A Duke by Any Other Name is my contribution to Charmed at Christmas, one of the Christmas at Castle Keyvnor themed anthologies of Regency romance novellas. It’s also book #2 of the Brides of North Barrows and is Daphne’s story. Daphne gets her duke—who is much much more than she anticipates.
This also is the first of my books to connect my various worlds. In this story, Regency-era North Barrows gets a connection to two of my medieval realms. Alexander is Duke of Inverfyre, connecting him to my Ravensmuir/Kinfairlie/Inverfyre world and lives at Airdfinnan, the legacy of Angus in The Beauty. When did those worlds collide? Sometime between 1428 and 1811—we’ll find out in the Brides of Inverfyre series.
Daphne Goodenham has always been determined to wed a duke—not just because she loves fine dresses and parties, but because she wants to guarantee that she and her sister are never destitute again. When she meets the Duke of Inverfyre, a notorious fop, she immediately notices intriguing inconsistencies. Is there more to the duke than meets the eye? Why would he hide the truth if he were handsome, young, rich and a duke? Alexander, the Duke of Inverfyre, is bent on catching a notorious thief who injured his sister, no matter what the cost. But when the lovely Miss Goodenham is bent on charming him, Alexander’s disguise proves to be no defense against her curiosity—and he has no resistance to her kiss. Will Daphne inadvertently foil Alexander’s plan? Will he have to sacrifice her interest to avenge his sister? Or can Daphne ensure Alexander’s triumph and make her own Christmas wish come true?
A Duke by Any Other Name will be available in a digital edition on its own in March 2018. I’ll put the pre-order up in January.