When I stumbled upon this description of the hugely popular 1980s soap opera Dynasty (on its Wikipedia page), I immediately thought it could have been written for my Daughters of Sin series – except that 200 years separate them.
“One of the quintessential 1980s prime-time soaps, “Dynasty” follows the gloriously over-the-top trials and tribulations of the fabulously wealthy and none-too-nice Carrington and Colby clans. Come for the catfights, stay for the shoulder pads and scenery chewing.”
My Daughters of Sin series is all that – but in Jane Austen attire, so floral trimmed poke bonnets and green velvet spencers instead of shoulder pads and laquered hair. Better still, today I have a promotion on the first three books (which can be read as stand-alones, also) for only 99c.
Daughters of Sin is about two nobly born debutantes and their illegitimate half-sisters – a governess and an actress – who compete for love during a hectic London season while bringing to justice a handsome, dangerous villain.
So, if ‘twisty family dynamics’, ambition, passion and skulduggery are your thing – and you admire strong, ambitious heroines (and, of course, their sweet, helpless younger sisters) and love to hate their conniving counterparts – ie, beautiful, vain Araminta whom many readers have wished to see run over by a phaeton – you might want to check out the series.
When I sold the first two books – Her Gilded Prison and Dangerous Gentlemen – my publisher wanted me to go the ‘Fifty Shades’ route (and gave me a cover I hated!). However, since I’ve had the rights returned to me, I’ve toned down the sizzle (though there’s still quite a bit in books 1 & 2), and I’ve upped the scandal and intrigue.
Many reviewers say they love the twist endings. Here are a couple:
“What do I think of this book? I loved it! The theme was so very clever and so novel.” Amazon Reviewer (of Her Gilded Prison)
“Great characters and roller-coaster story with plot twists that surprised me at every turn. I could not believe how it ended but I loved it!” ~ Amazon reader (of Dangerous Gentlemen)
“The mystery, intrigue, and romance kept me turning the pages long into the night. It’s not your usual Regency romance. That is what held my interest until The End. I highly recommend it.” ~ Amazon Reader (of The Mysterious Governess)
(Oh, and since I transferred to Pronoun as my aggregator, I’ve lost all my reviews from Amazon, but they’re still there on their respective individual Amazon page.)
Normally, each romance is $2.99 but today the Box Set is only 99c and I’ve very nearly got into the top #100.