Letter to Readers

February 1, 2017

Goodness! How January has flown. My vegetables are burgeoning—fresh tomatoes, beans, zucchini, and beetroot, not to mention lettuces, sorrel, and chicory. My eggplants and peppers are still coming along—a few weeks yet before I have any of them. The weather has been unusually mild. Some of my trees are rather confused as to whether it’s autumn yet or not—there was even a dew this morning, and it was cool and crisp. Not what we usually have in late January. I’ve been very pleased as I’ve hardly had to water the garden, but that’s a very strange happening in this neck of the world.


But on to my latest book news. I’m sure you’re all eagerly anticipating the upcoming release of the next group of Cynster Next Generation Novels - I confess I’m excited to be releasing these books not only because I love writing about this always-entertaining family but because I derive a great deal of satisfaction through getting everything ready just as I wish it to be and then getting the books out there to you, for your delectation. 


If you haven’t yet heard, the first novel in the DEVIL’S BROOD TRILOGY, THE LADY BY HIS SIDE is Sebastian’s story. Sebastian 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 the reins of searching for a suitable bride 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 agree to allow Sebastian to masquerade as her escort to a house party, and she eagerly seizes the opportunity to contribute to such a mission with both hands. 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 pre-order! Print copies will be available for purchase in March as close as possible to the e-book release date of March 9 (there is no pre-order facility for print at this time). The audio-book is also currently being recorded. Buy-links for print and audio-books will be updated on this website as and when they become available, so please refer to THE LADY BY HIS SIDE book-page if you need further information. 


As above, the e-book will be released on March 9, 2017. If you’d like to arrange your e-book copy, click on the links below for details.

The Lady By His Side Cover

 A reminder that there is also a Goodreads Giveaway currently in progress for THE LADY BY HIS SIDE. Click HERE to arrange your chance to win 1 of 3 personalized copies of THE LADY BY HIS SIDE! This Giveaway ends on February 28, 2017. Good luck!


I’ve also been able to add the lovely step back for THE LADY BY HIS SIDE to the website - click HERE to view, and enjoy!


Now that THE LADY BY HIS SIDE is done and on its way to you, I’ve turned my focus to getting the next novel - AN IRRESISTIBLE ALLIANCE - ready for release.


In AN IRRESISTIBLE ALLIANCE, the second novel in the DEVIL’S BROOD TRILOGY, 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 will be available for pre-order in mid-February for e-book, with audio following and print books available for purchase on release. 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’s story. More information to come soon.

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.

And then?

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.

If you want to keep abreast of details of what’s in the pipeline as well as being notified of my latest releases, joining my Email Newsletter List is the safest bet. It also carries links to exclusive sweepstakes and sneak peek excerpts. If you haven't yet joined, the ribbon link is to the left. Click to join – it's easy!


Until next month...

Happy reading!


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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