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A Midsummer Night’s Kiss is the very first full-length novel I wrote. The first draft was finished over a decade ago, went through one or two edit rounds and was subsequently stuffed in a proverbial drawer as I hit a terrible writer’s block due to my mental and physical health declining.

I picked writing back up at the start of 2020, and I still love this story so I dug it back out and went through it for another round of edits. It will probably need at least one more, but I think we’re getting there.

It’s a Historical Romance set during the Regency period. Our heroine is Angelique Grafton, a shy debutante in London for her first season. She’s resigned to marry the man her late parents chose for her, even if she has no interest in him and–really–he’s kind of terrible. Having been raised by a less-than-encouraging aunt and uncle, with a cousin who detests her, Angel’s confidence isn’t the best. She has to learn to find her voice and stand up for herself and what she wants.

Our hero is Nathaniel Howerty, Marquess of Pensington. He’s the head of his family and has three younger sisters (who will all get their own stories eventually). He’s a good friend of Angel’s brother James Grafton, Viscount Gowthorpe. The last thing he wants in his life is love, and he actively avoids it due to some events in his past. The two end up meeting when Angel arrives in London for the season and discovers him asleep in her bed.

The original title for this book was A Rose For Angel, and there are still remnants of the rose theme in the story. At another point the title was As He Likes It, but I scrapped it in favour of A Midsummer Night’s Kiss when I felt it sounded a little too much like an erotic romance or bdsm story.

Like all of the Howerty Books, the title is a play on a Shakespeare play. The Howerty siblings all have names from Shakespeare too (their mother was a big fan):

Nathaniel (Taming of the Shrew)
Jessica (Merchant of Venice)
Miranda (The Tempest)
Nicola (whose name is also Hero from Much Ado About Nothing, her name isn’t in a story, but there’s a Nicholas in both Taming of the Shrew and A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

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