- Ned Blydon, the hero of “A Tale of Two Sisters,” appeared in my first three novels: Splendid, Dancing At Midnight, and Minx.
- Over the course of these books, he grew up from a slightly immature
university student to a more adult overprotective brother, finally emerging as a shameless flirt. But although readers asked me to write a story about him, I wasn’t quite ready to do so. To me, at least, Ned was still a bit young, and I needed time for him to grow up in my mind. Then, unfortunately, Splendid and Dancing At Midnight fell out of print. There was no way I could write a full-length novel about Ned without bringing back characters from those novels, and I didn’t think it would be fair to new readers who might want to learn more about Emma, Belle, and the rest of the gang from the Splendid trilogy. Three years later, Splendid and Dancing At Midnight were brought back into print, but by then I was very involved in the Bridgerton series and didn’t want to take time off to write a novel for Ned. So when the Avon editorial department came up with the concept for Where’s My Hero (in which authors bring back a secondary character who always deserved a story of his own) I jumped at the chance to write a novella for Ned. It was really well past time.
- Only two characters from the Splendid Trilogy appear in “A Tale of Two Sisters.” I wish that I could have included more than just Belle and Emma, but the space constraints of a novella just didn’t allow it.
- If you like the concept for Where’s My Hero don’t miss Hero, Come Back by Stephanie Laurens, Christina Dodd, and Elizabeth Boyle. This anthology features secondary characters who finally get their time in the limelight.
- To learn more about the other stories in the anthology, please visit the websites of the other authors: Lisa Kleypas and Kinley MacGregor (Sherrilyn Kenyon).