08 August 2023

The Baron and the Lady Chemist | Excerpt + Giveaway

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Their chemistry creates a chain reaction... but will love be the final result?

Dorothea Grantham has always been fascinated by chemistry and spends most days conducting experiments in her laboratory at Grantham Place, staining silk with gold, silver, and other metals using chemical processes.

Thea embroiders the beautiful gold and silver silk shawls she creates and enjoys wearing them, but her grandmother, Lady Longmore, advises her not to reveal to anyone outside the family circle that she has created the fashion items herself, concerned her granddaughter might be seen as an oddity.

When Thea enters Society, her shawls attract a great deal of attention and become the talk of the town. James, Lord Castleroy, takes a particular interest in her work, having inherited a share in his grandfather’s silk mill in Macclesfield.

Eager to invest in the ailing silk industry, the baron studies Miss Grantham’s silks with an admiring—and increasingly suspicious—eye, believing the fabrics to be smuggled imported silk. As he spends more time with the enterprising young lady, however, his interest in her quickly extends beyond his business affairs to engulf his guarded heart.

But Lord Castleroy isn’t the only person in London interested in Thea’s exquisite creations. And when a silken web of intrigue entangles her in real danger, Thea must trust the devotion of a man she never expected—or intended—to fall in love with.

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Note: This series is part of Dragonblade’s Sweet Dreams line, so this is a sweet, wholesome Historical Romance where passion beyond the bedroom door is left to the reader’s imagination.

Publisher: Dragonblade Publishing
Release Date: August 3, 2023



Thea shrugged. “Creating shawls and scarves is a pursuit of a purely domestic nature. I don’t see what all the fuss is about.”

“The fuss?” Her aunt’s voice rose. “Imagine what his lordship would think if he learned you stain silk in an outbuilding of all places! I still cannot believe Stanford gave you permission to use that ramshackle structure on his estate for your experiments. One would have thought he would be more sensible.”

“The duke is progressive in his thinking about female education.”

“Well, it is a mistake. Mark my words. Once a young girl becomes educated, she starts to wish for all sorts of things at odds with the womanly sphere of life.”

“But shawls epitomize womanly apparel, Aunt Eliza. Chemistry is leading me in the direction of femininity, not away from it.”

Her older relative shuffled her skirts noisily but, for once, did not reply. As the carriage rumbled home in the darkness, Thea smiled faintly. It wasn’t often she managed to stun her aunt into offended silence. She would enjoy the peace while it lasted.


Alissa Baxter wrote her first Regency romance during her long university holidays. After travelling the world, she settled down to write her second Regency novel, which was inspired by her time living on a country estate in England. Alissa then published two chick lit novels before returning to her favourite era with her Linfield Ladies Series, a trio of Regency romances that feature women in trend-setting roles who fall in love with men who embrace their trailblazing ways… at least eventually. Her new Dragonblade trilogy, The Grantham Girls, continues this inspiring theme.

Alissa currently lives in Johannesburg with her husband and two sons.

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(1) winner will receive a $30 Amazon Gift Card!

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight August 8, 2023 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on August 15, 2023. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.



  1. Anonymous8/8/23 11:08

    Alissa Baxter

  2. Thanks so much for featuring my book on your blog!

  3. thanks for sharing the excerpt! :)

  4. Sounds like an amazing read.

  5. This sounds like a great book! Thank you for sharing!

  6. Sounds like a wonderful read.

  7. Thanks for sharing an excerpt

  8. Alissa Baxter is one of my favorite authors.

  9. I'm very excited to read this breath taking book.

  10. Alissa Baxter is a new-to-me author. Thank you for hosting.