About Rebecca York

NY Times & USA Today best-seller, Rebecca York, is the author of over 150 books. She has written paranormal romantic thrillers for Berkley and romantic thrillers for Harlequin Intrigue. Her new romantic-suspense series, Decorah Security, is set at a detective agency where agents have paranormal powers or work paranormal cases. She also writes an Off-World series where each story is a science fiction romance taking place on a distant planet in the far future.  View website

Life in the Time of the Coronavirus

Life goes on, but it’s not exactly the same. In normal times, I alternately call my husband Mr. Travel or Mr. Restaurant. Traveling and eating out are two of his favorite activities, but we’re not doing either at the moment. And every conference I was going to attend has been canceled. That leaves the focus on activities at home–reading, cooking, gardening, watching TV.

So, I was watching a show on HGTV recently. It was one of the many variations of the Property Brothers franchise–this one where the Brothers fix up someone’s current home–not to sell but to make it better for their family. Drew commented–your front hall is a visitor’s first impression of your home. Right, except that we’re not having any visitors besides the plumber, the electrician, the maids and the guy who’s going to fix the leak at the side of the chimney.

Even so, I decided the front hall could use some work. Usually, Norman stores large flat boxes there–which he uses to carry in groceries. (Don’t ask me why they’re not in the trunk of the car.) But since we’re having groceries delivered, I carried the boxes down to his office, which is hopeless under the best of circumstances.

There are two other sources of clutter in the hall. One is a wicker basket full of carry bags–also for groceries, but they have a secondary use–taking my laptop up and down the stairs when I have other things to carry as well. I stacked them all neatly then attacked the wicker stand that holds umbrellas. How many umbrellas do you need, anyway? The answer would be two–if you could count on their not breaking. I stuffed some into the armoire I use for a coat closet and left a couple in the stand.

The hall now looks pretty good. Here’s the bench I made from one of my old kitchen cabinets. It’s a good place to sit if you’re putting on boots, and also great for a cat to sit and look out the window. The cat in the picture is Holly, my rescued feral kitty who has been socialized and converted to house cat status.

Somehow when hours and hours stretch in front of you, it’s harder to get writing done. But I do have a draft of the novella I’m putting in the “Dear Santa” Christmas collection. I love this cover that Michele Hauf made. (I did find the couple myself.)

So, while you’re staying in, are you using the time to declutter your house? Or what?

A Cool New Series

I want to tell you about an exciting new series–The Golden Legacy

The story begIns in the early 1700s when a pirate brigantine attacked a merchant ship, The Golden Fleece, in the Caribbean. Although smaller, the merchant ship bested the pirate craft that contained a treasure trove of gold and jewels. A dying pirate claimed the Incas had cursed anyone who misused the treasure, hence the reason the merchant crew was victorious. The treasure would also bless anyone who used it for good. The greedy merchant captain, James Carlson, was killed during the battle, but his 18-year-old daughter, Sarah, survived in her cabin. Mindful of the curse and to thank God for their salvation, she asked the crew members to split the treasure equally, but to make a binding pledge that they would keep only twenty percent for their own use, and give ten percent to help others. With the rest, each was to buy something of great value that could be passed down to their descendants, with the curse passing onto anyone who broke the line and used it selfishly.

The first book in the series is Twist of Fate, by Susan Matthews, out  now.

Can a cursed treasure unite two lonely outcasts?

Overton Stafford, shunned by his family because of a birthmark on his face, made a life for himself as Second Mate on The Golden Fleece. In a battle with pirates, Overton loses his left arm, ending his career. Knowing he will be a wealthy man makes the pain easier to bear, especially when he discovers he can repay a moral debt and help an old friend. When he meets Anna, Overton realizes he wants more from her than a financial partnership.

Anneliese Van Stubel lost her sight at nine as a result of smallpox. Now eighteen, a ward of the crown because of the Danish Age of Majority law, she lives in limbo, uncertain what will happen to her. When Overton approaches her with the proposition to help her rebuild the plantation, she’s excited with the idea of returning to her home. But her joy fades when her caregiver makes it plain that he has a different future in mind for her, one that will profit him.
The story is set in a time when brutality against women and slaves was the norm, But Overton seeks to change things as he falls in love with the girl who has lost so much.

A new story comes out every 3 weeks, telling what happens to later Golden Legacy descendants.

The Second book is The Prisoner Returns, by Nancy Radke, out today.

The Golden Legacy inheritance is expected to make Keely a very rich woman. Hired by her father as a bodyguard, Tripp Richards finds himself the new target as he tries to keep her alive. To complicate matters, an old man appears who claims to be her real father. Which man is really Keely’s father and who is trying to kill her?

