Archive for January, 2013

Thursday Give Away

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

For today’s Thursday give away, I am delighted to be able to offer up an advance review copy of Juliana Gray’s A Duke Never Yields (which comes out next week!).

Here’s the official blurb:

Impatient with the strictures of polite British society, Miss Abigail Harewood has decided to live life on her own terms—and the first thing she requires is a lover. When the commanding Duke of Wallingford arrives on the doorstep of her leased holiday castle, she thinks she’s found the perfect candidate: handsome, dashing, and experienced in the art of love.

But tempting Wallingford into her bed proves more difficult than she imagined. Restless and dissatisfied with his debauched life in London, the formerly rakish duke is determined to spend a year chaste. But as Abigail tries her best to seduce him, Wallingford finds his resolve crumbling in the face of her irresistible charm…and her alluring secrets.

This book has been getting all sorts of praise, including a starred review from Kirkus (which does not hand those out generously), all of which is entirely deserved. This book is my favorite so far of the Affairs by Moonlight trilogy– and that’s saying a lot. There is a distinct Oscar Wilde air to the witty dialogue and the author even manages to make sense out of one of the plot twists in Love’s Labor’s Lost (on which the trilogy is loosely based) which has always bothered me.

Even though this is the third in a trilogy, you can absolutely read it as a stand alone.

So, for an advance review copy of A Duke Never Yields, here’s your question:

What else should a duke never do?

(Somehow, I feel like Miss Gwen would have very strong opinions on this point.)

The winner will be announced on Sunday.

Teaser Tuesday: Pink XI

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

You know how I said over in the FAQs that we were going to be finishing up the series with Pink XI with Jane’s book?

This is exactly why it also says in the FAQs that when I say these things, you should take it with a grain of salt. Or great gobs of salt.

The original plan was to have Jane’s book follow immediately after Miss Gwen’s book, The Passion of the Purple Plumeria (coming to a bookstore near you August 6th!). But….

(You knew there was going to be a “but” there, right?)

The timing just didn’t work. Miss Gwen’s book is set in 1805. Jane’s book, for very specific historical reasons, needs to take place in November of 1807. That’s quite a gap. Not to mention that Eloise and Colin’s story still has some twists left in it.

The bad news? You’re going to have to wait an extra year for Jane’s book.

The good news? There will be twelve Pink books instead of eleven. (For symmetry’s sake, there’s something to be said for the rounder number.)

As for the new heroine of Pink XI….

Wouldn’t you know it, just as I was contemplating these pacing problems, Sally Fitzhugh flounced onto my computer screen and announced that it was really quite time that she had a book of her own. Because if Turnip has one, clearly, she deserves one, too.

When we bump into Sally in the autumn of 1806, she’s been on the marriage market for a couple of years already, and is more than ready for a little mischief.

More about Pink XI soon!

On the Ballroom Blog….

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Over on the Ballroom Blog, we’ve been having a choose your own adventure saga involving the misadventures of Lady Beaufeatheringstone’s nephew, Lord Montague Moylan-Hazell (pronounced “Marzipan-Hat”) as he attempts to return to England from India via pirate ships, galaxies far, far away, and Brazilian tango competitions.

If you haven’t stumbled across this yet, you’ll want to start with Part I (in which Monty is hijacked by pirates).

I’ve just posted Part VI, which is a little bit Strictly Ballroom and a little bit mildly insane.

This is a choose your own adventure saga, so, at the end of each post, you get to vote for wherever you’d like to see Monty tormented– I mean, sent— next….

If You Like….

Monday, January 28th, 2013

The author apologizes. I found myself flat out of “if you like” inspiration this week.

SO– do you have any particular tropes or types of books you’d like to see explored in an “if you like”? If so, let me know in the Comments section below!

Also, if it will help to make it up to you, I have big Pink Carnation news coming up tomorrow on Teaser Tuesday!

Thursday Give Away Winner

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

The winner of Sarah MacLean’s One Good Earl Deserves a Lover is…

Michelle K! (Of Comment #18.)

Congrats, Michelle! If you send me your info, I’ll see that the book makes it safely to you.

Another give away coming up this Thursday!

Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Apologies, all! I’m still in contest-judging mode, which means there’s little to report this week.

