From the Author
I truly enjoyed taking my love for the old Gothic tradition and using it to create something fresh and new that still had that dangerous, brooding atmosphere that made me adore the genre in the first place.
The sweet ingénue alone with the rich, older, experienced man with secret to hide has been done before--and brilliantly. So rather than try to repeat that, I took the conventions of the genre and stood them on their heads without disrespecting them in any way.
The childlike naivety of the old Gothic heroine has been replaced by the complexities of an older woman whose past has left her believing that she is hard and bitter and too afraid to live. The dark, dangerous hero is still dark and dangerous, but his own unhealed wounds and rooted fears brought about by an affliction not of his making become the 'monster in the attic' that they must face. And through their relationship runs a deep, intense sensuality that neither can even attempt to ignore.
I had a blast writing this book, and I hope you take as much enjoyment in reading it!
From the Back Cover
In darkness, he awaits her...
Byron Stratford, Duke of Raeburn, walks in shadow. Spoken of only in whispers, he lives alone in his crumbling manor, a cold, enigmatic recluse. Rarely appearing by the light of day, he moves as a wraith in the night, answering to no man. He cares little for those who dwell outside-and does not abide the intrusion of others, lest they discover his secret shame...This is the sinister man Lady Victoria Wakefield must confront if she is to save herself from her family's ruin. Little does she suspect that she will emerge from her journey into that night as his shining sun-or that the passion that radiates between them will be their only defense against the true darkness threatening to destroy them both...
"The next great romance author has arrived, and her name is Lydia Joyce. THE VEIL OF NIGHT is a stunning debut from a young writer who possesses remarkable maturity and style. Every page is charged with sensual energy and confident grace. It is a gorgeous, complex, absolutely riveting novel. If there is only one new author you will try this year, it must be Lydia Joyce."
"Intelligent. Passionate. Filled with dark secrets and illuminating love. This is what romance is about!"
"A powerful love story, compelling and beautifully written."
--Alison Kent, author of THE BANE AFFAIR