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Sally MacKenize, USA Today Bestselling Author

Sally MacKenize, USA Today Bestselling Author

Sally MacKenize, USA Today Bestselling Author

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RITA® Finalist!

Maybe I’m a little late with this news, but better late than never, right?

Back in March, I was hard at work on my copy edits for The Merry Viscount when the phone rang. I often let calls go to the answering machine, but this time I thought, Hey, it’s March 21. That’s the day the RITA calls go out.

So I picked up the phone just in case it wasn’t a telemarketer and, to my happy astonishment, the person on the other end was the charming Priscilla Oliveras, Romance Writers of America® Board member and fellow Kensington author–you can learn more about her here–calling to tell me that What Ales the Earl, the first book in my Widows Brew series, is a finalist in the contest’s Historical Romance: Short category. (You can see all the finalists here). I was, of course, happy to hear that, but I was even happier to use that good news to wrangle a few more days with my edits!

The RITA winners will be announced on Friday, July 26, at RWA’s annual conference, which is in New York City this year. The next day, Saturday, July 27, there will be an enormous book signing from 3-5 pm. It’s open to the public, there’s no entrance charge, and all sales go to benefit literacy organizations. I’ll be there—along with a couple hundred other romance authors. You can find the details and the list of authors here. If you’re on Facebook, the event page is here.

Closer to home—and sooner—on May 18, I’ll be at the Gaithersburg Book Festival in Maryland, just north of Washington, D.C. This year I’m on a panel with Charis Michaels chatting about historical romance. We’ll be speaking at 2:15 pm at the Edgar Allan Poe Pavilion and signing books at 3:15. You can find all the festival details here. I’d love to see you if you’re in that neck of the woods.

Newsletter and sales

Just wanted to let everyone know I’m going to be sending out one of my infrequent newsletters this Tuesday, Feb. 12. If you’d like to get it, please sign up here. I’m going to try to be better about the newsletter, but it will be a minor miracle if I manage to get one out every couple months. I think my average has been closer to once a year! (She said, hanging her head in shame, lol!)

In other news, if you haven’t yet read What to Do with a Duke, the first novel in my Spinster House series, the e-version is on sale this month for $1.99 at all e-bookstores. For those of you outside the US bookstore range, Kobo UK and ANZ have the title on sale until Feb. 20 as part of their Lovers & Haters promotion–and, no, I don’t know what that means!

Hope everyone is staying warm. Here in the suburbs of Washington, DC, the weather is doing its usual pothole inducing thing–warm one day and frigid the next. I have to consult my weather app frequently–sometimes hourly!–to figure out what to wear. The worst is when we get ice–and that’s in the forecast for this week. Freezing rain–shudder! If that’s indeed what the weather gods give us, I’m going to hide inside–with a good book to read (or write).