Author bio

Wilma Counts

Wilma Counts - book author

Before moving to Nevada in 1994, Wilma Counts taught high school English and social studies in Germany to dependents of American forces stationed there. She loved the kids, but hated meaningless paperwork. She especially enjoyed her work with Advance Placement English, Model United Nations, and student exchanges with a Russian school.

Wilma grew up in Oregon, a product of the Leave It To Beaver era. She holds degrees in education and international relations. Having traveled widely, she is keenly interested in politics and international relations. She freely admits to being a C-SPAN junkie.

A member of the Romance Writers of America, she has written two Regency novels and a novella for Zebra. Willed to Wed is slated for publication in September, '99, and My Lady Governess in February, '00. Her current projects include another Regency and a novel set in the American West. She contributes a regular column on grammar and usage to the local RWA newsletter. Besides her interest in travel and writing, Wilma is an avid reader and she loves to cook, garden, and gamble—not necessarily in that order.

Wilma Counts is the author of books: An Earl Like No Other, My Fair Lord (Once Upon a Bride, #1), The Wagered Wife (Regency, #3), It Only Takes a Kiss (Once Upon a Bride, #2), My Lady Governess (Regency, #2), Rules Of Marriage, The Way to a Man's Heart, Willed To Wed (Regency, #1), Miss Richardson Comes Of Age (Regency, #5), The Memory of Your Kiss


Author books

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01
When All Seemed Lost…

Katherine Gardiner, a young English widow, has only one dream: to protect her son—a future duke—from her merciless father-in-law. Determined and desperate, she has no option but to take the guise of a housekeeper and escape to Yorkshire where the only hope is the enigmatic Earl of Kenrick…

…Love Saved The Day

In all his years spent roaming the world, Jeremy Chilton never braced himself for the burden of a much-damaged inheritance. Now, the new Earl of Kenrick must save his family legacy and raise his motherless young daughter as a proper English lady. His only salvation is his beautiful housekeeper, Kate. But as her secrets unravel, much that is puzzling about her falls into place. No wonder the Earl has caught himself imagining her more wife than employee. Clearly she belongs at Kenrick—safe in his arms. Now, if only he can convince her to agree…
02
Well-bred, well-dressed, and well-read, Henrietta, Harriet, and Hero are best friends who have bonded over good books since their schooldays. Now these cultured ladies are ready to make their own happy endings—each in her own way . . .

Lady Henrietta Parker, daughter of the Earl of Blakemoor, has turned down many a suitor for fear that the ton’s bachelors are only interested in her wealth. But despite the warnings of her dearest friends, Harriet and Hero, she can’t resist the challenge rudely posed by her stepsister: transform an ordinary London dockworker into a society gentleman suitable for the “marriage mart.” Only after a handshake seals the deal does Retta fear she may have gone too far . . .

When Jake Bolton is swept from the grime of the seaport into the elegance of Blakemoor House, he appears every inch the rough, cockney working man who is to undergo Retta’s training in etiquette, wardrobe, and elocution. But Jake himself is a master of deception—with much more at stake than a drawing room wager. But will his clandestine mission take second place to his irresistible tutor, her intriguing proposal . . . and true love?
03
A LOVELESS WEDDING
When the Honorable Trevor Jeffries loses everything at cards, there's only one way to cancel the debt--by marrying his opponent's unwanted ward, Miss Caitlin Woodbridge, a country girl fresh from the schoolroom. Their forced union proves to be a glum affair; and Trevor, leaving Caitlin well provided for, hastily escapes from it by enlisting for the Peninsula and urging her to seek an annulment.

A PASSIONATE REUNION
Seven years have transformed Caitlin into a nonpareil of style and charm, adept in the enrichment of her long--lost husband's estate. Though her senses flame at the sight of her handsome bridegroom, she cannot forget his abrupt abandonment and long silence. But before she will surrender to him his heritage, and her heart, Trevor will have to vie with half the young bloods of London in an ardent courtship--of his own wife!
04
Best friends since their schooldays, Henrietta, Harriet, and Hero are wise and witty young ladies, embarking on the sometimes bumpy road to happily-ever-after, each in her own brilliant way...

Hero Whitby has harbored long-buried fears since a devastating attack by two young men of the privileged class. Now, while her peers aspire to husband-hunting, Hero pursues her passion to be a doctor, working alongside her father, a respected Devonshire physician. But when a badly beaten stranger is carried in to his practice, Hero is stunned by her reaction. Over three days of tending to the man, along with her instinct to heal, she finds herself intensely drawn to him.

Robbed and left for dead for highwaymen, Alexander Sterne has no memory of his past as a soldier in Wellington's army—or as a carousing playboy. But as he becomes aware of his surroundings and the plight of the locals, Alex realizes only he can break the corrupt hold of an evil land steward. And when Hero's tender kiss awakens him from sleep—and restores his identity—he knows that he must regain not only his strength but a newfound compassion...which can only be ignited by Hero and a meeting of hearts that may heal them both.
05
When Elinor Richards' guardian attempted to barter her in marriage to an unsavory gentleman, the desperate heiress only saw one solution. Disguising herself as "Miss Palmer, " she took the post of governess to the twin children of the Marquis of Trenville. Yet, when the proximity of her attractive employer heightened her senses intolerably, Elinor saw how rash she had been. For propriety required Adrian to fancy none but a lady -- or a courtesan -- and "Miss Palmer" was neither
06
At the height of the Peninsular War, an English officer rescues a Scotswoman with a marriage of convenience...and loses his heart.
08
According to the will of Lady Sarah Longbourne's Grandpapa, she would inherit only if she wed the heir to the adjoining estate. Of course Grandpapa thought her fiance would be sweet Robert Markholme. But the young man's drowning changed everything. Now the independent lady had to marry a stranger -- Matthew Cameron, whose new estate was in debt But could a marriage of convenience between a reluctant bride and groom lead to a lifetime of love?
09
A LADY'S SWEET REVENGE....
A little wild, a lot mischievous, heiress Annabelle Richardson set society abuzz by rejecting three suitors in one season. Two were disreputable rakes after her fortune. The third, Timothy Wainwright, was simply too foolish and too young. Nonetheless Annabelle never would have written a scathing satire making them the laughingstock of the ton if the spurned trio hadn't tried to tarnish her name...

CAN LEAD TO A DANGEROUS DESIRE
Now Annabelle has made three enemies--and sent Timothy's older brother into a rage. Thorne Wainwright, the handsome Earl of Rolsbury, angrily intends to put Annabelle in her proper place...until one look, one touch, one kiss convinces them both that her proper place is in his arms. But in a London where gossip thrives and reputations falter, a dastardly plot is under way to force Annabelle to the altar with the wrong man. Will Thorne be able to rescue her--and make her his bride--in time?
10
An Untimely Encounter…

When her father falls gravely ill, eighteen-year-old Sydney Isabella Waverly dutifully agrees to marry the earl whose estate borders her family’s modest country home. But on a trip to Bath before she weds, Sydney meets the enigmatic, heroic Captain Zachary Quentin, with whom she feels an unmistakable mutual attraction.

Still, they have no choice but to part ways, regretting what might have been. Sydney cannot know that one day they will meet again under vastly changed circumstances, that Zachary will play an unexpected role in her life—and that the man she never forgot still ignites her heart. All that will remain is to find out if he feels the same way…