Riskies post: “Servitude: a Poem written by a Footman”

I have a blog post up at Risky Regencies today about eighteenth-century working-class poets!

There were actually a fair number of working class poets in eighteenth-century England, though their work has been excluded from the canon. A few of my personal favorites are:

1. Mary Collier. Wikipedia notes:

“She read Stephen Duck‘s The Thresher’s Labour (1730) and in response to his apparent disdain for labouring-class women, wrote the 246-line poem for which she is mainly remembered, The Woman’s Labour: an Epistle to Mr Stephen Duck. In this piece she catalogues the daily tasks of a working woman, both outside the home and, at the end of the day, within the home as well:

‘You sup, and go to Bed without delay,
And rest yourselves till the ensuing Day;
While we, alas! but little Sleep can have…'”

Read the rest!

Facebook party Sunday evening!


Come help Christy Carlyle celebrate the release of her third Avon Impulse novel, One Dangerous Desire! With a Facebook party full of readers, authors, and lots of prizes, we’re going to have fun. :)

As you can see, I’m hosting 8-8:20 Eastern time. I’ll be giving away 3 e-books so if you got Sweet Disorder free this week (if you haven’t yet, it’s not too late to pick it up along with eight other historical romances), this is your chance at the sequels!

RSVP here.

(All times are EST)
7:00 – Author Christy Carlyle
7:20 – Darcy Burke
7:40 – Erica Monroe
8:00 – Rose Lerner
8:20 – Charis Michaels
8:40 – Ashlyn Macnamara
9:00 – Eileen Richards
9:20 – Lana Williams
9:40 – Christy Carlyle

I’d love to see you there!

Get SWEET DISORDER and 7 other romances free! :D


HEYO!! Guess what?? This week me and SEVEN other authors are giving away FREE BOOKS!!!!

That’s right! Go here and get a direct download of any or all of the eight books pictured above, no muss no fuss!

I’m giving away Sweet Disorder, my Regency romance about a depressed veteran who’s trying to find a husband for a prickly widow to help his brother’s electoral campaign! The other books are:

Talk Sweetly to Me, by Courtney Milan. This book RULES. Black mathematician heroine, Irish advice columnist feminist hero, sexy astronomy, do you really need to know more??

Rise of a Queen, by Chanta Rand. Ghana, 1061 AD, she is a virgin widow who needs to be pregnant FAST, I am downloading the hell out of this!

Be Not Afraid by Alyssa Cole. Hamilton fans, you need this book! I haven’t read it (yet!) but Alyssa is magic so I know it’s great. The hero and heroine are both trying to win their freedom, but on opposite sides of the Revolutionary War!! I’ve heard Alyssa say it’s basically set offstage during “Guns and Ships,” OMG amazing, GET IT.

The Hidden Blade by Sherry Thomas. Late 19th century, biracial Chinese heroine trained in martial arts, traumatized English boy, their fates are linked, Sherry’s prose is the definition of lyrical, GO.

The Lawyer’s Luck by Piper Huguley.  This story is so compelling, I could not put it down. Smart-mouthed enslaved heroine escaping to Canada, by-the-book lawyer hero riding circuit (despite being clueless about horses, it’s precious), he shoots her by mistake, they pretend to be married at one point IIRC, YES PLZ.

How to Catch a Wild Viscount by Tessa Dare. Looks like this is a prequel to the Wanton Dairymaid trilogy, how did I not know there was a prequel??? Looks like it’s a house party story about a hero with PTSD from the war and his childhood sweetheart and presumably an erotic novel about a wanton dairymaid!!

Star Dust by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner. 1960s divorcee/astronaut romance????? SIGN ME UP!

What are you waiting for? Go!

Gambled Away

gideoncoin2So you know that anthology me and Molly O’Keefe have been teasing FOREVER?? Well it’s coming out on May 31 and tomorrow we reveal the cover at Heroes and Heartbreakers! It’s called Gambled Away:

Get revenge. Pay a debt. Save a soul. Lose your heart.

Spanning centuries and continents, five brand-new novellas from beloved historical romance authors tell the stories of men and women who find themselves wagered in a game of chance and are forced to play for the highest stakes of all: love.

Tomorrow will also be the first time we officially reveal the full list of contributing authors. I’ve posted summaries of all the stories! Can you guess who the authors are and who wrote each story?? (Some of the summaries have pretty big clues in them, but some I think might stump you!)

How to create a tweet thread on Twitter

One of my pet peeves is when people post a series of related tweets and don’t thread their tweets. “Threading” means linking related tweets so when someone clicks on one, they can see the whole series.

I figure some experienced users choose to do this for reasons of their own that I don’t know about. But if that’s not you (or if you are PROMOTING A BOOK and don’t want to annoy the crap out of readers who have to click through five different screens to find the buy link) here’s how to do it:

1. Hit the reply button on your tweet as if you are going to have a conversation with yourself



2. Delete your username


3. Type your new tweet and post it


4. Tada!


If you want the thread to show up in the correct order with no missing tweets, make sure you add each new tweet by replying to YOUR MOST RECENT TWEET. Usually if you create every tweet by replying to the very first tweet that works too, but if you start being random, sometimes the thread bifurcates and sections disappear.

Mini-stories: happy Purim!

Hi all! It’s Purim, maybe the best holiday ever? The story of Purim was one of my favorite stories as a kid, I made my mom tell it to me all the time. Vashti and Esther are bosses and hamantaschen are delicious. So to celebrate, I’m writing mini-stories!

Give me a prompt, related to any of the characters or to the world of any of my books, and I will write you at least 100 words of fiction in response.

I will do as many as I can tomorrow and Saturday…after that all bets are off.


All or Nothing: Chapter One!

Well…we didn’t make it to Round 2 of the DABWAHA. But we were pretty darn close! (Like, 3 votes close.) So I’m not posting the first two chapters of my upcoming novella All or Nothing, but I AM posting just the first chapter early, as a thank you.

Chapter 1

June 1819

Simon Radcliffe-Gould didn’t even know why he kept coming back to this gaming hell.

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DABWAHA voting for True Pretenses is open NOW!

DABWAHA voting for True Pretenses is open NOW! (Until midnight Eastern time.)

It is neck and neck! I am TWO VOTES ahead right now. We could really do this!

Please vote! Please get your friends and housemates and family members and coworkers to vote!

Vote here: http://dabwaha.com/

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Remember, if I get through this round, I will post the first two chapters of my upcoming novella All or Nothing, in which shy architect Simon Radcliffe-Gould asks irrepressible gambling den hostess Maggie da Silva to pose as his mistress so he can actually get some work done during his ex-boyfriend’s scandalous house party.

To motivate you, here are the first 500 words:

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