Posted by: Author | February 27, 2012


Lest we forget, I have a book out on April 15, 2012- yeah, tax day. Something to think about instead of the old IRS. And lest we forget who I was thinking about as I wrote this tale, I’ve posted a couple of pictures here of the inspiration for the hero, Dirk McSwain. Mr. Jeremy Northam.

BLURB: In 1937, Dirk McSwain, known as The Gambler, makes his living on the turn of a card. When his family home is in jeopardy of being lost, he boards the Queen Mary ocean liner, playground of both royalty and the wealthy alike. He hopes to win big to save his property. He meets three beautiful, unchaperoned, Irish sisters the first day at sea and determines to deprive them of some of their fortune. What he doesn’t count on is an obnoxious passenger accusing him of cheating at cards and then dying the next morning. At the captain’s request, he teams up with one of the sisters to try to solve the mystery of the man’s death and gets more than he bargained for in the process.
Published By: Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc.


  1. Sounds exciting! I see why Mr. such an inspiration!

    • Thanks, Kate. He is indeed quite inspiring!

  2. Congrats again! And oh yeah, great inspiration 😉

    • Thanks for the congrats! And yeah, he’s dreamy!!

  3. Yay! I’m excited for your Gambler series to be published! And I love the name Dirk, being a HUGE Dirk Pitt (Clive cussler) fan. 🙂

    • I love the name Dirk, too. Dirk Benedict from A Team!

  4. I love cruises so the setting is going to be a great read for me.

    • Awesome. All three books in the series take place on the Queen Mary. Different eras, same ship. Hope you like it.

  5. This series is going to be great, Jillian and not your average because of the different eras that you use that aren’t the norm. Nothing against regency, Victorian or medieval, but I’d rather read about others. Looking forward to this one!


    • Thanks Linda. This was a fun series to write. Book one is 1937; two is 1946; and three is 1967. There’s even a Christmas short story for next year that’s set on Christmas Eve and Day, 1947 – it was super fun to write this family saga.

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