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2 pieces of news!

1. I’ve started a new project, HEAling the World, and I’m very excited about it! HEAling the World is one way for the romance community to fight against injustices going on in the United States right now and to work towards the happily-ever-after we want for our world.

Every month for eighteen months romance authors will share favorite charities or organizations. Authors will also give away books to a few donors each month.

We are starting off strong this month with Rebekah Weatherspoon sharing about Women of Color in Romance! Click this link to visit the HtW site and learn about WOCINR, and please consider donating to this vital cause. The first five $10 donors get 5 amazing free e-books!

2. My novella “All or Nothing” from the Gambled Away anthology is now up for pre-order on Amazon! Check out my stunning new cover!!!!!

(Teaser:

I know you want to see the rest!)

Gambled Away is 99 cents!

GambledAway-200x300Gambled Away, the historical romance anthology I did with Molly O’Keefe, Joanna Bourne, Isabel Cooper, and Jeannie Lin, is on sale for just 99 cents! This is a great deal, especially for a collection Amazon estimates at 600 pages if it were a print book.

I’ve seen people saying that they’ve been reading novellas because they can’t focus for the length of a book right now. If that’s you, check this out. Five amazing stories from five amazing authors. I’m so proud of how this book turned out.

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When it came out, Elisabeth Lane of Cooking Up Romance wrote: “This will probably be a Best Book of 2016 for me. Every story was a tiny jewel of perfection.” Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review and wrote, “The complex characters, intricate relationships, and sparkling plots showcase each author’s strengths, making this collection a must-have for any historical romance fan.”

My story is about a shy architect who asks an irrepressible Jewish gambling den hostess to pose as his mistress so he can actually get some work done at his ex-boyfriend’s house party. It’s a very personal, nerdy little story about learning to be a grown-up with money, and setting boundaries in obsessive friendships, and kink, and how sometimes people won’t fucking shut up about kosher stuff when you’re Jewish and eating with them, and insecurity, and falling in love, and I hope you love it as much as I do.

To celebrate the sale, I’m posting a Simon/Maggie playlist I put together for the release (part of it got posted on various book blogs and stuff at the time, but not all).

Maggie is in a relationship (a polyamorous one, so there is no cheating!) and Simon is still dealing with a breakup. So I’m going to start my playlist with songs for those relationships, which are an important part of the story:

1. The Lucksmiths – “Self-Preservation”. The world would be duller without us. This quirky love song about protecting what you have even if other people think it’s weird is for my heroine Maggie and her best friend (with benefit)s and co-gaming den owner, Meyer.
2. Click Five – “The Flipside”. Waiting for the day when I’m complete/without you, doing what I can to let you be. A rather passive-aggressive but genuinely sad song about a breakup is for my hero Simon and his ex-boyfriend Clement.
3. The Pretenders – “Don’t Get Me Wrong.” I’m thinking about the fireworks that go off when you smile. This feels really right for the crush Maggie has on Simon at the beginning of the story: uncomplicated, sexy, eager and exhilarating.
4. Selena Gomez – “Good for You”. Gonna wear that dress you like, skin-tight/Do my hair up real, real nice/And syncopate my skin to how you’re breathing. This song is so hot, and the combination of confidence, longing, and dressing to impress feels really right for Maggie.
5. U2 – “Mysterious Ways”. You’ve been living underground/Eating from a can/You’ve been running away/From what you don’t understand. I know this song is cheesy as hell but I LOVE IT, and I think it expresses how spending time with Maggie pushes Simon out of the rut he’s been in.

YouTube playlist

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Tickets for the 2017 Barbara Vey Weekend go on sale TOMORROW!

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Have I mentioned on here that I’m going to be an attending author at the Barbara Vey Readers Weekend next April????

