This is a re-release. The book first came out in July 2010. We've found a few typos and given it a new cover, but if you already have this one, it's the same book.
Click on the cover for an excerpt and order links for all the online sites offering the book.
This is a re-release. The book first came out in July 2010. We've found a few typos and given it a new cover, but if you already have this one, it's the same book.
Congratulations to my contest winners. I have two boxes of books and swag that will go out priority mail this afternoon, so Robin from California and Theresa from Florida should have them in just a couple more days. Both boxes are filled mostly with books and there's swag stuffed in around them. There wasn't as much this year as usual, though I did load up on the books. I hope you'll find some of interest to you. My internations winner is Ginette from Canada--please contact me so I'll know what book of mine to send to you from the retailer of your choice.
On another note, I just got some--to me, anyway--depressing news. St. Martin's Press has cancelled the release of the Feral Passions series as single-title ebooks. I'm sorry because I know of quite a few of you who were looking forward to finding the books online at a reasonable cost. FWIW, the stories are still available in the CLAIMED BY THE MATE duet for $4.99.
Quick update--I just now heard from my editor who loves the series and is hoping for an alternative way to release them. I suggested combining all three into a bundle, and she seemed interested. Here's hoping! I will keep you updated.
On that note, I need to get back to work. There will be some changes coming in the future with my newsletter contests. I doubt I'll be able to continue doing them monthly, as I no longer get books from my publisher to give away, and it's not in the budget to buy the print ones as I have to pay full price for them. It all comes down to economics--if this indie publishing is as successful as I hope, I may be able to get back to the regular contests, but for now they're only going to happen when I honestly have the money and the time.
I'll still be doing my newsletters with updates on new books and the occasional re-release. Coming up, of course, is Wolf Tales 10, and I've had a terrific response for reviewers to help me out in the future. I can still add more, so if you're interested, please drop me a note. Books will be provided via NetGalley.
Take care, all, and thank you for entering!
First of all, I've got to explain this photo, because it's the reason I had such a wonderful time at the RWA conference in Orlando. Four years ago, I ran one of my monthly contests as I usually do, and noticed that I had a whole slew of entries from Lakeland, Florida. I could think of only one person I knew from Lakeland, and that was Lisa Guertin. (Lisa is second from the left in the back row next to me) I had met Lisa at a conference years earlier and we really hit it off. (Yes, she is one who actually seems to get my off-the-wall thinking!)
Anyway, I emailed Lisa and essentially said, "What is it with all these women in Lakeland who appear to like sexy paranormals?" She didn't have a clue, either, but I figured that if there were that many women with the same interests in reading, they'd probably make for a terrific book club. And that's how the book club, The Readers of the Pack, was born.
Four years later, this group of absolutely fantastic--and funny!--women are the best of friends and the book club is going strong. I finally got to meet a lot of them (Unfortunately not everyone was able to come to Orlando) and it was an absolute hoot! After dinner, where one of my favorite authors, Andrew Grey, joined us, we went back to the Dolphin Hotel and met up with a "new to me" author, Alanea Alder, who fits right in with this crowd. (Clicking on Alanea's and/or Andrew's name will take you to their websites)
Conferences can be crazy and overwhelming, but when someone you know actually picks you up at the airport and hauls you where you need to go, it's a lot more fun. And I can say without any doubt that Lisa has one of the coolest husbands ever--how many men will haul a strange woman to the airport before four in the morning? Uh huh...not very many. Even my OWN husband puts me on the shuttle! Airport? Nah...
Lot's of cool things at the conference--I got to meet Sonali Dev, author of The Bollywood Bride and A Bollywood Affair, among others, and she sent me home with an ARC of her next book, A DISTANT HEART, coming out December 26.
It's a wonderful story, and beautifully ties up the threads left after A CHANGE OF HEART, though it can easily be read as a stand alone. Sonali's writing is absolutely flawless, and the books are so hard to put down! So I didn't--I actually read it twice, which is part of the reason my office is still in chaos after coming back from Orlando. I have to clean it up ONE of these days!
Another really good book I've read since getting back from Orlando is Susan Fox's FLY AWAY WITH ME. It's the first in a new series with a similar tone to her Caribou Crossing series--small town, likeable characters, and a truly hot romance between two smart people (such a concept!)--but this one is set on Destiny Island in the waters near Vancouver Island off the coast of beautiful British Columbia.
