Tuesday, 27 December 2011

FREE Regency romance - limited period only!

A MOST DANGEROUS LADY is now available on Kindle absolutely FREE today and tomorrow.

Grab it FREE right now on Amazon UK and Amazon US.

Lord Trajan Randall is a rake and a whipster who holds women in contempt. The weaker sex may be all very well in the bedroom or the nursery, but beyond that Trajan has no use nor respect for them.

Which is why Lady Caroline decides to teach him a lesson. A lesson the dashingly handsome Lord Randall will never forget.

The Viscount does not believe in the "Petticoat Club", a legendary gang of women who take their revenge on rakes and noblemen like him.

But all that is about to change.


-- Highway robbery, abduction and wanton behaviour abound in this short sexy 15,000 word Regency novella from Elizabeth Moss.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

48 hour promo starts NOW!

I've got a 48 hour Kindle promo on "The Earl and His Tiger" starting NOW in the UK and probably any minute in the US.

For the next TWO DAYS, my bestselling Regency romance will be on sale for the mere snip price of 86p in the UK and 99 cents in the States.

Grab it before it's back to its usual price of $2.99 on Friday 16th December!


Stranded in a remote cottage during a snowstorm, the rakish Earl of Stanton is staggered to discover that his sturdy "tiger" - an elite Regency groom - is actually a female in disguise.

Being a duke’s daughter had brought Lady Jane de Montfort nothing but misery and the prospect of a loveless marriage. So she had run away to pursue the only passion she had ever known – a love of horses!

As master and groom, they had been trusty companions. Companionship now turns to desire, resulting in a compulsive affair that must at all costs be kept hidden from Polite Society.

A full-length Regency romance with explicit scenes that go beyond the bedroom door. 73,000 words long.

 

Saturday, 3 December 2011

"Tiger" back in the Kindle romance charts for Christmas!


Checking up on my Regency romance "The Earl and His Tiger" today, I discovered it's back in the UK Kindle romance charts - just in time for Christmas!

Here's a little teaser, for those who might be unsure whether they want to buy a book with a tiger in the title! (A "tiger", of course, being the name for an elite Regency groom.)

In this scene, the earl has been snowed into an isolated cottage with his groom, whom he has only just discovered is not the horse-mad boy he has grown to know and trust, but a female - and a damned attractive one at that!

Those eyes! Velvety-dark as one of her beloved charges there in the outbuilding, the short stubby lashes delectably unfeminine, her skin coarsened by constant exposure to sun and rain alike – nothing like the dewy softness he was used to admiring on ladies of the ton. His current mistress always kept a pot or two of some sickly-smelling cold cream on her dressing-table, and while he loved to stroke her skin after it had been applied – and rather thought she enjoyed it too! - he could not help but admire the rude, glowing freshness of Jane’s rougher complexion.
His hand lifted experimentally. Dare he stroke her cheek?
Jane looked startled by the gesture. He met her eyes with a reassuring smile, trying to gain her trust, as she had done with the frightened horses in the snow.  
‘Hush,’ he murmured soothingly. ‘I can’t help wanting to touch you. You’re very beautiful, you know.’
Her eyes widened. ‘No, I’m not.’
‘Yes, you are.’
‘No,’ she repeated, her tone hardening. ‘I’m not.’
He sighed. This was going to be harder than he had realised. He ought to give it up as a lost cause and turn himself over to the angels of sleep, but the fumes of the brandy were still in his head, and damn, she was a picture to cherish, her diminutive stockinged feet drawn up on the wooden settle – however did she contrive to keep them in the stirrups at a gallop? – and her lips slightly parted, innocently inviting. 
‘Jane,’ he half-groaned, stroking her cheek. Not as rough as it looked, the satiny skin drew him in a curved line down to her lips, where his finger hovered, hardly daring to take matters further in case he frightened her away.
She shivered, and her eyes met his. There was no mistaking the longing in her face, nor the curiosity behind her lack of confidence. She wanted him to kiss her! The brandy shifted away for a moment, allowing him a few precious seconds of clarity. That was why she had not gone to bed yet herself, though the light had failed long since and the room was cooling as the fire subsided. Because she was far from indifferent to him.
He remembered how she had first come to him, seeking employment. The short but stalwart figure in the yard, clad in her now-familiar cow-hide coat and muffler, awaiting his arrival. The letters of recommendation she carried would have been enough on their own, but in fact he had heard of her reputation before that day, had seen her in the park behind Lord Dent’s curricle, and admired the skill with which she advised that gentleman – not London’s finest whip, it had to be admitted – how to handle his high-mettled pair of greys. Yet it was she who had sought him out to be her employer.
‘I have to kiss you.’ He focused on her mouth, so sweetly succulent, mesmerised by the way her tongue ran nervously across her lower lip. ‘It won’t do, pretending I don’t want to. Simply won’t answer.’
He had expected her to struggle or slap his face. But in the end, Jane did nothing but give a little gasp. Her head lifted mutely for his kiss, her eyes closed as if to shut out reality ...

