Friday, August 8, 2014

Learning to Tango

While writing Slow Tango With a Prince, the third book in my Royal Scandals series, I was obliged to do a good deal of research on the tango. It was important to me that when Emily and Prince Vittorio dance, it would resonate both with those unfamiliar with the tango and those who live and breathe it. You can imagine my agony...the tango is a beautiful, sensual dance with a deep history and its own culture, one that comes to life nightly in the streets and salons of Buenos Aires.

While I wish I could say that I spent months in Argentina learning from a master, I had no such luck. However, for those of you hoping to learn more about the history, culture, and how-tos of tango, here are some of the resources I found. These are by no means exhaustive, but are a good starting point.

First, for the down-and-dirty on how to negotiate Buenos Aires, check Amazon for a quick guide like DK Eyewitness Top 10 Buenos Aires. I've used DK's Top 10 guides to navigate my way around Paris, Barcelona, and Istanbul with great success. They're regularly updated, so make sure you're getting the latest edition (the one I've linked to is the most current as of the date of this blog.)  It's also available on iBooks and at Barnes & Noble.

To learn about dance halls and etiquette, as well as to pick up tango-specific travel tips, I found two fantastic guides. The first, on iBooks, is Migdalia Romero's Tango Lover's Guide to Buenos Aires.  Part memoir, part how-to, it'll help you find your way through the milongas of Buenos Aires.  You can also find it on Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

The second guide, and one I adored for its conversational style and been-there, done-that, made-that-mistake honesty is Sally Blake's Happy Tango: Sallycat's Guide to Dancing in Buenos Aires, which is available on Amazon and on Barnes & Noble. This book is flat-out fun and gives great advice on the social side of tango, including how to handle everything from the coat checks to flirtatious men. You can also check the references at the back for information on tango salons, instruction, and even shoe stores.

Even if you're far from Buenos Aires, don't be afraid to pick up the phone or search the internet for local tango clubs. Dance lessons and tango nights are easy to find in many major cities, and lectures on the history and culture of the tango are given at many colleges and libraries. There are also a number of tango social groups online. Do a search for "tango" on facebook and you'll be off to a good start.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Today's Guest on Tawny Weber's Blog

I'm this weekend's guest over at author Tawny Weber's blog, where I'm in the hot seat for her Quick Six, where an author answers questions such as "Star Wars or Star Trek?" There's a prize to be won (namely, a copy of the first book in the Royal Scandals series, Scandal With a Prince) and plenty of links to other author interviews. Pop on over for a chance to win or to learn fascinating info about some of your favorite authors.

For the record, I was not asked about my Star Trek/Star Wars preference. While I do like Star Wars (and plan to see the next movie when it's released), I'm a Trek girl all the way.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Release Day - Slow Tango With a Prince

Today is my birthday, but rather than celebrate with cake and gifts, I have something to share with my readers...a new book!  Today is the launch day for Slow Tango With a Prince, book three in the Royal Scandals series.

Slow Tango tells the story of dark, sexy Prince Vittorio Barrali, heir to the throne of Sarcaccia.  In the wake of his ex-girlfriend's suicide, he hatches a plan with his twin brother, Alessandro, that allows Vittorio to escape to Argentina for some much-needed downtime out of the spotlight.  But secrets can't be hidden forever...especially when Vittorio finds himself face-to-face with a gorgeous television host, one whose very presence threatens him both personally and professionally.

Slow Tango features palace intrigue, a secret royal, and one very sexy tango.  There's also a glimpse into the lives of other royals you've come to know.  I can't wait for you to read Slow Tango With a Prince and let me know what you think!

To find an ebook copy, visit any of the following retailers.  The print version will be available in the coming days, so stay tuned!

Slow Tango With a Prince:
Apple / iBooks
Barnes & Noble

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Cover Reveal - Slow Tango With a Prince

I'm excited to have my hands on the cover art for the next Royal Scandals book, Slow Tango With a Prince.  Without further ado...

Slow Tango With a Prince is set for release in June.  I can't wait for you to read about Vittorio Barrali, the older brother of Prince Stefano (from Scandal With a Prince) and Prince Massimo (from Honeymoon With a Prince.)

If you have sharp eyes, you'll notice the flag of Argentina atop the building at the bottom of the cover. As you might guess, part of the book takes place in Buenos Aires, a city known for its fantastic architecture, eclectic art, sultry approach to romance, and--of course!--the tango.

As soon as I have a firm release date, I'll post here and will send out a notice to my newsletter list. In the meantime, feel free to post your thoughts on the cover.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Hello, Indianapolis!

I just hit the (snowy) ground in Indianapolis and, since I have nearly five hours to kill at the airport before a friend arrives, I decided to pony up the funds to sit in Delta's SkyLounge for a few hours so I could get writing done.  I'm busy working on Vittorio's story, TANGO WITH A PRINCE, and I can't wait to have everyone read it when it hits the stands this summer.  It will be the third installment in my Royal Scandals series (following SCANDAL WITH A PRINCE and HONEYMOON WITH A PRINCE.)

In the meantime, the reason I'm in Indianapolis:  Tomorrow I'm speaking at the Public Librarians Association conference.  If you're one of the hundreds of librarians in attendance, come learn more about the romance genre tomorrow at 2pm in rooms 244-245 at the Indiana Conference Center.  I'll be on a panel with several other romance authors, including Elizabeth Boyle and Sarah MacLean. Ask us anything! There is also a booksigning in conjunction with the talk, so this is a great opportunity to grab a few autographed romance titles for yourself or your library. many of you cribbed your Oscar picks from those I posted in my last blog? Did you win your pool?  I did!  Twenty-one correct out of twenty-four.  Boo-yah!  Hope you won, too!