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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:

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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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TBT: Throwdown Challenge Rake v. Love Letters

Keeping up with my #TBT retrospective of The Bachelor Chronicles in preparation for the release of Mad About the Major, I’ve always found it interesting how divided readers can be about their deep and abiding affection for either This Rake of Mine or Love Letters from a Duke, the 2nd and 3rd installments in the Bachelor Chronicles series.

I call it Rake v. Love Letters.

Personally I think it really divides this way:

Team Mad Jack v. Team Felicity
Now what isn’t to love about Mad Jack Tremont? He’s a rake, (hence the title, This Rake of Mine) and a very reluctant hero and just so darn sexy. I absolutely loved him the moment he walked on the stage in Something about Emmaline. Plus, his story has that whole gothic thing going for it–the creepy house that you shouldn’t go into iIMG_6631f you’re a proper young lady and you just know he’s up to no good. (We also see our first glimpses of Arabella Tremont and her starchy father, the Duke of Parkerton–but more on them in the coming weeks.)

But then there is Felicity and her infamous correspondence that gives us our story, Love Letters from a Duke. And she has got to be hands down one of my most popular heroines. I do like her conflict of trying to do what is best and right, but in the end following her heart. She makes the right choice and her heart is always in the right place. I think readers have always loved her determined spirit, and her stubborn blindside as to what is right in front of her. And of course, it helps that Thatcher is right there to steer a bit for her. (That scene near the opening where she hires him because he fits the coat still cracks me up.)

So what team are you on? And yes, you can play on both sides if you want. I won’t tell.

This Rake of MineComment down below before the end of Sunday, and one lucky poster will win an autographed copy of either Love Letters from a Duke or This Rake of Mine. Check back Monday, May 4th to see if you’ve won.

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Something About Emmaline Winner

Thanks to everyone who posted last week in my Throwback Thursday look at the first book in the Bachelor Chronicles, Something About Emmaline.

The winner is:

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And watch for this Thursday’s Throwback and giveaway when This Rake of Mine goes head to head with Love Letters from a Duke.

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TBT: Something About Emmaline

With Mad About the Major only a few weeks away from arriving on an ereader near you, I thought I would look back at the Bachelor Chronicles–starting with the first book, Something About Emmaline.

If you’ve never read this one, I have to say: what are you waiting for? Emmaline is one of my most favorite heroines–I adore how they first meet–Alex arriving at his London town house to find it in the throes of being redecorated and a woman in his bed. A woman who claims to be his wife:

“Yes, thank you,” she replied. “When my husband returns from Westmoreland, rest assured, he will kill you.”

“Have you ever considered, Lady Sedgwick, that perhaps he already has?”

“Has what?” she asked, the pistol trembling anew in her hand.

“Returned.”

It was at that moment that Emmaline Denford, Lady Sedgwick realized she was about to shoot her husband.

The very notion startled her so much, she dropped the pistol. And then the damned thing fired for her.

Card shark, con artist, beauty and unrepentant redecorater, I love how she turns Alexander’s life upside down. Read the full excerpt and order a copy today–all eight stories from the Bachelor Chronicles await you–and there is no better place to start than at the beginning.

Win an autographed copy of Something About Emmaline! Answer the question below before April 27th, and one lucky poster will win an autographed book. Winner will be posted on Monday, April 27th.

Question: Have you read Emmaline? Or any of the Bachelor Chronicles?

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Newsletter Winner

Thank you to everyone who opened and read my newsletter and went that extra step and entered my contest. And the winner of the Kindle Fire is:


Earlene G. of Leavenworth, KS.

Congratulations and I hope you enjoy your new eReader. And thanks again to all my newsletter subscribers–loyal and dear fans all! If you aren’t signed up and missed the chance to enter, you can sign up at the top of this page. I’ll be doing another big giveaway in May.

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5 Things with Heather McCollum

Today Heather McCollum, author of sweeping, magical Scottish historical romances, is visiting the blog. The answers to her “Five Questions” are fantastic! Welcome, Heather…

Thank you so much for having me here today! What a fun way to learn about those of us behind the melt-your-heart pages of romance books.at swing1 (585x640)

1) Since romance authors always write about falling in love, when and how did you discover you were in love? I was a Virginian girl and he (Braden) was an Army kid, his father stationed in Hawaii. We met at college in Maine. I had already kissed too many frogs to count and was pretty disillusioned by the whole concept of falling in love. But…

One night after we had been dating a couple weeks, Braden stopped by my dorm room. I had terrible menstrual cramps (TMI, but it’s what happened : ). I couldn’t move, just stayed balled up on my dorm bed. It was late and someone pulled the fire alarm in my building, meaning we all had to exit. There was three feet of snow on the ground and I wasn’t budging.

