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Erica Ridley: Printable Book List

Rogues to Riches series

Rogues to Riches #1: Lord of Chance
Rogues to Riches #2: Lord of Pleasure
Rogues to Riches #3: Lord of Night
Rogues to Riches #4: Lord of Temptation
Rogues to Riches #5: Lord of Secrets
Rogues to Riches #6: Lord of Vice

Dukes of War series

Dukes of War #1: The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation
Dukes of War #2: The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower
Dukes of War #3: The Captain’s Bluestocking Mistress
Dukes of War #4: The Major’s Faux Fiancee
Dukes of War #5: The Brigadier’s Runaway Bride
Dukes of War #6: The Pirate’s Tempting Stowaway
Dukes of War #7: The Duke’s Accidental Wife
Dukes of War #8: All I Want

Passion & Promises standalones

Passion & Promises Standalone #1: Dark Surrender
Passion & Promises Standalone #2: Romancing the Rogue
Passion & Promises Standalone #3: Let It Snow

Secrets & Scoundrels series

Scoundrels & Secrets #1: Too Wicked To Kiss
Scoundrels & Secrets #2: Too Sinful to Deny
Scoundrels & Secrets #3: Never Been Bitten

Writing as Katie Spark

Love, Lust & Pixie Dust
Midwinter Magic

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Too Wicked to Kiss

HIS TOUCH HOLDS HER CAPTIVE…
From the ravens circling its spires to the gargoyles adorning its roof, Blackberry Manor looms ominously over its rambling grounds. And behind its doors, amid the flickering shadows and secret passageways, danger lies in wait.

TO HIS EVERY DARK DESIRE…
Evangeline Pemberton has been invited to a party at the sprawling estate of reclusive Gavin Lioncroft, who is rumored to have murdered his parents. Initially, Gavin’s towering presence and brusque manner instill fear in Evangeline…until his rakish features and seductive attentions profoundly arouse her. But when a guest is murdered, Evangeline is torn. Could the man to whom she is so powerfully drawn, also be a ruthless killer?

Regency-set Gothic Historical Romance Novel

Scoundrels & Secrets series #1

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Scoundrels and Secrets

Secrets and Scandals is a collection of gothic historical romance novels set in Regency England and the early Victorian period.

“Sensual and witty . . . a dark Gothic treat.”
—New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James on Too Wicked To Kiss

“Darkly sensual . . . A skillful blend of Gothic mystery and steamy romance.”
—New York Times bestselling author Karen Rose on Too Wicked To Kiss

“Plenty of violence, romantic tension, and sensual love scenes will leave readers eager for the sequel.”
—Publishers Weekly on Too Wicked To Kiss

Too Wicked To Kiss

HIS TOUCH HOLDS HER CAPTIVE…
From the ravens circling its spires to the gargoyles adorning its roof, Blackberry Manor looms ominously over its rambling grounds. And behind its doors, amid the flickering shadows and secret passageways, danger lies in wait.

TO HIS EVERY DARK DESIRE…
Evangeline Pemberton has been invited to a party at the sprawling estate of reclusive Gavin Lioncroft, who is rumored to have murdered his parents. Initially, Gavin’s towering presence and brusque manner instill fear in Evangeline…until his rakish features and seductive attentions profoundly arouse her. But when a guest is murdered, Evangeline is torn. Could the man to whom she is so powerfully drawn, also be a ruthless killer?

Regency-set Gothic Historical Romance Novel

Scoundrels & Secrets series #1

TOO WICKED TO KISS: Limited Edition!

I have just discovered that Too Wicked To Kiss is OUT OF STOCK! (For now, anyway!)

What this means is that the copies you can grab at your local bookstore or online are the only copies left in the wooorrrrlllld!

UNLESS… you happen to be on the mailing list, because even after all the shiny new first editions are gone from the stores, I will continue giving away the dozen or so copies I have in my personal collection until I run out, too!

Don’t wait… sign up now!!! =)

Behind the Scenes: 2W2K Editor

Once I think a story is polished to perfection, I seek the opinions of my critique partners and follow their suggestions for improvement. Once they too believe the story is polished to perfection, I send it to my agent, who then offers her feedback. Once she too agrees that that my manuscript is as sparkly as it can be, it’s time to find an editor who feels the same way!

