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#TBT: How I Met My Countess

Moving along to the next installment of my #TBT look the Bachelor Chronicles series (in advance of the June 2nd release of Mad About the Major), this week we are going to look at How I Met My Countess.

Opening up what I think of as the last third of the Bachelor Chronicles is a trio of books about the Widows Standon. The idea for the book came from Love Letters of a Duke, where the hero laments having these warring dowagers from the previous heirs driving him crazy. How I Met My CountessI wondered about these three and then came up with the idea that all three had married very young and not really all that willingly to these potential heirs who all up and died and left them fighting over dowager scraps.

Then along comes matchmaking Felicity with a fierce idea: make them live together in a rundown, awful London town house until their either:

A) Kill each other
or
B) Marry the first likely gentleman to come along and get off the Standon gravy train.

LOL. My Regency version of a reality show.

I opened the series with most unlikely of heroines, Lucy Ellyson, or as her father and family call her, Goosie. Well, Goosie is hard to describe–so I suggest you meet her, the same way the Earl of Clifton did, but letting her saunter and swagger into your heart! You can read the excerpt and discover a little bit about one of my favorite characters.

(And BTW, you also get to meet Malcolm, who was also friends with Mad Jack, from This Rake of Mine.)

Comment below and tell me yes or no if you have a nickname–especially one that makes you just cringe every time your family uses it. One lucky poster will win an autographed book from the Bachelor Chronicles series. Check back next Tuesday to see if you’ve won.

You still have a week to get all caught up on the Bachelor Chronicles series by June 2nd, when Arabella Tremont, escapes her ducal father and sets out to discover London on her own. Only what she discovers is that she’s Mad About the Major.

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RT Kindle Winner

If you were at RT and entered the Mad About the Major Selfie contest, there are two things you should know:

1) You all cracked me up!
and
2) I couldn’t pick just one winner.

So here are the winners:

ashleygrothwolfe on Instagram
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kimberlietx on Instagram
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Mary @hufflewhat on Twitter
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Ladies, you have 7 days to claim your prize! Email me via my Contact page to claim your Kindle Fires! Congrats and thank you to everyone who shot a picture and fanned their way through RT!

And remember all, Mad About the Major is still on sale until it releases on June 2nd. Make sure to preorder ASAP–to get a great deal AND a great read.

PSST. Still need a nudge? Sneak in a few minutes and read the Excerpt!

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TBT: Confessions v. Memoirs

In my continuing #TBT look at my Bachelor Chronicles series (in advance of the June 2nd publication of Mad About the Major), today’s smack down is more of a cover standoff: Confessions of a Little Black Dress v. Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress.

A little background might be in order–after writing Love Letters from a Duke, Avon asked me to come up with a title that had the same sort of communication theme. I absolutely wracked my brain trying to find a “Letters” sort of title for Tally’s book. And then, driving down the highway one morning on the way to take my son to speech therapy, I had one of those “Aha!” moments that came from just letting my mind drift.

Tally’s story featured a misdirected trunk full of glorious gowns that she finds–the sort of dresses that have their own stories to tell. You know, like when you find a great vintage gown in a thrift store (if you are like me and LOVE vintage and thrifting–you will totally get this!) and you stop and wonder–where has this dress been? The parties, the events, the heartbreak? If only this little black dress could talk. And then I heard the perfect title just flit by.Confessions of a Little Black Gown

Confessions of a Little Black Gown.

I pulled off the freeway and called my editor immediately, breathless with excitement. She loved it right off the spot. But here was the rub–would a black dress be romantic enough on the cover? Wouldn’t it look like mourning? Or too funereal? But I persisted–because who doesn’t love the perfect little black dress? Luckily for me, as usual, Avon pulled it off perfectly. And it has to be one of the very few black dresses I have ever seen on a historical romance novel–making it even more special.

With Confessions of a Little Black Gown all locked down, the game was on to find the same themed title for Pippin’s book. I knew two things about Pippin’s story: she’d also have a fabulous dress, but 2) her story would not take place over the typical house party or London season of most books–Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dressrather, this was going to be a romance that took decades for her and Dash to find their happy ending. So essentially, it was going to be a memoir, and so Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress was born.

This cover is one of my favorites–I love the sense of movement to gown–which to me echoes the time passing in this story and the heart of the book–that love can survive over time, and true love can bring two people back together–no matter how much time passes–even when it seems the Fates have conspired to keep them apart.

So now it is your time to vote: Which cover do you like best? And it is okay to love them both–I do.

Confessions of a Little Black Gown Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comment below to win an autographed copy of one of these books. A winner will be posted here on Tuesday, May 20th.

Haven’t had a chance to read these books yet? You can read an excerpt from each book and/or order your copy by clicking the titles below.

Make sure you are all caught up on the Bachelor Chronicles series by June 2nd, when Arabella Tremont, the unruly daughter of the Duke of Parkerton finds her true love–a man who is hardly suited for her–or he is the perfect match? Not that Arabella cares once she finds herself Mad About the Major.

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Romantic Times, Here I Come!

I’m off to the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention this week, and I wanted to make sure anyone who is attending will be able to track me down. So here is my schedule:

Thursday:
8:30-9:45 am
A Military Tribute
While this is a private event, it is actually open to anyone–especially those with ties to the military. I am truly honored to be included. You can get a free ticket at the link above.

11:15-12:15
A Texas Homecoming Craft-Along with Avon Books
I’ll be heading up a crafting table and helping my crew create all kinds of fun. Join me and be ready to compete!

2:30-3:30 pm
Club RT
Drop by and say “Hi!” This is the perfect time to sit down and chat. I’ll have chocolate and we can have, as they say in the Regency, a good coze.

Friday:

10:00-11:00 am
The Historical Market Today
Hear from a panel of historical authors what they think works in today’s market.

11:30-12:30
Club RT
Once again, I’ll be hanging out and handing out chocolate. Come by!

4:00 – 5:30 pm
Avon presents A Night in Paris . . . Texas
Come kick up your heels with the Avon crew. Refreshments, books, and authors.

6:30-10:00 pm
Awards Ceremony and Party
Yeah, I might just be getting an award… Come cheer me and all the wonderful authors being honored.

Saturday:

11:00 – 2:00 pm
The RT Giant Booksigning
I’ll be there signing. This event is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! So please come and find me and you can bring books from home to be signed. See all the rules, as well as all the authors attending, at the link above.

3:30-4:45
Flaunt Your Fascinator
I’m just having a really crafty time–join me in making fun and feathery fascinators for you to make and take home for your next tea party or Royal engagement.

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Rake v. Duke Winner

Thanks to everyone who posted last week in my Throwback Thursday Bachelor Chronicles smackdown, This Rake of Mine v. Love Letters from a Duke.

The winner is:
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Congratulations to Annette Naish!

And watch for this Thursday’s Throwback and giveaway when we do another Bachelor Chronicles challenge: Confessions of a Little Black Gown v. Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress.

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