To read the rest, you can find "The Earl and His Tiger" on Amazon UK and here in the States. You can read it on a Kindle or a phone or computer if you don't have a Kindle. 
"The Earl and His Tiger" is also now available on Smashwords for the same price of $2.99, and coming soon to Kobo, Sony, Barnes & Noble, Apple and Diesel.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Australian Book Addict video review!

I was thrilled and honoured the other day to discover that my first full-length Regency, The Uncatchable Miss Faversham, has been discussed on film by two Regency-loving sisters, Tara and Priya.

Tara and Priya also review two Regency titles by accomplished Regency writer Candice Hern in the same short film: A Proper Companion, and A Change of Heart.

I hope you get a chance to go and check out their review blog, Book Addict.

The post in question is called Candice Hern and Elizabeth Moss - head to head. I rather fear veteran writer Candice Hern came out the winner between us. But it's such a pleasure to know people out there have read and engaged with my writing that I didn't mind so much.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Smashwords gets Tigered at last!

I'm absolutely thrilled to say that I've finally cracked the nut of Smashwords' formatting and now have a brand new edition of my best selling Regency romance 'The Earl and His Tiger' available on a wide variety of formats at Smashwords, currently priced $2.99.

So those of you who were asking about PDFs, EPUB, RTF and other formats should now be able to download the book. Hurrah!


It's a revised edition on Smashwords too, where I've addressed some of the concerns discussed by reviewers on Amazon - for instance, that the hero behaved too "coldly" at the crisis of the novel - and generally made it a smoother read. Never let it be said I don't listen to feedback. Indeed, I'm very grateful to those who took the time to review the first edition in such detail on Amazon. Although I didn't follow all the suggestions put forward for changes, I have tried to improve the novel where a substantial number of reviewers agreed on the same issue.

I have also reloaded the Kindle edition to reflect these revisions. If you bought the first or second edition and would like to update it to the current version, I believe it's possible to email Amazon support, quoting the product and/or purchase number, and get this new edition uploaded for free to your device. Alternatively, you could splash out and buy it in a different format from Smashwords.

Anyway, if you haven't read 'The Earl and His Tiger' because you didn't have a Kindle or prefer not to shop for books on Amazon, now's your chance to read it.

The sample at Smashwords is a full 20% of the book, which is about 6 chapters, so you're welcome to try before you buy!

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Special new cover design by The Cover Factory!

The Earl & His Tiger

Many thanks to the very talented Chris Hamilton-Emery of The Cover Factory, who designed this special cover as a gift to me. It's for my bestselling Regency romance on Kindle, The Earl & His Tiger. I thought I'd change the cover designs as we head into the Christmas rush, see whether it has any effect on sales to freshen the look of the book. 

I hope you all love it, and are enjoying your Christmas shopping!

Thursday, 13 October 2011

RNA Regency Day

Matt the officer at the East India Club

What a marvellous time I had at the RNA Regency Day on Saturday last.

There were dancing lessons with an official 'caller', which I sat out, having two left feet - see photo and short movie clip below - but thoroughly enjoyed watching the trials and exertions of my fellow Regency buffs.

There were also fancy gowns and bonnets to try on, and guided Regency walks around London - what an eye-opener those were!

Many thanks to novelist Louise Allen for her knowledgeable talks on the hoof, and thanks to the lovely Regency soldiers who accompanied us in full uniform, much to the amusement of shopkeepers and passers-by. We saw Brooks' club and Whites on St. James' Street, and were shown many exclusive small shops, perfumeries, gentlemen's outfitters, hosiers and the like which would have been in existence back in the Regency era.

I could have done without being introduced to 'snuff' by those disreputable red-coats, but at least I know now that snuff induces, in some unfortunate ladies on walking tours, bouts of sneezing so severe and long-lasting that the expert guide taking them around the streets cannot even be heard!




There were also well-attended talks on Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, Sex and the Georgians (I was on the panel for that one). I loved Jennifer Kloester's talk about her new biography of Heyer, which sounds gripping and which I cannot wait to buy - though could not afford on the day, sob!


A beautiful lunch followed, where I met up with an old friend, the fabulous Roy McMillan, an actor, writer and now a producer with Naxos Audio Books.

