Monday, September 30, 2013
A Photo from the Old Country
I'm in England, visiting family, fighting jet lag, and finishing a book. This afternoon, after a trip to Tesco (a large grocery chain) I stopped by Gold Hill in Shaftesbury, a narrow steep street built along the ramparts of the ruined Shaftesbury Abbey. This highly picturesque street has been much photographed - I've seen jigsaw puzzles of it in U.S. stores. It was featured in the 1967 film Far From the Madding Crowd.
Monday, September 16, 2013
Attention New Jerseyites!
Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 17, I'm doing an author event at Barnes & Noble in East Brunswick at 7:30. There will be book talk (of course), Q&A, book signing and refreshments. I may even read an entertaining (ahem) bit from THE RUIN OF A ROGUE! My fellow historical romance writer Sophie Barnes
will also be there and we'd love to see a big crowd of readers.
Barnes & Noble is at Brunswick Square Mall, 753 Rt. 18, East Brunswick. 732-432-0100.
Friday, September 6, 2013
Natalie Garbett is an English costume expert with a smashing blog
. Here she demonstrates the actual size of a Regency era shawl. Those ladies in white muslin needed something to keep them warm in the cold, damp climate.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Mark Your Calendars
Next Tuesday, September 4th, I'm participating in an all-day historical romance release party. Join me and my dear and wonderful fellow authors Shana Galen, Katharine Ashe, Kieran Kramer, Theresa Romain, and
Erin Knightley for blogs, giveaways and live chats. The whole schedule can be found here
. Kieran and I will be chatting from 11 to noon ET. If you have a moment, please stop by and say hi - or stay for the whole hour. Instructions for joining are on the event page.
On Monday I am blogging with The Dashing Duchesses and on Friday with The Romance Bandits. I'll be giving away books at both events, but even more important will be the fun. I can tell you that Jennifer McQuiston (Duchesses) and Anna Campbell (Bandits) know how to ask good questions!
Lastly, I'll be making a live appearance at the Barnes & Noble in East Brunswick, NJ on September 17th, along with lovely historical romance writer Sophie Barnes. If you happen to be in the area, please come and say hello!
I'll be posting details of each event closer to the time.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Release Day Thrills and Spills
I always intend to spend book release day in a rational manner: fulfilling my daily word count, eating sensible food, and going to the gym. Guess what? Not happening.
I'm always far too excited, watching the book in its final shiny state going out to meet readers. It's the whole point, the reason for all those hard fought sentences and agonized revisions. The anticipation that someone will eventually read the story. Although not everyone will appreciate my words (bad reviews are always ouchy!), there's nothing like the thrill of hearing from a happy reader.
Today started stressfully. Amazon had, for some reason, decided to unilaterally delay the Kindle edition of The Ruin of a Rogue for a week. While not a disaster on the level of -say - World War III or the death of a hard drive without back up, it wasn't what I wanted to wake up to. So I treated myself to a large cappuccino with an extra shot and thought about the other great books coming out today. The last Tuesday of the month is a big release day and I am honored to be sharing it with such great writers and wonderful friends as Anna Campbell, Katharine Ashe, Mia Marlowe, Kieran Kramer, Sophie Barnes. Not to mention superstars like Mary Jo Putney and Mary Balogh. Reading choices to make me giddy, if deleterious to my word count.
The Amazon thing got sorted out. I bought a bunch of new books. I got a lovely phone call from the New Jersey Romance Writers telling me The Importance of Being Wicked is a finalist in their Golden Leaf Contest.
It's mid afternoon and I have time to write some words and go to the gym. Or I could eat chocolate. What do you recommend?
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Chance to Win THE RUIN OF A ROGUE
Less than a week now until Marcus Lithgow and Anne Brotherton make their bows. Actually, readers of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING WICKED have already met them. Anne is a sheltered heiress and very proper. Marcus is, well, very improper. I can't wait for you all to find out how this mismatched pair find Happy Ever After together.
