Yesterday, I received the most wonderful call. Any Duchess Will Do is a finalist for the 2014 RITA in the Historical Romance category! This is such an honor, and I’m so thrilled to be on the finalist list with so many amazing authors. The awards will be presented at the national convention in San Antonio this July.
In the meantime, I’ll be out and about in a few other places:
In April, I’ll be appearing at the LA Times Festival of Books, on the Romance panel with the amazing Julie Anne Long, Susan Squires, and Beth Yarnall. The panel is on Saturday, April 12th, at 12:30 PM. A book signing will follow.
Then in May, I’m headed to New Orleans for the RT Book Reviews convention! It will be my first time in NoLa, and I’m so excited. I’ll post my schedule of panels and signings as the date approaches.
I’m so excited for Izzy and Ransom’s story to make its way into the world. Izzy is a heroine after my own heart, for so many reasons. As for wounded hero Ransom…well, he proved challenge enough for us both!
These two needed each other desperately, and I hope you’ll fall in love with them and their romance. Thanks for reading!
And now I’m looking forward to 2014, and the late-January release of Romancing the Duke! This is the first in my all-new Castles Ever After series. Each heroine in the series has inherited her very own castle–and trouble along with it. Miss Izzy Goodnight’s trouble comes in the form of a reclusive, wounded duke. Izzy and Ransom’s story has already received starred reviews from both Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist. You can read an excerpt and find pre-order links here on the site.
Did you know this August is National Read-a-Romance month? Check out the RARM website for daily posts from romance authors on the many reasons why “Romance Matters ” (Mine will be posted on August 29th!) and fun giveaways.
This Tuesday, I’ll be headed to Atlanta for the 2013 Romance Writers of America Annual Conference. RWA Conference is always a highlight of my year, and I’m so excited to see old friends and make new ones.
If you are anywhere near Atlanta, please consider attending the “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing. Over 400 romance authors in one ballroom, signing books donated by publishers and authors – all proceeds go to literacy. Since 1990, this event has raised more than $775,000!
The signing is open to the public. It will be held on Wednesday, July 17, 5:30-7:30 PM, at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. (From past experience, it pays to line up early!) For more information and a complete list of authors, please see this link.
If you’re in the area, you’re also invited to join authoresses and friends of The Ballroom Blog on Thursday evening at 9PM, in the Pulse Bar (also inside the Marriott). More info here.
Thank you, readers, for all the wonderful support you’ve given Any Duchess Will Do. Pauline and Griff’s story has now spent two weeks on the USA Today Bestsellers list, and I just got word today that the book is already going into a third printing. Wow!
I am just so touched by the enthusiasm readers have shown for the Spindle Cove series, and the way so many have welcomed the characters into their imaginations and hearts.
Several readers have written to ask me what’s next. It’s true that I’m now working on the first book in a brand new series for next year (and I’m sooo excited about it!). However, for those who were wanting more Spindle Cove, don’t despair! Even though Any Duchess was the last planned novel for the series, I feel pretty certain I’ll be revisiting Spindle Cove and/or the characters in some way, at some point.
Tomorrow, I fly out to Colorado for the Crested Butte Writers Conference – can’t wait! If you happen to be in Colorado and want to drop by, the Saturday afternoon events and signing are open to readers.
Thanks again, and I hope you’re all having a wonderful summer.
Hooray, it’s release day for Any Duchess Will Do! I’m just so excited for Griff and Pauline’s story to be out in the world. I hope readers enjoy getting to know these two just as much as I did.
If you want to chat about this book, there are several chances! There will be a Twitter chat today (May 28th, 4pm ET/1pm PT), hashtag #dukeproblems; my GoodReads group has an ongoing discussion thread; and there will be a special “Ask Tessa Dare” event at GoodReads on June 10th. I’ll be in the Chicago and Ohio areas in the next few weeks – details here. And of course, please feel free to just email me, too!