Nicole Clarkston is an author, a homeschooling mother of three, and a happy wife who somehow managed to find Fitzwilliam Darcy, Charles Bingley, and John Thornton all rolled into one package. She was raised on horseback in Boise, Idaho, with a book in one hand and a Pepsi in the other. She has worked in the agriculture industry, and also owned an RV rental business with her husband.
Nicole started out in the world of JAFF innocently enough. A smuggled library book here, a Kindle under the covers there- the usual routine. By the fall of 2014, she had developed a serious obsession. Rather than see a doctor, she decided to become intimately acquainted with her laptop. One sleepless night, she crept out to the computer and her first novel, No Such Thing As Luck, was born. About two months later Rumours and Recklessness began in a similar fashion, and she worked on the two novels side by side. She kept her writing under wraps until the day Rumours published on Amazon Kindle, and then she decided she had to confess it to her husband… who told everybody. She has not been without at least two works in progress since then, publishing Northern Rain and The Courtship of Edward Gardiner in 2016.
Nicole’s novels ~
The Courtship of Edward Gardiner
Every great love has a beginning. In Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, we meet with perhaps the most sensible, caring relatives a lovelorn young woman could hope for: Mr and Mrs Gardiner. What is their story?
Edward Gardiner has just been refused by the lovely young woman he had intended to make his wife. Heartbroken and eager for a diversion, he accepts an invitation from his brother-in-law, Thomas Bennet, to accompany him along with his two eldest daughters to the north on family business. Gardiner’s pleasure tour is interrupted, however, when his eldest niece falls ill and is unable to travel farther.
Stopping over in the scarcely remarkable village of Lambton, the men decide that Bennet must continue on, while Gardiner and the children remain. The only trouble is that Gardiner has not the least idea how he should care for one ailing niece and another who is ready to drive him to distraction… until he meets with Madeline Fairbanks.
John Thornton is a man of heavy responsibilities who has many things on his mind, but the most troublesome of them all is Margaret Hale. She wants nothing to do with him, and he wishes he could feel the same. When a moment of vulnerability allows her a glimpse into his heart, she begins to see him very differently.
Is something so simple as friendship even possible after all that has passed between them? Thornton has every good reason to move on, not the least of which is the lovely Genevieve Hamilton and her wealthy father. Will Thornton act according to duty and accept an opportunity to save his mill, or will he take a chance on love, hoping to change Margaret’s mind?
Rumours & Recklessness
Fitzwilliam Darcy is desperate. Finally confronted with a woman who ignites all his hopes, he agonizes over the cruel trick of fate which placed her in a situation beneath his notice. The morning after the Netherfield ball, he resolves to put as much distance between himself and her as possible.
That very morning, however, Elizabeth’s future is jeopardized by her father’s untimely accident. With Mr Bennet unconscious and surrounded by concerned neighbors, Mr Collins presses his suit. Elizabeth’s mother frantically demands her acceptance to secure the familiy’s welfare. With so many witnesses to his proposal and everyone expecting her to make a practical choice, Elizabeth’s reputation hangs in the balance.
Without her father to defend her refusal of Mr Collins, there is no one to speak up for her… except the last man in the world she would ever marry.
No Such Thing As Luck
John Thornton is facing the collapse of everything he has worked for all of his life. Through his banker, he hears about a potential business opportunity that could save the mill. He decides to investigate, even if it means traveling from home when he can least afford it.
Margaret Hale, now living in London, learns that her godfather Mr Bell is visiting her brother Frederick in Cadiz. Bell is dying, and asking to see her before it is too late. She is determined to sail, regardless of the risk.
An accident on the docks leaves Margaret injured, and throws both together on the same ship. Thornton, resolved to protect Margaret’s honour despite their painful history, claims to be her brother to keep her safe. Unfortunately, pretending to be Margaret’s brother proves more difficult- and more dangerous- than he might have expected.