The Legacy’s Origin by Dawn Brower

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What makes a person a witch?

For those living in sixteenth century Scotland the very word witch is terrifying. Everyone is afraid of witches, both to be accused of one, and to be cursed by one. In a series of events beyond their control one family faces their ultimate fear and the consequences they can’t escape.

The very idea of witchcraft becomes all too real for the Dalais family. Caitrìona Dalais Guaire, Sorcha Dalais Creag, and Niall Dalais are torn from their homes and put on trial. Their very lives are at stake, and everything points to their eventual demise.

In an act of desperation one of them arranges for the children to be secreted away to safety. Only time will tell if they are successful and if their legacy will live on…

This is the first book in our Enduring Legacy series and it tells the story of the original three magical siblings. It is from this book that everything else flows, and while it’s not essential to read it to enjoy the series, I highly recommend it. Dawn has done an amazing job creating a world that I’m thrilled to be a part of, and I’m looking forward to reading everyone’s books. The Legacy’s Origin kicks off the series, with the next book by Amanda Mariel available in September. I look forward to seeing you all in the world of the Dalais family!

Available today at all your favorite retailers!
https://books2read.com/legacyorigin/

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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.

Paperback Are Here!

I’m super excited to announce that after a couple of hiccups, one of them involving an unexplained delivery delay, the print copies of Drowned History are in my house and being inspected carefully by my QC department. I’d like to thank Strider, Pitti-Sing, Wasabi and Lemondrop for their hard work in making sure everything looks and smells good. They wanted to taste them as well but I put a stop to that.
IMG_7590There are a couple of things I’d like to change for my next book, but I really am happy with the way they turned out. Nothing against Createspace, but the colors on the cover came out much better on the ones I got from KDP.

I’m going to the gym in a little while but plan on picking up some mailers on my way back so I can start sending these off to people as soon as they send me the money. I’m very excited!

On a related note, one of our clients at the clinic where I work came in yesterday and I made sure to thank him for buying a copy of my book. He seemed genuinely excited to read it! I really hope he enjoys it, I’m so grateful to all our clients who bought a copy. My boss was so excited that he put me on our Facebook page and the post was one of the ones that got the most likes ever. Here’s hoping he puts me on the page again when Only a Rogue Knows comes out!

If you would like a signed copy, please email me at beccalovebooks@gmail.com and let me know! They’re $8 and no shipping if you don’t mind media mail (otherwise shipping is $3). You can also buy a copy on Amazon, or the ebook for Kindle. It’s still only $0.99 for another couple of weeks!IMG_7591

I’m off to sweat off last night’s chicken fried steak. This will be my first spin class in over a year, so I’m mentally preparing myself for how sore my butt is going to be afterward. Cross-training. I just keep telling myself it’s going to pay off later.

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.

52 Week Short Story Challenge #1

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Welcome to Week One of the 52 Week Short Story Challenge!

This challenge was created by SM Cadman, based on the advice of Ray Bradbury:

The rules are simple: write one 200-10,000 word story a week using one of the prompts provided, then post on your blog – even if it’s terrible.

The first prompts were posted Saturday and are St. Patrick’s Day themed, and I’m really excited about doing this! I’m planning on posting my stories on Tuesdays, much the way I did the Yeah Write challenges. If you want to play along, here are the prompts for this week!


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“Come on, it’s only one drink.”

“Can you just tell me what exit I’m supposed to be taking?” According to his GPS, Ellis had driven off the side of the world ten minutes ago and trying to get help from the extremely intoxicated woman in the passenger seat was almost impossible. In addition to being nearly incoherent, she also wouldn’t stop flirting with him. Poorly.

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