You have twelve hours to find as many ways to vote as you can: phone, tablet, laptop, work computer, free wifi hotspots….

Go here to vote – you don’t need to register, and you don’t have to vote in all the polls unless you want to.

Tell your friends, tell your neighbours, tell strangers – tell anyone who can vote!

Getting my ducks in order

Or something like that.

So, voting opens in the first round of DABWAHA tomorrow. My book is in the last set of match ups which won’t open until Friday March 22 12:00 pm – 11:59 pm CST. That is, I think, 5pm Friday to 5am Saturday GMT. When it is live there will be a simple poll, for which you do not have to register, at this link. I will post again when the poll is live.

Not sure whether to vote for me? I made this little video to help you decide:

Absolutely convinced that The Oil Tycoon and Her Sexy Sheikh deserves to beat all-comers? Here are some things  you could do to help (please note, trash talking, votemongering and certain kinds of bribery or incentive are all permitted and encouraged in this contest!):

  • Tweet a link to the video ( with the hashtag #dabwaha.
  • Put the video on your FB page, website, anywhere else you can think of.
  • Tweet a reminder to vote when the poll goes live on Friday.
  • Voting is limited to one/IP number, I think. But it is totally legitimate (seriously. It was suggested by the people who run DABWAHA) to vote more than once if you happen to use your phone/ipad/laptop in different places with different internet access.

Please don’t feel any obligation to do any of these.  If you have any other brilliant suggestions for vote-mongering, let me know!

Also, in the interests of full disclosure, there is a prize for the winning author (an iPad). I have no expectation of getting that far and, really, I’m most interested in getting the extra publicity for the book and hopefully some new readers.

DABWAHA, links, and what I’m up to at the moment

I got the nomination for the reader pick in DABWAHA! I am ridiculously excited about this, so thank you very much if you nominated The Oil Tycoon and Her Sexy Sheikh. The bad news is that in round 1 I’m up against Sarah Morgan’s Once A Ferrara Wife which is an utterly brilliant book by one of the best category romance writers out there. I don’t expect to make it to round 2, but I’ll have fun trying. I’ll let you know when the voting starts.

A reader just alerted me to the fact that the links to all my Entangled books were broken. I did sort of know this, but I hadn’t quite got round to fixing them. Entangled started using a new distributor (Macmillan) last month, which has resulted in all the books being re-uploaded and having new links. I think I have fixed them all now, but if you find one that isn’t right, please let me know!


I am not going to be around much for the next six weeks or so (apart from the DABWAHA trash talking, obviously). My next book is due on May 5th, and I hope to submit my thesis before then, as well. The thesis is mostly written, apart from the conclusion, but it is about 25,000 words too long. I wonder if I can just put those words into my new book without my editor noticing? Maybe not…

In the meantime, here’s a ridiculously brief summary of what’s been on my kindle lately:

The Chocolate Kiss by Laura Florand: didn’t fall in love like I did with the Chocolate Thief, especially in the first half, but I forgave it everything for two chapters near the end that hit me right in the emotional solar plexus. Plus there is chocolate and patisserie. What’s not to love about that?

The Sheikh’s Disobedient Bride by Jane Porter: a very old-fashioned (though not actually old) sheikh romance, with kidnapping and forced marriage and a totally unreconstructed hero. I liked it a lot in some ways but it left me somewhat disturbed in others.

Clover, In the High Valley, Just Sixteen
by Susan Coolidge: all free for Kindle! I’d read Clover before but not the others. I did find In The High Valley something of a disappointment. There is an unlikeable character, but she is never fully developed and nuanced in the way that Coolidge can do. I did like the way Dorry proposes to a girl because she isn’t clever like his sisters, who he’s been overwhelmed by his whole life.

Cassandra by Chance
by Betty Neels: It’s Betty Neels, and a really good one.

The Autumn Bride
by Anne Gracie: I’d been looking forward to this a lot and was somewhat disappointed. This deserves a proper post to explain why.

Goddess of the Hunt
by Tessa Dare: I’m halfway through and need to finish writing this post so that I can go and finish it NOW.

What’s on my kindle

I promise there will be new Tom and Hattie soon, and even some other blog posts, but I’ve been away and busy and ill, and for now these are the easiest posts to write.

There has been more Jilly Cooper: Polo has been this week’s read. More horses, more ludicrous puns, more outrageous characters. Fab.

There is going to be more Betty Neels, following Liz’s mention of Cassandra by Chance.

And, since it is about to be March, there are going to be some new books: Annie West’s Captive in the Spotlight is first on the list.

I’m not going to be buying Katie Fforde’s latest, having been disappointed with most of her recent books. Nor will I be getting Janet Mullany’s Improper Relations, newly out on Kindle – I know many people love her style, but it’s just not for me.

What’s on your reading list this week?

What’s on my kindle


Oh, yes.

Riders and Rivals in a joint edition for less than a fiver? I THINK SO. Also The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous for £2.50. I am three quarters of the way through Rivals and I shall then go back and read Riders, and then The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous.

Earlier this week I also re-read several of the Bad Blood Collection (aka Notorious Wolfes). My reviews for several of these books are here. I still think this is the best M&B continuity series I’ve read and almost all of the books are excellent or very good.

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