Happy Labor Day! Hope you spend it doing something you enjoy. Me, I’ll be writing today, which is something I enjoy, so that works out well…
I just put the official book blurbs up on my website for my upcoming Heavenly Bites holiday novellas (and they’re called Heavenly Bites because that’s the name of the bakery in them, not because they’ve got vampires or anything), and here they are:
Novella 1: Pastels and Jingle Bells
Trish Ackerly never expected to cross paths with Ian Rafferty again, but when she spots the former bully of her childhood years through her bakery window, she thinks she may just have been given the best Christmas gift ever: the opportunity to finally give Ian the comeuppance he deserves.
But clearly she does not have a knack for this whole revenge thing, because before she can make good on her plans, Trish gets inadvertently drawn into Ian’s life in an unexpected way that lets her see just how different the man is from the boy he used to be. In fact, much to her astonishment, she actually starts to like the guy.
Trouble is, Ian doesn’t know who she really is, and explaining it to him is going to be a little difficult now—which is bad news, because Trish is starting to realize that all she really wants for Christmas this year…is Ian.
Novella 2: Love Lessons
Self-assured Nadia Normandy knows everything there is to know about men and dating, which seems to be why little old Mrs. Beasley maneuvers her into taking unsuspecting and bookish accountant Benji Garner under her wing. Her mission? Shape him up for the opposite sex, preferably in time for New Year’s Eve.
A challenge? Sure, but Nadia discovers that Benji’s got a charm all his own, and she finds herself avoiding her usual social scene in favor of time spent with him—all in the name of mentoring him, of course.
Except that after a while, it starts to feel less like mentoring and more like something else—which could present a problem, because just as Nadia begins to realize she didn’t know quite as much about men as she thought, other women are starting to notice her unlikely protégé.
Much like Nadia is beginning to notice him in a whole new way herself…
Novella 3: Playing Cupid
Much as she loves her meddling matchmaker of a grandmother, free-spirited Aimee Beasley is tired of dodging the dull and downright tiresome dates the older woman keeps trying to arrange for her. So when she notices her beloved Gran preening in the presence of a distinguished elderly gentleman who’s been visiting their apartment building, Aimee is delighted at the prospect of turning the tables on her.
But her plans to match her grandmother up with the gentleman in time for Valentine’s Day hit a snag when Aimee realizes he’s the uncle of their downstairs neighbor, a stodgy thirty-something history professor named Doyle with whom she butts heads on a regular basis. She’ll need to find a way to make nice and enlist his help, or her plan to see her long-widowed Gran happily matched again will never work.
For Gran’s sake, she’s determined to find a way. In the process, she starts to realize that her cranky downstairs neighbor has a softer side she never suspected existed.
And when it comes to romantic heroes, history professors may not have gotten a fair shake…
Look what finally shipped from Amazon and arrived on my doorstep today!
Words cannot express what it felt like to thumb through a paperback for a story I had written–surreal, maybe. Thrilling isn’t a bad choice either. I’m probably going to walk around holding a copy close to me for the next several days and then whip it out to show people whenever a chance presents itself:
“I’d like paper instead of plastic today, and–oh, look! See my book?”
“Fill ‘er up with regular please, and while we’re waiting for the tank to fill, take a look at this book I wrote!”
“Yeah, sorry, doctor. I don’t really have an abnormal growth to show you today, I just wanted you to see THIS!” [holds book up]
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I must go do a happy dance…
So I finished my Christmas novella, Pastels & Jingle Bells. And I’ve been working on a New Year’s novella, too, plus learning about self-publishing options on Amazon, and while I’m working details out little by little, one very important question remains:
When are you actually supposed to release holiday stories to readers?
I mean, I initially just had a vague idea that I’d publish my Christmas novella around Christmas time, because even I can connect those dots pretty well. Unfortunately, “around Christmas time” isn’t all that specific, and now I’m trying to determine the actual point in time that would be best. It’s not like I can really go by what I see department stores doing, because they start marketing Christmas stuff in, oh, maybe March. A blogger I know (Kim at Read Your Writes Book Reviews) recently asked folks to weigh on when they start actually reading Christmas stories, but opinions varied. I’m thinking sometime in November.
In other words…my first published book, Coming Home, is officially available in paperback now through Amazon. Pardon me while I squeal with delight:
Okay, you can uncover your ears now. No, wait, I feel another one coming on–
Now I’m done. For the time being, anyway.
