Testy McTest Test

November 18th, 2017

Please Ignore this for Now. 😉

At the various book vendor sites, How do you feel about your ability to find Romances to read?

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Reader Poll – Finding Romances to Read

November 18th, 2017

Here’s A totally unscientific poll for anyone who reads romance. This includes authors in their reader role. My question is over the last year or so, what is your experience trying to find new romances to read?  Please feel free to comment with any additional information, opinions, or thoughts. Is it harder? Is it easier? Or is it about the same? And by that one I mean, if it was hard a year ago still hard, or if it was easy a year ago it’s still easy.

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  1. It’s getting harder
  2. About the same (it was harder before too)
  3. About the same (it was medium before, too)
  4. About the same (it was easy before, too)
  5. Other
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Pre-Orders and Amazon Thoughts and Decisions

November 15th, 2017

I’ve been thinking about my decision not to do an Amazon pre-order and I have decided that I should. It keeps bugging me, and to be honest, I’m just not in the class of writers that the whole Amazon pre-order penalty is going to make much of a difference.

So! In the next couple of days the pre-order should be live.

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Preorders for Surrender to Ruin

November 8th, 2017

Preorders for Surrender to Ruin are live where I have them set up. I plan a soft release at Amazon, so it should show up potentially 3-4 days before the on-sale date. This is due primarily to the way sales get counted at Amazon. However, I am persuadable on the issue.

Barnes & Noble | Google Play | iBooks | Kobo

An unbelievably hot Regency man sitting on the arm of a chaise looking very smug

Cover, Photography by Jenn LeBlanc. Cover Design by Damonza

About Surrender to Ruin

Her beauty is divine. His heart yearns for another. Will attempted revenge result in true love?

Emily is the last unmarried Sinclair sister. For all her spellbinding beauty, she’s never been able to clear a certain man from her head and her heart. He’s made it clear there’s no hope, and now he’s about to marry her best friend.

The Earl of Bracebridge knows how to hold a grudge. The former prizefighter turned disreputable nobleman hoped to marry Emily’s sister until she was forced to wed another. After his hopes for a suitable marriage are dashed once again, he seizes the chance to settle the score with Thomas Sinclair—by eloping with Emily and consigning them both to a union without love.

Emily knows Bracebridge loves another, but every time they’re alone, sparks fly. Can the Earl get past his heartbreak to realize the perfect woman didn’t get away—she’s already his wife?

Surrender to Ruin is the long-anticipated third book in the Sinclair Sisters historical romance series. If you like unmistakable chemistry, sizzling romance, and potent regency drama, then you’ll love the next chapter in Carolyn Jewel’s heart-pounding series.

Buy Surrender to Ruin to continue the breathtaking trilogy today!

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Surrender to Ruin – Status

November 7th, 2017

Surrender to Ruin — It’s Happening!

I have been through the proofread copy, sent the file to my formatter, and reviewed the formatted files. I made some changes and got the updated file last night. I’ve uploaded the final files to Kobo, Nook, Google Play, and iBooks where Surrender to Ruin is on pre-order. I have the file ready to go at Amazon, where I plan a soft release. The print book is waiting for the final print cover pdf which I expect shortly.

An unbelievably hot Regency man sitting on the arm of a chaise looking very smug

Cover, Photography by Jenn LeBlanc. Cover Design by Damonza

It’s happening. December 5.

Why December 5 instead of now? In part I was worried that if I committed to a November date, Something Would Happen that was out of my control (see last year for example). But also because I have a very busy November. The RWA Board meets this week, then there’s Thanksgiving, and at the end of the month I will be in San Diego. I want to be able to promote effectively and deal with anything that might come up.

Review Copies Are Available

Do you want a review copy? Let me know in the comments and I will get that in process. I ask only that you post an honest review at the vendor of your choice or at your blog or website.

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Potatoes Just Changed My Life

October 29th, 2017

I came across this video and thought the recipe sounded delicious and looked pretty easy. We didn’t have chicken stock so I bought some at the store today and then I made Potatoes Fondant. My life just changed. My god.

They were indeed easy to make, and they are delicious. I want to go make them again. D E L I C I O U S. They are a fairly old method of cooking potatoes and it’s apparently historical enough that it also counts as research. I threw in some rosemary because we were a little low on thyme.

I’ll never be the same.

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It’s Been a Tough Couple of Weeks

October 22nd, 2017

One Week Ago

Yeah, it’s been a tough couple of week. Below is a picture I took a week ago (October 15, 2017) from the top half of our driveway. You can see the massive, massive, wide and high, smoke from the Northern California Wild Fires some 15-20 miles away.

Picture of Sonoma Mountain with a massive billowing expanse of smoke.

October 15, 2017

One Week Later

I took this picture today (October 22, 2017) from about the same spot. You’d have to squint or zoom in on the picture to see the faint wisps of smoke.

Same view as previous photo only without the massive amount of smoke. If you squint you can still see some.

October 22, 2017

Fortunately, we did not have to evacuate. My friends and family did not lose homes. But I know many people who did. I am so grateful for First Responders. CalFire expects to have the fires fully contained this week.

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More News!

October 19th, 2017

Surrender to Ruin is now off to the proofreader!

This is getting exciting.

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Publication Date for Surrender to Ruin

October 13th, 2017

I have started setting up pre-orders for Surrender To Ruin with a publication date of December 5, 2017.

The copy-editor has the MS, after that it’s proofreading, and then off to formatting.

Things are a bit anxious here with the fires, but so far we’re OK. I don’t expect we’ll have to evacuate since we are to the south of the fires and the wind (at the moment) is north, northeast ish.

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News. There is News.

October 10th, 2017

I have sent Surrender to Ruin to the copyeditor.

 

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