Pleasurably Undone and Other New Things

Wow. What a lot of new announcements for the Riskies in the last week. New books by Janet and Amanda, and our new RITA nominees, Carolyn and Amanda. And it seems like just yesterday that Amanda was announcing her new Laurel McKee release!

Well, I didn’t want to be UNDONE by Amanda, Janet and Carolyn. I have my own news!

Remember last year at this time I announced the release of my Undone eStory, The Unlacing of Miss Leigh? I’m announcing it again. The news is, The Unlacing of Miss Leigh is one of the stories available in the new Harlequin Historical anthology, Pleasurably Undone, now available as a mass market paperback in your bookstore. This is the first print anthology of the Harlequin Historical Undone stories.

We’ve featured my anthology mates before: Louise Allen, Terri Brisbin, and new RITA finalist, Michelle Willingham. (We’ll invite Christine soon). These ladies and I recently made an appearance on the Borders True Romance blog. You can read our interview here.

The Unlacing of Miss Leigh is my unabashed homage to The Phantom of the Opera (the Gerard Butler version, of course). Graham Veall, a disfigured and masked Penisular war veteran, advertises for female companionship, and Margaret Leigh, a virginal vicar’s daughter, answers the ad. When Margaret agrees to spend two months with Graham, it is not for the money she desperately needs. Will Margaret help heal Graham’s wounded spirit? (You have to buy Pleasurably Undone to find out.)

Or comment on this blog! I’ll give away one signed copy of Pleasurably Undone to one lucky commenter chosen at random.

Something else new with me!

I’m starting my own personal blog……. Why? you ask.

I really enjoy blogging here at Risky Regencies and I won’t give that up! I just thought it would be fun to branch out a little. Try different things and have even more fun. My wonderful webmistresses at Waxcreative have made it so my blog will appear on my website. Isn’t that grand?

My blog launches this Wednesday, March 31, at my website. For the month of April I’ll be blogging every Wednesday and Friday. And every Wednesday and Friday in April there will be a contest, each time the prize being a book. You’ll see more of me and more of my Pleasurably Undone anthology mates.

I also have a special theme planned for the April blogs. Stop by to see!

I am so hoping my Risky friends will visit me at the new blog. Help me build another “community” as lovely as the one we have here. You can test out how to get there by clicking on my pretty little graphic!

Blogging at

What do you like to see in a blog?
What topics are your favorites?
Who are some of your favorites?
I need to know these things!!

About diane

Diane Gaston is the RITA award-winning author of Historical Romance for Harlequin Historical and Mills and Boon, with books that feature the darker side of the Regency. Formerly a mental health social worker, she is happiest now when deep in the psyches of soldiers, rakes and women who don’t always act like ladies.
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Kim in Hawaii
12 years ago

Oh, Diane, your new cover sizzles! And congrats on your own blog! I’d love to read about your research, inspirations, and the secrets of the WRW Retreat!

Looking forward to reading both the new book and the new blog!

12 years ago

I’ll definitely stop by your blog! I actually have been enjoying the historical tidbits here, so why not share some of those on your blog?

Diane Gaston
12 years ago

Thanks, Kim! I will most definitely blog about the WRW Retreat, which will be the third weekend in April.

Michelle, you gave me a great idea–to pass on little tidbits of research that I encounter in the process of writing the next book!
YOU will be appearing in my blot in April -twice, if what I plan works out.

12 years ago

Hi Diane!

How exciting a new blog. I love to read about the progress of authors, the struggles and triumphs. Their day to day things aswell as thoughts, feelings or information. Anything really that is written with passion. (That’s no help at all I realize but it’s hard to bring under words.)

Take care,

Diane Gaston
12 years ago

That is helpful, Kirsten. I sometimes feel I want to write about day to day life things that don’t seem to fit with Risky Regencies (although we do talk about just about everything here). I’m hoping my own blog will give me those opportunities

12 years ago

how exciting! I was just going to ask about your blog, and you told me. You must have precognative telepathy!!! Your book looks wonderful – I will have to hit the local and snatch up a copy this week. Love the wounded hero and the healing heroine.
Good luck with it!

