My cover

My cover
Nell and her oranges

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Nell's London Debut - and my next book!

The U.K. edition of The Darling Strumpet will be released on August 4!  You can buy it at Waterstone's, WH Smith, WHS Travel, ASDA, Sainsbury's, Tesco, as well as independent bookstores and many on-line sites.  You can pre-order now from -

I'll be doing various guest posts and interviews on blogs - details to follow soon!

And I'm thrilled to say that my brilliant agent Kevan Lyon has just made the deal for my next book.  Working title is My Lady Bess, based on the life of Bess of Hardwick, 1527-1608, the formidable four-times widowed Tudor dynast who began life in genteel poverty and ended as the richest and most powerful woman in England after Queen Elizabeth; built Chatsworth House and Hardwick Hall; and is the forebear of numerous noble lines including the Dukedoms of Devonshire, Norfolk, Somerset, and Newcastle, the Earls of Lincoln, Portsmouth, Kellie, and Pembroke, the Baron Waterpark, and the current royal family of Britain. 

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Nell's going up in the world!

The Kindle edition of The Darling Strumpet is No. 750 in historical fiction on Amazon!

And we're now up to 3664 hits on You Tube for the reading at the Historical Novel Society conference with Diana Gabaldon and C.C. Humphreys!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Nell Gwynn's London on You Tube

When I was in London most recently, in April, my good friend Alice Northgreaves helped me beyond all that could be asked of anyone by tramping around London with me to tape little video snippets at various sites associated with Nell's life and/or scenes from The Darling Strumpet.   I hadn't done anything with them yet, but since I managed to post my first You Tube video the other day - the HNS reading -  I have finally put up 6 or 8 little pieces.  Here's the link to one of them - Covent Garden and the church of St. Paul's Covent Garden.

Diana Gabaldon blogs about The Darling Strumpet!

I have to say I'm thrilled that the talented, gracious, and hilarious Diana Gabaldon blogged about what she calls "the literary three-way" - her reading the narration while Chris Humphreys and I read Rochester and Nell, respectively, during the Saturday Night Sex Scene readings at the Historical Novel Society conference in San Diego a couple of weeks ago.  And she included a link to the video on You Tube - now up to about 2300 hits!  And it's making people buy the book - Nell's sales rankings on Amazon are soaring!  Thanks, Diana!