Archive for March 14th, 2012

One title to change his life…

A disgraced son with a dark reputation, William “Ferguson” Avenel is content to live in exile – until his father dies in the scandal of the Season. With rumors of insanity swirling around them, his sisters desperately need a chaperone. Ferguson thinks he’s found the most proper woman in England – and he won’t ruin her, even if he desperately wants the passionate woman trapped beneath a spinster’s cap.

One chance to break the rules…

Lady Madeleine Vaillant can’t face her blighted future without making one glorious memory for herself. In disguise, on a London stage, she finds all the adoration she never felt from the ton. But when she’s nearly recognized, she will do anything to hide her identity – even setting up her actress persona as Ferguson’s mistress. She’ll take the pleasure he offers, but Madeleine won’t lose her heart in the bargain.

One season to fall in love…

Every stolen kiss could lead to discovery, and Ferguson’s old enemies are determined to ruin them both. But as their dangerous passion ignites their hearts and threatens their futures, how can an heiress who dreams of freedom deny the duke who demands her love?



Thank you so much for hosting me on Novel Thoughts today! I’m thrilled to be here and to tell you a little bit about The Muses of Mayfair. My debut Regency series just launched with Heiress Without A Cause and centers around a secret club for women who must pursue their scandalous artistic passions disguised as men. This first book features an actress, while future books will feature a writer, a painter, and an historian.


When I first started writing this series, I did so for admittedly shallow reasons – I thought a group of artists would be really fun, could get themselves into all sorts of trouble, and would be attracted to just the kind of devil-may-care heroes I’ve always loved. And yes, these heroines are bold and confident, and their heroes have to use all their wit and charm to win them.


But as I wrote Heiress Without A Cause (out now) and Scotsmen Prefer Blondes (to be released at the end of March), I realized that this series isn’t just about feisty, emotional romances. It’s also a love letter to all the female friendships out there – the women in our lives who support our dreams, are there for us no matter what, and ultimately help us to figure out what we want from life.


As I’ve gotten older, it’s started to bother me that so many romance heroines don’t seem to have any important relationships beyond what develops with their heroes. Of course, the romance has to be central – I read romance for the steamy sex, the fun dialogue, and the emotional happy endings, not for the secondary characters. But shouldn’t our heroines be secure enough in their relationships that they can also have female friends? And shouldn’t the secondary women in romances be awesome enough that they’re lovable in their own right, rather than being awful wenches who serve as obstacles on the heroine’s path to happiness?


None of my close female friends (or male friends, for that matter) write romances. But they’re cool enough to support me on this wild ride toward publication, just as I hope I’m cool enough to support their interests in law, technology, cooking, engineering, crafting, medicine, music…the list goes on and on. So while Heiress Without A Cause is, at its heart, a romance, it’s also a tribute to all the friendships that make writing – or any passion – so fulfilling.


How do you feel about secondary characters in romance novels? Do you welcome them? Hate them? Ignore them? Let them steal the show? I would love to hear your thoughts – and one lucky commenter will win an ebook copy of Heiress Without A Cause!



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