Monday, August 25, 2008

Keeping all the books straight!

Here's what's new as you get ready to plan your fall/winter reading lists.

This November, "Libertine Lord, Pickpocket Miss" will be released as an e-book with Harlequin. Readers will be able to download the story to their computers, Kindles etc. Stay posted here for easy links, which I'll put up as soon as I have them. I am so excited about this project. Harlequin is branching out into short e-book historicals with some spice to them . Libertine Lord is one of the first four "undone shorts" to debut for the historical line. Be sure to check out the other three debuts also available in November from Ammanda McCabe, Nicola Cornick and Michelle Willingham. I will be posting their covers and titles as all that becomes available. I know you'll like the stories!

Available January 1, 2009 in time to kick off the New Year right, is "The Viscount Claims His Bride." I love this story much! Valerian and Phillippa are characters you'll adore. The Jan. 1 release date fits the story perfectly since there's a scene early in the book that takes place at a New Year's ball and the hero makes a private resolution. This book is already available for pre-sale on Amazon.

As we get closer to November and January, I have some special items I'll be posting on the website to get us all excited about the two books. Until then, I'll be working on Wild Hearts.

In the meanwhile, I've put together a list of books to help readers catch up on what's already out there and what's coming so readers can keep it all straight.

The Ramsden Brother series (for lack of an official title)

"Notorious Rake, Innocent Lady" released May 2008: this is Paine Ramsden and Julia Prentiss's story. It's the 'first' in the series although the books don't have to be read in order. You can still get this book on Amazon or through the Harlequin website.

"The Earl's Forbidden Ward" releasing springish of 2009 is my best guess. This is Peyton Ramsden's story.

"Wild Hearts" this is currently being written and this is the working title. It will probably get an official title from Harlequin later. This is Crispin's story.

There's also an on line read with Harlequin entitled "The Seduction of Grayson Prentiss" that was first issued as a daily read in April 2009. It's about Julia Prentiss's cousin. You can still read the story by following the link on the August 2nd blog.

There is a follow up book to Pickpocket Countess that features Jack, Viscount Wainsbridge, who was a fun secondary character. He gets his own story with Dulci, the hero's sister. The working title for it is Kingdom of Hearts but we won't see that hit the shelves until 2010.

There is also a follow up book to "The Viscount Claims His Bride" which focuses on two secondary characters Beldon and Lilya. The working title for it is "A Diamond of the First Water" but of course I expect that to change. And again, the release date for this will probably be a 2010 time.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Wrapping up the latest book

I am on the final count down to finishing up the latest book for Avalon. The Madcap is just three chapters away from being done. Whew! Then I have three days of revision and then my wonderful editor gets it. Don't worry Faith, it is on the way.

I do have to show you all the newest cover though. This is for Newport Summer. I was so excited when Faith sent this one to me right after nationals.

Isn't this great!

I have to say, I have really gotten into this Victorian period of time. You just can't help being a romantic in this time period.

Obviously, you understand this book is set in the wonderful city of Newport. This is essentially the American version of "the season." The Astor's rule the land and only the rich get to play. Well, not just the rich but you get the idea.

Up next on the writing front? I have proposals for Mills and Boon that will be in London on the 25th of September and then off to write Crispin's story for Harlequin. For those of you that were begging for the brother's stories, this will be for you.

Also, keep an eye out for the new Undone E-Books by Harlequin. Make sure to stay on line for this great new venture. Due to the rise of popularity of the e-books and the sexy novels, the historical editors are now jumping on board. Beginning in November, Undone Historicals will be available in an e-book format. So, for those of you that loved Grayson Prentiss's Seduction you will just love this next one. Check it out at

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Sunday, August 3, 2008

Home from San Francisco

I am home from a great four days in San Francisco. I had a super time meeting people and hearing about all the latest trends in romance. I also picked up books from some of my favorite authors; Julia Quinn, Stephanie Laurens to name a couple. There's so much to share about the conference, so I'll just pick a few highlights.

Wednesday night was the literacy book signing for the American literacy project. I sat next to Amanda Scott and signed copies of Notorious Rake, Innocent Lady. It's such a thrilling evening to see the grand ballroom filled with rows and rows of authors. I loved being part of it. I liked talking to people who would come over and say 'I loved the cover of pickpocket countess.' or "You have the best covers." Lucy Gilmour from Harlequin made my night by coming over to say hi.

Thursday started with the Hussies breakfast--I loved this so much. I got to meet everyone from the website and put faces with names. This was followed by the Harlequin meet and greet where I got to meet all the editors. Followed by the Harlequin historical tea at a cute tack and tea shop. We had a delicious tea with little sandwiches and scones and a few of us scandalized Sally by admitting that we microwave hot water for tea and just pop a tea bag in a tea cup, foregoing the pot-brewing experience altogether.

Thursday evening, I went with Scott to the FFand P (that's futuristic, fantasy and paranormal) chapter event. They served a delicious oriental themed dinner and I won an Amazon gift card in the drawings! Afterwards, we moved on to the RWA on line chapter party where we played hilarious games. It was so much fun!

Friday was a bit slower. I was able to hit a few book signings (which is one of my favorite things to do at the conference). At 8:30 I started out at the early part of the Harlequin spotlight and moved at 9:00 to the Harlequin focus group meeting, and then to lunch with Julie Rowe, who won the Brenda Novak auction lunch with me. I wrote in the hotel room that afternoon before hitting the harlequin book signing and the Berkeley book signing, the Avalon spotlight. Then it was on to parties!

Our first stop was the Avalon party where we got to spend time with Faith Black my editor over there. She'd just seen the cover for Newport Summer which comes out (ironically) in December-Januaryish. She says it's beautiful. I can hardly wait to see it. I'll post a picture here as soon as I get it. Erin Cartwright showed up with her darling little girl and we all had so much fun watching her dance and charm all of us. The Avalon writers were so nice and I finally got to meet Holly Jacobs who also writes for Harlequin and Avalon.

The Harlequin party was at the Four Seasons down the street and was a perfect way to cap off our conference. The ball room was beautifully decorated. There was even a Golden Gate Bridge in it! I thought the three-tiered chocolate fountain was a huge hit too.

We flew home on Saturday. We couldn't stay for the awards ceremony due to committments at home, but we had a great time . Now it's back to real life. Catie has horse camp this week and we're off to Bend for the last swim meet of the season on Thursday. Then it's just one more week of summer quarter work at the college and I'll get a few weeks off to catch up on some writing work. Stay tuned!