Sunday, April 13, 2014

Interview With Miss Georgiana Lockewood

I am pleased to share my interview with the lovely Miss Georgiana Lockewood. All of you will get to meet her personally on May 4, when her story is featured in HOW TO MARRY A ROGUE. I tracked her down while she was dressing for a ball tonight in town - that's London to the rest of us! Her dressing room is filled with trunks and boxes, and it looks like she's getting ready for a long journey.
Her maid brings us both a cup of tea sweetened with honey. I fan myself with a lace fan she has graciously given me - I keep forgetting there's no such thing as air conditioning in the middle of the Regency!
Anna: Thank you for meeting with me today, Miss Lockewood.
Miss Lockewood: Oh, please, call me Georgiana!
Anna: All right - Georgiana. Are you going away on a trip somewhere? I can't help but notice all these trunks and cases.
Georgiana: Why, yes. I'm going abroad to France with my sweet old aunt and a male escort. He's my brother's friend, Jack Waverley. Perhaps you know him?
Anna: I have not had the pleasure yet, but will be interviewing him next week. How fortunate your brother found a brave and strong escort for your aunt and you. Two helpless females, traveling across the Channel...
Georgiana: (cutting me off) You sound just like my brother, Jonathan! Honestly, I am grown up enough to travel wherever I wish. And Jack is a well known boxer. I shall be very much protected.
Anna: That's good news! The last time you were on your own, I recall you were heading north.
Georgiana: (sets down her cup with a clattering of china) Are you referring to my so-called elopement to Gretna Green with Mr. Mitford?
Anna: I did not mean to imply....
Georgiana: (laughs nervously) Oh, nothing happened. It was just a childish whim. There is a good thing that came of it, however. I shall never give my heart away so easily again.
Anna: I'm relieved to hear that. But isn't Mr. Waverley a handsome sort of scoundrel with a reputation?
Georgiana: Not to worry! We are old friends. He was always my protector. I'm sure nothing will happen to me in France as long as he is there.
Anna: I am sure you are right. (I get up to leave, and her servant brings me my bonnet) Thank you very much for seeing me. I hope you have a fine time abroad.
Georgiana: I'm sure I will!

Well, dear reader, the rest, as they say, is history! Next week, I'll be interviewing the hero of this story, Mr. Jack Waverley - boxer, fighter, lover, gambler - heavens, the list does go on! I hope Georgiana is right about his protecting her. I would hate for anything to happen to that sweet girl.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Release Date for ROGUE Announced!

     I am thrilled that The Wild Rose Press will be releasing HOW TO MARRY A ROGUE on May 4, instead of late summer. To celebrate, I will post about the Regency period until the big day. Look for sneak peeks, character interviews, fun facts, and the background to this story.
     Let's begin, shall we?
     The Regency period is specific to England, as it encompassed the "regency" of Prince George, later to become King George IV, from the years 1811-1820. This basically means he ruled on behalf of his father, the "mad" King George III, known to Americans for being the tyrant Thomas Jefferson railed about in the Declaration of Independence.

     It's a popular time period for authors and movie makers, since Jane Austen was a central figure during this period. If you love a good novel or a classic movie, read or watch any of her stories. My favorite is Pride & Prejudice, which you probably already know if you've read my blog. I think of it as a classic "Beauty and the Beast" story, because Mr. Darcy is transformed by the end.

     The way of life, clothes, manners, and customs are unique to this period. The "empire" waist gown (the bodice ended at the lower part of the bosom instead of the waist) changed the female form, although the disfiguring corset was years ahead into the future. Men also changed from fancy silk coats and pantaloons to breeches made of buckskin, and riding boots became the daytime height of fashion.
     The country life grew in popularity, with outdoor sports, hunting, picnics, etc., becoming the "in thing" for the rich folk. It's fun to write books during this period, because the characters have a variety of things to do. Country balls (called Assembly balls because they were in a common building called an Assembly Hall), garden parties, picnics, riding, archery, and other games and diversions were great entertainment. I can have a heroine be an accomplished rider or talented pianist. A hero can look dashing seated on his horse during a hunt (no foxes are ever harmed in my books!), or elegant in his cream-colored silk cravat and embroidered waistcoat at an elegant salon in London.

