Book Marketing Tips for New Authors

Marcella SwanIt’s terrifying. Seriously. As a new author, publishing an ebook clearly isn’t for the faint of heart. For two reasons, mainly. The first is all about big scary Amazon. Amazon is so massive and so important for any writer of fiction that such a statement needs no further elaboration. Estimates are that an ebook is published on Amazon every five minutes. And that’s just a guestimate. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s every couple of minutes. Yikes. I have nightmarish visions of my beautiful baby getting trampled by a marauding horde of anguished authors.

Secondly, I suffer from writer’s disease: all words and no marketing. The one thing I have done on the effective marketing side is spend the time and effort to build a mailing list of romance fans. It’s been a slow process but we’ve grown to be a tight little community. I share books I like and on occasion my toils and troubles and they give me all sorts of ideas and kind words. It’s fun. Some of them even read an early draft of my debut novella, My Dream Job, and gave me helpful suggestions. One subscriber even emailed me line-by-line copy edits. Another subscriber was in a car accident and had her husband read her the story in the hospital.

Suffice it to say I’ve grown close to these wonderful people. My novella, Hard Drive, goes on sale August 14 on Amazon and it’ll have to find its way in the teeming thicket that is the Amazon platform. Of all the things I hope for the book (and there are more than a few), one is that it finds an audience even amid the torrent of books. Another is that those people who have been with me from the start—those folks with whom I’ve grown so close—love the book as much I did writing it. Continue reading

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When Time Stands Still by Sara Furlong Burr

When Time Stands StillWhen Time Stands Still by Sara Furlong Burr
Publication date: June 15th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis

It’s been nearly a decade since Elle Sloan last saw Luke Hutchins. Close to ten years since she broke up with him over a single phone call, providing him with little explanation. Since the end of their relationship, Elle has done everything she could do to move on, marrying, proceeding forward with her life, almost allowing herself to completely forget about Luke.

Almost.

Out of nowhere, Elle receives a phone call from Luke’s mother. Luke has been in a horrific car accident and, a month later, has just awoken from a coma. However, instead of celebrating, his family is stunned to learn that Luke is suffering from amnesia and only remembers his life as it was before his breakup with Elle. Not wanting to tell Luke that he and Elle aren’t together anymore for fear it may compromise his recovery, Elle is asked by Luke’s family to come to the hospital to see him. Their hope is that she will slowly be able to jog his memory and cushion the blow.

Guilt-ridden over how their relationship ended, Elle readily agrees, finding herself transported back in time with Luke to the life they once shared and the future they could have had together. Continue reading

Three Day Fiancee by Marissa Clarke

Three Day Fiancee coverThree Day Fiancée (Animal Attraction #2) by Marissa Clarke
Published by: Entangled: Lovestruck
Publication date: May 14th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis

“Some things can’t be faked…”

Helicopter pilot Taylor Blankenship’s time schedule is maxed out. Between his job, his one hundred and fifty-pound slobbering mess of a dog, and his matchmaking grandmother, he has no time for anyone or anything-especially a woman. If only there were a way to get Grams to back down.

The job of New York City dog walker suits Caitlin Ramos perfectly while she preps for her CPA exam—steady, scheduled, and requiring very little human interaction; a huge seller since she’s still on the mend from a toxic relationship. Men suck. Especially her bossy hot client with the Saint Bernard that thinks it’s a lap dog. No way will she go for his plan to pretend they’re engaged to get his grandmother off his case. Down, boy.

Offered a bargain she can’t refuse, Caitlin finds herself playing the part of fiancée to Taylor. Fortunately, it’s only for three days. All she has to do is fake a relationship with Mr. Bossy Pants in front of his entire family, survive a fierce game of truth or dare with an unscrupulous pair of octogenarians, endure a one-on-one round of Twister with Taylor, and not lose her heart to a guy who turns out to be a lot more than she’d bargained for. Continue reading

Hart of Rock and Roll 1 by Mary J Williams

Flowers on the wall Flowers On The Wall (Hart of Rock and Roll, #1) by Mary J. Williams
Publication date: August 31st 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis

Ryder Hart came up the hard way. From his childhood, to scratching his way to the top of the charts. Every moment was a struggle. Now that he’s at the top, nothing will take him down. Not even a secret so dark it invades his dreams and haunts his waking hours.

