I was skipping around the internet the other day and, being the typical obsessive/compulsive author, checking my name and books at all my usual haunts when I discovered Kobo now has Soldier for Love in its catalogue. This is my first book, published by The Wild Rose Press, in December 2008.
At the time it was released, ebooks were really starting to take off, and there were a lot of accepted ebook formats. As a result, Soldier for Love was originally offered in PDF, HTML and MicroSoft Readers’ LIT. Amazon’s Kindle carried it in its own format and a couple resellers (such as All Romance eBooks) converted it to ePub.
And so, while it was possible, in Canada, to order the paperback from Chapters-Indigo, you couldn’t get the digital version from its ebook partner, Kobo–until now.
Well, after two months of weekly “chats” with so many great folks, I’m sad my blog tour for The Doubting Heart has come to a close. It was a pleasure to see both familiar and new names at each stop and I was very impressed by how engaged both the visitors and tour hosts were. Thanks especially to Judy & Marianne at Goddess Fish Promotions for all the behind-the scenes work they did to make this tour a success.
The last thing left to do is to announce the winners from the tour — DRUM ROLL — here we go.
At each stop, one commenter was randomly selected using random.org to receive a copy of my new short story, Father of the Bride?
You Gotta Read Reviews: Ami
And finally, one of the fantatic tour hosts was randomly selected to receive a signed copy of The Hungry Heart, the first book in the Heart’s Desire series: You Gotta Read Reviews.
Thanks again to everyone who made this tour so much fun.
Started in 2004, Read an E-Book Week aims to educate and inform the public about the pleasures and advantages of reading electronically. Check out the official site for a list of publishers, authors, and retailers offering free books and contests to help celebrate.
My publisher, The Wild Rose Press, will have a selection of books available free for a 24 hour period each day this week. You can check them out at here. And, if you stop by on Tuesday, March 5, you can snag yourself a free copy of my new romantic suspense, The Doubting Heart.
As of today, The Doubting Heart, the second book in my Heart’s Desire series, is widely available in various formats fand rom numerous distributors.
This story picks up a lot of the threads from Book 1, The Hungry Heart, and focuses around the investigation into Michael’s disappearance. No, you don’t have to have read Book 1 to enjoy Book 2, but if you’d like to, my publisher (the wonderful The Wild Rose Press–voted top Print/Electronic Book publisher five years in a row by Preditors & Editors) has arranged for The Hungry Heart to be discounted at a number of resellers for the duration of my upcoming blog tour.
Speaking of blog tours: no release is complete without some promotion, right? Starting Monday, January 28, and for the next eight Mondays, I’ll be visiting different blogs around the net–sometimes two on the same day. At each stop, I’ll be giving away a digital download of my new short story, Father of the Bride?, to one person who comments. And at the end of the tour, I’ll be giving a $50 Amazon gift card to one randomly drawn commenter from among all the stops.
If you’re a member of the Australian Romance Readers’ Association, you could win a digital copy of The Doubting Heart by checking out the release day blog.
Starting today and until January 29, you can join me and many other authors and bloggers on the Romance Madness Blog Hop. There are going to be a lot of book reommendations and a lot of prizes. Be sure you check it out.
It’s going to be a busy few months, so keep your eyes on the Upcoming Events (right menu column) to see where I’ll be.
I can not tell you how enormously blessed I feel to have the opportunity to live my dream as a published author. During my journey I have met so many wonderful and supportive people–authors, editors, publicists, and, of course, readers. Thank you all.
I am thrilled to kick off The Wild Rose Press’s new series, Dearly Beloved, with my short story, Father of the Bride? You can read about how it came about in my Next Big Thing post from January 5th. The story is officially released today and you can find out where to pick it up here.
Each month a new short story will be released. I’m excited to be part the wonderful group of authors who are lending their talents to this great series. Here’s the description we were all given to start with.
Every successful wedding has the usual happy couple. For a Last Rose of Summer hero or heroine, they could be marrying for the first time, perhaps not. This unique series believes the bride and groom shouldn’t hog all the glory. Any of the second stringers involved in the event could take the spotlight and become the hero and/or heroine: clergy, wedding planner, pastry chef, caterer, florist, musicians, parents of the happy couple [or step-parents], members of the wedding party.
