It’s Spring again

It’s spring again! I love the start of warmer weather.

Spring usually means more sunlight for me—going in holidays, date nights. But I’m living under stay at home orders right now. Going out is not allowed unless for essentials like food shopping and doctors appointments—not that I needed that last one. In good news though, I finally got my first Pfizer vaccination in my arm and the second one is about a week away. Yay for me.

You would think these conditions would mean more words down—more writing done. But it actually hasn’t worked that way for me. I had no idea how much I needed to go out until I couldn’t do it. I always thought I was more introvert than social butterfly. Isn’t it great to learn new things about yourself every year?

But it wasn’t all bad on the work front in August. I did manage to do some long overdue tasks.

I updated a few book covers:

The Wedding Affair, Rebel Hearts book one, has been out for a while and I decided it needed a new cover designed. I’m really happy with the new couple and over all cover and the rest of the series have had a couple of minor tweaks as well as you can see below. 

It's Spring again and the Rebel Hearts series has had a cover design change

• I also changed all the art for the covers on the Wild Randall series. The e-books should have updated on retailers by now and you can refresh your kindle app manually if you need the new pretties. The other vendor’s should push through the new covers to your reading device so you’ll probably find them in your Ereader already. The print cover changes for Wild Randalls are coming later in the year.

It's Spring again and the Wild Randalls series has had a cover design change

 

And last but not least…

The next Distinguished Rogues novel for pre-order has been set up on all retailers. No cover yet and no blurb either. I’m still writing the story, but I’m closing in on the end. You can find the pre-order links on the Seduced in Secret book page if you want to order in advance.

Well, I think that’s it for me this month. Of course the Christmas Kisses Anthology is coming out next month and I’ll talk about that more next month. But the stories are wonderful. I can’t wait for you to read them.

Till next time.

Cheers and stay safe.

Heather B

New Release Pleasures of the Night!

New Release: PLEASURES OF THE NIGHT

So excited that it’s finally time to share my new release Pleasures of the Night… another Distinguished Rogue has met his match.

ebook and paperback of Pleasures in the NightThaddeus Berringer has reconciled himself to a future of great riches, but also unceasing responsibility as the Duke of Exeter’s only heir. He’s in no hurry to be leg-shackled, despite his cousin’s urging. But he’s keenly interested in bed sport with a certain spinster who’s proven more wanton than wallflower. Eugenia Hillcrest’s passions and expectations for a brief fling match his own completely, delighting him in every way. But just as he’s considering the advantages of a lasting connection with her, he’s stunned to learn his perfect lover was never his to kiss in the first place.

Eugenia has for years lived as a spinster, and is certain she’ll remain one. So it was with little hesitation that she begins a thrilling affair with the Duke of Exeter’s handsome heir, Mr. Berringer. She revels in every stolen kiss and caress, but expects to lose him to a wife one day. Never in a million years did she imagine she’d lose him to a husband. Her deadhusband back from the grave. Confused and unconvinced, Eugenia is willing to do anything to keep control of her life—even if it means leaving her life and the man she loves more than she’d dreamed possible.

*** Pleasures of the Night is a full-length steamy regency historical romance. It’s the sixteenth book in the Distinguished Rogues series, but it can be read as a stand-alone.

What reviewers are saying…

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – “This book was a delight it was all twisty and unexpected…I highly recommend this book!” ~ Crystal, Amazon reviewer

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – “The twist in the plot definitely had me turning the pages.” ~ Jabeen S, Goodreads reviewer

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – “…just the right amount of historical feel without throwing an anchor around the plot.” ~ Bin Blogs Books

★ ★ ★ ★ – “Equal parts sweet and wicked…too intriguing to put down.” ~ Betty Loo’s Reviews

★ ★ ★ ★ – “Perfect for fans of the Bridgerton series! It has all the drama of society, the Ton, and much more scandalous!” ~ Alys C, Negalley reviewer.

★ ★ ★ ★ – “This book has a little bit of everything (mystery, sex, romance….) and it perfectly delivers it all.” ~ Candice B, Netgalley reviewer.