Quinn Abernathy’s hunger for success is no less than Ryder’s. If she wants to succeed in the highly competitive world of photography, she can’t let anything, or anyone, get in her way. Until Ryder. He makes her long for more than she ever thought possible.

Music is Ryder’s life. There isn’t room for a woman like Quinn Abernathy.
A woman who asks for nothing, but wants it all.

Ryder Hart. Rock God. Brother. Protector. Wounded Soul.

Quinn Abernathy. Photographer. Daughter. Healer of Souls.

Ryder is the most romantic rocker ever!!!~~Amazon Review

From the bestselling Hart of Rock and Roll series. An epic standalone story about, redemption, love, friendship… and music. Because every great romance needs some HART. Continue reading

Black and Blue by Cynthia Rayne

Black and Blue Cynthia RayneBlack and Blue (Black Star Security, #1) by Cynthia Rayne
Publication date: March 12th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis

Life can leave you bruised

Former Navy SEAL, Jackson West, is starting over. After his son died, West chose between serving his country and being the parent his young daughter deserves. He’s missed too much already and isn’t wasting another second. West formed Black Star Security with his military buddies, and they’re gonna kick a little @ss. For a price.

Sometimes you need a second chance

Deputy U.S. Marshal Annie Foster accidentally got her partner killed during a routine prisoner transport. Now three dangerous felons are roaming the Kentucky countryside, and it’s all her fault. West is also hunting the fugitives and Annie’s assisting. She’s devastated but determined to make it right. Although, Annie didn’t count on West, a big, bad alpha male who’s an intoxicating mixture of ruthless and tender.

Will they capture the escaped convicts? And will West and Annie take a chance on each other? Continue reading

High Stakes Betting Hearts by Lilly Cain

High Stakes book coverHigh Stakes Betting Hearts by Lilly Cain
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Rom-Com

Synopsis

All I ever wanted is happening this weekend.

Or at least it might happen. If I don’t screw it up. A lot can go wrong when you are sneaking around a Las Vegas hotel between a poker tournament and a romance writer’s convention. And secretly attending both. More can go wrong when the one man you ever really wanted is there too, and he’s watching. He’s like a spy on a mission, always trying to keep me out of trouble.

He saved me once from drowning. He’s my brother’s best friend and I’ve wanted him since I was old enough to know what that means. But for him I’ve been off limits, the stakes were too high.

How could I resist making him the hero of my book? How will he react when he finds out?

Warning: This book contains awkward situations, fan-girling, laughter, heat, and love!

**Only .99 cents!!** Continue reading

Get to know Lydia Michaels, award-winning author

Lydia Michaels authorLydia Michaels is an award-winning author of over 30 contemporary romance novels. She lives in Pennsylvania with her wonderfully supportive husband, beautiful daughter, and many crazy fur babies.

If [When] she is not off spending time with her family you can usually find Lydia at her computer working on her next story or hiding somewhere quiet with a great book. She loves taking a romantic plot with steamy chemistry and pressing the bounds of love. Her books are intellectual, erotic, haunting, always centered on love.

Lydia Michaels’ darkly compelling Surrender Trilogy was an Apple iBooks bestseller and she has been featured in USA Today. In 2015 she was the winner of The Best of Bucks Award and she has been nominated as Best Author in the Bucks Happening Magazine three years running [2015, 2016, and 2017]. She is a four-time nominee for the prestigious RONE Award.
Who are your top 10 favorite books/authors?

Blue Eyed Devil, Lisa Kleypas

Peter Pan, JM Barrie

Sugar Daddy, Lisa Kleypas

Tangles Lies series, Pam Godwin (3 books)

Letting Go, Michele Zurlo

Black Dagger Brotherhood series, JR Ward (10+ books)

What inspired you to write this book?

An event from my past that I’d compartmentalized and forgotten. Journaling helped me remember, and writing down the recollections helped be discover my calling in life. Writing is a part of who I am. Once I started, I couldn’t stop.

What are you working on?

Untied the sequel to Blind (Mastermind series)

Calamity Rayne: Back Again, the sequel to Calamity Rayne: Gets a Life

More Surrender Games! (Toni’s story is coming and it’s going to be insane!)

The release of 2 original series (The Order of Vampires and New Castle) that have been in the vault for years while getting re-written. Sorry to keep so many of you waiting!

