Hee. I couldn’t resist the allcaps. I mean, it’s a birthday! Those days are meant for celebration and excess! And yes, it is in fact Courtney Milan‘s birthday today! Whee!
I don’t know if you know, but I love birthdays. It’s some sort of compensating for my own, I’m sure, but that’s fine because it’s sharing the love and celebrating others! In fact, at ALBTALBS it is all about Ms. Milan today! I’m also evil though, because I ask people if they’re willing to guest on their birthdays and put them to work. 😀
Here’s what Courtney had to say.
So Limecello asked me to tell you what I was doing for my birthday.
Answer: I’m finishing the final formatting/proofreading touches on my upcoming book.
This is not something that lends itself to reason or–since I do all of my editing and proofreading on paper–cleanliness. Here, for instance, is what it looked like when I went through the second-to-last draft of the book.
That big stack o’paper you see I just dumped over the edge of my chair onto a convenient holding surface. I will clean it up…somewhat later, to my husband’s chagrin. Maybe next week.
Now, you might wonder what I mean by “convenient holding surface.” Ha! I will show you.
Behold. Don’t worry; there are three levels on the cat tree, and the cat prefers the top. It’s totally okay!
So that’s what I’m doing today: working, getting paper everywhere, and annoying my cat.
(Okay, I’m also going out to lunch with my sister, but whatever.)
And if you’re wondering about the book? That book is The Heiress Effect, the second full-length book in The Brothers Sinister series.
It’s about Jane Fairfield, the most outrageous woman around, and Oliver Marshall, an up-and-coming politician who should have nothing to do with outrageous women..but who just can’t stop himself.
And since you can’t read any of the text in the photos I’ve attached, I thought I’d give you an exclusive snippet:
[Here’s the book blurb to give you some background]
Miss Jane Fairfield can’t do anything right. When she’s in company, she always says the wrong thing–and rather too much of it. No matter how costly they are, her gowns fall on the unfortunate side of fashion. Even her immense dowry can’t save her from being an object of derision.
And that’s precisely what she wants. She’ll do anything, even risk humiliation, if it means she can stay unmarried and keep her sister safe.
Mr. Oliver Marshall has to do everything right. He’s the bastard son of a duke, raised in humble circumstances–and he intends to give voice and power to the common people. If he makes one false step, he’ll never get the chance to accomplish anything. He doesn’t need to come to the rescue of the wrong woman. He certainly doesn’t need to fall in love with her. But there’s something about the lovely, courageous Jane that he can’t resist…even though it could mean the ruin of them both.
“Miss Fairfield. Miss Johnson. Miss Genevieve.” His words were proper enough, but his gaze lingered on Jane alone.
“Do you like my walking gown?”
His gaze swept up to her bosom, then down to her toes, as palpable as a caress.
“Tell the truth,” she said. “Miss Johnson and Miss Genevieve are in my confidence now.”
“It’s an improvement on screeching horror,” he told her. “It ranks almost as high as sick fascination.” He gave a mock shiver. “But really. Are those vermilion bananas printed on the fabric?”
“Yes. I love it. Look.” Jane held out her pendant, a green enameled monkey with fierce topaz eyes. “See? Isn’t that wonderful?”
He stepped forward and looked obligingly.
Maybe not so obligingly. She was close enough to see his eyes behind his spectacles, dropping not to her pendant but…
Technically, her gown climbed halfway up to her neck. Also technically, all the fabric above her corset was dark lace. Lace with holes.
Nothing showed that wouldn’t have shown in a ball gown, but it still showed, and if someone stood close, pretending to look at a necklace…
He lifted his gaze to her face and gave her an unapologetic smile.
“You’re right. That quite makes the outfit.” He crooked his finger. “Let me see it again.”
The Heiress Effect will be out on July 15th.
So come on! What did you think of the excerpt? Have you read Courtney Milan before? Will you? (You should.) And now, everyone wish Courtney a very happy birthday. And go pre-order her book! The prequel novella to The Heiress Effect, The Governess Affair is free right now, so you should get a copy.
And you know, because it’s Courtney’s birthday, and I think we should celebrate … a giveaway! It’s been beastly hot, and I love reading “winter” books in hot weather, so I’ll be giving away a copy of A Kiss for Midwinter – yet another companion novella to The Brothers Sinister series!
So go on, be creative with your birthday wishes to Courtney!