Cover Reveal: The Trouble with Love

Here it is at last!

I am so proud of this book cover for The Trouble with Love, Distinguished Rogues book 8! The model is perfect for my free-spirited heroine. This is Whitney and Lord Acton’s romance, a fun and sexy regency romp.

Book Blurb:

Keeping a promise has never been harder!

Whitney Crewe has a dream for her life, and it does not include a properly boring marriage or remaining in England. Passionate by nature, she’s headed for an adventure abroad but has been temporarily lured into the countryside to paint an important family portrait. Unfortunately, a friend is set to marry the family’s nearest neighbor, Lord Acton, and he is someone Whitney has seen far too much of…with and without his breeches on. Their past must remain a mere memory, but ignoring him proves impossible when she understands the decisions he’s made to protect those he loves.

Lord Acton is keeping secrets from his friends, and particularly from his innocent bride-to-be. The first was losing his head over an intoxicating, veiled seductress one gloriously reckless evening. A man of his word, he has no choice but to keep his promise to wed, even after he discovers his seductress was his bride’s friend, eccentric heiress and artist, Whitney Crewe. The second secret, Whitney stumbles upon all on her own, but her anger swiftly becomes an offer of friendship and much-needed compassion. They have absolutely nothing in common, so why oh why would he risk his future getting to know Whitney when she’s opposed to everything he desires?

The Trouble with Love will be releasing on November 7, 2017 and you can pre-order it now!

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Release Day: Once a Husband

Huzzah! It’s release day at last. The sixth and final Hunt Club romance is out from today. Australian readers should have Once a Husband by now. The rest of the world in the next twelve hours or so. Happy reading!

Once a Husband

Hunt Club, book six

Husband. Father. Son. Earl. Rupert Manning has thoroughly lost his way. Already resigned to a loveless marriage, he never expected that to be taken away from him too when his wife is murdered. Implicated her death unless he can clear his name, he’s determined to uncover her murderer and the secrets of her life—so that he too might be free to live the life he should have fought for.

Five years ago Angelo Marinari limped away from his life gravely wounded and hid from everyone he’d ever known and loved. Now earning his way as a fighter and entertainer, Angelo is resigned to his life until fate lands the love of his life at his feet—bloody and beaten and breathtakingly defiant. Saving Lord Bracknell complicates everything but is he strong enough to abandon the earl twice when he and his son are in grave danger?


Read an Excerpt:

Chapter One

They say death is peaceful.

Dying certainly is not.

“Help me!”

The man perched on the window ledge of Wiggan’s Boarding House shrugged and stared at his dripping hand. Of all the fruits on display at the market, oranges might just be his favorite to steal and to eat as another murky day of life began. He bit into the firm flesh of one and let the juice linger on his lips before dabbing at them with a linen napkin.

“Please,” the voice wailed from below in the filthy yard.

“Seven Dials is no place for mercy or kindness,” he whispered.

The man missed the berries of home with a sudden and unexpected pang of homesickness. Sun-warmed and ripe straight from the kitchen garden of his family’s villa. He’d once gorged on fruit with his innocent younger brothers and sisters. In those carefree days, being first to the table was all he had cared about, and it was that misty memory he clung to now when the world was so bleak and cold. The air was cleaner in that faraway memory, too, than the soot and filth that filled the metropolis of London of his present. He supposed he could have returned to the place of his birth years ago, but even if he was able to make the voyage, what was the point? He’d nothing to return to.

Nothing here either, for that matter, so he made no effort to change his situation. Everyone he’d known and loved there was dust.

“No, don’t!”

The gentleman dug in his pocket and found the fruit-studded bun he’s stolen on his way back from taking in the sights and sounds of another London night, and inhaled reverently.

The simple things in life were the best—to breathe, to eat, and make as much mischief as he possibly could.

He bit into the bun—and then spat out a small pebble that grated on his teeth. He stared at it in disappointment. He’d had such high hopes when he’d taken it.

He really missed cooks who could cook.

Friends who were real friends.

Lovers who were…willing to be with him in any guise.

The gentleman scrubbed his hand through his hair, still surprised that he ran short of length after only a brief caress of his head after so many years. It was also an infrequent shock that he barely recognized himself when he saw his own reflection, which meant any past cooks, friends or lovers may not know him if he was standing right in front of them.

“Someone help me!”

He tore off another chuck then ate the soft center first, scraping away the edible portion with his teeth, taking every pleasure from what he put into his body.

He had learned long ago that what little joy could be found in life was taken anywhere and at any time. He glanced about his tiny attic chamber—at his narrow bed, locker of clothes beneath, and a single precious volume of poetry stolen from a bookseller yesterday.

