APRIL 2005
a letter from julie
THIEF is here! plus other profundity; interview and
chat news
book news
THIEF's reviews are amazing; a medallion or a statuette
DUKE's future?!
A picture is worth
a... diamond &
gold-plated watch?
What i'm reading,
what I'm listening to
~A Letter from Julie~
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Hello, sweet peas! Everyone exhale: TO LOVE A THIEF is now in stores! Possibly it's even already on your nightstand— or maybe you've already loaned it to your sister or your best friend, or dog-eared certain pages for your husband, because, hey, that's what we're supposed to do with books. And so far, the reviews have been just wonderful—the ones I know about, anyway! A number of you have already sent emails telling me how much you enjoyed it, and I'm thrilled—and, I have to tell you, relieved. LOL. We authors fret over every book, and I'd hate to disappoint any of you.

The past few weeks have been thrilling for me in other ways, too—scroll down to Book News read about some very special early morning phone calls I got regarding THE RUNAWAY DUKE.

This month, you can find me waxing profound (I can hear you laughing from here) on a couple of terrific websites: I'm in the Author Spotlight at Romance Reader at Heart, which features articles on Inspiration and Writing by yours truly, as well as my own little blog. And in the New Faces column at The Romance Reader I talk about Bono, Forever Amber, and my road to being published, among other absolutely essential things. In May, I'll go into my life history in a little more detail at the Historical Romance Club, but I'll keep you posted on that one. Also, on April 17th at 9 p.m. EST, come join me for an online chat at The Mystic Castle, and if you're in the vicinity of the Romantic Times Convention in St. Louis from April 27th-30th—well, you'll find me there! (I've been busy—can you tell?)

The necklace contest was a riot—several hundred of you entered, and many of you offered some, um, creative answers to the question, "What does Kilmartin think Lily will do with the footmen?" Oh, I have to thank you for making me laugh. We do have a winner, as well as two new contests as a special thank you to all of you: one involves gold and diamonds (on my part) and cameras (on your part), and the other involves signed books.

Hope your Spring has been as astonishing (in a good way) as mine, so far. Send me a note if you feel like it—and feel free to pass this newsletter on to anyone who might enjoy it. Take good care for now!

Warm Regards,

Julie :)

~Book News~....  

Lovely reviews are rolling in for TO LOVE A THIEF. Nancy Davis at Romance Reader at Heart made it a Top Pick, saying, "If ever there was a charmer of a romance, TO LOVE A THIEF takes the cake. It's fun, witty, filled with a colorful cast of characters, and simply pure romantic escapism at its best." Wendy Keel of The Romance Readers Connection calls it "Wonderfully written" and "richly detailed," and she said she didn't want it to end. "Magical," "sparkling," "a must-buy"—the adjectives reviewers are using! I'm floored. I'm so glad people seem to be enjoying the book! You can find more review excerpts here, along with links to the entire reviews.

If you don't have your copy of TO LOVE A THIEF yet, visit your friendly neighborhood bookstore, or check out New and Previously Owned Books (for 15% off!), Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Hope you like it, too!

Usually when I wake up in the morning to find a phone message already waiting for me, I get a little nervous—but over the past few weeks I've awakened to two marvelous messages: THE RUNAWAY DUKE is a Rita finalist for for Best First Book, and a Holt Medallion Finalist for Best First Book and Best Long Historical! I've been a little giddy ever since. (Some would argue I'm always a little giddy, but hey).


NEW CONTEST: A picture is worth a...diamond watch? For me, one of the best things about being an author is hearing from readers from all over the country and the world—Pakistan, Germany, Malaysia, France, Iowa, Texas, South Africa, Pennsylvania—well, you get the picture. It's wonderful to feel connected to so many people through my books. I also thought it might be kind of fun for all of us to get a look at each other, or at least a glimpse into our lives. So this month, as a sort of thank you to everyone who's been so supportive and enthusiastic, you can win a beautiful Lucien Piccard diamond and gold-plated watch—as well as signed copies of THE RUNAWAY DUKE and TO LOVE A THIEF—by taking a photo of yourself—or of your friends, or family, or pets, or artwork, or what have you—with your copy of TO LOVE A THIEF, and sending it to me! We already have one photo in the gallery, and possibly more by the time you read this. Go here to learn more details.

w i n n e r s : Our Diamond Necklace Contest was a hoot! As a reminder, the magic question was: "What does Kilmartin think Lily will do with the footmen?" and the answer— "copulate"—was located somewhere on my site, specifically in the excerpt from TO LOVE A THIEF. Much to my delight, a number of you, apparently bored by that answer, offered up creative euphemisms of your own instead, such as "knock boot," "party with them," and "ravish them one by one." Melisa Phillips of San Francisco suggested "Make sweet love down by the fire." Someone else cheerfully submitted "Buy them steak dinners!" Our winner, however, is Elena Ennis of Ridgecrest, California—she knew the correct answer, and she'll receive the diamond necklace (it's tiny, Elena!) and signed copy of TO LOVE A THIEF. Quick: everyone shout "hurrah!" for Elena!

Also, Eliza Starr won my March 21st Stealth contest practically the moment I posted it! She also received a signed copy of TO LOVE A THIEF. Check my site often this month—I'll have at least two Stealth contests. I'm dying to give away signed books. :)


What I've been reading:
The Wedding Journey, Carla Kelly (I'm so glad Carla Kelly exists—isn't she amazing?), and not much else at the moment, because BOY am I busy; and just for fun, what I'm listening to: Brendan Benson's Alternative to Love, over and over, especially the song "Spit it Out." Stumbled across it on BBC 6 radio, and I can't remember the last time the chorus of a song made me so happy. Just thought I'd share. Also The Shins, John Adams' violin concerto, and the best of Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass (an old favorite). LOL. It all makes the writing go faster.
Take care for now, and see you next time!

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