Thursday, February 15, 2018

NEWSLETTER: New Release, Cover Reveal, Sales and Other News by @KarynGerrard

Newsletter Time!

I meant to send a newsletter at Christmas, but there's been lots going on. Hope everyone had a great holiday season. :)

On to the news. In 2018 I have a new historical series (early Victorian) with Kensington Publishing/Lyrical Press called Men of Wollstonecraft Hall. First book is out February 6th, Marriage with a Proper Stranger. Marriage of convenience! Sexy schoolmaster hero! See below for blurb and links. Book 2 isScandal with A Sinful Scot (June 2018), Second chance love! Sexy Scottish hero! and the cover reveal is right here, check it out! Pre-order links below. Book 3 is Love with a Notorious Rake and will be out in December  2018
A re-release occurred in November 2017, The Copper and the Madam is now out, completing the Blind Cupid Series. (Victorian, Historical) Blurb and buy links below! Completely revised, Extra wordage! An epilogue for the series!

Up for pre-order is a box set I will be part of called Season of Love. The Governess and the Beast (Blind Cupid #2) is the book I am offering, and snap it up for 99 Cents, Special pre-order pricing! Links below.

And finally, sale pricing on The Hornsby Brothers series! Bold Seduction  is FREE, The Vicars Frozen Heart is 99 Cents! And (gasp) I have the third and final book half-written and hope to release soon! It will be called The Marquess of Secrets!

What comes next? Not sure. I may be pivoting to contemporaries for a while. I also have a couple of historicals to revise and re-release at some point.

Sign up on my Amazon Author Page to be contacted about releases! Click "Follow" under my author pic! https://www.amazon.com/Karyn-Gerrard/e/B0052XUPQE

Cheers, Karyn
NEW RELEASE!  Marriage with a Proper Stranger!
82,000+ words~
Low Price 2.99


“Build a wall about your heart.”

Riordan Wollstonecraft labors under the heavy burden of his forebears. For generations, a curse has followed the dashing young men of his family, guaranteeing the women they love an untimely death. The youngest grandson of the Earl of Wollstonecraft Hall, charismatic Riordan is quietly resigned to his fate, an educator who devotes his life to good works, and ignores any longing for something more . . .

Widowed and penniless, Lady Sabrina Lakeside is desperate to avoid a second forced betrothal—this time to an aged marquess. Her chance encounter with Riordan leads her to an impulsive offer: a temporary marriage of convenience that could benefit them both. His agreement is as surprising as it is welcome. Before long, Riordan’s keen intellect and kind words have Sabrina rethinking her plans of a union in name only. But her new husband is holding something back. Will giving in to their tantalizing passion lead her only to further heartache . . . or could it be the first step toward healing them both? 

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~COVER REVEAL~

Scandal with a Sinful Scot
Coming June 5, 2018
82,000+ words

“You must lock away your heart at all costs.”

Falling in love was the darkest moment of Garrett Wollstonecraft’s privileged youth, even as he and Abigail Hughes shared a blissful summer of passionate promise. Sworn to keep Abigail safe from the curse plaguing generations of Wollstonecraft men, Garrett sacrificed his future happiness. Now, fourteen years after he lost his heart, Abigail reenters his life. But the woman who arrives unannounced at his ancestral manor is very different from the sheltered girl Garrett once knew.

The widow of a country doctor, Abigail can’t forgive Garrett for his cruel rejection. Yet she can no longer keep the truth from him—a secret that could have resulted in her ruin. But as the embers of desire reignite, and Abigail and Garrett slowly rebuild trust, a malicious enemy plots against them. Is their love strong enough to break free from the sins of the past—and to end the tragic cycle that consigns Garrett to a life of loneliness?
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The Copper and the Madam
In 1897 London, Detective Sergeant Rory Kerrigan never expected to find love among the crime-ridden streets he’s vowed to protect. Especially since his wretched past has hardened his heart. Keeping emotion from his life ensures it does not interfere with his police work. Yet an unlikely woman finds a way around  his defenses.
Rea is owner of the brothel, The Blind Cupid, and harbors a desolate past of her own. As a result, she trusts no man. Yet it is hard to deny the ruggedly handsome Rory is everything honorable and appealing. He awakens feelings she never experienced before.
A grisly murder has Rory and Rea determined to bring the killer to justice. As danger lurks, secrets are revealed and passion ignites between them. Despite the obstacles, will the copper and the madam acknowledge their mutual yearning even at the peril of their lives?
Season of Love Box Set! 
Pre-Order for the low price of 99 Cents!
Release Date: March 13, 2018
SIX Victorian Historicals from USA TODAY and bestselling authors
It's time for the season--and love. The ladies of the ton are looking for a husband and some may find one in the oddest places... Become lost in the romance as each lady discovers a season filled with love and in some cases--mystery. 

