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Archive for April, 2012

In Which Their Graces Reveal All

Being of a literary bent (Dare we admit to being bluestockings?), the duchesses have a more than a few manuscripts under their collective belt. You might even see a few of them in the bookstores.


Today, however, we’re going to let you look under our skirts—our bed skirts, that is. Yes, we’re going to lift that dust ruffle, but not to check up on the upstairs maids. Instead, we’re going to shed some light on something truly scary (at least in my case).

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Interview & Giveaway with Her Grace, Grace Burrowes!

Author Grace Burrowes

Author Grace Burrowes

The Dashing Duchesses welcome New York Times and  USA Today bestselling author of Regency romance Grace Burrowes.

It’s been an excellent year for Duchess Grace Burrowes.

Not only is her book, Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish,  nominated for a 2012 RITA, but it also won the 2012 Romantic Times Best Historical Romance Reviewer’s Choice award.

Now, Lady Sophie’s sister gets her own story in Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal, due out May 1.

Taking a quick break from picking up kudos and writing the next installment in her “Duke’s Daughters” series, Her Grace joins The Duchesses for a chat about her latest title…and her whirlwind year.  

Duchess Grace is also giving away three signed copies of Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal, so leave a question or comment to enter to win!

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News! News! The Duchesses Make News!

Pop the champagne! The Duchesses are taking Town by storm. New sales! Golden Heart Finalists! We couldn’t be prouder of Her Graces.

New Sales

Tracy Brogan SOLD two books to Montlake Publishing. TOTALLY DODY, a contemporary, releases October 2012

Anna Randol SOLD three more historicals to Avon Books

Jennifer McQuiston SOLD three historicals to Avon Books

Maire Claremont SOLD her Golden Heart winning historical to Pocket. THE DARK LADY releases November 2012


Golden Heart Finalists

Elisa Beatty “The Devil May Care” Historical category

Tracy Brogan “Highland Promise” Historical category

Wendy LaCapra “Scandal in Spades” Regency category

Jennifer McQuiston “A Private Affair” Historical category

Sharon Wray “Rogue’s Return” Romantic Suspense category


Other Awards

Lecia Cornwall’s  SECRETS OF A PROPER COUNTESS is nominated as Best First Book in the National Reader’s Choice Awards


New Releases on the Horizon

Darcy Burke        Leigh LaValle           Anna Randol    Cheryl Ann Smith                                                                                 

May 2012               May 2012              June 2012           June 2012

On Bundling

Back when I was a teenager (when the dinosaurs roamed the earth) my parents would never have dreamed of allowing me to sleep over at my boyfriend’s house—even if I promised to sleep in a separate bedroom.


Our Colonial forebears saw things a bit differently. In early America, it was permissible for a courting couple to spend the night together.  In the same bed, no less. This practice was called bundling.

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Interview and Giveaway with Her Grace, Kieran Kramer

Today the Duchesses of Dash welcome wonderful, witty USA Today bestselling author of Regency Romance Kieran Kramer.

Duchess Kieran is breaking the rules and shattering the mold of the ‘traditional’ Regency-set historical romance novel. I, myself, am a huge fan and we are thrilled to have her join us today! Pour a cup of tea, settle on the settee, and chat with Duchess Kieran about her new, highly anticipated series, The House of Brady. We will also be giving away a copy of her novel, IF YOU GIVE A GIRL A VISCOUNT.
Post in the comments below and enter to win!


Duchess Valerie: Thank you for visiting the duchesses today, Kieran. You’ve had a varied and interesting employment history. Please share with our readers a little of that. You were a contestant on Wheel of Fortune, no? And an CIA agent?

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Island Holiday


Ahh, spring break.



That thoroughly American ritual during which young lords and ladies cavort about on sandy beaches, swilling cheap ale, and exposing bits even one’s valet and nursemaid would be shocked to see. With this weeks’ pilgrimage to Daytona in full swing, I began to ponder vacation destinations of a more genteel and historical nature. Being from Michigan, my thoughts turned naturally toward Mackinac Island and its charming Grand Hotel.

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