a letter from julie
keeping track of tea
and other lofty
goals; come meet me;
bragging about the FCD's

book news
reviewers go batty
for BATS;
THIEF honored by RT
win jewels from Julie!
the magical history tour
Bad road food,
Regency style)


~A Letter from Julie~

Hello, my cherubs! Let me be the 3,012th person to wish you a happy, wildly prosperous 2006! So how are the resolutions going? Are you burning up the treadmill at the gym? Did you just now resolve to hate me for asking?? Ah, don't worry—I love you just the way you are. Personally, I resolve to stop losing cups of tea all over the house (I make one, carry it somewhere, forget where I put it, make another one, lose that one, until there aren't any cups left in the cupboard). "Um, keeping the resolution bar a bit low, this year, aren't you, Julie?" you ask? Well, I fgured I would, since my other ongoing goals are a tad ambitious and consuming (writing very good books and
making bestseller lists). I can handle keeping track of tea. I figure you guys will help me meet the other goals. :)

So, if I had written a 2005 Christmas letter about my literary offspring and sent it to you, I would have mentioned all the accolades my little overachieving firstborn, THE RUNAWAY DUKE, was honored with in 2005—among them, Rita, Holt Medallion, and Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice nominations—while secretly worrying whether my second-born, TO LOVE A THIEF, would catch up, or whether it would turn into the typical rebellious middle child (like yours truly). Well, 2006 began with a bang, both for TO LOVE A THIEF and for BEAUTY AND THE SPY, the first book in my new trilogy, out in March 2006. (Nothing like the words "profoundly passionate and brilliant" and "catapult her to the top" to warm an author's heart). I'm getting really excited about early reports—scroll down for book news!

What else? If you're in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can meet me this month Saturday, February 4, 1:00pm - 2:30pm Barnes & Noble Tanforan Shopping Center San Bruno, along with five of the Fog City Divas, where we'll give a little talk and sign books. Also, on Saturday, February 11th, from 1:00-3:00 p.m, you can find me and several dozen other Bay Area authors in the middle of the mall at Northgate Shopping Center in San Rafael—we'll be signing books at an event sponsored by Borders Express.

I just wanted to take a moment to brag about my girls the Fog City Divas, too: Candice Hern's new Regency-set historical, In the Thrill of the Night, is a February Romantic Times top pick; Kate Moore's Sexy Lexy was voted one of 2005's top romances by The Library Journal, Barbara Freethy's Don't Say A Word was voted one of the best airplane reads of 2005 by USA Today; Barbara McMahon was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement award and now has sold a total of 11.2 million books(!), and Carol Grace made the Waldenbooks list last year with her book, Cinderellie. Can you see why I'm proud of this bunch? Visit our blog, Dishing with the Divas, for reflections on things erudite and trivial. You can usually find me blathering on about something on Wednesday night or Thursday mornings.

Anyway, kids—I'm glad we can all embark on 2006 together! Here's wishing you happiness, health, at least one exotic vacation to the place of your choice, a wonderful stack of good books, and a reeealllly long massage. ( Just thought I'd get creative with the New Year's wishes.)

Warm Regards,


Julie :)

~ March 2006 ~

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~Book News~

Reviewers are Batty for BATS!...
Historical Romance Writers gave BEAUTY AND THE SPY a perfect 10, calling it "a profoundly passionate and brilliant piece of work that will entice you from the prologue to the very end" and "definite keeper material." My face went warm when I read that! I'm just so thrilled. Read the whole review if you like. Read a mini-excerpt here, too, and stay tuned for news about where to find more excerpts in the weeks ahead.

You can preorder BATS now, or buy it from your favorite neighborhood bookstore the instant it arrives—believe me, if you're on this newsletter list, I'll let you know—so I can make the USA Today list. And though I do get a sick little thrill from watching the Amazon ranking go up, I'll leave it in your hands as to when you want order BATS. No pressure, or anything. It's just my fate, that's all. :)

Sneaky Contest: And here's a sneaky contest exclusively for those of you who subscribe to my newsletter— sneaky, because it's not in my contest section! Ha! Be the very first person to send me an email with the subject line "I want to go BATS!" and I'll send you an ARC of BEAUTY AND THE SPY. Be sure to include your address! Good luck! You'll hear from me via email if you win.


TO LOVE A THIEF was nominated for a Romantic Times BOOKClub Magazine's Reviewer's choice award in the Best Historical love and laughter category! Awards will be given at the conference in Daytona in May of this year.


NEW CONTEST: You've heard of wearing your heart on your sleeve, but frankly, I think hearts look better in earlobes. This January, you might just Win Jewels from Julie—a pair of garnet and 14K gold heart-shaped earrings, a signed copy of the book of your choice (written by me), and a lovely, shiny, commemorative BEAUTY AND THE SPY sketchbook. Go to my contest page to find out how.

w i n n e r s: Monica T. of Utah won the blue topaz earrings! Three cheers for Monica! Keep your eyes peeled for a Stealth Contest this month, too. Check my home page frequently, because I'll spring it on you out of the blue there and yank it the minute I have a winner.

~The Magical History Tour~    

In BEAUTY AND THE SPY, Susannah's trip to Barnstable is delayed by a little accident that takes place in the yard of a Coaching Inn, right when everyone aboard is about to go in for the "bad food," or so she tells Kit. During the Regency period, travelers relied upon coaching inn for food, changes of horses, beds, and to hire post chaises to take them to the ends of their journeys, which were naturally much longer than they are today. But the food at these was legendarily bad, and coaching inn proprietors were always trying to save a shilling or two by serving the same joint of meat to several different groups of arriving passengers. Check out this vivid description:

The table was covered with a thrice-used cloth, was set out with lumps of bread, knives, and two and three pronged forks laid alternately, Altogether it was anything but inviting, but coach passengers are very complacent; and on the Dover road it matters little if they are not. ...Presently the two dishes of pork, a couple of ducks, and a lump of half-raw, sadly mangled cold roast beef, with waxy potatoes and overgrown cabbages were scattered along the table.

Imagine trying to digest that in a crowded coach on a bumpy Regency period road.

Go to the Anne Woodley's Regency Collection, a wonderful resource for information on daily life during the Regency period, to read a great article on the the role of coaching inns in Regency Travel, as well as to see some amusing illustrations from the period that go miles toward explaining why Susannah and her fellow passengers thoroughly loathed each other by the end of their journey. (Reminds me a little of San Francisco's beloved MUNI).

[Visit the Magical History Tour Archives]

What I've been listening to: Debussy's Reverie, which is what I'm pretty sure they play all day long in asylums to keep the inmates calm. Rachmaninoff's Concerto no. 2 in C minor, op. 18, always one of my favorites. Rain against the window. Nick Drake, because it's important to listen to Nick Drake on rainy days. My cat meow meow meow meowing ("Stop typing! Play with me!"). What I've been reading: In the Thrill of the Night, Candice Hern's new Regency-set historical and February RT Top Pick. It's wonderful. Michelle Rowen's Bitten & Smitten—ditto on the wonderful.

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