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Archive for the 'The Bachelor Chronicles' Category

The Standon Widows

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Sometimes books just belong together, and these three, HOW I MET MY COUNTESS #13, MAD ABOUT THE DUKE #14, LORD LANGLEY IS BACK IN TOWN #15, isn’t so much three separate stories but one large bit of inspiration, connected by a web of links to so many of my other books that at times it made my head swim, and at their heart, these three books are about finding friendship in the most unlikely of places.

Inspiration

As I was writing Love Letters from a Duke, I had come How I Met My Countessup with a detailed family tree for … Read more »

Confessions of a Little Black Gown & Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress

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I cannot do my 11th Avon romance, Confessions of a Little Black Gown without pairing it with its back-to-back partner, my 12th Avon romance, Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress. Confessions of a Little Black GownI wrote these books in about nine months total without any interruption so they could be published back to back. It wasn’t easy, but the stories are so intertwined that is was the best way to write them.

Yet these stories couldn’t be more different. Confessions of a Little Black Gown takes place over the fortnight of a house party, while Memoirs is just that—the story … Read more »

His Mistress By Morning and Love Letters from a Duke

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I’m combining #8 (HIS MISTRESS BY MORNING) and #9 (LOVE LETTERS FROM A DUKE) into one post because they actually fit into a category that I like to call: Two Covers that Make Me Cringe.

Sometimes the cover goddesses are overly generous (think The Knave of Hearts, Along Came a Duke, Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress, or Tempted by the Night)-I must admit, I’ve been mostly lucky in the covers that have found their way onto my books.

With the exception of these two:

Love Letters from a DukeHis Mistress By Morning

ARRRRRGH!!!

Now, I … Read more »

This Rake of Mine

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From the light hearted fare of SOMETHING ABOUT EMMALINE came my 7th Avon Romance, THIS RAKE OF MINE and my next hero, Mad Jack Tremont. #20thAvonRomance Countdown(6)(Yet another exit sign hero–read about that here) But Jack’s story was no comedy and suddenly I found myself writing a very gothic adventure about the dark and mysterious house on the cliff that one shouldn’t go calling at.

But knocking on the door is exactly what my heroine does. Miss Jane Porter, (aka Miranda Mabberly) a teacher from the very prestigious Miss Emery’s school is escorting home three students, when … Read more »

Something About Emmaline

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Where do I start with SOMETHING ABOUT EMMALINE, my sixth Avon Romance? #20thAvonRomance Countdown(5)One of my favorite of favorites–if authors are allowed such things. I absolutely ADORE this story. But as much as I fell in love with Alex and Emmaline, it is the inspiration that is wild.

The spark for SOMETHING ABOUT EMMALINE came from, of all places, an exit sign on State Route 16 in Washington for the following: Sedgwick Rd, Tremont St, and Clifton Rd. Sedgwick, Clifton and Tremont. Those names just haunted me with heroic possibilities. I had to write their stories, and … Read more »

Mad About The Major Newsletter Winners

Good reason to subscribe to my newsletter: these awesome people get access to exclusive contests for just being, well, awesome.

And the winners to my latest newsletter contest are:

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Mary C. of Seattle, WA
Molly L. of Rogersville, MO
Heather H. of Myrtle Beach, SC

Each of them will receive of box stuffed with books and goodies.

Thank you to everyone who entered and to everyone who isn’t subscribed to my newsletter: What are you waiting for?
(Pssst. Scroll to the top of the page and the box is right there waiting for you.)… Read more »

#TBT: Mad About the Duke

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 Mad About the Dukewith him the moment he stepped on the page. He is so stuffy and ducal and proper. He just needed his life turned upside down.… Read more »

Blog Winners

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:

Stephanie M:

 

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And for last week’s #TBT post on nicknames in How I Met My Countess, the winner is:

Rosalie Otto:

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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 … Read more »

#TBT: How I Met My Countess

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. How I Met My CountessI wondered about these three and then came … Read more »

TBT: Confessions v. Memoirs

In my continuing #TBT look at my Bachelor Chronicles series (in advance of the June 2nd publication of Mad About the Major), today’s smack down is more of a cover standoff: Confessions of a Little Black Dress v. Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress.

A little background might be in order–after writing Love Letters from a Duke, Avon asked me to come up with a title that had the same sort of communication theme. I absolutely wracked my brain trying to find a “Letters” sort of title for Tally’s book. And then, driving down the highway one … Read more »

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