RITA Finalist!

AntheaLawson_SonataforaScoundrel_800I’m thrilled to announce that Sonata for a Scoundrel is a 2014 RITA nominee for Best Historical Romance. This is the most prestigious romance award out there, and this is the first year they were open to self-published books. It’s very exciting that my indie title has been selected as a finalist.

The awards ceremony is a very glitzy, Oscar-style event held at the RWA National Conference – this year on Saturday, July 26 in San Antonio, TX. I’ll be there – but I have to get a fancy dress, first!

In other news, Sonata is also the 5th place winner in Historical Romance for the Write Touch Reader’s Award.

Romance: Past, Present, and Paranormal

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My RITA-nominated newest romance, SONATA FOR A SCOUNDREL, is part of a wonderful multi-author e-book bundle, available for a *limited time only* at StoryBundle!

Get 9 fantastic romance e-books at one low pay-what-you-want price, plus support three great causes! As its name implies, this specially-assembled bundle takes you through the past, present and future, which means romance fans of all types will find something to enjoy here. Includes titles by ML Buchman, Dean Wesley Smith, Kristine Grayson, Terry Spear, Kay Stockham, and Karen L. McKee. Seven terrific authors, one low price! Head over to StoryBundle – you won’t want to miss this one~

 

A Countess for Christmas

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A COUNTESS FOR CHRISTMAS only .99 cents at the following retailers!
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Miss Cecilia Fairfax dreads the upcoming holidays. Between caring for her elderly father and managing a household barely out of mourning, she has no time for the softer things in life.
 
Liam Barrett, the Earl of Tarrick, is certain he will not accept Marcus Fairfax’s invitation to spend Christmas at the Fairfax family’s estate – and the man’s tales of a resident ghost have nothing to do with his decision.
 
Of all the blessings of the season, sometimes the most unexpected is love…
 
“A perfect Regency Christmas story.” -Kristine Grayson, award-winning author/editor
 
“A sugary Christmas treat for those who love romance…Among the standouts, Anthea Lawson’s traditional Regency story, A Countess for Christmas.” -Publisher’s Weekly on the Christmas Ghosts anthology

Whether in the 19th century, or our own, everyone experiences both the delight and the stress of the winter holidays. I wanted to write about a heroine valiantly holding everything together, and a hero blind to his own charm, who find their way to the perfect heart of the season. I hope you enjoy their story.

New Release!

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As the nights deepen toward winter, a particular type of seasonal story starts hitting shelves – the Christmas romance. I have a story in a new anthology titled Christmas Ghosts, that’s part of the Fiction River series. My Regency-set tale in the collection was called a “standout” by Publisher’s Weekly, but, truly, every story in the anthology is wonderful.

It’s not too early to grab a copy (available in both e-book and print at all retailers and some bookstores), cuddle up with a cup of hot chocolate, and dive into some terrific tales of the holiday season~

“A sugary Christmas treat for those who love romance.” —Publisher’s Weekly

“The beloved Victorian Christmas ghost storytelling tradition continues to thrive in modern day, and this multi-genre anthology of short stories is proof. Cuddle up next to a crackling fire with some holiday music playing softly in the background, and lose yourself in eight amazing Christmas stories by a gang of super-talented, cross-genre authors. Not only are they heartwarming, but they incorporate mystery, science fiction, romance and ghosts! A few tend to be more animated than others, but each one is special, and guaranteed to jingle someone’s bells.” —RT Book Reviews

“In this latest volume of an anthology series from WMG’s Fiction River imprint, best-selling authors (Mary Jo Putney and Carole Nelson Douglas) and rising stars (M.L. Buchman, Anthea Lawson, and others) present a wide selection of romantic stories, from Regency to romantic suspense to paranormal, all set during the Christmas season and featuring some form of a ghost. VERDICT: This title offers eight original love stories that will give romance readers several satisfying happy endings.” —Library Journal

Upcoming Appearances~

I’ll be in the Seattle area a couple times this fall. Come and say hello!

