The Trouble with Love Excerpt

It’s just a few weeks now until my next Distinguished Rogue novel will be available to read. So very exciting to share this one because it’s been a long time coming. Whitney Crewe has featured in several of the Distinguished Rogues books already and its been fun to bring her to life. She is Lord Louth’s outspoken cousin (An Improper Proposal) and was also in an earlier book Keepsake. In that she had great fun giving Kit advice about how to get back into his wife’s good graces which kind of shocked him.

One of the first scenes I imagined for Whitney and her true love was the night they met. That was around the time of Keepsake’s events, but before An Improper Proposal began. Whitney Crewe has never enjoyed having a chaperone, her last one used to sleep a lot, so its not surprising she gets out without one as often as she can. She met her very own Distinguished Rogue one scandalous night but as you’ll see in the following excerpt it didn’t end well.

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Release day is November 7

Free Books: Regency Romance

The following books are available free to read today. Enjoy!

Chills: Distinguished Rogues book 1

Jack, Marquess of Ettington, is at his wits’ end dealing with his twin sister’s distress. Under her name, he’s summoned Constance Grange, his vexing former ward, to London to act as his sister’s companion for the season. Although Pixie’s debt-ridden state comes as a complete surprise, what disturbs him more is his sister’s plan to find her a wealthy husband to pay off her overwhelming debts. And—despite his availability, wealth and title—he’s shocked to be overlooked for the position of Pixie’s husband.

With a nickname like Pixie, Constance Grange should be used to disasters, but debt collectors pounding on the Marquess of Ettington’s door demanding payment is beyond mortifying. Given the precarious state of her finances and the previously unknown loss of her family estate, her choices are either incarceration in debtors’ prison or turning fortune hunter to secure a wealthy husband. Yet the man who comes to her rescue more times than she cares to think about is unavailable, betrothed, and her former guardian Jack—the cold-hearted marquess.

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Engaging the Enemy: Wild Randalls book 1

A lady should be the image of elegance and calm, but those words have never applied to Mercy, Duchess of Romsey. A widow and mother, Mercy is lonely and floundering to keep the estate afloat. When she discovers the existence of Leopold Randall, her husband’s estranged cousin, Mercy immediately offers to help him locate his missing siblings if he helps her return the estate to order.

Leopold has returned to Hampshire for only one purpose—to learn the fate of his missing siblings. Unfortunately, the current duchess is clueless and out of her depth. Her struggle tugs at Leopold’s sense of duty and her bold nature tempts him unbearably. When Leopold discovers their lives are forever entwined, he vows to protect Mercy and her innocent son.

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One Wicked Night: short regency romp

For one wicked night…

Benedict Abernathy, an untitled but wealthy gentleman visiting London, is heartily sick of his celibate existence. Determined to leave his shattered heart behind and move on with his life, he accepts an invitation for a night of debauchery in the arms of London’s infamous courtesan, Lottie Townsend.

…she will indulge his every desire.

Lady Charlotte Goodchild has fallen far from privilege and longs for one night of pleasure with the man she loves. But Benedict must be spared the truth of her ruin at all costs. Posing as Lottie Townsend, a notoriously discriminating courtesan and old friend, she disguises her identity and invites Benedict to share the night of passion that fate denied them.

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Racy Regency: Hot Winter Nights

It is with great pleasure that I shout—HOT WINTER NIGHTS IS OUT!

Yep. Today is the day Kindle readers can devour 8 fresh new stories from the Hot Winter Nights Racy Regency Christmas Collection!

I’m pleased to say my story – The Duke and I – has received a pair of great reviews on Goodreads already. Here’s a snippet from each:

~ “This has to be my favourite story in this anthology so far. When by society’s rules a couple shouldn’t be together, yet are drawn to each other like moths to a flame, I love to see them overcome their obstacles. Their passion when given into is hot hot hot.” AnnMarie.

~ “An enthralling, sizzling story of finding love a second time around. 5 stars” Janet

Thank you ladies for the fantastic reviews!

The Duke and I made me smile a lot while I was writing it and I really hope readers enjoy it as much as I do3.

Take a peek today.

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Please note: This collection is exclusive to Amazon for a limited time.

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Goodreads Giveaway: The Trouble with Love

I’m running a contest on Goodreads until October 29th. Enter to win one of four print copies of THE TROUBLE WITH LOVE, the 8th instalment of the Distinguished Rogues regency historical romance series.

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The Trouble with Love by Heather Boyd

The Trouble with Love

by Heather Boyd

Giveaway ends October 29, 2017.

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Keeping a promise has never been harder!

