Happy Saturday! Hope wherever you are you’re having a great day!
I’m happy to report that I’ve got a little treat for you! (Though you know, no big deal if you aren’t as excited as I am. I don’t judge!)
The folks at Heroes & Heartbreakers asked me to the very first author in a new series they’re doing called “H&H Quickies”. They put up a call for prompts (these are scenarios or story details that are supposed to “prompt” a writer to find a story in them) one week, and then the next week, the author, having chosen a few of those prompts, posts a story that includes them.
The prompts I chose were: a kiss in a curricle near Rotten Row; a working (non-aristocratic) hero; a horse named Crystal; a plus sized heroine; and, a long overdue declaration of love. The story I wrote is called “Miss Easterling’s Scottish Fling.” I hope you’ll stop by and let me know what you think of it. I’m rather fond of Miss Easterling and her Scottish hero!
It’s a little over a week since Why Earls Fall in Love was released and I found out yesterday that it hit the coveted Neilsen Bookscan Romance list at #69. Thank you so much for putting it there!
For those of us in the book world, Bookscan is the place that ranks books by their total print sales (with a few exceptions like grocery stores and the like) once a week. And this week, I’m on this list, which is super!
You guys, in a word, ROCK!
So, guess who got her first ever review from Publishers Weekly! This gal! And it was a good one (whew!) so I can actually share it. Among other things, they said that Why Earls Fall in Love is “sparkling” and “delicious”! Not too shabby for a first timer, eh? Check it out here: http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-250-02384-1
Also, if you’re interested in winning a free copy of Why Earls Fall in Love, don’t miss my Goodreads Giveaway, where 20 lucky readers will win. No reason it shouldn’t be you!
And last but not least, I just sent out a new newsletter where I’ve included an exclusive snippet from WEFIL. If you’re not subscribed, you can do that here. You can also read a copy online, here.
Hope the New Year is treating you right!
Hi all! Sorry I’ve been so incommunicado these past few months. I’ve been hard at work on Why Lords Lose Their Hearts and let me tell you that it’s going to be a doozy!
But, I had to pop in because I got the wonderful news this week that Why Dukes Say I Do has been nominated for an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Innovative Historical! And I’m in the same category with Zoe Archer, Celeste Bradley, Karen Ranney, Heather Snow, and Tracey Devlin. So honored that RT found Isabella and Trevor so intriguing! And innovative, of course!
My other news is that allowing my readers to choose the cover pose for Why Earls Fall in Love went so well, that we’ve decided to do it again with Why Lords Lose Their Hearts! So, head on over to Facebook, where Heroes and Heartbreakers has set up the voting! I won’t tell which one I favor at the moment, but I will say that I ADORE the colors on this one! And that model playing the role of Archer isn’t too shabby either;)
That’s all for now! I’ll see yall on the interwebs!
At last! After all these months of teasing, Why Dukes Say I Do is finally available for purchase! (Or if you’re a library user, for checkout!) I can’t wait to see how you all respond to Trevor and Isabella. I have to admit, Trevor might be my favorite hero yet. Of course, I think that about them all…
Hope wherever you are, whatever you’re doing today you’ve got something cool to drink (or warm if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere) and something great to read!
Whee! Release day for The Perks of Being a Beauty is finally here! I can’t wait to see what you, my readers, think about Amelia’s transformation from mean girl to heroine! Some of my favorite heroines (and heroes) started out as villains, and I hope that I was able to make Amelia’s journey credible.
To celebrate, over at Kiss and Thrill I’m being interrogated by Sharon Wray about just what I was thinking when I decided to make the Ugly Ducklings’ mortal enemy a heroine. And I’m giving away a free copy of Perks to one lucky commenter!
Plus, not only is today the digital release day for Perks, it’s also audio release day! And in honor of Audio Books Month, my audio publisher Tantor, has marked their entire store down by 50%, which includes all three of the Ugly Ducklings, but also Perks!
