Clayton's Honor was a struggle at first to write. Devon was an absolute charmer in the first two books, and while he retained that charm, we got to see another side of him, a more serious side. Gone was the carefree hero who loved the ladies, and in his place was this man who struggled and cherished only one woman. It was both a surprise and a delight to see this side of Devon emerge, and I'll admit he and I had to get to know each other a little better. It was only when I discovered Devon's true self that Anne became the woman he was meant to love.
I met my first true blue Irishwoman when I attended culinary school in Arizona. A few nights per week, I worked at one of the Marriott resort restaurants, and it was there in the kitchen that I met an Irishman who I haven't seen since, and yet who has had one of the greatest impacts on me—ever. He and his girlfriend (now wife) were over from Ireland with a few others who worked at the resort. I got to know him well, and in the process, got to know his lovely girlfriend. It was her who in part inspired Anne's character.
Clayton's Honor is the only book in this series that has chapter titles, and I really wanted to keep them in, but I knew they needed to be 100% accurate. I contacted my friend in Ireland (the one I met in Arizona) and he sent it over to a family member who works at An Droichead in Belfast. Thanks to him, the Irish was perfectly translated.
I really wanted to use the "Connemara Cradle Song” lyrics in the story, but I had to get permission. I managed to reach Ronan Browne, grandson of Irish singer Delia Murphy, who generously allowed me to use stanzas from the song.
And to continue with the generosity of others, Maria McCool, Irish singer, graciously allowed the use of her beautiful rendition of "Ar Éirinn Ní Neosfainn Cé Hí" for the Clayton’s Honor book trailer. I had half a dozen songs picked out, and not one of them was right. It had to be this song, and Maria McCool's kindness reminded me so much of Anne that I knew I'd made the right choice.
2016 Readers' Favorite Award Finalist
2016 RONE Award Nominee
Readers' Favorite 5 Star Book
Series: British Agent Novels, Book #3 (stand-alone)
Setting: England and Ireland
Sexuality Rating: G
Characters: Devon Clayton, Anne Doyle, Alaina Claiborne, Tristan Sheffield, Charles Blackwood, Rhona Davidson
Edition Language: English
Formats: Trade, e-book, large print
Trade Paperback: 304 pages