Release Day for Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom!!

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I’m thrilled that Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom, book two my Renegade Royals series, is now in stores and on virtual bookshelves.  Confessions was a true labor of love for me and so much fun to write.  I call it my Captain Jack Sparrow meets Mary Poppins book!  Here’s the blurb:

ONLY ONE WOMAN IS WORTHY OF HIS SECRETS...

Some men are born into scandal. Others pursue it with a passion. Griffin Steele, secret son of the Duke of Cumberland, is guilty on both counts. Yet somehow London’s most notorious scoundrel has been saddled with an abandoned baby boy—and with the unflappable, intriguing spinster summoned to nurse him…

Justine Brightmore may be a viscount’s niece, but she’s also a spy’s daughter, determined to safeguard the infant when his suspected royal parentage makes him a target. Yet how to protect herself from the rakish Griffin? Marriage might shield her reputation, but it can only imperil her heart, especially with a groom intent on delicious seduction…

Confessions is available at Amazon, B & N, Apple, Kobo, The Book Depository, and in Walmart and other retailers.

I’ve got a lot going on today to celebrate the release, including a blog tour stop at (un)Conventional Bookviews with an exclusive excerpt from the book and a giveaway of the first Renegade Royals book, Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard.  You can join me by clicking this link.

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AND I’m also celebrating tonight by hosting a party on facebook from 7:30 to 9:30 pm, EST.  You can join me right here on my special events page.  I’ll be joined by fabulous guests like Valerie Bowman and Kate Noble, who will be chatting with readers and giving away books and prizes.  I’ll also be giving out some great prizes, so you definitely want to put on your party hat and stop on by!

See you around the blogosphere!

Week Two: Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom Blog Tour!!

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Only one more day until the release of Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom, book two in my Renegade Royals series.  Today I’m visiting with Reading Between the Wines Book Club with another exclusive excerpt from Confessions and a giveaway.  Please join me!

And don’t forget to join me tomorrow night for my  Confessions Release Day Party on facebook, from 7:30 to 9:30 pm EST.  I’ll be joined by Kate Noble, Valerie Bowman, Theresa Romain, and Monica Burns for some fun chats and great giveaways.  You can RSVP for the party by clicking on this link.

Have you entered my Confessions contest?  You could win one of these fabulous book and treats baskets!

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Just visit my Contest Page for details on how to enter.

See you around the blogosphere!

RSVP for Release Day Party for CONFESSIONS OF A ROYAL BRIDEGROOM!!

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Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom, book 2 in my Renegade Royals series, will be released into the wild on April 1 – and that’s no joke!!  One of the ways I’ll be celebrating is by hosting a really fun party on facebook on the 1st from 7:30 to 9:30 pm, EST.  I’ll be doing giveaways all evening, as will my guests:  Kate Noble, Theresa Romain, Monica Burns, and Valerie Bowman.  Quite a historical romance extravaganza, eh?

You can RSVP by clicking here.

Hope to see you at the party!

 

 

On The Road Again!!

His Mistletoe Bride

Shana Galen, Anna Campbell, and I are visiting The Ballroom Blog today, hosted by the ever-charming Kate Noble.  We’re celebrating the release of A Grosvenor Square Christmas, our new short story anthology.  I’m giving away a copy of His Mistletoe Bride, my Regency historical romance, and Kate is giving away some swell stuff, too.  Come visit with us!

Cover Reveal!!

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I’m thrilled to announce the cover reveal of a really cool project I’m involved in with three fabulous historical authors–Anna Campbell, Shana Galen, and Kate Noble.  In mid-October, we’ll be releasing an anthology of original short stories, all revolving around a glittering Christmas ball set in a beautiful mansion in Grosvenor Square, London.  I had a great time working with three such talented authors, and I can’t wait for it to come out.

Here’s the blurb:

Four breathtakingly romantic tales of a Regency Christmas from four bestselling romance authors.

Down through the years, enchantment touches a tall gray house in Grosvenor Square. The legend of Lady Winterson’s Christmas ball promises true love and happiness to one lucky couple. Who will feel the magic this winter?

