The That Summer Read Along is up and running! We’ll have our first group discussion (moderated by Christina) this Friday, August 8, about chapters 1-7. So there’s still time to get reading! In the meantime, I’m popping in and out to post pictures and share background details. So if there’s anything you’d like to see…

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The marvelous Sharlene of Graphics by Sharlene surprised me with a gift this morning: a video for The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla! Warning: you might want to swallow whatever you’re drinking before you watch this. There may have been some choking on tea about mid-way through. Thank you so much, Sharlene! I’m still giggling.

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As many of you have heard, my writing process has a great deal to do with caffeine consumption. Just as I swap out music from book to book, I also have a different signature drink for each manuscript– my go to beverage, so to speak. For your amusement, here’s the (updated) coffee chart for the…

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Thanks so much to everyone for the wonderful suggestions for books with a literary twist! As always, my To Read pile just grows and grows. The winner of Tracy Grant’s latest, The Berkeley Square Affair, is… … Leila! (Of Comment #36.) Congrats, Leila! I hope you enjoy the book. If you email me with your…

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On my list of happy things this week: — Getting my hands on an advance copy of the new Simone St. James, Silence for the Dead. (Don’t worry: it will be up for grabs here on the website next Monday!) — Discovering that The Ashford Affair had been chosen for this year’s DABWAHA slate in…

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Rather than let If You Like slide entirely away in the midst of Monday Give Away season, the ever resourceful Tracy (Teresa) Grant came up with the perfect way of squaring the circle: a Monday Give Away If You Like. Courtesy of Tracy, here’s an If You Like inspired by her upcoming release, The Berkeley…

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The winner of Donna Thorland’s The Rebel Pirate is… … Paige, of Comment #45! Congrats, Paige! If you email me with your details, I’ll pop your book in the mail to you. For more swashbuckling fun, check out Donna’s list of Quotable Swashbuckler lines, revisiting old favorites from such greats as Lymond, D’Artagnan, Scaramouche, and…

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Because I’ve been lazy about If You Like… and because we need some cheering up on Mondays… and because I have wonderful author friends with books coming out… welcome to Monday Give Aways! For the next few weeks, we’re going to be having a series of Monday give aways. There’ll be a new book every…

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Remember how I raved last year about Bee Ridgway’s The River of No Return? She now has a prequel novella out: The Time Tutor. More rollicking time travel fun! The paperback edition of The River of No Return comes out on March 25, the same day as The Ashford Affair paperback. (It’s always nice to…

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Happy Valentine’s Day, gentle reader! In honor of Valentine’s Day, here are three links. (I feel like the Count who Counts: “One! One link! Two! Two links!”) — My traditional Valentine’s Day post, on my favorite fictional declarations of love. — Henrietta and Miles’s first Valentine’s Day together: Bunny & Biscuits: A Very Dorrington Valentine’s…

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