However, I can say that I’ve started reading Juliana Gray’s A Duke Never Yields, which comes out on February 5th, and it is absolutely worth all those starred reviews.

This is the third in the Affairs by Moonlight trilogy, but you can easily read it without having read the others first; this one in particular works very well as a stand alone, and it’s by far my favorite of the lot (which is saying a lot, since I loved the first book, A Lady Never Lies). Set in Italy in a Tuscan castle disputed by three English ladies and three English gentlemen, it’s a little bit The Enchanted April, and, in the case of this particular book, a lot Oscar Wilde. Definitely recommended!

What have you been reading this week?

Thursday Give Away

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

For today’s Thursday give away, we have Sarah MacLean’s latest, One Good Earl Deserves a Lover.

Here’s the official blurb:

Lady Philippa Marbury is . . . odd.

The brilliant, bespectacled daughter of a double marquess cares more for books than balls, for science than the season, and for laboratories than love. She’s looking forward to marrying her simple fiancé and living out her days quietly with her dogs and her scientific experiments. But before that, Pippa has two weeks to experience all the rest—fourteen days to research the exciting parts of life. It’s not much time, and to do it right she needs a guide familiar with London’s darker corners.

She needs . . . a Scoundrel

She needs Cross, the clever, controlled partner in London’s most exclusive gaming hell, with a carefully crafted reputation for wickedness. But reputations often hide the darkest secrets, and when the unconventional Pippa boldly propositions him, seeking science without emotion, she threatens all he works to protect. He is tempted to give Pippa precisely what she wants . . . but the scoundrel is more than he seems, and it will take every ounce of his willpower to resist giving the lady more than she ever imagined.

Although One Good Earl Deserves a Lover is the second in her Rule of Scoundrels series, you don’t have to have read the first to enjoy this one. I feel very strongly that this is Sarah’s best book yet. It has that same magical, special something as Lisa Kleypas’s Dreaming of You.

So, for a copy of One Good Earl Deserves a Lover, here’s your question:

What book have you read that has that magical, special something that makes it particularly viscerally compelling to you?

The winner will be announced on Sunday. And One Good Earl Deserves a Lover hits the shelves on Tuesday!

Writerspace Chat: Thursday, 9:00

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

On Thursday night, I’ll be over at Writerspace from 9:00 to 10:00 Eastern time, live chatting about the books and whatever else– so if there’s anything you’ve been wanting to ask, stop on by!

You can find a full list of the authors who will be in the chat-room tomorrow night here.

Teaser Tuesday: Back at the Ranch

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Meanwhile, back at the ranch….

You may have noticed that posting has been a little erratic here recently. I’d love to claim technological gremlins (those convenient little scapegoats), but the truth is that I’ve been working full speed ahead on the next stand alone novel, which should be, cross fingers, knock on wood, turned in to my publisher at some point in March– but is still very much in the nitty gritty writing phase right now.

This novel is another complete departure. (And entirely unrelated to either Pink or The Ashford Affair.)

In 2009, our modern heroine learns that she’s inherited a house in a suburb of London. Recently unemployed and without much luck in the job hunt, she takes a few months to go to England to try to clear it out in the hopes of selling it. While there, she learns all sorts of things about both her own and her family’s past, including discovering a lost Preraphaelite painting with a mysterious provenance. How did it come to be there and what happened to the man who painted it?

The plot goes back and forth between 2009 and the same house in 1849, as we get a glimpse of the people who lived there and the early days of the Preraphaelite movement.

Although this book is unconnected to the Pinks, I did take the liberty of slipping in a Dorrington descendant as the modern hero. Not to be outdone, Vaughn insisted that his family get a look-in, so there’s some mention of the Vaughn family in the historical portion. (These old characters can be so demanding.)

I’ll share more as I get closer to done, but, for now, I just wanted to fill you in on what’s going on behind the scenes!

This particular book doesn’t have a cover, a title, or a release date yet, but I imagine it will probably be making its way to stores at some point in spring of 2014.

Thursday Give Away Winner

Monday, January 21st, 2013

The winner of the advance copy of The River of No Return is…

… Jennifer! (Of Comment #14.)

Congrats, Jennifer! If you let me know where to send it, I’ll pop the book in the mail to you.

Sarah MacLean’s One Good Earl Deserves a Lover will be coming up for grabs this Thursday!