Take a Sneak Peak inside a Rogue

Let’s just get to the good stuff, shall we? I’ve posted the excerpt for Have You Any Rogues?! And apparently I do, Yes, Sir, Yes, Sir, Three Rogues will do. Tee Hee. HAVE YOU ANY ROGUES?

As a little backstory, I got the idea for Have You Any Rogues? while I was writing And The Miss Ran Away with the Rake. There is a scene, late in the book, where Crispin Dale comes to Owle Park and demands that Preston hand over his cousin, Daphne. As Crispin was there, glowering on the front steps, I realized–or at least in my imagination–I saw Henrietta Seldon glaring back at him–and I just knew they had HISTORY. Lots of it.

All that all was left to do was to explore what had happened to them before and what might happen if they were tossed together yet again.

I love it when a good bought of glowering and glaring ends in a happily ever after, don’t you?

Rake in the Summer Savings

Avon is having a fun summer promo this year: Escape with a Rake! And no, they don’t want you to wander off with wayward garden implements, but with some of hottest, wickedest, devilish rakes out there–and for only $1.99!

Here’s your summer raking, er, reading list:

by Elizabeth Boyle

And the Miss Ran Away with the Rake
Daphne Dale thought she’d found her perfectly sensible gentleman until she met Lord Henry Seldon.

This Rake of Mine
When the rakehell Lord Jack Tremont kissed Miranda Mabberly, mistaking her for his mistress, neither realized his reckless act would cost Miranda her reputation, her fiancé, and her future.

by Sara Bennett

Led Astray by a Rake
Beneath Livy Monteith’s icy blonde exterior beats a passionate heart, a heart that will not abide by society’s rules. But even her friends at Miss Debenham’s Finishing School are shocked by the man she desires. Lord Dominic Lacey, the man they call Wicked Nic, and is every bit a scoundrel.

by Suzanne Enoch
Reforming a Rake
Alexandra Gallant is a governess extraordinaire—and if it weren’t for that unfortunate incident at her last position, she wouldn’t now be forced into the employ of Lucien Balfour, the most notorious rake in London. Though the sinfully attractive earl hired her to teach his young cousin, his seductive whispers and toe-curling kisses suggest he has something far less respectable in mind .

The Rake
When a young lady who vows revenge on the rakish lord who loved and left her, she finds herself unexpectedly caught in Cupid′s net along with the handsome viscount when her plan to love and leave him backfires.

by Sarah Maclean
Nine Rule to Break When Romancing a Rake
Lady Calpurnia Hartwell, a plain but wealthy 28-year-old who refuses to marry a man who only desires her fortune, acts on a long-held crush and flings herself at Gabriel St. John, marquess of Ralston. Gabriel finds her antics more amusing than enticing, but his half-wild half-sister needs an impeccable chaperone and he chooses Callie for the role. Their proximity creates an infinite series of opportunities for the rake to practice his wiles on the more than willing wallflower.

21 Essential Books on Writing

No need to hide the fact, I love writing. And I love learning about my craft–so when I asked a number of my friends, who have between them like a gazillion books in print, their all-time favorite books on writing, I discovered some new faves and of course the ones I consider some of the best. So here it is, the 21 Essential Books on Writing in no particular order.

1. Making a Literary Life by Carolyn See. I have not read this one, but when I asked Liza Palmer her favorites, this title was out of her lips without any hesitation. Now on my TBR.

2. On Writing by Steven King. This is the audio version, because face it, it is Steven King reading Steven King.

3. How to Write Killer Fiction by Carolyn Wheat. Another book on Liza Palmer’s must read list. As she explained, “Don’t we all want elements of suspense in our novels to make them page turners.” True that!

4. Bird by Bird by Annie Lamont. This was Megan Crane/Caitlyn Crewes first choice out of the gate, and she’s picked a true classic, one that is on everyone’s list. But have to admit, I have never read it. Time to change that.

5. Save the Cat by Blake Synder. I love this book. It helps you see fiction through a screenwriter’s focused eye and keeps you on target. Love it!

6. The Courage to Write by Ralph Keyes. Another book on Megan’s list. Another for my TBR.

7. Writing from the Inside Out by Dennis Pulumbo.

8. The Art of War for Writers by James Scott Bell. I adore this book. The perfect pick up and read a short chapter for your daily kick in the pants. JoAnne Ross says it is a perfect book for “quick encouragement.” Can’t we all use that from time to time? Keep this book within reach.

9. Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg. Another one of those books that is always on the top of writer’s lists of inspiring and helpful books.

10. On Writing Well by William Zinsser

11. The Writers Journey by Chris Vogler. If you haven’t read this book, make this the first one you pick up. The best book on novel writing out there. And as Christina Dodd said, (and rightly so) “Not boring.”

12. Reading like a Writer by Francine Prose.

13. If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland.

14. Writing Dialogue for Scripts by Rib Davis. Lori Wilde recommended this book and called it an “eye opener.” Another for the list.

15. Walking on Alligators by Susan Shaughnessy. This book is another one for quick inspiration and daily affirmations and exercises.

16. The Writing Life by Annie Dilliard.

17. How to Write Your Best Story by Philip Martin. This and the Annie Dilliard book both came with the recommendation: “Good advice, well written.” What more could you ask for?

18. Goal Motivation & Conflict by Deb Dixon. I will be honest. This book has never sung to me. But on the other hand, I know so many writers who rave and love it. I mean LOVE it. So I could hardly leave it off.

