If Meryl Streep Edited Books…

When actors talk about how excited they are to work with their mentors, I can relate.

As a writer, I’ve experienced the equivalent to doing a scene with Meryl Streep–being edited by one of the best working in publishing today! Lucky gal? You bet I am. And you can be too because Helen is not just an editor, she is a prolific, award-winning author. I am honored to host author and editor Helen Hardt today.

Helen Hardt is a storyteller whose writing technique I would rank in the top 5% of published work. But who cares about craft, right? We read books for story, dangling modifiers be damned. Well, Helen’s got story down too.

Helen’s heroes range from cowboy to rake, and her heroines are smart, sassy, and sensual. If you love historical romance, don’t miss Helen’s Sex and the Season series. Tempted? Check out Lily and the Duke…

Wiltshire, England 1845…

…her thoughts evaporated until only feeling remained. Oh. she had been wrong about kissing. This was heaven. Apprehensively, she let her tongue touch his, and he groaned softly. Her nipples stiffened and she pushed them into his chest. Something was making her want more. Was it his groan? The smooth stroking of his tongue on hers? She trembled as they tasted each other. She tilted her head upward to meet his mouth better and opened her eyes briefly.

Daniel looked down at the dark-haired woman whose mouth he had been ravishing. How could he have made such a mistake? She wasn’t who he expected. Yet he had known, somehow. Her kiss had been different.  Innocent and sweet. …But that was not to be.  He had to apologize and let her go. It was the decent thing to do. Even he drew the line at seducing innocents. Most of the time, anyway. He was the duke now.  He had responsibilities.

…”Oh bloody hell,” he said aloud, and pulled her body into his again.

Lily And the Duke.Cover

Lady Lily Jameson is thrilled to attend a house party given by Daniel Farnsworth, the Duke of Lybrook, but not because he’s the most eligible bachelor in the peerage. Her only interest is his famous art collection, which reputedly includes a painting by her favorite artist, Jan Vermeer.

Daniel, duke only by virtue of the untimely deaths of his father and older brother, wants nothing to do with his new duties. He’d rather continue his rakish ways. When he finds the lovely Lily sneaking around the property in search of his art collection, sparks fly.

Despite her father’s wishes, Lily has no intention of marrying. She wants to travel the world to gain real life inspiration for her painting and writing. And what could be better worldly experience than a passionate affair with the notorious Duke of Lybrook?

But circumstances may change the game and the players…and danger lurks, as well.

Buy Lily and the Duke


Helen Hardt’s passion for the written word began with the books her mother read to her at bedtime. She wrote her first story at age six and hasn’t stopped since. In addition to being an award winning author of contemporary and historical romance and erotica, she’s a mother, a black belt in Taekwondo, a grammar geek, an appreciator of fine red wine, and a lover of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. She writes from her home in Colorado, where she lives with her family. Helen loves to hear from readers.

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