Wild Lavender is out! This is both a good and a bad thing, since it is the last in the Emperors of London series. I’ve had a ball writing the series, and I am sorry to leave it behind. However, the characters who have yet to find their true loves will feature in future series.
Helena is the daughter of a careless father and a scheming mother. Her mother has decided that Helena is to be the single daughter, the comfort and companion, but Helena’s brother Julius is determined not to let that happen.
Helena, meantime, has met and fallen in love with the most unsuitable man imaginable, the son of her family’s direst enemy. It’s a Romeo and Juliet story, one of my favourite themes. I’ve been working towards this ending the whole series.
When I start a new series, I generally know where it will end. I knew that I’d end this one with Helena and Tom, although many readers thought it would be the kingpin of the Emperors, Julius.
Knowing how a series climaxes helps me to keep the books in focus as I tell each character’s story.
But I get to revisit the characters with the new series, The Shaws! These characters are just too interesting to leave behind!
Ravishingly beautiful and accomplished, Helena has her pick of suitable bachelors—and because she is the daughter of a powerful duke, her mother is determined she makes a good marriage. But Helena won't marry any of them, because she is in love with the son of her family’s most dangerous enemy. Though she has now been rebuffed by her beloved, she is resolved to win him back—no matter the cost.Tom’s forbidden love for Helena has only intensified over the years of their separation. But the discovery of his true roots has changed everything. His secret spells danger for his family and everyone he loves. Devoted to Helena, he will sacrifice anything—even his one great love—to keep her safe. And soon, caught between warring factions and hounded by a deadly assassin, the couple will be swept back together in a fight for their lives, and their destiny…