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10 April 2008

Something Wicked About My Birthday

Something Wicked (A Rakes of London Short)
Kalen Hughes
Available now, for FREE!

Scandal is impossible to avoid . . .
Eleanor Blakely is only too aware that her reputation dangles by a very slender thread. One false step, one mistake, and the entire world will know the secret her family has struggled to keep hidden. Unfortunately, she’s found herself in the midst of a desperate series of wagers with a consummate charmer . . .

And even harder to resist . . .
Viscount Wroxton isn’t exactly sure what twist of fate has kept his friend Blakely’s sister on the shelf, but the inveterate little gamester is too fascinating to ignore. The fact that she has five enormous—and protective—brothers is hardly worth thinking about . . .

Today is my birthday. Let’s just say I’m somewhere between 29 and 40 . . . ok, I’m 38 and loving it! Even though it’s traditional to receive presents on the anniversary of one’s natal day, I thought I’d give you all one instead.

A long, long time ago, I sold a short story to the now defunct magazine Arabella. That was really my first “the call” story, and it left me grinning for days. I was so excited when the editor called me to say she loved it and wanted to feature it as the main offering in an upcoming edition.
Unfortunately, the magazine folded before I even got the contract. But that short story was still lurking on my hard drive . . .

Fast forward a few years and Amazon Shorts makes an appearance. The Amazon rep was pushing these big time at the Dallas convention, so I dusted off my story, rewrote it for the longer format that Amazon allowed (up to 40 pages) and got ready to submit it as part of my effort to pimp my upcoming second book, Lord Scandal. Then I find out the program has been put on hold. *le sigh*

So you won’t have to pay the low low price of 49-cents for the chance to read Something Wicked. You can download the free PDF on my website. Feel free to share it around and email it to your friends, that’s what it’s for! My presie to you, my readers. Thanks for all the wonderful reviews and emails about Lord Sin, and here’s hoping you enjoy Lord Scandal every bit as much when it hits the shelves in June (you can preorder it now if you're an Amazon shopper).

I do have to say I love love love my new cover! I'm a sucker for a nose like that . . .


Blogger Elizabeth Kerri Mahon said...

Happy Birthday Kalen! And thanks for the wonderful present. I can't wait to download and read it on my way to NEC tomorrow! And congratulations on the release of your second book.

7:34 AM  
Blogger Lauren Willig said...

Happy birthday, Kalen! I hope you're pampering yourself and having a wonderful day. Hugs!

8:49 AM  
Blogger Tracy Grant said...

Happy Birthday, Kalen! Hope you're having a fabulous day with lots of treat! (Actually, hope you're having a fabulous week--I think birthdays should be celebrated for at least a week :-). Can't wait to read the story. And the cover for "Lord Scandal" is wonderful!

11:08 AM  
Blogger Amanda Elyot said...


I hope you're having a marvelous celebration, which includes plenty of good PROSECCO!

lots of love!

12:57 PM  
Blogger Jane said...

Happy Birthday, Kalen. You have hit the jackpot with that awesome cover. Thanks for the free download.

1:55 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

So far the birthday is going swimmingly. Lunch at one of my favorite restaurants downtown (Kokkari; amazing Greek food!) and soon I'll be off to dinner at Globe (their salmon is amazing, and my favorite bartender works tonight; he makes the best Manhattan I’ve ever had!).

2:00 PM  
Blogger Tracy Grant said...

I love both those restaurants, Kalen! Have fun!


2:05 PM  
Blogger Pam P said...

Happy Birthday, Kalen! I'm sure you had a wonderful time at dinner.
Love to read this while waiting for the next book, thanks.

10:17 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

OMG. Too many Manhattans. Such a lovely night, but I'm toast today.

8:11 AM  
Blogger Pam Rosenthal said...

Happy birthday, Kalen (one day belated).

Great cover for LORD SCANDAL, but I'm particularly partial to the elegant little brooch on the cover of the elegantly written SOMETHING WICKED.

9:52 AM  
Blogger doglady said...

Happy Birthday, Kalen!! My method is simple. Every year on Dec 29 I celebrate the anniversary of my 29th birthday! I will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of said birthday this year.

That cover is DELICIOUSLY wicked!

Off to download the present! Thanks, Kalen!

5:50 PM  

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