Well, hello, ducklings! Just thought I'd drop a note to remind you
to set your clocks back this weekend. Kidding!! That's not why I'm
really writing. (But admit itdidn't you just think"Oh,
yeah! The clocks!" You're welcome.) I confess
time is definitely on my mind, however because the
countdown to the release of The
Perils of Pleasure (aka POP!) has begun in earnest!
It's a February 08 book, with an official release of January
29th, 2008, and frankly, I'm getting ready to POP with
anticipation. It's my first book for Avon, it's the first book in
my new Pennyroyal Green series, and it's my first green bookhave
you seen the cover? Isn't it beautiful?? (There's a wee version
over to the right, and a nice
big one on my website.) I do believe it's my favorite
cover yet. All in all I'm very much looking forward to next year.
Why else am I getting ready to pop? Well, those of you whove
known me for a while through my newsletter know that I always wait
with bated breath (and nibbled nails) for those first few reader
opinions of my latest book. And I've heard a few about POP, and...
Well, lets just put it this way: so far word has it that
First, one of my all-time favorite romance authors, Suzanne
Enoch, rang in with a very early POP opinion, calling it
"warm, witty and fabulous!" And more recently begun
trickling in from readers who got their hands on POP ARCs...and
what theyve had to say so far is both, shall we say, mind-blowing,
not to mention cheek-warming. Stuff like: Amazing!!
"hilarious," beautiful, unbelievably
hot. One reader even sent me an orderly list (sorted by
page number!) of things she loved about it, bless her heart. I love
So I honestly do hope all of this is a harbinger of things to come.
Can't wait to hear what you guys think! Check
out book news section below to learn more about POP and
the Pennyroyal Green series itself and find links to excerpts and
ways to preorder it. Or...for a shot at winning an ARC of POP,
hurry and check out my special
blog CONTEST over at Romantic Inks TODAYthe lovely
girls there have posted a saucy,
exclusive little excerpt from POP, and a blog I wrote on how
bestseller lists are compiledand I guarantee both are
eye-openers! :) Comment
and you might win!
Speaking of counting down, I actually do have a POP clock
countdown widget, one of the many groovy things Avon does
for its authors. Check it out and feel free to grab
the code for your own blog or website and join me in gazing
slack-jawed as the hours, minutes and seconds before POP's
release fly by underneath that gorgeous cover. I guarantee it'll
relax you after a long day's work. And something magical happens
to the widget on POP's release day!! I'm pretty sure A half-dressed
Gerard Butler springs out of it!! (OK, kidding again. I really have
no idea what happens. But aren't you curious now?) Also, if you're
dying to know if there's anything I won't eat, check out
my very cool author page at the HarperCollins
website to learn little tidbits about me.
And scroll down to book news to hear
the fabulous way I was awakened the other morning: it involves
a phone call from my agent's office, the Holt sisters, an auction,
Japan, and me nearly passing out with pleasure. (See? Pleasure can
be perilous. :) )
So, kittens, I hope this fall finds you and yours happy and warm
and safe...and I hope you have stacks of fabulous books at your
fingertips. Take good care for now, and don't forget to write! :)
Perils of Pleasure is the first book in a series about
the lives, passions, adventures and misadventures of the denizens
of Pennyroyal Green, Sussex, England, a town anchored by the wealthy
Eversea and Redmond familieswhose relations are civil on
the surface, but seethe beneath with ancient secrets and grudges
andnaturallyattractions. We'll follow these
folks wherever their passions and destinies take themwhether
its London, the gallows, a ballroom, a bedroom, the high
seas, or the Sussex downs. I have major plans for these people.
:) Hope you'll enjoy their stories as they unfold!
In POP, we meet Colin Eversea, the charming, heartbreaker of a
black sheep youngest son of that clan, who manages to at last
distinguish himself by doing what no Eversea in history has heretofore
done: get caught. The catch? He claims he's innocent. Madeleine
Greenway, a daring, beautiful mercenary with a few secrets of
her own is paid to rescue him. Passion, adventure and a bit of
See my website for a
little introduction to Colin and Madeleine, or check out
an exclusive, saucy little excerpt at Romantic
Inks today for a chance to win a POP ARC! And if the spirit
moves you, yYou can preorder
it at Amazon now, or check out this page at the HarperCollins
site for a whole panoply of ways to preorder
The Holt sisters take Japan: The other morning, I learned
there was an auction among Japanese publishers for the rights
to the Holt Sisters trilogyand we sold them for an amount
so heartwarming my jaw dropped and my extremities went briefly
numb. I recovered, of course, sufficiently enough to do a sort
of celebratory Julie-Andrews-in-the-Sound-of-Music swirly dance.
So this now means that my books will be published (or have been
published) in Poland, Germany, France, Russia, The Czech Republic,
China, Spain and Japan. This is one of the best parts of being
an author, as far as I'm concernedthe possibility of connecting
with people everywhere through stories.
with Gratitude...The countdown to POP continues on my contest
pageyou can win a pair of gorgeous, handcrafted, sterling
silver hoops and a set of three, interchangeable genuine gemstone
birthstones. Go to my contest
page to see them.
i n n e r s: Patrica
V. of Springfield, VA
won the hoops and the signed books in my BOOK-tober contest!
Hurrah Hurrah for Patricia!
Magical Mystery Tour~
Oh, if you thought
you'd never see
The death of Colin Eversea
Oh, come along with me, lads
come along with me
For on a summer day he'll swing
The pretty lad was very bad
So everybody sing!
Or so sang crowds on the street, in bawdy theaters, in pubs, when
PERILS OF PLEASURE's Colin Eversea, the most
dashing, entertaining criminal in English memory, was sentenceed
to hang. This was a typical "flash ballad," rough songs
celebrating or illuminating a particular criminal's exploits in
unabashedly gory or bawdy detail(in fact, Colin's brother's
Colin Eversea's brothers wrote their own verses concerning his sexual
prowess, etc. ) Flash
ballads, much like rock n' roll was at one time, were so popular
and controversial and deliciously sinful that the bishop of London
once blamed an earthquake on them, and numerous attempts were made
to outlaw or control them.
If you're interested, you can read more about Flash ballads in
a fascinating book called The
Hanging Tree, Execution and the English People, by V.A.C. Gatrell.
And of course, you can read about Colin's own balald in POP.
Take care for now, and see you next time!
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