Personal Appearances in Massachusetts

Gentle reader,

You haven’t heard from me in a while because I’ve been doing hand-to-hand combat with Ashmont’s story. As you are well aware by now, he is a ducal pain in the you-know-what. But, then, I knew that when I created him, and it was part of his charm. And so I persevere.

Meanwhile, even though a new book will not appear this year, I am still willing and able to speak—as long as I’m not the only one—and will be making a few appearances.

First up:

Saturday 17 August 2019 at 7PM

Inaugural Bookstore Romance Day

This is a nationwide event celebrating romance, and you’ll find me at

HARVARD BOOK STORE, where I’ll be joining authors Satin Russell, Cecilia Tan, and Kerry Winfrey on a panel moderated by Margaret H. Willison. We’ll follow the conversation with a book signing. You’ll find further information, including a detailed description and directions, at the Harvard Book Store website.


Wednesday 11 September 2019 from 7 to 8PM

Talented, smart, funny historical romance author Caroline Linden and I will kick off the Cary Memorial Library’s Romance Book Club with a favorite subject: historical romance. Why do we love it? What makes it special? Why does it endure? Will it endure? Why so many dukes? Let’s see what we find to say.

Cary Memorial Library

1874 Massachusetts Ave

Lexington MA 02420

Wednesday 11 September 2019

7PM to 8PM in the Large Meeting Rm

Further details about the event are at Cary Memorial Library Online.

If you’re in the area, I do hope you can join us at one or both events.

The 2017 Book Tour in Review

Signing books at the Savoy Bookshop & Cafe in Westerly, RI

It’s a new year already, and I’m working on a new book, the second in the Difficult Dukes series.

In recent weeks/months I was also busy making virtual and real appearances in connection with the first Difficult Dukes book, A Duke in Shining Armor.

The virtual appearances include blog posts and interviews, some of which cover not just the book but topics that may be of interest to romance readers.

A conversation with author Caroline Linden at the Bacon Free Library, Natick MA

Marilyn Dahl interviewed me for Shelf Awareness, and made me sound unusually coherent. Thank you, Marilyn!

Denny S. Bryce moderated a panel dealing with Romance and Respect at the Strand Bookstore in New York. You can watch the whole thing here on YouTube.

At RT Reviews, I offered the alarming truth about dukes in the early 19th century. For RT’s VIP Salon subscribers, there’s also an interview.

My work gets a mention in this piece on bodice rippers—the term that won’t go away.

Another take on the topic of romance novels is at Publishers Weekly:  “It’s Still Complicated: Romance Publishing.”

Still from the Strand video of our Romance & Respect panel. L-R: Denny S. Bryce (moderator), Tessa Bailey, Loretta Chase, Tracey Livesay, Megan Frampton, Joanna Shupe

At USA Today’s Happy Ever After site, Cathy Maxwell and I talked about some fundamentals of romance and the heroine’s journey.

A Duke in Shining Armor Book Tour, Actual & Virtual

Me in London in June, happily making a point of some kind at the Geffrye Museum.

As we approach the release day of A Duke in Shining Armor, you can expect to see the pace of my blog posts pick up. Among other things, I plan to offer my loyal blog subscribers exclusive material as well as some first-look (ahead of my other social media) related to this first book in my Difficult Dukes series.

Also, you’ll find me popping up in various places online in November:

At USA Today’s Happy Ever After, Cathy Maxwell and I will have a conversation about the role of strong spirits in the Regency era and the part it’s played in our recent stories.

Heroes and Heartbreakers will publish an excerpt from A Duke in Shining Armor.

RT Book Reviews will publish my short article about real 1800s dukes vs. the ones we historical romance authors create, and RT VIP Salon will include an interview.

In the first two weeks of the book’s release I’ll appear in actual person, with other actual authors. We’ll be talking about romance in general as well as our books in particular, and we’re expecting audience participation.

Loretta Chase & Caroline Linden: A Conversation
7 PM Wednesday 29 November 2017
Bacon Free Library
58 Eliot Street
Natick MA 01760

Once again I’ll join author Caroline Linden to talk about writing and reading and whatever else participants suggest. If you’ve never attended one of Caroline’s book events before, you’ve missed out. She’s funny and smart, and she gets everybody talking. You can register here (please scroll down for the registration form).

30 November 2017 Savoy Booksore & Cafe

Romance Event with authors Sarah MacLean, Maya Rodale, and Megan Frampton
7-8pm Thursday 30 November 2017
Savoy Bookstore and Café
10 Canal Street
Westerly RI 02891

6 December 2017 Strand Bookstore

Romance & Respect
—with Joanna Shupe, Tessa Bailey, Megan Frampton, Tracey Livesay
7-8pm Wednesday 6 December 2017
Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway (& 12th Street)
New York NY 10003


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.