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Sally MacKenize, USA Today Bestselling Author

Sally MacKenize, USA Today Bestselling Author

Sally MacKenize, USA Today Bestselling Author


February Hearts To You Luncheon

Poking my head out of my writer’s cave to ask: Will you be in the Washington, DC, area on Sunday, February 16? If so, I’d love to see you at the Hearts to You Luncheon. What better way to celebrate February than with a friendly group of romance authors, readers, bloggers, and librarians! The event runs from 12pm to 3pm. Click HERE to learn more and buy tickets.

Christmas is coming . . .

Is it time to pick up a few presents for yourself? How about some Christmas romance? BookPage reviewed five “naughty and nice” holiday offerings, and, yes, The Merry Viscount was among them. I blush to say it might have fallen on the “naughty” side of the list–BookPage called it “bawdy and romantic fun.” Read the article here. Happy holidays!

Just one more week until The Merry Viscount is out in the world!

On September 24, The Merry Viscount steps out into the world in print, e-book, and audio. I’ll be sending out a newsletter that day as well–if you don’t yet subscribe, now would be an excellent time to do so, especially as I’ve got a super special giveaway for one lucky subscriber! Here’s the link. Don’t fear that I’ll inundate you with mail–I’m lucky to get a newsletter out every few months.

Early reviews are still coming in. I’m delighted to say that Steph at the Bookaholics Romance Book Club gave The Merry Viscount four stars, calling it a “perfect, heartwarming holiday read.” You can read that review and all her Setember reviews here. And she’s running a contest! Enter here. Contest ends Sept. 30.

A Kirkus Star for The Merry Viscount!

Advance reviews for The Merry Viscount are starting to come in, and I’m delighted to report that someone liked the book! I’m always figuratively biting my nails when a story steps out into the “literary ballroom” for the first time, worrying that it will be given the cut direct.

The first review that hit my inbox was from Amelia Richard at She gave the story four stars and said it was “constantly engaging.” You can read her full review here. The second review had me dancing around my office. The Merry Viscount earned a Kirkus Star, given to books of “exceptional merit”! The reviewer called it an “emotionally satisfying holiday romance full of love and redemption.” Hooray! You can read that review here.

And now it’s back to work I go on Widow’s Brew book #3. Catchy title, eh?

Mark your calendars!

Cathy Maxwell is hosting a reading salon in the Richmond VA area on Sept. 27, and I’ll be there with three other romance authors–Gaithersburg Book Festival co-panelist Charis Michaels as well as Alleyne Dickens and Andie J. Christopher. Space is limited, so reserve your spot now! Here’s the link to tickets.

Attention, Reviewers!

Just wanted to take a break from writing book 3 of the Widow’s Brew series to pop in and let any of you who are reviewers know that the second book, a September 24 release, The Merry Viscount, is now up on NetGalley. Here’s the link that should get you to the page where you can request a copy. Hope you enjoy it!

RWA conference and Literacy Autographing

It’s July and you know what that means! The Romance Writers of America’s conference is fast approaching. If you are within striking distance of New York City, you might want to circle Saturday, July 27 on your calendar. That’s when RWA’s “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing is happening at the Marriott Marquis from 3 to 5pm. Over 250 of your favorite romance authors–including me!–will be signing our most recent releases. The event is open to the public free of charge, but because the goal is to raise money for literacy organizations, you can’t bring books from home. I’ll have What Ales the Earl for sale if you don’t have it already. And I’m always happy to just say hi, maybe pose for a picture, and give you some free promotional info about my books. You can find all the details about the event, including a list of authors, here.

If you enjoy social media, now would be a good time to follow me on Instagram and/or Facebook if you don’t already. I find it easiest to post to Instagram–which I’ve set up to feed to my Facebook page–when I’m taking pictures on the go. And I’ll probably be taking lots of pictures at RWA.

What Ales the Earl is up for a RITA, so wish me luck. (Not sure which is luckier: to win and have to give a speech, or not to win and be able to relax and listen to someone else give a speech!) The winners will be announced at the award ceremony July 26, beginning at 7pm and emceed by none other than Sarah MacLean. Here is the list of all the categories and finalists. In the past, the ceremony has been streamed online. I haven’t heard if that’s happening again this year, but here’s the RWA homepage, just in case.

