Robert Rothmere is hiding a past no duke should have endured, but he’s not hiding it well enough. Sooner or later, his enemies will learn that he spent years locked away at a private asylum. To get their hands on his wealth, they’ll try to send him right back to his worst nightmares. If Robert is to foil their schemes, he needs to marry a perfectly proper, blessedly boring, deadly dull duchess, immediately — and he knows exactly which quietly delightful lady he’d love to entrust with that role.
Lady Constance Wentworth has cultivated a reputation for utter forgettability. She never speaks out of turn (in public), never has a daring thought (that she admits aloud), and never comes close to courting scandal… as far as anybody knows. Her path crossed Robert’s years ago, though, and she’s never forgotten the extraordinary lengths he traveled to keep her safe when she hadn’t a friend in the world. She longs to be his demure duchess…but little does he know that to marry her would be utter madness
Daisy Dorning Fromm is grieving the sudden loss of a husband in whom she’d become profoundly disappointed. When Fabianus Haviland, Viscount Penweather, becomes a guest on the neighboring estate, Daisy is reluctantly attracted. Penweather has a knack for listening, for speaking both honestly and kindly, and he has his own losses and regrets to mourn…
Sycamore Dorning has watched one sibling after another succumb to the blandishments of wedded bliss, while he has grown wealthy and–deuce take it–lonely. He loves the ladies generally, though he waits in vain for the woman who can love him in all his contrary, stubborn, outspoken glory.
Jeanette, Marchioness of Tavistock, endured six years of wedded purgatory before earning the independence of widowhood. She’s admittedly attracted to Sycamore. He’s refreshingly blunt, no slave to convention, and loyal to those he cares about. When trouble stalks her, she turns to Sycamore for help, because she would trust him with her life. But will she trust him with her heart?
Lord Stephen Wentworth is heir to a dukedom he never wants to inherit. He can resign himself to becoming a member of the peerage if he must, but the prospect of raising the next ducal heir scares him witless.
Abigail Abbott is a private inquiry agent whose Quaker upbringing has left her with a hearty disdain for all the worldly trappings of the aristocracy. Nonetheless, when she needs a quick-witted, powerful ally she turns reluctantly to Stephen… who greets her with open arms.
When a storm blows off the North Sea and slams into the village of Fenwick on Sea, the villagers prepare for the inevitable: shipwreck, flood, land slips, and stranded travelers. The Queen’s Barque Inn quickly fills with the injured, the devious, and the lonely—lords, ladies, and simple folk; spies, pirates, and smugglers all trapped together. Intrigue crackles through the village, and passion lights up the hotel.
One storm, eight authors, eight heartwarming novellas.
An Invitation to the Ball…By Fifteen of Your Favorite Historical Romance Authors!
Enjoy this collection of never-before-released short novellas and long short stories celebrating the romance and magic of mid-summer night by your favorite historical romance authors!
And if that’s not enough…
You might have also noticed that Darius: Lord of Pleasures has a new cover and slightly lower price, as do some of his Lonely Lords friends. Nicholas: Lord of Secrets has also been re-covered and down-priced, as have Ethan: Lord of Scandals, and Beckman: Lord of Sins. Gabriel: Lord of Regrets joined the line up in early September, with Gareth: Lord of Rakes on deck for November, and Andrew: Lord of Despair in the bullpen for December.
I have also bundled two holiday-ish novellas, Lady Mistletoe’s Holiday Helper (from Yuletide Wishes), and Catnip and Kisses (from Love and Other Perils) into a two-fer volume cleverly titled Holiday Duet. The ebook version will be on sale exclusively in the web store for the month of October, priced at $1.99. After Nov. 1, the book will be available on all the retail platforms, but the price will go up to $3.99.
For reasons unbeknownst to me, I’ve started writing a Regency mystery series with a working title of Lady Violet Investigates. I have no idea where that project is going, but I’ve finished book three, Lady Violet Finds a Groom. Books one, two, and three are all off in Madam Copy Editor’s capable hands, and book four is not far behind. The soonest I can see publishing these stories is late spring 2021 (because Dornings and Wentworths…).
If you follow me on Bookbub, you’ll get a brief new release announcement as every upcoming title becomes available for pre-order. (Maybe I should follow myself on Bookbub…?)