Sunday, February 27, 2011

Great News!

I've mentioned that I'll be at the Tucson Festival of Book in a couple of weeks.  The Festival has hundreds of authors and expects thousands of readers.  There will be booksellers, food vendors, and workshops going on all weekend.  I'm so excited!

The great news is that Mysterious Galaxy, a fabulous bookstore in San Diego and the place where I did my very first ever book signing years and years ago, will have a tent there and they have an agreement with my publisher which will allow them to sell my April 5 release, HAUNTING DESIRE, there!  That's right!  Come see me at the festival and you can my new book early! 

March 12 - 13, 2011, Tucson Festival of Books (Speaking & Signing Books)

Saturday, March 12, 2011, 1:00PM, Panel: Building A World-We’re Not in Kansas Anymore, (with a signing immediately afterward for 30 minutes)

Sunday, March 13, signing at Mysterious Galaxy Exhibitor’s Tent, 11am - noon.  Haunting Desire will be on sale early here!

Speaking at 1:00 pm, Panel: Paranormal-It’s Not Just Vampires, (with a signing immediately afterward for 30 minutes)
More details:

Monday, February 21, 2011

And the winner is....

I've had several contests of late and winners who haven't been in touch to claim their prizes!  If you entered a contest, check the comments for the winners and get in touch!!!!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Welcome NYT & USA Today bestselling author Karen Harper!

I'm always excited to have guest authors and when someone as extraordinary as Karen Harper stops by, well, I'm beside myself.  Not only does NYTimes and USA TODAY bestselling author Karen Harper write amazing historical fiction for NAL, she also writes romantic suspense for Mira Books, most recently a trilogy set in Amish country: DARK ROAD HOME, DARK HARVEST, DARK ANGEL.  You can find more information about Karen and her books at

Her latest novel, THE IRISH PRINCESS is a remarkable story that blends a brilliant imagination with documented fact.  In a wonderful tale that is rich with history, Karen gives us a possible version of Elizabeth  (Gera) Fitzgerald's life during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.  Publisher's weekly says of the THE IRISH PRINCESS "Tudor fans will enjoy this skillfully fleshed-out tale of an adventurous young woman coming-of-age inside a court constantly on edge."

I wholeheartedly agree!

I love to hear about the heroine of a novel, but I really love ot hear about the hero so I've asked Karen to tell us about Gera Fitzgerald's one true love.


I don’t know about you, but I’m a sucker for dashing sea captains. There’s just something about a man in a boat or ship, especially the commander of one. So I was thrilled to discover that my real life Irish heroine Gera Fitzgerald had a forbidden romance with and later a long marriage to the Lord High Admiral of England during the Tudor era. I’m always looking for historical heroines who have a great love story, and Gera’s hero completely floated my boat.

She first meets Edward Clinton when she is quite young—and on a ship, of course. Here’s how she describes his initial impact on her: He turned and looked at me, his eyes widening in surprise. He smiled, flaunting white teeth in his sun-browned face, a handsome face with a strong nose and blue eyes like the sea and slashes of black eyebrows that seemed to work independently when he so willed it. Compared to the whey-skinned, light-haired Irish, he seemed almost devil dark.

Reputed to be Elizabeth
Fitzgerald Clinton, Countess
of Lincoln
There are two portraits each of Elizabeth (Gera) Fitzgerald and Captain Edward Clinton which remain today, and I’ve included my favorites ones here. The other, more formal one of him can be found by Googling “Edward Fiennes Clinton + portrait.” Gera’s later-in-life portrait can be Googled also, but I must admit I love the way the artist has depicted her on the cover of THE IRISH PRINCESS. (See my website for more information about her at

The Earl of Lincoln
(then known as Lord Clinton)
by Hans Holbein the Younger,
c. 1534–1535.
I also love my hero for the way he did not desert Gera when she and her Irish family, “the uncrowned kings of Ireland,” were persecuted (even beheaded!) by King Henry VIII. Edward and Gera’s love was forbidden because he worked for the Tudors and her family were Irish rebels, but they definitely stayed in touch over the years despite the fact that they each had arranged marriages. Finally, they were able to wed each other and had quite an amazing, if turbulent marriage, especially when Gera kept getting in trouble with more Tudors, Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth of England.

There are both tender and contentious scenes in the novel between Gera and her captain. Tender as when Edward lets Gera steer his ship, then places his hands over hers on the spokes of the wheels. My favorite clash is the scene where he abducts her to save her (she doesn’t see it that way) in the tradition of the best old Errol Flynn, Russell Crowe or Johnny Depp swashbuckling heroes:

“Gera, I pray you’ll someday forgive me for this, but you’ve going to have a little accident and go home with me.”

“What? I—“

Another portrait of
 Elizabeth Fitzgerald Clinton,
Countess of Lincoln.
It was all I got out before he swirled his cape at me, over me, then put his hand over my mouth. He hefted me into his arms, however hard I kicked and thrashed, and carried me up and over the hill…

“Stop fighting,” he said and squeezed my shoulder.

So calmly spoken. Was he helping me and himself, or the king?

I heard a horse snort. “I’ll loose you as soon as we are away,” he said. He set me across a large saddle, then mounted behind me and spurred the horse away. I was both panicked and, God forgive me, thrilled.

I must admit I was thrilled when my research turned up not only the perfect strong, dynamic heroine but a hero to match her. Along with William Stafford, the man Mary Boleyn chose to marry in my novel THE LAST BOLEYN, Edward Clinton was the easiest real man I’ve ever made into a hero. Ah, to be sailing, sailing, over the bounding main with a man like Captain Clinton!

You can order THE IRISH PRINCESS NOW!  ISBN:  978-0451232823

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Karen is giving away one autograhped copy of AN IRISH PRINCESS to one lucky commentor so be sure to say hi!