Virginia C
12 years ago

Hello, Diane! Here I am, trying to recover being “mentally unlaced” by GB, and you are tempting me again with his photo : ) I’d love to win a copy of “Pleasurably Undone”!

I am very much looking forward to your blog! It’s a pleasure to visit with favorite authors and learn something about them beyond their literary world. Most authors travel quite a bit, and I enjoy their travel tales and photos. Of course, food and fiction go well together, and recipes and cooking comments are very nice : )

gcwhiskas at aol dot com

Diane Gaston
12 years ago

Hi, Marjanna!!!! Precognitive telepathy, eh? Aren’t we amazing!

Virginia C, I love to share my travels, even though I don’t travel as much as I would like. And cooking and recipes? I am soooo not a cook, but I probably do have a recipe or two in me for the non-cook!

Karyn Gerrard AKA~Drew
12 years ago

Hi Diane!

I love discussing hunky men, in relation to romance. Who one might picture as a hero when reading a book, is it the cover model? An Actor? Someone you know? LOL! Love food discussions as well.
Love talking about romance on TV, who did not swoon at Sawyer’s story on Lost?
Also as an aspiring writer, I love to read about the process of writing and getting published. Any advice or tips!

Kim Swiderski
12 years ago

Woohoo Diane. I’ll stop by your blog and I’m with Michelle, I love historical tidbits. Everyone else had great blogging topics listed too. I too love learning more about the writing process: the little victories over stubborn plots, the aggravation of line edits, the joy of finding the perfect historical fact to fit your story idea. Then of course, the blogs that let me know the writer is a real person who gets frustrated by the clerk at the store or excited about finding the perfect shoes to go with an outfit are great fun.

Janet Mullany
12 years ago

Love the cover and the Rokesby Venus pose.

I think the advantage of having your own blog is that you can write about whatever you like without having to stick to the group theme.

Are you going to feed your blog entries to a fan page on Facebook? That’s a nice way of killing several birds with one stone.

12 years ago

Oh that’s great news on the anthology–I’m going to keep my eyes open for it!

And congrats on the personal blog too–while I enjoy group blogs, I love seeing each author in her own space; there’s a different flavor, a unique quality of voice and content to each endeavor, isn’t there?

12 years ago

Congrats on the new blog and the new release, Diane.

Amanda McCabe
12 years ago

Obviously I love the Undones, and am very, very happy to see them in print form! here’s hoping this is the first of many. 🙂

12 years ago

I really want to read Pleasurably Undone and The Unlacing of Miss Leigh! How exciting!

12 years ago

I loved The Unlacing of Miss Leigh! And was delighted to have the book in my hands! Oooooh your own blog! I’m looking forward to it. Woohoo!! I like the suggestions made so far. 🙂

Louisa Cornell
12 years ago

SQUEEEE ! Can’t wait to get the Undones in my hot little hands! And a tribute to Gerard’s Phantom?? SWOON !! Love it, O Divine One!

And more Divine One on the web. Can’t wait to visit your blog. For me, any Regency research tips and tips on the writing process will be devoured!

Oh and you COULD do a spotlight on a certain Napoleonic war hero. I think his first name, to you at least, is ARTIE ???

Diane Gaston
12 years ago

I should do a blog on Artie, Louisa! That’ll show Kristine Hughes! (with whom I have an ongoing feud with over the Duke of Wellington! All in good fun, that is..)

Judy, thanks for the kind words about the Unlacing of Miss Leigh!

Janet, who knows? I may go WILD with my own blog!

Thanks to Karyn, Kim, azteclady and everyone for the blog ideas!

12 years ago

I love anthologies. This one sounds good. Like the cover.
Congratulations on your new blog.
On a blog, I like to see good discussions about events and people of the time periods you write about.
Guest authors who write in similar time periods as you.
A little trivia from your story’s time period.
Giveaways from your guest bloggers would be nice.

12 years ago

Just popped by your blog and now commenting here (because I’d love to win a copy of the Undone book!). I have to confess I’ve never seen The Phantom of the Opera or heard any of the songs – but I have read the Terry Pratchet pastiche, if that counts?