Susan writes wonderfully heartwarming stories. Her characters always have an issue that creates believable conflict, and they ALWAYS have a wonderful happy ending. Face it, in this country right now we can all use a few happy endings! (That's the photo I took last week to post on my Twitter account. I don't post much, but love to get my photos of books and wine out where others will see them)
This book is already out, and it's just flat out good!
There was a really good shushi restaurant in the hotel I stayed in--can we say Kate ate a lot of raw fish in Orlando? It was WONDERFUL! I also got away from the hotel--something I rarely do at a conference--and went to Disney Springs with an author I met the second night I arrived. I had dinner planned with Alix Rickloff, and Alix brought along JT Bock. Jen is an absolute hoot, and she managed not to lose me once I was surrounded by all things Disney. It was great to see Alix again, and I'm going to have to keep in touch with JT, but that's the best part about a conference--meeting new people!
I'm participating in a blog this month--click on the photo and it will take you to my Q&A where you can take a chance at winning a copy of Dark Terror Or, if you already have it and win a book, just let me know and we'll come up with something else.
As far as my contest here, I've got lots of books and RWA Swag, and I'm not sure how many prizes I can give away, but I know I've got at least enough for two boxes--again, this is US only--but I'll give away a copy of one of my own ebooks to any International winners, and the number of winners chosen sort of depends on the number of entries I get. Just enter using the contest entry form to the right. International entries, I just need to know what country you're in so I know you go into my international pool of entries. There are fewer of you than US entries, so I like to give you a fair shot at winning something. When I can separate you out, you have a better shot. I'll get in touch with International winners to see what book you'd like.
Now, on to my book business! Wolf Tales 10 is going to come out in September instead of this month. The book is done, edits complete, but we've been having trouble coming up with the right cover. The thing is, we want a concept that we can continue using, a design that will mean "Wolf Tales" to readers. A lot of you have some of the series but not all of it. I know many of you have read some of the Wolf Tales but never finished the series. I have the rights back to Wolf Tales 10, 11, and 12, and I hope to eventually have the whole series, but you'll be able to tell the ones that are re-releases by the covers--and, of course, the price. We'll have them at $3.99, I think. At this point, we're not releasing them in print unless sales warrant the extra cost. Anyway, the titles will look almost the same, except we're adding the name of the main character. Wolf Tales 10 will come out as Wolf Tales 10 -- Adam, since it's mostly his story. Once all the cover tweaking is done, it'll go up for pre-order, and I'll let you know when that happens. I think that Wolf Tales 11 is coming out in November, and Wolf Tales 12 in January.
I've been working on Dark Captive since I got back from the conference, and I'm really enjoying this one. Once I'm comfortable with my story, I'll post an excerpt.
I've got one more thing I wanted to bring up. While I was at the conference, I met with my agent. Jessica Faust is terrific and I've been with her for over sixteen years now, but she essentially handed me my ass on a platter--she did it nicely, but she laid out some hard facts I really didn't want to hear. My sales have fallen off, and a lot of the reason, she believes, is because I'm not getting enough reviews when my books first release. Unfortunately, with all the changes in publishing now, if your book doesn't get enough reviews to move it up in the rankings, people just don't see it, and sales suffer.
I talked to Lisa Guertin and the ladies of the Readers of the Pack book club and they've agreed to take on a role on the ground floor of a street team of readers willing to review for me. They'll get copies of the new books via NetGalley, and hopefully other perks as I learn how to work with a team of reviewers.
The thing is, my agent wants me to have a group of at least fifty--obviously not everyone can read and review every book I release within a set time, but if there are enough people in the group, I should be able to get more than a dozen or so reviews, which has always been a high number for me. Everything about selling books has changed--I used to let my publisher worry about that sort of thing, but honestly? They don't always do that great a job, which is why I'm putting this out there to you.
If you enjoy reading and are comfortable writing reviews, I'd love to have you join what will be a closed group. I know a lot of you have done terrific reviews for me over the years, and I'm hoping it will make a difference to have a select group of readers willing to read and post for me. One other thing--I want honest reviews. If a book doesn't work for you, feel free to say why. Authors really do learn from constructive criticism! If you are interested, please write to me at email@example.com, or message me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/katedouglas.author. I want to know where you usually post reviews and if you believe you can read early release copies of my books and get a review up. I will provide the books via Netgalley. I'll be quite honest--this is a business decision for me, but if I want to keep writing, I'll need to figure out a way to make it work, and in this case, I'm willing to listen to my agent. I freely admit she knows a lot more about this business than I do!