19. Break into Fiction by Mary Buckham and Dianna Love Snell. Love Mary Buckham–and her workshops are so popular. So if you can’t get to a workshop, then the book is the next best thing.

20. Scene and Structure by Jack Bickham. The quintessential and essential nuts and bolts book for every writer. Love this book.

21. Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass. One of my all-time favorite books–a great nuts and bolts read for honing and making your novel standout.

Are there books missing from the list? Add your own in the comments.

Winners!

Here is the list list of winners from my 20th Book Giveaway Contest. Winning entries came from my Newsletter subscribers, my Facebook fans and my Twitter peeps. I want to thank everyone for taking the time to enter and for your enthusiasm over my 20th book, AND THE MISS RAN AWAY WITH THE RAKE.

Facebook/Twitter winners:
June Manning ‏
Stephanie Cecil Putteet
Jennifer Richardson Bradley
Cindy Hughes
Beth Cottone (Claimed)
Tammy Sommervold (Claimed)

Elizabeth Sells
Crystal Broyles (Claimed)
Karen Haas (Claimed)
Donna Hammer Durnell (Claimed)

If your name is listed above, to claim your prize you will need to email me (elizbo AT elizabethboyle DOT com) your mailing address before April 4th. Any unclaimed prizes will be given away in a second chance drawing.

Newsletter winners:
Rosemary Krejsa
Kay Plough
Judy Jeanes
Linda Price
Ana Sosa
Dale Kirk
Jane Irish Nelson
Melena Verity
Damaris Sanchez
Silvana Seraji

If your name is listed as a Newsletter winner, you can just sit tight. Your box will be mailed to you this coming week.

Contest Coming! Sign up Now!

To celebrate this week’s release of my 20th book, And the Miss Ran Away with the Rake, I’m throwing a cyber-party with tons of prizes–20 boxes filled to the brim with books and goodies, and author swag. I’ve been shaking down all my author friends and cleaning out the contest closet to make sure these boxes are loaded.

But the first 10 boxes will go only to my newsletter subscribers! If you are a subscriber to my newsletter, all you have to do is hold tight until you get my newsletter on Tuesday and follow the instructions to enter.

Not a subscriber? Just get signed up before midnight, PDT, Monday, March 25th. You can sign up here.

 

 

Winners!

Thanks for entering my Downton signing blog drawing. Wow, is that a mouthful–but it was also a prize box full of fun, courtsey of my fellow signees at Powell’s in Beaverton. Hope to see many of you at my upcoming signings, and I promise for you who are far afield, that I will continue to put together prize packets for you as well.

The winners are:

  • Karin
  • Manuelita
  • Lisa
  • Tami

I have sent each of them an email notifying them of their win.

Didn’t win but would still like a signed copy of Along Came a Duke? I signed a big pile of books at the Beaverton store and I know they would be more than happy to ship right to your door. Perhaps autographed copies for your Mom, Reader’s Group or favorite friend for Valentine’s Day? Give them a call: 503-228-4651 and order your own signed copies.

 

Downton Contest!

I came back from Powells in Portand with two shopping bags of books and goodies to give away to all of you. All in all, I’ll be giving away four boxes of treasures, which will  include autographed books from the signing, a Powells mug, a Downton t-shirt and bookmarks and such so you can have a virtual signing experience!

To Enter: Post a comment below and let me know who is your favorite character on Downton Abbey. That’s it. I’ll be collecting entries on Twitter and Facebook, so if you drop by over there, you can add to your chances to win. If you post on Twitter make sure to use my name (@ElizBoyle) in the tweet so I can track your entry.

Contest runs from January 12, 2013 through Midnight PST January 18, 2013. Winners will be announced here on the blog Saturday, January 19, 2013.

Honors and Awards

The end of the year can bring all kind of lists and awards and honors and this year is no exception. Along Came A Duke has been nominated by Romantic Times for Best Love Laughter Historical of 2012. I am thrilled that Preston and Tabby’s story was nominated as I personally found it great fun to write.

But wait, there’s more! Even more thrilling is to be included in King Country Library System’s list to Best Books for 2012. Here’s the real thrill: Along Came a Duke is the ONLY romance novel listed. Be still my beating heart. This is the country’s largest and most honored library system and to be chosen by them is an honor. Makes this lifelong KCLS patron doubly proud.

Readers n Ritas! Look out Dallas!

If you are in the Dallas area, or feeling adventurous, there is still time to sign up for the Fabulous Readers & Ritas weekend, November 9th-11th, 2012, sponsored by Fresh Fiction. I’ll be there–ready to meet all of you, taking part in the panels and generally hanging out and having fun. There will raffle baskets, giveaways and goodies galore, as well as a great roster of authors.

If you can make it, make sure to introduce yourself to me! Sign ups, information and a list of participating authors can be found on the Readers & Ritas website.

If you are planning on attending and need goodies for your bookstore, library patrons or bookclub, make sure to contact me ASAP so I can pack enough surprises for everyone.

The Queens of Romance Tea

Coming Sunday, September 23rd, join Elizabeth, Susan Wiggs, Yasmine Galenorn and Teresa Meyers for a delightful afternoon chat about Regency Romance, Urban Fantasy, Contemporary Romance and Steampunk, (with a touch of romance). The event, part of Northwest Bookfest, is free, but reservations are required.

From last year's tea: Susan Mallery, Elizabeth Boyle and Lisa Kleypas


Gather up a posse of friends, grab your questions and come laugh with the Queens of Romance.

To hold your spot, email: parkplacebooks@integra.net or call 425.828.6546. Refreshments provided by Costco.