It has been months since I did a mash. Actual months — it was my birthday, February, when I posted the last one.
Goodies I’ve found from chatting, cruising and working lately:
You may or may not have heard of this fiction newsletter already. 15,000+ romance readers already have and it is one of the most successful and busy newsletters out there.
I bring it to your attention now because BookBub are gearing up to present a daily offering of erotic romance novels in the very near future — a genre that was once off the table. They’re just waiting for their subscription numbers to reach a high enough level.
So if you’re not already subscribed to Bookbub, then subscribe and make sure you check off the erotic romance box as one of your preferred genres.
My monthly column in the Night Own Reviews Magazine is now out.
Another quality reader newsletter — new to me.
Depending on your outlook on pirating, authors, musicians, publishers, programmers and anyone with copyrighted content on the Internet may find Muso useful. Muso is an anti-pirating service that — for a fee — scans the Internet daily for copies of your files and reports back to you. You have the option of asking Muso to go ahead and have the files taken down.
Just in case you didn’t have enough to keep up with, here’s a list of the best in television viewing. I found a handful of shows I’d never heard of that prompted Mark and I to go searching for the first five or so episodes to check out…
Have a great weekend!
There’s been a few oopses and disappearing blog posts over the last couple of weeks, and giveaways that were promised that didn’t happen, despite a flurry of steaming emails being traded behind the scenes. It’s a risk that occurs with every new blog site I guest at, until I learn how the people there like to operate and can slide into their groove better.
So, as I promised in an earlier post, I’m running a contest here on my blog to make up for all the omissions and opportunities you’ve missed.
This is the Contest To Make Up For All The Other (Non)Contests, and I’m really going to make it worth your while. Why not? Let’s make it a goodie.
$30US Gift Card from Amazon
Signed Kiss Across Time collection (North America), or
$20US Gift Card from Amazon (International)
$10US Gift Card from Amazon
10 prizes of winner’s choice of an e-copy from any title of my backlist, including out-of-print titles — this is your chance to round out your collection.
How to Enter
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Closing date and announcement of winner
There is another big contest being run in tandem with the release of Kiss Across Chains, which goes live July 1, so I’ll run this contest for the release of Kiss Across Time and Kiss Across Swords, to pro-actively cover any “lost” contests over those two releases. Therefore, closing date for this contest is midnight, MST, on June 30, 2013.
I’ll announce the winners on July 1, 2013, after they have all been contacted.
Some of you may already know Mark from conventions of the past — we’ve attended quite a few and he’s made more than a name for himself while he’s been having a very nice time, thank you. :) Or you may simply know him from my references to him in passing throughout my blog posts.
Next Monday you can meet him more directly as he’ll be guesting here on the blog. He’s an official blogger himself now he’s hung up the wrestling boots — Love This Road is his blog, and considering the subject of his blog, I’m not entirely sure yet what he’ll be talking about here, but I’m sure it’ll be thought provoking.
Come and meet him or say g’day.
Be careful…he teases.
For the Canucks amongst us, Happy Victoria Day. Enjoy the sunshine (if it’s sunny — not always a given, especially in my neck of the woods) and I hope your long weekend has been fabulous.
This is one of those rare years when Canada’s Victoria Day and the US Memorial Day weekend don’t coincide. The US Memorial day is next weekend.
Although for a good couple of weeks, until I consulted a U.S. calendar, I had it in my head that next weekend was the Columbus Day weekend in the U.S. — because today is the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ death.
Poor ol’ Chris Columbus…for all his exploring and astonishing achievements, he died penniless in Spain, 507 years ago.
It’s not unusual for famous overachievers to end their life in obscurity and poverty. Apart from Columbus I can think of five or six without straining too hard. (Bet you can think of one or two, as well). I always want to know why, though. Circumstances and/or really, really bad luck? Or did they bring it upon themselves? Or was the world simply unable to stand their success and brought them down more than a peg or two?
Do you have any theories?
When Mt. St. Helens blew its top twenty-three years ago today, the explosion was so powerful, it was 1,600 times greater than the Hiroshima bomb.
Despite weeks of warning earthquakes and the extraordinary work of geologists who had kept the public away from the volcano despite tourism pressure, fifty-seven people died in the resulting explosions, lava flows and pyroclastic clouds that belched out from the volcano.
Lava and pulverized rock moved so fast it overtook the avalanching north face. One of the victims caught in this racing river was photographer Reid Blackburn, who was in his car.
After the initial explosion and venting, the top of Mt. St. Helens was lowered by 400 feet. Over the next two decades, minor venting and explosions have rebuilt the summit, but there have been no major eruptions like the May 18, 1980 one, which has been classified as the most deadly and economically destructive volcanic eruption in the history of the United States.
I’m at Book Monster Reviews today, talking about another one of my favourite obsessions.
…and absolutely, positively, giving away a book. ;) Promise.
The first Academy Awards were held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, eighty-four years ago today, in 1929. Compared to the razzmatazz and glitz that the Oscars draw these days, the first Academy Awards ceremony was a very low key affair, as you can tell from the photo. Tickets cost five dollars, 270 people attended the event and the ceremony lasted fifteen minutes.
My, how things have changed…
It seems like it’s been a while since I did one of these posts. Time has not been nice to me lately. :)
What do I have on the recent reading list on my various reading devices? Let’s see:
Dave Gaughran’s follow up to Let’s Get Digital is not quite a PR and promotion treatise as it is a manifesto on how to take advantage of Amazon’s inner workings…the algorithms and the tricks that they play. The book is required reading for any indie author.