And on that note, I've got grandkids in town and I want some time to see them before they go back to Hawaii on Monday, so I'm going to close for now. It was wonderful to see so many of you at the conference--I always love the book signing at RWA because so many readers I've known online for years stop by to say hello, and it's just the coolest thing ever! Be well, take care, and get your entries in. It appears I'm going to have two very tightly packed boxes of books with everyone from Rachel Gibson and MaryJo Putney to Cynthia Eden. I definitely grabbed an eclectic bunch of stuff! Swag, too. I can't wait to find my office underneath all this stuff again!
I've got my contest winners for July--the box of books from Fresh Fiction will go to Tracy in Washington State, and I've got two winners from Australia--Donna from Victoria, and Ann from Sydney--who will receive their choice of one of my ebooks, so please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what book you want and where you want me to order it. (so we get the right format)
Thanks to all of you for entering, and don't forget to let me know if you'll be in Orlando next week and want to get together at some point. I'm flying in Tuesday evening and coming home Sunday. My schedule is pretty crazy, but if there's a way to meet up, I'll try and make it happen. Tracy, your books will go out on Monday.
All the best to everyone, and I do hope you're summer is going well, that you're not having to deal with any of the horrible forest fires that are burning wherever it's summer!
Take care, be safe, and give yourself time to read a few good books!
I'm indulging myself here, and sharing this morning's photo of my Plumeria tree in bloom. Obviously, this is a Hawaiian native, not designed to grow in places like Healdsburg where it got cold enough to freeze my orange and lemon trees last year and ruined ALL the fruit!
Our daughter-in-law sent me a plumeria twig about eight years ago, and it has grown beautifully in the house each winter, and on the porch in the sun during the summer. These are the flowers that you commonly find in leis, and they smell like Hawaii. I've even got a baby plumeria that I started from a branch off the big one. Counting the height of the pot, the tree is now five feet tall with three branches of flowers that will be just like this one. It doesn't bloom all at once--in fact, there will be flowers for at least a month. And yes, it's a pain in the ASS to get it in and outside, a job I tackle when my husband isn't home. I think he believes it moves itself, but the man has a bad back and I don't want him offering to help...
Puttering in the yard or with my houseplants is my therapy. I get more "writing" done outside than when I'm sitting in my office, because I can spend time with plants and let my imagination wander through my story, which is sort of where all this is leading, right?
I've been working on Dark Captive, but after discussing release dates and such, my editor convinced me to release next April, not sooner as I had hoped. The thing is, I've already got a lot of books coming out over the next few months--St. Martin's Press is bringing out my Feral Passions stories as stand-alone ebooks with release dates in November for Feral Passions, December for Wild Passions, and January for Dangerous Passions. The book cover is linked to the Wolf Games page which is the series of books that the Feral Passions series is in--and Feral Passions is the name of the first in the series. Confused yet? (If not, I'm obviously not doing my job!) At this point, I've not had time to update the website with this new cover and pre-order links for the Feral Passions stories, but the first chapters are the same for all three books.
At the same time, my agent's company, the one handling the Spirit Wild series and my reverted books from other publishers, has me scheduled for the final three Wolf Tales stories to come out around the same time. Wolf Tales 10 – August, Wolf Tales 11 – October, and Wolf Tales 12 – January 2018. They're the only titles I've gotten back from Kensington, but sales on them weren't as good as the others. I don't think It was because the stories aren't good, because they're some of the best of the series, but after nine novels and nine novellas, readers were getting tired of spending a fortune on trade sized paperbacks. Plus, they came out during the time Borders was going under, and all of us who write romances suffered during that time. Regardless, we'll be releasing them at a lower price, and I'll be sure to let you know exactly when they're ready to come out.
Anyway, as I said, I'd been working on Dark Captive, but then had to finish getting Wolf Tales 12 ready for my editor. When you get books back from a publisher, you don't get the edits. Any changes that were made belong to the publisher, which means going through and catching any mistakes, fixing what makes the story work a bit better, that sort of thing. In the case of my Wolf Tales series, I had very little editing on any of the stories, so it was mainly a case of reading through and making sure I didn't have any typos. Which I did. Hopefully I caught them all, but if not, the book is now with my beta readers and they're good! Plus, my editor will get the final look at the thing, and he's beyond good and into vicious...which is good. Most of the time.
