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Big, Meet Britches

I just realized that I haven’t done any sort of “Let’s wrap up 2018 and plan for 2019!” post yet, so let’s take a look backward. In fact, let’s go back further to September of 2017.

You may remember my trip to San Antonio and the second-fanciest hotel room I’ve ever been in. Probably not, though. I was hiding from the world in one of my eel holes for like a year. Anyway, that was around the time I was in the Every Rogue’s Heart box set. It was an awesome experience getting to know the ladies who have become my little author fam and the set did really well! They gave me hope, advice, and a place in the Enduring Legacy series. Thanks to them, I decided to do the thing and take the plunge into self publishing.

In March of 2018, I took a flying leap out the window and published the first book from Frozen Flame Press, Drowned History. I had no idea what I was doing other than having a nice cover and an ad on Facebook. I was so excited and so proud of myself for selling a couple of books, but I also learned how to set up preorders, format for print, and a whole slew of other things.

Fast forward to September of 2018 (and an even nicer hotel room!) where I was still losing my mind over the fact that The Search for Sam broke the top 100 in 20th Century Historical Romance. I had learned a bit more about promo since my first book, and the series helped get me some exposure too. I also participated in Facebook parties and made new friends and fans. I was riding high.

Then, there was October. Sales were down a little but still steady and what on earth should happen? I got accepted to an author event where I did my first book signing! I met even more new people, signed books, and had the joy of seeing my books on a real shelf at a real bookstore, something I was told rarely – if ever – happens for an indie author. I thought nothing could possibly get better than this. Surely this was as high as you got your first year of writing independently, right?

Hold my butterscotch tea.

My very first Christmas novel came out in November and did better than I could ever hope. I not only debuted at #1 on the Tudor Historical Romance new release list, I also made it to #4 in the overall category! I was so close to being a bestseller but I’m still floored at just how far up the charts I made it. I love this book and I’m so glad that other people seemed to love it too, if we are going by the reviews. I was so excited after everything that had happened in 2018 I was sure that nothing could make it better.

I submitted The Search for Sam to the Read Freely 50 Best Indie Books of 2018 competition, not expecting to win or even place. Like I’d said four or five times this year, there was no way an indie author with only a year of self-publishing under her belt would get anything. I still asked people to vote for me and promoted the contest, because I figured at least I’d get my name out there for next year, when I’d be a little more seasoned. Imagine my surprise when I came in at number 47!

Everything that happened in 2018 writing-wise felt like a huge surprise, and like it was happening to someone else. There was no way it could be happening to little ol’ me! It’s still a lot to take in.

So what’s on my plate for 2019? I’ve already put out my first full-length contemporary, a romantic suspense that is already getting great reviews. In April, I’m writing a bit of a follow-up to The Search for Sam that I’ll tell you more about in a few weeks. I’m planning on another contemporary in June, a pirate historical in the fall, and a super-secret holiday project! Stay tuned to my blog and social media to find out what, where, and when, and let’s hope that 2019 is just as good as 2018 – or maybe better!

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The 50 Best Indie Books of 2018!

I’m so excited I can hardly stand it!

Remember when I said that The Search for Sam had been shortlisted for the 50 best indies of the year? You had to have someone nominate you, then people vote for you…and I’m on the list!

It really is wild how 2018 ended. In September I went to a conference I’d been dreaming about and Sam broke the top 100 on Amazon. Then in October I had my first book signing! November somehow got even better when A Christmas Reunion made it to #4 in Tudor Historical Romance, and stayed #1 in new releases for almost a week. And now in December I won an award!

I didn’t expect to be on the list at all because I’m such a new author so I am super stoked about making it. This year I’m #47. Who knows what will happen next year?

Thank you to everyone who voted! I love y’all! Take a look at all the winners here!

50 Best Indie Books of 2018

Rebellious Angel: Christmas Wishes Book 6

DB_Rebellious Angel_HiResToday, the Christmas Wishes series concludes with Dawn Brower’s Edwardian novel, which also happens to be her first Marsden Descendants novel as well!

Miss Angeline Marsden has a defiant nature and makes no apologies for it. Her parents would prefer she didn’t participate in the local suffragette group, but she believes all women’s voices should be heard. After she finds herself in trouble she can’t extricate herself from she has no choice but to turn to the one man she’s always loved and treats her like a sister.

Much to Lucian St. John, the Marquess of Severn’s dismay he’s always been drawn to Angeline. She’s his one irresistible temptation; however, she’s also his best friends’ sister, and off limits. When she finds herself in a mess of her own making he comes to her rescue and offers to marry her. 

Lucian and Angeline never dared dream they could have a future together. Marriage is the last thing either of them expected and it is the one thing they both want. Will they find a way to open their hearts to each other and obtain their Christmas wish.

This series has been a lot of fun, and I hope you’ve picked up all the books and enjoyed them as much as we’ve enjoyed writing them. If there’s one you’ve missed, click the bottom link and it’ll take you to the entire series on Amazon. Happy holidays!

