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


Historical Myth Workshop in Burlington, Massachusetts

Image: A Correct View of the New Machine For Winding Up the Ladies 1830 (prob by Wm Heath), Courtesy Wellcome Images via Wikipedia.

Were our ancestors short? Did they brush their teeth? Did women have ribs removed to shrink their waists? Were there colonies of living creatures residing in the big hair of Marie Antoinette’s time? 

One thing I’ve learned in the course of my research, and as a member of the Two Nerdy History Girls blogging team, is that history is slippery stuff. We’ve discovered that some of the things we were taught in history classes could use some serious reexamination if not outright deletion. And many of the “facts” we’ve always taken to be, well, factual, might be the stuff that dreams are made on. 

Being willing to stick our necks out, Isabella and I have decided to take a bit of our Two Nerdy History Girls show on the road, and see what happens when we hold up some cherished historical beliefs for analysis. We hope rotten tomatoes will not be thrown, but there’s always that chance.

In any event, we’re committed, and here are the facts:

Workshop: Is It True? The Two Nerdy History Girls Bust a Historical Myth or Two
Romance Writers of America New England Chapter 2016 Conference
Open to attendees only

Conference dates are 29-30 April 2016

Boston Marriott
One Burlington Mall Road
Burlington MA 01803

We’ll also be signing books at the Book Fair for Literacy
Saturday 30 April
Open to the public