~A Letter from Julie~
Hello, pumpkins! My Christmas shopping is doneis yours?
Ha! Kidding! Just thought I'd start the newsletter off with an adrenaline
jolt for all of you. (You're welcome). Instead of buying gifts this
year, I think I'll, oh, just write a poem for everyone on my list.
(Yeahas if I'd get away with that). Truthfully, I haven't
even finalized my Thanksgiving plans. Somehow, I have a feeling
my computer will play a starring role, as a deadline looms for Book
2 of my trilogy. (And the book does have a name! Read more about
But I like to picture all of you surrounded by the food and people
(and critters) you love best this Thanksgiving holiday. Growing
up, I remember the turkey defrosting in its butcher paper shroud
up on top of the refrigerator, and all the cats (there were five
of them) camped down below, crouched in loaf shapes, staring raptly
up at it like a bunch of little worshippers. And aren't some holiday
traditions funny? For example, things you would never eat on any
other day of the year for some reason absolutely must be
on the table on Thanksgiving. I meancreamed onions?? Why on
earth?? That was my family's thing, anyway.
AnyhowI am truly thankful for all of you, and I hope your
holiday is splendid.
A bunch of web-related news: Last month's BLOGtoberfest Celebration
at Dishing with
the Divas was an enormous success, thanks to those of you
who stopped by to dish with us and our lovely guest divas Christie
Hawkins and Christine
Feehan. You can still read their posts, as well as a recent
blog from me on a
date so comically bad (click on the preceding red words,
then scroll up to read the blog) my friends routinely beg me to
tell the story. Please do share your own experienceswe have
some pretty funny date stories on there now. We'll probably be talking
about holiday traditions this month, too, and there's a contest,
of coursewin seven signed books!
My other group blog, Warner
Women, was just recognized as one of the best Group Author
blog's by the Internet
Writing Journal. And if you've been dying to see my little
nephew dressed as a monkey, well, today's your lucky daysee
At the moment, I'm tremendously excited about my March 2006 book,
AND THE SPY and the next book in the trilogy, WAYS TO
BE WICKED. Scroll down to read more about both! For now, give
yourself a hug, and here's hoping you and yours have a memorable
(in a good way!) Thanksgiving celebration.
Time to go BATS!...OK,
kidsI've posted a mini
BEAUTY AND THE SPY (aka BATS), so
have a peek. In it, our heroine Susannah Makepeace proves that
Kit Whitelaw isn't the only one with espionage tendencies... she
in fact gets a rather unexpected, glorious eyeful when she indulges
her own. Let me know
what you think of it when the urge takes you! I'll probably
sneak another one or two excerpts in on you in the weeks ahead,
too. I should also have ARCs by the end of the month,
so if you're a reviewer or a book group member (a number of you
guys have asked me about them), stay tuned.
You can preorder
BATS now, or buy it from your favorite neighborhood bookstore
the instant it arrives so I can, oh, maybe make the USA
Today list. LOL. (I dream, therefore I am.)
WAYS TO BE WICKED is the name of the next book in the trilogy...and
just as a reminder, the trilogy is about three sisters separated
by scandal when they were very young. IN WAYS TO BE WICKED you'll
meet Sylvie, a ballerina, our hero, the wickedly gorgeous Tom
Shaughnessy, owner owner of a number of bawdy theaters in London,
a dwarf choreographer who's a bit of a lady's man, an aging diva
of the bawdy stage, and others. October 2006 is the release date!
NEW CONTEST: "Sunshine
for your earlobes" can indeed be sung to the tune
of a John Denver song (and let me just apologize right now for putting
said song in your head), but it's also the name of November's contestthe
birthstone theme proved so wildly popular I decided to continue
it at least through the end of the year. You can win a warm, sunny
pair of citrine earrings this month just by answering an easy question.
my contest page to find out how.
i n n e r s: Jeri
Brinkmann of Colorado won the opal earrings! Say "Bravo!"
for Jeri! And Sun Lee
of California won a signed copy of To Love a Thief in my
Stealth Contest. Keep your eyes peeled for more Stealth Contests
this month I post them at whim on my home page and yank them
the instant I have a winner, so you have to be vigilant and quick
Magical History Tour~
How NOT to behave... In TO
LOVE A THIEF, as part of his attempt to polish Lily Masters
into a diamond of the first water, Gideon Cole insists she study
the contents of an odious little book on behavior. Such a "helpful"
manual did in fact exist during the Regency, and boy were
the guidelines specific. The book was calledand the title's
a mouthfulThe Ladie's and gentlemen's companion containing
the newest cotillions and country dances ... ; to which are added,
instances of ill manners, to be carefully avoided by youth of both
sexes...(Norwich, Printed by J. Trumbull, 1798.). Lily's own
personal hurdle was the rule about " Distortion of countenance,
and mimicry," since Gideon often tempted her to roll her eyes.
Other helpful rules included such admonitions against "Swinging
the arms, and all other aukward gestures, especially in the street,
and in company," "Throwing things instead of handing them,"
and the vaguely ominous and and all-encompassing, "All actions
that have the most remote tendency to indelicacy." One has
to wonder what went on at dances if one had to be admonished against
"indelicacy" and throwing things. If you think your own
behavior could use a little polishing, take
a look at the full list of rules.
the Magical History Tour Archives]
What I've been listening to:
Leaders of the Free World. Gorgeous, gorgeous, GORGEOUS.
Unbelievably, totally beside myself with how good this is.
Julie Anne Long
Take care for now, and
see you next time!
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