We Have Winners!!

Excited man

The winner of Sally MacKenzie’s book is Warinda, and the winner of Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard is Renny.  Congratulations, ladies!  I’ll be in touch.

Thanks to everyone for stopping by the blog. Be sure to stop back Thursday when Regency romance author Darcy Burke stops by!

FREEBIE ALERT!!  Lost in a Royal Kiss, the digital novella which kicks off my new series, The Renegade Royals, is now free on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Kobo. Hop on over to one of those sites to download it, if you haven’t already!

Guest Author: Sally MacKenzie & Giveaway!


Hooray!  Sally is in the house!  Sally MacKenzie, that is, one of my favorite historical romance authors.  Sally writes USA Today Bestselling Regencies and they are funny, sexy, and just so great to read.  She’s with us today to tell us about her upcoming book, Loving Lord Ash.  Take it away, lady!

Thank you for inviting me to visit, Vanessa. And it’s so cool to be here with the Duchess of Love—er, I mean the books, not you, Vanessa ;)—on Valentine’s Day. Did you know that the Duke of Greycliffe’s family name is Valentine, and that all the boys were born on February 14? So it’s quite the special day, lol!

What fun, Sally!  So, readers are loving your Duchess of Love series.  What’s the premise for it, and how did you come up with such awesome book titles?

I hope everyone’s enjoying Venus and her boys! Venus is the Duchess of Greycliffe, but English society calls her the Duchess of Love because she’s the ton’s premier matchmaker—and, much to her husband’s and sons’ embarrassment, she writes Venus’s Love Notes, pamphlets of marital advice for women. The prequel novella, “The Duchess of Love,” tells how Venus met her duke; the three books—Bedding Lord Ned, Surprising Lord Jack, and Loving Lord Ash—are about her three sons.

Lord Jack

I’m glad you like the book titles. I wanted them to sound like they were part of a series, of course, so I first came up with a pattern they could all follow: a verb and then the son’s name that the book was about. Bed rhymes with Ned, but it also so happens that a bed plays an important role in the story—and not in that way! Or not exactly in that way. Reggie, the duchess’s cat, likes to hide things under Ned’s bed. So that’s how Bedding Lord Ned came about—and the pattern was set.

Darling Mr. M, who is a bit of a jokester, told me I should title Ash’s book Kissing My Ash. Ahem. Mr. M is quite amusing in his own way, but I do not let him near my titles, for obvious reasons.

LOL!  I love Mr. M!  What can you tell us about Loving Lord Ash?

Here’s the back cover blurb:

A Little Misunderstanding…

Kit, the Marquis of Ashton, is in a sticky wicket. He married young and for love—how naïve. He discovered his mistake the very day of his wedding, but he is saddled now with a wife he’s reluctant to trust. And however much evidence he gathers against faithless Jess, he can’t seem to prove her guilt to the final judge—his foolish heart.

Jess knows she’s bobbled her marriage, however innocently. A fairytale wedding makes no difference if she hasn’t got the marquis charmed to show for it. Well, she’s had enough of accidental encounters with naked gentlemen and near misses explaining things to her husband. It’s time to buck up and go win her man back—even if she has to fight very dirty indeed.


Loving Lord Ash is the concluding book in the Duchess of Love series which includes the RITA nominated novella, “The Duchess of Love.” The first two books, Bedding Lord Ned and Surprising Lord Jack, both received starred reviews from Booklist, and Bedding Lord Ned was one of Booklists’ Top Ten Romances of 2012. AND the earlier books should be on sale NOW. Until February 25, the novella should be FREE and Ned’s and Jack’s book only $2.99 each at all major eBook retailers!

Wow!  That’s a great deal, Sally!  So, tell us what’s your favorite thing about the Regency era, especially in terms of writing?

When I was young, I read science fiction and fantasy books—and Georgette Heyer’s Regency-set stories. I guess I was never one for living in the real world 😉 So for me, the Regency is my fantasy world, where the men are mostly titled, wealthy, and in need of a wife. And I’ve always been a bit of a word geek—I love my Oxford English Dictionary. Writing Regencies lets me use words like namby-pamby, brangle, and ninnyhammer. Fun!

