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!
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.
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!
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
The Wife in the Attic is also available in ebook and print.
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.
(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.
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…
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!!!!!
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.
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).
Sunday, February 15 | 12-4PM | Parkway Central Library lobby | 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia
Join local romance authors (including me!!) in the lobby of the Parkway Central Library for a day of Valentine’s fun! A dozen local authors will be selling and signing their romance novels. There will be snacks, drinks, and a craft station where all ages can make valentines to your local library branch, your favorite book, or that special someone you forgot to give one to the day before. Chat with romance authors, discover new books to love, and go on a Blind Date with a Book.
I won’t be bringing all my books, so if there’s one you know you want, just hit reply and tell me! I will also be bringing all the kids’ Valentines cards I’ve accumulated over the years–Harry Potter, WWE, and Star Wars (“Join the Resistance, Valentine”). I can sign one to you, or you can take one to give a friend!
Feb. 23 is the 10 year anniversary of In for a Penny‘s release–in other words, my 10 year publiversary! Since the Wednesday after is Ash Wednesday, I figured I’d celebrate by writing flashfiction for my Patreon patrons…
This is open to ALL patrons, even if you only give $1 a month!
(For those of you who haven’t done a flashfiction day with me before, basically, in the comments of the 2/26 Spoiler Wednesday post, you can give me a prompt related to any of the characters or to the world of any of my books, and I’ll write you at least 100 words of fiction in response. Almost anything goes, so start brainstorming now!
I promise to do at least the first 10 prompts I receive–if there’s something you really want, maybe set a Google reminder? The post will go up on 2/26/2020 at 12PM Philadelphia time.
I’ll also be playing the Rom-Com Game on Twitter that Tuesday (2/25), so keep an eye out!!
Just to get corny for a second: thanks for all your support in the years since my debut. You are the wind beneath my wings.
(That has been my in-joke with myself for years and I can’t even remember what it’s a reference to? I think maybe the Buffy episode where she and Spike think they’re going to get married??…MWAHAHAHA YES I WAS RIGHT
…but also you are. For realsies.)
(Image credit: Illustration from “The Russian Story Book” by Richard Wilson, illustrated by Frank C. Papé, 1916. Via Wikimedia Commons.
Other Wikimedia Commons images I considered to illustrate you being the wind beneath my wings: