Hi Romance Junkies! I’m so excited to announce the release of the third and final installment of my “Runaway Brides” trilogy. SCOUNDREL IN MY DREAMS is the story of Jack and Laurel, and how they discover each other again while searching for the secrets behind their daughter Melody’s disappearance nearly three years before.
I’ve loved every minute of writing the story of little Melody, deposited on the doorstep of a London gentlemen’s club, and the three men who had to search their pasts to learn if they were her unknown father. In DEVIL IN MY BED, Madeleine and Aidan must dig their way through years of lies and desperate deception. In ROGUE IN MY ARMS, Pru and Colin must search the English countryside together to free themselves and their burgeoning feelings from the weight of Colin’s past.
In SCOUNDREL IN MY DREAMS, mourning mother Laurel Clarke at last learns that her child still lives—and is in the hands of the last man Laurel ever expected to see again! Young Laurel lost her heart to war-torn Jack years before but he gave her one night of bliss before disappearing to sail the world. Now, furious and wishing only to take her daughter back, Laurel finds herself imprisoned in the attic of the gentlemen’s club until Jack can convince her to let him keep little Melody. (Yes, in the attic!) Their path through years of loss back to forgiveness is one of the best stories I’ve ever had the privilege to tell.
I always include a large cast of characters in my novels. This time, the staff and members of Brown’s Club for Distinguished Gentlemen have been more fun than any before them. From the conniving octogenarian members to the lovelorn footmen, each falls prey to Melody’s dimples and inclination to cause chaos. What a lucky little girl, to have so many doting uncles and grampapas!
I think the most interesting question I had ask myself in writing this trilogy, (which bore the working title “Three Lords and a Baby”) was “What makes a man a father?” Other than biology, what makes one man a great father and one man not? aWhat major qualities make up the good fathers you have known?
Visit CelesteBradley.com to learn more about the “Runaway Brides” trilogy
and her upcoming novel THE COURTESAN’S GUIDE TO GETTING YOUR MAN (June 2011), written with NYT bestselling novelist Susan Donovan