Sunday, February 23, 2014

Aloha to Jade Lee and WHAT THE GROOM WANTS



I turned 50 at last year's Romantic Times Booklovers' 
Convention (link).  So in celebration (or mourning, I'm not sure which) I hosted a Roast and I invited my four best friends to come insult me. (You can see it by searching Jade Lee’s 50th Birthday Party on YouTube - here's one of the 4 videos at this link) Anyway, it was so much fun, that everyone wanted another party. But I can't have another birthday–50 is old enough–so I decided to just make fun of my life indirectly - JADE LEE LAMPOONS THE WRITING LIFE (link):

So here is the cast. We begin with me as the poor, hapless (and terribly talented) author with a book of her heart that she wants to sell. She manages to sell it to Amazing Editor Cindy Holby who has humorous suggestions on how to edit it. (“I'm dating a guy named Radley. Can we name the hero Radley?” and “Now I've broken up with him, so can we name him Eustace?”) Here’s a normal boring picture of Cindy. Trust me, she got mischief on her mind!

But before I go to a face to face editorial meeting with Cindy, my Slick Agent Damon Suede gives me all sorts of advice on how to impress editors and sell books. (Naked men on your Facebook page! Babysit the editor's seven ADHD kids! ) Here’s a picture of Damon with bestie Heidi Cullinan. Or did I mean Beastie?

Next comes the cover shoot with Art Director Kim Killion and a hot guy thanks to RT. We'll get to see her pose everyone for the cover—along with "helpful" advice from agent and editor. Here’s a picture of Kim and me at a historical tea party. OMG, I can’t breathe just remembering that corset.

And the piece de resistance? Enter Eileen Dryer as The Powers That Be: the CEO of the publishing house. She will take over the release to make sure that the book is the best that it can be! (I've learned that the way to get a bestseller is with zombies or dolphins. So we're going to do both: Zombie Dolphins! Who become Vampires in a secret plot twist revealed in the back cover copy!) Here’s a picture of Eileen. Do you see why I picked her to be the Wrath of, CEO?

Come join the fun Saturday, May 17 from 5 - 6 at the RT Convention in New Orleans!  BTW, there will also be lots of giveaways including my new book WHAT THE GROOM WANTS!


An honest love...

Radley Lyncott has been in love with Wendy Drew as long as he can remember. When he went to sea, she was too young to court. Now that he’s returned to take up his Welsh title, he is appalled to find that debt has ruined the Drew family, and—even worse—Wendy is being courted by another man.

Or a dangerous attraction?

Family comes first for seamstress Wendy Drew, who is forced to settle her brother’s debt by working nights at a notorious gambling den. But her double-life hasn’t gone unnoticed—she has captivated none other than Demon Damon, a nefarious rake who understands Wendy’s darkest desires and is hell bent on luring her into his arms.


USA Today bestselling author Jade Lee has been scripting love stories since she first picked up a set of paper dolls. Ball gowns and rakish lords caught her attention early (thank you Georgette Heyer), and her fascination with the Regency began. An author of more than 30 romance novels and winner of dozens of industry awards, she finally gets to play in the best girl-heaven place of all: a Bridal Salon! In her new series, four women find love as they dress the most beautiful brides in England. Lee lives in Champaign, Illinois.

To Purchase What the Groom Wants:

Barnes and Noble

Mahalo, Jade, for the sneak peak of your special event at the RT Booklovers' Conversation.   Sourcebooks is giving away a print copy of WHAT THE GROOM WANTS to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  If you could pose for a book cover, what would you be willing to wear - corset?  kilt?  Zombie?  Dolphin?  Or something else?

2.  This giveaway is open to readers in the US and Canada.

3.  Comments are open through Saturday, March 1, 10 pm in Baltimore.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, March 2.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City


  1. Pretty much anything, because it would be really kind of fun to be on a book cover.

  2. I would love to wear a Georgian or Regency era ballgown. I loved the excerpt, and enjoyed the pic of Kim and Jade. Thank you for the chance to win.

  3. I would wear a corset and other costumes.

  4. lol... I'd want to be one of those cute hr covers where the woman is fully clothed and a flower or a fan obscures most of the face ;) that's all that I'd agree to! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I'd love to wear a kilt and have a killed man on the cover with me. Pretty please! :D

    Marcy Shuler

  6. lol I'd like the male model to be wearing that kilt and nothing else!! I'd love one of those gowns that are on all the historical covers!

  7. I would wear a satin ball gown.

  8. I would love to dress as vampires with a male cover model and have him bent over me like he was about to take a bite...woohoo lol

  9. A ball gown with a sweetheart neckline!

  10. If it is a romance book from the 1600s-1800's, I would wear whatever period wear would be required for the book whether it be gown, kilt, or nightgown with the hero of course. If it is a contemporary, I would wear whatever I needed to, again with my hero.

  11. I would want to wear one of those beautiful gowns that are on so many books.

  12. I would definitely be willing to wear a corset!

  13. Wouldn't matter if there was a HOT guy posing with me!!

  14. I would hope to wear a pretty ball gown! Always love those dresses on the cover s!

  15. I would be so thrilled to be on a cover that I'd be willing to wear anything as long as certain areas were covered.

  16. Lordy, I wouldn't be caught dead posing for a book cover! But in the interest of answering your question...I'm of the age and having had children that I could NOT pose in anything revealing. I haven't even worn a bathing suit except with family in decades! Perhaps I would be willing to wear a muumuu with lots of leis around my neck... :-) Thanks for the post and showing Jade's humorous side. I love her stories.

  17. I'm with Janice! LOL! I would, however, be willing to pose with a hot, half naked guy wrapped around me!

  18. Can you answer as me: You ladies are cracking me up! My answer to the question is similar. I'd wear whatever was needed so long as I got to snuggle up close to the GUY on the cover.

  19. One of those beautiful Regency dresses (such as on your covers) would be great!

  20. Would love to wear a beautiful royal purple ball gown - and a mask! Hot guy is a given....

  21. I'd probably be happiest wearing cover model Jimmy Thomasin a a kilt.. lol What a great post from Jade.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com