Archive for June, 2013

While I Was Sleeping–Number 13 in Romantic Comedy!

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

I am loving the promotion for HEAD OVER HEELS via Ereader News Today! Yesterday, my little book hit #29 in Kindle Paid Romantic Comedy Bestsellers! I think the Romantic Comedy category is fairly new for Amazon, but I’m not sure. I can’t remember seeing it when I was scouring the lists during the rise of WHERE SHE BELONGS back in early February. But then WSB isn’t a romcom.

I didn’t think HEAD OVER HEELS could climb any higher. This was my first time with an ENT promotion, and other experiments with advertising this spring haven’t proven anywhere near as effective. But ENT rocks! Finally, the “little book that could”, as I like to call it, is gaining some traction, temporary though it might be.

Then I woke up this morning to discover that HEAD OVER HEELS is 841 in the Kindle Paid store overall—a far way from the top 100, but I never expected to crack the top 1000 with this promotion, so I am thrilled! Not only but, but HEAD OVER HEELS is #13 right now in Romantic Comedy, #93 in Women’s Fiction, and #98 in Contemporary Women. Cracking the top 100 in Contemporary Romance is my next obvious goal, but if the book doesn’t make it, I am totally stoked that it’s done as well as it has! Number 13 in Romantic Comedy—whoot!

Here’s the screen shot:

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Look at me sharing shelf space with Stephanie Bond!

If you’re interested in buying a copy at the limited time sale price of 99 cents –> click here.

ENT Daily Deal!

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Cover_Small_HeadOverHeelsHEAD OVER HEELS is an EReader News Today Daily Deal today! Pop on over to the ENT site and check it out, plus check out their other free and bargain book listings.

Yoot!

Head Over Heels 99 Cents at Amazon for a Limited Time!

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

HEAD OVER HEELS just dropped to .99 at Amazon! That’s a savings of two bucks, folks. Imagine what you could do with that other two bucks—like check out my short stories, buy some thread, half a coffee, an entire chocolate bar, or a pack of gum!

HEAD OVER HEELS will remain for sale at .99  until midnight, June 29th.

In other words, get it while you can!

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If you’re in Europe, check out the Amazon store for your country. Here’s an easy cut and paste for the search bar: Cindy Procter-King Head Over Heels.

If you’re typing in the name without cutting and pasting, remember to spell Procter with an E. I’m on a mission. World domination of Procter spelled with an E!

Tuesday Deals: Free and 99 Cent EBooks!

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Welcome to my very first Tuesday Deals column, where I will showcase free and bargain-priced ebooks from Indie romance authors. Please remember, after following the links, to double check the prices at your ebook retailer of choice before downloading. Sometimes something glitches and an author’s price change might not make it through in time. Or, a book might be available for free on Amazon.com but not on U.K. Amazon or Canadian Amazon. You get the idea.

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Up first is Shelly Thacker with her Time-Travel Romance, FOREVER HIS. Regular price: $2.99. On sale until June 30th for 99 cents at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Apple iTunes.

Sir Gaston de Varennes wanted a docile bride who would fit into his plans for vengeance and justice, but a trick of time finds him married to a thoroughly modern American lady who turns his castle, his life, and his heart upside down.

“Irresistible, right down to the surprise at the end… One of the best romances of the year.” –The Detroit Free Press.

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Free-Agent---Roz-LeeNext we have Roz Lee with a Contemporary Erotic Romance novella, FREE AGENT, now free at AmazonBarnes and Noble, and Kobo.

The stress of opening her own specialty bakery has kept Brooke tied up in knots, just not the kind she would prefer. When she spies the hunk of a Dom across the crowded bar, she’s intrigued, but his wristband indicates he’s off limits. That doesn’t stop her from doing the most daring thing she’s ever done to snag a man’s attention, but when things escalate beyond even her wildest imaginings, she can’t get out of there fast enough.

His contract with the Mustangs is set to expire at the end of the season, and third baseman, Todd Stevens is holding out for a longer, more lucrative deal as a free agent. Convinced more money and a new city will cure what ails him, he isn’t looking for a long-term relationship, much less a one-time hookup with a sub who doesn’t know her place. Unfortunately, the little minx eyeing him from across the room might just be the one to make him change his mind.

