I recently received a wonderful review for A Bride for the Season from the Historical Novel Society. They even mention Much Ado About Nothing, which makes the Shakespeare geek in me very, very happy!
Here’s an excerpt from the review:
“This delightful Victorian romance (set in 1853) concludes Delamere’s Love’s Grace Trilogy yet can just as easily be enjoyed on its own, independent of the series. There is something in this story that is reminiscent of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, including the complexity of the characters and the amusing resolution of the plot. Well-written, sweet, passionate and fun—and all that without a single scene of graphic love!—A Bride for the Season is a most enjoyable read.”
A Bride for the Season releases November 25, and I’m celebrating all week! I’ll be stopping by the blogs listed below, sharing book excerpts, answering your questions, and giving away lots of books.
Blog Tour Celebration!
Jennifer Vido – Book excerpt and giving away 5 copies of A Bride for the Season
Manga Maniac Café – Short interview and giving away 5 copies of A Bride for the Season
Urban Girl Reader – Book excerpt and giving away 5 copies of A Bride for the Season
An Indie Adventure – Spilling the beans on 5 secrets about A Bride for the Season!
The Lusty Literate – Book excerpt and giveaway
Expressions of a Hopeful Romantic – Book excerpt and giveaway
What’s a Nice Girl Like You Doing on a Blog Like This – Book excerpt and giveaway
SOS Aloha – Interview and book giveaway
Smut and Bonbons – Book excerpt and giveaway
Lily Pond Reads – Review and giveaway
Mary Gramlich – Book excerpt and giveaway
Book Reviews & More by Kathy– Book excerpt and giveaway
Bitten by Love Reviews – Book excerpt and giveaway
My Book Addiction and More – Review and giveaway
Romance Junkies – Book excerpt and giveaway
Bookworm 2 Bookworm – Interview, review, and giveaway
Buried Under Romance – Book excerpt and giveaway
Roses Are Blue – Review, book excerpt, and giveaway
Ever wonder what really goes on in a character’s head? What they like to do when they are not being read? Well, today, Miss Lucinda Cardington answers these questions and more in an exclusive interview at Harlequin Junkies blog.
Recently a new acquaintance bought one of my books and said, “I can’t wait to see what goes on in that head of yours!” I admit I laughed and replied, “Are you sure you want to know? Authors can be a bit crazy sometimes!”
Well, this post today at Jaunty Quills is proof of that… Check it out! I’m giving away a copy of A Bride for the Season to one commenter.
There’s a Goodreads giveaway going on right now for
A Bride for the Season! November 24 is the last day to enter.
The Publishers Weekly review for A BRIDE FOR THE SEASON is out!
Here’s an excerpt from their review:
“The scintillating Love’s Grace trilogy conclusion (after A Lady Most Lovely) unearths the true character of one of the most roguish men in 1853 London…. The romantic dance between James and Lucinda sparkles with wit, intellect, and subtle desire in defiance of societal expectations.”
I’m so excited–can’t wait to share this book with readers!!!
For all who have asked me about pre-ordering A Bride for the Season, I am happy to say the book is available to order at these booksellers:
Barnes and Noble (25% off list price!)
Books-A-Million (20% off list price!)
Indiebound – Support your local bookseller!
You will notice that Amazon is not on that list. During their current contract negotiations with my publisher, Amazon is refusing to allow pre-orders of any of my publisher’s books. Also, if you see my books listed on Amazon as “usually ships in 1-3 weeks,” be aware that Amazon will most likely not get around to shipping them in that time frame. Please consider buying my books from any of the other fine booksellers listed above.
With my sincerest thanks,
Happy May, everyone! I’m happy to say my final edits for A Bride for the Season have been turned into the publisher. In honor of that, and since this is May 5 (or 5/5), here is a little snippet from chapter 5.
Lucinda entered the drawing room and found Emily and James seated next to one another on the sofa, sitting just far enough apart to qualify as proper. Emily was sipping tea with unnatural tranquility; Lucinda had never known her sister to be able to control her fidgeting. She smiled at Lucinda with the complacency of a cat who has just swallowed a canary.
James stood up immediately, as did her father, whose expression Lucinda would have described as closer to resignation than contentment. But at least the signs of anger were gone—a complete turnaround from this morning. James gave her a bow and a polite greeting that was entirely devoid of his usual ironic air.
Lucinda could only stand and stare. The whole atmosphere of the room was weirdly off-kilter. Had everyone gone mad?
Her father took her hand and drew her into the room. “We’ve been waiting for you, my dear.” He led her to a chair with an assiduous attention that was completely unlike him. She stared at her father in mute inquiry.
“Sit down, Lucinda,” Lady Cardington commanded imperiously. “We’ve important family business to discuss.” She set down her teacup and began to dust sandwich crumbs from her fingers with a napkin.
Here, at least, was something that had not changed. Lucinda seated herself and accepted the teacup proffered by Emily. She took a cautious sip; Emily always put too much sugar in her tea. But today it was exactly as Lucinda liked it. She threw a wary look at her sister. “Are you well, Emily?”
“Oh, perfectly!” Emily answered, her eyes shining. “We’ve been making such wonderful plans, and—”
“—And your father is going to tell you about it,” her mother broke in, peering significantly over her pince-nez at Emily.
“Yes, Mama,” Emily replied demurely.
Too demurely. Emily never failed to bristle whenever their mother interrupted or corrected her. Now Lucinda was sure something was very wrong indeed. As all eyes in the room settled on her, she had a sudden mind picture of a gazelle being separated from the herd for a kill. It would be better to have this out as soon as possible. “So are Emily and Mr. Simpson to be married, then?”
“We are!” Emily clasped James’s hand and gazed at him like a schoolgirl whose head is filled with romantic fantasies about love. James did not appear quite so ecstatic, but he returned Emily’s smile with a warmth that Lucinda deemed sincere.
“Well, I’m glad that’s settled,” Lucinda said truthfully. She dared not ask why her father had abandoned his foolish insistence that Lucinda get married first. Everyone here knew full well she had no beau, nor was she likely to get one. Not that she was in the market. She’d made up her mind on that score. “My felicitations to you both. When is the happy day to be?”
“A week after yours,” her father said.
A Bride for the Season will be released this fall. I’ll be offering some fun giveaways this summer, so be sure to sign up for my newsletter to keep up with the current news!