I was sooo thrilled to get The Call letting me know I’d sold Too Wicked To Kiss (and my upcoming release, TOO SINFUL TO DENY) into the debut author program at Kensington Publishing! I was deliriously happy for weeks on end… and in fact, I continue to be deliriously happy, because things just keep getting better!

This week, I asked my editor, the wonderful John Scognamiglio, just what he saw in my manuscript that made him decide to give a chance to a brand new author like me. This is what he had to say:

As an editor, I’m always looking for novels that have a new take on a “classic” theme. While Erica Ridley’s TOO WICKED TO KISS had a solid love story, what drew me to the novel was its “dark” elements. I’ve always been a fan of murder mysteries/film noir/gothic novels. TOO WICKED TO KISS had all those “dark story night” elements that I love so much, but set against the backdrop of Regency England, which has always been is a favorite setting of mine. Not only that, but there was also a hint of paranormal. The end result was a fresh, inventive romance that had me eagerly turning the pages.

How awesome is THAT!?

I’d been so terrified that by blurring genre lines, I would blur myself right out of the running… and in the end, it turned out that he and I share a lot of the same favorites! Perfect!!!

How about you? Do you have someone who shares the same taste you do? Do you swap books with friends or family? Or do you and your sister/best friend/whomever share the exact opposite likes when it comes to books, movies, etc?

Behind the Scenes: 2W2K Literary Agent

For many writers, landing a literary agent is a major step along the path to becoming a published author. I was lucky enough to get the attention of the fabulous Lauren Abramo of the Dystel & Goderich literary agency with my manuscript… a contemporary romantic comedy.

You’d be right to imagine that I was more than a little nervous when I followed that up by emailing her my next manuscript: a dark Gothic historical! Would she still be interested? Would she even like the story? Was my genre bait-and-switch going to ruin everything I’d worked so hard toward? Ohhh, the angst!!! (Believe me, I lost plenty of sleep over this.)

As it turns out… well, I’ll let her tell you herself! I emailed her earlier this week and asked her what her initial reaction was to Too Wicked To Kiss. This is what she had to say:

I was already a huge fan of Erica as a writer when she sent me the manuscript, but I wasn’t sure what to expect because Too Wicked to Kiss was so completely different from what else I’d read of hers. I was really floored by how easily she had transitioned to a totally different tone and voice for this book. I knew for sure I could sell it when, for the second day in a row, I walked home in the rain from one subway stop past my own, having been so engrossed in reading that I hadn’t realized I was home. The only part of it that bothered me was that the longer walk meant a longer wait to get back to reading. If it hadn’t been raining, I’m pretty sure I’d have been reading on the way!

I told you she was fabulous!! Very Happy I truly believe that a writer’s literary agent has to be the author’s number one fan, to love what she writes, to really believe in each story being told and in the author herself. And I am so, so lucky to have found that and more in Lauren!!

How about you? What have you read recently that made you forget (willfully or otherwise, hehe) the laundry, the dishes, the bus stop, the spaghetti water boiling over on the stove… Please share your story!

Behind the Scenes: 2W2K Critique Partner

No woman is an island, although if I were, I’d kinda like to be Sicily. Very Happy My gelato/canoli addictions aside, I knew when I sat down to write Too Wicked To Kiss, if I wanted to create the best manuscript I was capable of writing, I would need to call a lifeline–my critique partners.

Not all writers have critique partners (CPs) for various reasons, but I find mine to be invaluable. They support me in a myriad of ways, from encouraging me when things get frustrating to telling me things like “This ending sucks… Write a new one.” They are friends and professionals, and I respect their opinions completely.

I asked my CP Darcy (who has read countless iterations of Too Wicked To Kiss) how she knew that it was a story worth telling and a manuscript that would sell, and this is what she had to say:

Too Wicked to Kiss fills a subgenre as a truly gothic Regency. I’d never read anything like it–a classic whodunnit set in my favorite historical romance world. A delicious hero and strong heroine lead a fabulous cast of characters that made me laugh, swear, and either root or boo for. As a critique partner, you sometimes feel a sense of jealousy over your CP’s writing and this was definitely a book I started reading and said, “man, I wish I’d written this!”

