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FAQs

Do I have to read the books in order? And what is the correct order for each series?

The Lord Trilogy really doesn’t have to be read in order.

The Swanlea Spinsters series is more connected, especially the first three books. The last two stand alone pretty well.

The Royal Brotherhood series books stand alone fairly well, although you will enjoy them more if you read them in order, since you see the three half-brothers progress from being mere acquaintances to being a real family. But you won’t be confused if you read them out of order.

The School for Heiresses series can be read in any order if you ignore the epigrams at the beginning of each chapter. Those detail the relationship between Charlotte, the headmistress of the school, and “Cousin Michael,” the anonymous benefactor of the school, whose identity isn’t revealed until the last book, Wed Him Before You Bed Him. Once again, you might enjoy them more in order, but you won’t be confused.

The Hellions series is best read in order, unless you’re just reading for the romances, in which case, it doesn’t matter. But if you also want to follow the ongoing mystery of how the Hellions’ parents really died, then you would want to read them in order.

I tend to connect the series in small ways. For example, After the Abduction is tied to an event that happens in The Pirate Lord of The Lord Trilogy. Not reading both books will not prove a problem, but for those who’ve read both, there’s a little extra recognition of those characters.

As for the order of the various series, the last three series are most enjoyable when read in order, but they absolutely do not have to be read that way.

I really try to make all of my books stand-alone (the only exception to this is the first three books of The Swanlea Spinster series), but I also enjoy the added punch of connecting them in small or subtle ways.


Why do you write under more than one name?

To distinguish between my different styles of writing. My Sabrina Jeffries books are lighter, sexier historical romances than my Deborah Martin books. They have more dialogue and more sensuality, but less history and complicated plots.

My Deborah Nicholas books (now out of print) were contemporary paranormal romantic suspense books, so they were miles apart from my current books. And my various publishers preferred to make it easy for readers to know which sort of book they were reading.


Will you ever write another Deborah Martin or Deborah Nicholas book?

I couldn’t write a Deborah Martin book now even if I wanted to. My style has evolved because of changes in my own interests and the sort of book I want to write, and I doubt I could ever go back. But my publisher is reissuing them, so I’ve been revising them to a small extent (i.e., not changing plot or character but tightening them and tweaking things).

Before I would choose to write more Deborah Nicholas books, I’d reissue the earlier ones. That’s something I’m still considering, since they would require substantial revision (they were written before the days of cell phones and the internet, so they have things like cops using radios and payphones). Revisions on that level would take time away from writing my new books. But they are out of print, so it might be nice to resurrect them for a new reading audience.


Can’t you write any faster? How long does it take you to write a book, anyway?

My publisher keeps asking me the same question! And as happy as I am that some readers want my books more often, the sad answer is that I’m writing as fast as I can. I’ve written books in as little as four and a half months and as much as a year, but I’m most comfortable writing a book every six to seven months. And, my current publisher is happy to publish me at roughly that rate. If you see books from me more frequently than that, they are probably reissued early titles.


Will there be a book for the triplets from The Dangerous Lord, the children of the Hellions, more heiresses from Charlotte’s school, etc.?

I don’t have any planned at present, but who knows what the future holds? If readers ask often enough, I might just decide to write one!


Will Pierce Waverly, the Earl of Devonmont, or Maximilian Cale, the Duke of Lyons, get a book?

Yep! Pierce’s book, ‘Twas the Night after Christmas, comes out October 30, 2012, and the duke’s book (still untitled) will be the first in my new Duke’s Men series and comes out in the summer of 2013.


How can I get on one of your book covers? (asked by models and their representatives)

My publisher, Simon and Schuster, chooses models and develops my covers, so you’d have to contact them.


How can I become a romance writer?

I get asked this so much that I have a page for writing advice, complete with links and articles here.


Where do you get your ideas? Can I pay you to write up my idea for me?

I get my ideas from a leprechaun who secretly joins me for coffee every morning; he gets very annoyed if I take anyone else’s ideas to work on! Seriously, though, anything I read or watch or experience can be fodder for a novel. Sometimes a scene or an exchange of dialogue just leaps into my head. Or a character shows up out of nowhere. In fact, my problem is generally that I have too many ideas for books, not too few. Which is why I’m not interested in fleshing out anybody’s ideas but my own.


Could you please read my book and give me some advice/feedback?

I’m afraid not. In these litigious times, my agent asks that I not read unpublished material for legal reasons. But thanks for thinking of me!