Countdown to 20
For my third Avon Romance in this countdown, I came up with Three Fun Facts You Might Not Know About ONE NIGHT OF PASSION.
Fun Fact #1
ONE NIGHT OF PASSION is my outlandish Regency take on Cinderella, so when Avon asked me to come up with a tag line for the book, I couldn’t resist being a bit wicked, coming back with:
“Sometimes Cinderella loses more than just her shoe …”
Honestly, I never thought they would ever use it. I was just being snarky. But they did, and it is still to this day, one of my favorite tag lines.
Fun Fact #2
Being a Cinderella story, ONE NIGHT OF PASSION has the lost slipper on the cover. What you might not know is that shoe is the same one worn by my long time editor, Lyssa Keusch, at her wedding. So it is a very lucky shoe indeed.
Fun Fact #3
Ironically, I spent 3 months pacing the floor and banging my head against the wall when I got to the scene on the deck of Captain Danver’s ship where he is reunited with the heroine, Georgiana Escott, nearly a year after their fairy tale one night stand. Oh, did I mention that Georgie is holding a baby? Yeah, sort of one of those awkward moments that befuddles even the author who put them there. You’ll have to read the story to see how I resolved that impasse.
And the Extras
Find out where Colin and Georgie fit into the Danvers’ Family Tree. Read the Excerpt from ONE NIGHT OF PASSION or just quit dying of curiosity about that one night stand and Order the book. LOL.
Read the posts for my 1st (No Marriage of Convenience) and 2nd (Once Tempted) Avon romances.
Countdown to 20
I had no intention of sitting down to write a series when I started ONCE TEMPTED. Yet, as stories often do, the characters blossomed before me and it was the beginning of my love affair with the Danvers family that continues today.
ONCE TEMPTED opens with the death of Orlando Danvers, the youngest of the Danvers brothers. Never have I regretted killing off a character more than shooting Orlando through the heart. Truly, don’t write me, there is no precedent-setting three day Regency operation that will bring him back. And believe me, a lot of you have asked. I have read and reread that opening more times than I can count to see what spark it is that makes so many readers just fall in love with him. Not even writing the story of his twin brother, Rafe Danvers (IT TAKES A HERO) satisfied the Orlando fans. They just wanted him back.
So there it is. Orlando is dead, but I think you will find his older brother, Robert, the taciturn, hard-nosed spy determined to avenge his brother’s death and save King and country, just as heroic.
Once Tempted also introduces several reoccurring characters who prodded me over the years to let them come back and have yet another moment on the pages. The delightful Jemmy Finch (IT TAKES A HERO, HERO, COME BACK). His gossipy mother, Lady Finch, who appears in nearly every Danvers’ story and even finds her way into The Bachelor Chronicles. She’s a persistent one, Lady Finch.
While Once Tempted is listed as the 3rd book in the Danvers series, it is actually the first one I wrote. I then filled in the series with the other titles, all out of sequence. Confused? You aren’t alone. That’s why there is a Danvers Family Tree and Series information so you don’t miss a single story.
Order your copy of ONCE TEMPTED, or read the Excerpt.
Next up: ONE NIGHT OF PASSION
Countdown to 20
I can’t believe my 20th Avon Romance, THE KNAVE OF HEARTS, is about to arrive! To celebrate this amazing run, I thought it would be fun to countdown all 20 books, starting with my first Avon Romance, NO MARRIAGE OF CONVENIENCE.
This book is unique in that it started out as an idea for a follow up book to Brazen trilogy which I had written for Dell Books. But when I was offered the chance to write for Avon (which had been my dream all along) I jumped to write for the house that published Woodiwiss and so many others that I had loved reading.
So I refashioned the idea to make it a standalone story about an entirely new set of characters. Riley Fontaine, who had originally been slated to be the long lost love child of Emma Langston, from BRAZEN ANGEL, gained a new mother and heritage, but kept her sassy, unconventional flair. She upends the life of Mason St. Clair, the Earl of Ashlin and in the process helps marry off all three of his spinster nieces.
