Friday, October 12, 2018

OPINION: Social Media is a Waste of Time...or is it? by @KarynGerrard #Opinion




Is this a serious question? Because my answer to the above is hell yes, it's a waste of time. But the caveat here is that it is a waste of time to ME. This is only my feeling. Others do like it. Share every part of their lives, and that is fine. Some even find it effective for promotion.

But back to me. I never would have joined if I wasn't a published author. But I heeded the advice of others and joined in 2011 just before my first book came out. At first, it wasn't that bad. I stuck to my guns about not sharing anything too personal, (I have since gone back and deleted any personal photos from my profile page I did put up...just because) There was a lot of interaction. It was easy to track "friends" (that term *rolls eyes*) because you could look at your timeline and see what people posted in chronological order.

Then Facebook began to tweak. And tweak. And each update made things worse. They squeezed the algorithms so tight that YOU CANNOT BE SEEN by any of your "friends" unless you interact with them on a daily basis. Who has time for that? Not me as an author.

So what is an author to do? Facebook groups are the answer! Only the algorithms affect groups as well. They even just changed notifications in groups to "highlights" because they say they are doing us a favor. You join a group, paste stuff, and realize no one is really seeing it. And having a Facebook page? Another total waste. Unless you "boost your posts" for $$$. Or buy Facebook ads. Sorry, not going to happen. Not from me. 2400 people like my page. 80 people saw my last post. I hardly go there anymore.

So why do I even go to Facebook? Because I feel I have to—and I resent the hell out of it. I joined historical romance groups and I am not seeing any lasting benefit.
And since Facebook owns Instagram, the same is going on there. And since I don't like to share anything personal (outside of a pie I baked) what is the point? Most of the people following me are authors, (or creepy men) not a majority of readers. I have abandoned Pinterest, again, no interaction with readers.
Twitter? I use more, but again, the algorithms are tight. Most of any new followers are bots or the creepy men accounts again.

My hats off to those authors who have that sunny disposition needed for social media and happily post across the social media spectrum with great success. Really, I admire that. But not all authors are so inclined. So what to do? The image above speaks the truth. Stop doing what doesn't work. For me, Social media as a whole is not working. So I have decided I will be doing the bare minimum and concentrate my time on writing and doing promotion in other ways. At least with some paid ads/promotion (Bookbub, etc) you see some sort of return.

But if social media is working for you, then fantastic. There is no secret formula except you have to commit to it. It's a huge investment and time suck, and it doesn't always pay off for everyone. If some parts of social media are not working, focus on the ones that do.
And going forward, I am going to follow my own advice.


Tuesday, October 2, 2018

NETGALLEY 4 REVIEW! Historicals by @KarynGerrard @cbrittonauthor @annabradley472 @SusannaMCraig @MSpencerAuthor



Attention readers and reviewers! Love historical romance? If so, the following books, upcoming releases from some of the patronesses of The Drawing Room Facebook group, are available at NetGalley now!
Click on the links to request!
The Viscount's Promise by Christina Britton release Date Oct 30 https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/146871
Love with a Notorious Rake by Karyn Gerrard release date Dec 4
https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/149135
Barbarous by Minerva Spencer release date Oct 30 https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/147456
More or Less a Temptress by Anna Bradley release date Nov 13 https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/147480
The Duke's Suspicion by Susanna Craig release date Dec 18th https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/149166



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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Falling in Love in One Night? Why Not? My Journey in Romance Writing and Reading by @KarynGerrard #AmWriting


I have to chuckle when I read reviews stating: "This isn't realistic, no one falls in love in one night/first sight." Actually, yes, some people do. In actual real life. It is rare, but it happens.

So why not in a romance story? Why can't the characters fall in love during a short period? One Night? One week? One month?

Speaking as a romance reader, I suspend belief when I read for I believe a lot of romance is steeped in fantasy. The white knight riding up to rescue the damsel in distress. It is not based in any reality, as real life is far more messy and complicated. I read romance to escape, immerse myself in another world, and to get that satisfying happily-ever-after.

Doesn't matter if its a short story, a novella, or a full-length novel, I'm there for the journey. I want to be entertained, moved, and rooting for the characters to overcome obstacles in order reach that HEA. I would never complain about the length of a story, in fact, a short story is a perfect length for that "insta-love" so many roll their eyes at.

I've seen reviews complaining about sex before falling in love. Well, that happens in real life too. Insta-lust can turn to something deeper, why not have it unfold in a romance novel?

As far as historical romance? The old "A duke would never marry a commoner, this is not realistic" argument also fits here. Again, this is fiction. Fantasy. Romance. I can suspend belief, and dukes have married commoners through the ages. Hell, Prince Harry just married one.

So because all these things factor into my reading experience, it has manifested itself in my romance writing. I have written more than one story where the couple fall in love right away, especially in my shorter works. Yes, when I first started out, I wrote short stories and short novellas. I am not a trained writer, I had to begin with smaller word counts. I now write longer pieces with more complicated plots, but I still enjoy creating that journey to the HEA, whether it takes a night, a month, or a year.

You can't please everyone. As a writer, just craft the stories that appeal to you and know right out of the gate not everyone is going to like it. Reviews are soooo subjective. Whether its for a book, movie, or a restaurant. So I will continue to write the romance stories that appeal to me.

