Grace Burrowes is in the house!

Holy writer joy! Grace Burrowes is here on my blog and I’m all fan-girl-crazy and unable to really put into words how happy I am that she is visiting my little corner of the world on this lovingest of loving days of the year. As a reader and a writer, Grace has been a great influence for me. So Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! To celebrate, Grace is giving away *drumroll please*

1) AN iPAD! (I know, right? Crazy fabulous.)

2) A 3-book set of The Bridegroom Wore Plaid, Once Upon a Tartan, and The MacGregor’s Lady.

(Both are open to US and Canada only. Please leave a comment below and the two winners will be chosen at random.)

So without any further ado, please read on and enjoy our conversation!

Megan: First, some questions about your creative process. I love your complex heroes and am interested in how you come up with them. When you develop a hero, does he come to you in a flash—fully formed—or do you build him up over time? While you’re writing or beforehand?

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Grace: Often, I know my heroes because they tend to lurk in previous books, looking all lonesome and forlorn. They’re certainly not fully formed though. Sometimes I don’t even know their defining wound, and that makes the first few chapters a voyage of discovery (and anxiety).

Megan: Speaking of discovery, do you plot in advance or just start writing when a story idea comes to you?

Grace: I start writing when the first line comes to me. If I sat on a toadstool and waited for an entire plot to drop into my lap… no bookee. Sometimes, I’ll get about 20 percent of the book written, and then I have to wait, staring at those chapters until inspiration takes pity on me. The waiting is beastly hard, which is why it’s good to have multiple projects going.

Megan: With multiple projects going at once, what is your writing schedule? Do you have a daily word count? Weekly?

Grace: I try to write for the first few hours of the day, when those alpha waves are still humming, but I certainly don’t write every day. No daily word count goals, no weekly word count goals. Writing is a privilege, not a chore. It’s something I get to do. A word count goal would be like having a dessert calorie goal.

Megan: (Note to self: Tattoo the phrase “Writing is a privilege, not a chore.” on body.) During the course of writing a book, is there a time you feel really optimistic? Pessimistic?

Grace: My writing process is iterative. The rough draft is like making sure I have 52 cards in the deck—doesn’t matter in what order or which way the cards are facing. First, I need to get my hands on those 52 cards. THEN, I can take a look at ordering the cards to suit my preferences, but that first draft is no indicator of what the final quality can be. My sense of when I’ve written a truly fine book as opposed to a good book has proven generally reliable, but I’m never confident of my judgment in this regard.

Megan: Do you think genre fiction is an art or a craft?

Grace: BOTH.

Megan: Would you ever consider writing a contemporary romance? Why or why not?

Grace: I’ve written a contemporary trilogy that’s coming out early next year. At first, I was I in raptures, because nobody could come along and tell me “taradiddle” wasn’t used as verb until 1828 (I kid you not). Then I realized that every reader is an expert on the present day… We’ll see how this turns out!

Megan: *gets all excited to read Grace’s contemporaries* Speaking of readers, who do you read? I’m on a Johanna Lindsey kick at the moment. Who are some of your favorite Old Skool historical romance authors?

Grace: Judith Ivory is one of the BEST romance writers to EVER put pen to paper. Her prose is scrumptious, her historical details ingenious, her stories brilliant, and her characters unforgettable. She anticipated many trends by years, and will always have pride of place on my Keeper Keeper shelf.

Megan: What do you think is the best advice for an aspiring romance writer?

Grace: Write more than you aspire to write. Workshops and conferences are full of noise about word counts, software, craft books, and who’s acquiring what, but none of that will get your trilogy completed. When everybody else is dropping names of editors and agents, comparing contest judges, and predicting industry trends… you write. When they’re “building a platform” on social media, and “networking,” you write. All that other stuff is only important if you have some good books in hand FIRST.

Megan: *Ironic nod to self: Hear that Megan? More writing, less talking about writing!* How do you define “success” in your writing career? Respect of fellow authors? Sales? Reader interaction? Something else altogether?

