I’m delighted to announce that my contemporary fantasy By Jove, originally published in 2014 by Entangled Publishing, is back, revised and edited and with a shiny new cover and now available from Book View Café! Here’s the (also new and improved) blurb:
After three soul-destroying years of teaching unenthusiastic middle-schoolers, Theodora Fairchild is thrilled to be a student again, pursuing her doctorate in Latin. She’s sure John Winthrop University will be the intellectual home she’s always longed for, the place where she’ll finally fit in. But her teaching days aren’t quite over: Theo starts giving “humanities” lessons to sweetly nerdy post-doc Grant Proctor–and loses her heart.
But nobody in the Classics Department is quite who they seem . . . not even Grant. Theo’s arrival rekindles an ancient rivalry between two powerful enemies, and Theo herself is the prize. After she unwittingly betrays Grant to his oldest foe, she’s determined to rescue him—and herself— before it’s too late.
Because even gods can die—or wish they were dead.
You can find By Jove at Book View Café, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple, and Kobo…and coming in April, in a print edition.
Also…to celebrate By Jove‘s re-release, for the month of February I’m offering a sale on Skin Deep (which, I forgot to post, won the 2016 Best Paranormal Romance award in the New Jersey Romance Writer’s Golden Leaf contest). Instead of $3.99, you can get the e-book for 99¢ at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple, and Kobo now through March 1. Give it a try if you haven’t already!
Want a chance to win a copy of Skin Deep? Enter the giveaway on Goodreads, where I’ll be giving away ten copies to lucky entrants (who’ll hopefully consider leaving a review!) Giveaway runs from April 15 to May 15. Click on the “Enter Giveaway” button below to–well, enter the giveaway. Good luck!
…Or it will be on Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 1:30-3:30 pm at the Writers’ Loft in Sherborn, MA when I join romance authors Judith Arnold, Rachel Kenley, and Kathryn Sparrow to talk about the fine art of writing romance, from first kiss to the dirty deed. If you’re anywhere in the eastern MA area on Saturday, I hope you’ll stop by. There’s plenty of on-site parking, and books will be available for sale at the event. Loft members attend for free; non-members, the event is $5.
The Writers’ Loft is a 501(c)(3) non-profit writing community organization which helps local writers foster their creativity, strengthen their spirit and grow professionally by providing them with quiet writing space, educational programs, opportunities to connect with supportive colleagues, and access to industry experts, as well as opportunities to give back to the greater writing community.
If you’re looking for something to do on Monday, March 2 from 7 to 9 pm, why not come to Lady Jane’s Salon monthly romance reading series in Soho? I’ll be reading from By Jove along with authors Hope Tarr, Sofia Tate, Eliza Freed, and Julia Tagan reading from their works. The Salon happens the first Monday of each month at Madame X, which is worth a visit for the ambiance alone…admission is $5 or one gently used romance novel, and all proceeds benefit WIN, a NYY based women’s charity.
Hope to see you there!!
I’ll be giving a craft chat on writing romance at The Writers’ Loft in Sherborn, MA on Tuesday, February 10 at 7:30 pm–just in time for Valentine’s Day! Details are here…come find out why a romance book is like both a football game and a sonnet, and bring your writing questions to ask!
I’m delighted to report that Charles “Chucklehead” Leland’s book is officially here! Charles Bewitched
, a novella companion to Bewitching Season,
is now available at Amazon
, Barnes and Noble
, and Kobo
, with the Apple iBookstore and Smashwords coming soon.
Sixteen-year-old Charles Leland is not looking forward to his summer holidays from Eton—not when he has to spend them cramming history to make up for a less-than-stellar grade last term. Even the thought of staying with his sister Persy and her husband Lochinvar while his parents are in Ireland can’t cheer him up.
