Christmas is coming it seems and my seasonal novella, The Viscount’s Yuletide Betrothal, is out now in a collection entitled Convenient Christmas Brides along with two delightful tales by fellow authors Carla Kelly and Laurie Benson. You can read more about it and find an extract here.
In January the third of my Dangerous Deception series will be out – provided I can find a title! Set on the North Norfolk coast it has smugglers, French spies, secret gold, a sinister tomb and a seemingly impossible love for its hero, Theo Quenten, Lord Northam, who you may have met in The Swordmaster’s Mistress.
In March I’ll be releasing a heavily-revised version of my final Francesca Shaw novel, originally entitled The Rebellious Bride. Now retitled The Duke’s Accidental Elopement it follows the accidental romance between Hal Wyatt, the Duke of Weybourne and Miss Sophie Haydon. Neither of them had any intention of eloping, and certainly not with each other, but accidents happen…
I’ve a short story out for September, one set in India in the days when the cruelly-named ‘Fishing Fleet’ of ladies in search of a husband sailed to Calcutta (Kolkata). But my heroine definitely does not want a husband – all she wants is to turn right round again and sail home. Can one day with a stranger give her the courage to trust again and take another Chance On Love?
And I’ve just had confirmation of the date of my first Harlequin Mills & Boon title for 2019 – Least Likely To Marry A Duke will be out in April. No cover yet, but you can read an extract on the Books page.
July 1st and my new website goes live – a small miracle considering badly-timed holidays, the builders in occupation since February (and here for at least another month) and several over-optimistic deadlines. But welcome – and thank you for visiting.
My latest book, A Lady In Need of An Heir, will be out in August and was inspired by a trip down the Douro Valley a few years ago. Holidays are a great source of inspiration for me – that’s my excuse, anyway – and the latest, a small-ship cruise around Elba, Corsica and Sardinia has given me the germ of an idea already, although it needs work.
Currently I’m working on a novel exploring why a lady in her right mind would not want to marry a duke. He doesn’t want to marry her either – but I’m not going to give them the choice… This one should be out next year.
Meanwhile here’s the house that Napoleon lived in during his brief sojourn in exile on Elba – it was impossible to escape the Buonaparte family on this trip and it made an interesting contrast to the image of the man gained from Paris or Waterloo. The Villa dei Mulini in Portoferraio might not look very impressive but the view from the back garden gave Napoleon a perfect view over the approaches to the island – and all the shipping coming and going – perfect for a man plotting his escape.