If any of you live in or near Orlando, I'm going to be there next week for the annual RWA National Conference. (follow the link and it should take you to the RWA page, and there's a link there that will take you to a list of AUTHORS...just added the direct link to authors... duh.) The literacy signing, which has always been the first night of the conference, has been moved to Saturday night to make it easier for readers to attend. I'm going to be in Orlando from late Tuesday night, July 25, to Saturday--since I'm flying out at 6:15 in the morning, there is no Sunday morning for me--and will be signing AWAKENED from the Intimate Relations romantic suspense series as well as HUNGER, from the Feral Passions series.
But, if you're in the area and want me sign any of your books ahead of time, email me at email@example.com and maybe we can work out a time ahead of the signing to get together. The thing is, they don't usually allow you to bring books into the signing because it gets too confusing when checking out, but if we can make it work, I'm more than willing. There are a lot of things I've already committed to (it actually IS a working conference!) but get in touch if you're going to be in the area.
And, if you're looking for me by sight, I don't look the same. The brown is gone and I'm completely gray. Started growing it out last fall, and it took a while because I used a rinse to keep it from looking two-tone. Then when I let the rinse wear off a couple of months ago, grim reality hit. I'm definitely gray--started turning in my forties and have colored it for over 25 years with my inner 35 year old egging me on. However, my hair started breaking off and falling out, ergo gray beats bald.
So this is the new me...or the old me, depending on your point of view. My husband loves it, but that's probably because he's been gray since his forties and he's left it that way. Which I encouraged, obviously, as I gleefully kept mine in the "original" brown. I wanted people to look at him then at me and say, "What is that sweet young thang DOING with that old fart...?"
One can always dream...
On to books--my favorite subject! I've been reading a LOT of BookBub freebies (There is a link on the right so you can follow me and get notices as soon as my books release) and I've really enjoyed all the new authors I've discovered. I've been reading a lot of LGBTQ books, mostly relationships between men, (if one gorgeous guy makes you happy, just think of two?) and also one lesbian romance in particular by Radclyfe called WILD SHORES that had a wonderful, really exciting adventure story as well as a moving romance. For the male side, A KIND OF TRUTH, by Lana Hayes was excellent, as was FIRE AND WATER by Andrew Grey (Andrew is the ULTIMATE romantic, and a really wonderful friend) Of course, that first book led me to the rest of his Carlisle Cops series. I've read FIRE AND ICE, and have three more in the series on my iPhone to read when I get a bit ahead of myself.
I also segued into Emma Holly's Billionaires series of menage romances. She is so good at making those work--I think the very first menage story I ever read was Emma's, aptly titled "Menage" from 1998. And yes, it's still on my keeper shelf!
Another "new to me" author is May Sage. May has a series called SOME GIRLS DO IT, and I swear I'd buy them just for the titles alone: SCROOGE McFUCK, BRING ON THE PSYCHOBITCH, THEM BACK DIMPLES, and the one that got me hooked on the series? SHY GIRLS WRITE IT BETTER. A caveat with May's books--her writing is fantastic, her storytelling absolutely flawless, but she needs my beta readers--someone to find the booboos. There are typos, but even as neurotically picky as I am, I still have to recommend her stories. I'd suggest you try SHY GIRLS WRITE IT BETTER, the first in the series, to get a feel for her voice. But if you're a neurotic nitpicker like I am, you have been warned. (and there aren't THAT many...like I said, neurotic.)
Long time favorite authors I've been reading include JR Ward's THE CHOSEN, and Nalini Singh's SILVER SILENCE. I'll be honest and say that I put off reading Ward's newest, not only because of the time commitment in reading her huge novels, but also because I'd read so many horrible reviews. It sat here in my office from April 4, the day it showed up from Amazon.com, until I read it a couple of weeks ago. Note to self--ignore bad reviews. I know better. I loved the book. I'm hooked on Ward's voice. I swear I hear heavy metal music playing in the background when I read something of hers, and this story was, in my mind, one of her best. So yes, I definitely recommend THE CHOSEN.
