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I'm in!

I’ve moved! I’ve left my dear little old house, and I’m in the lovely new one. It’s a chaos of boxes still — not just boxes of books, lots of everything, and still in boxes because I’m making up my mind where to store things now, in this place with lots of storage. The old house had very little — only in my furniture, which of course, has mostly come with me.

In fact a couple of friends — separately — dropped in for a visit shortly after I’d moved, looked around and each one said in amazement :I never dreamed you had so much stuff, Anne.” 
To which I replied, “Neither did I.”

Because when everything is neatly stowed away in its place, you don’t notice it, but once it’s out and sitting on the floor in boxes — wow! So even though I did quite a bit of decluttering in the lead-up to the move, there’s still a lot more to do. But I’m not in a hurry to get everything stashed tidily away — I’m going to take my time.

I’m planning to get bookshelves built in — all my bookshelves I’ve obtained piecemeal over the years,  and nothing matches. Plus in my study, I had two complete walls of books that I’d built myself with brackets in the walls.  But now I want proper shelves built to my specifications. So . . .  the books will have to wait in their boxes for a while yet.

I put my dog Milly in the kennels so she wouldn’t get stepped on — she loves it there and they put her in with a playmate and she plays all day and night and is usually exhausted and happy when she gets home.  I brought her home to the new house the other day, and she sniffed around everywhere, not quite sure of this strange and chaotic place — had a wee outside on the lawn, so it’s christened and had a good drink from her own little bucket.

And then she found the bedroom, and she got very excited when she found her own green blanket spread out and waiting on her corner of the bed. So she jumped up and snuggled in. She was home!



ARRA Awards

At the ARRA (Australian Romance Reader Association) Awards in Sydney on Saturday night, I was honored with two awards — Favourite Historical Romance for The Scoundrel’s Daughter, and Favourite Australian Romance Author.

Needless to say, I’m thrilled to bits with both awards.

The awards are voted on by readers who have to be members of ARRA, and they all read a huge amount and are extremely well read in romance (and other genres).

ARRA is a wonderful organization — it’s run for readers but it also supports authors wonderfully. Until CoVid it ran an annual conference, and brought out some outstanding authors from the US and elsewhere. And with any luck we’ll be having conferences again in the future. Certainly there are author signing events scheduled for next year and the Annual Awards. If you’re interested in joining ARRA, their website is here.

Sweepstake and a special

My publisher, Berkley, is running two separate promotions for two different books.

The first is  a “Spice Up Your Summer” sweepstakes promotion featuring my upcoming book, THE RAKE’S DAUGHTER in the giveaway — in which you can win all eight books.

PLEASE NOTE – this is for US people only, BUT later on, after I’ve settled into my new house, I will run a giveaway only for NON-US people. Balancing things up a bit.

This will run May 1 – May 10 and you can enter here. 

THE RAKE’S DAUGHTER introduces a handsome, unmarried earl, his eccentric aunt who lives in the other side of Bellaire Gardens, two new young ladies and a bossy young sticky-beak (a bossy nosy-parker) to the Bellaire Gardens community.  And of course, you’ll see some of the characters from the previous book in the series, The Scoundrel’s Daughter.

In The Rake’s Daughter, Leo, Lord Salcott is furious when he discovers he’s been left the guardianship of the two daughters of a notorious rake, one of whom is illegitimate — and penniless. She’s also beautiful, outspoken and rebellious, and he has his hands full — in more ways than one. THE RAKE’S DAUGHTER will be published on July 26th. I had such fun writing it, and I’ll be telling you more about the story and characters in the lead-up to publication.

US BookBub promotion for MARRY IN SECRET

Secondly, there is a US BookBub low-price promotion for MARRY IN SECRET, the e-book of which will be selling for $1.99 for a limited time.

The Book Bub special goes from May 2 – May 16, but please check the price before you buy as some online bookstores take a while to catch up on the special.  

MARRY IN SECRET is part of the “Marriage of Convenience” series, and starts when Rose, a beautiful and rebellious heiress, is about to make a marriage of convenience with the prize of the Marriage Mart, a cold-eyed duke. The marriage ceremony is shattered by the arrival of a ragged, angry stranger who claims she’s married to him. . .

And by the way, if you’re wondering about that lovely Julia Quinn quote, she gave it to me, unsolicited, quite a few years ago. I’ve asked her a couple of times if it’s still okay to use it — I wanted to put it on the cover of my self-published book, and she said, “Of course, Anne.”
Julia Quinn is a very generous person.

So it’s not one of the many new promo quotes that are cropping up now in response to the success of Bridgerton.