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The Spinster's Christmas

Now available in both the original version and a new illustrated edition!

Regency romantic suspense
Prequel to the Lady Wynwood's Spies series

Spinster Miranda Belmoore has become a poor relation in her cousin’s house. She determines to escape a life of drudgery and disdain from her own family members, who are embarrassed by her straightforward speech and unconventional behavior that does not match with proper society. She is beginning to believe what they tell her—that she doesn’t matter to anyone, not even to God.

Former naval captain Gerard Foremont is having difficulty adjusting to life back on land, bitter that his career has been cut short by his severely injured knee. A Christmastide houseparty with the Belmoores reunites him with his childhood friend, Miranda, but he is appalled at the verbal abuse she endures and wants to help her.

The festivities are disrupted when a cloaked intruder attacks Gerard, with Miranda as the only witness. Now the two of them must uncover who wants to harm him and why, before Twelfth Night ends in murder …

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Unfortunately, Kindle would not allow me to publish two versions of the same book, so the illustrated ebook is no longer available on Amazon. However, you can email me (camys.loft@gmail.com) to purchase the book from me directly or send me a copy of your Apple Books, Google Play, or Kobo receipt, and I'll be happy to send you a copy of the illustrated version to load onto your Kindle. It is DRM-free on Apple Books, Google Play, and Kobo, so you can also download a copy onto your computer and load it onto your Kindle from there.

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He looked down the hallway outside the ballroom, but at first he saw no one. Then he peered into the shadows at the end of the hallway, and saw a figure leaning against the wall. He headed toward her.

It was only when he drew near that he realized something was wrong. Her hand over her stomach trembled. Her face was whiter than the painted walls.


She saw him, and something in her eyes made him think of the faces of men who were drowning.

He strode forward, his cane dropping to the ground, and he folded her in his arms.

--Excerpt from The Spinster's Christmas by Camille Elliot