The Dog Days of Summer

I’m back home after two weeks in beautiful D.C., first at the RWA national conference and then spending some time in our nation’s capital. I had a wonderful time at the National Art Gallery, dragging my Offspring to see Rembrandts and Vermeers and lecturing them about Boobies Through History. (They were suitably embarrassed.)

The Untrained Dogs had a vacation of their own (although they may not have seen it that way) at their doggie kennel. I think they’re glad to be home, though, and back to their ultra-soft dog beds.

Chapter 7 of The Ice Princess is up, but be warned: this chapter is for adult eyes only! Please do not read this chapter if you are under eighteen years of age.

I’ve posted the third scene excerpt of Chapter 1 from To Desire a Devil. This scene was not included in the excerpt at the back of To Beguile a Beast. I hope you enjoy it!

And I’m giving away my very last arc (advance reader copy) of To Desire a Devil in my website contest. Enter now for a chance to be the first of your friends to read To Desire a Devil!

Off to Washington D.C.!

I’ve got my manicure, I’ve got my pedicure, and I’m almost all packed for the Romance Writers of America Conference in Washington D.C. this week. The conference is held at the Marriott Hotel in Wardman Park. If you’ll be attending and would like to stop by and say hello,  here are the events where I’ll be appearing:

This event is open to the public. You may bring your own books to be signed, but since this is a charity fundraiser, attendees are encouraged to buy there as well.

  • Friday, July 17th, 9:45-10:45 a.m. in Virginia C: I’ll be presenting my workshop, Sex Scene Viagra

Are your love scenes limp? Do they lie there on the page, sad and pathetic, too depressed and self conscious to get it up? Come to this workshop, learn how to write a kick ass love scene, and never have to worry about sex scene performance anxiety again!

  • Friday, July 17th, 3:00-4:30 p.m, location TBA: Grand Central Book Signing

Free books! It took me years to realize that you could get all sorts of free books at RWA nationals by going to the publisher signings. Who knew? (Well, obviously not me.)

To Seduce a Sinner is up for the RITA! I must admit that I was too shy to attend the RITA and Golden Heart Awards Ceremony at my first conference, but it’s a lot of fun and everyone is welcome.

I hope to see you in D.C.!

Lots and Lots of Books

So the Midwest just went through a nasty heat wave and in the midst of it I drove up to Romeoville outside of Chicago to go sign books at a really, really, really big warehouse. I signed for three hours in the morning and two and a half in the afternoon and by the time it was done I’d gone through twelve thin-line sharpies (assorted colors!), a box of 2,000 bookmarks (to put inside the books), and signed slightly under 3,000 books. After that I went back to my hotel room and collapsed. The books I signed (they were pulled ahead of time so I didn’t pick the titles) were The Serpent Prince, To Beguile a Beast, and To Seduce a Sinner. If you live in the USA, you should start seeing these signed copies in big box stores such as Target, Meijer, Wal-Mart, and K-Mart (to name only a few.)

Meanwhile, the link I posted a couple of weeks ago to a free online copy of The Leopard Prince isn’t active yet. I’ll let you know here when it is.

Finally, the RWA Readers for Life Literacy Autographing is coming up in Washington, D.C. There is no admittance charge and over 500 romance authors will be attending to sign their books. Here are the details:

RWA Readers for Life Literacy Autographing

Wednesday, June 15th

5:30-7:30 pm

Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Exhibit Hall

I hope everyone in the D.C. area can make it!