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2014: Year of the Historical

Private Research is now out into the world. In fact, the print version releases tomorrow. It’s my first erotic contemporary and ties in to the world first set up in On These Silken Sheets.

In December, I will be releasing a short story digitally, Caroline and the Duke, my first foray back into Regency since April 2012 and it starts a whole year of nonstop Regency-set stories.

First of all, in May 2014, back to back Avon Impulse will be releasing Woo’d in Haste and Wed at Leisure. Both explore my own twist on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, with Woo’d in Haste being Bianca’s book and Wed at Leisure being Kate’s. You can actually pre-order these now!

And then, the newest of news: I just signed a contract that means two full length Regency-set novels will be coming soon! While I can’t say too much more yet, the first of these stories is one of those “books of the heart.” I am so happy to see it find a home.

There might be more news as well soon. To keep up with my releases, please join my mailing list. I only send out newsletters when there is a new release coming, or when I have special giveaways for my readers. Click here to sign up.

Excerpt from Private Research

Private Research releases Tuesday 10/29 in ebook and 11/26 in print. You can pre-order today:

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Kobo: http://bit.ly/1duwo6q

itunes: http://bit.ly/1duwriN

In the meantime, enjoy this excerpt from the book!

“January,” he repeated.

“Yeah. I leave in two weeks.”

He looked as if he was going to say something else about it, but with one vodka martini under my figurative belt and another dangerously close to sloshing over the rim in my unsteady grip, I didn’t want to talk about the research anymore. As usually happened when the alcohol took hold, I had a decidedly oral fixation. And I was studying Sebastian with a new appreciation for his features, the slight shadow under his cheekbones, the generous length of his thin lips. It would take me days to fully explore his body with my mouth, with my tongue. Kissing him would be—

“Not very much time at all.” I met his eyes, startled that he’d read my thoughts. “Did you find your link?” I inched closer to him. His eyes narrowed in something that maybe was confusion. Which made me stop. Rethink.

Then I laughed, at myself, at the conversation, at how close I’d come to jumping the gun on this.

He raised an eyebrow, and I put my drink down. Searched for an excuse.

“Maybe we’d better order some food,” I said with an apologetic shrug.

“Americans don’t know how to drink,” he said, shaking his head.

“Or maybe we do.” I stared into my glass, finger running along the rim. “In any event, I haven’t found it yet. The link. Proof.”

At Sebastian’s beckoning gesture, the waitress came by and we ordered.

“And what if you don’t find it?”

I looked back up at him again. Found him watching me attentively.

“Then I adjust, adapt. Simply because I want something to be one way doesn’t mean it is.” Only, I wasn’t talking about the work. I was talking about Sebastian and the way I’d felt about him. About my romantic ideals, my dreams of love and even an ephemeral thought of white dresses and babies, which had been shattered so easily, first casually by him and then ruthlessly by me.

Was my plan for the evening another ruthless attack on myself, or was it really the right thing to do? Healing in a twisted way?

“That’s an excellent perspective to have,” he said, clearly missing the subtext. “Adaptability is the key to success.”

I laughed. “I’d bet you haven’t had to adapt to failure ever.”

“Ah, but I have.”

“Sebastian Graham, you seem like the type to have what you want fall into your lap.” Even as I spoke, I knew it was the alcohol that made me so forward, so flirtatious. The alcohol and the fact that I had liked him once upon a time.

You didn’t.”

I froze for a moment, and then smiled, reaching for my drink. I held it up as if I were about to make a toast.

“We could remedy that.”

 

Big in Japan

News!

On These Silken Sheets is now available in Japanese with a lovely new cover. Take a look!

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Stephanie Draven’s Poisoned Kisses

Stephanie Draven’s first full length novel for Harlequin Nocturne, Poisoned Kisses, releases this October. She’s having an awesome Virtual Launch Party over at her website. There are many giveaways, including a signed copy of On These Silken Sheets if you don’t have one yet!

Join the fun here.

For more about Poisoned Kisses and Stephanie’s Mythica series, visit here.

Stalkers on the Road to Love

Today I’m blogging over at Desert Island Keepers. Come see why we’re all stalkers on the road to love! ;-) You can also see what movie I recommend all historical romance readers watch.

In other news, at the end of this month I will be attending the national conference of the Romance Writer’s of America. If you live anywhere near Orlando, Florida and you want a signed copy of On These Silken Sheets, come to the literacy signing on Wednesday, July 28th. There will be hundreds of romance authors signing and proceeds go to charity. For more information, click here.

Additionally, earlier that day, I will be presenting a workshop at the Beaumonde Conference. The Beaumonde is a specialty chapter of RWA, focusing on the Regency period. For more information on this conference, please visit here.