Historical Romance Retreat

I hope you’re having a wonderful summer! I’ve been working to plant my brand new garden–my neighbor looked over the fence and asked if I’d bought out the garden center. ;-)

Meanwhile, I’m putting together an extra-special free story for my readers: an epilogue for Dearest Rogue! Here’s how it will work: when pre-orders of Sweetest Scoundrel reach 1,500 on Amazon I’ll be posting the story to my website so everyone can read it. We’re at about 1,000 pre-orders now, so I think this is a very attainable goal. If you haven’t already pre-ordered Sweetest Scoundrel, now is the time to do it!

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be attending an all-new romance convention next year–just for historical romance writers and readers! The Historical Romance Retreat will be held September 22-25 in Spokane, Washington at the beautiful Davenport Hotel. Reader attendance is limited to 300 people and there’s a special Early Bird registration price, so hurry up and register for this fun event!

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See you there!

Awards and a Move

Spring is here and the Hoyt Household has moved, dogs and all, to Minneapolis. Our new home is lovely, but the backyard isn’t. In fact it holds very little besides an old tree stump and a falling-down fence. I hope to have the backyard landscaped with the help of a professional landscaper, so stay tuned!

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In the last couple of weeks I’ve had two pieces of wonderful news: Darling Beast has finaled in the Romance Writers of America®’s 2015 RITA® Contest and Apollo Greaves, the hero of Darling Beast has been named Historical K.I.S.S. hero of the year by RT Book Reviews! The dogs and I are doing lots of happy dances!

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Meanwhile, I hope you’ve had a chance to read the teaser excerpts for Dearest Rogue, coming May 26.

Enjoy!

Audio Book News

Hoyt Manor is abloom with violet-purple crocuses–despite Darla‘s tendency to want to gallop through my flower garden. Hopefully when more things start sprouting she’ll stay out–although I’m not holding my breath. ;-)

I just sent back the galleys for Thief of Shadows. Whew! The galleys (printed pages that show the layout of the finished book) are the last step I have to go through to finish the book. It’s a lovely feeling to know that a book is finally all done. If you’re a reviewer, you should be getting an arc (Advanced Reader Copies) soon.

Meanwhile, I’m hard at work writing Lord of Darkness, the fifth book in the Maiden Lane series, which will be out February 2013. And! I’ve just heard that all three books in the Princes Trilogy: The Raven Prince, The Leopard Prince, and The Serpent Prince will soon be made into audio books, with a release date of February 2013 as well. This means all of my books will be available in audio book!

Finally, some website updates: Check out my Books of the Month for January and February, I’ve posted an article about Lad, the dog from Scandalous Desires, and I have a new Contest prize up for March if you haven’t already joined one of my newsletters.

Enjoy!