Archive for the ‘Good News’ Category

Why Carolyn is Never the Navigator

Friday, December 11th, 2015

Today I had to drive to San Francisco to pick up my son who is home for Winter Break. He’s at a college an hour or so south of San Francisco aka through some the worst traffic in the country. Anyway, our agreement is that he gets himself to San Francisco and I’ll pick him up there. This time he didn’t take the bus. He took a different bus and a train. So I had to pick him up at a different spot than usual. He was coming with a friend who we were drop off on our way home, which is only relevant because there were witnesses.

Have I mentioned before that I am directionally deprived? Even with a GPS?

Anyway, I departed right from work and headed to San Francisco and as soon as I was in the city remembering how much I hate all the other people driving in traffic I came to a big old sign that said the street I was supposed to turn on (left or right or some direction or other) was CLOSED. So I detoured and then the stupid GPS started telling me to turn right on streets where you can’t turn right so after some horror and frustration I decided I was close enough (I wasn’t, actually) and I would park in the nearest parking garage and walk there to get them.

So I did this, and somehow I ended up in a part of the PARKING garage where they don’t actually let you park. And this guy is all snotty with me about me trying to turn around and then he says “you have to go up”  So… right. I can’t find any arrows pointing up so I decided fine, I will leave the parking garage and try to find the train station only you can’t get out without paying and I wasn’t allowed to park anywhere and anyway someone ended up voiding my ticket and I was back where I was twenty effing minutes before still with no idea how to find the damn train station.

That’s right. I got lost in a parking garage.

So three times on my way to hell, the GPS is telling me I have arrived at my destination. (Nuh-uh!!) And my son is texting me that they are standing right across from a big Safeway and right then I see a Safeway!

Only it’s not clear how to get there and I took a wrong turn onto … actually the street I was looking for anyway. And there was a Starbucks with PARKING! (It’s a fucking miracle that there is free parking in downtown San Francisco — kind of South of Marketish I don’t really know for sure) so I parked at the Starbucks and told my son to find me.

::::hand waving:::::

There was some confusion, mostly my fault — imagine that– about directions and they walked the wrong way and NOBODY including me was dressed for San Francisco. It was cold. Because it happens the Safeway I saw was not the Safeway they were seeing. Then someone on twitter (you know who you are) said I needed a 12 digit grid cord and then they could find me. And what the hell Army thing is that? Because this person is in the Army. Meanwhile I paid $2.45 for a mint tea I didn’t want so I wouldn’t feel guilty about using the Starbuck’s bathroom.

So anyway an hour later they find me and we got the hell out of San Francisco.

And this is why I am NEVER the navigator.  The upside is that by the time we were leaving traffic wasn’t hardly bad at all.

 

 

Share

Seven Wicked Nights is a Bestseller

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Today I found out the the boxed set I’m in, Seven Wicked Nights, debuted on the US Today Bestseller List at #126.

So. I am officially a USA Today Bestselling author. And that is gosh darned exciting for all the authors in the set. It’s a great collection of stories by some pretty wonderful authors. So if you didn’t pick up your copy yet, you should.

Amazon

iBooks

Nook

Kobo

Google Play

Cover of Boxed Set: Seven Wicked Nights

Seven Wicked Nights

Share

The News Post of New Stuff you Didn’t Know Probably

Monday, September 1st, 2014

All righty.

Things I have been doing:

1. Uploaded A Notorious Ruin for pre-orders at Amazon, iBooks, Google Play, and Kobo. The publication date is September 23, 2014. I’ll post the pre-order links as they come live.

The files are final enough that I would not be totally horrified if they delivered now. They’re missing a couple graphical elements that would spiffy up the file, that’s pretty much it.

Side note: Aside from other proofeading, I ran A Notorious Ruin through an on-line grammar checker that highlighted some typos and points that needed clarification, and the WordPerfect grammar checker that highlighted OTHER typos and points that needed clarification.

Side Side note: Grammar checkers are pretty much useless for actually checking grammar. But they are very good at finding typos or other slips.

Side Side Side note: Next, I will do a visual proof on the iPad (see below) AND have it read back to me.

