Archive for April, 2010

Six Months to MISTLETOE

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Exactly six months from today, The Mischief of the Mistletoe appears in stores!

In the meantime, I’ve just received a great, lovely pile of ARCs (that’s advance review copies, in publishing-speak). To beguile the time between now and October 28th, I’ll be giving away a copy of Mistletoe each month.

Check back next week for a sneak peek at the first chapter and the first of the Mistletoe mini-contests!

Pink VII has a title!

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Which is a very good thing, since I was getting very bored with calling it Pink VII. The manuscript formerly known as Pink VII shall henceforth be… The Orchid Affair.

Thanks so much to everyone who helped in constructing the title!


New Jersey, May 12th

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

For those in the Garden State, I’ll be popping into the M. Allan Vogelson Regional Branch Library in Voorhees at seven o’clock on the evening of May 12th to discuss the Pink Carnation books, writing, and whatever else comes to mind. You can find all the relevant details on the Camden County Library website. I’ve pasted in the text of their announcement below.



Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Thanks so much to everyone who made Annapolis such a blast! Huge hugs to the organizers (thanks, Joann and Missy!), my fellow authors (especially Shane Harris and Jane Feather), and everyone who came out to enjoy the day and the books (I would name names, but I don’t want to leave anyone out). It was lovely to put faces to names, as well as to reconnect with some of my favorite book-tour veterans.

If anyone has pictures from the event and would like me to post them here, please send them along!

Annapolis Book Festival: Saturday!

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Come join me at the Annapolis Book Festival this Saturday! Held on the grounds of the Key School (534 Hillsmere Drive), the event is free and open to the public and draws together writers from every conceivable walk of publishing.

Among the attendees this year are Katherine Neville, author of The Eight; Jane Feather, whose romance novels I’ve been reading since I was a wee young thing; Mark Kurlansky, whose bestselling non-fiction includes the history of salt; William Cohan, who chronicled the rise of Lazard and the fall of Bear Sterns; Shane Harris, who writes non-fiction about the sort of spy-type things the rest of us can only imagine; Diana Peterfreund, who writes novels set at a school rather like Yale; and me. (You can click here for the full roster of authors.) As you can see, there’s something for everyone.

Between 2:00 and 3:00, the legendary Jane Feather and I will be talking about writing historical romance, with book-signing to follow. If you can’t make the panel, though, don’t worry. The festival runs from 10:00 to 4:00, so during those times when we’re not in panels, the authors will be in and out of the main room, signing books and ogling the amazing used book table. (Last time I went to the Book Festival, I came home lugging a truly alarming pile of books.)

See you in Annapolis on Saturday!

MISTLETOE at Barnes & Nobles

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

The Mischief of the Mistletoe is now available for pre-order at, in hardcover and audio versions.

It’s also available for pre-order on Amazon, Borders, B&N, and Books A Million.

Anglophilia in 18th Century France

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Today on History Hoydens!

Milford Author Lunch, 4/18

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

Tickets are still available for the Milford Books & Author lunch, at which I’ll be speaking along with Lisa Sanders, the medical adviser to the hit TV show House and John Elefteriades, author of the thriller Transplant. The luncheon takes place next Sunday, April 18th, from 11:30 to 3:30 at the Milford Yacht Club. The event is the annual fundraiser for the Milford Literacy Center.

You can find all the details and the sign-up form here.

All about BLOOD LILY

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Now that the initial draft of Pink VII is done (done! Did I mention DONE?), I’m working on the Q&A section of the Readers Guide for the paperback edition of The Betrayal of the Blood Lily. There’s just one problem. I already know everything I wanted to know about Blood Lily. It’s an occupational hazard of having written the book.

Is there anything you would have liked to know about Blood Lily? About the characters, the history, the writing process? Any and all questions gratefully appreciated.

The Best of All Possible Conferences

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

And it’s free! The Poisoned Pen, a bookstore, press, and all around fabulous institution, is having its annual conference June 24th-26th at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa.

There are many good reasons to attend the Poisoned Pen Conference:

— Some of my absolute favorite authors, including Diana Gabaldon, Sharon Kay Penman, and P.F. Chisholm;

— A late night reading and pajama party (we authors will be reading some of the, ahem, steamier bits of our manuscripts);

— A raffle for an $100 gift Poisoned Pen gift certificate;

— An obscenely good rate at the Biltmore for those who choose to stay at the hotel;

— Plus, have I mentioned that the conference is completely free? You can attend any of the events and programs entirely gratis, with the one exception of–

— A Georgette Heyer Tea!! Yes, folks, the grand finale of the conference is a tea party dedicated to the great Georgette Heyer, with little tea sandwiches, discussions of her life and works, and a “pick your favorite Heyer line” contest. This is the only part of the conference for which there is a charge ($25/person). You can attend the rest of the conference without attending the tea, and vice versa.

You can find more info on the Poisoned Pen site here. See you in Arizona….