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November 01
2014

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November News: The Accidental Countess is here!

Happy November!

Thanks for reading my latest news! I recently returned from a trip to the gorgeous state of Vermont where I celebrated my first wedding anniversary and got to see all sorts of autumn leaves. Now I’m back in Florida where the air is (a bit) more crisp than usual and I’m getting ready for the holiday season. 

The Accidental Countess is here!

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The Accidental Countess is in stores and at e-tailers now! This is Cass’s and Julian’s story and is the second book in my Playful Brides series. This one is based on Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.  Book #1 was The Unexpected Duchess and was based on Cyrano de Bergerac. The Accidental Countess was given a great review and 4.5 stars from RT Book Reviews and a STARRED Kirkus Review

Wanna Order?

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The Accidental Countess blog tour is in full swing. I hope you’ll follow along.

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Christmas Brides are heating up the holidays in stores NOW!

The Christmas Brides anthology is currently in stores (and online)! It received 4.5 STARS from RT Book Reviews and a terrific review from Publisher’s Weekly!  You can find copies in Target, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Barnes and Noble, and Books-a-Million!  I hope you’ll grab a copy and get ready for the upcoming holiday season. It would also make a great gift for your historical romance novel-loving friends and family!

If you’re on Facebook, I hope you’ll pop over and  LIKE my Author Page! I give away books and share all my latest news there each week.

Happy November, everyone. And as always, thank you so much for your support!

Valerie

October 22
2014

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The Accidental Countess Blog Tour!

Happy (Nearly) November!

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The Accidental Countess hit stores and e-tailers on Tuesday, 10/28. This is Cass’s and Julian’s story and is the second book in my PlayfulBrides series. This one is based on Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.  Book #1 was The Unexpected Duchess and was based on Cyrano de Bergerac. The Accidental Countess was given a great review and 4.5 stars from RT Book Reviews and a STARRED Kirkus Review.

 Wanna Order?

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-a-Million | IndieBound | Powell’s 

I’m so excited to announce the Accidental Countess blog tour! It kicks off on Wednesday, Oct 22 with my visit to Get Lost in a Story and the party doesn’t stop until November 14th! I hope you’ll follow along and join me for some fun along the way. I’ll be telling stories about the book, giving away copies, and sharing excerpts!

- Oct 22 – Get Lost in a Story
- Oct 25 – Free Book Friday
- Oct 26 – Heroes & Heartbreakers
- Oct 27 – The Reading Frenzy 
- Oct 28 – Romance at Random and BookPage
- Nov 3 – USA Today and BookSkater
- Nov 4 – Cynthia Gail
- Nov 5 – Buried Under Romance 
- Nov 6 – Susana’s Parlour
- Nov 7 – Long and Short Reviews and The Romance Dish
- Nov 10 – It’s Raining Books
- Nov 11 – Room with Books and Aly’s Miscellany
- Nov 12 – DRB1stChp Blog and Nana Prah
- Nov 13 – Bunny’s Book Reviews
- Nov 14 – Dena Garson, Real…Hot…Romance

If you’re on Facebook, I hope you’ll pop over and  LIKE my Author Page! I give away books and share all my latest news there each week.

Happy (nearly) November, everyone. And as always, thank you so much for your support!

Valerie

October 01
2014

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October News: Two new books!

Happy October everyone!

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I love, love love autumn and am so happy that it’s finally arrived. I’ll be sneaking away from Florida this month to head up to Vermont to celebrate my first wedding anniversary and to peep at all the gorgeous autumn leaves. I can’t wait. In the meantime, I have lots of things going on this month!

First up!

The Christmas Brides anthology is now in stores (and online)! It received 4.5 STARS from RT Book Reviews and a terrific review from Publisher’s Weekly!  You can find copies in Target, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Barnes and Noble, and Books-a-Million!  I hope you’ll grab a copy and get ready for the upcoming holiday season. It would also make a great gift for your historical romance novel-loving friends and family!

Next up!

The Accidental Countess is coming on 10/28. This is Cass and Julian’s story and is the next book in my PlayfulBrides series. This one is based on Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.  Book #1 was The Unexpected Duchess and was based on Cyrano de Bergerac. Wanna pre-order?

