Scarlett studied English at Columbia University and built a career in communications, but in her free hours always returned to her earliest obsession: those delicious, big-hearted books you devour in the dark and can never bear to put down. Her steamy historical romances about alpha heroines have been finalists for the Golden Heart® Award four times. Her debut book, THE DUKE I TEMPTED, will be out July 31, 2018.
Scarlett splits her time between London and Los Angeles. When not reading or writing romance she enjoys pretending to know about wine, discussing The Real Housewives, and cooking enormous pots of soup.
Scarlett is represented by Sarah Younger at the Nancy Yost Literary Agency, and spends far too much time on Instagram and Twitter.
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What do you want from your historical romance novels?
I want an atmosphere I can sink right into. I want the mood to be so striking I can remember what it felt like to fall into that world, those pages, at the mention of the title two years later. (The more stately homes and grey London streets and quiet winter snowstorms the better.)
I want all the clever repartee. Give me a hyperverbal hero and heroine who are as matched in wits as they are in chemistry and I will see you in five hours. (When I finish reading this book.)
I want new delightful twists on old familiar tropes. Stories I feel like I know in my bones that somehow have turns I didn't quite see coming.
I want strong heroines with a ferocious desire for empowerment and heroes who are steely and starchy on the surface, but vulnerable beneath. I want them both to have an inherent sense of decency.
Until, that is, the lights go out.
Then what qualifies as "decent" can be negotiated.
(Extra credit if there is canoodling on horseback, sex in the rain, or the promise of a light touch of kink. And if there is all three, well... cancel all my meetings and hold all my calls.)
Above all I want a deep emotional intimacy that builds over the course of the pages until my breath is caught and my heart is in my stomach and I simply will not go to sleep until it's over, no matter what.
A great perk of being a romance novelist is getting to write your own catnip.
I aspire to write the kind of books I like to read. My first book, The Duke I Tempted, hits all my favorite sweet spots.
I hope it hits yours too.
Releasing July 31, Scarlett Peckham's debut novel, THE DUKE I TEMPTED
Having overcome financial ruin and redeemed his family name to become the most legendary investor in London, the Duke of Westmead needs to secure his holdings by producing an heir. Which means he must find a wife who won’t discover his secret craving to spend his nights on his knees—or make demands on his long scarred-over heart.
Poppy Cavendish is not that type of woman. An ambitious self-taught botanist designing the garden ballroom in which Westmead plans to woo a bride, Poppy has struggled against convention all her life to secure her hard-won independence. She wants the capital to expand her exotic nursery business—not a husband.
But there is something so compelling about Westmead, with his starchy bearing and impossibly kind eyes—that when an accidental scandal makes marriage to the duke the only means to save her nursery, Poppy worries she wants more than the title he is offering. The arrangement is meant to be just business. A greenhouse for an heir. But Poppy yearns to unravel her husband’s secrets—and to tempt the duke to risk his heart.
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