What If Everybody Around You

Seemed to be of a Totally Different Time?

And You Were the Only One Who Knew it was Regency England?

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The Duchess of Earl

An affectionate tweak of a Regency

By J. L. Salter

This is not a Regency. But what if you woke from a traumatic experience and believed you were in 1813 England?



A young woman suddenly awakens after a terrible vehicle accident convinced she’s betrothed to a lesser British baron 200 years ago. But instead of a baron, she encounters a man named Earl… and this low-key, 2013 Tennessee farm isn’t anywhere near England.

For several reasons, the lonely, isolated, handsome Dusty Earl wants to help the delusional woman he rescued from the burning car (whom he calls the “duchess”), but she sees everything around her through a lens that’s two centuries old.

Though beginning with fear and mistrust, in their following days together, they develop a truce. But can their truce become a relationship?

Meanwhile, Dusty’s desperate enemy intends to use the confused, attractive patient to his own multiple advantages — and Dathan always fights dirty. How far will Verdeville’s bad boy go to get what he wants?

How long will the woman (who thinks her name is Georgette Heyer) continue to believe she’s living in Regency times?

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[JLS # 425]

About Jeff Salter

Currently writing romantic comedy, screwball comedy, and romantic suspense. Fourteen completed novels and four completed novellas. Working with three royalty publishers: Clean Reads, Dingbat Publishing, & TouchPoint Press/Romance. "Cowboy Out of Time" -- Apr. 2019 /// "Double Down Trouble" -- June 2018 /// "Not Easy Being Android" -- Feb. 2018 /// "Size Matters" -- Oct. 2016 /// "The Duchess of Earl" -- Jul. 2016 /// "Stuck on Cloud Eight" -- Nov. 2015 /// "Pleased to Meet Me" (novella) -- Oct. 2015 /// "One Simple Favor" (novella) -- May 2015 /// "The Ghostess & MISTER Muir" -- Oct. 2014 /// "Scratching the Seven-Month Itch" -- Sept. 2014 /// "Hid Wounded Reb" -- Aug. 2014 /// "Don't Bet On It" (novella) -- April 2014 /// "Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold -- Dec. 2013 /// "Echo Taps" (novella) -- June 2013 /// "Called To Arms Again" -- (a tribute to the greatest generation) -- May 2013 /// "Rescued By That New Guy in Town" -- Oct. 2012 /// "The Overnighter's Secrets" -- May 2012 /// Co-authored two non-fiction books about librarianship (with a royalty publisher), a chapter in another book, and an article in a specialty encyclopedia. Plus several library-related articles and reviews. Also published some 120 poems, about 150 bylined newspaper articles, and some 100 bylined photos. Worked about 30 years in librarianship. Formerly newspaper editor and photo-journalist. Decorated veteran of U.S. Air Force (including a remote ‘tour’ of duty in the Arctic … at Thule AB in N.W. Greenland). Married; father of two; grandfather of six.
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13 Responses to What If Everybody Around You

  1. jbrayweber says:

    Inching closer to the top of my TBR list. Still my favorite cover of yours, too.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Now this one has to be a winner, Jeff. Love the concept. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jeff Salter says:

      Thanks, Sharon. Last night when I posted this, I went back to my earliest drafts of D of E to see if I recorded where / how I got the notion to write this (which I started in 2013. Couldn’t find any notes, except that it began as a romantic comedy and gradually took on more of a “suspense” angle (with some comedy thrown in).
      I do remember thinking about the title of that old song from the 60s, “Duke of Earl” — which was a pretty lame recording as it went. But at the very end of the lyrics is something about the girl (he’s singing to) soon becoming his duchess. Maybe that’s where I got the idea for the story.


  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Your premises are always so unique. I’ve got this in my kindle library, so it’s working its way up my reading queue.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. This IS unique, unlike so many that follow Mark Twain’s premise and put ‘modern’ day people back in time.
    I need to read more!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jeff Salter says:

      Thanks, Tonette. I enjoy reading / watching time travel stories. I like both approaches: when future person travels into the present or past, when present person travels either direction, and when past person zooms to the present or future. So many possibilities for suspense, humor, action, and romance.

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  5. Elaine Cantrell says:

    What a great idea for a story. So many possibilities.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. This is such a great book! I really enjoyed it when I read it the day it was released. I think I will be reading it again here pretty soon.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jeff Salter says:

      thanks for those kind words, Angela. And for your sustained encouragement and support. And now that you’ve mentioned re-reading D of E… I have an itch to do the same!


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