Funny search terms Sept – Nov 2014

These are all terms people searched for that somehow brought them to my site.


best lesbian romantic couple photos only [awww]
heyer s characters true behaved to their time [hahaha hope you weren’t looking for confirmation when you came here because I STRONGLY DISAGREE]
gaze wandering over her intimately
if you need somebody but you got nothing
voldemort slaps lucius
henry ii shame on a conquered king [I probably did mention this somewhere because they are my favorite dying words EVER]


house of commons opera hat
historical crushes
roger moore with cigar and glass [I know exactly the photo you mean, searcher]
name of some website to lerner chemistry for her main [???]


unrealistic expectations fictional men
the pie chart inventor [I was actually helpful on this one, because I DID post about the invention of the pie chart!]
mr.snively website [intriguing…]
angry responses to ronsard poem when you are old [I hear you, searcher]
how to tell someone you like them with a message on a rose

Teaser Tuesday #1

TruePretenses_220Well, guys, True Pretenses releases January 13th—just seven weeks away! So, I’m going to do three things:

1. Every Tuesday between now and 1/13 I will post a teaser excerpt from the book here on my blog, on facebook, and on tumblr. Remember, you can read the complete first chapter here.

2. Every Wednesday from now to 1/13 is Ash Wednesday! I’ll post a sexy picture of Mark Ruffalo to my tumblr and explain the different ways he served as an inspiration for my con artist hero Ash. Check it out if that sounds like your thing.

3. Every Friday from now until 1/13 is Free Book Friday! I will post a photo of a mysterious coded phrase either to Twitter, to Facebook, or to tumblr, so keep an eye out. The first person to decode the phrase gets a True Pretenses e-ARC!

And now…the teaser! Ash walks home after meeting Lydia for the very first time.

Continue reading “Teaser Tuesday #1”

Night Owl Review chat

Hey everyone, don’t forget that tonight at 5PM Pacific time, you’ll be able to ask me, Susanna Fraser, Cecilia Grant, and Olivia Waite all the questions that have been burning in your bosom! Because we’re doing a Night Owl Reviews live chat.

If you RSVP at the Night Owl site in advance, you’ll get a reminder email AND you’ll be entered into the prize drawings. I am giving away the reader’s choice of my Lively St. Lemeston books, so if you want a True Pretenses ARC this is your chance!

New contest: "The Suffragette Scandal" by Courtney Milan

ETA: This contest is now closed. Kelly won the book!

suffragette scandal cover, showing a red head in a beautiful bright blue gownDo I need to remind y’all how much I love The Suffragette Scandal? Well, if I do, here is my Goodreads review in its entirety: “Probably my favorite book in the series. A con artist/forger with no self-esteem and a suffragette reporter, what is not to love? Also I cried. A lot.”

The back cover copy:

An idealistic suffragette…

Miss Frederica “Free” Marshall has put her heart and soul into her newspaper, known for its outspoken support of women’s rights. Naturally, her enemies are intent on destroying her business and silencing her for good. Free refuses to be at the end of her rope…but she needs more rope, and she needs it now.

…a jaded scoundrel…

Edward Clark’s aristocratic family abandoned him to die in a war-torn land, so he survived the only way he could: by becoming a rogue and a first-class forger. When the same family that left him for dead vows to ruin Miss Marshall, he offers his help. So what if he has to lie to her? She’s only a pawn to use in his revenge.

…and a scandal seven years in the making.

But the irrepressible Miss Marshall soon enchants Edward. By the time he realizes that his cynical heart is hers, it’s too late. The only way to thwart her enemies is to reveal his scandalous past…and once the woman he loves realizes how much he’s lied to her, he’ll lose her forever.

I am not exaggerating. I cried A LOT. Of course, Courtney’s books always make me cry—

(THE SCENE: a restaurant where I am meeting Susanna Fraser for lunch. I am weeping openly as I scroll on my phone.


SUSANNA: Are you crying?
ME: It’s just allergies!
SUSANNA: So…you’re allergic to Courtney Milan?


—but this one made me cry even MORE. And also laugh, and make joyous squeaking noises, and flap my hands around, and, and, and.


Not only is this a lovely signed trade paperback, but I also scored you a limited edition thimble bookmark and a Huzzah! Suffragettes! button (here pictured with spokesmodel T-Rex, click on the picture to see it larger).

cake popsI only wish I could also send you the cake pop Courtney gave me when I bought it, but alas, I ate it. I can assure you it was delicious though, and a beautiful sparkly blue, and, IIRC, red velvet on the inside.

The rules:

1. Comment on this post to enter.
2. The winner will be chosen at random using
3. US and Canada only.
4. Open for entries through December 24th.
5. I got this book signed at a conference. Courtney isn’t involved in the giveaway.

If you’d like to be alerted when new contests go up (wait till you see the gift basket I’m getting ready for the release of True Pretenses!), you can sign up for my newsletter.

Good luck!

Sweet Disorder 30% off this week!

Sweet Disorder is a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2014.

screencapture of the pw site

Huzzah! I really can’t articulate how thrilled I am by this. To be one of only 6 romances chosen, in a year full of such wonderful romances (although aren’t they all?)…it’s really an honor.

To celebrate, Sweet Disorder is on sale in the Samhain store for 30% off (this week only)! That’s right, just $3.85!