Sunday, April 9, 2017

SALE: Limited Time! #99Cents The Baron and the Mistress by @KarynGerrard #Historical #Victorian




THE BARON AND THE MISTRESS By Karyn Gerrard
Release date: April 7th, 2015
Historical/Victorian/Sensual
Approx: 29,700 words
KG Publishing



Forget the horrors. Remember...me.

A shivering young woman leans against a lamppost in the most notorious street of ill repute in all London. For Asher Colborne, Baron of Wenlock, this is a haunting vision of beauty and wretchedness. Uncharacteristically halting his carriage, he is shocked to discover the thin, dressed-in-rags creature is none other than Chastity Armitage, a beautiful angel who captured his heart at a grand ball more than two years past. For Colborne, her circumstance is a mystery he feels honor bound to unravel.

Chastity and her siblings have been on the run for more than two years. Desperate for food and lodging money, she is forced to sell herself. She never expected a tall, handsome man to appear as if from mist and change her life forever. She is given a choice, continue down the path of never-ending poverty or become the baron's mistress.

Though they are both determined the arrangement remain an emotionless business transaction, the attraction between them is scorching. Many barriers and obstacles lay in Chastity and Ash's path. Can the baron and the mistress embrace true love?

Heat Level: Very Sensual 


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Karyn Gerrard, born and raised in the Maritime Provinces of Eastern Canada, now makes her home in a small town in Northwestern Ontario. When she’s not cheering on the Red Sox or travelling in the summer with her teacher husband, she writes, reads romance, and drinks copious amounts of Earl Grey tea. 

 Even at a young age Karyn’s storytelling skills were apparent, thrilling her fellow Girl Guides with off-the-cuff horror stories around the campfire. A multi-published author, she loves to write sensual historicals, particularly in the Victorian era. She also writes contemporaries. Tortured heroes are an absolute must. 

 As long as she can avoid being hit by a runaway moose in her wilderness paradise she assumes everything is golden. Karyn’s been happily married for a long time to her own hero. His encouragement and loving support keeps her moving forward.




Monday, March 20, 2017

Setting Priorities and Deciding on a Romance Genre by @KarynGerrard #Publishing #amwriting


I have been writing for my own pleasure since I started this journey in 2011. I am not a savvy marketer or efficient at self-promotion. I don't write what's popular because I didn't start out at this to make money. Though it would be nice. However, like many, my book sales have dropped several notches the last two years. Do I start writing alpha a-hole heroes (for example) or continue to write what I want? There comes a time in an author's career where you have to examine the dollar figure on the romance genre you are writing in and make a decision.

I have come to that fork in the road. Because I have an agent (Yes, I still have to remind myself I have one!) the next step on this journey is to try and get more exposure (my number one priority) and yes, sell some books. Garner a little recognition.

I have been writing historicals almost exclusively the past three years. Time for a change. The genre is not a big seller, that is a hard truth. Unless you are top-tier like Lisa Kleypas, Lorraine Heath, or Elizabeth Hoyt, or a handful of indies who are historical writing machines (I admire that!), you fall into the middle area which to me is a black hole.

What to do? Shift my priorities. Yes, I have a three contract deal with Kensington for historical e-books, but beyond that? Time to take stock and quit hitting myself over the head over and over.

The Copper and the Madam? (book 3 of Blind Cupid trilogy) Cover art already bought, revisions half done. Yes, I will re-release this probably in the summer. I feel no pressure to do it sooner. Again, demand is not there.

Knight of Christmas? (historical) My one and only book with the now closed Ellora's Cave? I can re-use the cover art, that will save $$$, and it does need revising. I might get it out this fall.

And that, as they say...is that. No more historicals for a while. I will be turning my attention to contemporaries. If I take a cold, hard look at numbers, my few contemporaries have outsold my many historicals. A stark reality. So I will be focusing on a contemporary series I have, getting it ready for my agent to submit and go from there.

Every author has to examine what they want out of this writing thing. Making a living wage? Highly unlikely. I've seen a lot of posts on Facebook lately of authors examining whether they want to continue. Let's be truthful. The bubble has burst. There is no money to be made except the top 1-2% (just like in real life!) It's demoralizing and heartbreaking, but one must accept the reality.

Want exposure and sell a few books? You may want to go the agent route. (But even that is no guarantee) Write the genre you love? If making money is not a top priority, continue to do what you love.
Perhaps you will be one of the very lucky few who get to write what they love AND make some money.

