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The Rarest Blooms Series
This series is named after the brothers who are featured in it: Christian, Marquess of Easterbrook, Hayden Rothwell and Elliot Rothwell. The series also has another family whose story unfolds throughout. These are the Longworths, a gentry family sliding down the social ladder fast.
The order of the books is:
The Seducer Series
The Seducer series consists of five books, all set in early 19th-century Great Britain. Their order is:
Each book stands on its own; in other words, it was written so that someone with no knowledge from past books could still read it without confusion. However, characters repeat, and not merely as walk-ons. The main characters in one book might serve as important supporting characters in another. In this way, over the course of the series, readers continue to see the characters grow and change, and also see their relationships develop new depths.
Lord of Sin and Lady of Sin are spin-offs of the series. They are not as closely tied to the others as the series books are tied to each other. However, they take place in the same world, and characters from the series appear in them.
I have been receiving requests from readers to explain the chronological order of my Medieval historical romances. The confusion arises because, from the viewpoint of historical chronology, they have been published out of order. In a few cases they were even written out of order.
The first three books published are linked by time, place and theme, and were presented as a thematic trilogy by my publisher. All three take place in London and all have romances that cross class boundaries. However, those three books actually start two separate series in the more traditional sense.
The chronologies of the series are presented below. It is not at all necessary to read the books in order. Each stands on its own and was written to be read as an independent novel. Also, not all of the characters in each series can be found in every book of that series. I think of the books as "linked".
There are two series, each with recurrent characters and related historical backdrops.
Order of Publication
The two series are also "linked" together by the character of David de Abyndon. He is a secondary character in Stealing Heaven, and then in By Arrangement he is the male "lead". In this way, all six books line up into a chain.
Brief Description of Historical Settings
All are 14th century. If you back up to the "Books" page of my web site, you can read more about the novels’ plots and characters, as well as excerpts of early chapters.
By Possession (1326—The end of Edward II’s reign.)
By Design (1328—The period when Mortimer “usurped” the teen-aged Edward III’s power.)
Stealing Heaven (1341—The earliest years of The Hundred Years War. Edward III is about 30. This novel, however, is set in London and Wales and the backdrop is a simmering Welsh rebellion.)
By Arrangement (1346—The year of Edward III’s invasion of France. The novel takes place in London, amidst the royal court and also the city’s merchant culture.)
The Protector (1348-49—The year of the Black Death in Europe, and the middle of the civil war in Brittany. The novel takes place in London and Brittany.)
Lord of a Thousand Nights (mid 1350s—The Scottish novel.)