Grace: My definition of a successful life is one characterized by kindness and honesty (both), but as a writer, I’m a success if I enjoy the writing—and I do!

Megan: Thank you SO much for being here and for offering such generous prizes to my blog visitors!

So there you have it everyone! Isn’t she wonderful? And, in case you haven’t already read Grace’s latest release, The MacGregor’s Lady, (why not?) here’s the info:

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THE MACGREGOR’S LADY BY GRACE BURROWES – IN STORES FEBRUARY 2014

 What if the steps they take to avoid marriage…

The last thing Asher MacGregor, newly titled Earl of Balfour, wants is a society wife, though he has agreed to squire Boston heiress Hannah Cooper about the London ballrooms. When he’s met that obligation, he’ll return to the Highlands, and resume the myriad responsibilities awaiting him there.

…Lead instead to impossible love?

At her step-father’s insistence, Hannah Cooper must endure a London season, though she has no intention of surrendering her inheritance to a fortune hunter. When she’s done her duty, she’ll return to Boston and the siblings who depend upon her for their safety… or will she? The taciturn Scottish earl suits her purposes admirably—until genuine liking and unexpected passion bring Asher and Hannah close. For if the Scottish earl and the American heiress fall in love, an ocean of differences threatens to keep them apart.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes hit the bestseller lists with her debut, The Heir, followed by The Soldier and Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal. She has a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, and Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish was awarded Best Historical Romance for 2011 by the RT Reviewers Choice Awards. Burrowes is branching out into Victorian and contemporary romances with Sourcebooks, as well as short stories. Grace is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland. For more information, please visit http:///www.graceburrowes.com.

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125 thoughts on “Grace Burrowes is in the house!

  1. I adore Grace Burrowes. When I bought my first Nook a few years ago (I was a late adopter…I know), hers were among the first books I downloaded and devoured.

    PS you know there are tattoo parlors in New Orleans, Megan…

  2. I try to measure success the same way, but it is so blasted difficult! Especially if, like me, you are a person who seeks validation, tries to please others, and wishes to buy groceries (lol!). I lose my “writing zone buzz” far too easily. Thanks for these words!

    • Amanda, I also think the people who are financially successful at writing are so articulate about their success (40 bazillion books sold! NINE YEARS on the NYT! Earning $600,000 A MONTH!!!) that we forget, for most of us, success is putting words on the page. Period. And there’s an element of “You can’t make a baby in one month with nine women.” Beneath those loud showy headlines of success is an iceberg of hardwork, good luck, and writing, writing, writing…

    • “Be kind, tell the truth.” A quote from Ram Dass that has provided me plenty of challenge. He asked his spiritual adviser the path to enlightenment, and that’s what came back. To do BOTH can be a real bear.

  3. Thank you, Grace and Megan. I especially appreciate Grace’s thoughts on writing.

    Here’s a question for Grace. What’s the worst mistake a writer can make?

    Good luck with the release of “The MacGregor’s Lady” and your contemporary romance trilogy!

    • Mary Anne, I suspect for each writer there’s a worst mistake lurking in the literary undergrowth. For one writer, it might be sticking with a critique group that doesn’t get down to work, for another it might be focusing on word count to the exclusion of quality. For a third it might be wrangling with an editor over details. For me, I get into trouble when I stray too far from the craft. Putting words on the screen is what I enjoy, so I need to protect that from all the anxieties that come with creativity.

    • Lisa, I like this book. I got particularly lucky with the ending. Author, agent, and writing coach Don Maass says, “That line the reader is sure you won’t cross? That trigger they know you’ll never pull? Cross it. Pull it.” So I did, and got one of my best endings… sez me.