See why she’s so awesome??? 🙂

How about you? Whether you write or not, who are your go-to people in your support network? For those of you who are writers, (aspiring or otherwise,) do you have a critique partner, or someone you run pages or ideas by?

Book-A-Day Giveaway: 7 Wicked Kisses, Day 7

Too Wicked To Kiss by Erica Ridley
It’s release day!!! Want to win an autographed copy of
TOO WICKED TO KISS?

I’m giving away a book a day until launch day–7 days of fun!! All you have to do to be eligible is answer the Daily Kiss question.

3 ways to win:

1) Tweet/RT on Twitter (to @ericaridley with hashtag #2w2k)

2) Post to the Facebook wall: facebook.com/EricaRidleyFans

3) Comment on this post with the answer to today’s question!

And today’s Daily Kiss question is:

Describe the best stolen/secret kiss (real or fiction)!

Good luck!!!

Yesterday’s Winner: lyoness2009

Yesterday’s Daily Kiss Challenge:

Describe the worst kiss in 7 words or less!

Yesterday’s Entries:


  • Teeth scraping my face; ‘chin hickey’ aftermath
  • 11th grade, truth-or-dare, spelunking tongue.
  • Those I wanted and never had.
  • Too much garlic!!
  • 15th Birthday, roses, male friend,slimey, GROSS!
  • No skill, no spark, boring.
  • Did you just fart? <– Friend’s experience after a kiss….still makes me laugh by the way she will tell it!
  • wet and sloppy
  • my first kiss!
  • Big slurp in mouth from my dog!!
  • Him- diving in, mouth open, tongue extended.
  • it was ewwwwwwww!!!
  • Tangled and wet…..not from an animal…

Comment to win today’s challenge:

Describe the best stolen/secret kiss (real or fiction)!

Book-A-Day Giveaway: 7 Wicked Kisses, Day 6

Too Wicked To Kiss by Erica Ridley
Want to win an autographed copy of
TOO WICKED TO KISS?

I’m giving away a book a day until launch day–7 days of fun!! All you have to do to be eligible is answer the Daily Kiss question.

3 ways to win:

1) Tweet/RT on Twitter (to @ericaridley with hashtag #2w2k)

2) Post to the Facebook wall: facebook.com/EricaRidleyFans

3) Comment on this post with the answer to today’s question!

And today’s Daily Kiss question is:

Describe the worst kiss in 7 words or less!

Good luck!!!

Yesterday’s Winner: JoAnne Kenrick

Yesterday’s Daily Kiss Challenge:

What is the most memorable Book Kiss?

Yesterday’s Entries:


  • My favorite book kiss was the first kiss of Cece and Holland in Julie Anne Peter’s Keeping You a Secret.
  • My favorite kiss in a book is from “It Happened One Autumn” The scene in the library with the peach schnapps…The kiss is amazing! The kiss is amazing, super sexy, and makes me smile every time I read it. Utterly sweet and wonderful.
  • of course gone with the wind, scarlett and rhett
  • Megan Penworthy and Ambrose St. James MAN OF MY DREAMS by Johanna Lindsey
  • scarlett and rhett
  • Hettie&Nevada in Zane Grey’s novel Nevada. 🙂
  • One of my favourite book kiss is Gentle Rogue by Johanna Lindsey!
  • of course, Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
  • On the beach in Rites of Spring (Break)!
  • Elliott/Julie in E.T.: The Book of the Green Planet
  • Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’hara — hard to forget. ” Scarlett! Look at me! I’ve loved you more than I’ve ever loved any woman and I’ve waited for you longer than I’ve ever waited for any woman.”
  • “The Raven Prince” by Elizabeth Hoyt. The hero is a scarred kind of recluse, the heroine is his widowed secretary. The story is emotional and heart wrenching, but the love scenes are incredibly hot. The first kiss is beyond incredible. They both know its wrong but its oh so right.

Comment to win today’s challenge:

Describe the worst kiss in 7 words or less!