Suzanna Stinnson — A great theory overall, but like a lot of free books, very short on real help that hasn’t already been repeated umpty thousand times somewhere else.
William Davis M.D.
I think everyone has heard of a beer belly before, but the world is slowly catching onto the idea that the spread around our middles that many people struggle with is the same thing. It’s caused by excess wheat consumption, but it’s not our fault: Wheat has been genetically modified to feed starving millions efficiently and in the process it has become addictive, toxic and dangerous to our health. Don’t believe me? Read the book. The proof is all there. People who have gone wheat free have lost 20-30 pounds and more in weeks, and their flabby gut in the process. Even if you don’t convert to the idea of wheat-free yourself, the book is compulsive reading.
He’s the guru of self-publishing and the defacto spokeperson for indie publishing, and currently ranked the #2 author on Kindle overall. While I’ve spent years quoting Konrath and reading his blog for every skerrick to do with indie publishing, I had never read one of his fiction books until now. I thought it was time to attend to that ommission.
While I can see why they’re very successful, I can say now that they’re not my cup of tea. Even as a taut suspense thriller with a finely-crafted plot, and a female heroine close to my own age, this book just didn’t hit my buttons. I am going to have to stew for a while over it to figure out why, because there is nothing wrong with the book and I started reading it with every intention of liking it. I don’t dislike it, either. I’m just halfway through and in no rush to finish…and probably won’t despite the entire population of the greater Chicago area being in dire straits when I left off reading. It could simply come down to it being that tough wise-cracking female cop thrillers are not my thing. That’s okay – Konrath will never read one of my books, either, because mine are most certainly not his thing. J
I read this book when it was first released, back in the eighties. It was a smash hit back then, and it was made into a mini-series on TV (mini-series were also big back then). This was the book that started my love affair with professional thieves in fiction, which I’ve written about twice — so far. I may yet feature them again, because there’s so much fertile ground for drama and conflict.
I was immediately drawn into this story because the heroine was called Tracy, and the antagonist’s last name was Cooper…
I re-acquired and reread the book just recently because of this remembered fondness and was disappointed. Sheldon hits all the right points with precise mastery: There’s angst, emotional conflict, a romance, suspense, action, bad guys, glamour…all the right ingredients, and they’re all stirred precisely. It’s no wonder the book was a runaway smash hit.
But I’m not sure if it’s because I’m a writer now, and have fourteen years of publishing experience under my belt, or if I’m just that much older (ugh), but I actually feel the author working the wires. There’s no genuine feeling there at all. It’s a story put together like a paint-by-numbers landscape. I usually perk up at any hint of a romance which can, for me, pull a dull book into the readable category at least. This one left me as flat and uninterested as I would be in yesterday’s teapot leavings.
But I finished the book out of curiosity — after all, I had loved it back when I was just a reader. I wanted to see why.
I’m still not sure. More food for thought.
Have you had any joy with your reading lately? Tell me about it!
Another stop on the mini tour for Kiss Across Time. Today I’m at What Daydrmzzz Are Made Of. I’m also giving away another book — Bannockburn Binding.
Just a reminder that Lucifer’s Lover, a long contemporary romance, one of only two I’ve ever written, is free today and tomorrow and has been since Wednesday.
It’s currently sitting at #333 overall on the Kindle Top #100 Best Sellers list, and it’s ranked #63 on the Contemporary Romance Best Seller List.
If you’ve grabbed your copy already, thank you kindly.
Do you have any romance novel reading friends who might like a copy — please pass this post on to them.
Can you love the one you hate?
Lindsay is determined to outshine her mother’s illustrious career. As head of marketing for the exclusive Freeman Hotel, in the rarefied mountains of northern Washington, Lindsay grapples with her rival, the charming newcomer, Lucifer Furey Pierse.
No one knows much about Luke except that he could turn murder into a comedy routine, that he likes classy women and is oddly drawn to the prickly, definitely not-interested Lindsay.
It starts with a bet that goes horribly wrong. If Lyndsay wins, then Luke leaves town—forever. If Luke wins, he gets a date with Lyndsay. But when Luke wins and Lindsay is forced to pay the price, she learns more about Lucifer Furey Pierse than she thought existed, and the date kick-starts a bitter-sweet journey as they learn why they are the people they have become.
Then life hands them an unexpected twist they must deal with…one that tests both of them to limits.
Reviewer’s Top Pick – Night Owl Reviews
Lucifer’s Lover is an emotionally vested romance between two people who think they know what they want. Fact is they truly have no clue until fate forces them to face them to take a cold hard look at what’s important. Lyndsay and Luke are exceptionally drawn characters. - Kristi Ahlers, Amazon Top 500 reviewer.
Lucifer’s Lover had me breathless from the first page …You will not want to miss this tale that will have your crying with the characters as they face their hurt and rejoicing. — Briana for Romance Junkies
I could not help but fall in love with this well-written story and the characters on their path to self-discovery. Cherokee, Coffee Time Romance.
The ending is so real-life, the arguments, the words and actions draws the reader into the characters lives and you’re left feeling as though you’ve experienced the entire thing yourself. … I personally can’t wait to pick up another of her novels. — Valeen, The Romance Readers Connection
Lucifer’s Lover is an obsessively enchanting tale of a battle of wills that turns into a life changing romance. If you love your characters with a bit of gumption and a whole lot of personality then this is one you cannot pass up. — Sheryl for eCataromance