NEWS & EVENTS

 

Up to date information on booksignings, blogging,

awards, and random bits of information!

Book signing at Turn the Page Bookstore & Cafe …

Saturday, January 27, 2018 at noon

Boonsboro, MD

I’ll be signing with Nora Roberts/JD Robb et al.

Book signing at Barnes & Noble Bethesda …

Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 3:00pm

4801 Bethesda Avenue

Bethesda, MD

301-986-1761

I’ll be discussing and signing "Whispering in French." 

Book signing at Bard's Alley …

Friday, August 18, 2017 at 7:00pm

110 Church Street

Vienna, VA 

I’ll be discussing and signing "Whispering in French." 

Book signing at NYC RWA conference …

July 21, 2016 – 1:48 pm

I’ll be signing books this week along with other authors during the RWA conference at the New York Marriott Marquis hotel, 1535 Broadway, NY, NY.
Please join me on Wednesday, July 22 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm in the Westside Ballroom during the “Readers for Life” Literacy signing which benefits literacy programs in the USA! I’ll also be signing on Thursday, July 23 from 9:45am to11:15am in Westside Ballroom 1 & 2 during the Avon Book signing. Please come join us!

 

The Duke Diaries . . .

November 16, 2013 – 11:54 pm

…was named a finalist for an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award: Best Regency-set Historical of the Year!

 

RT Bookreviews Award nomination…

November 6, 2012 – 2:05 pm

Between The Duke and the Deep Blue Sea has been nominated for RT Bookreviews’ 2012 Best Historical Love and Laughter Award!

 

Why Tough Girls Finish First…

April 20, 2012 – 12:01 pm

The Washington Post compared memorable heroines from the Hunger Games, Little Women and other books recently. I’m blogging today at Sue Grimshaw’s Romance At Random…win a book by entering which heroine’s life you’d like to live!

 

Eloisa James’ Barnes & Noble column this month…

April 2, 2012 – 12:01 pm

One of my very favorite authors, Eloisa James writes a fabulous column for Barnes & Noble. She selects a theme and a few of her top picks to discuss. It is a must read for me each month. I am honored she chose The Art of Duke Hunting as one of the books for April! 

 

“Five Things You Didn’t Know” Blog….

March 22, 2012 – 11:59 am

One of the best things about being an author is that I get to actually hang out with authors who I idolize. Elizabeth Boyle is one such animal. Her signature lightning fast wit in person and in her fabulous books is almost as fast as her flashing knitting needles. She is a master knitter and each time I see her creations, I am in awe. I am honored to be on her weekly“Five Things You Didn’t Know About (insert author name here)” blog today!

 

Check out USA Today’s HEA blog column…

February 14, 2012 – 10:25 am

To learn secrets behind the writing of the Royal Entourage series, take a peek at USA Today’s interview featuring Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea on Valentines Day!

 

***Starred Review in Publisher's Weekly . . .

March 24, 2012

*Starred review in Publisher's Weekly! 'In Nash's highly entertaining second Royal Entourage Regency a cursed duke evades his date with death. Nash creates intense romantic tension between multidimensional characters to keep the pages turning.'The Art of Duke Hunting is on shelves Tuesday, March 27.

 

***Starred Review in American Library Association's BOOKLIST!

February 15, 2012

*Starred review in American Library Association's Booklist for Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea! 'Nash soars to new literary heights with her latest flawlessly crafted novel, which delivers an abundance of addictively acerbic and often laugh-out-loud humor, an exceptionally entertaining cast of supporting characters, and a superbly sexy romance between a perfectly matched pair of protagonists.'

 

Movie Deal . . .

October 7, 2011 

Sophia's book, A Dangerous Beauty is in a movie! The fabulous romantic comedy, DORFMAN, has been in many film festivals and is available On Demand. Check out the movie's website. Sophia will be there and will give away copies of her book.

 

 

 

Publisher's Weekly . . .

April 12, 2011

Publisher's Weekly reports that Sophia joined five other authors at Avon's Romance Live event and answered fan questions while streaming from the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention in Los Angeles. About 800 virtual attendees tuned in. Signed copies of books can be ordered via Mysterious Galaxy.

 

Valentine’s Day Avon author’s recipe ring…

January 29, 2012 – 10:40 am

Want some great recipe ideas for Valentine’s Day? A group of food-loving Avon authors have formed a ring of recipes.

Valentine’s Day? Well, normally I’d post a dessert, of course. But this recipe for Gingered Tomato Soup is my son’s favorite and it’s RED…hope you enjoy it!

