All kinds of things to celebrate today. For one, the release of the mass-market edition of Mistress of Rome – yay! If you like your paperbacks smaller and less expensive, but still with a cool cover, this is the edition for you.
Second on the list to celebrate is the stunning success of the Baltimore Book Festival, where I had a blast in the Maryland Romance Writers tent discussing everything from the perils of research to the new trend toward sexing up historical fiction to what kind of underwear Regency-era men wore (that answer might surprise you). For my own personal highlight, who can choose? Sitting down with good friends Stephanie Dray and Sophie Perinot to talk sex scenes in historical novels? Hearing Miranda Neville read a side-splitting passage on 18th century pornography in her classic English drawl? Watching my wonderful husband dress up as a gladiator to promote my books, strutting around in his tunic and sword-belt between swooning housewives shouting “ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?”
The gladiator and I have our third wedding anniversary today, which is something else to celebrate. My anniversary present? We spent a night out in D.C. attending “Don Giovanni,” but the real present is the hour he’s spending on the phone right now, untangling the electric bill with The Automated Phone Tree From Hell, so that I have the time to finish my line-edits and this blog post. And that, along with the willingness to dress up like a gladiator for my author events, is what I call love.
Baltimore Book Festival, here I come! My panel speeches are prepped, my gift baskets are ready for three lucky winners, and most importantly my hair is smoothed and spiffy. So if I crash and burn on my public speaking, I will at least crash and burn with great hair.
I’ll be speaking on three terrific panels with the likes of Stephanie Dray, Sophie Perinot, Eliza Knight and many other fabulous writers on subjects as diverse as historical accuracy, women’s fiction, and all those sex scenes in historical fiction. If that’s not enough of a draw, my husband in a moment of lunacy agreed to dress up as a gladiator to stand guard on our tent. I give it ten minutes before he lifts his sword to the heavens and shouts, “ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?”
Can’t wait to see you all there!
The When and Where:
Dates: September 28, 29 and 30, 2012
Hours: Friday and Saturday, 12-8pm and Sunday, 12-7pm
Location: Baltimore, Maryland, in historic Mount Vernon Place (the closest landmark is The Walters Art Museum, located at 600 North Charles Street, 21201)
Admission: free! (except that you WILL blow your grocery money on books)
I will be speaking on three panels. If you are interested in meeting me, hearing me speak, and/or getting your copy of one of my books signed, here’s where you can find me:
Friday September 28th:
I will be attending the “Author Meet and Greet” in the Maryland Romance Writer’s tent at NOON (12:00 p.m.)
At 4:00 p.m. I will be on the Maryland Romance Writers Stage discussing “Historical Accuracy in Historical Romance.” Come watch me and my fellow panelists discuss the head-banging that comes with fact-checking, and come prepared with questions!
Saturday September 29th
I will be participating in 2 panels on Saturday (again, all at the Maryland Romance Writers Stage)
At 1:00 p.m., I’ll be sharing the stage with a collection of fantastic authors for the following discussion: “What defines women’s fiction and how does it differ from romance?” Readings and prize giveaways galore!
Finally, at 5:45 p.m. I’m closing out my first festival with two buddies. Come watch me debate with Sophie Perinot (The Sister Queens) and Stephanie Dray (Lily of the Nile, Song of the Nile) about “Sex and Historical Fiction Novelists.” Is there a trend towards more sex in straight historical fiction these days? What role can sex scenes play effectively in historical novels? We rocked the house with this panel in the Reston, Virginia Barnes & Noble in April. If you missed it then you will not want to miss it now.
Mark your calendar! I can’t wait to see you there.