Brett and Emily, the beloved secondary characters,
from The Heart of the Duke finally get their story!
From Berkley Sensation
Pub Date: July 7, 2015
- This intelligent, sensual historical is filled with engaging wit, a healthy dose of intrigue and scintillation romance. - Publisher's Weekly
- With her unconventional story lines and deep emotions, Morgan has quickly gained reader's favor. She spins a tale of intrigue deftly mixed with romance, enticing readers to cheer on her well-crafted characters to the end and leaves us asking for more. - ★★★★ HOT Romantic Times
- Morgan knows her audience and creates the perfect hero and heroine for historical romance.... I laughed, cried, and was outraged right along with the characters and they've stayed with me long after I've finished. - Night Owl Reviews (Full review to be posted July 7th, release date).
An American businessman in England, Brett Curtis has little use for
the haughty ton beyond seeing his sisters happily entertained in London.
But when his cousin mysteriously disappears after inheriting the title of Duke,
he sets out to locate him and drag him home.
Lady Emily Chandler plunged into deep despair when her fiancé died
in India, and now she is determined to prove that he was murdered. The brash
American Brett Curtis's reputation may be less than sterling, but he's just the
man to help Emily on her quest--if she can convince him to accept her dangerous
While their alliance uncovers a web of scandalous secrets, their
undeniable attraction threatens to reveal something even more dangerous: true
Tender passion, suspense and adventure propel the story along at a fine pace. Morgan’s talents lie in creating realistic characters — a feisty heroine, honorable hero and despicable villain — and then placing them into a smartly written plot. There’s a bright future ahead for this newcomer.
"This book is another example of a great historical romance. The plot is well developed, and filled with mystery and suspense. I loved the sharp and witty dialogue. The pacing is fast and I found myself sucked in by the opening scene. Mistaken identities and kissing. How can you go wrong with that?
"The heart of a Duke is a historical romance with plenty of suspense and intrigue. The characters in this book were very well written.
"It was a great fast-paced read and a wonderful love story."
“I am beginning to think you have never been kissed
before.” He crossed his arms, amused.
“Excuse me?” she breathed, the color draining from
“To classify that kiss as minor reveals your
ignorance of the matter.” He shrugged. “A peck on the cheek or lips pressed to
a gloved hand is minor, but what we did was explosive. Smoldering. It lit—”
“Stop! It may not . . . ah, did you say explosive?
Really?” She paused, her annoyance forgotten, replaced by wide-eyed intrigue.
Delighted, he inclined his head toward her and
lowered his voice to a husky timbre. “And smoldering. I have never—”
“Enough,” she cried. She had been leaning toward
him as well, his soft words reeling her in, but sudden awareness of her actions
caused her to straighten like a poker. “If I agree with you that it was . . .
well, it was done rather well, you must agree with me that it was dangerous and
more important, a mistake.” She pressed a hand against her temple. “I
cannot believe I am having this conversation with you. It is ridiculous. I do
not do ridiculous, am far too old for it.”
Amused and fascinated, he watched her struggle to
com- pose herself.
He preferred her pink-cheeked and flustered.
She drew in a ragged breath. “We cannot discuss
this again. Please. It may have been lovely for one moment and done rather
well, but . . .” She stopped and started again as if she had lost the thread of
her thought. “The point of the matter is, it was a mistake, and one we both
need to forget.”
The finality of her words irked him. He did not
like being dismissed like the forgotten boy he had once been. “You are
absolutely right.” He unfolded his arms and stepped closer, crowding her. She
regarded him warily, but held her ground. He caught her upper arms and drew her
to him, ignoring the alarm swimming in those luminous blue depths. “We are done
talking. I think a demonstration is in order. You see, you keep saying our kiss
was a mistake.”
“Yes, it was—”
“My dear Julia.” His eyes roved over her features,
admiring the perfect symmetry and soft, flushed skin. “There is something you
should know about me.” He cradled her cheek, lowered his head, his mouth inches
from hers. “I am a man wholikes to correct his mistakes.” When her lips parted in surprise, he
captured them in a deep kiss.
On the 12th Day of Christmas my true love gave to me.....
Okay, it's not 12 Days till Christmas -- but it is 12 days until the release of my next book, THE HEART OF THE DUKE, and I can't wait.
