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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Six Degrees of Separation – The Duke of Danby + Giveaway!

A little over two years ago a group of Regency romance authors, all members of the same critique group, tossed out the idea of a duke who was tired of his grandchildren not marrying as they should.  The ideas flowed and the Duke of Danby was born, along with his wayward grandchildren. We had a great time developing the stories and putting the twelve novellas into four separate books just in time for the holiday season.

Some of the authors have gone on to write stories that link back or refer back to their original Summons characters, whether they are another sibling, cousin, friend or friend of a friend, or a bit of “six degrees of separation”, though I am fairly certain Kevin Bacon has not made an appearance in any story yet, but who knows what the future holds ;)


The path taken from the original Summons books has been fun and has led to the following two releases.  A PACT BETWEEN GENTLEMEN and A GENTLEMEN’S PACT.


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A PACT BETWEEN GENTLEMEN
In Ava Stone's A Bit of Mistletoe, Everett Casemore, the very serious Marquess of Berkswell, returns home for Christmas, slightly shaken by the death of an old friend. Determined not to suffer the same sort of fate at the hands of a woman, Berks resolves himself to eternal bachelorhood. Unfortunately, both his resolve and his peace of mind are threatened by the arrival of a beautiful, thoughtful, but mostly unsuitable lady. * Miss Theresa Birkin knows better than most that an error in judgment can lead one down an unfortunate path. If only she'd been wiser when she was younger. If only she hadn't followed her foolish heart. If only she'd met Lord Berkswell long before now. 

Six DegreesEverett Casemore, the Marquess of Berkswell, is the older brother of Pippa St. Austell (heroine of BY ANY OTHER NAME in THE BETTING SEASON). Her husband is an old friend of Viscount Heathfield, husband of Emma Whitton, granddaughter of the Duke of Danby. Theresa Birkin is the best friend of Miranda Casemore (MY LORD HERCULES from A SEASON TO REMEMBER), whose sister-in-law Louisa, Viscountess Marston (DEVIL IN HER DREAMS, by Jane Charles in A SEASON TO REMEMBER), is a granddaughter of the Duke of Danby

In Jane Charles's Lady Disguised, Mr. Sebastian Stanwick never intended to marry. It was bad enough that his father gambled away everything they owned and then drank himself to death, leaving his mother broken until she could not go on. But the death of his good friend at the hand of the man’s wife only solidifies Stanwick’s decision to remain a bachelor. Women were simply unpredictable and unstable if not taken care of properly. * Hélène Mirabelle wants few things in life. One, is to perform on the stage, and the other, is to be out from under the roof of her overbearing new family: Lord Bentley and the Trent brothers. Since her mother’s recent passing, Hélène's desire to return to Milan and the stage has only grown. A husband could never fit into the plans because no decent man would take an actress as a wife. * One fateful night leaves Hélène questioning if being an actress is the only thing she wants, while Stanwick begins to wonder whether all women are truly prone to madness and if they are, he may never get Hélène off of his mind. 

Six DegreesLady Hélène Mirabelle is the half-sister of John Trent, who married Danby’s granddaughter, Elizabeth Whitton (COMPROMISED FOR CHRISTMAS in A SUMMONS FROM HIS GRACE)

In Catherine Gayle’s Thick as Thieves, David Hounslow, the Marquess of Preston, will not stand aside while those he loves are hurt. When it becomes clear his brother-in-law’s guest is up to no good, Preston determines to scrutinize every move of the would-be thief. Not that he minds such a task—Lady Frederica is as beautiful and intelligent as she is enigmatic. Considering her close relation to a wastrel brother and her current proclivity for the less-than-savory, Preston never expected to be won over to the lady’s charms. Yet she just might steal his heart. * Desperation has become Lady Frederica Bexley-Smythe’s constant companion due to her brother’s recent affinity for gambling and carousing. With the fate of both her mother and sister resting upon her shoulders, perhaps the time has arrived for Freddie to bend the rules. How else can she secure their future? Unfortunately, Lord Preston’s scrutiny is complicating her task. Far more perplexing than his perusal is his caring nature, which is distracting her from the treasures she intends to steal. But desperate times call for desperate measures…

Six Degrees: Preston’s brother-in-law is Lord Upton Grey. Upton Grey is long acquainted and respected by Danby, because Danby arranged for his grandson Robert Goddard to be appointed as Upton Grey's butler a few months before the story takes place.
Lady Frederice Bexley-Smythe is the older sister of Lady Matilda Goddard (RHYME AND REASON), who married Thomas Goddard...brother to the previously mentioned Robert Goddard and Abby Cavendish, the heroine from AN UNINTENDED JOURNEY (A SUMMONS FROM THE CASTLE).


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A GENTLEMEN'S PACT
In Jerrica Knight-Catania's All He Wants For Christmas, Rowan Findley can't imagine a fate worse than what his friend suffered at the hands of his mad wife, so he's made the decision to remain a bachelor for all eternity. That is, until Olivia walks into his cousin's drawing room for a Christmas party. Her fiery red hair and sweet demeanor remind him of a night so many years ago that he would never forget. * Olivia Edwards can't quite believe her eyes when Rowan Findley waltzes back into her life, as handsome and charming as ever. It's been almost seven years since she's seen him, and the secret she's been harboring all that time has her on edge whenever he's about. Yet she can't deny that she's still drawn to him, nor can she deny the desire she's kept hidden in her heart these many years.

Six Degrees: Rowan Findley is the cousin to Penny from A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS from A SEASON TO REMEMBER - Drake Lockwell is Damien Lockwell's older brother. Damien married Isabel Whitton. And Penelope Bartlett's sister-in-law is Louisa Whitton.

