Archive for January, 2009

Novella Title Contest Extended to Monday!

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Hi, all!

I know, I know. I did say I would post finalists today. May I offer a big fat mea culpa? To give my Board of Advisers time to weigh in on the entries, I’m extending the contest until Monday, at which point– I promise, promise, promise– finalists will be posted and the open voting can begin. Title Idol, anyone?

Happy weekend!



Night Jasmine Reading Group Guide

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Hi, all!

The inaugural meeting of Night Jasmine Book Club is coming up this Tuesday. By fortunate happenstance, the wonderful folks at Dutton just sent me a Reading Group Guide that contains a whole slew of model questions. I’m rather intrigued by some of their questions– but the important question is, are you?

Below, you can find the Reading Group Guide sent to my by my publisher. Of these questions, are there any you would particularly like to tackle on Tuesday? Or do you have other questions you’d like to see posted for discussion?

Warning: these questions do contain spoilers!

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NIGHT JASMINE is a New York Times Bestseller!!!

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

It’s true! It’s true! Thanks to you! (Honestly, I didn’t mean to make that rhyme. It just happened. As Sir Percy Blakeney would say, “You are a poet, and you did not know it!”).

Anyway, thanks to you, The Temptation of the Night Jasmine is #19 on the New York Times Bestseller List for February 8th. I’ve included the pdf of the list below.

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Pretty cool, no? The February 8th list counts book sales for the week ending January 24th– which means that Night Jasmine was a bestseller two days after it came out. Eeeeee!!!!! (That was a very loud squealing noise, by the way. A few more exclamation marks, and they would have heard it in Canada.)

I wanted to thank you all, so much, for making this happen. Thank you for caring about my characters as much as I do and for making their stories come alive by reading them. And for giving me an excuse to drink champagne on a Wednesday night.

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NIGHT JASMINE a Fresh Fiction Fresh Pick!

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Which means that it gets a snazzy little clickable icon at the upper right hand corner of the Fresh Fiction home page.

In other news, the Title That Blasted Novella! Contest is still up and running.

I’ll be accepting title suggestions through Saturday morning, at which point various friends and relatives are going to get nagged into helping me winnow down the options (they haven’t been told about this yet– surprise!). I’m already far too taken with way too many of the proposed titles to even begin to narrow it down….



Crimson Rose Book Club: Colin

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Welcome to the last meeting of Crimson Rose Book Club. Next Tuesday, we’ll kick off our discussion of Night Jasmine.

In the meantime, here are today’s opening questions:

Colin’s mood swings– intriguing or annoying?

If you were Eloise’s best friend, what advice would you give her?

If you had to compare Colin to a literary prototype, who would it be? Is he more Rochester or Darcy? Or Bond? Or someone else entirely?



Title That Blasted Novella! Contest

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Typing out “That Still Untitled Selwick Christmas Novella” several times a day is the manual equivalent of dealing with Peter Piper and his pickled peppers. Amusing the first few times, but….

Since the plan is to post the entire story permanently on the website, to be made available through the Diversions page, it needs a title. A title that does not have “untitled” in the title.

As my head is off in Pink VII land already, I appeal to you for title aid. For the next few days, I’ll be taking suggestions for the title of That Still… I don’t have to type it all out again, do I?

Just post your suggestions in the comments area below. The contest will run all week, and you can enter as many titles as you like. On Saturday, I’ll post the winner and runners-up– unless I find myself incapable of deciding, in which case, I’ll narrow the field to my top five and open the rest up to popular vote.

The winner will get to provide the title for the story and will receive a signed copy of The Temptation of the Night Jasmine. Runners-up get signed bookplates.

If you need to refresh your memory of the story, just click here to start with the Prologue….



Selwick Christmas Novella Outtakes

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Brevity has never been one of my virtues. Even in a so-called short story, I found myself producing far more material than I could actually use and wandering down amusing but unnecessary byways. Below are my two favorite deleted scenes from That Still Untitled Christmas Novella.

See you on Monday for the Title That Blasted Novella! Contest!

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NIGHT JASMINE Book Club Coming Soon!

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Hi, all!

Thanks so much for making the launch of Night Jasmine such a success yesterday! I’m dying to get going on discussing it, but to give everyone time to read it first, the inaugural meeting of Night Jasmine Book Club will be held on Tuesday, February 3rd. Thanks to one of Kayse’s comments on Access Romance’s Author Q&A, I even have a first question already in mind…. If you have any ideas for general topics or specific questions, just let me know!

Wrapping up old business before new, next Tuesday will be the last day of Crimson Rose Book Club. The topic: Eloise and Colin (well, mostly Colin. who are we kidding?).

Check back Saturday for Outtakes from That Still Untitled Selwick Christmas Novella, and Monday for the first day of the Title That Blasted Novella! Contest.



Happy Birthday, NIGHT JASMINE!

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Hi, all!

Thanks so much for all your lovely comments over the past few days. Due to a weird technical glitch, I’ve been having trouble getting in to comment back, so I just want to say a big, universal THANK YOU (and here’s hoping the server has now decided to behave itself and won’t try to lock me out again).

In the meantime, in honor of Night Jasmine’s official birthday, I’m posting one of my favorite outtakes from the book. I have a pile of lovely bookplates to give away (thanks for the suggestion, Georgia!), so the first five posters will receive signed bookplates as a Night Jasmine birthday present.

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A Very Selwick Christmas: Epilogue

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

All good things must come to an end– but having epilogues helps one put it off longer.

See you back here tomorrow for give aways and gaiety in honor of the birthday (bookstore day?) of The Temptation of the Night Jasmine!

Without further ado, I give to you the very last installment of That Selwick Christmas Novella….

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