Tuesday, January 31, 2006

BAD BOYS AHOY!

Bad Boys Ahoy!BAD BOYS AHOY!
by Sylvia Day

Kensington Brava
ISBN: 0-7582-1251-8
Trade Paperback

Oh, those naughty rakes. With their wicked winks, sensual smiles, and bad boy habits, you just can’t take them out in polite society. But who wants to go out when you can stay in…?

STOLEN PLEASURES

Sebastian Blake, Earl of Merrick, long ago fled the responsibilities of his title to become the infamous pirate, Captain Phoenix. But the booty he’s just captured on a merchant ship is a fierce tempered minx who claims to be a bride…his bride, married to him by proxy on behest of their fathers. He could shame his hated family and return his beautiful wife untouched, but no treasure has ever proved more tempting to Sebastian, and making their marriage a true one—in every sense—is his one urgent desire …

LUCIEN’S GAMBLE

Lucien Remington’s reputation as a debauched libertine who plays by no one’s rules—in business or the bedroom—is well deserved. He gets what he wants, social repudiation be damned. But society can keep from him the one thing he truly desires, the untouchable Lady Julienne La Coeur. Until she sneaks into his club dressed as a man and searching for her irresponsible brother. Suddenly she’s in Lucien’s grasp, his to take, and his mind is filled with the most wickedly sinful thoughts. A gentleman would walk away from the temptation she presents. But then, Lucien has never claimed to be a gentleman…

HER MAD GRACE

Hugh La Coeur never wanted to be the Earl of Montrose. Wine, women, and a hefty wager are preferable to responsibility of any kind. It’s certainly preferable to spending the night in an eerie, neglected mansion owned by a legendary madwoman. The duchess’s companion, the fiercely independent Charlotte, is another matter altogether. Hugh would be happy to spend as many nights in her bed as possible. He knows she’s hiding terrible secrets, but for once in his life, Hugh has the desire to take on someone else’s burden as his own, no matter what the danger…

They’re mad, bad, and deadly between the sheets…


“Bad boys and sensuality combine in a trio of delicious novellas by the up-and-coming Day. Readers will relish each tale with joy and extreme pleasure.” - Kathe Robin, RT BOOKClub

“Sylvia Day penned an anthology novel with three of the most virile and sexiest men that I have ever read about. If there is one book that you read this coming year, it should be Bad Boys Ahoy!.” - Laurel, Historical Society Reviews

Top Pick! “BAD BOYS AHOY! is a collection of funny, charming, sexy, HOT novellas that will steam up the coldest day and make Sylvia Day a new must have for me!!” - Kristal Gorman, Romance Reader at Heart

Buy it at your favorite online or brick-and-mortar bookstore today!!

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

The program at the Alachua County Library went well this evening. The crowd was interested in the topic, early 19th C. Florida and pirates, and books were signed. As usual, bringing a pirate chest filled with chocolate coins helped attract people over to the books table.

I read more than I planned to from Captain Sinister's Lady, but it was my first public outing with this particular book and I was pleased for the opportunity to share.

I'll be more pleased when the book's on sale in March.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006


Just because I sometimes like to say "Eat your hearts out, you damnyankees!", here's what I'm looking at right now while I'm sitting on my back porch, laptop in my lap.

And the current temperature is 77F

Sunday, January 15, 2006

I'm speaking at the Alachua County Library on January 25th, and I need to spend this week reviewing some of my pirate and privateering research. When I started writing Pirate's Price many years ago I didn't intend to make a career of telling pirate tales, but sometimes it just works out that way. I even remember the first two research books I bought used when I had a germ of a story running through my head--Basic Sailing and Pirates, An Illustrated History by David Mitchell.

Since then my piratical and nautical bookshelf has blossomed with volumes--it helps when you can write off some of your book purchases as business expenses--and one of the reasons I stuck with the pirates and nautical themes was because there's so much good reading out there. When I was writing Pirate's Price I found a small reference to the "West Indies Anti-Piracy Campaign" and it was so cool I just knew I had to follow up on that. I did, and ended up with Captain Sinister's Lady, my upcoming release.

Then when I started tossing ideas around in my head for Smuggler's Bride, part of my thinking was that I'd already done lots of research on the US Navy for Sinister and it would be a shame not to use it.

But once I started digging I realized I needed to research not the US Navy, but the United States Revenue Marine if I was going to write about 19th C. smugglers, which opened up a whole new line of research (and lots of inter-library loans from the Naval Institute Press).

So it will be fun revisiting some of my old friends, my research books, in preparation for the talk at the library. I did tell the Library Director my last panel at Worldcon was on "Crafting Sex Scenes that Work", but he preferred I stick with the pirates.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

I got word yesterday from my editor that Captain Sinister's Lady is next in her queue for edits. I don't know if it makes me odder than some other authors, but I like being edited. I've been fortunate that most of my editors have been the kind of people you want to read over your work, professionals who can spot flaws you can't see and help you fix them. I'm willing to go to the mats on something I believe must stay in the book, but I'm also willing to "kill my darlings" when necessary.

