Elections for the Board of Directors of Romance Writers of America opened this week, and I am on the ballot as a candidate for Director-at-Large.

Why am I running?

RWA is going to be facing some big decisions and issues in the next year or two–and the choices made will affect every member. As a someone who values RWA, I would like to see that process be as transparent as possible, and inclusive of all the different voices in our organization.

So most importantly – please vote! Whether you vote for me or not. The ballot is full of excellent candidates.

If you are looking for suggestions, I will tell you I am voting for Courtney Milan and Carolyn Jewel. They are brilliant, talented authors who would bring a wealth of publishing experience and subject expertise to the board. Both have experience  in traditional and self-publishing.  Courtney has an impressive (understatement!) legal background, and Carolyn knows a great deal about technology and user testing.

I am neither a lawyer nor an IT whiz — aside from being an author, my professional background is as a librarian. That means my particular interest is in providing free and fair access to books and information. Board directors are elected to serve the organization, not advance individual agendas, but if I have a philosophy that tends to color my decision making, it’s that one.

Most of all, I just believe in and appreciate RWA. Over the years, membership has meant a lot … Read More »

A free read from Tessa Dare

I’m happy to announce that I’ve re-released my very first novella as a free e-book!

As I write this, How to Catch a Wild Viscount is available free from Amazon (US, UK, Canada), BN, Kobo, iBooks, and GooglePlay. If it’s not free at your favorite retailer, you can also download a free PDF here at my website.  There will also be a Createspace paperback available to order through Amazon very soon, for anyone who would prefer print.

Order links, excerpt, info, and PDF are at this link. If you missed this story before, I hope you enjoy it!

This novella was originally published in 2009 as The Legend of the Werestag. Yes, that title was weird. No, the story is not a paranormal romance. 🙂
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Read-a-Romance month

Once again, August is Read a Romance Month! This year’s theme is “Celebrate Romance.” Visit the RARM website for daily guest posts from your favorite authors, giveaways, and more!… Read More »

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:


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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.

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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)



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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.… Read More »

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!… Read More »

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 🙂

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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!… Read More »