the Booksigning!

I have to say that it was quite exciting to be doing a book signing. Mr Kate added to my nerves considerably by a) deciding to vacuum the lawn or something 15 minutes before we were supposed to be there and b)by telling me I’d got the wrong day just as we pulled off the freeway. I didn’t laugh. He was lucky to survive.

Barnes & Noble even had a big poster at the from of the store with my name and the cover of “Roping the Wind” on it! Apparently, she had to down pedal the “Simply Sexual” one to avoid complaints from Saturday shoppers with kids, and I totally understood that. Debra, the B&N community relations manager loves romance novels and thank god for people like her-she was thrilled to see me, got me water and ice and even had a pen ready in case I’d forgotten to bring one!

So here I am, looking pensive as shoppers mill around me. I was strategically placed between the cafe and the new arrivals tables so I felt a little like a fish in a bowl, or one of those Victorian ladies waiting patiently at the side of the dance floor while being ignored by all the men.

And yes, people really do ask strange questions. My favorite was, “Did you write this?” Um, yes, otherwise why would I be sitting here? Of course, I didn’t say that, I just smiled graciously and admitted it. I REALLY DID get asked where the bathroom was as well!!

Look! Real people in a line, for me! Okay, so I know some of them, but hey, they came out to support me and buy my books so I love them all.

Because of what I write, I expected a few oddballs as well, and yes, they turned up to say hi, every time Mr Kate wandered off to read Motor magazines. I ‘think’ they just wanted to see what an erotic romance writer looked like and I ‘think’ I probably disappointed them seeing as I wasn’t dressed in black leather or brandishing a whip!

So,it was fun and Mr Kate took loads of photos, I felt famous for at least 5 minutes and that was quite enough for me 🙂 Back to the writing cave!

Book Signing on Saturday!

Come and meet me in person!!

I’ll have books to sign, bookmarks and candy!

Barnes & Noble Bookstore
Hacienda Crossing
Dublin, CA 94568

2-4 pm

Come save me from hours of boredom and Mr Kate from having to bribe people to come and say hi. I’d love to meet you 🙂

Good news!

First off-the good news. Kensington Aphrodisia offered me a contract for two more books! The best bit is that they are connected to the first two, “Simply Sexual” and “Simply Sinful”. So I get to write about the Madame of the pleasure house, Helene and Valentin’s half-brother Anthony Sokorvsky.

It will be interesting to write about Helene because most of my books are dominated by the hero, and in this case, things are different. I just hope I can make her sympathetic enough-she’s had a tough life. But, as I explained to my editor, I have to write Helene’s book first so that we can get to Anthony’s, because characters have to be developed who will impact his life and his happiness. Anthony is seriously messed up sexually and it will take an exceptional person to sort him out.

I’ve no idea when these books will come out, although I’m thinking the first probably late 2009, we’ll see how they go 🙂 It is actually slightly easier to write books when you already have some back story to help you along, although it can get a little complicated at times 🙂 Not sure what the titles will be either, whether we’ll continue to ‘Simply’ ones or not-although I think the awesome Mary Balogh has used most of them already 🙂 I picked a deliberately lame title for Helene’s story in the hope that Kensington would choose another one. I didn’t even try to find one for Anthony-I just called it “Anthony’s book” 🙂

I should have a cover for “Simply Sinful” in a few weeks. I’m looking forward to that-I think!

Here’s hoping you are all as pleased as I am that I get to keep writing these stories. I really love the characters and it really is a pleasure to enjoy myself and get paid for it!

Fortune’s Kiss

FORTUNE’S KISS by Lisa Manuel
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Medallion Press
Release Date: March 2008
ISBN: 978-193383635-5

“The characters are full of depth and vitality and you feel like you are with them every step of the way. Fortune’s Kiss is definitely one for the keeper shelves.” – Night Owl Reviews

“…A cunning story of love and treachery… Settle down with some tea and cakes and put up your feet. Fortune’s Kiss is an excellent Sunday afternoon read.” – Novel Spot

“…An excellent historical romantic suspense. This is an exciting and enjoyable book and one you don’t want to miss.” – Romance Junkies

“…An amusing, engaging historical romance starring two likable heroes and a zany out of control support cast.” – Harriet Klausner

“…Unique and sinfully delicious…” – Romance Reviews Today

Practical, country-bred Moira Hughes must fight for the family fortune she believes her stepfather’s heir has unlawfully withheld from her. Graham Foster, treasure hunter and Egyptian antiquities expert, returns to London to claim his barony only to find himself accused of foul play by Moira and her widowed mother. Coming to a wary truce, Graham agrees to help Moira find her lost fortune, and together they follow a trail of fraud, deceit and murder that leads them through the streets of London—and into each other’s arms.

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L is for Leather

A while ago, when I was writing ‘Roping the Wind‘, a call came out from the amazing Ms. Alison Tyler for Cleis Press for short story submissions to an erotic alphabet series. The one that caught my imagination was “L is for Leather” because, if you’re read Roping, you’ll know that Jay Turner makes cowboy boots and Helen Kinsale finds the whole leather thing a total turn on.

So I set out to write my first straight erotica short story, Sunday Service which was kind of like my characters taking their whole fascination with leather into their own little fantasy world, although in the story I give no time period, place, detailed setting or character names. It was quite interesting to write something that didn’t require a happy ending or an ending at all really 🙂

It was a real thrill when I heard my story had not only got into the anthology but was first up in the book. I love the cover of this book. It reminds me of the 1950’s poster girls, with a naughty kink!