The only requirements: the hero/heroine must be a little older and the line “dearly beloved” must appear somewhere in the story. You can see how wide-open the possiblities are.
Of course I’ll be doing some promotion: Sarah Grimm’s very fun, fast, and furious Friday Quickie on January 25 and Rachel Brimble’s blog on January 26, where I’ll be talking about both my new releases and giving away a copy of Father of the Bride? Then on February 4, I’ll be at Wild Wild Women, which will be featuring all the Dearly Beloved books as they are release. I hope you’ll stop by and say “hi.”
To celebrate its official January 25 release, I’m giving away three copies of The Doubting Heart on Goodreads. If you’d like to try to win a free copy of the book, the second in my Heart’s Desire series, click on the link below or go to Goodreads. But don’t wait too long; the contest closes February 18. Good luck!
The Next Big Thing Blog Hop is a chance for authors around the world to tell you what they’re working on. All they have to do is answer the following questions and tag more amazing writers to join the hop. Thanks to the wonderfully named, but totally unrelated Lilly Gayle, author of the soon-to-be released paranormal vampire romance Embrace the Darkness, for tagging me. I am really excited by all the authors I see tagged and tagging so here we go…. The Next Big Thing!
1. What is the working title of your book?
2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
3. What is the genre of the book?
4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency/publisher?
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Next author up? The wonderful Anne Lange. Check back to see when Anne’s blog goes live and follow the tour!
Big news. I have two contemporary romances free for download to Kindle beginning today and running until November 11.
Book 2 of my Heart’s Desire series
THE DOUBTING HEART: A woman determined to prove her friend was murdered questions her sanity when his look-alike appears. Amazon link: http://www.amazon. com/The-Doubting -Heart-ebook/ dp/B009KELTAC
A short story and the first in The Wild Rose Press’s new Dearly Beloved series
FATHER OF THE BRIDE? She never thought she’d see her ex again, but at their son’s wedding he’s father of the bride. Amazon link: http://www.amazon. com/Father- Bride-Dearly- Beloved-ebook/ dp/B009M6XO4C
I’ve just completed my first virtual book tour. What an experience! Over the past month 25 wonderful book bloggers have either reviewed The Hungry Heart or invited me to chat with them about books. I can’t tell you how much admiration I have for these people. There are weeks when I can barely find time to read a chapter or two, but these women read and critique dozens of books in a month–and they really know their stuff. You can link to the book tour stops here.
Most challenging for me was the final stop, a twitterview with the fabulous tour host, Novel Publicity. For a writer of novels, limiting myself to 140 character responses was difficult. I heard an interview with Salman Rushdie recently. A self-confessed Twitter addict, the award-winning author claims it forces him to condense his thoughts down to their essence–a good practice for any writer. I’ll have to try harder. You can read my twitterview here.
As October wraps up, I have two more blog stops. I am currently over at the RomCon contemporary blog asking the question: What’s wrong with romance? One commenter will be randomly selected to win a digital copy of The Hungry Heart.
And on November 1st, I’m participating in the Long and Short Reviews’ Hallowe’en Blogfest. At 1 pm EST that day, I’ll be making a public confession. You can stop by to see what it is and share your own confessions. Again, one commenter will be randomly selected to win a digital copy of The Hungry Heart. (Note: the link won’t be live until 1 pm EST November 1)
I’ll have some news about The Doubting Heart and another project in a couple of weeks, but in the meantime, it’s back to writing for me.
I know I told you The Doubting Heart wasn’t being released until January, but sometimes things move fast in this business. Not the writing and editing part–that still moves at the pace of chilled molasses–but the technology and marketing part. And so, last night I learned that The Wild Rose Press was going to give Amazon exclusive access to its January releases via the Kindle Direct Program. That means, effective today, if you have a Kindle, you can get The Doubting Heart. If you don’t (like me), you will have to wait until January 25th.
A woman determined to prove her friend was murdered questions her sanity when his look-alike appears. The Doubting Heart, available at the Kindle store.