Archive for July, 2013

Tuesday Deals: Free and 99 Cent Ebooks!

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Time for another Tuesday Deals! This week I’m featuring a YA on sale for 99 cents, a sweet historical romance, and two perma-free ebooks!

Please remember to double-check the pricing at your e-retailer of choice before downloading or purchasing. If you click a link to Amazon Canada, a book on sale at the American site for 99 cents won’t necessarily be 99 cents at Amazon.ca. It might be .98 or $1.01, depending on the exchange rate at the time. I don’t list other Amazon sites or the post would get too long, but if the book is on sale or free at a main venue, check your country’s e-store to see if you can get it free or for the equivalent of $.99 USD there!

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First up is BRACED TO BITE, Serena Robar’s first book in her funny vampire YA series. Regularly priced at $3.99, BRACED TO BITE is only 99 cents until July 31st. Today’s July 30th, so get it while it’s $.99! Available on Amazon, Amazon Canada, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and Smashwords.

Colby Blanchard had it all…

Head cheerleader. Popular friends. Hottest date and a no-brainer for Homecoming Court. Colby’s got a nearly-perfect life – ask anybody.

… until she gets bit.

Some random vamp gets his fangs into her, and suddenly everything’s different. She’s different. To make matters worse, she’s only a half-blood vampire, not a full one. Now, instead of Homecoming Queen who rules the school, she’s a mongrel of the vampire community – and they’re giving her just one week to justify her existence, or they’ll “relieve her of her undead status”. She gets the feeling that doesn’t mean just kicking her out of their clique.

And she thought getting into college was going to be her biggest problem.

With the clock ticking, Colby has to prove herself by finding the Rogue Vampire who tried to turn her. Colby discovers some hidden strengths, and some unlikely allies – including Thomas, a Vampire Investigator who would be really hot if he weren’t the guy most likely to kill her when her number’s up. As she digs she uncovers a conspiracy, and is offered a deal: her life, or the lives of all the half-blood vampires.

Does she cut the deal, to get back all she lost? Or does she stand for the mongrels she’s accidentally joined?

$.99 until July 31st at Amazon, Amazon.ca, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords!

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Next, Becky Barker’s permanently free contemporary western romance novel, HANCHART LAND, previously priced at $3.99. Find it at Amazon, Amazon.ca, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords.

Luke Hanchart proposed a marriage-of-convenience to Susan, his cousin’s widow, to protect his family’s ranch. Little did he know that saying “I do,” would open the door to a tempestuous future. Now nothing stood in the way of a passion that had smoldered between them. As they sealed their union with a kiss, a spark ignited and began to burn.

Perma-free at Amazon, Amazon Canada, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords.

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DonnaCummingsAnother freebie, the contemporary romance novella, SUMMER LOVIN’, by Donna Cummings. Find it at Amazon, Canadian Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes. Check out UK Amazon, too!

Everyone should have at least one wild fling on their resume. Mia volunteers to dog-sit for two weeks, giving her a chance to figure out the next step in her life, and career. She discovers it’s not easy chasing after a puppy with a shoe fetish, but there’s a reward for all her troubles: the hunky guy next door. Luke is a workaholic forced to take two weeks’ vacation, and at first he’s sure the downtime might kill him. But then he gets to know his temporary neighbor. She’s sexy and fun, and all of a sudden, two weeks isn’t nearly enough time.

FREE at Amazon, Canadian Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes.

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MarieHigginsWrapping up, Marie Higgins’s sweet historical romance novel, TAKE MY HEART, regularly priced at $3.99 is now $.99 until August 22nd on Amazon. Also check Amazon.ca.

Mercedes Maxwell is devastated when her twin sister is driven to take her own life by none other than her husband, William Braxton. Determined to make her brother-in-law pay for the injustice, Mercedes travels to Philadelphia to find him. She is shocked to find that William is unaware of his wife’s death, and when Mercedes is mistaken for her sister, she decides to pose as her twin to glean some answers. Mercedes embarks on an adventure she never dreamed of in hopes of bringing justice to her sister. Instead of justice, Mercedes uncovers a plethora of secrets and mystery. As she works to unravel the mystery and discover who she can trust, Mercedes finds that all is not as it seems, and that William Braxton may be the one man she can trust.

