FAQs

last updated August 2020

Where can I find {book title} in paperback?

Many of my books, including fan-favorites like Blurred Lines and the Stiletto & Oxford series, were published by a digital-only imprint of Penguin Random House and are not available in paperback in the US.

Please note that print rights differ by country—books that are ebook only in the US may be available in print in other countries, at my international publishers’ discretion.

How can I get a review copy/ARC of your upcoming books?

I do not facilitate the distribution of ARCs for my books. If my publisher decides to distribute early copies for reviews, they can be requested via NetGalley, or via the publisher directly.

Why are your books all different prices?

My book prices (with the exception of The Prenup, which is self-published) are determined by my publishers. I have multiple publishers, each with a different pricing strategy. I am not included in pricing discussions, but I do know my publishers work hard to ensure my books are available in libraries, so if a particular price is out of your comfort zone, be sure to check your local library!

Will Marc and Elena from New York’s Finest be getting their own story?

I’d hoped so at one time, but it no longer seems likely. I wrote the New York’s Finest series 6+ years ago, and the “world” isn’t fresh enough in my mind for me to feel I could tell those stories as well as they deserve.

Will you ever write an epilogue or sequel to {book title}?

Probably not. I don’t really enjoy reading sequels and epilogues myself, so I’m not confident I could write them particularly well. Good stories need tension, which is why we feel that wonderful happy release when characters in a romance finally say I love you and get their HEA. To recapture tension in a sequel, I’d have to introduce fresh conflict for my beloved characters. Some authors do this very well. I don’t think I’m one of them.

How did you find your agent and publisher?

The old-fashioned way! I wrote a book in 2011, and when it was polished and ready for submission, I wrote a query letter and sent it to agencies representing contemporary romance. In April 2012, Nicole Resciniti replied to my query, saying she liked my voice and offered representation. I’ve been with her ever since! Once I signed with Nicole, she sent my manuscript on submission to New York publishing houses, and I signed contracts with Grand Central Publishing and Random House in August 2012, and my first book was published a year later.

I’m not in the US. How can I find your books in my country/language?

I’m actually not usually notified when one of my books becomes available in another language, or in a country outside of the US. International rights are generally managed by my publishers, so the best advice I have is to check your local retailers for availability. Sorry that’s not particularly helpful!

Why can’t I find the ebook version of 21 Wall Street or Man of the Year books for Nook, Apple or Kobo?

Both of those series are published by Montlake, an imprint of Amazon Publishing. As such, the e-book format is exclusive to Kindle.

I have a great book idea—can I send it to you to write?

While I’m delighted you’re feeling inspired, please don’t send me your idea! Not only do I have more than enough of my own ideas to contend with, but I firmly believe the best person to write a particular story idea is the one who came up with it! Be brave. Write your own story. Don’t know how to write? Practice. Practice some more. I don’t believe people are born writers, I believe we become them.

Why can’t I find you on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, or Goodreads?

Because I don’t have accounts on those platforms. If you’d like to get notified of book news, please sign up for my email updates. Also, I believe you can still add my books to your shelves on Goodreads without me having an author account there! (I think. Don’t quote me, as I haven’t been to Goodreads on years, and may be wrong about how it works!)

Any advice for beginning authors?

Whenever I get asked this by true beginners, I always say the same thing: Finish the book.

It’s okay if it sucks. It probably will suck. Finish it anyway. Nothing taught me as much about writing a book as actually writing one.

If you’ve already written a book (or several) and are wondering what’s next, or how to grow, I’d advise this:

Know your why.

What are you doing this?

Do you want to get rich? Famous? Create a Jane Austen-esque legacy? To put your stories out into the world? To pay your bills? To simply enjoy the ride?

It’s tempting to want it all, and by all means, you deserve your daydreams. But a career in writing/publishing is one that demands a lot of decisions. On a daily basis. Make it easier on yourself by filtering every decision, every choice, how you spend every minute of every day through the simple filter of:

Does this action help get me closer to why I started?

PS: I have a resource page for my fellow writers here.