Mid-Month Round-Up

Double hyphenated title!

OK, so as we near the release date for SCOUNDREL'S KISS, which is now only 18 days away, the advance reviews and interviews will really start to gain momentum. I'll be centralizing them all here, as well as notifying everyone when and where you'll be able to win free copies through various blogs. Yay for free! Here's the list of activity from this week:

** Katie has a marvelous, blush-worthy review on Babbling About Books. I think she liked it. "SCOUNDREL'S KISS has a near epic type feel to it in an exotic land with so many twist and turns. Carrie Lofty is a masterful storyteller who kept me hooked until the very last page. This is one much recommended romance."

** Historical Tapestry mostly reviews historical fiction, so I was glad to see that my romance (mostly) held up under more intense historical scrutiny. "The era and location are not usual among historical romance or even historical fiction, and from the first pages, I was immediately swept away."

** The Historical Novel Review also thought it was the bee's knees. "They are memorable for their bravery and resilience with each new trial, but even more for the power of their love. Their story was a great pleasure to read and I highly recommend SCOUNDREL'S KISS."

UPDATED TO ADD: I forgot that I'm giving away a copy at the HNR blog. You have thru Monday! Just leave a comment for your chance to win.

And I've done a quick post featuring a short, steamy excerpt over at the RomCon blog.

I have two other pieces of happy book news. My sexy, wonderfully happy short story "Sundial," in which a modern girl finds herself in 1950s Italy and meets a fellow time traveler from the 1980s, is now available in print form. The THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE anthology features all four winners from the contest Wild Rose Press held back in 2007. The other winners were Leanne Tyler (American Historical), Loretta C. Rogers (Western Historical), and Michelle Chambers (Non-American Historical). Because of its 1950s setting, "Sundial" was the winner of the Vintage Historical category.

And finally, the historical romance formerly known as "Serenade," in which a widowed violin prodigy begins a steamy love affair with a renowned composer, only to learn that he stole the symphony he's most famous for, has been chosen to help launch Carina Press. Carina Press is Harlequin's new digital-only venture, which will open its doors in June 2010. I'm so excited to be part of this launch, and that my little-Austrian-story-that-could will find a much wider audience. You can read more about it here on Carina's blog, and I've posted the first chapter here. More details, including the new title, when I have them.

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