Tuesday, April 12th, 2011
One of my favorite things when I stop to catch my breath is to browse through overseas websites to check if any of my books have been released in foreign editions. I indulged myself a few days ago and discovered that one of my favorite books, A PROPER WIFE, came out in Italy in February with my favorite cover, a full-length portrait of the hero Sinjin in uniform (which was the inside cover of the North America release.) Then I found out that my October 2009 release, FROM WAIF TO GENTLEMAN’S WIFE, will be out in the UK in July, and a large-print edition of THE COURTESAN will be out there in August.
There’s also a new release in Norway of ROGUE’S LADY. When this volume was released in the UK, they changed the heroine’s dress from blue to green; the Norwegians changed it back to blue. I have to admit I’m partial to the blue. Also, the NA cover showed the heroine’s figure up to just above her lips; the UK and Norwegian covers both show her full face.
Aren’t covers fascinating?
BTW, why, do you ask, must I search to see what books I have out? All the Harlequin international offices are independent, so there isn’t a central coordinating spot that notifies authors when one of their books is going to be released in a different country. We don’t find out unless/until a fan in the issuing country lets us know, or we get a box of author copies in the mail, or the book shows up on a royalty statement. One would think in this era of computers that some such central notification forum could be set up. But then I wouldn’t discover Christmas in April.
Thursday, November 11th, 2010
To paraphrase Melanie in “Gone With the Wind,” the happiest days are when terrific new covers come in. So last Monday, when my editor emailed me the just-released cover for my upcoming February 2011 release, SOCIETY’S MOST DISREPUTABLE GENTLEMAN, was a wonderful day indeed! Check out the gorgeous cover and book description of this, the story of Greville Anders, brother of heroine Joanna from FROM WAIF TO GENTLEMAN’S WIFE, on the Bookshelf page.
Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010
After having abandoned updates on this page for a shamefully long time (in her defense, Julia points to the many blogs she’s been writing over the last six weeks to promote the release of SMUGGLER,) she is happy to check in with some great news. Greville’s book has a title (SOCIETY’S MOST DISREPUTABLE GENTLEMAN) and a January 2011 release date. One of her favorite all-time books, WICKED WAGER, will be released for the first time in the UK in November with a lovely new cover. And A MOST UNCONVENTIONAL MATCH was just released again in the UK with a different cover that looks like an “outtake” of the original cover art, only much brighter. (Images of both to be posted on the Bookshelf page shortly.)
In the meantime, after the usual disruption for the end of summer and beginning of school, Julia is diving back into the writing of the first book of the Ransleigh Rogues series. Caro and Max are still tiptoeing around each other, but events are soon going to spiral out of their control.
Don’t you love it when that happens?
Thursday, May 27th, 2010
Yes, school (in Texas, at least) is winding to a close and summer is just a cold drink by a warm pool on a hot day away. Where does the time go?
This May, it’s mainly gone to keeping up with blog comments about the free online read “Seduced by the Dark Stranger, ” a prequel to the upcoming REGENCY SILK & SCANDAL miniseries that’s been running all month at eharlequin.com (http://www.eharlequin.com/article.html?articleId=1460) and with the RS&S authors’ blog at eharlequin’s Community. (http://community.eharlequin.com/content/regency-silk-and-scandal) As RS&S begins next month with Louise Allen’s The Lord and the Wayward Lady, there will be lots more blogs, both at eharlequin and elsewhere, as you can see from the entries on this page.
I’m looking forward to the release of my contribution to the miniseries, Book 3, THE SMUGGLER AND THE SOCIETY BRIDE, which will be out in August. Gabe Hawksworth is a roguish, free-spirited hero after my own heart, as is never-intended-to-break-the-rules-but-it-just-happens heroine Honoria. And I absolutely LOVED researching the county of Cornwall, with its beautiful misty coasts and mysterious history of smuggling.
I’m also eagerly anticipating the summer to charge forward on my next project, the Ransleigh Rogues, four childhood friends and cousins from radically different backgrounds whose lives are changed by war, heartbreak and scandal. Of course, four such strong-minded men need equally strong-minded ladies to straighten them out!
