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I just got done reading Grace Burrowes debut novel, The Heir and I just gotta say WOW!!!
It's longer than most historicals out right now, Its 448 pages long but not boring at all. This is the first in a (hopefully)long series. The next one, The Soldier comes out in June.
I e-mailed the author and told her how much I enjoyed it and she sent me excerpts of the next 4 books.
If you love historicals, you have to read this book
One of my new favorite authors, really good writing, stories & characterization. I also emailed her to tell her how much I liked her first book, and to ask more about upcoming ones. I got a response the very next day, also with the 4 book excerpts! Really nice, classy lady.
All I had to read (from reviews) was that it was a Regency; a series; had a grumpy father with an heir complex; used the names Wyndham and Westhaven*,and I felt I could pass on this. Plus, a reviewer on PBS mentioned a TSTL heroine who makes some incomprehensible choices. (sigh)
*Juliana Maclean and Mary Balogh have used these names before and I'm positive I've seen them in other books too.... All any author needs to do is look at a map of England to get good "family" names.
But I guess what it comes down to is... I am just. so. sick. of. Regency England!! and the more popular they are, the less any publisher (or writer) thinks about publishing/writing romances set in other time periods.
Just came across this kindle deal - all 3 first books together for 4.99!
I just finished the third one (The Virtuoso) today. I emailed the author ealier in the week because it felt like there should have been 1 or more books prior to The Heir. This is what her reply was
I love emails like yours. I want to send framed copies to my editor. I agree Douglas and Gwen's story should have come before The Heir, but The Heir won more contests than Douglas and Gwen's story so Westhaven got out of the gate first. To the extent The Heir was a Publishers Weekly best book of 2010, and the bestselling debut novel my publisher has ever released, Madam Editor's judgment has been vindicated (grumble).
The real order of go (story-wise) is:
Gareth Alexander (Heathgate)
Andrew Alexander (Greymoor)
Douglas, Viscount Amery (Gwen is cousin to Heathgate and Greymoor)
David, Viscount Fairly
To be published April 2013
Nicholas Haddonfield (marries Darius Lindsey's sister) (this story begins at about the same time as Valentine's book), then...
Trenton Lindsy (Darius' brother) same time frame as Ethan Grey (Nicholas' brother) and Beckman Haddonfield (Nick's other bro)
Darius story overlaps Nick, Trent et alia
The Windham sisters' stories follow on after Virtuoso, and do not entangle themselves with the Haddonfields
Lady Maggie (due out May 1)
Lady Louisa (October 2012)
Lady Eve (February 2013)
Lady Jenny (October 2013)
I do apologize for any confusion. I've attached an excerpt from Douglas and Gwen's story, which I hope you enjoy.
Just came across this kindle deal on Amazon.com - all 3 first books together for 4.99!
UPDATE: Now it's $3.82 !!
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