It's Release Day!

Happy October everyone! I'm kicking off a new month with a lot of excitement. 
The Courtesan's Book of Secrets, my third Harlequin Historical is now available! 

The Courtesan's Book of Secrets by Georgie Lee

Uncovered: a list of noblemen's names—each one guilty of treason. 

To save his family legacy, Rafe Densmore must seize a courtesan's infamous register. No one can ever know how his father betrayed his country! One person stands in Rafe's way—the beautiful Cornelia, Comtesse de Vane. 

In the card rooms of Paris, Rafe and Cornelia made an unbeatable…intimate team. Until, convinced of Rafe's desertion, desperate Cornelia married an elderly comte. Now, returning to London an impoverished widow, she'll do anything to possess the register. Even if that means becoming Rafe's partner once again…. 

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Cover Reveal - Prince Charming Need Not Apply by Dara Young

Today, the wonderful Dara Young is sharing with us the cover of her new novel Prince Charming Need Not Apply. Check out the blurb and excerpt below for a sneak peak into this sizzling romance. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Reformed party girl and Chief Cosmetics Officer for rising star Swirl Cosmetics, Sabrina Calihan has sworn off men. But when she meets beauty industry colleague Max March, new head of the Christina Max beauty empire, she finds herself struggling to keep him at arm’s length.
Max is determined to have the sexy woman he first met on the red-eye from Los Angeles. Unconcerned about her professed vow of celibacy, he is ruthlessly determined to show her just how good things can be between them.
He wines and dines her despite her assurances that Prince Charming need not apply. But, as love begins to blossom on a personal level corporate issues bubble to the surface and threaten a happy ending. Now Sabrina must discover if she can win her prince charming back, or if all is lost.
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Alone but for the music, they sat and sipped their wine. Despite knowing intellectually that Max would turn on the charm tonight, she could never have been prepared for this onslaught. His full court press was powerful. Seductive.
“So tell me, Sabrina. Why have you sworn off men?” Max threaded his fingers through hers and relaxed back in his chair.
She listened to the instrumental version of Unforgettable and weighed how much to share. “It’s a long story.”
“We have all night.”
“Longer even.” Her mouth dried up which left her tongue stuck inside it like a strip of beef jerky.
“I won’t be distracted. We’ll come back to that comment.”
“You are tenacious. Very well, you should hear the truth at some point.” She took a sip of her wine in need of both the moisture and the fortification. “I got tired of settling for Mr. Wrong-But-Very-Convenient. After a string of horribly shallow and often incredibly dumb men I had to bring it all to a halt. I called a hiatus to give myself some practice at being alone.”
The first course arrived.
“And that was six months ago?”
“Yes. I’ve been working on figuring out what I want.”
“What conclusions have you come to?” He ate his amuse-bouche.
“Abstinence is easy when you aren’t actually tempted.” And that made having dinner with him either the most courageous thing she’d ever done, or the absolute dumbest.
“No list of character traits you’re looking for in a future mate?” His throat worked up and down as he took a swallow of wine. She couldn’t have peeled her gaze from the tantalizing sight if her dress had caught fire.
“I’m a bit more fluid than that. I leave the strategies and obsessive list making to Elle. I’m more of the I’ll-know-it-when-I-see-it type.”
“Hhmm…doesn’t give a man much to go on.”
“I don’t need a man who is trying to conform to a detailed list of requirements. I need a man who knows who he is and is willing to learn who I am. I need a man who can live with the realities those truths entail. Prince Charming need not apply.”
“Duly noted. So, what time do you turn into a pumpkin, Cinderella?”
About Dara Young
I was born in Lafayette, Louisiana, one of two children and grew up in Florida and Alabama. I later graduated from Auburn University Montgomery with a BS in Political Science and a minor in History.
My mother once asked me what I would do with a poly sci degree. At that moment I happened to have a romance novel in my hand, the author of which was a poly sci major. I quickly held it up and said, “Well, I can write romance novels!” How prophetic!
I specialize in configuration management, and I pursue my love of writing romance in my spare time. I dream of one day commuting to my living room in my bathrobe for work.
I met my husband my first week living in New York City. While he does not share my love of books, he does support my writing wholeheartedly! We were married in November 2000, and now share a beautiful home in Southern California.

Engagement of Convenience Won the Readers' Choice Heart of Excellence

Engagement of Convenience, my first Harlequin Historical, has won 1st place in the Historical category of the ACRA Readers' Choice Heart of Excellence contest. A special thanks to the Ancient City Romance Authors for organizing this great contest. It is very exciting!

