Mary, 2014

NEWSLETTER, AUTUMN, 2014

As I write this, three of my books are ready for publication with NAL, my new publisher—at the end of October this year and in February and March of 2015. You can read about these on Home Page. Actually, though I call NAL my new publisher, they were my first publisher too back in 1985, and I remained with them for years. It feels good to have come full circle and be back again.

Next year, 2015, is going to be full of publications. After Beyond the Sunrise in February and Longing in March, both of which are republications of old books, there will be the all-new Only a Promise in May, and the republication in trade paperback of another two old books, Heartless and Silent Melody, in July and August. And since my next new book, Only a Kiss, is already finished, I think it is possible that too will be out before the end of the year.

Only a Promise, May, 2015, is Book 5 of the Survivors' Club series—after The Proposal, The Arrangement, The Escape, and Only Enchanting. It is Ralph, Earl of Stockwood's story. He is the one who was severely wounded during a cavalry charge in the Peninsular Wars moments after seeing his three best friends blown to bits. His heroine is the flame-haired Chloe Muirhead, who has troubles of her own to contend with. I will give more detail in my next update.

Heartless and Silent Melody are a little series of two. They are set in the 18th century, somewhat earlier historically than my usual Regency era. Luke, Duke of Harndon, of Heartless is one of my favorite heroes. I had great fun with his appearance, making him seem almost foppish with his gorgeous 18th century clothes, his high-heeled shoes, and his fan BUT at the same time giving him an ever-present sword at his side and a dangerous glint in his eyes. Silent Melody has always been a reader favorite, mainly, I think, because Emily Marlowe, the heroine, is a deaf mute. She might easily have ended up in an insane asylum as so many deaf people did at that time, but she was kept by her family. I do not depict her as a victim—quite the contrary.

Only a Kiss, which I have just completed, is Book 6 of the Survivors' Club series—Imogen Hayes, Lady Barclay's story. When dreaming up heroines for the five Survivors whose stories preceded hers, I looked for heroines who were in their way as wounded as the men. But this time I decided to try something different. What if the man for Imogen were someone whose life had been remarkably trouble-free, someone with no dark side, no emotional baggage, no problems? Enter Percy, Earl of Hardford, who has arrived at the age of thirty with neither a trouble nor a care in the world—though that, of course, is his problem!

As for future plans—well, some time before the end of this year I plan to start the seventh and final book of the Survivors' Club series: George, Duke of Stanbrook's story. That will be an interesting challenge—he is in his late forties and I don't want his heroine to be much younger. Actually, I know who she is. I don't have a story yet, though I do have a title, which I love—Only Beloved.

My oldest Signet Regencies are still not available as e-books, though I am still hoping that will change soon!

I am planning to register for the Romantic Times Convention to be held in Dallas, Texas, next May. Perhaps I will see some of you there. In the meantime, enjoy your reading for the rest of 2014 and into the new year.