Regency Fashions – lovely gowns

April 14th, 2015

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New Authors to Try

April 2nd, 2015

One of the best things about romance is discovering new authors and today I’m featuring new author Lauren Smith’s THE GUILDED CUFF. Here’s a description of this erotic read.


Journalist Sophie Ryder has been following Emery Lockwood’s story since she was a little girl. There has always been something in his haunted eyes that she couldn’t resist and now, when she’s certain he holds the key to solving a string of kidnappings, she’ll do anything to speak to him. Even if it means venturing deep into the seductive world of the Gilded Cuff, a luxurious BDSM club on Long Island’s Gold Coast and Emery’s personal playground.




Connect with Lauren Smith:
Website | Facebook


The mysteries of Henry VIII

March 21st, 2015

Avoid Firms that Don’t Do Their Homework

March 5th, 2015

Today, I received a letter from XYZ firm telling me all about how fabulous they were and best of all they could put me on the New York Times list for under a $1000.

I imagine my fellow authors see the issue right away. Not once did this firm mention my brand, my website, my awards, my agency or my publisher. They didn’t even mention one of my books. So how could XYZ know they could put me on a major list if they apparently don’t even know what I write. For all XYZ knows, I’m a total hack.

If you get a message like this Delete, Delete, Delete.

Here is the message. I’ve redacted the name of the firm:

Dear Ms. Dreiling,

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and I wish you a very blessed, healthy, and prosperous new year.

I would like to provide you with a quick update about XYZ:

XYZ has remained #1 for book publicity in the USA by for several months now. We are also rated A+ with the Better Business Bureau.

We still offer campaigns for less than a thousand dollars, and we are still as successful as ever for our clients.  Please take a moment to look at these “full contact” testimonials on our site: (Redacted)

We’ve helped several authors hit the NY Times bestsellers list. We are still known for providing national publicity for most of our clients, whether it’s for authors of new or old books (up to 5 years old), businesses, entertainers, or any other services.

What makes XYZ so successful is our vast database that enables us to reach almost all media outlets across the USA for each of our clients. It just automatically generates interviews and reviews for everyone!  And, we still offer month-to-month plans.


Notably they never mention niche or target markets. I know you’re all smart enough to realize the whole world of fiction isn’t your market!

As a former marketer for a Fortune 500 firm, I am astounded by this message. To my fellow authors, if you get an email like this, run the other way. Any marketing/PR professional with a brain in his/her head would research a prospective client before approaching an author.

Not once did this firm mention my brand, my publisher, what a I write, my awards, etc. The truth is anyone with half a brain could find that information on my website and various social media sites.

My fellow authors, if you get a message like this Delete, Delete, Delete.

Sometimes You Need to Turn off the Noise in Publishing

February 22nd, 2015

Recently I’ve seen several blog posts from highly successful authors who have some sort of agenda that assumes their way of publishing is THE WAY to fame, fortune, and forever happiness. Here’s the truth. What works for one author doesn’t necessarily work for another.  You may be thinking that XYZ author is super successful, so that is obviously the path to the yellow brick road where there are rainbows, unicorns, and ruby shoes, but stop to think for a moment. Regardless of how super successful XYZ is  he/she most likely got their start several years ago.

In other words, it didn’t happen overnight, no matter what super successful XYZ might state. Whether XYZ published independently or with one of the large corporate publishers- that person quite likely got their start several years ago. At the time that XYZ author published either as an independent author or with a corporate publisher, the strategies that worked for XYZ author back then may no longer be relevant for a debut author now.

Consider this: When I wrote HOW TO MARRY A DUKE in 2008 indie publishing wasn’t considered respectable. It was called vanity publishing. Clearly a lot has changed since 2008. Lots of authors are indie publishing these days and are finding success.

Finally, I spent ten years in corporate marketing, and the best advice I can give you is to write a damn good book.  I will also tell you that you shouldn’t spend hours on promotion. Make a sensible plan and – this is really important – make connections with your readers.  Don’t view it as work. View it as an opportunity to learn more about your readers (aka your target market).