No Marriage of Convenience is also unique in that it is my only standalone story–so if you are looking for a read that won’t entangle or commit you to a long series–here is your story.
Order your copy of No Marriage of Convenience, or read the Excerpt.
Next up: Once Tempted
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This book, Mad About the Duke, is the story inspired my upcoming Bachelor Chronicles spin-off, Mad about the Major. Here is where the Duke of Parkerton finally meets his match.
But the wait for Parkerton’s story took some time. He first appeared at the end of This Rake of Mine, chastising his younger brother, Mad Jack Tremont, to get out of jail and go marry Miranda. I sort of fell in love with him the moment he stepped on the page. He is so stuffy and ducal and proper. He just needed his life turned upside down.
Does anyone else sense a theme here? I just love taking a perfectly happy bachelor hero and turn his life inside out with the introduction of one of my madcap heroines. Elinor, Lady Standon isn’t exactly madcap (she’s actually a lot like Parkerton) but she is desperate to marry and she wants nothing less than a duke.
Mistaking Parkerton for a solicitor, she hires him on the spot to find her a likely candidate. And thus, Parkerton finds himself in the role of unwitting matchmaker. I loved putting Parkerton through the paces of falling in love and then actually admitting it.
Dukes just hate that!
Comment below and tell me what you are currently “mad” about (and by mad, I mean in a good way!) and one lucky commenter will win an autographed book from the Bachelor Chronicles series. Check back next Monday to see if you’ve won.
If you go on a complete reading binge this weekend, you might be able to finish the Bachelor Chronicles series by next Tuesday, when Arabella Tremont, escapes her ducal father and sets out to discover London on her own. You’ll learn why, like father like daughter, Arabella finds herself, Mad About the Major.
But even if you can’t get them all finished, pre-order your copy of Mad About the Major before the release date of June 2nd to get the special price of $1.99. Otherwise you’ll just be mad at yourself for missing out. And not the good kind of mad. LOL.
I totally missed posting a winner last week for the Black Gown v. Red Dress post. I blame being on double-death deadline for letting this slip past me. My sincere apologies. But I am here to set this to rights. The winner for that week’s post is:
And for last week’s #TBT post on nicknames in How I Met My Countess, the winner is:
Each of them will receive an autographed book.
And watch for this Thursday’s Throwback into the Bachelor Chronicles when I take a look at Mad about the Duke, the book that inspired my June 2nd short novel, Mad About the Major. And of course, there will be a giveaway.
Moving along to the next installment of my #TBT look the Bachelor Chronicles series (in advance of the June 2nd release of Mad About the Major), this week we are going to look at How I Met My Countess.
Opening up what I think of as the last third of the Bachelor Chronicles is a trio of books about the Widows Standon. The idea for the book came from Love Letters of a Duke, where the hero laments having these warring dowagers from the previous heirs driving him crazy. I wondered about these three and then came up with the idea that all three had married very young and not really all that willingly to these potential heirs who all up and died and left them fighting over dowager scraps.
Then along comes matchmaking Felicity with a fierce idea: make them live together in a rundown, awful London town house until their either:
A) Kill each other
B) Marry the first likely gentleman to come along and get off the Standon gravy train.
LOL. My Regency version of a reality show.
I opened the series with most unlikely of heroines, Lucy Ellyson, or as her father and family call her, Goosie. Well, Goosie is hard to describe–so I suggest you meet her, the same way the Earl of Clifton did, but letting her saunter and swagger into your heart! You can read the excerpt and discover a little bit about one of my favorite characters.
(And BTW, you also get to meet Malcolm, who was also friends with Mad Jack, from This Rake of Mine.)
Comment below and tell me yes or no if you have a nickname–especially one that makes you just cringe every time your family uses it. One lucky poster will win an autographed book from the Bachelor Chronicles series. Check back next Tuesday to see if you’ve won.
You still have a week to get all caught up on the Bachelor Chronicles series by June 2nd, when Arabella Tremont, escapes her ducal father and sets out to discover London on her own. Only what she discovers is that she’s Mad About the Major.