The countdown begins....
To make it easy for your true love to buy this for a stocking stuffer or to curl up with on a long winter's night, I will be offering free giveaways soon -- or as soon as my books arrive.... So stay posted!
Lady Julia Chandler fears she will be walking down the aisle
with a silver-tipped cane if she waits for the Duke of Bedford to seal their
engagement. Seeking to quicken his pace, she decides to find her duke, kiss him
senseless, and post the wedding banns. It is a good plan, until she mistakes
her fiance’s long-absent twin for her duke.
Ten years ago, Lord Daniel Bryant
sailed to America to find his fortune and flee his cruel brother who inherited
the family title. A cryptic note draws him back to England: Come home and claim your destiny. Before seeking anything, Daniel must
first determine who set the fire that nearly took his life and precipitated his
flight abroad. Now with the taste of Lady Julia warm on his lips, the stakes
are raised higher than before as he seeks to claim both his destiny and the
lady of his heart.
Excerpt.... “Don’t you want to kiss me?” Before she lost her nerve, she
moistened her lips as Emily had once showed her to do to make them more
He expelled a choked laugh. “Of course, I want to kiss you.
A man would have to be lacking a pulse to reject such an offer. But Jules—”
She paused at the old childhood
nickname. He hadn’t used it in years. But his hands had drawn her back to him.
“You do have a pulse, don’t you?” she whispered. She was standing so close that
she could see his long eyelashes, the black rim circling the lovely green of
his irises, and how his eyes warmed at her question.
“For the moment,” he returned dryly. “And I would prefer to
retain it. Should we proceed further with this, that could be dangerous for
both of us.”
He had a point and the old Julia would have heeded it,
considering the warmth of his gaze sent her pulse skipping into a treacherous
rhythm. However, his look and the grip of his hands on her waist made the new
Julia feel young, beautiful and desired, something Edmund had not made her feel
in years. “Really, Edmund, it is one kiss. How dangerous could it be?” She
raised a brow, knowing Edmund never could refuse a challenge.
He sucked in a sharp breath and
stared at her. After a beat, he exhaled and swore softly. “Hell, I have been
living dangerously my whole life.” His eyes dipped to her parted lips. “Why
stop now?” He yanked her to him, his arms vising around her waist and crushing
It was absolutely thrilling and a great honor to receive this award.
Best of all, Anne Frazier Walradt, the lyrical Voice of Romance reads an excerpt of the winner's submission.
I've been listening to her read for years and always dreamed of her reading mine (as I babbled incoherently in my shocked acceptance speech). Of course, when she starts reading, I realized I had won so the blood drained from my head, my hands started shaking, and I caught the last three lines...
Did anyone tape it? :)
As my buddy, Stephanie Estes Saccoccio says (the queen of pithy one-liners), the best 3 c's of writers conferences are conversations, chocolate, and cocktails. All too true.
#1 - As always, being surrounded by and getting to meet so many talented, professional, and kick-ass writers! Romance Writers Rock!
- Great workshops. Vicky Dreiling's The Happy Hooker was a top favorite. Helpful hooks to keep readers turning those pages. (I know, I first thought it was about something entirely different, too... :) Clever. Makes me look forward to reading her books. So of course, I had to pick up a couple.
- I lost my sweater, and it was returned to the front desk by Cathy Maxwell, a favorite author of mine. Maybe her magic touch will have rubbed off on it. One can hope... :)
- Lots of laughs and fabulous martinis with Penny Watson, Bobbi Ruggiero, and Stephanie.
Wasn't one of us in charge of getting the recipes?
Books, more books, and author signings!
Sitting next to the lovely Carla Neggers at my book signing. Doesn't get much better than that.
Looking forward to reading her new series set in my home state of Massachusetts. Should be fun.
Sooooo -- whose idea was it to come home? THANK YOU, NJRWA!
AND the early feedback is good....
HEART OF A DUKE got a ★★★★ review that will run in the December issue of the ROMANTIC TIMES. "Tender passion, suspense and adventure propel the story along at a fine pace. Morgan's talents lie in creating realistic characters -- a feisty heroine, honorable hero and despicable villian -- and then placing them into a smartly written plot. There's a bright future ahead for this newcomer." Like getting an A in school. Soooo happy. Read the complete review here.