Gifted pianist Valentine Windham, youngest son of the duke of Moreland, has little interest in his father’s obsession to see his sons married, and instead pours passion into his music. But when Val loses his music, he flees to the country, alone and tormented by what has been robbed from him.
Grieving Ellen Markham has hidden herself away, looking for safety in solitude. Her curious new neighbor offers a kindred lonely soul whose desperation is matched only by his desire, but Ellen’s devastating secret could be the one thing that destroys them both.
Together they’ll find that there’s no rescue from the past, but sometimes losing everything can help you find what you need most.
Get it July 26
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.
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
Also coming in 2016...
The Duke’s Obsession on Audiobooks!
I’m very pleased to announce that The Heir, The Soldier, and The Virtuoso will all become available on audio over the next few months. James Langton, who narrated the MacGregor series, Darius—Lord of Pleasure, and the Windham novellas, will also bring his talents to these, my first best-selling titles. Release dates are as follows: The Heir, May 31; The Soldier, June 28; The Virtuoso, July 26.
You can wish list this trilogy from Tantor Media, or pre-order from Amazon on MP3 or audio CD (links here: The Heir, The Soldier, The Virtuoso).
The Last of the Lonely Lords?
I've started working on a story for Asher Fenwick, whom we met in Hadrian: Lord of Hope. For the past few years, I've known Fen had a tale to tell, because somebody wrote that line about him inheriting an earldom at the very end of Hadrian and Avie's book. I finally know what's going on there, and soon you will too. Look for Asher's book in mid-September.
Who’s Been Naughty and Wonderful?
I’ve tentatively titled my Christmas novella Patience for Christmas, it’s complete-in-draft at about 32,000 words, and should be released on or around November 1. I might bundle this story with a novella by another author, or I might get inspired over the summer, and write a companion story to go with it. The heroine is Patience Friendly, a spinster who supports herself writing an advice column, and the hero is her publisher, Dougal MacHugh. There’s mistletoe, and crumpets, and some kissing… well, a lot of kissing. Watch this page for details, and read a sneak peek!
The Windham Brides Series!
Elizabeth, Charlotte, Megan, and Anwen Windham have been spinsters long enough, in the opinion of their aunt, the Duchess of Moreland. Despite her grace’s plans (and—ahem—his grace’s schemes) the four young ladies refuse to marry for anything less than passionate, true love. Alas for matchmaking relations, that commodity is scarcer than handsome, wealthy, single young dukes!
Grace is also drafting a novel that plucks a modern day Scottish earl from the Highland Holidays world (does the name Brodie sound familiar?), and drops him amid the bucolic splendor of Damson Valley, of Kiss and Tell fame. There's a lady farmer, some misunderstandings, a wee dram or two, some kisses, a few more misunderstandings... details to follow just as soon as the characters come up for air!