1803 – The Seduction of a Duchess by Shana Galen
Rowena Harcourt, the Duchess of Valere, never forgot the handsome footman who helped her escape the French Revolution. For fourteen years, Gabriel Lamarque has loved Rowena-now at Lady Winterson’s Christmas ball, has fate finally delivered a chance to win her hand?

1818 – One Kiss for Christmas by Vanessa Kelly
Nigel Dash is London’s most reliable gentleman, a reputation he never minded until he fell in love with beautiful Amelia Easton. Unfortunately, Amelia sees Nigel as a dependable friend, not a dashing suitor. At Lady Winterson’s famous Christmas ball, Nigel vows to change Amelia’s mind-by sweeping her off her feet.

1825 – His Christmas Cinderella by Anna Campbell
At the season’s most glittering ball, a girl who has never dared to dream of forever after discovers a Christmas miracle.

1830 – The Last First Kiss by Kate Noble
Susannah Westforth has always loved Sebastian Beckett – but he’s only ever seen her as a friend.  When Sebastian takes his Grand Tour, Susannah transforms herself into a woman he’ll notice. Now Sebastian is back, just in time for Lady Winterson’s Christmas ball – but the last thing he expects to see is his little Susie, all grown up…

You’re invited to join the whirling dance at Lady Winterson’s sparkling Christmas ball, where miracles happen and true love shines forever. How can you resist?

You can read an excerpt from my story, One Kiss for Christmas, by clicking here.  And be sure to visit Anna, Shana, and Kate on their websites to read an excerpt of their stories, too!

To celebrate the upcoming release of A Grosvenor Square Christmas, I’m giving away a copy of Debbie Mason’s brand new holiday contemporary romance, The Trouble With Christmas (North America only, please).  Just tell me what your favorite holiday is, and why, for a chance to win this wonderful book!

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Guest Author: Kate Noble & Giveaway!!

I’m thrilled to have the awesomely talented Kate Noble visiting the blog today.  Kate is the national bestselling author of the acclaimed Blue Raven Series, earning starred reviews from Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly (Follow My Lead), as well as a spot on the Best Romance list from Kirkus Reviews (The Summer of You) and a RITA nomination for best Regency Historical Romance (Revealed).  She’s also a member of the writing staff for the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, a modern-day adaption of Pride and Prejudice.

Let’s find out what’s going on in Kate’s world, shall we?

You studied TV and film in college, and eventually worked in that profession.  Why the switch to romance writing?

It’s not a switch!  I’ve always loved romance novels, and I’ve always loved TV, so I decided to have a career in both. I write novels, but I also work for the small and smaller screen, my latest project being The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, the hit web series retelling of Pride and Prejudice(You can visit Lizzie’s world on YouTube, folks)

How does your background in that visual medium help (or hinder) your writing?

I think it helps, honestly.  It makes me think differently about how I write my novels.  It make me think about what would be the best setting for a scene, the iconography of one place versus another.  It also makes me think about chemistry, and how much can be said without saying anything.

What can you tell us about your new book?  Is it part of a series?

My new book is set in the same Blue Raven world as my previous novels, but very much stand alone.  Bridget Forrester longs to meet a gentleman who doesn’t mention her beautiful sister (Sarah, heroine of If I Fall) upon shaking her hand. But since being branded a shrew after a disastrous social season, Bridget knows she’s lucky to even have a man come near her. It’s enough to make a lady flee the country…

So Bridget heads to Venice for music lessons with the renowned Italian composer Vincenzo Carpenini, with whom she’s been corresponding. But not only is Carpenini not expecting her, he doesn’t even remember her! His friend, theater owner Oliver Merrick, does, though. And one look into her tantalizing green eyes has him cursing his impulsive letter-writing, which brought her across the continent. Yet before Merrick can apologize, Carpenini has ordered her away.

Little does either man know that they will soon be embroiled in a wager that will require the beautiful Miss Forrester’s help—or that there’ll be far more at stake in this gamble than money…

What’s next in Kate’s writing world?

