Guest Post by Tabetha Waite, Author of Why the Earl is After the Girl

A missing heirloom. A stolen inheritance.
Can love conquer mistrust?


Tabetha Waite

Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Ways of Love, Book 1
Publisher: Etopia Press
Publication Date: July 14, 2016

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Sometimes love finds a way…

Miss Athena Hawthorne certainly hadn’t been looking for romance on that rainy day in London when her very existence crumbled before her. When she feels that life couldn’t get any worse, she stumbles into the very man that has the power to turn her unfortunate circumstances around.

When you least expect it…

Orion Ashcroft, the Earl of Rockford, offers Athena the chance to gain her vengeance by granting her a respectable position as a governess. What she doesn’t know is that he is plotting his own revenge against her. He believes that she is responsible for the theft of a priceless, family heirloom and he is determined to see it restored – no matter the cost.


We’d like to welcome Tabetha Waite to The Romance Reviews, as she tells us her interesting research findings in the course of writing this book.

I have to say, that being a long time fan of roller skating, that this was something I HAD to make a part of this book, so I started my research. I found out that ice skating was more popular in the Regency era, where my novel takes place, but that most of the population grew tired of waiting for the Thames to freeze in the winter so that they could enjoy this recreational sport. The first recorded use of “rolling skates,” according to the National Museum of Roller Skating was invented by a Belgium inventor in the 1760s by the name of John Merlin. He was rumored to have worn a pair of skates to a masquerade party in London where he crashed into a mirror, severely injuring himself. Of course, I thought that was quite interesting, to say the least, but for the safety of my characters, nothing quite so dire happened in my book.

Tabetha also recommends other historical romances that are similar to this book.

Since Athena is a governess in this book, and a ‘rags to riches’ sort of story, I would like to suggest some of my favorites – Laura Lee Guhrke, “His Every Kiss,” Anne Mallory, “Masquerading the Marquess,” Sari Robins, “The Governess Wears Scarlet,” and Michelle Marcos, “When a Lady Misbehaves.”



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About Tabetha Waite

Tabetha grew up in a small town with big dreams of seeing her name in print ever since her fourth grade teacher said she liked reading her stories. Starting out putting pen to paper before graduating to an antique typewriter, she used to sit at the kitchen table and invent all manner of stories from fantasy to mystery. It wasn’t until Tabetha was in high school did her grandmother mention reading the old Gothics of the sixties, along with the more modern Harlequins.

Once she opened these pages, Tabetha decided that romance was the genre for her. Combining her love of history, she started writing novels set in the American Civil War time period, but after learning of the Bronte sisters and Jane Austen, she fell in love with the beauty of England. “Why the Earl is After the Girl” is her debut novel and a dream come true. She is already busy writing the next book in her “Ways of Love” series, though she always makes time to respond to readers!

Tabetha lives in the Midwest with her husband and two daughters, and when she’s not writing, she’s working part time at the local community college as a lunch lady.

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