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Along Came An Audio Book

Over the years, people have asked and asked for audio versions of my books. And I have had to answer with a sigh of longing and say, “Sorry, they haven’t done audio versions yet.”

No more. Finally, I have an audio book!

Along Came a Duke, the audio version, is now available for download. I am so new to this whole audio thing, I need to know how do you listen to these? How do you download yours and where do you listen to them? What devices do you use? Have you ever listened to an audio book and … Read more »

Winners

What a jam-packed busy weekend. Hope you had a lovely weekend and a Happy Mother’s Day. I finally had time to pull winners of the Along Came a Duke arcs, as well as autographed Julia Quinn novels, this morning and now I am going to post their names:

Barb Ritchie, Jenn H, Linda Mc, and Mary Falls.

There were a 112 of you to choose from, so I truly put the Random Number generator through its paces this morning. Poor thing nearly fainted from exhaustion.

And if you didn’t win an ARC of Along Came A Duke, don’t despair, … Read more »

Rhymes with Love ~ A New Series

Maybe you’ve heard, but my new book, Along Came a Duke, is part of new series, Rhymes with Love. I thought I’d share with you a bit of insider info and get you ready to jump into the world of Kempton, England.

I started this new series for a variety of reasons–I had felt that the Bachelor Chronicles had run its course. While at first, I thought about doing another spin-off series with Lord Andrew and his band of misfits from Lord Langley is Back in Town, but then I got hit with another idea: a village in … Read more »

Spring Break Madness

With it being Spring Break in lots of places–and in the coming weeks, I decided a little Spring Madness was in order. So Brazen Angel is now up on Nook and Kindle for the incredible price of .99! Now this isn’t going to last forever. Probably until I come to my senses, so if you’ve wanted to try out the Brazen series, here is your chance.

And because, quite frankly, it is sunny here in Seattle, I am going to leap outside and frolic in the sunshine a bit, I’m keeping this short instead of droning on like I usually … Read more »

A Short Story about A Short Story

Several years ago I was asked to be part of a Regency anthology — could I write a story that was under 10,000 words? Sure, I said, without thinking much about it. 10,000 words, eh? That would be simple.

Thus said the woman who always writes long.

Writing a full love story, in 10,000 words or less, is not easy. In fact, it is a true challenge to an author used to having the roomy wide open spaces of 90,000+ words to introduce characters, establish conflict, introduce a plot that will entice readers to follow the hero and heroine along … Read more »

Redefining a Classic

“It’s a Brazen cover.” You don’t know how many times in my career I have heard another writer describe their cover, or someone else’s as “a Brazen cover.” The look is now iconic, but in 1996, the cover for Brazen Angel was a brand new take on covers–the tousled sheets, the tangled couple, the sexy pose. John DeSalvo in all his glory.

Oh, those had all been done, but not put together as it was for Brazen Angel. When I was shown an early version of the cover, my jaw dropped. The eye popping color, naked John DeSalvo. Have … Read more »

Philly Love

I have found a new favorite city. Philadelphia. For this self-confessed history geek, what is there not to love about a city that not only embraces its historical roots and significance but shows it off at every corner?

Love, love, love, Philadelphia!

I was there for the Public Library Association meeting (Check out the tweets via #PLA12 or #PLA2012–bless those librarians, they needed two hashtags to get it all in!) and had a blast.

Leaving Seattle at 0-Dark-30, (that is an official time–basically it is dark and no one in their right mind has any business being up), I arrived … Read more »

I Don't Make This Up

Some one asked me how I pick the winners for my blog contest and actually, I don’t. I use Random.org to pick the winner–that is, after I add up the number of blog comments and tweets. Then the Random Number Generator does the honors, and a number pops up. Then, voila, we have a winner.

This week’s winner is Alana, who left the first comment on the blog. There is always a moment when I enter all the information and hit the “generate” button that I feel like I am in my own personal Las Vegas.

Who is going to Read more »

Hero Worthy

My husband asked me last week what I liked best about having my Brazen books back out. And the answer was immediate and easy: Because it gives me the chance to tell the story how my first book came to be published. It actually gives me a chance to tell the world what a thoughtful, wonderful man I married.

If you’ve never heard me tell the story and you want a good reason to get a little weepy and romantic on a Monday, there you need to read My Favorite Hero. Then once you’ve read the story, come back … Read more »

The Inside Joke

I have a confession to make. I put inside jokes in all my books. I can’t help myself. They amuse me. I am writing along and I put them in and then I spend a few minutes doing the “Do I? or Don’t I?” back and forth.

And they usually always end up in the final book. I realized I have always done this as I was rereading and cleaning up my first three books ( Brazen Angel, Brazen Heiress and Brazen Temptress) for their digital re-release. I was reading Brazen Angel and came to the following lines, … Read more »

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