September is my birthday month, and this year I received a fantastic gift—a three-book deal with Berkley! Berkley is an imprint of Penguin Random House, and the home of some of my favorite authors, including superstars like Amanda Quick, Deanna Raybourn, and Mary Balogh. I’m so honored to join the Berkley family.
This all happened rather quickly earlier this month. I’ve been bursting with excitement ever since. There aren’t many publishers I would trust with one of my novels, but Sarah Blumenstock, my new editor at Berkley, really understood my story and was as excited about it as I am.
Now that the official announcement has been released in Publishers Marketplace, I can finally share the news!
When the offer came, my parents picked up a lemon cointreau cake from our local bakery, opened a split of champagne, and helped me celebrate what may be the best pre-birthday present I’ve ever received.
The Siren of Sussex is the story of Ahmad Malik, an Anglo-Indian tailor and habitmaker in 1860s London, and Evelyn Maltravers, the bold, bluestocking equestrienne who becomes his love and his muse. It contains all of my favorite Victorian things—fashion, romance, history, and horses. It will even have a familiar character or two. In fact, you may remember Ahmad from my Parish Orphans of Devon series. I always planned for him to be the hero of his own story. The Siren of Sussex will be out in Spring 2022.
Praise for Fair as a Star
“A moving friends-to-lovers Victorian romance that stands out for its sensitive portrayal of a heroine living with depression…Historical romance fans won’t want to miss this.”–Publishers Weekly, STARRED review
“A kindhearted love story that will delight anyone who longs to be loved without limits. Highly recommended..” –Library Journal, STARRED review
“A romance that is built on empathy and trust…the author deftly addresses the importance of bringing mental health treatments out of the shadows.” –Kirkus Reviews
“If you love historical romance, you’ll love this book.” –The Herald-Dispatch
“Mimi Matthews’ best book yet….An amazing, inspiring, heartwarming read.” -Jane Porter, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
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