Cheryl Bolen (NY Times and USA Today Best-selling Author)

All About the Brides of Bath

Today marks the launch of the seventh book (Once Upon a Time in Bath) in the Brides of Bath series that began as a trilogy from Kensington Zebra books back in 2002. It was actually twenty years ago when I submitted my proposal for the first three Brides of Bath books, stories of the Pembroke siblings: George, Viscount Sedgewick, his widowed sister Felicity and flighty sister Glee. The third book in the series, now titled The Bride’s Secret (Felicity’s friend Carlotta’s story), was originally published as A Fallen Woman.

After the original trilogy was published, my Kensington editor asked me to add a fourth book to the series. I’m not going to spill the beans here, but I killed off a character from a previous book to create this fourth book, now sporting my original title of To Take This Lord. (Kensington, always wanting to spice things up, titled the book An Improper Proposal which had nothing to do with the plot.)

Around 2006 I parted ways with Kensington, and it wasn’t until after I secured my rights for those stories back from Kensington Books that in 2014 I added my first novel to the series in ten years. Later that year we added a Christmas novella with a fresh romance and all the previous couples (except Carlotta) and tied up some loose ends in this award-winning novella.

But still, readers kept asking for Appleton’s story. And now you have it. Here’s a book description of Once Upon a Time in Bath:

To save his family from ruin, Lord Appleton’s prepared to sacrifice his happiness to marry a peculiar heiress, but more than his happiness is at risk when sinister forces try to come between him and his cat-loving fiancée. 

Here are what some of the early reviewers are saying:

A beautiful book with the perfect balance of love, laughter, drama and intrigue.—AnnMarie of Dragonrose Books Galore

 The story is a nice mix of romance, family and friends and mystery. Once I started reading I lost track of time and stayed up later than I meant to but it was just too enjoyable to put down.—Sherron of Vine Voice

 I enjoyed every minute. There is nothing better than a historical romance that includes romance, humor, and mystery.—SMB

A totally delightful read!—Monica Parkhill

Read an excerpt here.

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Contest News

During November I’ll be running contests at both the Fresh Fiction and Goodreads sites.  At Fresh Fiction I’ll be giving away a trio of autographed Christmas novellas. At Goodreads, two lucky winners will receive autographed copies of A Proposal of Marriage, my Nov. 30 release.

September winners in the Goodreads giveaway for autographed copies of Once Upon a Time in Bath were Kim Pakizer of Michigan and Cerina Gagne of Vermont.

Winner of my third quarter review drawing was Ruth Ann Campbell.

My Books

The Lords of Eton Series
The Portrait of Lady Wycliff (Book 1)
The Earl, the Vow, and the Plain Jane (Book 2)
Last Duke Standing (Book 3)
The Lords of Eton Box Set (Books 1-3)
One Room at the Inn (Book 4)

Brazen Brides Series 
Counterfeit Countess (Book 1) 
The Wedding Bargain (Book 2) 
Oh What A (Wedding) Night (Book 3)
A Proposal of Marriage (Book 4)

Miss Hastings' Excellent London Adventure (Book 5) 
A Birmingham Family Christmas (Book 6)
Brazen Brides Box Set (Books 1-3)

House of Haverstock Series 
Lady by Chance (Book 1)  
Duchess by Mistake (Book 2) 
Countess by Coincidence (Book 3) 
Ex-Spinster by Christmas (Book 4)
House of Haverstock Box Set (Books 1-3)

The Brides of Bath Series 
The Bride Wore Blue (Book 1) 
With His Ring (Book 2) 
The Bride’s Secret (Book 3) 
To Take This Lord (Book 4) 
Love In The Library (Book 5) 
A Christmas in Bath (Book 6)
Once Upon a Time in Bath (Book 7)
The Brides of Bath Box Set (Books 1-6)

The Deceived Series 
A Duke Deceived (Book 1) 
His Lady Deceived (Book 2) 

The Regent Mysteries Series 
With His Lady's Assistance (Book 1)
A Most Discreet Inquiry (Book 2) 
The Theft Before Christmas (Book 3) 
An Egyptian Affair (Book 4) 
The Regent Mysteries Box Set (the first three novels in the series)

Pride and Prejudice Sequels 
Miss Darcy's New Companion (Book 1) 
Miss Darcy's Secret Love (Book 2) 
The Liberation of Miss de Bourgh (Book 3) 
Pride and Prejudice Sequels (Books 1-3)

Stand-alone Romances 
My Lord Wicked 
Christmas Brides (Three Regency Novellas)

Texas Heroines in Peril Series 
Protecting Britannia 
Murder at Veranda House 
A Cry In The Night 
Capitol Offense 
Texas Heroines Box Set (all four novels in the series)

Falling For Frederick

It Had to Be You 

A Summer To Remember (3 American Romances)

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