If you get my newsletter, you know I’m wearing my Mother of the Groom ensemble–youngest son got married at the end of June–for the RITAs. Unfortunately, it’s a bit of a glitter factory. I washed it (hand wash only!) after the wedding, hoping that would subdue the glitter situation, but alas, no. I’ll still be spreading glitter wherever I go. (Do you suppose that makes me a member of the glitterati?) Apologies in advance to anyone I make sparkle!

Attention, bargain hunters!

For any of you who need to fill in some gaps in your Naked Nobility collection, it looks like the e-versions of five Nakeds–The Naked Duke, The Naked Marquis, The Naked Baron, The Naked Viscount, and The Naked King–are currently discounted at most online retailers. The sale runs till June 16, so don’t delay!

If you’re attending the American Library Association Annual Conference in DC, I’ll be signing What Ales the Earl in the Romance Writers of America booth from 2:30 to 3:00pm on Sunday, July 23. For more details, click here. I’d love to see you.

And finally, if you’re reading this on the Amazon or Goodreads sites, you may have noticed several blog posts from earlier this year had suddenly appeared and wondered what was going on. When I updated my website in January, I forgot to change the magic (er, I know that’s not the technical term, but, clearly, I am only semi-literate when it comes to the internet) that makes the material I post in the News section of my website appear on other platforms. It wasn’t until I was getting ready to post the first chapter of The Merry Viscount (which you can read here) that I realized there was a problem. Cue much wailing and gnashing of teeth! (Well, maybe it wasn’t quite that bad, but I was a bit annoyed with myself.) Web person pointed me in the right direction and–voila! Problem solved.

Culture vultures


If you follow me on Instagram or my Facebook page, you’ve seen some of my pictures from the Gaithersburg Book Festival. I had a lot of fun, but when my panel was over, I was brain dead. At the book signing, I couldn’t remember the name of someone I’ve know for over a decade! Above is a picture of my panel, taken by one of the organizers. I’m the one in green, talking with my hands. Avon author Charis Michaels is next to me, and on the end is our excellent moderator, Rebecca Speas.

The day after the book festival, Mr. M and I ventured to the Kennedy Center to see the opera Tosca. I asked Mr. M to pose in the Grand Foyer to give you an idea of the scale of the building–he’s 6’3″. Mr. M is the real culture vulture of the two of us, but I enjoyed the performance. I’m still not an opera fan, but I do like it better when there’s a stage and actors rather than just listening to it at home.

Now that my page proofs are in, I’ll be posting a chapter of The Merry Viscount on my web site. If you’d like to get a link to it in your inbox as well, now would be a good time to subscribe to my newsletter here. And as for the great Mother of the Groom dress hunt? I may have found something–except it sheds glitter everywhere!

More Good News and the Gaithersburg Book Festival

Good news! While I was on the road, I got the happy email that What Ales the Earl is a finalist in the Historical category of OKRWA’s National Readers’ Choice Awards. Isn’t this badge spiffy? Winners will be announced at the Romance Writers of America’s national conference in NYC this July. You can find the complete list of finalists in all categories here.

The Gaithersburg Book Festival is this Saturday, May 18. I’ll be on a panel with Avon historical romance author Charis Michaels talking about . . . historical romance, of course. We’ll be on from 2:15 to 3:05 at the Edgar Allan Poe Pavilion with a book signing to follow. Bonus! It looks like the weather may cooperate this year. Here’s a link to my listing. If you poke around the website, you can find the schedule and all sorts of useful info. If you live in the Washington DC area, I hope to see you there.

I’m happy to report that I just sent back my page proofs for The Merry Viscount. Whew! It was a bit of a forced march due to my travels, but I think I caught most of the typos–until the book is out and all the ones I missed step forward to taunt me. After a while, the eyes see what the brain thinks is there. Anyway, once the Gaithersburg Book Festival is over, I plan to tidy up my copy of the manuscript and post a chapter. If you’d like to be notified when that happens, you might want to sign up for my occasional newsletter here.

In non-writing news, I still need to buy a Mother of the Groom dress–and the wedding is the end of June–as in, next month!! (Cue panicked squeaks.) And I have freakish feet that the Shoe Gods choose not to waste their time on, so before I dress shop, I need to dig through my closet to see what suitable shoes might lurk there. At least I hope to make this dress do double duty and clothe me for the RITAs. Wish me luck!