I learned something over the last few months–It’s really hard to keep my own secrets. With the anthology releasing last week, I didn’t want to bombard everyone with too much book news and make things confusing. But I’ve had the cover for my new book since November, people! And I finished writing it almost a year ago. I wanted to share the news so many times, but I managed to wait until now.
Lies and Letters, releasing this July, is another regency romance following the story of an unlikely character from Mischief and Manors. Although it’s a spinoff, this story is meant to stand alone. There was a character in my first book that I felt needed an opportunity to grow, and this book did that for her. I’m so excited for you all to read it!
I learned so much from these characters and I hope you will too.
First, the gorgeous cover design by Priscilla Chaves:
Isn’t it so pretty? The color and little details are beautiful and very fitting to the mood and setting of the book. My favorite element has to be the fancy writing overlaying the whole thing.
And now…here’s a little more about this book.
This story is more than a romance (but still very romantic, don’t worry ;)) It’s heartbreaking at times, a story of a girl who faces trials, just like us all, but that end up working for her benefit. She is selfish and egotistical, outrageously flirtatious, and just rude.
In the beginning.
I thought I was crazy for committing to a character like that, but I think the thought and love that I put into this story could never have been so great if she had begun the way she ends. If she had already known the things she learns, or if she had already discovered how to be kind and to love. My heart went out to her once I realized that we are all a certain way for a reason. No one is terrible just for the sake of being terrible. Sometimes they just need someone to love them, and to open their eyes.
I’m sorry if you dislike her in the beginning. I’m sorry if you want to wring her neck. Just read. Embrace her story. See the world through her eyes. Celebrate her triumphs, despair over her heartache, and understand her mistakes. We all make them. If you’ll do this, I hope you’ll feel the things I felt when I wrote this story. I hope we can all judge a little less and be kind a little more. I hope you can close the book with a smile and a sigh, as you’ve come to love these characters as much (okay, maybe not quite as much) as I have.
Read the synopsis below!
Charlotte Lyons has ambitions, and she won’t let anything or anyone come in her way. When her first Season in London failed to make her a suitable match, and she failed to win the heir to Willowbourne the following summer, she is desperate to find a titled and wealthy husband, if only to appease her mother. But when her family is struck with financial ruin, the stakes are raised even higher.
Sent to the cold, wintery northern tip of the English coast with her sister, Clara, Charlotte faces an uncertain future. Although she is expected to pursue the wealthy Earl of the town, Charlotte finds her heart and attention captured elsewhere–by a kind, mysterious man below her station. Between hardship and sorrow, she finds more than she bargained for, forced to choose between the life she once wanted and a new love she never imagined.
Coming July 2017! Available for pre-order.