The third book is my own Race for the Gold, our June 26 and available for pre-order now.

Matthew Connor has three big problems. As his horse farm fell on hard times in Depression-era Maryland, his wife left him for another man, abandoning their five-year-old daughter, Jenny. Now he suspects someone is trying to sabotage his business. When Hannah Henry snatches Jenny from the path of a speeding car, Matt is sure fate has intervened and hires Hannah as the girl’s nanny. As he watches them bond, he falls for the young woman who is giving his daughter a renewed sense of security. Yet he’s not willing to risk his heart again. When Hannah comes into money from the Golden Legacy, she tries to find a way to banish his financial worries without wounding the pride of the man she loves. But will the saboteur succeed before Matt realizes that Hannah’s heart is the only treasure that matters.

Check for new books in the series every three weeks.

Into Outer Space

So how did I wind up traveling on a spaceship from Naxion with Max Cassidy and escaped slave Amber in my new science fiction romantic suspense, Escape Velocity?

It’s been a long journey, starting when I was ten. Once a month, in my DC elementary school classroom, the public library delivered a sturdy hamper full of books—enough for every kid in the class. The teacher would put them up on the ledge under the blackboard, and we would go up to pick what we wanted to read.

One day a book went up on the ledge that riveted my attention. It had an illustration on the front cover of an otherworldly creature standing in a strange landscape.

I didn’t know what it was, but I knew I wanted to read it. When the teacher said we could pick our book, I raced up to get that one—beating out a boy who was also heading for the same volume.

The book was Red Planet by Robert Heinlein. I started reading it right away, and I was hooked. It was about a boy who lived in a colony on Mars. The company who owned the settlement was going to put all of the colonists in danger by not letting them migrate for the winter, and the boy and his friend help save everyone. One of the main characters was the kid’s pet—a Martian animal that turned out to be an immature Martian adult.

This adventure story kindled my interest in science fiction. And I went on to read a lot of adult short stories and novels in the field—with Robert Heinlein one of my favorite authors. He often put a very good romance element into his books—although romance was never the main plot.

My first published novel was a kid’s science fiction story, Invasion of the Blue Lights, published by Scholastic. But when a friend asked me if I wanted to write a romance novel with her, I decided to give it a try. Previously, I’d read a lot of science fiction, adventure, and fantasy, and I’d always loved having a romance in the books.

Which is how I ended up on that spaceship, writing a story that combines several of my major loves—science fiction, adventure and a hot romance.

Cranberry Orange Quick Bread

Recently I posted a picture of my cranberry orange quick bread. A lot of people asked me for the recipe, and here it is. It’s an old recipe of mine, and I’ve made some modifications. For example, this recipe calls for 2 cups of flour, but my original had half white flour and half whole wheat. Also, I originally called for fresh cranberries, which are not available right now. I used dried cranberries instead. When you grind up the cranberries and orange peel, make sure to grind enough to produce small pieces, because larger pieces tend to sink to the bottom of the loaf. This doesn’t affect the taste, only the appearance. The oil I used was canola. Although the loaf should be stored in the refrigerator, leftovers taste best when cut into slices and rewarmed briefly in the microwave.

Makes 1 loaf

Peel of one small orange
3/4 cup dried cranberries
2 cups enriched-all purpose or unbleached white flour
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup orange juice
2 T vegetable oil , a
Scant 3/4 cup sugar
I large egg

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Oil a 9-inch by 5-inch loaf pan. Cut a piece of wax paper to fit the bottom of the pan, and press into place. Set aside.
  3. Chop orange peel and cranberries in a food processor, and set aside.
  4. In a medum-sized bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Stir to mix well. Set aside.
  5. In a mixer bowl, combine the orange juice and oil. At medium speed, beat in the egg, then the sugar. Add the dry ingredients, and beat in.
  6. Stir in the chopped orange peel and cranberries
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake on the center rack of the preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes corsage clean.
  8. Cool slightly on a wire rack. Loosen sides of loaf with a narrow metal spatula, and turn the pan upside down. Peel off the wax paper and turn the loaf right side up again on the rack. Cool well before slicing. Store well-wrapped in the refrigerator. Leftover loaf will keep for two or three days. Cut leftovers into slices and rewarm briefly in the microwave.

My latest novel is Escape Velocity, part of my Off-World series, now on pre-order and special 99c sale on Amazon. It’s sexy science fiction romantic suspense and a bit hotter than I usually write.