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It’s time to celebrate BIG, me hearties! THE ROGUE’S SURRENDER, Nelson’s Tea Book #3 is OUT today!!! And oh, what a joyous day this is!!! Sound the trumpets! Fire the cannon! Prepare to be boarded! Aye, ’twill be a rollickin’ ride of adventure, mayhem, and romance. 😉
The men of Nelson’s Tea ARR back and with a vengeance! Time is running out. After Nelson’s untimely death at Trafalgar, Napoleon turns his wrath on Admiral Villeneuve, arranging the doomed man’s death. With no chance of storming England’s shores, Napoleon then focuses on dominating less formidable foes. But several of his sympathizers remain and the damage has been done to Spain and the spies left in harm’s way, in particular, Señorita Mercedes Catalina Vasquez Claremont. Only one man can save her… the man who hates Spaniards, vowing to never set foot in Spain again, Garrick, Viscount Seaton, aka Captain Blade.
When I started writing my Nelson’s Tea Series many years ago, I never imagined how these characters would take hold of my imagination and become my heartfelt friends. Along with Garrick, I suffered while writing his book. I went through periods of time when I couldn’t write, fearing for the end of my series just as much as Garrick was haunted by his captivity in Spain. He’s such a tortured soul. And because of all that he’s endured through the books, he needed a heroine strong enough to reach deep into his soul and save him. And so it is that Mercedes’s name did not come by accident. When I discovered that Mercy was the nickname for Mercedes during the Regency period, my heroine was born. I knew it would take a great deal of mercy to heal this broken man.
Sayin’ goodbye to those you love is never easy, is it? How odd it is that authors feel so connected to their characters, as if they were flesh and blood. In THE ROGUE’S SURRENDER, you’ll find one near-death experience and several deaths of beloved characters that came at great expense to me. I cried over the book while writing it. But as in life, not everyone can be saved, can they? And as in life, victory comes at great cost.
I owe a debt of gratitude to my publisher esKape Press Publishing, Author M.V. Freeman (who graciously brainstormed this entire series with me!) and the Rogues, Rebels & Rakes Street Team for encouraging me every step of the way.
I have Lady Jayne Smith to thank for asking for Lord Simon Danbury’s book. That book became the cornerstone of my series, MY LORD ROGUE, A Nelson’s Tea Novella #1. Here Admiral Nelson organizes the group Nelson’s Tea and all twenty of the men in clandestine service to the king are introduced.
DUKE BY DAY, ROGUE BY NIGHT, Nelson’s Tea #1, features Percival Avery, Marquess Stanton and the future Duke of Blendingham, as he searches for his sister’s killers, along with some help from Nelson’s Tea.
THE ROGUE’S PRIZE, Nelson’s Tea #2, features Captain Henry Guffald’s attempt to redeem his naval career. His mission is to rescue Lord Garrick Seaton from Spain, but he’s attacked by a female pirate with an agenda of her own.
MY LADY ROGUE, A Nelson’s Tea Novella #2, was equally hard to write as the members of Nelson’s Tea learn that Admiral Nelson has been killed at Trafalgar. As they convene to vote on the future of the group, a mole is activated, endangering their lives.
And now it’s my delightful pleasure to give you, THE ROGUE’S SURRENDER, Nelson’s Tea Book #3!
He’d become a beast only she could tame.
Marked for death! Señorita Mercedes Vasquez has been betrayed by a member of Nelson’s Tea. Now her life is in the hands of the man she couldn’t save, a beast forged by Spanish hatred.
Lord Garrick Seaton, aka Captain Blade, is the only one who has a chance of pulling off a lifesaving mission. To do so, he must go to Spain and face memories of captivity and torture. But the fiery Spanish lady he seeks to rescue proves to be the greater threat. Can he protect his heart, or will she demand his complete surrender?
Have you read any of the books in my series? Tell me who your FAVorite character is and why. You could win a free ecopy of THE ROGUE’S SURRENDER! Contest ends July 16th!