…as my 20Days/20Books Celebration to mark the release of my 20th published work–Plaid to the Bone–rolls on with Day 5! I hope you know how much YOU mean to me, dear reader. I always think of reading as a collaborative effort between the writer and the reader to create a world that exists only in the mind. Without you and your imagination, my stories are only squiggles on a page.
When we go to the trouble of creating that fictive world, it’s nice to spend additional time there. That’s why Plaid to the Bone is part of a larger series–Spirit of the Highlands. It’s the prequel to Plaid Tidings, a Christmas novel due out October 1st! (And oh, yes! You can pre-order your copy now!)
But first things first. In Plaid to the Bone, you’ll make the acquaintance of Lyall Lyttle and Mrs. Fletcher, the nervous butler and no-nonsense housekeeper of Bonniebroch‘s keep. And the twin upstairs maids, Jane and Janet whom no one can keep straight, not even the beau they take turns bedeviling. As well as the powerful and dangerous Morgan MacRath (more about him in a later post!) They all return in Plaid Tidings along with Callum Farquhar, our roaming miscreant whom you met on Day One of this stationary blog tour.
My blog guest today is no stranger to writing engaging series. USA Today Bestselling author Alexandra Hawkins’ popular Lords of Vice series is ending this November with Book 7~ Twilight with the Infamous Earl. You have plenty of time to read the whole series before then, and you can pre-order the Earl to make your set complete!
Also in November, Alexandra is bringing readers two more titles as ebooks:
The No Good Irresistible Viscount Tipton
How can a man who is no good be oh, so right?
and The Scandalous Bad Mr. Milroy
Sometimes a scandalously bad man can be oh, so good…
At only $2.99 for these ebooks, romance readers will having plenty to be thankful for this November! But the book Alexandra has gracious offered you a chance to win today is Book 6 in the Lords of Vice series–Dusk with a Dangerous Duke!
They were children when the Duke of Huntsley was introduced to Lady Grace Kearly. The young duke—nicknamed “Hunter”—took one look at his future bride and thought only of escaping his responsibilities to his family. Marriage was for grown-ups and Hunter still had years of skirt-chasing ahead of him. But now the time has come for Hunter to heed the call: if this Lord of Vice hopes to keep all of his inheritance, he’ll have to claim his long-neglected betrothed…
With her twenty-first birthday approaching, Lady Grace dreads the thought of marrying the duke she has met only once—especially since he’s grown into a notorious rake who will probably beget his heir and abandon her in the country while he pursues fresh game in London. So when Lady Grace coolly decides to call the wedding off, even Hunter is surprised by his refusal to let her go. Suddenly, the notion of claiming and taming this green-eyed beauty is one challenge he cannot resist…
Buy link: MacMillan
Thanks for helping me celebrate my 20th book by offering this story to my readers, Alexandra!
I mentioned the collaboration between a reader and author earlier. Well, sometimes authors collaborate with each other too! My agent Natasha Kern and my delightful editor Leah Hultenschmidt at Sourcebooks decided to pair me up with romance legend, Connie Mason! Her work was among some of the very first romance novels I ever read, so as you can imagine teaming up with her was quite a treat!
Our first book together–and my first book for Sourcebooks!– was Sins of the Highlander. I love Mad Rob’s story. Once when I was speaking to an RWA chapter about it, I had them in tears describing Rob’s burning love for his dead wife and how he dreamed of her in such heart-stopping detail, he didn’t want to wake. It was like losing her all over again.
Can a man who’s known such love ever love again? That’s the question in Sins of the Highlander.
Today you might win a FREE download of Plaid Tidings from Kensington, a print or ebook copy of Alexandra Hawkins’ Dusk with a Dangerous Duke, or a print or ebook copy of Sins of the Highlander from me! Remember, each day you are eligible for another entry in the Grand Prize drawing for a Kindle Paperwhite!
And our question to get the discussion started is: Do you prefer print or digital books? Why? Of the last five books you bought, how many were of each kind?