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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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Win a Dukes of War Audiobook!

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!

Over 230,000 FREE downloads and 400+ delighted reviews!

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 Major’s Faux Fiancee

I am so excited to share the new book in the Dukes of War regency romance series, The Major’s Faux Fiancee!

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Dukes of War #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. He figures now that he’s missing a leg, a faux fiancée is the best an ex-soldier can get. He admires her pluck, but the lady deserves a whole man—and he’ll ensure she gets one.

Miss Daphne Vaughan hates that crying off 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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Meet the Heroine: Miss Daphne Vaughan

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Daphne could barely even hear the music over the thundering of her heart at what this moment meant to him. Bartholomew wasn’t just dancing with her. He was risking all the rejection and humiliation he’d had to cloister himself into his town house to avoid.

He was confronting his deepest fears just for the chance to waltz in the garden with her.

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She touched the side of his face. “You don’t have to do this if you’re afraid someone might see.”

“I don’t care about anyone’s opinion but yours. If I fall…” His lips curved wryly as he met her eyes. “I think I’ve already fallen.”

Her heart thudded. “Then it’s fortunate we find ourselves in each other’s arms.”

“Indeed.” He lowered his mouth. Slowly. Giving her plenty of time to turn away.

She slid her fingers into his hair and lifted her lips to his. He was what she wanted.

His kisses were gentle. Tender. She didn’t want gentleness. Her heart yearned for him too sharply to be content with mere tenderness.

Her kisses were hungry, demanding. She wanted every taste, every sensation to be seared upon her soul. If she couldn’t keep him in her arms, she would keep moments like these in her memory. Cleave them to her heart.

His feet stilled and, slowly, he broke their kiss. Their private waltz had come to an end.

She couldn’t repress the small sound of disappointment that escaped her throat… until she realized how far they now were from the ballroom. Although still and bare, the gardens’ trees and fountains provided a dark, secluded nook, sheltering them from prying eyes and the winter wind.

They were alone. Scandalously, deliciously, alone.

She didn’t think for a moment that it meant he was finally willing to introduce her to hedonistic pleasure—no matter how many nights she dreamt of just such a liaison—but she was greedy for any part of himself he was willing to share.

He led her to a stone bench and pulled her onto his lap.

Eagerly, she wrapped her arms about his neck, thrilling at the warmth of his embrace. He could have forced her to go back inside. Yet he cradled her in his arms instead. She wished she could be there forever. Her heart beat so rapidly, pressed against his.

He kissed the top of her head, the side of her temple, the shell of her ear. Letting her know he wanted more. Letting her know it was her choice.

Of course she would choose him.

She lifted her parted lips to his. He took her mouth. Her soul. His arms were heaven. She devoured him, her tongue dancing with his. He held her closer. The heat and passion of his kisses proved the intensity of his desire matched that of her own.

Her skin grew hot. Her clothes, restrictive. She wished she could tear his greatcoat from his beautiful shoulders. Feel her mouth on his warm neck, his muscled arms, his bare chest. To taste him on her tongue and know that he was hers.

The fantasy was so intoxicating, it stole her breath. Robbed her ability to think.

His kisses heated her flesh. All she could do was lose herself in the moment. Surrender to his mouth, his touch.

And pray he never let her go.

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Meet the Hero: Major Bartholomew Blackpool

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Daphne pulled up short the moment she saw Major Blackpool. She couldn’t help it. Her limbs had frozen in place. For a moment, she even forgot how to breathe. Her heart was the only part of her that still moved, and it was clamoring loud enough to tumble right out of her chest.

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Ten years. That was how long it had been. Ten years.

The last time he’d seen her, she’d sported a pinafore and pigtails. And the last time she’d seen him…

There had been two of them.

He and Edmund had been inseparable. Indistinguishable. Always playing tricks and trading places with the other. She’d been one of the few who could tell them apart, although it didn’t matter anymore.

Now there was only one.

“Tolly,” she breathed.

The corner of his mouth quirked. “Laughy Daffy.”

Her heart thundered. His voice was so deep. So… manly. Like the rest of him. She tried not to blush. She couldn’t help but drink him in.

He was taller than she remembered. Her heart beat faster. Of course he was taller. She’d been ten or eleven years of age, and he’d been, what? A lad of fifteen, perhaps? Of course he was taller. And older.

The years had been more than kind. His brown hair was longer. Wilder. His crystalline blue eyes now had laugh lines at the edges, although she doubted he’d found much humor recently. His face was more chiseled, more defined. A faint hint of stubble darkened the line of his jaw.

That brief little quirk was already gone from his lips. She missed it.

He didn’t look like Tolly, puller of pigtails. He looked like Major Bartholomew Blackpool. Soldier. Survivor.

Everything about him was more than she’d expected. His youthful reediness was gone. Broad shoulders and thick muscles filled out a coat that looked as though it had been tailored for someone less powerful.

She’d heard he’d become a rake and a dandy. His more passionate exploits had graced every scandal sheet in the country. As for his sense of fashion… He could not have appeared more handsome if this were his wedding day.

Despite what must have been an entire day’s journey, his cravat was starched perfection. His greatcoat was similarly pristine and devoid of wrinkles. The buckskin of his breeches looked buttery soft and clung to every muscle of his thighs. His Hessians gleamed, as though they had been freshly polished moments before he walked through the door.

She blinked. Hessians. Plural. She’d heard he’d lost a leg in the war trying to save the life of his fallen twin, but as far as she could tell, the boy next door looked nothing short of perfect. No wonder he’d cut a swath through the ton as a dashing rake before setting off for war. She doubted a single bosom failed to tremble in his presence.

Heavens. Daphne wouldn’t have the slightest trouble feigning a betrothal with him. The difficulty would be pretending she wasn’t truly interested. No doubt her flushed cheeks and racing pulse had already given her away…

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The Major’s Faux Fiancée

Dukes of War Series #4

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. He figures now that he’s missing a leg, a faux fiancée is the best an ex-soldier can get. He admires her pluck, but the lady deserves a whole man—and he’ll ensure she gets one.

Miss Daphne Vaughan hates that crying off 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…

Regency-set Historical Romance Novel

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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.

Dukes of War

The Dukes of War is a witty, emotional historical romance series featuring roguish peers and dashing war heroes who return from battle only to be thrust into the splendor and madness of Regency England.

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This series is definitely in the top 5 of my all time favorite reads!
Historical Romance Lovers

What an absolute delight! I will not rest until this entire series is on my Kindle. It’s that good.
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