Only a Rogue Knows – Now on Sale!

onlyarogueknows_mediumIt’s Tuesday, so you know what that means! Tacos? Yes, that too. Today’s a special Tuesday, though, because it’s the release day for Only a Rogue Knows!

Cordelia Whittemore went from being the daughter of a successful businessman to nobility when she married Lord Arthur Whittemore, and is looking forward to her new life and starting a family.

All of that comes crashing down around her when she discovers her husband having an affair, and finds that he wants to divorce her as soon as possible. The only snag is that his ailing father’s will requires them to remain married or Arthur – and by extension, Cordelia – will lose everything.

At her sister’s urging, Cordelia takes up piano again and uses her music as an escape, hoping every day that she’ll be free one day to find someone who truly loves her.

When Arthur employs solicitor Victor Pembroke to find a way to get around the conditions of his father’s will, Cordelia sees more than just an opportunity to be free of the Whittemore estate. From the moment they meet, she knows that Victor is the man she wants to be with in every possible way.

Tragedy strikes at a party hosted by Lord and Lady Whittemore, and it’s up to Victor to keep Cordelia safe before her husband’s past threatens both of their futures.

Originally part of the Every Rogue’s Heart box set, this is a revised and expanded edition whose heart is the same while having enough new material to be worth buying again. Plus, look at that cover!

Available today for $0.99 at Amazon.com for Kindle or free with Kindle Unlimited!

Get your copy now!

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Non-Stop

This year is going to be really huge for me. I had a book release in March, another coming out next month, and another pair of projects for later in the year.

My boss told me the other day that he’s impressed that I’m so prolific. I explained to him that I’d written the majority of Drowned History a few years ago and only polished it at the end of last year for release in March. Only a Rogue Knows was written as part of the Every Rogue’s Heart box set, it only needed a bit of expansion and another edit or two. The two I’m working on at the moment are ones I’ve written (or in one case am still writing, the other is almost in edits), so technically I’m only writing two this year, possibly three so I have one for next spring.

I had hoped to release a historical and a contemporary each year, but it seems that this year I’ll be completely focused on historicals. I have a contemporary written that only needs to go for edits, so I suppose I could release that in the spring, and I’m hoping to start my vampire series next year too. I’ve got some Western romances I want to work on too, so I’ll probably do some of that too.

Amusingly enough, I got an amazing idea a few weeks ago for a contemporary about a bodyguard and the son of a mob boss and I’ve spent the last week or so outlining it for later. I’m thinking about doing it for my Camp NaNoWriMo project in July, or possibly November. If it turns out halfway decent, off to editing it goes. I’ve also been thinking about rewriting At Her Pleasure, the pirate novella I wrote last year, as a full length novel. There’s so much I could still write about Bronwyn and Gregory!

This is one of my favorite Ra Ra Riot songs, and one I like to listen to when I want to get pumped up for what’s ahead. Because to quote the song, I am absolutely crushing everything.

Such a Tease

I love sharing good news, so working on projects I can’t yet go into detail about drives me crazy. I love my current project so much that I want to tell you all about it, but you’ll have to wait a little longer to hear about it. What I can tell you is that next month you’ll be able to get a free book as a part of it! You get get it even sooner by subscribing to my mailing list, and read the story before anyone else. My mailing list will only go out about once a month, and you’ll get previews of my books and be the first to know about new projects in the works. Sign up here!

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Next month I’ll get to share a little more about the project and in July I’ll share the cover when the preorder begins. I’m so excited! I know I say that a lot but it’s easy to get excited when you love what you do.

While you’re waiting, you can still buy Drowned History for $0.99 on Kindle or read for free in KU.

Preorders for Only a Rogue Knows are also still happening for $0.99 until June 12th, onlyarogueknows_mediumwhen you’ll be able to read it for free in KU or buy a print copy from me.

On a related note, this fall I’m going to be doing some book reviews on Tuesdays! I’m looking forward to reading some great books and sharing my opinions with you. Because as we all know, I have plenty of opinions.

Preorder Only a Rogue Knows Today!

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I’m very excited to announce that the preorder for Only a Rogue Knows is now live on Amazon! It’s $0.99 for the first month, then $1.99 after that. It officially releases on June 12, and of course I’ll be reminding you about it.

Preorder your copy now!

As an added bonus, I’ve also reduced the price of Drowned History to $0.99 until the release of Rogue! If you haven’t bought it yet, this is the perfect opportunity!

Get your copy here!

Next month I’m going to have some very exciting news, including a free book for my mailing list subscribers! If you haven’t signed up for it yet, this is the time. Everyone loves free stuff, right? I don’t plan on sending a newsletter more than once a month, so I won’t be cluttering up your inbox either! It’s super easy to subscribe, just go to this link and fill in the blanks.

Now…head on over to the Kindle store and preorder Rogue! If you like historical romance set in the Edwardian era with handsome men, talented women, and a shocking surprise, it’s definitely up your alley.

