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

 

2018 Update: A Sale, A New Facebook Group, A New Book, A Quiz, and more!


Join Me!

It’s been some time since I’ve blogged here. My apologies; 2017 was quite a rough year on the personal front.

I’ve also been focusing my energies on my VIP Readers Email Club and my new Locked On Love Facebook group, a fun place for romance readers to talk love and so much more. I hope you’ll consider joining either or both groups, if you haven’t already!

And hey, I’m working on beefing up my Instagram presence, so if you’re active there, I’d love to follow you!


A Sale!

Just in time for the month of love, I’ve put each title in my award-winning Magic of Love series on sale for only $0.99 each (in e-book format). And did you know all of my books are now available on iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Google Play, as well as Amazon? Wahoo!

Want free excerpts and background information from A Man of Character so you can try before you buy? Sign up here!


Gawain and the Green Knight medieval illustration

The Legendary Duke

Another reason for my relative silence of late is I’m hard at work drafting The Legendary Duke, the second in my Put Up Your Dukes Regency series. It’s loosely based on the Arthurian legend of Gawain and the Green Knight, and I’m having a grand time dropping Arthurian Easter eggs into a Regency tale. I hope to have it out by the end of the summer.

I thank all my readers for their patience in waiting for my next book. While I’d hoped to have had a title out sooner, my mom’s illness and subsequent loss not only devastated me emotionally, but prevented me from researching and writing for the second half of 2017.


USA Today Bestseller The Demon Duke

USA Today Bestselling Author!

Thanks to YOU, I’m now a USA Today Bestselling Author! The response to The Demon Duke has been wonderful, far beyond my wildest dreams, and y’all launched it to bestseller status on both Amazon (it hit #21 in the entire Kindle store!) and the USA Today list! Unbelievable!


Input Wanted! A Quiz:

Finally, I’d love to hear from you! What do you like to read in an author’s blog? Behind the scenes info? Personal stories? Historical research tidbits?

Thanks for any input you’d like to share…my goal is to serve YOU!


A Thank You

Last but not least, I just want to express my heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you. It’s been a wild ride since A Man of Character first debuted.

I’m often still in disbelief that people are not only reading my stories but they all take the time to tell me, either in reviews or directly, that they love them and want more.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.