A love of historical romance prompted Caroline to pursue her degrees in social history; her Master's Degree is in Comparative World History, which is the study of themes across history (for instance, 'domestication of animals throughout the world,' or 'childhood through history'). Her theme? You guessed it: Marriage throughout world history. Her favorite focus was periods of history that brought two disparate peoples together to marry, like marriage in the Levant during the Kingdom of Jerusalem, or marriage between convicts in colonial New South Wales. She hopes that she's able to bring this love of history-- and this history of love-- to her novels.
Caroline is living her own little Happily Ever After with her husband and sons in North Carolina.
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Most of us are avid readers, and some of us started at a very young age. But I was lucky enough to fall in love with a genre as a kid, and have been writing stories within that genre for decades.
I’ve been devouring historical romance for most of my reading career. My parents had a policy of not controlling my reading choices, so after I tired of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, I moved on to historical romance. There was some debate between the school and my parents about age-appropriateness, but my parents maintained that I was mature enough to read what I wanted to read.
And boy, am I glad that they did. Historical romance had a way of capturing my imagination, of making me fall in love not just with a book, or with characters, but with a time and a place.
It made me fall in love with history.
Today I focus on social history. Social history is the study of the time and place, rather than the events of history. I study how people lived, so that I can extrapolate how my characters live.
Of course, I’m not limited to reading historical romance… it’s just my favorite. I’m also a fan of sci-fi and fantasy, or any story with a kick-ass heroine. It wasn’t until I joined my local RWA chapter, though, that I discovered that there are other romance genres out there! I mean, I had this vague understanding that there had to be “contemporary romance” if there was “historical romance”… but suddenly I discovered that there’s paranormal romance and romantic suspense and inspirational romance and all sorts of new genres. So I’ve been reading like crazy since then, and am totally in love with Bookbub, and every other site that sends me free/cheap new e-books daily!
I’ve been happily living and writing in my own little imagination for years, but I didn’t think to share any of my stories with the world until 2012, when I decided to put a Christmas novella up on Amazon. I didn’t even know what Indie-publishing was, at that point. I just uploaded a Word file, and didn’t think much of it! Then I did it again in 2013, and kept doing it. I like to say that I’m an accidental Indie author, because I didn’t quite realize what I was doing when started. But I’ve been successful. My Sweet Cheyenne Quartet is a sweet-and-clean Western series revolving around the holidays, and all four books reached the Amazon best-sellers lists at various points.
And now I’m ready to launch the first in my next series, and oooooh, am I excited to share! The Brothers of Baird’s Cove Trilogy is set in Charleston, SC at the tail-end of Reconstruction, and focuses on three brothers who lost their future when the South lost the War Between the States. In Renegade, Mac has become a smuggler in an attempt to thumb his nose at the rules and regulations the US has placed on Charleston; he cherishes his freedom and his way of life, even as he realizes things are changing around him. But then one day he meets his smuggling contact’s daughter, and becomes… distracted. Becks is as uninhibited and freedom-loving as he is, and is going prove that Mac can have a real future, after all.
You’re going to fall in love with not just these characters, but Edisto Island, where the story is set. I promise. Happy Reading!
Smuggling gave him the freedom he needed…
To no one’s surprise, McKee Baird never fought in the War Between the States. His fiercely independent nature made it impossible for him to take orders, and his close friendship with a black man stopped him from fighting for his father’s South. But he’s found his own way to rebel against the new government the United States has imposed on him… and right now, the only thing standing in the way of his smuggling business is the intriguingly uninhibited Becks Middleton.
Their chance meeting gave her the excitement she’d been craving…
Becks has a life of freedom away from Charleston society’s rules. So of course she can’t help but be drawn to the stimulating renegade her mother invites to visit Beckett Plantation, even if she doesn’t approve of his profession. When the opportunity to seduce Mac arises, Becks takes that chance, planning on one night of passion before the dangerous smuggler leaves. But when she accidentally becomes part of his schemes, she can’t reveal the truth without risking his freedom. Joining him on his ship, Becks will face not just her growing love for Mac but a confrontation with authorities that will threaten their very lives.
Can the two of them reconcile their differences before their future is stolen away?