Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Rafflecopter for Murder in Moscow

Did you love Chelsea and Vlad in Wildcat in Moscow? Check out the next story in the series! Murder in Moscow: a thrilling tale of passion, romance, intrigue, betrayal and murder.

Burned out ex-undercover detective Cassidy Stone leaves London for a new life in Moscow, but her past continues to haunt her. Life begins to look up when a favour for the embassy leads her into a lethal ambush, and into the orbit of Dmitri Milyukov, a fun loving millionaire who shares her passion for extreme sports. Cassidy slowly learns to love again – until she stumbles on proof that Dmitri is at the center of a carefully plotted Red Mafia corporate espionage operation aimed at her employer. Worse, there is a gruesome murder in her office, and everyone is convinced Cassidy is the killer… 

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Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Rafflecopter For Wildcat In Moscow

Enter and win your copy of Wildcat in Moscow, rated 4.8 over 25 ratings on Smashwords, Goodreads, Kobo and Amazon.

When Chelsea comes back from Alaska she discovers her stepfather has embezzled her multi-million pound inheritance. Not only is Chelsea broke but the police think she has colluded with her stepfather in a financial swindle. Worse, loan shark Carlos Santiago is after her too, determined to make her pay up for her stepfather’s debts. 

Then Vladimir Voyeykov, a Russian business tycoon rumoured to be a member of the Red Mafia, enters the mix. He whisks Chelsea to Moscow where she is catapulted into a world filled with intrigue, uncertainty - and passion. 

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Monday, 18 November 2013

The Bonus - Free Download

This book came out a few days ago, and it's attracting some hot reviews.

"I don't know how you did it, but you somehow managed to create a beautiful and tender romance between a vicious drug cartel enforcer and an experienced drug mule. I wouldn't have believed it without reading it myself." Mike Smith

"I LOVED it. It's the best love story I've read in ages. I started it yesterday afternoon and I couldn't put it down. I didn't want it to end. Write a sequel!" Alice Huang

The blurb:
Chloe is a seasoned drug courier who finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Facing a lingering and painful death at the hands of the Zetas, Mexico’s most brutal cartel, she persuades their enforcer to claim her. Has Chloe made a huge mistake, or will her choice prove her salvation - and his? Warning: This book contains explicit scenes of dubious consent, graphic violence and sex." ADULTS ONLY.

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Thursday, 14 November 2013

Renee’ Novelle: 5 Things I’ve Learned Since Self-Publishing

Please welcome Renee’ Novelle, author of Reflections who shares lessons she's learned on her publishing journey...

Writers as fortunate to have many choices in publishing these days. The options are virtually endless and they continue to evolve each day. I tried my hand at indie-publishing online – for multiple reasons, but mostly because I wanted direct, instant feedback from readers on my concepts and writing styles. Yes, I’m impatient that way. And while it’s been an extremely gratifying process, here’s a few things I’ve learned that maybe someone else could benefit from.

Indie publishing is hard! Most people assume that indie writers go this route because it’s the easy way out. Not true! While it’s extremely rewarding to get instant feedback, it’s a time-consuming, often grueling practice to prepare and market your work all by yourself.

Other authors don’t make good judges. They can give you pointers, encouragement, support, and provide camaraderie in an otherwise solo journey. But don’t ask them for an unbiased opinion of your work. They can give you an honest one, yes. But they will almost always be biased by their own egos and insecurities.

Don’t read your reviews! Not right away. Wait a little while, and see what the majority of readers are saying. Then take it into consideration for your next story. But if you read every single review as it comes in, it begins to take your focus off what really matters – which is your craft.

Always have your next project in the pipeline. No one wants to hear you talking about the same book every day for a year. And neither do you. Get the next one going and talk about your progress. It will get readers excited for when it finally releases.

Be genuine. Be true to your own unique writing voice. No one likes to read a copy of someone else. It’s the new and interesting ways of telling a story that really stand out to readers, so be that one in a million person you already are.

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Sunday, 10 November 2013

Hooker Monday - The Song

I've had the song in The Gift set to music! If you haven't read it, here's an excerpt:

The band burst into song, a very familiar song. Tony stiffened. It was the tune Max had been humming the last two weeks. The electric guitars wailed, the keyboard player was dancing while she pounded away and the vocalist canted his hips as he roared the words out into the crowd:

After clubbing the weekend away
I had a really sucky Monday
I wanted to scream and shout
Take it out on everyone about

I don’t want a girlfriend
And I couldn’t stand a wife
So I made arrangements
To deal with all this strife

I called this service
Said I can’t stand it anymore
I’ve got to take it out on someone
Send me a really brilliant whore

She knocked on the door
Said you called for a date, dude?
And opened up her coat
Underneath she was like, totally nude

She had on this velvet collar
And a rose grew out her bush
Then she bent over
And all I could see was tush

