Archive for February, 2009

Ned’s Book Gets a Name (and Release Date)

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.


Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Julia is thrilled to announce that her July 2008 release was voted Best Category Romance of 2008 in the All About Romance website’s Annual Reader Poll.  To snag a win from among the hundreds of wonderful books coming out each year is a huge honor–and Hal, it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy!  Thanks to all the organizers and readers at AAR.


Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

More good news from All About Romance!  The interim results of their Annual Readers Poll were posted yesterday and my July book, A MOST UNCONVENTIONAL MATCH, made the list as one of the  Best Category Romances for 2008.  Of course, no guarantee MATCH will make the final list, but one thing I’ve learned in this often ego-bashing business:  celebrate every success.  So I’m celebrating!

To view the complete list (and vote in the final poll) visit the AAR website at

A Celebration of Free Books!

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

To celebration their 60th anniversary as a romance publisher, Harlequin has set up a website offering FREE downloads of 16 full-length books from their assorted lines.  None by me, alas, but the free downloads range from Intrigue by Merline Lovelace, Desire by Maureen Child, Nocturne by Michele Hauf, Inspirational by Marta Perry, Traditional by Liz Fielding to Historical by Michelle Styles and more.  Access the offer at and enjoy.  I sure will!

Highwaymen of the High Seas

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Anyone who has ever read Georgette Heyer knows that the brandy milord offered to his guests probably never passed through Customs.  Ditto for tobacco, tea, lace, spices and many other goods (more than 1300 items found their way onto the Customs lists during the peak smuggling years.) For a thumbnail sketch of smuggling history and practices, check out my Wednesday February 4 blog post on


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