Trust me, you have not lived fully until you have heard Richard Armitage reading Heyer's Venetia. Oh the flutters to have Armitage drawling intimately in your ear as Damerel, the Wicked Baron! (That was 'drawling', by the way, not 'drooling', though you would be forgiven for doing the latter yourself.) He has also read Sylvester, another massive favourite of mine, so I shall be buying that one too!

video


High tea was served later at the famous East India Club, where the news of the great victory at Waterloo was brought hotfoot to the Prince Regent at dinner with his friends, an evening whose drama was reenacted by members of the RNA and actor Miles Barden while we enjoyed tea and dainty cakes.

It was such a memorable day, with many historical romance lovers milling about in bonnets and gowns, and me in my tatty jeans. It was lovely to meet fellow historical author Melanie Clegg for the first time 'in the flesh', as it were, after much communicating online and by email. And to see Roy again, after more than a decade.

Now if Roy could only persuade Richard Armitage to read The Earl and His Tiger and let me look in on the recording ...

Many thanks to all the organisers, who were just superb and who - as usual - gave up their time to help make the RNA Regency Day such a resounding success!

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Festival of Romance: are you going?

The Festival of Romance takes place on Fri 21st and Sat 22nd October 2011 at Hunton Park, near Watford, Herts, UK. The aim is to celebrate romantic fiction in all its forms, and gives readers the chance to meet their favourite authors.

See what's going on that weekend at the Festival of Romance site.


Visit Festival of Romance online

Friday, 16 September 2011

No. 1 in the Historical Romance chart

I've topped the UK Historical Romance Charts today with The Earl & His Tiger!

Don't know how long I'll be lucky enough to hold onto the Number 1 spot, but many thanks to everyone who bought the book and left Likes and reviews. I couldn't have done ANY of it without your help.

It's also now within the Top 100 Kindle titles in the UK.

What more is there to say but WOOOOO!

Monday, 12 September 2011

THANK YOU!

I want to say a big noisy THANK YOU! to everyone who has bought my book The Earl and His Tiger, either from the UK Kindle site or the US Kindle site, because it seems people on both sides of the Atlantic have been hugely generous in doing so since its launch 3 weeks ago.

It's now heading towards the Top 100 Kindle titles in both stores!

Meanwhile, I'm off on a quick writing retreat again today, but should be back at the weekend. Either before then or next week, I hope to be featuring romance novelist Cathie Dunn on this blog.

I'm really excited by the prospect of having Cathie as my guest. We've been looking at each other's work for over a year now, and Cathie's help was absolutely vital in bringing The Earl and His Tiger up to scratch for publication day.

So a big THANK YOU! to Cathie Dunn today as well.

Cathie will be discussing Highland Arms, her new book from The Wild Rose Press, amongst other writerly things. Looking forward to it!

Friday, 9 September 2011

No. 2 in the Historical Romance chart!!


"WOW!" just about covers my reaction to this news.

My newest Regency romance, 'The Earl & His Tiger' has now sold over a thousand copies since its launch in mid-August, and is currently holding the NUMBER 2 slot in the Top 100 Historical Romances on Amazon.co.uk.

It's also within the Top 200 of ALL paid Kindle titles. How staggering is that?

Meanwhile, over on Amazon.com, it's at No. 13 in the Regency charts, No. 24 in Historicals and No. 27 in historical Romances.

I am so pleased by my lovely Tiger's success, I'm utterly over the moon. And I want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who has bought a copy. You're all amazing!

I'm now planning my next Regency, and can only hope it will meet with the same approval from Kindle readers. And hoorah for self-publishing.

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Extract from 'The Earl & His Tiger'


An extract, as promised, from my latest Regency, The Earl & His Tiger, which is currently in both the Kindle Historical Romance Top 100 and the Top 100 Historical Romance fiction charts on UK Amazon.

The rakish Earl of Stanton is snowed into a deserted cottage with his trusty young tiger, Jem, after a wager goes badly wrong ...

Please note, the 'tiger' of the title is the nickname given to an elite Regency groom!

Hope you enjoy it!
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The fire was smoking furiously in the front room – snow blocking the chimney, no doubt. Jem was still crouched on the hearth, his wet breeches steaming, his hair lank about his face.

The boy looked round warily as the Earl returned, his dark gaze fixing on the clothes over Stanton’s arm. ‘Thank you, my lord,’ Jem began, ‘ but I’m quite comfortable in what – ’

‘Nonsense.’ Stanton dismissed his protests briskly, prepared for them and rather enjoying his own unexpected generosity. ‘Put these on, and when we’ve eaten some of the cold ham from the pantry – yes, and enjoyed a hot cup of tea too, with maybe a dash of rum in it – I’ll be the one to go back into the snow and set covers over the horseflesh. You can take the bed in there. No, no, I insist. I was inside the coach, you were the one riding in the wet all day. Now don’t argue, just get dressed and do what you’re ordered for a change. I’ll not have your death on my conscience, damn it.’

