Ashton Fenwick was raised to be the bastard older brother—the charming, happy bastard older brother—but now an earldom has been foisted upon him. His family urgently needs him to find the right countess, and the best place to look for prospective countesses is London during the social Season. With charm at the ready, Ashton is prepared to go wife-hunting, though it’s the landlady at his lodging house who catches his eye—and his heart.
Matilda Bryce bakes a delicious apple tart and does not suffer fools. Ashton falls hard for a woman who doesn’t put on airs, even as she looks after street urchins and does what she can to acquaint him with the challenge before him. As Ashton gets to know Matilda better, he realizes somebody is out to destroy her happiness. He’s found the lady for him, but before he can make an honest countess of her, he must risk all to free Matilda from her past.
A Regency Holiday Duet
A duet of Regency holiday novellas set at the time of year when toes might be cold, but hearts are warm, and true love earns a helping hand from some well-placed mistletoe.
Respect for Christmas features Henrietta Whitlow, who’s leaving behind the life of a very successful courtesan in hopes of making peace with her family in the shires. Michael Brenner’s family all but ignore him, despite his shiny new baronial title, and his errand along the Oxford road isn’t half so benign as Henrietta’s. While trying to settle a debt of honor involving Henrietta, Michael instead loses his heart, gains a friend, and learns an important holiday lesson.
Patience for Christmas is the story of advice columnist Patience Friendly, whose relationship with her stubborn, over-bearing, publisher, Dougal MacHugh, is anything but cordial. Dougal challenges is Patience to take on a rival columnist in a holiday advice-a-thon, and sparks fly clear up to the mistletoe hanging from every rafter. Will Patience follow the practical guidance of her head, or the passionate advice of her heart?
Hamish MacHugh knows quite well that the dukedom unexpectedly thrust upon him bodes nothing but trouble for a man who’d rather be tramping through the heather of his Highland home. Retiring spinster Megan Windham can teach him how to waltz and make small talk, but can Hamish teach his Meggie to listen to the whisperings of her heart rather than the gossip that follows him everywhere?
Get it December 20
Coming in 2017...
Next year will see the release of two more Windham Brides stories (July and November), as well as two more True Gentlemen, dates to be determined—Jonathan Tresham and Grey Dorning are both being coy. I’m also planning a Valentine’s day novella duet release that's leaning contemporary, a Regency novella trio titled Duchesses in Disguise for late spring (waves to Emily Greenwood and Susanna Ives), and a contemporary novel duet to be released with author M.L. Buchman and set in Montana. Then it's more Christmas novellas, possibly another Dorning brother, and maybe a detour back to the Victorian Highlands. I'm still planning on sending a modern Scottish earl to rural Maryland too!
So many happily ever afters!