99 cents for a limited time on Amazon and Amazon.ca!

More Tuesday Deals next week!

Kindle Fire Give-Away on Kindle Books and Tips

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Michael Gallagher of Kindle Books and Tips is hosting a give-away for a Kindle Fire on his blog. If you do not live in a country where Amazon ships the Kindle Fire, your entry will qualify you for an Amazon gift card of the same value.

Hop on over to Michael’s blog to get all the details and enter!

Tuesday Deals: Free and 99 Cent Ebooks!

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Welcome back to another installment of Tuesday Deals. This week we have perma-free, perma-99-cent, and ebooks on sale for 99 cents for a limited time—three novels and one short story in total. Please remember to check the prices before downloading or purchasing.

Happy reading!

anderson_1My first featured Deal is Maree Anderson’s SEER’S HOPE, a fantasy novel with romantic elements. SEER’S HOPE is permanently FREE on Amazon, Canadian Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, Apple, ARe, and Smashwords. For other venues, please check Maree’s website.

Hope is snatched from her home and transported to a primitive world of magic and capricious gods. The Dayamari people believe she’s a Seer and their only hope of salvation, but she’s blind—she can’t see anything at all, let alone the future. She must accept her destiny and learn to wield the awe-inspiring powers the gods have bestowed upon her. And if she’s to save those she loves from the horrifying evil that lurks in the darkness, failure is not an option.

FREE on Amazon, Canadian Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, Apple, ARe, and Smashwords! Also check for it at your favorite e-tailer around the world!

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gibb_2Tasman Gibb’s Contemporary Romance, SAVING JUSTICE, regularly priced $2.99 is on sale for 99 cents until August 15th at Amazon, Canadian Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes and Noble.

Marlo Croft, canine behaviorist at the Dog Haven Sanctuary in Halo Peak, Washington, has her life neatly organized. The trauma of her past is well buried, her emotions tamped down, and rehabilitating and rehoming damaged and unwanted dogs gives her the focused, contained life that makes her feel secure.

The arrival of a new rescue dog, Justice, also brings the unwelcome distraction of a handsome stranger who is to shadow Marlo and Justice through the dog’s rehabilitation.

Suffering guilt over the death of his wife, New Zealander Adam Guildford’s short contract in the US to research dog fighting is what he hopes will pull him out of the limbo he has floundered in for the past four years. He arrives prepared to tackle the emotional and behavioral needs of the rescued dogs, but completely unprepared for the way his presence unnerves Marlo and awakens his own dormant feelings.

As they start to gain Justice’s trust, Marlo loosens her grip on her inner fears and the simmering attraction between her and Adam heats up. Adam works carefully to dismantle the emotional barricades Marlo erected, until one day he unwittingly delivers the horror from Marlo’s past straight to her doorstep, an action that tears the three of them apart.

On sale for 99 cents until August 15th at Amazon, Canadian Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes and Noble!

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barrett_3Nikki Lynn Barrett’s Contemporary Romance (novel length), BABY STETSON (Love and Music in Texas, Book 1), is also on sale for 99 cents—until August 1st. BABY STETSON is regularly priced at $3.99 but can be found now for $.99 on Amazon, Canadian Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes and Noble.

In small Texas towns, strangers come and go…

Left in a Stetson hat, on the steps of the local bed and breakfast, Avery Callimer came into the world on a wing and a prayer. Raised by loving adoptive parents, she’s never lacked for love … only the knowledge of her past.

By day she works at the inn, but by night … Avery comes alive as lead singer in a band. Life was good … stable, until new guests blew into town.

Some strangers come with secrets and lies.

Lucas Bennett is one such stranger. Drifting from one mess to another has left him jaded. Doesn’t matter the dramas are never his doing. Giving it one last shot to make a fresh start lands him Harmony’s Echo, Texas and smack dab in front of the tantalizing Avery.

