Welcome to A Cup of Tea and Sorcery’s New Digs!
It's here! It's finally here! Well, what do you think? Have you had a chance to explore? Did you find any gargoyles lurking in the basement? If so, scoot them out to the parapets ~ they have work to do. Silly gargoyles.
Thank you so much for being here today to help celebrate the launch of my new website. I couldn't be happier with it. I'm hoping next week I'll have another little surprise for all of you, but I think this is enough for today. Any more pink and sparkly and y'all just might burst.
And HUGE thanks to Laird Sapir of Memphis McKay Designs for her awesome work on the site. I can be a tad high maintenance, but she never once complained. Mwuah! Love you, sweet Lady.
Speaking of ladies… the final voting is in and you picked Razzie Tazzie as the teacup dragon's name! She'll henceforth be known as Lady Razzie Tazzie. Very fitting for a dragon of her sparkly caliber.
As promised, I have more RWA Swag for you! But first… my dirty little secret.
We have Kate Wood to blame for this, or, I suppose I should say thank for this new obsession of mine… You see, Kate is enamored of a certain Regency writer named Tessa Dare. Tessa just happens to be a member of our Orange County Romance Writer's of America chapter and one day she spoke at our meeting. Well, when she finished she gave away a few of her novellas titled, The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good, Mr. Wright and I happened to get one. Kate being the huge fan that she is, I loaned it to her thinking, “Meh. I don't read Regency.”
The next month Kate returned the book and as it turned out, I was in a slump with my projects. Since I don't read the genre I'm actively writing, I sought out something completely different. Regency was about as far from Romantic Suspense and Fantasy as I could get!
This little novella grabbed me from the first page and, if I'm not mistaken, I skipped making dinner that night so I could finish the book. No one was more surprised than I that I enjoyed a Regency romance!
Names like Julia Quinn, Eileen Dreyer, Elizabeth Hoyt, and Laura Lee Guhrke started creeping their way into my psyche. At RWA Nationals this year, I picked up a copy of Sarah MacLean's A Rogue by Any Other Name. When I got home, I read the book in two days. Again, I'm not sure I fixed dinner for the heathens in that time. I'll definitely be adding her to the list of fiendish authors who turned me to the dark side.
Granted, it's a dark side I'm happy to fall to when I need something fun to read. These books are not only well-written, the heroines aren't just dim-witted damsels looking to be rescued. They are smart and sexy. Yep, you read that right ~ there be sex in these books!
I'll be giving away three of the books I brought back from RWA ~ Julia Quinn's It's In His Kiss, Laura Lee Guhrke's Scandal of the Year, and Sarah MacLean's A Rogue By Any Other Name. See what I did there? This is my thinly veiled attempt to turn you as well. Even if you don't think you read Regency, give these a try. You might be surprised.
And now it's time for … RWA Swag for YOU!
We've got all kinds of cool stuff from door hangers, excerpts from Diana Gabaldon's not-yet-released book, to a travel wine sippy glass, and of course, Celtic Hearts buttons with some hot dudes and lassies in kilts. Yes, please!
I swear I wasn't trying out the wine glass when I took that picture. It's the only one of the bunch that came out blurry, hmmm… I thought about retaking it, but didn't want to upset the Wine Gods.
So here's the deal ~ I'll draw random names from all the commenters next Tuesday. That'll give everyone a chance to stop on in and play along. Again, don't despair if you don't get something this time. I still have a dozen or so books and a bunch more swag. Can you believe it? I'm telling you, RWA rocks!
Thanks again for stopping in at the new digs. Make sure you resubscribe to the blog and come back on Tuesday to read the conclusion of Our Summer Adventure.
From Lady Razzie Tazzie and myself, have an amazing weekend. Mwuah! Love to you all.