Reissues of my out-of-print books are in the works–and now that the whole Romance of the Turf series is available in digital format (and most titles in print too), we’re turning our attention to audiobooks. For the first time, all five Romance of the Turf stories will be released in audio format. All titles will be read by the talented Justine Eyre, with a release every few weeks.
Hey everyone! Just wanted to catch you up on the status of all my books.
My publishers have reverted quite a few titles to me, which means they’ve returned all the publication rights. Those books are currently out of print and not available (except for used print copies)—but I’m working on making them all available to you again!
The Romance of the Turf series is the first to be completely reissued. The reading order is:
All of these titles are available in print except for The Way to a Gentleman’s Heart. And great news: all five titles will be released as audiobooks for the first time ever! Right now it looks like A Gentleman’s Game will be the first audiobook to reach your ears, with a publication date of March 29.
And after that…more reissued books will be coming your way! I’ll share dates and details when I have them.
Hi, everyone–if you’re looking for my books online, you might notice that there are fewer than there used to be. I’ve recently gotten back the rights for the three Matchmaker titles and for two of the Romance of the Turf books, A Gentleman’s Game and Scandalous Ever After. What this means is that the publisher is no long offering them for sale, and I get to put out my own editions.
I can’t put an exact release date on the titles yet since it depends on a lot of factors: cover design, editing, formatting. I’ll keep you posted through my newsletter or through social media. It’ll take a while to get them back into your hands, but I look forward to making that happen!
Thanksgiving is drawing near in the USA, and I’ve got much to be grateful for. At long last, the Romance of the Turf series is wrapped up with the release of His Wayward Bride! Jonah and Irene’s love story released as an ebook on November 5, and a print edition is now available too. It’s mass market sized, so it’ll line up beautifully with the other Romance of the Turf stories on your shelf. (I might possibly be a perfectionist.)
His Wayward Bride is my third book this year–fourth, if you count the reissue of The Sport of Baronets*–which is a pretty swift pace for me. As I mentioned last month, I’ve been on deadline for the eight years since the release of my first romance, during which time I’ve written 20 more novels and novellas.
But over the past several years, a trio of chronic health conditions have worsened steadily, and each book has become harder for me to write. Ultimately, I’ve been proud of every book once I finished it, but my body and brain are worn out.
Which brings us to the hiatus of this post’s title. I’ve been thinking about what I could step back from, and the answer I’ve regretfully come to is social media. I love the chance to connect with readers and fellow authors, but I need to try something different for a while.
So, at the end of this week I’ll begin an online hiatus from my social media accounts. I’m not sure how long the hiatus will be. It’ll be a surprise to all of us! I’ll leave my accounts open, as I look forward to returning to you all once I’m healthier. In the meantime, be sure you’re subscribed to my newsletter for news and exclusives. You can also follow me on BookBub to be alerted to sale prices on my books.
Much love, dear readers, and take care. I’m thankful for you. Truly. <3
The November 5 release day for His Wayward Bride is a mere eight days away! The books are being formatted as I write this, and a digital edition will be out next Tuesday. The print edition always seems to take a bit longer, but I hope to have it to you the following week.
To celebrate the release of His Wayward Bride, I’ll be visiting Vanessa Kelly’s Clan Kendrick Facebook group on November 6. And the following Wednesday, November 13, my Facebook group will have a book club discussion of Sarah MacLean’s Brazen and the Beast. For both days, expect fun chat and lots of giveaways—hope to see you there!
This month has been full of family visits, which has been lovely. My brother’s family visited one weekend, then one of my aunts came to stay the following weekend. I traveled a lot in the first half of the year, and I’m so grateful to be home for a while and still get to see loved ones. We’ll get another visit over Thanksgiving. If you’re in the USA, have you made your Thanksgiving plans yet? If you’re in Canada, I hope you enjoyed a good holiday!
