Friday, February 10, 2012

The Kydd Inheritance shortlisted!

I am delighted to announce that my Regency The Kydd Inheritance has been shortlisted for The Romantic Novelists' Association RoNA Rose 2012!

This is the third year running that I have been shortlisted, so I'm thrilled that my writing still seems to be finding favour with the reader judging panel.

Announcement of the RoNA winners takes place 5th March 2012 at One Whitehall Place.

The Kydd Inheritance is a Regency love story set amidst secrets and skullduggery. Nell Kydd has to outwit her loathsome uncle, rein in her devil-may-care brother and negotiate her feelings for his dangerously attractive friend, Hugo Derringer. All whilst keeping house and home together.

It is the prequel to Jan's Newmarket Regencies, Fair Deception and Fortunate Wager, both of which were previous shortlistees.

RoNA 2012
Romantic Novelists' Association

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Historical Novels Society Conference - London Sept 2012

The Historical Novels Society is holding its annual conference this year in Central London on 28-30 October.

Today I booked my place and am looking forward to meeting some of the Hale authors that I have corresponded with in the past, renewing friendships with those I have met before, and meeting other writers I have come to know through social networking sites - such as Facebook.

The full cost of the conference 169 GBP for HNS members, but you do not have to be an HNS member to attend.

Margaret Muir

ARRA Nomination for A Little Deception

I'm delighted to announce that my third Regency Historical Romance published by Robert Hale  - A Little Deception - has just been nominated for an ARRA (Australian Romance Readers Association) award in the Favourite Regency Historical for 2011 category.

On Saturday, February 11, I'll be flying from Melbourne, near my hometown of Gisborne, Victoria, to attend the awards dinner where I'll catch up with a number of my friends from Romance Writers of Australia. My friend and critique partner of seven years, Jess Dee, who is also attending the dinner, will put me up for the night while my dear husband will have to put the kids to bed. Meanwhile I shall bask in the glory of a night free from the domestic round. Not that I'm complaining about the domestic round. My two girls, aged 10 and 6 are lovely and so is my husband, but it will be so nice to enjoy the conviviality of writerly friends over a glass of wine and a good meal.

Thank you to everyone who enjoyed and nominated my book!

Below is a brief précis and if you want to read more, you can go to my website at or to

A one-night charade to save the family sugar plantation wins Rose Chesterfield more than she bargained for: marriage to the deliciously notorious rake, Viscount Rampton.
Implicated in a series of high profile jewel heists by a jealous adversary, Rose must prove more than just her innocence to regain the love of her husband.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Happy days

I’ve had my head in the clouds over the last few days. I asked Pete of Acclaimed Books to put my eBook A COVERT WAR into the KDP Select programme and let it go free for five days. Basically, the idea is that you place your book with the Amazon library for 90 days, and you are allowed a promotion of five days where you can offer free, unpaid downloads of your book. My book reached No.3 in the Spy Thriller category and No. 294 in the ‘sales’ figures. I get nothing for any of this, but the knock-on effect could be helpful to my subsequent borrowing figures for which I do get paid. Now that the promotion is almost over, the book is dropping away, but this is expected to happen according to the type of results I’ve seen published on the Kindle forum. Some of the writers who have tried this scheme (it began in December 2011) have had some startling results. The only people who can borrow or download these books are those who are members of Amazon Prime. Consequently they will search among the high rankers and the freebie downloads looking for a book they can either get for nothing or borrow for a small fee. I’ve had a big smile on my face for most of the week simply because I have enjoyed some kind of elevation for me and my work. Hopefully these people who have downloaded A COVERT WAR will want to read more of my books and end up paying for them. I’ll keep an eye on my results and post them here if I can.