In just two weeks, Aaron and Diana’s story will be available! Beauty and the Blacksmith releases April 30th, followed by Any Duchess Will Do on May 28th.

In anticipation, Avon Books is offering an amazing sale! Spindle Cove e-books are just $0.99 at USA retailers! (Prices may vary internationally.)

This limited-time sale includes:
A Night to Surrender$0.99
A Week to Be Wicked$0.99
A Lady by Midnight $0.99

And of course, the Spindle Cove novella Once Upon a Winter’s Eve continues to be $0.99, too.

The whole series to date can be yours for under $4.
It’s the perfect time to recommend Spindle Cove to a friend (or all your friends!), or catch up on any of the books you might have missed.

In other news, I couldn’t be more honored that A Week to Be Wicked has been chosen to receive the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award for Historical Love and Laughter. I love RT!

And lastly – I vow, I will be working on that video I promised in exchange for my DABWAHA Final Four appearance! Videos take more time, and it’s been a busy few weeks. But it’s coming. 🙂 … Read More »

I’m happy to report the cover and excerpt are now up for Beauty and the Blacksmith!

Any Duchess Will Do has received a lovely review from Kirkus:

“Moments of laugh-out-loud humor, emotional intensity and sensual passion woven through an engaging plot and endearing characters make this a great read for romance fans.”

And it’s March Madness time! In Romanceland, this means it’s time for DABWAHA, a fun tourney for romance novels published in 2012. The tourney is all in good fun, and authors are encouraged to shill for votes in creative ways. This year, A Lady by Midnight is seeded in the historical category. I’ve come up with the following ploys for votes:

  • If it makes the Sweet 16, I’ll post an excerpt from the infamously sexy chapter 21 of Any Duchess Will Do.

UPDATE: Your votes did it, thank you! Steamy excerpt posted here!

  • If it makes the Elite 8, I’ll write a bonus scene from A Lady by Midnight – Colin teaching Thorne to waltz! (I really, really want to write this, guys. So vote!)

UPDATE: Your votes did it again, thank you! Bonus scene posted here!

  • If it makes the Final 4, I’ll make another dareling room video to celebrate.

So if you’d like to see any of those things, go forth and vote! The first round is today, March 21! A full schedule is available on the site.… Read More »

Dear readers, I have such exciting news. Many of you have written to me over the past few years, asking if there would be a Spindle Cove story for Diana Highwood.  At last, I am able and delighted to answer with a definitive yes! There will be a story for Diana, and you will be able to read it on April 30th.  The title of her novella is (spoiler alert!) Beauty and the Blacksmith.  (And if you are surprised by that pairing, just think how Mrs. Highwood will feel!)  I loved writing Aaron and Diana’s story, and I can’t wait until I can tell you more about it and post excerpts, the cover, and all that goodness.  But in the meantime, just know that it exists and is coming your way soon.

I have a few events coming up.  On Saturday March 9th, I’m speaking and signing at my local RWA chapter, OCC/RWA, and on March 15-17, I’m part of the California Dreamin’ conference in Santa Ana, CA.  As part of the conference, there will be a multi-author book signing open to the public on Sunday, March 17, from 1:00 to 2:30 PM.  Other authors signing include Julia Quinn, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Elizabeth Boyle, and many more–so if you’re in the area, don’t miss it!

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Happy New Year to all!

2013 is off to a great start on the website. At long last, I can reveal the beautiful cover for Any Duchess Will Do, releasing May 28th! Any Duchess is full-length book 4 in the Spindle Cove series.

Cover for Any Duchess Will Do

Isn’t it sighworthy? I just love it. The tender, sexy pose…her coy smile…his exquisite chest..that gorgeous dress…

But what color is that dress? Click here to read the debate and see the stepback!… Read More »

Just in time for your holiday reading… A hero who’s definitely on the Naughty List. 😉

The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Wright cover image

My novella The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Wright is now available from Avon Impulse. This novella was published earlier this year in Three Weddings and a Murder, a charity anthology. If you missed it then, here’s your chance to snap it up for just $0.99!