But my first book in paperback is a very exciting thing! Now I have to practice my “author” signature for all the MILLIONS of people who will no doubt be clamoring for me to sign their personal copies. Well, at least my mother will… But I can feel a certain giddy madness coming on that may result in me leaving signed copies under random people’s windshields in supermarket parking lots. Hey, you have your marketing strategies, I have mine.
For some reason the paperback version still isn’t correctly linked to the ebook version on Amazon–the course of modern technology never did run smooth–but hopefully that will be fixed before too much longer. But if you’d like to see it with your own eyes, here’s the paperback link.
Today Maureen at Just Contemporary Romance is hosting me on her site, so please stop by and say hello if you get a chance. Thanks, Maureen!
We love it when people leave comments, and I promise it’s really fairly painless. I’m promoting my new book, so if you’ve read The Bargain and enjoyed it, feel free to comment on that, too! And if you didn’t enjoy it, feel free to comment on something else like the weather, current events, or whether or not 40 really is the new 30.
Hope you all had a good week! Mine was very busy with book release “stuff” and life in general (how is it that a house can feel clean for about 5 minutes and then suddenly all the housework needs to start all over again? Stupid dust bunnies seem to multiply as fast as the real thing…)
Had a few highlights this week:
* Lots of guest blogs with giveaways of The Bargain that will be ending soon, so I’ve got ebooks to send out to the winners.
* I’m in the process of commissioning my first book cover for the Christmas novella I plan to self-publish on Amazon later this year. Woo hoo!
* Woke up to a lovely review of The Bargain this morning that made me feel warm and tingly all over, so either I’m happy or I need to go to the urgent care facility immediately. You can read the review here, if you’re interested.
It’s here! It’s here! (Ooo, I just had a flashback to my childhood and Christmas mornings) Well, it isn’t Christmas, but it feels a little like Christmas in July to me because The Bargain is finally out there in the world for everyone to see!
Boy, I hope that’s a good thing… [bites fingernails]
But although the reviewer from Book Chick City who read it hasn’t posted her actual review yet, I did see on Goodreads that she rated it 5 stars and will post an actual review later. Yay! 5 stars!!! So I figure that’s a good sign.
To celebrate release day, I’m a guest on a couple of other blogs today. I’m doing an author interview on HJ Harley’s blog here; she’s gotten tremendous feedback on her novel Finding Jordie, by the way, so you might want to check it out. I’m also doing a giveaway and a guest post on RR@H Novel Thoughts and Book Talk in which I do my best to alert the general public to some potential romantic scenario pitfalls you might not have anticipated. Check it out here, and maybe you can rest a little easier next time you plan a romantic outing with your sweetie.
July is turning out to be a pretty busy month for me. How about you?
This morning The Bargain is being spotlighted on Book Binge as part of DFRAT, which is the digital-first readathon and celebrates ebooks. There is another giveaway and another copy of the book up for grabs here, and frankly I’m just happy as a clam to be included in this event. Thanks, Book Binge!
I also woke up this morning to discover my very first official review for The Bargain on My Daily Romance. My stomach was in knots before I read it, but fortunately the reviewer enjoyed the book and was very complimentary, so it looks like I won’t have to throw up after all. Yay for me! To read the review or just check out the rest of the site, click here. (And thank you, Amy, for the review!)
Got another giveaway for you! This time I’m being hosted by Stella on Ex Libris, and I’m talking about the charms of mismatched couples. (Thanks, Stella!) Check it out here, and please do leave a comment in order to be eligible for a Kindle copy of The Bargain.
And while I’m hoping you’ll participate in my giveaway–ahem–there are lots of other giveaways happening on her site all the time, so it really is worth your while to check it out.
So who are some of your favorite mismatched couples of all time? And you can’t say King Kong and Fay Wray, because I already called that one… 🙂
Okay, so it’s still not a car, but you CAN win a copy of The Bargain plus a $10 Amazon gift card (which maybe you could apply toward a car? Who knows? You can buy just about anything off Amazon these days).
Today Karielle at Books A La Mode has been kind enough to host me on her site as I go around promoting the release of The Bargain. Thanks, Karielle! Check it out here and leave a comment to be eligible to participate in the giveaway, then take a tour of her site, which is all about books and more.