Thursday, June 22, 2017

Happy Birthday to Me and Six Years as a Published Author! @KarynGerrard #Romance



Happy Birthday to me! June 23, many, many years ago, I am a tail-end baby boomer/early Gen-X, so do the math, lol.
I've seen a lot through the years and yes, grown more cynical as those years clicked by. Here is where the cynicism really kicks in.

Last month marked my sixth year as a published author. What is it like to be published for six years? First off, I didn't expect to be published. Of all the ladies on-line I had dealings with regard to gaming/writing before 2011? I've lost touch with practically all of them through the years. It happens. It also shows how tough this business is. How many have given up? I only have to look at Twitter and Facebook to see the dormant accounts of people who have fallen off the grid.

Yet, here I still am.

Through the six years I've changed direction so many times my head is still spinning. First, I was an erotic romance author for small digital pubs. I wrote some paranormal. Time travel. A contemporary or two. Historicals. I couldn't seem to pin down what I wanted to write or at what heat level because I didn't make the decision before I submitted somewhere. I had no clear path. No strategy. Why would I? I had no expectations my story would be accepted, but it was.

I am new to romance. Though a voracious reader, I didn't pick up my first romance book until I bought a second hand Mary Balogh paperback about ten years ago. I became hooked. I started a review blog, visited others, got to interact with a few romance authors. I started to believe perhaps I could do this. After all, I loved telling stories, even did some writing in my teens.

Long story short, I had plenty of ups and downs and disappointments. Publishers ripping me off (Hello Silver Publishing and Ellora's Cave) Even nearly quit twice, once as recently as last year. Decision made. I would slink back into the shadows, pick away at rights reversal stories, self pub at my leisure.

But things never work out the way you plan. I found myself at a fork in the road. Kensington kept contacting me asking if I had any more stories/series. I could have said "No, and I never will."
But I didn't. I stood at the fork and decided I wasn't quite done with this writing thing. And if I was going to give this another go, it was high time I called this a career and try to procure an agent. Well, I managed to get two of them interested. After phone interviews, both were lovely, and it was a close call, but I went with The Knight Agency.

So I have an agent. A three book digital book deal. I am more than halfway through writing the three books. After that? I have a contemporary series to re-work. Plus I will still be self publishing. Yeah, I am a full-time writer.

For now.

My cynicism keeps things real and I have no expectations for any of this to translate into sales success. However, on my birthday, I reflect on my husband, my family, the joys in life, and despite it all, writing is a part of it.

So Happy Birthday to me!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

New Titles For The Men Of Wollstonecraft Hall #ComingSoon in 2018 @KarynGerrard #Historical





What am I working on? The Men of Wollstonecraft Hall! (3 book historical series) There are some title changes, read below:

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.)

I originally envisioned the titles being the hero's first name, but Kensington Publishing had other ideas. Actually, I like the titles I came up with better .




Book One: Marriage With a Proper Stranger (Riordan's story)  release Feb 2018

Book Two: Scandal with a Sinful Scot (Garrett's story)  release June 2018

Book Three: Love with a Notorious Rake (Aidan's Story)  release Dec 2018

And Julian and Oliver will be heavily featured with their own subplots


Above is the muse for Garrett, from Book 2, which I am writing now. Over 50,000 words and coming down the home stretch. Also a cool thing about my heroes? They are champions of progressive causes!

And here is the blurb for Marriage With a Proper Stranger!

“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?


It's up for pre-order, though there is no cover or blurb posted as yet





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.



Thursday, June 8, 2017

SPOTLIGHT: My Highlander Cover Model by @KarynGerrard #TimeTravel #Fantasy #HotHighlander





BLURB:
Skye Bancroft, assistant art director at a small New York publisher, is used to dealing with the occasional spoiled and egocentric model. After all, it’s part of her job description. But during a photoshoot, she didn’t count on one to become so delusional as to think himself a Highlander from 1814 Scotland.