And I have six other novels in the works! (My muse will let me know which one gets finished first).

What book do you think everyone should read? Continue reading

Q&A with Ann Marie Walker

Ann Marie Walker authorAnn Marie Walker writes steamy books about sexy boys. She’s a fan of fancy cocktails, anything chocolate, and 80s rom-coms. Her super power is connecting any situation to an episode of Friends and she thinks all coffee cups should be the size of a bowl.

If it’s December she can be found watching Love Actually but the rest of the year you can find her at AnnMarieWalker.com where she would be happy to talk to you about alpha males, lemon drop martinis or supermodel David Gandy. Ann Marie attended the University of Notre Dame and currently lives in Chicago.

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Favorite writing place.

Honestly, it varies from book to book, but Black Tie Optional was written almost exclusively at the corner table of my local Starbucks and I have the gold star rewards to prove it haha.

If they could sit and write in a different country where would it be? 

I’ve had the chance to visit the UK recently and as a result am thinking of basing my next series there. Maybe it’s my love of Hugh Grant rom-coms, but after a few days in Notting Hill, the ideas were flying!

Co-writing have you done it with another author, if not, would you?

The first series I wrote, Chasing Fire, was co-authored with Amy K. Rogers. It was a wonderfully collaborative process but we always knew I would write solo as well (hence publishing under both our names versus one pen name) due to Amy’s demanding “day job”.

Name three things on your desk right now.

Coffee mug (a necessity), cell phone (a distraction), and a frame with a print of the first fan art someone ever made based on one of my books (a reminder).

What are you favorite types of stories to read? Continue reading

An Excerpt of Tracking You by Kelly Moran

Kelly Moran Tracking YouTitle: Tracking You by Kelly Moran
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: 5/23/17

Synopsis

Love isn’t always loud. Sometimes it’s silent.

Gabby Cosette has always been dubbed the good girl of quaint Redwood Ridge, Oregon, and being permanently put in the friend zone has left her dating life stagnant. With no prospects in sight, she clings to her friends and resolves to not let loneliness drag her under. So when the town Battleaxes set their matchmaking sights on her, she figures it can’t hurt. Yet the guy they think is perfect for her just happens to be not only her boss at the veterinarian clinic, but her best friend. Sure, Flynn O’Grady is attractive and the nicest guy around, but going there with him would topple both of their carefully constructed worlds and there would be no going back. Even if he is starting to make her girly parts zing.

Having been born deaf, Flynn has already felt like an outsider most of his life. Aside from his brothers, Gabby is about the only person who’s gone out of her way to treat him as more than a handicap. Which is exactly why he’s banked his secret attraction for his sweet, beautiful vet tech. Except his meddling family is trying to play Cupid and ruin the best thing to ever happen to him. Without Gabby, his work as a veterinarian, never mind his personal life, wouldn’t flow. Determined to ignore the antics, he’s secure in the knowledge she’s not interested in him romantically. But then a kiss changes everything . . . and he’s wondering if taking the ultimate shot at love might be worth the risk. Continue reading

Degrees of Separation Trilogy

Forfeit book coverTitle: Forfeit (Degrees of Separation Trilogy, #1) by Allyson Young & Lydia Michaels
Publication date: February 28, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis

The debut novel of a masterfully emotional, high-stakes trilogy that will have readers forfeiting tradition to gamble with love…

December and Austin have a traditional, storybook marriage complete with defined roles. Married young, they’ve shared nearly a decade of passion and love. December’s submissive nature is perfectly suited for her husband’s authoritative, yet adoring personality and he seamlessly holds the indisputable role of head of the household.

But Austin harbors secrets, and the pressure of losing his job makes those festering skeletons impossible to ignore.

Turning to alcohol instead of his wife, Austin finally drives December into the arms of their closest friend, Cord, despite her intense loyalty. Cord has loved December since the day they met. His moral compass is challenged and lines are blurred when Austin steps aside and insists Cord take his place.

Forfeiting all, Austin must face a harsh truth. Take control of his life, or forever lose the woman he loves. 

WARNING: This book contains subject matter suitable for mature reading audiences. Some content may be offensive to sensitive readers. Degrees of Separation is a ménage trilogy with many emotionally graphic encounters and challenging situations that break the rules of traditional romance. Continue reading