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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

The Complete Dukes of War Collection

Dukes of War Boxed Set (Books 5-8)

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Book 1: The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation

When a flash of lightning destroys the venue for Viscount Sheffield’s annual Christmas ball, whirlwind Amelia Pembroke comes to the rescue!

Over 265,000 FREE downloads and 500+ delighted reviews!

Book 2: The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower

The Earl of Carlisle is hunting an heiress–but finds himself enchanted with a penniless wallflower!

Book 3: The Captain’s Bluestocking Mistress

Spinster Jane Downing wants off the shelf and into the arms of a hot-blooded man — Specifically, the dark and dangerous Captain Grey. How hard can it be to learn the language of love?

Book 4: The Major’s Faux Fiancee

When Major Bartholomew Blackpool learns the girl-next-door from his childhood will be forced into an unwanted marriage, he returns home to play her pretend beau

Book 5: The Brigadier’s Runaway Bride

Brigadier Edmund Blackpool fights his way home only to discover his intended before the altar with his best friend. He’ll be the one to marry her, no matter what she wants!

Book 6: The Pirate’s Tempting Stowaway

Captain Blackheart shouldn’t have any trouble keeping his hands off the gently-bred lady he’s commissioned to abduct—except his cargo turns out to be feisty and passionate!

Book 7: The Duke’s Accidental Wife

Miss Katherine Ross is a wealthy, eccentric socialite who knows precisely what she wants: No candlelit tête-à-tête with the insufferable Duke of Ravenwood.

The #9 New York Times bestseller and #37 USA Today bestseller!

Book 8: All I Want

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…

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I am SO excited to announce that the talented Stevie Zimmerman has narrated the first four Dukes of War romances in audiobook!

When a flash of lightning destroys the venue for Viscount Sheffield’s annual Christmas ball, whirlwind Amelia Pembroke comes to the rescue!

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The Earl of Carlisle is hunting an heiress—but finds himself enchanted with a penniless wallflower!

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Spinster Jane Downing wants off the shelf and into the arms of a hot-blooded man…Specifically, the dark and dangerous Captain Grey!

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When Major Bartholomew Blackpool learns the girl-next-door from his childhood will be forced into an unwanted marriage, he returns home to play her pretend beau!

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Dukes of War Boxed Set (Vol 1)

Dukes of War Boxed Set (Books 1-4)

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Book 1: The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation

Certain individuals might consider Lady Amelia Pembroke a managing sort of female, but truly, most people would be lost without her help. Why, the latest on-dit is that rakish Viscount Sheffield is canceling the fête of the year because he hasn’t time for silly soirees. He doesn’t need time—he needs her!

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Book 2: The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower

Oliver York returns from war to find his father dead, his finances in arrears, and himself the new Earl of Carlisle. If he doesn’t marry an heiress—and fast!—he and his tenants are going to be pitching tents down by the Thames. He definitely shouldn’t be trading kisses with a penniless debutante… no matter how captivating she is!

Book 3: The Captain’s Bluestocking Mistress

Captain Xavier Grey’s body is back amongst the beau monde, but his mind cannot break free from the horrors of war. His friends try to help him find peace. He knows he doesn’t deserve it. Just like he doesn’t deserve the attentions of the sultry bluestocking intent on seducing him into bed…

Book 4: The Major’s Faux Fiancee

Miss Daphne Vaughan hates that crying off her faux engagement will destroy Major Blackpool’s chances of finding a real bride. She plots to make him jilt her first. Who cares if it ruins her? She never wanted a husband anyway. But the major is equally determined that she break the engagement. With both of them on their worst behavior, neither expects their fake betrothal to lead to love…

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New Release: The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower

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Dukes of War #2: The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower

Oliver York returns from war to find his father dead, his finances in arrears, and himself the new Earl of Carlisle. If he doesn’t marry an heiress—and fast!—he and his tenants are going to be pitching tents down by the Thames. He definitely shouldn’t be trading kisses with a penniless debutante . . . no matter how captivating she is!

Miss Grace Halton is in England just long enough to satisfy the terms of her dowry. But a marriage of convenience isn’t as easy as she’d hoped. Back in America, her ailing mother needs medicine only Grace’s dowry can afford. Which means the dashing earl she can’t get out of her mind is the one man she can’t let into her heart.

Meet the Heroine: Miss Grace Halton

Dukes of War #1: The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower

Miss Grace Halton crossed her goose-pimpled arms over her ruched bodice, mindless of the thick moulding digging into the small of her back or the clumps of wax sticking to her silk slippers. Her gaze darted about the ballroom. Elegant couples began a lively country-dance. Grace hugged herself tighter. She had never felt less like dancing.

