In October and/or November, look for two republications of Christmas books. A Christmas Promise will be out again, the story of an impoverished nobleman who agrees to marry the daughter of a dying and enormously wealthy coal merchant. It is a marriage that begins with scorn and even hatred on both sides before it develops into something quite different over the Christmas season. And Under the Mistletoe will be out once more. It is an anthology of five of my Christmas novellas—”The Star of Bethlehem,” The Best Gift,” Playing House,” No Room at the Inn,” and “A Family Christmas.” I will give more detail about both books in my next web site update.
And early in 2014, though I do not know the exact month yet, The Affair, Book 3 of the Survivors’ Club series, will be published in paperback. It is Sir Benedict Harper’s story. Ben was severely wounded in the Napoleonic Wars and left with two deformed legs, on which he can walk slowly and with some pain with the aid of specially designed canes. He is unsettled, restless, and unhappy at the start of his book for he has just finally accepted the reality that he will never recover sufficiently to resume his life as a military officer. He does not know what else to do with the rest of his life but knows that he must stop drifting and decide upon something soon. While staying in the north of England with his sister, he meets Samantha McKay, a recent widow who is about to be turned out of her home by her in-laws, whom she has offended. She has no alternative but to make the long journey to the far corner of Wales in search of a home that may not even exist. Ben, being the gentleman he is, insists upon escorting her there.
I have made a start on Book 4, tentatively called The Pursuit, which will be Flavian Arnott, Viscount Ponsonby’s story. He is the Survivor who suffered head injuries during the wars and then frightened his family with his headaches and rages and stuttering. His fiancée left him and married his best friend. He was sent to Cornwall, where he spent three years at the home of the Duke of Stanbrook and the five others who eventually formed the Survivors’ Club. I have been looking forward to getting to this particular story.
There is still no news to share on my backlist! I am hoping that soon there will be. I know many of you want to get your hands on my older books, and I want it just as badly as you since I know some of them are very difficult to find and are exorbitantly expensive when they are available.
Happy reading for the rest of 2013!