Sunday, February 13, 2011


I just got my ARCs (Advanced Reading Copies) in for HAUNTING DESIRE--that's right, the new one! I'm very excited and to show it, I'm giving away 2 ARCs this week. One goes to a blog poster and the other goes to a poster on my FB page. You can post in both places to double your chances. That's here, there (!

And you'll get some of my cool new stuff too.  (Book marks and series postcards!)

If you entered my contest with Kris Tualla--check out the winners below!  Everybody gets a free download!

And don't be a stranger this week.  On Tuesday, I'm hosting NYT Bestselling author Karen Harper, who's latest historical THE IRISH PRINCESS just released.  It's fabulous and she'll be talking about her Irish Hero!!!  And yes...there will be a giveaway!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Chocolate Affaire!!!

Seriously, with a name like the CHOCOLATE AFFAIRE how can you expect anything less than paradise?  Picture:  You, surrounded by chocolate dipped EVERYTHING and just when you think it can't get any better, you come across the massive tent filled with all of your favorite authors signing books!  How can you even think of missing it????  Click here for more details and signing schedule

Erin Quinn will be there: 
Feb 5, Saturday 10-5,
Feb 6, Sunday 12-4 (free workshop at 3pm)

Want to see more?  Watch the commercial. 

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Welcome author Kris Tualla!

Kris Tualla is taking the publishing world by storm.  She has another new release and I've asked her to stop by and tell us about it.  Be sure to check out all the ways to win at the end!!! 

Welcome Kris Tualla:

Why a member of Clan Bell says: "Norway is the new Scotland"!

Before you condemn this Scots/Irish lassie, here's my story:

I've been to Scotland; it's a very beautiful country. Yes, we tasted haggis. Yes, it is disgusting. Yes, it required a pint of Guinness to wash away the taste.  My most memorable Scottish moment was with a handsome, kilt-wearing Loch Ness tour guide:

Me: "I bought a kilt!"

Him: "Is it forrr yoo?"

Me: "Yes..."

Him: "Then it's no' a kilt, it's a skairrt!"

Me: "Okay. I bough' a skairrt!"

Him: "Oh! Nice accent."

Me: "Thanks."

But when I started writing novels in 2006, I wanted to go a different direction from the highly over-crowded and fanciful "kilted warrior" market. Trust me - I obviously understand the appeal of a man in a plaid. Still, I didn't think the world needed another romance about one. There simply aren't enough bookcases.

The key is the man IN the kilt. He needs to be sexy hero material.

So who else is sexy? Vikings! Big, blond, buff, and beautiful, with oceanic eyes. But the Viking era was pretty harsh. And limited. And dirty. So my Norwegian hero's story takes place in the 1800s. And it quickly grew to a trilogy, with the second book pulling my Nicolas Hansen to Norway to candidate for a reclaimed Norse throne!

But, as enamored I became of my Norse men, I wasn't willing to ignore my own heritage, so while my heroes are all members of the fictional Hansen family of Arendal, Norway - in homage to the Bell clan, I have given some of my heroines the name.

In an attempt to schmooze the Powers That Be, I did set my fourth book - a Hansen prequel - in 1354 on the northern coast of Scotland. The hero is a shipwrecked Norseman trying to get home, rescued by a spunky red-haired healer. This story tells of the re-establishment of the Hansen family following the cataclysmic Black Death.

Loving the Norseman is scheduled for a Fall 2011 release, as is the sequel, Loving the Knight. There, my heroine takes the Bell name as she steps into the role of Lady of the estate and raises the plague-orphaned Bell heir on the Scots/English border in 1355. The hero is a Scottish knight from whom she is keeping her true "English/bastard/servant" identity a secret.

Trust me - there is a Hansen in that story as well! I must remain true to my brand. Because Norway is the new Scotland!

So. Is it time you found a new sort of hero? Please allow me to help.

For every 10 people who comment here, I will give away one free e-copy of A Woman of Choice - the beginning of the trilogy. And, yes. Commenter #11 warrants 2 copies! Comment #21? I'll give away three.


In February at the end of my blog tour, I'll give away one SIGNED PAPERBACK SET of the trilogy. Here's how you can get in on that deal:

1. Go to  and find the "Secret Word" on my home page.

2. Send an email to  with "Signed Trilogy Giveaway" in the subject line. Put the secret word in the body.

3. Comment on any blog at any time in the tour to activate your entry. Each day's blog location is listed at

A Woman of Choice, A Prince of Norway, and A Matter of Principle are all available at

A Woman of Choice - Missouri Territory, 1819

A woman is viciously betrayed and abandoned by her unfaithful husband. She is rescued by a widower uninterested in love. In desperation, she becomes engaged to his best friend. One woman, three very different men. Life is about choices.

A Prince of Norway - Christiania, Norway, 1820

American-born Nicolas Hansen has been asked to candidate for his great-grandfather's throne. His new wife Sydney isn't about to let him go to Norway and face that possibility alone. The moment they arrive at Akershus Castle, the political intrigue and maneuvering begin. Can Sydney trust anyone? Will Nicolas resist the seduction of power? Or will he claim the throne for himself? Most importantly: will their young marriage survive the malicious mischief of the ambitious royal family?

A Matter of Principle - St. Louis, State of Missouri, 1821

Nicolas Hansen has returned from Norway determined to change the world. But when he runs for State Legislator in the brand-new state of Missouri, the enemies he made over the past two years aren't about to step quietly aside. Sydney has made enemies of her own, both by marrying Nicolas and by practicing midwifery. When a newspaper reporter makes it his goal to destroy them, Nicolas must rethink his path once again. But this time, it's a matter of principle.