Nalini Singh is, in my opinion, one of the very best authors of paranormal romance writing today--or any day. Her stories are so wonderfully complex, her characters beautifully drawn, and I will be forever grateful to my many readers who said I absolutely had to read Nalini's Psy/Changeling series and then, when she released her first Guild Hunter book, that I'd better read those, too. I got hooked on both series, not to mention her Rock Kiss contemporary romances series, and most likely anything else this author chooses to write. An author's voice is everything, and Nalini's is pure gold. I will freely admit that the highlight of my RWA conference in San Diego last year was lunch with Nalini. She is every bit as charming and entertaining in real life as her books are in her amazing fantasy world. Both book covers are linked to their pages on the authors' sites.
Okay, I'm rambling. I imagine it's guilt because I didn't get a newsletter out last month, and I'm leaving in nine days for Orlando and won't be in touch during the conference all that much. But, I do have a neat prize this month, courtesy of FRESH FICTION. The site featured HUNGER as one of their June subscription books, and sent me a box of all the books going out to their subscribers. I've added a copy of AWAKENED to the box because there was room (uh...do I need a different reason? Nah...) and that will be my main prize. Unfortunately, the box of books will only be available to a winner who lives within the US (or Puerto Rico, where the postage is the same.)
For those of you who are international readers, I will send an ebook copy of any of my titles that you choose if you are a winner. You can see all of my books listed on Amazon.com on my Amazon author page. I'm sure that other retailers have a similar listing, but I don't have the links to them, so if you find a book on the Amazon page, just look it up on the company you prefer to buy from, and we'll go from there.
And on that note--one more thing. Since I'm busy packing and getting stuff ready for the trip, I'm going to keep this contest fairly short. You have until Friday to get your entry in, using the form that says CONTEST ENTRY FORM. Do NOT use the comments section to enter. It will be deleted, hopefully before someone finds your personal information that you should NEVER post online. (That was in my MOM voice!)
I hope I'll hear from those of you who will be in Florida for the conference. Would love to connect if possible. I'll have a name tag on--may or may not be wearing a hat. Now that my hair's not falling out, I don't feel the need to cover it up all the time--and I'm old, kids! Hot flashes tend to make your hair melt to your head...
Here's wishing you a wonderful month until the next newsletter, and please remember to take time to read a good book. There are so many of them out there, just waiting for new homes...and then there are libraries!
All the best,
Sorry to take so long, but I’ve had a head cold now for a week that’s just kicking my butt…via my head, obviously! Fell asleep last night before I got around to selecting winners, but my husband just took four copies of Dark Moon to the post office for Amber from Indiana, Brenda D. from Washington State, Ava from New Jersey, and Brenda B. from New York.
International winners Ann Q. and Karen D. will receive their ebooks once I find out what format they read. I really should request that info in the entry form!
Thanks to all of you for entering. Next contest in June. And now I need to get back to Dark Captive!
All the best, and I hope the next couple of weeks of crazy for moms in school (and almost out!) aren't too overwhelming. When possible, sneak away with a good book for some quiet time!
My final book with St. Martin's Press releases tomorrow--Tuesday, May 16, 2017. HUNGER with Eve Langlais and AC Arthur has the final story in my Feral Passions series, Dangerous Passions. This one ties up the threads of the first two stories, Feral Passions and Wild Passions, and gives all my guys their happily ever after.
Those of you who've been reading my books for a while know that if I read a book and it doesn't have a good HEA, I probably won't read that author again. I NEED those happy endings, ergo, my books will always have them. I want that "big sigh" when I read -- or write -- the final words, and you'll get them with this story. If you haven't read it already in Claimed by the Mate Vol 3, and if you prefer print, this is the book you need. It's currently on sale at Amazon for $11.55--retails for $16.99, but it does have three complete category length novels in it.
In other news, I've started the next Spirit Wild story. I have a title already--Dark Captive--and two leading men for this one. Leo Cheval finally figures out why women don't like his "macho-take-charge-because-I'm-the-man" attitude, but it takes a bit of help from Anton, who doesn't always get it right, either. And there's another character also taking center stage--FBI Agent Remington Caruthers is one of those secondary characters I haven't been able to forget, and I figure that when a secondary pops into other books, there's a reason.
As I've explained before, I always start my stories by putting together my character studies, and in this particular book I only needed to find one total newby, but she's beautiful and desperate, and she's also the "captive" in the title. The other "kind of" new character is Shay Stone, Luc and Tia's daughter, twin sister to Cami. The girls were born in Wolf Tales 9, and I've not yet included them in stories as adults.
