My debut, In for a Penny, turned 10 this week! To celebrate, I put the book on sale for just $1.99 at all retailers.
Amazon and Apple have already dropped the price, and the others should follow in the next day or two.
Philly Loves Romance presents:
ROMANCING THE LIBRARY
Sunday, February 15 | 12-4PM | Parkway Central Library lobby | 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia
Join local romance authors (including me!!) in the lobby of the Parkway Central Library for a day of Valentine’s fun! A dozen local authors will be selling and signing their romance novels. There will be snacks, drinks, and a craft station where all ages can make valentines to your local library branch, your favorite book, or that special someone you forgot to give one to the day before. Chat with romance authors, discover new books to love, and go on a Blind Date with a Book.
Full details here on the Free Library website.
I won’t be bringing all my books, so if there’s one you know you want, just hit reply and tell me! I will also be bringing all the kids’ Valentines cards I’ve accumulated over the years–Harry Potter, WWE, and Star Wars (“Join the Resistance, Valentine”). I can sign one to you, or you can take one to give a friend!
Feb. 23 is the 10 year anniversary of In for a Penny‘s release–in other words, my 10 year publiversary! Since the Wednesday after is Ash Wednesday, I figured I’d celebrate by writing flashfiction for my Patreon patrons…
This is open to ALL patrons, even if you only give $1 a month!
(For those of you who haven’t done a flashfiction day with me before, basically, in the comments of the 2/26 Spoiler Wednesday post, you can give me a prompt related to any of the characters or to the world of any of my books, and I’ll write you at least 100 words of fiction in response. Almost anything goes, so start brainstorming now!
I promise to do at least the first 10 prompts I receive–if there’s something you really want, maybe set a Google reminder? The post will go up on 2/26/2020 at 12PM Philadelphia time.
I’m still slowly reorganizing all the extras on my site, so be patient with me if you have to scroll through comments because anchor links are broken, but you can find all the mini-stories from previous flashfiction days here.)
If you aren’t already a patron, you can join here!
I’ll also be playing the Rom-Com Game on Twitter that Tuesday (2/25), so keep an eye out!!
Just to get corny for a second: thanks for all your support in the years since my debut. You are the wind beneath my wings.
(That has been my in-joke with myself for years and I can’t even remember what it’s a reference to? I think maybe the Buffy episode where she and Spike think they’re going to get married??…MWAHAHAHA YES I WAS RIGHT
…but also you are. For realsies.)
(Image credit: Illustration from “The Russian Story Book” by Richard Wilson, illustrated by Frank C. Papé, 1916. Via Wikimedia Commons.
Other Wikimedia Commons images I considered to illustrate you being the wind beneath my wings:
- “A Flight Through Space: The Fairy Tales of Science” (You owe it to yourself to look at this frankly)
- Hans Christian Andersen illustration of a baby riding a swallow
- “A Flight of Fairies” by Robert Anning Bell)
Here’s to our next ten years together!
Get exclusive scenes of your favorite couples from my books celebrating the holidays…
FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, YOU CAN SIGN UP TO RECEIVE AS MANY STORIES AS YOU WANT!
(Just remember, if you read them all now, there may come a year when there are no new stories for you to read. Choose wisely!)
I’ve written five adorable Christmas mini-stories, one about Solomon and Serena from A Lily Among Thorns, one about Nev and Penny from In for a Penny, one about Phoebe and Nick from Sweet Disorder, one about Sukey and John from Listen to the Moon, and one about Robert and Betsy from “A Taste of Honey”.
And I’ve got three charming Hanukkah stories, one about Ash and Lydia from True Pretenses, one about Simon and Maggie from “All or Nothing”, and one about Rachel and Nathan from “Promised Land” in the Hamilton’s Battalion anthology.
Everything is the same as last year, so if you’ve already read a story, you don’t need to request it again.
Sign-ups close on December 15th.
