Nathaniel Rothmere has bided for years in solitude at the Rothhaven ducal seat on the edge of the Yorkshire moors. He carefully cultivates a reputation for secrecy and ill-humor, such that most of his neighbors only catch a glimpse of him when he gallops his demon-black steed hellbent as darkness falls.
Lady Althea Wentworth has little patience for grumpy dukes (her brother is one), but she needs Nathaniel’s guidance as she seeks entre into Yorkshire society. Reclusive, difficult Rothmere has figured out the secret to commanding respect from one and all, while Althea has failed at that same quest during multiple London seasons. Nathaniel at first refuses to help Althea, but solitude on the moors has become a trial, and Althea commands Nathaniel’s respect, so what’s a lonely, brooding duke to do?
Oak Dorning is an artist determined to take his place among London’s most successful portraitists. Town life is expensive, though, so a temporary post restoring a few old paintings for a ruralizing widow strikes Oak as a prudent detour on the way to his brilliant future.
Verity Channing was married to a renowned artist, and knows firsthand how spiteful London sophisticates can be. A quiet life in the country is fine with her–also lonely and rather dull–until Oak finds scandalous treasures lurking in her art collection. When somebody sets out to ruin Verity, Oak must choose between his cherished ambitions and the lady who fills his dreams.
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
And if that’s not enough… Readers have kindly reminded me that as novella anthologies retire, I need to get my little stories re-published! My latest effort in this regard is A Lady Without Peer (The Will to Love from How to Find a Duke in 10 Days plus His Grace for the Win from The Duke’s Bridle Path). If you’re sorting by peerages titles, Philippe, Duke of Lavelle, and Seton, Earl of Ramsdale are the peers the ladies are doing without. The Windham Ducal Duet has also been re-packaged and given a slightly slower price.
You might have also noticed that Darius: Lord of Pleasures has a new cover and slightly lower price. He will be followed over the rest of the year by the rest of his Lonely Lords friends.
For reasons unbeknownst to me, I’ve also 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’m having great fun with book three, Lady Violet Finds a Groom! Fall 2020 should see another True Gentlemen (Ash won the coin toss), and November will see publication of my fifth Rogues to Riches—The Truth About Dukes–which is turning out to be one lovely story. And yes, folks, Stephen Wentworth will have a story in early 2021. The working title is How to Catch a Duke. He says it’s the best one of the bunch, humble fellow that he is.
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…?)