USA Today article!

I’ve been face-first head-down in academic work lately and generally absent from the social media scene, but I had to share this with you because I’m just so, so chuffed. USA Today’s ‘Rainbow Trends’ column today has Rite of Summer listed as a must-read, alongside two of my own all-time favourites – KJ Charles and the writing team of Summer Devon & Bonnie Dee. I love my little book, my debut, my baby, and I’m over the moon right now seeing it in such august company.

Check it out here, share and discuss!

Rainbow Trends: Let’s talk about historicals set at English country estates

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All Romance eBooks implosion

Some folks may be up on the news – for those who aren’t, the brief summary is that ARe, a big romance novel book retailer, is going out of business in rather shady ways. The full scenario is here:

And an update has been added here.

If anyone picked up copies of my books from ARe and hasn’t been able to redownload them in time, let me know, and I’ll get the files to you personally. (comment here, fill in the contact form, email me, or hit me up on social media – any of that will work!)

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Did I mention That Potent Alchemy is on sale?

Because it is! for $0.99 across all platforms!
Actress Grace Owens has been trying to put her painful past behind her, but when stage
technician Isaac offers her a life of passion, she has to make the choice –
face her fears, learn to trust, or lose her chance at love forever…


Already an ARe bestseller, That Potent Alchemy is on sale for $0.99 until November 20, 2016! Grab it now at major ebook retailers:


All Romance eBooks

Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iTunes and more

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A truly lovely review – That Potent Alchemy

Another fantastic review of That Potent Alchemy has gone up – I’m so thrilled that this story is resonating with readers, and every review makes me so, so proud.

“one intriguing, tender and real love story.”

“it had everything I love in a good romance – initial hesitation, slow getting to know each other which leads to moments of tenderness and true intimacy…It short, this is a wonderful historical romance done with a lot of thought and care about the details. Definitely a recommended read!”

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Gorgeous Review for That Potent Alchemy

Stitch’s Media Mix just put up the most gorgeous review of TPA I’m ever likely to see. I’m not sure which line is making me tear up more –

That Potent Alchemy gave me that sense of belonging, that “I could be here” feeling that I rarely find in the historical romances I read.“

“In Tess Bowery’s England, there’s room for queer women and genderfluid people to be.”

The reason I started writing Regency was because there were so few stories out there that centered people like me, and like my friends and family in the LBGTQ community. Knowing that I was able to give that feeling of belonging to even one other person – that there is someone in the world who saw themselves reflected in my pages – that’s the best feeling in the world. I’ve done what I needed to do.

I can now die happy. (In the metaphorical sense, I promise!)

[Book Review] That Potent Alchemy by Tess Bowery

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Mailing List Time!

With That Potent Alchemy coming out in October, and some very sweet sales deals in the works for readers, I figured it was time to start making a proper mailing list for this stuff rather than fling information out into the abyss and hope readers see it.

My current plans are to send out updates on a monthly basis, with book news, upcoming sales, giveaways and maybe some extra goodies for mailing list members.

(There may be occasional “Quick! A Sale!” emails, as some sites are prone to running flash sales with great deals and limited notice, that folks might want to get in on, but I’ll try and keep everything else to the regular update schedule.)

So if you want to hear about everything first, ask weird questions, be sure never to miss an update or a discount, and be first in line for promo goodies, add yourself on the form.

I will never spam, or give email addresses to anyone else, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Subscribe to the mailing list and never miss a release!

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That Potent Alchemy – Cover Reveal!

What time is it again? It’s Tess Avoids Work By Doing Book Promo time again!

Except I’m actually really excited about this. Cover reveal time! For the third and officially-final book in the Treading the Boards ‘trilogy,’ That Potent Alchemy.

(I’ll still be writing in this universe, but not under that series title — I’ll also be branching out some from theatre people. Cecily’s story is next, coming in Roberta’s Folly.)

That Potent Alchemy is Grace’s story, and I’m really proud of the way it’s worked out!  Many thanks to Mosaic Stock and models Christa and Brian for making this happen. <3

Without further ado… meet Grace and Isaac!

That Potent Alchemy-final ebook
Is his love her safe place to land…or just smoke and mirrors?

Grace Owens danced her feet bloody to become the finest en pointe prodigy of her generation, but the only accolade she longed for—her father’s approval—never came. Finally, broken and defeated, she cut ties and fled to London to live life on her own terms.

Now, after four years as an actress in London’s smaller theatres, a last-minute production change lands her right where she never wanted to be again. Front and center in the ballet—and back in toe shoes.

From his perch on the catwalks, machinist and stagecraft illusionist Isaac Caird can’t take his eyes off Grace. A woman who wears men’s clothing, but not as a disguise. An exquisite beauty who doesn’t keep a lover. A skilled dancer who clearly hates every pirouette.

The perfect lines of her delicate body inspire him to create a new illusion—with her as the centerpiece—that will guarantee sold-out shows. Maybe even attract a royal’s patronage. But first he has to get her to look at him. And convince her the danger is minimal—especially within the circle of his arms.

Featuring a gender-fluid ballet dancer, an amateur chemist who only occasionally starts fires, and an old rivalry that could tear them apart.

So. The book is available for pre-order NOW, and will release officially on October 4th.



(More channels coming over the next few days as the pre-order links go live.)

I do have a number of (free) Advance Reader Copies available, offered in return for an honest review. If you’d like a copy of TPA to review for your blog, please let me know in the comments here, find me on twitter or on tumblr.

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