I know stealing is wrong.  But I couldn’t possibly improve on Rose Lerner‘s post about Eloisa James including IN FOR A PENNY in her montly column for bn.com.  From her blog:

Eloisa James has read my book!!!

Okay I know I am supposed to be a professional and not act like a fan and blah blah blah but ELOISA JAMES HAS READ MY BOOK. AND SHE LIKED IT. And she posted about it here for her Barnes & Noble blog/column! I read it this morning at 4:30AM before going to work and of course when I got there I immediately told my coworker all about it:

ME: It’s like every month she does a theme and she talks about books that fit the theme, and–
COWORKER: What was this month’s theme?
ME: …Um. Protagonists who aren’t very bright.
COWORKER: [after laughing quite a lot] Is one of your protagonists not very bright?
ME: Well, I never thought of him that way before. He likes classical music and studied Latin at Cambridge and stuff. But I definitely see what she means because he is pretty hapless and not good at math, and in the genre there are lots of uber-competent brain surgeons running around and–
COWORKER: Doesn’t your book take place in the early nineteenth century?
ME: Yes.
COWORKER: So maybe a brain surgeon wouldn’t be the best choice for a hero for you?
ME: You have a point.
COWORKER: The reader would think, “Ooh, a brain surgeon,” and then he’d walk on with, like, a hammer and bone saw. “I’ve discovered that this part of the lobe controls deviant behavior! Stand aside while I cut a hole in this convict’s skull!”

For some reason I am picturing this hero as Hugh Laurie’s Wooster in my head. Okay, and what’s sad is that I have such a thing for mad scientists (I’m not kidding, I think they’re dreamy!) that I would probably read that romance. Even though I have a lot of strong and negative feelings about historical psychiatry, ESPECIALLY when it involved surgery (often it was non-consensual surgery!).

Anyway, you should read James’s piece, and then check out the B&N Romance board for conversations about the piece and about my book and all kinds of stuff!

Which is a good time to mention–I will be one of the B&N feature threads for May!!!!!! I am so honored and excited you guys. My thread is here and I will be hanging around the boards and the thread all month, but especially I will be there  starting Monday the 10th, to chat and answer questions and talk about books and also probably Star Trek because this is me. I can’t wait!

Back to me now.  Rose also lists her top 10 Regency Romances at DearAuthor and has an interview at The Romance Reader in which she reveals who was beheaded on her birthday and how majors in Math and Russian led to a career writing Regencies.

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I’ll be a panelist on Friday afternoon for Romance in the Backseat’s Book Bloggers and Publisher’s Conference.  Which made me realize that I’ve been really behind in the blogging. Topics will include how authors, bloggers and publishers can all work together, whether authors should blog, building your audience and more.

But my lack of posts is hardly for lack of good stuff going on.

As many of you likely know, it’s bracket time.  Forget basketball and vote for your favorite romances in the Dear Author/Smart Bitches DA BWAHA TourneyJennifer Ashley‘s THE MADNESS OF LORD IAN MACKENZIE (Historical) and THE STRANGELY BEAUTIFUL TALE OF MISS PERCY PARKER by Leanna Renee Hieber (Paranormal) both made the big dance.

Releases for books through October 2010 can now be found on the Coming Soon page.

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Elisabeth Naughton is featured over at Dear Author today to talk about her first sale, STOLEN FURY.

Her third release, STOLEN SEDUCTION, is on shelves now. What a difference a year makes.  Here’s to a happy and successful 2010 for all.

Over at DearAuthor, Jane has highlighted some upcoming historicals that defy tradition, including:

The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley   runaway       to-tempt-a-knight1

Meanwhile, I’m heading out to Orlando for the RT convention.  Up-to-minute happenings will be posted to Twitter/DorchesterPub with the label #RT09.   

Award announcements to come Friday evening.  And because I’m not technologically advanced enough to own a cell phone with a camera, pictures will follow as soon as I get back.

I hate April Fool’s Day.  Probably because I’m the gullible sucker who believes every news story until the very last paragraph screaming GOTCHA!  So far today, I’ve wondered:

  • how the Obama administration really planned to shut down the Internet every Wednesday to help promote reading in one of its initiatives for a book-publishing bailout program (via ShelfAwareness).
  • how Ann Aguirre could really leave the wonderful Bradford Agency to sign on with the new Dear Author Agency (as I dreaded having to hash out contracts with legal-eagle Jane Litte), and how Jane’s friendship with the Smart Bitches could have ended up in such a nasty-sounding lawsuit.
  • how this guy was was going to protect us from the end of the world.

Except, wait, that last one’s real.  Author David Robbins models the costume of Blade, a character from his wildly popular Endworld series.

So what stories have gotten you today?  I have a few signed, limited-edition chapter booklets from Angie Fox’s DANGEROUS BOOK FOR DEMON SLAYERS.  Everyone who comments gets one until I run out.

Today’s the final day to get in your picks for the big Romance rumble cooked up by the folks at Dear Author and Smart Bitches, Trashy Books.  The grand-prize winner will receive a Sony Reader in Sangria Red donated by Books On Board, which is also offering a special discount on the 64 nominated titles.  Other prizes include gift certificates from Fictionwise and Samhain, advance reading copies, and packs of the nominated books.  Prizes are also available for winning authors. 

A couple of recommendations in the Paranormal category:

  

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