Goodreads Giveaway

There is only one week to go until the release of The Courtesan's Book of Secrets. I'm running a giveaway over at Goodreads. Up for grabs is one of three signed copies.
Please follow the link below to check it out and enter.
Have a great week everyone!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Courtesan's Book of Secrets by Georgie Lee

The Courtesan's Book of Secrets

by Georgie Lee

Giveaway ends September 30, 2014.
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Regency Era Card Games

Rafe Densmore, the hero of my latest historical romance, The Courtesan’s Book of Secrets, is a skilled card player. So is the woman he loves, Cornelia, Cometesse de Vane. Sadly, when it comes to Regency era card games, my education was sorely lacking. As a result, I had to learn a thing or two about how to play cards in Regency England.

Cornelia’s game of choice is Commerce. Although, by the Regency it was more a game for the older set, it worked perfectly for the scene where Cornelia plays against the villain, the Dowager Countess of Daltmouth. I decided against the more common Whist because of the need for partners. Commerce is like an early version of poker with players placing bets, selecting and discarding cards and trying to win with certain hands. With the way the play moves around the table, and the betting, Commerce worked well for my card party scene. It was fun to research the rules of the game and then to employ them and some of the terminology in my gambling scene. I even watched a video on-line of people playing it in order to get a real sense of how it was done. If you want to learn a little more about some popular Regency era card games like Whist, please check out my friend Kristen Koster’s great Regency research page. For more detailed instruction on Commerce, check out the UK Jane Austen Society's post on Commerce.

Rafe’s game of choice is Vingt-et-un, an early version of Blackjack that has not changed a great deal since Regency times. Like our modern Blackjack, Vingt-et-un doesn’t require partners and, if a man can keep track of cards, read his opponents well, and is brave enough to double down, then the play can be as tense and exciting as a well played hand of poker. Also, because it is a game that I and many readers have played, I thought it would be easier for readers to relate to Vingt-et-un than many other popular Regency card games.

I hope you enjoy reading the gambling scenes in The Courtesan’s Book of Secrets as much as I enjoyed writing them. Perhaps the next time you play blackjack, you’ll be inspired play like Rafe and take a chance and double down. Or, like me, maybe you’ll read up on the games and perhaps try a hand with some willing friends. With the holidays just around the corner, it might be fun to step back in time and enjoy a game of Commerce after dinner.

5 Simple Tips for Squeezing Writing Into Your Everyday Life

There are a thousand things that fill up a day. Some are wonderful, like time with family and friends. Some activities aren't so fun, like paying bills or doing the laundry. In the midst of so much to do, how do you find time to write? Below, I offer 5 simple tips for squeezing writing into your everyday life. Give them a try. In time, you will find yourself with a completed manuscript or a pile of blog posts and a little closer to whatever writing goal you want to achieve.

1. Write something everyday. It may not seem like much, but over time a little turns into a lot and one day you will have a finished first draft.

2. Don't wait for inspiration to strike. It's too unpredictable. When it does strike use it, but for all the times it doesn't, write anyway. Writing is the best way to create inspiration.

3. Make writing a priority. If you don't, no one else will.

4. In order to make writing a priority, you may have to sacrifice other things to the writing gods, like a spotless house or perfectly prepared dinners. Save the housework for when you are really stuck on a plot point and need to step away from the story and let it percolate in your subconscious.

5. Speaking of perfectly prepared, don't strive for perfection, strive for words on the paper. First drafts are rarely pretty, don't expect yours to be any different, just expect it to be done. You can always edit later, but that is another post for another time.

Fun with PicMonkey

I learned about PicMonkey during a workshop at the RWA 2014 conference in San Antonio. It's an on-line photo editing site that is super easy to use. I wish I'd known about it a long time ago.

I've been playing around with it a lot lately and I love the program. Right now, I'm using the free version to create graphics for Facebook to promote the release of my next novel, The Courtesan's Book of Secrets.


The program is one of the easiest photo editing ones I've ever used, and there is a lot that can be done with it. Also, the site offers great tutorials on all its features. I used the tutorial to figure out how to overlay one photo on top of another. The program also offers templates so you can create Facebook banners and other items. I'm no graphics whiz yet, but the more I play around with the program, the better I'm getting.

The free version is great. It does what I want it to do and I don't mind the little ads at the bottom. In the future, as I get more comfortable with the program I may upgrade and pay, but for now the free version works well. I'm having fun using it to create title pictures for blog posts and fun pictures to post on Facebook.

If you haven't checked out PicMonkey, then I suggest you do. It is a lot of fun and a great program.

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