And be on the lookout for a cameo from, Lady Isabella Wharton, the heroine of Why Dukes Say I do, which comes out a little over a month from now! I can’t wait for you to meet the Wicked Widows!
No matter which format you choose to read it in, I hope you enjoy Amelia’s story! In honor of Amelia’s debut, I’m throwing a party at Goodreads and you’re invited! In my new Q&A with Manda Collins Group tonight from 6PM to 8PM Central, we’ll be celebrating with some of our favorite bad girls and the bad boys they love! There will be door prizes and fun and you can ask me anything you want! (Within reason, obviously;) If you’re not already a member, just join up! I’ll also be using the group for announcements and general updates related to my books. I hope you’ll join us!
As always, thank you so much for your support! Hope wherever you are, you’re having a June to remember!
Until Amelia Snow’s story The Perks of Being a Beauty is released!!!
I just found out yesterday that How to Dance with a Duke has been nominated in the historical category of the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, sponsored by the Southern Magic Chapter of RWA!
This is an especially important moment for me because Southern Magic is the sister chapter of the Gulf Coast Romance Writers, my home chapter. And we Alabama girls have to stick together!
Thank you so much to everyone who judged! And congratulations to all the other nominees. I’m up against a seriously strong group of contenders.
After a fabulous release week for How to Entice an Earl, when I finally got to share Maddie and Christian’s story with readers, something amazing happened. The incomparable Eloisa James chose to include it in her monthly column for Barnes & Noble online! And if that wasn’t enough, the list of other authors whose books she spotlighted includes Anne Gracie, Sarah MacLean, Juliana Gray and Teresa Medeiros! Some of my favorite authors!
If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out here!
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My house has been rampant with the flu and colds this week, so here’s hoping that you, wherever you are, have escaped the creeping crud. I’m going to have some cough syrup and dream of good news…
My dear friend Vanessa Kelly, author of His Mistletoe Bride, tagged me to take part in this blogging hop-along, and I thought it sounded like fun. I’ll answer some questions about my current work in progress (WIP), and then tag some other authors to do the same thing on their blogs next week.
What is your working title of your book? Why Dukes Say I Do
Where did the idea come from for the book? From a totally random brainstorming session with some author friends where we were coming up with gimmicky Regency historical titles. The one that started my imagination on this new trilogy was I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SEASON.
What genre does your book fall under? Regency historical romance/romantic suspense.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? For my hero, Trevor, I’ve chosen dishy British actor Toby Stephens, shown here in the BBC adaptation of Anne Bronte’sThe Tenant of Wildfell Hall.
For my heroine, Isabella, I’ve chosen Anna Chancellor, better known to American audiences as Duckface from Four Weddings and a Funeral. Here she is playing Miss Bingley in the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? A socialite widow with a dark secret must convince a reclusive duke to abandon his vow to remain in the country, or risk being publicly accused of murder.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? This is the first book in my new trilogy with St. Martin’s Press.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? Three months.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? I tend to think of my books as being in the vein of old school Amanda Quick with just a dash of Julia Quinn and a soupcon of Lisa Kleypas.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? Like my previous books, this trilogy will center on female friendship as well as romance. In this case, my three heroines are all widows whose first marriages were not particularly happy. All three heroines are survivors. And the fact that two of the heroines are sisters makes their relationships with one another even more emotional. Even so, there’s a lot of humor here too. I especially enjoyed pitting the social butterfly Isabella against the country-bred, down to earth, Trevor. There are some fun fish-out-of-water scenes in this one as well as my favorite scenes to write…bromance!
Now I get to tag a few awesome author friends too, who’ll be posting about their latest projects on their blogs next Wednesday, Dec. 12th. Can’t wait to hear what they’re working on!!
The Lovely and Amazing Virna DePaul, author ofShades of Temptation.
The Always Entertaining Tiffany Clare, author of Wicked Nights with a Proper Lady.
Readers, be sure to check out these talented ladies next week and find out what they’re working on!