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Mind The Gap

Friday, November 24th, 2017

There is a happy ending to my story so I’m able to tell you about the nightmare of the past 12 hours. Being the geek that I am, I have an iPhone X. In fact, it arrived just this Tuesday, so on Thursday, my phone (which I LOVE so far) still had that new phone smell. Folks, the iPhone X is a religious experience for me. I really, really, really like this phone.

Thursday evening I was getting in the car for a short but necessary drive, and I put my phone down in the center console near the middle of the seat. Only the phone slipped into the gap between the seat and the side of the console and then slid completely out of sight. Completely. It was NOT underneath the seat. After 45 minutes of me, my son, and my sister trying to even see where it was and get it out, we failed. I resigned myself to having to go to my mechanic to have the front seat removed in order to retrieve the phone from the innards of the driver’s seat.

Important note: my son insisted that the phone was underneath the center console. To which I replied, “No, it can’t be. I saw it slide underneath the seat.” In the opposite direction.

My phone and I were forced to spend the night apart for the first time in our nascent relationship. The horror. Also, the horror of realizing that I would not be able to easily access any of the sites where I have enabled 2-Factor Authentication and ACK HOW DOES ANYONE FUNCTION WITHOUT A PHONE?????

This morning, I had to call ON A LAND LINE— what even is that? —to tell my mechanic that I had a car emergency and to be prepared for my immanent arrival. I then drove immediately there. Two people tried to find my phone. We were about to set about removing the front seat when a third person said he’d try, and after calling my phone several times he too said the phone was under the center console. He fetched a thingamajig and two minutes later he handed me my phone. They didn’t even charge me.

I HAVE MY LIFE BACK!!!

When I got home, I stuffed some cloth in the gap so if this happens again, me being somewhat klutzy, the phone will not slip down like that.

When my son gets up, I will tell him that he was right, and I was wrong, and I don’t even care because I have my phone back, and besides, you have to admit when you’re wrong like that.

 

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Pre-Orders and Amazon Thoughts and Decisions

Wednesday, 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

Wednesday, 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.

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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

Tuesday, 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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More News!

Thursday, 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

Friday, 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.

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

I have sent Surrender to Ruin to the copyeditor.

 

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Update on Surrender to Ruin

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

I have the (3rd Round) edited manuscript back for Surrender to Ruin.

This is wonderful, Carolyn! I already loved this book and now I love it even more!

This means I have some light edits and then the book goes to copy-edits. I’m considering a pre-order for this book. Stand by on that. Either way the book should be ready to go in 3-4 weeks.

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What’s Up? This!

Saturday, October 7th, 2017

Here’s What’s Up

Surrender to Ruin is still out for its final final final editorial read. The anthology How to Find a Duke in Ten Days is officially on sale. Readers are really responding to the stories. Mine is The Viscount’s First Kiss. If you haven’t picked up your copy, you should! Click here for my website buy links page.

Other News

I have a reversion for Not Wicked Enough. As soon as I have the reversion letter, my version of the book will be on sale world wide. Until the reversion, Berkley Books had North American rights.

What’s Next

I have several projects in the pipeline, but after a lot of thought I have reordered them. As some of you may know, Hachette Books still has the rights to the first two books in my My Immortals series. They have, to date, stood fast on refusing to revert because of outstanding sublicenses that do not expire until 2021. This severely hampers my ability to properly market the series, and that matters, a lot, to my bottom line. It’s hard to get traction with new readers when I don’t control two of the books, both of which are either no longer in print or very hard to find in print.

Therefore, I have decided to write two “replacement” books that will provide a new series lead-in to books 3-7. They are tentatively titled My Infernal Lover and Blow Back. Once both are done, I’ll have a way to effectively market the series and, hopefully, bring new readers into the series.

That does mean I am pushing back starting the new “Dark Elf” series, which is disappointing, though I am continuing to draft out my vision for for this series. My historical Not Proper Enough will likely revert sometime in the next year. Book 3 in the series remains on my project list.

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Progress Report

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

My story for the anthology How to Find a Duke in Ten Days is back from copyedits and has been updated accordingly. The anthology is now off to be formatted. Our usual partner in crime, Miranda Neville, was unable to join us in this anthology, to the great disappointment of the rest of us.I’m also including story descriptions and pre-order links. The anthology releases October 5, 2017.

Cover of How to Find a Duke in Ten Days. There's a ducal estate in the background and a totally Duke-ish looking fellow in the foreground. He is fiddling with one of his cuffs.

How to Find a Duke in Ten Days

You can pre-order the anthology now. (Links at bottom of the post.)

About How to Find a Duke in Ten Days

For centuries, the volumes of a priceless Renaissance manuscript, The Duke’s Book of Knowledge, have been the subject of legend and rumor. Three members of London’s Bibliomania Club have promised a beloved professor they’ll find the manuscripts before the professor retires. They are determined to vindicate his faith in the Duke’s existence while rescuing a great literary work from obscurity. The problem? The book must be found in ten days. Matters of the heart intrude as each book hunter realizes that locating an ancient manuscript might just lead to happiness ever after.

The Will to Love by Grace Burrowes

His lordship has been looking for a rare manuscript in all the wrong places, but he might just find true love!

The Earl of Ramsdale is convinced that his late uncle’s will holds the key to finding at least one portion of a long-lost Renaissance manuscript. The only person skilled enough to translate the will in ten short days is Miss Philomena Peebles, who has no patience with handsome, presumptuous earls. Will Ramsdale find the fabled literary treasure, or lose his heart to the last woman he should propose to?

How to Steal a Duke (in Ten Days, Give or Take a Few Days, But Definitely in Less than a Fortnight) by Shana Galen

A haughty duke and an impoverished lady turned cat burglar travel to the wilds of Cornwall in search of a castle, a mad earl, and an arcane manuscript.

Dominick Spencer, the Duke of Tremayne, is a powerful man used to having his way. When he and three other members of the Bibliomania Club set out to find the lost volumes of The Duke’s Book of Knowledge to present to their favorite Oxford professor, Dominick takes his task seriously, even hiring a cat burglar to help him gain entry to a remote castle in Cornwall inhabited by a mad earl.

Rosalyn Dashner knows accepting the duke’s assignment is dangerous, but her impoverished family and sick brother need the money. The daughter of a gentleman, Rosalyn is not impressed by titles. She’s not impressed by the haughty duke until she comes to know the kind but lonely man under the gruff exterior. The duke might be looking for a manuscript, but she’s found a man she loves. When Rosalyn must risk her life to obtain the manuscript, will Dominick choose her or his quest for the Duke’s Book?

The Viscount’s First Kiss by Carolyn Jewel

Viscount Daunt and the painfully shy Magdalene Carter turn friendship into love in their search for a legendary medieval manuscript.

For years, the Viscount Daunt has loved Magdalene Carter, the widow of a long-time friend and mentor. She’s a brilliant and original thinker whose shyness often paralyzes her, but no one is more knowledgeable about their shared passion for medieval tomes. When he enlists her aid in the search for the legendary Duke’s Book of Knowledge, a book he must find in just ten short days, he hopes to transform their friendship into love.

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