I’ll be reading from “All or Nothing” at Lady Jane’s Salon (Lancaster) this Sunday, November 3 at 1PM, alongside four other authors!
Event details are here [link goes to Facebook]
I hope to see you there!
To celebrate Rosh Hashanah (when we eat honey for a sweet year), I’ve put “A Taste of Honey” on sale for just 99¢ this week!
A perfectionist baker needs his shopgirl’s help with a big catering order…and she sees her chance to seduce him…🍯💋
If you like: awkward sex, ice cream, pegging, friends-to-lovers, secret mutual pining, workplace romance, caramels, competence porn, food porn, actual porn, adorkable depressed goofballs in love, macarons, virgin heroes, working-class historicals…THIS IS FOR YOU!
Learn more about the book and read the first chapter here!
(If you’ve already read it, check out the extras!)
“A Taste of Honey” is book 4 in my Lively St. Lemeston series (WARNING: contains elections, confections, and a number of erections). I wrote it because so many people read Sweet Disorder and said “I’d have married Mr. Moon!”
(If you want to read the whole series, the best deal is still the boxed set.)
To be clear, this isn’t one of my Jewish historicals. It’s just….
🎶A taste of honey…🎶
🎶A taste of honey…🎶
🎶Tasting much sweeter than wine🎶
Here are those links one more time:
Remember, if you want to be notified when my books go on sale, you can always sign up for my monthly(ish) updates!
Best wishes for a sweet new year!
Smart Bitches reviewed A Lily Among Thorns!
I don’t know if I can really even explain how exciting this is for me. But here’s an excerpt of the email I wrote SBTB when I submitted Lily for review, back when it was rereleased by Samhain in 2014 (I hope Sarah won’t mind my sharing it):
I still love your blog, but sometimes I forget that back when I first discovered it, the only other person I regularly talked to who read romance was my mother. She could snark like nobody’s business, sure, but SBTB was the first time I felt like part of a romance community. [I] remember vividly many happy hours snort-laughing over cover snark and that incredible feeling of “Finally, people who get it!”
SBTB gave me the confidence that maybe there’d be a market for what I was writing, that not every romance reader was committed to only reading the type of hero that was in almost every historical at the time.
I was already working on the book that would become (some time collecting dust under the bed and a millionty rewrites later) A Lily Among Thorns, and I fantasized regularly about seeing it reviewed on Smart Bitches. Of course by the time it came out in 2011, Dorchester was being boycotted by a lot of bloggers including SBTB–which I actually thought was awesome, btw, so please don’t think I’m complaining. I reluctantly gave up on that fantasy.
And now it’s there! It’s really there! And they liked it!
Serena is my favourite character in the entire book…Watching her try to balance all of the plates she’s spinning is simultaneously stressful and delightful…whether the book is showing her first awkward attempts at friendships or having her in perfect control of a dangerous situation.
…I was so invested in the romance working out and in Solomon’s recovery from grief, and I loved getting to watch Serena defend everything she loved even as I was angry that she had to.
It’s been a while since I updated this blog, so in case you mostly get your Rose Lerner news here, a few other items of interest:
- I started a Patreon
- I’m trying out a new project, Rose Reads Aloud (I’m currently reading Listen to the Moon)
- I revealed the cover for my upcoming f/f Gothic, The Sea May Burn
- I’ll be putting A Taste of Honey on sale for the Jewish New Year (when it’s traditional to eat honey for a sweet year)! Watch this space for details, or join my mailing list to get notified in your inbox.
Long time no post! Thanks for your understanding with my erratic updates here. Honestly, if you don’t want to miss anything, I’d recommend joining my mailing list.
I also recently launched a Patreon! For just $3 a month, you can stay in the loop about what I’m working on every week (usually, that means nifty historical research or a small spoiler or snippet from my WIP, although on occasion I’ve also been known to share sneak peeks at a new cover, ask for help choosing a title, or talk about my personal life).