Despite his best efforts to ignore the burn Avery’s ignited within, he’s intent to keep his distance. Secrets have followed him. Secrets he doesn’t want Avery to know.

Each time they’re near the other, things heat up like a brushfire on a dry Texas prairie.

But maybe, after the dust settles and the smoke clears, love can bloom with a fresh start.

On sale for $.99 until August 1st at Amazon, Canadian Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes and Noble.

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procterking_4My son got married this past week, so I didn’t have time to round up a fourth Tuesday Deal. Never fear, I have one of my own available! My romantic comedy short story, Deceiving Derek, is always priced at 99 cents and can be found on Amazon, Canadian Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple iTunes, Smashwords and ARe. If you’re in the UK or shop at other Amazons or Kobos or iTunes stores around the world, you should also be able to find it there.

Sassy Shorts! Fun, Quick Reads. Deceiving Derek, LOVE & OTHER CALAMITIES, Story 1.

Lingerie designer Lacey DeMarco livens up her life by finagling an unsuspecting police detective into attending a funky bridal shower. She needs one last item to complete a scavenger hunt list, and handsome cop Derek McAllister is it.

But a little trickery is at work. Both Lacey and Derek are both being hoodwinked…in the name of love.

Deceiving Derek is a romantic comedy short story of 5200 words, or approximately 12 typical book pages. Deceiving Derek is the first of five connected short stories, each featuring a heroine introduced in Lacey’s story. Follow Lacey and her girlfriends as they prepare for a wedding and find true love along the way.

Perma-99-cents on Amazon, Canadian Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Smashwords, and ARe.

I Acquire A New Family Member

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Youngest Son got married yesterday, so I am now officially a mother-in-law. I never dreamed that one of my sons would get hitched so young. I was 25 when My Liege and I tied the knot, and I was only the second of my group of high school girlfriends to get married. Anything under 25 seemed remarkably young to me for making that kind of commitment. Y.S. is 22.

But I have to say I’m thrilled! I adore my new daughter-in-law, and she and Y.S. are a perfect match. I pretty much sobbed my way through the ceremony, which was in my mother’s back yard. Y.S. and his new wife wrote their own vows, and it was incredibly touching. The stuff of romance novels, you might say. 😉

How old were you when you got married?

Tuesday Deals: 99 Cent Boxed Set and Novel Sales!

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

This week I’m featuring a discounted-to-99-cents two-novel boxed set by the same author, two individual 99-cent novels on sale for a limited time, and one permanently priced 99-cent novella.

As always, please check the prices at your favorite e-tailer before purchasing. I am not in control of whether the books are on sale on non-U.S. Amazon stores or non-U.S. Apple stores, etc., or whether an Indie author’s price change comes into effect on time. This is why I say to check the prices before you purchase. That way you won’t get an unpleasant surprise on your credit card bill.

Happy Downloading!

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Contemporary Romance author Sophia Knightly’s TROPICAL HEAT SERIES BOXED SET, regularly priced at $3.99, is on sale for 99 cents from July 14-July 21st on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Apple.

Amazon bestselling author Sophia Knightly delivers two fun, sexy and heartwarming romances of her Tropical Heat Series in one bundled volume.

In Wild for You (Book One), Detective Clay Blackthorne has his hands full when he promises to safeguard an old college pal’s sister without letting her know what he’s up to. He never imagines that lively Marisol Calderon will knock his socks off and put a ring on his finger—and all at his suggestion! Their marriage of convenience is meant to protect her and Clay doesn’t plan on being hitched for long to the tempting beauty. But the honeymoon sure feels real to him…

Sassy Marisol is used to doing whatever she wants—and right now her plan is to shake up the hot detective’s hard-edged demeanor. But the fun turns to danger when a mystery stalker bent on marrying her marks her as his prey. Temporarily becoming Clay’s wife seems like a practical way to thwart the stalker. But as passion ignites and Marisol falls for the tender heart buried beneath the tough detective’s chest, Clay’s true identity is revealed and she begins to wonder who—if anyone—she can trust…

In Sold on You, (Book Two) Confirmed bachelor Dr. Marcos Calderon is in hot water. He needs to come up with a fake fiancée fast or he’ll disappoint his beloved grandma who’s arriving on the next flight to meet her. Proper social worker Gabriela Morales should fit the bill—but tonight, in that sexy, slit-to-there red evening gown, she looks anything but proper.