I sincerely hope this blog helps. If you’d like to know more about marketing and promotion, let me know and I’ll blog about it periodically. May the Magic Romance Fairies be with you!


February 20th, 2015

Be sure to visit the sites as there will be giveaways and reviews.

February 23rd

Books N Kisses – Spotlight & Excerpt

Manga Maniac Cafe Top 5 List

Give Me Books – Review & Giveaway

Romancing Rakes for the Love of Romance – Spotlight & Excerpt

February 24th
 – Spotlight & Excerpt

Buried Under Romance – Spotlight & Excerpt, Review

BookHounds – Review & Giveaway

AsthePagesTurn – Top 5 List

February 25th

Cocktails and Books – Spotlight & Excerpt

Smut and Bonbons – Spotlight & Excerpt

February 26th

Bookworm 2 Bookworm – Q&A

What I’m Reading – Top 5 List

Mary Gramlich – Spotlight & Excerpt

A Bluestocking’s Place – Spotlight & Excerpt

Romance Junkies – Spotlight & Excerpt

Book Reviews & More by Kathy – Spotlight & Excerpt


February 25

Ramblings From This Chick – Top 5 List

Cocktails and Books – Spotlight & Excerpt

Smut and Bonbons – Spotlight & Excerpt


February 26

Imagine a World – Spotlight & Excerpt, Review

Taking Time for Mommy – Review & Giveaway

Forever Book Lover – Spotlight & Excerpt

Historical Romance Lovers – Review & Giveaway


February 27

Bookworm 2 Bookworm – Q&A

What I’m Reading – Top 5 List

Mary Gramlich – Spotlight & Excerpt

A Bluestocking’s Place – Spotlight & Excerpt

Romance Junkies – Spotlight & Excerpt

Book Reviews & More by Kathy – Spotlight & Excerpt

Regency Dancing – The Importance of Courtship

February 7th, 2015

While doing research for WHAT A DEVILISH DUKE DESIRES, I learned that dancing in Regency England was not just for fun. Courtships took place at balls and assemblies in Jane Austen’s time. Here are some fun facts about dancing and courtship in Regency England.

  • Dancing was an extremely important social accomplishment, and any gentleman with two left feet was sure to embarrass himself and others. It’s little wonder that the Bennet girls were horrified by their cousin’s  bumbling on the dance floor.
  • Balls and assemblies were one of the few activities that men and women could enjoy together.
  • Learning to dance properly was de riguer and considered one of the genteel and polite accomplishments.
  • Fashionable schools sprang up to ensure ladies and gentlemen did not make a faux pas.
  • The wealthy such as  lady Catherine de bourgh hired private dance masters.
  • A family like the Bennets might well have shared a dance master. Such a scheme made it more affordable and it also assured sufficient partners, which was necessary for teaching.
  • Interestingly, children as young as ten years were sometimes taken to balls, but their families made sure such children learned the right etiquette.
  • The Duchess of Devonshire organized morning classes so that young ladies who lived near Chatsworth could practice and master the dance steps.Now for your entertainment, here is a video of the Hampshire Regency dancers!



January 5th, 2015

Since we have to wait until February 24, 2015 for WHAT A DEVILISH DUKE DESIRES, I thought you might enjoy an excerpt from Harry and Lucy’s book. Yes, Lucy is a new character, one you’ll meet soon. I love all of my characters, but Harry and Lucy touched me more than I could have imagined.

I”m so excited to share their story with you soon. There’s no better month than February for romance.  I’ll keep you all posted on news about the book. Also if you haven’t signed up for my newsletter yet, you’ll find a link on the home page of my website. Also, you can always reach me by email:

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Stay warm!



Royal Wedding Dresses

October 10th, 2014


October 5th, 2014

I cried the whole time I wrote this scene.