April 30th, 2018
Hi all! It’s been a couple months since I last got a newsletter out. I’ve got two wonderful featured authors this time around–Medieval author, Kathryn Le Veque, and Regency author, Elizabeth Keysian! Both have new books out, and both were kind enough to do a Q&A with me. I also have a great giveaway! (at the bottom). Kathryn Le Veque has kindly included a signed copy of her best selling book, The Wolf, in my giveaway, which will make one lucky winner very happy, I’m sure.
But first, News! I’m thrilled to have just come home from the Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation this weekend. For those who don’t know what it is, it’s a big event where authors and readers come together in Milwaukee, WI, every spring to talk about their love of books. Barbara Vey is the lady who organizes it, and it’s filled with wonderful readers, games, prizes, and giveaways. This year, I was a guest author, and am honored to have been able to talk to so many readers and meet so many other authors. Pictured here are several romance authors ranging from sweet Amish romances to historical (me) all the way to sexy paranormal and contemporary. Also, I have a couple announcements:
- My books were marked down to $0.99 this weekend in honor of the Barbara Vey event, however, due to internet connectivity issues, I couldn’t get my email to go out. That said, My Ladies of Scotland books are, as of this newsletter emailing, still marked down! They’ll return to their original price today, so take advantage of the discount while you can. If you’ve been wanting to grab my Ladies of Scotland books, now’s the time to grab them! Links: An Earl for the Archeress, The Maiden’s Defender.
- I have a new book on the Radish Fiction app, entitled Two Brides for Ewan de Buchan! Yay! This story originally was a second prize quarter-finalist in the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest, and is what really launched me into pursuing romance writing. The app is free to download, and the first several chapters are free to read. I would love for you to check it out!
- I have a surprise coming to everyone later this year. Several other authors and I are putting together a historical holiday romance box set and I can’t wait to share with you more details. Until then, my lips are sealed to anything further.
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As I told everyone last time, I’m thrilled to be returning to Scotland this summer! My mother-in-law and I will visit Culloden, the Isle of Skye, and Eilean Donan castle (pictured left, photo from Canva.com). I’ll share videos on my author page on Facebook to show you the sights so you can be there, too, and will bring back lot’s of goodies to give away. I cannot wait!
Kathryn Le Veque
and Elizabeth Keysian
When I asked Kathryn Le Veque if she would do a little interview for my newsletter, she graciously agreed, and I couldn’t be more honored to feature her and her newest book. She is a USA TODAY Bestselling Author, a Charter Amazon All-Star Author, a #1 multi-published Historical Romance Bestselling Author, and a #1 ranked English Medieval Romance Author on Amazon. Kathryn was the winner of Uncaged Book Reviews Magazine “Raven Award” for Favorite Medieval Romance (Vestiges of Valor) and Favorite Cover, all Genres (Queen of Lost Stars) for 2017, and she is considered one of the top Indie authors in the world with over a million copies in circulation. I asked Kathryn a few questions and here is what she said:
When did you know you wanted to be a writer, and why romance?
“I knew I wanted to be a writer pretty early on – I wrote my first book at 13, inspired by a Historical Fiction book I had just read called Child of the Morning by Pauline Gedge, but I was also inspired by a movie I’d just seen – a little film called Star Wars. I’d always had a pretty wild imagination as a kid, so this was a constructive way to use it. My very first book was called “Journey to the Stars”, a Sci-fi teenage space opera. How times have changed…!”
Readers know you as an author, but what are some of your other interests and why?
” I have pretty diverse interests. I’m a closet archaeologist. I love anything to do with history and archaeology. At one time, I wanted to be an archaeologist. I also love to garden – I have a large yard, so I love to plant flowers. During my school years, I was an over-achieving musician who played four instruments – flute, piccolo, bassoon, and the viola. Music was always my ‘thing’ and I played semi-professionally at one point. But that all took a back seat to marriage and family when I finally got married, but I never gave up the dream of being a writer. Even if I had never published, I’d still be doing it as a hobby. Writing is in my blood.”
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
“If I could live anywhere in the world, it would probably be where I am right now. I love Southern California. I was born and raised here. But I would also consider the South Lake Tahoe area (God’s country up there), or England (my heart is there), or even the American South because my grandparents lived there and I have very fond memories there. Truthfully, I’m a homebody. I have traveled fairly extensively, but I like my own comfortable house the very best. No wanderlust here!”
Her newest book is High Warrior, and it just released this month. Here are the links to purchase it. Thanks so much, Kathryn and congrats on anoth wonderful book!
“Vanquishing the Viscount is a very English love story. The idea lurked in my head a long time before I wrote it down, and was largely inspired by us moving close to Jane Austen’s one-time dwelling place of Bath. With its roaring weir, pleasure grounds and majestic Georgian architecture, Bath is just so evocative of Jane Austen’s time, and the perfect setting for a romance. It’s very special being able to do your research on the spot, as it were, and to be able to wander around looking at the Real Thing rather than just reading about it in books. Although the first half of Viscount takes place in deepest Gloucestershire, the second half is set in Bath, a city my hero, Viscount Tidworth, is very proud of. It is here that the heroine, Emma, first sees him in his element, and realises just how smitten she is with him…but I don’t want to give you any spoilers. Let’s just say it’s not a straightforward path to happiness for the couple, courtesy of a villainous rake who just happens to be Tidworth’s best friend.”
Giveaway now closed! Congrats to Joanna M on winning!
All winners are selected through a random number generator. Thanks to all who participated!
Eeek! Kathryn Le Veque has graciously offered a copy of her book The Wolf, and I am giving away a signed copy of my little novella, One Scottish Knight to one lucky winner.
Here’s how you enter: Drop me an email through my contact form <— and put “April Giveaway!” in the subject. Please do not leave a comment at the bottom of the page to enter the giveaway. Unfortunately, I cannot include them in the giveaway running. Contest entry closes on Tuesday, May 1st, at midnight EST, and a winner will be announced on Wednesday here and on Facebook. The winner will be contacted directly via email for mailing instructions.