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Putting the “Her” back in History….

Saturday, March 12th, 2016

… over at Women’s History Month on the RAR website!

I’m so grateful to Bobbi Dumas for giving me the chance to orate from my internet soapbox on a topic that means so much to me: giving women in history the credit they deserve, from the monarchs who defeated Armadas (yes, Elizabeth I, I’m looking at you); to the enterprising female merchants of the Middle Ages, who picked up where their husbands left off; to the women who defended their homes and their monarch during the English Civil Wars.

The post is titled “Reclaiming Women’s History”, but I feel like it’s really less about reclaiming women’s history, as a separate discipline, and more about putting women back in the larger historical narrative– which is something that historical fiction does brilliantly, helping us remember that women did play a role in great events (Donna Thorland’s American Revolution set novels, The Dutch Girl, The Turncoat, et al, are a great example of women being woven back into the narrative– and not just sewing flags!). It’s not just a women issue, it’s a history issue. When we leave women out, we provide a skewed view of the past.

See what I mean about that soapbox?

To read more, head on over to the RAR page, where I’m talking about women in history, books, writing, and historical crushes. There are also two give-aways, one domestic and one international, so just head over to the post and leave a comment there by March 22nd for a chance to win!

Happy Women’s History Month!

Read A Romance Month

Friday, August 14th, 2015

August is… Read A Romance Month!


It’s a month-long celebration of the genre featuring daily guest posts by a wide variety of authors in the field. It’s a brilliant showcase of the breadth and depth of the romance genre.

Today, the three W’s are taking over Read A Romance month! You can find posts by Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and me over on the RARM page.

This year’s theme? The joy of romance.

Happy (romance) reading!

Weekly Reading Round-Up, Ask the Author, and Podcasts, Oh My!

Friday, July 31st, 2015

There’s a lot going on right now.

You can find me (or, at least, my disembodied voice) over on Smart B*tches Trashy Books today, having a lengthy conversation with the ever fabulous Sarah Wendell about The Other Daughter, the 1920s, shell shock, character construction, Napoleon Bonaparte’s reading habits, The Lure of the Moonflower, Judith McNaught, what we’re reading now, and much, much more.

It’s also Ask the Author Day over on the Bubblebath Reader! Technically, it’s The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla Ask the Author Day, but, given that we’re a week past Other Daughter and a few days before Lure of the Moonflower, I’m happy to answer questions about those, too. Just don’t tell Sally. She might sic her stoat on me.

Last but not least, it’s Friday, which means… Weekly Reading Round-Up time! This week, I dug into the RWA goodie bag and read This Heart of Mine, by Brenda Novak, a contemporary romance about a wrongly accused ex-con who returns to her hometown to try to pick up the threads of her life and get to know the son she hasn’t been allowed to raise.

Then, inspired by NPR’s 100 Best Romances list (and a conversation with Susan Elia MacNeal and Lindsey Bingley on Facebook), I dug out Judith Merkle Riley’s The Master of All Desires and have been very happily chortling over sixteenth century court intrigue with more than a soupcon of the absurd. If you haven’t read Judith Merkle Riley… she’s the one who taught me that historical fiction could be funny. So, in a way, I owe the Pink series to her (and to Diana Gabaldon, whose Outlander, discovered shortly thereafter, confirmed the lesson).

While we’re discussing the Pink books, have I mentioned in the last five minutes that the twelfth and final Pink book is coming out in just three days?

Moonflower 2

What have you been reading this week?

PURPLE PLUMERIA Ask the Author Day

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

It’s Ask the Author Day over on the Bubblebath Reader!


This month’s book was The Passion of the Purple Plumeria (can you believe the read-along is up to Pink X already?), so if you have any questions about Miss Gwen, the art of wielding a purple parasol, Colonel William Reid, the extended Reid clan, Eloise’s search for the lost jewels of Berar, or just how many black cashmere turtlenecks Jeremy actually owns, just pop by the Bubblebath Reader!

Ask the Author Day: ORCHID AFFAIR

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

The Pink for All Seasons Read Along is going strong over on the Bubblebath Reader! If you’ve missed this month’s discussion of The Orchid Affair, check back there for some wonderful posts on the history of the commedia dell’arte, dream casting, and other fun tidbits.

In the meantime, we’ve arrived at the end of the month, which means… it’s Orchid Affair Ask the Author Day!

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Do you have questions about The Orchid Affair (or anything else)? Just head over to the Bubblebath Reader and post your question in the comments section of the Ask the Author post and I’ll be along to answer later today!

Ask the Author Day: BLOOD LILY

Monday, March 30th, 2015

The Pink For All Seasons Read-Along is chugging along over at the Bubblebath Reader!

Today wraps up the group read of The Betrayal of the Blood Lily— which means it’s Ask the Author Day! Do you have any questions about Blood Lily? Just pop over there and put your question in the Comments section and I’ll be right along to answer….

There is also a charming commemorative mug up for grabs, designed for the occasion by the talented Miss Eliza of Strange and Random Happenstance.

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Ask the Author Day

Friday, February 27th, 2015

It’s The Temptation of the Night Jasmine Ask the Author Day over on the Bubblebath Reader!

Have any questions about Robert, Charlotte, that mysterious Frenchman, the Hellfire Club, or anything else?

Just post your questions in the comments section of the Ask the Author post at the Bubblebath Reader and I’ll be by later in the day to respond to all.

Happy Friday!

Ask the Author Day!

Friday, January 30th, 2015

It’s the last Friday of the month, which means… it’s Ask the Author Day over at the Bubblebath Reader!

This month was Mischief of the Mistletoe month over at the Bubblebath Reader, so if you have any questions or comments about Turnip, Arabella, and the gang, just pop over there and post them in the Comments section of the Ask the Author post and I’ll be by later in the afternoon to answer them.

Mistletoe_cvr Mistletoe Paperback

Ask the Author Day!

Monday, December 29th, 2014

It’s Ask the Author Day over on the Bubblebath Reader as we wrap up our discussion of The Seduction of the Crimson Rose!

Do you have burning questions about Mary, Vaughn, and their assorted hangers-on? Just pop by the the Bubblebath Reader and post your question there.

Happy holidays, all!

Ask the Author

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Hi, all! As part of the year long Pink-A-Thon on The Bubblebath Reader, I’ll be doing an Ask the Author over there tomorrow to wrap up the discussion of Pink I, The Secret History of the Pink Carnation.

The way it works: there’ll be an Ask the Author post up on the Bubblebath Reader site tomorrow. Post your questions in the comments section of that post. I’ll pop by throughout the day to post answers.

Stop by the Bubblebath Reader tomorrow to have all questions answered!

(Or, at least the ones about the Pink series. I make no representations about mysterious dark men, journeys over water, and all that sort of thing.)