Today I’m celebrating the release of FROM COURTESAN TO CONVENIENT WIFE, which is out now in print and digital, in the US, UK and Canada.
This is the second book in the MATCHES MADE IN SCANDAL quartet which features four seriously down on their luck heroines who are given the opportunity to earn a much-needed second chance by a mysterious character I’ve called The Procurer (and whose story I’m currently writing, in the last book in the series).
My heroine Sophia has a tragic back story which forced her to sell the only asset she had – herself. Having done so, then ‘retired’ when the driving reason for her becoming a courtesan no longer existed, at the start of the book she is struggling to survive in the twilight world of the ‘fallen’ woman, shunned by respectable society, determined not to return to her old life, but singularly ill-equipped to earn her own living. It’s an irony that has often struck me, writing Regency heroines, how few options the ‘better off’ females had, and how incredibly difficult it would have been for them to live independent of relatives or a husband, unless they had an inheritance. Sophia is determined to do just that, though until The Procurer comes along, she has no idea how!
Enter Jean-Luc, a self-made man confronted with a legal claim which threatens to overturn all he’s ever believed of himself and his history, and to land him with a wife he doesn’t want into the bargain. Sophia is the solution to one half of his problems – the wife he will claim he already has, while he disproves what he strongly believes are the counterfeit claims of the other woman, and resolves the mystery of his birth. Intrigued? I hope so.
FROM COURTESAN TO CONVENIENT WIFE is set in Paris. Earlier this week I was talking about some of my favourite Paris picnic spots and recreating a walk that Jean-Luc and Sophia took, with lots of my own favourite pictures, and there’s been tons more pictures and quotes from the book over on my Facebook page. I know people have a love/hate relationship with the City of Light, but it is my favourite city in the world, so I make no apologies for the deluge – and I do hope you’ve enjoyed sharing it with me.
So, on to the celebrations for release day. Two runners up will each receive a signed copy of FROM COURTESAN TO CONVENIENT WIFE. The winner will receive this beautiful necklace from Nimanoma, an artist who uses her background in biology to create jewellery inspired by nature, as well as a signed copy of the book.
All you have to do to enter is to tell me whether you love or hate Paris, and why! I will announce the winners here on Friday, 6th April. Good luck.