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Sharon Ihle’s Historical Romance set in the American west, THE BRIDE WORE FEATHERS, regularly priced at $2.99 is $.99 until July 10th, maybe longer. Please make sure to double-check the price before downloading. Available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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Dominique DuBois is a golden beauty, and niece to General George Custer, the stalwart enemy of the Indian nations. How could she be fiercely attracted to a shy and handsome Private in her uncle’s charge?

But Jacob is more than a lowly private in Custer’s Army. On behalf of his adopted people, the Sioux, he’s on a dangerous mission to ensure the General’s demise. The Sioux warrior he’s fought to become mustn’t be betrayed by his white-man’s heart longing for one last tender kiss, for one more smoldering embrace with Custer’s golden niece.

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yearsagoARETo finish off, Stacy Juba’s novel, TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO TODAY, “A unique blend of literary mystery, cozy mystery, and romantic suspense,” is on sale for 99 cents, down from $2.99, until July 20th on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple, and Kobo.

Should we dig for the truth when Pandora’s Box is a coffin of buried secrets? For twenty-five years, Diana Ferguson’s killer has gotten away with murder. When rookie obit writer and newsroom editorial assistant Kris Langley investigates the cold case of the artistic young cocktail waitress who was obsessed with Greek and Roman mythology, not only does she fall in love with Diana’s sexy nephew, but she must also fight to stay off the obituary page herself.

 

Enjoy!

A Little Torrential Downpour

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

From BORROWING ALEX, which is set in Seattle and fictional Lake Eden on the Olympic Peninsula and which I’m currently editing and updating for re-issue:

“‘Hardly Noah’s-Ark stuff, Alex.'”

My heroine, Nikki, says this when her, um, companion (at this point in the novel) mentions the rain.

Later:

Nikki had been born and bred in damp Seattle. Normally she could handle a little torrential downpour.

I’ve always liked this line, but, being Canadian, haven’t experienced it to the extent that someone in Washington state or Oregon might. Or someone in Vancouver, where I have lived before. Or Victoria, where I have lived as well. However, nothing matches what I call the “shower curtains of rain” that fell one night as my family was driving through Oregon years ago.

My area is experiencing a little torrential downpour right now, though not to the extent that was predicted. But it’s enough to really affect us, to make us go running for the gutters to ensure they aren’t clogged and everything is draining properly. Once or twice a spring, we’ll get a huge downpour where it feels like an entire week’s worth of rain is arriving within an hour. This current deluge was predicted by Environment Canada as a severe storm warning, but we haven’t, in my area, had the thunder and lightning and hailstorms that might have hit other areas. So we are pretty lucky. We like to say, we don’t tan, we rust, because it’s either raining or it’s roasting hot. The temperate, pleasant temperatures…that’s what September is for. 🙂

As I’m typing, the wind is picking up, which reminds me of being at the NINC conference in October, in White Plains, New York, right before Hurricane Sandy hit. My plane was one of the last leaving the White Plains airport. At the time, I didn’t realize how lucky I was…because Hurricane Sandy was, as we now realize, a total disaster. Earlier this week, Hurricane Sandy was featured on The Bachelorette. Yes, I watch. Don’t judge! I met my husband at 18 and didn’t do a lot of dating, so watching The Bachelor and The Bachelorette is research for my characters. Yes, it is!

Seeing the devastation that still exists as a result of Hurricane Sandy again made me realize how lucky I was to get out in time. And how lucky I am not to live in an area that experiences a lot of severe weather. We have forest fires every summer in B.C., but while there is damage that obviously will exist for decades (it takes a long time to rebuild a forest), we usually do not experience the lengths of devastation and the loss of life and a huge number of lost homes. Every once in a while the number of homes lost is truly devastating, but because most forest fires are created by human stupidity (throwing a cigarette out a car window, not putting out a campfire correctly, or lighting a fire during the height of fire season when you’re not supposed to and then wondering why it jumps all over the nearest neighborhood, picking houses at random to burn to the ground), it somehow doesn’t seem the same as Mother Nature creating the havoc totally on her own.

I would rather live in an area that has forest fires than an area that gets tornadoes or hurricanes. But maybe that’s just because forest fires are the norm here. Tornadoes and hurricanes are not, so they seem a lot scarier to me.

What form of severe weather is common in your neck of the woods? Have you or someone you know been personally affected?

When something goes wrong in my life, I always think, “It could be worse.” And right now, as the wind blows and the rain pours down, yes, it could be worse. A lot worse. It could really be a monstrous torrential downpour.