In Aileen Fish’s Chasing Lord Mystery, Lord Northcotte is not in the holiday spirit when he joins his sister’s family shortly after the brutal death of a friend. Discovering a matchmaking scheme is afoot, he tells them he will never marry Lady Miriam or any other woman. Now if only his heart would listen. * Lady Miriam’s mother accused her of chasing Lord Mystery after a noble act by a handsome stranger six years ago became the measure of all other men. Now he’s staying at the home where she’d hoped to escape a summons from her grandfather, the Duke of Danby. Terrified Northcotte will recognize her and reveal the contents of the scandalous letter she wrote him years ago, she can’t decide which is the bigger threat: the duke armed with a special license, or Lord Mystery, who carries a secret she’d never live down.

Six DegreesLady Miriam is the older sister of Harriet, who found love in THE VISCOUNT’S SWEET TEMPTATION (A SUMMONS FROM YORKSHIRE). She avoided the first summons by staying with a sick aunt. Northcotte is the brother of the heroine in THE INCORRIGIBLE MR. LUMLEY, in which he has a major role.

In Julie Johnstone’s ’Tis The Season For Surrender, Lillian Lancaster would rather catch the plague than a husband. Unfortunately, her abusive, recently deceased father’s will stipulates her inheritance hinges upon her marrying a lord. With time running out, Lillian proposes to the guilt-ridden, marriage-adverse Lord Edgeworth after securing his agreement to a marriage in name only. * Edgeworth feels responsible for his former betrothed’s death and believes he doesn’t deserve love, which makes Lillian’s proposal oddly perfect. Commanded by his grandfather to marry by Christmas or become penniless, the obviously perfect choice is a woman who wants nothing to do with him. * When Lillian displays a brave and true heart and Edgeworth reveals his honorable, protective side maintaining a marriage of convenience becomes harder than these two wounded souls imagined. Now, Lillian and Edgeworth must decide if they are courageous enough to risk their hearts and surrender to love.

Six Degrees:  In this case, there is no separation. Edgeworth is a Danby grandchild who had yet to get married.




Do you have a favorite character from the Summons anthology or any of the books that blossomed from them?  Is there a character who has not had a story told that you are anxious to read? If you are not familiar with the Summons stories, do you enjoy cross-over characters from separate series?

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32 comments:

  1. I do enjoy crossover stories from other series, though I've not come across them too often. I remember really enjoying Where's My Hero with Julia Quinn. Do you al have family trees and diagrams on your websites with the six degrees information?

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    1. Jennifer,

      I don't have the original family tree on my website, and I should but every time I start to think about putting all these together I get a headache and confused - LOL. Maybe I can convince Ava to do it since she drafted the original family tree. What do you think, Ava?

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    2. Well, I do have the Whitton Family tree on *my* website. ;)

      http://www.avastoneauthor.com/#!the-seasons-collections/c1yzy

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    3. I noticed you didn't say anything about the trees to link them all, Ava. Are you avoiding that suggestion? LOL

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    4. Trees to link them all? I think I'm missing something. ...?

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    5. "family trees and diagrams ... with the six degrees information". I am sure you can throw something together ;). I am so glad I am several states away because I am sure you would probably throw something at me if I was closer - LOL.

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    6. I would totally throw something at you! I told you my "to do" list was like cutting off the head of a hyrda. As soon as one item is gone, two more pop up in it's place. ;)

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  2. We all know that I'm the one who has kept track of Danbys grandchildren. Anyway, I love Jewel and Rand's adventure. I can't wait for your guys next anthology.

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    1. Melody,

      I think you know the order and connections better than we do.

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    2. I think it is safe to say you definitely know them better than Jerrica. LOL.

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    3. Melody, I actually said we should have you on Romance Ramblings to set us straight on our own characters. Lol.

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    4. Oh, Cat is totally right! I suffer from a serious case of CRS.

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    5. You definitely should have Melody on Romance Ramblings. I almost emailed her to see if I ever said the name of Daniel Hillary's shipping company. Now that's bad when you can't even keep up with your OWN characters. ;)

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    6. Melody ~ Do you have a Google+ account?

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    7. I believe I do, if not I can get one.

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    8. Get one and send me your name so I can add you to my "circle". It's the only way we can do it. ;)

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    9. It's under Melody May. :D I should have an account, because that's the only way I can use pictures on my blog when I make a post on my iPad.

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  3. I love books with families interconnected and crossovers. it makes it so fun. To already know certain characters and see where their lives have gone. Yeah!
    Thanks! tiffanynicole99@yahoo.com

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    1. Tiffany,

      It is also fun to write them :).

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  4. I have not read any of these but am intrigued by them. Crossovers are good because they lead to discovering new stories.

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    1. Michelle,

      That is the same reason I enjoy crossovers! Plus just because one author's series may have ended, there is still others to branch off to.

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  5. I have not read this series, but I would love to. I do like when characters cross over into other books.

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    1. Sheryl,

      I love when I find a series that has cross overs when I have become attached to characters.

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  6. Wow, this is a totally new series to me, have got to read it!!

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  7. I'm not familiar with the Summons stories, but yes, I enjoy cross-over characters from separate series. It's always fun to see characters pop up in other stories, I love it.

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  8. Trust me if I had a grandfather like Duke of Danby who is hell bent on marriage, I would have run away from home and never return. Bachelorhood rocks! :)

    I enjoy cross-over characters from separate series. They are lot more interesting. :)

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  9. Congrats to Tiffany Jorgenson for winning the four Summons books. I'll be sending an e-mail shortly.

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