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Lord Gray’s List, the first in the London List trilogy, has been on shelves for a couple of weeks and seems to be doing well. It’s been in the Top 100 Regency Romances for Amazon Kindle, is a Top 100 bestseller at the Rhapsody Book Club, and has gotten some great reviews. My favorite, from Kirkus, ends like this: “A charming, fun Regency romp that combines an innovative, compelling plot with characters that jump off the page and a hot, captivating romance that will tug at heartstrings.” Whee!

For those of you who don’t know, the fictional London List is a weekly Regency newspaper. Everything you want and want to know about is right there in black and white. You can find a job, a lover, or an umbrella stand. And on the front page is all the racy stuff, in this case, whatever my hero, bad boy Lord Benton Gray has been up to.

My late mother-in-law was addicted to tabloids like the National Enquirer. She lived with us for the last three years of her life, and I used to be ashamed on the grocery line as I put those papers on the conveyor belt. I’d always tell the cashier, “They’re not for me, but my mother-in-law.” I’m sure I wasn’t believed, and I’ll confess I sometimes skimmed them quickly before I put them in the recycling box. But I’ve never been attracted to gossip or gossip rags–People Magazine is about as low as I’ll go. I’ll admit to my share of schadenfreude when some hypocrite gets his or her comeuppance, but generally I try to avoid the train wreck culture.

That’s really hard to do with 24/7 media exposure. I think we’ve seen just this last week that Washington, D.C. truth can be every bit as ridiculous as a Desperate Housewives storyline.

Do you pay attention to gossip? What’s your favorite source for dirt? Can you keep a secret better than a C.I.A. guy? I’ll give away a signed copy of Lord Gray’s List to one commenter!