      • If it counts, I’m here to back you up on that ending. I was *literally* crying and cheering at the end of The MacGregor’s Lady. Best. Ending. Ever! And the rest of the book was pretty terrific too. 😉

      • Hmm… my reply just got eaten. But here it is (was):

        If it counts, I can back you up on the ending. I was *literally* cheering and crying at the end of The MacGregor’s Lady. Best. Ending. Ever! Oh, and the rest of the book was pretty terrific too. 😉

  4. Hi Ladies! Happy Valentines Day! Whether you are in a relationship or single, the important thing to remember is that Chocolate Will Be On Sale Tomorrow!!

    Grace, i really love your books and your attitude toward writing. Your love of your work shines through everything I’ve read! Its interesting to me that you have multiple projects going most of the time. Is this how you manage to tie the books together so seamlessly?

    • Glenda, I think multiple projects has a lot to do with why I leave my checkbook at the bank, lock my keys in the office, drive past my exit… I’m on four different hamster wheels at once, and enjoying each one. Seriously, I get to a point with my WIP where I’m wondering, “How can I give this story a shot of juice? Around which corner is a surprise?” And while I’m hoping for a clever answer to those questions, doing revisions on another story, or copy edits, can help turn the imaginative compost and manage the anxiety. Different strokes…

  5. I wonder if Lord Valentine might be around, and give us a hello on this special day. Any chance of more Windham stories in the future?

    • Bonnie, I have told him a word or two would be appreciated, but Ellen says he’s in the music room, and YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS. Geesh. As for more Windham stories, Uncle Tony and Aunt Gladys are blessed with four daughters, and after The Captive Hearts trilogy coming out this summer, I could so with some lighter fare… I’m asking. We’ll see what Their Graces say.

  6. I am looking forward to this book and the contemporaries.
    Did you enjoy writing a contemporary series ? Or do you prefer writing the historicals?

    • Maybe, there I was, staring at the end of master’s program in conflict management. My advisor asked me what I wanted to write for my thesis. Says me, “I want to write a romance novel that analyzes the American system of justice from a conflict management perspective.” HA! They let me have the degree anyway. Heroine can’t stand the courtroom, hero thinks it’s the birthplace of Dee-mocracy. Sparks, kisses, fun!

  7. I am not at the ending yet–must read faster after reading your answer above. Not a bad way to spend Valentines Day. I also like your definition of success. My question is: have your travels inspired your writing? Maybe even upcoming traveling?

    • Kathy, oh gracious yes! I want to have a summer home in the UK so I can go down ninety-leven rabbit holes, country houses, Highland crofts… You never know what overheard conversation, road sigh, menu, or historical site will spark inspiration. You’re coming with me, right?

  8. I found Grace’s “The Heir” shortly after receiving my Kindle a few years back and have been a devoted reader ever since. Love each and every book and look forward to many more delights coming in the future!!

  9. Lovely interview as always. Let’s see, you have gotten me to read Jennifer Ashley, Julie Anne Long and Joanna Bourne, what Judith Ivory book would yo suggest I start with? And what is it with all the J first names?

  10. Just finished the MacGregor’s lady was happy to see the guest appearance from the Duke of Moreland 😀 About how far after the Windham series does the MacGregor series take place. For all my reading of historical romances you’d think I’d have a better grasp of history. :-/

    • MzKara, I figure The Heir probably took place in the summer of 1817, while MacGregor’s Lady would be about 1852-3, so we’re 35 years later, meaning Westhaven is now in his mid-60s,. and every inch the duke. Nobody was more surprised than I was when he and Anna showed up to save the day… though it is something of a Moreland ducal tradition, isn’t it?

  11. I’m in big trouble here in southern Oklahoma. Daughter Ginny wanted to talk to YOU on that SB chat the other night and she got her time mixed up. She called ME to fuss about it. She had a million questions for you so I’m sending her this link! Now for my question? Your command of words is awesome but how do you keep brand new and fresh stories coming out after a gazillion fantastic books?

    • You’re one to talk, Madam. What are you up to now? Eighty-some titles? I guess story ideas are as varied and abundant as problems are in life. So far, every book has had a little element of autobiography, so as long as I’m above ground and sucking air, there’s somewhere to start. Please apologize to Ginny. I was supposed to head to Philadelphia on Wednesday, got all beside myself Tuesday night, and the chat, um, slipped my mind (head desk).