Gabriela only volunteered for the hospital’s charity bachelorette auction to benefit a cause dear to her heart. Now she’s reeling from the hot doctor’s bid of fifteen thousand dollars for a weekend date with her! She’s not sure what Dr. Handsome has in mind, but the smoldering look in his eyes is unmistakable…

99 cents until July 21st on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Apple!

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Campisi_2Mary Campisi’s Contemporary Romance, PIECES OF YOU (The Betrayed Trilogy: Book One), regularly priced $2.99, is on sale for 99 cents until July 26th. You can find it at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple, and Smashwords.

Sometimes hiding in the shadows is the only way to protect your heart.

Quinn Burnes’s mother disappeared when he was only fifteen leaving him with a despondent father, a little sister who suffers panic attacks, and eight notebooks containing the truth about his mother. He guards this secret for eighteen years, until on an otherwise normal day, his mother re-enters his life, pleading for his help. She’s in danger and the only thing that can save her is reclaiming the identity she shunned years ago.

Quinn is a master of emotional detachment, from his successful career as a personal injury attorney to his strings of meaningless relationships with beautiful women who possess uneasy temperaments; a sure formula to keep his heart safe and insure he’s the first to walk away. Until he meets the mysterious ‘Danielle’ a woman with too many secrets who’s on the run from the abusive, estranged husband she shot and may have killed. Danielle isn’t like any woman he’s ever met, but can he risk his heart for someone who’s doing exactly what his mother did eighteen years ago? Someone who may ultimately leave him, just like his mother?

99 cents until July 26th on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple, and Smashwords!

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Another Contemporary Romance, this time by Susan R. Hughes, DIVIDED HEARTS is on sale for .99 until July 19th. Regularly priced at $2.99, DIVIDED HEARTS can be found on Amazon.

When Faye’s best friend, Jenna, is injured in a car accident, Faye is left to care for Jenna’s young child—expecting no help from baby Hannah’s father, Simon, who has never been a part of the little girl’s life. But when Jenna’s former lover unexpectedly reappears, Faye learns that Jenna never told him about their child; and now that he knows of his daughter’s existence, he wants nothing more than to bond with her. As the relationship between father and daughter grows, so does the attraction between Simon and Faye—but once Jenna recovers, they find themselves faced with a heartbreaking choice between their desire for each other and the best interests of the little girl whose future lies in their hands.

Set in Vancouver, BC, and on the picturesque Sunshine Coast, DIVIDED HEARTS takes you on an exhilarating journey through the passion, sacrifice, forgiveness and sweet surprises of discovering a love that’s meant to be.

On sale for 99 cents until July 19th on Amazon.

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Curtis_4My last featured Tuesday Deal for this week is the Erotic Romance novella Compulsion, by Cassandra Curtis. Compulsion is permanently available for $.99, but still remember to check the price before purchasing, just in case something changes. Compulsion can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords.

NOTE: Compulsion contains Adult Content.

Lindsay Dannon has a dirty little secret. While she hides behind her plain and proper image at work, a wanton woman with a rich fantasy life lurks beneath the surface. The thrill of sex in public places, and the risk of exposure, is a compulsive itch she knows only one man can scratch—her boss, Jack Randolph.

The company’s “no tolerance” policy on interoffice dating is the only thing stopping her. Good thing Jack created the rules, because he’s determined to make all of Lindsay’s sexual fantasies come true…

Always available for 99 cents at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords!

