Sandy Loyd - Romance Writer


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Sandy's Bestselling Historical & Time Travel Novels


Romance and adventure...and a trip to where an American tradition began… 

Libby Edwards, a gifted horsewoman, unwittingly wishes herself back in time to Louisville, Kentucky just before Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby become a reality. During Libby’s journey in the past, she stumbles upon her destiny. Unfortunately, he’s in the wrong century. In 1874, there’s no electricity, no internet, no modern medicine, no antibiotics—no Starbucks! And even worse than that, women have no rights. Libby has no desire to stay. 

Widower, Colin Thorpe, a renaissance man of his time, has big dreams. He is a horse breeder who names his thoroughbreds after Mythological Gods because he has a reverence for past cultures and an appreciation for the unexplainable. 

Libby and Colin can’t resist falling in love with each other. After all, Colin accepts Libby for who she is and she understands Colin’s dreams better than his deceased wife ever did. Yet he grasps early on that Libby doesn’t belong in 1874. And because his wife never adapted to the move from Virginia to Kentucky, becoming bitter and unhappy in the process, he won’t take the chance of the same thing happening to Libby. Can these two lovers find a way to be together despite their challenges?

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Life is but a game to be played and all the characters are playing theirs in different ways. The principal game that Giselle Franklin and Simon Harrington engage in is the one of seduction and love. Neither has any idea how quickly flirtatious fun evolves into something more serious…and more deadly. 

Simon Harrington, a US marshall on special assignment for President Grant, loves the excitement and the danger his job provides and has no intentions of being tied down with love and a family. He’s come to Louisville to investigate a series of incidents involving the new thoroughbred racetrack being built. It’s up to him to ensure that the first running of the Kentucky Derby will take place without a hitch.

Giselle Franklin, a coquettish, French American whose self-appointed task is to reel in every available man in the area, also craves excitement and adventure. She’s determined to help Simon, but doing so only lands her into bigger trouble. 

Twists and turns abound in this fun, fast-paced, suspense-filled mystery, where Giselle and Simon work to stay a step ahead of another, more devious game player intent on ending their journey to finding love and happiness.

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Disguised as a maid, Lady Penelope Lytton sails to America to escape her abusive guardian with secret plans to meet and marry her childhood sweetheart in order to regain her inheritance. 

US marshall Parker Davis is a self-made man who toiled as a boy in the coal mines after losing his father to those same mines. He disdains those with power and wealth, like aristocrats, who suck the life out of laborers for profit. As a special agent for President Grant, his life now revolves around ferretting out secrets. Determined to uncover Penny’s, Parker decides she needs his protection. He offers marriage, but to Penny, Parker is as controlling as her guardian and no better a choice for a husband.

After discovering Penny is a noblewoman who owns one of the biggest coal mines in England, Parker believes she’s snubbed his offer because he’s common. Despite the temptation Penny stirs, Parker wants nothing to more do with her. 

Penny’s guardian tracks her to America. He’s not about to leave his heiress behind, even if it means killing Parker to achieve his goal.

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