Not that she’d been asked.

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Her jaw clenched. She hadn’t any idea how to accomplish any of her goals. Without her grandparents’ money, she couldn’t return to her homeland. Without a husband, she couldn’t get her grandparents’ money. Without a noble birth and a British accent, she couldn’t attract a man interested in something other than her dowry or her virginity.

Back home in Pennsylvania, she’d had friends of both sexes, who loved her for herself and not for something they might take from her. Back home in Pennsylvania, they would’ve had a right belly laugh to see Gracie Halton trussed up in finery and mincing about a suffocating ballroom. Back home in Pennsylvania, her mother— her mother—

Grace’s breath caught and her eyes blurred. Oh, who knew what was going on back home in Pennsylvania? She’d written her mother and her neighbors every day since she’d stepped off the boat, and had yet to receive a single word of response. Fear gripped her. Was her mother still in the threadbare bed Grace had last seen her in? Was she even still alive? Was there still time? Or had Grace flung herself headlong into a fool’s mission that only ensured she would not be present in her mother’s last hours, when she needed her daughter most?

Blindly, Grace pushed away from the velvet-lined wall . . .

Right into the path of a giant as tall and as hard as an oak.

A firm hand caught her about the waist as strong fingers captured her wrists. She blinked the sting of unshed tears from her eyes to find herself entangled not with an oak, but with a man possessed of dark brown hair and dangerous golden brown eyes. A wry smile curved his lips as the orchestra began the opening strains of a waltz.

The hot muscles beneath her palms were hard and firm—no need for a tailor’s touch to improve this sculpted body. He was impossibly tall and uncomfortably close. But unlike the other trussed turkeys sweltering inside the breezeless room, his clothes didn’t reek of day-old perfume. His eyes weren’t bloodshot or blasé, but rather clear and warm and drinking her in as if he were two seconds away from yanking her close enough to claim her mouth. Her heart thundered.

Everything about him was raw heat and restrained power. The exact opposite of what she was looking for. If a man like this took a wife, he would never let her slip away.

She forced her starving lungs to breathe. She was making a cake of herself. She’d almost mown down this exquisite hulk of a man, like the unsophisticated American they all believed her to be. He was simply protecting the herd by putting himself in the path of the rampaging bull.

Heat flooded her cheeks as she broke eye contact. She’d never felt so foolish and uncultured in her life.

Her breath hitched, but she forced herself to meet his eyes. A warm, honey brown. Someone this gorgeous definitely had somewhere better to be. She tugged at her wrists, signaling he was free to go. Only a fool would try to keep him.

He dropped one of his hands, but did not immediately hurry away, as she had anticipated. He seemed even larger than before.

His free hand tightened at her waist. “Shall we dance?”

Just like that, her legs could barely hold her steady. She tilted into his touch, conscious that he must be able to feel her body tremble beneath his fingers. Why would he wish to dance with her? He was too young to be a roué, too gentlemanly to be a rake, too well-heeled to be desperate for money, too smolderingly attractive to be in want of female companionship.

But it couldn’t hurt to make certain.

She narrowed her eyes and forced her mind back on her mission. She needed a husband with money. “Are your pockets to let?”

He blinked at her in confusion. “What? No!”

“Are you in the market for a wife?”

Hell no!” His sculpted cheekbones flushed a subtle pink as he belatedly recalled he was speaking to a lady. “That is to say, at some point, it is my duty to take a wife.”

“Close enough.” Grace slid her wrist from his fingers and placed her hand in his. “This dance is yours.”

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Meet the Hero: Lord Oliver York

Dukes of War #1: The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower

Oliver York, Earl of Carlisle, marched into the ballroom. He clearly wouldn’t be curing his best friend tonight. Perhaps the one most in need of wine, women, and dancing was Oliver himself.

Except the ratafia was warm, the wine bitter, the music off-pace. The debutantes were only attracted to his ignominiously gained title. The men only approached him to hear gore-splattered war stories Oliver had no inclination to retell, much less relive.

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Ballroom Waterloo. The deafening orchestra, the cloying perfume, the swirls of satin and lace—it was as much a hell as the battlefield he’d escaped.

Anybody who fantasized about war was an imbecile. Anyone who fantasized about inheriting a title was an even bigger imbecile. This whole ballroom was chock full of imbeciles, and Oliver was the biggest of them all for thinking Xavier was a soldier he could save, this soirée a skirmish he could win. He didn’t know these people anymore. He wasn’t certain he even wished to. He curled his hands into fists.