Cailin Thorburn is every woman’s dream: A warrior who is fierce, passionate, and protective. Rendered unconscious during battle, he awakens in another place, time, and in another man’s body. Could this all be a dream? Convincing the bonnie lass, Skye, that he is Cailin is a daunting task.

Regardless of his strange time travel story and sexy Scottish burr, believing this extraordinary man is from another era becomes hard to deny. The attraction between them sizzles and Skye is left to wonder: Is Cailin truly as he claims?

Heat Level: Sensual





EXCERPT: “You doona believe me, do ye, Skye?”
Her gaze softened as if indulging a simple child. Pity he did not need or want. His temper boiled hot and furious as he tried to rein his frustrations. No bluidy luck. With a sweep of his arm he sent the platter of food crashing to the floor. The plate smashed to bits. He stood and pounded the table with such force, his glass tipped over. The fizzy drink—soda, she called it—dripped into a large pool on the floor.
“I am Cailin Thorburn! I doona understand how I came to be here or what my connection is to the lad or where he is. Do you think I want to be here?” He strode toward her. Grabbing her shoulders, he brought her to her feet. “Look into my eyes, lass. Do you see this Roderick you hold in such disdain? Amhairc fhéin cridhe. See my heart.” He snatched her wee hand and laid it on his chest and held it there. “Feel my heart, mo eudail.”
Her lower lip trembled. It was not his intent to scare the sweet lass. “What are you saying?” she gasped. “You spoke that language earlier….”
“’Tis the Gaelic, my mother’s tongue. I said before you are beautiful.” He cupped her cheek. “I called you my darlin’. Look into my eyes. Do ye see Roderick?”

* * *

How could she think straight when he gave her such an intense look? His eyes burned with passionate, green fire. He spoke Gaelic or what he claimed was Gaelic. Whatever, it was enough to squeeze her heart and curl her toes. He thought her beautiful? No man had ever said it to her before. Calling her “my darling” caused a few hot tears to cluster in the corner of her eyes.
Blinking back the gathering moisture, she did as he asked and looked deeply into his eyes. No, she didn’t see Roderick. She’d never claimed to know Roderick anyway. But what did it prove? When Skye stood close to him like this, she could easily believe anything he told her. Anything at all.
This house proved the opposite of what she’d thought Roderick was—an arrogant ass. Instead, she observed a cozy, tastefully decorated home with many pictures of family about and numerous books showing a mind that yearned to learn new things. The house was clean, his clothes neat and organized. Snooping in the kitchen, she found the herbs and spices lined up alphabetically in the cupboard. Coupled with his moments of sweetness like the one discussing the brooch, she became more and more convinced she may have misjudged Roderick.
All a man had to do was speak a little Gaelic to convince her he came from another time and another body? However, the sword came to life and it definitely vibrated. Hell, it had hummed. She hadn’t imagined it. When he regained consciousness, he was no longer Roderick. A stark reality.
“Do you want me to be truthful? I honestly don’t know what’s going on. I need more time to process this. No, I don’t see Roderick, but I’ve only had a few dealings with him. We weren’t close. When we gripped the sword, it vibrated and made a weird sound. Then it slipped from our hands and hit Roderick in the forehead.” Her fingers brushed by the small goose egg and Cailin moaned softly from her touch. “When he woke up, he was different. He was—you. I can’t completely dismiss it, but I can’t accept it all, either. I need time.”
With a sigh, he clasped her hand and kissed it. “Skye, I have a feeling time is the one thing I dinna have. Mayhap the sword is enchanted. But I feel in here,” his fist lowered to his solar plexus, “my time here is limited. This is no’ my body, no’ my life. I canna stay.”
His emotionally spoken words cut deep. She liked Cailin a lot, with his Scottish burr, searing kisses, and flash of temper. Truth? She would hate to see him go, whether he really came from 1814 or a figment from his own imagination as a result of the bonk on the head.
As if reading her mind, he let go of her hand and glanced at the mess on the floor. “I do have a spark of temper. Forgive my petulance. I will clean this up right away.”
Without thinking, she cupped his whiskered cheek. A husky moan escaped him as he leaned into her touch. Another wave of desire tore through her. “I’ll fix you another plate. I bought plenty.”
Laying his hand over hers, his gaze grew intense and concerned. “Did I scare ye, lass? I dinna mean to frighten you. I feel useless. By the honor of my family and clan, I will earn my keep while I am here. ’Tis grateful I am for your concern and care. You will tell me all about being a model, and I will do my best.”

