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.

Mr. Impossible News: Audible Has a Deal for You

Here’s a very nice deal for those of you who like to listen to my books.

My second Carsington Brothers book, Mr. Impossible, will be featured in Audible’s “Choose Your Own” BOGO sale which runs from Monday 14 August through Monday 21 Augustat 11:59 PM PT. This is a members-only promotion where you can get two books for one credit.

The sale will be featured here.

Please be aware that you won't be able to access the sale unless you are a member.


New Audio: Your Scandalous Ways and Don't Tempt Me

Spring brings two fresh audio releases—and these, I believe, make for a complete audio collection of my books.

Once again, the talented Kate Reading gives voice to my stories, this time to my two standalone Fallen Women books.

Now available for your listening pleasure are

Your Scandalous Ways and Don’t Tempt Me.


If you, like many of my readers, wonder what the clothes or furnishings or houses in my stories look, like, please check out my Pinterest page. Though I don’t add to it as regularly as would be possible if I could clone myself, I do stop in from time to time with fresh material. Here on the website blog, a search of the Inspiration category, book tags, "behind the scenes," and "historical illustrations," will offer more information and images.

Because I am an incurable history nerd. 


Not Quite a Lady and Last Night's Scandal audiobooks news

Two more Carsington Brothers audiobooks are coming soon.

Books Four and Five of the series go on sale 26 January.

They’re available now for pre-order:


Not Quite a Lady (Book 4)

Last Night's Scandal (Book 5)

We expect to release the two Fallen Women books, Your Scandalous Ways and Don’t Tempt Me, in March.

In all cases, the marvelous Kate Reading narrates.