Archive for April, 2009

May 6th Author Talk (and CLE credit!)

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

On May 6th, I and a group of other lawyers-turned-author will be addressing a lunch at the Massachusetts Bar Association in downtown Boston. As the press release puts it, this round table will convene published authors from various genres, who will discuss their craft, the path to publication and how their legal experiences affected their writing and career paths. In other words, we’ll babble about how we do what we do and how we got there from the law.

If you’re a lawyer, I believe you actually get CLE credit for coming to listen to me. The cost of the event is $15 for MBA affiliated paralegals and law students, $25 for MBA members, and $50 for non-members. Click here for details and registration.

I’ve included the full details for the program below:

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May 4th Reading in Queens

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Hi, all!

For those in the New York area, I’ll be reading from The Temptation of the Night Jasmine at The Inspired Word Reading Series this coming Monday. The Inspired Word is held at Tierra Sana Restaurant in Forest Hills, Queens, and features an eclectic mix of writers and performers from every conceivable genre. In addition to my Night Jasmine reading, the event showcases poets, performance artists, essayists, singer/songwriters, and free appetizers. Did I mention the free appetizers?

Details below….

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You Know You’re a Regency Junkie When….

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

One of the many fascinating people I got to hang out with at the PCA conference was Jessica of Racy Romance Reviews (also the coiner of my new favorite phrase, “lair kittens”). For those of you who may wonder whether you’re spending too much time at Almack’s, she just sent me a link to her Top 10 Signs You Are Reading Too Much Historical Romance.

Do you have any other “top signs” to add to the list?

p.s. Also check out her Top 11 Signs You Need to Lay Off the Highlands Romance— I particularly love #5.



Got Romance?

Monday, April 13th, 2009

Hi, all!

Sorry to be AWOL these past few days while the flowery ideas have been flowing (or, more aptly, blooming– it’s hard to imagine a flower in flow). Thank you all so much for the fantastical garden of title ideas. The term “embarrassment of riches” couldn’t be more apt. There are still some behind the scenes debates going on as the judges confer, but a title announcement should be forthcoming fairly soon.

In the meantime, the reason for the radio silence is that I’ve been in New Orleans for the past few days, sans email, attending the conference of the Popular Culture Association, where a stalwart band of scholarly souls are laying the groundwork for the academic study of popular romance. It was pretty amazing. For those who are interested in knowing more about the conference and the newly minted International Association for the Study of Popular Romance, you can find the details on Teach Me Tonight, which links to a growing web of sources for the study of romance fiction.

Every new movement, however, needs a slogan. Over a final dinner on Bourbon Street, we wracked our brains for a catchy phrase for next year’s t-shirts. “Stop laughing, I’m being scholarly!” was a front-runner, as was the simple and pithy, “Got Romance?” and “Romance: Ravishing Prose”.

So, just for fun (and to fill in the time while waiting for final title decisions), if you had to come up with a slogan for the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance, what would it be?

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New Orleans!

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

As you can see from the sidebar, I’m going to be in New Orleans for the next few days for the Popular Culture Association conference. Since the event doesn’t have a formal book signing, if you’re in the New Orleans area and would like your book signed, just let me know by leaving a note in the comments here or by emailing me.



Pink VI: Chapter One and Contest!

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Once again, my publisher and I find ourselves on the thorns of a floral dilemma. As some of you may know, my working title for Pink VI was “Something Something Something Marigold”, since the spy in the novel is named the Marigold.

But let’s face it, Penelope isn’t the sort of heroine to stand aside and let another character determine the title of her book. (Plus, my publisher didn’t like marigold in the title). We need another flower, but not just any flower. We need a flower that screams “Penelope!” to you.

To help you get acquainted with Penelope, I’ve posted the entire first chapter of Pink VI below. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to read the excerpt and come up with a flower for Penelope.

The winner will receive a credit in the Acknowledgments and a free advance copy of Pink VI.

Let the gardening begin!

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Romancing History

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

In a little over a week, I have to give a paper at the Popular Culture Association on the interplay of history and fiction. As I’ve been parsing the topic out (and managing to work myself into a muddle), I’ve posted on the topic today on both History Hoydens and Access Romance. On History Hoydens, I look at what fiction can do for history, while on Access Romance, I tackle what history adds to fiction. I’d be curious to hear any and all thoughts on the topic….