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A Duchess By Midnight is Here!

July 26, 2022

I’m thrilled to share the story of Miss Drewsmina Trelayne and Ian Clayblack, the Duke of Lachlan in A Duchess by Midnight. The novel, which is #3 in my “Awakened by a Kiss” series, comes out today in paperback, digital, and audio.

A Duchess by Midnight is the story of a so-called “wicked stepsister” who has changed her attitude and outlook and works with awkward debutantes to help them feel more confident. She is hired as professional stylist for the wild-child nieces of the Duke of Lachlan and discovers wild feelings for her new boss as well.

The tropes here are “caught in the act”/forced-to-marry, make-overs, governess+employer, and a little bit of Ugly Duckling on the side. It’s full of heat, heart, and humor — and early reviews have been glowing.

“The hallmarks of a Charis Michaels novel are a fast pace, humor, and an over-the-top plot…and A Duchess by Midnight follows suit. It’s the perfect vacation read, stay-cation read, or simply an escape from your day-to-day.”

I hope readers enjoy Drew and Lachlan’s story as much as I enjoyed exploring the world of Cinderella to write it. Look for A Duchess by Midnight at your favorite bookstore or order from any of these digital retailers, including signed copies from my local independent bookstore Old Town Books in Alexandria, Virginia (they ship nationwide!).


Read a Slice of A Duchess By Midnight

June 30, 2022

I love giving sneak peeks to my  upcoming books, and A Duchess by Midnight is no exception. We’re a month away from publication day, which seems like the perfect time to share the first two chapters.

This free preview introduces Miss Drewsmina “Drew” Trelayne and Ian Clayblack, the Duke of Lachlan. Miss Trelayne aspires to open her own finishing school and Lachlan is in need of a stylist for his two long-lost nieces. While the effort to polish the twin girls becomes a family affair; the attraction between the duke and Miss Trelyane heats up in private. When the entire household stumbles upon Lachlan and Miss Trelyane in a passionate embrace, the duke is given no choice but to marry her. But can a marriage made in haste be love’s saving grace?

A Duchess by Midnight is the third book in my “Awakened by a Kiss” series, which follows up on sideline characters from fairy tales. In this book, Cinderella’s (former) wicked stepsister finally has her own happily-ever-after.

The book drops Tuesday, July 26 in print, digital, and audio and you can pre-order from your favorite eRetailer now or request a signed copy from my favorite indie bookstore, Old Town Books in Alexandria, Virginia.