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.
In case you missed it, a brand-new, FREE, short, Christmas Eve story featuring Thea and Wyn from Duchess Decadence is one of the historical holiday short stories featured on Ramblings From This Chick’s Historical Romance Christmas Eve event. Thea & Wyn’s story takes place on Christmas eve 1784 and is titled An Unexpected Guest. Stop by and comment before Christmas eve and you’ll be entered to win a $15 gift card from me as well as the grand prize from Danielle! There are many, many short stories to be enjoyed, all of them authored by my favorite historical romance writers–and they are all fantastic! Holiday cheer, guaranteed!
Winners of The Duchess Decadence Dukes and Dice giveaway featuring Past Thrills Authors have been notified and have (hopefully) already received their prizes.
Congrats to Sue G. for winning The Grand Prize-signed copies of Lady Vice, Lady Scandal & Duchess Decadence with swag (compact mirror, 2 oz Lady Scandal Rose Bath Salts, and pens!)
And Congrats to the e-book winners:
The Accidental Duchess, by Madeline Hunter: Angie F.
Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard, by Vanessa Kelly: Yary S.
Good Earl Gone Bad, by Manda Collins: Glenda M.
The Dukes Daring Debutante, by Ann Lethbridge: Diane S.
The Love List, by Deb Marlowe: Elizabeth H.
I Spy a Duke, by Erica Monroe: Sheryl N.
Reckless Wager, by Christy Carlyle: Diana Michelle T.
Thank you to Danielle Gorman for organizing the tour, to the bloggers kind enough to host me, and especially to the readers who participated. It was the best one yet!
And if you’d like to revisit any of the tour stops, they can be found here:
Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance romancingrakes4theluvofromance.blogspot.com Feature
Outrageous Heroes www.facebook.com/outrageousheroes Feature
SOS Aloha sosaloha.blogspot.com Top 5 Post
Book Obsessed Chicks www.bookobsessedchicks.com Feature & Review
What I’m Reading sillymelody.blogspot.com Feature & Review