★ ★ ★ ★ – “Looking for smexy times, check out this book.” ~ Angela D, Amazon reviewer.

★ ★ ★ ★ – “If you loved Bridgerton – this is right up your street!” ~ Maria M, Netgalley reviewer

Thank you so much to my ARC team too for reading and reviewing this novel so quickly. You’re the best!

The digital editions can be found here…

AMAZON US  |  AMAZON UK  |  AMAZON CA  |  AMAZON AU

APPLE BOOKS US  |  APPLE BOOKS UK  |  APPLE BOOKS CA  |  APPLE BOOKS AU

BARNES & NOBLE

KOBO US  |  KOBO UK  |  KOBO CA  |  KOBO AU

GOOGLEPLAY

…and the paperback editions can be found in these bookstores, too.

AMAZON US | AMAZON UK | AMAZON CA | AMAZON AU

BARNES & NOBLE | BAM | POWELL’S | BOOK DEPOSITORY WATERSTONES (UK) | ANGUS & ROBERTSON (AU) | BOOKTOPIA (AU)

 

Happy reading and I hope you enjoy,

xo

The Lady Tamed is here!

The Lady Tamed is here!

She hired him to be a temporary lover. Should she be worried that her family approve?

Fortune hunters and fools. Those are the gentlemen Fanny Rivers has endured since her husband’s passing. Men who believe women too feeble-brained to manage a fortune, much less help it grow. So for her sister’s upcoming wedding festivities, she’s combined her business acumen with her habit of collecting strays—hiring an actor to play her besotted beau. And it’s working marvelously. Too marvelously. Before long, her attraction to Jeremy makes it difficult to discern fact from fiction, and Fanny herself is in danger of falling for her own scheme.

Jeremy Dawes can scarcely believe his luck when Fanny Rivers agrees to be his patroness. Despite learning he’s the latest in a long line of charity cases, he willingly takes on the most complicated role of his fledgling career—that of a proper gentleman. She’ll never need know of his unsavory beginnings, though the closer they become, the more Jeremy wishes he could be what she deserves. It’s only after a thrilling moment of intimacy—and a regrettable decision by Fanny—that Jeremy finds unexpected allies in the negotiation for his savvy lady’s heart.

The Lady Tamed is a steamy regency historical romance. Thank you for pre-ordering and if you don’t have it yet, you really should check out this unconventional role-reversal novel.

Grab the ebook from:

AMAZON: US   |   UK   |   CA   |   AU

APPLE BOOKS: US   |   UK   |   CA   |   AU

BARNES & NOBLE

KOBO: US   |   UK   |   CA   |   AU

GOOGLEPLAY

Or order the paperback here:

Amazon US   |  Barnes and Noble   |  Books-a-Million  |  Booktopia (Australia)   |  Waterstones

Happy reading and stay safe,

Heather

Meet the Hero: Jeremy Dawes

Meet the Hero: Jeremy Dawes from The Lady Tamed

Cover image for the Lady TamedJeremy Dawes had never been so far from London in his life. Or willingly remained so close to other human beings for so long, either. Jeremy escaped the close confines of the mail coach for the wide-open space of the Stapleton village square and looked around, uncertain of what he expected but filled with enthusiasm.

The little village was awash with new sights and sound that he drank in. There was a friendliness to the inhabitants that he found reassuring almost immediately. Jeremy quickly concluded that the fine people of this village were unlikely to steal his new hat from his head, or his expensive luggage, but he kept a wary eye out just in case. Thieves were everywhere…and he should know.

Jeremy glanced at the coachmen shouting out a spate of orders to everyone and returned to the conveyance. He was anxious to collect his trunk, aware the quality of workmanship was better than those of most who traveled the public conveyance with him, and that it had marked him as someone worth stealing from. In Jeremy’s experience, this had to be the first time ever he’d appeared more prosperous than his fellow man. It was quite a disconcerting situation to find himself in, actually.

Jeremy had been born poor and had expected to be so all his life. He’d scrimped and stolen to get by since he’d been orphaned as a boy, too young to remember he’d had a family once upon a time. He’d found employment at a theater in recent years and enjoyed modest success supporting the lead actors and understudies as he learned the craft of pretending to be someone else. But to get ahead in life, he’d learned that actors needed a patron.

