Their graces have received a message through the contact form that indicates followers of our blog might enjoy it if we posted the names of our giveaway winners on a regular basis. In the past, we have simply left a comment to the winners of our giveaways and then contacted them via email. However, we’re happy to announce our winners in a more public fashion.
Don’t forget to check back with us on Monday when Duchess Diana tells us about her upcoming debut, Seducing Charlotte.
This is a special, duchess-approved version of the classic game show. Not that a duchess watches game shows, since the telly hasn’t been invented yet–but if she did, she would know all the answers to this one.
Since this is a Flash game, and I can’t work out how to embed it in the post, I’m going to link to it on another site. Amounts are in pounds, naturally. If you’d like to play along, you can keep track of your score.
Perhaps we can get a little friendly competition going! Not that any of us are competitive in the least.
Click this link for the game, and keep track of your score on paper. And be honest. No Googling.
Let us know how you did in the comments! To sweeten the pot, just a bit, I’m going to pick a commenter to receive a signed cover flat of my second book.
So, readers, in honor of my new release, Sins of a Ruthless Rogue, I have invited the hero to have tea with the duchesses and spill all his secrets.
(Ian Maddox strolls in and sprawls across the settee.)
Duchess Anna: (clears throat) Ian, Clayton Campbell is supposed to be here. He’s the hero of the book. Not you.
Ian: (helps himself to a sandwich) You did say you wanted someone to spill secrets, correct? Let’s face it, Clayton is so dark and tortured you’d never get anything out of him.
Duchess Anna: But this isn’t your book. Read the rest of this entry »
Do you have a friend who is so fabulous, sometimes you can hardly believe she’s your friend? Duchess Máire Claremont is like that for me. I adore her. Sometimes my phone will ring and I’ll look down and see her name (and, of course, her gorgeous author photo!) and I’m like, Me? Lovely Miss Máire wants to talk to me?
But the fact is, Máire and I go way back to 2006, when we met in Atlanta at the RWA National conference. I even have photographic evidence! It was love at first sight, and we’ve been critique partners–with BFF benefits–ever since. That is why I absolutely had to be the one to interview her on The Dashing Duchesses Blog. So, without further fangirling from me, here she is! Read the rest of this entry »
Once again this year, the Romance Writers of America® announced the finalists in the Golden Heart® and RITA® contests. The purpose of the Golden Heart is to recognize the best unpublished romance manuscripts, while the RITA honors the best published books. For a romance writer, one of these nominations is like getting an Oscar nod.
This year, we are particularly proud of Her Grace, Tracy Brogan for her RITA nomination for Best First Book for her contemporary Crazy Little Thing. Tracy tells us she feels like a counterfeit duchess since she consorts with unsavory, contemporary sorts and pens modern novels, but we’ll forgive her.
Congratulations also go to Her Grace, Sharon Wray for her double final in the romantic suspense category of the Golden Heart. She hastens to note that the prologue of one of her finaling manuscripts is set in 1699 Carolina Province (AKA modern-day Georgia).
The duchesses would also like to extend their congratulations on RITA nominations to the following authors who have graciously appeared on this blog:
- Anna Lee Huber (in best first book and novel with strong romantic elements for The Anatomist’s Wife)
- Sarah MacLean (in historical for A Rogue by Any Other Name)
- Sally MacKenzie (for her novella “Duchess of Love”)
Duchess of love? I’m sure everyone here can get behind that sentiment. Congratulations, ladies!
Join me, dear duchesses and friends, as I celebrate my release week for the latest story in my Secret Brides series, Secrets of a Runaway Bride. (3/26/13 St. Martin’s Press)
I like to refer to my work as Racy Regency Romps and if I do say so myself, this story delivers on all three of those promises.
Why romps, you ask?
Well, because they are the types of stories I most like to read. Many of our dear duchesses write such wonderful tales, though the duchesses’ styles range from the quite serious and dark to full-on drunken-night-of-revelry frolics! And we do adore our differences. But I’ve always been a huge fan of the farce, the comedy, and the romp. So much so that my entire next series is going to be based on famous comic plays. Read the rest of this entry »
Today, I have the great pleasure to welcome Amylynn Bright to the Duchesses. Her new self-published release, Lady Belling’s Secret, is a delightful story of a woman who is just two weeks from her wedding when an old love comes back into her life and begins turning her world upside-down.
“She let him get away once. Now he regrets it, and he wants her to himself. GASP! She’s already taken. Quick! Take her to bed and buy her puppy.”
I know I should start by asking about the romance (which is lovely) and the main characters (which are rich and interesting), but I found myself fixated on a quartet of secondary characters. You see, having put a border collie front and center in my own first book, a West Highland terrier in my second, and an Irish wolfhound in my next, the two pairs of Newfoundland dogs in Lady Belling’s Secret absolutely enchanted me.
Amylynn Bright: Yeah, us dog people are like that, huh? Read the rest of this entry »
“Alle shalle be wele, alle shalle be wele, and alle maner of thynge shalle be wele.”
To remind the world how much He loves His children, God gave these words of hope to the Christian mystic Julian of Norwich (ca. 1343-1416) during a series of ecstatic visions.
A contemporary of Geoffrey Chaucer and William Langland, Julian of Norwich wrote about these visions in a timeless and passionate way. The result, A Revelation of Divine Love, became the first book written by a woman in the English language. Ever. Read the rest of this entry »
Have you ever wished you could have a fairy Godmother, some kind, understanding soul who could wave her magic wand and make all your dreams come true? I know it might seem like we Duchesses have it all together, but the truth is, none of us got here without amazing friends and partners, and—in most cases—professional help. Six Duchesses (including Valerie Bowman, Diana Quincy, Jennifer McQuiston, Cheryl Ann Smith, Lecia Cornwall, and Anna Randol) share one very influential, very nice, and very helpful fairy Godmother: our amazing agent, Kevan Lyon.
Kevan is one of the founders of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, a California-based powerhouse group that consistently ranks among the top agencies for romance sales. And Kevan’s widely known specialty? You guessed it: historical authors. You might say she has a soft spot for us, and loves to turn our pumpkins into coaches. And in some ways, she is the reader’s fairy Godmother too. Because the stories Kevan takes a chance on, the ones she believes in, almost always turn into the published books of tomorrow. Read the rest of this entry »
Ash: Greetings, and welcome today. I’m very excited because my debut is coming out tomorrow, and…
Ash: Oh, you’ve heard. It’s the day before my book release. It’s called A Most Scandalous Proposal. Thank you for dropping by to congratulate me. *smile smile*
Jen: Erm, actually… It’s the day before my book releases, too.