Release day for Her Duke at Daybreak is finally here! As of 7 am, Her Duke at Daybreak had ten Goodreads reviews with a 4.8 start rating! Thank you so much to my ARC readers!
She promised three nights, but he’ll crave a lifetime
Infamous for his pedigree of madness and murder, the reclusive Duke of Ashbey believes he cannot feel until a mysterious woman unlocks a world of sensation in a single, shattering moment of connection. Ash casts a desperate bid for more.
Recent widow Alicia Stone has long been reviled as the chief impediment to a love affair that captured the nation’s imagination. Publicly, she settled for respectability’s cold comfort, but, secretly, she longs to experience what she never found with her famous husband—uninhibited passion.
When Ashbey proposes a discreet three-night assignation, Alicia shocks herself by accepting. But will their explosive union cost them both far more than they bargained?
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Thank you to all. Now, I’ll slink back into the writing cave, where I’m working on the second book in the series!
Two weeks from today, I’ll be releasing my first Indie hot historical romance, Her Duke at Daybreak, which also happens to be my first novella (170 pages), the first in my new Mythic Dukes series.
When a devilish duke proposes a discreet three-night assignation, a proper widow shocks herself by accepting. But will their explosive union cost them both far more than they bargained?
Very Short Excerpt:
“We make a handsome couple, don’t you think?” He grasped her shoulders with heavy hands. “An intriguing contrast of light and dark.”
Her eyes were cocked pistols, following every move. “You frighten me, Duke.”
“Truly, you have no cause to fear. I am at your mercy.”
Her lips parted.
“I will,” he lowered his voice, “obey any command.”
But back to my blog post…
I am so deeply grateful for the family and writing community that have sustained me through a dry time following a family health crisis in 2016, and cheered me as I got back on track in 2017. And so, I’d like to borrow The Acknowledgments buried in the back of Her Duke at Daybreak and highlight them here. This is by no means a comprehensive list of everyone to whom I’m cheerfully indebted, but it is a start.
In September of 2016, I had the honor of being included as an author in the first Historical Romance Reader’s Retreat. The conference was magical. I cannot describe what a thrill it was to spend a weekend with other lovers of history and romance. The impetus for this story came out of a somewhat raucous, thoroughly enjoyable dinner with KJ Jackson, Ava Stone, the fabulous sisters Moll & Em. I’m indebted to the conference organizers, Renee Bernard and Delilah Marvelle, whose combined creativity resulted in an unforgettable event that reignited my passion for writing and for the genre, and to my friend Alice, a dedicated Historical Romance reader, for being a wonderful roommate. I’d like to provide a list of everyone who made that experience so special, but I’ll refrain, as it would continue for at least another page.
I’d also like to thank Madeline Iva for keeping me on track, The Killion Group, Inc. for their graphic design, editorial and formatting resources, Gina Danna for her comments, Mary Behre, Sally MacKenzie, and the Washington Romance Writers for an inspiring 2017 Retreat, Stacey Adgern for writing in the city with me, Madeline Martin for a weekend of sprints that shaped the first draft, Talia Surova, and, the writing sisters of my heart, Inara Scott, Susan Sey and Alison Delaine.
Then of course there is my family. The Gavels, my Mom and wonderful sisters, Jo-el and Charlotte, the La Capras, my various nieces and nephews, and the two people I depend on most, Debbie & Richard.
So, that was my moment of gratitude. There won’t be as long a wait before my next book, I promise. I have a four-book series planned with Entangled Scandalous, two due to release in 2018 and two in 2019, and the next two books in the Mythic Duke series will release June of 2018 and early 2019.
Thank you for reading. Through everything going on large and small, I wish you the sustaining forces of love, friendship, support.
This month’s Writer Wednesday Question is: What would your best day ever look like?
I asked myself this question and discovered, instead, what my best day ever would absolutely NOT look like, which is me, staring at a blinking cursor.
So, to dig a little deeper, I started thinking about the best days I can remember-
My favorite day as a kid? Group picnic day, when rope swings and water balloons were always on the agenda.
In high school? A canoe trip through the NJ Pine Barrens, a senior class day trip to the Jersey shore, reminiscing and laughing as we signed each other’s yearbooks and tried not to ruin them with sand.
In college? A day my friends and I decided to take a long, barefoot walk in an Allentown, PA park. I don’t remember specifics, but giggles were involved.
There are many days I cherish as an adult…my wedding day, family reunion days, almost any writing conference day, my first release day, my first reading, any day that involves writing ‘the end’ or hearing from a reader that a book I wrote gave them ‘the feels, and any event that involves meeting fantastic readers (like this pic from the Historical Romance Retreat)
And so I come back to the best day ever with a lighter heart full of happy memories. Now, I can play.
My best day ever would begin (like every day) with coffee, coffee and more coffee. There’d be a picnic-y event with friends and family and hugs and loads of laughter. And, at some point in the day, everyone would discuss the books they love.
But if all that is too much trouble, I’d take a day in a library full of romance novels and a never ending cup of coffee. 🙂
Here’s how some of my fellow romance writers answered the question: