It is with great excitement that I unveil my new Regency series launching in mid-October. This is your official invitation to join me in Moonlight Square...
SERIES CONCEPT: Welcome to Moonlight Square!
MOONLIGHT SQUARE is a community-based series that centers around a fabulously elegant London garden square (like Berkeley Square, Grosvenor Square, Hanover Square, etc.) and
the wealthy aristocrats who live there, including a higher-than-average population of bachelor dukes! How convenient. *grin* Yep, it's time to have fun. ;)
The idea came to me from my affection for small town contemporary series. I really enjoy series based around a familiar place that you grow to love going back to as a reader. One day it occurred to me, why couldn't we do that sort of thing in a Regency setting? Not an English village/small town, perhaps ~ that might prove a bit limiting over a multi-book series. Instead, I decided it would have to be in Town to keep things moving, and as I started wondering where to place it in London, inspiration struck, and Moonlight Square was born.
It's a little microcosm of Regency London that feels a bit like a small town in that everyone knows everyone else's business. Built by Beau Nash with magnificent terraces, Town houses, and big corner mansions (where the dukes live, natch) Moonlight Square is not just "Regency London's most exclusive address," but also one of its most romantic.
The lovely little gated private park for residents only boasts a charming gazebo perfect for trysts. Some of the most breathlessly awaited balls of the Season take place in the elegant Assembly Rooms at the Grand Albion, above the gentlemen's club on the first floor, where the lords of Moonlight Square gather to gamble and drink and banter and brag. (Pray you don't end up being mentioned in the wager book there!)
Moonlight Square has got its own little customs and traditions; its own, shall we say "interesting" neighbors (watch out for the handsy Lord Hayworth and his cougar of a wife). Quaint little St. Andrew's on the far end of the square is considered by all to be one of the most fashionable places for ton couples to get married. Have a look around!
These books will be a little shorter than my past novels - in the 75,000 word ballpark rather than 100,000 words. That's because they have no intricate spy or crime subplot. They're all pure romance and banter, flirtation, sexy bits, a little bit of the GF heart-wrench and Ye Olde Hero Grovel that I'm known for (*grin*), humor, family storylines (like the Knight Miscellany books) and FUN. Not a murder or a dead body in sight! Can you believe it?? LOL. Hey, I told you in my Breaking Out of the Cage blog that I put myself through a major Regency Reboot.
My longtime readers may recall that every time I change series, it's always something quite different than before. You may have even voted in the poll I took on my website, which ran for nearly a year as I was nearing the end of the Spice Trilogy (the final Knight books). After the swashbuckling of Ascension and the heavy drama of the Knights, I wanted to try a different vibe yet again. So I asked my readers to vote on which sort of series they preferred for me to do next - either light, funny romantic comedy style Regencies, or dark-and-dangerous, romantic thriller style Regencies.
The vote was VERY close, but the action-packed thrillers won the day, and the Inferno Club of gentlemen-spies was born. Now I get to try to the other thing, keeping the best bits of all I've learned along the way! So far, I'm LOVING writing these.
I'll still have mayhem and adventure in some of my books, certainly, but those elements--at least in the larger doses--are going to be replanted over in the Fantasy Romances, where there's so much more freedom to start wars and stop crime waves, as the warrior alpha males I so love are wont to do. *g* It got very tight doing that in a historically accurate way in Regency England, but now the badass warriors can have at it in whatever world I dream up for them. I'll just set 'em loose inside the Age of Heroes.
A Regency, however, is supposed to be a certain kind of reading experience. These guys may be badasses, too, but it doesn't really come up much. It's just kind of brooding there in the background. Oh, yes, Moonlight Square does have its little touch of shadow and darkness--thus the name. (I can't seem to get away from a little bit of dark, even when I'm writing humor, lol.) But I can say these will be more straightforward romances, and the purpose of them is FUN.
They're shorter because without all that added complication of mayhem and murder and saving the world from certain doom, they just don't need that added length. In my own personal opinion, the writing is much less dense, but more...hmm, light and airy, and more elegant. The pace is really quick and the tone turned out to be surprisingly witty. (It surprised ME, anyway! You'll be the judge, of course.)
I'm imagining four books in this series (cuz, you know, square): Duke of Scandal, Duke of Secrets, Duke of Shadows, and Duke of Storm. So, now that you have an idea of what the new series is all about, allow me to present Book 1. Drumroll, please! Presenting...
DUKE OF SCANDAL
Romance is in the air at Moonlight Square ~ Regency London's most exclusive address!
I can't wait to share Jason and Felicity's story with you! DUKE OF SCANDAL (Moonlight Square, Book 1) just went live for pre-order on Amazon and iBookstore. Since this is an indie release, only the e-books can be pre-ordered, and only at these two outlets, but it will be on the Barnes and Noble website and Smashwords, and it will be simultaneously published in trade paperback, as well. The release date is Tuesday, October 13th.
My newsletter subscribers will be the first to get the Sneak Peek of Chapter 1 next month, (so join!) but for now, here's a little glimpse into the can't-resist-each-other dynamic between rakehell duke Jason and our heroine, Felicity, on a sunny afternoon in the parlor. Enjoy! ;)