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The Last Chance Christmas Ball

Cara Elliott, Jo Beverley, Joanna Bourne, Mary Jo Putney, Nicola Cornick, Patricia Rice, Susan King

ISBN 9781420138597
Publish Date 9/27/2016
Format Paperback
Categories Historical, Zebra
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“Each author’s unique style and storytelling talents are at their best, gifting readers one scrumptious treat after another…glowing with the joy and romance of the yuletide.” --RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

Christmas 1815. Upstairs and downstairs, Holbourne Abbey is abuzz with preparations for a grand ball to celebrate the year’s most festive—and romantic—holiday. For at the top of each guest’s wish list is a last chance to find true love before the New Year…

About Cara Elliott:

Mary Jo Putney, Jo Beverley, Joanna Bourne, Patricia Rice, Nicola Cornick, Cara Elliott, Anne Gracie, Susan King are the ladies otherwise known as the Word Wenches. These eight authors have written a combined 231 novels and 74 novellas. They’ve won awards such as the RITAS, RT Lifetime Achievement award, RT Living Legend, and RT Reviewers Choice award. Several of them are regulars on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. Learn more at www.wordwenches.com.


About Jo Beverley:

Kensington mourns the passing of Jo Beverley, a great lady and a ground-breaking writer.

Jo was the author of over thirty published historical romances and many shorter works. The recipient of numerous awards including the Golden Leaf, the Award of Excellence, the National Readers’ Choice, and two Career Achievement awards from Romantic Times, she was also a five time winner of the RITA, the top award of the Romance Writers Of America, and a member of their Hall of Fame and Honor Roll. Her novels regularly appeared on the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists.

Beloved of fans and fellow writers alike, Jo’s wit, warmth and wisdom will be sorely missed.

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Arguably today's most skillful writer of intelligent historical romance... Publisher's Weekly, March 9th 1998

Jo Beverley is the author of eighteen published romances, both Regency and historical. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Golden Leaf, the Award of Excellence, the National Readers Choice, and a two Career Achievement awards from Romantic Times. She is also a four time winner of the RITA, the top award of the Romance Writers Of America, and a member of their Hall of Fame.

Born and raised in England, Jo moved to Canada in the mid-seventies with her scientist husband. She now lives in Victoria with her husband and two teenaged sons.

Jo began writing stories almost as soon as she could string sentences together, and still has a medieval historical romance written in a school text book when she was a teenager. It was only in the mid eighties, however, that things came together for her to apply herself seriously to writing, and she completed a regency romance in 1985. It was promptly rejected by a number of publishers, and she settled more earnestly to learning the craft. In 1988, it sold to Walker, and was published as LORD WRAYBOURNE'S BETROTHED.

This was followed by three other traditional regencies, then two longer regencies — the beginning of her famous Company Of Rogues series—and then she returned to her first love, medieval historical. However, an interested publisher would only buy her first medieval if she wrote a Regency historical for them as well, Regency historicals being all the rage. As she wrote the book, Jo decided she really wanted to write a Georgian, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and thus began her successful Malloren series, presided over by the head of the Malloren family, the enigmatic Marquis of Rothgar. Jo gets so many letters from readers demanding Rothgar's story, that she has buttons saying "Waiting For Rothgar."

Mary Jo Putney, Jo Beverley, Joanna Bourne, Patricia Rice, Nicola Cornick, Cara Elliott, Anne Gracie, Susan King are the ladies otherwise known as the Word Wenches. These eight authors have written a combined 231 novels and 74 novellas. They’ve won awards such as the RITAS, RT Lifetime Achievement award, RT Living Legend, and RT Reviewers Choice award. Several of them are regulars on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. Learn more at www.wordwenches.com.


About Joanna Bourne:

Mary Jo Putney, Jo Beverley, Joanna Bourne, Patricia Rice, Nicola Cornick, Cara Elliott, Anne Gracie, Susan King are the ladies otherwise known as the Word Wenches. These eight authors have written a combined 231 novels and 74 novellas. They’ve won awards such as the RITAS, RT Lifetime Achievement award, RT Living Legend, and RT Reviewers Choice award. Several of them are regulars on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. Learn more at www.wordwenches.com.

About Mary Jo Putney:

Mary Jo Putney is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has written over 50 novels and novellas. A ten-time finalist for the Romance Writers of America RITA, she has won the honor twice and is on the RWA Honor Roll for bestselling authors. She has been awarded two Romantic Times Career Achievement Awards, four NJRW Golden Leaf awards, plus the NJRW career achievement award for historical romance. Though most of her books have been historical romance, she has also published contemporary romances, historical fantasy, and young adult paranormal historicals.

Mary Jo Putney, Jo Beverley, Joanna Bourne, Patricia Rice, Nicola Cornick, Cara Elliott, Anne Gracie, Susan King are the ladies otherwise known as the Word Wenches. These eight authors have written a combined 231 novels and 74 novellas. They’ve won awards such as the RITAS, RT Lifetime Achievement award, RT Living Legend, and RT Reviewers Choice award. Several of them are regulars on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. Learn more at www.wordwenches.com.


About Nicola Cornick:

Mary Jo Putney, Jo Beverley, Joanna Bourne, Patricia Rice, Nicola Cornick, Cara Elliott, Anne Gracie, Susan King are the ladies otherwise known as the Word Wenches. These eight authors have written a combined 231 novels and 74 novellas. They’ve won awards such as the RITAS, RT Lifetime Achievement award, RT Living Legend, and RT Reviewers Choice award. Several of them are regulars on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. Learn more at www.wordwenches.com.


About Patricia Rice:

Fourteen years ago, with a newly acquired certificate in public accounting and no job, Patricia Rice sold her first historical romance "Over the Transom" to Kensington Publishing Company. Today, she is one of romance's hottest authors with several million books in print, and she no longer needs that accounting certificate.

Her twenty-sixth book and current release, GARDEN OF DREAMS, is her very first contemporary romance. The story of a Harley-riding computer genius who drops into the bucolic life of a fey gardener, it's set in the rural Western Kentucky area the author has called home for twenty years.

Her emotionally charged historicals have garnered Patricia many awards throughout her writing career, including the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice and Lifetime Achievement Awards. Currently, GARDEN OF DREAMS, has been nominated for the Romantic Times Reviewer Award. She has also been a finalist for the Romance Writers of America exclusive RlTA, and received the Bookrak Best-selling Paperback award. Kensington has recently reissued two of Patricias early novels, Surrender and Moonlight Mistress.

Married, with two children, she is a native of Kentucky, resides in Charlotte, North Carolina and now does accounting only for herself She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Authors Guild, and Novelists, Inc., as well as numerous professional accounting organizations and local charities.

Mary Jo Putney, Jo Beverley, Joanna Bourne, Patricia Rice, Nicola Cornick, Cara Elliott, Anne Gracie, Susan King are the ladies otherwise known as the Word Wenches. These eight authors have written a combined 231 novels and 74 novellas. They’ve won awards such as the RITAS, RT Lifetime Achievement award, RT Living Legend, and RT Reviewers Choice award. Several of them are regulars on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. Learn more at www.wordwenches.com.


About Susan King:

Mary Jo Putney, Jo Beverley, Joanna Bourne, Patricia Rice, Nicola Cornick, Cara Elliott, Anne Gracie, Susan King are the ladies otherwise known as the Word Wenches. These eight authors have written a combined 231 novels and 74 novellas. They’ve won awards such as the RITAS, RT Lifetime Achievement award, RT Living Legend, and RT Reviewers Choice award. Several of them are regulars on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. Learn more at www.wordwenches.com.


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