Once Upon a Season
I started this book as a college freshman, back in 2008. I finished it the year after college, while I was teaching abroad, and, with a mix of dread and hope, shared it with my mother, sister, aunt, and boyfriend (now husband). They all loved it and were very supportive, but after I queried several agents, I decided that maybe the world didn’t need another governess-duke regency romance. It was supposed to be the first of five or six books in a family series about the various grandchildren of the (fictional) Duchess of Ashford, but I abandoned the sequels in various states of drafting/outlining when I failed to interest an agent in this one. In 2018, I played with the idea of self-publishing the book and sent it to a developmental editor to see what they thought.
They did say some nice things, but overall I was convinced that it was a mess of a book that needed heavy rewriting, and I moved on to a new project instead—that was Minerva, my first published novel.
I had wanted for some time now to gift a free book or novella to my newsletter subscribers, but where was I to find the time to write a book that I was comfortable sharing but didn’t want to publish and market? And suddenly I realized that Once Upon a Season fit that description. If you’ve made it this far, thank you! And if you want more of the Duchess’ Legacy regency romances, do let me know!Back to Top Read More Get the Book