  12. What a great interview to end the blog tour on! Maybe the best one yet, and as always, I’m happy to discover a new-to-me blog. So thank you ladies.

    No question for Grace today; just happy with the writing philosophy imparted.

  13. What a fun interview! It made me laugh. I love to hear how authors handle the writing process – which in turn reminds me why I cannot be a writer! lol
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  14. The only thing I can say is I need an extra 24 hours a day …. Read, Read, Read! That’s the way I’d spend my day! 👏📕

  15. Happy Single Awareness Day! I am a huge fan of GB! I got lucky and stumbled onto her late enough that I didn’t have to wait for books. I have read the entire Windham series (even have an autographed copy of Lady Maggie’s book). I’ve been holding on to this new one since it loaded in my Kindle for just the right time. This is the weekend. Can’t wait to dive in! Great Q&A here. I’ve always wanted to write and the more I read about the writing process, the more I realize that the 10%inspiration/90% perspiration adage is true. If I could only find that 10%…..

    • Lea Ann, I didn’t find the 10 percent until I was in my late forties. Until then, I was accumulating ammunition by reading voraciously and raising a kid. When you’re ready, the story will jump up and grab you and demand to be written, and then you’ll be surprised at how much you’ve absorbed by reading in the genre. Promise!

    • I dearly hope you’ve come across Joanna Bourne, then. She’s a keeper’s keeper. I love Carolyn Jewel’s historicals too (also her paranormals), and Anna Cowen is a debut author from Australia who’s Untamed is another purely scrumptious historical voice. That takes care of what to read through about Tuesday, though…

    • Oh, not those two! Maura those are my first two books, and I SWEAR I’ve learned a few things since then. The Heir was a PW Best Book, though, so I shouldn’t insult it but Lady Louisa was an LJ Best Book, so you might want to start there instead. Though Bette-Lee Fox did say The Soldier was “perfect.” Gotta love Bette-Lee!

      • Oh The Soldier was great! Really, really good. I agree, you have learned a few things but, wow. That entire family. Amazing.

    • Looks like GB might have put this on the wrong reply:
      Grace Burrowes
      on February 14, 2014 at 4:12 pm said:
      Penney, I”d start with the Scottish Victorians. The series only has three books so far. The first book, The Bridegroom Wore Plaid, was a PW Best Book, the second book, Once Upon a Tartan, is nominated for an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award, and the third book…. well, we’ll see how The MacGregor’s Lady does.

      The Windham series is nine books and four novellas at this point, and that’s a bit much as a place to start. The Lonely Lords is also coming up on nine books (Douglas is a connector book for both series), and that’s also a lot to chew through.

    • Penney, I”d start with the Scottish Victorians. The series only has three books so far. The first book, The Bridegroom Wore Plaid, was a PW Best Book, the second book, Once Upon a Tartan, is nominated for an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award, and the third book…. well, we’ll see how The MacGregor’s Lady does.

      The Windham series is nine books and four novellas at this point, and that’s a bit much as a place to start. The Lonely Lords is also coming up on nine books (Douglas is a connector book for both series), and that’s also a lot to chew through.

  16. Please don’t enter me in the giveaways; I just wanted to celebrate Valentine’s Day with you ladies and say how much I enjoyed this interview. Can’t wait for all of your new ventures, Grace! =)

  17. I really like that you “just write” and do not wory about word count. What if that day nothing comes out of your brain, you would then feel down on yourself, because you didn’t meet your word count that day. I don’t think I could write that way. But I guess different brains work in different ways. My favorite interview so far. I am waiting to see if I win the book in this last interview and if not I am off to buy the book. 🙂

    • Mary, every writer is different. Some of us are comforted by daily word counts, schedules, tracking software, outlines, timers… others of us are not keen on structure in any form. ANY process can result in a good book, and all the process in the world won’t guarantee one.

