I’m hugely excited to announce that my next novel, Against the Tide, will feature my all-time favorite character. Bane Alexander first appeared in the Lady of Bolton Hill as a whiplash smart and lethally dangerous 17-year old troublemaker. He is now all grown up, has straightened himself out, and is ready to set the world on fire.
If you haven’t read The Lady of Bolton Hill, no worries. Against the Tide is an entirely stand-alone novel set in Boston of 1891. The heroine is Lydia Pallas, a translator for the U.S. Navy whose skills Bane desperately needs to unravel a smuggling ring.
It took me a while to dream up a heroine who was a match for Bane. Bane is such an overwhelming force who was a scene-stealer in The Lady of Bolton Hill, so I needed a woman who could match him in terms of wit, intelligence, and bravado. She also needed to have a deep gash of vulnerability that would slice through Bane’s tough, cynical hide and make him go weak in the knees. I think that Against the Tide is the most romantic of any book I’ve written. Look for it to hit the shelves in October of 2012. Keep your eyes peeled!