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!
Miss Ann Pearson has spent years learning the difficult art of the professional cook, and jealously guards her position in the kitchen of the fancy Coventry Club. When Colonel Sir Orion Goddard asks her to take on a young apprentice, Ann would rather refuse. But Orion is respectful, gruffly charming, and looking out for a girl whom others have neglected, and that is a combination Ann cannot resist.
Lingering scandal has taught Orion to make his way along the fringes of polite society without allies or entanglements. Then he meets Ann, who is fierce, passionate, and warm-hearted, and also worth fighting for. If Orion and Ann are to forge a new love, they must first learn to trust each other, and find the courage to overcome old enemies who will do anything to keep the cook and colonel apart.
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 was our December addition, and Douglas: Lord of Heartache joined his fellows in January. David: Lord of Honor will complete the series in March. Busy Madam Author!
Readers have been asking about the previously published novellas, Mary Fran and Matthew, Jonathan and Amy, and Morgan and Arthur. Those will be published as a trio (I think) when rights revert to me in March.
In the work-in-progress category, we have an as-yet untitled story for Ned Wentworth, which will be book seven in the Rogues to Riches series. Look for a release date in early 2022.
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 Frolic. 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 Fall 2021 because…
I’m about halfway through with my first book in a new series, Mischief in Mayfair. The series will start with Miss Delectable, scheduled for June 2021, and take up where The True Gentlemen leave off. More details to follow. Wheeee!
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…?)