Those Puzzling Messages from Amazon UK

Marguerite Gérard, Lady Reading in an Interior

Marguerite Gérard, Lady Reading in an Interior

Loyal readers in the UK recently alerted me to an upsetting development. They have received messages from Amazon UK telling them they can’t get copies of A Duke in Shining Armor. These readers had pre-ordered (thank you!) and things were OK, I guess, until the recent message arrived, telling them things were not OK.

Well, that can't be right, can it? No, it isn't. I checked.

Here’s the good news: A Duke in Shining Armor will definitely be available in its various formats—print, eBook, audio, etc.—in the UK/Australia/New Zealand. Sometime on or near the U.S. release date, it will magically reappear on Amazon (fingers crossed).

But for complicated reasons, apparently having to do with who has what territorial rights where (we’ve been in this surreal world before, alas), Amazon won’t allow us to have preorders. Or something like that. Until they decide they will (which could happen, too.)

Really, I do not understand, and probably wouldn’t even if Amazon explained. I would just put my head on my desk and cry.

It’s all part of the dreaded business of international contracts, which I discuss here, and which, I’m grieved to say, has come up many times before on this blog.

The Clarendon Hotel, pictured here, plays a crucial role in A Duke in Shining Armor. Image: Egerton, The Leech, from the Fashionable Bores series, 1824, courtesy Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection.

The Clarendon Hotel, pictured here, plays a crucial role in A Duke in Shining Armor.

Image: Egerton, The Leech, from the Fashionable Bores series, 1824, courtesy Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection.

Once again, dear reader, thank you for your patience. I’m sorry this contract business tries it so often. But we are learning how to work around these technical difficulties, and this time, I trust you will get the book, in the form you prefer, sooner rather than later.

In compensation for this and other trials you’ve endured on behalf of my books, I am planning to send out exclusive content via this blog as well as posts in advance of those that will appear in the various other places where I yammer on about something or other.

 

Dukes Prefer Blondes News: Amazon Has a Deal For You

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I'm happy to announce another bargain for my readers.

Dukes Prefer Blondes, the fourth book in my Dressmakers series, is a Kindle Monthly Deal.

Just $1.99 from 28 August through 2 October.

Please be aware that Amazon might not show the sale price immediately. I'm told it might take a day for the $1.99 deal to appear on the site.  But as one of my faithful website blog readers, you deserve to be the first to know.

If your email reader isn't a Kindle, there might still be hope. Very often other retailers lower their prices to compete. I can't promise this will happen, but it's worth checking your retailer later in the week.

 

 

Mr. Impossible News: Audible Has a Deal for You

Here’s a very nice deal for those of you who like to listen to my books.

My second Carsington Brothers book, Mr. Impossible, will be featured in Audible’s “Choose Your Own” BOGO sale which runs from Monday 14 August through Monday 21 Augustat 11:59 PM PT. This is a members-only promotion where you can get two books for one credit.

The sale will be featured here.

Please be aware that you won't be able to access the sale unless you are a member.

 

News from here and abroad, including Brazil & Portugal

It's been a while, and I have a lot of catching up to do. For instance, what have I been doing all this time since May? For one thing, I was in Europe: a month living in London, a week in Albania, a week in Italy, then back to London and home again, home again. Where the page proofs for A Duke in Shining Armor awaited me.

Page proofs are my last chance to correct errors and crazy, twitchy stuff I can't believe I did, which nobody else caught for some reason. Things like using a certain phrase over and over. This happens in every book, and it's always a different phrase, and every single time, I don't pick up on it until the page proofs come. This may have to do with seeing pages that actually look like book pages, rather than typed manuscript pages. Or it could be my brain. Because. You know.

But the page proofs have gone their merry way, and everything seems on time for the December 2017 release of my first Difficult Dukes book. There will be some public appearances connected with this, which I will tell you about when details are confirmed. Suffice to say that they will involve some of my favorite author friends, and I am very excited.

Also, before long I'll be reporting on my travels abroad. I would have reported while abroad, but the technology issues became daunting. It was all I could do to get a few Two Nerdy History Girl posts in here and there. And yes, I was very busy trying not to waste one fabulous minute, which left not much time or brain power for social media.

Until then, for your visual enjoyment, here are some lovely new editions to look at, from Brazil and Portugal, of Vixen in Velvet.

 

A Duke in Shining Armor has a cover and a website page and everything

The cover for my latest book, scheduled for release on 28 November,  appeared on the online bookstores a while ago, but since I had no advance warning, and life here is busy, my website update didn’t happen simultaneously.

By now, if you’ve looked up A Duke in Shining Armor online, you’ve seen the synopsis that appears on the back cover. Now, though, it has its own page here on my website, where you can read an excerpt as well.

A Duke in Shining Armor is the first of a planned trilogy titled Difficult Dukes. This one is the Duke of Ripley’s story. But in it you’ll also meet the other two members of the trio known as Their Dis-Graces: the Dukes of Blackwood and Ashmont, whose stories I’ll tell in the next books.

For those who wonder if the Dressmakers will make an appearance: I set the book in 1833, a couple of years before the Dressmakers series (1835-1836). Since I'd taken that story arc as far as it would go, I wanted to start fresh. From the writing standpoint, it makes things simpler when I don’t have to worry about events in previous books interfering with or contradicting events in the plot of the current one. It's less stressful, too, if I don't have to account for characters from previous books. Still, you might recognize a name or or two from the Dressmakers books, and a young person whose life has included at least two aliases. For the most part, though, it’s all new people.

In a few weeks, I’ll be heading to England for an extended period of research and inspiration-seeking. If all goes well with the technology, you can expect me to report, though probably not as regularly as a less confused person would do.

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