Archive for August, 2011

Paper-y Thingies!

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Late breaking news: Two L is now available in book form! You can order it directly from Amazon.

I also have a surprise to announce. Several people have asked me for a paper version of Ivy & Intrigue: A Very Selwick Christmas. Once I got the hang of the self-publication platform for Two L… well, there you go.

We now have Ivy & Intrigue in book form!

(The only fly in my publication ointment is that the books are pricier than I would have liked them to be. Two L is $9.99 and Ivy & Intrigue $6.99. The reason for this is the nature of the self-publication program, which sets a production fee based on the number of pages in the books. So I’d like to emphasize that Ivy & Intrigue is, as always, free here on the website and that both books are available for far less in e-form.)

Happy reading!

Give the Gift of MISTLETOE

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

It may only be the last day of August, but the Halloween gear is already out in the stores and I have a pumpkin latte in my hand.

Correction: I had a pumpkin latte in my hand. Now it’s just an empty paper cup.

But I digress. The point is that the holidays are just around the corner, and I have some rather happy news to impart: the fabulous people at Murder by the Book in Houston have offered to take personalized orders for The Mischief of the Mistletoe.

So, if you know a Mistletoe fan or someone you think might enjoy it, you can get them their own personally inscribed copy of either the new paperback or the hardcover.

Here’s how it works: just call (713-524-8597) or email them at and let them know who you’d like the book made out to and if there’s anything special you’d like me to say in the inscription. I’ll sign them all when I’m at the store on November 14th, and they’ll ship them to you, in lots of time for the holidays.

Don’t worry, I’ll post about it again when we’re nearer to November….

If You Like….

Monday, August 29th, 2011

If you like Elizabeth Peters’ Vicky Bliss books, you’ll probably also like…

— Kasey Michaels’ Maggie series, starting with Maggie Needs an Alibi. Michaels’ Saint Just has more than a little in common with Peters’ “Sir” John Smythe.

— Donna Andrews’ Murder with Peacocks, largely because the narrator’s voice reminds me a lot of Vicky’s.

— Peters’ own The Camelot Caper, the beginning of Sir John’s chequered career.

— Helena Dela’s The Count, set, like so many of the Vicky books, in Germany, and with a suitably snarky first person narratrix.

I feel like there are very obvious things I’m leaving out… and I’ll kick myself when I remember. Any other ideas?

Many thanks to Alexandra for the “if you like” request!

As a side note, some of you may have noticed that Eloise owes a great deal to Vicky… and Sir John definitely left his mark on Lord Vaughn.

Now On the Shelves

Monday, August 29th, 2011

I feel a bit like the Count who counts: one, one book release! Two, two book releases!

Appearing on shelves today, we have the UK edition of The Temptation of the Night Jasmine:

Meanwhile, on Nooks and Kindles, we have my law school satire, Two L, where Measure for Measure meets Harvard Law:

There will also be a print edition of Two L, but it’s taking just a little longer than expected to get up and running. As soon as it’s available for order, I’ll let you know.

Happy Monday and happy reading!

Bad Weather Reading

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

With the hurricane a-coming, I sped up the publication of the “e” versions of Two L. You can find it on both Nook and Kindle. (The print edition won’t be up for a few days more.)

Stay safe, everyone!

Two L

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

As you know, my law school novel, Two L, will be coming out on Kindle and Nook in (eek!) five days.

Here’s the exciting news: it will also be available as a book book– or, to quote the immortal words of Blackadder, a big papery thingy.

Two L will be available for purchase on Amazon in print form on August 29th, the same day as the Kindle and Nook release. To everyone who asked for a paper copy– this edition is for you!

If You Like….

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

If you like Judith McNaught, you’ll probably also like….

— Gaelen Foley’s The Duke or Devil Takes a Bride, featuring those trademark innocent heroines and tortured heroes;

— Lisa Kleypas’ Secrets of a Summer Night, whose entrepreneurial hero reminds me quite a bit of Jason from Once and Always;

— Elizabeth Stuart’s Heartstorm (with apologies, since this one may be hard to find– but it’s very McNaught-esque and it was also my favorite book for the entire summer of sixth grade. Who can resist a seventeenth century Scottish laird?);

The Temptation of the Night Jasmine (I generally try not to plug my own books here, but this was my McNaught tribute book).

I’ve been thinking mainly of her historicals, but for those aficionados of Perfect and Paradise out there:

— Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ It Had to be You;

— Kathleen Gilles Seidel’s Again.

And I’m drawing a blank. Any other suggestions?

The Mistletoe Tour!

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

This November, I’ll be zig-zagging around the country to celebrate Turnip’s paperback debut.

On November 1, I’ll be celebrating Mistletoe Publication Day with an event at the Mysterious Bookstore in New York with two of my favorite people: Deanna Raybourn and Tasha Alexander.

On November 5th, I’ll be reading at the Book Cove in Pawling, New York. Come join me for a happy mid-morning of Mistletoe!

From November 11th-13th, you’ll find me at the Readers ‘n Ritas convention in Allen, Texas. If you’re not going to the conference but would like a book signed, let me know, and I’ll see what I can set up.

I’ll be wrapping up the Mistletoe circuit at Murder by the Book in Houston, where I will once again be teaming up with the lovely Tasha Alexander.

If you can, stop on by! A signed copy of Mistletoe makes a lovely holiday gift….

Sadly, what with all the travel, I won’t be making it to the Jane Austen Society of North America’s annual meeting at Fort Worth in mid-October, but I will have signed bookplates and Garden Intrigue calendar magnets there to represent me. So, if you’re there, pick one up!

Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, August 19th, 2011

On the fiction side, I was on a bit of a Susan Elizabeth Phillips kick this week. From Natural Born Charmer, it was an easy move to Match Me If You Can, and from there to This Heart of Mine. I know, I know. I was reading through the series backwards. What can I say? It just happened that way.

On the non-fiction side, I read Juliet Nicolson’s amazing micro-history of the summer of 1911, The Perfect Summer, as well as Sarah Wheeler’s lyrical biography of Denys Finch-Hatton, Too Close to the Sun.

What have you been reading this week?

Literature Map

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Yesterday, in the If You Like comments, Amy N mentioned the Literature Map. I hadn’t heard of it before, but I clicked on the link, and, voila!, there it was: an If You Like on a grand scale.

How cool is that?

I’m not sure I agree with all their suggestions, but some, like Deanna Raybourn and C.S. Harris, are spot on.