Archive for the ‘blog tour’ Category
I’m over at Risky Regencies talking about what’s risky about Lily and giving away a copy of the book. Stop on by!
I’m over at Kat Latham’s blog with ten tips on how I write characters with accents. Stop by, let me know what you think, and enter to win a copy of A Lily Among Thorns!
I’m over at Cecilia Grant’s blog today giving away a book and talking about protagonists who work for a living!
Come on over and tell me about your favorite working heroes and heroines.
I’m over at The Season’s blog today talking about writing well-rounded villains (and, as you can see, my crush on Tom Hiddleston, who played Loki in the Thor movie). I’m giving away a book, so stop by and tell me about your favorite 3D villain!
My Lily blog tour got off to a great start at History Hoydens last week, where I talked about chemistry during the Regency period.
Coming up, here’s the schedule (I’ll still be adding a couple more dates but this is what I’ve got scheduled at the moment):
10/2: A Q&A at Susanna Fraser’s blog about beta heroes, research, titles, and Avatar: the Last Airbender.
10/7: A post about personal growth in romance novels at Musetracks.
10/12: A post about protagonists who work at Cecilia Grant’s blog.
10/13: A Q&A with Solomon and Serena at Bookworm2bookworm.
10/19: A Q&A at Smexybooks.
10/24: A post about writing accents at Kat Latham’s blog.
11/1: The Book Smugglers.
The Season: Date TBA
I’ll be giving away signed books at all of these, so stop by! Oh, and guess what? The In for a Penny Kindle edition is on sale for $3.99 through 10/3! Get it while you can!
My blog tour continues today! I’m talking about my deep-seated ambivalence about Georgette Heyer, Jane Austen, and trying to be taken seriously over at the Book Smugglers. (Note: I DO mean “ambivalence.” I love Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen a LOT.) There are also hilarious pictures of My Family’s Poor Fashion Choices Through Time. Go over and read it! (And check out the Smugglers’ awesome blog!) I’m giving away a signed book in the comments.
Smuggler Ana also posted my very first review! And she was very kind to me. Is it tacky to link to reviews? It just seems weird not to when I’m linking to my guest post.
In other news, my friend Alice just linked me to this article about a new Alexandre Dumas biopic. They’ve cast Gerard Depardieu to play Dumas and are darkening his skin and putting him in a curly wig for the role. Because if you didn’t know, Alexandre Dumas was part black. Here’s a picture of him:
And here is a racist caricature from his own lifetime, entitled “The Quadroon Chef: Dumas concocting his bouillabaisse of romance”:
I still remember how shocked and angry I was the first time I saw this image, when my mom and I went on a tour of the Château de Monte-Cristo, Dumas’s amazing estate near Paris. I remember how sad I was when I read his novel Georges about a mixed-race hero who tries to start a slave revolt and fails, and I saw all the racism he’d written into it, the internalized beliefs about black inferiority, and how awful that must have been for him to live with every day. (The book does have a lot of great stuff in it, by the way. It just also has a lot of messed-up stuff in it.)
Just. I am a HUGE Dumas fan. HUGE. The Three Musketeers in particular was one of the defining books of my youth and it still means a lot to me. The man was a brilliant writer and a really nice guy and I love him. And apart from anything else, apart from what it says about the racism and marginalizing in European and American film industries, apart from how that affects all of us and perpetuates racism in our cultures, apart from how angry I would be if I were a French mixed-race actor who could have tried for this role if it hadn’t already been handed to a white guy, apart from ALL OF THAT, this is a huge insult to HIM. Didn’t Dumas face enough racism when he was alive? Haven’t we come far enough that we can show him some respect? Is it so hard to cast a mixed-race actor in your movie? Is it really?
My blog tour starts today! You can read my post about classism in Regency England over at History Hoydens. Here’s the opening:
When I started writing In for a Penny, about a rich brewer’s daughter who marries an impoverished earl, I realized I was going to have to do some research to figure out how people in the Regency thought about class. I had general ideas, obviously, but if I was going to write about my heroine from the point of view of my antagonist, the snobby poacher-hating Tory Sir Jasper, or write about my heroine meeting the hero’s newly-middle-class tenant farmers, I needed to understand more.
I quickly discovered that there were endless gradations, just as there are today:
1. A biography of Hannah More tells this story: the Duchess of Gloucester “desired one of her ladies to stop an orange-woman and ask her if she ever sold ballads. ‘No indeed,’ said the woman, ‘I don’t do anything so mean, I don’t even sell apples!’”
And I’m giving away a signed copy of my book in the comments, too. Check it out!