Spam Reviews and Excerpts

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

Any other writers out there notice a new type of spam comment showing up in your blog dashboards? Lately, I’ve been getting spam comments that look like excerpts from books I’ve never read. I get spam comments that are Amazon reviews of my own books, (some of those I have read before, and so I recognize them as the same spam review tends to repeat over and over). I also get spam comments of the synopses of books I have featured in my Tuesday Deals column. So far just one book, but I find it very weird.

I guess it’s an attempt at creativity, but luckily WordPress recognizes the comments as spam and so far I haven’t had to wipe any off my blog itself.

At least no one’s trying to sell me Louis Vitton anymore through my spam filter. Although, maybe they will now that I’ve posted this. 😉

Six Month Eye Report, Round Two

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

As some of you might remember, I first had laser eye surgery in December 2011. My left eye, the reading eye, was perfect, and yesterday I had another checkup that reveals the left eye is still seeing as wonderfully as it did soon after the surgery.

The right eye was not so lucky. The first time around, I had SBK laser surgery, which is similar to LASIK but uses a laser to make the incision rather than an instrument. I was one of the unlucky few who experience regression. Twenty-four hours post-SBK, I could see distance what they call “20/20 minus.” That is to say the 20/20 line was a little fuzzy, and I missed a couple.

As the months progressed, my right eye regressed to the point where it was reading 20/50, which means that what a normal person can see at 50 feet, I could only see at 20 feet. Which meant I had to get glasses for driving and any time I wanted to see distance clearly (like going to the movies or attending a writer’s conference). The glasses brought my left reading eye up to speed. However, my distance right eye could not be made to see 20/20 even WITH glasses, which caused me some concern. I went for several post-op checkups before coming to the decision that I did not want my left eye to be doing all the work—reading without glasses and seeing distance with glasses. The right eye was just slacking off! So, even though I knew there were risks involved and I might wind up with worse vision than ever, I decided to go for touch-up surgery in my right eye. This occurred right before my birthday in January of this year.

The clinic intended to “lift” the flap created the first time around with a surgical instrument and then do the laser touch-up. During the surgery, it was discovered that because over a year had passed my flap was resistant to lifting. In some people, their flap can be lifted after a year. Not moi!

This was quite disconcerting, because I had been informed during surgical prep a few days before that if they could not lift the flap, I would be sent home and then brought back another day for PRK surgery, where they sweep off your epithelium layer (after freezing your eyeball) and then they would do the surgery. Thank God the surgeon, in trying to lift my flap, determined that the eye had suffered enough trauma and not to send me home, but to continue on with the PRK. Man, was I nervous, switching surgeries in mid-stream. This meant that I would not get the immediate effects of SBK or LASIK and it would take up to 6 months to achieve potential 20/20 vision.

That six months just elapsed.

I knew before I went in to the clinic yesterday that I didn’t have 20/20 because, if I do put on my glasses, which I haven’t worn in ages, I could see better through the left eye than the right. I suspected that I had just a touch of astigmatism remaining, and it turns out I was right. I have no idea if this touch of astigmatism will improve over the next several months or not, but I don’t care! I have accomplished my goal. I can once more see distance “20/20 minus,” again to say that I could read some but not all letters on the 20/20 line, exactly where I was 24 hours post-SBK in December 2011.

Apparently, I have never been able to see 20/20 out of my right eye, even with lenses, but before I went with monovision this was hard for me to determine. The strange thing is that my right eye is my dominant eye, which was why they didn’t make the left eye the distance eye. However, yesterday in the clinic, the doctor wrote a new prescription for my right eye for my driving glasses and I will be able to see 20/20 out of them (I don’t have them yet). So that’s a blessing! The only time I feel the need to wear glasses is while driving at night. I’m okay in twilight and in rain. In heavy rain, I feel a little better, safer on the road, wearing glasses, because then my left eye is up to speed.

I am so glad my touch-up worked! Whatever happens in the next five years with my eyes, right now I am enjoying the full benefits of monovision, and I don’t require glasses for reading, for the computer OR for distance. The only time the monovision bothers me is in that weird middle distance where the right eye doesn’t quite make up for the left. And this only bothers me when watching a particular TV that could stand to have a touch of a larger screen. 🙂

Phew, what a relief. Some people don’t have successful touch-ups, and I am so thankful that I did!

