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August 15, 2014

If you are not reading about Ferguson — though really, you should be reading about Ferguson, and here’s a good roundup to start– you may as well be reading my latest book, which is out today from Ellora’s Cave.At His Countess’ Pleasure is a femdom marriage of convenience erotic historical; the working title wasPegging the Earl, which should tell you what kind of sex scenes you might be in for.


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Published on August 15, 2014 11:37 • 67 views

August 7, 2014

I have just received the cover for my next Ellora’s Cave release, available from the publisher’s website August 15 and other ebook retailers soon thereafter.


Cover image for At His Countess' Pleasure by Olivia Waite.


I’m quite happy with it! I am especially fond of that large swirly P in the word ‘pleasure,’ and the luscious red of her dress. I must also admit to being initially confused about the shoulder-boob — but shoulder-boob, you see, is totally the new sideboob. So hot right now.


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Published on August 07, 2014 13:03 • 17 views

August 2, 2014

Dear Anya, wherever you may be,


Please allow me to express my sincere sympathies for your appearancein this Open Letters Monthly piece by Stephen Akey (via DoNotLink). You had the misfortune of encounteringa man who believes that birdwatching in a cemetery is a perfectly cromulent first date — which admittedly it may be, for some people. It certainly seemed to work for Mr. Akey and his now-ex-wife: birdwatching in this very same cemetery was their first date two decades ago, as our author info...

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Published on August 02, 2014 21:21 • 18 views

July 27, 2014

Welcome to the inauguralpost in my new once-monthlyseries, For the Love of Lit Crit, where we treat romance novels like the deliberately composed texts they are. Posts will be tagged as such and collected on their very own page. Spoilers generally abound. Suggestions for a better series title (and books to analyze) will be eagerly entertained.


In Jo Walton’sreview ofA Civil Campaignfor Tor.com, shestates that aside from the title she finds this book has more in common withThe Grand Sophy than...

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Published on July 27, 2014 17:38 • 32 views

July 21, 2014

Did you enjoyColor Me Bad? You’ll be glad to hear there’s going to be a sequel! It’s an angsty little gem of a novelette and I’m absurdly delighted with it. Here is the blurb!


Scandal has a long life, and Miss Anne Pym is running out of patience. Her cousin’s shocking marriage to the Earl of Underwood’s brother and their subsequent entrance into trade is still a burden Anne and her sister Evangeline must bear. Their own social standing is not enough to repair the damage, so Anneboldly seeks re...
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Published on July 21, 2014 13:49 • 15 views

June 17, 2014

Content note: the following post discussesrape, domestic violence, and sexual/reproductive coercion. The instances are numerous, but not graphic.


All I wanted to do was get some pointers on revising a novel: the next thing Iknow it’s rapeand domestic abuseall the way down.


Let me make twothings clear at the outset. One: I had done most of the note-taking work for this post before the recent shooting at UCSB took place, before #YesAllWomenand the inevitable douchebag pushback against themany wom...

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Published on June 17, 2014 14:02 • 25 views

May 12, 2014

Just a quick post to let everyone know I’ll be in New Orleans this week for the RT Booklovers Convention (anyone else a little itchy at the missing apostrophe there?). I have some editor/agent appointments, some planned meetings with friends, some workshops I’m anxious to attend — oh, and I’ll be at the Giant Book Fair on Saturday, way back in the W’s (it’s where all the cool kids sit, honest).


AndI’ll have swag with me. Fancy, sparkly, swag hand-made by yours truly.


Photo of handmade swag for the Giant Book Fair: glittery beaded stars shine against a faux-fur background.


Supplies are limited, so fi...

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Published on May 12, 2014 16:44 • 19 views

May 1, 2014

1. I did it! I did it! *collapses into wild laughterand sobs* Thank you to everyone who commented, replied, and retweeted — the best part of this series was hearing other people’s thoughts, whether or not they alignedwith mine. Authors, readers, and reviewers all care so deeply about what is going on in romance:it gives me hope in a world that so often seems unfixable.


2. It occurred to me around the letter D — for Tessa Dare — that this whole project could be considered a particularly exquisi...

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Published on May 01, 2014 12:51 • 11 views

April 30, 2014

{Content note: the following post contains brief mentionsof rape and nonconsensual attitudes in romance.


Click here for the complete — actually complete! — alphabet of intersectional feminism in romance.}


This post is both an ending and a beginning: an ending, because we have reached the letter Z, and after tomorrow’s brief wrap-up of the whole series I am going to explore the exciting new field of Shutting The Hell Up; a beginning, because Zoe Archer’s books were the ones that first got me rea...

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Published on April 30, 2014 20:09 • 10 views

April 29, 2014

{Click herefor the full alphabet of intersectional feminism in romance. }


Yesterday I talked about the gender binary in mainstream romance; today’s post is all about m/m and f/f romance. I’m a mere dabbler in each of these deep pools, with much of my knowledge gleaned second-hand from scurrilous if entertaining places like Tumblr, so I hope there will be experts around to chime in with points I may not have considered or come across. None of the below comments will have anything to do with the...

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Published on April 29, 2014 17:50 • 20 views