Category: Musings

I need your opinion...

October 15th is when Duke of Midnight officially hits the stores–or your ereader.

It’s well known that the more reviews on Amazon, the more new readers see a book. Obviously I’d like to have as many readers as possible be aware of my books–that’s why I write after all: so readers can enjoy my books. But I hate simply asking for readers like you to post reviews without offering something in return. So here’s an idea I had: what if I offered a free epilogue from one of the Maiden Lane books when Duke of Midnight reaches one hundred reviews on Amazon? What do you think? Would you be interested in posting a review for me? What book epilogue would you like to read? I’d really like your input on this–after all you are the reader and what you think is the important thing. You can tell me your thoughts on my Facebook page, on Twitter, on Goodreads, or you can email me directly.

Meanwhile, I have several contests going on both Facebook and Twitter. On Twitter I’m giving away a $100 Barnes & Noble gift card when I reach 10,000 followers. On Facebook, I’ve teamed up with Madeline Hunter, Teresa Medeiros, Kristan Higgins, and Rachel Gibson to give away a book bundle through October, with a grand prize of a Kindle Paperwhite. Just follow me on Twitter or ‘like’ my Facebook page to enter–and if you’re a follower already, you’re automatically entered!


Road Trip & Summer News

What a gorgeous August we’re having here in central Illinois! Mild weather, no bugs, and sunshine nearly everyday. I’ve been taking advantage of the unseasonably lovely weather to play in my garden, but starting tomorrow I’m off on a road trip with my good friend, Jade Lee. We’ll be driving to Pennsylvania, spending a week at a Bed and Breakfast at a writing retreat with three other writer friends and then driving back. On the way home we hope to stop by several bookstores to take a break and sign stock. Stay tuned!

I have wonderful news! I’ve just signed a contract with my publisher for a new contemporary romance under my alter ego, Julia Harper. I’m writing it right now and it’s tentatively scheduled for release summer of 2014.

In other news I’ll be appearing at Barbara Vey’s Reader Appreciation Luncheon in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, April 26, 2014. Many other authors are attending, including the wonderful Debbie Macomber, who will be the luncheon speaker. I hope to see you there!

Upcoming Appearances

I hope you’ve noticed the gorgeous cover for Duke of Midnight–scroll over the cover to see the stepback. I hope to start posting excerpts next month.

Meanwhile, conference season starts officially for me with the RT Book Reviews Convention in Kansas City next week. On Friday I’ll be accepting the RT Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Historical Romance of 2012 for Thief of Shadows.

If you’re attending the convention, here are the other places I’ll be:

Wednesday, 1:15 p.m. Historical Panel: The Invention of Romance
Friday, 5:00 p.m. Team Romance Trivia Extravaganza
Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Giant Book Fair
Saturday 5:00 p.m. Jade Lee’s Birthday Party Roast

May 1st marks the opening of Brenda Novak’s month-long online auction to benefit juvenile diabetes. I’ve donated several items of interest: