~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 worryI 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 2005among them,
Rita, Holt Medallion, and Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice nominationswhile
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 reportsscroll 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 Rafaelwe'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, kidsI'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
Reviewers are Batty for BATS!... Historical
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 arrivesbelieve me, if you're on this
newsletter list, I'll let you knowso 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.
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 Juliea 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.
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.
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).
the Magical History Tour Archives]
What I've been listening to:
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 & Smittenditto on the wonderful.
Julie Anne Long
Take care for now, and
see you next time!
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