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If you’re on Facebook, I hope you’ll pop over and  LIKE my Author Page to keep up with my shenanigans! And if you haven’t signed up for my newsletter yet, I’d be honored if you’d take a minute to do that. I promise, no spam! I’ll be sending out a newsletter on 10/28 to announce the release of The Accidental Countess. Finally, if you’ve read any of my books, I’d be honored if you’d consider leaving a review at Amazon, GoodReads, or Barnes and Noble. Every review helps!

Happy October, everyone. And as always, thank you so much for your support!

Valerie

September 01
2014

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September News! Maggie Finalist and the Christmas Brides are Coming!

Happy September everyone!

Can you believe it’s September? Wow! Time flies.

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This month, I have some terrific news to share!

Secrets of a Runaway Bride has been nominated for the prestigious Maggie award from the Georgia Romance Writers. Unfortunately, I can’t make it to the fabulous Moonlight and Magnolias conference on Oct 11th to see if I win, but you can be sure I’ll be there in spirit and watching the @GRW Twitter feed that night. 

What I’m up to in September

This September, I’ve begun writing the next book in the Playful Brides series. It’s Daphne Swift’s tale and it’s based on Philip Barry’s delightful play, The Philadelphia Story. It’s an absolute a blast to write.

Coming September 30th to a store or e-reader near you!

The Christmas Brides anthology will be published on 9/30. This anthology just received 4.5 STARS from RT Christmas Bridesmagazine and you’ll be able to find copies in Target, Walmart, Barnes and Noble, and Books-a-Million in addition to being available  online!  I hope you’ll grab a copy and get ready for the upcoming holiday season. Or you could always pre-order!

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The Accidental Countess is coming on 10/28. This is Cass and Julian’s story and is the next book in my PlayfulBrides series. Book #1 was The Unexpected Duchess. Wanna pre-order?

If you’re on Facebook, I hope you’ll pop over and  LIKE my Author Page to keep up with my shenanigans! And if you haven’t signed up for my newsletter yet, I’d be honored if you’d take a minute to do that. I promise, no spam!

Happy September, everyone. And as always, thank you so much for your support!

Valerie

August 01
2014

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August News! A Second Printing and an Award Nom!

Happy August everyone! 

This August finds me just back from San Antonio, TX where I attended the RWA National Conference. It was a blast! If you’ve never been, you really should go sometime. Like next year when it will be held in NEW YORK CITY! I’ll be there!

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I also recently learned that Secrets of a Runaway Bride has gone back for a second printing and The Unexpected Duchess has been nominated for the BTSemag Red Carpet Award!

What I’m up to in August

This August, I’m writing a proposal for more books in the Playful Brides series which consists of Daphne Swift’s story, Owen Monroe’s story, and Lord Berkeley’s story! I hope you’re looking forward to these characters’ tales as much as I am.

Coming up in September!

In September, the Christmas Brides anthology will be published on 9/30 with The Accidental Countess to be released soon after on 10/28. Lots of great stuff to read. I hope you’re ready! Christmas Brides 

If you’re on Facebook, you can pop over and  LIKE my Author Page to keep up with my shenanigans! And if you haven’t signed up for my newsletter yet, I’d be honored if you’d take a minute to do that. I promise, no spam!

Stay cool and safe, everyone. And as always, thank you so much for your support!

Valerie

July 01
2014

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July News: The Unexpected Duchess is a Kirkus Prize Nominee!

Hi there everyone,

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Happy July! I hope you’re having as great a summer as I am. I’ve finished writing Jane and Garrett’s story, The Unlikely Lady (Spring 2015) and I just got back from my big birthday vacation trip to Bermuda. Now I’m settling down to write a proposal for my next set of books! I hope to continue the Playful Brides series with Daphne Swift’s book, Lord Berkeley’s book, and Owen Monroe’s book among others!

And on the plane ride home from Bermuda, I thought of an entirely new series and starting writing it, too!

In addition to celebrating my birthday, in June I discovered that The Unexpected Duchess is a 2014 Kirkus Prize Nominee in fiction! This is an amazing honor. You can read more about the award and see the entire list of nominees here. I’m not only thrilled to be in such esteemed company for such a prestigious award, but I’m also honored to be representing the romance genre. 

I’ll be in Texas!

If you’re  in the San Antonio, TX area in July, please come see me at the RWA Readers for Life Literacy Autographing on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm  at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter Hotel in the 3rd floor ballroom. I’d love to meet you!

And Milwaukee!

