Without a duke

Okay, I get it. ‘Duke’ and ‘Billionaire’ are shorthand for ‘rich, hot, and powerful’. But I’m cursed (or possibly blessed) with a literal mind, and I know how few dukes there have been in England in any one time. How few of...

In praise of decent men

As I wrote in a blog post recently, I like my heroes to be decent men, and I think readers like that too. We see a lot of so-called rakes and scoundrels in historical fiction, but before long we find that they have a motive to pretend bad behaviour, or their bad...

Love makes the world go round

One of the comforting things about romance is that we know the couple will end up alive and together, walking off arm and arm into a brighter future. Which is a good thing when writers like me put our poor characters into ghastly situations. Romances are part of the...

Be in to win a made-to-order story

I’m giving Coffee Time Romance readers a chance to win a free ecopy of each of the other Redepenning stories to a random commenter: Candle’s Christmas Chair and Gingerbread Bride (novellas) and Farewell to Kindness (Book 1). I’ll count all comments on any...

Jude Knight and A Raging Madness

I’m thrilled to be on Coffee Time Romance today, and have half a dozen posts planned, so keep checking in to join in the conversation. I’m a writer from New Zealand, so if you’re on the East Coast of the United States when it goes live, it’ll...