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The review website Dear Author is doing book giveaways all this month, and I’m one of the giver-awayers today. You can enter to win one of 5 copies of A Woman Entangled, or one set of audiobooks (one copy of A Lady Awakened and one of A Gentleman Undone) – as well as romantic suspense by Rachel Kall, and Scottish romance by Tarah Scott.

The Woman Entangled giveaway is open to international entries; the audiobook giveaway is US only. I’m not sure for how long the giveaway runs, but it’s not for very long. “A few days” is what the page says.

Go win some books!

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The drawing is closed, and here are my winners, courtesy of Random.org. Please email a mailing address to cecilia@ceciliagrant.com so I can send out your book(s).

Theresa Romain: Spanish A Lady Awakened and Spanish A Gentleman Undone

Cristina Lau: Spanish A Lady Awakened and Spanish A Gentleman Undone

Kris: Spanish A Gentleman Undone and French A Lady Awakened

analysismachine: Spanish A Gentleman Undone and German A Lady Awakened

Miss Bates: French A Lady Awakened

Eleanor: German A Lady Awakened

Thank you all for entering! A Gentleman Undone is coming out in French and German later this year, and I’m also expecting a Turkish edition of A Lady Awakened, so I look forward to having more books to give away.


FrenchLady

Okay, I’m not sure whether there will be any takers for this giveaway, but I figured I’d give it a shot.

I have a handful of foreign-language editions of my two books. To be exact:

5 copies of A Lady Awakened in Spanish

2 copies of A Lady Awakened in German

2 copies of A Lady Awakened in French

4 copies of A Gentleman Undone in Spanish

If you’d like to win any of these, please leave a comment below, and please do specify the title and language of the book(s) you’d like to win. If you’d like to win more than one, you don’t have to leave more than one comment – I’ll count each “want” as a separate entry so you get the right number of chances when I hand the drawing over to random.org.

Please leave a comment by 11:59:59 pm Pacific Time, Friday June 28. This giveaway is open worldwide.

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Random.org has picked commenters Cristin and Nina Lewis as my winners. Cristin and Nina, check your email and/or send a mailing address to cecilia@ceciliagrant.com. Thanks, everyone, for entering, and stay tuned for more giveaways!


My giveaway month continues, and this time I’m giving away audiobooks. Two commenters on this post will each receive an audiobook of my first release, A Lady Awakened, and an audiobook of my second release, A Gentleman Undone. Perfect for listening on long commutes, I imagine.

Leave a comment below by 11:59:59 pm Pacific time on Saturday, June 22 for a chance to win. Contest open to US mailing addresses only. (Sorry, internationals; I promise I’ll have another giveaway for you soon!)

Absolutely no thought or creativity required in comment – “Please enter me in the drawing” is perfect.

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Random.org picks commenters Erica Monroe and Juanita Rice. Erica and Juanita, please email me at cecilia@ceciliagrant.com with mailing addresses and I’ll get the books out to you. More giveaways to come!


My next giveaway: two lucky commenters will each win one copy of A Lady Awakened and one copy of A Gentleman Undone. These are the editions that were published in the UK, by Headline/Eternal Romance. There may be some exotic spellings here and there.

UK editions of A Lady Awakened and A Gentleman Undone

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment below by 11:59:59 pm Pacific time on Saturday, June 15. No need to be creative or thoughtful; “I want to win” will do the job.

These books are trade-paperback-sized and more expensive to ship than the mass-market paperbacks, therefore this drawing will be open to US mailing addresses only.

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Random.org picks commenters Malgorzata, Lesa Neace, and Jacqueline Watts! Malgorzata, Lesa, and Jacqueline, please email me at cecilia@ceciliagrant.com with a mailing address and I’ll get the books out to you. Everyone else, stay tuned for more giveaways.


My month of housecleaning/giveaways continues! This time, there will be three winners, because I have three leftover Advance Reader Copies (or Advance Reader’s Editions, as my publisher prefers to call them) of my first book, A Lady Awakened.

3 Advance Reader Copies of A Lady Awakened

I don’t know why the books look so beat-up in this picture. They really aren’t. Those white marks on the bottom of the rightmost book are sunlight-glare. I would not give you beat-up books, not even for free.

Leave a comment on this post (anything along the lines of “Please enter me in the drawing”) by 11:59:59 pm Pacific time on Tuesday, June 11 and you’ll be entered to maybe win one of the ARCs. This giveaway, too, is open to readers in all nations.

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Random.org has picked commenter Anna M (@helgagrace) as the winner! Anna, please email me at cecilia@ceciliagrant.com with a mailing address, and I’ll get the books out to you.

Everyone else, stay tuned for more giveaways.


Edited 6/1 to add: Sorry about being ambiguous with the ending time/date of the giveaway period! To clarify, you have until 11:59:59 Pacific time on Saturday, June 1 to leave a comment. Not the midnight with which Saturday June 1 begins, the one with which it ends.

With the release of A Woman Entangled less than a month away, I figured it would be a good time to do some giveaways. First up, a complete set of the extant works of Cecilia Grant: one copy of A Lady Awakened and one copy of A Gentleman Undone. Win them, read them over the next few weeks, and by the time A Woman Entangled comes out, you’ll know all about the hero’s two younger siblings.

This giveaway is open to readers worldwide. Leave a comment on this post by midnight Pacific time Saturday, June 1 to be entered to win.

No substance required in the comments. “Please enter me in the giveaway” will do just fine.

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The DABWAHA first-round matchups are set, and to put it bluntly, I’m facing a world of hurt.

