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.
A note on pricing: This anthology will be priced at $.99 for the pre-order period and through the first week on sale. The price will then be raised to $3.99 on all platforms. Yes, we are encouraging pre-orders!!!
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, as did Gareth: Lord of Rakes in November. Andrew: Lord of Despair is in the bullpen for December, and Douglas is scheduled for January. Busy Madam Author!
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. I hope to get a novella trio put together soon, pulling stories from Dukes in Disguise, Duchesses in Disguise, and Marquesses at the Masquerade. Look for Love Disguised as an addition to the Republished Regency shelf in the webstore around the first of the year.
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 four, Lady Violet Enjoys a Froic. Books one through four are all off in Madam Copy Editor’s capable hands, and book five is germinating. The soonest I can see publishing these stories is late spring 2021 (because Dornings and Wentworths…) but autumn is also a possibility, because…
I’m about halfway through with my first book in a new series, Mayfair Knights. More on that when I have at least one book complete in draft, and another trotting up to the starting gate. Wheeee!
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