by Stephanie Burkhart
It's 2011 and compressed natural gas has taken over from the coal producing steam machines of the Victorian Age. Alice Windsor, Princess of York, follows her mischief-making cousin, Edmund of Wales, back to 1851 where Prince Albert is hosting Britain's Great Exhibition.
Alice soon finds herself over her head in trouble. Edmund is determined to help Prince Albert build a dirigible and the prime minister appears intent in preventing her from stopping Edmund. Alice knows it's too early for the massive flying machine to take to the air. Complicating matters is the passionate Grayson Kentfield, Earl of Swinton. Alice can't stop her pulse from pounding when she's near him.
Can Alice give her heart to a man from the past while working to stop Edmund from changing history?
Grayson nodded his head and smiled at Keira as Alice trailed after her cousin. She caught up to Edmund, and placed her hand on his elbow to catch his attention. She leaned close, keeping her voice low.
"I have news."
"Oh?" He plucked a glass of wine off the tray and handed it to her. She held up two fingers, meaning she wanted wine for her and Grayson. He gave her another glass.
"I have my necklace back, Ed."
He raised a skeptical eyebrow. "Really?"
Alice glanced at her purse. "It's in there."
He frowned. "Well, I guess we can go home now." "What's the frown for?" she asked.
"It just so happens I'm enjoying Keira's company."
Alice bunched her lips, agreeing with his sentiment. "And I'm enjoying Grayson's."
Edmund grabbed two glasses for himself and they wandered back to their dates. "The right thing to do is go home, Cousin," said Edmund.
"Well, yes, but..."
"Grayson invited us to his estate in Sandhurst next weekend -- Keira as well."
"Naughty, naughty, Cousin."
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Author Bio: Stephanie Burkhart is a 911 dispatcher for LAPD. She was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire. After serving 11 years in the US Army she currently calls Castaic, California her home. Stephanie was married in Denmark in 1991 and has two young sons. She adores chocolate, is addicted to coffee and enjoys early morning walks. She's also an assistant den leader for her son's Cub Scout den and is a Boy Scout mom. She writes paranormal, contemporary, and steampunk romance and has two children's books published with 4RV Publishing.
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