News & Content Updates

Cover Reveal + Blurb for When You Wish Upon a Duke!

March 12, 2021

It gives me great pleasure to unleash the stunning cover to my new book! When You Wish Upon A Duke will be released in print, digital, and audio on August 24, 2021, but you can read a synopsis right now.

Inspired by the fairy-tale world of Peter Pan, When You Wish Upon a Duke follows Miss Isobel Tinker, a clerk in a Mayfair travel agency and Jason “North” Beckett, the Duke of Northumberland, on a voyage of passion, trust, and ultimately love.

When You Wish Upon a Duke is Book 2 in my Awakened by a Kiss trilogy, which gives the happily-ever-after treatment to sideline characters from fairy tales. Watch for allusions to Neverland, pirates, pixie dust, and a handsome duke for our Tinkerbell-inspired heroine.

This is the perfect summer read; wild, hilarious, and hot. Pre-order in print, ebook, or audiobook from your favorite retailer today!


A Duchess A Day Out Now!

November 10, 2020

I’m thrilled to celebrate release day for my seventh novel, A Duchess A Day, out now in paperback, digital, and audiobook from HarperCollins-Avon.

This book, which is part bodyguard, part runaway bride, is the first in my new Awakened by a Kiss series. Inspired by the world of fairy tales, “A Duchess A Day” gives a Regency-England happy ending to the Huntsman from Snow White. Subsequent books in this series will follow up on Tinkerbell from Peter Pan and one of the stepsisters from Cinderella.

After six previous books available only through eRetailers, A Duchess A Day is my first mass-market release, which means distribution in brick-and-mortar stores as well as an audio version. What a thrill after more than 15 years of writing to finally see Charis Michaels paperbacks in stores and to hear my work read by talented narrator Morag Sims.

This “second debut” could not have happened with a sweeter, more fun book. I’m hoping readers, new and old, will join Lady Helena and mercenary Declan Shaw on their journey to love. Take advantage of the many ways to order, download, or listen today!

A Duchess A Day is Seeing Stars in Kirkus Reviews

October 16, 2020

I was thrilled to receive a starred review for A Duchess A Day in Kirkus Reviews!

The review appeared October 14th and touts, “Regency meets fairy tale in this lighthearted romance series opener.”

It goes on to say, “The lead characters propel the story….The way they work together and revel in each other’s company is so joyful.”

My favorite line is, “This entertaining romance leans into its fairy-tale roots with just the right amount of over-the-top whimsy.”

A Duchess A Day pairs runaway bride Helena Lark with bodyguard Declan Shaw. The hardened mercenary is hired to contain Lady Helena’s repeated attempts at escape but she ropes him into helping her instead. It’s Book 1 in my new Awakened by a Kiss trilogy, which tells the stories of sideline characters from fairy tales. A Duchess a Day is inspired by Snow White and gives the happily-ever-after treatment to The Huntsman. The book drops November 10th in print and digital, and you can read an excerpt and preorder your copy right here!

Read Chapter One of A Duchess A Day

September 29, 2020

I am thrilled to share Chapter One of A Duchess A Day on my website this week!

With seven weeks to go until the November 10th release of my first mass-market novel, I have begun to share sneak peeks of Helena and Declan’s runaway-bride/bodyguard romance.

This fairy-tale inspired Regency Historical gives the happily-ever-after treatment to The Huntsman from Snow White. It’s Book 1 in my “Awakened by a Kiss” series, which follows up with sideline characters from well-known fairy tales.

Watch this space for chapters two and three in coming weeks and preorder A Duchess A Day to begin reading the entire book when it drops on November 10th.

Zoom Author Panel with Ms. Bev and Vivienne Lorret

August 13, 2020

Join me, Beverly Jenkins and Vivienne Lorret for an interactive Author Panel on Zoom, Saturday August 15, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. ETD. We’ll be talking books, writing, and bookstores to celebrate National Bookstore Romance Day. This event is sponsored/hosted by Schuler Books and Music in Michigan, but through the magic of Zoom, you may log on from anywhere. Click here to register for the fun with me, Ms. Bev, and Vivienne!

