Conference Hijinks And A Fabuloso Review

Normally on Fridays I do a post on some aspect of the Regency period, but today I’m a little busy.  I’m packing to head out to the First Coast Romance Writers Southern Lights Conference in Jacksonville, Florida.  The conference starts tomorrow, so it’s not too late to drop by for late registration.  We’ve got a great day, with workshops by acclaimed author CL Wilson, and editor Tessa Woodward of Avon Publishing and literary agent Emmanuelle Morgen.  The day also includes a wonderful lunch and a raffle with critiques by a really impressive slate of editors, agents, and authors.

I’d like to share a really nice bit of news:  the first official review of My Favorite Countess is now out. It’s from Just Janga, and you can read the five-star review right here. Janga is one of the smartest bloggers going, so I was thrilled to get such a fabulous review from her.

I’ll be back on Monday with a post about some research I did for my next book.  I think I may have found the inspiration for an old castle that will figure prominently in the story, so stay tuned.

Have a great weekend, everyone!


Gift Baskets Galore!

I normally try to blog three days a week, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  Despite my best intentions I didn’t manage to do that yesterday, because I was too busy making up fabulous gift baskets for the First Coast Romance Writers mini-conference that’s happening this Saturday, March 12, in Jacksonville, Florida.

Okay, I have a confession to make.  I didn’t really make up those baskets; my uber-talented stepmother did.  I did buy all the candy and treats for the baskets, though, and made sure my stepmom was well supplied with high-test coffee while she worked.  As you can tell by the pictures, she does do great work.

Here’s the basket that contains a whole mess of books from Kensington Publishing.  My editor, John Scognamigio, very kindly contributed a box of books to the conference, and other generous Kensington authors like Kate Douglas, Susan Fox, Marilyn Brant, Diane Whiteside, and Elizabeth Amber all sent books.

It will be a lucky pup who wins that basket, I can tell you!

And here are the two baskets I’m contributing.

The basket on the left contains books donated by friends and some of my favorite authors, like Eloisa James and Courtney Milan.  The basket on the right contains my books, including Mastering The Marquess, Sex And The Single Earl, An Invitation To Sin, and also contains an Advanced Reader’s Copy of my upcoming May release, My Favorite Countess.

How do get your hands on one of these lovelies?  Easy!  Just go to the First Coast Romance Writers website and sign up for our mini-conference on Saturday.  Our featured speaker is the fabulous CL Wilson, and we’re also hosting pitches with Avon editor Tessa Woodward and literary agent Emmanuelle Morgen.  It’s going to be a great day!


Regency Friday Fun: Introducing Dr. John Blackmore.

Who is this mysterious Dr. Blackmore?  Well, he’s the hero of my next Regency-set historical romance, My Favorite Countess.  Like many writers, I often take inspiration for my characters from the movies or TV – in this case Hugh Jackman provided a whole lot of inspiration!  My hero is a crusading slum doctor, an accoucheur, or, as he would have been referred to in the Regency period, a man-midwife.  In other words, John is an obstetrician.

John is also a handsome and sophisticated man, and who better to model him on than good old Hugh?  Just look at that picture – could you imagine the kind of bedside manner you’d get from a guy like that?  Rowr!

I also found inspiration for my Regency doctor in the TV show Grey’s Anatomy, in the form of Dr. Derek Shepherd, as played by Patrick Dempsey. Like Derek, my hero is driven and dedicated, with more than a few personal demons to challenge him.  It was really fun to create this character – I like dukes and earls as much as the next gal, but it was fascinating to delve into the world of a dedicated Regency physician, and also imagine what would happen when he was matched up with a strong-willed aristocratic heroine.

My Favorite Countess will be released on May 3rd.  Over the next couple of months I’ll be blogging about some of my reading on 19th Century medicine, particularly obstetrics.  It’s a fascinating if occasionally hair-raising topic, which left me with a great deal of sympathy for the women of the time.  Stay tuned!


A Swell Contest And My Latest News

My next Regency-set historical romance will be released on May 3rd, and I’ll be running some really fun contests over the next few months to celebrate.  My contest for March is great – I’ll be giving away three sets each of a My Favorite Countess tee-shirt, tote bag, AND an Advanced Reader’s Copy of the book!  I don’t have many ARCs available, so you’ll want to enter for the chance to win one.  Just hop on over to my website to enter the contest here.

And while you’re there, please stop by my News page for all the latest info and news.

Thanks for dropping by!


December Contest Winner

The winner of my fabulous December contest is Elizabeth Banda! Congratulations, Elizabeth.  You’ll be receiving a My Favorite Countess bag stuffed full of books, and a My Favorite Countess tee shirt.  Your gift package will be on its way to you soon.

I’d like to thank everyone who signed up for my contest.  And don’t worry if you didn’t win.   I’ll be running more contests – including ARC giveaways of My Favorite Countess and my upcoming Kensington anthology, An Invitation To Sin – over the next few months.  Stay tuned for details!

My Favorite Countess

Keep your eyes peeled for An Invitation to Sin, coming in February.

An Invitation To Sin

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