Let's be careful out there~

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

FREE! Limited Time Bold Seduction by Karyn Gerrard @KarynGerrard @lyricalpress #Historical #VirginHero



BOLD SEDUCTION
The Hornsby Brothers #1
Karyn Gerrard
Kensington Publishing/Lyrical Press



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An Intriguing Proposition

Passion. Seduction. Pleasure. These are the qualities of any courtesan worth her salt. As owner of The Starling Club, London’s most notorious house of ill-repute, Madame Philomena McGrattan has seen it all, heard it all, done it all. There is little that surprises her anymore, and even less that excites her. So when she is presented a chance at an irresistible seduction, she can’t help but rise to the challenge.

A Dangerous Game

Studiousness. Practicality. Discipline. Such are the attributes of a good scholar, and such are the principles Lord Spencer Hornsby has built his life around. Alone in the Welsh countryside, with only his wolfhounds for company, Spencer has thrown himself into his work. There is little time for the pleasures of society, not even to think of the joys of the fairer sex. But when an unexpected guest arrives at his isolated hunting lodge, Spencer cannot help but be baffled by the presence of this dangerously beautiful woman. And when he discovers the reason for her arrival, and the pleasures she promises, he cannot help but find himself irresistibly intrigued . . .






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The Vicar's Frozen Heart By Karyn Gerrard
Book #2 The Hornsby Brothers
approx 55,000 words
Kensington Publishing/Lyrical Press
Release Date: March 1, 2016

His heart begins to heal…

He gave her shelter from the storm, nursed her back to health, just as any good man might do for a damsel in distress. But Tremain Colson is more than just a small town vicar performing a gallant duty. He’s an ex-soldier whose spirit has been ravaged by war, a nobleman hiding his aristocratic heritage. Yet despite his secrets, he cannot help but feel drawn to the fallen beauty and soon asks her to stay and care for the orphan in his charge…

And hers is lost…

Disgrace sent Eliza Winston out into the world, a governess in ruin. But once she finds herself in Tremain’s home—and in his bed—she realizes her handsome rescuer is the one in need of healing. No sooner does Eliza thaw the vicar’s heart than she realizes her own is in danger. For Tremain is not only the man she dreams of marrying, but a blueblood whose noble birth makes him an impossible match…

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Karyn Gerrard, born and raised in the Maritime Provinces of Eastern Canada, now makes her home in a small town in Northwestern Ontario. When she’s not cheering on the Red Sox or travelling in the summer with her teacher husband, she writes, reads romance, and drinks copious amounts of Earl Grey tea. 

 Even at a young age Karyn’s storytelling skills were apparent, thrilling her fellow Girl Guides with off-the-cuff horror stories around the campfire. A multi-published author, she loves to write sensual historicals and contemporaries. Tortured heroes are an absolute must. 

 As long as she can avoid being hit by a runaway moose in her wilderness paradise she assumes everything is golden. Karyn’s been happily married for a long time to her own hero. His encouragement and loving support keeps her moving forward.










Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Time for a Break! A March Break...



As much as I would love to stay away social media completely, I can't as I have blog posts booked for the rest of March on my ERN blog, so I will post those but other than that?

I am laying low. I do this periodically, its good for the mental health. Think of it as a March break. :)

Have some decisions to make, things to plot out and plan out.

Be back real soon!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

RELEASE DAY: Beloved Beast by @KarynGerrard @lyricalpress #Historical #WWII #Suspense





BELOVED BEAST Book #2 The Ravenswood Chronicles

Historical/Fantasy/Suspense
Kensington Publishing Lyrical Press
74,000 words +
Release date: Feb 28, 2017
(can be read as a stand alone)

If a man can live forever . . .

A lifetime ago, the debauched Viscount Ravenswood lost his life, only to be revived as as new man with a new name…and a new desire for love. Now, scarred and monstrous of visage, Luke Madden has outlived his beloved wife. Crushed by loss and despair, he swears to never feel such a love again. For such a perfect mingling of souls could never happen twice in one lifetime. Especially for a beast such as Luke believes himself to be . . .

. . . how can he love forever?

Gillian Browning is a bold woman of action. But her spy activities in pre-war Germany have made her a target. Now in London, she is being hunted by ruthless Nazi operatives. Luckily, a fellow spy knows someone who can protect her—Luke. Taking Gillian to his former home in the country, he reluctantly finds himself caring for her more than he thought possible, and to his surprise she reciprocates. But when a threat from Luke’s own past increases their peril, he must decide if he has the true strength to love—and trust—again . 





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BELOVED MONSTER by Karyn Gerrard
Book 1 of The Ravenswood Chronicles

  • Print Length: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing/Lyrical Press 
  • Publication Date: September 13, 2016

  • What makes a man? 
    The wild and dissolute Viscount Ravenswood lives only for his own pleasure, caring not one wit for the broken hearts left trampled in his wake. But his decadent lifestyle finally catches up to him in a fatal carriage race. It’s an infamous and spectacular end to a brief, immoral life—or is it?

