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Tuesday: the Official Day of the Pink Series

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Consulting a calendar, I just realized that:

— the paperback of The Temptation of the Night Jasmine comes out exactly a week from today, on Tuesday, January 5th, while

The Betrayal of the Blood Lily comes out exactly two weeks from today, on Tuesday, January 12th,

— and, just to keep up the Tuesday trend, I give my New York reading at Borders exactly four weeks from today, on Tuesday, January 26th.

Happy Tuesday, all! It is my new favorite day of the week.



Eloise Unplugged

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

It used to be that you had to go to smoky cafes to hear authors read aloud. Now, thanks to Mike Geffner, founder of the Inspired Word Reading Series, who asked a bunch of authors for clips from their favorite readings, we have virtual open mike night. All the reading with none of the hassle, accessible from the convenience of your own computer!

My clip, which you can find on Mike’s site, is from last year’s Lady Jane’s Salon. It features my favorite passage from The Temptation of the Night Jasmine— as well as a little of the back story behind it.

Lady Jane's Salon, March 2009



May 4th Reading in Queens

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Hi, all!

For those in the New York area, I’ll be reading from The Temptation of the Night Jasmine at The Inspired Word Reading Series this coming Monday. The Inspired Word is held at Tierra Sana Restaurant in Forest Hills, Queens, and features an eclectic mix of writers and performers from every conceivable genre. In addition to my Night Jasmine reading, the event showcases poets, performance artists, essayists, singer/songwriters, and free appetizers. Did I mention the free appetizers?

Details below….

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More Lady Jane

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

More footage and photos from Lady Jane’s Salon on the Romantic Times website! The thrilling tale of the Nascar-rodeo-British-expat undercover agent isn’t up quite yet, but I’ve been promised it’s coming soon on the Lady Jane’s Salon website….



Video Clips from Lady Jane’s!

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

For those snowed out, on a different continent, or home watching The Bachelor, SB Sarah of Smart Bitches Trashy Books has provided video clips of last night’s reading! I’m very impressed by all this technology that was whizzing around last night. I still haven’t figured out how to use my digital camera.

More footage will soon be posted on the Lady Jane’s website, including the highlight of the evening: the story of Lord Johnny St. John, “the FBI’s principal English expatriate undercover cowboy race car driver,” an original composition by the boyfriend of Lady Jane founder Maya Rodale. You might want to be sitting down for this one. Preferably on a sturdy piece of furniture.

For those in the New York area, Lady Jane’s Salon will be convening next month, on April 6th, for readings by Maya Rodale, Alisa Kwitney, and special guest MC Smart Bitch Sarah.



Thank You, Lady Jane!

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

For those who made it to Lady Jane’s tonight, a million thanks for slogging out through the snow! For those who didn’t, the ever-brilliant Smart Bitch Sarah of Smart Bitches Trashy Books was there to record it in live twitter feed (doesn’t that sound like bird food?) as it occurred.

Highlights of the night included not only the pink champagne, but also Leanna Hieber’s reading of Jenna Petersen’s latest book (sadly, the weather put the kabosh to Jenna reading it herself), and a hysterically funny romance, er, novella about a Nascar-Rodeo-British secret agent swept ashore in a freak yachting accident and raised by a family of itinerant wine-growers. I gather it will be available on the Romantic Times website at some point soon, so don’t miss it!



New York Reading Tonight!

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Neither wind nor rain nor great heaping mounds of snow in the New York metro area shall keep these authors from their appointed readings! For those of you brave enough– and equipped with really strong snow boots– I’ll be reading from my latest book, The Temptation of the Night Jasmine, at seven o’clock at Madame X. Although the weather outside is frightful, the company and the drinks shall be delightful.

I’m consoling myself that the weather is all very appropriate for the book, since Night Jasmine opens on a snowy Christmas Eve. Clearly, Mother Nature just got a wee bit carried away while trying to help set the mood….

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Catching Up

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

Hi, all!  Sorry for the long delay between web updates.  Between book tour and Book V (almost done but still untitled!), I’ve been off in authorial never never land.  In short, there’s a lot to catch up on.

Crimson Rose has been named a Fresh Fiction Fresh Pick—huzzah!  It also garnered a wonderful review from one of my favorite review sites, Dear Author. In honor of Crimson’s success so far, I’m hosting a new, Crimson-based contest on the Contest page.

Now that “Crimson Rose” is safely out on shelves, here’s the scoop on Book V.  Many of you have asked me who the main characters will be in Book V.  So here it is.  The grand unveiling.  Book V is about… Lady Charlotte Lansdowne, Henrietta’s best friend from Black Tulip

On a bitter cold Christmas Eve, Charlotte’s long-lost cousin (okay, so he wasn’t lost, just misplaced), Robert, Duke of Dovedale returns from India just in time to join the house party at Girdings, the Dovedale estate.  As a child, he was Charlotte’s favorite knight in shining armor.  The intervening years have only served to render him more dashing.  But, unbeknownst to Charlotte, Robert has an ulterior motive of his own for returning to England, a motive that has nothing to do with taking up the ducal mantle.  As Charlotte returns to London to take up her post as Maid of Honor to Queen Charlotte, echoes from Robert’s past endanger not only their relationship but the very throne itself.

Over the course of Book V, both Robert and Charlotte find themselves entangled with the Hellfire Club and George III goes mad again.  To find out how those events relate, you’re just going to have to wait for the book, but I have been blogging about the background research on History Hoydens. Check out the January archives for a post about Hellfire Clubs and February for musings on the madness of King George.

I’ll be posting title and release date as soon as I have them! 

Finally, I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to come and see me on book tour!  I very much appreciated it—and huge, huge hugs to the Shippensburg girls, who drove all the way from Pennsylvania to come to the reading in New Haven.  You are the best. 

It would take too long to do a full travelogue, but here are some of my favorite moments (and pictures) from my ramblings.  I’ve also blogged about other aspects of the trip on AccessRomance.

I started off in Boston, where the lovely folks at the B&N gave me and my friends each a red rose to take home. Six of us (five girls and one guy) toddled happily off to dinner where the waitress kept giving us odd looks. Finally, around the time the main course arrived, she blurted out, “You’re on TV, aren’t you?” People have said many odd things to me in my time, but never have I been mistaken for a TV star. “Come on,” she persisted. “You can tell me. You’re on The Bachelor, aren’t you?” The penny finally dropped. Looking around, there we all were, five women with roses and one very confused bachelor. We gently explained that it was pure coincidence, but the waitress spent the rest of the dinner shooting us surreptitious glances and hunting for hidden cameras. A certain gentleman (or should we say bachelor?) of my acquaintance isn’t going to live that one down for a long, long time.

From Boston, I set off for San Francisco, where the plane nearly didn’t take off because someone had brought a snake on board.  (No, really.) Having dodged the reptiles along the way, I finally made it to San Francisco, where my reward was getting to have dinner and chat about writing spy series with fellow author Tracy Grant. If you’re fans of Regency-set spy novels—and if you’re here, you probably are—I highly recommend “Beneath a Silent Moon” and “Secrets of a Lady”. I was green with envy for days after reading them, gnashing my teeth and wishing I had written them myself. 

In Dallas, an old friend took me to find the Muse—

–before delivering me dinner with the wonderful women of the Dallas Fort Worth Tea Readers Group, and then on to my reading:

On departing Texas, I spent Valentine’s Day in Nashville sharing writing stories and quiche with Tasha Alexander and J.T. Ellison. My absolute favorite moment of that reading occurred when a member of the audience raised her hand to recommend Tasha’s A Poisoned Season—with no idea that the author was sitting right in front of her!  A good time was had by all.