by Julie LeMense Have you ever had a stranger look at the cover of the romance novel you’re reading, and smirk? Whatever they’re thinking, it’s not likely to be complimentary. They’ve typecast you as so much less than who you are. So I’m here to set the record straight. I’m a lifelong romance buff, and… Read More
A Georgetown University graduate with a degree in English
Literature, I have been a Regency romance addict since I
read my first deliciously bad Barbara Cartland novel. These
days, I prefer the complex characterizations and plotting of
Julie Anne Long, Sherry Thomas and Meredith Duran, but
I’m always excited to find new authors.
Once Upon A Wager is my first novel, and you might be
interested to learn that other than the primary characters,
most of the people in my book actually lived during the
Regency. Dr. Robert Chessher, for instance, is known as the
Father of British Orthopedics. Arbury Hall, the home of Alec
Carstairs, my hero, is a glorious estate in Nuneaton,
Warwickshire. Lord and Lady Daventry currently live there,
and open the home to tourists during certain times of the
year. Astley Castle, where my heroine, Annabelle Layton
lives, was a ruin until just a few years ago. It was
recently restored, and is available for overnight stays. I
can’t wait to go!
A member of the Romance Writers Association of America, I am
currently working on my next two novels, as the ghosts who
live in my old, gilded age-era home try to sneak their way
into my stories.
by Julie LeMense The holidays are many things to many people. For some, they’re a chance to reunite with friends and family. For others, they’re an opportunity to give of ourselves and to receive. I count myself lucky in that I usually get to do both. Yet I also find that I’m very reflective at… Read More
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It’s Historical Mystery Award Season!
Spring seems to be the season for historical fiction and mystery writing awards: the Lefty (awarded at Left Coast Crime), the Agatha (Malice Domestic), the Edgar (Mystery Writers of America), and my new favorite, the Benjamin Franklin (Independent Book Publishers Association, aka IBPA). I’m excited to share the news that FANNY NEWCOMB AND THE IRISH… Read More