  18. Hi Grace – it’s been a lovely tour and I’ve gotten some more authors to read (beside you of course). I love to learn more about authors I enjoy reading – thanks for sharing yourself with your readers.

    • Jadeen, so happens I did a chat with WHYY Radio, the NPR affiliate in Philadelphia this morning. I haven’t had that much fun in less than an hour for ages–an excellent way to remark the day.

  19. How much research did you have to do while writing your contemporary series? Was it more, less, the same as you would do with a historical novel?

    • Chanpreet, it was much less for the contemporaries. With the historicals, it seems like every third word you have to look up to make sure it was in use during the Regency, or it was Brit not North American, or that it meant the same thing then as it does now. I also cast all three of my heroes as attorneys, and fortunately, I do know some law (on my good days).

  20. I enjoyed hearing the radio feature this morning. Were you nervous at all? I sent an email question, but I don’t think it made it. (Trying to listen with one ear, while getting some work done.)

    • Bonnie, you asked about how the day job and writing combine. EVERYBODY heard it in the entire Philadelphia region, and flooded the switch board with remarks about what a clever question it was. My answer: Lawyering can really make the HEA’s necessary.

      I was nervous, because you don’t know what the questions will be, and then you don’t know how much to self-disclose. The question about the nakey-nakey mans on the covers… not sure I did a good job with that one.

  21. I’d love to win an i-Pad because I don’t own a computer. I have one of your books, I think it’s the one about Lady Maggie.
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  22. Wow I have never read you books before, but would love the chance to! Glad to see your trying out the contemporary books. Carolyn Brown shared you with me on Facebook! If
    She thinks your great, then I’m all for it! Thanks for the chance to win!
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  23. I love to discover a new writer! Now off to start reading all of her delicious books with those hunky heroes on the book-covers!

    • I think my favorite is… well, I like the Jon Paul covers on the Scottish Victorians, but otherwise, it’s probably Gareth, of the Lonely Lords… though Gabriel’s pretty nice, and Ethan has a some appeal… Wait til you see Trenton, though…

    • Maria, an author never knows how much cross-over there will be between readerships. The contemporary field has a ton of talent already writing in it, but I’d written the books, so my fingers are crossed that my historical readers can enjoy the contemporaries too.

  24. I’m sorry the tour is over, I enjoy hearing all your answers. And I am taking notes on the authors you enjoy but not until I catch up with all your stories. And lucky me, I’m reading about Valentine on Valentine’s Day 🙂 I’m curious as to when you first started writing – was it when you were young or later in life?

    • My first attempt a at diary was before I learned to write cursive, but my first completed works of fiction were in my late 40s. It’s NEVER too late to pursue a dream (though the sedentary dreams are particularly easy to start on).

  25. That is some kf the best advice for new writers, THANK YOU!

    I get overwhelmed sometimes with everyone telling me “you need to do X, Y & Z to be successful” or “you need to read so-and-so’s craft book”. If I spent all that time reading and doing everything suggested, I’d never get a chance to write! And that’s on top of a full-time paying job.

    I love your books, your style & voice. The characters are so real and they always surprise me with an emotional sucker-punch. :). I can’t wait to read more of them!

    • Christina, I went through the same thing. At my first writer’s conference, everybody was batting off about GMC and HEA and POV and I didn’t even know what those acronyms meant–nor did I need to. Write….writers write. Those other folks are having great good fun foghorning about their query letters and blah, blah, but that doesn’t get the next book written.

  26. Congrats on the new release, Grace. I’m so excited about your upcoming contemporary series. Looking forward to hearing more about it.

  27. Grace, i look forward to reading your new upcoming contempory series…..thanks for writing and living your dream! I really enjoyed reading your discussion with Megan.

  28. Grace, Happy Valentine’s Day – Great interview & pod cast! Enjoyed both and the Q&A here. New authors for me to try TY… If I had the moola, I’d be glad to tramp around the UK with you on your inspiration tour.. I look forward to all your books.

