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Reason to Wed by Heather Boyd (Book Showcase)

Book Seven – Distinguished Rogues Series 
Release Date: December 8, 2015 
Genre: Regency Historical Romance 
Heat Rating: Sizzling 

Richard Hill, the Earl of Windermere, might desperately require a wife and heir, but thoughts of duty fly from his mind when he rescues Esme, Lady Heathcote, from the embarrassment of a failed affair. They usually never agree about anything. He’s never even kissed the vexing widow. But when the opportunity arises to whisk her away for a no-strings-attached rendezvous, Richard can’t imagine a better way to spend a moonlit evening.

Esme has never lacked for admirers, but having Lord Windermere’s company goes a long way to ease the pain of losing her suddenly betrothed lover. And when Windermere suggests an affair, Esme is intrigued by the blazing-hot connection even while knowing their relationship has no future beyond his house party.

But as with any temptation, it’s a bargain they’ll soon regret.

Read an Excerpt

The hallway beyond the drawing room was filled to bursting with chattering guests and she moved smoothly through them, nodding and speaking occasionally to some. While she admired the elegance and comforts to be found in Lord Windermere’s home, she kept her eye out for Meriwether. She turned into the library, but the room was startlingly empty.

“Looking for me?” Windermere asked as he came to stand near. His gaze raked her from head to toe in the most gauche way.

Arrogant and presumptuous. “Hardly. You should pay more attention to your guests and the health of your servants.”

Instead of taking the hint that she wasn’t in the mood to talk, he caught her hand and raised it to his lips. His blue eyes danced with amusement. “I do love when you’re friendly. How have you been, Esme?”

She scowled at him and withdrew her hand to her side. “I’ve not given you leave to use my first name and I am not of a mood to spar with you. Go back to your other guests for amusement and send your butler to his bed. Anyone can see he’s on the verge of collapse tonight.”

“I already banished Oswin to rest.” He laughed suddenly. “Young Pip has assumed his duties until Collins comes up.”

“Just as well,” she replied, thankful for such sensible decisions at last.

“Only you would ever dare tell me what to do in my own home. I wanted to thank you for coming,” Windermere murmured. “But to convince everyone we’re not at odds, you will have to talk to me occasionally with a little less acid in your tone.”

“We’ve spoken as much as needed to quell any gossip.” She smiled at him. “Or was it your wish to have me chivvy you out of your mopes too.”

“I will say again you were right.” Windermere sighed and raked a hand through his dark, wavy hair. “You’re enjoying rubbing my nose in that business with Lady Bartlett, aren’t you?”

“Perhaps.” She smothered a laugh. He hadn’t wanted to believe he was being used until it was almost too late to extract himself from the connection. “You were so indignant that day, and after venting your pique at me, you charged down the street—on foot of all things, my man and your horse trailing after. I laughed for at least a whole day afterward. But I am sorry you were let down.”

He inhaled sharply, his jaw clenching before he relaxed and shook his head. “No, you’re not. You’re positively gloating that you were proved right about her.”

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Bestselling historical author Heather Boyd believes every character she creates deserves their own happily-ever-after, no matter how much trouble she puts them through. With that goal in mind, she writes sizzling regency romance stories that skirt the boundaries of propriety to keep readers enthralled until the wee hours of the morning. Heather has published over twenty novels and shorter works. Catch her latest news www.heather-boyd.com. She lives north of Sydney, Australia, and does her best to wrangle her testosterone-fuelled family (including cat Morpheus) into submission.


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Author Showcase/Interview – Heather Boyd (Miss Merton’s Last Hope)

Welcome, Heather Boyd!!


1. For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a dear and
tell the readers a little about yourself?
How did you get your start in the writing business?

(Heather) Greetings. I’m a regency historical romance author, indie
published, and sole female in a testosterone fueled household. (Even the cat is
male) I love old books, old furniture and houses, and research — regency era
of course. My first story was published by a now closed publisher, but I’d
known about self-publishing for years before dipping my toe. I like to learn
new things and use the computer skills I already had so indie publishing seemed
a perfect fit for me.
2. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, please share how you handle it.
(Heather) I don’t really understand writers block but I totally suffer
from recurring procrastination. Ten minutes of quick fact checking can easily
turn into an hour of ‘I’ll use it one day’ research material. 😀
3. Contrary to what
some people envision about a romance writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam.
Well not for the majority of us. With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not
writing, how do you spend your time?
(Heather) I think I had more glitz and glam in my working life in
Financial Planning. Being an Australian, in Australia, writing my stories in
English settings means I spend a lot of time surfing the web, watching UK TV
shows, and absorbing everything English. Spare time is spent with my family.
4. I know many
writers, such as myself, keep their pastime/career a secret. Do those close to
you know you write? If so, what are their thoughts?