I am very excited about my next trilogy, the first of which will be out in 2014.  I’m also working on a comic book with Javier Grill-Marxuach (The Middleman) and artist Kel McDonald, as well as the Welcome to Sanditon web series.  Other than that, I have a couple of pet projects in the pipeline, that I hope to make see the light of day.

Wow!  Your plate is full with some very cool stuff, Kate!  Thanks for taking the time to be with us.  Readers, Kate is graciously giving away a copy today of If I Fall.  Since her latest book involves music and composers, let’s talk about that.  What’s your favorite music to listen to?  One person who comments will win a copy of If I Fall.

And don’t forget to check Kate’s website for more info on Let It Be Me, her new book.

 

 

We Have Winners!

The winners of the copies of my first book, Mastering The Marquess, are Kanya Chhet and Eileen Dandashi.  Congratulations, ladies!  I’ll be in touch.

Thanks to everyone for stopping by the blog for Kate Noble’s fun interview.  I’ve got some great guest authors coming up in the next week, including historical romance writers, Bronwen Evans and Monica Burns!

 

Guest Author: Kate Noble & Giveaway!

Those of you who stopped by the blog last week know that I did a feature on historical romance writer, Kate Noble.  I’m pleased to say that Kate is back on the blog today with an interview.  Pull up a chair, and let’s get to know her a little better!

What drew you to the Regency period as the particular setting for your novels?

I’ve always loved the Regency. I read Pride and Prejudice at the impressionable age of 15 and haven’t looked back. Since the Regency Era was mainly what I was reading, it makes sense that it would be what I started writing, right?

Also, the Regency is just jam packed with so much goodness. From Prinny to Beau Brummell to the Napoleonic Wars to Byron to Austen herself, the era is such a fascinating time for London – a sprawling city that was as old as Hadrian’s Wall but felt new, like it was bursting at the seams to grow.

Your new historical romance is out, and it combines passion, adventure, romance, and a little danger, too. Can you tell us a little bit about it? What gave you the idea for this book?

The idea from this book sprang from a slightly sad tale. Once upon a time, I got dumped. Don’t worry, I survived it, but recalling that time got me thinking – what would it take for someone in the Regency Era to survive getting dumped? What if it was a broken engagement? What if it had been to a duke? How could you ever go out in society again?

Well, Miss Sarah Forrester goes through all that (her heart cruelly broken at the end of my previous book Follow My Lead) and she not only survives, but she thrives! Reinventing herself as the Golden Lady, Sarah becomes the most sought after young lady of the ton, and the façade not only saves her socially, but keeps her vulnerable heart safe. The only person who can see through the façade is her childhood friend, Lieutenant Jackson Fletcher. And he will do anything – even dressing up as Sarah’s girlhood crush, the mysterious spy known only as the Blue Raven – to bring her out from behind the mask and back to the sweet and loving girl he once knew.

Too bad the real Blue Raven isn’t nearly as amused by Jack’s costume. Although he does need his help in solving a murder…

When you were writing the book, did anything surprise you? A bit of research, characters going off in an unexpected direction?

I’m always surprised by what my character end up doing and saying to each other – but sometimes the most interesting things are in the development of my secondary characters. Sometimes one random line makes the light bulb ding over my head and I think “Oh, that would make an excellent storyline for this other character’s book, next!”

Was there a model for your dashing hero, or did you pull him straight from your mighty brain?

Well, I sort of modeled him on Wesley from The Princess Bride with a dash of Captain Jack Aubrey from Master and Commander: the Far Side of the World. Although, in my head, he looks exactly like Taylor Kitsch.

Thus he sprang forth from the depths of my mind and, after a quick lesson, began to swashbuckle with aplomb!

Thanks so much for being with us today, Kate!  And since you gave away books last week, I’d like to return the favor today.  I’ll give away two copies of my first book, Mastering The Marquess, to two folks who comment on the blog today.  I was thinking the other day about dinner parties and fun guests.  If you could sit next to anyone in the world at a dinner party, who would it be?  Feel free to select from the past or present.  I mentioned on facebook the other day that I’d love to sit next to Ellen DeGeneres at a dinner party.  I think she’d be a hoot!