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Thursday, October 20, 2016

COVER REVEAL! Dangerously Divine

DANGEROUSLY DIVINE is the second in the Broken Rider series, and features the eldest of the three Riders, Gregori Sun. It won't be out until November 2017, alas, but in the meanwhile, here's this to hold you over. I think they did a pretty good job of making Sun look the way he was in my head. (If you're looking for the longer hair and Fu Manchu mustache mentioned in the earlier books, they're gone, because Reasons.) The story takes place in Minnesota in winter, as you can see.

So, what do you think? Do you love it as much as I do?

He IS dangerously divine, isn't he? And they even got his red Ducati on the cover!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Dangerously Charming Two Week Report and Giveaway

It's hard to believe, but DANGEROUSLY CHARMING has been out for two weeks!

Still pretty shiny
 People have been asking me how the book is doing, and to be honest, the answer is: I think it is doing well, but it is really hard to know for sure. Mind you, I was pretty happy to see this on day two..

Getting to #106 in the SF & Fantasy/Fantasy/Romantic category for Kindle was definitely great. Sales are down a bit since then, of course, now that the first release rush is over (have you gotten your copy yet?) but the reviews are starting to come in, and most of them are pretty good. The bad ones are hardly making me cry at all. If you've read the book and loved it, could you put up a review at Amazon, Goodreads, and/or B&N pretty please? You would have my undying gratitude.

I thought we'd celebrate with a small giveaway: a $10 Amazon gift card. If you haven't read the book yet, you could use it to buy a copy (or catch up with the Baba Yaga series, if you need to). Or, you know, anything else you want, or even buy a copy for a friend!

Thanks so much for making the last two weeks such a success! And keep an eye out, because I should have the cover release for DANGEROUSLY DIVINE, Gregori Sun's story, any day now...

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

A Busy Sunday Catching Up

Good grief. The last two weeks just flew by. How is it the middle of October already? It seems like it was just the 2nd, release day. That was a busy day and week. Then I had visitors for the next week (more on that tomorrow, if I have time). Which means that today was the first day I had to catch up on All the Things. Needless to say, there is still a lot to do (revisions of the second Rider novel are on the agenda for the rest of the evening), but this was what I did today.

Made pesto out of the last of the basil to come out of the garden (a week ago, with the help of pal Ellen). We pulled everything out and put the garden to bed, since the nights are turning frosty, even though the days are still pretty warm.

Pesto-making supplies....it looks like a lot, doesn't it?

All that made three little jars. But still, yum in the freezer.
 Then I Skyped with my friend Kathy (you know, until Skype died on us...I think we broke it talking about politics).

Hi Kathy!
 Then I cleaned the pellet stove, so it was ready to go when things get even colder. Messy job, and tough to do when you can't kneel, but I found a stool that helped. Look how clean!

As a break from that fun, I did some government paperwork for the shop online. (The NYS-45 quarterly form, in case you were wondering. No, I didn't think so.)

No such thing as a day off

Then I used up most of the bumper crop of eggplant (also harvested when we put the garden to bed last week) and made a huge pan of eggplant parm. I guess I know what I'm eating this week...

More yum
 Which I then ate some of, supervised by Magic the Cat.

Hey, I earned that beer!
 Guess who got to be in charge of the remote?

You want to watch WHAT?
Now I have about two hours to spend on revisions before I go to bed. Tomorrow I have an appointment before work at PT and then one after work with an orthopedic specialist, since the knee seems to have stopped improving. I'll try to post some pictures of the week of visitors after I get home, if I'm not too fried.

What did you do this Sunday? And, um, read any good books lately?

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

RELEASE DAY! Dangerously Charming is here!

It's here!

Are you as excited as I am? I hope so.

I know I've been doing a LOT of promo for this book, and I promise, after today, we're going back to cute kitty pictures and stuff like that, but bear with me for one more day of shouting about this book I'm so proud of, okay?

In case you missed it, I'm doing an informal Release Day party on my Facebook Author Page (you're following me there, right?) from 3PM-9PM today, October 4th. I'm giving away all sorts of goodies and generally sharing my joy with whoever shows up. Will you be there to help me celebrate?

Here's a couple of links you might want to check out, in the meanwhile:

For a fun look at Day’s adventures, there is a short-short story over at Literary Escapism

Plus I have a guest post and giveaway at Fang-Tastic Books http://fang-tasticbooks.blogspot.com/2016/10/guest-blog-and-giveaway-dangerously.html and you can read the first chapter and enter the giveaway over at The Qwillery http://qwillery.blogspot.com/2016/10/excerpt-from-dangerously-charming-by.html

If you wish you could hang out with me in person, here’s a link to a video interview I did at Shelf Addiction https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHJCTr5v9gI

AND Amazon has the print version on sale right now for $6.29, for those of you who like a bargain. Here are a few of the buy links:

Barnes & Noble |Amazon |Penguin

If you do buy the book, I hope you’ll post a review on Amazon, B&B, and/or Goodreads when you’re done, since those reviews are a big part of what gets other people to read the book.

Thanks to all of you for all the encouragement and cheering about this book. It means more to me than I can say. Happy Release Day to us!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Fire HD Tablet Giveaway! One Week Until Dangerously Charming

I can't believe after all the waiting, Dangerously Charming is finally going to be out in ONE WEEK, on Tuesday October 4th. *bounce* bounce* bounce*

Obviously, this means I have to pull out the biggest giveaway celebration of them all! I mean, if you guys don't mind. [Waits to hear protests...] Okay then. So here we go.

