Monday, February 1, 2010

Contest and other news!

Hi all! In honor of my first book (which will hit shelves in just over three weeks!) I'm running a contest at my site! I'll be giving away five signed copies of In for a Penny, and one lucky winner will get my Regency Starter Pack--10 of my favorite books! This is an awesome prize, if I do say so myself, so get over there and enter!

I've also got a preliminary schedule for my blog tour and signings up on my site index--more dates coming soon! But mark your calendars, my first signing will be at Third Place Books (in Lake Forest Park, WA) on April 2nd at 6:30PM! It's going to be awesome and you should all come.

And so this post doesn't consist entirely of shameless self-promotion, here's a really interesting post about female sexuality in romance from Dear Author (which is a couple weeks old now, so maybe you've all read it already, but if you haven't, do it now):

So going back to the question of whether these views mirror some biological or psychological or historical imperative, even if all that were true, I don’t think it’s the critical issue. For me, the critical issue is that as a society we continue to value a woman’s sexual status and we give value to women (or take it away) based on this status.

Also, my critique partner Susan Wilbanks is doing a really cool series on how to use British titles and courtesy titles, using examples from the Peter Wimsey books and the Duke of Wellington's family: "Of Wimseys and Wellesleys"! Since title errors pull me out of a story faster than a speeding bullet, I'm pretty excited about this. Especially since I use the Wimsey family to remember lots of the rules myself (Gaudy Night is one of my top romances EVER).

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