Lively St. Lemeston: State of the Borough

Last updated: 9/14/17

So. The current Lively St. Lemeston series is over, BUT I will be writing more books set in that world! They will just be new series with new series names. Some will be set in the town itself, and some will be linked in other ways. For the most part, I’m not sure what order I’ll write them in.

My plans change regularly! I’m going to try to keep this post updated but you are always welcome to leave a comment or email me if you have questions.

The next two books I am working on are both the opening books of separate Lively St. Lemeston-adjacent series:

Falsely, Madly, Deeply is Rafe Cohen’s book. You might remember Rafe as Ash’s little brother from True Pretenses. His heroine is the star actress of a traveling theater company who has agreed to do a command performance at a duke’s country house party. There’s just one problem…she told the flirtatious duke she was married and he expects her husband to accompany her.

I’m also starting an f/f Gothic trilogy, the Rye Bay series, in which Lady Tassell finds jobs for Mrs. Humphrey’s boarders among her neighbors in Rye Bay, a windswept, lonely village on the Sussex Coast. (You might remember that Toogood’s parents went to work there at the end of Listen to the Moon.)

The working title of book 1 is Sea Lavender. It’s about the plain, impoverished Miss Oliver (briefly mentioned in Listen to the Moon as the owner of a guitar), who takes a job as governess at an isolated house on the Sussex coast. She likes her employer at once, but she has yet to meet his sick wife, who never leaves her room…

Other books I want to write

  • Rye Bay #2: Iphigenia Lemmon (who appears in Listen to the Moon) is far too beautiful to work in a house with men, but Lady Tassell has the perfect job for her: companion to a troubled gentlewoman recently separated from her husband and exiled to (you guessed it) an isolated house on the Sussex Coast…
  • Rye Bay #3: No idea but I’m sure it will come to me!
  • Stephen Dymond’s book, set at the Congress of Vienna. (Stephen is Nick’s older brother and Toogood’s former boss. He appears briefly in Listen to the Moon.)  (I was planning to write this book next and I even started the research, but I just couldn’t write a book about politics in 2017. Sorry everyone.)
  • Imogen Makepeace’s book, set during the last Frost Fair on the Thames (I think! Maybe someone else will get the Frost Fair. It depends what Imogen ends up doing.) Her hero is a sailor seeking revenge. (You may recognize Imogen as the barista from True Pretenses and Listen to the Moon.) (Research note to self: the big Customs House fire was just after the thaw.)
  • Noor Khaleel’s book. I can’t tell you anything about her book because it would be a SPOILER! (You may recognize Noor as one of Sukey and Toogood’s coworkers from Listen to the Moon.)
  • I really want to write about British-occupied Paris after Waterloo. Not sure whose book this is! I’ll know once I read up on Paris, I guess.
  • Jamie Wheatcroft’s book. Involves a handsome orchid collector/dealer from Puerto Rico who looks suspiciously like Lin-Manuel Miranda.
  • A young borough-mongering Duke wants to buy the Wheatcroft political interest in the town. I don’t know who his heroine is yet!
  • Ada, Tony’s wife. (Probably.) (May be a novella.) (Maybe she can be Rye Bay #3! Or 4, if she’s a novella.)
  • Maybe Lydia and Jamie’s third cousin who will one day inherit Wheatcroft.
  • ???? If you have requests let me know! Who knows, it may spark an idea.


I would also love to do a series themed around, like, civic infrastructure: the Whigs are trying to bring in gaslighting (engineer protagonist!), a Police Act, a new parish with a new church and new vicar (the church is getting overcrowded)…and someday they’ll build that theater, right?What’s going on with Mr. Fairclough’s powder mill once the war is over? So much story potential in all those things! I’ve also got the first three chapters of a story I wrote a long time ago, about a girl that wants a marriage that is Just A Political Partnership and her guy best friend who is madly in love with her, and they’re part of a circle of radical bluestockings, that I’d like to finish and that would tie in nicely with the Lively St. Lemeston world…

tl;dr: I am making this up as I go along. Please don’t be disappointed when these plans change! 🙂

8 thoughts on “Lively St. Lemeston: State of the Borough”

  1. Thanks for the update! I am particularly looking forward to the books for Imogen Makepeace, Mrs. Kahleel, and Rafe, but these all sound interesting.

  2. Thanks for letting us now! I’ve been dying to know what was afoot with you as a writer and with the whole world of Lively St. Lemeston, and this cleared up all my doubts, so -once again- thanks 🙂

    1. Aw, thank YOU! I love writing this series and knowing people are excited about it is my everything. (And just FYI if I’m not talking about something, you are always welcome to ask, too. If I can’t tell you for some reason, I’ll just say so! 🙂

  3. Oh my gosh I’m so excited! Especially for Jamie’s book, but all of them really. I love all the historical details and meticulous research you bring into your books. Can’t wait!

  4. Such exciting stuff!!! Do you think you might ever be able to fit some f/f into this world? I know I’d certainly be overjoyed to read it, and I’m sure many others would as well!

    1. Thank you! As for writing lesbian romance, I definitely want to, but I just don’t know when/who yet. Any requests?

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