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When girl meets Duke, their marriage breaks all the rules…

Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury’s to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne’er-do-wells by night. Now there’s a new item on the list. He needs an heir—which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar’s daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she’ll do.

His terms are simple:

  • They will be husband and wife by night only.
  • No lights, no kissing.
  • No questions about his battle scars.
  • Last, and most importantly… Once she’s pregnant with his heir, they need never share a bed again.

But Emma is no pushover. She has a few rules of her own:

  • They will have dinner together every evening.
  • With conversation.
  • And unlimited teasing.
  • Last, and most importantly… Once she’s seen the man beneath the scars, he can’t stop her from falling in love…


A note to UK readers-

This series will be published in the UK by Mills & Boon. At the moment, there’s no Kindle link to preorder it at but there should be one soon. Please keep checking back!Read More »

“Artful diversions, a clever heroine, and intense passion are all brought together by Dare’s smart writing and spot-on matchmaking. There’s just the right amount of intrigue, and even the minor characters have layered personalities. The irresistibly provocative, classy love scenes set the bar high for other historical romance novels.” ~ Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)

“Vintage Tessa Dare… heartwarming romance and cheeky, laugh-out-loud banter.” ~

“An irrepressible, independent-minded heroine and a responsible hero who’s leading two lives fall for each other in a rollicking and passionate romp…” ~Library Journal (starred review)… Read More »

I’m getting so excited about the release of Do You Want to Start a Scandal (recently given a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly) on September 27. To celebrate, I’ve got signing events this fall on both coasts, and my first ever virtual signing for readers who can’t attend in person!

Sunday, October 2nd, 4pm PT, In-person and Virtual Release Party at The Ripped Bodice in Culver City, CA. If you can’t make it into the store, we’ll be streaming part of the event via Facebook Live (watch my FB page for more details), and you can preorder a personalized signed copy and it will be mailed to you!

In-person and virtual release party at the Ripped Bodice bookstore in Culver City, CA - 4pm Pacific Time

Saturday, September 24, 1-4:30pm – Historical Romance Retreat at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane, WA. Signing open to the public with a $10 entrance fee. This event has a truly amazing list of participating historical romance authors. (Even though this is technically a few days before release date, I’m hoping to have a few early copies of the new book!)

Sunday, October 16, 11am-2pm – New Jersey Romance Writers’ Hearts and Sparks Reader/Blogger Appreciation Brunch – at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel in Iselin, NJ. Advance paid registration required.

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Great news! The first two chapters of Do You Want to Start a Scandal (releasing September 27th) are now included in the back of Beauty and the Blacksmith–which is free to download from August 15-22! (Even if you already have this Spindle Cove novella on your e-reader, you should be able to download the updated version to read the new excerpt. See instructions here.)

Free novella - Beauty and the Blacksmith - with chapters 1 & two of Do You Want to Start a Scandal in the back

Amazon * iBooks * Nook * Kobo* GooglePlay

As always, I can’t promise this promotional price will be available everywhere. Retailer participation varies. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Read More »



  • Log into your Amazon account through a browser.
  • ->Your Account
  • ->Manage Content and Devices
  • Find the book and check the box at left to select
  • If “Update Available” appears to the right of the title, click it. If it doesn’t, you’ll have to delete the book from your list, then go back to the book page and “buy” the free version. (Either method will delete any highlights or notes you might have had in the original; sorry for that!)
  • Sync the app or device
  • If that still doesn’t work… First, please have a glass of your favorite beverage, some chocolate, and my apologies! Then, if you still have the will in you, please contact Amazon customer service. Some readers have reported that a quick online chat got it resolved.



  • It should automatically update when you sync the app – hooray!



  • It may have updated automatically when you open the book – hooray!
  • If not, try this: “Unarchive” the book, then Download or “Archive” it again


Kobo and GooglePlay

To be honest, no one has verified these methods for me yet. If they don’t automatically update, I would suggest the delete/download again strategy, or download the free book through another means, such as the free Amazon app.