We didn’t buy Halloween candy until this past weekend, which was almost a smart choice. It would have been better not to buy candy until the afternoon of Halloween, since we’ve already opened the bags and started snitching. Little Miss R has decided to dress as Rosie the Riveter this year, which delighted my heart. She’s disappointed in me for not planning a costume as well, but those days were over for me quite a while ago. Unless I can be “writer in a hoodie and PJ pants,” I’m not interested.
Before the end of the year, I’ll begin an online hiatus, the details of which I’m still thinking through. For the past eight years—since October 2011, when my romance debut released—I’ve been constantly on deadline. During that time, I’ve written 20 more books. Some writers produce much more, and I’m grateful to them for creating so many of the books I love to read. For me, though, this has been a lot, especially as I deal with chronic health issues. So I’m thinking about how I can step back in some ways while I begin writing something new.
All just an FYI. I invite you to subscribe to my newsletter if you haven’t yet, as subscribers will always get the scoop whether I’m online or not. Thank you for reading! You’re wonderful. <3
Hello again, everyone! My August offline wasn’t really a month off, but it allowed me some much-needed breathing room. Little Miss R started middle school, I continued working on His Wayward Bride for its November release, and I got The Sport of Baronets ready for reissue.
That’s the big news so far this month: you can get Hannah and Bart’s story again. It’s been reissued with gorgeous cover art that reflects the importance of horses to the story—and to the series as a whole, since the Chandler family inhabits the heart of the Regency horse-racing world.
The Romance of the Turf series contains 5 stories:
The first excerpt from HWB appeared in Rose Lerner’s Patreon newsletter last Wednesday. I posted the entire first scene on my site last Friday, and newsletter subscribers got to read the remainder of Chapter 1 that same day. HWB is still going through revision and editing, so these excerpts might not be 100% final, but they’re close. I hope you’ve all enjoyed your first glimpse of Irene, the resourceful pickpocketing teacher heroine, and her mysterious marriage to Jonah Chandler.
A new cover is being created for HWB to better represent Irene as a biracial woman. And the promised print edition of The Sport of Baronets is in the works too! It’s taking a while because I requested a custom size for the paperback. I want it to be mass market sized so it’ll match the novels in the series. Picky? Maybe so, but think how pretty they’ll look when they’re all lined up on a bookshelf. 🙂
Hope September is going well for you! What have you been up to?
Happy June! This month has been…a lot. But in a good way. 🙂
The biggest news is that How to Ruin a Duke is now available! This duo of new Regency novellas from Grace Burrowes and me released on June 11. This is the second time Grace and I have worked together, and I loved it just as much as our first collaboration (the now-retired The Duke’s Bridle Path, which included my novella Desperately Seeking Scandal). My novella features a luthier heroine–she builds and repairs stringed instruments–and a hero who does a little bit of everything, especially avoid his past. Grace’s story includes a duty-bound duke who becomes the subject of scandal–and the lady who just might be behind his undoing.
In other news, I’ve got the rights back to The Sport of Baronets. That novella is the first story in the Romance of the Turf series, which includes HEAs for the talented but troubled Chandler family at the heart of the Regency horse-racing world. The Sport of Baronets is Hannah and Bart’s story, an enemies to lovers tale with a bit of inspiration from the Sherlock Holmes story “Silver Blaze.”
Having the rights back means this: at first, the book was released through a publisher (in this case, Sourcebooks). Since it’s been out for several years, they’ve agreed to return the right to publish the book, so now I can release it on my own. The Sport of Baronets will be unavailable for a while as Sourcebooks removes the current edition from sale and I work on a new one. Look for a rerelease of The Sport of Baronets in September–just in time to get you ready for the final Romance of the Turf story, His Wayward Bride, in October.
Yep, this is finally an update on His Wayward Bride! Jonah and Irene’s story has been a long time coming, as you’ve seen hints in the earlier Romance of the Turf stories about Jonah’s mysterious missing bride. Where has Irene been throughout the Romance of the Turf series? At last, you’ll find out–and there’s a big connection to Mrs. Brodie’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies.
