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It has been a way-more-than-usually exhausting week, so I’ll make this short and choppy.

The Duchess War kicked A Gentleman Undone‘s butt in the second round of DABWAHA this morning, so I’m out of the tournament. Courtney Milan, because she is a total class act, has decided to mark her double victory over me by telling her readers how awesome my books are and giving some away. So if you’re here without having read my books, and you have some interest in reading them, now’s your chance. A million thanks to Courtney for being such a gracious opponent, and may she go far in the tournament.

As you may recall, I’d promised to write some dirty Duchess War fanfic if I won. I’m thinking I might write it anyway, just because the idea has now captured my imagination. I’ll keep you all posted.

Thank you, everyone who voted for one of my books and/or said supportive things on social media. At the risk of sounding like a cliche, this was one of those occasions when it really was a huge honor just to be nominated.


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The first round of DABWAHA voting is over, with mixed results for Team Cecilia Grant. A Lady Awakened was beaten decisively by Courtney Milan’s The Duchess War (sorry, everyone who’d picked it in their bracket! I tried to warn you!). A Gentleman Undone squeaked by Julie Anne Long’s A Notorious Countess Confesses, earning it a second-round matchup with… wait for it… Courtney Milan’s The Duchess War!

Something, clearly, needs to be done about The Duchess War. And it happens I have something in mind.

You’ve all read The Duchess War, right? Well, between you and me, you know what there was too much of in The Duchess War? Plot. Also, nuance. And themes. And accurate historical detail about things like hygiene committees and how a handbill got printed in the year 1863.

And you know what there was not nearly enough of? The hero and heroine getting their mutual freak on in the City of Lights!

So, to lure a few undecided voters my way, and also to gratify the little hearts of all those good people who believe romance writers to be nothing but a bunch of smut peddlers, I hereby pledge to write and post an original piece of smutty Duchess War fan fiction if A Gentleman Undone emerges triumphant from the second round (voting runs March 23 from 0:00 AM to noon, Central Time).

I’m thinking of starting it something like this…


“Minnie, look down.”

Against her cheek he murmured those words, his breath trifling with a stray strand of her hair, his rough timbre prompting such a shiver as made her glad of the wall at her back.

Minnie looked down, into the space he’d opened up between them when he’d drawn half a step away to fumble with his trouser fastenings.

Oh my.



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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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