Guest Blog and Giveaway

I’m guest-blogging today with the inimitable Romance Bandits.  My good pal Anna Campbell is hosting the party, so you know it’s bound to be fun.  We’re talking about My Favorite Countess and doing a book giveaway.  Why don’t you join us here?

In your travels around the blogosphere today, you might want to visit my website.  Did you know I have a free read posted there?  Its a bonus prequel chapter to My Favorite Countess, and I think it’s a lot of fun.  You can access it as a PDF file here.

That’s all for now, folks.  Have a great day!

Guest Blogging With Cynthia Eden, Plus Giveaway!

I’m guest blogging today with my super-talented friend, Cynthia Eden, who writes very sexy paranormal romance and romantic suspense.  We’re talking about the importance of secondary characters, which partly involves a discussion of this guy:

I’ll also be talking about some of the secondary characters in My Favorite Countess, and the role they play in the book.  Please stop by to join the discussion, and also have a chance to win a copy of the book!  You can join in on the fun on Cynthia’s blog.

Guest Blog and MY FAVORITE COUNTESS Giveaway

I’m at Babbling About Books, and More today, talking about why readers love the Regency period as a setting for historical romance.  I’ll give you a hint.  It has something to do with this guy:

I’m also giving away one copy of My Favorite Countess, so be sure to stop by and join in the fun!


My next Regency-set historical romance, My Favorite Countess, will be released tomorrow!  To celebrate, I’m making some visits around the blogsphere this week and doing some giveaways of the book.  Today I’m at Book Lovers Inc for a really fun interview.  I’d love it if you would stop by and join the chat.

I’ve also got a great contest running on my website this month.  The hero of my book is a doctor, so in honor of that I’m giving away a DVD set of the entire seventh season of Grey’s Anatomy.

You see, my doctor was based a little bit on this guy, so I thought that might be a fun contest prize.  You can enter the contest on my website.

Hope to see you at Book Lovers Inc!

Ka-ching Goes The Royal Wedding!

It wouldn’t be a Royal Wedding without the rampant consumerism that accompanies these types of events.  Of course, the official wedding website would never include anything as tacky as souvenirs for sale, even the more tasteful ones like the Wedgwood china plate shown below.

Or how about these lovely champagne flutes that William and Kate could use to toast their happiness?  After all, they are made of crystal.

No?  Not tacky enough?  Then lets move on to the good stuff – the kind of souvenir that makes your eyes pop out of your head.  But lets start off slow with just the moderately tacky stuff, like this replica of Kate Middleton’s engagement ring.

Personal aside here:  my dad bought my stepmother one of these for their anniversary, and I have to say my eyes did pop a bit when I saw it.  It was incredibly lifelike and incredibly…big.  To my mind, the size did almost tip it over into the arena of the vulgar but, then again, it was a knockoff.  The real thing probably looks way better.  At least I hope so.

Maybe we’re still walking too much on the classy side of the street, so let’s see what else a not very discriminating shopper could pick up to celebrate the royal nuptials.  How about these souvenir teabags?  They’re not only tacky, they’re delicious!

And how’s this for the ultimate in tacky?  A royal wedding toilet – or loo – seat.

Cue up all the jokes about a royal flush, people!

But enough of the bathroom humor.  Weddings are about romance, after all, and we all know romance can lead to certain things, like…do I really need to spell it out?  Those of you who have been bitten by the love bug can also participate in the wedding day festivities with your very own royal condoms.

Finally!  A good reason to lie back and think of England.

Had enough?  Starting to feel slightly quesy?  I have just the thing for you – Royal Wedding vomit bags, done up by designer Lydia Leith.

Isn’t it great that there’s something for everyone?  And, yes.  There’s even an app for that – souvenir wedding apps, that is.

I have to admit that I’m not immune to Royal Wedding-itis.  When Prince Charles and Diana married, I scored a lovely biscuit tin that, sadly, went missing after several years.  But my favorite souvenir was the Charles and Di slippers, much like the ones pictured below.

Alas, they went missing during one of my graduate school moves, much to my everlasting dismay.  But I take heart in the fact that Charles’s son and his fiance have spawned more than enough godawful souvenirs to fill the void.