UKRomChat Returns: AKA, Only I could start a blog and then forget to actually write on it…

Or something like that.

To be fair, I always planned to take December off from UKRomChat, but perhaps starting a blog and then disappearing for a whole month wasn’t my best idea. Thanks to those of you who stuck around.

Gif: Matthew Broderick in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off peering around a door frame and breaking the fourth wall by staring straight at the camera, asking, “You’re still here?”

Anyways, the reason why I’m writing now is because I suddenly remembered that I need to tell you about tonight’s UKRomChat. I swear I’ve eaten so much of the yellow stuff over the holidays (HPN and all that) I’m surprised my brain hasn’t actually become cheese – but the good kind, you know? The kind that takes years to mature. Who am I kidding? Mature and my brain do not belong in the same sentence.

Image: a promo graphic for tonight’s chat with Brittany on the left, the event details in the middle, and the UKRomChat and Violet Gaze Press logos on the right.

So, UKRomChat. I’m so excited because tonight I’m going to be chatting with Brittany Borshell, director and all-round superwoman at Violet Gaze Press, a brilliant and forward-thinking new(ish) indie publisher of “fierce, diverse Romance”. The eagled-eyed among you will recognise VGP as being Marie Lipscomb’s publisher, who was my last guest of 2020, the fabulous author of The Lady’s Champion – my favourite book of the last 12 months.

Just LOOK at this cover!

Image: Book cover art for The Lady’s Champion by Marie Lipscomb featuring a huge, bearded and bare-chested cuddly bear of a fantasy warrior in front of a scenic background.

Are you still with me?

I know, it’s *chef’s kiss* right?

So, tonight is your chance to ask Brittany Borshell – the very person who published THAT cover – anything* you like. I want to find out what “Violet Gaze” stands for and it goes without saying that I’ll be asking Brittany to tell us what she’s hoping to find in her submissions inbox. So if you’re querying soon, you won’t want to miss it. We may have some exciting news to share too…

Gif: Regé-Jean Page in Bridgerton as Simon Bassett, The Duke of Hastings, arching an eyebrow and looking fine af! The word SPOILERS is overlayed across the image in large yellow capital letters.

Those who follow me on Twitter will attest to my new-found Bridgerton obsession. Obsessed, me? Whatever gave you that idea?

So much so, I’ve decided a change of the (completely unofficial and totally made up) UKRomChat “mascot” is in order. Long term chat peeps will join me in thanking Outlander’s Jamie Fraser for his outstanding service, but I hope you’ll all agree that Simon Bassett, The Duke of Hastings, is a more than worthy successor.

Basically what this means is that I’ll be sharing lots of Bridgerton giffery; particularly those featuring the very handsome Regé-Jean Page.

And finally, for anyone who doesn’t have a scooby about what I’m on about, UKRomChat is a live Romance-centric Twitter chat which takes place on the first Monday of every month at 8-9pm UK time. To join in or just lurk (I see you and I thank you) just follow @ UKRomChat or #UKRomChat over on Twitter. Please don’t be afraid to say hi or ask questions.

I hope to see you there!

Gif: Ruth Gemmell (my doppleganger) as Dowager Viscountess Lady Violet Bridgerton saying, “I believe you should like to go”.

*Anything within reason. I don’t mean you should ask Brittany what her favourite cheese is.

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