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Monday, April 9th, 2012
Chicago Bound — RT Booklovers Convention

What a fantastic few weeks it’s been, with A Week to be Wicked hitting the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists and continuing to garner great reviews, including a new starred review from Library Journal:

Compelling characters, lively dialog, offbeat situations, and some of the most hilarious romantic scenes written result in a sexy adventure that will have readers laughing out loud…

I am ready to celebrate! And what better way than jetting off to Chicago to hang out with a thousand writers, readers, booksellers and librarians at the 2012 RT Booklovers Convention? If you’re in the Chicago area, even if you’re not attending the convention, please consider stopping by the open-to-the-public Giant Book Fair on Saturday, April 14th, 11:00 AM to 2 PM.

For anyone attending the full conference, here’s a list of where I’ll be, when:

Wednesday, April 11:
Romance Family Feud (1-2pm) – A fun game for readers, hosted by Zoe Archer, Nico Rosso, Vivian Arend, Louisa Edwards, and me. Promises to be a hoot!

Thursday, April 12:
“He Said, She Said” (1:30-2:30pm) – A panel on writing dialog, featuring Sarah Maclean, Lauren Willig, Sophie Jordan, and yours truly.
E-book and Indie Expo (4-6pm)
Samhain Stampede barbeque mixer (6:15-7:15pm)

Friday, April 13:
RT Reviewers Choice awards (4-6pm)
Avon Indigo Lounge social (6:15-8pm)

Saturday, April 14:
Giant Book Fair (11am-2pm)

Hope to see many of you in Chicago!

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012
New York Times and USA Today Bestseller!

Today, I got the most thrilling of phone calls from my editor, Tessa Woodward, at Avon Books. A Week to be Wicked is a bestseller! The book will be #98 on the new USA Today Top 150 bestsellers list and #31 on the New York Times e-book list! This is my first time hitting USA Today with a full-length novel, and my first time hitting the New York Times list at all. I couldn’t be more thrilled, or my grateful to my readers.

My heartfelt thanks to all you wonderful readers who stayed up late with Colin and Minerva, laughed and sighed and wept along with them, and recommended the book to your friends. Thank you so much for giving their wild journey this perfect, fairy-tale ending.

(By the way, if you haven’t already found them yet, the “Colin Kept Me Up All Night” winners are posted here.)

I’m hope you’re as excited as I am about the release of A Lady by Midnight on August 28th!

Sunday, April 1st, 2012
I’m up for bids today!

Thank you so much to everyone who made A Week to Be Wicked‘s release week so much fun!


Today, April 2nd, I’m helping Kat Brauer kick off her fabulous Crits for Water campaign, an effort to raise money for clean-water projects in developing countries. Kat’s collected an amazing assortment of writing critiques from authors and agents working in the romance, mainstream fiction, and young adult genres. As for me, I’m offering an in-person brainstorming or strategy session at either the RT Booklovers convention (Chicago, in April) or the RWA conference (Anaheim, this July). If you’re interested, click here for specifics.

Dozens of critiques will be up for bids over the next 90 days. By bidding on critiques or simply making a donation, you can help raise $10,000 for wells, water filtration systems, and sanitation projects around the globe. Clean, safe water is something everyone needs, and 100% of money raised goes directly to projects in the field. Every dollar helps save lives!

Monday, March 26th, 2012
A Week to Be Wicked – on sale now!

It’s here–release day for A Week to Be Wicked! I’m so excited for Colin and Minerva’s funny, sexy road trip to hit bookstores everywhere. Reviews have been fab so far. You can check Goodreads for a range of early reader reviews.

Two very “Wicked” giveaways are happening, and they’re happening fast!

Avon Books, my wonderful publisher, planned a one-day blog tour for Tuesday, March 27. Five stops in five hours, with prizes ranging from $25-$200 in value! The schedule, links, and prizes are here. At each stop on this whirlwind road trip, I’ll be sharing original snippets from the “lost travel journals” of Minerva Highwood and Colin Sandhurst. Should be fun, and those prizes are fantastic! Don’t miss it.

Also, I’m running a special “Colin Kept Me Up All Night” giveaway. If you couldn’t wait to dive into this book, and that rascal Colin kept you from sleeping, cleaning, working, studying — this giveaway is for you. :) Ends Saturday!

One more bit of excitement: Yesterday I learned that A Night to Surrender (Spindle Cove book one) is a finalist for the Romance Writers of America 2012 RITA award! Such a tremendous honor. I couldn’t be more thrilled.

I hope you love spending a Wicked Week with Colin and Minerva! If so, I’d love to hear from you. Thanks for reading!

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.