Teaser Tuesday!

on January 27, 2015

An Excerpt “A Wicked Way to Win an Earl,” coming from Berkley in November 2015! She wasn’t like the rest of the ton. She wasn’t like anyone he’d ever known, but what point was there in saying so? She’d be gone in a matter of hours. “It’s simple,” he explained instead. “Every reasonably attractive young

From Word Vomit to Second Drafts in 187 Easy Steps

on January 22, 2015

Word Vomit. Show up and throw up. The Vomit Draft. We’ve all heard the vomit analogies for first drafts—writers are nothing if not descriptive. I’m not really going to tell you how to get from vomit to the second draft. Unless I’ve read your work and understand your writing process, my advice would only be more

Regency Ramble: Dinner with the English

on January 13, 2015

We tend to think of the Regency as an era of sophisticated manners, polite society and meticulous attention to etiquette, perhaps never more so than at the formal dinner party, where refined aristocrats would enjoy sumptuous dinners, often of 10 or more courses, served in luxurious dining-rooms. The dinner party was at the pinnacle of

WIP Wednesday!

on January 7, 2015

Here we go – an excerpt from the first draft of Chapter One of my current work, a historical romance, as yet untitled. Enjoy! Lord Willetsden was going to propose marriage to her tomorrow. Ellie looked at his hopeful blue eyes, the sheen of sweat on his upper lip, the twitch of his hands at his

10 Reasons to Love (and Hate) the New Year’s Holiday

on January 1, 2015

Another year, another New Year’s Eve. Drink some champagne, sing a few bars of “Auld Lang Syne,” make a resolution, and you’re done. Simple. And yet, many of us are confused about whether to love or hate this holiday. Here’s why. 1. There’s Nothing to do on New Year’s Day It’s the only day of