2. I have started uploading the new covers for Scandal and Indiscreet. That goes along with some updated links and formatting (always tweaking!) They’re live most places, actually.

3. I approved the new cover for Stolen Love and have the final files.

4. Took a look at the new cover for The Spare and asked for a slight tweak.

5. Went back and forth on the main images to use for Passion’s Song and Moonlight. Found a couple more to consider.

6. Contacted my go-to guy for typopgraphy and logos etc about doing some work on a logo and graphical elements to use inside books. Yes, that latter one would be easy. If you aren’t me. But I am me. So.

7. Loaded the proof iBooks file for A Notorious Ruin to the iPad. I find this a very very useful proofreading tool. I’ll also find any formatting glitches, of course.

So, been busy. How about you?

Share

Secret Project Revealed!

Monday, August 11th, 2014

This project came about very suddenly. As in something like just hours after Sherry Thomas floated the idea to me and Courtney Milan, this happened:

 

Cover of Boxed Set: Seven Wicked Nights

Seven Wicked Nights

About Seven Wicked Nights

September 16, 2014

Seven bestselling historical romance authors offer seven sexy stories featuring dukes, lords, rakes, scoundrels…and the unforgettable heroines who bring them to their knees. These stories range in length from long novellas to delectable little bites.

Unlocked

by New York Times bestselling author Courtney Milan

Elaine Warren has resigned herself to life as a spinster and a wallflower…but when Evan Carlton, the Earl of Westfeld, returns after a long absence, she’s afraid that he plans to torment her as he did before. This time, though, she vows to show him that wallflowers can fight back…

follow Courtney on Twitter | Like Courtney on Facebook | Read an excerpt from Unlocked

When I Met my Duchess

by USA Today bestselling author Caroline Linden

Everyone expects the Duke of Wessex’s wedding to be the society event of the Season. But when the duke meets his future bride’s sister, he realizes he’s about to marry the wrong woman…and his wedding is about to become the scandal of the year.

Follow Caroline on Twitter | Like Caroline on Facebook | Read an excerpt from When I Met my Duchess

How to Catch a Wild Viscount

by New York Times bestselling author Tessa Dare (originally published as The Legend of the Werestag)

Luke Trenton, Viscount Merritt, returned from battle a changed man, but Cecily Hale won’t be pushed away. She has only a few moonlit nights to reach the real Luke…the wounded heart she knows still beats inside the war-ravaged body…or she could lose him to the darkness forever.

follow Tessa on Twitter | Like Tessa on Facebook | Read an excerpt from How to Catch a Wild Viscount

One Starlit Night

by award-winning author Carolyn Jewel

Ten years away from Doyle’s Grange isn’t long enough for Viscount Northword to forget Portia Temple or their passionate adolescent affair. Portia, however, is about to marry another man…and Northword cannot help but interfere, with his words, his body, and the truths of his heart.

More About One Starlit Night

Claiming the Duchess

by two-time RITA® winner Sherry Thomas

Clarissa, the widowed Duchess of Lexington, has two great loves: the reticent and reclusive Mr. James Kingston and her faithful correspondent Miss Julia Kirkland, whom Clarissa has never met. Now both Mr. Kingston and Miss Kirkland are due to arrive at Clarissa’s house—and Clarissa is about to find out that neither is as she has been led to believe…

Follow Sherry on Twitter | Like Sherry on Facebook | Read an excerpt from Claiming the Duchess

The Misbehaving Marquess

by award-winning author Leigh LaValle

Having awaited the return of her husband for half a decade, Catherine Raybourne, the Marchioness of Foster, has no intention of reconciling with her misbehaving marquess. But when he insists he needs an heir—immediately—she must confront her own lingering desires. Can she protect her heart while attempting to win his once again?

Follow Leigh on Twitter | Like Leigh on Facebook | Read an excerpt from The Misbehaving Marquess

Ruined by a Rake

by award-winning author Erin Knightley

Eleanor Abbington has always had a contentious and competitive relationship with Nicolas Norton. But when her uncle orders her to marry the man of his choosing, her old adversary becomes her only ally, and she may very well find herself…ruined by a rake.

