Round Midnight


Annapolis, Maryland, 1948

Frances Dumfries is the perfect admiral’s daughter. She runs the household, hosts the parties, and never falls for the midshipmen surrounding her. Having fun or putting herself first is definitely not on her schedule. And she doesn’t want anyone—particularly not a man too handsome and kind for his own good—to point that out.

Midshipman Joe Reynolds sympathizes: ever since he tumbled headlong into love with Frances, life hasn’t been much fun. With only so much time until he ships out from the Naval Academy, he’s racing the clock, and her refusal to give him a second look, to secure her affection. But this sailor isn’t surrendering in the campaign to win her heart.

Torn between duty and selfishness, it will take a Christmas miracle to show Frances and Joe that love is rare, precious… and worth fighting for.

Huntsville, Alabama, 1950

New Year’s Eve is a night for old friends, new hopes, and champagne dreams—and Betty Parrish intends to take full advantage. But when her long-term beau makes one too many arrogant comments, she throws him out. After all, who needs men?

Greg Henkins’s New Year’s plans involve tools and engines, not dances and debutantes. But when the vivacious Betty runs into him, his night ends up head over heels. After all, who could resist a midnight kiss?

Greg and Betty are intoxicated by what they share at midnight, but will their budding relationship wilt in the sober light of morning?

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“It’s amazing how well-developed these characters are for novellas; we get such a good sense of their inner lives and motivations. Also…you don’t have to choose between your grumpy, terse hero and your sweet beta hero. They’re both here!” – Binge on Books

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long is it? A Midnight Clear is approximately 30,000 words; it was published previously as a freebie. A Midnight Kiss is a little over 20,000; it was previously serialized on the series’ mailing list. Each could likely be read in a single sitting, but both have happily ever afters.
  • Are there any content notes? On-page sex and alcohol use; mild profanity; loss of a parent/grief.
  • Can these stories standalone? Yes. Both heroes later become astronauts and they (and their wives) show up in the Fly Me to the Moon series. These novellas focus on how they met and fell in love a decade prior to the space race.
  • What’s the heat level? A Midnight Clear is kisses only plus a wedding night epilogue; A Midnight Kiss is kisses only. In terms of the tone, both are swoony courtship stories.
  • How holiday-ish are these novellas? A Midnight Clear isn’t very Christmas-y. There’s a tablespoon of holiday cheer, but it’s understated. Most of A Midnight Kiss takes place at a New Year’s Eve party.
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You can read an excerpt from A Midnight Clear here and A Midnight Kiss here.