Posts Tagged ‘surprise’

You Need Not Wicked Enough. Really!

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Around the time I have a release, I stop looking at websites that might have reviews of the book. I do that because, like so many writers, a “bad” review depresses me far more than a “good” review elates me. I beat myself up over such things and so — I have made the decision to avoid that. I can often look at reviews of books of mine that have been out for a while though I still don’t search them (the reviews) out.

For current releases, when my memories of everything I hoped the book would be and my feelings about flaws are still fresh (and, when, quite arguably, reviews matter) I rely on friends to let me know when a review is safe to look at. Occasionally a Google Alert will have enough text that I can risk clicking through — but usually, I delete those review alerts immediately.

My historical, Not Wicked Enough will be out in February 2012. It’s WAY too early to start avoiding review sites and alerts. So I thought.

Except today, Jane at Dear Author listed books she’s recently read. Now, as a reader I LOVE that feature because it lets me know who likes what and what’s in my reading future. So I scanned her list and ACK!!! I kid you not, at first I went, wait, that’s MY book title! And then, oh, doh.

Not Wicked Enough by Carolyn Jewel (ARC, release date Feb 7, 2012). Enjoyed this different historical story of a wealthy woman who fell in love with a soldier. She gave up her virginity to him and then he died before they could marry. She’s single out of choice because she never believed she could love again. The hero is a former farmer found to be the male heir of a dukedom that was to revert to a crown. He needs to marry to gain respectability for his title. Full review near release date.

I am now feeling very neurotic about that (what does she mean by enjoyed?) but hey! She enjoyed it.

You should probably go pre-order. Right? From your favorite vendor or bookseller.


More of Carolyn’s Holiday Extravaganza!

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Today’s contest is for a signed copy of Susan Crandall’s Pitch Black PLUS a surprise.

Cover of Pitch Black by Susan Crandall In an effort to give her newly adopted teenage son, Ethan, a fresh start, Philadelphia journalist Madison Wade relocates to a small Tennessee town. When Ethan goes on a camping trip with three other teens and returns without their chaperone, Ethan’s past casts him as suspect in a crime. The secrets Madison uncovers as she tries to clear her son brings danger from unexpected places and puts her at odds with the local sheriff — a man who has been trying to win her heart.

Let me just say that I LOVE Romantic Suspense, and this storyline is exactly what I love. I would totally steal this book if Susan hadn’t sent it to me so I could give it away to deserving blog readers such as yourself.

Praise for Pitch Black

Keep the lights on bright for PITCH BLACK! — Karen Harper, New York Times bestselling author.

Prepare to be thoroughly captivated by Crandall’s PITCH BLACK world! — Karen Rose, New York Times bestselling author.

In addition to Pitch Black, I will send along a surprise. Maybe another book. Maybe a little something from one of my two favorite stores in Petaluma. Total surprise even to me. Maybe it will have something to do with the title, maybe not. It just depends how I’m feeling. Maybe I’ll send along something silly from my other favorite store in town that has some awesomely cool silly stuff. You won’t know because it will be a surprise!

To enter this contest, leave a comment with a way to contact you. In your comment, please answer the following question:

You have this weird neighbor that you have never, ever seen in daylight. He came over once when you were having a block party and the festivities went on late into the night. He’s tall, good looking but extremely pale. He has a lime green iPod. He’s an extremely good dancer and appallingly good at Trivial Pursuit. It is now 12:01 AM. You are alone in your room. It is PITCH BLACK because there’s a total eclipse of the moon and you are in bed unable to sleep until you know who won the 1974 World Series. You just happen to have your weird neighbor’s phone number and a fully charged cell phone. You call . . .

What happens next?

If you prefer, feel free to answer the question as if the weird neighbor is a woman.

Just make something up. Or go for it. Or something.

This contest is open until end of Monday, December 14. (Pacific Time)


ETA: Comments are now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered!