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Tuesday, March 20th, 2012
One week until Wicked! Also, new formats

Release date for A Week to be Wicked is just seven short days away! Encouraging reviews keep popping up at sites like The Romance Reviews and All About Romance. At midnight on release day, I’ll be posting a special little contest called “Colin Kept Me Up All Night” for those excited to read the book right away. Stay tuned for more info.

Psst, did you notice the cover for A Lady by Midnight has been posted? Whew! Hot stuff. :)

Lastly, I’m excited to announce that some of my titles are available in new formats. For the first time, one of my books is available in hardcover large print–A Night to Surrender. (A Week to be Wicked will eventually be available in this format, too.) And One Dance with a Duke is now available as an audiobook from Audible!

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012
Coming to a place near you!

It’s only about a month until A Week to be Wicked hits the shelves! I’m so excited about Colin and Minerva’s story. Some wonderful reviews are already rolling in, including this starred review from Publisher’s Weekly.

Since A Week to be Wicked is a wildly romantic road trip, it’s fitting that I’ll be doing a lot of travel for the book’s release. I’ll be in Long Beach, CA on February 25th for Passion and Prose, in Las Vegas as part of a fabulously fun multiauthor signing on St. Patrick’s Day, in Chicago for RT Booklovers Convention on April 11-15, and back in Los Angeles for the LA Times Festival of Books on April 21-22. Whew!

And this is such a thrill… I’m not planning any trip to New York City this spring, but you might “see” me there anyway! Samhain Publishing has taken out an ad on the Times Square Jumbotron, and the cover for Once Upon a Winter’s Eve is a (small) part of the ad! Check out the ad here.

The ad will run twice an hour for the next two months, I’m told. So if you’re one of the half-million people passing through Times Square any given day, look up! :)

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012
New Excerpt, New Contest!

Happy New Year!

I hope all of you are enjoying a great start to 2012! I sure did, as Once Upon a Winter’s Eve spent two more weeks on the USA Today bestseller list, for a total of four weeks overall! Thank you so much, readers.

Today, I’m excited to announce a few updates to the site.

First, I’ve added the entire first chapter of A Week to be Wicked. This is a longer excerpt than was printed in the back of A Night to Surrender, so enjoy! And if you’re an e-book reader, don’t forget you can preorder the digital book for just $4.99 right now.

Second, I’ve posted a new contest celebrating five exciting historical romance debuts. Be sure to check it out!

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
USA Today Bestseller!

I’m thrilled to announce that my new novella, Once Upon a Winter’s Eve, will be #100 on this coming week’s USA Today Bestseller list!  Thank you so much to everyone who bought it, read it, and told their friends. I’m so grateful to all my readers.  This is the best early Christmas gift I could imagine.

The novella is still on sale for just $0.79 for Kindle and Nook!

Additionally, the first full-length book in the Spindle Cove series, A Night to Surrender, is marked down to just just $4.99 for Kindle, Nook, Sony, and Kobo.

And it just gets better! Now the digital pre-orders for A Week to Be Wicked are marked down to $4.99, as well!  Lock in that price  by pre-ordering for Nook or Kindle.

Thursday, November 24th, 2011
Great e-book bargains!

Happy Thanksgiving to my friends in the United States!

Tis the season for shopping. Bargain shopping. I have some wonderful e-book deals to share with you. As I write this post, my new digital novella, Once Upon a Winter’s Eve, is on sale for just $0.79 for Kindle and Nook! Seventy-nine cents–cheaper than a donut, only with more indulgence and less guilt. :)

And for a limited time, the first full-length book in the Spindle Cove series, A Night to Surrender, is marked down by three full dollars. The digital edition is priced at just $4.99 for Kindle, Nook, Sony, and Kobo.

In fact, several Avon titles are on sale for this discounted price. So if you need a relaxing, romantic break from the holiday bustle, it’s a great time to try a new-to-you author!

I wish you all the happiest of holiday seasons.

Monday, November 14th, 2011
Available now!

It’s release day for Once Upon a Winter’s Eve!  

This all-new novella in the Spindle Cove series is yours for just $0.99 this holiday season. If you’d like a preview, the first chapter is available here.

I have to confess, this story wouldn’t have come about without my friends. The entire plot was hatched out of a comment I made on The Ballroom Blog several months ago, while chatting with pal and fellow author Sara Lindsey late one night. I happened to say, “Some wallflowers bloom at night,” and she wrote back, “That would make a great story.” The wheels began turning in my mind (Are those mental gears are supposed to resemble big industrial-strength cogs? Because I imagine mine to look like hamster wheels.), and Violet’s story was born.

