Etti’s Intended available as pre-order!

It’s almost time! ETTI’S INTENDED, the prequel to my #1 Amazon Bestselling Coin Forest Gypsy series, is now available for pre-order! Grab your copy and be among the first to read about Etti’s thrilling romance. Get it on Amazon.

Lane does a superb job creating layers to the Gypsy culture… a must-have for fans of the series.  … Library Journal

When her father, chief of the Gypsies died, headstrong Etti lost her status, but none of her spirit. She’s the first woman to race her horse in Marseilles. She survives attacks by her drunken brothers, the very men who should have protected her, and she’s turned the head of Rafa, a delicious Gitano Gypsy from Spain with a tantalizing sense of adventure and breathtaking passion. She dares to break all the rules to pursue Rafa—and the exciting life she craves.

It will not be an easy journey. Sprightly and free-spirited, Etti has struggled to meet the behavioral demands and limitations of women in this time of travel and discovery—but failed.

As the tribe travels through the pristine Provence countryside for its annual marriage meeting, Etti is the least desired bride. She fears that the all-male council will match her to a domineering man from another tribe.

Then Rafa arrives and sparks a passion in her that surpasses the nightly tribal bonfires. The feeling is mutual. Unwilling to sacrifice his dreams for horse breeding, he has chosen not to wed—until he realizes that, in addition to the heart-stopping passion they share, he and Etti share the same enthusiasm for horses. Their romance splits the tribe, endangers her life and inspires Etti to fight for her own future in a time of prevailing male dominance.

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Crimson Secret wins international IPPY award!

Crimson Secret wins the international bronze IPPY award! The results just in this morning, and I’m celebrating with an extra scoop of hazlenut in my coffee!! Woot! Woot!
IPPY Awards identify the best books independently published in the U.S, Canada, Australia/New Zealand, and Europe.
I haven’t received the award yet, but it looks like the larger award to the right in the photo.
Thanks to my critique friends, my beta readers, editors, and my cover designer and dear daughter, Jalena Penaligon!

Happy National Coffee Day! Daily Rituals Rock!

Today’s the first day of the rest of my life, and I love starting my day with coffee.

From, I learned that the coffee plant, was coffee-ode-to-72-pix-copydiscovered in Ethiopia in the 11th Century, 400 years before my historical novel series started.  It has a white blossom that smells like jasmine and a red, cherry-like fruit.

Doesn’t that sound appropriate, for such a magical bean?

Back then, according to that website, leaves of the so-called “magical fruit” were boiled in water and the resulting concoction was thought to have medicinal properties.

Well, yeah! It starts my day! Coffee, and reading my emails. Add a granola bar and I’m successfully launched into a new day!

Wishing you a great new day! If you like novels, please check out my 3dcrimsonsecret200x236Coin Forest series, set in fifteenth century England. History, made passionate.  Thanks!

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