Still the boy hesitated, a slight flush on his pale cheeks, even though he had accepted the bundle of clothing from his master’s arms.

Stanton frowned. ‘What is it? Too shy to strip off in front of me?’

He saw the hurriedly lowered gaze, the flinching look, and could have kicked himself. Of course, the boy had insisted on his own room above the stables. ‘No room-mates,’ he had stipulated on first coming into the Stanton household. He liked his privacy, and was no doubt one of these religious types – didn’t believe in baring the flesh, and all that. And Stanton had agreed readily enough. One of the best tigers in London, he would have been a fool to refuse, knowing himself to be the envy of most of the whipsters in town, dashing through Hyde Park with Jem up behind him in the curricle.

‘My fault,’ he muttered, turning his back. ‘I’ll fetch that cold meat and the rum. Now that’ll set you up for the night!’

Stanton stood in the pantry, peering about for the ham in the darkness, having forgotten to bring the candle. Best give the lad some privacy for a few minutes. The place was illuminated only by pale snow-shine through a small square of net-covered window high up on the wall, but he found the bottle of rum easily enough.

Then he saw the glimmer of metal – the hook! And was just reaching up to unhook the delicious-smelling ham when he heard a dreadful noise from the front room. A sort of unearthly wailing, high-pitched, like a soul in torment.

The hairs stood up on the back of his neck, hearing such a sound in that desolate place, and for a brief moment Stanton had such visions of ghostly apparitions that it took all his good sense to shake them off.

He crashed back through into the front room, the bottle of rum clutched in his hand, almost falling over the old woman’s knitting basket.

‘Jem, what the devil was that noise?’

And saw, as through a shivering mist of smoke from the fire, the young woman who spun in horror at his entry, her lips parted on some wordless cry, clad in rough men’s trousers but nude from the waist up, breasts shining and perfect.


The Earl and His Tiger is available for Kindle on Amazon.co.uk or on the US site, Amazon.com

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Is Kindle Changing The Way We Write?

The parameters and particular form of the Kindle reading experience is shaping the way I approach those works I intend to sell digitally, and I can imagine it must be doing something similar to other writers too.

One key factor in making a Kindle sale is the free downloadable sample.

The sample represents 10% of your book.

This indicates to those savvy in the ways of making Kindle sales that a "hook" should be built into the story at around the 10% mark. If you know how long your book will be and therefore where the first 10% will end, you can write your hook into the plot, and it should be quite an organic process.

But if, like so many, your book is written in fits and starts, or rewritten at various points, you may have to go back afterwards and massage the beginning so your "hook" falls just before the 10% mark.

Frankly, although this approach may be anathema to some purists, it's no worse than rewriting your first page or chapter to make it bolder or more enticing to an agent or publisher. And it may make your book better. There's nothing wrong with an early hook, and it will at least ensure that the plot-thin literary style is more rapidly put aside for a more commercial approach.

On the downside, it may encourage lazy writers to put all their effort into that first 10%, and then sink into a typo-riddled morass of repetition and continuity errors for the remaining 80%.

Another side-effect of writing for the digital market is a growing awareness of the size of screen on which your book may eventually be read. Readers are not merely reading digital books and other material on Kindles, Nooks, Sony ereaders or the more comfortably-sized home computer screen, but also these days on iPads, iPhones, Blackberry etc.

We can improve the reading experience - and make our books more attractive to consumers (whoops, I mean, readers) - by shortening our chapters, paragraphs and even our sentences.

This has already happened, to a certain extent, in most forms of the novel, due to our advertisement-inspired love of the soundbite. In many genres, the crisp or telling one-line paragraph has become the author's new benchmark for stylistic prowess.

Brevity being the soul of wit, this may be a force for good.

All that doesn't even cover the uneasy shifts between publisher, editor, agent and writer, as more people self-publish and get to grips with editing and formatting issues, self-promotion, marketing strategies, product descriptions, cover images and how to survive in an unpredictable and increasingly economically troubled industry.

I don't share the gloom of many when looking ahead to the future of the great digital age. Anything could happen. But I'd like to be flexible enough to run with it when it does.

And hopefully make a few sales along the way.

Please see comments for other remarks on how digital publishing is changing the way we write.

Back in the Top 100!

I'm really, truly delighted to see that my new Regency ebook, The Earl and His Tiger, is now selling brilliantly on both the UK and US Amazon sites.

It's such a validation of my love for the genre. Regency romance rocks!

I shall stop banging on about this soon. Still reeling with how lovely people are for buying my novels so regularly.  Can't quite get used to it. ;-)

Hope to have another guest blogger here this week. If not, maybe a review of someone else's book? Let me know if you have a Regency romance that needs a reviewer.