    • Georgie one of my author buddies, Liz Selvig, did the trans-Britain walk, and said it was great fun. It’s 166 miles, and she took about ten days to do it. Easy peasy you think, but then there’s the good old UK rain… It’s on my bucket list, along with a cruise around Scotland, and a house on Skye…

  29. Grace–
    Thanks for another great interview. I love the quote, “Writing is a privilege, not a chore.”

    Tell me, if you could be the country’s “English Teacher for a Day,” which three books would you recommend each of us should read, and why?

    • “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions,” because it rocked the academic ivory tower by proving that the so-called scientific method was subjective as heck. “Pedagogy of the Oppressed,” because it reveals what a miracle it is that any kid (or teacher) emerges from our educational system with their self-esteem in tact, much less having learned anything, and readers choice of one novel by either Loretta Chase, Mary Balogh, Judith Ivory, or Joanna Bourne–because it’s all about the love.

      In other words, given the chance, I’d emphasize an ability to think independently, and love independently.

  30. I can’t believe I didn’t know this was happening until now. So, I’m a Lonely Lords fan, especially wounded Darius. Grace, you have a wonderful way with words and thank you for the writing advice. Less talking about writing and more writing. I’ll start focusing in the direction of the writing. Also, I’ll add Judith Ivory to my TBR list.

    Megan, you come up with such insightful questions. I ❤ your brain, and all of you.
    Happy Valentines to both of you.

      • *waves* I’ve been trying to keep a back seat here, loving all your comments and replies! But yes, I do have certain dishonorable intentions about Darius and how he would fare in a contemporary setting.

  31. I am an aspiring writer with a couple questions.
    Do you keep family trees for your books at hand to keep all the families and connections straight?
    Have you found that you prefer one processing program over any others?

    Thanks for your time. Love your books!

    • Alicia, I don’t have family trees in front of me, but my readers like them, so a few books into each series, I make on up and it goes in the front of the books and on my website. Just did one for my fourth Scottish Victorian–What A Lady Needs for Christmas–and geesh, I got a little carried away with the interconnections, but it’s a Christmas house party, and there was whiskey and mistletoe involved…

      As for a program, I type on a ten-year-old Gateway lap top, so I have the XP version of windows, which is VERY simply and straightforward. I don’t like the new version as well, don’t like the way the type hits the screen how you have to hunt through all the flashing lights to find the functions you want.

  32. Dear Grace Burrowes
    Happy Valentine’s Day! I just want to ask how an author feel when her books sold out really fast? last week when I bought The MACGREGOR’S LADY at B&N they had just put all the copies out. Today I was there and your new book was sold out.

    • HMMM. Kimia, I’m not sure that’s a good thing, because it suggests there’s unmet demand, and readers can be tetchy. For my Windham series, I was running about 1/3 print, but those print readers did not follow me to the Lonely Lords series, when Amazon made the print books available at times for LESS than the ebooks. Want to keep the print readers happy, but not quite sure how to do it. Thanks for the G2, though!

  33. So much great information here! You two are both great writers, and this was a joy to read.

    Am also tattooing the phrase “writing is a privilege – not a chore” to my metaphysical wrist. Thanks, ladies! xo

    • If I said to you, “C’mon, let’s ditch all the housework, forget the bank statements that need balancing, let the day job hang, and play Let’s Pretend anywhere we want, with any characters we want, while wearing our jammies and swilling our favorite tea. We can have brownies for lunch, too!,” you would not regard that as a chore. You’d give me a wistful look and say, “For real?”
      Big, fun, privilege… We can be pirate princesses… RRRRR.

    • Discover it in meticulous detail, leaving no book unordered–that’s the best way. Then lend your treasures around to all your reading friends, and hound me on my blog tours to write faster. The very thought makes me happy.