My eyes are still quite dry, especially the right, after having two laser surgeries in fourteen months. I still can’t spend as much time on the desktop as I used to be able to, and I compensate by wearing yellow-tinted computer specs (no Rx, just the tinting to cut down on blue glare) and also working on my netbook and my iPad when I can. Plus, I still douse my eyes with lots of drops and have it down to a fine routine. I need some right now.

Overall, I am incredibly happy to be where I am with my eyes compared to November 2011, before the surgery.

“See” ya!

Tuesday Deals: Two Boxed Sets, Two Shorts!

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Welcome back to Tuesday Deals! Today we have two boxed sets and two short stories up for grabs. Please remember to double-check the prices before purchasing or downloading.

Dangerous_Desires_3d_cover_Up first is DANGEROUS DESIRES, a seven-author boxed set of romantic suspense, mysteries and thrillers. Regularly priced at $7.99, DANGEROUS DESIRES is on sale for 99 cents at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Apple iTunes until July 31st.

Seven bestselling authors…five full length edge-of-your-seat novels…two killer novellas…one thrilling ride!

Don’t miss the summer’s best collection of romantic suspense, mysteries and thrillers from masters of the genres!

CHASING SHADOWS by CJ Lyons

DIRTY by Debra Webb

MIND READER by Vicki Hinze

THE INFORMANT by V.R. Marks

WITCH DANCE by Peggy Webb

With BONUS novellas…In the Interest of Security by Regan Black and My Favorite Corpse by Kathy Carmichael.

ON SALE for 99 cents! Find it at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes.

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LetterofLove150_henleyNext, from Virginia Henley, Letter of Love, a historical romance short story, formerly priced .99, now permanently FREE on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes.

At Hampton Court Palace, Queen Elizabeth has arranged a marriage for her ward Burgundy Bedford with Lord Nicholas Mountjoy, Earl of Devon.

This union will join two great shipping families and provide Mountjoy with vessels to transport his troops to Ireland to quell the uprising led by Tyrone of Ulster.

Burgundy plans to thwart the queen, as her mother did before her, by eloping the day before the wedding.

Burgundy comes into possession of an ancient book passed down through two centuries from mother to daughter.

Between the pages of the book, Burgundy finds a letter written to her by her mother when her daughter was born.

The book’s ancient legacy and the letter of love touches her heart and alters the course of her life forever.

FREE at AmazonBarnes and Noble, and iTunes!

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eva_lefoyAnother short story, No Glass Between Them, a GLBT FF contemporary romance by Eva Lefoy, is 99 cents at Amazon.

Alyce visits Club Paradise every Friday night and watches her dream woman dance. The dark-haired beauty Contessa fuels her fantasies, but Alyce knows they’ll never meet in person. When a mysterious note requests her presence at a hotel, she’s shocked to find she’s come face-to-face with Contessa. With the glass between them no more, will Alyce give in to the temptation to make her dream a reality?

Warning: Contains *hot* butch-on-femme lovin’ and some smexy stripper dancing, may fog mirrors.

Currently 99 cents at Amazon!

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Rogues-cover-for-promoFinally, a second boxed set, FOUR IRRESISTIBLE ROGUES, which features four full-length historical romance novels by authors Cynthia Wright, Lauren Royal, Tanya Anne Crosby, and Danelle Harmon. Regularly priced at $7.99, FOUR IRRESISTIBLE ROGUES is on sale for 99 cents for one week only—until July 15th. Available at Amazon and Kobo.

Fall in love with four irresistible rogues in four complete historical romance novels!

KISSED by Tanya Anne Crosby – England and Charleston, South Carolina, 1763 – Jessamine Stone vows to wed no man but her onetime fiancé, Christian Haukinge. She sets out to win back Christian’s affections, unaware that her brother has already offered him a bribe to break her heart. Christian agrees to the devil’s bargain, but soon finds Jessie’s innocent passion, trust, and faith undermine his resolve for vengeance.

