I am happy to report that A Lady Most Lovely has won the 2014 Maggie Award for Excellence!
The winners were announced last weekend at the Georgia Romance Writers annual Moonlight and Magnolias conference.
It was truly an honor to receive this lovely medallion and wear it home. I’m so thrilled and blessed by the warm reception this book has received.
A reader pointed out to me that in A Lady Most Lovely, Tom gives Margaret the nickname of Maggie. A happy coincidence indeed!
Be sure to visit my Facebook page for more photos of the conference!
I’m giving away 10 autographed copies of A Lady Most Lovely on Goodreads. Enter before October 1. Enjoy!
A Lady Most Lovely is a finalist for the Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award for Excellence!
This prestigious award is judged by librarians and booksellers—it’s quite an honor to be nominated. Winners will be announced at their annual conference in October.
I’ll be at the conference, and I will also be autographing books at the Book Fair & Author Autographing for Literacy which is open to the public and takes place the same weekend. Details on time and place are below. If you are in the area, I’d love to see you there!
Book Fair & Author Autographing
Date: Saturday, October 11
Time: 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Peachtree Corners Room
Atlanta Hilton Northeast
5993 Peachtree Industrial Blvd.
Norcross, Georgia 30092-3416
So happy to receive a wonderful review from the Historical Novel Society for A Lady Most Lovely.
Here is an excerpt from their review:
“Tom and Margaret’s worlds collide in electric, sometimes violent, ways, leaving readers wondering if they can find love together when the only people able to keep them apart are themselves. Both of them must learn when to fight and when to surrender to their desire, and both must also determine when to hold on to what’s been left, and when to let go and begin a brand new legacy.
Readers will appreciate the way the plot swerves early in the book, away from historical romance’s traditional love triangle angst and into a complex, character-driven climax. It’s easy to care about Tom and Margaret and their world, yet difficult to predict what will happen to them.”
You can read the entire review at the Historical Novel Society website.
This week and next, I’ll be participating in a fun blog tour to celebrate the release of A Lady Most Lovely. I’ll be joining four other Forever Romance authors who have recent releases as well.
For starters, readers voted on what kind of original scene they wanted to see from us. Here are the parameters they chose:
A young heiress heroine who is a mysterious brunette.
A titled gentleman hero whose usual expression is a dark scowl.
This couple has never met before.
The scene takes place in a bedroom.
Intrigued yet? I’ve listed the links to these fun scenes below, as well as the day they will appear. Mine will appear on Thursday, October 10, on the Library Journal blog!
Then next week we’ll be answering some lively Q&A’s. I hope you will check it out.
Anne Barton- Publishers Weekly, Beyond Her Book Blog 10/8
Eileen Dreyer- Dear Author Blog 10/8
Lily Dalton- USA Today’s Happy Ever After Blog 10/9
Jennifer Delamere- Library Journal 10/10
Elizabeth Hoyt- Heroes and Heartbreakers 10/11
10/12 – Literati Literature Lovers
10/13 – Romancing Rakes for the Love of Romance
10/13 – Reading Between the Wines
10/14 – Book Binge
10/15 – The Romance Dish
10/16 – Happily Ever After Reads
10/16 – Romance Reader at Heart/Novel Thoughts & Book Talk
10/17 – Harlequin Junkie
10/18 – Fiction Vixen
10/19 – The Royal Reviews
10/20 – BookHounds
A Lady Most Lovely has received a starred review from Publishers Weekly! Here is an excerpt from the review:
“Delamere follows An Heiress at Heart with an intense mid-Victorian Christmas story . . . Fans of inspirational romance will appreciate subtle references to Tom’s Christian faith and the lack of explicit sex scenes, and the undercurrent of attraction between Margaret and Tom is a powerful force that keeps the story moving.”
If you’ve already read the first chapter of A Lady Most lovely here, I hope you are as excited as I am for the book’s release on September 24! If you’d like another sample, here’s an excerpt from a point early in the book where Tom observes some disreputable looking men forcing their way into the London town home where Margaret lives. He is trying to get information from the cab driver who has just brought the men.
The cabbie looked at him expectantly. No doubt he’d precisely assessed Tom’s financial bracket from the fine tailoring of his riding clothes. He would probably be more forthcoming if he were to find some silver in his hand.
Tom pulled half a crown from his pocket. “Where will you take them?” he asked, dropping the coin into the man’s palm, which was suddenly in a convenient position to receive it.
“Well, how would I know that?” the cabbie said, galling him with a cheeky grin. “I ain’t taken ’em there yet.” He started to put the coin in his pocket, but Tom reached out and grabbed his hand.
“Guess,” Tom said fiercely, giving his arm a wrench.
The cabbie met Tom’s gaze steadily, assessing him. Plainly, in his years on the streets he’d dealt with even tougher customers than Tom. But Tom didn’t back down. “I said guess,” he ground out again, gripping the man’s hand more tightly and giving it a small twist.
The cabbie blinked, and Tom knew he’d won. “I have a notion,” the little man said with a slight cough, “that it might be in the vicinity of Pedley Street.”
Tom knew that place. It was a haven for moneylenders—the most vile, disreputable kind imaginable.
He dropped the cabbie’s hand without another word and raced up the steps to Margaret’s house. He might have no right to interfere, but he fully intended to do so anyway. If she was receiving calls from moneylenders, then something was seriously wrong. A woman of her means would never consort with such people.
He was going to find out.
I’m so happy to share this cover for A Lady Most Lovely, the next book in the Love’s Grace trilogy!
Also, I hope you’ll sign up for my newsletter–I’ll be sharing more news about the book and giving away advance reader copies this summer!
A Lady Most Lovely releases September 23!