In which I know a couple of things

on April 5, 2013

This is one of those blog posts that usually gets an appalling title like “Advice to Young Writers”. We’ll call it something more modest—like “Stuff I’ve Figured Out Along the Way”. These are bits and pieces I’ve collected, parts of the picture that I’m assembling as I go. I’m about to release my seventh novel;… Read More


In which our last contest winners are posted!

on April 4, 2013

First, huge thanks to all the entrants–we had to end early because we hit 200 before the two hours were up! In fact, we had a last batch that came in together, so we actually ended up with 208. I popped the range into a random number generator and the winners are listed below. I… Read More


In which we have our LAST contest!

on April 4, 2013

My lovely publisher has kicked in another THIRTY copies of A SPEAR OF SUMMER GRASS to give away! We have twenty-five copies of the final book and five ARCs. They will be given out randomly in the hopes that the winners will post reviews by April 30. So, same rules as before, please check them… Read More


In which we have winners!

on April 2, 2013

Alright, my dears, the random number generator has spoken! The winners are: Cynthia de la Pena, Jill H., Debbie R., Jeanne Marie, Gayle Etherington, Lynn F., Diane/Anonym2857, Tanya, Marcia Fife, and Carole Underwood. I will be sending out a confirmation email this afternoon, but y’all are welcome to send me your mailing address. You can reach… Read More


In which we’re giving books away–AGAIN!

on April 2, 2013

Alright, darlings, we’re doing this ONE MORE TIME! My darling agent has sent eight of her copies of A SPEAR OF SUMMER GRASS, and I’m tossing in two of my copies so we’ll have TEN winners. Same bits as last time–if you’re chosen, please consider leaving a review of the book and the more platforms… Read More


In which it is release day!

on April 1, 2013

Chickens, it’s release day! FAR IN THE WILDS is out TODAY. If you pre-ordered, it should already be downloaded onto your e-reader. If you haven’t, now is the perfect time to go forth and fetch it! I’m delighted that the Australians have been able to get their hands on this one the same day as… Read More


In which we have winners!

on March 28, 2013

Alright, chickens, I’m thrilled at how many of you entered! And I very much appreciate the kind comments. I assigned each comment a number and then used a random number generator to pull numbers for each of the 25 winners. If your name is listed below, please expect an email this evening confirming your win!… Read More


In which we’re giving books away spontaneously

on March 28, 2013

Alright, chickens, here’s the situation: it’s a brave new world we live in, and one of the things that helps drive book sales is word of mouth. That would be your words out of your mouths! So, to encourage reviews, publishers–including mine–are printing up a LOT of ARCs. In the case of A SPEAR OF… Read More


In which we’re talking anti-Semitism

on March 28, 2013

So this morning, Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches and I were tweeting about anti-Semitism in fiction. She tweeted about a review she’d posted of THE GRAND SOPHY by Georgette Heyer and the uproar it created when she identified the book as anti-Semitic. My first thought was that I had had a similar reaction to THE… Read More


In which it is all Lauren, all the time

on March 26, 2013

Today’s post is dedicated to my darling pal, Lauren Willig, and her new release, THE ASHFORD AFFAIR, out April 1! For those of you who have been eagerly awaiting A SPEAR OF SUMMER GRASS, you’ll be delighted to know that Lauren’s book is also set in Africa in the 1920s. How did we figure out… Read More