This is the first book in ages where I've really felt as if I know the characters, and understand their motivation. Whenever I start a book, if I get vivid scenes while I'm writing, I know I'm going to enjoy it, so if you don't see me on FB or tweeting or whatever, I'll probably be working on the book.
I also need to book my flight to Orlando for the RWA conference in July. If you're anywhere near that part of Florida, we'll be having the literacy signing on a Saturday night at the Walt Disney World® Dolphin Resort, in Pacific Hall. Follow the link for details.
This month I'm giving away a few copies of Dark Moon, the third book in the Spirit Wild series where Remington Caruthers is introduced. (I really like him!) He's also in Dark Terror, but I don't have extra print copies of that one, so Dark Moon it is. And, as I did in the last month's contest, I'll be sending ebook copies to international contest winners.
PLEASE--if you live in the US and want me to send you a print book, remember your zip code. I had to toss a winner last month because the address was incomplete, and as I've said, I don't have time to chase you down for the correct address.
I'm hoping to get some reviews posted after I send this off--so far, I'm getting terrific reviews for Dark Terror and we're already getting some excellent reviews for the new SMP book, Hunger. That one comes out tomorrow. It's a BIG book, and as I mentioned earlier, it's on sale at Amazon right now for $11.55--it retails for $16.99, so if you're planning to get this one in print, the price is fairly low right now. Hunger has three complete category length novels in it, and it's huge!
One quick note on what I've been reading--I'm hooked on Sonali Dev's books and have now read The Bollywood Bride, A Bollywood Affair, and A Change of Heart. They're all wonderful! She doesn't have a new one out until December, so It's gonna be a long wait. I've already read each of these at least twice--if you like multi-layered, heartwarming stories with a bit of spice (which in this case, could be curry...) you'll love Sonali's writing.
I haven't read Jayne Ann Krentz aka Amanda Quick's newest one, but I've never read a book of hers I haven't loved, so I feel very comfortable recommending it.
Now I need to get back to Dark Captive. Love it when the writing is going well--that long dry spell while trying to write Dark Terror was really depressing. It's never happened before, and I really don't want it to happen again!
I hope all is well with you and that the crazy weather in your part of the world has settled down a bit. We actually had more rain yesterday--SO not what we're used to this time of year. I"m wearing my fleece tights, heavy socks and a long-sleeved shirt right now. It's running almost 20° below average for this time in May, and the heater is still running every morning. And yes, I'm a wuss before I've had my coffee--I want it WARM in the kitchen!
Take care, be well, and I hope you have plenty of time to read, because there's nothing that makes life go more smoothly than a good book. Probably why I've been reading Sonali's. They are just so much fun!
Congratulations to Pam from Australia, Pamela from Pennsylvania, Misty from Colorado, and Kelly from Wisconsin, all winners of the April newsletter contest. Books will go in the mail tomorrow, and those of you who wanted ebooks will get a private email from me so I can find out what format you need.
Thanks to all of you for entering, and I do hope you're all safe. Weather reports tonight were flat out scary. There are parts of this country that just aren't getting a break, and I do hope you're all okay.
I'm just getting ready to send Wolf Tales 11 to my editor, we're talking about cover art for the re-released books, and I'm anxious to get them up and out. It won't be right away. The schedule now is August, October, and January for Wolf Tales 10, 11, and 12.
Take care all, and the print books will go out in tomorrow's mail. And Misty, you said you already have WT 9, so I'm sending a copy of VIII. Hope that's okay. Let me know if it's not. Which reminds me, there's always the option of requesting a different book than the one I'm offering. If I have a copy, I'm perfectly happy sending a different one. Just let me know on your entry form.
All the best to you,
Just a quick note--if you are a contest winner and did not specify a print copy of Wolf Tales 9, I will be sending you an ebook as your prize.
I know, this picture has nothing whatsoever to do with writing, but it makes me laugh every time I see it. These are two of our daughter's babies: Gigi the wonder dog and Grayson the crazy cat have something in common this week, and they're sharing their misery--they both got haircuts. Burrs and stickers were too deeply imbedded in knots in their long fuzzy hair to brush them out, and the annual spring clip happened in spite of their lack of approval. Neither one of them is at ALL happy about this fact. They're both mad at the world (note the kitty glare and the dog studiously avoiding eye contact) and currently not speaking to anyone they think might be involved in this humiliating turn of events. They don't particularly like each other, but the persecuted do tend to band together. They are a couple of my grandcritters, as opposed to grandkids, so this is me flipping out pictures of the grands.
