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The Viscount’s Anniversary Giveaway!

Three years ago this week, The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation published, launching the Dukes of War regency romance series. That’s right: It’s Lady Amelia and Lord Sheffield’s anniversary!

Let’s celebrate with a marvelous giveaway:

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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!

Download on Audible
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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!

Download on Audible
Download on iTunes
Download on Amazon

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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Behind the Scenes: The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation

Go behind the scenes and between the sheets with Erica Ridley as she discusses the making of The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation, a laugh-out-loud standalone prequel to the new Dukes of War 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.

I want a Kissing Ball for Christmas!

Kissing Ball

What the heck is a kissing ball?

A kissing ball is the 19th century equivalent of hanging a sprig of mistletoe beneath a doorframe in the hopes of surprising an unsuspecting passer-by with a kiss!

How did that happen??

Kissing balls began as “pomanders” in the Middle Ages—aromatic balls filled with ambergris or other fragrances—and were originally religious keepsakes. Over the centuries, it lost its religious connotation, and in the 1800s was reborn as a holiday decoration with an extra spice: grounds to steal a kiss!

The Viscounts Christmas Temptation

Mmm, sounds naughty!

In The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation, spinster Amelia Pembroke finds herself beneath just such a bough of holly with rakish bad-boy Viscount Sheffield. (And it is dee-lish!)

But is he kissing her because they’re caught beneath the ball of holly? Or does he want something more than a brief touch of his lips against hers?

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Kissing Ball

How can I make my own kissing ball?

Every parlor, house, or apartment definitely needs one of these for the holidays. I mean, what if Johnny Depp drops by??

Here’s what to do:

  1. Create a simple frame by bending wire or connecting a few wire circles.
  2. Wrap ivy or other greenery (artificial is fine) around the frame.
  3. Decorate with bright red berries, spritz with perfume, and hang with a festive ribbon.
  4. Smooch!!! 😉

FREE: The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation

It is my giddy pleasure to celebrate release day by giving you The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation absolutely free! This deal won’t last forever, so download this holiday romance while it’s still free!

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Dukes of War #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!

When a flash of lightning destroys the venue for his family’s annual Christmas ball, Lord Benedict Sheffield intends to enjoy a relaxing holiday for once. But after twelve days of beguiling Lady Amelia’s guerrilla tactics, he’s up to his cravat with tinsel . . . and tumbling head over heels in love.

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Meet the Heroine: Lady Amelia Pembroke

Accounts. Right. Focusing, Lord Benedict Sheffield dipped his pen into the standish and began totaling the first row of sums. He made it through the first few pages before his butler appeared in the doorway.

Benedict frowned. No one called upon him during working hours without prior arrangement. “Yes, Coombs?”

“I’m afraid there’s a Lady Amelia Pembroke here to see you, my lord. She was most insistent.”

“I trust you informed her that I was not receiving, and refused to let her in?”

“Of course.” Coombs hesitated before continuing, “She said she would simply wait until you are receiving.”

Benedict put down his pen. “Wait where, pray?”

“Upon the front step, my lord. I’m afraid the lady brought . . . the lady brought . . . a book. She cannot be budged.”

Benedict tilted his head, impressed. Rather than attempt to barge her way in, she’d come prepared to wait him out—on the front stair, where every eye in every townhouse in the whole crescent was likely watching her. Intrigued despite himself, he tugged at his fob and checked the time on his watch.

A quarter ’til eight. Damn.

“Did the lady mention whether she was calling for business or for pleasure?”

“Both, my lord.”

He coughed. “Both?”

“She would not elaborate. She said . . . she said explaining the intricacies of her design to a butler would be a waste of both our valuable time, and that each of us would operate far more efficiently minding the tasks in which we’re experienced. Then she pulled out a book and a pair of spectacles and sat down on the front step to read.”

Benedict mentally canceled his plans for the theater. He loved actresses, found them endlessly diverting in fact, but was forced to admit he’d never once been intrigued by one. They were beautiful, simple creatures, which was precisely what he liked about them. After a long day of arguing in the House of Lords or negotiating business contracts or managing tenant properties, he liked to disconnect his brain and let the rest of his body reign for a few hours.

At least, he’d always thought he liked that. He was beginning to suspect he liked being intrigued even more. He consulted the hour again.

Still a quarter to eight.

A sudden thought occurred to him. “Do you mean to say we’ve got a lady with her derrière freezing to ice atop our slush-covered concrete?”

Coombs shook his head. “Not at all, my lord. She brought several rugs and a warming brick, and had her coachman clear off the steps before she settled in. He’s got eyes on her, even if he can’t talk her back into the carriage.”

Benedict drummed his fingers atop his leg. She hadn’t just been prepared in case she had to wait—she’d known it would happen! She’d planned for the lost time, for the denied entry, for the slush upon the stoop, for the inclement weather . . .

He shoved his watch back into his pocket.

Business and pleasure, the chit had said. He certainly hoped so. “By all means, Coombs. Show the intrepid lady in.”

He returned to his sums until footsteps sounded out in the corridor. Eight o’clock. Perfect timing. He sheathed his pen.

Let the games begin.

He pushed to his feet the moment the lady appeared in his doorway.

Her hair was a rich brown and her eyes a clear green, but despite the fine cut of her gown or the becoming flush upon her cheekbones, those were not the aspects of her appearance he found the most incredible.

She was dry.

There wasn’t a spot of snow on her pristine slippers. No hint of dampness to her velvet-and-ermine pelisse. No sign of the book or the warming brick or the infamous rugs. She had not only planned to be kept out, she had also planned to be let in!

“Who are you?” he found himself asking, his tone at complete odds with his usual charm and decorum.

She dipped a pretty curtsey. “Oh dear, I have you at sixes and sevens. I am Lady Amelia Pembroke, sister of Lawrence Pembroke, whom you perhaps better know as the Duke of Ravenwood.”

He peered behind her. “Where is your chaperone?”

Elder sister,” she enunciated crisply. “At nine-and-twenty, I find myself being a chaperone rather than requiring one. If you suspect I have come to trap you to the altar, have no fear. Once our brief partnership has concluded, you will have no need to lay eyes on me anew. In fact, interacting in person need not happen beyond just this once. It would be far more efficient for us both if I were allowed to handle our business from here on out.”

He leaned back. “What, may I ask, is the nature of our business?”

The adventures of Lord Sheffield and Lady Amelia continue in:
The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation
The Dukes of War #0.5