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Hi everyone!

Just wanted to remind you that THE EDUCATION OF MRS. BRIMLEY is being released on Amazon, ibooks, and Barnes and Noble on August 15th!

You might recall that this was my first historical that sold at auction to Berkley back in 2006.  It’s a new cover, but the same book.  At the time that I wrote Mrs. Brimley, I never expected it to be part of a series, but it became the first book of the Chambers trilogy.  Book 2 of the trilogy will be released next month – but let’s stick to the current release.  🙂

For those unfamiliar with this book, here’s the blurb:

indie Mrs. BrimleyEmma Brimley, new teacher at Pettibone School for Young Ladies, believed no harm would result from her claim to be a widow. But when she arrives in Yorkshire, the innocent young lady is horrified to discover she’s expected to prepare her students for the intimacies of marriage. She can’t lose her post as a teacher. In desperation, she turns to the alluring—and annoying—neighboring artist. He might be a dandy and a reprobate, but “Lord Bedchambers” might also be the only one who can help her.

Lord Nicholas Chambers, black sheep of his family, needs a model for his entry into the Royal Academy’s exhibition. He offers the new teacher a scandalous bargain: he’ll answer her questions about anatomy and bedroom etiquette if she poses for him. For every question answered, she must remove an item of clothing as his model. But what started out as a game of wits quickly becomes a game of the heart. And Mrs. Brimley may not be the only one getting an education in the sweet rewards of seduction.

I read a bit of a sensual scene at the Rust City Book Con. Here’s a taste.  Emma has slipped over to Lord Nicholas Chamber’s estate via a path through the woods.  She has presented her need for knowledge and has asked to view any paintings or books that he might have to help her.  Here’s the passage from the book in Emma’s point of view:

He stepped closer, engulfing her in a subtle atmosphere of forbidden magnetism. She could almost taste his determination in the shared air between them, but she refused to give ground.

“I propose that I will answer one of your questions”–his raised finger almost touched her nose–“for every item of clothing you remove as my model.”

Her knees threatened to buckle. Surely, he could not desire her, by her uncle’s estimation a scrawny scarecrow devoid of a woman’s charms, as a model. She was no beauty. To suggest otherwise was cruel.

“I will pose,” she said, pushing her spectacles further up her nose. “But only fully dressed.”

“I can not paint what I can not see.” A dimple flashed in his smile. Sheer willpower kept her from smiling in response.

 Chambers’s intense gaze raked her form as if fact belied his words. Never had a man regarded her with such intent, certainly not one as handsome and refined as this. His voice, soft and seductive, surrounded her with the rich scent of warmed brandy and his own unique essence. He lured her much like the famed mythological sirens. Lord help her, she could happily drown in this assault.

“I need to see how light and shadow caress a woman’s curves.”

Immediately, she imagined a physical heat, flowing down her chest and swirling around her waist and hips. Her mind insisted that modesty called for distance between them, but her feet refused to move.

“I need to judge how proportion is modified by the angle of the pose.”

Emma thought of the paintings she had viewed of women languishing in forest bowers, bending in some trivial task. Even if she were fully attired, those poses would be too risqué to consider. Still, her insides quivered at his indecent proposal.

Chambers turned abruptly, releasing her from his enchantment. She slumped slightly, catching her breath while he strode toward his easel. “I will draw a picture of an aroused man’s private regions, if you will remove just one article of clothing.”

 She should run. She should escape now while she still had her dignity, and yet . . .

“I have already removed my cloak.” She said a bit short of breath.

He smiled, a subtle gesture. “And I have already shown you a picture of a naked man.”

She considered a moment, weighing the advantages and disadvantages of compliance. “A boot,” she announced. “If I had a buttonhook, I would remove a boot. However, as it is unlikely that such an instrument would be readily available in an artist’s studio . . .”

Chambers stepped over to his desk and returned with a long hook fashioned from a metal replica of a woman’s leg, complete with garter. “Perhaps this will help?”


If you haven’t already read THE EDUCATION OF MRS. BRIMLEY, I hope you give it a try.  If you have read the book, please consider leaving a review. If you’ve already left a review, please accept my heartfelt thank you.  Those reviews are so important to secure ads and promotions.

I’m afraid I’ll be out of town without internet when this posts, so I cannot respond to comments – but I can pick up a souvenir along the way that I’ll send to someone leaving a comment.  This will by necessity be a leap of faith as I haven’t purchaed anything yet. J

For those that have read Mrs. Brimley, please leave a comment about your favorite part of the book, for those that haven’t, just tell me what you like most about sensual Seduction of a Duke final for Barnes and Noblehistorical novels.

I’ll be back in a couple of weeks with a winner and a post about THE SEDUCTION OF THE DUKE.




  • Mary Preston says:

    I have not yet read THE EDUCATION OF MRS. BRIMLEY. Now firmly on my reading list. Sensual historical novels tend to break down the social barriers of that particular society. Always fun to read.

  • ki pha says:

    Congrats on the re-release! Ill have to add this to my TBR list. But oh, I so do enjoy these proposition learning games.

  • Jane says:

    Congrats on the re-release, Donna. Enjoy your getaway.

    • It was great, Jane. We went to South Dakota and Wyoming. We saw Yellowstone Park, The Grand Tetons (which I loved!), the Bighorn mountains, and Devil’s Tower. I’d never been to this part of the country. Truly breathtaking! Now, I’m home and back to work.