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A little help? Romance Dog Needs Name

Saturday, August 20th, 2016

Romance Dog Needs Name

In Surrender to Ruin, there is a dog that needs a name. At the moment, I am calling her Princess, but I’m not totally happy with that name.  What should I name this dog? Or should I keep the name Princess?

About The Dog

She is obviously progeny of Roger, the Wolfhound-ish mutt from A Notorious Ruin, but it’s equally obvious she is also part Bloodhound.  She is young (less than a year) and has been rescued from the streets. She’s a big, goofy, happy dog and not very attractive. As far as she is concerned everyone loves her.

Let me know in the comments.

FYI, I am up to Chapter 29 in my revisions prior to sending to my critique partner.

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Historical Romance Sale: Three Books, One Low Price!

Saturday, August 13th, 2016

Historical Romance Sale!

I put together a boxed set of three of my historical romances, and right now for a limited time, the boxed set is on sale for $0.99. That’s three full-length historical romances for one low price! Because you guys are my favorites. The price is good pretty much everywhere. Go forth and read historical romance.

3D cover of Historical Jewels because everyone knows digital books have a shape.

A Great Deal!

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The novels included are: The Spare, Scandal, and Indiscreet. That’s 300,000 words (roughly) of historical romance. Indiscreet won a Bookseller’s Best award. Scandal was a RITA Finalist. Links below! Sale lasts through August 28, 2016.

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THE SPARE

She’s missing a day from her life. He thinks she may have killed his brother.

A delightful battle-of-wills romance, tinged with suspense. (Kathe Robin, Romantic Times)

The Spare is a Regency romance murder mystery. If you like well-plotted tales, engaging passion, and a touch of gothic, then you’ll love Carolyn Jewel’s steamy and mysterious novel.

SCANDAL

A proper young widow. A reformed rake. Let the game of love begin.

WOW. Simply, wow. That is the only word I can use to describe this masterpiece. (Romance Novel TV)

Scandal is a Regency romance novel featuring a complex and dysfunctional pair. If you like intense passion, deep emotions, and unpredictable plots, then you’ll love Carolyn Jewel’s pulse-pounding and wonderfully-written tale of love.

INDISCREET

A woman disgraced by a lie. A beast of a man with a cold heart. Their love will transcend continents.

Indiscreet moves from Regency England to the exotic locales of Turkey and Syria in the midst of the Napoleonic wars. The winner of the 2010 Bookseller’s Best Award for Best Short Historical Fiction, it features fast pacing, simmering chemistry, meticulous research, and strong central characters.

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Sinclair Sisters Series Covers

Saturday, June 18th, 2016

Just so you can see, here are all three covers for the Sinclair Sisters Series. Now all three match. I’ve re-uploaded A Notorious Ruin to all the major vendors. If you want the updated cover, you’ll need to follow the vendor’s instructions for obtaining book updates, which is hard or easy, depending.

In writing news, I’m closing in on sending Surrender to Ruin out for first pass reading by someone who is not me.

Cover of Lord Ruin, super sexy Regnency dude looking at you like, yeah, I'm hot.

Lord Ruin. Book 1. Cover by Seductive Designs.

 

Sexy Super Cute Regency guy sitting in a chair bringing the heat. His shirt's kind of undone a little.

A Notorious Ruin. Book 2 Photography by Jenn LeBlanc. Cover Design by Damonza.

 

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

Surrender to Ruin. Book 3. Cover Photography by Jenn LeBlanc. Cover Design by Damonza

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Progress Report, Covers, and Complaints

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Progress Report!

I’m doing a paper read-through of Surrender to Ruin, which is going about as expected. It’s a little unusual that I’m at 82K words without a final chapter and with all but chapter 1 to read and revise. That’s because, per usual, I have heavily revised chapter 1 three times and then got all the way to chapter three when I realized I needed a whole new chapter before the then current chapter 3, which I then wrote and then I started over and revised chapter 1 twice more and now I’m moving on to chapter 2… Which is more or less how it usually goes with the paper revisions.

At this rate, I’ll end up at well over 100K, but I expect to find chapters that require deletion. I’m almost ready to post a first chapter to read, so look for that!

For those who care, I am currently revising my paper version with a Kaweco Sport fine point fountain pen with “lilac summer” ink. It’s very pretty! The Kaweco Sport fountain pen is a great pen. I enjoy writing revising with it.

Covers

As my blog readers know, I have the final cover for Surrender to Ruin which I love love love. I asked my cover artist to match the look and feel of Lord Ruin, which is why I went with a custom shoot for the image. There was nothing out there that was perfect and I didn’t want to compromise. Then I realized that A Notorious Ruin, which is Book 2 in the series, was going to look very out of place. I didn’t even bother looking for stock images. If there was anything out there that would work, I’d have used it for Surrender to Ruin. And so….

I did A/B testing for the  cover. In the first round, my preferred image (Looking Straight Ahead pose) lost by a statistically significant amount — though not overwhelmingly. So then I A/B tested Sideways Pose with the green background and the purple background, and that was more or less a tie. There was an insignificant edge for purple. On social media, the green vs. purple choice had a slight edge for green.

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I SO SO appreciate everyone who weighed in. By the way, purple was my favorite. As was the Straight Ahead pose. But I could see why the sideways pose had the edge.

Now what!? Well, I put the three covers up in order across my 27″ monitor screen and swapped between purple and green for Book 2. I asked my sister to look. My preference was for the green, and so was hers and so … the green background it is. It goes better with Books 1 and 3. When it’s final, I’ll post all three so you can see for yourselves.