Rebellious Angel – Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Rebellious-Angel-Marsden-Descendants-Christmas-ebook/dp/B07H8WP14H

Rebellious Angel – all other retailers: http://books2read.com/RebelliousAngel

The full Christmas Wishes series: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07HFFKYXZ

The Magic of Gingerbread: Christmas Wishes Book 5

SS_The Magic of Gingerbread_HiResSandra Sookoo has written an amazing number of books…75 at last count! I wish I had her time management skills, and hope to reach that number some day. This is her Christmas Wishes story, and it promises to be just as addicting as the rest!

In 1888 London, Miss Eleanor Redding, possessed of a beastly, grouchy attitude, works for Western Union Telegraph Company. It gives her a certain independence and a place to hide from her disappointing past in America. When she accidentally intercepts a Morse-coded message alluding to clandestine and nefarious activity, she accepts the challenge with alacrity. It will take her mind off the fact she’s once more alone for the Christmas holidays. Why couldn’t a man look past her prickles and scars to fight for her?

Mr. Cameron Hallewell, grandson of the Earl of Albemarle, is employed by the Home Office in the matters of foreign interests. He takes his occupation of protecting British interests seriously, but he longs for a woman to surprise him in unexpected ways, to want him instead of his social standing. When there’s news of a foreign operative lurking about Victoria Station planning something vile, he intends to track them down… only to find an attractive woman tailing various strangers on the platform and looking for all the world like a spy herself.

They get on together like oil and water, but despite Eleanor’s prickles and Cameron’s bruised heart as well as his secrets, a spark catches between them. As the unlikely pair work together to capture a spy and prevent harm from befalling London, they come to care for and rely on each other. Throw in the intriguing prospect of an unexpected Christmas courtship, and they could have a romance that spans the ages… if they’ll only let themselves give into granted wishes and a passion that’s been there all along.

Next week, the final Christmas Wishes book comes out! It’s still available to preorder for $0.99, at all your favorite online retailers!

The Magic of Gingerbread – Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Magic-Gingerbread-Christmas-Wishes-Book-ebook/dp/B07H3XCFY6

The Magic of Gingerbread – all other retailers:  www.books2read.com/u/mvKMPq

The full Christmas Wishes series: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07HFFKYXZ

50 Best Indie Books of 2018

This year has been fantastic for me. In September, I broke through my pre-order goal for The Search for Sam and sold more books than I’d ever hoped, putting me in the Top 100 in 20th Century Historical Romance. I was so excited that I thought nothing better could ever happen. Then in October, I had my first book signing. It’s almost the end of November and A Christmas Reunion debuted at #1 in New Releases, hung out there for almost a week, and made it to #4 in Tudor Historical Romance.

Hopefully December will be as amazing, because The Search for Sam has been shortlisted for the ReadFreely 50 Best Indie Books of 2018 in the romance category! However, I’ll need your help to make that happen. The awards are based on votes from readers, and I would love it if you helped me out by voting! The link below takes you to a pre-filled form with the information from The Search for Sam, so voting only takes a few seconds. Sometimes you have to click twice on it but it will work! Polls close on Monday so make the most of this weekend and head on over.

It is a bit unlikely that I’ll make the top 50, what with being a new author and not even a year into my self publishing career, but if I did it would be amazing. Help make my Christmas amazing. Vote for me below!

http://www.readfree.ly/50-best-indie-books-2018-prefilled/?indie50title=THE+SEARCH+FOR+SAM+by+REBECCA+LOVELL&indie50genre=Romance

As always, thank you for all your support! Even if I don’t make the list, my readers and fans have made 2018 a year to remember.

The Enduring Legacy Series is Now Complete!

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With the release of Tammy Andresen’s Capturing a Lady’s Love, the Enduring Legacy series is complete at 14 books! All of these women have done a phenomenal job writing these books, and you can now get the entire series at once if you haven’t already done so! You can also still buy the individual books if you don’t have them all, clicking on the link will take you to the series page and you can buy whichever you like from there.

The Search for Sam is also still available at all retailers, and will remain that way so those of you who read it on Apple Books, Nook, Kobo, or even through your library you’ll be able to read it.

The Search for Sam – Universal Link

Thank you so much for reading and supporting indie authors, and if you’ve already bought the books please leave a review! It’s the easiest way to support us and provides important feedback as well. Thanks again!

Christmas in the Duke’s Embrace: Christmas Wishes Book 4

AM_Christmas in the Duke's Embrace_HiResAmanda Mariel can write Regency romance like nobody else, and this book promises to be just as much fun as her others. I’m starting to get into Regency lately, so I’m looking forwardto seeing how this one turns out.

Disgraced and betrayed by those she trusted most, Lady Marina Ellis finds herself near death and in desperate need of rescue. 

Evan Lockhart, never expected to find a woman buried in a snowbank outside of his ducal manor, but now that he has he cannot turn her away. 

As Christmas approaches the pair form a bond neither expected, but can they overcome the obstacles standing between them and embrace their chance at love?

There are still 2 more books releasing in the next month, and they still have preorders under a dollar! Come back next week for another fabulous Christmas story!

Christmas in the Duke’s Embrace – Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07H23KFS2

The Appeal of an Elusive Viscount – all other retailers: books2read.com/u/38rAQV

The full Christmas Wishes series: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07HFFKYXZ