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

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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!

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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.

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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.

Wishing you all good things in these few remaining weeks of summer.  As always, thank you for reading.… Read More »

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.

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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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Less than three weeks now until A Lady by Midnight is available! I’m so excited for Kate and Thorne’s story, and I’m excited that a lot of readers seem to be excited for it too. 🙂

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 about the Countdown to Midnight, and feel free to spread the word to your romance-reading friends.… Read More »

Oh my goodness!

The RWA Conference was spectacular in so many ways.  How could it not be? I mean, I was presented with jewelry and cake! (Thanks, Diana, Edna, Carrie, Lisa, and Marni!)

But my highlight of the year (and many years!) came on Saturday night, when I was honored to receive the 2012 RITA Award for Regency Historical Romance, for A Night to Surrender!

I can’t even describe how much this meant to me.  To receive a RITA award is a tremendous honor, and to have it happen so close to home, with so many friends and my husband in attendance — it was like a dream come true.

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Today, thousands of published and aspiring romance writers descend on Anaheim for the 2012 RWA National Conference! If you’re anywhere in the Southern California area, please consider attending the…

“Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing
Wednesday July 25, 5-8 PM – (open to the public)
Come join 400+ of your favorite authors in the Anaheim Convention Center. We’ll be autographing books to support local and national literacy charities! Full details and seating map here. I will be at table 502.

Here are some of the other places I’ll be (these events are only open to conference attendees):
Thursday, July 26, 9:30pm – Marriott Bar, meetup with Ballroom Blog authors and friends
Friday July 27, 9:45 – Avon Publisher signing
Friday, July 27, 3:00 – Samhain Publisher signing
Saturday, July 28, 9:45 – “Have a Ball with your Blog” – panel with fellow Ballroom Blog authoresses

And on Saturday night, I’ll be at the RITA and Golden Heart awards ceremony! I’ll be the one in the black sparkly gown (well, one of the several in black sparkly gowns, probably). I am honored to be a finalist in the Best Regency Historical category with A Night to Surrender, and I have so many friends and favorite authors to cheer on.

After conference ends, it’s all about counting down to A Lady by Midnight‘s release on August 28. Some lovely reviews have started to appear, including a Top Pick! from RT Book Reviews magazine:

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Exciting news! A Night to Surrender, the first book in the bestselling Spindle Cove series, is now discounted to just $0.99 at major e-book retailers! Yes, a full-length book for under a dollar. This is the perfect time to try Spindle Cove, or to recommend the series to a friend. Just don’t delay! This price is like a popsicle in a heat wave–it won’t last long.

It’s July, which means I’m getting ready to attend the Romance Writers of America (RWA) national conference. I’m honored that A Night to Surrender is up for a prestigious RITA award, and I’ll be participating in a panel with my fellow Ballroom Blog authoresses. And one of my favorite parts of conference is the annual literacy autographing to raise money for national and local literacy efforts. This year’s signing will take place Wednesday, July 25th, 5-8pm, at the Anaheim Convention Center. It’s open to the public, and I’d love to see you there! For those who can’t attend, I have a new contest posted – you could win my conference tote bag, full of books and fun freebies.

I’ll also be speaking and signing books at the Garden Grove Regional Library (California) on the afternoon of Saturday, July 21st.

Release day for A Lady by Midnight is less than two months away! In the meantime, don’t miss Three Weddings and a Murder, our limited-time $2.99 anthology to benefit breast cancer research. … Read More »