Good news! I can finally discuss my new series, Duke Dynasty (pun intended—you know me and puns). It's about an oft-widowed mother's grown children, who blaze through society in their quest for the truth about their fathers . . . and in the process find that love just might conquer all. As I've said before, it's a blended family, and I've been having so much fun dealing with all that such a thing entails—little rivalries, convoluted motives, and those secrets that families are so good at hiding. The first book, Project Duchess, comes out from Kensington on June 25, 2019. I hope you'll look for it!
A series of stepfathers and a difficult childhood have left Fletcher "Grey" Pryde, 5th Duke of Greycourt, with a guarded heart, enviable wealth, and the undeserved reputation of a rogue. Grey's focus on expanding his dukedom allows him little time to find a wife. But when his mother is widowed yet again and he meets the charmingly unconventional woman managing his stepfather's funeral, he's shocked to discover how much they have in common. Still, Grey isn't interested in love, no matter how pretty, or delightfully outspoken, the lady . . .
Beatrice Wolfe gave up on romance long ago, and the arrogant Duke of Greycourt with his rakish reputation isn't exactly changing her mind. Then Grey agrees to assist his grief-stricken mother with her latest "project": schooling spirited, unfashionable Beatrice for her debut. Now that Beatrice is seeing through Grey's charms to his wounded heart, she's having trouble keeping him at arm's length. But once Grey starts digging into her family's secrets, she must decide whether her loyalties lie with her family . . . or with the man whose lessons capture her heart . . .
While writing my Christmas novella that comes out next year after Project Duchess, I encountered something called "gilded gingerbread." While gingerbread, even shaped into soldiers, maidens, etc., has apparently been around for centuries, the passion for "gilded gingerbread" is very much a Regency/Georgian phenomenon. The baker would paint egg wash over the gingerbread and then affix gold leaf to it. You can see an image, made from antique German molds, here: http://www.historicfood.com/Gingerbread%20Recipe.htm
Gold leaf was expensive, so some bakers used a cheaper gilding called Dutch Foil, which had, as its primary ingredient, copper, which is poisonous when ingested in too great a quantity. More than one period article decried the use of Dutch Foil on edibles, especially since those were primarily for children. Nothing like poisoning the kiddies to save money. Sheesh!
Regency Reads for the Holidays
If you've shopped, baked, cooked, decorated, planned, donated, or set foot in a big box store during the holiday rush, you deserve a reward! For less than two dollars, you can download one of my Christmas novellas, When Sparks Fly or The Heiress and the Hothead. You can read each one in less time than it takes to watch It's a Wonderful Life. Best if paired with hot tea, chocolate, or adult beverage of choice. ☺ If you'd rather dive into a full-length holiday novel, check out 'Twas the Night After Christmas, currently on sale for $2.99 and also available in gift hardcover format in case you're looking for a present for your romance reading friend or family member.
For more gorgeous gingers, visit my Red-Headed Gents Pinterest board.
Before I sign off for the month, I want to spread a little extra holiday cheer with a festive giveaway for one reader. Enter to win an autographed copy of 'Twas the Night After Christmas, 24k gold-plated Williamsburg ornament, vintage sleigh ride print, miniature A Christmas Carol book, and a unique glass purse.
Romancing Williamsburg 2019
Thu, March 14, 2019, 7:00 PM -
Sun, March 17, 2019, 11:00 AM EDT
310 S England St
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Since I know you love history and romance, I hope you'll join me and some of your favorite authors in historic Colonial Williamsburg for educational workshops, guided walking tour, portrait photography, a Georgian and Regency fashion show, afternoon tea, and book signing. Historical dancing lessons and horse drawn carriage tours will also be available at an additional cost for those who are interested.
To find out more about pricing and event details, visit
I hope Santa stuffs your stockings with lots of great books.
See you back here again in the New Year!