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Tuesday, July 09, 2013

The Gentleman's Keeper out today

It's new release day for Summer Devon and Bonnie Dee! Our book is out!

let's get straight to the ego-stroking, shall we?


"Devon and Dee (The Gentleman and the Rogue) fill this expertly written gay Victorian romance with emotional tension [...] this story is a must-read for fans of gay historicals."
  
"The Gentleman’s Keeper by Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon is one of the best historical romances I have read this year. The story has a rare richness and depth, and its many layers are lovingly revealed by these two talented authors. The conflicts and challenges faced by Everett and Miles made for relatable and realistic characters and an evocative romance, one in which the happy ending was hard-fought and well earned. ...I cannot wait to read more from these authors, and I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves excellent historical romance.
-Night Owl Romance -- top pick 

Yay!
We love new releases! The computer has that new release smell all over it.

Or maybe that's the coffee I spilled this morning -- just a few drops. No worries. Yet.

 We had fun writing this book. I was going to write "I had fun" but sure, I'll speak for Bonnie. She's currently not around to tell me to stop. 

I do know we both cackled about the rotten kid, Ipsial (the name came from a typo in another manuscript).  I wanted to make him even worse, and maybe not mostly redeemed by the end, but we decided that this is a HEA romance, dammit. Who wants to start a brand new life burdened with a thieving, lying, wild child?

I'd have to love this book because it got that starred Publisher's Weekly review. See above and let me link to it again. Starred PW review. (I think Bonnie had gotten one just a couple of weeks earlier for her m/m contemporary Au Pair Affair)

Ages ago, back when things like Publisher's Weekly MEANT something, an experienced writer I looked up to told me that her ambition was to sell at least 100K books and get a good PW review.

Getting the good PW review hasn't been my ambition, but it feels good, even a couple of months later. We've gotten a meh review or two (NO I am NOT linking to them) but all I have to do is murmur, "starred PW review" and those other reviews shrink, or at least stop feeding the eternal core of dark doubt that exists in most writers.

Wait. Let's get back to the promo:
. OUR NEW BOOK IS OUT TODAY!
 The Gentleman's Keeper:
Confronting the darkness of his past, he finds the light of his future.

After years gadding about Europe, Everett Gerard can no longer avoid his responsibilities. Word has come that a child bearing the unmistakable Gerard stamp has shown up at the family estate—and he realizes it’s time to face his demons.

As his carriage nears the gates of home, he fights the urge to flee the memory of the horrible crime he witnessed as a child. Yet the Abbey delivers surprises and delights he never expected.

Miles Kenway was content with his quiet life as the Abbey’s bailiff, until the wild child, clearly a bastard son of some Gerard, upends his peace with constant pranks and mischief. And when the master of the house arrives, an unsettling attraction heats Miles’s blood.

As they clash over the fate of the ancestral land, they battle a powerful desire to grapple in ways that could disrupt the delicate balance between master and servant. But when the boy’s real sire appears, they must unite as only true fathers can to protect the boy whose mischievous charm has captured their hearts.
Product Warnings
Gothic murder, hot man loving, and emotional family drama.

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