Complaint Department

Is anyone else having trouble finding books to read at Amazon? I used to be able to browse and find books and authors I wanted to read or try out. And now? It’s awful. Apparently, there are only 5 books they intend to show me, and if I don’t want any of those, too bad. The books they show me aren’t even remotely close to something I think I’d enjoy.

My last 10 book purchases were all at iBooks.

How about you?

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Which Cover Do you Prefer? Poll!

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

I am redoing the cover for A Notorious Ruin because it needs to fit with the style of Book 1 (Lord Ruin) and Book 2 (Surrender to Ruin) and it currently does not. I would LOVE to know which you prefer.

Image quality is not final. Neither is background color.

Which Cover Pose do you Prefer?

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Regency man sitting on a chair a little sideways leaning slightly to one side, looking like he's thinking damn you're hot.

Sideways Pose

 

A Regency Man sitting on a chair looking straight forward like he's thinking you're not naked enough.

Straight on Pose

 

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And Then THIS Happened

Saturday, May 28th, 2016

Some of you may have seen my post about gaming hells over at the Risky Regencies or seen me tweeting about some of the research. One of the things I came across was a reference to maggot racing and how to cheat at it, and Meljean Brook and I had a hilarious twitter exchange about the story I said I was going to write: Miss Fiona Harper’s Night of Passion, in which Miss Fiona Harper’s brother accidentally kills his racing maggot and loses his sister to the notorious Lord Hawke.

I’m totally going to write that story as soon as I finish Surrender to Ruin. And so…

An embracing couple in Regency clothing. Tots romantic

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Cover for Surrender to Ruin

Thursday, May 26th, 2016
An unbelievably hot Regency man sitting on the arm of a chaise looking very smug

Cover, Photography by Jenn LeBlanc. Cover Design by Damonza

I really love this cover. So so much. I knew Mickael would be the perfect model and he is!

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A Seduction in Winter is a National Reader’s Choice Finalist!

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

My historical romance novella A Seduction in Winter is a finalist in the 2015 NCRA (National Reader’s Choice Award):

2015 NRCA Finalists

Pretty Regency Lady against a dark blue wintery background

A Seduction in Winter – 2015 NCRA Finalist!

That’s pretty exciting. Congratulations to all the finalists!

Do you have your copy?

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Books From Yours Truly

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

It’s been mad busy here at Jewel HQ and it occurred to me that I have neglected to mention books that are available to buy or pre-order. I have more coming your way so stay tuned for more exciting news.

A Seduction in Winter – On Sale Now

A Seduction in Winter, my novella from Christmas in Duke Street, is available as a standalone purchase.

Pretty Regency Lady against a dark blue wintery background

A Seduction in Winter – Pretty!

 

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He’s an artist and a duke’s heir. She’s sheltered and scarred. Can he show her by Christmas that love can be theirs to share?

As the holidays approach, Lieutenant Leoline Marrable, now Lord Wrathell, travels to London where he’s expected to fulfill longstanding expectations and propose to his former commander’s daughter. Wrathell longs to ease the strained relationship with his ducal father. The key may be an unfinished portrait of his late brother.

Honora Baynard has a terrible facial scar as a result of a childhood injury. She has never forgotten Leoline, who came to her defense when other children tormented her. Now, her over-protective artist father keeps her indoors, creating the beautiful detail work that makes his paintings so sought after.

As Wrathell and Honora spend more time together, mutual interest becomes mutual attraction. Can Wrathell convince Honora that for Christmas, he’d like to give her not only passion and pleasure, but his heart to keep for her own?

If you like sensual romance, complex characters, and witty dialogue, you’ll love Carolyn Jewel’s latest refreshing Regency tale.

Buy A Seduction in Winter to experience the passion today!

My Immortals Series Box Set

I’ve put together a box set of four of the books from the My Immortals Series. It’s on pre-order now and will release May 10, 2016. The pre-order price increases May 17th, so a pre-order locks in the lower price of $7.99 US.

The first three remain with my traditional publisher so I’m unable to include them. But with this box set you’ll get four books in the series: Free Fall (a novella), My Dangerous Pleasure (a novel), My Darkest Passion (a novel), and Dead Drop (a shorter-ish novel).

I’m not able to get a pre-order at Nook, alas. In addition, I have no plans for a print version. The cost would be prohibitive since the total word count would be well over 250,000 words which would push 1000 pages.

 

Box set cover with hot shirtless demon and the covers of the 4 included books

More Demons! Who Doesn’t Want More Demons?

 

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Preorder A Seduction in Winter

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

A Seduction in Winter, Available for Pre-Order

It doesn’t have to be the holidays or even winter to enjoy my Regency novella about Honora and Lord Wrathell. I promise! This novella originally appeared in the anthology Christmas in Duke Street.

cover of A Seduction in Winter, 3D. Pretty Regency Lady in a blue gown against a snowy--ish background

Cover of A Seduction in Winter – in 3D

 

Pre-Order A Seduction in Winter Now!

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He’s an artist and a duke’s heir. She’s sheltered and scarred. Can he show her by Christmas that love can be theirs to share?

As the holidays approach, Lieutenant Leoline Marrable, now Lord Wrathell, travels to London where he’s expected to fulfill longstanding expectations and propose to his former commander’s daughter. Wrathell longs to ease the strained relationship with his ducal father. The key may be an unfinished portrait of his late brother.

Honora Baynard has a terrible facial scar as a result of a childhood injury. She has never forgotten Leoline, who came to her defense when other children tormented her. Now, her over-protective artist father keeps her indoors, creating the beautiful detail work that makes his paintings so sought after.

As Wrathell and Honora spend more time together, mutual interest becomes mutual attraction. Can Wrathell convince Honora that for Christmas, he’d like to give her not only passion and pleasure, but his heart to keep for her own?

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