yAn overwhelming majority or readers chose the title The Fine Art of Kissing in the Park! Thank you all for your responses. Titles are important, but of course the crucial thing is a great story and I think you'll love this one. I had a message this week from a beta reader who is reading it over again just for fun (too late for changes now!). She said she fell into the story effortlessly, enjoyed it even more the second time, and was laughing out loud at the exchanges between the characters.
The anthology is available for pre-order now, and releases May 9th. I'm excited to tell you more about it, and the other contributing authors.
Julie Daines writes young adult and historical fiction. She's lived in London, actually been to Bath, and pulled a snake tooth out of her finger on her honeymoon. Details about the snake tooth incident and her books are on her website, and her contribution to this anthology is called Trial of the Heart.
Trial of the Heart
Marianne Wood has been summoned to Bath to testify against the man who killed her family. She dreads coming face to face with the monster of her nightmares, but finds surprising comfort under the care of a charming barrister, Harby Northam. Despite his kindly attentions, Mr. Northam is a shrewd and discerning man of law with an awful secret. Marianne is put to the test as she deals with the evil of her past and her growing affection for the mysterious Mr. Northam.
Caroline Warfield has been many things: an army brat, nun, Internet and Web services manager, writer, and always a romantic. Her books might be set in England or far-flung corners of the British Empire, but always venture into the riskiest territory of all--the heart. A complete list of books is on her website, and her story is called Lord Edmund's Dilemma.
Lord Edmund's Dilemma
Lucy Ashcroft doesn’t share her stepmother’s belief that she might find a husband during her sojourn in Bath, but she does enjoy a respite from a household full of half-siblings and a younger sister preparing for her London Season, something Lucy can’t even dream about.
As the younger son of a wealthy marquess, Lord Edmund Parker has been taught to do his duty. His parents intend him for the clergy, but his wish is to be a physician. When Lucy and Edmund meet while helping the ladies in their lives take the waters, their mutual interests lead quickly to love. With Lucy at his side, Edmund knows what he must do, but how can he set up a practice and care for a family if he must forfeit his family’s support? How can he pay his addresses to Lucy if he has no income or prospects?
Last, there is of course my story, which so many of you have kindly helped name. Laura's brother, Jack, from Courting Scandal reappears here. I hope you'll enjoy returning to England with the Fairchild family.
The Fine Art of Kissing in the Park
Caroline Trenholme is not pleased with Bath, the fussy, antiquated resort of the shabby-genteel. She ought to be in London, finding a man—not here, coddling her irrational grandmother.
In the park, she crosses paths (literally—this is Bath, after all) with a nameless, mannerless rogue, intent on stealing a kiss. As if his proposition weren’t insult enough, even her dog seems to like the man better. It's impossible!
Especially once she suspects she might like him too...
This anthology will be available in print and ebook on May 9th, and also on audiobook! (though I don't have a release date for that yet. Stay tuned!)
I'm counting down to the release of Jack's story in the novella anthology A Holiday In Bath. Last week I reviewed copy edits and the manuscript is now with the proofreaders, but I don't have a title yet! I whittled down choices (with the help of my sister) but now I'm stuck. Which do you like better: Fit for a Lady or The Fine Art of Kissing in the Park?