Pam McCutcheon

Belle of the Ball

Belle of the Ball by Pam McCutcheon
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For readers of:Jennifer Crusie, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Sophie Kinsella, Geralyn Dawson, Kristen Painter
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Print Length247
ISBN978-1-941528-03-7
PublisherParker Hayden Media
LanguageEnglish
About the Book

Book 1 in the Three Graces series (light paranormal Victorian romance)

Beauty, Charm, and Grace—something the nouveau-riche Sullivan sisters of Colorado Springs lack. But a wish at a magical rock formation is about to change all that, in a most a-MUSE-ing way. . . .

The three Sullivan sisters, named for the Three Graces of Greek legend who embody beauty, charm and grace, don’t live up to their names. Belle is no beauty. Charisma lacks charm. And Grace is somewhat less than graceful. But this doesn’t deter their ambitious mother from bribing three bachelors to escort them to Colorado Springs’ beautiful Garden of the Gods.

When the girls overhear their escorts mocking how little they resemble their names, each girl makes a wish at the magical Three Graces rock formation. Belle wishes aloud for beauty, but only so she can use it as a weapon to punish the cads who hurt her sisters. Her true wish is for revenge.

Handsome viscount Kit Stanhope regrets his rude remarks and apologizes to Belle. He’s surprised when she tells him that's not enough. If he truly regrets his behavior, he has to make her beautiful in time for the Founders’ Day Ball. Kit isn’t sure he’s up to the task. But, intrigued by the spirited Belle, he agrees to assist her transformation from an ugly duckling into a swan with the help of a mysterious Greek dressmaker with muse-like qualities.

Unfortunately, Belle makes a rather awkward swan. Still, after a few embarrassing escapades, she masters the flirtatious language of the fan and takes the town known as Little London by storm. Belle soon finds herself falling for the viscount and his sinful mouth. It seems he returns her regard, but she can’t renege on her promise to humiliate him . . . can she?

Will her secret muse grant the wish she voiced . . . or the one she holds in her heart?

Note to readers: This title was originally published in 2003 by Zebra Ballad.

About the Author

I’ve been a reader all my life, starting out with fairy tales and graduating to reading everything in the house when I grew older, including my parents’ romances, mysteries, science fiction, fantasy, and action / adventure.

If a writer can combine romance and humor with a fantasy, science fiction, or a paranormal element, I’m hooked. Add action / adventure, and it’s even better!

Since I couldn’t find quite enough books that combine these elements, I sat down to write some of my own. And now that I’ve taken an early retirement from my government job, I am working at my first love—publishing—and providing services for other writers. I live in Colorado with my rescue dogs.

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