Sunday, April 19, 2015

ONCE BELOVED cover blurb and pre-order!

I'm so very pleased to announce that ONCE BELOVED is now available for pre-order at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other fine e-booksellers!

In case you haven't seen it yet, here is the lovely cover!

Isn't that swoon-worthy?

ONCE BELOVED is a "second chance" romance set in Victorian England.

Here's the cover copy:

In bustling Victorian London, a desperate woman turns to the last man who would ever want to come to her aid... 

Years ago, when Helena Martin escaped to London with a dashing captain, she had no idea she was endangering her entire village. Little did she know, the arranged match she fled was the little town's last chance at prosperity. Now, with her beloved grandmother's health failing, Helena must face the damage she wrought. And she must do it with an unlikely escort: her jilted fiance’s brother. 

Daniel Lanfield is undoubtedly attracted to Helena—and furious with her. Though it was unintentional, her thoughtlessness has caused great misery to their village. Yet Daniel is uniquely positioned to help her return home, and strangely compelled to keep her close along the way. For no matter what their pasts, the desire between them now is ever-present...

Pre-order links:     Amazon     ~     Barnes and Noble     ~     Google Play     ~     Kensington Books

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

*Sale Alert* NEVER TOO LATE for $0.99!

My first book, NEVER TOO LATE, originally released in 2013, is currently on sale at various e-retailers for just $0.99

Take a look at my Never Too Late tab for more on this Victorian historical romance featuring an older woman who runs her own bookshop!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Book 3 is done!!!!

*cue trumpet fanfare*

I submitted Book 3 to my editor this week!

 It still needs a name...I mean, it had one at the synopsis stage, but that was just a working title. And I gave it a new title when I submitted the final manuscript, but that one is still not definitive. And the title is just part and parcel of how difficult it was for me to write this book.

For many reasons, Book 3 was a challenge for me, and it took me a long, long, long time to catch the flow of the story. Yes, as the creator, I'm supposed to be in charge. I'm supposed to be able to decide what happens, who does what to whom, and who gets punished for what. A writer has all that god-like power. Sure. But Book 3 refused to acknowledge my omnipotence. Maybe this was my version of a sophomore slump. Or maybe I teetered on the edge of burnout. After all, during the writing of this book, I applied for both tenure and promotion to associate professor. And finished working on a grant project...and began co-chairing a new committee...oh, and let's not forget teaching five courses per semester. Okay, enough of this "my diamond shoes are too tight" whine (Anyone else remember that episode of Friends? No? Just me...).

 The point is...Book 3 is done! (At least until I get edits back.)

 Oh, and here are a few details about's another Victorian romance, set in the same time/world as NEVER TOO LATE and ALWAYS A STRANGER, but it takes place mostly outside of London in northern England, more specifically in the vicinity of Bradford and Leeds. It's a "second chances" story that was very loosely (and I mean very, very loosely!) by Elizabeth Gaskell's NORTH AND SOUTH. I know that's not really telling you about the actual story. I'll get to that soon, I promise!

On to Book 4! Ever forward!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Giveaway - ALWAYS A STRANGER! Ends Dec 12!

In the spirit of the holidays, I'm giving away a signed paperback copy of ALWAYS A STRANGER on Goodreads!

Enter today!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Always a Stranger by Amara Royce

Always a Stranger

by Amara Royce

Giveaway ends December 12, 2014.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Social Media for Social Good - SMSG14

Limecello at A Little Bit Tart, A Little Bit Sweet has done Social Media for Social Good campaigns for the past few years, and this year the SMSG14 campaign highlights some important causes: ALS, Ebola, and child refugees.

There are lots of ways to participate and to help raise funds and awareness. Even simply commenting on the SMSG14 post at ALBTALBS raises funds from those who've pledged (including me!) so come join us!

Psst--I'm also doing a book giveaway -- earn entries by posting comments at! (The Rafflecopter giveaway link is in the Comments section!)

Go see what you can do to help!

Friday, October 24, 2014

File this among things I didn't know..but find interesting...Melville's MOBY DICK

I knew Melville's massive opus MOBY DICK was published in the mid-nineteenth century, but I didn't know all this...including that it was first published in England rather than in America. And now I'm thinking of ways to incorporate its publication into Book 4!

October 18, 1851: Melville’s Moby-Dick is published in London as The Whale:

Monday, October 13, 2014

Historical Romance Network

In recent years, there's been talk online about historical romance being in a kind of down cycle. But if you have any doubts that historical romance is going strong, visit the Historical Romance Network

I'm pleased to say that I'm part of this dynamic group of historical romance authors striving to increase the visibility of the genre and its varied sub-genres. 

Think you know historical romance? Think it's all the same? Think it's gone stale? Think again! 

Check out HRN's wonderful video highlighting the vast range of historical romances these days and like HRN on Facebook

Escape to the pleasures of the past!