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The Vicar's Frozen Heart 99 Cents!

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….
Bold Seduction FREE

No offer is more daring…

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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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

RELEASE DAY: Marriage with a Proper Stranger by @KarynGerrard #Historical #Excerpt @lyricalpress


MARRIAGE WITH A PROPER STRANGER 
by Karyn Gerrard
(Men of Wollstonecraft Hall #1) 
Kensington Publishing/Lyrical Press Feb 6, 2018


“Build a wall about your heart.”

Riordan Wollstonecraft labors under the heavy burden of his forebears. For generations, a curse has followed the dashing young men of his family, guaranteeing the women they love an untimely death.  The youngest grandson of the Earl of Wollstonecraft Hall, charismatic Riordan is quietly resigned to his fate, an educator who devotes his life to good works, and ignores any longing for something more . . .

Widowed and penniless, Lady Sabrina Lakeside is desperate to avoid a second forced betrothal—this time to an aged marquess. Her chance encounter with Riordan leads her to an impulsive offer: a temporary marriage of convenience that could benefit them both. His agreement is as surprising as it is welcome. Before long, Riordan’s keen intellect and kind words have Sabrina rethinking her plans of a union in name only. But her new husband is holding something back. Will giving in to their tantalizing passion lead her only to further heartache . . . or could it be the first step toward healing them both?


✔︎Sexy beta hero
✔︎Grandson to an earl
✔︎Schoolmaster with a progressive soul
✔︎Loves children and kittens
✔︎Knight in shining armour




“What have we here?” Mr. Black asked, his blue eyes twinkling with amusement.
“Luncheon. Please. Open it and help yourself.”
Mr. Black got to his feet, picked up a nearby chair, and carried it to the front of his desk. “Have a seat, my lady.”
As she made herself comfortable, Mr. Black unpacked the lunch. “Cold salmon sandwiches. A rare treat. Cheese, biscuits, sliced strawberries.” He held up a jar. “And lemonade. Shall I serve?”
Sabrina nodded, and Mr. Black quickly loaded food onto the stoneware plates, passing one to her along with a paper napkin. He took his seat, bit into the sandwich and smiled. “Very tasty.”
“I believe Mrs. Kempson adds dill weed to the salmon mixture. There are four dozen ginger biscuits for the children. For teatime this afternoon.”
“No teatime, I’m afraid. The children work until five.” Mr. Black finished his sandwich and reached for another wedge. Goodness, she should have brought more food.
“There should be a break, at least in my opinion, to rest or play for ten minutes. Or have a biscuit. Or an apple.” Sabrina pointed to the basket of fruit by his desk. “Do you provide them yourself or does this board you spoke of?”
“I paid for this, but am hoping it will become part of the budget. Many of the children have little enough to eat, and an apple can provide many needed nutrients.” He poured them glasses of lemonade. “I must say I like your idea of a break. Ten minutes. It would be a recess from learning, to allow for play or quiet time or to eat a ginger biscuit. Thank you for bringing them.”
His words were cordially spoken and despite her determination not to react to this man, her cheeks flushed. “Now that we’re settled in, what do you wish to discuss with me?” he asked.
Lord, where to begin? Finishing her sandwich, she dabbed the corners of her mouth and laid the napkin on the plate. “I recently came out of mourning. My late husband, the earl, did not provide for me in his will. His heir and nephew tossed me out and I had no choice but to return to my father.”
Mr. Black frowned. “I am sorry this happened to you. It’s a travesty women do not have any rights whether inside of marriage or out.”
“No, we do not. None at all. My hateful father no longer wishes to provide for me as he has his own plans to remarry. To paraphrase, he does not wish his widowed, ancient daughter lurking about the house.”
Mr. Black’s mouth quirked with amusement. “You’re hardly doddering, my lady.”
“According to Society, I am. I’m thirty years of age. My father believes I’m only fit for old men. Pepperdon was more than thirty-five years older. I will not be forced into such a union again.” Sabrina exhaled. She had come this far. Might as well lay it all out. “The baron has given me an ultimatum. Marry another prehistoric peer or I will be left to find my own way in the world.”
Mr. Black’s friendly smile turned into a frown. “Damn. Pardon, my lady. I am sorry to hear this.”
“Good. Then you can aid me by marrying me. Right away.”

