“I think we’ve found our family,” Jasper says to Marina at the end of The Edge of Impropriety. It makes me particularly happy to think that I wrote these words back in 2008, before my son Jesse ever met his now-wife Masha and now-daughter Sasha, and before they were joined by new baby daughter Rory just … Continue reading Happiness
And also of some of the origins of my own fiction. Because my relatively recent fascination with the ancient world (indulged to the fullest in my just-posted History Hoyden’s discussion of Stacy Schiff’s magnificent Cleopatra biography) is the product of the loving research I did in order to understand the Regency classical scholar Jasper Hedges, … Continue reading In Search of Cleopatra
Of Impropriety, I mean. Which is to say that my 2009-RITA-winning novel of eros, esthetics, and empire will be on the bookstore shelves in its svelte new mass-market edition this May 3rd and available for preorder now (click here for links for online ordering — and here to read an excerpt). And hey, if you … Continue reading Waiting on the Edge…
I’m delighted to announce that those of you waiting for the mass-market edition of my RITA-winning THE EDGE OF IMPROPRIETY can have real date in your sites. May 2011 — or as Amazon has it, May 3, 2011, and available for pre-order now. Check out my in-the-works page for more information, and do let me … Continue reading It’s a Date!
Do you not see how necessary a World of Pains and troubles is to school an Intelligence and make it a soul? That’s from somewhere in John Keats’ letters, as quoted by biographer Walter Jackson Bate. And as I copied it out from Bate this morning, it occurred to me that certainly that’s one of … Continue reading Bright Star, Heart in a Book
I had to leave off this argument to go post at the Hoydens about Sex and the Historical Sensibility. But I promised to come back and finish it off with “subtleties, shades, differences.” To ask — of a genre that guarantees its readers a happy-ever-after ending every time — whether it’s possible to mix things … Continue reading Be My Baby Now, Part II
Actually, I am today — blogging away at History Hoydens about the research I’m doing, about the clothing Regency fashion prescribed for sailing and what people most likely actually wore. And (most important for a writer) how to describe all that. With nods (of course) to Jane Austen, Shelley and his circle, and fashionistas everywhere. … Continue reading Am I Having Fun Yet?
To the winners of my just-completed contest. Lisa from Granite Falls, NC and Rachael from Cairo, MO will each receive an autographed copy of Janet Mullany’s hot and hilarious Regency read, A Most Lamentable Comedy (and everybody else should check out the excerpts I’ve posted, here and here, of passages that made me giggle, snort, … Continue reading Congratulations
..in trying to describe how it felt last night when The Edge of Impropriety won the RITA® for Best Historical Romance at the Romance Writers of America’s Annual Awards Ceremony, the culminating event of our National Conference. So I just keep saying yes — yes, thanks — yes, it’s amazing, overwhelming, awesome, thrilling. No hold-the-presses … Continue reading Words Fail Me
Not a woman without a man (as the old second-wave feminist quip had it) but a romance writer without a bookmark to give away… No, wait a minute, it’s the opposite. A romance writer never leaves home without a bookmark to give away. A romance writer without a bookmark is like a fish without… fins, … Continue reading A Fish Without a Bicycle