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OCTOBER 19thEmerald City Writer’s Conference Book Fair

4:30-6:30 at the Bellevue Westin, 3rd floor, with MANY other fabulous authors! Come buy a book, get it signed, and grab some chocolate. ;)

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NOVEMBER 2ndNW Bookfest at NW University, Kirkland

9-10:15 am (I know! Bring coffee…) Panel on Connecting Authors & Readers via Digital Platforms

 

Library Journal starred review~

I’m thrilled that Library Journal has given Sonata for a Scoundrel a starred review!

“Mesmerizing and addictive … this highly engrossing read will keep historical fiction fans clamoring for more.”  Read the complete review below~

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OrangeReviewStar Xpress Reviews: E Originals | First Look at New Books, October 11, 2013Lawson, Anthea. Sonata for a Scoundrel. Fiddlehead. 2013. 272p. ebk. ISBN 9781301757350. $3.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
ves in two worlds—a family life of deteriorating poverty and an invisible world where music flows from her pencil to the page. Her compositions keep her father, brother, and their maid from starvation but nothing more. Each piece is sold under her the name of her brother, Nicholas Becker, an outstanding pianist whose recent fit of melancholy prevents him from attracting paying students. Entranced with the compositions of Nicholas Becker, virtuoso violinist Darien Reynard offers Nicholas a high-paying position as an accompanist and composer for his next tour. Nicholas arranges for Clara to join him on the tour, and the siblings work to keep Darien unaware of their deception. Relegated to the background, Clara sees her works inspire Darien to new heights of fame and glory. What she doesn’t see is how their mutual attraction inspires the truest music of all: love.
Verdict Mesmerizing and addictive, Lawson’s (All He DesiresSonata blends elements of music fact with a sensual mix of historical fiction. Readers will identify with the accomplished but invisible Clara, who sacrifices professional recognition and love for the financial welfare of her family. Darien is a man of unrepentant passions and talent, qualities that will entice readers onward through the book. Balancing the elements of a good story with the sights and sounds of the music world in 1830s Europe, this highly engrossing read will keep historical fiction fans clamoring for more.

Sonata for a Scoundrel


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“Mesmerizing and addictive … this highly engrossing read will keep historical fiction fans clamoring for more.”  -Library Journal (starred review)

The Muse…

Clara Becker is a supremely gifted composer–a talent of little to use to a woman in 1830s Europe. Her compositions only have worth when they are published under her brother’s name, yet this deception barely enables them to scrape out a living in the poorest quarter of London.

Meets the Master…

Darien Reynard, the most celebrated musician in Europe, pursues success with a single-minded intensity. When he comes across Becker’s compositions, he knows that this music will secure his place in history. Darien tracks the composer down and, with some difficulty, convinces the man to tour with him. Mr. Becker agrees, but with the most unusual condition that he bring along his sister…

Set against the glittering backdrop of 19th century celebrity, Sonata for a Scoundrel is the newest full-length historical romance novel from RITA-nominated author Anthea Lawson.

Coming soon to APPLE

Print version found HERE.

 

Contest love for The Bright Court ~

Feyland The Bright Court frontHRThis is one of the first years that self-published books have been eligible to enter “Best Published” book contests – but this trend will be continuing! Especially as indie authors prove they have what it takes to compete directly with the traditional publishing industry.

I’m *thrilled* that FEYLAND: THE BRIGHT COURT is going up against NY trad-pubbed books and winning or finaling in a number of contests! Here are the stats so far:

Grand Prize WINNER! JABBIC Cover Contest

3rd place: PRISM Contest

4th PlaceWrite Touch Reader’s Award

Finalist: OCC Book Buyer’s Best

FinalistPublished Maggie Award for Excellence (Winners announced Oct. 5)

 Semi-FinalistKindle Book Review Best Indie Books

Stay tuned for more!