 MEN OF WOLLSTONECRAFT HALL SERIES


MARRIAGE WITH A PROPER STRANGER (Men of Wollstonecraft Hall #1) Kensington Publishing/Lyrical Press Feb 6, 2018

SCANDAL WITH A SINFUL SCOT (Men of Wollstonecraft Hall #2) Kensington Publishing/Lyrical Press June 5, 2018

LOVE WITH A NOTORIOUS RAKE (Men of Wollstonecraft Hall #3)                                                  Kensington Publishing/Lyrical Press Dec 2018



COMING SOON!





SCANDAL WITH A SINFUL SCOT
(Men of Wollstonecraft Hall #2) 
Publisher: Kensington/Lyrical Press  
Release Date: June 5th, 2018 

You must lock away your heart at all costs.”

Falling in love was the darkest moment of Garrett Wollstonecraft’s privileged youth, even as he and Abigail Hughes shared a blissful summer of passionate promise. Sworn to keep Abigail safe from the curse plaguing generations of Wollstonecraft men, Garrett sacrificed his future happiness. Now, fourteen years after he lost his heart, Abigail reenters his life. But the woman who arrives unannounced at his ancestral manor is very different from the sheltered girl Garrett once knew.



The widow of a country doctor, Abigail can’t forgive Garrett for his cruel rejection. Yet she can no longer keep the truth from him—a secret that could have resulted in her ruin. But as the embers of desire reignite, and Abigail and Garrett slowly rebuild trust, a malicious enemy plots against them. Is their love strong enough to break free from the sins of the past—and to end the tragic cycle that consigns Garrett to a life of loneliness?


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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.




Friday, February 2, 2018

COVER REVEAL: Scandal with a Sinful Scot by @KarynGerrard #MenofWollstonecraftHall @lyricalpress #Historical


SCANDAL WITH A SINFUL SCOT
(Men of Wollstonecraft Hall #2) 
Publisher: Kensington/Lyrical Press  
Release Date: June 5th, 2018 

You must lock away your heart at all costs.”

Falling in love was the darkest moment of Garrett Wollstonecraft’s privileged youth, even as he and Abigail Hughes shared a blissful summer of passionate promise. Sworn to keep Abigail safe from the curse plaguing generations of Wollstonecraft men, Garrett sacrificed his future happiness. Now, fourteen years after he lost his heart, Abigail reenters his life. But the woman who arrives unannounced at his ancestral manor is very different from the sheltered girl Garrett once knew.



The widow of a country doctor, Abigail can’t forgive Garrett for his cruel rejection. Yet she can no longer keep the truth from him—a secret that could have resulted in her ruin. But as the embers of desire reignite, and Abigail and Garrett slowly rebuild trust, a malicious enemy plots against them. Is their love strong enough to break free from the sins of the past—and to end the tragic cycle that consigns Garrett to a life of loneliness?


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BOOK #1 AVAILABLE FEB 6,2018


MARRIAGE WITH A PROPER STRANGER 
by Karyn Gerrard
(Men of Wollstonecraft Hall #1) 
Kensington Publishing/Lyrical Press Feb 6, 2018


“Build a wall about your heart.”

Riordan Wollstonecraft labors under the heavy burden of his forebears. For generations, a curse has followed the dashing young men of his family, guaranteeing the women they love an untimely death.  The youngest grandson of the Earl of Wollstonecraft Hall, charismatic Riordan is quietly resigned to his fate, an educator who devotes his life to good works, and ignores any longing for something more . . .

Widowed and penniless, Lady Sabrina Lakeside is desperate to avoid a second forced betrothal—this time to an aged marquess. Her chance encounter with Riordan leads her to an impulsive offer: a temporary marriage of convenience that could benefit them both. His agreement is as surprising as it is welcome. Before long, Riordan’s keen intellect and kind words have Sabrina rethinking her plans of a union in name only. But her new husband is holding something back. Will giving in to their tantalizing passion lead her only to further heartache . . . or could it be the first step toward healing them both?

Reserve your copy now!






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.



Thursday, January 25, 2018

Do Historical Romance Heroes Wear Silk Drawers and Other Musings by @KarynGerrard #Opinion

As an author, if you decide to write historical romance, there are a few things you should prepare yourself for. Most readers prefer Regency and dukes, everything else is filtered through these perceptions. There are readers who tear apart historical romances because of inaccuracies (real or not) Someone on Facebook called it The Historical Romance Accuracy Police. Funny, but true.