Two copies of the book are up for grabs on Goodreads. Enter now at http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/62895-the-ruin-of-a-rogue
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
At The Duke's Wedding: News & Contest
AT THE DUKE'S WEDDING is now available from Amazon
, Barnes & Noble
, and Smashwords
. (We're waiting for Apple!) It's an ebook only but we'll have it available in print soon. Currently the price is only $2.99
but that's a special deal for our brilliantly intelligent early buyers. It will go up. OK, that's the dull stuff. Now on to the goodies: the four stories in the anthology.
~ I fell totally in love with Jack Willoughby, the hero of Maya Rodale
's THAT ROGUE JACK. His heroine Henrietta is just the lady to sort out a charming bad boy. And watch out for Hippolyta!
~ WHEN I MET MY DUCHESS is exactly what you would expect from Caroline Linden
: witty, sexy, oh-so-romantic, and gorgeously written. You'll laugh and cry as lightning strikes and the very proper Duke of Wessex discovers he's marrying the wrong woman.
~ And then there's HOW ANGELA GOT HER ROGUE BACK. Prepare to be surprised by Katharine Ashe
! Her hero Trent is a true mensch (not a Regency word, I know, but describes him perfectly) and hot too. As for Angela? Here's the surprise: she drops into 1813 England from 2013 Michigan. I adored it and I bet you will too.
~ What else? Oh yes, P.S. I LOVE YOU. That's the title of my story. Rosanne Lacy falls in love with Frank's beautiful letters. But did he write them himself, or was it the dark, mysterious Earl of Bruton?
I can't describe how much fun the four of us had writing this anthology. Each story can stand alone, but they are linked by time and location and we have several shared characters (Sophronia!) as well as our heroes and heroines popping into each other's books. If you would like to learn more about the making of AT THE DUKE'S WEDDING, enter our contest. Six lucky winners will take part in an online chat/party with the four of us and be promise to tell you lots of secrets!
Score a spot at the Bachelorette Party of the Season!
Be one of the 6 lucky readers to join The Lady Authors for an exclusive online chat about At The Duke's Wedding! Entering the contest is easy: just read the anthology and post a review on either Amazon
, Barnes & Noble
. Then send us an email
with the link to your review to be eligible to win a spot at our bachelorette party of the season! We'll chat, spill secrets and mail you a gift bag :)
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Read Chapter One of The Ruin of a Rogue
Curious about the first meeting between innocent heiress Anne Brotherton and the rascal Marcus Lithgow? Read it here.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
You Are Invited to a June Wedding
I have exciting news. Maya Rodale, Caroline Linden, Katharine Ashe, and I have teamed up on an anthology of novellas. All four stories are set AT THE DUKE'S WEDDING, a splendid house party at Kingstag Castle in 1813 England.
The anthology will be available on your e-reader on June 11th (a perfect day for a wedding!). You can sign up for a special email, letting you know when the book is ready and bringing news of contests and prizes. Here's the website
- AtTheDukesWedding.com. R.S.V.P. now and come back again in a week or so for new details about four romantic, sexy, funny tales.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Novella Now Only 99 Cents
The Second Seduction of a Lady has come down in price. This 26,000 word novella (about 100 pages) is now only 99¢ at most ebook retailers.
Eleanor Hardwick and Max Quinton shared one night of incredible passion…that was shattered the next day, when Eleanor learned of a bet placed by Max's friends. Now, five years later, Max still can't get Eleanor out of his head or his heart. He has a single chance to make a second impression—one that will last forever.
The novella is a prequel to THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING WICKED but can be read as a stand alone.
Only $0.99 at online stores including Nook Kindle iTunes Kobo
Monday, April 15, 2013
More people are reading digitally these days, including me. Very convenient! But ebooks don't have covers and I miss them. I've had postcards made up with the covers for my last book and my next (coming August 27th). If you'd like me to send you one or both, drop me a note through my contact page
with your name and address and I will send you spiffy signed cards.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
The Next Book
I'm putting finishing touches to revisions on the second book in my Wild Quartet series. The final title (we've been through some changes) is THE RUIN OF A ROGUE. I also have a cover but that's under wraps for now.
The book features sexy rogue Marcus Lithgow, a man in deep need of reform. Heiress Anne Brotherton is just the woman to do it.
The book will be released August 27th. It's already up for pre-order at Amazon
and Barnes & Noble