oh … Mercy, Mercy me …



It was love at first sight for thirteen-year-old Mercy Ackerly. The second she encountered the traveling Duke of Blackthorne, she fell in love…with his horses. And since Sebastian Tremaine was also perfect, they would someday be man and wife.

From the start, Sebastian has felt oddly protective of Mercy. Delightfully straightforward, the girl is everything honest and sweet, which is why he approved when his best friend married into the family—and then so did his other friends. But now Mercy’s all grown up. Now she will face the ton’s matchmaking mamas and their deceitful daughters, will join a world he despises, be it the ballrooms and routs or the opulent crush. He would shield her if he could, would do anything but entangle his heart.

Sebastian will fight the inevitable for as long as he can. And then he’ll fight for it. Some matches are schemed for, some are arranged, and some have just been coming for a long, long time.

ta da!

And so here it is … new blog, new look, and (someday soon) a new book.

Thank you for all the requests for access to my private site … but the truth is the site wasn’t made private so that I could go all incognito on y’all.  I just didn’t know how to shut it down while I was making it pretty without shutting it down forever, so …


Busy-ness has been my life, both with work and with writing and with just plain ol’ living.  It’s been a banner year at the Clark homestead.  My son became a Marine.  My daughter became a flight attendant.  I became an analyst.  (Whoa.  Way boring.)  And I’m up way too late in a hotel room near Pittsburgh on the last night of a business trip putting the finishing touches on a woefully neglected blog.

So.  Time for the writing stuff.  Your messages, Facebook posts, Tweets, comments, emails and smoke signals have all reached me.  I’m humbled and grateful and completely overwhelmed, so if I haven’t gotten back to you, I apologize.  Deluges being what they are and all.  Quite a good “problem” to have, though.  So I’ll answer some of the questions here:

  • Yes, Mercy is still coming out.
  • No, I don’t know exactly when. My editor and I have had the best intentions, but his life has been even more eventful than mine, as he has recently become a father.  : )  (Ridiculously cute little girl.)  So he’s a bit behind, but it’s still in the works … promise!  I’m personally not rushing him, either, so I appreciate your continued patience.
  • Yes, Mercy will be available in all eBook formats.

I know some of you are a bit put out with me and with the delays.  It’s been a quite a ride with Mercy, but that sort of suits her personality, anyway.  I do hope you’ll find it in your hearts to forgive us.

Pumpkin time for me : )  One more meeting tomorrow, then a flight back to the South, where I belong.  Sleep tight, lovelies!

Grace and Mercy

The thing is, I really hate disappointing people, including myself.  So, after thinking I’d have news on Mercy about a gazillion times and getting all stoked to tell all of you about it only to learn I’d have to be patient just a little (!) bit longer, I went mostly silent.

I’m so grateful to those of you who have been patient, and even those of you who have been less than patient : )  Because I finally do have news, you see … but I’m going to make you wait just a few more minutes to find out what’s going on with Mercy.  Her big sister is swooping in to steal a bit of her thunder.

As I’ve previously posted, Amazon picked up Grace, Faith and Charity from the smoldering ashes of Dorchester Publishing and have kindly offered them a home over at their romance imprint, Montlake Romance.  They’ve settled in nicely, and yesterday I learned that they have rereleased Grace in both print and digital versions.  This means that, for those of you who are clinging to your beloved physical books, you can pop over to my Amazon page and grab a spandy new edition if you don’t already have one.  It’ll have a front cover, a back cover, some those paper thingies with words on them in between, and (best of all) if you drop it in the pool, the pages might get a little puffy and wiggly, but let it hang out in the sun for a while and you’ll still be able to read them : )  Try THAT with an eReader.  Heh.

So, needless to say, I’m pretty jazzed about this.

And now … (beat on something close by, because I’m totally feeling a drum roll vibe as I type this) … without further ado, without gilding the lily, without Ryan Seacrest smugly announcing that we’ll find out “after the break,” I’d like to give you the almost certainly set in stone, and even kind of totally real publishing date on Mercy:  October 1st!  Or, according the follow up email from my amazing editor, September 15th.  But I’m going with October 1st, so that I can be totally surprised when it’s available on September 15th.  Right?

The even more better great good news is that the fourth and final book in the Virtue Series is going to be edited by the astounding Chris Keeslar, who so kindly tolerated editing me and the entire Ackerly brood for three whole books, so far.  THREE, people.  That’s a whole lotta Ackerly for one dude to handle.  : )  And he’s still alive.

So there you have it!  Thank you again for your patience.  I love you all quite beyond reason.