Countdown to Eros Element release

How excited am I about the impending release of Eros Element next week?
I’m Sheldon getting a cardboard standup of Spock excited! Which is appropriate considering Edward, the hero of Eros Element, lives his live according to scientific principles, and, well, here’s the blurb:
If love is the ivy, secrets are the poison.

Aether Psychics, Book 1

After enduring heartbreak at the hands of a dishonest woman, Edward Bailey lives according to scientific principles of structure and predictability. Just the thought of stepping outside his strict routine raises his anxiety.

Adding to his discomfort is Iris McTavish, who appears at his school’s faculty meeting in place of her world-famous archeologist father. Worse, the two of them are to pose as Grand Tourists while they search for an element that will help harness the power of aether. 

Iris jumps at the opportunity to prove her worth as a scholar—and avoid an unwanted marriage proposal—while hiding the truth of her father’s whereabouts. If her secret gets out, the house of McTavish will fall into ruin.

Quite unexpectedly, Edward and Iris discover a growing attraction as their journey takes them to Paris and Rome, where betrayal, blackmail and outright theft threaten to destroy what could be a revolutionary discovery—and break their hearts.

Warning: Allergen alert! This book was produced in a facility that handles copious amounts of wine, tea and baked goods. May contain one or more of the following: a spirited heroine, a quirky hero, clever banter, interesting facts both made-up and historical, and lots of secrets. It is, however, gluten free.

Yep, no threat of gluten in the physical or ebook, but the characters are mostly English, which means that plenty of tea and teatime goodies are consumed throughout the story. It wouldn’t be a Cecilia Dominic book without food descriptions, would it? There’s a little wine, too.

So, to celebrate and count down to the release and beyond, here’s what I’m doing where:

Monday, August 17:
Here’s something a little different – a podcast. Thank you so much to Kim Smith of Writer Groupie for the fun interview! Click here to see what we talked about (hint – it’s not just writing, and there might be garlic involved).

Spotlight at Linda Joyce’s blog with excerpt from Chapter Two.

Tuesday, August 18:
I talk about my favorite steampunk books at fellow steampunk author Laurel Wanrow’s blog.

Wednesday, August 19:
Spotlight at the blog of C.D. Hersh.

Thursday, August 20:
Characters on the Couch hosted by Megan Morgan. See what happens when Edward and Iris come in for a session.

Review at Smart Girls read Sci Fi blog – first review!

Friday, August 21:
Author interview at Nancy Lee Badger’s blog. She asked some really interesting questions.

Saturday, August 22:
I’m not going to be online because it’s my [mumble, mumble]th high school reunion, and I’m also talking about procrastination to the Southern Magic Chapter of the Romance Writers of America in Birmingham. Meeting info.

Sunday, August 23:
Review at fellow author Frank Tuttle’s blog.

Monday, August 24:
What were they thinking? Historical research from a psychological perspective.
Craft article at the Futuristic, Fantasy, and Paranormal chapter of RWA website.

Tuesday, August 25:
RELEASE DAY!!!!
Believe it or not, it’s been several hours since I’ve had caffeine. I’m just seriously excited about this.

There are a couple of virtual events. First, I’ll be doing a Twitter chat/Q&A from 11:30 to noon CDT (that’s 12:30 to 1:00 for those of us here in the Eastern slice of the U.S.) through Fresh Fiction. Follow the #FFbchat hashtag and come say hi!

Then on Tuesday evening from 5:30 to 9:30 EDT, I’m hosting a party at my Facebook page. There will be takeovers by authors who write steampunk and other genres such as urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance, and prizes. You can see their books below and RSVP for the party and check out the author schedule here. It’s okay if you can only come to part of it – that’s the beauty of virtual parties. There’s also no such thing as an awkward goodbye.

I do have a blog blitz scheduled for a few days after the release. Here’s the schedule. Follow along for more excerpts and the chance to win a $25 Amazon gift certificate or a signed paperback copy of Eros Element.

Finally, if you’re in the Atlanta area on August 29, I’m having a tea party to celebrate Eros Element’s release. I will also of course have books for sale and signing. Click here for details and to RSVP to the Facebook event.

Yes, I’ve been enjoying making graphics lately.

Thank you so much for reading and following along, and I hope you will consider purchasing and reviewing Eros Element! Click here for an excerpt. Oh, and if you want to follow along for news of releases, sales, and wine and sleep tips, please consider signing up for my newsletter.

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