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Confessions of a Courtesan

Based on the true story of Elizabeth Armistead, one of the most notorious and successful courtesans of 18th century England.

From the harsh streets of London, Lizzie Cane rose to become the celebrated mistress of earls, dukes, and even a prince! Then at the height of her career, she risked everything she had struggled to gain by breaking the courtesan's cardinal rule...Never fall in love!

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Now Available in Audio!

For those who enjoy listening to books read by accomplished voice actors, I am delighted to announce the release of Confessions of a Courtesan in audiobook format from Tantor Media. Versatile British voice artist Gabrielle Baker brings every character in Lizzie's story vividly to life!


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Writing Confessions

While on a writing break in 2006, I read Katie Hickman's book Courtesans and became fascinated by the story of Elizabeth Armistead. Eager to learn more about this extraordinary woman, I tracked down a copy of I.M. Davis's biography, The Harlot and the Statesman but still it wasn't enough. The story was so big and colorful, I felt it needed to be told in a fictional narrative. Over the next year, I gave free rein to my research addiction, reading up on the Georgian era and delving into the background of the players in Mrs. Armistead's story. As I wrote the book, I came to admire and sympathize with Elizabeth Armistead. I also fell in love with the two most important men in her life, Richard Fitzpatrick and Charles James Fox. When finding a traditional publisher for the book proved difficult, I decided to try publishing it independently. The rest is...history! Confessions of a Courtesan became a #1 Kindle bestseller in both Historical Fiction and Historical Romance.

Portraits of Elizabeth Armistead


Historical Fiction Links

Thirteen Georgian-era courtesans

Giving Richard Fitzpatrick the Wikipedia entry he deserves

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon's Scandalous Women blog

Pinterest Board - Research for Confessions of a Courtesan

A new Wikipedia entry for Elizabeth Armistead

Take a Confessions of a Courtesan Quiz on Goodreads!

The London Coffee House

Gretna Green's Century of Romance

Future Projects

I am currently doing research for a historical fiction novel about another famous courtesan of the 18th century. Stay tuned!


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