Falling in love in one night? Why the hell not?

Go for it. :)


Friday, September 21, 2018

NEW (RE)RELEASE: KNIGHT OF CHRISTMAS by @KarynGerrard #Historical #Holidays #99Cents



KNIGHT OF CHRISTMAS
Sept 4, 2018
A re-release
Historical/Seasonal/Victorian
Approx 27,000 words
KG Publishing



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Christmas is the last thing on Brandon Knight’s mind as he travels to his hometown after ten years away. His plans of vengeance are thwarted when he discovers his foe, the Earl of Oakby, has recently died. Instead he focuses retribution on the lovely widow, Lady Angeline, which whom he shares a heartbreaking past.

Angeline is damaged and feels nothing inside. After suffering a devastating loss and a horrible marriage, she and her son find that they destitute. Bran steps forward with an outrageous offer, and Angeline has no choice but to accept.

Considering that the attraction still sizzles between them, Bran will have to surrender his plans for revenge to assist in bringing Angeline back to life. They once loved each other, but doubt they are able to move beyond the pain. However, it’s Christmas and anything is possible.





NOTE: This book was published in 2014 with Ellora's Cave (yikes, remember them?) In order to get the rights back, I had to forego all royalties owed. They are now out of business, and I was able to use the cover, as long as I removed the EC logo (gladly) and I added the Victorian Xmas streetlamp :)  This was an erotic romance, (one reviewer said erotica) it isn't now. I no longer write that hot. I have dialed back the heat. It's under 30,000 words, so I am releasing it at 99 cents. 



As she walked into the library, Sir Alastair Whitehall stood and bowed slightly. Angeline took the seat directly in front of him. Hot broth and a nap sounded like heaven, and she would indulge in the same as soon as this meeting concluded. Fatigue and weariness burned her eyes; she could easily sleep for a week.
“Please do not spare my feelings, Sir Alastair. Tell me the wretched news. There is little money remaining, am I correct?”
Sir Alastair sat and placed his spectacles low on his prominent nose. “I am afraid the situation is even more calamitous than what you surmise, my lady. There is no money at all. In fact, Lord Oakby left considerable debt. Considerable.”
Blood rushed to her head making her dizzy. Angeline’s elevated heartbeat pounded in her ears.
That miserable cur of an earl, may he rot.
And Oakby would rot soon enough. The thought did not appease her increasing resentment.
“How considerable?”
“According to the law, the estate at Oakby has been entailed to your son, the new Earl of Oakby. No worries on that score. Unfortunately the place is in complete disrepair, the furnishings sold long ago for cash. A crumbling empty estate is your son’s legacy. It is not suitable for occupancy. There is no staff. There is no money for maintenance. None at all.”
The solicitor gave her a piteous look over the rim of his glasses. “I traveled to the property two months past, my lady. Upon a cursory inspection, I took note that part of the roof had collapsed. There is water damage, rotting floors. I could go on. It would take a great deal of capital to see it right.”
“No staff? What happened?” Angeline had not been to the estate in years, nor had she discussed it with Oakby. But then, they hadn’t shared much of anything these past years, let alone any sort of meaningful conversation.
“They departed once Lord Oakby became ill and relocated here, my lady. There was no money to pay them.”
“What about the servants here, at the town house?”
“A quarter payment in arrears, and there are a number of outstanding household accounts.”
“But I am quite sure you saw to it that you were paid, Sir Alastair.”
The older man harrumphed. “Only the most minimum retainer, I assure you. I have served this family nigh on forty years. Never would I take advantage.”
“No insult was meant. Truly.” Sir Alastair nodded in reply. “I am merely trying to ascertain who has been paid and who has not.” Angeline’s insides tumbled. “What is to become of my son and me?”
Sir Alastair shifted uncomfortably in his chair. “Well, my lady, I regret to report this town house is no longer in your possession. Lord Oakby signed the deed over in lieu of one of his many outstanding debts, as the notes in question were acquired by a gentleman recently returned to this area. He now owns this house and the possessions within it. The deed passed into his hands when Lord Oakby died. I am sorry, my lady.”
This situation was worse than she thought. Far, far worse. Where to turn? Her family? After what her father had done, selling her to Oakby, she wanted no part of them, hadn’t for years. It would tear her in two to crawl back now.
“Who is this gentleman? Perhaps you can make him see reason.”
Someone stepped into the room from the adjoining hallway. His tall, broad-shouldered frame filled the doorway. Before she could get a clear look at him, he said, “I am not a reasonable man, Angeline, but perhaps we can come to some sort of mutual and beneficial agreement.”
The stranger stepped forward farther into the light.
God, it’s him. The footman: Brandon Knight. 


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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 historical 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.



“Looking for a swoon-worthy read? You can’t go wrong with the lovely and emotional romances from Karyn Gerrard.” ~Vanessa Kelly, USA Today Bestselling author 

"Karyn Gerrard writes very enjoyable, richly textured historical romances." ~Kate Pearce, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author






Tuesday, September 11, 2018

FALL INTO LOVE GIVEAWAY Sept 10-30 #bookwrapt @KarynGerrard E-book Prize Packs #Kindle Fire and More!


FALL INTO LOVE
All-Genres Romance Giveaway
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Between quaint country inns, falling leaves, and weather that invites snuggling,
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