His Wicked Revenge Now On Sale!

I’m thrilled to announce that my short story, His Wicked Revenge, is now available as an e-book.  It’s a passionate, sexy story about reunited lovers, one of whom is keeping a very big secret.  Here’s the blurb:

Captain Anthony Barnett spent thirteen years plotting his revenge against Marissa, Lady Paget, the woman he once loved and who claimed to love him back. When her aristocratic family almost destroyed Anthony’s life, Marissa married another man and Anthony knew he’d been played for a fool.  Now he’s a wealthy and powerful trader while the widowed Marissa stands on the brink of financial ruin.  Soon, Anthony will make sure that Marissa owes him everything.

When her father and brother drove Anthony away thirteen years ago, Marissa had no choice but to marry another man.  Now Anthony is back in London, and he’s determined to have his revenge by forcing her to be his mistress.  He doesn’t realize that Marissa never stopped loving him, or that she’s hiding a secret that could tear them apart forever.

His Wicked Revenge is available at Amazon and Smashwords for 99 cents.  I’d be thrilled if you checked it out!

I’m also guest-blogging today at one of my favorite places on the web, The Season.  We’re talking about memorable characters, and I’m also giving away a copy of My Favorite Countess

For all my friends and readers in Canada, have a great Victoria Day!

Happy Easter!

For all who celebrate, my best wishes for a happy and glorious Easter spent with loved ones and including lots of great chocolate!  I’ll be spending the holiday with my family, but I’ll be back on Wednesday with all the latest news on Sarah MacLean’s next book, Eleven Scandals To Start To Win A Duke’s Heart.  Rumor has it that there’ll be a giveaway, and you won’t want to miss that!

In fact, I’ll be doing a lot of giveaways over the next few weeks to celebrate the May 3rd release of My Favorite Countess.  Make sure to stop back for all the details!

Have a great holiday, everyone!

Hangin’ Out In Mobile

Wraparound Porch in Mobile, AL

Recently, the hubs and I had a chance to visit friends who live in Mobile, Alabama.  It’s a very pretty town with some spectacular Victorian mansions, many of which have one of my favorite things – front porches.

It’s also Mardi Gras season, which is a very big deal in Mobile.  Many of the houses are decorated for Mardi Gras much the same way houses are decorated for Christmas, with wreaths, garlands, and even special flags.

We also visited the historic Oakleigh House, a beautiful mansion built in 1833 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Oakleigh House

Unfortunately, the house was closed the day we stopped by, but we were able to wander the gardens and view the magnificent oak trees that shadowed the house.  Mobile is famous for its canopy of oaks, and when you see these phenomenal trees you can understand why.

Oak trees at Oakleigh House

If not for my friends, I might never have visited Mobile.  It’s a lovely and gracious city that also knows how to throw a party.  I can assure, I’ll be back!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Yes, it’s here – the Love Day!  Romance readers and writers are experts in matters of the heart, and boy do we ever take flack for it.  How many of you have had to put up with snarky comments or sneering looks from your fellow commuters, just because you chose to read a romance novel on the bus?  Or how about the elitist bookstore clerk who can’t help making a rude remark about that historical or paranormal romance you intend to buy?

Romance writers aren’t immune to that kind of snobbery, either.  I was doing a book signing in a mall a few years ago, and a perfectly normal looking woman made a point of crossing the very wide corridor in front of the store, just to tell me that she didn’t waste her time reading “books like that.”

Well, in the words of New York Times bestselling author Lani Diane Rich, “screw that!”  I saw Lani in a workshop yesterday, and she reminded us that writing romance is a truly awesome thing to do.  We get to write wonderful, heartfelt stories that bring joy to people’s lives, and help them through what might otherwise be a pretty crappy day.  We write about love in all it’s wonderful, mysterious permutations.  We write about a force that is invisible to the naked eye but is as powerful as a category five hurricane, a thing lacking in physical substance but which can remake the world in the most positive, life-affirming ways.

Romance novels seek to capture the essence of that force, and shape it into a story that will have an impact on the reader’s mind and heart.  And make no mistake – romance novels do make a difference in people’s lives.  I recently read a wonderful blog post by the uber-talented Teresa Medeiros, who also happens to be a lovely person.  The name of the post is “SAY IT LOUD AND SAY IT PROUD: I READ AND WRITE ROMANCE!” In it, Teresa talks about why she writes romance:

People often ask me why I write romance. I write romance because the ever expanding boundaries of the genre allow me to express my own heartfelt beliefs in optimism, faith, honor, chivalry and the timeless power of love to provoke a happy ending. In a society gutted by cynicism, we have found the courage to stand up and proclaim that hope isn’t corny, love isn’t an antiquated fantasy, and dreams can come true for women still willing to strive for them.

If you doubt this, you must read about some of Teresa’s friends and fans and the impact of her novels on their lives.  They are truly moving examples of the power of the written word, and of how love and hope can see us through some very dark times.  Trust me.  You owe it to yourself to read Teresa’s post.

To all my readers and friends I send you my gratitude and love, and I wish you a very Happy Valentine’s Day.  May it be an awesome one!