A Lady Awakened vs. The Duchess War

A Lady Awakened is up against Courtney Milan’s The Duchess War, and Courtney is an established DABWAHA powerhouse. She’s like Gonzaga basketball: it doesn’t matter where she’s seeded; she is going to be a factor.

A Gentleman Undone vs. A Notorious Countess Confesses

A Gentleman Undone faces Julie Anne Long’s A Notorious Countess Confesses…which was voted Best Romance of 2012 in All About Romance’s reader poll. Not just Best Historical, but Best Romance, period.

So, yeah, I’m facing a good chance of an ignominious early double exit.

But it’s an intriguing and fairly elegant set of matchups! Lady and Duchess both happen to feature some cringeworthy bad sex, and yesterday on Twitter Courtney challenged me to a Bad-Sex-Off. I don’t even know what that is, but I said sure. Because, bad sex? I’m there!

Gentleman and Countess both feature fallen-women heroines who wind up with deeply decent men, which also sets up an interesting duel.

And a whole separate level of intrigue is the fact that my two books are adjacent to each other in the bracket. That means if I win one of my two matchups, I’ll be facing either Duchess or Countess in two consecutive rounds. And if by some crazy chance I should happen to win both, I’d be squaring off against myself in round two. Which would mean some epic, split-personality, Gollum-style trash talking!

So fill out a bracket and vote when the voting starts. Although I couldn’t make this happen in my own bracket, I would love to see Ruthie Knox’s About Last Night meet up with Julie James’s About That Night. Wouldn’t that be an excellent opportunity for chaos?

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First things first: behold the beautiful cover for the German edition of A Lady Awakened!

German cover for A Lady Awakened

Lady and Gentleman have both sold to a few other countries, but so far those publishers have basically used the US cover, maybe cropped a little with the title in a different style. The German cover is the first one that’s wholly new. I think it’s gorgeous. I don’t expect ever again to be so lucky with book covers as I’ve been with my first book.

Also this week, most of the 2013 DABWAHA field was announced, and Lady and Gentleman both made it in!

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You all know what DABWAHA is, right? No? It’s a March Madness-style bracket game, only ten times as awesome as other March Madness bracket games because it’s about ROMANCE NOVELS. The letters stand for Dear Author Bitchery Writing Award for Hellagood Authors, and it’s put on jointly by Hellagood Blogs Smart Bitches, Trashy Books and Dear Author. You can fill out a bracket and win wonderful prizes – learn all about it here.

Also, even before bracket-filling-out, you can get your favorite overlooked book into the field! There are eight slots in each of eight categories (Historical, Contemporary, Young Adult/New Adult, etc.), but only seven in each category have so far been filled. (Yes, I am hogging up 25% of the available Historical slots. I’m sorry. Also thrilled.) On this form you can nominate the eighth book for each category.

That’s my news, mostly, for now. The most recent book I loved was Crazy Thing Called Love, by Molly O’Keefe, and right before that, My Fair Concubine by Jeannie Lin. Has anyone read anything outstanding lately?

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Readers who find it unseemly when an author revels in her success, click away now.

Both A Lady Awakened and A Gentleman Undone turned up on a gratifying number of Best of 2012 lists in the online Romance world.

Lady was named by Romance Around the Corner, The Librarian Reads (check it out, offspring, Mom is on a list with John Green!), Radish Reviews, Erin Satie, Shallowreader, Megan Frampton at Heroes & Heartbreakers, and Jane at Dear Author.

Gentleman got mentions at Insta-Love Book Reviews, Romance Novels for Feminists, Gossamer Obsessions, and Library Journal.

And both books appeared on lists from feminist blogger/romance fan scATX and Dear Author’s Janine and Jennie.

I’ve gone back and forth on the question of how much I should care about this stuff. But I won’t lie: as it is now, I care a whole lot. Writing romance is the first job I’ve ever had that actually felt like a career rather than a way to pay the bills, and so I want very much to be good at it. Reviews, and then lists that say, “Of the many books I read this year, this is one of the ones that made the biggest impression on me” are meaningful measures of whether or not I’m succeeding. (More meaningful to me than Amazon ranking, which tells me people bought my book, but doesn’t tell me whether they thought it was any good.)

So, yeah, I’m gratified. Even though a part of me thinks, “God, what an unbecoming, narcissistic blog post. Also, if you allow yourself to be validated by good reviews and year-end lists, what are you going to do when you release a book that’s roundly panned?”

Anyway, I’m especially gratified to see Ruthie Knox on so many of the same lists, as she was my #1 discovery in 2012. I’m cooking up a post on the topic of “discoverability,” with a list of authors whose books I bought for the first time in 2012 and what made me buy them. It’s reaffirming my opinion, which I know I’ve already recorded here, that Ruthie Knox is just plain doing everything right.

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Do you all read Anna Cowan’s blog? She’s a soon-to-be-published (spring of 2013) Australian romance writer who grapples wonderfully with all kinds of meaty issues on her blog. (I’m working on a year-end list of favorite 2012 Romancelandia blog posts, and having trouble deciding which of hers to include.)

Anyway she’s currently hosting a series of guest posts from writers, bloggers, and readers whose thoughts interest her. She invited me to do a guest post, and I did.

I’ve talked to Anna over email about how I use “Go big or go home” as a mantra for prodding myself out onto a limb when writing sex scenes, and writing this post was definitely a GBoGH moment.

In other news, lots of people are coming out with year-end Best Books lists, and there’s been a lot of gratifying love for both Lady and Gentleman. When a few other things have slowed down, I’ll post links.

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