Today's stats for the UK Kindle version (which still has no reviews):

Monday, 22 August 2011

Fab new writers' campaign from Rachel Harrie: join now!

If you're a writer and blog about your writing, and you want to join forces with other like-minded souls, why not join Rachael Harrie's Writers' Platform-Building Campaign?

You just need to follow a few simple steps to sign up, then you can whizz off and see everyone else's blogs, books, products, tweets and posts, while they come and visit yours in turn.

Sounds like a marvellous, reciprocal, outreach idea. I'm really looking forward to exploring the campaign for the first time.

The opportunity to sign up only last until the end of the month. So join here!

The Earl and His Tiger: Publication Week!

She served as groom to a rake!

I'm delighted and very excited to announce that my third Regency romance is now available on Kindle, as of this weekend.

No doubt thanks to the success of A Most Dangerous Lady, my Regency novella, it's already selling well. I even had a review go up within the first 24 hours of this new book being on sale, which is amazing, since it's a full-length read of 72,000 words.

I'd be hugely grateful for any other reviews, either of The Earl and His Tiger or one of the other two Regency romances I now have available on Kindle.

The Earl and His Tiger is also on the UK Amazon site.
The Earl of Stanton is a rake. Jane serves in disguise as his "tiger", an elite Regency groom. When Stanton discovers her sex, passion flares between them. But what rake ever marries his groom?
For sale now: The Earl & His Tiger.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Melanie Clegg introduces BLOOD SISTERS

Buy BLOOD SISTERS on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com

I'm delighted to welcome author and blogger Melanie Clegg to Elizabeth Moss Regencies. I'm closely acquainted with her new full-length novel of the French Revolution, BLOOD SISTERS, which you can sample or buy digitally via the two Amazon links above. It's fantastic to see this thrilling and lavishly written novel on sale at last.

I asked Melanie a few questions about her writing and about BLOOD SISTERS in general, and this is what she said.

Melanie, firstly, many thanks for agreeing to join me at Elizabeth Moss Regencies! Can I start the ball rolling by asking a very mundane question: how long you have been writing?
I have been writing for as long as I can remember. Well, actually my earliest memories involve learning to read (remembering looking at a book and not being able to read the words is a bit eerie!) and also prancing around in our gardens pretending to Marie Antoinette so I feel like I've been preparing for my books all my life. My first 'book' was a horror story based on Dracula that I wrote at the age of nine in which I killed off most of my classmates and emerged as the heroine of the day - an early example of wish fulfilment fan-fic, I think you will agree.

My first serious novel was written at the age of thirteen and was a re-telling of the poem, The Highwayman. I optimistically sent it off to Penguin and got a very lovely letter back from one of their editors telling me to keep writing.  It's the nicest rejection that I've ever had so I may always have to pretend to be thirteen in future so they'll cushion the blow...

I know where you're coming from! I wrote my first novel at the age of twelve or thirteen too. I had the cheek to send my second one to my mother's agent at the time, the talented Caradoc King, who very kindly told me it had 'too many characters'. It was a sprawling fantasy novel set on several continents at once, as I recall. One day I may return to it, and cull a few of those pesky characters ... 
So how did the initial idea for BLOOD SISTERS come about? Three pampered aristocratic sisters, desperate to escape the bloody turmoil of the Terror in Paris, who change and grow as they come face to face with their own mortality. Can you talk us through its inception?
BLOOD SISTERS was first written when I was fourteen or at least, an early prototype was put together back then as a distraction from doing my GCSEs. It was inspired by my fledgling adoration of the French Revolution, which began that year. I've remained utterly obsessed ever since and BLOOD SISTERS has been rewritten more than once along the way. 

Why the French Revolution in particular? Were you a huge fan of Baroness Orczy's The Scarlet Pimpernel (as I was in my teens)?

Initially, I am ashamed to say, my love for the French Revolution was down to Antoine de Saint-Just and the whole stoic-expressioned aristocrats being wheeled off to the guillotine thing. I was very young back then. However, it didn't take long for this to blossom into a passion for the period as a whole - the politics, the art, the fashion and above all the larger than life personalities that seemed to abound. It's a period of unparalleled drama, I think. 

Les Dieux Ont Soif: Anatole France
I wasn't a tremendous Scarlet Pimpernel fan as a child, although I devoured the books and films. My taste is more towards Les Dieux ont Soif by Anatole France, which is a very fine book indeed.

Sounds like something to be added to my teetering To Be Read pile! 
So, Melanie, what's next on the book front for you?
My next book, which I have just finished is another French Revolutionary saga based on The Buccaneers by Edith Wharton. It's about a group of very rich English girls with ambitious mamas who find it impossible to marry into the English upper classes and so instead head off to Paris, where of course English young ladies are all the rage. 
I'm very excited about it! I need a break from all the guillotining and angst though so I'm about to embark on a book set in Whitechapel during the Jack the Ripper murders, which is another passionate interest of mine. No angst there! Um...

