Sydney Jane Baily

Sydney Jane Baily

Sydney’s writes historicals in more than one era.

Her Defiant Hearts books are set in 1880s America, an exciting time of major developments between the Civil War and the turn of the nineteenth century. Trains, telephones, and typewriters are at the disposal of her handsome, determined heroes and smart, vivacious heroines. The series explores not only the larger cities, such as old-world Boston and the excitingly rough and wild San Francisco, but also the smaller venues of a new state like Colorado or a territory like Montana.

Recently, she went back further in time to twelfth-century England with her co-authored series Warriors of York, with Marliss Melton.

Sydney has an M.A. in English literature and a B.A. in history.  Though her writing career took a rather long hiatus while she worked as a book editor, she never stopped penning stories. She lives in New England with her family—human, canine, and feline.

Amazon reviews: “A beautiful love story set in earlier times.”
“Sydney Jane Baily knows how to keep you glued to the pages from the beginning.”
“[The author] knows how to invent a love story to enchant readers. She interweaves historical details framing a compelling setting which immerses you to the end.”

Genre(s): Americana, Western, Medieval


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Sydney’s Latest Book

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The Black Knight’s Reward

Book 2, Warriors of York with Marliss Melton

As the roaring flames engulf her, Merry du Boise struggles futilely against the binding ropes before relinquishing herself to her fate. Miraculously, a fearless warrior sweeps her from the stake and from certain death, placing her under his protection. However, as a nun condemned for heresy, with whispers of sorcery surrounding her, Merry’s problems have barely begun.

Luke, the king’s commander, has battled fire before and lived. Using his hard-earned moniker, the Phoenix, he has risen in the ranks of King Henry’s service with only one goal—to inherit his grandfather’s coveted estate of Arundel. Yet in the blink of an eye, rescuing a witch from the flames and stealing her away from the powerful Church have put his entire future in jeopardy!

Having vowed to protect the fiery-haired beauty, Luke realizes he wants to offer her more than merely his sword arm. Yet Merry has been betrayed before. As her dark past catches up with her, can she put her faith in an earthly savior who is torn between duty to his king and his own personal desires?

The Black Knight’s Reward is available at Amazon and all other fine retailers.

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An Intriguing Proposition by Sydney Jane Baily

An Intriguing Proposition
Prequel to the Defiant Hearts Series

Following her father’s untimely death, eldest daughter Elise Malloy discovers that the family home is collateral for a mysterious loan. With no record of payments made from her father’s accounts, whoever was paying the bank has now stopped, and foreclosure is imminent.

Desperate to keep the news from her grieving, funds-starved family, Elise answers the bank summons and faces Michael Bradley, an old flame who still owns her heart. When Michael extends an unseemly dinner invitation, Elise invents a nameless suitor as an excuse. Now, to save face, she must produce him.

Jonathan Amory, Esquire, seems the perfect choice, until her long-desired relationship with Michael unexpectedly catches fire, and Jonathan makes it clear he will stop at nothing to destroy her family and lock her into a loveless marriage.

An Intriguing Proposition is available at and other fine ebook retailers.

“…a glittering tale of star-crossed lovers, threatened by a web of lies… a great new book in a new series.”
~Adrienne deWolfe, Bestselling Author

Note: This is a 25,000 word novella.


An Improper Situation by Sydney Jane BailyAn Improper Situation
Book #1 in the Defiant Hearts Series

With her chestnut hair and striking green eyes, Charlotte should be the catch of Spring City, Colorado. But she wears her independence like an impenetrable suit of armor and cloaks her identity behind her famed writing nom de plume of Charles Sanborn. She’s a 24-year-old confirmed spinster who won’t risk heartbreak, until a handsome stranger awakens her yearning both for companionship and for indulgent pleasure.

Boston lawyer Reed Malloy has a solemn mission–to deliver two orphaned children to their Colorado cousin. He’s not prepared for Charlotte being utterly innocent and yet irresistibly beguiling, or for her brewing resentment and flat-out refusal to raise her kin. It will take some firsthand persuasion if he is to complete his legal duty and, perhaps, resolve more tantalizing issues.

When Charlotte forsakes everything familiar–and two thousand miles of America’s heartland no longer separate her from Reed–unforeseen influences conspire to keep them apart. The high society of the Boston Brahmins welcomes her . . . while concealed malice abounds. With the intrusion of sinister forces and scorned women–and with passions ablaze–Reed and Charlotte find themselves in a very Improper Situation.

Available in paperback and digital formats.





An Irresistible TemptationAn Irresistible Temptation
Book #2 in the Defiant Hearts Series

Sophie Malloy had her heart ripped in half and tossed back in her pretty face. Luckily, this classically trained pianist has a penchant for travel. From Boston, she sets out for Colorado to do a favor for her only sister-in-law. Not expecting excitement in tiny Spring City, she never imagined she’d be knocked into the street five minutes after disembarking the train. And certainly not by a dusty cowboy with soft brown eyes and a devastatingly sexy grin.

Riley Dalcourt is stunned. At first meeting, he knows Sophie is the woman of his dreams, with her dark hair, intelligent eyes, and purple unmentionables! Unfortunately, he’s already engaged. Honor bound, he’s determined to go through with his commitment to his fiancée. Yet he simply can’t seem to stay away from the sweet-tempered beauty who has entered his life so unexpectedly, or forget her when she leaves just as quickly.

With the lively 1880s San Francisco and the dangerous Barbary Coast as the backdrop, Sophie and Riley reunite while following their individual dreams. Amid cable cars and concert halls, they must decide if their undeniable attraction is true love or merely An Irresistible Temptation.

Available in paperback and digital formats.



An Inescapable Attraction by Sydney Jane BailyAn Inescapable Attraction

Book #3 in the Defiant Hearts Series

In a year of roaming the West, angel-faced, sharp-tongued Eliza encounters a world of card sharks and low-life gamesters, all the while trying to forget the searing brand of one man’s fiery kisses. In a dangerous game of high-stakes poker, she tangles with the wrong gambler and finds herself in a heap of trouble. With heartache haunting her relentlessly and a killer on her trail, she has no choice but to run.

Thaddeus Sanborn has always had a weakness for the girl he calls Ellie. Even though she cut him to the quick by getting engaged to his childhood friend, she’s the only female who’s ever kept his interest smoldering at a scorching level. When she steams unexpectedly into his carefree life, derailing his plans for getting rich, he’s stunned by the trouble that accompanies her. But he’ll do just about anything—even kill—to protect her.

Dangerous men, Indian trackers, and wanton women populate the landscape—while steam trains, swift horses, and a lively riverboat keep Eliza and Thaddeus on the move. Though they do their best to escape the peril that’s always merely a hoofbeat behind, they can never run away from their own Inescapable Attraction.

Available in paperback and digital formats.


Impassioned Redemption by Sydney Jane BailyAn Impassioned Redemption

Novella in the Defiant Hearts Series

Self-made woman, Jo Holland answers to no one. She runs a successful saloon and bordello, keeping off the streets women with few opportunities in life. Unlike her girls, she neither needs nor wants any man. That is, until she meets the wickedly attractive and intriguing Jameson Carter.
From atop his gambling riverboat, Jameson rules what he sees, and he has his sights set on one delectable lady. His odds of winning Jo are suddenly stacked against him, when a series of unexplained events puts more than his heart in danger. They threaten his life and that of the woman he wants to make his own.

This standalone novella is an offshoot (also called a “bulge,” which is not the most attractive word), featuring two secondary characters from Book 3 of the popular Defiant Hearts series.


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