As always, this book will be able to stand on its own for readers who are new to the series. But if you’ve read the earlier Romance of the Turf books, you’ll notice that all the ongoing plot threads are tied up. I’m planning on either October 15 or 22 as a release date for His Wayward Bride. If you’re subscribed to my newsletter, you’ll be notified when the release date is set and the book is available.
Outside of the book world, Little Miss R turned 11 this month (!!). That’s not particularly little anymore, but I’ve become used to calling her that online, and Medium Miss R doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue. She’s home with me a lot this summer, which has delayed the deadline for His Wayward Bride but has been a delight. She still likes me and wants to be with me, which I’m not taking for granted as we move through the tweens!
To spend as much time as possible with my girl this summer, I’ve stepped back from regular posting on my Facebook page. I’m still active in my readers’ group on Facebook, and I’d love to welcome you to be a member there for weekly giveaways and new posts nearly every weekday. I’m also popping up on Twitter sometimes, but in August, I’ll take a complete online hiatus.
That’s all the news for now! How’s your summer going–or winter, if you’re in the southern hemisphere?
Look at me, squeaking in the April update under the wire! It’s still April for a whopping 13-ish hours, as of this posting, and the reason I’m posting so late in the month is because of what a crowded month it was.
I began the month with a long-needed outpatient surgery; nothing major, but it kicked my energy to the curb for a while as I recovered. I’m still not back to 100%, but I have the hope of being more than 100% (at least, what my 100% has been for a while) in the long term. We shall see.
Last week, my mom and I drove to Louisiana—about 800 miles—to visit my grandmother and other relatives in the area. We’d been planning to wait until the end of the school year, which is another month away, but one of my aunts had cancer surgery in mid-April and we thought she might need a hand. I did help her with an organization project (and play with her adorable parrots), but she’s actually doing really well! What good news.
And my grandmother, at age 92, has bounced back from a number of health issues and is currently doing well too. She’s sharp enough to complete destroy my mom and me at progressive rummy—which is pretty much a family tradition, because she has ALWAYS completely destroyed EVERYONE at progressive rummy. “Just lucky,” she excuses. Hmm. Funny how the same person is always lucky. 😉
I brought a virus home with me and am currently sore-throated and scratchy-voiced. But! My typing fingers are doing fine, and I have lots of fun book news to share.
First of all, four of my backlist novellas are being bundled into a box set—so if you’d like to collect them all, you can get them much more cheaply than buying each one individually. This bundle is creatively called A Novella Collection, and the cover is quite lovely, don’t you think?
Soon after that, How to Ruin a Duke will be published! This novella duo by Grace Burrowes and me tells two linked stories about a scandalous novel and its impact on a couple in trade (that’s my story—the heroine builds stringed instruments) and the unfortunate ducal subject of the novel (that’s Grace’s story—which I absolutely love, and I think you all will too).
And finally, Shana Galen and I are running the first-ever sale on our duo, Mrs. Brodie’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies. For just one more day, you can get the ebook for 99 cents, down from its regular price of $3.99.
Our Mrs. Brodie stories can stand on their own, but we also had fun connecting them to other books. My novella, “The Way to a Gentleman’s Heart,” features a cook heroine and a second chance with her first love, and it introduces some characters who will play a big part in His Wayward Bride–the last Romance of the Turf book, out this fall.
And…that’s it for April. Whew! What has this month been like for you?
For those of us in the USA, it’s a holiday–and for everyone, it’s a day for new books. At last, my new historical romance Scandalous Ever After is available! Kate and Evan’s love story is a sexy friends-to-lovers tale set in the horse-racing worlds of Newmarket and Ireland.
Evan might just be one of my favorite heroes that I’ve written. He has what we’d today call depression–as well as rock-solid loyalty and a wicked sense of humor. And Kate? Oh, she can more than keep up with him! I’m delighted that Scandalous Ever After received a STARRED review from Booklist, which said it is “de rigueur for Regency romance fans.” Mischief managed.
Read more reviews and Chapter 1 on my website here.
In connection with the release of Scandalous Ever After, I’ll be touring some of my favorite bookish sites. Here’s a list of spots where I’ll have a post or interview, with links to be added as posts go live: