New summer bundle is HERE!

***Includes a brand-new short story***

My new book bundle Mad Naked Summer Nights has everything: light, sexy novellas you can devour in an afternoon by the pool; a slow-burn marriage of convenience to linger over on lazy porch-swing evenings; and a smoldering Gothic novel you definitely shouldn’t read before bed! The heat levels range from slow burn to red hot, but what they all have in common is summertime, when a single spark can start an unquenchable blaze…

This is a LIMITED TIME bundle, so get it while it’s hot!

Included books: All or Nothing

In this steamy fan-favorite novella with a polyamorous HEA, a shy architect wins an irrepressible gaming den hostess in a card game—then asks her to pose as his mistress so he can hide in his room and actually get work done during his ex-boyfriend’s scandalous house party.

Now with a brand-new epilogue, currently only available in this collection!

In for a Penny

“It basically restored my faith in Historical Romance.” —The Book Smugglers

My very first book! A penniless earl gives up his wild ways and marries an extremely sensible manufacturing heiress to save his family from ruin. He thinks her money is the end of all his problems—but it’s just the beginning.

A Taste of Honey

“The actual historical pegging gold standard.” —Cat Sebastian

In this friends-to-lovers erotic novella, a perfectionist baker needs his beautiful shop-girl’s help with a big catering order…but she has something sweeter in mind.

The Wife in the Attic

“It gave me nightmares…a furious, tender, aching, incisive masterpiece of a book.” —Olivia Waite

The Sapphic Jane Eyre retelling you never knew you needed! An impoverished music teacher takes a job as governess in an isolated manor, and gets more than she bargained for…

All books previously published and available individually with the exception of the new “All or Nothing” epilogue.


This is a fan favorite—Jewish con artist from the slums tries to set up his brother with a small-town heiress who needs her dowry fast, but she likes him better—oops! Also there is Christmas and pretending to be in love…

“I loved everything about this book….Lerner writes with grace, style, and a sly, witty sensibility.” —New York Times bestselling author Courtney Milan

Or visit the True Pretenses book page to read the first chapter and learn more about the book.

Pre-order “Sailor’s Delight” now!

My first published m/m Regency is now available for pre-order!

Navy agent Elie Benezet is in love w/his favorite client—who plans to marry when his prize money comes in. Elie miiiight be procrastinating the paperwork…

“Sailor’s Delight” is a poignant friends-to-lovers rom-com about work/life balance, love languages, secret mutual pining, and figuring out how to be happy in an imperfect world…

“I adored this book. Funny, fresh, and everything I want in a historical romance.”

—Cat Sebastian, author of The Queer Principles of Kit Webb

The book is currently available for pre-order from Kindle and Kobo. My goal is to have it at all the major retailers by 9/16, and available everywhere as soon as possible after that (including for library purchase through OverDrive). The paperback will also be ready as close to release as possible.

I wish I could be more specific, but retailer processing times are outside my control. I’ll keep you updated, and I very much appreciate your patience!

Read the first chapter here.
REVIEWERS: Request an ARC here.

Since “Sailor’s Delight” is a standalone novella, it’s a great, low-cost way for new readers to give my work a try! If you have a friend you think might like my books, please consider letting them know about this one.

(It would also make a lovely Rosh Hashanah gift! IJS.)

That’s all for now! I’m so excited for this book to be in the world.

News round-up

New book out, Holiday Epilogue Extravaganza sign-ups, and new merch!

Hello! I haven’t posted here in a while, and just wanted to put up a quick 2021 update for people who get their news about me this way. Sorry I’ve been slacking!

  1. I had a new book out this year! The Wife in the Attic is a sapphic Regency Gothic Jane Eyre retelling in which the governess falls for the wife in the attic. As for Mr. Rochester, well…you’ll have to wait and see what happens to him.

The Wife in the Attic is an Audible Original, with the audiobook narrated by the incomparable Elsa Lepecki Bean, who truly created something amazing and perfect out of my story.

“It gave me nightmares…a furious, tender, aching, incisive masterpiece of a book.” —Olivia Waite, author of The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics

Promo graphic for The Wife in the Attic with creepy Victorian child and tagline "Please, God, don't send my mother's soul to Hell"

The Wife in the Attic is also available in ebook and print.

audiobook: Audible || ebook: kindle · kobo · nook · apple

paperback: amazon · book depository · indiebound · the ripped bodice

hardcover: amazon

Learn more about the book and read the first chapter here!