He was content for now.

He was at peace.

He wiped his hands carefully then brushed crumbs off his breeches, resigned that his shabby appearance was utterly necessary. He’d never be welcomed at his favorite shops as he appeared now. He sniffed, and then wrinkled his nose with distaste. He definitely needed a bath soon, too, but in his line of work, cleanliness most often led to suspicion.

“Where ya going, ya pitiful bastard?” a man jeered beneath him, and then a scream tore out of the victim’s throat.

He glanced out his window, peering down on a scene he’d viewed many times before. “Amateurs,” he complained.

He uncurled the wire-and-bead garrote from beneath the stocking on his left ankle and stretched the length before him. The perfect length to silence any victim. A pity the practice of using them had fallen into disrepute in recent years. Too many liked to play with their prey, making them suffer unduly. Killing with a garrote was elegant, fast and blessedly silent in comparison to the callous violence offered below.

He was grateful for the shadows, but his experience filled in the gaps. There’d be enough claret spilled about down there by now to cover his bed. “So unnecessarily untidy,” he muttered with disgust.

There were other sounds that would make a more delicate man shudder.

“Never gamble with your life,” he advised when the man below came into view, attempting to crawl away one-armed from the larger man following behind and taunting him. “And always know a way out. If there is no escape possible, make them pay dearly for their insolence.”

He sighed. He’d never lost a fight since turning sixteen, which was why he’d done so well as an assassin.

But he was dead to everyone he knew, or was supposed to be. An unmissed and unlamented casualty of war.

He scowled at the turn of his thoughts. “Must be the mild weather making me grim.”

The past was an unpleasant memory. Being shot by a man he’d foolishly trusted had given him ample reason to feel put out. Shot, left for dead, nearly damaged beyond fixing, and cast aside like an overflowing night soil pot.

It was enough to make any man irritable, let alone one who could break a neck without breaking a sweat.

His former friend’s shot to the shoulder may have been wide of his target, but it was to the point. His services were no longer required and his usefulness had come to an immediate end five years ago on the dark southern coast. His friend had been given orders to kill, and he’d obeyed, appearing pained to do it.

To this day, he continued to live in the shadows, avoiding the streets he used to sneak through with his many unsavory accomplices.

In the yard below, the man was still crawling on his belly, moving toward the blind alley, dragging his legs behind him as if they no longer worked. They were probably broken, and by the way he called out, weaker now and pained, his chest had damage too.

He knew the signs of imminent death as well as anyone in his profession.

The sounds would stop soon, and there would be another body floating in the Thames. Whether the fellow could swim or not made no difference to his chances of avoiding that fate.

He was as good as dead the moment he’d set foot here.

The sounds from below cut off abruptly, and he sighed with relief that it was finally over.

Another fool dead by his own foolishness, but there would always be another.

His meal finished, Angelo Marinari, former assassin, former abbess of the Hunt Club and admirer of fine gowns only women could wear, closed the window on the scene below. It wasn’t his business to save the foolish from danger. Not anymore. He was alone, and that was the way he wanted it.


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Story News

Story News:

Last Thursday I sent The Trouble with Love to my editor. Yay! I expect it returned in 2 weeks or so and then I’ll begin the fun of incorporating her changes and suggestions for improving the story. I actually do enjoy edits so I’m looking forward to that. I also finalized the book cover design for the book too, but I’m just waiting for my editor to weigh in on the blurb before sharing with everyone and updating everything.

A New Office:

While I was putting the final touches on The Trouble with Love my darling beloved completed a new office space for us. Isn’t my side awesome! My hubby is amazing.

I’d had a room to myself, unused spare room at the back of the house, for a number of years but we decided it was time to set up a shared workspace as he’s become more involved with the business side of my publishing efforts. The little room was just a bit too cozy for two and we were tripping over each other to get anything done.

I’ve settled into the new space pretty smoothly and quickly this past week which makes me really happy. I’m also in the heart of the house now and all I need to do is relearn how to: focus despite the activity around me, ignore the often stunning lake view outside, and stay out of the kitchen during office hours. Except for making coffee. Coffee fuels my writing days.

I’m really looking forward to writing a lot of stories here. Stay tuned…

 

Trouble, Racy Romance, Free Books and Cash Giveaway

There is just a few days to go before The Trouble with Love must be sent to my editor. I’ll be spending this week listening to it on my shiny new red wireless headphones. I have loved writing this story, this couple made me laugh so often, and am eagerly looking forward to polishing my manuscript up for publication when it comes back. Just in case you missed it, The Trouble with Love can be pre-ordered now. I’ll be sharing the cover and blurb around the middle of September. Links on the book page.

