New contest: "A Lily Among Thorns" in paperback!

ETA: This contest is closed. Chelsea and Patty won the books!

Hey all! A Lily Among Thorns, my second book, rereleases in paperback today! Wooooooo!
I am so pumped to finally hold this book in my hand again after years of it being out of print. To celebrate, I am giving away two paperbacks.

One paperback will be signed by me (and personalized if you want!) and is open to the US and Canada only.

One paperback is not signed, will ship from The Book Depository, and is open internationally.

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Pictured: Spokesmodel T-Rex (not included in giveaway) as my tailor/chemist hero Solomon. He doesn’t need those half-glasses (which belonged to my grandfather, who did need them, and I wanted them so badly as a kid), but they make him look professional.

Some very special news: To celebrate the rerelease, the e-book is on sale for just 99¢. Tell your friends!

Some people liked this book! NYT Bestselling Author Courtney Milan said, “I loved it, even more than I loved In for a Penny…most of all, for a heroine who is independent and prickly and yet wonderful all at the same time.”

AnimeJune wrote, “Solomon Hathaway is a prince among men. A prince among heroes! He cooks, he sews, he makes hot chocolate, he knows his way around a vial of hydrochloric acid, he has impeccable fashion sense, he’s sweet and lovely and all that is good. He is wonderful.”

And Stephanie Samphire said, “It’s all zany and fun and it moves at an incredible pace…but here’s what is my very, very favorite thing of all about the book: Solomon and Serena really, really like each other.”

You can read the first chapter and find DVD extras like deleted scenes and a free short story here.

 

Buy the e-book for just 99¢ through September 15th:
kindle · kindle ca · kindle uk
nook · kobo · google play · apple
samhain · allromance
 

Or buy the print book:
amazon · amazon ca · amazon uk
samhain · b&n · powell’s
book depository

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Lady Serena Ravenshaw is one of London’s most prosperous women, but she’s never forgotten the misery that set her on the path to success. Nor has she forgotten the drunken young gentleman who gave her the means to start her long, tortuous climb out of the gutter. When he knocks on the door of the Ravenshaw Arms to ask her help in retrieving a stolen family heirloom, she readily agrees to help, and to let him stay rent-free. After all, Serena prefers debts to fall in her favor.

Still grieving the death of his twin brother, Solomon Hathaway just wants to be left alone in his dye-making shop—until his highborn uncle sends him to the infamous Lady Serena to scour London’s underworld for the missing bauble. He’s shocked to discover she’s the same bedraggled waif to whom he once gave his entire quarterly allowance. Yet as they delicately tread common ground, they must negotiate a treacherous world of crime, espionage and betrayal before they can learn to trust—and love—again.

Contest rules:

1. Comment on this post to enter. Please specify in your comment if you are US/Canada or international.
2. I will select one US/Canada winner and one international winner at random using random.org.
3. Open for entries through September 8th, 2015.

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Good luck!

Mini-stories for Waterloo Bicentennial!

Final story index

#1: Solomon and Serena go on holiday, and Solomon cooks dinner.
#2: Jamie (from True Pretenses) and Serena have a playdate. Lydia babysits and [SPOILER] makes an appearance.
#3: Solomon’s school friends have an embarrassing mishap.
#4: Antoine on his day off.
#5: People are betting on how long Solomon and Serena will stay together. Solomon has an idea.

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lily coverToday is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. (My critique partner Susanna Fraser is in Belgium right now for the reenactments and I am so jealous!) Now you may remember that A Lily Among Thorns ends with news of the battle of Waterloo reaching England (which of course didn’t happen until days later). So in honor of the holiday:

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

When I did this for Ash Wednesday, I was asked what kind of prompts I like. I was imagining something like, “I want to see Sophy and Antoine playing cards,” etc., but if there’s another way you like to give prompts, I am open to whatever!

This is open until I get around to writing them, which will be probably be in early July once I’ve turned in the next Lively St. Lemeston book. I’m only promising to write the first 10 prompts but if I get more and I’m still enjoying myself after 10, I’ll do more.

EXT. PARIS – SUNSET

Warning: here be spoilers.

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ETA: I wrote more about these guys after all! The newest version of Lily, the one with this cover:

has a brand-new epilogue set in Paris, in which René and Elijah prepare for a visit from Solomon and Serena. 


A lot of people have asked me whether I’ll ever write a story about what happens in a certain gay secondary romance after the end of A Lily Among Thorns. The truth is, I probably won’t, because to me, their story is over. Their conflict is resolved. In fact, there’s no doubt in my mind that their next meeting will go something like this…

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New contest: A LILY AMONG THORNS e-books, and a gift basket!

ETA: This contest is now closed! The winner of the basket is Susan, and the e-book winners are: Kim, Rebe, Julie N., Joye, and Katie. Congratulations!

My second book, A Lily Among Thorns, re-releases on September 2nd!

LilyAmongThorns-450x675 Lady Serena Ravenshaw is one of London’s most prosperous women, but she’s never forgotten the misery that set her on the path to success. Nor has she forgotten the drunken young gentleman who gave her the means to start her long, tortuous climb out of the gutter. When he knocks on the door of the Ravenshaw Arms to ask her help in retrieving a stolen family heirloom, she readily agrees to help, and to let him stay rent-free. After all, Serena prefers debts to fall in her favor.

Still grieving the death of his twin brother, Solomon Hathaway just wants to be left alone in his dye-making shop—until his highborn uncle sends him to the infamous Lady Serena to scour London’s underworld for the missing bauble. He’s shocked to discover she’s the same bedraggled waif to whom he once gave his entire quarterly allowance. Yet as they delicately tread common ground, they must negotiate a treacherous world of crime, espionage and betrayal before they can learn to trust—and love—again.

You can read the first chapter here.

The book was in and out of print pretty quickly because of the Dorchester disaster, and I’m thrilled that it can be read again! To celebrate, I’m giving away 5 Lily e-books and a fantabulous gift basket (not literally. There is no actual basket)!
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