You like Jack the Ripper? Why am I not surprised?
Well, it only remains for me to ask, where do you see yourself in five years' time?
Ooh, er, in five years time I'd like to have a mountain of historical fiction listed on Amazon and actually be a Writer That People Have Heard Of. It'd be nice to wander past my books in Sainsbury's.
Is that a terrible thing to say? I'm really passionate about self publishing but I do have the occasional day dreams about seeing my books in shops - mainly because of the respect that being able to say 'I am a published writer' gets one in publishing circles. Silly, I know.

Not at all, Melanie. I have no doubt that you will find yourself staring at your own book on a High Street bookshelf within the next five years. Just keep writing, keep believing, and keep cracking the whip. There's always room for another talented, hard-working writer like yourself.
Thanks!
So that was Melanie, and I thank her heartily for her time. You can read more about Melanie Clegg and this period of history at her very popular historical blog, Madame Guillotine.

And don't forget to grab a copy of BLOOD SISTERS from either Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk along the way. I highly recommend it, and am sure you will be utterly captivated from the first page onwards by the rich charms and heady atmosphere of her prose.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

To Be So Close To Heyer's "Venetia"!

I popped along to the Regency Romance Bestseller's list on Amazon.com today, and spotted that A Most Dangerous Lady had slipped three places again to rest precariously at No. 100.

However, if I tell you that Georgette Heyer is one of my top three favourite authors of all time, and that of her books, "Venetia" is among my top three favourite to read again, and again, and again, you will immediately understand how I felt to see that my funny little novella is only THREE spots away from the priceless "Venetia" Kindle Edition on their Regency bestseller list.

I am still breathless and fanning myself!

To be in such close proximity to such a read-again novel as "Venetia", a miraculous love story I first read and fell in love with as a teenage, well, words cannot express my excitement. Even if it's only next door to my own humble effort for a few brief hours or days, I may never recover from this moment.

Ah, to write a Regency hero as languid and to-die-for as the wicked Damerel, and a heroine as clever, untarnished and straightforward as Venetia ...

No, it can't be done,"stoopid!" We can only marvel at Heyer's skill and understanding of human nature, and hope that our own attempts at Regency romance add rather than detract from the genre.

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Back on the Historical Bestseller List!

I'm rapidly falling in love with this little novella, A Most Dangerous Lady. I thought it was cute but short when I wrote it. Now it's my favourite baby.

Currently at No. 87 in the Amazon Historical Romance Bestseller List!



That's in the UK.

For readers on the Amazon.com site, you can purchase it here.

Monday, 8 August 2011

2-star Review of 'The Uncatchable Miss Faversham'

Well, I've been asking for reviews of my books on Kindle, and had a lovely 5-star one the other day from Maggi Andersen for my novella,  A Most Dangerous Ladywhich was very kind of her indeed.

But then today I got a rather sad 2-star review of The Uncatchable Miss Faversham, my first full-length Regency romance.

But at least it's a review, and my first-ever review of Miss Faversham!

If anyone has read either of the books - here's my UK Author Page, so you can browse the books, and there's one on Amazon.com too - I'd love even a short review, if you can manage one.

A Most Dangerous Lady has sold several hundred copies in the States alone, with no refunds, so I know it must be out there on Kindles and computers somewhere. I'm just hoping now that one or two readers might be kind enough to stop by Amazon and leave a few comments when they've read it.

The Earl and his Tiger
In related news, I'm getting ready to launch my third Regency, The Earl and His Tiger, very soon. Just a few minor glitches to clear up. It's my personal favourite among my Regencies to date. I love that book to bits and no one will be able to shake my belief in it!

Sunday, 7 August 2011

#95 on Regency Bestseller list!

I'm so pleased!

I came back from holiday last night to find that my little Regency Novella A Most Dangerous Lady is now at #95 on the Kindle Bestseller list for Regencies.

That's on Amazon.com

Many, many thanks to everyone who's bought a copy. I've had a lovely review there from Maggi Andersen, herself an accomplished historical writer, and that's probably helped push it up into the listings.

I'm feeling pretty chuffed right now. Big grin!

Friday, 29 July 2011

Lovely 5-Star Review on Amazon.com

Woke up yesterday to a fabulous 5 Star Review on Amazon.com for my sexy Regency novella, A Most Dangerous Lady.

Sales for that title are now well into triple figures on the US site alone, and this is still only month one. I'm very excited, and can only hope this is the trend of things to come and not just a blip.

It's all happening!