Something new: Hot Winter Nights Collection

I was very honored to be invited to include a story in the Hot Winter Nights Racy Regency romance collection by author Nina Mason. My story, The Duke and I, is a humorous sexy romp. My hero, Nicolas, is mature aged single father with a daughter on the cusp of her first season. He’s a bit onerous about that event and about losing a woman who has become his confidant and companion too.

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Engaging the Enemy is FREE!

You’ll find Engaging the Enemy, book 1 of the Wild Randalls series marked down to free right now at most retailers. Amazon hasn’t price matched as yet, but I expect them to do so soon. Hope you’ll check it out and grab a copy. Leopold Randall has come home to England to find his family and face the demons of his past. The question is, however, if he’s fully prepared to engage the enemy, the Duchess of Romsey, when she’s intimately tangled in his past.

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Back to School $250 Giveaway

August 17th to September 7th

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Coming soon Once a Husband Hunt Club Book 6

A message from my hero…

Dear Reader,

Look closely. Remember to smile and be polite as I tell you my tale because you don’t want to disappoint me. People who get in my way usually end up dead. Believe me, if there was any other way to set the record straight you’d never know I moved among you. My true face is unfamiliar to all and I always wanted it to stay that way until now.

I have been forced out of the shadows against my better judgment to save the man who never wanted me. Rescuing Lord Bracknell from certain death complicates my life, exposes me, and reveals I’m still breathing to those who shouldn’t know. I could disappear again I suppose, but there’s danger in London and I cannot abandon those I hold dear.

I was once legitimate and the consummate spy for my adopted country. I was very good. I was very wicked too. No one expected a lady in silk and stockings to hide a deadly secret beneath her skirts, luring potential lovers into the shadows to deliver death on command.

Then they ordered my death.

I find that sort of thing very rude. Killing is so permanent and I’ve had my fill of that life too. I’m happy my services are no longer required, but I’m not free of the past that tugs at my black little heart.

Innocence must be protected. I’m going to have to get involved, and Lord Bracknell must trust me if we have any chance of surviving this together.

Your servant,

A.M.

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June Update

June Update!

Wow. This year is rocketing along. So much is going on and so much is left to do.

First news, back for an encore – Captivated by his Kiss Boxed set has returned to virtual shelves in print and digital format this month.

Captivated by His Kiss 3-D cover imageThe boxed set features regency romances from New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Cheryl Bolen and USA Today Bestselling Author Bronwen Evans along with stories by Barbara Monajem, Collette Cameron, Wendy Vella, me, and Lauren Smith. That’s SEVEN emotional stories of second chances, scandalous wagers, and the quest for true love. If you missed it when it first published, here’s your second chance.

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The second bit of exciting news: Once a Husband has just returned from my editor! Given what I’ve seen of her feedback, and its looking pretty good, I’ve reason to be excited to share this story soon and discover what Hunt Club fans think of this final story in the series. I’ll be working on the edit and putting together the book files over the next two months and then reaching out to early readers/reviewers.

The last bit of news: A Very Wicked Christmas is a RONE Award Finalist (run by InD’Tale). Winners will be announced and presented at the RONE awards ceremony and gala on October 14th, 2017 at the Burbank Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in the US in conjunction with the InD’Scribe Con and Book Festival. I’m not able to attend personally, but I’ll be watching social media during the event with my fingers crossed. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Yay, it’s May!

Yay, it’s May!

Dear Friends,

April has been a huge month—satisfying and exhausting too. During the past few months (maybe 6 when I think about it) I’ve been working on a total revamp of the Distinguished Rogues Series.

As you can imagine revising seven novels, one three book collection already published was a major event around here. The book covers were all completely redesigned (see below) and I sent the first three novels to Kelli Collins for another full edit.

I’m pleased to say everything came together late last week and I’m in the midst of updating all digital and print versions of the series. (You might notice my covers on Amazon don’t yet match the ones in the ‘Look Inside’ feature. Gotta give the beast time to update all the pages)

Without further ado…the new Distinguished Rogues series!

May cover update

* Please note the digital edition of Chills is/should be FREE worldwide.

** REVIEWS are always appreciated. Write a great one to be featured on the website book page.

*** Website book pages may not reflect the new covers until the end of today. I’m doing it now! LOL

A new collection: Distinguished Rogues Book 4-6

In the process of doing these updates I also pulled books four to six into one digital edition for those who like a bargain. This new set is available from May 16 worldwide. Pre-order available soon.

