How to Dance With a Duke

By: Manda Collins ebook, 400 pages Published January 31st 2012 by St. Martin’s Press ISBN: 142995261X (ISBN13: 9781429952613) original title: How to Dance with a Duke (Ugly Ducklings, #1) Penny’s Rating: C- Publisher Synopsis: “What’s a wallflower to do when she’s suddenly in need of a husband? Use all the pluck and moxie she can muster to get what she wants… Miss Cecily Hurston would much rather explore the antiquities of Egypt than the uncharted territory of marriage. But the rules of her father’s exclusive academic society forbid her entrance unless she weds one of its members. To clear her ailing father’s name of a scandalous rumor, Cecily needs to gain admission into the Egyptian Club—and is willing to marry any old dullard to do it. Lucas Dalton, Duke of Winterson, is anything but dull. He’s a dashing and decorated war hero determined to help Cecily—even if that means looking the other way when she claims the dance card of Amelia Snow, this season’s most sought-after beauty. But Lucas has a reason for wanting Cecily to join the Egyptian Club: His brother went missing during one of Lord Hurston’s expeditions to Egypt. An alliance with the explorer’s bluestocking daughter could…

Romance Writers of America Shouldn’t Discriminate
Musings , Notes From Penny / February 7, 2012

So…You may have been following this, maybe not, but last week, RWI (Romance Writers Ink) a chapter of Romance Writers of America, announced the 2012 Rules for their MTM Published Author Contest, and this year they added a new restriction: This year, MTM’s rules & regulations were changed to state: – Note: MTM will no longer accept same-sex entries in any category. Now, this contest has accepted same-sex romance submissions in previous years, and some of those submissions have actually won. Here’s the kicker though. Several authors who write same-sex romance who had planned to submit entries contacted contest organizers asking why there had been a change in rules, and the response they got back was that same-sex content made some RWI Chapter Members “uncomfortable”, and that “same-sex was just too much”. Umm. Yeah. Uncomfortable? Really? I am angry about this. I really am. This is discrimination, period. Romance is defined by RWA as a love relationship between two individuals. For RWI to accept submissions for all other types of romance, and excluding same-sex relationships because they make people “uncomfortable” is discrimination pure and simple. I also find it to be illogical for the following reasons: As a reader- we…