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

The Earl and His Tiger - coming soon!


Here's the cover for 'The Earl and His Tiger', due out as a Kindle book in August. If you hate it, please say so or make suggestions for tweaking.

The fantastic thing about self-publishing is that I can easily change the cover and even the text of the book after publication. It's like magic!

'The Earl and His Tiger' is just nearing final proof edits and formatting stage, with a little help from my friends.

I've got a lovely endorsement from fellow historical romancer Cathie Dunn, whose very marvellous Highland Arms has just launched and which I now possess on my Kindle.

(Cathie Dunn will be guesting here in August to talk about Highland Arms (Wild Rose Press), so watch out for that.)

Meanwhile, to give you a taste for my work, try my fastest selling Regency to date, 'A Most Dangerous Lady', currently available only on Kindle: "A noblewoman masquerading as a highwayman, bent on revenge for her sex, comes up against stubborn Lord Trajan Randall."

You can grab Lady Caroline in the US store or over on Amazon UK.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Write, and Research On the Hoof

No, not a silly pun on the fact that my forthcoming Regency on Kindle is about horses, but a description of how I've learnt to research historical facts when writing. On the hoof, or on the go, or as and when required during the act of writing a novel.

Back in the bad old days before I considered writing historicals for a living, the amount of research involved in getting things right absolutely crippled me. I couldn't start writing because I didn't know what dress my heroine might be wearing and if that was right for that time of day or social occasion or what she would say to Lord Bulge if he offered her tea, or even if tea was the kind of thing gentlemen might offer to ladies in the Regency period.

Then I wised up and realised you have to start writing quite early on. And then just research what you need as you go along. It's the only way.

As a historical novelist, you will never have all the facts at your fingertips. So you either bluff, you tacitly sidestep the gap in your knowledge, or you leave a big CHECK LATER in the manuscript and go back later to insert the correct dress or social comment or beverage.

The last is what I mostly do, though bluffing and sidestepping are good stand-bys.

So if you're thinking of writing a Regency or other historical romance, don't think you have to read 1000 books on dress or carriages or social occasions before diving in.

It works best if you already have a good passing acquaintance with the period you're writing about, obviously. And do read plenty of other novels in that genre too. But once your great idea has come to you, you can just start at Chapter One, take a deep breath, and type CHECK LATER whenever you hit a gap in your knowledge.

Only, don't forget to go back, insert the correct fact, and delete 'check later'!

Otherwise it could be a bit embarrassing when a bewildered and possibly irate reader demands to know why Lord Bulge said, 'Would you care for a drink of CHECK LATER, Miss Fotheringay?'

Sunday, 17 July 2011

New Regency coming soon ...

I have another full-length Regency novel coming soon to Kindle. The formatting needs some tweaking first, and also I'm getting a 'quote' or endorsement from a fellow historical romance writer.

I'm quite thrilled about that. Can't wait to see what she says!

Once it's up on Amazon, I will then have three Regency romances available as Kindle books.  This new one is quite hot in places, but I wouldn't describe it as an erotic romance.

It is full of horses though!

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Reviews - oh yes, please!

Heading into the third week after the publication of my two lovely Regencies, The Uncatchable Miss Faversham (that's a US link) and A Most Dangerous Lady (UK link) and no reviews at all so far.

It's good that no one hates them and has come back to say that!

But I'd hoped someone might be generous and kind enough to come back if they enjoyed my book, and to pop up a review to that effect. Though I guess some people may have bought them and not read them yet. I'm like that with ebooks. I often buy five or ten at a time, trawling through Amazon, and then can't find the time to read them for weeks, sometimes even months!

So I'm hoping it will happen. Meanwhile, if you HAVE read one of them and would like to leave a review, that would be super!

Living in hope ...

Visit my Author Page at Amazon to see the two books. Link in the sidebar, at the top.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Fantastic Early Sales!

I'm really impressed by the possibilities of Kindle and self-publishing. I only published my first two Regencies on UK Kindle and on Amazon.com in the States at the start of July. It's not even mid-month yet and I've sold nearly a hundred copies.


I've done no particular marketing, apart from occasional tweets on my new account which has very few followers. And there are no reviews on the books yet. (Please, please review them if you've read one!) Yet these early sales figures have blown me away.

I anticipated selling just a couple of copies, probably to curious Regency-loving souls as they browsed the Amazon pages. Instead, I seem to have found a genuine readership.

Feeling very happy right now. Thank you, everyone who has clicked Buy!

My second Regency romance, a red-hot novella called A Most Dangerous Lady is also now out on Amazon.com for lovely US readers. I'll blog about it in a short while, and stick up an extract to help you decide if you'd like it.

Lovely British-based readers can get it on Kindle here.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Mozart's "What?"

