I'm delighted to announce that my latest book, my 25th published title, Bonded Heart, will be published by Severn House in January 2009. This book started life under the title, Wild Justice. Unfortunately, when my agent submitted it to Severn House, we learned that someone else had beaten me to it and had first claim on that title! So I had to think again. Because my hero is a justice, the forerunner of a magistrate, the original title had worked really well. Anyway, I racked by brains and came up with Honour Bound. We all liked that one. Only we couldn't use it because Severn House sells to America and they spell honour differently there! I had brain-ache by now. Then, thinking about honour, justice and a man's word being his bond, I came up with Bonded Heart. Everyone was happy, and that is the title under which the book will be published both here and in the US.
The story grew out of a very small incident between two minor characters in my previous book, Devil's Prize, published in January this year by Robert Hale. Watching them together, I sensed deep attraction and an explosive situation with huge potential and knew that as soon as I had completed Devil's Prize I would be writing the story of Roz Trevaskis and Branoc Casvellan. I'll tell you more about them in my next post.