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Feels like every time I turn around, I’m posting about another Anthea Lawson book. Man, I wish Susan would get books out this fast!

This is the second in the Music of the Heart series. I totally dig this concept because it’s set in the Regency period, or whatever it is. (Ask Susan. It’s old. The women wore gorgeous dresses and weren’t allowed to do much except socialize. Not a bad life, really. I think.) I like that it shows that Rock Fiction isn’t something reserved for the era of Rock and Roll, but that music’s been touching people and bringing them together for a long time.

And the music is the stuff I deal with for my day job, so I’m always glad to see people get exposed to the great classics and symphonic music.

Here’s what it’s about:

She is filled with wild passion… Jessamyn Lovell, the “Gypsy Violinist,” is the newest musical sensation among the ton, but she and her sister are caught in the grip of an unscrupulous uncle, who uses her performances as a cover for his crimes.

He has scoured the recklessness from his soul… The Earl of Silverton, Morgan Trevethwick, has spent ten years restoring his family’s reputation in the wake of scandal—and it has made him a tightly controlled and unyielding man.

Together, they will be one another’s ruin… When danger looms, Jessa risks everything to seek Morgan’s help. He cannot refuse a woman in distress, though she threatens to overturn the future he has worked so hard to secure. Even worse, she relights a fire in his heart—one he had thought extinguished forever.

I hope there’s a lot of music in this one, anyway. That whole idea of getting more people to come discover the beauty of their local symphony…

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We’ve mentioned Anthea Lawson around here before. She writes historical romance that has a musical bent, leading to the question if she writes Regency Rock Fiction or not.

Check out this short story she wrote:

In this romantic Regency short story, widowed Lady Diana Waverly finds love and passion in the most unlikely of places when a new piano tutor arrives at her door.

Piano tutor. Says music, right? The question is how the piano is used. Is it part of the seduction? Do they come together over music? Does it keep them together?

A girl’s gotta wonder.

People who know me well know I love a good romance. My inner circle knows how giddy I get when I get to work on an edit from one of my romance writers.

But when music and period romance collide… it may not be rock and roll and electric guitars, but I’m there anyway. I love a good symphonic performance; so much of really good music is built on the conventions of classical music. Go study it and you’ll see what I mean.

So this book is called Sonata for a Scoundrel. It’s about a woman composer who, of course, has to hide her identity — this is the 1830s, after all — and the musician who absolutely must have her music.

It’s a romance, so we all know the conventions: the mistaken identity, the hiding of the woman’s talent, the discovery, the feeling of betrayal over the mistaken identity, the happily ever after… That’s not why we read romances, people! It’s for the hope they entail: that Clara will make a living doing what she loves. That she will be a victor even though she insists on making life conform to her, instead of the other way around. That she will find happiness with a man who will allow her to continue to her her best self.

Yeah, I’m swooning. Didn’t you know I go to great lengths to hide my romantic side?

Sonata for a Scoundrel. I’m totally coveting.