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THE BRIDEGROOM

I just had my picture taken wearing a
cowboy hat, tuxedo blouse, suede fringed skirt and alligator boots, standing next to a longhorn steer named Old Blue in the ballroom of the Worthington Hotel in Fort Worth.

I was in Texas doing research for my next book following THE BRIDEGROOM, the last of the Captive Hearts series, which is set in Regency England and Scotland.

I fell in love with the Blackthornes,
and Im taking them to contemporary Texas next. But those of you who have enjoyed the first three books of the historical Captive Hearts series, Captive, After the Kiss, and
The Bodyguard, have a treat in store in THE BRIDEGROOM, which will be in book stores February 9.

You first met the twin, ten-year-old Regency terrors, Regina and Rebecca Wharton, in After the Kiss. The mischievous daughters of the Duke of Blackthorne wreak havoc with a rabbit and a pregnant cat and help to
bring together their uncle, the Beast of Blackthorne, and their governess, Miss Elizabeth Sherringham.

The twins reappear in The Bodyguard as eleven-year-olds, instrumental in convincing their father, the Duke of Blackthorne, to
reconcile with his wife, the Lady Katherine MacKinnon, Laird of Clan MacKinnon, who had tricked him into declaring himself her husband, thereby committing him to a
Scottish handfast marriage.

It would require some very special men to become mates for such a delightful pair of girls, and you first met these men in The Bodyguardfourteen-year-old Mick OMalley, the son of an Irish whore, whorescues the duke when he has amnesia, and twenty-one-year-old Clay Bannister, the Earl of Carlisle.

In The Bodyguard, Carlisle is convicted, on the testimony of the Duke of Blackthorne, of a crime he did not commit. As he is being transported to Australia in chains, Carlisle vows to return to England and wreak vengeance on the duke.

Eleven years later, the Sea Dragon, merciless plunderer, plague of the Seven Seas, the Earl of Carlisle, returns to England in THE BRIDEGROOM, to fulfill his promise. He vows to wed, bed and abandon Lady Regina Wharton. But love gets in the way...

Its hard to leave a family youve come to know and love, but in this caseand to my delightthe Blackthorne saga will continue. Enjoy THE BRIDEGROOM, and look for the next installment of the Blackthorne family, coming soon.

I love hearing from you. You can reach me by writing P.O. Box 8531, Pembroke Pines, FL 33084
(please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope)
or online at www.booktalk.com/jjohnston


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