I’m also thrilled to announce that I’ll be at Barbara Vey’s Reader Appreciation Luncheon on April 25, 2015 in Milwaukee. Hope to see you there!

Have a terrific July!

June 01
2014

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Happy June! The Unexpected Duchess is Going Strong!

Happy June, everyone! June is perhaps my favorite month. I happen to be celebrating a big, big birthday this June and I can’t wait!

UnexpectedDuchessThis year, I have a lot to celebrate! In addition to appearing on Say Yes to the Dress and being a newlywed, my latest book, The Unexpected Duchess, is doing great in stores and online. It’s hit Nielsen BookScan repeatedly, was on the Ingram Bestsellers List, and has spent weeks in the top of the Amazon Hot New Regency Release List!

If you haven’t had a chance to snap up a copy yet, I’m happy to report that it’s on sale! What are you waiting for?

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What I’m up to in June!

This month, I’ll be finishing the third book in my new Playful Brides series. The Unlikely Lady  is Jane and Garrett’s story. It’s based on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and will be out in Spring of 2015!

On Saturday, June 7th, I’ll be at the St. John’s County Public Library Bartram Trail Branch at 1pm doing a reading and giving away books! If you’re in the area, please join me and romantic suspense author Lena Diaz and New York Times Bestseller Alyssa Day/Lucy Connors! The library is at 60 Davis Pond Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32259.

Coming up in July!

If you’ll  be in the San Antonio, TX area in July, I’ll be at the RWA Readers for Life Literacy Autographing on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm  at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter Hotel in the 3rd floor ballroom. Please stop by and say hello!

Next time you hear from me, I’ll be one year older. Or, if you’re on Facebook, you can pop over and  LIKE my Author Page to keep up with my shenanigans! Have a wonderful June! 

May 01
2014

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It’s May! The Unexpected Duchess is Here!

Happy May! I love this month. Maybe because my new book, The Unexpected Duchess, is in stores this May! It just released on 4/29 and it’s been getting rave reviews like a 4.5 star TOP PICK rating from RT Book Reviews, a STARRED review from Booklist and a STARRED review from Kirkus Reviews!

RT says this, “Smart, witty, sassy, and utterly delightful!”

But I think my FAVORITE review so far is from a GoodReads reviewer who said, “She made me laugh, snort, cry, cheer and even pee myself a little, but PLEASE don’t tell anyone. . . . love is not a big enough word for how much I enjoyed this first book in the Playful Brides series.” << This made me laugh out loud when I read it! High praise, indeed.

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IN THIS BATTLE OF WITS

Lady Lucy Upton’s tongue may be too sharp to attract suitors but her heart is good and when her painfully shy friend Cassandra needs help she devises a brilliant scheme to help her discourage an unwanted suitor, the Duke of Claringdon. Lucy will hide behind the hedgerow and tell Cass just what to say to discourage the duke…but it turns out that he’s made of sterner stuff than either of them anticipated. And Lucy is shocked to discover that tangling with the tenacious man is the most fun she’s had in ages.

KISSES ARE THE BEST WEAPON

Lord Derek Hunt made a promise to his dying friend to marry the demure Cassandra, and for a man who wants nothing more than peace and quiet after the horrors of war, she’ll make the perfect bride. If only the impudent Miss Upton will let him court the girl! Doing battle is the last thing on his mind, but bantering with Lucy behind the bushes is too tempting to resist. And the spoils of this war just may be true love…

Want to order now?

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Congratulations to the winner of my SAY YES TO THE DRESS GIVEAWAY! 
Thank you to all who watched my episode of Say Yes to the Dress, Atlanta and wrote to me telling me how much you liked the dress I chose! It was an amazing experience to say the least. The winner of the gown is Mallory Robinson! Congratulations, Mallory, and best wishes on your special day!

If you’re on Facebook, I hope you’ll take a second to drop by and LIKE my Author Page!

What I’m Up To in May!

In May I’ll be finishing writing the third book in my new Playful Brides series. The Unlikely Lady  is Jane and Garrett’s story. It’s based on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and will be out in Spring of 2015!

I’ll also be at the RT Booklovers Convention in New Orleans from May 14-18! If you’ll be there too, or are in the area, stop by the Giant Book Fair on Saturday May 17th at the Marriott on Canal Street and visit!

Have a wonderful May, everyone!

April 01
2014

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It’s April! 29 Days Until The Unexpected Duchess!

