Mary, 2014


2016 is a busy publication year for me, what with the appearance of new books and the republication of old, as well as the start of the e-publication of my very oldest, out-of-print books by Class Ebook Editions. You can see the newest four of those on Home Page and all of them on a drop-down page below the Books link above. There will be more to come in 2017, including a few anthologies of some of my out-of-print novellas, first published in multi-author anthologies in the '80s and '90s. I know there are still fierce debates between pro-paperbook and pro-ebook readers over which are better, but one advantage at least of the ebook era is that more books are available than ever before. As a reader I appreciate being able to find the backlists of new authors as I discover them. As a writer I appreciate being able to tell readers that yes, those old books for which they have been hunting forever are now available again or soon will be.

My Survivors' Club series was very popular with readers, and I am very thankful to everyone who put them all, one at a time, on the New York Times and other bestselling lists for multiple weeks. Some of you have expressed regret that it is over. However, there is the new Westcott family series to look forward to, and I hope you will enjoy it just as much. Each book in the series will be a love story (of course!) but collectively they will deal with the turmoil into which the family is thrown when it is discovered soon after the death of Humphrey Westcott, Earl of Riverdale and head of the family, that all was not as it seemed in his marriage of almost twenty-five years. The discovery of a secret daughter, who grew up in an orphanage, not knowing her own identity, changes everything for the whole family and forces them to face and struggle with a new reality and to develop a new concept of their family and just what family means. The first book, Someone to Love, Anna's story (the one from the orphanage), will be out in November, 2016. Book 2, Someone to Hold, Camille's story, will be out in March, 2017, and Book 3, Someone to Wed Alexander's story, will probably be out in the fall of 2017. There are eight books planned in all.

In September, 2016, I will be going to Spokane, Washington, to attend a retreat for writers and readers of historical romance. It is neither a convention nor a conference. There will be no workshops, no editors, no agents. Its sole purpose is to give us a few days to enjoy one another's company, to engage in a few fun activities, and simply to wallow in our common passion for historical romance. I loved the sound of it from the first moment and am thoroughly looking forward to it. The number of attendees is being restricted to 300, so it will have something of an intimate feel. And—good news!—the last I heard there were still about 30 spaces available. If you are interested, check here. I hope to see you there and have a chat with you.

Happy reading for the rest of 2016!