    And who is the woman who loves him?
    When Glenna Parker stumbles upon her cousin Reed Parker’s cluttered laboratory, she could never have imagined the mad experiment he is about to embark upon—to bring a man back from the dead. Not just any man, but Ravenswood, who once shattered her heart. With no memory of his former life, Glenna calls him Luke, and finds herself enchanted by his compassion—and passion. Protecting the scarred Luke has become Glenna’s sole mission, but can she protect her heart from her beloved monster?


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    Karyn Gerrard, born and raised in the Maritime Provinces of Eastern Canada, now makes her home in a small town in Northwestern Ontario. When she’s not cheering on the Red Sox or travelling in the summer with her teacher husband, she writes, reads romance, and drinks copious amounts of Earl Grey tea. 

     Even at a young age Karyn’s storytelling skills were apparent, thrilling her fellow Girl Guides with off-the-cuff horror stories around the campfire. A multi-published author, she loves to write sensual historicals and contemporaries. Tortured heroes are an absolute must. 

     As long as she can avoid being hit by a runaway moose in her wilderness paradise she assumes everything is golden. Karyn’s been happily married for a long time to her own hero. His encouragement and loving support keeps her moving forward.


    Wednesday, February 15, 2017

    What to Do With Reverted E-Books? by @KarynGerrard #SelfPublishing #Editing #Patience



    Ah yes. The fork in the road thing.

    I now have more reverted e-books than I have published. I know there are a lot of authors in this boat with me, especially those who had huge backlists with the now defunct Ellora's Cave and the about-to-close-for a second-time Samhain Publishing.

    These two erotic romance/romance publishers were big back in the early days of digital publishing. The money poured in. Let's buy big honking rock star buses! Buy/rent fancy office space and hire full staff! Go to all the conventions and throw swag around! Well, the gravy train has come off the tracks. Many people (a lot of experts as well) believed e-books would take over and squash print into the dust.

    Nope. Not even close. The digital bubble has burst and smaller e-pubs are struggling and/or folding their tents. A lot of authors have given up. Trying to make a living at this is not for the faint of heart.

    So what to do with all these manuscripts sitting on your back burner? I firmly believe the best advice is "Don't rush to get the books back out there." Is there an exception? Sure. If it is still a big seller and you rely on the income, by all means, slap that puppy back up for sale. Or here is an option, shop it to other e-publishers. Do check their guidelines, many pubs do not take previously published manuscripts.

    But if it isn't, then take the time and look over the manuscript. Chances are your writing style has changed. Perhaps you don't write as hot as these previous releases (I know I don't) Maybe the love scenes are cringe-worthy to you now because a publisher insisted you use crude, filthy terms. (Hello, EC) Maybe the particular genre doesn't appeal to you any longer as an author.

    Turning a critical eye to previously published stuff is a must. I am looking at one I wrote 4 years ago and I am embarrassed and also wish I had a better edit. But, water under the bridge, I am glad it is back in my hands because damn, it needs a lot of work.

    So, going to self-publish all this backlist stuff? Watch your costs. I'm sorry, but if I am going to re-release a ebook with minor revisions, I am not hiring an editor. The $$$ does not justify it. Cover art alone is anywhere from 95.00 to 150.00. And if you are selling the ebook for 99 cents, you would have to sell hundreds of copies just to recoup the cost of the cover art. But that is an individual choice. Just know the higher the cost, the more you have to sell to make a profit. But also be sure you put out a clean product. No glaring spelling or grammar errors.

    Look at your backlist. What genres are selling right now? Put those books at the top of the list for revision. I know its scary to have very few books up for sale, but don't rush out a re-release just because your backlist is thin. And what to charge? JMO, but if this is a re-release (and you should state it is in the blurb) you shouldn't charge what the publisher did. Example, my one and only book with EC was 28,000 words and they charged 4.99! (had to pay for that bus) When I re-release it, I will be charging 1.99. If I hire an editor, I will charge 2.99, but no more than that. 4.99?? No wonder they went out of business.

    Patience is the key. Set your priorities. Make a to-do list. And don't buy cover art until the product is finished and about ready to re-release. Trust me on this. Because plans can change.

