Hello everyone, and welcome to my blog! I’ve done a round-up of some of my own favorite posts over the years (both here and when I’ve guested at other blogs), for people who are visiting for the first time:

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New contest: “Romancing the Duke” by Tessa Dare

romancing the duke coverThis month I’m giving away a signed paperback of Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare, plus swag!

If you haven’t read the first book in the Castles Ever After series, what are you waiting for, seriously? I adore Izzy (who has inherited a castle unexpectedly!) and Ransom (who is NOT DEAD thank you very much, this is HIS castle and he’s not leaving!). Ransom is the only person who sees Izzy as a woman, and not her famous father’s wide-eyed little girl (a trope I always love). Best of all, Izzy’s father wrote serial medieval stories, and there are fans and LARPers and fandom tropes, and it’s awesome.

The back-cover copy:

As the daughter of a famed author, Isolde Ophelia Goodnight grew up on tales of brave knights and fair maidens. She never doubted romance would be in her future, too. The storybooks offered endless possibilities.

And as she grew older, Izzy crossed them off. One by one by one.

Ugly duckling turned swan?
Abducted by handsome highwayman?
Rescued from drudgery by charming prince?

No, no, and… Heh.

Now Izzy’s given up yearning for romance. She’ll settle for a roof over her head. What fairy tales are left over for an impoverished twenty-six year-old woman who’s never even been kissed?

This one.

photo of book and swag
Pictured: spokesmodel T-Rex (not included) in cosplay as a Moranglian knight, with signed paperback and swag: a Say Yes to the Marquess postcard and two Romancing the Duke pinback buttons, one reading “DOUBT NOT” and one reading “Why must this be so mortifying? Oh, that’s right. Because it’s my life.”

The rules:

1. Comment on this post to enter.
2. The winner will be chosen at random using random.org.
3. US and Canada only.
4. Open for entries through February 26th, 2015.
5. I got this book signed at a conference. Tessa isn’t involved in the giveaway.

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Good luck!

Last blog tour stop

Today I’m at bookworm2bookworm talking about how romances model breaking out of entrenched emotional patterns. :)

Blog tour stops #10 and #11

Yesterday I did a Q&A at Risky Regencies about research, TV, and the etymology of “swindler.” :) I think the giveaway is still open!

And today I’m at AAR, blogging about anti-Semitism and intermarriage in the Regency, and giving away another book.

Blog tour stop #9

I’m at The Romance Dish giving away a copy of True Pretenses and talking about conflict, time travel, and lucky New Year’s foods!

Blog tour stop #8

I’m at Smitten by Books giving away a book and talking about my favorite marriage of convenience stories. Come tell me about yours!

Blog tour stop #7

Today I’m at Angieville, doing a Q&A and giving away a book. Fictional thieves, protagonists with their backs to the wall, the word association game, and more…

Blog tour stop #6

Today I’m at Heroes & Heartbreakers talking about con artist myth vs. reality.

SPOILER: You CAN con an honest man.

EEEE! It’s release day!

Blog tour stop #5

Today I’m at Romance at Random talking about the inspiration for True Pretenses and the difference between a romance and a tragedy.


All the “best of 2014″ lists are popping up, and Sweet Disorder has been showing up on some of them! I’m collecting the mentions here mostly for my personal reference, but I know reading these lists has added to my TBR pile, so if you’re looking for an awesome book to read…

Janga’s Top Ten Romances of 2014, at the Romance Dish.
Janine’s Best of 2014 at Dear Author.
Willaful’s Best of 2014 at Dear Author.
“My Favorite Historical Romance Novels in 2014″ at Love Saves the World.
Best of 2014 at Romance Novels for Feminists

And A Lily Among Thorns made a list of favorite historical romances read in 2014 at Reading with Analysis!

I’m so proud, you guys. Thank you to everyone who read one of my books this year.

Welcome Theresa Romain and her awesome books!

Readers, thanks for visiting! Today, Theresa Romain and I are chatting about our January historical romances, which both feature heiress heroines theresa romain author photo(mine: True Pretenses, and hers: Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress). But as we talked, we discovered many more things we wanted to talk about—everything from character casting to mall singers to “manflirting” as an aristocratic cultural marker.

This is part 2 of 2 of the chat. You can find the beginning on Theresa’s blog. And please stick around to comment, because we’re offering a book giveaway on each site!

When last you saw us on Theresa’s blog, Theresa was talking about the silly plans romance heroes make…

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