It’s spring and Regency romances are popping up like daffodils in the park! They’re bright and sunny and just make you smile. Sadly, sometimes, like the pollen now filling the air, they can make you sneeze and keep you awake at night as well.
I love the spring. It’s definitely my favorite season. I love watching the flowers bloom after a long gray winter, and the trees come back to life. I can finally take my dog for long walks in the park where she is so happy to see the green grass once again, she flops onto her back and wiggles and rolls around in it and just revels in the wonderful feeling.
I do the same thing with Regencies, figuratively. I’ll dive right into the one I’m writing or reading—it doesn’t much matter which—and revel in the story, soaking up every detail, feeling every emotion, loving every moment of the roller coaster ride of the romance. Just as my dog loves falls in love with her longs walks every spring, I fall in love with every hero and heroine in my books.
This spring, I’m going to have a bouquet of new Regencies for you to love! I’m coming out with a new series called the Ladies’ Wagering Whist Society. Each book (there will be nine in total!) is about one of the eight ladies of the Wagering Whist Society, plus a bonus book because I had to have three trilogies.
Whist is the antecedent to bridge. Usually, when people played, they bet a penny a point. My ladies don’t play for money, though, they play for secrets!
Everyone has secrets.
Here’s the description of the first book in the series, A Hand for the Duke. It will be coming out on April 15th (and will be available for pre-order on April 2nd).
A Hand for the Duke
Can the Ladies of the Wagering
Tina Rowan is beautiful, talented—and wants nothing more than to be free of her past. The illegitimate daughter of a baroness, she is being blackmailed by her own foster-father. She must rely on her flair for designing dresses to earn enough to pay him off. Starting a business dressing the ladies of Regency society isn’t easy for a nobody. But Tina has three aces up her sleeve—her own amazing talent, her well-connected biological mother, and the helpful (if meddlesome) support of the Ladies’ Wagering Whist Society.
The handsome, arrogant Duke of Warwick has grown up schooled in the “proper” way for a nobleman to behave. Rule number one: do not fraternize with people of the lower classes. But when he has to introduce his beloved sister to society, he finds himself completely reliant on the beguiling woman he’s hired as his sister’s modiste. To his astonishment, he finds himself opening up to her and enjoying her company far, far too much.
When Tina discovers the true man behind the ducal title, her heart might very well be lost. But can the duke set aside his façade and allow himself to love the only woman who could possibly make him happy?
It will take the combined efforts of the Ladies’ Wagering Whist Society to see this difficult hand well played.
Meredith Bond’s books straddle that beautiful line between historical romance and fantasy. An award-winning author, she writes fun traditional Regency romances, medieval Arthurian romances, and Regency romances with a touch of magic. Known for her characters “who slip readily into one’s heart,” Meredith loves to take her readers on a journey they won’t soon forget. She is currently living in Europe enjoying the Bohemian life.
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