The Countess was my very first novel, published in 1978 under the title The Autumn Countess. Even at that amazingly young age, I still realized that I should write about something I knew. Since I'd grown up reading Georgette Heyer and my master's degree is in nineteenth-century European history, it wasn't much of a mental stretch - a Regency romance. Well, sort of.
As it turned out, The Autumn Countess danced into the bookstores not as a Regency, but as a Gothic masquerading as a Regency.
The Rebel Bride was my second novel. Although it was originally published as a Regency, I always felt that it was a historical romance at heart. So, I've rewritten this story of two stubborn, strong-willed people, and Topaz is bringing it out again for you - this time as the historical it could have been.
The Heir first appeared as Lord Deverill's Heir all the way back in 1980. I have extensively rewritten this novel, giving it greater scope and depth, but most important are the changes in all the characters. They are now richer and fuller, brimming with life and passion.
The Duke is the new title for one of my first novels, originally titled The Generous Earl. I changed the title to fit what the book has become since I've rewritten it-a long, lavish historical, a love story to make your heart sing, and as an extra bonus, a mystery that will keep you guessing until the last page.
So come back to the beginning of the nineteenth century to Scotland, to Penderleigh Castle, home of the Robertsons, who have just been dealt a terrible blow. Their new master, already an English duke, has just been named the Scottish earl of Penderleigh.
Lord Harry, one of my first novels, was originally titled Lord Harry's Folly. I've rewritten the story extensively, adding to and changing dialogue, actions and descriptions, yet the original plot is still here. I am convinced-and I'm sure you'll be too - that the characters are much happier now since they have lived with me for fifteen years and taught me more about themselves.