Braden picked me up, wrapped me in his coat, and trudged with me through the snow to his dorm room. He then woke up every guy in the dorm trying to find me Ibuprofen. Once the fire department proclaimed it safe, he carried me back to my bed and stayed all night to make sure I was comfortable.

Yeah, I knew then that he was a “for better or worse” kind of guy.

2) What is the very first romance novel that you read? When I was fifteen, my step-grandmother gave me a copy of The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. I fell in love with the book and the historical romance genre. Amazingly the hero and heroine in that book are Brandon and Heather. Pretty darn close!

crimson_heart-new3) What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done? Umm… I wrote a book. Not only did I write it, I let others read it. For those of you who write, you know what I mean. It takes A LOT of guts to put your art out there. Christina Dodd once said at a conference (paraphrasing here), “Submitting your book to someone is like standing on stage, taking off your clothes and asking for comments.” Yeah – that painful.

I also got my belly button pierced when I was 30 years old. I’m still working up to a tattoo.

4) Where is the most beautiful/romantic place you’ve ever been? That’s kind of two different questions. Most romantic – I’m going to say El Dorado Casitas all-inclusive, adults-only resort in Mexico with my hubby for our 20-year anniversary last November. Five days of paradise (without our three spirited kids) to just focus on each other while lying on the sand with our beach butler bringing us Mud Slides and Pina Coladas. Heaven! We even saw a shooting star together that last night. Sigh…

Most beautiful – There is nothing quite like the Highlands of Scotland to make me tear up at the raw, glorious splendor of the landscape. We (including the three spirited kids) stayed in a house on a loch for a week two summers ago. Around us the green mountains soared up, dotted by white sheep, cows and an occasional herd of red deer. Granite boulders pushed through the grass like a giant’s knobby knees under a blue sky. I can easily understand why the Scots were willing to die to keep their land.

5) If you could be a superhero, what power would you choose and why? The ability to heal. Oh, I know there would be problems with being able to magically heal people, and I wouldn’t want to be in God’s position of deciding who lives and who dies. But… being an ovarian cancer survivor, I would REALLY like to be able to keep myself and family healthy.

My wished-for superpower found its way into my writing (even before my diagnosis). My Highland Hearts series revolves around a 16th century family where the women can heal through magic. In Captured Heart I dive into herbal lore with each chapter starting as an entry in a medicine journal. The heroine learns that she has a powerful gift, and with it comes a great responsibility. Just like a sword can be used for good or for evil, so can power.

Thank you again for having me on your blog today! The third full-length book in the Highland Hearts series came out this past year. Each book can be read separately but most prefer to read them in order: Highland Heart (very short prequel), Captured Heart, Tangled Hearts, Untamed Hearts (novella) and Crimson Heart.

 

You can find Heather on her website, Twitter

Facebook, or Pinterest

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Five Things with Julie Johnstone

school (4 of 12)USA Today Bestselling Regency Romance author Julie Johnstone is here today, with a “Five Questions” post! Her next book, My Seductive Innocent, goes on pre-order this Thursday. Welcome to the blog, Julie…

1) Did you have a nickname growing up? Gosh yes! They called me string bean, and I hated it! I was 5’9” by the time I was in fifth grade and so self-conscious! I was an expert at slouching to appear shorter! I’ll tell you a little secret. In my novel, My Fair Duchess, many of my heroine’s insecurities came from my childhood!

2) Where is the most beautiful/romantic place you’ve ever been? Ah, this one so easy! My husband and I took a trip to Rome and TuscMFD (7)any the year before my first child was born. His uncle lives near Tuscany, so we had a lot of local contacts and really experience the life! It was amazing and unforgettable!

3) Do you celebrate when you finish a book and what you do? I always celebrate when I finish a book! I usually have a glass of champagne that night, and I try to spend a few days pampering myself because when I am in the middle of writing a book I really ignore doing anything nice for me!

4) What’s your strongest/most productive writing habit? I learned a long time ago that if I write daily I am more productive. So, unless I am on vacation, or have just finished a book and give myself a few days, I go down to my office every day and write for no less than two hours.

MSI4 (4)5) What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done? I’d have to say that was quitting my “real” job to try to be a writer. It was a total leap of faith, but worth every heartache and triumph. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to earn a living doing what I love. I know so many people who do jobs they are indifferent about at best, but writing is my passion and every heartache and triumph of this crazy, wonderful job has been completely worth it.

You can find Julie on her website, Twitter, Facebook, or Goodreads!

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