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.
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! A Duke Walked into a House Party is my maiden effort in this regard (Hardcastle and Sedgemere, take a bow). I hope to soon have 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) also bundled and back on sale (that would be Lavelle and Ramsdale, if we’re sorting by peerage titles). More novellas will be republished as the year progresses.
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 two, Lady Violet Attends a Wedding! Fall 2020 should see another True Gentlemen (Sycamore and Ash are wrestling for the HEA), and November will see publication of my fifth Rogues to Riches—The Truth About Dukes–which is turning out to be one lovely story.
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…?)