I’m indebted to several other friends for helping me with the manuscript and the publication process, and as Thanksgiving approaches, I am very thankful for them all. And I am endlessly thankful for my readers. I wish you all enjoyable holidays with your loved ones.

And although it turned out well for Violet, I hope that no one crashes into your Christmas party, collapses at your feet, and ruins your best gown.

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
Available for pre-order!

Just two weeks until the release date for Once Upon a Winter’s Eve!  I have three great bits of news on that front.

Pre-order available!   You can pre-order it for Kindle here.  Other formats (including HTML and PDF) are available for pre-order directly from the Samhain store.  That’s just the beginning.  By November 15th, the novella will also be available for purchase directly from Nook, Sony, Kobo, Apple, and other e-book vendors.

New excerpt!  I have uploaded the entire first chapter for your reading pleasure here.

Great price!  And I’ve saved the best news for last – for the holiday season, Samhain is making the novella available for a promotional price of just $0.99!

I’m excited.  Can you tell?  :)

Violet’s story was a joy to write, and I’m so glad that this novella will be available in time for the holidays, at a very affordable price.  And isn’t the cover beautiful?

Remember, even if you don’t have an e-reader, you can use one of the free Kindle apps to read it on your computer or phone, or you can purchase the book from Samhain in html or PDF format and read it in your browser.

 

Friday, October 7th, 2011
Exciting News from Spindle Cove!

In the last month or so, readers have said a lot of very kind things about A Night to Surrender. Several have told me they’re eager for Colin and Minerva’s story in A Week to be Wicked, releasing March 27, 2012.

And some have even been so kind as to say, “I can’t believe we have to wait another six months to revisit Spindle Cove!”

So it’s with great joy that I say to all you wonderful readers today:

You don’t!

You don’t even have to wait six weeks!

You see, I just couldn’t wait six months to revisit Spindle Cove, either. So I am thrilled to announce that Once Upon a Winter’s Eve, a Spindle Cove Christmas novella, will be releasing digitally from Samhain Publishing on November 15, 2011. Barely a month away!

I’m just so excited. I hope to have a cover and official blurb to share very soon. But in the meantime, just know that it’s a story packed with romance, passion, and intrigue. There’s a Christmas ball! There are ladies with weapons! It’s Spindle Cove, through and through. I’m so excited for you to read it, and I’m glad you’ll be able to do so very soon. :)

Edited to Add:
Please don’t feel left out if you don’t own a Kindle, Nook, or other e-reader! One of the reasons I’m glad to be publishing with Samhain is that they make their books available in a wide variety of formats, including PDF and html. If you can read this web page, you can read the novella – I promise! And I’ll have more specific information when it comes out.

Friday, September 30th, 2011
New contest! New publisher!

Thank you to everyone who entered the KISS and Teal bundle contest last month, and congratulations to winner Linda M.! I’ve just posted a new contest for October. One lucky reader will rake in three gorgeous new historical romances, all taking place in times and settings other than the English Regency. If you enjoy variety in your historical romances, this is the contest for you!

In other exciting news, please join me in welcoming Rouge Romance to the world! This new UK-based digital imprint is part of the Random House family. Rouge just launched on September 29th, with all three of my Stud Club books in their catalog. My other trilogy (Goddess of the Hunt, et al) will be forthcoming, as well. Until now, my first six books not been available as e-books in the UK. The sheer fact of their availability pleases me tremendously, but pretty new covers make it all the more exciting! Aren’t they lovely?

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
Shop Teal this Holiday Season

First, a huge thank you to everyone who’s been reading A Night to Surrender, writing me with their thoughts about it, and recommending it to their friends! I’m so grateful, and pleased by the warm reception readers have given Bram and Susanna’s story.

As I’m sure you know, if you’ve followed my site at all or seen the logo on the book, this book is part of Avon’s wonderful KISS and Teal campaign to promote awareness of ovarian cancer signs and symptoms.

Last week, I had the opportunity to talk about the campaign on a local news program:If you’re wondering what else can be done to promote ovarian cancer awareness and support the OCNA, I have a fabulous, easy suggestion. We usually think about red and green, silver and blue at holiday time. This year, why not shop teal?

A few simple clicks, and you could be helping OCNA spread its vital message for women’s health every time you shop online:

This app is so easy to download – it took about two clicks and thirty seconds on my computer. You don’t have to do anything further, except go about your everyday online shopping. Whenever you make a purchase from one of dozens of participating retailers, a percentage of your total will be donated to OCNA. And we’re not talking about small, obscure retailers, either! These are biggies like Target, Nordstrom, eBay, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Expedia, Travelocity, and more.

So please take a minute to download the app, and know you’re helping spread a life-saving message–just by shopping!