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A Treasure Hunt from England to Gretna Green in "The Duke's Diamond" by Nancy Lee Badger

Please welcome back to the Tavern the lovely Nancy Lee Badger! We're celebrating her wonderful new historical romance The Duke's Diamond, Book #2 Treasure Tales series! Grab a glass of champagne and let's hear what Nancy has to say...


A Message from Nancy Lee Badger

People often ask me why I became a writer. With the release of my 40th book since Secret Love Match was published back in 2010, I had to stop and think. I started writing toward publishing a book back in 2006 while working as a 911 Emergency Medical Dispatcher. In quiet New Hampshire, we had lots of down time. One week in September found me attending the New Hampshire Highland Games. Ideas found me.

Besides attending the games surrounded by men in kilts, I attended a local writer’s conference and one of the speakers was Hannah Howell. Her stories featured Highlanders and locations steeped in Scottish lore. Once we moved to North Carolina, I started reading historical romance novels by Sabrina Jeffries and Katharine Ash. They live nearby!

The escapism of a well-written romance is what I cherish and I decided to give it a try. The Earl’s Treasure, released late last year, was my first attempt. It is set in both England and Scotland in 1816. The second book in the series was taking too long to finish, so I wrote a sweet historical novella that is a series off-shoot, taking place at Gretna Green. That book is Love, Hamish and revolves around a hairy Highland bull. I recently made it available in print. My latest release is The Duke’s Diamond which takes my hero and heroine through England to Gretna Green and beyond on a treasure hunt after he is kidnapped. Other books in the series are in the works. You can find all buy links HERE


Payton Hartwell, the Earl of Bellmeer, is on a quest to return signet rings to various less-than-noble men whom a dead man had blackmailed. Instead, he walks into his own kidnapping. Separated from his cousin and friend, and finding himself alone with his kidnapper’s Scottish stepsister, his travels take on a serious tone. Saving her from Viscount Manning’s despicable plans, as well as Payton’s possible murder, takes a turn during a costume ball.

Tara Scott cannot believe her stepbrother kidnapped a nobleman and tied him up in his country manor’s barn. She saves Payton from the bitter cold and starvation, then is punished by an irate Viscount Manning. When Payton helps her escape, they find themselves on a journey into Scotland that is filled with ruffians, a Highland bull, wild weather, and a sexual awakening that surprises them both. Back in England at a New Year’s ball and the second discovery of a huge blue diamond comes to a head when the viscount and his men attack. It will take Payton, Tara, and all his friends to thwart a man set on vengeance and treasure.


Meet the Author

Nancy Lee Badger grew up in Huntington on New York’s Long Island. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education, she met and married her college sweetheart. They raised two handsome sons in New Hampshire. When the children had left the nest, and shoveling snow became a chore, she retired from her satisfying job as an Emergency Medical Dispatcher and moved with her husband to North Carolina, where she writes full-time.

Nancy is a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, Fantasy-Futuristic & Paranormal Romance Writers, and the Triangle Association of Freelancers. She loves to travel and attend Scottish Highland Games and is never far from her laptop. She finds story ideas in the most unusual places.

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