Embrace Books launches today with a huge party and The Lady Soldier which I co-wrote with Kate Allan back in 2004 is republished as one of the launch titles. A few of the steamy cut scenes have been put back in! Isn't the new cover wonderful?
The Lady Solider came about because Kate Allan who was my critique partner had an idea that wouldn't let her go on bright November morning in 2003. She thought about it all the way to work and emailed me asking if we could cowrite this book together. I agreed as the subject matter was something very close to my heart. Ever since I read about Deborah Sampson in grade school, I had wanted to write something about a woman who pretends to be a man in order to serve as a soldier.
At that point in time, I had turned my back on romance and was trying to writ a Roman set thriller. Writing The Lady Soldier with Kate really reawakened my love of the genre and my determination to write historical romance. After writing the first draft of TLS, I wrote the first draft of The Gladiator's Honour.
TLS went through several incarnations (and rejections). And was eventually bought by Robert Hale and published in hardback in 2005. (On the day it was published originally I received my revisions for GH and became totally focused on building my career with HMB). Kate's path went in a different direction and among other things she is now a successful agent and publicist.
We reacquired the rights to TLS late last year as it went out of print. At the same time Kate had a launch party for her Polish set Regency. Jane Holland attended and bought a copy of The Lady Soldier. She stayed up all night reading it and asked if Embrace could publish it. Kate and I were delighted.
It is great to be part of the launch.
There are seven wonderful books and here's hoping that Embrace goes from the strength to strength.
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