CAPTAIN OF MY HEART by Danelle Harmon – New England, 1778-1779 – A dashing Irish captain, a feisty shipbuilder’s daughter, and a cast of outrageous characters combine in this thrilling romantic adventure set at the helm of a New England privateer schooner. By the award-winning author of the internationally bestselling de Monteforte Brothers series.

AMBER by Lauren Royal – England and Scotland, 1668 – Although Kendra Chase’s brothers have presented her with many wealthy, titled suitors, no man has caught her fancy–until her coach is held up by a dashing, mysterious highwayman. When she and the dangerous man are caught in a compromising embrace and her overprotective brothers insist they wed, Kendra cannot believe it. Are they really desperate enough to match her with an outlaw?

BRIGHTER THAN GOLD by Cynthia Wright – Columbia, California and San Francisco, 1864 – Spirited Katie MacKenzie helps her father run a saloon and writes articles for the local newspaper about the Griffin, a Robin Hood-style highwayman who robs the unscrupulous mine owners and gives back to the townspeople. Roguish Jack Adams, an adventurer with a dark secret, rides into the sleepy Sierra town one summer day and changes everything.

On sale for 99 cents for a limited time at Amazon and Kobo.

A Little Extra: The authors of FOUR IRRESISTIBLE ROGUES are hosting a fun, easy contest at their website, where readers can vote for their favorite Rogue and win a $200 gift card to the bookstore of their choice. To enter, visit Four Irresistible Rogues.

Do You Epilogue?

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Romance readers, do you like epilogues? Writers, do you like to write them? How do you choose when to write an epilogue?

I have never written an epilogue, however, I just drafted one for the upcoming reissue of BORROWING ALEX, and I think it will wrap up the story nicely. I also added a new scene to the last chapter. I’m not padding for word count. With digital publishing, there’s no reason to (not that I would regardless). The lovely thing about ebooks is that an author can write her story the length it needs to be, or wants to be, I guess. This is especially freeing if you’re, as I am, updating and editing/revising a book that was originally targeted to the category romance market.

While BORROWING ALEX was originally written for a long-defunct Harlequin romantic comedy line, the line shut down just as I was finishing the book. Another category romance romantic comedy line sprung up in its place, but the new line wanted less zany and quirky and more “heartwarming,” as the editor who rejected my manuscript explained. BORROWING ALEX simply did not fit what this major publisher was looking for anymore.

By this time, I had discovered my former ebook and print-on-demand trade paperback publisher, Amber Quill Press. The second edition of HEAD OVER HEELS (which was initially published by a publisher who wasn’t fond of paying authors due royalties), as well as the first edition of BORROWING ALEX, were published by AQP and I had a great editing experience there. However, I (as well as many other ebook authors) was a bit ahead of my time. Kindles and Nooks and iPads didn’t exist and the mass market paperback was still king. That’s my way of saying that the first edition of BORROWING ALEX “enjoyed” a very small audience. I’m looking forward to reaching a larger audience by self-publishing digital and trade paperback editions through my own Blue Orchard Books.

Ebooks have changed the ways readers read, and, to some extent, they have changed how writers write. We are more in tune with readers than ever before. We no longer have to rely on publishing houses to forward letters and emails. Readers can get in touch with us directly. That’s not to say that whatever a reader says goes. Authors are still the creators of our books. However, as the market changes and readers who might not have read a lot of category romance back when that was the only game in town (for a book of about 50,000 words) discover new-to-them authors, I find it interesting to hear what they have to say, in the form of reviews and social media. Often I’ll follow a link from Twitter or Facebook to a reader’s blog and a light bulb will go on.

Recently, I read the term “Insta-Love” on a blog to describe how rapidly romance heroes and heroines fall in love. Readers who might have never read print category romances at all find Insta-Love a little unbelievable. Neither do they necessarily believe that a book needs every single thread tied up neatly in the last scene. However, for those of us schooled in category romance by the biggest category publisher around, well, wrapping up threads was a very strong guideline. And stopping the story as soon as possible after the hero and heroine committed to each other was another. As was getting in a marriage proposal before the book ended. After all, romances are supposed to end on a positive note, and, in category romance, the marriage proposal is the ideal.

