And Now For This Public Service Announcement

Do you love to write as well as read romance?  Do you long to spend the day with a group of similarly introverted yet brilliant people who spend way too much time talking to imaginary people?  Then have I got the event for you!

I belong to the First Coast Romance Writers chapter of the Romance Writers of America, and we’re sponsoring a really terrific one-day writers conference on March 12.  If you live anywhere in the vicinity of Jacksonville, Florida, you’ll want to know about the Annual Southern Lights Conference.

The conference theme this year is Light Up Your Career and, boy howdy, can we help you do that!  Check out our keynote speaker, the fabulous C.L. Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of the fantasy books, the Novels of the Fading Lands. We’ll also be featuring local writers Renee Ryan, an award-winning author for Harlequin Romance, and Vic DiGenti, the acclaimed author of the Windrusher Adventurers.  Vic is also the regional director of the Florida Writers Association, so he’ll have lots to tell us about the business of publishing.

Hey, wait!  It gets better.  We’re also featuring Emmanuelle Morgen, an agent with the prestigious Judith Erlich Literary Management.  We’re also very happy to have Tessa Woodward, an editor with romance powerhouse, Avon Publishing.  Both Emmanuelle and Tessa will be taking pitches at the conference and speaking on an industry panel.

And did I mention that we’ll be holding the event at the lovely Marriott Hotel in Jacksonville, and also including lunch?  Then there are all the editor, author, and agent critiques up for raffle, as well as some really swell gift baskets to give away. Really, you don’t want to miss this!

For more info and to register, just click here.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming, and thank you for listening!

Regency Friday Fun and Giveaway

You probably know by now (because I’ve been pimping it everywhere!) that my next release will be out this Tuesday, Feb. 1.  It’s an anthology called An Invitation To Sin, and I’m in it along with three other fabulous authors, Jo Beverley, Sally MacKenzie, and Kaitlin O’Riley.  I’d like to showcase those talented gals over the next few days, ending with a giveaway of two copies of An Invitation To Sin on Tuesday.

The lead in this anthology is Jo Beverley, the bestselling author of Georgian and Regency historical romance.  She’s particularly well-known for her two series, the Company of Rogues (set in the Regency era) and the Mallorens, set in Georgian times.  If you’ve not read either of those sets of novels, you’re really in for a treat.  Jo also wrote four books set during the Medieval period – much-loved by her fans – and she also has a slew of traditional Regencies, romance novellas, and even some science fiction stories to her name.

Jo has received many awards for her books, and is a five time winner of the RITA, the top award of the Romance Writers of America (RWA).  She is also a member of RWA’s Honor Roll and Hall Of Fame, along with other great authors like Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Nora Roberts.  Romantic Times called her “one of the great names of the genre,” and she regularly appears on bestseller lists, including USA Today and the New York Times.

Jo’s latest books is The Secret Duke, and her next book, An Unlikely Countess, is coming in March, 2011.   Her novella in An Invitation To Sin is called Forbidden Affections, and I guarantee you’ll love it.

The celebrate the release of An Invitation To Sin, I’m giving away a book by another fabulous historical romance writer, Anna Campbell.  Just leave a comment telling me who your favorite historical romance writers are, and you could win a copy of My Reckless Surrender.