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You’ve won a print copy of Mistletoe, Marriage and Mayhem from the Bluestocking Belles!  You’ll need to send your mailing information to Susana Ellis at  Enjoy!Print


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:

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.







November Coming Attractions

Can you believe it’s November already?  Where has the year gone!

PrintI hope you’ll join us for an exciting November here in the Lair.


The Bluestocking Belles will join us on Monday, November 9th to talk about their new boxed set of Regencies.


Scotland Christmas ReunionYou won’t want to miss the blog on November 11th for some early Christmas shopping.  We’ll have a number of Christmas releases from the Banditas and friends for you to browse and enjoy.  Should be fun!





Osburn-OurNowandForever-FT-V2-200x300On November 17, Nancy welcomes Terri Osburn to celebrate the release of Our Now and Forever, the first book in Terri’s new Ardent Springs series.






Charming the Professor finalDonna MacMeans will talk about her upcoming December release, Charming the Professor, on November 23rd.  I guarantee she’s thankful for that one 🙂



November 26 is Nancy’s regular blog day, but it’s also Thanksgiving Day in the US.  Join Nancy Northcott and chat about the holiday season.



Forget Me Not_

Don’t miss the Thanksgiving Day release of Caren Crane’s new novella Lakewood Confidential. It’s part of a 10-novella collection called FORGET ME NOT, with all proceeds being donated toward Alzheimer’s and Brain Health research. Great reads and a great cause! Pre-order links up now on Caren’s website!


We’ll continue our talk into November 27, when anyone who’s avoiding the whole shopping thing or just needs a break from it can find a refuge in the Lair!