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A Stolen Season (Paperback)

A Stolen Season (Paperback)

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One small mistake in the past will change everything about her future...

Archaeologist Sarah Baxter just broke one of the biggest rules of time travel: leaving a piece of 21st ­century equipment in 19th century Regency England. Unfortunately, when she goes back to retrieve it, she makes an even bigger mess of things—resulting in the death of an English Earl.

Now his brother is not only out for revenge, but he also has Sarah's device. Which means an entirely different approach is needed. It doesn't occur to the new Earl of Earnston that his charming acquaintance is responsible for his brother's death. He is merely swept away by a passion that threatens his very reputation. Yet he gets the distinct impression that Miss Baxter is hiding something from him.

Now Sarah must find a way to steal back her device, hide the truth about the earl's brother and—most importantly— not fall in love...




218 pages


5 x 8 inches (127 x 203 mm)



Publication Date

October 15, 2023


Tamara Gill

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England 1817 – Kent

Sarah shifted in the saddle, the weight of her saturated clothes heavy on her shoulders and hindering her seat. The horse’s pounding hooves, as loud as a drum, echoed in her ears. She kicked her mount and urged him over a small hedgerow, her determination not to be caught overriding her common sense.
Rain streamed down her face, but she couldn’t stop. The future of TimeArch depended on it. Her father’s years of research. The hundreds of hours spent working on man’s greatest, most sought-after ability. Sarah slowed her mount to canter through a fast moving ford, the stones causing the horse to stumble, making the short trip across painfully slow. Time was up. She had to get away. Though the horse grappled and slipped up the other side of the muddy bank to continue on, apprehension still threatened to close her throat in panic.
The mount missed a step, and Sarah clutched the saddle, cursing the weather. She flashed a glance over her shoulder and cried out her frustration into the sheeting rain at the sight of the Earl of Earnston not two horse-lengths behind.
His gaze held hers, and with fearless determination, he urged his mount beside, clutching for her reins.
“Let go.” Sarah punched his hand and kicked out, trying to push him away. All in vain, as it seemed nothing could deter his resolve.
“What does it do?” he yelled, pulling on her reins.
The horses bumped hard, and Sarah fought for balance. “Let go, Lord Earnston. You’ll kill us both.”
He released her reins for a moment as a large bush separated them. But, at blistering speed, he drew beside her again.
“What’s so important you’d risk your life?” he hollered over the storm.
Sarah shook her head. Why wouldn’t he leave her alone? Damn her clumsiness in his library. Had she never knocked over the vase—had she not tripped, for that matter—the Earl would never have investigated the sound. But he had, and he’d found her hands deep in his collection of peculiars, stealing a device not of this time.
“Forget about it. Forget me,” she yelled through the deluge. “Go home!”
“No,” he said, spurring his horse ahead of hers.
A low-lying tree branch slapped her face. Sarah cringed at the stinging pain. The night was perfect for thievery, but not for escape at breakneck speed. If they kept up the chase, it was only a matter of time before one of them was killed.
“Stop your horse!”
Sarah shook her head and kicked her mount on. No matter the dangers, she couldn’t obey him. The future, her father’s business, everything she held dear hinged on her getting away. “I won’t. My lord, please leave me.”
He clasped her reins and jerked hard. Sarah’s horse bucked at the aggressive manhandling, and she tipped awkwardly to one side. Feeling herself about to fall, she reached out and clutched at the earl. Her reins slipped from his grasp as his strong arm encircled her waist, struggling to keep her from falling between the two horses. But it was little use. Her horse veered away, and she fell hard against his lordship’s mount. Her fingers, cold and wet, slipped for purchase on his saddle, but his horse shied away from her.
“Hold on, I have you.” With an oath, the earl tried to pull her up, but gravity was against them.
“I’m slipping. Let me go. I’ll bring you down.” Sarah’s feet dragged on the muddy, stone-strewn road, and she braced herself for a bruising fall. A gentleman to the last, he shook his head and tried to pull up his horse. “Please, let me go.” But it was too late. His horse slipped, and they both hit the muddy track with a sickening thud.
Sarah landed on her knees and rolled. Leaf litter and mud entered her mouth, and her leg twisted, shooting a pain into her hip.
Moments later, the wet nose of her horse nuzzled her neck. She dragged herself to a sitting position and wiped mud from her face and eyes with a torn remnant of her shirt. Taking deep breaths, she waited for her body to stop shaking. The only sound was the rain slapping at the leaves through the foliage above.
Then she saw the motionless form on the muddy track. Dread clawed up her spine. Sarah crawled to where the earl lay, his head twisted at an awkward angle. She rolled him over and cursed his vacant, lifeless eyes.
“Don’t be dead. Please, don’t be dead.” She felt along his stubbled jaw and around to the nape of his neck where a lump protruded from his skin.
Unable to accept what her eyes told her, she bent over his chest and listened for a heartbeat.
Sarah slumped back on her haunches and covered her face. She’d killed him. She’d killed Lord William, the blooming Earl of Earnston! “I’m so sorry,” she said, tears mingling with the rain in a muddy pool at her feet. What had she done? The earl wasn’t supposed to die, not yet, and certainly not by her hand. Within the space of half an hour, she’d probably wiped out a complete generation of earls. She’d stuffed up history, and she couldn’t undo it.
Not even her father could.
A crack of lightning illuminated the dark forest, and Sarah quickly stood when the silhouette of a horse and man loomed from the shadows.
Ignoring the warning, she grappled to mount her horse as the fired-up mare pranced. “I’m sorry,” she said to the cloaked figure as he dismounted and ran to the earl’s limp form sprawled on the ground.
He bent, felt for a pulse, and gasped. Her stomach rolled with nausea knowing what she’d done and what he’d discovered. A flicker of silver flashed as he stood.
“Stay where you are or I’ll shoot you as dead as my brother.”
Sarah turned her head, frantically searching for someone to help. Perhaps Richard, her partner, who’d warned her not to go tonight. He said the weather wasn’t good for safe getaways.
And he was right.
It was the flash of lightning outside the earl’s library window illuminating a menagerie of severed and stuffed animal heads that had scared the shit out of her, and she’d tripped. The earl heard the commotion, came to investigate, and caught her red handed.
“Please. It was an accident.” She watched him cock the pistol and wondered if he’d actually shoot a woman. His voice, trembling with shock and hate, told her he would.
“Get off the horse—now.”
“I can’t.” With shaking fingers, she grabbed the reins. “I’m sorry.” She turned her horse and kicked it hard.
“Halt, I say.”
She ignored the steely voice that thrummed with warning. Instead, she pushed her mount into a gallop, the horse slipping, unable to move fast enough. And then the shot, followed by searing pain, deafened her and deadened the sound of the thrashing storm to a vague rumble.
Her fingers tingled and warmth seeped along her skin. Sarah looked down, expecting to see her arm missing. He’d shot her! “Get up,” she hollered to the horse, ignoring the pain and the curse from behind.
The horse gained its footing, and she peered over her shoulder, the silhouette of the man all she could see. Cold rain set goose bumps over her skin, yet she pushed on, determined to make the inn and London. The second decade of twenty-first century London to be exact.

Main Tropes

  • Mistaken Identity
  • Time Travel Romance
  • Regency Romance
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