Can you believe we are almost a third of the way through the year already - doesn’t that always happen? You just start to get over the Christmas and New Year holidays only to realise that Easter festivities are just around the corner!
We’ve been experiencing much milder temperatures here in the southern hemisphere for the last week, or at least in the southern part of Australia. It’s slightly disappointing as our summer only really kicked off in late December, and seems to have already petered out! Luckily my vegetables are still powering along and I’ve been busily giving away excess zucchini and tomatoes to family and friends. I’m already seeing the trees in my garden turning from summer greens and deep reds to pale golds - I think it’s safe to say that autumn’s well and truly here.
Truth to tell, the milder temperatures make it more pleasant to stay holed up in my library, immersing myself in the lives and loves of the Cynster family and associated characters. It’s been fabulous fun to write about these characters again, to see how they’ve developed and evolved and watching their romances take hold. I’ve also been working on my Christmas novel, featuring Lady Osbaldestone, which I haven’t said too much about yet, but I’m hoping you’re getting excited about it nonetheless! More information to follow in the coming months, of course.
It’s been almost two years since the last Cynster book hit the shelves, and I know you’re eagerly awaiting the release of THE LADY BY HIS SIDE, first novel in the DEVIL’S BROOD TRILOGY. Sebastian Cynster, eldest son of Devil Cynster, is keenly aware that time is running out for him to find a wife without interference—he knows the ladies in the Cynster family will take over his reins if he doesn’t select a candidate soon. However, when he’s asked to aid Drake Varisey, Marquess of Winchelsea and the eldest son of the Duke of Wolverstone, with an important mission, Sebastian allows himself to be distracted from his personal quest. Unexpectedly, Drake’s mission requires Sebastian to convince Lady Antonia Rawlings that he needs her help. Antonia sees no reason she shouldn’t allow Sebastian to masquerade as her escort at a house party - she’s keen to seize the opportunity to participate in and contribute to such a mission herself. But at the house party, Sebastian and Antonia are flung into intrigue and chaos, and as they desperately search for who is responsible for a spate of murders, the connection that has always existed between them grows, converting from that of childhood friends to one of committed lovers.
THE LADY BY HIS SIDE is now available on all platforms for e-book and audio pre-order, and we are officially on the countdown to release date, in 9 days! Print copies should also be available to order online (there is no pre-order facility for print at this time) in the coming days. Buy-links for all formats will be updated on this website as and when they become available, so please refer to THE LADY BY HIS SIDE book-page for links or further information.
If you’d like to arrange your copy, click on the cover below for details.
We also had a Goodreads Giveaway running for the last couple of months, and it concluded on the 28th of February. Congratulations to the following winners, who will receiving a personalized book plate and print copy of THE LADY BY HIS SIDE shortly!
And the winners are: Esther Wu, CA, USA; Dianna Nissen, TX, USA; Patty Morrison, FL, USA.
In a few days, THE LADY BY HIS SIDE will be winging it’s way to you. Once you’ve read it, our focus will shift to the next novel in the trilogy, AN IRRESISTIBLE ALLIANCE. In this novel, we meet Michael Cynster and Cleome Hendon - yes, Jack and Kit Hendon’s daughter! Cleo is pining for adventure and challenge, and she sees Michael with his mission as her route to satisfaction. As it transpires, she gets more than she bargains for when she inveigles her way into the mission and ends hunting dangerous men by Michael’s side. Naturally, being her parents’ daughter, she is up to the challenge on all counts. For a full description, click on the cover below.
AN IRRESISTIBLE ALLIANCE is now available for pre-order for e-book, with audio following soon and print books available for purchase on release (no pre-order for print). Click on the cover below for details to arrange your copy today.
Again, this website will be updated as the details are finalized, so check back for the latest information!
So…What’s up next?
March 9, 2017 - The Cynster Next Generation returns with THE LADY BY HIS SIDE, first volume in the.DEVIL’S BROOD TRILOGY. Join Sebastian and Antonia as they are drawn into an intriguing murder mystery at a country house party, and the feelings that have lain dormant throughout their childhood and adolescence blossom into something more.
May 11, 2017 - AN IRRESISTIBLE ALLIANCE, second novel in the DEVIL’S BROOD TRILOGY. Michael Cynster picks up he mission’s baton, and enlists the help of Cleome Hendon. Together, they search London for an illicit cache of gunpowder and the dangerous men who intend to use it.
July 13, 2017 - THE GREATEST CHALLENGE OF THEM ALL, the final novel in the DEVIL’S BROOD TRILOGY. An apt title for Louisa’s story. More information to come shortly.
Late 2017 - The first in a series of Christmas short novels featuring the redoubtable Lady Osbaldestone. More information to follow in the coming months.
Looking further ahead, there are many more stories on my TBW (to be written) List. There are more Casebook of Barnaby Adair mystery-cum-romances in the offing, as well as more Cynster Novels to come and there are other old friends, such as Ryders’s siblings, the Cavanaughs, who are still waiting for their stories. In short, expect lots more Stephanie Laurens books coming your way.
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My release schedule for 2016/2017 currently reads:
LORD OF THE PRIVATEERS - The fourth and final volume in The Adventurers Quartet. Original novel. In print and e-book, all formats, plus audio. Pre-orders available. Click on title for details.
THE LADY'S COMMAND - The first volume in The Adventurers Quartet. A rollicking tale on the high seas! Original novel. In print and e-book, all formats, plus audio. Click on title for details.
A BUCCANEER AT HEART - The second volume in The Adventurers Quartet. A rollicking tale on the high seas! Original novel. In print and e-book, all formats, plus audio. Click on title for details.
THE DAREDEVIL SNARED - The third volume in The Adventurers Quartet. Original novel. In print and e-book, all formats, plus audio. Pre-orders available. Click on title for details.
Starting March 9, 2017
The next three novels in the Cynster Next Generation - Sebastian, Michael and Louisa's stories. Look out for more information soon!
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