Covent Garden, Balthazar Nebot, Tate Gallery
Glancing through my jolly first ever Regency today, I came across Mozart's "Messiah" being played at Covent Garden in 1814.

"What?" I not unnaturally thought.

To explain, I wrote this book two years ago, and the finer details of my research have now floated away on the ether.

So off I trotted to friendly Google, and discovered that yes, there was indeed a Messiah played at the Theatre Royal that spring - check - and yes, it was Mozart's arrangement - check.

But it was originally, of course, by Handel!

I have no idea what was going through my head when I attributed it wholly to Mozart. Not particularly much, I should imagine.

So it looks like a third edition of The Uncatchable Miss Faversham will soon be winging its way to Kindle. While in the works, I shall probably be adding a very brief Preface, which a friend suggested I remove but which I now realise makes all the difference to the balance of the book.

The change involved is very slight, but if anyone who has already purchased their copy wishes for an updated version, or you know of someone who has complained about this clanger, do please leave a comment. I believe it's possible to email Amazon in these circumstances and request the updated version for your Kindle.

Won't be up for a few days yet though. I'll set it in motion tonight, but these things take time to work. Like my brain, apparently.

A Tempting Teaser?

Here's a brief extract from my first Regency ebook romance: The Uncatchable Miss Faversham. (Here's the US Kindle link.)

It's only just come on sale, at a very low price, and I'd love some reviews. If you enjoy this tempting extract, and are feeling generous, please link to my book or this page on Facebook or Twitter or a blog. And let me know, so I can follow you too. Thanks!

For five years, Nathaniel, Lord Sallinger, has tried not to remember how Eleanor Faversham fled in horror from his proposal of marriage, though the scars in his mirror remind him daily. 

But when they meet again, Nathaniel finds he is as attracted as ever to the elusive society beauty, and is determined to punish her for it:
`You!' she managed, then gave a choking sound as she realised how badly she had given herself away. Years of training forced a polite smile onto her flushed face and a courtesy into her voice that she was far from feeling. But there was no disguising her breathlessness.

`What a pleasant surprise to see you again. How ... how do you do, Lord Sallinger?'

Seated on a magnificent black stallion, Lord Sallinger looked down at her with an unfamiliar mixture of hostility and icy politeness. His gloved hands barely bothered to pull on the reins, his powerful thighs controlling the animal with consummate ease. `I am well, Miss Faversham, thank you,' he replied, and jerked his head in what passed for a nod of recognition.

His mouth, which she did not want to remember pressed hotly against her throat, was a straight line of disapproval. It had been five years since she had rejected his offer of marriage. Could he really still hate her so much?

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

The Wounded Hero ... and all that buttery Regency goodness

Kindle edition
Woo- hoo! My first ever Regency is now on sale at Kindle. "The Uncatchable Miss Faversham" by Elizabeth Moss.

Not my real name, you understand. Nudge, nudge. Wink, wink. But it will be my pen-name for my Regency romances.

This first one has a wounded hero with scars and a limp, the forbidding Nathaniel, Lord Sallinger. The heroine is the wealthy Miss Eleanor Faversham. Nathaniel has her down as "an incorrigible flirt!" but secretly Eleanor has been pining for him. And that's no surprise. Despite his looks, Nathaniel is a fantastic lover, and neither of them have forgotten their one night of passion years ago. After which, of course, it all went pear-shaped ...

No reviews yet.

I'm a little scared of the reviews, to be honest. But if they are even a little bit positive and help sales, I will be happy!

So if you can buy the book - currently selling at a VERY low price - do please leave a review. It's very cheap, but if you're unsure, you can download a sample of the book to your computer, laptop or Kindle  here in the UK -- or here in the US.

Or just click and buy for your Kindle.

Saturday, 2 July 2011

Not Quite There Yet


OK, I uploaded The Uncatchable Miss Faversham, but then decided to change the cover slightly and reload the book file, as there were a few issues with the Kindle formatting.

I seriously hope that's all fixed now.

Within the next day or so, you should be able to buy the new Kindle version. Anyone who's already bought it and wants a better formatted copy, it's possible to ask Amazon to send the reloaded file.

Apparently it doesn't happen automatically, you have to ask. Sorry! I was a bit premature and hit Publish before Previewing the file.

Won't do THAT again!

I'm a little new at this self-publishing lark, though I intend to get much better, as I have quite a backlist I could publish/republish under Thimblerig Press. Maybe I'll branch out after that and publish other people's books too.

It's rather fun, having all the control.

Friday, 1 July 2011

Welcome!

Welcome to my new Regency blog!


Here I hope to blog with reasonable frequency about quirky Regency facts, figures and oddities. I will also be promoting my new Regencies as they appear on Kindle.

EM