Here’s what Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books said when I recorded a podcast with her a few weeks ago (you can hear me talk about Aaron Burr, professional wrestling, and the f/f Gothic I’m writing):
“[I]t is a freaking joy to receive her weekly Patreon newsletter. It’s adorable, it’s fun, it’s informative, and I look forward to it every week. If you like obscure deep dives into history on such topics as what kinds of play tea sets did young girls have during the Regency, this is for you.”
!!!Become a Patron!
And now, here are the deets on that reading:
Sunday, 9 June 2019
2PM – 4PM
Parkway Central branch, Free Library of Philadelphia
First Floor Heim Center (Room 131)
1901 Vine St, Philadelphia PA
I’ll be reading aloud from Sweet Disorder! Lydia Michaels (who writes dark, sexy romantic suspense) will be reading as well.
I’ll have some books for sale, but not my whole catalog, so if you know you want to buy a particular book, give me a heads-up so I can bring it!
I hope to see you there. ❤️
If you want to know more about what I’m up to this summer, including my freelance editing/research assistance business (I’m scheduling in-person brainstorming sessions for RWA weekend!), workshops, podcast appearances, book recs, and Netflix selections, here’s a link to my June update!
I’ve got 3 workshops scheduled so far for 2019 and I’d love to see you there!
(I’m also open to scheduling more workshops! If you’re interested in booking me, please email [email protected] or use the contact form on this site.)
EEEE I’m so excited about this one! I will be spilling every trade secret I know at the Ripped Bodice romance bookstore in Culver City, CA on Sunday February 17, 1-4PM.
Historical Romance 101:
Want to put more “historical” in your historical romance? This lively and engaging in-depth workshop offers practical, nuts-and-bolts craft guidance to help you create a historical voice, write believable dialogue, seamlessly integrate research into your story, and decide what historical accuracy means to you. Then Rose will throw open her research tool-chest to share her hard-won techniques and tricks of the trade. She’ll walk you through how to get the most out of search engines and local libraries, build your own research collection, fact-check, and lots more, all with an emphasis on free resources. (Who doesn’t love free?)
Every historical setting and every level of experience is welcome!
You can sign up (or buy a ticket for a loved one!) at the Ripped Bodice events page. Registration is just $50 and I am going to pack as much useful information into three hours as I possibly can! Plus, spending time in the Ripped Bodice is nourishment for the soul, that place is magic.
(If you want to make a long weekend of it and soak in some sun, they’ve got a wonderful Galentine’s Day event on February 13!)
If you can’t make it to LA, I’ve got a couple of online workshops coming up as well with From The Heart Romance Writers.
(Oh, and if you can’t make it to LA but you would like me to sign a book for you while I’m at the Ripped Bodice, you can order one here! Link goes to the full list of available authors in case you want to do some additional shopping…)
January 27 – February 2, 2019 – “Making Your Protagonists’ Job Work For You.” ($15) I’ve given this one live before for writers’ groups and conferences and participants always have a ton of fun! I’ll take you through a series of exercises, using your protagonist’s job as a lens to deepen characterization, create tension, and build conflict. My own heroes and heroines count confectioners, innkeepers, chemists, soldiers, servants, con artists, politicians, and accountants among their number, just to name a few, so I know whereof I speak!
And then in December 2019, my “Regency Electoral Politics with a Focus on Women’s Participation” workshop is back by popular demand! ($25)
The Regency British political system was complex, evolving, and unique–and even if women couldn’t sit in Parliament, they were involved in it everywhere, as patronesses, hostesses, possessers of pocket boroughs, information brokers, canvassers, and more. I’ll give you a detailed overview of Parliament, political parties, elections, and the patronage system, and then explore the many ways that contemporary women (particularly elite women) participated.
This is a four-week course with LOTS of information! I know December is a busy holiday month, but you can always save the materials and read them at your convenience, and you’re welcome to email me with follow-up questions at any time.
Let me know if you have any questions!
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!!!!!