Pre-order The Earl on the Train Today!

Things you can find in The Earl on the Train:

1) An earl who wants to be an interior decorator.

2) A woman determined to start a business of magic potion perfumes. She also loves pink.

3) Trains, steamships, and travel guides

4) Kissing

5) Happily Ever After

An earl with a problem.

Nicholas Masterson, Lord Sharpe, has a problem with potions. He won’t drink them, he craves them, and they’re getting weaker by the day. When his spymaster uncle requests that he travel from London to India to investigate, he reluctantly agrees and hops on an early morning train.

A woman with a plan.

Ida Quimby has set herself a goal: begin a new life as an elite perfumer, selling potion-based perfumes to the highest tier of London society. But when her good-for-nothing brother reneges on his promise to supply her with the magic serum for her potions, she takes matters into her own hands and sets out for India to confront him.

The journey of a lifetime.

A chance meeting on a train brings Nick and Ida together, starting them down a path of mystery and intrigue that could get them both killed. Or lead them to a love for all times.

The Earl on the Train is out for pre-order. Reserve your copy today for a New Year’s treat!

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How To Seduce A Spy Is Live!

How to Seduce a Spy is available for purchase!

I'm so happy to have my baby finally out there in the world. I hope you all love Henry and Elle as much as I do and that their story gives you a fun and happy break from your daily life. Thank you so much for you support, and Happy Reading!

Where can I buy the book?

Why, I'm so glad you asked! How to Seduce a Spy is available at all the following stores:

Amazon (ebook and paperback): https://amzn.to/2CzAGfS

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The book is available to retailers everywhere, so if you want to see it in your local bookstore or your local library, please request it!

Cover of How to Seduce a Spy by Catherine Stein. Woman with black hat, white shirt, black corset on the front, potion bottle on the back. Blurb reads:  Where potions run technology and passions run deep.    A barmaid with a rare talent.   Paris, 1882. Barmaid and potions expert Elle Deschamps knows a worrying secret: the supply of the magic serum that gives her potions their potency is running dangerously low. When a mysterious gentleman hires her to help search out new sources for serum, she jumps at the chance to earn her way to a life of less drudgery.   A spy on a mission.   Agent of the British crown Henry Ainsworth has a simple directive: end the potions crisis, by any means necessary. Posing as a bodyguard, he joins the beguiling potions expert on her continent-hopping expedition, determined to protect her from the unknown foes who wish to thwart her.   A love neither can resist.   With time of the essence, Elle and Henry must rely on one another to avert disaster. As enemies close in, they find the greatest danger of all may not be to their their lives, but to their hearts.

Those Wacky Victorians

Image of the Mansion of Happiness board game

In my current Work in Progress, my hero and heroine enjoy playing games together. So I went looking for Victorian-era board games, and discovered this gem: The Mansion of Happiness.

Mansion of Happiness is a typical move-around-the-board game like we all know, but in classic Victorian style it was intended not just for fun (The Horror!) but to impart Puritan-style morals to young people. The game even uses a teetotum (spinner) because dice were associated with evil and the devil.

Players navigate a board full of vices and virtues as they try to make their way to the Mansion (aka heaven).

Some of the rules are hilarious:

WHOEVER arrives at the SUMMIT of DISSIPATION must go to RUIN.

WHOEVER gets into a PASSION must be taken to the water and have a ducking to cool him.

WHOEVER possesses AUDACITY, CRUELTY, IMMODESTY, or INGRATITUDE, must return to his former situation till his turn comes to spin again, and not even think of Happiness, much less partake of it.

Happy October!

Happy October!

I hope everyone is enjoying the fall weather, football season, apples, pumpkins, cider, and more. I love fall, and this fall is particularly special because my debut novel, How to Seduce a Spy, is now available for preorder on multiple platforms!

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Print book will be available on or shortly before the release date of 11/5/18.

And now, for your viewing delight, the full print cover of How to Seduce a Spy:

Catherine Stein, How to Seduce a Spy, Potions and Passions Book 1 - Cover image showing woman in a black hat, white shirt, and black corset.

Those Wacky Victorians

Every newsletter I try to include an interesting bit of Victorian trivia that I have come across as I am writing and researching my books. The Victorian Era was a time of great interest in science, nature, and the world, and a time of many inventions. Some of their ideas worked out great! Others, well, not so much.

I just recently wrote a bit where my heroine was involved in a wild bicycle chase. So here are some Victorian bicycle terms:

Penny-farthing: the large-wheeled bicycle popular with young men from the 1870s to mid-1880s. Was called an "ordinary" bicycle until this term came into use in the 1890s, first as a perjorative. Most weighed about 40 lbs., and you picked your wheel size based on your leg length.

To take a header: To go flying off headfirst. A very real danger with the penny-farthing, many of which had poor or no brakes and were prone to tipping.

Scorcher: Someone who rides fast (and probably recklessly).

Safety Bicycle: a bike with two wheels of equal or near-equal size and a chain drive. First available in the mid-1880s. Once these were widely available, the bike was no longer a toy but a practical vehicle for anyone.

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