Let me state right off the top there is a huge difference between Regency and Victorian. Many laws changed, especially when it comes to marriage and age of consent. Regency was a short era (1795-1837), Victorian was much longer (1837-1901) I decided I wanted to write in the Victorian era, there were so many changes, socially and economically, so many innovations and inventions. 

I've skimmed through many historical romance reviews, including a few of my own, and historical romance readers are very passionate about the books and that is fantastic. But many make incorrect assumptions and cut historical romance authors less slack than they do contemporary ones. I look at it this way, the TV show, Vikings, takes historical sagas and puts their own spin on it. They have compressed time, combined characters, etc. It's entertainment, not a documentary. Why can't a historical romance author be perceived as doing the same? We are writing fiction. Let me give a few examples.

 "There is no way there is this many dukes in England." 

If readers are willing to suspend believe for paranormal and urban fantasy world building, why not for historicals? Each author is building their own historical world, they don't all overlap. After all, what we are creating is fantasy as well to an extent. In Lorraine Heath's books, she has her own group of aristocrats. Anna Campbell has hers. And they belong to their worlds only, not any other author's. 



"I'm sick of the trembling virgin who tames the decadent rake!"

But opposites attract. Because of the strictures of society through each individual era, most women (though not all) were inexperienced virgins. And there is proof a lot of the young males of the aristocracy were wastrels and rakes to such an extent by the end of the Victorian age, a lot of the old families were on the brink of bankruptcy because their fathers or grandfathers gambled or blew their money on other vices. Which brings me to...



"There is no way an aristocrat would go to a sleazy alley for sex." 

Oh yes they did. Ever read "The Picture of Dorian Gray?" Also, by the Victorian era, there was one prostitute for every four men in the city of London. And those upper crust gents loved to get their cheap thrills in the East End at brothels or in those disgusting alleys. Facts bear this out. Though the Victorian age seems prudish on the surface, underneath was a raucous, seamy underbelly of sex and vice. That's why I love writing in this era! :)

"I can't stand the 'Big Misunderstanding' trope in a lot of historicals!"

I agree, as long as the misunderstanding isn't dragged out for the whole length of the book. But again, you have to remember the era the book takes place in. People were not as eager to share their feelings in previous centuries. Men in particular were seen as weak if they did so. Nor did couples communicate as openly as we do nowadays. Manners and social decorum ruled many lives. So I cut historical authors a little slack here. Plus it makes for great conflict if done correctly.

Now we come to the silk drawers. I do a lot of research, if I'm wrong, I am the first to admit it.

 "There is no way a man in this age wore silk drawers!"

http://www.victorianattire.com/ CLICKITY-CLICK!

Scroll down to men's undergarments. "...were usually made of cotton though linen and silk were also available." So yes, silk drawers for men were a thing! (and I was correct to include it in my story) There were other nit-picky items I could go on about, like the amount of sex in a historical romance and the objection to it, but that is a whole other discussion.

The bottom line is most readers go into historical romance with their own beliefs and knowledge. It's not always going to align with the author's. And that's okay. Just let it go (which I will do on the silk drawers thing, lol) Be diligent in your research not only the era itself but what use of words. Did you know the word "undercover" as we know it was not used until 1850-1855? I've seen it in Regency romance titles. Again, its okay. It's entertainment, it's fiction,

Enjoy historical romances, enjoy the eras they are set, and there is nothing like being swept away to another time with heroes and heroines that define the age. Enjoy!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Black Heart by @KarynGerrard No Longer Available #RightsReversal #Paranormal


I have just received the rights reversal letter for Black Heart (Book #3 Blackthorne Clan Series) which means it will be coming down from vendors within the next 2 weeks.

Now there is only book 4, Black Scar, to come back to me (this May) and I will have this series back in my hands. I also will be asking for the rights to A Riding Crop for Two (March) and that will be it for my Evernight Publishing releases.

I want to take a moment to thank Evernight, for giving a raw, untrained author a chance when they offered my first contract for Timeless Heart in March of 2011. The manuscript was a hot mess as far as grammar and structure was concerned, but they liked the story. I don't write full-blown erotic romance anymore, so I am not sure what I will be doing with all these manuscripts that have been returned to me the past two years.

I will probably revise The Riding Crop and A Riding Crop for Two, with new titles, a little less heat and more plot. Something else to add to my long to-do list!

As far as this paranormal series, I have a second pen name that is dormant, I may self-pub under that name. At some point. Who knows? Lots of options, and so little time.

Meanwhile, I am in no rush. slowly working on my own schedule.

2018 is kind of up in the air at the moment, not sure what it will bring and what I will be working on.

Stay tuned!




 
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