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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
I’m headed to Texas!

It’s been a busy summer so far for the Dare family!  I recently returned from a wonderful time at the American Library Association conference in Las Vegas, and soon I’ll be headed to two events in Texas.

July 20-22 – “For the Love of Books: Readers Love Romance!” at Lake Austin Spa

I am beyond excited for this. What could be better than a gathering of readers and writers, at a world-class spa retreat?  Lake Austin Spa is gorgeous in the photos, and I can’t wait to experience it myself. I’ll be there with amazing bestselling authors Lori Wilde and Kerrelyn Sparks, and anyone else who would love to join us for a few days of pampering, writing, and talking romance. There will be romance trivia, a writing workshop, wine and cheese… I think I’m even leading (or straggling on) a hiking excursion!  If you have a few days to spare, please consider joining us!

Romance Writers of America annual conference, July 22-27 in San Antonio, TX

The RWA annual conference is always a highlight of my year.  If you’re anywhere near San Antonio, please mark your calendar for the annual “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing on Wednesday, July 23rd, from 5:30-7:30 at the Marriott Rivercenter hotel. This wonderful event with 500 authors is open to the public – all books are donated by the publishers, and proceeds go to support local literacy causes.

For those attending the conference, I’ll be moderating a panel on Thursday at 4:30:

Suffragettes and Alpha Males: Exploring Feminism in Romance.

Speakers: Zoë Archer, Lorelie Brown, Tessa Dare, Julie Leto, Carrie Lofty, and Jeri Smith-Ready

Six multipublished authors and self-described feminists representing multiple romance subgenres engage in a lively roundtable discussion of varying interpretations of feminism, the evolution of the romance genre, writing strong female characters, and gender power balance in and out of the bedroom.

I’m also looking forward to the RITA and Golden Heart awards on Saturday night, not least because Any Duchess Will Do is a finalist in the Historical Romance category! Like Pauline, I will be trying not to trip over my feet in my fancy, sparkly gown. :)

Hope you’re having a great summer!

Sunday, May 18th, 2014
Back from New Orleans!

I had a wonderful time at the RT Booklovers’ Convention in New Orleans! I’m so grateful to all the authors, readers, publishers, volunteers, and RT Magazine staffers who worked so hard to make it a memorable, fun experience.

For me, the highlights of every RT Convention are the signings: both the Avon open house and the big Book Fair on Saturday.  Both events were crowded this year, but I so appreciate all the readers who waited (in some cases, hours!) to see the authors and came by my table to say hello.  I signed new books, I signed old books, I signed books in French! And tote bags and Kindle covers and scrapbooks and bookplates. And most importantly, I had the chance to meet readers, shake their hands, and share hugs and laughs and even a few tears.

For the most part, writing is done in solitude, and these few days spent meeting readers are precious in ways I struggle to describe. Every time I leave a conference like RT, I feel recharged as a writer and reminded of all the ways Romance is so important. Romance authors and readers are amazing people, and it’s an honor to be a part of this genre.

Thank you, RT!

Sunday, May 11th, 2014
NoLa, Here I Come!

I’m so excited to be leaving tomorrow for the 2014 RT Booklovers Convention in New Orleans!

For anyone else who might be attending and curious as to where I will be and when, here’s my schedule. I look forward to seeing lots of old friends and meeting new ones!

Wednesday, May 14:

  • 1:15-2:15pm – Cover Wars

Thursday, May 15:

  • 10-11am – Passion Potion #9
  • 6:30-8:30pm – Pub Crawl (For the first hour, I’ll be at Tropical Isle with the French Quarter 14, and for the second hour, I’ll be at Saints & Sinners with Avon)

Friday, May 16:

Saturday, May 17:

  • 11am-2pm – Giant Book Fair! (The book fair is open to the public, even if you are not attending the conference)

 

 

 

Thursday, March 27th, 2014
RITA Finalist!

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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.

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
Romancing the Duke – on sale today!

It’s here! Release day for Romancing the Duke!

I'm ready for my castle

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!

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014
New Year, New Book (and video!)

Romancing the Duke, available January 28

Less than a month now until the release of Romancing the Duke, first in my all-new Castles Ever After series! If you like:

  • Intrepid, book-loving heroines
  • Wounded, reclusive heroes in desperate need of love
  • Mysterious, romantic castles
  • Weasels (okay, just trust me on this one)

pre-order today!  You can read the full first chapter here.

And for those of you who’ve enjoyed my dareling room videos, here’s a new one. (You may have to click the “Read More” link to see it.) I finally made good on my DABWAHA promise :)

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
Happy Holidays to You!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season.

As I update the site toward the end of 2013, there is much to celebrate. I am so honored that Any Duchess Will Do has been named on several year-end “best of” lists, including:

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.

Much cheer to you, and all the best for 2014!

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
A lovely surprise

I was so honored recently to learn that Any Duchess Will Do was chosen by Booklist magazine as one of their “Top 10 Romances of 2013″!

Meanwhile, the book has gone into its fifth printing!

Thank you, readers, for all the amazing support for Griff and Pauline, and for Spindle Cove.

Sunday, August 18th, 2013
August is Read-a-Romance Month!

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.

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Sunday, July 14th, 2013
Atlanta bound!

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.

Hope to see some of you in Atlanta!