Look at them planning their attacks. Sharpening their rapier wits. All of them, pawns in the same war, playing the parts they were born to play. He could no more have escaped inheriting his earldom than a wallflower could avoid being labeled a—

Oliver frowned. Brow furrowed, he squinted through the swirl of dancing couples and frowned again.

There was a girl. Across the room. Pressed into the wallpaper. A pretty girl who didn’t know her part.

Not a wallflower, this young woman, despite her back-to-the-wall stance. True wallflowers dressed in drab colors and did their best to blend with the shadows. This one wore a gown with enough silk and lace to befit an empress. The colors could blind a peacock. Her cleavage would tempt the Prince of Wales himself.

And yet, something about her gave the impression that her come-hither bodice and opulent trappings was nothing more than costuming. The true her—whoever that might be—was hidden from the naked eye. Oliver narrowed his own. Something in the set of her jaw, the stiffness in her spine, the softness of those ripe, full lips . . .

Even as he watched, she trapped her plump lower lip beneath a row of straight white teeth. Dark hair. Pale skin. Voluptuous curves. He shifted his weight.

This Snow White belonged to a different type of bedtime story. What man wouldn’t want those soft red lips on every part of his body? She must’ve infatuated half of London by now. The virginal lace at her bosom, the way those thick black lashes blinked a few more times than strictly necessary . . .

Oliver’s intrigued half-smile died on his face as he realized the truth. This wasn’t coquetry. His enticing wallflower was uncomfortable. Nervous. His fingers curled into fists. Where the devil was her chaperone? Her friends? Hell, her suitors? She was utterly alone. Someone this beautiful, with skin that fair and hair that dark couldn’t have any difficulty attracting a man.

“Got your eye on the new one, Carlisle?” came a sly whisper from behind Oliver’s shoulder. “Better dip your wick now, before all the others have their way. Miss Macaroni won’t be looking half as nubile once she’s had a mouthful of—”

“Macaroni?” Oliver interrupted, barely managing to tamp down his impulse to plug his fist into the speaker’s face, sight unseen. He wouldn’t be able to resist the temptation for long. War did that to a man.

The voice chuckled. “Eh, she’s a Yank. Best thing for anyone to do is keep a hand over her mouth, because you can’t understand a single word coming out of it.”

Oh, mother-loving shite. That was Phineas Mapleton talking. The ton’s worst gossip.

“Not that anyone’d want her for conversation anyway,” Mapleton continued. “Every female worth her salt has already given her the cut direct. The only creatures putting themselves in her path now are the profligates planning to give her a tumble or two. Dirty money, dirty gel. Not much else a chit like that can hope for. Old man Jarvis already put his name down in White’s as being the first to tup her. Got fifty quid on it, myself. Want to add your name to the pot?”

His lip curled in disgust. Ballrooms were treacherous indeed. This jackanapes had an innocent American in his sights. One who didn’t even seem to have a duenna, much less friends to keep away wolves like Mapleton.

Oliver’s temple began to throb as he forced his fists to unclench. This was a different type of combat, he reminded himself. The worst thing to do would be to make a scene with Mapleton. The scandal would be horrific.

Yet he couldn’t walk away. Not when the wallflower needed rescuing. His goddamn Achilles heel, no matter how disastrous the outcome tended to be. He wished his heroics would work out for once.

He kept his eyes trained on the pretty black-haired American, every muscle tensed for action. An eternity ticked by. No one approached her. She had no one to dance with, to talk to. She looked . . . lost. Hauntingly lonely. Frightened and defiant all at the same time.

’Twould be better for them both if he turned around right now. Never met her eye. Never exchanged a single word. Left her to her fate and him to his.

It was already too late.

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I can’t wait for the second book in the Dukes of War regency romance series to hit the shelves!! The first book is FREE for a limited time!

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Dukes of War #2: The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower

Oliver York returns from war to find his father dead, his finances in arrears, and himself the new Earl of Carlisle. If he doesn’t marry an heiress—and fast!—he and his tenants are going to be pitching tents down by the Thames. He definitely shouldn’t be trading kisses with a penniless debutante . . . no matter how captivating she is!

Miss Grace Halton is in England just long enough to satisfy the terms of her dowry. But a marriage of convenience isn’t as easy as she’d hoped. Back in America, her ailing mother needs medicine only Grace’s dowry can afford. Which means the dashing earl she can’t get out of her mind is the one man she can’t let into her heart.

