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New Release: Lord of Chance

It’s release day for Lord of Chance!

Disguised as a country miss, Charlotte Devon flees London, desperate to leave her tattered reputation behind. In Scotland, her estranged father’s noble blood will finally make her a respectable debutante. Except she finds herself accidentally wed to a devil-may-care rogue with a sinful smile. He’s the last thing she needs…and everything her traitorous heart desires.

Charming rake Anthony Fairfax is on holiday to seek his fortune…and escape his creditors. When an irresistible Lady Luck wins him in a game of chance—and a slight mishap has them leg-shackled by dawn—the tables have finally turned in his favor. But when past demons catch up to them, holding on to new love will mean destroying their dreams forever.

In Rogues to Riches, Cinderella stories aren’t just for princesses… Lovable rogues sweep five strong-willed young ladies into whirlwind rags-to-riches romance with rollicking adventure.

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New Release – Romancing the Rogue

It’s release day for Romancing the Rogue!

When the new earl inherits, poor relation Miss Rebecca Bond must wed immediately or be out on her ear. The only man she’s ever loved is summoned to hear the will—but he already rejected her so soundly that they haven’t spoken in years. Yet who better than a rakish Viscount to teach her how to snare a gentleman who appreciates her charms?

Daniel Goodenham, Lord North Barrows, regrets nothing more than the lost friendship with the one woman who treated him like a man, not a title. Fate has given him the perfect pretext to win her forgiveness—even if it means having to matchmake her to someone else. But now that she’s back in his life, he’ll do anything to convince her to choose him instead…

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Romancing the Rogue was first featured as part of the Vexed anthology.

Lord of Secrets

The fifth romance in the newest regency-set historical series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Erica Ridley!

In Rogues to Riches, Cinderella stories aren’t just for princesses… Loveable rogues sweep strong-willed young ladies into whirlwind rags-to-riches romance with rollicking adventure.

Throwback Thursday: Arabella Churchill’s Sensuous Legs with Anna D. Allen

Today, we have Anna D. Allen here on the blog, sharing a humorous historical tidbit with us!

Arabella Churchill’s Sensuous Legs

My sister’s into the Restoration period, when Charles II returned to Britain after decades of Puritan rule. Not my cup of tea. Can’t get past the wigs. Plus the Stuarts never seem like the brightest crayons in the box. But my sister loves it, and since I know all the characters, she jabbers to me about it. One story she told me lay dormant in the back of my mind for years… until last winter, I felt compelled to write a romance novella inspired by a footnote to history.

Arabella Churchill was the sister of John Churchill (later the Duke of Marlborough). John was a national war hero, the builder of Blenheim Palace (frequently used in movies), and most famous today as the ancestor of Sir Winston Churchill and Princess Diana.

At court, Arabella served as a lady-in-waiting to Anne Hyde, the king’s sister-in-law, whose husband, James Duke of York, would go on to become King James I–infamously losing his crown in the Glorious Revolution.

Arabella, however, was not a beauty. She was tall and skinny, very pale, and openly called plain.

At this point, the accounts vary. Either everyone went hunting on horseback or James took it upon himself to teach Arabella to ride. In any event, Arabella was thrown from her horse. When James reached her, he discovered her skirts in disarray, leaving her legs completely exposed. And he was shocked that such a plain girl could possess such incredible limbs. He, supposedly, fell in love with her on the spot, and she soon became his mistress, eventually giving birth to four of his children.

I couldn’t resist a bit of thievery… but set in the Regency Period. With snow. And a really hot hero. The result: Magdalena’s Christmas Rake.

What was the hardest part about writing this story?

The kiss! I always end up writing the last kiss I wrote. So I have to go back and makes sure I don’t do that. And then there’s my inner 5-year-old going "ooh, cooties" or pulling a Rainman– "It was wet."

Have you ever based a character on a real person?

Several times. The best one, though, was Bob in "Mrs Hewitt’s Barbeque." The man was a greeter at the local Meijer’s (think Super-Walmart in the Mid-West). He was in his 60s, from Northern England with the corresponding accent, but he looked like the Crocodile Hunter, down to his khaki shorts. And he had a short queue and an earing. I had to write him.

What are your favorite historical romance tropes?

I love Regency romance, but a trope? My sister jokes that I like stories with "a plot." I laughed when she said this, but I knew what she meant– those tales with smugglers or French spies. I like soldiers. I like heroines who are "older"– that is, not debutantes with little experience of the world. Variations of Cinderella– but always always always, intelligent women. And intelligent men, too.

book coverMagdalena’s Christmas Rake

When days turn dark, Christmas brightens the way… Come Revel with us again!
Magdalena’s Christmas Rake – Thomas Eddington comes home for a family Christmas to discover his mother in a matchmaking mood. Worse, she has invited his childhood nemesis, "Mad Maddie" Winslow, to act as chaperone to the eligible debutantes. For her part, Magdalena Winslow hopes to go unnoticed. She certainly wants nothing to do with a London rake, and she’s not afraid to let him know it.

Series Name: Christmas Revels III
Genre: Regency Romance
Heat level: No sex
ISBN: 9781942470021

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Never Been Bitten

Amid the lore of 19th century England, even a woman of science isn’t immune to the charms of a wickedly handsome, dangerously sexy vampire…

The devilishly seductive, irresistibly rakish Mr. Macane is ravishing all the ladies of the ton—despite the fact that he is penniless, untitled—and believed to be a vampire. Hired to disprove such an absurd claim, the skeptical Miss Elspeth Ramsay does not expect to tremble in his presence—until the graze of his teeth on her neck ignites an appetite of her own, and she finds herself biting him back! Surely this sudden bloodlust can only mean danger for her family and her heart—or a love for eternity…

All I Want

Dukes of War Series #8

He taught her to trust. He taught her to love. And then he left her behind without a word.

Tonight he’s back. Whether for a moment or forever depends on the turn of a card. Twenty-one to win–or to lose it all. Their future hinges on her dealing him the right number…

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Lord of Vice

The sixth romance in the newest regency-set historical series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Erica Ridley!

In Rogues to Riches, Cinderella stories aren’t just for princesses… Loveable rogues sweep strong-willed young ladies into whirlwind rags-to-riches romance with rollicking adventure.

Lord of Temptation

When Lord Hawkridge inherits a penniless marquessate, he must abandon his courtship of the lowborn girl he loves. Years later, she rises from commoner to textiles heiress. Hawkridge has never banished her from his heartheres their chance to share his home! But how can he convince a woman whose trust he destroyed that he desires her far more than her money?

Faith Digby’s chaotic world is too full to bother with men. She controls half a boarding school, one life-endangering secret, and two recently gentrified parents. Theres no time for the old flame roaring back into her life. Not when admitting she still loves him would imperil everything and everyone she holds dear…

Lord of Night

Unlike proper debutantes, Miss Dahlia Grenville is secretly Robin Hood in a bonnet. Her home for wayward girls has too many dependents and not enough donations. But just as she’s about to pull off the heist of the Season, she tumbles straight into the arms of the handsome detective who has sworn to deliver Mayfair’s mysterious thief straight to the gallows.

Highly principled Bow Street runner Simon Spaulding’s world is black and white. There’s no mastermind too clever, no criminal alive who can escape the hangman. Until he realizes the delightful young lady he’s been courting is a liar and a thief. Suddenly, his career—and his heart—are in peril. How can he bring her to justice when it means losing her forever?