  34. Just wanted to say thanks for a great blog tour, I have enjoyed each stop. I went in and added the new series to my wish list on Amazon and can’t wait for the next book in this series, it’s one of my favorites. Happy Valentine’s Day to you!!!

    • Insightful question, Angela. and the answer is, I’ll let you know when I’ve ended one (which probably qualifies as a resounding yes). I thought I was done with the Windhams, and then they pop up in my Scottish Victorians?! Writing the story for the last Windham sibling (Jenny), it did occur to me that her issue was unresolved grief, and that I might have been working out some series-end issues in her story.

      I do recall though, the moment when I realized that my first manuscript (weighing in in draft at more than 200,000 words) was coming to a close. First, I was surprised, then in the next instant, the idea for the sequel came galloping into my mind. I’m told sequels do that, right at the point where you’re ready to ditch the first book and never work on it again. Fear of success? Fear of failure?

  35. I have been a Grace Burrowes fan since stumbling on The Virtuoso when looking for things to read on a long flight. I read that first trilogy backwards and was full of questions. I was then surprised and delighted to get a thoughtful, thorough response from Grace at which point I was hooked. At first I was very diceplined and I waited to check these books out of the library. I long since given that up and now am careful to save my “pin money” for each release. Let’s hear a cheer for hard copy!!

  36. So glad for your successes and I’m excited to hear there will be some contemporary books coming our way! I want to see your take, since your characters are so timeless. You are absolutely right–get the books done. Get it out there. Keep them coming!

  37. On a long weekend in Florida and working my way through Lady’s Jenny’s story. So hard to be spending time on a sunny beach reading a good book. 🙂

  38. What a lovely interview, and I think Grace’s outlook on writing is awesome. Being able to enjoy writing instead of being a slave to word counts, etc. sounds like how it should be.

  39. I’ve really enjoyed following along on this awesome book tour! Whoo! The whole series sounds amazing. Thanks for spoiling us with such amazing prizes!

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  40. I loved the interview with Grace and I think she’s an awesome writer. I love her ideas on writing and I think that it’s awesome that she is able to do what she loves.

  41. Best writing advice I’ve seen in some time and I got it all here at once! *scribbles notes* 1. Juggle multiple projects to keep the fickle muse busy, 2. inspiration (and success) can come at any age, and 3. don’t think about writing or talk about writing or network about writing just WRITE.
    Thank you!

  42. Just love you Grace. Not only are your books amazing but I also love the artwork on the covers. How can you not want to read them, ALL??? Thanks for the awesome giveaway. You are one of the best 🙂 I really need to win this giveaway because books are my life. I never leave the house without a book and my “ME” time is so limited that I read every spare second that I can find. Kids and husband keep me way to busy. And our Manitoba winter is getting pretty depressing. Been so cold and sooooo much snow. Hope you had a great Valentines Day and have a splendid weekend 🙂

  43. Grace, I’ve enjoyed the series of interviews you’ve done. I’m glad that you enjoy your writing, so you’ll keep giving us more to read!

  44. Keep up the great stories; I really enjoy the emotional depth you put into them that I find missing from so many books these days. I’m excited about the audiobooks available on your site and shared the news with the good reads audio romance book group I belong to.

  45. So far I am noticing your books a winner in this house all around. My mom is enjoying it, I have a friend wanting to borrow some, and of course I am a fan. It’s amazing that after so many books I read of yours each is completely different and pulls me in just the same. I hope that you had a great Valentine’s.

  46. Not sure if this contest is still open or not but I’m commenting anyway. I’m one of Grace’s top fans, I’m up to date on all of her books and will reread them in the future I’m sure. Right now I’m waiting on David to show up either on my porch or in my mailbox depending on what mood Amazon is in when they ship it. Although I don’t generally read or enjoy contemporary romances I am looking forward to the ones Grace has coming out this year.

  47. What a great interview! I love the idea of writing being a privledge and to just write. Grace is so right about that– there’s so much noise in this industry, and it’s often that noise that can get you off track.

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