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.”
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!
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 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.
Happy to announce that An Heiress at Heart has received an Award of Merit in two categories of the HOLT Medallion Awards: Best First Book and Long Inspirational Romance.
What I love about this award is that it is selected by a panel of romance readers. An Heiress at Heart has been so well received by readers, and this is just one more indication of that. You can read more about the HOLT Medallion Award here.
I’m very honored to have received this award!
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!
Today I’m kicking off the Authors for the Holidays giveaway event at the blog Herding Cats and Burning Soup. It’s going on all month, so be sure to visit daily for wonderful author interviews and giveaways. Today there is an interview with me, as well as a lovely review of AN HEIRESS AT HEART!
I’m happy to announce more good advance reviews!
AN HEIRESS AT HEART got 4 stars (out of 5) from RT Book Reviews, the popular magazine for reviewing romantic fiction. Here’s what they wrote:
“This is a wonderful love story… not your usual English stuffiness; there is something for everyone. The author’s diligent research of England and the traditions of the 1800s shines in her debut.”
The American Library Association’s Booklist magazine calls the book a “clever historical and subtly inspirational romance,” and adds, “Delamere does include Christian elements, but the classic historical plot will appeal to many readers. The romance is filled with emotion and sexual energy, but there is no explicit sensuality, filling a current genre gap for readers who prefer inference.”
The book debuts on October 30, but please see the “Upcoming Events” column on this page for information about two upcoming book signings, including an early signing on October 13. If you are in the central North Carolina area, I’d love to see you there!
I was so excited to discover yesterday that Publishers Weekly has posted a nice review of AN HEIRESS AT HEART!
“The strictures of 1851 England are revealed in Delamere’s debut, in which a woman tries to overcome her past and ensure a secure future….”