One man, one night, one dance, and one question…none of which Claire Ramsey sees coming.
She thinks the night is a test—a call to rise above her insecurities and step more fully into her skills. It’s been a year since she learned about the Pimpernel and fell in love with the man of so many masks.
Jack’s world is full of high stakes and big players, and Claire wants in. To her frustration, Jack is dragging his feet on letting her all the way into both his heart and his work. The risk is too high, he says.
But Claire is ready to prove him wrong. She’s ready to go all-in.
What Claire doesn’t know is that Jack is no lone wolf, and the world he is shielding her from is much bigger than she has ever imagined.
And one man, one night, one dance, and one question will change everything.
Sequel to the award-winning novel, Pimpernel
Release Date: December 12, 2017
I recommend reading Pimpernel and Walk of Infamy first. (*see bottom of post for why)
About Royal Ball
And I’m nervous.
I’m nervous and excited.
Pimpernel: Royal Ball will be in your hands on the 12th and the book is a gateway for the big, wide world Jack operates in.
You’re going to meet more people.
You’re going to see things.
Some of it you’ll understand out of the gate, some of it you won’t.
One thing is certain: This will be unlike any Royal Ball you’ve ever imagined.
One of the most frequently asked questions about the Pimpernel series is:
How many books to do I foresee in the series?
After reading Royal Ball, I think most of you will understand that the answer to that could any number at all.
Could there be six books? Sure.
A dozen? Just as easily.
A whole break off series into other characters? Yes, please.
Some beta readers for Royal Ball even asked about that, which made me smile. Personally, I think it would be so fun to give you a book of short stories from the perspective of different characters. If you read Royal Ball and think the same thing, feel free to make your wishes known.
I’m a writer with a lot of muses. I can go a lot of directions, and it’s way more fun when people want to come with me. I don’t accept input on plots or character choices, but I am open to hearing who you’re most interested in reading about.
So if you really, really want to read about something, let me know.
Another question I get (more than any other) is:
Are you going to put your books into print?
Truth is, I was considering giving printing rights to a publisher. But I think I’m past that now. This means that in 2018, all my books will appear in print and new releases will have paperbacks, too. I don’t have exact dates for all of them yet, but I’ll let you know when I do.
And thank you, in advance, to all of you looking to put my books on your shelf. It’s an honor!
One of my favorite things is when someone is reading my book and they take the time to send me a picture of the actors they imagine in each role.
This makes me smile every time.
So, I figure, why not make a contest out of it? And why not add a prize? Anyone can submit a photo for casting, I’ll post them all, and we’ll see who gets the most votes.
I know there are websites that do this, but many want you to create an account and that makes things a little less fun. I’d much prefer people just be able to click and vote within a system that only allows one vote per person.
If you have a favorite site for things like this, let me know. Otherwise, I’ll probably just jerry-rig something.
That's all for now.
We're less than a week out, which gives me just enough time to cross my fingers, freak out, and hope you like being dropped into the deep end of a series I personally love.
Hope you love it, too. But let me know either way (and definitely share it and review it, if you do--that's how we writers get to keep writing)!!!
Why read Pimpernel first?
That is where we meet all the characters and Royal Ball makes the assumption that you are up to speed on who they are and what they are about. There isn't a ton of backtracking or info dumping. The book is too busy moving you forward to spend much time rewinding.
Why read Walk of Infamy first?
Walk of Infamy is much less essential, but it does give you backstory on Kali. I specifically wrote this book as a standalone in its series, with all the relevant backstory to crossover into Pimpernel.