The Captain’s Disgraced Lady

_A rip-roaring story, fabulous characters, and incredibly moving._
Book 2 in the Chadcombe Marriages series

Who is Captain Harry Fanton?

When Juliana Milford first encounters Captain Harry Fanton, she finds him
arrogant and rude. There’s no way she’ll fall for his dazzling smile! Her visit
to Chadcombe House was always going to prompt questions over her
scandalous family, so she’s touched when Harry defends her reputation. She’s
discovering there’s more to Harry than she’d first thought…

A man so plagued by the demons of war, he’s sworn he’ll never marry, no
matter how tempted…

My next book, The Captain’s Disgraced Lady, can now be ordered online. I’m so excited to find out what readers think of it.

Harry is the younger brother of Adam, who featured in the first book, and I knew from the start that he was going to have to have a full book devoted to him.

He has sworn never to marry, but then he meets Charlotte’s friend, the lively and challenging Juliana. She will lead him a merry dance! Even if they can reach an understanding, other barriers are in their way. Napoleon is on the move, and Harry must go to war. And when nasty rumours circulate about Juliana’s family, Harry is faced with -a choice…

Here’s a short excerpt:

Without any further warning, Harry bent his head and kissed her.

Shocked, Juliana could only feel the warmth of his lips, the taste of him, the brief scent of his breath, before he was gone again. Not a moment too soon, as some guests appeared round the arc in the corridor. He had timed the kiss to perfection, in the brief instant when they were alone. In that split second, Juliana’s senses swam, her stomach flipped and her nerve endings tingled. Her heart was pounding with what must be outrage.

“Thank you? I should thank you for kissing me without my permission?” Her voice squeaked a little. She cleared her throat. “Why on earth would I wish to do such a thing?”

“Because, my darling Juliana, I wished you to know yourself. The passion
within you, a passion that would be smothered by the wrong man. You would
end up half-alive.”

“You have no right to make such remarks—or to kiss me!” Surprisingly, Juliana
felt close to tears. What was happening to her?

He looked closely at her, and his gaze softened. With a rueful half smile, he
murmured, “You must believe me when I tell you I have only your interests at

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Education of Upper-Class Women in Regency Era

A really interesting summary of education for women in Regency times.


By Kristin Perkins (appearing as Caroline Bingley in BYU’s Pride and Prejudice)

A Changing Educational Belief System:

In many ways the early 19th century was a time of changing values in education particularly for women. There were four distinct traditions of women’s education during the Regency period which can be categorized (roughly) as old and new:

  1. (Old) The girl’s school that taught decorum and accomplishments like the one the Bingley sisters attended. The students were generally not of the first circles. Obviously, neither were they poor. Instead, they were exactly what Caroline Bingley was: social climbers. Students at such schools were the daughters of families of lower rank, whether well-off gentry or tradesmen, trying to prepare their daughters for entry into higher society.
  2. (Old) Traditional methods of home schooling, including masters, tutors and governesses. This was practiced by families in the first circles as well as the majority…

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Waltzing With The Earl – Catherine Tinley

Lovely five-star review from Julie @ Bookish Jottings ❤

Bookish Jottings

An exceptional and enchanting debut fans of Regency romances will not be able to resist, Waltzing with the Earl is a stylish and accomplished historical tale from a wonderful new voice in the genre: Catherine Tinley!

Miss Charlotte Wyncroft has always had a yearning to live in her native country. Having grown up in Vienna with her father, Charlotte is delighted when her Papa arranges for her to stay with her relations, the Buxteds, while he is in France. Although unlimited patience is required with her social-climbing aunt and her highly-strung cousin Henrietta, Charlotte is enjoying her stay in England. However, what Charlotte hadn’t counted on was on finding herself attracted to the one man she should not fall in love with: Adam, the Earl of Shalford….

The burdens of responsibility lie heavily on Adam’s shoulders. He needs money -and lots of it – to turn the fortunes of his…

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An Interview with Catherine Tinley

A recent interview with bookish jottings 🙂

Bookish Jottings

I am delighted to welcome Harlequin/Mills and Boon Historical Romance author Catherine Tinley for a chat about her debut novel, Waltzing with the Earl, rakes and rogues and the enduring appeal of Regency romance!

Thank you so much for joining me here at Bookish Jottings, Catherine. It’s lovely to have you here! Could you please start by telling me something about yourself and the books you write?

Thanks for having me, Julie. I live in Ireland with my husband and daughter. We have two older children who have now both flown the nest in a Scottish direction – one to university and one to work. We have a wee dog too, called Carey. I work full-time and also volunteer for a charity, so my writing has to fit into a busy life.

What drew you to writing historical romances and to the Regency, in particular?

Jane Austen, originally, then Georgette…

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Judging my book

Judging my book

What is it about a book that makes it catch the eye? That instant before you have processed the words, when you are reacting visually to the overall look of the cover…

It’s a question that has occupied psychologists, publishers and writers since before Penguin placed that small, iconic bird on its first cover. What works? Which colours, layouts, fonts? Should a writer, or a genre, have an instantly identifiable style?

