“Jeffries again proves her mastery of historical romance with this scintillating series debut, complete with bold, determined characters whose sparring only highlights their sexual tension. Historical romance fans will be riveted.”—Publishers Weekly
A Duke for Diana, the first book of my new series, Designing Debutantes, is finally out! People seem to be enjoying it, and the reviews I’ve read have been good. That’s such a relief. Like actors on opening nights of plays, we writers wait for those reviews and then panic over the bad ones and ignore the good ones. Authors tend to be solitary creatures, crafting our books in private spaces. When we’re not around people much, bad reviews loom large as indicators of how people regard our books, when really those same reviews only represent a few people’s opinions.
So to the large numbers of you who’ve given the book good reviews, thank you so very much! And to those who gave the book bad ones, I say “Pfftt!” Just kidding. Because everyone is entitled to their opinion. Just accept that I’m not going to read the bad ones. Otherwise, I’d have to crawl into a hole and cry for every one. And I can’t afford that because I’m still finishing up Eliza’s book!
Thanks again for all the reviews,
Self-made civil engineer Geoffrey Brookhouse has unexpectedly inherited the dukedom of Grenwood. But he has a secret that could ruin his family. Hoping to save his timid sister from that fate, he seeks to marry her off to a respectable, protective gentleman. With the London Season imminent, Geoffrey hires Elegant Occasions to orchestrate her debut. Yet Lady Diana Harper, spirited fashion expert, proves more than he bargained for. Suddenly, Geoffrey’s sister is emerging from her shell, and he is beleaguered with social invitations and gossip! Worse, Diana is attempting to transform him into a presentable duke—when all he really wants is to make her his own . . .
Diana doesn’t know what to make of the handsome, disheveled duke. The man bristles at the very idea that his fashion faux pas might spoil his sister’s chances. Yet Geoffrey’s stubbornness simply inspires Diana to ruffle his feathers—by setting him on a course of self-improvement. Although there’s something endearing, even irresistible about his flaws, can a man who hates the ton tolerate a woman who makes her living catering to them? Little does either know that they have more in common than they suspect—and that two can create a society all their own . . .
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“I loved Diana so much! She and her sisters were in an impossible situation and found a way to make the life they wanted...bravo!! And Geoffrey...his love for his sister is so sweet, but he has some secrets and issues he is keeping close to his chest. Watching him fall for Diana and seeing her stand up for herself...I loved it all!! I can't wait for the next in the series!!—Goodreads reader review
In this business, you learn something new every day. One of my recent, newly learned pieces of info is that the word “fashionist” (just one letter shy of “fashionista”) was used in the Regency. I stumbled across it in a period fashion magazine. For a minute, I thought I’d veered into the modern age accidentally, but no, it was used quite often, apparently, and to mean something very close to our modern “fashionista.” According to Etymonline, the term, meaning “obsequious follower of modes and fashions,” goes back to the 1610s! So Diana considers herself a fashionist (but not an “obsequious” one). She would probably despair to see me writing in t-shirt and shorts! How scandalous!
To celebrate my fashion-forward heroine, I worked with artist Tori Wright to create A Duke for Diana paper doll postcards. Aren’t they cute? I’ll send a postcard to 10 people (chosen at random) who fill out this form by Sunday, June 5. Giveaway winners will receive the paper doll postcard in the mail and will be announced in the July 1 newsletter. If you don’t want to wait for the end of the contest, feel free to purchase and download your own full-sized copy from Tori Wright’s Etsy shop.
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