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A Release Day Walk Down Memory Lane

Detective's BrotherIt’s finally here! Today is the official release day for The Detective’s Brother and I wanted to celebrate by telling you about how it came to be. Some of you may have already heard all about it, in which case you can head over to my Facebook page and enter to win an autographed copy by checking out the pinned post.

To give you an idea of how important today is to me, you have to go all the way back to 2011 (previously I might have said 2009, but I went back to the original files and checked the date. It just feels like that long). I wrote it in about two months and adored my characters. I did my research, went through a couple of different settings, and was extremely cruel to Simon Creed. I edited it and sent it to beta readers, who enjoyed it a great deal, then in about 2012 I started querying agents. After a couple of false starts, I decided to try small presses.

By 2014 I was certain that my only option was self-publishing. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with self-publishing but I also have a full time day job, which leaves little time for marketing, designing, and learning the ins and outs of publishing, and definitely no time for writing. Then I was scooped up by a little startup in Canada called Sinnful Ebooks. We got a contract signed, a bonus paid, and a cover. Then they shut down abruptly, leaving Simon and Quinn stuck in literary limbo.

I submitted the story to Booktrope on a whim after seeing a couple of author friends talking about them and a few months later they accepted it! I was so happy about it that I had to keep checking my email to make sure it was true. Not gonna lie, there were times I thought that there must have been some mistake. After so many rejections, it was hard to believe that someone really wanted to publish it.

So today I’m looking at my name on a book cover that’s up on Amazon and Barnes and Noble and thinking to myself wow, it’s real. Pretty soon I should have a box of paperback copies and I’ll offer them here for anyone who’d like an autographed copy. I’m nervous and excited, and I hope people read my story and at the very least are entertained for a few hours.

If you’re so inclined, stop by my Facebook party tonight and meet some awesome authors, win some prizes, and just generally make me feel like a princess on my release day! And if you’re not a Facebook person, you can still get your copy of The Detective’s Brother for $0.99 here:

Amazon.com – The Detective’s Brother

Barnes and Noble (Nook) – The Detective’s Brother

 

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It’s Getting Closer!

Detective's BrotherI am so excited right now! Tuesday is the big day – the release of The Detective’s Brother from Booktrope! It’s an event almost 5 years in the making and I am just over the moon with happiness that I’ll finally be able to share it with you all.

Tuesday evening, we’re having a Facebook party for the release, so if you want to swing by my Facebook page between 5 and 9 PM, there will be a giveaway and all sorts of fun things courtesy of me and some of my very good friends.

Tomorrow I’m also part of a Facebook event called Passion in the Pages, and will be talking about my book, myself, and giving away ARC copies of The Detective’s Brother to two lucky readers. There will also be teasers, snippets, and maybe even a fun game! It’ll be my first event so I’m hoping it will go smoothly, but you never know what will happen!

If you go to my Facebook page (http://facebook.com/rebeccalovellbooks), I’m having a contest! For the first two weeks The Detective’s Brother will be $0.99 on Amazon and if you comment on the pinned post and provide proof that you bought an ebook copy, you’ll be entered into a drawing for an autographed paperback copy. Easy, right?

So meet me back here on Tuesday and I’ll tell you a little more about why this is such a huge thing for me, and I’ll also have some buy links so you can pick up your own copy and enter the drawing. See you on Tuesday!

The Detective’s Brother Cover!

No pirate excerpt this week, I’m afraid, but I’ve got something even more exciting to share with you – the cover for The Detective’s Brother!

Detective's Brother

When the book was originally picked up by Sinnful Books, we made it all the way to a cover reveal before they shut down. I really liked that cover and was really disappointed I wouldn’t be able to use it. They did give me permission to use the art if I was planning on self-publishing it but Booktrope snapped Detective’s Brother up and the search was on for a new cover.

Ashley Byland is my cover designer and she kept some of the same elements that I liked but found a picture of Quinn that I thought fit her better! The font she chose is amazing too. It really makes the title stand out. The cover she made is beautiful and I can’t wait to see them stacked up on the table at a signing. The fire wraps around the back cover as well!

We will be releasing The Detective’s Brother at the end of March with this beautiful cover and it will be available in both print and ebook formats. I’m going to be ordering some copies to take to a signing, so if you’d like an autographed copy I’m more than happy to oblige!

I’m really excited to be this close to publication and will share all the new info as it comes!

Final Edits and New Projects

The last two weeks were really exciting for me, writing-wise. My editor, Carly, got the second half of the edits back to me when I was just finishing up the first, and suddenly I was on a deadline! I spent all my days off staring at a screen and sitting on the couch working on the edits. There were some rewrites she wanted again, and of course the usual line edits.

This is my first time with an editor, so it’s been an interesting experience to have someone else reading through my work and telling me what little things I needed to change. It was the first time I’d ever used the Track Changes function on Word too. Since I’d never had anyone else working in my files, I’d never had a reason to use it. It’s actually a pretty great function! I could see what she took out and her comments, both of which were really helpful. It did make things a little hard to look at when I wrote my own changes but once all the changes are accepted/committed, it’ll look much better.

She got the last of the changes to me yesterday, so I forsee myself sitting on the couch and working on them all day tomorrow. I want to get them back to her before the weekend is out but I haven’t looked at them yet to see what needs to be done.

I have to say that my story has improved a lot since Carly came on board. This is my first romance novel, so there were some definite things that needed work, but I feel that I’ll be able to take everything she’s given me and make the ones I have in reserve better right off the ground. Of course, the second is going to be one that I already finished that is in need of a major rewrite. Maybe a project for Camp NaNoWriMo in July?

Speaking of Camp NaNoWriMo, I’m glad the first session is coming up in April because I’ve got a new project to work on!

My book manager Patti – the hardest working woman I know – introduced me a little while back to some other historical romance authors and we’ve gotten along well. Thanks to their encouragement, I’m working on a new project the likes of which I’ve never tackled before!

Up until now I have been writing exclusively historical Western romances, so this is going to be a little different – it’s still historical romance but this time it’s pirate-themed! It’s going to be pretty exciting, especially since I don’t know a whole lot about pirates. That’s what research is for, right?

What does this have to do with Camp NaNoWriMo? You can set your own word count goal, and this story is going to be closer to novella length. Plus, I’ll have friends to cheer me on and word sprints to help me get where I’m going. Of course, I’ll share some snippets with you until I can announce more about the project. I can’t wait for you to read it!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go do some editing and research pirates!

Finally, a Website!

Now that I’ve started seriously sending out my work to small publishers, I figured it was time to make a site. I’ve been rejected by a lot of agents so I thought I’d try the direct route. I’m nervous and excited at the same time and I plan on sharing everything I can about the process.

Since I do most of my writing from a beat up netbook with no reliable wifi, most of these posts will be written on my iPad. Any way I can write, I will! I honestly can’t imagine not writing, I’ve been doing it so long, so I’m not gonna let a little thing like this stop me.

I’ll try to update this blog regularly but not on any particular schedule so if you want the latest, please subscribe and get new posts sent directly to your email. Convenient!

And if anyone wants to spring for a new laptop for me I would LOVE one.