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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!

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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

February 01
2014

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SAY YES TO THE DRESS GIVEAWAY!

I hope you all had a chance to watch my episode of Say Yes to the Dress, Atlanta on 1/31/14. If not, be sure to go to TLC.com and check the listings for a repeat. The episode is called By the Book!

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Now for the really fun part! I’m GIVING AWAY the dress! Yes, that’s right! My strapless Monique Lhuillier wedding gown is up for grabs! I just can’t bear to think of it sitting around in my closet having no fun!

To win, all you have to do is sign-up for my newsletter (if you haven’t already) and send me an email telling me why you would like the gown! Do *you* want it? Do you have a daughter, granddaughter, friend, or sister who would like it? And yes, I’ll cough up the size when you email me. :)

I’ll pick one lucky winner from the emails on 4/29/14, the day The Unexpected Duchess comes out.

The winner will be announced in my 4/29/14 newsletter!

Email me at valerie @ valeriebowmanbooks.com or go to my contact page to get in touch!

U.S. and Canada only (unless you’re willing to pay the shipping fees yourself). Void where prohibited.

January 01
2014

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January BIG News!

Happy 2014, everybody!

I always look forward to the start of a new year. I absolutely love to plan, and this year, there’s so much to look forward to!

Little News and BIG News!

First, the little news . . . I recently found out that the rights to my next two books have sold to Russian publisher, AST! That means Secrets of a Scandalous Marriage and The Unexpected Duchess will join Secrets of a Wedding Night and Secrets of a Runaway Bride in Russia! Yippee!

THE BIG NEWS is that It Happened Under the Mistletoe is going to be published in PRINT in the fall of 2014 in a Christmas anthology with New York Times Bestselling author, Suzanne Enoch, and fabulous historical author, Elizabeth Essex! Ooh, I cannot wait!

What I’m Up To . . .

In January, I’ll finish writing the second book in my new Playful Brides series. Book 2 is called, The Accidental Countess, and is based on Oscar Wilde’s delightful play, The Importance of Being Earnest.

The Unexpected Duchess

The first book in my Playful Brides series comes out 4/29/2014 and I can’t wait! It’s called The Unexpected Duchess and I have the first chapter up on my website! Take a look!

Say Yes to the Dress Update!

I’m STILL keeping an eye out for my episode of Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta. It will air any Friday night now between now and March 7th! My DVR is all set! Be sure to keep an eye on my FaceBook page for an update. I’ll be posting the date as soon as I hear!

 

December 01
2013

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Runaway Bride is an RT Reviewers’ Choice Nominee and December News!

Happy December everyone!

This month I’m happy to report that Secrets of a Runaway Bride has been nominated  for Best Historical Romance: Love and Laughter by Romantic Times Book Reviews for their annual Reviewers’ Choice awards. Wow! I’m in the same category as Tessa Dare, Teresa Medeiros, Elizabeth Essex, Tracy Anne Warren, and Julie Anne Long. What an honor! Somebody pinch me! I’ll definitely be at the RT Convention in New Orleans in May, 2014 to celebrate!

What I’m Up To . . .

This month, I’m hard at work writing the second book in my new Playful Brides series which begins next year with The Unexpected Duchess on 4/29/2014. The second book is called The Accidental Countess and is based on Oscar Wilde’s delightful play, The Importance of Being Earnest. It’s one of my absolute favorites and writing this book has been a blasty blast!

Say Yes to the Dress!

I’m still keeping an eye out for my episode of Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta. It will air any Friday night now. (Taps finger impatiently.) They haven’t been able to tell me the date yet but I keep waiting for a phone call! I’ve been keeping my wedding pictures off FaceBook in anticipation and it’s killing me! ; )

It Happened Under the Mistletoe On Sale

My Christmas novella, It Happened Under the Mistletoe, is still on sale for only $1.99 and has been getting rave reviews. Readers are loving the rompaliciousness of this one. I hope you’ll take a minute to read the first chapter and see what you think! There’s a mysterious Christmas cat! Yes. In the first chapter.

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Finally, I hope you’ll stop by my  group blog, The Dashing Duchesses, sometime. We have weekly posts and giveaways by a group of fantastic historical romance authors. You can also like the blog on FaceBook and follow us on Twitter.

 

I hope you all have a fantabulous holiday season!  I’ll be busy writing, writing, writing.

November 01
2013

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It Happened Under the Mistletoe is on Sale Now and FREE Christmas Presents!

Happy November, everyone! This month, my first Christmas story, It Happened Under the Mistletoe, is on sale and only $1.99! It’s book #3.5 in the Secret Brides series and involves a fast, fun plot,  some scandalous holiday parlour games, and an impish little Christmas cat! It’s a short read, just perfect to get you in the mood for the Christmas season!

Here’s a bit more about it…

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When Oliver Townsende escapes to his friend’s house for a Christmas party, he intends to avoid the hordes of marriage-minded misses who have been dogging his steps in London ever since he inherited a dukedom. He soon learns a bit of Yuletide peace and quiet is too much to ask for. When he encounters Miss Cerian Blake, who’s dodging her own unwanted set of admirers, the two decide to join forces and fake an infatuation to keep their suitors at bay. But when a bough of mistletoe becomes involved, will their Christmastime prank turn into a love to last all seasons?

If you’d like to read chapter 1, it’s available here!

Want to order now?

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Now, onto FREE CHRISTMAS PRESENTS! 

I’m giving away FREE BOOKS as Christmas presents for your friends! If you have a friend who you think would like a copy of one of my print books, email me at valerie@valeriebowmanbooks.com and tell me how many friends or family members you have (limit 5 per person, please) and why you think they might like my books! I’ll send you a book for your friend or family member! I also have a few audio books up for grabs, so if you’d prefer one of those, be sure to let me know.
Note: This is for U.S. residents-only and only while supplies last.

I hope you all have a fabulous November and if you’re in the U.S., a delicious Thanksgiving dinner! If you’re not in the U.S., you really should visit. Turkey and stuffing is delightful! I can’t wait!

October 04
2013

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Secrets of a Scandalous Marriage Available NOW!

Yay! Today’s the day! Not only is October one of my very favorite months, but today, Viscount Medford’s (aka Lord Perfect’s) book, Secrets of a Scandalous Marriage, goes on SALE!

Here’s a link to a blurb about the book, the first chapter, and links to order if you’re interested!

I couldn’t be more thrilled to announce that the book has received a coveted STARRED review from Publishers Weekly, a 4.5 star review from RT Book Reviews, and a rare PERFECT 10 from Romance Reviews Today!

Here are the dates and locations where I’ll be on my blog tour! Please drop by and leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of the book. The locations below with the asterisks (*) will have the story of my Say Yes to the Dress episode. Follow along for info about a super BIG secret giveaway!

Monday, 9/30 - The Dashing Duchesses
Tuesday, 10/1 - Publishers Weekly: Beyond Her Book*
Wednesday, 10/2 - Romance at Random* and Ramblings from this Chick
Thursday, 10/3 - Heroes & Heartbreakers* and The Dashing Duchesses
Friday, 10/4 -  RT Book Reviews*
Friday, 10/11 -  Free Book Friday
Tuesday, 10/8 - Fresh Fiction
Friday, 10/11 - Harlequin Junkie

Thank you so much for your support. I so hope you enjoy Medford’s story as much as I enjoyed writing it!

 

 

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