Message From The Author

Author's Message

Take an evil villain intent on gaining
a fortune, add in a dangerously hand-
some rake and a near-sighted American reformer, throw into the mix a foiled elopement and a cast of characters you will not soon forget, and you get my book, THE ABDUCTION OF JULIA!

From the day I first read Arabella
by Georgette Heyer, I was lost. Forget about football games and boring dances in the gym. With the turn of a single page, I could magically waltz around a silk-draped ballroom, flirt with a handsome rake with mysterious eyes, and ride through Hyde Park in a scandalously
form-fitting riding habit.

I love the Regency era; no time period shines brighter for sheer romance and no men have ever been as fascinating as those dangerous rakes, just like the hero of my story, Alec MacLean, the dark and reckless viscount Hunterston. In THE ABDUCTION OF JULIA, our heroine is plain-spoken, plainly dressed, on-the-shelf Julia Frant, who secretly loves Alec from afar. When he accidentally snatches Julia instead of her scheming cousin for an elopement to Gretna Green, Julia leaps at the chance to make her passionate dreams come true.

Alec is in no position to quibble: if he doesnt marry by midnight and live scandal-free for a year, he loses his inheritance. At least marriage with Julia will guarantee his fortune. But as his plain brown wren transforms herself into an elegant swan, Alec suddenly cant stay away from his, last-minute wifeand when he kisses her, the inheritance is the last thing on
his mind. Unfortunately, scandal can occur even with the best of intentionsand Julia is never short of good intentions!

I would love to hear from you! Visit my website and enter my contest, or mail an SASE to Karen Hawkins, P.O. Box 5292, Kingsport, TN 37663-5292.

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