Monthly Archives: March 2016

Mini-stories: happy Purim!

Hi all! It’s Purim, maybe the best holiday ever? The story of Purim was one of my favorite stories as a kid, I made my mom tell it to me all the time. Vashti and Esther are bosses and hamantaschen are delicious. So to celebrate, I’m writing mini-stories!

Give me a prompt, related to any of the characters or to the world of any of my books, and I will write you at least 100 words of fiction in response.

I will do as many as I can tomorrow and Saturday…after that all bets are off.

Go!

All or Nothing: Chapter One!

Well…we didn’t make it to Round 2 of the DABWAHA. But we were pretty darn close! (Like, 3 votes close.) So I’m not posting the first two chapters of my upcoming novella All or Nothing, but I AM posting just the first chapter early, as a thank you.


Chapter 1

London
June 1819

Simon Radcliffe-Gould didn’t even know why he kept coming back to this gaming hell.

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DABWAHA voting for True Pretenses is open NOW!

DABWAHA voting for True Pretenses is open NOW! (Until midnight Eastern time.)

It is neck and neck! I am TWO VOTES ahead right now. We could really do this!

Please vote! Please get your friends and housemates and family members and coworkers to vote!

Vote here: http://dabwaha.com/

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Remember, if I get through this round, I will post the first two chapters of my upcoming novella All or Nothing, in which shy architect Simon Radcliffe-Gould asks irrepressible gambling den hostess Maggie da Silva to pose as his mistress so he can actually get some work done during his ex-boyfriend’s scandalous house party.

To motivate you, here are the first 500 words:

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Scholarly Re-covers 4: the DABWAHA Edition!

So way back in 2013 I noticed that Booklikes was using the wrong cover for Cecilia Grant’s A Gentleman Undone: a Polish-language scholarly book on medieval history with a distinctly scholarly-book cover. And then, a meme was born: re-cover romance novels to look like academic works. The rest is history.

You can see all past covers (by me and other authors) at this Pinterest board.

Today, to celebrate my DABWAHA nomination (don’t forget to vote for True Pretenses tomorrow, Friday the 18th, from noon to midnight Eastern time) I’ll be making covers for other books in the contest! Let me know if you’ve got requests. To start off, here are covers for arch-nemeses Theresa Romain and Jeannie Lin!

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True Pretenses is in the DABWAHA!

So, y’all did it—True Pretenses made the Reader Nominated category in the DABWAHA!!!

True Pretenses wordswag graphic reading "He laughed a little. 'You have no idea how arousing I find the idea of you voting for me in the DABWAHA.'"

(The DABWAHA is like March Madness for romance novels. It’s awesome. Basically, you predict which books will win a reader vote in each bracket and then the person who comes closest to predicting the actual results wins.)

Don’t forget to fill out your bracket!

Voting for the first bracket will be on the DABWAHA site this Thursday and Friday (3/17-18).

The full schedule.

Here is what I will do for each round I make it through:

If I make it to Round 2, I will post the first two chapters of my upcoming novella, All or Nothing, about an architect who asks a gambling den hostess to pose as his mistress so he can actually get some work done during his ex-boyfriend’s scandalous house party.

If I make it to Round 3, I will post my school photos from grades K-8. If you think you might ever want to blackmail me I highly recommend you make sure I get to Round 3 because there is some great material in there.

If I make it to Round 4, I will livetweet the Paul Giamatti John Adams mini-series.

If I make it to Round 5 (the final four), I will record myself reading the Nick Is A Vampire And Phoebe Is A Dragon story.

If I make it to Round 6 (Championship round!), I will record my own episode of “Drunk History.” (Poll to choose topic!)

If I win…look, even coming up with something for that is jinxing myself. But it will be awesome, I promise!