In case you haven’t heard about it before, the BVW is a unique reader event about which everyone I know who’s gone cannot rave enough. Romance readers take over an entire hotel in Milwaukee (from 4/28 – 4/30 next spring), hang out, talk books, party (with pizza!), and meet authors! The centerpiece of the weekend is a yummy luncheon where readers buy a ticket for a particular author’s table (7 readers for each author). According to the website here is what a Luncheon ticket will get you:

-Tote bag filled with books and goodies
-$5 coupon to be used at the book signing
-Lunch with an author
-Gift from your author
-Door prize ticket
-Opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for charity
-Book signing Event
-Meet & Greet with the Authors

What a deal! 🙂 I am already planning my table decorations and gifts and it is going to be SO FREAKING COOL. I wish I could tell you more because I have chosen a frankly brilliant theme but MY LIPS ARE SEALED. I CAN tell you I am also putting together a sweet Hamilton gift basket for the raffle, however.

There are also several free events that you can drop into if you are in the Milwaukee area!

Tickets for the luncheon and breakfast go on sale tomorrow night at midnight (well, actually, 7/30 at 12:01AM). I’ve heard they go fast (sometimes within 24 hours) so don’t put off buying a ticket if you know you want to go! I would love to see you at my table.

This link goes to the Facebook group where the buy link will be posted tomorrow.

Release day!!!!!

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My new anthology with Jeannie Lin, Joanna Bourne, Molly O’Keefe, and Isabel Cooper is out today!!!

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Okay so! I’m gonna talk about all the stories in this for a second. Because they are all SO SO GOOD OMG. It is honestly surreal to me to be doing an anthology with these authors. Wow. I have arrived. I am living the dream.

(The theme of the anthology, btw, is that one protagonist has to win the other at cards. My favorite trope!)

1. Mine. “All or Nothing.” This is my first self-published story and honestly I think I got a little drunk on it? This is a very personal, weird, nerdy little story about learning to be a grown-up with money, and setting boundaries in obsessive friendships, and kink, and how sometimes people won’t fucking shut up about kosher stuff when you’re Jewish and eating with them, and insecurity, and falling in love, and I hope you love it as much as I do. Also all the characters look like Nikita actors in my head (in particular the leads look like dreamboat couple Lyndsy Fonseca and Noah Bean), and every minor character in the first scene has a fannishly significant name. See how many you recognize!

Simon Radcliffe-Gould needs someone to run interference for him at his ex-boyfriend’s house party so he can actually design the garden folly he’s being paid to design, so he asks flashy gambling den hostess Maggie da Silva to pose as his mistress. I just love fake dating, what can I say?

2. “Liar’s Dice” by Jeannie Lin. OMG I could go on and on. Has Jeannie ever written anything ever that wasn’t note perfect? Be honest. The answer is no. This story is no exception and guess what, I have it on good authority that there will be MORE! more more more now plz. Okay. So Wei-wei is, in Jeannie’s words, “the straight A student who can do no wrong in her parents’ eyes, yet sneaks out of the house at night to meet up with her friends.“ Did I mention this story is linked to the Lotus Palace books? So Wei-wei sneaks out of the house dressed in one of Bai Huang’s discarded flamboyant Scarlet-Pimpernel robes to visit Ming-yu’s and Wu Kaifeng’s tea house, and while she’s out she runs into her brother’s disreputable associate Gao, who kind of reminds me of Han Solo except he doesn’t talk as much, and together they witness a murder! And then they have to investigate together and it is SO SO GOOD and Wei-wei is such a nerd and Gao is SO FUCKING INTO HER, there is this scene where she’s trying to explain to him about her favorite story where the hero and heroine turn into butterflies at the end, and he’s really trying to understand but he just can’t and OH MY GOD THEY ARE SO CUTE, GO READ IT NOW. GO. I’LL WAIT.

3. “Raising the Stakes” by Isabel Cooper. You may remember Isabel Cooper of Scottish Victorian dragon and also post-apocalyptic/Victorian time-travel My Fair Lady fame??? Yeah. So this story is set in 1930s California, and this tough-talking wisecracking two-bit con woman who’s sending money to the folks back home in Oklahoma wins a magic flute at poker, and now this magic elf has to do her bidding, so they decide to take down a crooked radio evangelist, and it is so so good. Sam is SO ADORABLE and she likes Cary Grant and her first instinct when faced with an immortal elf warrior is to buy him pancakes and I could just listen to her talk all day.

