Archive for June, 2011

Mistletoe Mania

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Last night, The Mischief of the Mistletoe won the Booksellers Best Award!

I am convinced it is entirely due to Joanne, who made me a gorgeous Pink Carnation bracelet to wear for luck. (I’ll be posting pictures of both the bracelet and the nifty BBA plaque as soon as I find my camera cord.) Thanks, Joanne! I will be wearing that magic bracelet glued to my wrist all week.

In the meantime, for more Mistletoe joy, fresh from my inbox, here’s the cover of the paperback edition:

More news and photos from RWA coming up soon!

RWA Signing– Today!

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Come join me and five hundred of my colleagues in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Marquis in Times Square this evening between 5:30 and 7:30. We’ll be signing books to benefit ProLiteracy and other literacy organizations. To find me, just keep walking along until you hit “W”!

To learn more about the signing, click here.

Mistletoe Monday

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Gentle Reader, on this fine Mistletoe Monday, I bring to you a question of exceeding delicacy. With RWA coming up, this seemed an appropriate time to ask.

In your romances, do you prefer the bedroom door open or closed?

There’s been a lot of debate on this topic over the years, over whether the creation of sexual tension in fiction is best served by full description or a strategically closed door. I can pull up examples on either side– and an argument for either.

What’s your take on it?

(As for the rest, you know the drill. One person will be chosen at random to receive a Mistletoe magnet calendar, winner to be announced theoretically on Wednesday but more likely on Thursday.)

Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, June 24th, 2011

With RWA fast approaching, this week has been heavy on the romance, both re-reads and new reads.

— Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Dream a Little Dream.

I came late to SEP, but I’ve made up for it with a lot of re-reading. This one, about a woman at the end of her chance and the end of her rope, desperate to find a way to provide a home for her little boy, is one of my favorites. There’s something about survivors, whether it’s on the prairie a la Little House, or in the modern world, that has always appealed to me.

— Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Ain’t She Sweet.

I didn’t realize until I read this back to back with Dream a Little Dream how much they have in common– town pariah returns home to find missing treasure. But despite those superficial similarities, it’s a very different story. SEP’s Sugar Beth has a little bit in common with our own Mary Alsworthy and her Colin has more than a little Lord Vaughn in him. I also love that she uses Georgette Heyer quotes as chapter headings.

— Jo Beverley, Forbidden.

Once I got over my “not another Regency woman who decides she’s going to be a courtesan!” hissy fit, I very much enjoyed this book. Beverley does a very good job of showing the gradual growth of a woman broken by spousal abuse. The only warning is that for those who haven’t read her prior Rogues books, all the cameos can be a bit confusing.

— Susan Wiggs, Just Breathe.

Make sure you have a box of tissues next to you while reading this. I teared up. A lot. After Charm School last week, I decided to try one of Wiggs’ contemporary romances on the off chance– and I’m so glad I did. She’s a wonderful writer with a knack for creating vivid settings and complex characters.

And now I’m off to the Poisoned Pen Conference to stock up on more books!

What have you been reading?

Mistletoe Monday Winner

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Ooops, I really do keep forgetting to announce these! This week’s (belated) Mistletoe Monday winner is…

…Susan! (Comment #11)

Congrats, Susan! Just email me and let me know where to send it. In the meantime, there’s more Mistletoe Monday coming up next week.

Arizona: Saturday!

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

If you’re in the Arizona area, you can find me on Saturday (6/25) at the Biltmore on 2400 East Thunderbird Trail in Phoenix. The official signing starts at 4:30. If you’re in the area, stop on by and say hi!

The Garden Intrigue

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

You can now find the complete first chapter of The Garden Intrigue up on the brand new Garden Intrigue book page.

Happy reading!

Poisoned Pen Conference

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

In just two days, the suspects (I mean, mystery authors) will gather at the lodge (I mean, spa). Bring your lead pipe and your candlestick and join us at the legendary Biltmore in Phoenix, Arizona, where the Poisoned Pen has assembled an inspiring group of mystery and thriller writers. Yes, it’s time for the Poisoned Pen Conference.

We don’t have Miss Scarlett or Colonel Mustard, but we do have Laurie King, Jacqueline Winspear, C.S. Harris, Alafair Burke, and many, many more.

The schedule of events includes the British Historical Mystery panel on Friday, a multi-author signing, and the infamous late night readings and pajama party on Saturday. For registration information, click here.

If you’d like to have your Pink books signed, come on by for the signing at 4:30 on Saturday!

Party Tonight!

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

If you’re in New York, come celebrate with me, Sarah MacLean, and Cara Elliott as we kick off the RWA season with a party and readings. Everyone’s invited!

When: 6:00 Cocktails, 7:00 Readings
Where: The Roger Smith Hotel, 501 Lexington Avenue
Why: Three authors, three books, much cheer

Lauren’s Guide to New York

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Since RWA is coming up, this week’s Teaser Tuesday is being replaced by a one time special feature: my guide to New York.

Next week, a wave of romance writers will arrive in my city. Having been a conference attendee in other cities, I know that there’s enough to occupy one without ever leaving the hotel. However, for those who do wish to roam farther afield, here is my highly ideosyncratic guide to my favorite bits of New York.