Dear Readers,
Welcome old friends and new.

I’m absolutely delighted to announce Cara Elliott’s debut into the world of romance!

Now, some of you may know me as Andrea Pickens, author of a number of award-winning Regency-set historical romances.

So why Cara Elliott? Well, the answer is . . .

I’m so excited about the new direction of my writing that my editors and I decided it deserved a new pen name.

And I’ll tell you why—the upcoming books are more SEXY than ever!

My Andrea Pickens “Spy” trilogy was swashbuckling adventure. (Think Jane Austen meets James Bond!) The three oh-so-dangerous heroines were not afraid to put on breeches and boots, and then kick a little butt! They crossed swords with the men—and came out on top! (check out my alter ego website for more detailed info and excerpts.)

As Cara Elliott, I slide into a sexy, slinky little black dress. My debut trilogy is called ‘The Circle of Sin’ and features three beautiful, brainy heroines. Each of them is a brilliant scientist—and each of them has a dark secret in her past. Experience has taught Ciara, Alessandra, and Kate that men are dangerous devils. But when an old mistake threatens utter ruin and scandal, each of the ‘Sinners’ is forced to accept help from an unexpected hero . . .

So what happens when a serious scientific scholar must partner with a rakish scoundrel? The result is . . . a sinfully sexy chemistry that ignites some real heat! It’s said that “opposites attract.” And when the ‘Sinners’ and their men collide, watch the sparks fly.

Passion, wit and intrigue—I hope that you will agree that The Circle of Sin combines the perfect romantic ingredients for three sizzling, seductive stories.



**The above feature is from the author’s website






  • Pub. Date: February 2011
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • ISBN-13: 9780446541305
  • ISBN: 0446541303

From the Publisher

Kate Woodbridge has spent most of her life sailing to exotic ports around the globe, acquiring an expertise in botany, along with a few less ladylike skills. So when a deathbed promise to her parents brings her to London to seek reconciliation with her grandfather, the imperious Duke of Cluyne, she feels like a fish out of water. Her outspoken views and fiery temper tend to set off sparks in Society-especially with the rakish Conte of Como.A devil-may-care rogue, Marco finds the alluring and mysterious Kate a tempting target for his flirtations. But when murder strikes at the duke’s country house party he begins to suspect that she’s hiding a dark secret. He has his own clandestine reasons for offering to help her prove her innocence . . . And so begins a journey of dangerous deception that leads from England to the glittering ballrooms of Vienna, where Marco and Kate must duel with a deadly villain . . . and their own explosive attraction.

Publishers Weekly

From the first page of this sequel to To Sin with a Scoundrel and To Surrender to a Rogue, Elliott sweeps her readers up in a scintillating and sexy romance between Katharine Kylie Woodbridge and Comte Giovanni Marco Musto della Ghiradelli. Kate, an outspoken, strong-spirited woman somewhat improbably raised as a pirate, is more than a match for Ghiradelli, who spies on England while pretending to be a dissolute wastrel. Intrigued by Kate’s past, Ghiradelli pursues her, only to realize he’s encountered her before in a Naples brothel. As their story plays out against a backdrop of continental politics, obscure botanical poisons, family arguments, and erotic statuary, heated passions come to a boil. A secondary romance between Kate’s grandfather and her fellow bluestocking Lady Charlotte Fenimore is charming but never intrusive. (Feb.)



MBA: How hard is it to keep up with the characters in a series?



CE: Actually, I find it really fun to develop characters over several books. They grow through each story, and like real people, the more I get to know them, the more they reveal hidden depths and character.

And what’s most intriguing is how they can suddenly surprise me! For example, when I first created Marco, the hero of TO TEMPT A RAKE, he was a minor secondary character, and I was sure he were going to stay in the background, adding color to scenes as a handsome and charming flirt. But lo and behold, he had different ideas! He began to flex his muscles, so to speak, and demand a bigger role in the action. There were days when I would sit back from my computer after writing a chapter and say, “Yipes, I didn’t know he was going to do THAT!” (He whispered in my ear that beneath the cynical persona of a rakish rogue, he was really a serious, sensitive fellow who was working for England as a spy.)

Well, as you see, he seduced me into giving him his own book, and I hope people enjoy reading his adventures as much as I enjoyed writing them.

At the end of a series, it gets a little hard to let go of characters who have been with me for several books because they’ve become such good friends! But then, it’s always great to make new friends, so I’m very excited about my new series, which will debut in November ’11!