Here is the new cover for the re-release of My Wicked Fantasy, December, 2013.
My Wicked Fantasy was the first book I wrote for HarperCollins/Avon and was published in 1998.
The plot was born because of a book I’d already written. However, that book was a contemporary. It hadn’t gone anywhere, which is publishing parlance for “it was dead in the water”. I loved the plot enough to wonder if it would work as a historical. To my surprise, it did, and even better (in my humble opinion) than the contemporary version.
My Wicked Fantasy is the story of a working girl who married above her station, only to have her solicitor husband die and leave her penniless. As if that were not enough, she begins to hear a ghostly voice, entreating her to protect someone.
Mary Kate begins to believe that the voice belongs to the Earl of Sanderhurst’s wife, and that Alice St. John is dead. Archer, however, maintains his wife is alive and well and perfecting this little hoax only to acquire funds with which to support herself and her lover.
Here’s the blurb:
Mary Kate Bennett was married too early, widowed too young, and left to fend for herself without a penny. Her path was never meant to cross with Archer St. John’s, except for a terrible carriage accident with the wickedly handsome Earl of Sanderhurst. Mary Kate awakens in a mysterious lord’s bed to a life more luxurious than she could have ever imagined, facing a man she’s never met before, but instinctively knows…
The whispers about Archer follow him wherever he goes. Had the reclusive nobleman murdered his unhappy countess? When Mary Kate enters his life so unexpectedly, the bold earl is convinced that she has all the answers he has been searching for. So why can’t he think of anything else besides her decadently red hair, her luminescent skin, and the feelings this vibrant, spirited beauty evokes within his masculine soul?