Masters of Seduction

Master storytellers Marsha Canham, Virginia Henley, Jacquie D’Alessandro, Jill Gregory, Sherri Browning Erwin, and Julie Ortolon deliver six sizzling new short stories featuring a magic mirror pendant that guides couples on a seductive path to their own true love destiny, from Middle Ages to modern day.

WHAT THE HEART SEES, by Marsha Canham: A knight defying Prince John’s edicts risks all with a forester’s daughter whose chance encounter with a blind jeweler offers the only possibility for escape… and for love.

A ROUGH WOOING, by Virginia Henley: After Scottish beauty Douglas Elliot takes advantage of a raid on English Border Warden Sir Lancelot Greystoke’s lands to steal his antique mirror pendant, only a pardon from the new king can effect a union between these two reckless lovers.

HEART’S DESIRE, by Jacquie D’Alessandro: On her way to London to attend Queen Victoria’s coronation and to announce her own engagement, Callie Albright’s stop in the village where she spent her childhood brings her in contact with a man and an antique mirror––and both will change her destiny.

AND THEN THERE WAS YOU, by Jill Gregory: When childhood friends Georgianna and Gabe, separated by the years, meet again at a Wyoming ranch, the woman wounded by love and the gunslinger who’s vowed never to marry find in each other the one thing they weren’t searching for––love

ALL THAT GLITTERS, by Sherri Browning Erwin: Seventies socialite Elyse Fontaine, obsessed with immortality, finds that things aren’t always what they seem when she meets mysterious rocker Bastian Blaze on the run from the law.

HAPPILY EVER AFTER, by Julie Ortolon: When Chloe Davis finds an ancient mirror pendant on the beach at Pearl Island, she sees it as a gift of acceptance from the B&B’s star-crossed ghosts––until childhood acquaintance Luc Renard arrives from New Orleans with a tale about the mirror that could steal Chloe’s happiness––or lead to her own happy ending.

Follow the mirror and fall in love with MASTERS OF SEDUCTION.



Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World


On November 14, 1889, Nellie Bly, the crusading young female reporter for Joseph Pulitzer’s ‘World’ newspaper, left New York City by steamship on a quest to break the record for the fastest trip around the world. Also departing from New York that day —and heading in the opposite direction by train — was a young journalist from ‘The Cosmopolitan’ magazine, Elizabeth Bisland.

Each woman was determined to outdo Jules Verne’s fictional hero Phileas Fogg and circle the globe in less than eighty days. The dramatic race that ensued would span twenty-eight thousand miles, captivate the nation, and change both competitors’ lives forever.

The two women were a study in contrasts. Nellie Bly was a scrappy, hard-driving, ambitious reporter from Pennsylvania coal country who sought out the most sensational news stories, often going undercover to expose social injustice. Genteel and elegant, Elizabeth Bisland had been born into an aristocratic Southern family, preferred novels and poetry to newspapers, and was widely referred to as the most beautiful woman in metropolitan journalism. Both women, though, were talented writers who had carved out successful careers in the hypercompetitive, male-dominated world of big-city newspapers.

‘Eighty Days’ brings these trailblazing women to life as they race against time and each other, unaided and alone, ever aware that the slightest delay could mean the difference between victory and defeat.

A vivid real-life re-creation of the race and its aftermath, from its frenzied start to the nail-biting dash at its finish, ‘Eighty Days’ is history with the heart of a great adventure novel. Here’s the journey that takes us behind the walls of Jules Verne’s Amiens estate, into the back alleys of Hong Kong, onto the grounds of a Ceylon tea plantation, through storm-tossed ocean crossings and mountains blocked by snowdrifts twenty feet deep, and to many more unexpected and exotic locales from London to Yokohama.

Along the way, we are treated to fascinating glimpses of everyday life in the late nineteenth century — an era of unprecedented technological advances, newly remade in the image of the steamship, the railroad, and the telegraph. For Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland—two women ahead of their time in every sense of the word—were not only racing around the world. They were also racing through the very heart of the Victorian age.

Praise for ‘Eighty Days:
“What a story! What an extraordinary historical adventure!”
— Amanda Foreman, author of ‘A World on Fire’
“A fun, fast, page-turning action-adventure . . . the exhilarating journey of two pioneering women, Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland, as they race around the globe.”
— Karen Abbott, author of ‘American Rose’
“A page-turner . . . Matthew Goodman brings to life the two women, [the] fast-changing times and the way the whole country was swept up in their parallel adventures.”
— Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Compelling narrative nonfiction . . . Goodman takes readers on a riveting ride.”
— American Way’
“Truly exciting . . . a fun trip for his readers . . . a fully satisfying portrait of the era.”
– ‘Bust’ magazine
“Goodman is a master storyteller . . . and his armchair tour is a treat to read.”
— ‘The Columbus Dispatch’
“Delightful . . . History lovers will eat it up.”
— ‘Library Journal’