The Countess’s Groom

Midnight Quill

Book 1
Emily Larkin via PublishDrive
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A tale of forbidden love between a young countess and her servant.
Rose, the Countess Malmstoke, is trapped in a violent marriage. Escape seems impossible—until her horse groom Will Fenmore offers to help her.
As they plan her escape to the American colonies, Rose learns to trust Will with her life and her heart. Is the future she dreams of possible?
**The Countess's Groom is a novella of approximately 18,000 words. It is the prequel to The Spinster's Secret but may be read as a standalone.**
[Note: This is the second edition of The Countess's Groom and contains 3,000 more words than the first edition.]
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About the author

 Emily Larkin is the USA Today bestselling author of the Baleful Godmother historical romance series, a series that readers are calling "sexy, unusual and vastly entertaining," and "ridiculously wonderful."

When not reading or writing, Emily can be found hiking—preferably somewhere off the beaten track. She loves to travel, and has lived in Sweden, backpacked in Europe and North America, and traveled overland in the Middle East, China, and North Africa. Her varied career includes stints as a field assistant in Antarctica and a waitress on the Isle of Skye.

Emily writes historical romances as Emily Larkin and fantasy novels as Emily Gee. She has been a finalist in the National Readers Choice, Booksellers Best, Sir Julius Vogel, and Romance Writers of America RITA awards, and has won the Australian Romantic Book of the Year and New Zealand Romance Book of the Year awards.

Visit her website at EmilyLarkin.com and sign up for her newsletter to get an email whenever she has a new release or discounts a book.

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Emily Larkin via PublishDrive
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Published on
Oct 31, 2017
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Pages
91
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ISBN
9780994138491
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Romance / Historical / Regency
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This spinster is more than she seems . . .
Matilda Chapple is penniless, orphaned, and dependent on her uncle’s grim charity—but she’s finally found a way to escape: she’ll write her way to financial freedom.
When Mattie pens a series of titillating short stories, she starts earning money . . . and notoriety. Her secret is safe—until Waterloo veteran, Edward Kane, agrees to uncover the anonymous author's identity.
Can Mattie conceal the secret of her scandalous writings, or will Edward discover that the virginal spinster and the risqué authoress are one and the same person?
A Regency romance with a battle-scarred hero, an enterprising heroine, some provocative tales, and a darkly gothic backdrop.
“I can't say enough about The Spinster's Secret. This book straight up touched my heart. It's been a while since I laughed, cried, despaired, and felt one with a character to this extent.”
~ Punya Reviews

**The Spinster's Secret is the second book in the Midnight Quill Trio, but may be read as a standalone.**
Q & A with the author


How would you describe this book?
Good question! Um . . . a gothic Regency romance with underlying humor?
By gothic, I mean that the setting is gothic: an isolated and gloomy manor with dark, drafty corridors and a miserly uncle. There are nightly readings of ‘improving texts’ and some of the worst food in England!
Your hero and heroine are a little unusual. Tell us a bit about them.
The heroine, Mattie, is six foot tall—which is a little taller than your average heroine! Edward, the hero, is even taller, and badly scarred from injuries he received at Waterloo. And when I say badly scarred, I mean really badly scarred.
Did you do a lot of research for this book?
I read two ‘titillating’ novels of the era, Fanny Hill and The Lustful Turk, which were quite ludicrous. The stories Mattie writes are just as silly!
How would you describe your writing?
Several reviewers have likened my writing to Georgette Heyer, which is the hugest compliment ever. I adore Georgette Heyer! She’s why I write historical romance, and I reread her books over and over. (If you’ve not read The Grand Sophy, please do so!) I’ve also had readers compare my writing to Courtney Milan and Mary Balogh, which are also massive compliments.
Who would like this book?
This book would appeal to readers who like the historical backdrop and understated humor of Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen, the dark and sensual ‘noir’ feel of Anna Campbell, and the emotion of Mary Balogh or Courtney Milan.
Have you written any other Regency romances?
Quite a few! In fact I’ve just started a new Regency romance series, the Baleful Godmother series. The first novel is available for free to anyone who joins my readers’ group. Go to emilylarkin.com and sign up for my newsletter to claim your free copy.
Happy reading!

"Sexy, unusual, and vastly entertaining. The best historical romance I've read this year."
~ Anna Campbell, author of the Dashing Widows series
"A ridiculously wonderful story!"
~ NetGalley reviewer
On her 25th birthday, Charlotte Appleby receives an unusual gift: the ability to change shape.
Penniless and orphaned, she sets off for London to make her fortune as a man. But a position as secretary to Lord Cosgrove proves unexpectedly challenging. Someone is trying to destroy Cosgrove and his life is increasingly in jeopardy.
As Charlotte plunges into London’s backstreets at Cosgrove’s side, hunting his persecutor, she finds herself fighting for her life—and falling in love...
"The best historical romance I have read all year."
~ Rachel @ Heroes & Heartbreakers
"THIS IS SO FUN. I want to grab people on the street and make them read it!"
~ Goodreads reviewer
Length: Full-length novel of 94,000 words
Sensuality level: A hot Regency romance with steamy love scenes
Q & A with the author


How would you describe this series?
It's Regency England with a dash of magic. I hope to take readers on a journey from the glittering ballrooms of the aristocracy to the dark underbelly of Regency England – with passion, danger, adventure, romance, and a little magic thrown into the mix.
Why did you write this series?
I wanted to get my well-bred heroines out of the drawing rooms and put them in the way of adventure and romance. But I didn’t want to write a series where magic is common; I wanted to write a series where only a few characters have magic, and it’s a deep, dark secret, and no one else knows.
How would you describe your writing?
Several reviewers have likened my writing to Georgette Heyer, which is the hugest compliment ever. I adore Georgette Heyer! She’s why I write historical romance, and I reread her books over and over. (If you’ve not read The Grand Sophy, please do so!) I’ve also had readers compare my writing to Courtney Milan and Mary Balogh, which are also massive compliments.
Who would like this series?
This series will appeal to readers who enjoy the historical backdrop of Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen, the emotion of Mary Balogh and Courtney Milan, and the magic of Patricia Rice and Mary Robinette Kowal. Quite a broad range, really!
What order should I read the series in?
Each book, whether a novel or novella, can be read as a standalone, but many readers prefer to read them in order. And although the series is set in Regency England, a quartet of medieval novellas form the prequel.
The ideal reading order would be:
The Fey Quartet (series prequel)
Maythorn’s Wish
Hazel’s Promise
Ivy’s Choice
Larkspur’s Quest
The Baleful Godmother series
Unmasking Miss Appleby
Resisting Miss Merryweather
Trusting Miss Trentham
Claiming Mister Kemp
Ruining Miss Wrotham
Discovering Miss Dalrymple
Plus three more interlinked Baleful Godmother series to come.


Happy reading!
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