Gilded Dreams- A Gilded Age Historical Romance Novel in Paperback, Signed

Gilded Dreams- A Gilded Age Historical Romance Novel in Paperback, Signed



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A 5x8", signed paperback copy of my novel, Gilded Dreams.

Yes, it's true: I've written a novel! Please read the full description, continued below the back cover copy.
Courtesans, 1892 New York, a seductive rake, witty banter, love scenes in libraries and carriages, a mysterious house, and a séance. Rich in historical details, Gilded Dreams is a tale of a young woman making her way in the world on the cusp of the twentieth century.
From the back cover:

A courtesan is at ease in every social situation.
She is both interested and interesting.
She maintains an air of mystery.
And above all else, a courtesan must never fall in love….

Fleeing an arranged marriage to a local repugnant in her small hometown, Ava Richards arrives in glamorous New York City at the height of the Gilded Age with one goal in mind: to take control of her own destiny. A dear childhood friend, and now the most desired courtesan of the city, Gabrielle Lyons takes Ava under her wing and teaches her everything she needs to know to one day replace Gabrielle.
Ava spends six months studying art, history, French, dance, and anything else Gabrielle feels a courtesan must know. But an unexpected midnight encounter in a library with a strange man suddenly puts Ava on a very different path.
Declan Aldridge is a dashing, witty, scion to an old New York family- and he tempts Ava in a way no other man ever has. Stolen moments, secret outings together, and heated looks tell Ava that there may be more than friendship brewing between them. But a man like Declan will one day settle down with a lovely wife, not with a courtesan.
Can she fall for the consummate bachelor and not get her heart broken? Or should she put her childish fantasies aside and follow the path she’s already set on: in control of her own destiny but never having the man she loves?
So, how steamy is it? Well, it isn't erotica, but it's not for children, either. Feedback has ranged from calling it a "very sexy book" to "that's IT?!". Like most things in life, it will come down to your personal belief system. What I can say with certainty is that it's a slow-burn historical romance set in the Gilded Age, populated with adults doing adult things.

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Mara Fox Oct 29, 2019

5 out of 5 stars

I stayed up all night to read it in one sitting, and I LOVED it! Awesome job, Megan! Everything from the writing to the cover (which she also designed) is fabulous, and the story had me laughing out loud on multiple occasions. A delightful experience. Thank you for the autograph too! :D Oh yes, and the lightning fast shipping! 5 stars in every regard. <3

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Susan Gold Nov 7, 2019

5 out of 5 stars

Megan Steer is a masterful and engaging storyteller. It was hard to put this book down, and I read it in a day! I loved the characters, who will remain in my imagination. The settings and costumes were memorable, too, and Gabrielle’s house was so vivid that I feel like I have been there. Historical novels are my favorite way to learn about facets of history, and Gilded Dreams did not disappoint in that regard. Bravo, Megan!

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