September news

September 18th, 2015

I hope you’ve had a chance to read What to Do with a Duke. I was very excited to hear it was named a 2015 Amazon Best of the Month category pick in romance for the month of September. You know when your editor sends you an email before she even leaves home saying “Big News,” it’s a good day.

Speaking of good days, I just handed in my edits for How to Manage a Marquess, the second book in the Spinster House series, coming in May. I suspect there will be more tweaks needed, but the book is now on my editor’s desk. Good thing as Mr. M and I are leaving for London and Paris! In London, I’ll be dragging Mr. M around to “look at spoons” as he calls my research. Paris will be more “just” sightseeing, though we are also going to visit Milady, my French publisher. (Here’s the Sally MacKenzie page.) Mr. M is looking forward to practicing his French.

I have the best of intentions to post photos of our travels on my Facebook page–we shall see how well I manage. Much depends on the Internet at the hotel and on how exhausted I am at the end of the day. I’m hoping to give my Fitbit a real work out!

It’s almost here!

August 17th, 2015

What to Do with a Duke, the first book in my new Spinster House series, comes out in just over a week! PW called it a “fun series launch,” and RT Book Reviews gave it four stars, saying: “Sit back and enjoy this fast-paced delightful read.” If you click on the cover, you’ll link to the page where you can read the first two chapters. I hope you’ll enjoy Marcus and Cat’s story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

To celebrate the book’s release, my publisher has been offering the prequel novella, In the Spinster’s Bed, for FREE! And they’ve also dropped the price for Loving Lord Ash, the last book in the Duchess of Love series, to $1.99. I’ve been told these promotional e-book prices will last until September 4, so if you haven’t grabbed a copy yet, now would be a good time.

Meanwhile I’ve been keeping my head down all summer, working on the second book in the series, How to Manage a Marquess, which will be out in May 2016. (Amazon is saying April 26.) I’m expecting my editor’s suggested revisions to land in my inbox any second now. Waiting to hear what she has to say is always a bit nerve-racking, but once her email arrives, I’ll take a deep breath and dive back into the story, polishing and tweaking.

Appearances on the Web

June 23rd, 2015

In the Spinster’s Bed releases in just a week! To celebrate, I’ll be popping out of my writer’s cave, where I’m frantically writing the next book, to show up here and there on the Web. This Friday (June 26) I’ll be blogging with the Jaunty Quills. I’m excited–that’s a great group of writers (and one porcupine). And I’ll be sharing a special excerpt from the novella on fellow Kensington author Ella Quinn’s blog. On Release Day, June 30, I’m celebrating with Vanessa Kelly at her Facebook party–she has a new release out, too. Mark your calendars–or rely on me to post reminders on my Facebook page.

One more bit of news: the e-version my very first book, The Naked Duke, is scheduled to go on sale for $1.99 starting June 27 and going through August 7.

Audio news

May 11th, 2015

I’m heading out to the RT Booklovers Convention in just a few minutes–if you’re in the Dallas area, I’d love to see you. If you’re attending the convention, I’ll be at the Kensington events. And I’ll be signing at the Giant Book Fair, which is open to the public.

My main reason for jumping on here now is to share the news that What to Do with a Duke can be pre-ordered in audio. I imagine it will be available on all the online bookstores, but right now I’m only seeing it on Amazon.

I’m going to try to post updates from the convention on my Facebook page so you can follow along–though I will also be spending some time in my room or hiding in a friendly corner working on How to Manage a Marquess.

Updates on the Web Site

May 4th, 2015

I finished page proofs for What to Do with a Duke, so I took some time to look around the web site and tidy a few things up. I’ve now posted the first two chapters of What to Do with a Duke, and because I was feeling like I’d been a little stingy with In the Spinster’s Bed, I added some more text so now the entire first chapter is up. I think I have all the buy links sorted out, too, but if you see something missing, please email me or send me a message through my Facebook page and let me know.

It’s a little frightening that it’s May already. Next week I head off to Dallas and the RT Convention. I hope you’ll say hi if you see me at the convention, though I will need to spend some time hidden away, working on How to Manage the Marquess, the second book in the Spinster House series. It’s due to my editor August 1–and that’s with an extension–and should be out in the world next May.

Spring Things

March 9th, 2015

I hope Spring is coming to my neck of the woods. We’ve had quite enough snow and cold temperatures for my tastes.

I’m finishing up the page proofs for the novella, In the Spinster’s Bed. I’ll send those off tomorrow or the next day. I’m always trying to make the story just a bit better, but there comes a time when I just have to let it go. Once the novella is on its way, I’ll get back to work on How to Manage a Marquess until my page proofs for What to Do with a Duke arrive later this month. And somewhere along the line, I’ll be adding more “buy” links to this site and an excerpt for What to Do with a Duke. (A short excerpt is already up for In the Spinster’s Bed.)

If you look over to the Appearances column, you’ll see it’s starting to fill up a bit. If you’re near any of these sites, I hope you’ll stop by and say hello.

And finally if you’re not allergic to Facebook, I usually stop in there daily for a look around. You’ll find the link to my Facebook page at the bottom right corner of this page. I’d love to “see” you there!

New series!

January 21st, 2015

Happy new year, everyone. Yes, I’ve been very quiet here, though if you follow my Facebook page, you’ve seen me around. I find it easy to pop on there when I have a few moments. If you’re not on Facebook, you can see my posts in the bottom right corner of this page or any other page on this web site.

I haven’t been twiddling my thumbs (though that sort of sounds like a fun thing to do). I’ve been hard at work on my new Spinster House series. “In the Spinster’s Bed,” an e-novella, will be out June 30. The first book, What to Do with a Duke, is scheduled to release August 25. If you check out my “Books” page, you’ll see the covers. Aren’t they great? I love them! (And they got Poppy right! Poppy’s a calico cat and a character in all the books.)