I had a friend over for supper last night, a traveling tech mavin who works for a hotel chain setting up their software and networking. When he's in town I try to offer a meal at home, since I figure he gets enough road food in his life.

We're both SF fans and we were talking about an extremely popular modern SF author, someone whose work I used to enjoy. I say "used to", because in the last few novels the exposition has been so unwieldy that I just couldn't slog through any more of it. I'd lost interest in the main character. It seemed to me that Author X had had a good editor in the beginning, when he was a struggling newbie, but now that he was the 800 lb. gorilla no one was making him fix his writing.

My friend agreed about the lack of editing, and offered the opinion that Author X was a huge cash cow for the publisher, which would make them hinky about insisting he cut 20% out of the manuscript 'cause it was boring and made readers' eyes glaze over.

Maybe so.

Ah well, if I can't have fame and fortune and be the 800 lb. gorilla of historical romance, I'd just as soon have a good editor whack me upside the head when my writing isn't up to snuff.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

I uninstalled the free antivirus program I'd been using and installed avast! today. I was moved to make the switch by articles I read saying the program I'd been using missed a large number of viruses in the recent Windows scare, while avast! only missed one.

And how could I resist a virus protection program with so piratical a motif?

Friday, January 06, 2006

And from Your Virtual Book Bag...

CHERRY ON TOP
November 2005
ISBN 0-8217-7849-8

Cherry On Top cover

Cherry Harte is ready to set the world on fire—figuratively, of course. Unfortunately, people tend to underestimate a girl whose insane family attracts loan sharks and bail bondsmen the way some people attract money. So when Cherry wins the lottery, it’s see ya later, New Jersey; hello, Mystic Beach, Florida. With her new villa, wardrobe, and personal history, Cherry is this close to totally reinventing her life. The only thing that can stop her now is a man who doesn’t fit—a hunky mechanic who kicks her libido from zero to sixty in no time flat…

Luke Chance is allergic to cherries—literally. He also avoids women with money, especially new money. But Cherry Harte is fun, different, and super-sexy. But is she on the lam? The woman’s hiding something, and he intends to find out what. Chance is a man on a mission…call it love.

Reviews

“Likable characters and story, in a style that read fast and fun, Kathleen Long is now on this reviewer’s very short list for must read romantic comedy.” -The Romance Reader

“…funny, poignant, sexy, and simply outstanding.” -Affaire de Coeur

“…the perfect blend of humor, angst, and sensuality, along with wonderful characters and witty dialogue. Ms. Long is able to touch your emotions while tickling your funny bone…” -NovelTalk

“…fast-paced, wacky adventure that is laugh-out-loud funny.” -Romance Junkies

Excerpt at www.kathleenlong.com/cherryontop.htm

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

My contract with LTDBooks expired on December 31, and LTDBooks is no more. The good news is that my new publisher, Amber Quill Press, will be releasing Captain Sinister's Lady in March, 2006 and then bringing my previous books, Pirate's Price and Smuggler's Bride, back into print.

In the meantime I'm working on a new novel and it's (finally!) beginning to pick up steam. I love it when my characters tell me what they're up to, and take some of the authorial guesswork out of the writing.

Monday, January 02, 2006

The new year started off on an interesting note. We attend an annual New Year's Day party hosted by some friends who know everybody. It's a great place to meet-and-greet, and the food would make you swoon. Your dieting resolutions begin on January 2 if you're on this guest list.

I was introduced to a lady who began working on me to do a novel about North Florida fox hunting. I have never considered doing a novel around fox hunting--I leave that to Rita Mae Brown--but what really intrigued me is that people think fiction writers are dying for to be told about plot ideas and settings they think you ought to write about.

I write historical novels about pirates and smugglers. Fox hunting was never even on the radar. I guess at one level it would be an interesting plot device, but as much as I appreciated her suggestions, there was this niggling thought in the back of my head that people who don't write think writers do plots on demand, or are out there looking for people to throw ideas their way.

But we did have a pleasant chat, and I honestly told her that if I ever did want to work fox hunting into a novel I was pleased to know I now had a local contact. Oh, and they don't hunt real foxes. It's some kind of fake doused with scent that the hounds chase.

Now I'm thinking about the food again. Rum balls.....mmmmmm....

Time to get back on the treadmill.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

We started the holiday weekend by losing the use of the router on our home wireless system. It's amazing how little time it takes to begin going through withdrawal when you don't have Internet access. I ran over to the library with my laptop Friday afternoon to check my mail on their wireless system, and then Sunday I logged on to the one house computer connected to the cable modem. But it's not the same. My son went to the store and got the new router, which is a huge improvement because now I'll be able to take the laptop out onto the porch or the backyard and get online.

This last part is a mixed blessing. While I like having a broader range on the signal, I'm concerned that the more I can get online the more I'll find excuses to do stuff like update my Digest instead of what I really should be doing, confronting "the white screen of despair" (as opposed to "the blue screen of disaster") and doing some real writing on my WIP.