And if you can’t get anything to work … email me. 

Note: Unfortunately, I can’t guarantee this will be free at every retailer in all locations. I really, really wish I could. My publisher offers it to Read More »


It’s less than two months until the release of Do You Want to Start a Scandal! This is a series crossover book featuring two fan-favorite characters: Charlotte Highwood (Diana and Minerva’s little sister in the Spindle Cove series) and Piers Brandon, the Marquess of Granville (the marquess who was said “no” to in Say Yes to the Marquess). However, don’t worry if you haven’t read all the previous books. You can jump right into this story with no problem.

I’ve just posted a nice long excerpt from Chapter One! Stay tuned – in a few weeks, you’ll have an opportunity to read even more of the book in advance. Details coming on August 15. I’m being mysterious, I know. But then, the book features a lighthearted mystery — a Regency-era game of Clue, if you will. Except it’s not “Who killed whom with the revolver?” It’s more like, “Who did whom in the library?” Read the excerpt, and you’ll see what I mean.

Release date is September 27th. You can find all the preorder links here.

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International giveaway for my French speaking fans.

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If you’re anywhere near San Diego on July 13, don’t miss the “Readers for Life” autographing at RWA’s National Conference! I’ll be signing books, along with more than 400 other romance authors. Click the image for a full list of authors attending and more information.

RWA 2016 Literacy Signing


I’m looking forward to being at the RWA Conference next week – seeing reader friends and author friends and publishing friends, and attending events, including the 2016 RITA and Golden Heart awards. I’m honored that Say Yes to the Marquess is a RITA finalist this year in Historical Romance-Short. Did you know the awards ceremony will be streaming live online? Go to on July 16th, 8pm Pacific time to join the excitement.

AND…if that wasn’t enough, I get to be on a panel at San Diego Comic-Con!  Finally, something that makes me cool in the eyes of my kids. Here’s the info:

Smitten with Words: Romancing the Reader – Thurs. July 21, 12:00, Horton Grand Theater

Bestselling authors Sylvia Day (Crossfire novels), Christina Lauren (Beautiful series), Nalini Singh (Psy-Changling series), Chloe Neil (The Devil’s Isle and Chicagoland Vampires series), and Tessa Dare (Castles Ever After series) turn up the heat at SDCC as they discuss the power of romance, the range and voice of the genre, and blush-inducing conversation and have a hilarious battle over movies, TV shows, and Hollywood’s hottest. Moderated by HelenKay Dimon (Bad Boys Undercover series).


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Chapter 1

Nottinghamshire, Autumn 1819

The gentleman in black turned down the corridor, and Charlotte Highwood followed.

Stealthily, of course. It wouldn’t do to let anyone see.

Her ears caught the subtle click of a door latch—down the passage, to the left. The door to Sir Vernon Parkhurst’s library, if her recollection served.

She hesitated in an alcove, engaging herself in silent debate.

In the grand scheme of English society, Charlotte was a wholly unimportant young woman. To intrude on the solitude of a marquess—one to whom she hadn’t even been introduced—would be the worst sort of impertinence. But impertinence was preferable to the alternative: another year of scandal and misery.

Distant music spilled from the ballroom. The first few strains of a quadrille. If she meant to act, it must be now. Before she could talk herself out of it, Charlotte tiptoed down the corridor and put her hand on the door latch.

Desperate mothers called for desperate measures.

When she opened the door, the marquess looked up at once. He was alone, standing behind the library desk.

And he was perfect.

By perfect, she didn’t mean handsome—although he was handsome. High cheekbones, a squared jaw, and a nose so straight God must have drawn it with a rule. But everything else about him declared perfection, as well. His posture, his mien, his dark sweep of hair. The air of assured command that hovered about him, filling the room.

Despite her nerves, she felt a prickle of curiosity. … Read More »

2016 All About Romance Reader Poll – Best Novella… Read More »