Kindle | Nook | Apple | Kobo | Sony

Reviewers have said:

“With a funny and witty plot, this story will have readers cheering.” (RT Book Reviews)
“Eliza and Harry are just right for one another—their interactions sparkle and sizzle with wit and desire.” (Dear Author)

I hope you enjoy their story, too! And don’t miss The Rake Name Generator — a fun widget that will give you a Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good name of your own. Or is it a Perilous, Raffish, Ill-Intentioned name? Or a Fascinating, Crafty, High-Class name? Click and find out for yourself.

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Are you looking for a wicked rake to steam up your winter’s night? 😉

Look no further! That rascally duke’s heir Harry Wright is coming your way in my novella The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Wright, releasing December 11 from Avon Impulse. This novella was published earlier this year in Three Weddings and a Murder, a charity anthology. Here’s your chance to snap it up if you missed the anthology, or to send a gift copy to a romance-reading friend who hasn’t tried my books yet. At just $0.99, it’s less expensive than a greeting card! There will also be a print edition, available for order in late December.

The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Wright cover image
I truly loved writing Harry and Eliza’s story, and I’m so glad it will be available to readers widely…and with this gorgeous new cover!

In other news, I am beyond thrilled that A Week to be Wicked was selected for “Best Romance of 2012” lists by both Publisher’s Weekly and Library Journal! In addition, A Week to be Wicked and A Lady by Midnight were nominated for Reviewers Choice awards from RT Booklovers magazine. I’m overwhelmed and honored for the books to be recognized by these three esteemed publications. My congratulations to all the other authors and books recognized. … Read More »

In late September, Team Bodice Rippers had the honor of participating in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Santa Barbara, CA. Pictured below (L-R) are me, Courtney Milan, and Carey Baldwin, just before we started off on the walk. Our fourth team member, Leigh LaValle, was at home with her newborn baby, but she was with us in spirit!

Thank you so much to everyone who purchased the Three Weddings and a Murder anthology, helping us meet and exceed our goal of raising $10,000 for breast cancer research, prevention, and patient support. We also owe a huge thank you to all our individual donors and to Samhain Publishing, for putting us over the top with a generous team donation.

For anyone who might have missed the limited-time anthology, my novella “The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Wright” will soon be available again, probably in late November. Stay tuned for more details!

Now I’m on the road again–or in the air, off to England and Scotland for a research trip! My last trip to England was in 2010, when I gathered all the photos, information, and memories that went into creating Spindle Cove. I’m looking forward to creating some new romantic settings soon!

Hope you and yours are having a wonderful October. In the words of Rhys St. Maur
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Thank you so much, readers!  Your excitement and support for Kate and Thorne’s story shot them straight onto the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists this week!  Sort of like a melon catapulted from a trebuchet. 😉

I am so grateful to everyone who has embraced, enjoyed, and supported the Spindle Cove series.  Thank you, thank you.

This is a busy month for me, as Team Bodice Rippers is in the last few weeks of training for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Santa Barbara.  Thanks to your donations and Three Weddings and a Murder anthology purchases, we’ve reached our team fundraising goal of $10,000 to fund research and patient support!   I’m also finishing up revisions of Any Duchess will Do (coming out in 2013).  Then in October, it’s off to England for a research trip.   More on that later.

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It’s finally here! Release day for A Lady by Midnight. At last, Kate and Thorne’s story is making its way out into the world.

Early reviewers have said some wonderful things about the book. Fresh Fiction called it a “must read,” SBTB called it “delicious,” and RT Book Reviews magazine gave it a Top Pick! rating and this lovely recommendation:

“With this third installment, Dare will have every reader wishing to live in Spindle Cove. This is a story so beautifully written, so lovingly crafted and so touching that, like Judith McNaught, Dare reminds readers of the wondrous feeling of falling in love. Readers will feel complete when they come to the deep-sigh and tears-of-joy ending.”

I hope you enjoy the book, too! As always, thanks to all my wonderful readers for visiting Spindle Cove.

Order A Lady by Midnight:
Print: Amazon | B & N | BAM! | Powells | Other Retailers
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Just over a week now until A Lady by Midnight is available! I’ve set up a new Goodreads group for any readers who’d like to ask me questions, spend a virtual week in Spindle Cove, and meet other readers. If you’re on Goodreads, please come join us!

And don’t forget — if you’re counting down to (A Lady by) Midnight, I have a few little amusements to offer while we’re waiting for August 28th–namely stickers, and a new excerpt! (One with guaranteed kissing.) Click the image to learn more.

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