But studying quickly takes a back seat to finding out what has happened to Persy, who disappears from home the day he arrives. All signs indicate that she’s been kidnapped by gypsies…but a gypsy boy named Nando convinces Charles that her disappearance has a much more otherworldly explanation.
Now Charles must brave the perils and sheer strangeness of the fairy lands to try to prevent Persy from being forcibly married to a powerful fairy lord. With the help of the fairy lord’s own younger (and alarmingly pretty) sister, a copy of History and Policy of the Norman and Angevin Kings that he must read before September, and Her Majesty Queen Victoria, he just might be able to do it. But will he also be able to rescue himself?
It’s a bit of a swan song for the Leland Sisters; I’ve been moving on to other stories (and centuries!) in my YA writing, but do not rule out a return to their world some day, if a story starts tapping me on the shoulder and whispering, “Write me.” In the meanwhile, I hope you’ll enjoy Charles’s story…and if you do, I’d be extremely grateful if you’d leave a review of it at your favorite on-line book venue. And as always, I love hearing from readers, so drop me a note on my contact form!
In other news, Courtship and Curses
continues to get RWA love with another contest final, in the YA category of the OCC-RWA’s Book Buyers Best contest. Speaking of which, I’ll be signing copies of the new paperback of Courtship and Curses
at RWA’s National Conference in Atlanta on July 17
, at the downtown Marriott Marquis from 5:30-7:30 pm. If you’re in the city, come say hello!
Summer ’13 is shaping up to be a busy one, with two releases out this July!
First, I’m working hard to finish up release details for Charles Bewitched, an e-novella for all of those readers of Bewitching Season who’ve asked me when Charles, a.k.a. Chuckles, Persy and Pen’s younger brother, would get his own story. Well, he’s finally gotten it–check here for more details. Buy links aren’t live yet…look for those to go up some time in mid-July.
And second, Courtship and Curses will be coming out in paperback from Square Fish/Macmillan on July 30. I’m very pleased that this book has been getting plenty of love from the Romance Writers of America, finaling in three chapter contests as of this date.
And as for other new books on the horizon…I’m thrilled to have signed a contract with Entangled Publishing for three books. No details yet, but the first release will be a contemporary fantasy and my first foray out of YA. More details soon!
I’ve got two events scheduled for the next few weeks and would be delighted to say hello to friends. First is this Saturday, October 11 in Iselin, New Jersey, at the Put Your Heart in a Book Conference Literacy Book Fair and Signing from 4-5:30 at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, Route 1 South in Iselin. Here’s the deets: http://njromancewriters.org/index.php?/conference/conference_bookfair/
Then on Sunday, October 28 I’ll be one of the participating authors at the first Boston Teen Author Festival at Emerson College in Boston from 1-6 pm. Visit here for details and for registration (while it’s free and open to the public, it does require pre-registration): http://bostonteenauthorfestival2012.blogspot.com/
That’s all for now… but I’ll have some more exciting new for you in a few days. Yes, I’m a tease…
I’m an avid backyard birdwatcher (as you may have guessed), and had a wonderful weekend of it over Labor Day down on Cape Cod.
First, the hummingbirds. We’re Hummingbird Central (the three hummingbird feeders and multiple pots of blooming plants might have something to do with it) and take delight in sitting on the deck and watching the dogfights taking place around us as well as occasionally having one of these feisty little winged things hover a foot from our faces and try to stare us down.
This past weekend we had an extra treat. At the beginning of the summer I put out an oriole feeder, as we’d spotted a Northern Oriole or two last year. The beauty of it is that hummingbirds can use it as well. And to my delight, they were back, in all their intense orange glory:
I didn’t quite get a picture of one of them on the feeder (there were a pair flitting around) but close to it:
Which was pretty darned cool.
My publisher, Macmillan, is sponsoring a giveaway of 10 copies of Courtship and Curses over at Goodreads. Entries close on September 5, 2012…so if you’re interested, head on over there! Here’s a direct link: http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/31792-courtship-and-curses