Have you ever considered writing in another genre or historical period?

When my kids were very young, I wrote picture book texts. I got some “good” rejections on those and even went through some revisions with one publisher, but nothing came of it. And when my first book, The Naked Duke, sold, I was working on a science fiction romance. Actually, one of my very first manuscripts, pre-kids, was a science fiction romance, now that I think about it. But at least for the foreseeable future, I expect to stay in the Regency.

What’s up next for Sally?

I’m very excited to say I’ve just agreed to do a new series based on our visit to England last September! The stories are set in a small village, Loves Bridge, and revolve around a Spinster House. But I’m just starting book one, so everything is subject to change.

I can’t wait to read your new series!  Thanks so much for joining us today, Sally.  Readers, Sally is giving away one copy of Bedding Lord Ned, and because it’s Valentine’s Day I’m giving away a book, too!  One person who comments today will win both Sally’s book and my latest book, Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard.  Just tell us what you most like (or hate) about Valentine’s Day for a chance to win!

Breaking News!!! Valentine’s Day special on my facebook page.  I’m giving away TWO copies of Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard. So be sure to leave a comment for Sally, and then visit me on my facebook page!


We Have a Winner!


The winner of Manda Collins’ new book, Why Earls Fall in Love, is Karin Anderson.  Congratulations!  I’ll be in touch.

Thanks to everyone for stopping by the blog.  Be sure to pop in over the new few weeks – I’ll be hosting Juliana Stone and Sally MacKenzie!

What I’ve been up to


I know it’s been pretty quiet lately here on the blog, and I don’t want you to think I’ve taken a powder.  I’ve simply been a bit focused on the January release of Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard, book one in my new historical romance series.  But I promise I’ll be hosting more great authors here on the blog in the next few months, including visits from Manda Collins and Sally MacKenzie.

What else have I been doing?  Well, just last week I handed in the manuscript for Tall, Dark, and Royal, Dominic Hunter’s story, which will be released as a digital novella in November.  I really enjoyed giving poor Dominic his well-earned HEA, and I hope my readers will be pleased.  I actually cried when I wrote the last scene, which I think is a good sign!

Right now, I’m working on book three in The Renegade Royals, which will be released about a year from now.  And I’m also getting ready for the release of Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom on April 1.  This is Griffin Steele’s story, and you can check out the blurb and an excerpt on the Confessions Book Page.

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If you haven’t already, don’t forget to enter my goodreads giveaway for Confessions.  I’ll be giving away ten ARCS of the book, which means you could get to read Griffin’s story a month before anyone else!  Just click here to enter the contest.

And stop back on Tuesday the 28th for a visit from fab historical romance author, Manda Collins!

Exciting News & Some Winners!!

On Thursday, I was gobsmacked and absolutely thrilled to find out that my VK Sykes contemporary romance anthology, The Philadelphia Patriots, cracked the USA Today Bestsellers list at #128.  Woot!  These books are the sports romances that I write with hubby under the VK Sykes pen name.  This is the first time I cracked the list under any name, so I’m pretty chuffed about it.  The anthology has also been in the Top 100 in the Kindle Store for twelve days, which is also cool.  I’m VERY grateful to our readers for all their support.

For a short time, this anthology is on sale for only 99 cents – that’s three full-length books for less than a buck, one of which won the Kindle Book Review Best Indie Books of 2012 Contest in the romance category (Hardball).  So, if you haven’t yet downloaded The Patriots, what are you waiting for?  The anthology is currently available on Amazon, B & N, Kobo, Apple, and Smashwords.  And you can find out about our other VK Sykes books on our website.

And now to those winners!  The winner of Sally MacKenzie’s book is Sheila M.  And the winner of the Monica Burns giveaway is May.  Congratulations, ladies!  I’ll be in touch.

Thanks to everyone for stopping by the blog.  My guests next week will be historical romance authors Ashlyn Macnamara and Meredith Bond.  Be sure to stop by!