New Blog Feature: Tuesday Deals

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

This is an announcement, only an announcement. I am not posting any ebook deals this Tuesday. However, beginning Tuesday, June 25th, I will post up to 4 or maybe 5 free ebook or .99 ebook deals. I will be featuring books in the Romance and Women’s Fiction genres, and they have to be temporarily free or on sale for .99. I might make an exception for a book normally priced at $3.99 or higher that is on sale for $1.99.

I am not posting any perma-free or permanently .99 or $1.99 books. These are deals, which insinuates that they are on sale or are free for a limited time.

Right now I’m looking for postings for June 25th through July and possibly the beginning of August, if you already have promotions planned for August. Tuesdays only, please. I am not looking to promote ebook deals on any other day of the week. This is an experiment to replace my former Guest Bloggers, which I had stop hosting completely when I hurt my rotator cuff.

So if you’re a reader looking for great ebook deals, make sure to check back every Tuesday to see what I have listed.

If you’re an author of romance or women’s fiction (including sub-genres thereof) and would like me to feature your ebook deal, please email me to see if space is available for your preferred dates and then I’ll send you the requirements (book cover, sale price, dates, yadda). Please do not email me asking for whatever I have available. You ask for the dates, and I’ll tell you what I have.

Also please don’t ask in the comments section. You are free to comment about the concept in the Comments section, but I prefer dealing with the behind the scenes issues behind the scenes. 🙂

I’m looking forward to this new blog feature! I still plan on blogging about my trip to China and want to ease back into blogging about life in general and my writing. However, I am trying to focus on finishing BORROWING ALEX for Indie re-issue, and, well, there’s a blog post that should go with that. I shouldn’t talk about it now. I should remain focused on this blog subject. So I will. No talking about BORROWING ALEX until at least tomorrow.

See? I can be good.

Monday Deal: Susan Fox’s Finding Isadora

Monday, June 17th, 2013

I mentioned a few entries ago that I would be posting once a week about Free and Bargain (sale-priced) ebooks. I’m still going to do that, starting in a week or two, but it’s going to be on Tuesdays instead of Mondays like I originally envisioned. However, to start me off, a multi-published friend just put up her first Indie release, and it’s available free today, Monday, June 17th only. The author is Susan Fox and the book is FINDING ISADORA. FINDING ISADORA is regularly priced at $3.99. So hop on over to Amazon and check it out.

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He’s the worst man in the world for her. So why can’t she resist him?

Raised by hippies, veterinarian Isadora Wheeler yearns for security, marriage, and fidelity. Her fiancé fits comfortably into her plans. When Isadora meets activist lawyer Gabriel DeLuca, who’s defending her father on an arson charge, “comfortable” is not the word she’d use. Gabriel awakens her passion and makes her question everything she knows about life—and love. Should she stick to the safe path or does she have the guts to follow her heart?

FREE today on Amazon.

 

Calling Canadian Romance Authors…

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Once upon a time, there was a group of Canadian Romance Authors with an official web presence. For whatever reason, I didn’t join this group and it ultimately disbanded (probably because I didn’t join it—snarf!) (I’m a card). Now, thanks to one of the members of the original group, Canadian Romance Authors has been resurrected. We have an email loop, and as of today we also have a new Facebook page. Feel free to pop over to “like” the page and visit often to keep up on all our news, including contests, book releases and other wild and wacky Canadian thingies. Like, someone might post a picture of a moose sometime. Or a hole in the ground. You just never know.

If you’re a Canadian romance author and you’d like to join the group, drop me a line and I’ll put you in touch with the loop moderator. There’s also instructions in the About section of the Facebook page.

Cat in a Box

Friday, June 7th, 2013

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Because everyone loves a cat in a box. And why shouldn’t they?

Bits O’ News

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Yesterday, HEAD OVER HEELS was featured on EBook Impresario as a Bargain Book. You can still go over and check the listing. Ebook Impresario also has a Facebook page, which you can “like” to receive updates about free and bargain books to your Facebook feed. Plus, they have a newsletter. Check ’em out.

While you’re at Facebook, you can go ahead and like my author page, if you haven’t already done so.

Also, if you like erotic romance with a humorous touch, check out my pal, my buddy, my lifelong friend, Kate St. James on Facebook. Did you know Kate’s erotic romance single title from Samhain Publishing, A LITTLE WILD, is currently a finalist for the Bookseller’s Best Award, Erotic Division? Well, it is! I think that’s pretty great news.

Congratulations, Kate!