A reader has quite rightly commented on the absence of a central storyline in the Countess stories. Perhaps publishing them as chapters of a single story was a mistake, even though they are all about the same couple in the same broad setting.
I mean to post the remainder of the stories here because the feedback would be most helpful in deciding whether to rewrite the stories around a central storyline - or whether to embark on an entirely new long story, this time one with more plot development.
The Queen series is the same, but some of my ideas for future stories here could be worked on to provide a stronger plot.
Food for thought.