    Cheers! ~Karyn

    Sunday, February 5, 2017

    3 BOOK DEAL: Coming Soon, The Men of Wollstonecraft Hall by @KarynGerrard @lyricalpress #Historical


    On top of the news that I now have an agent (Elaine Spencer of The Knight Agency) comes the news of a three book deal with Kensington Publishing's digital line, Lyrical Press. So I had my first announcement in Publishers Marketplace. It is the biggest publishing place for professionals and read by more than 40,000 daily. Every writer/author (or whatever label you wish) has their own idea of when they feel they are a true author. For me, it is this. Seeing a deal being announced in the trades.

    Did I start out in 2011 when I was first published with an ambitious plan to get an agent, get deals, etc? Nope. It all sort of fell into place by a series of circumstances. Obviously. my writing had something to do with it. (And I hope to continue to improve) So I will move forward, write, and if I sell a few books along the way...bonus.

    Now about the historical series! It is called The Men of Wollstonecraft Hall.

    Handsome, vibrant, and distantly related to an infamous family, the men of Wollstonecraft Hall share one tragic failing; women who become romantically entangled with them meet premature deaths. Society claims the men are cursed and only finding a true, passionate love will break the cycle of tragedy. Will they be doomed to live alone...or will the curse finally be broken?

    A sensual historical series set in the mid-Victorian age, my series will center on a family of men consisting of:

    Book One: Riordan Wollstonecraft, age 26 (father Julian Wollstonecraft, age 45, Viscount Tensbridge)
    Book Two: Garrett Wollstonecraft age 32 (father Oliver Wollstonecraft, Earl of Carnstone, age 64. Garrett is the younger half-brother to Julian.

    Book Three: Aidan Wollstonecraft, age 26, (oldest twin, father Julian Wollstonecraft, and heir to the earldom.)

    Selected pics for inspiration for my heroes, excuse the modern dress.


    Hero inspiration for the patriarch. The Earl of Carnstone, Oliver Wollstonecraft, age 64. 
    Widowed 3 times, he is far past any romantic entanglements. Tragedy has clouded his life. He believes there is some merit in the curse, and has no intentions of testing it a fourth time. Or will he? He will be a secondary character in the books.




    Julian Wollstonecraft, Viscount Tensbridge, and oldest son of Oliver, age 45.
    Married and a father of paternal twins at nineteen, he became a widower four years after his sons were born. His heart broken, he vowed never to love or marry again. Instead he turned his passion toward progressive causes, something the entire family fights for. Meaningless affairs have filled his life and he intends to continue down that path, until he meets a woman who captures his attention as no other. Julian will be a secondary character in the books.




    Book 1 will focus on Twin #2, Riordan Wollstonecraft. Age 26.

    Of Julian's two sons, Riordan, like the rest of his family, is involved in progressive causes. For him, education is everything. Hiding his family connections, he takes a position as a schoolmaster in a small town where he meets an earl's widow. The cool, aloof beauty has an interesting proposition, one Riordan finds he cannot refuse. Not only does he wish to assist her in her plight, but also teach her to open her heart to happiness, contentment, passion, and —love.





    Book 2 will focus on Garrett Wollstonecraft, age 32. Son of Oliver and Julian's half brother.

    If anyone in the family believes in the curse, it is Garrett, It has ruled his entire life. He is six and a half feet tall, the giant of the family, and red-haired like his late Scottish mother, The Beast of Wollstonecraft, as he is often called, keeps busy running the family estate and seeing to the tenants and has little time for romance.
    Until a woman from his past appears, upending his world and everything he has believed in.
      



    Book 3 will focus on the oldest son and heir, Aidan Wollstonectaft. Age 26 and paternal twin to Riordan, A complete reprobate, Aidan hits rock-bottom and finds himself exiled from the family. To earn his way back, his father has a proposal: embrace the family's causes by taking a position in a textile factory. Using an assumed name, Aidan is to gather information on the poor working conditions for his father's reform bill. While there, he meets a young woman who touches his heart. This bad boy doesn't want to feel...to love...but fate has other plans.


    All three books will be released in 2018. I had better get writing! Deadlines!



    Karyn Gerrard, born and raised in the Maritime Provinces of Eastern Canada, now makes her home in a small town in Northwestern Ontario. When she’s not cheering on the Red Sox or travelling in the summer with her teacher husband, she writes, reads romance, and drinks copious amounts of Earl Grey tea. 

     Even at a young age Karyn’s storytelling skills were apparent, thrilling her fellow Girl Guides with off-the-cuff horror stories around the campfire. A multi-published author, she loves to write sensual historicals and contemporaries. Tortured heroes are an absolute must. 

     As long as she can avoid being hit by a runaway moose in her wilderness paradise she assumes everything is golden. Karyn’s been happily married for a long time to her own hero. His encouragement and loving support keeps her moving forward.



     
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