Last night’s Avon Romance Facebook takeover — featuring Julia Quinn, Laure Lee Guhrke, and me — was a blast! It was fun, it was informative, and, at times, deeply emotional too. If you joined us, thank you, and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did! If you missed it but would like to visit Avon’s page to see what it was all about, click here.
Bustin’ my buttons — to employ a charming old-school expression — at this post by Bobbi Dumas on her Kirkus blog. I especially love Ms. Dumas’ comments about my heroine, Livia, and her nemesis Cecily (whose unpleasant machinations never quite work out the way she intends them to).
Read the full post here.
And speaking of buttons a-bustin’, click here to read the starred review Ms. Dumas mentions.
Join Julia Quinn, Laura Lee Guhkre and me as together we take over the Avon Romance Facebook page this coming Monday, April 3rd, from 7 to 9 pm Eastern time. Bring your questions! I’ll be giving away a print copy of You May Kiss the Bride along with a special gift, too. Hope to see you there!
Jazzed to see You May Kiss the Bride featured in Barnes & Noble’s sparky Romance Roundup column! I especially like Cristina Merrill’s description of my hero, Gabriel Penhallow, as having “a face carved by angels.” What a gloriously romantic turn of phrase! Here’s the cover if you want to take a peek at that angelic countenance. :)
Click here to read the full post.
Also, would you like to order You May Kiss the Bride? Click here to see your various options.
As a writer I’m very interested in the interplay between characters’ daytime reality and their dreams — specifically what they might reveal about their deepest thoughts and emotions. A nightmare can be an especially vivid clue. Here’s an example from You May Kiss the Bride. It takes place during a dark moment in the story when my heroine, Livia Stuart, is becoming increasingly conflicted about her betrothal to Gabriel Penhallow. She’s also had an unpleasant dinner-party encounter with a so-called gentleman named Sir Edward Brinkley. (But don’t worry! All will be well!)
In her dream Livia put a foot forward and saw on it an extraordinary slipper made of transparent crystal. It fit her perfectly in a way she did not question in the least. Curious, she pulled back her heavy, jewel-encrusted gown to see what was on her other foot, and was horrified to see that it was bare.
All at once she felt a dreadful slithering sensation around her ankles. Something cold and clammy, and infinitely disgusting, was there, and frantically Livia clawed at the heavy folds of silk and damask, the sapphires and emeralds and diamonds glowing and sparkling and nearly blinding her. At last she pulled up her gown, wretchedly aware that everyone in the church could see what she was doing, and despising her for being such a disgrace, and then she realized that a snake—its coils as big around as her own wrist—was twisting around her feet, and it had tiny beady blue eyes and, horribly, a red human mouth, and it said, very distinctly, in the smooth, patronizing voice of Sir Edward Brinkley:
“And now I’m going to kiss the bride.”
Frozen like a little creature of prey, unable to move, Livia screamed.
And woke up, gasping, in the familiar dark quiet of her luxurious room in Upper Camden Place.
This snippet takes place in Chapter 9, but if you like, you can read all of Chapter 1 here.
To celebrate the publication of You May Kiss the Bride — yesterday! wow! — Avon Books and Tasty Book Tours are hosting a virtual tour, featuring excerpts, reviews, a Q&A, and a giveaway. Click here to check it out!
I admire and adore the Ripped Bodice bookstore, so I’m thrilled they’re carrying You May Kiss the Bride! Plus, they’re offering a special gift with purchase for the first ten people who order, whether in store or online. Click here to visit their beautiful website.
It’s release day for You May Kiss the Bride, the first book in the Penhallow Dynasty series! Picture me throwing huge handfuls of confetti up into the air!
If you’ve preordered — thank you! — you’ll be able to start reading/listening today. And if you’d like to order You May Kiss the Bride, click here to see your various options for print, ebook, and audio.