on August 28th 2018
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In Anabelle Bryant's wickedly romantic new series, secrets and seduction go hand in hand...
Lunden Beckford, Duke of Scarsdale, has chosen to exile himself far from London, with its painful memories and cruel gossip. Forced back to town on business, he's eager to make his stay as brief as possible. But first, he must honor his promise to find a suitable husband for his friend's little sister. On one hand, Amelia Strathmore has grown into a stunning, statuesque beauty. On the other, the willful chit is more likely to scandalize a drawing room with her outspoken opinions than blush prettily. At least she agrees to accept his help—if he fulfillscertain conditions.
Though duty-bound to marry, Amelia longs to secretly enjoy some of life's freedoms first. In this, as in many things, Lunden proves an excellent guide. In fact, Amelia's girlhood admiration for her brother's friend is fast becoming something far less innocent. Lunden believes he's known too much darkness to offer any woman happiness. Yet Amelia is starting to see how much pleasure can lie within the right partnership—especially if one is willing to be a little wicked.
I know it sounds expected, but for as long as I can remember I’ve been a writer. I was often in trouble for not putting down my pencil and joining the family or going outside to play with my brother and sister. I took paper and pens wherever I went, wrote in the car and bathtub (yes!) and was scolded for writing after bedtime when I was supposed to be asleep. I read avidly, but I wrote even more and have carried this habit into adulthood. Every room in my house has paper on hand for that random idea or snippet of dialogue that needs to be remembered. That includes the front seat of my car – and rest assured, I pull over to write things down.
And like so many authors, I submitted to publishers and created a lovely collection of rejection letters. I dreamed of walking into a bookstore and seeing my romance novel on a shelf, yet life led me down different paths. I pursued higher education. Sometimes I submitted to publishers. I married and started a family. I again submitted to publishers. I pursued even higher education. I collected more rejections. I traveled to many wonderful places. And still remained unpublished.
Through it all I held onto my dream, but I never committed one hundred percent, distracted by the obligations and expectations in life.
Then in 2014 after I attended an author event at a local library, I realized it was “now or never”. If I didn’t put everything I had into pursuing my dream, I may as well forget it. I queried every imprint on my wish list and that last effort led me to Harlequin HQ a year later. I’ve been fortunate to have eleven Regency romances published with them in e-format.
But while I wouldn’t change a thing about my experience with Harlequin, I still yearned for a print book and the joy of seeing it on a shelf in a store.
Now, at last, my dream is coming true! MIDNIGHT SECRETS is my new historical romance trilogy with Kensington Publishers and the first book, LONDON’S WICKED AFFAIR, releases in August. You better believe I’ll be in Barnes and Noble loitering in the romance section. If you see me there, please say hello. We’ll go have coffee!
And as a side note, I wouldn’t credit my new paperback series to a “wish come true” or “a lucky break”. It took years (over a decade) of belief and hard work. So never give up. Sometimes it takes just one more try.
I’ve been called funny, sometimes called squirrely, and definitely called quirky. Here are a few of my many quirks – I hope we have something in common!
- I buy pretty notebooks because I love them, but then I don’t use them because I love them so much. Not sure if I need therapy.
- I usually count how many things are in the sink before I start washing dishes and then count backwards as I wash each one. It helps the not-so-wonderful job go by faster.
- I enjoy Christmas. So much so, I have a Christmas tree in every room of my house except the bathroom. It’s a lot of work but it makes the holidays extra special.
- I’m terrible at returning things I’ve purchased. I almost always give the item away or donate it instead of sending it back.
- I write love stories and adore romantic gestures…but really don’t like Valentine’s Day. I know, it’s a strange contradiction.
Tell me one of your quirks to be entered in a giveaway for an e-copy of DEN OF INIQUITY – Max and Vivienne’s story – Book 1 in my Bastards of London series.
Thanks so much for being here.