We will now move on to our regularly planned newsletter...
That whooshing noise you hear is me taking a very deep breath. Dark Terror is up for sale, the print editions look beautiful, though I must admit I'm more impressed with the Amazon copies than those at B&N. They're thicker and have a bit more of a quality book feel to them, though the covers for both are identical. I guess it has something to do with the weight of the paper, but in any case, both look good and I'm thrilled to be able to offer the book in print. Quality like this in a print on demand book was unheard of just a few short years ago, and it makes it so nice for those of us who want to self-publish a series discontinued by the publisher and still be able to provide our readers with print books.
Another reason I'm relaxing is that Wolf Tales 10 is with my editor, Wolf Tales 11 is with my beta readers, and Wolf Tales 12 is just waiting for the betas to have time to look it over. No changes to the stories, but I want them to catch typos. When we get our rights returned, we get the unedited copies we originally submitted. In my case, there were no editorial changes made beyond the copy edits, which were for typos and grammar errors, so that's what I've got my crew looking for. We have their release schedule--Wolf Tales 10 will be out in August, Wolf Tales 11 in October, and Wolf Tales 12 in January 2018. If you've never read them or have forgotten what the stories are about, the titles are linked to their pages on my site. Covers will be different, but the stories will remain the same. If you haven't read 12, and if you're enjoying the Spirit Wild series, I think you'll really get a lot out of that final book in Wolf Tales.
I'm working on my website at the moment, trying to get a single page up with links to all my books. There are a lot of books! Then I want to work on the Dream Catchers series and get those back up for sale. That poor series came out during the Borders crash and sales were horrible. I still think it's one of the best series I've ever written, so I'm anxious to get the books up for readers to take a look. Imagine SF/erotic romance with creatures who exist as energy but can take human form...here's the blurb for Dream Bound, the first novel in the series:
They are creatures of light in search of an energy source to help them survive. So when the Nyrians discover amazing power in the extreme passion and sexual pleasure of humans, they come to Earth to satisfy their needs. . .
For years, Mac Dugan has been trying to find the mysterious being he once loved and then lost. Now he has gathered a group of six highly intuitive and extremely sexual men and women at a secret mountain hideaway. Here he hopes to focus their potent sensuality into highly erotic fantasies that will summon his lover, Zianne. What he doesn't anticipate is each team member making extraordinary sexual discoveries of their own. . .
I'm posting a URL link here to the Dream Catchers pages--the only way for you to find them is via this link. The pages do not show in navigation, but you can access the novella excerpt with the link and both novel excerpts with the links at the bottom of the pages, in case you're curious about the stories. The info is all out of date, regarding the buy links and such, but the excerpts will give you a feel for the books.
There's a novella that introduces the series called Dream Catcher, and I want to get that out first, but I promise to keep you up on the details. I'm so excited to get to work on putting these books back up! And, I'm working on characters for the next in the Spirit Wild series. I have a title--DARK CAPTIVE. More when I know it.
I've been trying to find time to get postcards put together for Dark Terror, but doubt I'll get to it this week. Mainly I'm concerned with getting the website updated and the characters organized for the next Spirit Wild. Once I know who's telling me the story, I'll be good to go. Right now, I'm thinking that one of Tia and Luc Stone's twins, Shay (the one with the leopard rosette on her thigh -- born in Wolf Tales 9), Leo Cheval (Mei and Oliver's son), FBI Agent Remington Caruthers, and an as yet unnamed snow leopard are involved. I've actually had a couple of dreams about the story, so that means my subconscious is working on it, probably a lot more diligently than I am! So, I've decided to give away two print copies of Wolf Tales 9 or I will send you an ebook copy if you prefer. International readers, I'm sorry but I'll have to limit your prizes to ebook copies only. Postage is killing me!
And on that note, this puppy's gotta head to bed. I've been working on my website all day long and my brains are fried! I hope you've had a chance to read Dark Terror, and if you did and have the time, I would really appreciate a review on Goodreads or Amazon or wherever you got it. This writing biz is getting SO competitive! And if you review for a site, please let me know so I can post something on my website.
