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The Burgundy Club: How the Books Connect
The story of Susanna Burley and Simon Wynford is a Christmas celebration. This free short storyintroduced Juliana Merton, the heroine of The Wild Marquis. Simon is definitely a bookish hero and could easily be a member of the Burgundy Club. Part of the story takes place in Juliana's bookshop, J.C. Merton, Purveyor of Fine and Rare Books.
Cain, the Marquis of Chase, becomes friends with book collectors Sebastian Iverley and Tarquin Compton. At the end, the three men become founder members of The Burgundy Club, an exclusive association of young rare book collectors.
Sebastian Iverley is the president of The Burgundy Club but no ladies’ man. With Cain and Tarqun’s help, he woos Diana Fanshawe. Juliana, the heroine of The Wild Marquis, becomes Diana’s friend and plays her own role in the romance, not always on Sebastian’s side. We meet Diana’s family, the eccentric Montroses, including her younger sister Minerva. The Marquis of Blakeney (Blake) is Sebastian’s rival for Diana’s affections.
This is Tarquin Compton’s book. Sebastian, Diana, Minerva and Blake all play their parts and we meet more members of the Montrose family.
Not strictly a Burgundy Club book, since the hero is not a member. Instead he's Lord Blakeney, the man Diana dumped for Sebastian in The Dangerous Viscount. Minerva Montrose is the heroine. All three former couples reappear, especially Sebastian and Diana. Will the feud between Sebastian and Blake be resolved?
Lord Hugo Hartley, Tarquin’s uncle, plays a major role in The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton. He’d already appeared briefly in The Wild Marquis and in Never Resist Temptation (my first and otherwise unconnected book).
Lady Georgina Harville and her sister Felicia appear in The Dangerous Viscount and The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton. Georgina plays a small but important role in Confessions From an Arranged Marriage.
WHAT'S NEXT FOR THE BURGUNDY CLUB?
I haven't any plans in the works for more Burgundy Club books, but never say never. I may well revisit some of these characters in short stories, novellas, or even full length books. The short story "The School of Wooing for Inept Book Collectors" was published in a promotional anthology, Once Upon a Ballroom. It is currently unavailable because I intend to expand it into a long novella at some point.