*  Buying this set of the saves you over 30% on the cost of the individual copies.

Also this month: Happy Mother’s Day Kindle Fire Giveaway

I am again participating in a giveaway for Mother’s Day valued at over $250! 

The price of a Kindle Fire has come way down in the past few years but this giveaway is still valued at $250. That’s plenty of cash to buy a Kindle Fire AND load it full of book. The winner will have their choice of a $250 Amazon.com Gift Card or $250 in Paypal Cash!

Thanks to this awesome group of authors, bloggers and publishers for making this giveaway possible.

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April Update: Hunt Club, Distinguished Rogues and more

April Update: Hunt Club, Distinguished Rogues and more

Happy April regency romance fans,

I’m so glad to see the back of March and hopefully an end to this crazy hot Summer. Heat and humidity are not really my friend. However, thanks to getting an Air Conditioning unit for my office, I’ve managed to write a fair few words since New Year’s Day. I’m really pleased to promise I’ve got a number of new stories in the pipeline for release in the latter part of the year, including a super secret one. More on that one later.

New Hunt Club

First book announcement is awesome. I just finished writing the Hunt Club’s sixth story last week! I’m both elated and sad about finishing up that series, but I do know from the number of fan emails that so many are waiting for this one last important story. No spoilers today, but I have booked the edit for Once a Husband for June. Depending on the feedback I get from my fearless editor, I expect to announce the release date here in July. Keep an eye on the coming soon page as well.

Distinguished Rogues Milestone

Coming up in May is the 6th Anniversary of publishing Chills, book 1 of the popular Distinguished Rogues series. To mark the special occasion I’m sprucing up the whole series — new covers and formatting for every book (including print) and an update on the first three early stories to bring them up to date with my current writing style. I’ll be showing off the new look books May 1st and updating all the booksellers during the following week(s). If you’ve read some of the books in Kindle format and do not have automatic updates turned on you might want to do that this month so you get them as soon as they become available.

Book Bargain

The price of Miss Watson’s First Scandal has dropped to 99c for April and beyond. You can read more about Miss Watson and her friends  (Miss George’s Second Chance, Miss Radley’s Third Dare & Miss Merton’s Last Hope) on the website.

April Update

 

Don’t forget too, new release announcement happen here on the blog and via the newsletter. Be sure to sign up and stay informed.

Until next time.

Cheers and happy reading!

Heather

 

Sweet is definitely better #MFRWAuthors

Sweet is definitely better.

Welcome back for another week of the  MFRW 52 week Blogging Challenge! Each week I will be writing a post from a set list of topics that with luck will a) get me blogging more often and b) help you get to know me better.

This week’s theme is: Words that Make me Go ICK

My blog post this week is short and to the point. The words that always make me cringe is…

Brussel Sprouts

I loathe the combination of words, and especially the taste. Just typing them makes me feel as queasy as having to eat them as a child once did.

So to recover from the ickiness…here’s my idea of good food.

Voila… Baked Cheesecake


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Do you agree with me that a sweet treat like cheesecake beats Brussel Sprouts?

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Tonight you’re mine

Welcome back for week seven of the  MFRW 52 week Blogging Challenge! Each week I will be writing a post from a set list of topics that with luck will a) get me blogging more often and b) help you get to know me better.

This week’s theme is: How I Choose a Book Title

Choosing book titles is a special kind of torture for me. It’s something I’ve never enjoyed…until inspiration finally strikes and I have it done and decided. My usual methods have been honed to a fine art. I have five steps that I religiously follow each and every time.

So how does an author with over thirty stories published come up with book titles?

1. Scrawl words on paper.

Then scratch off names, make paper balls and lob them across the room at the bin.

(I should confess I have terrible aim and that my cat Morpheus does not chase those papers across the room.)

2. Brainstorm on a whiteboard.

Writing potential titles on the whiteboard gives me something to stare at, stroll past a dozen times.

(wonderful help for the daily step count)

3. Consider what’s currently popular and in use in my genre.

Searching Amazon, iBooks and Barnes and Noble is a good way of finding words I haven’t used yet in a title and what’s overwhelmingly seen too often.

(and its a great way of finding shiny new books to read next)

4. Check the titles I’ve already published.

Does my potential title fit with the series? If no, that’s more paper on the floor for the cat to ignore.

5. When all else fails?

Scrub everything, go do something else. The right title more often than not pops into my head hours after I give up trying to pin a title down.

That’s exactly what happened last week. I had a sudden inspiration for book 8 of the Distinguished Rogues Series right before bed and I just love it! Wish I could share, but that’s for a future post. Sorry.

 
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