Only a Rogue Knows Cover Reveal!

onlyarogueknows_mediumI’m extremely excited to reveal the cover of Only a Rogue Knows, an Edwardian romance set in Greenley, England in 1910.

This beautiful cover was created by Victoria Miller, who is wonderfully patient and super talented. She knows exactly how to translate what I want into a cover and I couldn’t be happier with it. It’s got a real “old school romance” feeling to it, the kind I used to steal from my aunts and read in secret. Memories.

Next week, the preorder starts! I’ve learned a lot from the launch of Drowned History and I hope to use it to make everything go a little more smoothly. I’m so excited!

Only a Rogue Knows will be $0.99 for the first month, the same as Drowned History! In addition, I’ve lowered the price of Drowned History to $0.99 for the next two weeks. If you haven’t read it yet, now’s the time to pick it up before it goes back to $1.99!

Coming Soon – Only a Rogue Knows

img_5411I’m excited to announce that my next book, Only a Rogue Knows, will be coming out in June. June 12, to be specific!

Only a Rogue Knows was originally part of the Every Rogue’s Heart box set, and I’m now able to put it out on its own. It’s an Edwardian historical romance set in the small town of Greenley, where Lady Whittemore finds herself enamored with her husband’s solicitor after she discovers his infidelity. Victor has no interest in being tied down, but he is extremely interested in Lady Whittemore.

You may notice that some things are different in this edition of the story. It’s gone through another round of edits, and some things have been expanded and rewritten to further explore some of the details and characters. The gist of the story hasn’t changed but there are definitely some differences.

Watch for a cover reveal next Tuesday, with preorders starting that same day, and another excerpt to follow. Just like Drowned History, it will be $0.99 for the first month! Paperbacks will be available for those who would like one, and a signed one won’t cost more. I’m thrilled to be able to release this story as a standalone and hope that even if you bought Every Rogue’s Heart, you’ll read this one and enjoy it even more.

If you haven’t read the last excerpt, you can find it here. Enjoy!

Why Self-Publishing?

This is a question I’ve been getting a lot lately, and with my new book out I thought it was a good time to write a (really long) post about it.

I wrote The Detective’s Brother some years ago and was very proud of it. I polished it, edited it, and sent off dozens of queries to agents and editors. None of them picked it up, though a few did show interest. Disappointed but not ready to give up, I shopped it around to some small presses, especially ones that were focused on romance novels.

img_0113It wasn’t long until I found a very small publisher called Sinnful Books that was just starting out. The publisher loved the book and wanted to sign me at once. I was excited and the terms were good, so I signed and sent it off. He set me up with a beautiful cover and the book was headed to the editor with a tentative release date. Then, out of nowhere, he emailed all his authors and said that the company was shutting down. All rights would revert to us, we were no longer bound by the terms of the contract, and were even free to keep our cover art if we wanted to cut out the imprint.

At that point I considered self-publishing, but thought I’d give the whole small press thing another try. I submitted my book to Booktrope because I felt like it would give me more creative control – small press marketing with indie control, what could be better? They also wanted it with some slight edits, so once I got it into the system and picked out my team my book went into edits.

img_5455My editor whipped it into shape, teaching me some very important lessons along the way, and I credit her with The Detective’s Brother turning out so well. Once it was a book we were both proud of, we set it up to be published! Then, about two weeks after it was released, Booktrope said it was shutting down at the end of the month. Unlike Sinnful, though, we were left with the options of either paying back our cover artists and editors or selling them and divvying up the royalties as per the contract. My cover artist decided to just give us the art, but my editor preferred a payout. Of more than a thousand dollars, which would be her fee for my manuscript If I’d gone directly through her.

Since it’s rare for me to even get one paycheck of that sort of money, The Detective’s Brother has gone back on the shelf until I can pay her or the contract runs out in five years. I really do want to pay her and was willing to do it in installments, but then my husband became disabled and I became the breadwinner of our family. As for The Detective’s Brother, I can sell the last few copies I have but that’s it.

treasured Love coverI was pretty depressed about the whole thing. What was the point, I thought, to signing with these small publishers only to have them go under? Thankfully, Tammy Andresen had contacted me before Booktrope shut down, asking if I wanted to be part of a pirate-themed historical box set. As depressed as I was, I had already agreed to it so I wrote the novella for Treasured Love and had a great time. I was also included in Every Rogue’s Heart, another box set with them.

The box sets, as many are, was self-published and consisted of mainly self-published authors, most of whom are very successful. After firing a zillion and one questions at Dawn Brower, I decided to take the plunge and self-publish Drowned History.

I don’t yet know how things will turn out, but I’m pleased with how the book is doing and love the way it looks. It would be nice to have a publisher deal with the marketing and such, but I don’t have to have one to validate me. If there’s one thing I do know, though, it’s that I love writing and I’ll never sell myself short again.