(Heather) I don’t use a pen name so after years as a published author everyone
that matters knows I write as my day job. My hubby is my biggest supporter, closely
followed by my parents and father-in-law. They’re always interested and asking
for details of the next book to come out.
5. Will you share
with us your all-time favorite authors? If you’re like me, it’s a long list so
give us your top ten.
(Heather) My reading list changes a lot from year to year, based on
releases and whether the author’s books are available for readers in Australia.
I also read a lot indie author’s work too … Maggie Anderson, Ava March, Jess
Michaels, Sandy Williams, Donna Cummings, Samantha Grace, Wendy Vella, Barbara
Monajem, Mary Balogh, Bronwen Evans.
6. If you could choose
one book to go to the big screen, yours or otherwise,
which book would you choose and whom would you love to see cast in the parts?
(Heather) I’ve never really considered my books as movies before now.
When I’m writing I don’t picture real people as characters either. The cover
art models usually come close, but they’re often found after the story is
complete. After nearly 30 stories it’s hard to pick a favorite book. I’ll happily
accept reader suggestions though for which book of mine could be a movie. 🙂
7. Would you care to
tell us what you’re working on now? That is if it’s not top-secret information.
If so, just whisper it in my ear. I swear it’ll go no further.
(Heather) I’m in the middle of
planning, early writing, on a new series for publication in 2016. The new
series features a side character from An Accidental Affair and navy captains as
my heroes. The series isn’t named as yet, nor do the individual books have titles
either, but its coming together really well. 
8. Where can we find
your stories, and is there a particular reading order?
(Heather) Visit heather-boyd.com for the full backlist of titles. To
date I have four published series — The Miss Mayhem Series (Miss Merton’s
Last Hope is the forth and final installment), Distinguished Rogues (6 novels +
1 Novella that releases in December), The Wild Randalls (a complete four novel
series), and the Hunt Club (Gay Regency romance – five books to date). I also
have six erotic regency romance novellas/short stories published too.
9. Would you please
share how your present and future fans can contact you?
(Heather) I love to hear from readers. They can keep in touch via my Website | Twitter | Facebook Page | Mailing list.
10. Before we conclude
this enlightening interview, do you have anything else you’d like to share? The
stage is all yours.

(Heather) Thanks for so much for interviewing me. I have a question
for readers of the blog: How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
Now that you’ve met the lovely Heather Boyd, it’s time to shine the light on one of her creations, Miss Merton’s Last Hope. 

Book Three, Miss Mayhem Series
Release Date: October 13, 2015
Genre: Regency Historical Romance
Length: 40,000 words novella
Heat Rating: Sizzling

Over the years, Melanie Merton has used every trick and ruse to repel overeager gentlemen callers without ever revealing the real reason she won’t say yes to an offer of marriage. When neighbor Walter George jumps to her defense against slurs cast by suitor number twelve, he also pries into her past—uncovering the circumstances around a tragic loss in her childhood and her aversion to being touched by anyone. But even protective Walter must be kept at a distance for his own good, because despite a growing attraction between them, Melanie must deny him too.

Unlike other men his age in Brighton, Walter George hadn’t considered Melanie Merton for a wife because he was convinced he’d never have a chance to impress his haughty neighbor. But that was before he understood her better, before he uncovered why she kept friends and suitors alike at bay. The right husband could restore the woman he sees into some semblance of the fun-loving child of his memory, but would Walter stand a chance or become just another unlucky suitor?



Melanie Merton hated her life. She hated the clothes she wore. The house she lived in that was no longer hers to manage. The smiles she had to bestow upon her brother’s friends while overlooking their scowls. Even without the responsibilities she’d always enjoyed, and the hours on her own, she never had a moment’s peace. She just wanted a quiet morning, and that never seemed to happen lately unless she confined herself to her bedchamber.

Today, she was entertaining Mr. Linus Radley until his sister, Julia, her new sister-in-law, came down that morning. The forms of proper behavior that had been drilled into her head since she was a young girl made it impossible for her to say what was really on her mind, even when she wanted to. She was too polite to ask Mr. Radley to go away until a more reasonable hour of the day, and had ordered tea and cake to fill the endless minutes until Julia relieved her of this duty.

“It looks to be a lovely day for a stroll,” Mr. Radley said suddenly. “Might I entice you to venture out with me to look upon the sea? With your maid, of course.”

Melanie sighed with what she hoped sounded like regret and not irritation. She would not go out walking with Linus Radley, with or without a suitable chaperone. She had seen enough of him in the past weeks not to want anything more to do with him than she absolutely had to. He was a bully. “Unfortunately, I am otherwise engaged today.”


Dear God, the man wants particulars.




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