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!!!
I’m giving away 10 autographed copies of A Lady Most Lovely on Goodreads. Enter before October 1. Enjoy!
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!)
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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!
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.
The e-book copy of An Heiress at Heart is currently on sale for 99 cents at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, and other e-book retailers!
If you haven’t yet read it, this is a wonderful opportunity to check out the book that was nominated for the Romance Writers of America RITA® Award, and that Booklist describes as “A clever historical and subtly inspirational romance…filled with emotion and sexual energy…The classic historical plot will appeal to many readers.”
If you have already read and enjoyed An Heiress at Heart, please tell your friends about this awesome deal!
I had a fabulous time at the Romance Writers of America annual conference, held a few weeks ago in Atlanta. Over 2,000 authors, editors, agents, and librarians attended the conference. It was a fantastic time of learning, recharging, and inspiration.
One of the highlights of the conference for me was taking part in RWA’s annual Literacy Autographing. Over 450 authors participated, with the proceeds going to support literacy programs. Here’s a photo of me just before the event got underway. Because my book An Heiress at Heart was a finalist for the prestigious RITA award, I got to have a blue RITA flag flying at my table!
And while I did not get to take home one of these lovely statues, I’m thrilled beyond words to have been nominated.
I’ve posted more photos over on my Facebook page. I hope you’ll hop over and check them out.