So I stripped it back down to what I had originally started with, and rewrote it. It took longer than I anticipated, but it's finally done.
You'll have to excuse the cover, it was done by me as my cover designer is on vacation (but will hopefully take care of it once she returns.)
Here is the cover copy.
Lady Olivia Leighton, Duchess of Caymore, has wealth, privilege, and is one of the most influential women in
London. However, since the
death of her husband Fitzhugh a decade earlier, Olivia has kept a secret from
Society. One, that if discovered, would ruin her.
Within the span of twenty-four hours, Olivia’s idyllic life is turned upside-down. With tragic news of the heir presumptive, Olivia fears the Caymore title will revert to the crown.
Olivia’s butler has never been who he appears to be, and falling in love with him was something she hadn’t planned. His sudden departure for
Spain leaves them both at a
crossroads for their future.
And the one man who could expose the buried past arrives on her doorstep.
At the Boxing Day Ball, a malicious trick uncovers Olivia’s hidden skeleton. Humiliated, she flees Society – disgraced. However, her presence is required at Court. Enquiries to her whereabouts turn up nothing.
Lady Olivia has disappeared.
I know it doesn't sound like a romance, and it doesn't end like the rest of my romances, but this book is a prequel to the series ending. I couldn't write the last book without my readers knowing what was going on, so I wrote this.
There's also another prequel which will be forthcoming as soon as I get to it. I'm hoping to have both of these out by the fall. Anticipated release date for the end of the series is Christmas 2014. Whew!
When I first started writing (ten years ago) I never thought in a million years I would write a series. But I have, and it's almost finished. And then I'll start writing my next one. No rest for the wicked.
Lady Olivia's Undoing is available for pre-order on Kobo, Apple, and Smashwords only. (I've been having trouble with links lately, so when I find them on the websites, I'll put them up here.)
Anne Gallagher (c) 2014