I made a batch of applesauce yesterday from some lovely Ozark Gold apples. This is a autumn tradition in the Hoyt Household–picking apples at the local orchard, and making applesauce and apple pie. Mr. Hoyt does love the autumn!
I have some updates to the website!
First up, my novella, The Ice Princess has been released in ebook form! The heroine of The Ice Princess is Coral Smythe, who you may remember from The Raven Prince where she played a small part as the madam of Aphrodite’s Grotto. You can find an excerpt from The Raven Prince that features Coral as well as the first chapter excerpt of The Ice Princess and links to buy the ebook on The Ice Princess page.
While The Ice Princess is available only in ebook form at the moment, we do hope to publish it in a paper anthology soon!
I’ve posted the first scene excerpt of Notorious Pleasures, my February 2011 book featuring Lady Hero.
I’m the Featured Romance Author at Barnes and Noble this month and to celebrate I’m giving away my romance picks on my website contest. Enter to win all eleven books!
The first scene excerpt of my November release, Scandalous Desires is up! If you’ve been waiting for Silence Hollingbrook’s story, this is it–and she does indeed get another shot at Charming Mickey O’Connor. ;-)
I’m in Los Angeles for the Romantic Times Convention from April 6-10. If you’re going to the convention, I hope you’ll stop by to say hi, and if you live in Los Angeles be sure and attend the Giant Book Fair on Saturday, April 9th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
I’m very pleased to announce that I’ve just signed a new contract with my publisher, Grand Central Publishing for three more books! They will be a continuation of the Maiden Lane series with characters I’ve been getting lots of reader mail about! ;-) The first book of the new contract will be released in summer 2012 and will feature Winter Makepeace and is tentatively titled Thief of Shadows. I hope you enjoy it!
Romance Writers of America’s conference is coming up at the end of June and with it the annual “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing. This year it will be in New York City at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, Tuesday, June 28th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. There will be over 500 authors signing their books and all proceeds will benefit literacy in New York.
I just got the first review for Scandalous Desires today:
“With its lush sensuality, lusciously wrought prose, and luxuriously dark plot, Scandalous Desires, the latest exquisitely crafted addition to Hoyt’s Georgian-set Maiden Lane series, is a romance to treasure.” (Starred Review)
Woot! I just got my RT BookReviews magazine in the mail and was thrilled to see that Scandalous Desires got a 4 1/2 Stars Top Pick! review from RT reviewer, Kathe Robin:
“This is the Maiden Lane story readers have been waiting for. Hoyt delivers her hallmark fairy tale within a romance and takes readers into the depths of the heart and soul of her characters. Pure magic flows from her pen, lifting readers’ spirits with joy.”
Oh, dear, I’m blushing! ;-)
Remember, Scandalous Desires will be available for both ebook download and in stores on October 18th.
Today is release day for Scandalous Desires and the book has received a lovely review from Night Owl Reviews:
“…Scandalous Desires was well worth the wait. Mickey is, in a word, delicious. He is the perfect bad boy! Silence is a wonderful heroine, perfect for Mickey. She stands up to him and makes it impossible for him to not fall for her. I can’t say anymore, you just have to read it and experience this marvelous love story first hand. If I could give higher than 5 stars I would, as Scandalous Desires is sublime!”
We have no snow yet, but the colder weather has definitely moved to central Illinois. The shorter days and chill make me want to hibernate through December, but I have the feeling my family would object...who would cook all the traditional holiday dishes if I'm burrowed under the covers? ;-)
I'm very pleased to announce that Scandalous Desires was named one of the best books of 2011 by Publishers Weekly and was chosen for RT Book Review's Seal of Excellence for November.
Conference season is upon us and I have a whole slew of conferences and appearances I'll be making this spring and summer. Take a look at my Appearances list on the left sidebar of my News page to see if you can come meet me. Even if you don't want to go to an entire conference, many will have multi-author booksignings open to the public for free or with a small fee. Hope to see you soon!