2. My annual Holiday Epilogue Extravaganza is taking sign-ups now!!

3. I have a whole bunch of new merch, including lovely commissioned art of the Honey Moon logo by Marta Syrup, and a Gothic “Reader, I Murdered Him” Wife in the Attic tie-in design by Maimonides Nutz! Not to mention the “He brought her a ham!” Sweet Disorder design on a bunch of cozy winter items.

Shop at my store, Hathaway’s Fine Tailoring!

(Click an item to see the full range of products in each design.)

4. I’m currently working on the sequel to The Wife in the Attic (about Miss Oliver’s friend, Iphigenia Lemmon) and a cute m/m novella about a prize agent and a naval officer. Sign up for updates to keep track of new releases! Or if you’d like weekly behind-the-scenes sneak peeks, or want to support me between books, consider joining my Patreon.

That’s it and that’s all! Stay safe out there.

Brand new audiobook: The Wife in the Attic!

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve got a new book out: a queer Gothic Audible Original!

In some ways, this book is a huge departure from what I’ve done before, and in some ways, it really isn’t. (For one thing, it’s set in the world of Lively St. Lemeston!)

I absolutely love how the audiobook turned out—Elsa Lepecki Bean gives a tour-de-force performance that had me on the edge of my seat despite already knowing what happens, and the incidental music is just the right amount spooky and just the right amount lyrical.

Goldengrove’s towers and twisted chimneys rose at the very edge of the peaceful Weald, a stone’s throw from the poisonous marshes and merciless waters of Rye Bay. Young Mary Palethorp had been running wild there, ever since her mother grew too ill to leave her room.

I was the perfect choice to give Mary a good English education: thoroughly respectable and far too plain to tempt her lonely father, Sir Kit, to indiscretion.

I knew better than to trust my new employer with the truth about my past. But knowing better couldn’t stop me from yearning for impossible things: to be Mary’s mother, Sir Kit’s companion, Goldengrove’s mistress.

All that belonged to poor Lady Palethorp. Most of all, I burned to finally catch a glimpse of her.

Surely she could tell me who cut the strings on my guitar, why all the doors in the house were locked after dark, and whose footsteps I heard in the night…



Deal announcement!

Publishers Marketplace deal announcement

Transcription: “Rose Lerner’s THE WIFE IN THE ATTIC, pitched as a Gothic historical novel and queer Jane Eyre retelling in which the governess falls in love with the wife in the attic, and together they wreak fiery vengeance on the tyrannical master of the house, to Allison Carroll at Audible Originals, in a nice deal, in an exclusive submission, for publication in fall 2020.”

I’m so excited to be able to share this news with you!! GOTHIC AUDIOBOOK FTW!!!!!

This is the book formerly known as The Sea May Burn! Learn more at my Coming Soon page, and sign up for my new release list to get a reminder when the book comes out. ♥

New free short story!

A few months ago, I took story prompts from my Esteemed Patronesses over at Patreon. Irene wrote, “I want to see someone with their mother. Maybe Nev and Penny with their daughter, if they have one?”

I loved the idea immediately, but it wasn’t until I listened to Brené Brown’s interview with Glennon Doyle that I was able to find my story structure.

I remember when I wanted to touch up the paint on my old car, I looked up the color in my documentation and bought the exactly correct shade from the dealership. But when I put it on, it didn’t match at all! Then I realized–the paint on the car isn’t the same color it was when it was new! It’s been out in the world all this time, metamorphosing.

This was a bit like that. I wrote In for a Penny more than ten years ago; I’ve been growing up all this time, and Nev and Penny and their friends haven’t, so nothing I write about them now will quite match. In some ways, this story is maybe a self-indulgent exercise in letting them grow up too, just a little.

But I loved writing it! As Penny learned, there’s nothing wrong with indulging yourself now and then! Hopefully I’m indulging you, too.

free short story

You can read the story over at my Patreon, here.

The post is open access, so you don’t have to be a patron to read it (although of course if you wanted to support me, I’d be obsequiously grateful!!…sorry, it’s Mr. Collins jokes full time over at my Patreon).