Win the RITA® Finalists in Short Historical Romance!

It’s RITA Time!

On Thursday, July 19th, the Romance Writers of America announce the 2018 winners of the coveted RITA awards, given each year to the romance novels selected by fellow romance writers and judges as that year’s best across a variety of subcategories.

I’m so stoked The Demon Duke is in the running!

In celebration, I’m giving away ebook copies of all seven of the finalists for Short Historical Romance. I’ve read them all and they are brilliant, peeps. Wahoo!

Wanna watch the RITA ceremony LIVE? 

Wahoo! A Giveaway!

The Demon Duke Is Having One Heck Of A (Good) Week

When it rains, it pours, y’all. But sometimes that’s a good thing. An overwhelming, “say WHAT?” kind of good thing.


On Sunday, I got a phone call that The Demon Duke has finaled in the Greater Detroit RWA Booksellers Best contest.

Booksellers Best Finalist Badge

Wednesday morning, I got an email saying The Demon Duke is a finalist in the Golden Quill awards, sponsored by the Desert Rose RWA chapter.

Golden Quill Award logo

Wednesday night, I got news The Demon Duke finaled in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

Next Generation Award Sticker

It’s an embarrassment of riches.

Also happening this month? Voting in the Kindle Book Review’s Readers Choice Awards and InD’Tale magazine’s RONE Awards, in which The Demon Duke is ALSO a finalist. (Shameless begging: would you please consider voting for The Demon Duke?!)


“How many contests did you enter?” my husband exclaimed with a chuckle when I told him of the third finalist notification in week.

“More than I normally would,” I responded.

And it’s true. The reason is twofold:

  • Given the initial response to the book, readers seemed to like it a lot and so I thought perhaps it would have a chance to final in a contest. I wanted to give it a shot!
  • When I was struggling under a thunderstorm of grief last fall over the loss of my mother, entering contests was a way to find a small light in a less-than-happy time. It was nice to have something to hope for! Plus entering contests made me feel as if I were doing something legit for my career when I’d set aside so many other things because I just couldn’t work.

It’s truly a little embarrassing to share this all at once. I do not want to be that braggy author everyone hates. But it’s also the biggest blessing. Not only am I grateful for the acknowledgment that maybe I can write after all (Empress of Impostor Syndrome here), but if any of my books were to receive any notice, I wanted it to be The Demon Duke. Because it’s hopefully bringing more awareness to Tourette Syndrome and because I wrote it for my son.



Thank you all so much for your support! And though my cheeks are red and I want to duck my head, can I ask you to wish me luck? Because, yeah, it would be really fun to WIN, too!

 


Holy Mother of Months, Batman! The Demon Duke is a Winner!


Photo of The Demon Duke book cover, with RITA Finalist above it.

On March 21st, I found out The Demon Duke is a RITA® Finalist for Short Historical Romance. The RITAs are the Oscars or Golden Globes of the romance world, and I remain flabbergasted that my Regency romance is on that finalist list alongside names I’ve read forever and names that are new to me. But I’ll get to meet them all at the Romance Writers of America conference in Denver in July, where the winners will be announced July 19th. Wahoo!

 

On April 10th, I learned The Demon Duke earned a Silver Medal in romance in the Independent Publisher Book Awards, aka the IPPYs. Is that cool or WHAT?

 

And today (April 11th), I discovered The Demon Duke is a finalist in InD’Tale magazine’s RONE (Reward of Novel Excellence) Awards for historical romance (17th century – Regency)! Once again, consider me flummoxed.

Basically, I’ve been running around in a tizzy – but a tizzy of the most wonderful sort!


*Thank you* so much to the RITA judges, the IPPY judges, and to InD’Tale magazine for bestowing such honors on The Demon Duke.
If any book of mine were to earn such accolades, I’m so very thrilled it’s this one, and that I’m able to bring more awareness of Tourette Syndrome to readers who may not have much experience with it.

The Demon Duke earned a Publishers Weekly STARRED Review!

I am beside myself with joy that The Demon Duke garnered a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly!

The wonderful reception of this book by readers means the world to me, for as anyone who’s read the Author’s Note knows, this book was for and, in a fictionalized way, about my son.

To all who live with Tourette Syndrome, may you have whatever kind of Happy Ever After you so desire in life. You certainly deserve it.

Historical Romance Giveaway – Enter by February 12th!

Historical Romance Books image

What better way is there to celebrate the month of love than by diving into a new romance?

Enter the Authors Cross Promotion historical romance giveaway and you could win up to 30+ ebooks. But you’ve only got until February 12th to sign up, so don’t delay!

 


Psst…BONUS! I’ve put all of my own books on sale this month for only $0.99 each!

Fall in love with the magic and/or get to know the Demon Duke’s secret today!
Links to retailers for each book are in my Books section