Archive for the ‘Good News’ Category

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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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
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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.

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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…

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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!

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Effects of Unfairly Favorable Book Reviews on Independent Readers

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

Readers are cheated when a majorly flawed piece of writing receives unfairly favorable reviews.

Books with severe language errors cannot have earned a 5-star review. Correct grammar is not a matter of opinion. The correct usage of a word is not opinion. There are reference books that contain the rules of grammar. Dictionaries contain both the accepted spellings and definition of 99 percent of all words in the English language. There is no excuse for getting these things wrong out of ignorance or sheer lack of interest.

No reader should be required to mentally substitute correct grammar, word usage, and sentence structure in order to make sense of the words the writer actually put on the page.

Readers have a right to assume the writer has written in a purposeful way such that she has, in fact, said what she means. When the connection between words, sentences, and meaning is fundamentally broken, then, objectively, that book does not deserve a 5-Star review. Yet such books do receive 5-star reviews.

Some Examples

I hated Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom. I think that book has serious flaws, but none of them are language flaws. Franzen’s writing is not incoherent. He uses words correctly. My disagreements are with the story he chose to tell and the actions of his characters in that story. Reasonable people can, and have, disagreed with my opinion. I understand why someone might give the book 5 stars. There are, by the way, 1,091 Amazon reviews of this book. The average star rating is three. 307 of them are 5-star reviews. 308 are 1-star. Obviously, opinions differ.

There are two self-published books I’ve read recently and both were dreadful. The writing in both was immature and unprofessional. The plots appealed to me, which is why I bought them, but the execution was so bad, I could not finish either. One of them has 23 reviews on Amazon with a 4.5 star average. The lowest star reviews are 3-stars and there are only three of them. A book that is objectively bad did not get a single 1-star review. That is a completely unfair representation of the objective quality of the book.

Here’s a snippet from one of the reviews:

. . . one word that would express my thoughts of this book, and the only one that I can find is WOW!

Really? Really? The writing is objectively bad. BAD. The heroine is infantile and infantilized. The writing is confusing and muddled. This author brings all the insight and maturity of a five-year-old to her work. None of the reviewers who gave this book five stars said word one about any of the objective flaws. Why? What’s fair to the reader when a book receives a plurality of glowing reviews that omit mention of such egregious writing errors?

In case you think I’m picking on self-published books, how about Hugh Howey’s Wool? Howey was never NY published, and yet Wool is better, yes, better, than most of what comes out of NY. Readers found him, in droves.

There are 2,415 reviews of the Kindle Omnibus version and the star average is five. Wool is an amazing piece of writing, in my opinion. Like Franzen, Howey does not make language errors. If you read Wool, or Freedom, for that matter, you can assume the words were chosen with great care and thought and that the authors thought hard about the stories being told.

Don’t Cheat the Reader

Wool and Freedom are a far cry from books written by an author who can’t spell, doesn’t know the difference between past and passed and couldn’t correctly punctuate a sentence if her life depended on it.

Giving books like those 5-stars cheats the reader, and those reviews unfairly increase the ranking of those books.

Take Your Review with Lumps

If you’re an author, take your lumps. Franzen is considered one of America’s greatest writers, and his book has 307 1-star reviews, while books written by authors with less than a third-grade command of language receive not a single 1-star review. How is that fair? Say what you will about Franzen’s book or his blindness to the reality of being a woman in America, I’ve not heard him whine about bad reviews.

If Franzen can suck it up, so can you. If a book like Freedom, which some reviewers called a masterpiece, can end up with an average 3-star review, then surely the rest of us can live with the same result for our books.

This is my my response to this baloney.

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Monster Mailing!

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Today, I bought mailers and took all the books that needed to be mailed to the mail store:

100 copies of My Wicked Enemy
10 copies of Not Proper Enough
10 copies (total) of Not Proper Enough and Not Wicked Enough for the RITAs
A miscellaneous other number of books that are embarrassingly late getting mailed.

My local mailing store is awesome because if I didn’t get the right number or kind of shipping materials, they will supply them. They will take care of everything. All I had to do was drop off the books and supplies.

Bliss.

If I owe you a book, it will be on its way soon!

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News Flash!! DX is Free for Kindle (Limited Time!)

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Until 1/31/12 (or thereabouts, might be a couple days longer) my Crimson City novella DX is free for Kindle.


Get DX for Kindle for $0.00

I can’t guarantee the date it goes back to the usual price because I’m dependent on Amazon price matching, however, on February 1, I’ll be setting the price back to $1.99 at the other vendors.

Cover for Crimson City Novella "DX"

Demons. Werewolves. An Internal-Operations agent who just wants her job back . . .
DX is a NOVELLA, and is about 25,000 words. It originally appeared in the anthology Shards of Crimson.

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