the origin of a series

bishop :: avenging viii :: alison kent

Once upon a time, in 2016 to be exact, I read a thriller that blew me away. It had everything I wanted in a book, including great sexual tension, an indestructible hero, twists and turns and amazing action. I thought for a couple of years about how I could do the same thing in romantic suspense.

Obviously, a romance requires a different focus, less military verisimilitude… or so in the case of what I wanted to write. I played with concepts, wrote words on three different stories as I tried to get to know these guys: Who were they? Where had they come from? How had they ended up working together off the grid to right wrongs no matter what it took, or how many laws they broke?

Enter Kris Hack of Temys Designs.

I was on Facebook one day and she had posted a premade cover. I did not need another premade cover, yet I returned again and again and finally bought it. Then I thought about Bishop Riggs, one of the dudes I’d been writing about, and this cover was one-hundred percent him.

I continued to write, going back and forth, uncertain, so I asked Kris about making this a series. She did two more covers and they were great but I sat on them for a long time. I wasn’t sure what I was doing.

I needed a series name and went through three or four before settling on the Avenging VIII. But the VIII needed to mean something. As did the titles… all of which will be explained within the series itself.

Over the next year, I worked on other things but kept coming back to this idea and the covers. I had a few story nuggets but needed more: Who was behind the team? What was their mission and their end goal? How was I going to live up to my original idea inspired by the book I’d read? I probably wrote eight books worth of brainstorming notes to pull this together.

It also required eight covers (though there are actually nine books because I went back and added Abbot as a prequel short story; and Kris doesn’t know it yet but there will be a tenth, too!) 

I finally decided what was off with the two additional covers, discussed it with Kris, then left her to design. Each cover that arrived in Messenger got me more excited. I’ve honestly not had this much fun writing anything in ages. And that one premade cover was the glue that made it all work!

Check out the Avenging VIII here. ABBOT and ELDER are available now for preorder.

The Sweetest Taboo AT LAST

Earlier this month, I hit PUBLISH on my *last reverted backlist title. Save for my three books with Berkley Heat (Dalton Gang) and my five books with Montlake Romance (Hope Springs) I now control the rights to **everything I’ve written … that everything being a total of ***59 novels, novellas, and short stories.


You can now get THE SWEETEST TABOO at the following retailers:





This was my fourth book for Harlequin Blaze and launched the Men To Do series. It was published in 2002 so I went back in and gave the characters updated tech and switched out some pop culture references. For the most part, though, it’s still the book I wrote SEVENTEEN YEARS AGO. It’s so hard to believe it’s been that long!!

It’s been my bestselling book for Harlequin and apparently the Germans love it as it’s been reprinted there three times I think, and with some pretty steamy covers!

*I do have rights back to The Icing on the Cake but am not sure if I’m going to republish that one in digital. Should I?

**Not The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Writing Erotic Romance or This Time Next Year or the online reads I wrote for Harlequin.

***I swear it’s 60. What am I forgetting?

some things take forever

And one of those things would be finishing up the reissue of my Girl Gear series originally published by Harlequin Blaze. But at long last the *six books are again available! Life has been a bit of an upside-down world for the past couple of years so this has taken longer than it should have. But it is what it is so ONWARD!!! And could these new covers look any more amazing as a set? I love them SO much!

(Thanks to Daqri at Covers by Combs for all the beauty!)

You can get the full series at the following retailers:



*I discovered a couple of legacy typos in Indiscreet even after reading it through so I’m in the process of getting those corrected and new editions published as we speak.

**Apparently, Apple hasn’t yet published Striptease but I’ll get on that.