Think of John Irving. In my head, I see the block lettering  and simple imagery of the 1990s editions.

Penguin Classics: do you see the orange version, with the old typeface? The Grapes of Wrath. Pygmalion. The Great Gatsby. Or do you picture the black ones, with classical paintings on the covers? The Odyssey. Animal Farm. Pride and Prejudice.


According to psychologists, the feeling of recognition is vital. Well known authors – those with a strong brand identity – are marketed with covers that give prominence to their name. Once the font size and layout is agreed, it is used consistently across all their books. This helps the reader recognise a favourite author even before they have fully processed the words. If you see a familiar pattern of colour, text and layout, your hand is already reaching for the book.

So what of us new writers? We have no name recognition, no ‘brand identity’. How do we ensure, among the hundreds and thousands of books that are on offer, that our book is seen?

One way is to get a publishing deal with a major publisher. This offers the reader certain guarantees. The expert reader (and we are all experts in our favourite genres and writers) knows what they are looking for. They know which publishers they can rely on to offer books that are likely to match their interests.

My book is a love story, set in Regency England, and I am lucky to have been offered a contract with the  world’s leading publisher of romance fiction, Mills & Boon. Mills & Boon is a subsidiary of Harlequin Enterprises Ltd,  and operates as a division of HarperCollins. This means they are good at what they do. They have been doing it successfully all around the word for a long, long time. It also means that I, as an unknown writer, get a leg up at the very start of my career.

My book fits perfectly with their Regency series, which has its own unique look, logo, colour scheme, cover style. They use real models, wearing historically accurate clothing in appropriate settings, for the covers.

Recently I was asked to complete a Fact Sheet for the art & design team, who would be working on my cover. I had to choose a key scene and describe the people, the place, and the time. Of course I went for the Waltzing scene. It is pivotal in the story – a moment of bliss for my hero and heroine. I linked to my pinned pictures of ballrooms, gowns and knee-breeches, and included my description of her gown, the ballroom and, of course, the physical description of both Adam and Charlotte.

I’m delighted with the result. Charlotte is just as beautiful as I’d imagined her, but it is a quiet sort of beauty. Adam is tall, handsome and lean, which is spot-on. The background is right too – just as grand as I imagined the ballroom at Chadcombe. The only problem is that, in the original scene, they waltzed at night-time, in candlelight, but this may have been too much for a cover shoot!

The publisher has also written a blurb for the back cover. It does, I think, give a good sense of the central conflict – Adam needs to marry for money, and Henrietta is wealthier than Charlotte. It is not quite accurate to describe poor Charlotte as ‘penniless’, but it gets the point across, I suppose.

As to how it all unfolds – How does Adam start to look beyond the flirtatious Henrietta to her quiet cousin? How does Charlotte’s opinion of him change over time? What impact does their first kiss have on the course of events? Well, perhaps you’ll read the book to find out.

I hope that you, at least, enjoy the cover! Oh, and there may be another version along in a while – this is the North American cover.


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A Warm Welcome at HQ HQ


Yesterday I travelled to Harlequin’s UK head office in London, to meet my editor, Julia Williams, and colleagues. It was a big day for me – though I assumed it would be a fairly routine thing for them – so I wore my favourite blue dress.


Finding the place was trickier than I’d anticipated – even with google maps. I walked the long way round after coming out of the Tube – if you’re ever going there, it’s right next to the Shard – don’t even bother with maps! [That’s it on the left, with the columns]


The lobby was really impressive/fairly intimidating, depending on how you’re feeling. I felt both. A huge space, serious security, and lots of Words on the wall. Julia came down to meet me, and we went for a coffee first. That was lovely, as we had the chance for a wee chat before going upstairs.

I say ‘upstairs’ but I mean ‘up-lift’. Harper Collins, of which Harlequin is a part, holds the 15th and 16th floors. The lifts are in the centre, with the whole team working round the bright, glass-walled sides. There are meeting rooms and kitchens dotted about, and everywhere, books and quotes from books. If you can tear your eyes away, then – oh my goodness, what a view!


Julia brought me to the Harlequin Mills & Boon area, where I met lots of smiling, friendly, warm women. Not only that, they were waiting for me! Apparently, meeting a new author for the first time is a proper Thing!

I had an interview with Bronagh McDermott, from Dublin, who does the social media work for Harlequin, then went through for my Reception. A Reception!!

The lovely Sarah had done this –


There was prosecco, and a lovely welcoming speech from Jo Grant, the Senior Executive Editor at Harlequin UK. Then Julia and Linda Fildew, the Senior Editor for Historical Romance, both said lovely things about my book. Finally I talked a bit about me, and how delighted I was, and the importance of Storytelling in the human psyche! I hope I didn’t go on too long Grinning face with smiling eyes !

We then had a nice chat which included, among other things, Rupert Murdoch, Nigel Slater, and Flo Nicoll’s Christmas email.

Nothing further will be said on these subjects 😉

Finally, the photos –

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Me, Jo, Linda and Julia


The Historicals team, led by Linda


The whole team! Aren’t they lovely!