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How To Be a Proper Lady: Author’s Note

Characters often tell me to write their stories.

I am completely serious.

Some are subtle, just showing up on the page of another hero or heroine’s book and waiting for me to notice them.  Others don’t take chances, peeking out from behind a door and throwing me a Meaningful Look.  All of them are respectful, waiting until I’m able to turn to their stories fully.

Then there are the characters that insist.

Like Jinan Seton.

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The Duke: Author’s Note

I adore epic romances.  What do I mean by epic romance?  It’s a story that sweeps me away and transports me to a distant time and place where I meet a hero I can fall in love with and a heroine I’ll cheer for.  A story that hurls me on an emotional rollercoaster ride through dangers and against unimaginable odds, and that only when I’ve lost nearly all hope awards me with a huge, satisfying payoff: the hero and heroine win!  They beat the bad guys!  They’re safe, together, in love.

How did I come to be a fan of epic romances?  As a girl, reading by flashlight under my bedcovers, I cut my reader’s teeth on big, thick historical novels set in faraway lands, in ancient castles and sumptuous palaces, on magnificent sailing ships and majestic horseback — novels with fantastic casts of loveably quirky characters, loads of danger, and just enough mystery to keep me turning the pages into the wee hours of the night.

Only later did I realize that at the heart of every one of my favorite epic historical novels is a gorgeous love story, Read the Author’s Note →

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The Pirate & I: Author’s Note

There’s something so deliciously wonderful about a character that sneaks up on me slowly, who doesn’t impress or astonish me from the start, but whose courage and strength and true humanity nevertheless shine through and make me realize he’s actually fantastically heroic.  That happened for me with Charles Brittle.

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The Scoundrel & I: Author’s Note

Don’t you just love to laugh? I smiled and giggled the whole time I was writing this novella.  The reason for my glee: Captain Anthony Masinter.  He’s that perfectly earnest and entirely good kind of hero that makes me feel truly happy, even a little giddy, which is exactly what Gabrielle Flood, the heroine of The Scoundrel & I, feels about him too.

I had two big inspirations for this novella: one of my favorite romance authors, and every wonderful proof reader I’ve worked with over the years.

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How a Lady Weds a Rogue: Author’s Note

What is an author to do with a gentleman who appears on the page of another hero’s book and captivates her from his first teasing smile?

What is that same author to do with a girl who peeks through the cracked open doors of another heroine’s book, speaks entirely without irony, and seems to have nothing whatsoever in common with that gentleman mentioned above?

Well, I’ll tell you: that author hurls them together on a harrowing road trip and lets them discover where the road will take them — together.

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