10 Things You Should Know About Lenora

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  1. She’s from a tiny town in Alaska and a moose followed her home from school once.
  2. Some of her favorite historical romance friends and authors are Eloisa James, Tessa Dare, Courtney Milan, and Sarah MacLean (among a host of others).
  3. She has something fun in common with Nora Roberts! They both married carpenters they hired.
  4. One of her most treasured possessions is a white lace-edged day dress worn by her Swiss great-grandmother, also named Lenora.
  5. She’s a karaoke fanatic and her go-to songs include At Last by Etta James and Hopelessly Devoted to You by Olivia Newton John.
  6. Her bucket list includes recording an alt-country album on vinyl with her banjo-playing hubby.
  7. She knows how to order cocktails in six languages. ¡Me gustaría un mojito por favor!
  8. She got married in Bangkok.
  9. She can’t decide what color her hair should be.
  10. She would adore receiving an email from you!

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Blueprint for Success

Posted at Nov 17, 2014 10:01 am in , , , , ,

As a fledgling romance author whose first book will debut on some yet undisclosed date in 2016, I pay attention to promotion opportunities for new authors. I’ve been studying other romance writer’s blogs and searching through their archives for the benchmarks that serve as a blueprint for success in this tough, capricious industry.

Some highlights of the blueprint might go something like this:

The blueprint might also include a nomination to RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Awards for First Historical Romance book. Illustrious past winners of this award include Maire Claremont’s THE DARK LADY (2013), Tessa Dare’s GODDESS OF THE HUNT (2009), Sherry Thomas’ PRIVATE ARRANGEMENTS (2008) and Anna Campbell’s CLAIMING THE COURTESAN (2007).

RT Best First Historical Romance 2014 Nominees

This year’s nominees for First Historical Book are a talented bunch. I downloaded their debut books (one’s on pre-order) and spent the weekend feasting on rakes, dukes, lady pirates, lady smugglers, feisty heiresses, and delectable widows. 

In Alison DeLaine‘s A GENTLEMAN ‘TIL MIDNIGHT the swashbuckling heroine is fond of pronouncements like, “One word, and you’ll meet the end of my cutlass.” Alyssa Alexander‘s heroine in THE SMUGGLER WORE SILK knows that “A lady can’t trust a rake and a wastrel.” Darcie Wilde‘s LORD OF THE RAKES heroine is warned that “Philip Montcalm is deep waters. You might not be able to get yourself out so quickly once you’re in.” Sally Orr‘s rake warns his widow target that in his RAKE’s HANDBOOK,  “It’s rather shocking, but…widows [are listed] under the heading ‘Houses to Let.’”

There’s Corsair Kate, The Shadow, The Lord of the Rakes, and The Wandering Earl. A horse named Demon, a cat named Mr. Bogles, and a very prominently missing fig leaf. The books are full of humor and sizzling sensuality, the heroes are complex and sexy, and the heroines are my favorite kind — they ride astride, brandish cutlasses, and generally don’t let anyone push them around. I will definitely be following these debut authors as their careers progress and I develop my personal blueprint for success.

Have you read any of these debut books? What’s your idea of a blueprint for success in the romance industry?

Congrats to all the RT Award nominees!



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