Welcome to the blog party celebrating the release of my 20th book–Plaid to the Bone! For the next 20 days I’m going to be sharing a bit about this story, a bit about one of my writer buddies who’ve volunteered to help me mark this milestone, and a little about one of my backlist books till we’ve covered all 20! Each day, I hope you’ll leave a comment or question. It’s how you’ll be entered in the daily drawing to win a book from my guest or me. And if you comment every day, it’ll give you 20 chances to win the Grand Prize: A Kindle Paperwhite!
Plaid to the Bone
At the beginning of each chapter, you’re treated to an excerpt from the journal of Callum Farquhar, a fellow who just happens to run afoul of the law on the same day Cait Grant comes to Bonniebroch Castle to marry its laird. Farquhar has a unique take on life. Here’s a taste:
“’Tis hard not to be a pessimist if one is a student of human nature. To guard against melancholy, my old philosophy professor encouraged me to be on the watch for the one man who’d give me hope. My ‘one man’ turned out to be a woman:
Cait Grant, my Lady Bonniebroch.”
–from the journal of Callum Farquhar,
itinerant traveler, lover of fine wine, and total fraud.
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One of the most amazing things along my publishing journey has been meeting other writers. And of all creative, generous and all around fun people I’ve gotten to know, Heather Snow tops the list! She’s a trained chemist who has hit upon just the right mix of brains and heart in her smart, award-winning Regencies.
Her list of accolades includes the Golden Quill, Book Buyers Best and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Remember I mentioned a generous heart? A portion of the proceeds from her Sweet Madness goes to Hope for the Warriors, a charity that benefits wounded service members and their families. And she’s giving to her readers too. Check out the free short story on the Extras page of her website!
AN UNTAMED MIND
Ever since her husband’s sudden and tragic death, Lady Penelope Bridgeman has committed herself to studying the maladies of the mind, particularly treating traumatized soldiers of the Napoleonic Wars. It is this expertise that brings the Marquess of Bromwich’s family to her door.
Gabriel Devereaux’s unexpected and unpredictable episodes are unlike any Penelope has studied. The once proud soldier has been left shaken and withdrawn, but she manages to build a fragile trust between them. Strangely, Gabriel seems completely lucid when not in the grips of his mania, and in the calm between bouts, she is surprised by how much she is drawn to him.
Despite his own growing feelings, Gabriel knows that he is fit for no one, and is determined to keep Penelope away from his descent into madness. But even though she knows firsthand the folly of loving a broken man, Penelope cannot stop herself from trying to save him, no matter the cost.
Touch of a Thief
Touch of a Thief hit the bookstore shelves in May 2010. It’s the first in my Touch of Seduction series and my first title as a Kensington author. In this story, Viola must support her mother and sister, so rather than turn to the life of the demi-monde, she becomes a jewel thief. But she has a unique problem. She receives visions, accompanied by blinding headaches, when she touches gem stones. Her sensitivity is something of an occupational hazard!
So is getting caught red-handed by the dashing Lt. Greydon Quinn. Quinn convinces her to help him stop a suspicious red diamond from making its way to the Royal Collection and return it to the Indian temple from which it was stolen.
Of course, that’s not all Quinn hopes to convince to do with him…
Someone’s going to win a signed print copy of Touch of a Thief! And a copy of Heather’s Sweet Madness! Open Internationally! And of course, your comment or question enters you in the Grand Prize drawing for the Kindle Paperwhite! All winners will be announced here on my blog on Sept. 16th!
Here’s a question to get us started: I love to invest my secondary characters with a life of their own. Have you ever read a book where a secondary character made you want to see him/her in another story?