Sophia’s Gingered Tomato Soup

Caramelize/saute 1 large diced red onion in a large soup pot.

Add: I TBSP of brown sugar, I TBSP on fresh grated ginger, 4 cups of chopped tomatoes, 5 cups of chicken stock. Simmer and reduce by 10%. Add one cup of fresh basil leaves and simmer 5 more minutes. Pour small batches of soup pot contents into a blender and puree. Return to soup pot and serve.

 

Two books this spring…

September 6, 2011 – 8:33 pm

Very happy to report that the first two manuscripts for the new series are complete. I’ll post more information about Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea and The Art of Duke Hunting late this fall…They are scheduled for release on February 28 and March 27, 2011.

 

Sophia signs with Nora Roberts and others…

April 16, 2011 – 2:36 pm

Always wanted a signed, personalized book from Sophia, New York Times #1 bestseller Nora Roberts or Sherrilyn Kenyan? Readers are invited to pre-order or come to a mega booksigning at Turn The Page Bookstore on Friday, April 28th from 11:30am to 2:00pm. Sophia will be signing pre-orders and also on site along with 13 other authors.

Time for the annual Avon Holiday Recipe Ring

November 21, 2010 – 1:52 pm

Each year a large group of Avon authors get together to shae their best holiday recipes. This year I’m offering up my family’s favorite dessert: Chocolate Bread Pudding. Ingredients:4 eggs, 2 cups of cream, 1 1/2 cup milk, 1/3 cup of sugar, 1 Tablespoon vanilla, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, butter,1 loaf of Kings Hawaiian bread or brioche (egg) bread), bag of milk chocolate chips

Whisk together very well: 4 eggs, 2 cups of cream, 1 1/2 cup milk, 1/3 cup of sugar, 1 Tablespoon vanilla, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Butter a 2 quart covered casserole dish (or foil if you don’t have a cover). Layer bottom of casserole with part of bread. Put layer of chocolate chips sprinkled. Alternate layers of chocolate chips and bread until all are used. Carefully pour creamy egg wet ingredients over all of the casserole. put lid on top or foil. Place casserole in an inch of water in a larger pan (very important) in the oven to create steam. Cook covered at 300 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove cover and bake another 45 minutes at 300 degrees. Let cool a little. You can eat this hot or cold. I especially like it thinly sliced cold the morning after…when you have time to curl up with a great book.

 

Sophia’s book is named “Top Ten Romance of the Year”

September 30, 2010 – 8:09 pm

Booklist, published by the American Library Association, annually announces its “Top Ten Romances of the Year”Secrets of a Scandalous Bride was included in this year’s list!

 

Release day & a new starred review . . .

Release day usually means jittery excitement for most writers. Many of us do booksignings or spend the day blogging about the new release. But the icing on the cake? A nice review. The cherry on top of the icing? A great starred review. Booklist recently joined Library Journal in awarding this honor. 

*Secrets of a Scandalous Bride. “Expertly spiced with deliciously subtle sense of wit, deftly seasoned with a superbly nuanced cast of characters, and featuring a plot brimming with lusciously sensual romance and a dash of dangerous intrigue, Secrets of a Scandalous Bride, is Nash's best book yet.” ” John Charles for Booklist

 

**Starred review** Library Journal

February 14, 2010 – 1:00 am

Lovely reviews are pouring in for Secrets of a Scandalous Bride, which will be released on Feb. 23. Here’s the latest from Library Journal: **Starred Review** 'After successfully evading for two years the suit of a highly ranked military officer who threatens to ruin her late father's reputation, Elizabeth Ashburton eventually encounters her nemesis and, finally has the courage and the unexpected assistance of notorious villain Rowland Manning to face up to the threat. VERDICT: Graced with empathetic characters, emotional intricacy, and unexpected plot twists, this final book in the Widows Club series ties up a variety of loose ends and is a perfectly delicious series finale.'

 

Nomination . . .

December 8, 2009 – 2:08 pm

Best Regency-set Historical of 2009 nominee

Delighted to announce that Love With the Perfect Scoundrel was just nominated for Best Regency-set Historical in 2009 by Romantic Times magazine. The snowy view from my writing area this week reminds me of the first scene in the story.

 

The Kiss wins 2009 Award of Excellence . . .

June 27, 2009 – 10:03 am

It’s award season and the winners of the 2009 Awards of Excellence have been named. The Kiss was named Best Historical. The Kiss is also a current finalist for a National Readers’ Choice Award, the Beacon Contest, and a 2009 Golden Quill award. Winners will be announced later this summer.