He’d found his…Lady Fanny Rivers. Suddenly having coins to spare in his pocket was very much a novelty still. He had kept his first shilling, to remind himself of where he began. Now he was about to embark on his first role as a leading man in a very private play. His only regret was that no one in the company would ever see his performance.

As baggage was tossed down carelessly, Jeremy rushed to collect his new traveling trunk before it was damaged in the drop. He juggled it as well as the smaller case he’d been given to bring by Lady Rivers’ London man of business.

“When you’re ready, sir,” a man called out.

Jeremy jerked around for the location of that voice and spotted a sour old man watching the coach being unloaded from a nearby gig. Lady Rivers had promised he’d be met and conveyed to her father’s estate, rather than having to walk the whole way on foot. The fellow might look unhappy, but he was clearly an upper servant of some sort.

He drew closer to the fellow. No rings on his fingers. A pocket watch on a tarnished chain across his belly. Right-handed. “Are you from Stapleton Manor? Did Lady Rivers send you?”

The fellow paused to suck on his teeth before answering, assessing Jeremy in turn. “I am, and she did.”

Relieved he’d not have to wait all day to finish his journey, Jeremy strode forward, smiling. Time to act. “Mr. Jeremy Dawes.”

The old man raised a brow and then looked him up and down again. “Are you sure? You don’t look like one of her usual friends.”

“Yes. I am.” He frowned though, worried he hadn’t perfected his costume. “What do her usual friends usually look like?”

“Useless perfumed tulips, too lazy to wipe their own behinds,” the fellow declared.

Well that wasn’t him.

 

The Lady Tamed releases April 6.

For more information visit the book page on this website.

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The Duke and I is currently FREE for a limited time and it is also today’s Bookbub Featured Deal.

bookbub featured deal the duke and I book cover imageWidowed Nicolas Westfall, the Duke of Stapleton, cannot prevent the upcoming debut for his youngest daughter no matter how much he wishes her eventual marriage wouldn’t leave him all alone. Convinced to host a Christmas Ball to prepare her for the season, he’s aware he’s considered a catch on the marriage mart too, but Nicolas is drawn to companion Gillian Thorpe instead.

Gillian was hired to prepare the duke’s daughter for her first season, but its not easy when the girl hasn’t the least interest in the men and the widowed father makes her knees weak when he laughs with her. Gillian respects and admires (perhaps too frequently) the Duke of Stapleton and when she’s lured into a mistletoe kiss with him, will she be able to stop at one or even want to?

You should find the ebook free at all retailers. If not please let me know immediately.

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Read an Excerpt from the Duke and I…

“Ah, there you are, Thorpe,” the Duke of Stapleton exclaimed. “How fortunate I am to find you in this out of the way spot. Were you waiting for me?”
Gillian blushed deeply as he paused at her side. She was outside his study door, so of course it might look that way to him.
Judging by the amusement in his tone, he wasn’t concerned she might be dangling after him. “I assure you it was not intentional. I wanted to see if the weather outside had cleared enough for a short walk. Oh look,” she said quickly, “there is Mr. Whitfield at last, joining your daughters for a stroll about the grounds.”
“I sent him out to put a stop to my daughter’s rather transparent attempt at matchmaking,” Stapleton promised as he brushed against her side. “Forgive me for teasing you today. I know you are the model of propriety.”
“I do try, Your Grace.”
Tried and failed last night—rather spectacularly, in fact. Gillian had not stopped thinking about her employer ever since their kiss, and in ways she was not supposed to consider him. It was very likely she could have shared his bed, if she’d not been scared witless by the very great risk she’d taken with her reputation.
He glanced behind them. “I shouldn’t have kissed you last night.”
She startled. “But you did. Why?”
He appeared puzzled. “I took advantage of you having put mistletoe in my pocket.”
“But I didn’t put mistletoe in your pocket.” Her eyes widened as she realized what must have happened with the mistletoe.
Jessica had put it in her father’s pocket!