Many thanks to everyone who entered our multi-author Spooktacular Blog Hop and giveaway! I hope you enjoyed visiting all the wonderful authors who participated.
The winner of an advance copy of A Bride for the Season is Michaela! Congratulations!
I’ll be giving away more books soon, so let’s keep in touch! I hope you’ll stop by Forever Romance’s Historical Hookup Facebook Party on November 5 and my special Book Launch Party for A Bride for the Season on November 25.
Truth be told, at times I find the scariest thing in the world is an empty computer screen! But for an author there can be something even more painful: the moment when you must “murder your darlings.”
This is a famous adage among writers, and it means that no matter how much you may love something you have written, if it doesn’t advance the story, it must be cut.
Since Halloween is the time to indulge in stories dark, moody, and dangerous, I thought you’d enjoy reading this “deleted scene” from the original manuscript of An Heiress at Heart, which takes place in the grim, gray dawn after a fatal duel.
The dense fog lay in an oppressive heap on the city, giving a tangible nature to every thought that was cold, bleak and dreary.
GIVEAWAY! So tell me, do you watch the “deleted scenes” on DVDs? If so, have you ever seen a scene that you wish they had left in the movie? Weigh in below in the comments! (Or simply say hi and let me know if you’ve enjoyed this deleted scene from An Heiress at Heart.) I’ll be giving away a copy of A Bride for the Season to one lucky commenter.*
And be sure to check out these other authors on the “Spooktacular Blog Hop”! They’ve got more spooky book excerpts and fun prizes to share!
SPOOKTACULAR BLOG HOP:
*Giveaway ends on November 2, 2014 at 11:59pm EDT. Prize mailed only to North American addresses. Entrants must be 18 years old or older to win.
I am happy to report that A Lady Most Lovely has won the 2014 Maggie Award for Excellence!
The winners were announced last weekend at the Georgia Romance Writers annual Moonlight and Magnolias conference.
It was truly an honor to receive this lovely medallion and wear it home. I’m so thrilled and blessed by the warm reception this book has received.
A reader pointed out to me that in A Lady Most Lovely, Tom gives Margaret the nickname of Maggie. A happy coincidence indeed!
Be sure to visit my Facebook page for more photos of the conference!
The Publishers Weekly review for A BRIDE FOR THE SEASON is out!
Here’s an excerpt from their review:
“The scintillating Love’s Grace trilogy conclusion (after A Lady Most Lovely) unearths the true character of one of the most roguish men in 1853 London…. The romantic dance between James and Lucinda sparkles with wit, intellect, and subtle desire in defiance of societal expectations.”
I’m so excited–can’t wait to share this book with readers!!!
I’m giving away 10 autographed copies of A Lady Most Lovely on Goodreads. Enter before October 1. Enjoy!
A Lady Most Lovely is a finalist for the Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award for Excellence!
I’ll be at the conference, and I will also be autographing books at the Book Fair & Author Autographing for Literacy which is open to the public and takes place the same weekend. Details on time and place are below. If you are in the area, I’d love to see you there!
Book Fair & Author Autographing
For all who have asked me about pre-ordering A Bride for the Season, I am happy to say the book is available to order at these booksellers:
Barnes and Noble (25% off list price!)
Books-A-Million (20% off list price!)
Indiebound – Support your local bookseller!
You will notice that Amazon is not on that list. During their current contract negotiations with my publisher, Amazon is refusing to allow pre-orders of any of my publisher’s books. Also, if you see my books listed on Amazon as “usually ships in 1-3 weeks,” be aware that Amazon will most likely not get around to shipping them in that time frame. Please consider buying my books from any of the other fine booksellers listed above.
With my sincerest thanks,
To celebrate the upcoming release of A Bride for the Season, I’ll be giving away autographed copies of my first two books. The first, An Heiress at Heart, is up for grabs right now on GoodReads! If you haven’t read it yet, here’s your chance to win a copy of my debut novel, which was a finalist in the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® contest. Soon I’ll have info on how to win A Lady Most Lovely, as well as a Barnes and Noble gift card. Enjoy!
Happy May, everyone! I’m happy to say my final edits for A Bride for the Season have been turned into the publisher. In honor of that, and since this is May 5 (or 5/5), here is a little snippet from chapter 5.
A Bride for the Season will be released this fall. I’ll be offering some fun giveaways this summer, so be sure to sign up for my newsletter to keep up with the current news!
So happy to share this new cover with you!
A BRIDE FOR THE SEASON
Lucinda Cardington doesn’t care that she is close to being “on the shelf.” She has more serious pursuits in mind and is perfectly content to leave dreams of romance to silly young ladies like her sister. Yet when her sister places herself in a compromising situation with London’s most scandalous bachelor, the entire family’s reputation comes perilously close to ruin. Suddenly Lucinda is in the limelight…and in need of a husband.
James Simpson’s rakish ways have finally caught up with him. Snared in a scandal that for once is not his doing, he is forced to do the honorable thing and offer marriage to the lady. But her father won’t agree to a dowry unless James can also find a suitable husband for the lady’s elder sister—quiet, reserved Lucinda Cardington. As James gets to know the vibrant, charming, and passionate woman behind Lucinda’s shy exterior, he comes to the distressing realization that he doesn’t want her in anyone’s arms but his own…
A Bride for the Season will be released this fall!