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Another Bookbub

My publisher has organized a Bookbub special for THE SCOUNDREL’S DAUGHTER.

The special price reduction starts on the 16th Feb and finishes on Feb 23, 2024. It will be priced $1.99 for US readers only but check your preferred e-book seller, as sometimes the special can carry over. Last time I had a US only special and readers in Canada reported that they could get it.

It’s always tricky to get the news out in time to readers, as I never get much notice myself, so if you want to make sure you don’t miss out on one of these specials click here (it’s a link to my Bookbub page) and click on FOLLOW. That way you’ll receive an email notifying you of the special.

The Scoundrel’s Daughter is the first book in my Brides of Bellaire Gardens series. Here are some quotes from the reviews:

From The Romance Dish — a review and also an interview with meOverflowing with the wit, humor, passion, feel-good romance, and the fully-dimensional characters for which Anne Gracie is known, The Scoundrel’s Daughter launches Gracie’s new series with a story that kept me fully entertained from start to finish.”  . . . snip . . . “I’ve read The Scoundrel’s Daughter twice and I’m already looking forward to visiting these characters again. Like many of Gracie’s titles, it’s a book destined for my comfort reads shelf. “

From Addicted to Romance: “I was so addicted to this book and I honestly couldn’t put it down. I had so much fun with this one and seeing these two couples find their way together. It definitely starts with a rocky beginning for them, but through some alliances that are made, and some fun antics with three little girls and an obsession over cats….these alliances turn into affairs of the heart. I was really drawn into the humor and sweet tones of this book. Now, this is what I love my regency to be. I wanted to take a break from historicals for a bit, but nope now I have a more burning need to read more of the genre and I thank Anne Gracie for firing me up in her novel.

From AustenProse: “With two very distinct but equally lovable heroines, two swoon-worthy heroes, and more adventures (and misadventures) than I can count, The Scoundrel’s Daughter is a charming addition to the Regency genre. This novel combines the dashing style of Georgette Heyer with Anne Gracie’s skilled pen for love and comedy.”

Flippin Pages said: “This delightfully romantic and entertaining book has it ALL!  Wonderful characters, wit, laugh-worthy humor, a despicable, shrewish harpy who definitely gets her comeuppance, TWO swoon-worthy romances, three adorable little girls, and it is all set a very realistic and well-described Regency London.”

Buy The Scoundrel’s Daughter at Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Kobo, Apple or use this universal link that takes you to your  favorite E-book Retailer.

Distractions

One of the things I am trying to do at the moment, now that the book has gone (for a while at least) is to tackle the many boxes I still haven’t unpacked. They’re mostly books, and the difficulty for me is that I need to cull them. I gave away two very large bookshelves when I moved, and had some new bookshelves built in, but there’s still not enough space, so it’s culling, culling, culling for me. Not fun.

Anyway, the focus at the moment is setting up my office. I don’t really need an office to work in anymore, as I write on my laptop, which can go anywhere. But when a friend visited and we were looking at my office-to-be she said, “What are they?” and pointed at a line of acrylic writing trophies I have won.  

In my old house, the office walls were painted a deep mid-blue — the paint company called it “budgerigar blue” and the acrylic trophies stood out quite well against it. But in the new house all the walls are a kind of white, and the trophies become invisible. When I explained she shook her head, and said “These are things to be proud of. You need to display them properly.” And I am very proud of them. They are mostly from ARRA (Australian Romance Readers Association) and reader awards, are, in my opinion a real honour.   (Note, I’m using Australian spelling, so our instead of or.)

“Stick something colored behind them,” my friend said, so seizing on any distraction, I did. I bought some shiny card, and we cut out shapes to fit behind the trophies and stuck them on the back of the trophies with sticky tape, so the writing was readable. 
So here they are.  The blue ones are for “Favourite Historical Romance”, the red ones are for “Favourite Australian Romance Author” and the two light green ones are for “Favourite Continuing Romance Series.” And there’s one RWAustralia RBY as well. I’ve won that three times, but the first two were wooden and metal  plaques and didn’t need anything.
Wouldn’t it be good if the manufacturers of acrylic trophies also sold coloured backings? These look so pretty, don’t you think?

So now that’s done, I need to crack on with actually setting up the office. <g>

The book is in!

I just sent in the full  draft of  THE SECRET DAUGHTER, my latest book, and am wiped.

It’s always a rush to the end for me, as I try to tie in all the loose threads —and since this is the last book in the Brides of Bellaire Gardens series, there’s a need to tie in the series, too, I think.

It’s now with my editor in New York. She will read the manuscript, and give me feedback and make suggestions for revisions. I’m always very glad to receive those because by the time I finish a book, I can’t see the wood for the trees.

Once I have that, I will revise the manuscript again — hoping I can see it more clearly now, having had a break from it.

After that, if she’s happy with it, it will go to a copyeditor, who will correct any typos, and the occasional Australian/UK spelling that has slipped through, and generally make sure there are no mistakes.  Then it will come back to me, to look at those corrections and decide if I agree with them or not. (Spoiler alert — I don’t always.)

After that it will go back to my editor, who will give it a final check, and then send it to be laid out ready to print. That will then come back to me as a pdf, and I will give it one last check.  Surprisingly there is always a handful of small things that have slipped through the process, so I note them and send a report to my editor. The publisher will also appoint a proofreader.

And after all that, there is a long wait while the book is produced, printed and shipped out to bookshops.  Which is why traditionally published books take so much longer to produce than self published (indie) books.

So the draft is finished, but not the book, if that makes sense.
And in the meantime, I’m looking around me and making a list of everything I’ve neglected while the book dominated my life. It’s a long list, and not particularly thrilling. Starting with a little bit of house work, and then . . . TAX. Oh the joy!

I’ll tell you more about the characters and the story later. There’s another book coming out before this one. THE HEIRESS’S DAUGHTER comes out on May 21, 2024. To give you an idea of how long the process can take, I handed in the full draft of that story back in early March, 2023.
But I’ll talk about that story soon.