I’m so thankful and beyond excited about the popularity of Winning Miss Wakefield! My gratitude goes out to the amazing team at Avon/HarperCollins and to all my readers who made this dream-come-true possible.
This year, I’ll be attending my first RWA National Conference. I’ll also be flying to Texas for the first time. To say that I’m nervous would be putting it mildly. I’m at defcon 4 on the nervous scale.
My youngest, bless his heart, tries to give me pep talks. “Don’t worry. Just teach yourself how not to be an introvert.”
“It doesn’t work on a switch,” I tell him. He laughs before heading out the door to hang out with his friends. Click “on” for life-of-the-party. Click “off” for curling-up-in-a-dark-cave.
Nervousness aside, I’m excited, too. This is THE conference, after all. I’ve been wanting to attend for years and years. This time, I’m going to make it happen. I anticipate numerous fangirl moments where I’ll simply stare at my favorite authors without trusting myself to say a word for fear of uncorking the random flow of trivia that tends to runneth over when I’m nervous. Example: when I met Tessa Dare, I spoke to her for 5 minutes about the differences between left handed people and right handed people.
So, yeah, it’ll be better if I just smile and not say a word. Wish me luck!
I’ve had so much good news lately–with the release of the first two of The Wallflower Wedding Series books and also signing a new contract with Avon Impulse for The Rakes of Fallow Hall–that I can’t contain my excitement any longer!!! I MUST host a giveaway! 🙂
ONE winner will receive: an I <3 Wallflowers canvas tote; a paperback edition of FIVE GOLDEN RINGS; a paperback edition of DARING MISS DANVERS; a paperback edition of WINNING MISS WAKEFIELD; two bookmarks; two sticky note pads; an emergency sewing kit; a sachet of jasmine tea; and a one-of-a-kind, crocheted Wallflower Wedding coffee cozy.
*The contest will run from Monday, June 30th, 2014 thru Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014. The name of ONE winner will be drawn on Thursday, July 3rd, 2014, and announced via this blog and also on my Facebook page.
Entering the contest is simple. Just post a comment to this thread, answering this question: Which of the three Wallflower Wedding Series covers do you like the most?
If you’ve been on my Facebook page, then you’ve already heard the awesome news: This week, I signed a new contract with Avon Impulse for 3 more books!!! 😀
The series is called THE RAKES OF FALLOW HALL.These books focus on three rakes who vow never to marry. They all want to avoid that particular noose. Yet, after a foolhardy wager one night, a sudden rivalry begins. Now, with a fortune on the line, it’s every man for himself.
Then, one by one, they all start to fall. A single question remains: who will reap the spoils in the end?
I’m so excited to write these stories!!! Check out my Pinterest page, if you’re interested in some of the inspirations behind each story.
To celebrate, I’m having a contest!!! Entering is simple. All you have to do is add your comment to the upcoming CONTEST thread on my blog (tomorrow), which will run from Monday, June 30th thru Wednesday, July 2nd. ONE winner will be announced on July 3rd.
I am SO EXCITED about the release of Winning Miss Wakefield!!! Writing Bane and Merribeth’s story was fun from the first page to the very last. And even then I didn’t want it to end. <3
Excerpt from Winning Miss Wakefield ~ book #2 of The Wallflower Wedding Series:
He had been thoroughly distracted by Miss No Name, Miss Sign of Venus, as she ran her fingers through his hair. It felt heavenly. Wondrous. Divine. How long had it been since a woman had simply stroked his hair? Though he’d never admit it if asked, this was one of life’s greatest pleasures.
Closing his eyes, he’d trusted this stranger more than he had anyone in years, and he couldn’t put reason behind it, only the instinctive sense he’d come to rely upon. He was good at figuring people out, which was why he preferred the company of horses.
Then, a shadow had crossed over his face, accompanied by a hushed rustle of silk. Drowsily, he opened his eyes to see her gazing down at him. Her soft fingertips petted the shorter hair at his temples and followed the line of his whiskers to the lobes of his ears.
He’d opened his mouth to tell her that he’d willingly pay her five hundred pounds per annum if she’d never stop, but she shushed him with a shake of her head.
“Don’t say a word . . . please,” she’d whispered, leaning closer. “I only mean to borrow this for a moment and return it directly.”
I used to think I was clever. Years ago, I designed my own website from the code up. Now, however, I realize that computer language is much like any other kind of language–if you don’t use it, you lose it.
I don’t know who first said those profound words, but they are true. My programming days are behind me now, much like my high school Spanish. I know just enough to be polite, smile, and surreptitiously plot my escape before I do any real damage.
Today, by way of a miracle (2 more of these and I can be declared a saint), I made a book trailer for Daring Miss Danvers. It’s short, only 35 seconds–because my patience was wearing as thin as the heels of my favorite socks. But at last it’s done! And I’m only too happy to share this monumental achievement with you. 😀
I set up this blog for the purpose of keeping each of you in the loop on blog tour dates, new books, and contests.
Currently Avon Impulse is running a contest for an ebook copy of DARING MISS DANVERS and WINNING MISS WAKEFIELD! Check out my Tasty Book Blog Tour for your chance to enter.
And speaking of contests… I have an autographed copy of FIVE GOLDEN RINGS and DARING MISS DANVERS, along with some other goodies set aside for a very special announcement. Check out my Facebook page for more details in the upcoming weeks. 🙂