Both books are already available for pre-order on e-bookstore sites. In the next few weeks, I’ll post an excerpt from the novella and add more “buy” links.

Oops! I just realized the novella’s current link says “buy in print.” That should read “buy in ebook.” I hope I did a better job of proofreading the book itself! I think the novella will be out in print eventually–as bonus material in one of the other books–but there aren’t any definite plans on that yet. I’ll let you know when I know.

Both the novella and the first book are written–they just have to go through the various stages of production now. So I’m turning my attention to book 2, How to Manage a Marquess, which will be out sometime in 2016.

A funny thing happened on the way to the Post Office

October 16th, 2014

Actually, a funny thing happened TO the Post Office. The one where I have my P.O. Box went missing. Yes, there’s a story about that, but first: the important part of this message is that I have a new post office box. If you need to snail mail me something, my new address is: Sally MacKenzie, P.O. Box 10466, Rockville, MD 20849. I’ll change the address on my Contact page when I have my web mistress do my next set of updates.

Now to the story of the missing post office. It was in a shopping mall. Sigh. I remember when that mall was built many, many years ago. It was very fancy. One of its anchor stores was an I. Magnin from which I bought my first non-prom formal gown. The dress cost $100 and my then-new husband was horrified at the price. I wore that gown many times, so I think I got my money’s worth. In fact, I still have it, and it still fits, though not quite in the same way I did thirty plus years and four children ago. Ahem. Shall I admit it’s made of very stretchy fabric? Anyway, after I. Magnin moved out, Borders moved in–and we all know what happened to Borders. Sigh again. I used to take my mother to that bookstore once a month. We’d check out the new crop of Signet Regencies and have lunch at the Cheesecake Factory.

But now the mall has died, as many malls across this fair land have done. It’s going to be razed and some new mixed-use development built in its place. The Powers That Be posted a notice letting us know when and where the post office would be moving. But then things changed. The post office had to leave sooner than expected and before its new space was ready.

So I had to go to another post office–a far less convenient to me post office–to get my mail. I went there once. Let me just say getting there involved navigating twisty roads and awkward merges and a highway I’m not fond of. (Yes, I like to whine.) Since I don’t get that much snail mail, I figured I could wait until the summer when my box would supposedly be back in a more friendly-to-me location.

And then I got busy with deadlines and grandbabies and travel and health issues and more deadlines. I have tried to find the post office. I called the number I’d been given, but it wasn’t in service. I found another number and called it–no answer. An internet search turned up a September post that said the post office still hadn’t moved into its new home.

That’s when I decided to cut my losses and get a box at a post office that I think will be around for as long as I am. I haven’t totally given up on finding the missing post office, though I’m not sure I even have a box there–wherever there is–any more. However, I do need to return the key to the perhaps nonexistent box. I don’t want to be hoarding government property!

So my apologies if you snail mailed me something and I haven’t replied. I wasn’t intentionally ignoring you. Please shoot me an email to let me know what you needed.

The Spinster House series and a fun October event

September 11th, 2014

I had a great time at the Romance Writers of America conference in July. It’s so much fun to be surrounded by so many romance writing and reading friends.

Once I got home, I put my nose firmly to the grindstone, writing the novella that will kick off my new Spinster House series. I have the first draft done, and I’m in the brief (for me) honeymoon phase where I think the story is wonderful. In a few days, I’ll push up my sleeves and get back into it, picking it apart and revising. The current plan is to have the novella and the first book of the series–both of which are written, at least in draft–out sometime in 2015, with two more books to follow. We’re still mulling titles and such. I will let you know as soon as I know more!

If you are in the Washington, D.C., area, check out the Washington Loves Readers Luncheon on October 11. You can get the details and find out how to sign up here. You can even view a cool trailer for the event here. I’ll be there!

June and July

July 16th, 2014

I had intended to post here in June, but the month got away from me. I had my nose firmly to the grindstone, revising the next book which was due July 1. I got another little extension to July 7 and finally sent it off Sunday night, July 6. And–hooray!–my wonderful new editor has already read it and likes it. Big sigh of relief. Though of course there are always things to be tweaked.

I’m going to put that story aside for a while, though, and turn my attention to writing the novella which will actually come out before the book. If that seems a bit backward, well, my writing life doesn’t always move in a straight line. Once I’ve got the novella done, I’ll probably have some other changes that will need to be made to the book.

We are now tentatively calling the series “Loves Bridge” after the imaginary village in which the stories are set. Look for the novella and the first book to come out in 2015. I will, of course, post more as the release dates become clear, and I have fun things to share like titles and covers. [UPDATE: So, I’m still waffling on the series title. Now I’m leaning toward “Spinster House.” Don’t worry–we’ll decide at some point!]

Besides beginning to mull over the novella, I’m busy getting ready to head off to San Antonio and the annual Romance Writers of America (RWA) conference. I’ve never been to San Antonio, so I’m excited to see the city, even though the temperature looks to be even steamier than what I’m used to in D.C. But I’m most excited to meet with my agent and editor, see friends and meet new writers, and, on Wednesday, meet readers! If you’re in San Antonio, please consider stopping by the book signing on Wednesday, July 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. If you click on the link over there in “Appearances,” you can get all the information you need as well as see the fabulous list of authors attending. All proceeds go to support literacy, so you’d be supporting a great cause. And if you’re on Facebook and want to follow my adventures, be sure to “like” my page here. I’m planning on posting photos like I did from RT.

Finally, RWA has launched Novel Engagement, a new app to help readers find romance authors and books they might enjoy. I’m there along with many great authors. You can find out more about the app and download it to your iPhone or Android phone here.