It’s release day!
I’m super emotional today. I started writing A Duchess in Name as soon as I finished my first novel, Always, in 2013. It’s been a long road to get to today.
I wrote it. Then I re-wrote it. And re-wrote it again. I queried it with no luck, and had almost given up on writing historical romance altogether. Then one day on twitter, I saw Carina Press holding a twitter pitch event. I wrote a two-tweet pitch of the book and gave it a shot. Three Carina editors asked me to send it in. I submitted it to the brilliant Alissa Davis, who responded first. When I sent the manuscript in, I also sent in blurbs for the two books I envisioned writing next, as part of the series. I just wanted Carina to see that I had a long-term vision for more books, no more than that.
Fast forward two months, the last day of the submission window. I was stalking my inbox, waiting for the polite rejection I’d convinced myself was coming. Imagine my surprise when my cell phone rang, and it was a Carina Press editor wanting to acquire not just A Duchess in Name, but the next two books! I confess, I remember very little of the conversation after that. I do remember sitting on the fire escape behind my office crying tears of happiness.
And here I am, finally, on release day. This is a very special day for me, seeing this novel that I’ve spent so much time with, finally out there in the world. I love it. I hope you do, too.
Victoria Carson never expected love. An American heiress and graduate of Lady Grantham’s finishing school, she’s been groomed since birth to marry an English title—the grander the better. So when the man chosen for her, the forbidding Earl of Dunnley, seems to hate her on sight, she understands that it can’t matter. Love can have no place in this arrangement.
Andrew Hargrave has little use for his title and even less for his cold, disinterested parents. Determined to make his own way, he’s devoted to his life in Italy working as an archaeologist. Until the collapse of his family’s fortune drags him back to England to a marriage he never wanted and a woman he doesn’t care to know.
Wild attraction is an unwanted complication for them both, though it forms the most fragile of bonds. Their marriage of convenience isn’t so intolerable after all—but it may not be enough when the deception that bound them is finally revealed.
Book one of The Grantham Girls