 

Deadlines: There Will Be Blood

June 12, 2009 – 11:20 am

 

I’m blogging at the Avon blogsite today about deadlines, a word that strikes fear in the most dedicated of writers. Here is the blog post:

 

Deadlines: There will be Blood

 

Deadline is the one word guaranteed to knot a writer's stomach. And it should. Notice the word “dead” neatly tucked in there? That's because virtually 98.2% of all writers are zombies by the due date.

As my next book, Secrets of A Scandalous Bride/March 2010, was winging its way to Avon offices, my editor suggested it might be the perfect time to talk about deadlines. And she was right. Deadlines are a little like childbirth: there will be blood and you will forget all about it when you see that beautifully bound little baby in your hands. Then, you will do it all over again without thinking twice.

Another author who shall remain nameless–Cathy Maxwell–once told me she embraces the joy of the deadline. This is a very good technique to consider when faced with the following:

1. The Law of Deadlines: 98.2% of all the annual bad things fated to happen to you will arise two weeks prior. (Yes, I know, that's the same percentage I quoted above, but I assure you that I used the empirical methods from my son's 7th grade “Science Rocks!” textbook–all while waiting in the ER for his arm x-ray.) All milestones will also occur: birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, etc.

2. You will memorize every takeout food place in a thirty mile radius of your house.

3. Your dog will be the only one willing to stay up all night with you.

4. Your laundry pile will be declared a new country.

5. All 30 part-time baristas at the local Starbucks will know your order.

6. Your husband (or the UPS man) will suggest that your fashion choices are becoming a tad questionable.

7. The last four days, you will learn to write everywhere including: the orthodontist's office, the MVA, the carpool, the post office, and the DC Division of Taxation.

8. Your 'normal' friends will decide you are not normal.

9. Your writerly friends will commiserate. 98.2% of them will tell you your story is the most beautiful baby in the world.

I know I've forgotten some of the joys of deadlines. 

 

Chicago Tribune review . . .

March 26, 2009 – 7:17 pm

Love With the Perfect Scoundrel will dazzle readers with its graceful writing, subtle wit and deliciously sensual love story.” – March 21, 2009 Chicago Tribune

 

Lovely Award — A Dangerous Beauty . . .

October 23, 2008 – 9:52 pm

 

The Realms Star of Excellence has been awarded this year to A Dangerous Beauty. All the award winners and the book’s review can be found here.

 

Turning Japanese . . .

June 7, 2008 – 2:28 pm

 

A Dangerous Beauty will be published by Ta-ke Shobo, a Japanese publisher in the coming months. Stay tuned for release date in Japan.

 

Audio version of A Dangerous Beauty available . . .

May 28, 2008 – 2:30 pm

 

The audio version of A Dangerous Beauty is available now! Recorded Books offers cassette form and will also have CDs in future. Both are narrated by the exceptionally talented British stage & screen actress, Bianca Amato. You can find more information here!

 

Sophia visits a blog

February 25, 2008 – 2:59 pm

 

On Feb. 25, 2008, you can find me at my good friend, Elizabeth Boyle’s blog . . .

 

The Language of the Fan

March 22, 2007 – 4:16 pm

 

Looking at the cover of my upcoming June release, A Dangerous Beauty, I was reminded of the silent language of the fan which I had a lot of fun researching when I wrote Lord Will & Her Grace. Fanology is facinating! Who knew opening and closing a fan could be so dangerous? Here is a list of gestures and their meanings taken from Fanology or Ladies Conversation Fan by Charles Francis Badini and published in 1797.

Placing your fan near your heart = I love you.

A closed fan resting on the right eye = When can I see you?

A half closed fan pressed to the lips = You may kiss me.

Touching the tip of the fan with a finger = I wish to speak to you.

Letting the fan rest on the right cheek = Yes.

Letting the fan rest on the left cheek = No.

Dropping the fan = We will be friends.

Fanning slowly = I am married.

Fanning quickly = I am engaged.

Carrying a open fan in the left hand = Come and talk to me.

Twirling the fan in the right hand = I love another.

Twirling the fan in the left hand = We are being watched.

Shutting a fully open fan slowly = I promise to marry you.

Drawing the fan across the eyes = I am sorry.

To open a fan wide = Wait for me.

 

Magazine cover story . . .

May 25, 2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out the July issue of Romantic Times BOOKreviews magazine. Sophia is on the cover and she dishes inside about her first series for Avon.