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Lord William Randall, the Duke of Clairemont, is a wicked rake with little regard for society—a most unlikely suitor for the prim and proper Lady Lucinda Gray. But his latest assignment for the Young Corinthians, an elite spy organization, involves protecting her from a kidnapping plot and to do this, the notorious “Iron Will” must get close to Lucinda, and convince her that he’s a man worthy of her attention. It is a simple enough task to use his devilish charm to seduce her, but William never would have guessed that he’d become enthralled by the lovely Lady Grey—or that he’d lose his own heart in the bargain.

Beautiful and fiercely intelligent, Lucinda has managed to gracefully sidestep even the most persistent suitors. Until the Duke of Clairemont, that is. His rugged features, sinfully sensuous mouth, and piercing eyes are as alluring as the champion thoroughbred he tantalizingly offers in exchange for the honor of courting her, and she finds it hard to resist either temptation. The feelings he stirs in her both excite and arouse, urging her on despite the very real danger he represents. But when the truth is revealed, will Lucinda risk her heart and her life for a chance at everlasting love?

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I wish that I could claim divine intervention or even a stroke of sheer genius. But honestly, in the beginning, I did not set out to write a series when I conceived of my debut book, The Devil in Disguise. My hero, William Randall, the Duke of Clairemont, was destined to be a member of the Young Corinthians, an elite spy organization—that much I knew. And Lady Lucinda Grey, heiress and a web of womanly complexities and skills, was far more than the ton had ever given her credit for being. And as I began to add plot points and characters, story arcs and settings, I realized that the foundation established in this book could well serve a number of subsequent adventures. The members of the Young Corinthians are much more than just spies. They are brothers in arms, all drawn to serve crown and country for very personal reasons. Deeply committed to the organization and to each other, even death itself is a reasonable price to pay for the honor of calling oneself a Young Corinthian.

To me, exploring the possibilities that additional heroes presented was exciting. Add in the formidable women that are their matches and I was hooked. But the real trick to turning one story into three, four, or even more would be to do it well. There’s so much to love about connected books. In Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series, the familial interactions are nothing short of brilliant. You can’t wait to read the next book, both to meet new characters and to revisit beloved friends from the past. Stephanie Laurens’s Bar Cynster installments manage to feature a succession of impossibly strong and powerful characters, and yet somehow, Laurens skillfully balances everything out, leaving the reader begging for more.

Did any of the Quinn magic and Laurens’ mystique rub off on my Regency Rogues series? I sincerely hope so—and I certainly read both series enough for it to happen! But how about you be the judge? Please check out an excerpt from The Devil in Disguise here:

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Many thanks to Stefanie for joining us today!

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