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.

 


The Demon Duke is a USA Today Bestseller! Plus a SALE & Christmas Gift Idea


The Demon Duke is a USA Today Bestseller! 

I’m stunned. Over the moon. In disbelief. And so immensely grateful.
THANK YOU to everyone who’s taken a chance on The Demon Duke. I wouldn’t be here without you!


And just in time for stuffing those eReader stockings, A Man of Character is on sale for only $0.99 through December 10th.
Scoop up your copy now and fall in love with the magic!

Prefer the feel of a real book? Like autographed copies?
I’d be happy to send you a personalized, autographed paperback, perfect for gift giving (or, you know, yourself).
Books are just $12 each (cheaper than the online bookstores!) and postage is INCLUDED if you’re in the US.
(If you’re international, email me and I can provide you with a postage estimate.)

To order, just PayPal me!

Please ensure you include your address or the address to which I should send the book(s),
as well as to whom you’d like it personalized.


No Trick, All Treat: The Demon Duke is on SALE! 👻

💀 What skeletons are in Damon Blackbourne’s closet? 💀

Find out when you get in bed with The Demon Duke (or wherever you like to read) for only $0.99 for the ebook (less than the price of a pumpkin! 🎃).

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A man tormented by a painful secret meets the bookish miss who just might save him from himself…

Banished to Yorkshire as a boy for faults his father failed to beat out of him, Damon Blackbourne has no use for English society and had vowed never to return to his family’s estate at Thorne Hill, much less London. However, when his father and brother die in a freak carriage accident, it falls on Damon to take up the mantle of the Malford dukedom, and to introduce his sisters to London Society-his worst nightmare come to life.

He never planned on Lady Grace Mattersley. The beautiful debutante stirs him body and soul with her deep chocolate eyes and hesitant smiles. Until she stumbles across his dark secret.

Bookish Grace much prefers solitude and reading to social just-about-anything. Her family may be pressuring her to take on the London Season to find herself a husband, but she has other ideas. Such as writing a novel of her own. But she has no idea how to deal with the Duke of Malford.

Will she betray him to the world? Or will she be his saving Grace?

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The Demon Duke Cover

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Top Ten Things That Make A Regency A Regency

The Regency historical romance. What could be grander? But would it be a Regency if it didn’t contain at least one of the following?

1818 Guide to Cravat Styles

10. Cravats

Can anyone think of the Regency period without imagining all those handsome men in cravats? Perhaps I’ve watched one too many Jane Austen movies (not that such a thing is possible), but for me, those crisp, white folds signal early 19th century like nothing else. Or, in the case of The Demon Duke, a carefully crafted black masterpiece, complete with skull pin. Ah, a fine Regency gentleman, clothed in boots, breeches, waistcoat, and cravat. Sign me up, please!

9. Titles, titles, everywhere…

Speaking of gentlemen, when we crack open a Regency romance, we find dukes and earls and viscounts and marquesses. We find dowager duchesses and countesses and baronesses and more. And we love it. Sure, there are misters and misses mixed in, and those of no title at all. But for many of us, the title somehow gives that magical, fairytale essence we love. Who cares if there were really fewer than two dozen dukes in all of England? I, for one, can never get enough. Hence my new Put Up Your Dukes series.

By Unknown 1823 artist [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
1823 Ballgown
8. Those empire gowns

Who doesn’t dream of strolling through gardens while clad in a muslin gown, complete with a jaunty spencer? Or of twirling around the ballroom in the finest silk, with a high waist but low neckline, capturing the attention of every rogue in the room with delicately gloved hands, ringlets surrounding one’s face, and an admirable figure? Yeah, okay, so larger ladies like me might have struggled in such styles, but we can fancy ourselves a Regency-era Cinderella, can’t we?

7. A grand ball

Speaking of ballrooms, if you’re dancing in one, it must be at a ball, right? Is there anything more romantic than waltzing about in the arms of the object of your affections? Of spying him or her across the room and exchanging a quick but meaningful glance? Of perhaps escaping to the gardens or the library for a not-so-innocent interlude? There isn’t for me. In my mind, in my reading, I can dance like I’m on one of those dancing competitions – and winning. We won’t talk about real life skills.

Hyde Park and west Mayfair

6. Mayfair

Ah, Mayfair. That most delightful (read: rich) West End of London. Grosvenor Square, Berkeley Square, Hanover Square… Squares-O-Rama, all featuring the finest townhouses and perhaps the opportunity to bump into a beaux at Gunther’s Ices, Bullock’s Egyptian hall, or even Hatchard’s bookshop.

5. Hyde Park

Right next to Mayfair, of course, is Hyde Park – the place to see and be seen in the late afternoon, at least for London’s elite, especially along Rotten Row. Can’t you just picture handsome lords riding along on fine horses, horses perhaps procured from Tattersall’s, tipping their hats to ladies strolling or riding by? Could there be anything sexier? (Don’t answer that; I’m lost in my Regency fantasy here.)

1816 Phaeton

4. Phaetons or barouches

And speaking of riding, one simply must have the finest carriage to show off one’s wealth and status – much like owning an expensive luxury car today. The most luxurious barouche was a good, solid, Mercedes-level vehicle, while the elegantly outfitted phaeton more a hot sports car – perhaps a Lamborghini (or Lambo, as my son calls them). Not all would have been at those levels, of course – but let’s just go with it. It’s all about the fantasy.

3. The ton

Even fantasies have to face reality sometimes, though, right? And for many a couple wanting a moment alone, that reality would have come in the form of the ton, the top echelon of society eager to judge the behaviors and actions of others, to determine who should move in the finest circles, and who should not. Were you unlucky enough to be caught in a compromising position, you might find yourself in need of #2.

 By T. Malton (British Library [1]) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Many a Regency couple married at St. James’ in Hanover Square
2. A special wedding license

Ah, nothing sounds more Regency that a gentleman procuring a special license in order to wed. Special licenses were rare, hard to come by, and expensive, so what better way to emphasize the hero’s status than by his ability to acquire such a license? Normal people had to wait for the banns to be called, a process which took weeks and during which people could raise objections to the union. And who’s got time for that if #1 is involved?

1. A scandal

Ah, yes. A scandal! What could make a Regency romance juicier than an event of scandalizing proportions? Not much, which is why they’re so common, I’m betting. There are few things that truly cause romantic scandals in our 21st century day and age, so how mesmerizing is it to ponder an era in which being caught alone with a gentleman could lose you your reputation, in which slights of honor could mean being called out to a duel, in which breaking any of the many social rules and regulations could have effects nearly unfathomable now? It’s what makes such tales exciting – the scandal itself, and then the ways our hero, heroine, or both, work to overcome them.

A Regency wedding proposal – or perhaps a tete-a-tete in a garden?

What would the Regency be without the Regent himself? Prince George, soon to be George IV.

Now of course many a fine Regency romance deviates from this list, either in part or in whole. It’s become much more common to feature locales other than London, heroes other than titled gentlemen, and heroines more likely to serve as spies than sip tea. We’ve got Regencies in Scotland, Ireland, and India. We’ve got thieves and vicars and merchants as heroes; governesses and actresses and seamstresses as heroines.

The expansion of the Regency romance is exciting and inspiring.

Still, for those of us who love the Regency era romance, these Top Ten are those little symbols, those specific ideas, that make us both smile and sigh and feel right at home among those dukes and debutantes, and make me want to always #ReadARegency.

At least me.

How about you? What would you add or delete from this list?