In the meantime, I hope it's finally decent weather where you live (it's turned cold and blustery here, but we're hoping for warm weather asap!) and that you've got some time to kick back and read a good book. I haven't had as much time as I'd like, though I have been working my way through the Quantum Series by Marie Force writing as M.S. Force, and damn but these books are hot--and so well done! Love the stories--romances with some BDSM, but it's moe about the story than the "lifestyle." Really, really good books! The first one, Virtuous, is free, but it'll probably get you hooked. Badly!
Be well, take care, and don't forget to enter if you want a chance at either print or an ebook of Wolf Tales 9. I'm almost out of copies.
Finally! DARK TERROR is live on my website with a three chapter excerpt, and it's also live for pre-order at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, iBooks, Google Play and Kobo—just click on the cover. It should open in a separate window, and I've got links to all the retailers that are carrying it. I still have trouble finding it with some of the sites' search engines, but the links should all work. Please let me know if they don't!
The book is currently on sale for $2.99 if you pre-order by March 23. That's when the price goes up to the regular sale price of $3.99. The book comes out APRIL 5. I can’t do a sale price on print—we’re already selling it as low as we can, though you'll be able to order it in advance shortly. Amazon occasionally runs specials on our print books, but I've never gotten any warning in the past. Print and digital versions will both release on April 5. If you see it somewhere for sale that I’ve missed, please let me know! I'll add the links for print retailers once I have them.
Other dates to remember: DARK REFUGE will be on a BookBub ad Sunday March 12 only for $.99. If you don’t subscribe to BookBub, you can just go to the site you usually buy from, and the sale price should be there, but that's only on Sunday. Let me know, please, if it's not.
I love BookBub--if you don't subscribe, you’re missing some great deals—I get free books on it all the time, and the notices come out daily, though the books don’t stay free or low priced for long, so you need to jump when they’re offered. Plus, you can follow an author and you'll get notices whenever they've got books releasing or special purchase deals coming up. I think Dark Refuge is a one day sale only. (My editor handles all this. I just write and take orders and stay out of the way…)
Another date to remember: March 30, Kensington will be putting both DARK WOLF (the first in the Spirit Wild series) and DARK MOON on sale for $3.99 in Canada, the US, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and Ireland. That sale lasts until April 12.
I’m really excited about DARK TERROR's release. It took me forever to write it, but it turned out to be a really special story. I have never taken nine months to write a book before. NEVER! It was worse than giving birth…I even managed that with the second baby in eight months!
April 5 isn’t all that far away, but we wanted to release the ebook and print book at the same time. Plus, it’s still getting some final tweaks before it will be ready. I'm doing final edits this weekend. I think the cover is gorgeous, similar to the ones SMP did for the Feral Passions stories, but we liked the concept and are planning to continue using this style with the Spirit Wild series. I'm going to be putting all my energy into writing and publishing through my agent's "assisted self publishing" company, where her people handle editing, formatting, cover art and uploading. All I need to do is write, which is a form of Nirvana for an author! I've had close to 70 books published since I first started with Hard Shell Word Factory in 1998. It's time for a bit of a break!
Also, I’m working on Wolf Tales 10, 11, and 12, so we can bring them out in the next few months. As with the Spirit Wild books, we’re keeping prices down. I’m a book addict, and I hate it when I can’t buy all the books I want, so pricing is a big deal to me. I hope you’ll enjoy Dark Terror, and please, when you read it, if you don’t mind leaving a review, I would really appreciate it. I’m really uncomfortable asking, but in this digital age, online reviews are really important, and I want the stories to do well.
Take care, and be well! It’s actually turning into spring here, and I love the flowers popping up all over the yard. Hard to stay inside and work, but right now I need to get back to my edits.
All the best to you, and don't forget to take time to read. There's no better therapy for what ails ya, and if all is well in your world, I imagine a good book can make things even better.
Be well, and take care. I'll do a contest next month when I'm not so pushed for time.
I'm a romance author--I really love those happy endings, though I don't mind putting my characters through pure, unadulterated hell before they get there...
My contests usually run for one week from the date of publication of the current newsletter. Any entries outside of that time frame will be discarded. International entries are welcome, though increasing postage costs are forcing me to give ebooks for now. We'll work out the logistics!. Your addresses will not be shared or sold--I respect your privacy but since I often give away print books and don't have time to chase down the entrants, I collect addresses in advance.
I have these contests for fun, because I love to share my books.