Author Timeline

09/2017
Release day for Lord of Temptation, book four of the Rogues to Riches regency romance series

09/2017
Erica spends four days with readers at the Historical Romance Retreat, and participates in a multi-author book signing open to the public

07/2017
Release day for Lord of Night, book three of the Rogues to Riches regency romance series

07/2017
Erica launches Historical Romance Book Club, open to all readers

05/2017
Release day for Lord of Pleasure, book two of the Rogues to Riches regency romance series

04/2017
Release day for Lord of Chance, book one of the Rogues to Riches regency romance series

03/2017
Release day for Romancing the Rogue, the third Passion & Promises standalone romance

01/2017
Erica becomes president of Novelists Inc, the professional international organization of multi-published novelists

08/2016
Release day for All I Want, romance eight of the Dukes of War regency romance series

03/2016
The Duke’s Accidental Wife hits #9 on the NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LIST

03/2016
The Duke’s Accidental Wife hits #36 on the USA TODAY BESTSELLER LIST

03/2016
Release day for The Duke’s Accidental Wife, book seven of the Dukes of War regency romance series

01/2016
Erica becomes president-elect of Novelists Inc, the professional international organization of multi-published novelists

12/2015
Release day for The Pirate’s Tempting Stowaway, book six of the Dukes of War regency romance series

09/2015
Release day for The Brigadier’s Runaway Bride, book five of the Dukes of War regency romance series

06/2015
Release day for The Major’s Faux Fianceé, book four of the Dukes of War regency romance series

04/2015
Erica presents a romance workshop for the Tampa Area Romance Authors in Florida

03/2015
Release day for The Captain’s Bluestocking Mistress, book two of the Dukes of War regency romance series

02/2015
Release day for Premiere, a collection of romantic tales from Romance Writers of America

12/2014
Release day for The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower, book one of the Dukes of War regency romance series

11/2014
Release day for The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation, prequel to the Dukes of War regency romance series

08/2014
Tempted By His Touch stays on the USA TODAY BESTSELLER LIST for a second week

08/2014
Tempted By His Touch hits the USA TODAY BESTSELLER LIST

07/2014
Erica and nine other historical romance writers release Tempted By His Touch, a limited edition boxed set of ten full novels by ten great authors for only 99¢

06/2014
Release day for DARK SURRENDER, the second Passion & Promises standalone romance

04/2014
Erica presents a romance workshop at the Florida Writers Conference in Orlando, FL

12/2013
Release day for LET IT SNOW, the first Passion & Promises standalone romance

12/2013
Release day for MIDWINTER MAGIC, written under the Katie Spark pseudonym

12/2013
Release day for ONE ENCHANTED SEASON

10/2013
Release day for TIS THE SEASON

04/2013
Erica launches new Facebook Page

12/2012
Release day for CHARMED (aka Love, Lust, & Pixie Dust), written under the Katie Spark pseudonym

11/2012
Week-long writing retreat in beautiful Costa Rica with fellow authors Karen Rose, Emma Locke, Courtney Milan, Elissa Wilds, Melody Monroe, and Wendi Darlin

09/2012
Erica Ridley and Diana Cosby go to Lady Jane’s Salon in New York City to read from our vampire romance anthology BORN TO BITE

08/2012
Release day for BORN TO BITE with Erica Ridley, Diana Cosby, and Hannah Howell

07/2011
Erica autographs copies of TOO SINFUL TO DENY at the RWA literacy signing in New York City

04/2011
Release day for TOO SINFUL TO DENY! Launch parties in Tampa, FL and Elkhart, IN.

11/2010
Erica launches 1813 Unauthorized Scandalsheet with chances to win a free autographed advance copy, and the infamous online Regency Pirate Translator

08/2010
Erica will be autographing and reading from TOO WICKED TO KISS at Lady Jane’s Salon in New York City! (Manhattan)

07/2010
Erica autographs copies of TOO WICKED TO KISS at the RWA National Literacy Signing in Orlando, FL

04/2010
Erica signs at the Annual Readers Luncheon in Portland, OR, the Chicago Spring Fling in Deerfield, IL, and at Barnes & Noble in South Bend, IN!

03/2010
Release day for TOO WICKED TO KISS! Launch party in Tampa, FL and a multi-author group signing in Carrolwood, FL.

The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower

Dukes of War Series #2

Oliver York returns from war to find his father dead, his finances in arrears, and himself the new Earl of Carlisle. If he doesn’t marry an heiress—and fast!—he and his tenants are going to be pitching tents down by the Thames. He definitely shouldn’t be trading kisses with a penniless debutante… no matter how captivating she is!

Miss Grace Halton is in England just long enough to satisfy the terms of her dowry. But a marriage of convenience isn’t as easy as she’d hoped. Back in America, her ailing mother needs medicine only Grace’s dowry can afford. Which means the dashing earl she can’t get out of her mind is the one man she can’t let into her heart.

Regency-set Historical Romance Novel

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