The first story features “Magnificent Max” Ransleigh, unofficial leader of the group, a charismatic man said to be able to persuade any man and charm any lady…until scandal at the Congress of Vienna soils his reputation and ruins his hopes for a brilliant diplomatic career. Exiled from polite society and shunned even by his family, he seems an unlikely savior for a well-bred young lady. Except that Miss Caroline Denby doesn’t want to be saved…she wants to be ruined. Why not, she argues, use his bad reputation to do her this one small favor?
More on Max and Caroline later!
Tuesday, September 8th, 2009
To create as vivid a backdrop as possible for October release of Ned and Joanna’s book, FROM WAIF TO GENTLMAN’S WIFE, I’ve added several features to the website this month. First and foremost, there’s an excerpt to give you a taste of the story, background character sketches of Ned and Joanna, and a pictorial gallery of some the Nottinghamshire countryside where the story takes place.
There’s also an update on the 2010 Regency continuity REGENCY SILK AND SCANDAL that includes a synopsis of each book and photos of the participating authors.
Browse and enjoy!
Wednesday, April 29th, 2009
Though Gabe would concede to being a smuggler, Honoria would probably point out that, having been disgraced, she’s no longer eligible for Society Bride status. But her former position as a leader of the ton certainly plays a key role in the dance of attraction that fires Gabe with the need to uncover who set up the ruin of the woman he so admires…and is most reluctantly coming to love.
The complete listing of authors and titles:
Book 1 The Lord and the Wayward Waif by Louise Allen
Book 2 Paying the Virgin’s Price by Christine Merrill
Book 3 The Smuggler and the Society Bride by Julia Justiss
Book 4 Claiming the Forbidden Mistress by Gayle Wilson
Book 5 The Viscount and the Virgin by Annie Burrows
Book 6 Unlacing the Innocent Miss by Margaret McPhee
Book 7 The Officer and the Proper Lady by Louise Allen
Book 8 Taken By the Wicked Rake by Christine Merrill
For more into, follow the link on the Bookshelf page. There will be lots of contests, blogs, news and treats as the series release date nears, so check back often!
Monday, April 27th, 2009
Coming back from a weekend at UT Austin (where my daughter showed her collection in the senior design spring fashion show “Luminous”—yeah, Catherine!) I found in the mail a little package that contained copies of a Mills & Boone edition of my July 2008 North American release, A MOST UNCONVENTIONAL MATCH. So today I checked Amazon UK to see if I could discover what the UK the release date will be.
Nothing on the site about MATCH—but I learned that THE WEDDING GAMBLE, my first book, will be out in a hardcover library edition in July 2009. The November 2008 Christmas collection ONE CANDLELIT CHRISTMAS with novellas by me, Terri Brisbin and Annie Burroughs, will be released in October 2009 as REGENCY CANDLELIT CHRISTMAS. No covers yet, but I’ll post them as I get them to my UK Readers page.
Meanwhile, I continue to wonder when MATCH will make its UK appearance. Hmmm…maybe I should e-mail my editor?
Friday, March 6th, 2009
Rogue’s Lady, showing Allegra full-face and in a green dress, is now on the shelves in the UK. Please check the UK Readers Page for more details of this release–and don’t forget, the extra chapter posted on the Rogue’s Lady bookshelf page!
Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
Julia is happy to announce that Ned and Joanna’s book has been officially titled–and given a release date! FROM WAIF TO GENTLEMAN’S WIFE will be released by Harlequin Historicals in October 2009. This story, another Wellington family book, completes the tale of the “trilogy” of friends that include Nicky (Nicholas Stanhope, Marquess of Englemere, THE WEDDING GAMBLE,) Hal (Hal Waterman, A MOST UNCONVENTIONAL MATCH) and now Ned, Sir Edward Austin Greaves. For more on Ned and the lady who woos him from his determined bachelor ways, check out Coming Soon on the Bookshelf page.
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