I’m doing my regular thing at The Jaunty Quills today, chatting about my recent travels to the Romance Writers of America Conference in The Big Apple. Stop by to check out the fun pictures and also for a chance to win a copy of HOW TO MARRY A ROYAL HIGHLANDER, my latest book. Click here to join me.
And I’m one of them! I spent this past weekend in Atlanta, at the Moonlight & Magnolias conference sponsored by the fabulous Georgia Romance Writers (GRW). GRW also sponsors the prestigious Maggie Awards, and I’m thrilled to announced that my second book, Sex And The Single Earl, won the Maggie Award for Best Historical Romance. It was particularly exciting to win because I love this book so much. If you haven’t read it, it’s no longer available in print but it is available in e-book format. You can find it on Amazon, at Barnes & Noble, or at your favorite e-book retailer.
Sophie Jordan is my featured author on the blog today, and this woman is so talented and versatile it’s hard to know where to start. She writes in three genres, and she’s been phenomenally successful in each one.
Sophie spent several years as a high school English teacher before bursting onto the scene with her first book, a historical romance called Once Upon A Wedding Night.
Once Upon A Wedding Night was a 2006 Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Nominee for Best First Historical Fiction. Right from the beginning, Sophie got great reviews, including this one from Once Upon A Romance:
“…a well-written and compelling story in her debut. It’s sensuous. It’s fast paced and full of intense emotions with a few twists and turns thrown in along the way.”
Her second book, Too Wicked To Tame, broke out of the box as a USA Today Bestseller, and subsequent historical romances were New York Times bestselling books. Sophie’s books have received numerous Top Picks from RT Book Reviews, have been featured as alternates in the Rhapsody and Doubleday Bookclubs, and—well, you get the picture!
As if that kind of career isn’t already busy enough, Sophie also writes YA fiction for Harper Teen, and contemporary paranormals for Pocket Books under the name of Sharie Kohler—all to great acclaim. Seriously, I don’t know how the woman does it! Her first YA book, Firelight, has already gone into its fourth printing and sold to seventeen countries, AND it’s been optioned for film by Mandalay Entertainment.
You can find out all the fascinating details on her website.
But Sophie hasn’t give up writing historical romance, thank goodness. In fact, she has a new book out called Wicked In Your Arms.
Isn’t that a gorgeous cover? Man, I love all of Sophie’s covers! Here’s the blurb for Wicked In Your Arms:
One of the most notoriously eligible bachelors in Europe is finally ready to marry . . .
For fiercely independent Grier Hadley, being the illegitimate daughter of one of London’s most unsavory characters has only one advantage: an enormous, ill-gotten dowry.
Prince Sevastian Maksimi knows where his duty lies: he must find a well-bred young lady-one with a considerable fortune to her name-wed her promptly, and get to the business of producing an heir.
The last thing Grier needs is some unattainable prince curling her toes with his smoldering glances and wicked suggestions. As far as Sev is concerned, she lacks the breeding to become a princess. And yet one kiss from this arresting female is all it takes for him to realize that anyone else in his arms would be unthinkable . . .
Yum! Sounds delicious, doesn’t it? You can find out all the details and read an excerpt on Sophie’s website, and while you’re there, check out her YA website and also her books written as Sharie Kohler. On all her sites, Sophie has posted a number of book trailers, and really cool videos in which she talks about her books. If you have a few minutes, please do watch them.
For my readers in the United States today, Sophie has graciously donated a copy of Wicked In Your Arms. Since Sophie has such gorgeous covers, let’s talk about that. What kind of cover do you like on your romance novel? Do you like a clinch cover, a man or woman alone, a naked chest, or something a little more discrete? And what don’t you like on a cover? One reader who comments will win a copy of the book.
Hubby and I will be doing something fun this weekend. We’ll be in Atlanta, hanging out with some pals and spending time at the fabulous Moonlight & Magnolias Conference, sponsored by the Georgia Romance Writers (GRW). My second book, Sex And The Single Earl, has been nominated for Best Historical Romance in the GRW’s prestigious contest, The Maggies. Naturally, I was THRILLED to be one of the finalists, but the best reason for finaling was that it gave me an excuse to visit with all my friends in the Atlanta area!
Along with putting on a dynamite conferenece, the ladies of the GRW sponsor a fantastic book fair and autographing session, which is open to the public. I’ll be signing along with some phenomenal authors, including Sherrilyn Kenyon, Eloisa James, Karen White, Shiloh Walker, and Haywood Smith. Zounds! What a line-up! The signing will take place on Oct. 1, from 4 to 5:30 pm in the ballroom of the Decatur Hotel and Conference Center. If you live in the Atlanta area, you really should stop by. The session is free, and I know it’s going to be a lot of fun. Details are available on the GRW website.
I’d also like to announce the winner of Marie Force’s latest book, Georgia On My Mind. It’s Gail S. Congratulations! I’ll be in touch. My next guest on the blog is New York Times best-selling historical romance novelist, Sophie Jordan. She’ll be here this Friday, so be sure to stop on by!