The night Whitney Crewe accidentally stole a scoundrels breeches was the night before he proposed marriage to her best friend. Although determined to dislike Lord Acton, Whitney is drawn to him . . . despite his secrets and her intent to leave the disappointments of England far behind.

A humorous and hot regency romance.

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What’s next? What if?

I probably talk to myself than is good for anyone. When I finish a story, lift my head from the keyboard, I’m immediately questioning my next move. I optimistically decide to take some time away from writing, see what everyone else does with their days. Maybe I’ll kick back, relax and take in the view for a week or two. Spend time away from my regency world.

Never, ever happens.

At most, I reckon I manage a few shopping hours and an excursion to the nearest beach to be stalked by seagulls and super glossy black crows who think my purpose being there is to feed them. [Photo on the right courtesy of my quick snapping spouse, John]

But you see the minute I’m done with one story, my imagination rushes off to consider ‘what’s next’ and then the inevitable ‘what if’s’ start. I’ve not even really finished the last story completely at this point. I still have editing and formatting and publicity to set up before one book is truly final. I get no peace so it has to be a good thing I love writing and creating new adventures in the regency world I’ve created.

So, what’s next?

I’m editing the Trouble with Love right now. You might have seen a few tweets and Facebook posts about this upcoming novel. [If you have, please share or retweet me. You’ll make my day.]

The feedback from my editor was great for this story too. The changes she’s suggested should be easy and quick to finish. Painless is good. I’m strapped in this week to tackle the biggest tweaks, then its proofing time, and then formatting etc etc until its ready to be shared with reviewers and then readers everywhere.

But after that: What If …

I thought I knew what I wanted to work on next but unfortunately I hate having unfinished stories.

I dusted off Rebel Hearts book 4 last week after a year of not working on it, or being able to think of it without annoyance. You see this story, An Affair so Right, had a good beginning and then everything went terribly wrong wrong with my progress. I have picked it up and put it aside more often than I’ve ever done with another story and still never finished it. My excuse: I had some Real Life issues that took me away from work last year and (hammered me emotionally too) so the end result was the story suffered until I couldn’t work on it anymore.

The first draft was almost finished when I set it aside too. It’s not bad, but I see now after a week of assessing the manuscript it could be so much better. I’m imagining all sorts of possibilities for improvement and thankfully rediscovering my love for these characters. There’s a couple spots that will need a rewrite and additional chapters to be written to solidify the romance between the characters and that should be it. More on this story next month.

Until next time. Hope you’re week is going the way you planned.

 

 

 

 

 

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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?


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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.


Available in digital and print from today.

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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

  I’m participating in a fabulous giveaway with a wonderful group of bloggers and authors right now! Enter for your chance to win $250 in Paypal Cash or a $250 Amazon Gift Card. Sponsor List I Am A Reader Geybie’s Book Blog S.T. Bende Lori’s Reading Corner Laurisa White Reyes Every Free Chance Books The Editing Hall Simple Wyrdings Author Al Stone D.S. Venetta ~ Organic Gardening for Kids! Anna del C. Dye My Life. One Story at a Time. Heather Boyd Regency Romance Author Author Mary Ting Author Inger Iversen Krysten Lindsay Hager author Kindle and Me Erin Richards Glistering: B’s Blog Helen Smith Donna K. Weaver Carrie @ Reading Is My SuperPower Bookhounds Alexandrea Weis Caroline Clemmons Author D.E. Haggerty Diana’s Book Reviews Bound 4 Escape More Than a Review Heather @ Townsend House Spirit Filled eBooks The Serious Reader Author Felicia Starr The Page Unbound CoolCatMysteries Heather Gray, Christian Romance Mary from YourDesignerDog Karmack by JC Whyte Kasey’s Book Reviews

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Site problems and the next book release

A few weeks ago I lost my website. A small tweak and the site broke completely. Unfortunately, the things I’d been doing regularly, backups etc, didn’t quite work out as they should. WordPress couldn’t cope with the size of the site and I lost all but the blog posts and four pages of a 50 plus author website.

Not fun! I am slowly rebuilding from scratch so I apologize if visitors find odd bits wonky page and there still.

Next release: Once a Husband

The new Hunt Club story releases in three weeks time. Angelo Marinari will finally have his day on the page and I cannot wait to share his story with you all! Bracknell had almost given up on him too. This will be the final chapter in the Hunt Club series and I hope readers enjoy the conclusion. My naughty regency boys have been a lot of fun to match up and get into trouble. The series was first published in 2011.

Once a Husband

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?

Once a Husband will be available for sale on September 5, pre-orderable now.

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You can read a message from Angelo to readers in the previous post.

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