She sang: spank me, spank me,
Give it to me good
‘Cause once you take it out on me
You’ll be in a better mood

So if on Mondays you’re feeling stressed
Put my theory to the test
Just dial that number
And give her six of the best

She’ll sing: spank me, spank me,
Then give it to her good
‘Cause once you take it out on her
You’ll be in a better mood

     The crowd screamed with laughter and yelled to hear it again. With a flourish, the band played it twice more, with the crowd singing along with the chorus.
     “They like it!” Max whooped. “Isn’t it great, Tony?” She threw her arms around him. “I’m so happy!” She beamed at him and confessed. “You know, I couldn’t have done it without you!”
     Tony could feel a bubble of laughter rise inside him. “I’m so glad you find me inspiring,” he said humbly. “But Max, are you intending to turn my entire life into a rock opera or just the bedroom bits?”
     Max froze. “Oh no, you’re not upset, are you? I didn’t think you’d care. You always say you don’t give a stuff what people think.” She eyed him anxiously. “I didn’t mean to be indiscreet.”
     Tony stared at her. “If that’s your idea of discreet, Max, what on earth will you do next?”
     “I am writing a song called Trafficked,” Max confessed in a small voice. “But I won’t show it to anyone if you don’t want me to, Tony.”
     Tony burst into laughter. Hanging with Max was definitely fun.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Hilary Grossman: Writing That Uncomfortable Scene...

Please welcome the guest blogger of today, Hilary Grossman, author of Dangled Carat

I was asked recently in an interview how I overcame writers block while writing my book, Dangled Carat.  I honestly answered that I was fortunate because I didn’t struggle with the problem.

I think that is one of the advantages about writing a memoir.  You are not creating characters or worrying about plot twists. You are just sharing a story about your life.  By living it you already created it :)

But since you are writing about your life, your real life, you have a whole other set of problems. You are opening your life, your experiences, and for the most part your soul for the world to see.  I am a very open and honest person. I have no problem discussing my life with anyone, including the person in line in front of me at the supermarket.

I didn’t think that I would have any fears about writing the story about my attempt to convert a commitment-phobic man into a husband.  I figured everyone close to me already knew most of the story.  Also, as to strangers, I thought that my story may help others who are experiencing the same situation.

Initially I was right.  But then fear did come!  My editor told me that I couldn’t have a dating / relationship book without any sex.  I knew she was right.  But this was a real story.  How could I write a sex scene?

Writing that scene was the hardest thing I had to do.  I stared at my laptop for hours, petrified to start typing.  Eventually words filled the page. Words that I was proud of, but still words that people in my real life have to read.  And I hate it when someone mentions that scene.

What part of writing your book was the most uncomfortable for you?

Hilary Grossman is the author of Dangled Caret, available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
She has two web sites, www.feelingbeachie.com and www.dangledcarat.com and Tweets as @feelingbeachie.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Giveaway For The Mule

I've learned a few things from the Rafflecopter giveaway:

A basic giveaway that was posted in half a dozen Goodreads and Facebook pages earned me about 25 plus sample downloads on ALL my Smashword books, not just the Lost Weekend giveaway. Pretty good for almost no work.

I'm now trying the paid for Blogger version.  So far, not so good.  I'm having horrible problems getting the book image to show.  And I'm pretty good with HTML. I've written to Rafflecopter and they say they'll answer in 24 hours.

In the meantime, I'll test a quick and dirty fix here to see if it works (pasting the URL into the code rather than uploading an image) UPDATE quick and dirty doesn't work.

Frankly, so far I'm disappointed. This should be easy, not difficult. I'll update when I get a response from Rafflecopter.

UPDATE the first Support message is a cut and paste from the help files. Duh, like I haven't read that already!  Now really ticked. 

UPDATE: "For adding an image in the widget, I would recommend seeing if you can put the picture of the book inside a 350x263 image that's just white space and re-upload it. That will help you get the entire image into view."  It worked!  But OMG how clunky!

I'll be holding a weekly giveaway from now till Christmas, so keep an eye on this blog!

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Friday, 1 November 2013

3 Places to Promo Your Book on Facebook

I'm  giving away 3 copies of Lost Weekend: An Erotic Romance in Wales through Rafflecopter. It's a quick promo because we're trying to figure out how it works. As a result, I've found some good places on Facebook that welcome book promos and giveaway.

Here they are:

Book Giveaways A closed group of authors who enjoy sharing free books and giveaways.  I've only just found them but they seem a very mixed bunch, which I love!

Authors Giving It Away: I've put my promo here and plan to do some regular giveaways too for review purposes.

2 Friends, Promote Your Books With Us: it doesn't need to be free either! Run by Philomena and Sue, both awesome and worth getting to know.

Also, don't forget that you can always write to me and ask to guest blog.

Now for my promo: you've got three more days to enter just click on this link: a Rafflecopter giveaway