Welcome to October, my pumpkins! (<--note the seasonal nature
of my greeting. Clever, eh?) Hope fall finds all of you feeling
frisky! In my neck of the woods, the advent of the season is usually
very subtlethe lone Japanese maple in my backyard is stealthily
going orange, and that's pretty much the only sign so farbut
this year, fall started off with a BANG for me. As I type
to be Wicked has already spent nearly two solid
weeks as the #1 Bestselling Historical Romance at Barnes & Noble.com.
Not only that, but it's been on their Overall Romance Bestseller
list (once at #2, right between Nora and Nicholas Sparks!) and in
their Top 100, peaking at #30 (my eyes almost fell out of my head
when I saw that). It already made the Amazon bestseller list, too!
Truthfully, I'm not entirely certain what any of this really
means, but I'll hazard a guess: readers are really enjoying
the book! LOL. The reviews rock, and I've already had wonderful
emails from readers who received their preordered copies from Amazon
and B&N in early September, and now I'm excited to hear what
the rest of you thinkif you don't have a copy yet, Ways
to be Wicked should now be on the shelves in your favorite
romance bookstore! And if you'd like to read excerpts first, check
Book News below to learn about an
exclusive steamy scene found only on select blogs. ;)
But that's not my only big news. I'm thrilled
to announce that my
next series of historical romances will be published by Harper CollinsAvon,
is! And as Avon is home to romance royalty Stephanie
Laurens, Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, andwell, do I need to
go on?I couldn't be more delighted. :) I can't wait to tell
you about my new series, too! Stay tuned for more news in the weeks
So you might be thinking all this great news calls for a celebration.
Well, as they say, great minds think alike, as I thought the very
same thing. As
a matter of fact, I'm having a Cyber Dance Party at my blog, The
Julie Chronicles (TJC), right...NOW! Well, October
2nd and 3rd, to be specific. Come on over to read Toni
Blake's interview with me about Ways to be Wicked and
other things both trivial and profound, and then go ahead ask me
any question you feel like asking. I promise I'll either
1) answer it with searing, poignant, honesty; 2) dodge it creatively;
or 3) lie whimsically.
One randomly chosen questioner will win a complete set of my
(all four of 'em!) and a pair of pearl and diamond earrings
a prize inspired by a scene in WICKED involving a certain Daisy
Jones and a giant oystera scene which, as one reader, Sheryl
L. put it, "made me laugh so hard I almost had an accident."
(Mercifully, she didn't specify what sort of accident.) Everyone
else who participates will get a party favora signed bookmark!
And seriously, I'm calling it a Cyber
Dance Party because I've created a soundtrack of GREAT dance
songs you can actually listen to while you're hanging out. Some
of the songs are my longtime favorites, some were requested by regular
blog visitors, and one includes the deathless lyric, "underground
like a wild potato. " None of them are YMCA.
Hope you join us!! A winner will be announced at TJC on the 4th.
I think that's it for now, but that's quite enough, don't you think??
LOL! As always, feel free to share this newsletter with anyone you
think might enjoy it, and take good care for now!
WAYS TO BE WICKED:
I wanted to share one of my favorite Ways to be Wicked reviews
with youNancy Davis at Romance
Reader at Heart gave it a Top Pick, saying, "If
you've never read a Julie Anne Long romance, then woe be unto
you because you're really missing out on an author whose writing
excels in so many ways. Original, sensual, at times dramatic,
and sparkling with wit and humor, WAYS TO BE WICKED is a definite
must read, hands... or should I say, toes... down. Historical
romance just doesn't come much better than this."
If you haven't had a chance to read an excerpt from WTBW, you
can find a couple on my website, and one exclusive
excerpta delicious, steamy sceneon the following
very cool blogs owned by authors, aspiring authors, and readers:
Anything Goes Blog
And because I'm always looking out for your comfort and convenience
(hee!), here are a few online ordering links to WTBW: Amazon,
& Noble, and Borders,
in case you want them.
As a reminder: The books in the Holt sisters trilogy are
AND THE SPY (March 06, out now), which is Susannah and
Kit's story; WAYS
TO BE WICKED (out now, the story of Sylvie and Tom!) and
THE SECRET TO SEDUCTION (out in May of 2007, it's Sabrina
and Rhys's story and wraps up the trilogy, bringing back old characters
and solving our mystery!).
THE SECRET TO SEDUCTION: I've
posted the back cover blurb on my websitecheck
it out! We should have a lovely cover pretty soon, too.
NEW CONTEST: It's
BOOKtober!...Yes, it is a fairly lame pun, but I couldn't
resist, as this month I'm giving away TEN signed books!! (October
is the 10th month, you see) all packed into a handsome tote bag
emblazoned with the glorious covers of Ways to be Wicked
and BATS. Here's the diverse list: Beauty and
the Spy, by yours truly, of course; The
Slightest Proovocation, Pam
of the Night, Robin
T. Popp; License to Thrill, Lori
Wilde; On Blue Falls Pond, Susan
Crandall; Pocketful of Pearls, Shelley
Bates; Dark Desires, Eve
Silver; The Comeback Kiss, Lani
Diane Rich; Midnight Magic, Shari
Anton; Good Girls Don't, Kelley
St. John. We've got vampires, sassy
babes, inspirationals, historicals, eroticait's wonderful
stuff. Go to my contest
page to find out how to win!
i n n e r s: Sharon
M. of Louisiana won the Hit
the Books Contestshe knew Tom threw a cravat over his
globe! And Marsha M. of Ontario,
Canada was the first one to find
the sneaky contest in our last newsletter! Say YAY for Sharon and
Magical History Tour~
to be Wicked, Tom Shaughnessy very matter-of-factly explains
to Sylvie what a bawdy song is by actually singing one to
her, as follows:
"Nell was a young woman so young and so fair
Who cherished her virtue 'til she met Lord Adair
Who took her for a ride in the warm summer air
And gave her a necklace of baubles to wear
Of baubles, of baubles, of baubles to wear,
He gave her a necklace of baubles to wear!
Now, I made that song up, but it's pretty representative of the,
shall we say, innuendo-rich bawdy songs of the period. I
meanthree guesses what "baubles" represent in that
little ditty. But if you don't think you know what baubles
are, or if you're looking for other creative and hilarious euphemisms
for body parts, you can consult the 1811
Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue: A Dictionary of Buckish Slang,
University Wit, and Pickpocket Eloquence
edited by Francis Grose and Robert Cromie. It's a
reference manual beloved by Regency authors, and you can find it
in its entirety online. You can also find a few Regency slang words
the Magical History Tour Archives]
What I've been listening to: The
playlist for my Cyber Dance party, especially "Been Caught Stealing."go
here to see it!
What I've been reading:
Make me a Match, by Diana
Holquist. It's charming! And Friends, Lovers, Chocolate
by Alexander McCall Smith, who I want to be when I grow up. :) (If
he'd only added, "Cats" to the title, he'd have covered
all my favorite things in life.)
Take care for now, and see you next time!
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