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#TBT: How I Met My Countess

Moving along to the next installment of my #TBT look the Bachelor Chronicles series (in advance of the June 2nd release of Mad About the Major), this week we are going to look at How I Met My Countess.

Opening up what I think of as the last third of the Bachelor Chronicles is a trio of books about the Widows Standon. The idea for the book came from Love Letters of a Duke, where the hero laments having these warring dowagers from the previous heirs driving him crazy. How I Met My CountessI wondered about these three and then came up with the idea that all three had married very young and not really all that willingly to these potential heirs who all up and died and left them fighting over dowager scraps.

Then along comes matchmaking Felicity with a fierce idea: make them live together in a rundown, awful London town house until their either:

A) Kill each other
B) Marry the first likely gentleman to come along and get off the Standon gravy train.

LOL. My Regency version of a reality show.

I opened the series with most unlikely of heroines, Lucy Ellyson, or as her father and family call her, Goosie. Well, Goosie is hard to describe–so I suggest you meet her, the same way the Earl of Clifton did, but letting her saunter and swagger into your heart! You can read the excerpt and discover a little bit about one of my favorite characters.

(And BTW, you also get to meet Malcolm, who was also friends with Mad Jack, from This Rake of Mine.)

Comment below and tell me yes or no if you have a nickname–especially one that makes you just cringe every time your family uses it. One lucky poster will win an autographed book from the Bachelor Chronicles series. Check back next Tuesday to see if you’ve won.

You still have a week to get all caught up on the Bachelor Chronicles series by June 2nd, when Arabella Tremont, escapes her ducal father and sets out to discover London on her own. Only what she discovers is that she’s Mad About the Major.

19 comments to “#TBT: How I Met My Countess”

  1. Kristen Bouwmeester
    May 21st, 2015 at 7:46 am · Link

    Yes I do have a nickname. It is “Tigerlilly ” because I have a tiger tail on the back of my ski helmet and all my friends would say that I’m delicate like a flower.

  2. florine
    May 21st, 2015 at 7:59 am · Link


    With a name of Florine many people tried to call me “Flo”. But I gave them my “don’t you dare” look and they’d stop! So…..no nickname.

    • Elizabeth
      May 21st, 2015 at 9:15 am · Link


  3. Rhiannon Rowland
    May 21st, 2015 at 10:20 am · Link

    My name inspired lots of nicknames when I was younger, some nice some not so nice. I was Annie to most of my family, Rin to my best friend from Jr High (she still calls me that when I see her every couple years, I cringe), Rhino, Re. When I was very young and in school the kids took the Re from the sound of the beginning of my name and took that to retard, which was very cruel, but I didn’t let it bother me long. I just thought they were not very creative if that is all the could come up with. When I hit my teen years I made my family stop calling me Annie, I thought I was too old for that. πŸ˜€

  4. Maryellen Webber
    May 21st, 2015 at 10:22 am · Link

    I have a nickname that I gave myself in high school, it’s Mel, short for Maryellen. Can’t wait to read Mad About The Major!!!!

  5. Rosalie Otto
    May 21st, 2015 at 11:00 am · Link

    With Rosalie it has be Rosie for a nickname. But as a young girl I hated it. Then I grew up and liked it. I don’t like Rose but prefer Rosie. Have a great day and looking forward to your new book.

  6. Penney Wilfort
    May 21st, 2015 at 11:33 am · Link

    Yes there is one Penelope or old horse like my husband calls me sometimes. LOL! I don’t mine Pen a lot of friends call me that.

  7. Kimberly Laurila
    May 21st, 2015 at 11:51 am · Link

    I have two nicknames that I don’t care for but I can’t help it when I’m called by one and I reply. The first one was started by my late grandmother when I was about 3-4 years old, she would call me her Bush Bunny. My second nickname was started by my husband when we were first dating back in high school ( someone even changed my grad info to include this in the year book ) he started calling me Woman ( my step great grandmother was called “girly” so at first I found my new nickname funny ) now when my husband calls me its “Hey Woman” which makes our children laugh and giggle. πŸ™‚

  8. Kate Sparks
    May 21st, 2015 at 1:11 pm · Link

    My family.. Katiebug.