That began to change as the readership evolved even within category romance. However, as I said, I initially wrote and published BORROWING ALEX while these tropes were strongly encouraged. Now, going over the book for reissue, even though no one complained (to me, anyway, or in the form of reviews) that my characters were guilty of getting engaged too quickly, I can see that, all right, maybe, in some books, they can slow things down a bit.

And that’s what I’m doing with BORROWING ALEX. The story takes place in the span of five days, and, yes, the H/h do experience Insta-Love. But does that mean they need to experience Insta-Engagement?

I’m not saying where the engagement now occurs in BORROWING ALEX, although some of you might guess (and, no, I couldn’t bring myself to eliminate the engagement entirely and make Alex a Mr. Right Now, because that’s just not who he is). But once the light bulb blinked, “Hey, Cindy, you are allowed to write additional scenes if they forward the story,” and, “Hey, Dimbulb, guess what? An ebook can be longer than 45,000 words computer count and the editor won’t strangle you,” well, it’s opened up a whole new world for me as a writer. To continue to learn and grow and develop as a writer… That’s a good thing and something each of us should continually strive for.

P.S. If you want to “read” the original edition of BORROWING ALEX, it is and will continue to be available as an audio book.

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Tuesday Deals: Free and 99 Cent EBooks!

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Time for more sweet Tuesday Deals! Please remember to double-check the prices before buying or downloading.

sower_hollandFirst up is Debra Holland, who I had the pleasure of meeting in an airport following the NINC conference last year. Debra’s Fantasy Romance, SOWER OF DREAMS, regularly priced at $3.99 is now on sale for .99 at Amazon for a limited time.

Book One in the Gods’ Dream Trilogy

A Fantasy Romance Endorsed by Andre Norton, The Grand Dame of Science Fiction and Fantasy. “Desert and sea both provide vivid backgrounds for action and real emotion in Sower of Dreams—outstanding and well-presented fantasy, which will keep the book in one’s hands, eyes on the page—GOOD READ.”

Overview of Sower of Dreams: A kingdom invaded. A warrior princess on the run for her life. A hero from another world. An evil god who wants their souls. Can they join forces to defeat the evil one and win freedom for their people?

.99 at Amazon!

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McLinn---A-Stranger-in-the-Patricia McLinn’s A STRANGER IN THE FAMILY, Book 1 in the Bardville, Wyoming trilogy and regularly priced at $3.99 is FREE at Amazon until July 28th.

A sexy, intriguing stranger arrives unexpectedly at her Wyoming ranch, threatening the one thing Cambria protects more fiercely than her heart – her family. Bodie’s discovery that he fathered a son 17 years ago starts a search that leads him to the warm and welcoming Weston family. But his response to one member of the family is far more than he ever expected. The sparks between him and Cambria are real … and so is the danger to his hopes for their future if she finds out why he’s really in Wyoming.

“. . . It’s one of those books that when you finish, you think, “I’m definitely going to read that again and everything else this author has ever written!” – Live, Love, Write

FREE at Amazon!

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Lastly, I have been trying to feature an author for two weeks in a row, an author who signed up for the promotion with my understanding that their book would be on sale when I posted it. Last week the book wasn’t on sale, so I took it down. Apparently, there was a misunderstanding and we decided to try again this week. Well, the book still isn’t on sale, so I am removing it from my posting again.

Readers, it is not my intention to mislead you with books that are not free or on sale for .99 cents on the day they should be. I have no control over whether an author’s marketing plans go into effect or not, but when something like this happens two weeks in a row, my only decision can to be to remove the listing permanently and not feature it again. This is why I say to make sure to check the listing yourself before you buy or download.

Next week, I have four listings for you!

I have double-checked the prices for Debra Holland’s .99 book and Patricia McLinn’s free book this morning, and they are both where they should be. So go forth and enjoy these talented authors!