Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Season of Seduction @BonnieEdwards et al

Season of Seduction: Limited Edition Collection
Stay warm this winter with this scintillating collection of sweet to steamy romances. Need to warm up by the fire with a hot lover on a bearskin rug? Then you’ll feel stoked by these gratifyingly sexy romances for readers looking to satisfy every taste, desire, and whim.
Come and see what all the excitement’s about…for this is a real Season of Seduction!


For only 99c! You can find your favorite retailer here:

https://books.pronoun.com/season-of-seduction/

With so many stories to choose from you'll find something you love and maybe even a new author to read. That's always a plus with boxed sets. 

My story, Slow Hand, is set in the sultry Caribbean, just in time to take you away from Winter's cold bite. 

A jilted bride...a sexy sea captain...love at first touch

Leaving behind a wintry New York, stressed-out bride Teri Branton is determined to get the Caribbean honeymoon cruise she paid for — even without the groom.

Laidback Captain Jared MacKay instantly dislikes Teri's 6 inch heels and New York attitude. All Jared wants is the nap he’s earnedbut this cruise looks like it will be all hands on deck.

Neither is prepared for their electrifying first touch.


Jared and Teri have one short week under the sultry Caribbean sun. Can Jared's slow hand lead them beyond torrid sex into a lifetime of love?


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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The love of the game @Liz Flaherty

Years ago, when asked if she loved writing, a well-known author said that no, she really didn’t—what she loved was having written. I’m paraphrasing because I don’t remember exactly who said it (although I’m almost sure) and can’t find the quote to get it exactly right, but that is the gist. I remember being disappointed. It didn’t make her books any less good, but I wanted her to love writing like I did. I’m a person whose entire life is more about the journey than the destination, and I felt let down by someone who was more interested in being somewhere than in how she got there.

Yes, I know that’s childish. Isn’t it nice that I never wrote her a letter and told her she let me down? Now, that would have been childish!

I wasn’t published then—or at least, not very—and had never worked with a deadline. Writing was easy for me. Far from having to open a vein, I had to force myself to stop when real life insisted I do other things. I hadn’t had many days when the words got stuck in the throat of my computer or lay dormant and leering on the tip of its tongue. I had never written a book because I’d agreed to do it. If I reached what felt like a point of no return, where the story wasn’t viable or the characters redeemable, I just stopped and went to a new project.

This week, I am skipping merrily along. I have two chapters to write on the book that’s due in a couple of weeks. A piece of cake, I tell you!

Admittedly, I know people who can write entire books in that time, but I’m never going to be one of them. And writing’s not easy for me anymore. I may not be opening any veins, but it’s a lot of work. There was a long siege there in the middle where I thought I might not finish at all. I muttered the words I can’t do it more than once. I sent the first half of the book to my friend Nan for her to read. What do you think? Do I need to take a virtual match to it? I spent hours on single paragraphs, hauling on those words that seemed to be irretrievably stuck in my laptop.

It has been an arduous trip.

“But don’t you remember?” my husband said. “The last book was this way, too. Maybe not this hard, but hard.”

Oh, he’s right. It was. And the one before it was probably even harder.

This then, is why the author only loved “having written.” It took a long time for me to catch on, and I finally get it. I’ve sniffled a few times when I’ve written “The End,” and I always thought it was because I was going to miss those people I’d spent so much time with. And it was, but it was relief, too, that it was over.

So it doesn’t disappoint me in that author anymore—we all give up our naïveté at some point—but I am relieved about something else.

I still love writing as much as I did before I wrote for money, as much as I did the day Hilary Sares called me and bought that first Precious Gems book, and as much as I did when I finished the book of my heart in 83 days while working full time. (I don’t write fast—that was a big deal.)

There are many cool things about being a writer. Working at home. Wearing yoga pants. Not washing your hair if you’re not leaving the house. Being available for other things at times that are inconvenient to others. Having boxes of books delivered by the UPS guy and standing in the driveway talking writing with him. Writing while sitting on bleachers, in waiting rooms, eating lunch alone, and in the middle of the night because an idea Will Not Leave You Alone until you do.

