The Case of the Disappearing Audiobooks

Temple of the Muses, Finsbury Square, Ackermann's Rpository April 1809

A while back, some of my readers alerted me to a problem with my audiobooks. They were unable to re-download two of the Dressmakers books, Silk is for Seduction and Vixen in Velvet, which they’d previously bought.

Upon checking with my publisher, I learned that the audio sublicenses for these two books had ended. I will not attempt to explain sublicenses or why I can’t just push a button and get things back into print or audio or eBook. I understand it, but explaining it is beyond my powers of articulation. Also boring.

What I still don’t understand is why, once readers have bought the audiobook, they can’t have access to it forever, the same as a print book.

What I can tell you in this particular case is, a license expired and has to be renewed. Apparently, this takes rather longer than it does to renew your driver’s license, because the restart involves a lot of different contracts & technical matters. All this will take a couple of months. Amazon has the two audiobooks as becoming available on 12 November.

I’m very sorry for the aggravation. I am not sure why it happened, but I can say that my publisher immediately went to work to fix it.

Thank you to the readers who let me know, so that we could get the repair process going. And thanks to all of you for being so patient with the vagaries of publishing* as well as my writing!

*My readers in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand are all too familiar with that special circle of hell known as sublicensing.

Personal Appearances in Massachusetts

Gentle reader,

You haven’t heard from me in a while because I’ve been doing hand-to-hand combat with Ashmont’s story. As you are well aware by now, he is a ducal pain in the you-know-what. But, then, I knew that when I created him, and it was part of his charm. And so I persevere.

Meanwhile, even though a new book will not appear this year, I am still willing and able to speak—as long as I’m not the only one—and will be making a few appearances.

First up:

Saturday 17 August 2019 at 7PM

Inaugural Bookstore Romance Day

This is a nationwide event celebrating romance, and you’ll find me at

HARVARD BOOK STORE, where I’ll be joining authors Satin Russell, Cecilia Tan, and Kerry Winfrey on a panel moderated by Margaret H. Willison. We’ll follow the conversation with a book signing. You’ll find further information, including a detailed description and directions, at the Harvard Book Store website.


Wednesday 11 September 2019 from 7 to 8PM

Talented, smart, funny historical romance author Caroline Linden and I will kick off the Cary Memorial Library’s Romance Book Club with a favorite subject: historical romance. Why do we love it? What makes it special? Why does it endure? Will it endure? Why so many dukes? Let’s see what we find to say.

Cary Memorial Library

1874 Massachusetts Ave

Lexington MA 02420

Wednesday 11 September 2019

7PM to 8PM in the Large Meeting Rm

Further details about the event are at Cary Memorial Library Online.

If you’re in the area, I do hope you can join us at one or both events.

Scandal Wears Satin eBook on sale for $1.99

Popping into your inbox quickly to deliver some good news: Scandal Wears Satin, the second book of the Dressmakers Series, is a Kindle monthly deal. You can get it for $1.99 for the entire month of June. Since some of the other eBook retailers sometimes match the Kindle price, there might be a deal for Nook, Kobo, etc.—though I can’t promise.

Please note: This deal applies only to the U.S. We do have deals on my books in the U.K. at times, but this is a completely separate thing, because of licensing arrangements.

Love Letter to You

Thanks, Gentle Readers. You made me cry.

And you made me go straight back to work, but so much happier, because of course you understand—I had a strong feeling you would—but there is nothing like your taking the time to put it into actual, heartfelt words and send those to my inbox. Also, the depth and kindness of the understanding was pretty stunning.

Thank you.

I’m sending this instead of replies to each one of you because there’s not the smallest doubt in my mind—really, you made it very clear—that you’d rather have the book, however long it takes—and there were a lump-in-the-throat-causing number of them.

I’m sending hugs, too.

You are the best.

Also, the book will be a good one. It’s definitely improving already, and by the time it’s done, it will be up to our standards.