Compiled by Mary Jo
I'm wearing the burgundy velvet gown I was married in, but I'm not the star of this occasion! That would be Lord Ross Carlisle, hero of one of my earlier books, Silk and Secrets, second in my Silk Trilogy. Though by nature he's rather reserved and scholarly, he's also deeply interested in all kinds of people and distant places. Which is why he became one of those amazingly intrepid early Victorian explorers who crossed mountains and deserts and dared all kinds of dangers to explore the mysteries of the unknown.
Ross was on his last expedition to Central Asia when he discovered his beloved, long estranged wife Juliet Cameron. Together they risk the lethal journey to Bokhara in hopes of rescuing her brother–and in the process they discover each other again. Ross and Juliet are generally inseparable, but she's starting the evening by joining a group of other wives in the library where they can sip brandy and claret and catch up on each other's news.
I've now published Silk and Secrets as an e-book and later this year there will be an audio edition narrated by Siobhan Waring. I chose this illustration from the NAL first edition because it's one of my all time favorite covers and Ross and Juliet both look so gorgeous, They are also dancing, though not anything you'd see in an English ballroom! Ross, endlessly interested in all kinds of people, is looking forward to meeting the tribe of Wenches and our companions!