I'm giving away one big prize and two smaller ones:

Magic is very excited to give away a Fire HD Tablet. No, you don't get the cat.

Want a tablet? Of course you do!
But just in case you don't win the big prize, I am also giving away one of the cool Dangerously Charming key chains I had made up, plus one of the few remaining ARCs (advanced reader copies) of the books.

Look at the little motorcycle!

Collector's item!
Plus I'll be showing up at guest blogs with giveaways, and doing flash giveaways on Facebook and Twitter (and maybe here) over the next couple of weeks, so be sure to check in often.

I hope you'll help me out by spreading the word about the book, buying a copy or asking your local library to get one, reviewing it ASAP if you do read it, or reviewing any of the earlier books if you've read them. All those things are SO helpful, and I really, really appreciate each and every one.

Don't forget that my publisher has put up a GOODREADS GIVEAWAY of 15 copies, that ends on Thursday the 30th, PLUS, I am giving away another Fire Tablet over on Flash Fiction, also ending at the end of the month. You can enter that one HERE.

I'm getting really excited about having this book finally come out into the world. I hope you'll celebrate with me.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Only Two More Weeks Celebration Giveaway!

As you might have already figured out, I am really excited about the upcoming release of DANGEROUSLY CHARMING. I hope I'm not driving y'all crazy with all this jumping up and down. (Although I have noticed a few of you jumping up and down with me.)

But really, how can you not be excited about THIS?

He's SO gorgeous!
 And look, I got my box o' author copies just in time to take to RoberCon in Binghamton, NY this weekend!

But in the meanwhile, OF COURSE, I'm doing a giveaway here to celebrate the fact that the release day is only TWO WEEKS AWAY!!! Look, I have this cool prize pack with a tote bag, a notebook, a large magnet, and a bookmark for one lucky winner.

Or maybe I should say "giveawayS" because I'm also giving way to a second winner one of these neat key chains I special ordered. (There will only be 10 in the whole world!)

But wait, there's MORE! A third winner will get one of the few remaining Advanced Reader Copies of the book. Bazinga!

Of course, I'd love it if you'd pre-order the book, or put up a review of one of my previous books, or spread the word somewhere on the Interwebs...but you don't have to do any of that. All you have to do is use the Rafflecopter form below to enter (and yes, you still get credit if you have already followed the blog and such).

And, of course, celebrate with me! Two weeks to go! (And wait until you see what I'm giving away NEXT week.)

Buy Links

Barnes & Noble |Amazon |Penguin

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Goodies, Good News, and Giveaways

As of Tuesday September 20th, we're two weeks away from the release of the first Rider book, DANGEROUSLY CHARMING! (And not to get you excited or anything, but the print version is on sale right now at Amazon. Click the link to see.) What does that mean? Well, sadly, it means that for the next two weeks you are going to get a whole lot of me saying, "OMG, did you see this giveaway?" On the up side, GIVEAWAYS! But feel free to just wander away for the next few weeks and come back after, if you get bored. I promise I won't take it personally.

The truth is, for those of you who don't know much about the business end of publishing, the advance pre-orders and the sales in the first week that the book is available tend to pretty much make-or-break the success of the book. (Which doesn't mean you shouldn't buy it later, if that's what works for you!) For those of you who have been asking me if Berkley is going to buy the third book in the Riders series (they've already bought the second one, DANGEROUSLY DIVINE, out in November 2017), that first week may well decide it. But that's only part of why I'm doing so much promotional work on DANGEROUSLY CHARMING. I love this book, and I hope you'll love it too, and it is just possible I got a little carried away buying swag and goodies. I'm not quite sure how I'll give them all away. But I'm going to give it my best shot!

So, here is a sneak peak at a few of the goodies I'm going to be giving away both here on my blog and elsewhere :-)

Tote bags and notebooks and magnets OH MY

Specially made Dangerously Charming key chains with little motorcycles

Amazon gift cards

Advanced Reader Copies
All of these are in limited supply, so I'm going to have to pick and chose where I give them away, but I also have two of these:

Not the cat. There is only one Magic the Cat, Queen of the Universe
Yes, those are Kindle Fire HD Tablets!

I'm giving the first one away at Fresh Fiction, in a contest going on all month HERE. The other one will be given away here on my blog at a giveaway that runs the last week, starting Tuesday, September 27th, so be sure to check back.

My lovely publisher Berkley is giving away FIFTEEN COPIES of the book on Goodreads, in a giveaway that ends on the 30th. (USA only, alas.) Check it out HERE

I'm also going to be bopping around the Interwebs, showing up at various places in the next few weeks, almost all of which will also include giveaways. I'll try and remember to keep you posted. But you definitely will want to check out LITERARY ESCAPISM on September 28th, since I've written a short-short story featuring Mikhail Day, just for them. (And you.)

Tune in tomorrow to see what I'm giving away here on the blog next. You know, unless you're bored already with this...

 Oh, and the good news part. I can't remember if I shared this here yet or not (between the writing and the promo, I'm kind of fuzzy). RT Reviews gave DANGEROUSLY CHARMING a 4 1/2 star review and named it a Top Pick for October. This is a really big deal, and made me uber-happy. It might have also caused me to get a bit carried away with the goodies... So blame them.