I hope you enjoyed this little peek at the Regency! Next blog will be an interview with the heroine of the story, Georgiana Lockewood. She's beautiful, smart, and a little too stubborn about getting what she wants. Lucky for her, our hero is in the right place at the right time!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Read a New Excerpt at Romancing the Book and Win!!!!

I'm a guest over at Romancing the Book, where I'll be giving away 3 FREE ebooks of my newest contemporary romance, BACK IN HIS ARMS AGAIN. All you have to do is stop in and leave a comment to win.

Go to: Win Me A Free Ebook!

I also have a new excerpt listed on that contest, as well as the first chapter listed on Book Daily, where you can read the first chapter and get to know a book and author before buying. Check it out at Read The First Chapter!

Are there any themes for a romance novel that you wish an author would write? Cinderella with a vengeful streak? Little Mermaid who turns the human into a merman? I have been working on a time travel story where the Jersey girl heroine goes back to medieval times and turns the place upside down with her sass. What do you think?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Carpe Diem! Seize the Day!

I'm not going to write about writing today, or tell you about my new book. Instead, I'd like to share the fun and excitement my family had today while SCUBA diving at the Blue Grotto in Williston, Florida. It's located less than 2 hours from home, but it was like traveling to a different world as we went deep into the verdant, lush farmland of the central Florida countryside. We passed so many cows I was looking for the Chick Fil-A sign.

Our daughter (15yo) has been SCUBA certified for 2 years now, so this was a nice refresher for her in advance of the Caribbean diving we plan to do this May. But the main thrill today was our 9yo son getting to dive in a deep, controlled environment. He just passed a PADI Bubblemakers course with flying colors and has been using our dive equipment in our pool for some time, and has been dying to dive like a real pro! With careful coaching by Mom and Dad, he made it to a steady 40 feet without kicking up the silt on the bottom. He even got a close up look at the friendly turtle, Virgil, and several little fish.

The reason I wanted to write about this event is to share the fresh excitement we all felt about diving today. Hubby and I have been diving for almost 15 years, but now that the kids are involved, it makes every vacation filled with possibilities. Because a 9yo has endless energy, we will all have an untiring, eager dive buddy in him (when he is fully certified, which will be in a few months), and our daughter now has another skill to rely on in life.

Diving isn't for everyone, although I have seen people who are missing a limb, in their upper 70s and older, and people so out of shape you wonder how they can even make a wetsuit that big. But the point is, divers are having fun. They are exploring a world few ever see. The thrill of having a sea turtle ignore you from a foot away or having tiny yellow fish surround you and poke at your mask is an experience most people will never know. I feel like a mermaid down in the deep blue, which refreshes my creative juices and opens my mind. It's hard to think of much of anything when you're floating on a cushion of water, gliding through the cold, crisp water of a millennia-old sinkhole.

Whatever your passion, do it often. Like to cook? Buy a cookbook you would normally never be interested in and have a dinner party. Crafting your hobby? Make bazaar gifts and donate them to your local church or women's group. Do what you like, and do it with all your heart. Writing is the big passion of my life, and I'm never happier until my fingers are tapping out the drama, lives, and loves of the people who live inside my head.

Well, there - I did mention writing! Why not write back, leave a comment about YOUR great passion?

Monday, March 10, 2014

Warm Up Your Winter With A New Book!

My short novella, Back In His Arms Again, is officially here! I love the cover and hope you will, too! Here's a new excerpt:

They climbed higher up the hill behind the house until they were well within the woods. The full moon illuminated the trees so much that she looked around for the spotlights. Puffing and out of breath, she leaned her hands on her knees when he stopped at last.
“What’s the matter?” Ben asked. “Don’t you go to a trainer anymore?”
She shook her head and sucked in a cold lungful of air, regretting it a moment later. “No, I gave him up. I haven’t worked out in weeks.” It was really four months, but she didn’t want to tell Ben the reason she’d stopped working out, and going out, for that matter, was because she’d found out the income stream she’d depended on for so long was drying up and she had cut back all her spending.
“Well, you can’t tell. You look…” He stopped, and she wondered if his ruddy cheeks were from the cold night air or embarrassment. “You look just the same as when I saw you the first time.”
She snorted and shook back her hair, which had come out of his wool cap she’d grabbed on the way out of the house. “I don’t look seventeen anymore, Ben, but I’ll buy you a drink for saying so.”
The corner of his mouth twitched in what might have been a ghost of a smile. “I don’t drink anymore, but you can buy me lunch once the snow melts and we can actually make it into town.”
“Oh, goody! Elk burgers sound wonderful.”
“Don’t laugh! We might be eating them soon if a thaw doesn’t come.” He started walking again. “Come on, slowpoke. We’re almost there.”
“Where are you taking me?” Falling into step beside him, she immediately sank into a deep pocket of snow and yelped. He dropped the saw and grabbed both of her hands to pull her out.
She looked up at him. “So, this is your wicked plan.”
“What plan?” He waited until she was standing on firmer ground before releasing her. For a moment, she’d felt the hard pressure of his fingers around hers, and a shot of electricity had nearly stunned her.
“You’ve lured me all the way out here so you can…”
His blue eyes reflected the moonlight off the snow so that they were no longer blue, but silver, like the eyes of a wolf glowing in the darkness. She forgot her joke, and it was just as well because he didn’t look as if he wanted to hear it.
“So I can what?”
He stepped closer. Or maybe she had. She wasn’t sure anymore.
A drifting snowflake fluttered across his eyelashes and he blinked. Before she could think, she reached up and brushed it off. His warm breath turned to mist in the air, mingling with hers. She stared up into his eyes while a torrent of emotions sang through her. Matt had never looked at her like this. His eyes never went all sleepy and dreamy when he was about to…
Good grief, was her ex-husband about to kiss her?
            It seemed natural to slide across the foot or so of snow separating them and fall into his arms.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

PREORDER AVAILABLE! Back in His Arms Again out this Friday!

I was thrilled when Boroughs Publishing told me BACK IN HIS ARMS AGAIN would be out 2 weeks ahead of schedule. Isn't the cover great? For ordering info, please click the link below and it will take you to Boroughs' page. At 99 cents, it's a real bargain.


Thanks for stopping by! I'll get busy with my new vlog so you can have a glimpse into my chaotic life. I'll also have some updates soon about my new Regency Historical romance, How to Marry A Rogue, which will be out this summer.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Spring into Reading!

I can't believe March is almost here. At the end of the month, my new novella, BACK IN HIS ARMS AGAIN, will come out! I like writing contemporary romance in between historicals. It helps clear the fog from my brain after being immersed in ballrooms, glittering salons, and all the intrigues and delights of the ton!

Having said that, my other new release, HOW TO MARRY A ROGUE, will be out by summer, I hope! I'm proofreading the final galleys now, and should have a date for the book release soon. Expect lots of giveaways, blog hops, and...drumroll please....a VIDEO BLOG! or vlog, as they are so wittily called. My resolution for this year is to share my process with you via the wonderful tools of sound and picture! So you will get to see my writing space, meet my fat cats, who enjoy scratching up any paper that has my writing on it (maybe they're trying to tell me something!), and see me!

In the meantime, I have started a new Regency historical romance, tentatively titled, LOVE BY ANY OTHER NAME. I hope to have a series of stories with great authors as the theme. In this case, I borrowed the title from Romeo & Juliet (Juliet's actual quote is "that which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet"). The heroine in this story is named Rosamonde, so that's how I came about finding the title that had a rose origin, in case you wondered.

What kind of romances do you like to read? What types of heroes can you not get enough of? Dashing rogues? Spies in disguise? Good boys gone bad, or vice versa? Whether pirate, Navy SEAL, NASCAR driver, or vengeful duke, what makes your heart go pitter pat? Better yet, what makes you spend your hard-earned money on a book? Is it the cover? Backcover blurb? Author name?

Please leave a response, and you will be sent an EXCLUSIVE first chapter peek of How to Marry A Rogue! I'll snail mail it to you with some extra little treats, too!

Thanks for stopping by!