But loving it…even though there are days when you most decidedly do not…yeah, loving it is the best.
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

99 cent sale by Karen Kelley


I love this time of year! Except is doesn't quite feel like the holiday season since we're still in Arizona. Heater at night, and air conditioner in the afternoon. We're heading back to Texas today, though, and my daughter has said it was getting cooler. Too bad, they just put in a pool.

 Another thing I love about this season are all the Christmas books, and movies, to get me even more into the spirit of things. I love walking through the stores, and seeing all the decorations. I love the pumpkin spice scents, and gathering with family.

 So, what's your favorite thing about this time of year? And if you're still not quite into the mood yet, here are a couple of books that might help. Both are only 99cents each, or you can read for free in KU.
 
 
 
Blue Suede Christmas
Sydney doesn’t want to be Tony’s ‘best bud’! She wants to be his lover, but she can’t make him see it won’t ruin their longtime friendship. But when a snow storm strands them at the haunted Sleigh Bells Inn, Sydney finds her fairy Godmother in the guise of a flamboyant, very dead, Elvis impersonator.  Read for free in KU of purchase now at Amazon

 
 
Thank You, Santa!
Baby, it's cold outside...  
Charlaine only has one thought when she first lays eyes on Nathan. Thank you, Santa! That is, until she learns he’s the critic who’ll be reviewing the Inn. She only hopes the flamboyant ghost of a dead Elvis impersonator doesn't make an appearance and screw everything up.
Read for free in KU or purchase now at Amazon
 
You can see all my books, and learn more about each one, at www.authorkarenkelley.com

Enjoy!
Karen Kelley

Monday, November 13, 2017

Transitions with @MaddieJames

Transitions. We all go through them. Good, bad, ugly, they happen. Even good transitions can be stressful but that doesn't make them any easier to deal with, or to power through.

I've been through a few fairly major transitions lately. In the last six months I have:
  • Sold my house
  • Moved my residence from one state to another--in short, I moved back to my hometown after 43 years.
  • Navigated day job from working in an office, to working from home
  • Started a new romantic relationship
  • Started writing under a new pen name. 
If someone would have told me last year that from May to November of 2017 all of these things--or even one of these things--was going to happen, I would have poo-pooed the notion and laughed myself silly.

But sometimes change happens upon us quickly and with good reason--which was the case with me. One decision made led to the next, and before I knew it, I was living on a roller coaster of transition for several weeks, er, months.

A couple of weeks ago, near the end of this process, I was beginning to feel the stress creep in and I knew that sooner or later I needed to go into my cave--wherever that cave was, anyway--and regroup. 

Regrouping is always a good thing when life overwhelms. At any rate, I digress. 

Yes, I started writing under a new pen name. I am morphing (transitioning?) an old Maddie James collection of contemporary romance novels into a new series. So why the heck not, in this era of transition and change, just toss these revised and rewritten books into the world under a new name? Why the heck not? Let's not make this past six months any easier, right?

So I did. I am. All in process and this transition is going to go on for a log longer than 6 months, but I believe it will be worth it. You can read more about this new book launch on my blog here. 

In the meantime, meet Sophie Jacobs and take a peek at what she has in store for you on her website. The first three books are available now at all retailers. 

Book 1

Book 2

Book 3, PREORDER NOW!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Time Travel: How times have changed! by Jan Scarbrough

I found an audio diskette from the 1996 Romance Writers of America (RWA) convention in Dallas, Texas. I was younger then. Eager. Unpublished. I remember rooming with a couple of ladies whom I met on the Internet. The Internet? eMail? OMG! The world was changing fast.

The diskette is entitled “In-Depth Look at the Contemporary Market.” I wonder what I’d hear if I played it again. But I won’t listen to it. Times have changed and big time. Two years after that convention, I sold my first book to Kensington. Then my second. Then when my agent didn’t work out, I contracted with a small publishing company that sold their books first as ebooks.

Today I publish my books myself—with the help of a techy husband, a fantastic editor who keeps me honest, and a variety of cover artists. I no longer have to worry about what some faceless editor will say after reading ONE page of my manuscript. No joke. I heard an editors’ presentation once where the two editors agreed in front of all of us wannabes that they “read to reject.”

We fooled them, didn’t we? We are our own captains of our ships now. We always had to do marketing and promotion. Now we publish our books, set our prices, make our own decisions.


Times have changed. For the better? I think so.

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