A Wild Ride...

King of Hearts feels a bit…unhinged. It’s a longer British historical, a departure from my Regencies, and was utterly thrilling to write.

The hero, Gabriel Sinclair, is a rogue among rogues, with no interest in permanence and every interest in seduction. Louisa Peabody is his temperamental opposite, who has been rescuing mistreated women and succeeding only some of the time. Most importantly, she loathes any man’s touch.

Let’s face it: When a guy no woman has ever refused is forced to help a feisty widow who can’t abide anything he stands for, it’s going to be a rocky road. Both characters are a bit out there, both given to extremes, and I simply let them whirl me through their universe.

King of Hearts has its roots in a story I’d written years ago. But it has all new characters, subplots and story arcs. And it’s fun! Gabriel is given to gallows humor (literally), and Louisa is his perfect foil, a woman who won’t let anything stand in her way and who long ago forgot how to laugh.

This is the launch of my new series, League of Rogues, about a daring group of rogues who worked clandestinely for England during the Napoleonic Wars. Hardened and deadly, they have no use for love—until it ensnares them. Andrew Maitland is their leader, and you’ll hear more about him. But first, Gabriel and Louisa’s story. It’s out Sept. 26. Pre-order here.



  1. Eileen Putman says:

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  2. Eileen Putman says:

    Not that I think folks should leap into eye surgery! Several steps can be taken before that, and any one of them could help solve the problem. But if you have tried doxycycline, those new (and expensive) prescription drops, warm compresses, and everything short of surgery, and you are still tearing profusely, it may be that it’s basically a mechanical problem with your lower eyelid. (Yes, the sagging that comes with age, is a big factor.)

    An occuloplastic surgeon can tighten the lower lid so that it snugs up against your eye better. That, in turn, stops your eye from sending signals to your brain that your eye is dry, which in turn produces tears. You will look scary for a while, with some bruising, but for me it was worth it. DISCLAIMER: I’m not a medical professional, and everyone needs to research these things for himself/herself. But I was a skeptic, and now I’m not. I can write at my computer now without tearing. So, yay!

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