  9. Nikki Olds
    May 21st, 2015 at 3:58 pm · Link

    With a given name of Nikki, I rather started with a nickname! But that didn’t deter people! When I was 5, my bestie called me, “Nick-nack-paddy-whack-give-a-dog-a-bone.” A family friend called me, “Nikki-ticky-timbo,” while my dad called me, “Nikkironi,” like macaroni. None of these really stuck into adulthood, as you can imagine! When I moved to Australia, I got called “Kikki,” but my favourite came when I met my husband and his family. They like to tease me about being an “Earnest American,” and the name “Earnest” stuck. It describes me all too well!

  10. Marcy Shuler
    May 21st, 2015 at 6:25 pm · Link

    My full name is Marcelyn, so Marcy is actually a nickname. I been called more names because people couldn’t pronounce it or just didn’t read it right.

    I dreaded the first day in school because I was frequently called Marilyn. It was horrible for a shy girl to have to correct the teacher who just saw a long name that started with an M and ended with an -lyn.

    Kids would call me Moosey or Mousey. I use a marshmallow icon on social media because friends sometimes call me Marshy(mallow).

    Before we were married my now hubby and I talked about the silliest nicknames we’d ever heard. That’s why he now calls me Snookums, a shortened version of Snookie-ookie-ookums. πŸ˜€

  11. bn100
    May 21st, 2015 at 8:24 pm · Link


  12. Claire Gilless
    May 21st, 2015 at 10:44 pm · Link

    My dad always called me either “babydoll” or “doll” … now I nick name my grand nieces and nephews things like “babydoll”, “babycakes”, “dollbaby”, etc. … drop it though when they’re old enough to resent it – ha.

    May 22nd, 2015 at 12:26 am · Link

    My name Sally is usually a nickname for Sarah but my name is the nickname for my Aunt Ethel Bell. My sister started calling me Sally Wally, then Sally Wally Woodles, then just Wooods (like woo woo). Here I am at 62 any my sister keeps calling me that.

  14. Alyn Y
    May 22nd, 2015 at 12:23 pm · Link

    I had several as a child, one was in my native tongue which translates into something like Naughty or Mischievous. That one is still used by my family even though I’m an adult now. Yes, some people never seem to grow up.

  15. Victoria
    May 22nd, 2015 at 2:12 pm · Link

    Not so much a nickname… but different people know me by different versions of my name. Given name is Victoria Jean. As a kid, my parents decided to have me go by “Vickie”. Which no one, ever, spelled right. So people from my family or childhood know me as Vickie. I was fed up by the time I went off to college and decided there was really only ONE normal way Victoria was spelled, so Victoria I was. Then came the internet before the whole world was on it, and my ID when I could get it was “MissV” so I became that or just “V” to many friends – and people I did actually come to meet and am still friends with this day. And then comes work, lol, where I just sign all emails “-V” and people in the office call me Victoria, but Japanese co-workers call me “V-san” as is appropriate in business. Signing Christmas cards is a brain exercise, as I have to recall if the person I am sending it to knows me as Vickie, Victoria, Miss V or V.

  16. Bube
    May 22nd, 2015 at 4:09 pm · Link

    Bube is my nickname πŸ˜€ πŸ™‚
    Thank you for the wonderful post πŸ™‚

  17. Jennifer Simon
    May 23rd, 2015 at 12:35 am · Link

    My name is Jennifer but everyone naturally calls me Jenny. However, to my husband and our son (now almost 20 years old) I’m Sweetie. No idea how it started but for as long as I can remember that is what they’ve called me. I don’t remember my son ever calling me Mom. My husband’s nickname is Bozo (he’s good with it and refers to himself that way) so I definitely got the better end of the deal! Lol.

  18. Judy Goodnight
    May 24th, 2015 at 12:07 pm · Link

    Back in Jr/Sr High, I was “Ski” because that was the end of my last name. Nobody calls me that anymore.

    I’m reading the Bachelor Chronicles now – about to start Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress. Love, love, love this series!

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