(From Amanda–Last year, I was invited to take part in a very exciting project, a continuity series pitched as “Downton Abbey in the Regency”. As a huge Downton fan, of course I immediately said yes, and I’m so glad I did! It was so much fun getting to work with the other authors and watch our new world take shape, and now the hard work is paying off as the first Castonbury Park title launches next month. Here is more info on the books in the series. Be sure and comment to win a copy of the guidebook from Kedleston Hall, our inspiration for Castonbury…)
From the eHarlequin website: “Are you a fan of the Upstairs/Downstairs genre made famous by the UK series Downton Abbey? Then be on the look out for the new Harlequin Historical DIGITALLY EXCLUSIVE series Castonbury Park! Now, the series is not set in the same time period as Downton Abbey, but fret not–these Regency romance novels are a great way to while away those dog days of summer, PLUS they’re written by some of the hottest Harlequin historical authors!“
Marguerite Kaye’s prequel short story, Flirting With Ruin, is free here for a few more days! Be sure and pick it up for an intro to the Castonbury world…
The series kicks off with Carole Mortimer’s The Wicked Lord Montague (August):
“Lord Giles Montague has always lived his life just the way he wants—fighting on the battlefields and fighting off the fawning ladies in London’s clubs. But after the death of his older brother in Spain, the notoriously wicked Montague is now reluctant heir to Castonbury Park!
Having grown up with the Montague family, Miss Lily Seagrove finds her least favourite by far is Lord Giles! He’s arrogant, rude and oh, so infuriatingly handsome… But she’s a girl of Gypsy heritage, and although she might be able to get under Giles’ battle-scarred skin, she can never be Lady of the Manor…”
Helen Dickson’s The Housemaid’s Scandalous Secret (September):
Having spent all her life in India, Lisette’s parents have died of cholera and she is forced to return to England to earn her keep, but her heart remains in India. Before leaving India Ross saves Lisette from drowning. Because she is disguised as a native girl, he believes that is what she is.
In London Ross again meets Lisette. Although she is familiar to him he cannot remember where he has seen her before. Intrigued and attracted by her, when he learns she is to lose her position as lady’s maid, he persuades his sister to take her on. Lisette engages his emotions at some deeper level, but Lisette is constantly reminded of her lowly position in life and that men of Ross Montague’s ilk are not for the likes of her. To protect herself from his passions – and her own, she is determined to stay out of his way, and yet there is a bond between them which tugs at her heart.
Marguerite Kaye’s The Lady Who Broke the Rules (October):
Anne Lethbridge’s Lady of Shame (November):
Sarah Mallory’s The Illegitmate Montague (December):
Bronwyn Scott’s Unbefitting a Lady (January):
Joanna Fulford’s Redemption of a Fallen Woman (February):
Amanda McCabe’s A Stranger at Castonbury (March):
The final installment of the Castonbury Saga! Catalina lost her husband Jaime in the midst of battle in Spain, and broken-hearted she has come to his family’s home at Castonbury hoping to feel close to him just once more. But she finds more than she ever bargained for in those palatial halls, when Jaime turns up again…very much alive…
Do you enjoy continuity series? Are you as intrigued by the idea of “Downton Abbey in the Regency” as I was??? Comment for a chance to win!!