Happy April! I hope it’s getting warmer where you live (unless it’s someplace in the southern hemisphere, of course). Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy life to read my news.

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The Unexpected Duchess hits shelves on 4/29!

First for the best news! The Unexpected Duchess  got a 4.5 star TOP PICK! rating from RT Book Reviews magazine AND it just so happens to be gracing the cover of the May edition with an article about me inside! How exciting is that? You can subscribe online or pick up a copy in a bookstore including Barnes & NobleRT calls The Unexpected Duchess, “Smart, witty, sassy and utterly delightful!” and Publisher’s Weekly calls it, “a charming take on Cyrano de Bergerac.” It also received a Booklist STARRED review and a Kirkus Reviews STARRED review!

The Unexpected Duchess Blog Tour!

Here’s a sneak peek at The Unexpected Duchess blog tour! Stop by for fun posts and free books!
4/28 – The Dashing Duchesses
4/29 – Romance @ Random
5/1 – Ramblings from this Chick
5/2 – Free Book Friday

Plus, in celebration of its release month, I’m giving away 25 copies of The Unexpected Duchess on GoodReads (U.S. only). Be sure to enter today!

What I’m Up To in April!

In April I’m busily writing the third book in my new Playful Brides series. The Unlikely Lady  is based on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and will be out in Spring of 2015!

Look at THESE pretty covers!
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Here’s a sneak peek at the cover of November’s The Accidental Countess! Isn’t it gorgeous?

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And here’s the cover of the anthology that It Happened Under the Mistletoe will be in.  It’s called Christmas Brides and it comes out 9/30/14. It’s already on Barnes and NobleAmazon, and GoodReads. Be sure to pre-order a copy or mark it as Want to Read on GoodReads! I just love red, don’t you?

You have 28 more days to enter my Say Yes to the Dress giveaway!

I hope you had a chance to see my episode of Say Yes to the Dress, Atlanta. If not, it’s playing in re-runs  (and on-demand) on the TLC channel. It’s called By the Book. Check out TLC.com for showtimes. I’m still planning to giveaway the dress I said yes to! To enter, check out all the deets here!

Valerie

March 01
2014

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What’s up in March?

Happy March, everyone! Here in Florida, the azaleas are beginning to peek out of the bushes which means SPRING is finally in the air. Yay!

What I’m Up To . . .

I’ve finished writing the second book in my new Playful Brides series. Book 2 is called, The Accidental Countess, and is based on Oscar Wilde’s romp-alicious play, The Importance of Being Earnest. I am busily plotting the third book, The Unlikely Lady, which will be based on The Bard’s Much Ado About Nothing!

The Christmas anthology! The Christmas anthology!

I’m doing cartwheels over the fact that (ok, not really, I can’t do a cartwheel) It Happened Under the Mistletoe will be published in PRINT on Sept 30, 2014 in a Christmas anthology with New York Times Bestselling author, Suzanne Enoch, USA Today Bestselling author, Alexandra Hawkins, and award-winning historical author, Elizabeth Essex! Ooh, I cannot wait!

The anthology is called Christmas Brides and is already on Barnes and NobleAmazon, and GoodReads. Be sure to pre-order a copy or mark it as Want to Read on GoodReads! Also, I’ve seen the cover and it’s AMAZING! Check out the reveal on Heroes and Heartbreakers!

Coming Soon! Look for The Unexpected Duchess on the COVER of RT Book Reviews Magazine

UnexpectedDuchessThe first book in my Playful Brides series, The Unexpected Duchess,  comes out 4/29/2014 and I can’t wait! For a sneak peek of this “reverse Cyrano” story, check out the first chapter on my website!  This book and its GORGEOUS green cover will be featured in the May 2014 issue of RT Book Reviews magazine! Woot! Woot! The magazine will also be doing a feature article on me and my writing. I hope you’ll take a look if you’re a subscriber to the magazine and if not, check it out online or pick up a copy at your local book store!

Say Yes to the Dress Giveaway – There’s Still Time to Enter!

I hope you had a chance to see my episode of Say Yes to the Dress, Atlanta. If not, it’s playing in re-runs  (and on-demand) on the TLC channel. It’s called By the Book. Check out TLC.com for showtimes. I’m still planning to giveaway the dress I said yes to! To enter, check out all the deets here!

So, now you’re up-to-date! Thanks for your encouragement and support and for reading my latest news!

Valerie

 

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