Join me online LIVE with Julia Quinn, plus new reader features on

May 31, 2020

UPCOMING EVENT! I’m so thrilled to invite readers to hang out with me and Julia Quinn for an hour of chatting together and answering questions on Thursday, June 16 at 6pm EDT. As ever, event details are on my events calendar, and they are also on her site, too! Please join in and ask me something!

NEW FEATURES! I’ve added Author’s Notes to my site for a couple of books and have grand plans to do so for all my books. Find out more in my Author Notes for The Earl Next Door and Author’s Notes for The Virgin and the Viscount, plus more! Find out about Miss Breedlowe’s Sideline Romance, and How I Named the Bachelor Lords Series — just look on each book page for Extras and I hope you enjoy!

A Release Date and Cover for A Duchess A Day!

March 17, 2020

I’m thrilled to share the beautiful cover of my seventh book, A Duchess A Day, along with the cover copy about the story — and a release date!

The books in my new series, Awakened By A Kiss, take inspiration from fairy-tale sidekicks and sideline characters, and A Duchess a Day catches up with the Huntsman from Snow White.

Hardened-mercenary Declan Shaw (known as “The Huntsman”) meets his most-challenging client ever in Lady Helena Lark. Hired to pose as her private groom and “contain” her attempts to run away from an arranged marriage, Declan finds himself falling in love with the spirited beauty instead.

The book drops in print and digital on November 17 (a same-day “first” for my books!). I adore what Avon has done with this gorgeous Autumnal cover, the woodland creatures, and tasty apple. Is it poisoned? Pre-order the book and be among the first to find out!

Once Upon a Time There Was a New Trilogy….

June 8, 2019

I’m thrilled to announce the launch of a new series, “Awakened by a Kiss,” which will hit stores and e-readers (on the same day, this is a mass-market deal, my friends!) in late 2020.

The trilogy kicks off with A Duchess A Day, which gives the happily-ever-after treatment to the Huntsman from Snow White. After that, If the Duke Fits finds Drewsilla Tremayne, the formerly wicked stepsister from Cinderella, in her own book. Finally, When You Wish Upon a Duke tells the story of Miss Isobel Tinker (Tinkerbell!).

I’ll be invoking themes, symbols, and plenty of Easter eggs from popular fairy tales to nudge these sideline characters into the spotlight of their own stories. Add the swashbuckle and pageantry of Regency England and a duke or two, and we have the start of a light, dreamy, hilarious new series. I’ve already begun writing two of the books, and it’s a wild, funny, heartfelt ride.

Meanwhile, I’ve enjoyed some lovely reviews and social-media buzz for You May Kiss the Duke—and we only have a month to wait for the paperback release on July 9order your copy today!

Paris is Always a Good Idea

May 23, 2019

I’m thrilled to be invited to participate in France’s Festival du Roman Feminin in Paris for Memorial Day weekend 2019. Four of my books have been bought by French publisher J’ai Lu and translated into French, so I am traveling to the City of Light to meet readers and be a part of France’s active romance ‘fandom’ for this two-day event.

I will join other American romance novelists Cathy Maxwell and Grace Burrowes, Australian Anna Campbell, and many more in Paris to speak on panels, sign books, and meet readers. And of course, I will be talking a lot about my brand new book You May Kiss the Duke — did you get your copy yet?

Catch me on Facebook for photos and impressions from Paris… Au revoir!

I Pronounce You Man and Wife and…You May Kiss the Duke!

May 21, 2019

I’m thrilled to unleash my sixth historical Regency, You May Kiss the Duke, on the world. I’ve packed a summer’s-blockbuster worth of fun into this final installment of the Brides of Belgravia series.

Read You May Kiss the Duke from the beginning!

With Sabine and Stoker you’ve got laughter, you’ve got derring-do, you’ve got both red-hot love and heart-melting love and all the love(s) in between. Plus cameos from old friends and an epilogue that ties up the series with the most satisfying metaphorical bow.

Visit my order links for your preferred format. You May Kiss the Duke in digital ebook drops today, Tuesday, May 21, and the paperback will be available a few weeks later. Watch my Facebook fan page for giveaways to celebrate the release of both e-book and paperback. Join me and Sabine and Stoker as they turn their marriage of convenience into a true marriage of love and redemption. Happy summer reading!