Website: http://www.SusanaEllis.com

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  • Ooh! Christmas Anthologies are my favorites! And what a great line up of stories and a wonderful charity to support. Who doesn’t love a runaway bride and the man clever enough to catch her.

    How long would I wait for the one I love to love me back? I’ve been waiting for Gerard Butler for years now ! 🙂

    The mind and the pride won’t wait long, especially if people are watching. However, the heart knows no sense of time or pride when it comes to love. Unfortunate but true!

    Looking forward to escaping with all of these brides!

    • Susana Ellis says:

      I’m still waiting for Sam Heughan, Louisa! Unfortunately, I’m old enough to be his mother and don’t go climbing mountains like he does. Oh well. This is one reason I read books!

  • And I do believe I caught the GR ! Come to Mama, buddy! I am off work and have lots for you to do!

  • flchen1 says:

    I one-clicked this back in September, and am excited to be reminded to bump it up the TBR! Hi, Susanna! Julia’s parents seem to have her best interests in mind… how exciting to see how her story will turn out!

    As for how long I would wait? I think it would really depend on whether there was any indication of my feelings even potentially being returned. If there was hope (real or imagined 😉 ), I have a feeling I could wait a LONG time. In the true absence of promise, I would hope I could be realistic and move on after a year or two!

    • Susana Ellis says:

      And maybe it depends on how soon another likely candidate comes around. My Julia wasn’t willing to “settle” for someone less than Oliver. Spinsterhood seemed a better option!

  • Kat Sheridan says:

    Oh, what a great excerpt, and a really terrific cause! These all sound wonderful!

  • Saralee says:

    What a lovely collection of stories! They all sound delightful.

    As for me, I wouldn’t wait at all for someone to love me back! Honestly, if he doesn’t appreciate me, he doesn’t deserve me — and that’s a hard-learned lesson, let me tell you. But learn it I did. Now I’m married to a man who does appreciate me and I know how lucky I am. 🙂

  • Susana Ellis says:

    Thank you so much for having me—and the Belles—on the Romance Bandits. I hope you enjoy the stories. We’ve earned $2000 in royalties for the Malala Fund, which we all think is FABULOUS!

  • Catherine Maguire says:

    I would wait a little while, like a few months, but nor more than that for someone to love me back. Good post.

  • Aleen D says:

    If the person I loved did not return the favor, I would have to let it go. It would hurt, but I’d rather know than pine away.

  • Charlene Whitehouse says:

    I waited almost 30 years for that someone special to notice me. I met him again and we reconnected and soon departed after 8 month of getting to know each other again.

  • Elaine Mitrovich says:

    I am reminded of an old saying “there are worse things in life than being single.” Pick your battles everyone……

  • helensibbritt says:

    Oh I have this one waiting for me on my kindle and I love the sound of them all.

    True love lasts forever 🙂

    Have Fun

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