Follow Erin on Twitter | Like Erin on Facebook | Read an excerpt from Ruined by a Rake

More!

As soon as the pre-order links are live, I’ll get them posted. I’m thrilled to be participating in this. What a great way for people to get stories by some really fantastic authors.

Release date is Sept 16.

Pre-Orders!

iBooks

Share

News! Actual News!

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

I finished my novella for the upcoming paranormal romance anthology Alphas Unleashed and thus, the fork is out!

Fork against a blue sky with white clouds

The Fork

Just in time, too, because edits are back for A Notorious Ruin!

Folks, if you read my last post, you know that I started this novella, Dead Drop, on April 15. Today is May 15, and it is not only done, it’s pretty damned good.

About Dead Drop

Read Chapter 1

Here’s a teaser:

Palla was halfway in the kitchen, and that made her nervous, that he was bothering to come this close. She wasn’t sure about Tau’s job, but Palla was an enforcer. Literally. He worked for a demon warlord, and it was his job to scare people into staying in bounds and to take care of the ones who didn’t. Just about all of the demon warlord’s inner circle were killers. They had to be these days, but yeah. She was a bit too aware of that right now. You broke the rules, you paid the price, and there stood the guy who took all your money.

What else? Dead Drop will appear first in the anthology. It will be available individually sometime in October.

Share

Good News!

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Carolyn Crane said we should enter The Carolyn because we are both named Carolyn. Well, I entered My Darkest Passion and it’s a finalist! That is very gratifying and exciting news. Ms. Crane did not enter, which is a shame. She ought to have. Her books are wonderful.

Finalist's Medallion

The Carolyn Finalist Medallion!

Yipee!

Share

Review of Whispers

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Carolyn Jewel’s Whispers is a collection of five erotic short stories. Some are historical, some historical and some have paranormal elements. Not all are romances, but all are intriguing stories that push the envelope with respect to the heroines’ notions of sexuality. Also, all are fairly dark in their portrayal of sex. Think demons. While not all the heroes are actual demons, they all are in the darker plain of existence.

Whispers, Collection No. 1 is an anthology of eclectic erotic stories that will challenge readers and make them think. The endings are not always expected, nor are they easy—but they are well done.

Jennifer Porter, HeroesAndHeartbreakers.com
Read the full review

Buy Links here

Share

Woot!! My Darkest Passion has been Uploaded

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Serious face of a Southeast Asian (Indian) man looking to the left. He is extremely handsome.

Cover! Hot!

OK, folks. It’s REAL.

I’ve uploaded My Darkest Passion to:

Amazon
B&N
Kobo
Apple

Smashwords and ARE are next, then the print version.

It’ll be a couple of days before the files are actually on sale, and, naturally, I am now wracked with nerves that I uploaded the wrong file or missed some major formatting problems, or that the book just isn’t any good.

Share

My Darkest Passion – The Fork is Out!

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013
Fork against a blue sky with white clouds

The Fork. Photo by Yours Truly.

I’ve sent the MS off to my editor. There’s still revisions, copyediting, and proofreading, but I expect to have the book on sale late this month.

My Darkest Passion is book 5 of the My Immortals series. I guess I also need to start working on the back blurb, too…

Share

Newsing the Covers

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

I have two covers to show you:

First, the cover for My Darkest Passion, Book 5 of the My Immortals series. The MS is back from a beta read and I’m working on those revisions now. Then it’s off to my editor, so I’m thinking mid-to-late February is looking good as a release date. This is Harsh Marit’s story. At long last, I was able to find an image of a Southeast Asian (Indian) man that was super hot. In fact, I found more than one! Because, as the world is discovering, there is actually no shortage of Indian men more than suitably hot for a romance cover. Woot!!! Patricia Schmitt is the cover artist for both.

Serious face of a Southeast Asian (Indian) man looking to the left. He is extremely handsome.

Cover! Hot!

Second, here’s the new cover for Lord Ruin. I’ve already uploaded it to Amazon, Apple, and Barnes and Noble, along with some updates to the text, mostly formatting, but I did find a few more typos. I’ll have the file updated for Smashwards and All Romance shortly.

A man holding the face of a woman with her eyes closed.

New Cover!

Share