4. Molly O’Keefe’s “Redeemed.” If you like angsty stories about fucked-up, traumatized people who thought they could never love again BUT OH WAIT I GUESS THEY CAN, this is for you. Dr. James Madison (OH MY GOD STOP ASKING HIM, NO HE IS NOT NAMED AFTER THE PRESIDENT, JESUS, WHY DOES EVERYONE ASK THAT) is recovering from a chloroform addiction he developed because of his Civil War surgeon PTSD (he fought for the North, just FYI), and he’s living in a brothel, and then this creepy Confederate dude brings his weird creepy act through town where he makes this former Union spy girl sing in a big birdcage, and she’s weird and funny and desperate to escape and it turns out her handler is her abusive stepfather (sort of) who also has her addicted to morphine and laudanum, and Dr. Madison is like I’m no hero but THIS WILL NOT STAND, and they both claw their way towards being happy again, and it’s very beautiful. Also I hear that the hero is inspired by Val Kilmer’s Doc Holliday. IJS.

5. Joanna Bourne’s “Gideon in the Den of Thieves,” which is set entirely in Lazarus’s court which I know some of you are into (the heroine is a fence), and 13-year-old Hawker is there being Hawker but younger and slightly less good at his job (but already very good at his job), and honestly I feel like anything else I could say is just keeping you from your reading.

This way to 13-year-old Hawker

In for a Penny is 99 cents!

Historical Romance Sale 2

I’m taking part in a giant sale along with 40+ other historical romance authors this week: from May 22-28, you can get our books for $0.99!

Check out the site at http://historicalromancesale.wordpress.com and select your retail platform to see all the books. I’m discounting In for a Penny, my debut Regency about a charming wastrel who marries a Cit heiress and leaves his disreputable life (and friends!) behind to try and learn to manage his father’s ruined estate.

You can now preorder Gambled Away!

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HEYO!! My anthology with Molly O’Keefe, Jeannie Lin, Joanna Bourne and Isabel Cooper (on the theme of characters who are won (or lost) in games of chance) is available for preorder TODAY!


GambledAway-200x300Get revenge. Pay a debt. Save a soul. Lose your heart.

Spanning centuries and continents, five brand-new novellas from beloved historical romance authors tell the stories of men and women who find themselves wagered in a game of chance and are forced to play for the highest stakes of all: love.

“Gideon and the Den of Thieves” by Joanna Bourne

London, 1793 – Soldier of fortune Gideon Gage has come home from halfway around the world, fully prepared to face down a ruthless gang to save his sister. But there’s one member of the gang he could never have been prepared for: fascinating Aimée, driven from her own home by the French Revolution and desperately in need of his help.

“Raising The Stakes” by Isabel Cooper

California, 1938 — When the flute she won in last night’s poker game unexpectedly summons an elven warrior bound to her service, two-bit con artist Sam takes quick advantage. With Talathan’s fairy powers at her command, her shakedown of a crooked preacher is a sure thing…but would she rather take a gamble on love?

“All or Nothing” by Rose Lerner

England, 1819 – Architect Simon Radcliffe-Gould needs someone to pose as his mistress so he can actually get some work done at a scandalous house party. Irrepressible gambling den hostess Maggie da Silva would rather be his mistress, but she’ll take what she can get…

“The Liar’s Dice” by Jeannie Lin

Tang Dynasty China, 849 A.D. — Lady Bai’s first taste of freedom brings her face to face with murder. A dangerous and enigmatic stranger becomes her closest ally as she investigates the crime, but can she trust her heart or her instincts when everyone is playing a game of liar’s dice?

