An Offer They Can’t Refuse.

Who is Jules Vanderzeit, and why does he appear in all four of my Gided Age romance novels?

Timeless romance from the Gilded Age

He isn’t the hero of any of the stories. He’s more like a villain, the antagonist, and yet, he’s the common factor in the series.

Who would base a series on a villain? Not me! Not really.

As I see it, Jules isn’t a villain so much as he represents an opportunity.

While it may seem as if Jules, the Maestro, shows up at the worse possible moment in my character’s lives, he’s really there to offer them an opportunity to set things right. While it may seem as if he’s the source of all their woes, he’s really an opportunity to make life altering choices.

He’s like the classic case of getting fired from a job you really, really hate but think you really, really need. And then, when you’re at your lowest, this eventually becomes the best thing that ever happened to you. If forces you to jump-start your life for act two.

Being forced out of our comfort zone, even an unpleasant comfort zone, forces us to make choices we would otherwise avoid. And while it often seems more difficult and challenging than we would like, it also provides the opportunity for greater rewards.

Interested in seeking out a new opportunity for yourself? Read one of the Jules Vanderzeit books to see for yourself if he can make you an offer you can’t refuse.

Stories Behind the Stories

First and foremost, while my most recent book, Until She Says Yes,  is completely fictional, it is inspired by true stories.

Until She Says Yes print

You only need to read the first few pages to learn about Kingsley Goddard proposing to Consuelo Vanderbilt. While it is NOT true that Consuelo Vanderbilt ever received a marriage proposal from Kingsley Goddard, since the man is completely fictional, it is true that she received a marriage proposal that her mother, Alva Vanderbilt forced her to refuse. Alva wanted her daughter to marry an English nobleman and eventually forced Consuelo to marry the Duke of Marlborough in 1895. According to Consuelo’s memoir, The Glitter and the Gold, it was a sad failure.  Based on this factual piece of history, I created a scene for my fictional hero, Kingsley.

And although Kingsley Goddard and his family are built from my imagination, there is a story told by Elizabeth Wharton Drexel Lehr in her memoir, King Lehr and the Gilded Age, on which my book is based. Apparently, Elizabeth witnessed Edith Gould dismiss her Italian governess, Anna Maria Lucci because Mrs. Gould had learned that her son was interested in the young woman. Signorina Lucci insisted that Mr. Kingdom did in fact love her, but she was sent away.

After reading Ms. Lehr’s memoir, I was inspired to write the story behind the story to find out what might have happened to those upstairs/downstairs lovers. I hope you’re inspired to find out too.

Until She Says Yes is available at Amazon.

 

Update to Glitches Happen.

I’m happy to report it only took ten days and some helpful instructions from the good folks at Amazon to get my stellar screw-up fixed. Thank you, publishing gods!!  If you look back to my blog  post on March 20, you’ll see the original error.

Now see how it should look:

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Much better.

Good things come to those who wait, and play nice with Amazon. If you haven’t already gotten your copy while the glitch was still in place, no problem. Click this link: Until She Says Yes to get your copy today. This is the same great book it was when it was known as the book with two names. Enjoy it now, enjoy it always.

Happy reading.

Glitches Happen

What’s wrong with this picture?

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If you noticed that the title on the book cover doesn’t match the title listed on Amazon, you’re right. Yeah you. Not me!

Maybe you’re asking, how did this happen? – – – Short answer: Because sometimes I’m a freaking idiot, and sometimes I’m not. This is one of those times when I dropped the ball. Bases loaded, strike one.

When I was entering my book to be published on Amazon, I hadn’t noticed that I had typed in the wrong title. Duh! That’s a pretty Big opps. Somehow I had combined parts of my previous book – Until You Love Me – with my current release – Until She Says Yes. I got it half right but only half right is still all wrong.

The title for this book is and always has been Until She Says Yes.

The US government has issued stamps with errors and many of those stamps have become quite valuable because of those errors. They represent a moment in history that was NOT intended. Everyone involved in the process of making those stamps intended to make a perfectly flawless final product. But somewhere along the way an error was overlooked.

I too intended to make a perfectly flawless final product, but like those well-intended stamp makers, somewhere along the way I screwed up. Something got overlooked.

When I discovered my error, my glitch, I spent days being bummed about it, certain it would take me months to recover from this screw-up.  All I could do was suck  it up and move on.  But then I started reading Tyler Perry’s book, Higher Is Waiting,  and I realized my error wasn’t so bad, certainly not life changing. I just needed a way to move past this moment in time and keep believing in myself. Believe in ME. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it, who better than ME.

My book, Until She Says Yes, is a good book. The story is still a good story. It’s entertaining and uplifting. So now that you know that I screwed up, please don’t let that stop you from buying the book, reading the book, and enjoying the story.  Maybe you can be the one to tell your friends, I bought the book with the wrong title . . . and I liked it.

Enjoy always, T

PS – I’m working with Amazon to get this fixed. I’ll keep you updated.