“Redeemed” by Molly O’Keefe

Denver, 1868 — After agonizing years in the Civil War’s surgical tents, Union doctor James Madison has nothing left to lose. But when beautiful, tortured Helen Winters is the prize in a high-stakes game of poker, he goes all in to save her—and maybe his own soul.


Preorder it!

Learn more: GambledAway.com

Read the first chapter of my story.

\o/\o/\o/ I am so proud of this story and this project! I can’t wait for you all to read it!!!

Facebook party Sunday evening!

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Come help Christy Carlyle celebrate the release of her third Avon Impulse novel, One Dangerous Desire! With a Facebook party full of readers, authors, and lots of prizes, we’re going to have fun. 🙂

As you can see, I’m hosting 8-8:20 Eastern time. I’ll be giving away 3 e-books so if you got Sweet Disorder free this week (if you haven’t yet, it’s not too late to pick it up along with eight other historical romances), this is your chance at the sequels!

RSVP here.

(All times are EST)
7:00 – Author Christy Carlyle
7:20 – Darcy Burke
7:40 – Erica Monroe
8:00 – Rose Lerner
8:20 – Charis Michaels
8:40 – Ashlyn Macnamara
9:00 – Eileen Richards
9:20 – Lana Williams
9:40 – Christy Carlyle

I’d love to see you there!

Get SWEET DISORDER and 7 other romances free! :D

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HEYO!! Guess what?? This week me and SEVEN other authors are giving away FREE BOOKS!!!!

That’s right! Go here and get a direct download of any or all of the eight books pictured above, no muss no fuss!

I’m giving away Sweet Disorder, my Regency romance about a depressed veteran who’s trying to find a husband for a prickly widow to help his brother’s electoral campaign! The other books are:

Talk Sweetly to Me, by Courtney Milan. This book RULES. Black mathematician heroine, Irish advice columnist feminist hero, sexy astronomy, do you really need to know more??

Rise of a Queen, by Chanta Rand. Ghana, 1061 AD, she is a virgin widow who needs to be pregnant FAST, I am downloading the hell out of this!

Be Not Afraid by Alyssa Cole. Hamilton fans, you need this book! I haven’t read it (yet!) but Alyssa is magic so I know it’s great. The hero and heroine are both trying to win their freedom, but on opposite sides of the Revolutionary War!! I’ve heard Alyssa say it’s basically set offstage during “Guns and Ships,” OMG amazing, GET IT.

The Hidden Blade by Sherry Thomas. Late 19th century, biracial Chinese heroine trained in martial arts, traumatized English boy, their fates are linked, Sherry’s prose is the definition of lyrical, GO.

The Lawyer’s Luck by Piper Huguley.  This story is so compelling, I could not put it down. Smart-mouthed enslaved heroine escaping to Canada, by-the-book lawyer hero riding circuit (despite being clueless about horses, it’s precious), he shoots her by mistake, they pretend to be married at one point IIRC, YES PLZ.

How to Catch a Wild Viscount by Tessa Dare. Looks like this is a prequel to the Wanton Dairymaid trilogy, how did I not know there was a prequel??? Looks like it’s a house party story about a hero with PTSD from the war and his childhood sweetheart and presumably an erotic novel about a wanton dairymaid!!

Star Dust by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner. 1960s divorcee/astronaut romance????? SIGN ME UP!

What are you waiting for? Go!

Gambled Away

gideoncoin2So you know that anthology me and Molly O’Keefe have been teasing FOREVER?? Well it’s coming out on May 31 and tomorrow we reveal the cover at Heroes and Heartbreakers! It’s called Gambled Away:

Get revenge. Pay a debt. Save a soul. Lose your heart.

Spanning centuries and continents, five brand-new novellas from beloved historical romance authors tell the stories of men and women who find themselves wagered in a game of chance and are forced to play for the highest stakes of all: love.

Tomorrow will also be the first time we officially reveal the full list of contributing authors. I’ve posted summaries of all the stories! Can you guess who the authors are and who wrote each story?? (Some of the summaries have pretty big clues in them, but some I think might stump you!)

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!