Skye’s heart banged fiercely against her ribs. Comforting warmth spread through her sparking her nerve endings. She wasn’t falling for him, was she?





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Note: this title is a re-release that has been revised, re-edited and more than 8000 words added


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.



Thursday, May 18, 2017

SPRING NEWSLETTER: Free, 99 Cent Sale, New Releases and NEWS! @KarynGerrard #publishing

Awesome Deals and News!
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FREE, 99 Cent Sale, New Releases and NEWS!

Hello, Kensington Publishing has put my two Hornsby Brothers historical
romances on sale (Bold Seduction is FREE, The Vicar's Frozen Heart
is 99 cents) Now is the time to snap them up! Buy links below.

New Release: Beloved Beast from Kensington Publishing/Lyrical Press!
See below for info and links.
Also Love Across Time Box Set, only 99 cents. See below for
info and links.

The Copper and the Madam (Blind Cupid #3) will be re-released in the
next couple of months, keep an eye out!

I have an agent! Elaine Spencer of The Knight Agency. Also have a
three book deal with Kensington/Lyrical for a historical series called
Men of Wollstonecraft Hall! Look for the first digital book, Marriage
with a
Proper Stranger, in Feb 2018!

That's all the news for now. Will probably send out another newsletter
 in the fall. Cheers!
~Karyn

ON SALE FOR FREE and 99 CENTS!

The Vicar's Frozen Heart on sale for 99 cents for a limited time! (Book 2 The Hornsby Brothers) ‪#Historical‬ ‪#torturedhero‬

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The Copper and the Madam (Blind Cupid Series #3) will be re-released soon! Cover art by Cora Graphics. Book one and two are available now!

BLURB:  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 past his defences.

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’s 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?

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Enter the world of yesterday…Ten full-length historical and time travel romances by bestselling authors will take you from Ancient Egypt to the British Regency to the American West and more.

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BELOVED BEAST (Book #2 Ravenswood Chronicles)

*can be read as a stand-alone* WW II! Spies! Romance!
Suspense! And Gothic, too!
AUTHOR BIO: 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.

Agent: Elaine Spencer of The Knight Agency

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

More Bumps in the Road for Romance Publishing: To Quit...or Not? by @KarynGerrard #Opinion



Harlequin (owned by HarperCollins since 2014) announced they are deleting 5 lines from their stable.

Superromances (longer novels), Western, formerly American (cowboy stories), Love Inspired Historicals (Christian), Kimani (African American), and Nocturne (paranormal)

This is a blow to all authors in these lines because if the past is any judge, unless Harlequin invites them to submit to another line, they are cast adrift.

I am not sure what HarperCollins has planned for Harlequin in the long-term, but I would guess as time goes by, you will see more lines disappear or go completely digital only.

Here's the thing, those dedicated readers of Harelquin's romance lines (Desire, Presents, Suspense, etc) are growing older. Way older. Younger readers are not all that keen on trope heavy, rigidly structured stories. (At least from what I have observed) Also, I am not seeing any evidence younger readers are even embracing romance as a genre as other generations have in the past.

Also the old publishing model of Harlequin books (available on the shelf only for a month) seems archaic and wasteful. And let's not forget there is even less space for paperback books, it seems to shrink every time I go into a store. And what is up with bookstores placing the romance section in back corners?

But beyond the shake-up at Harlequin, this will have a trickle down effect. Editors may also be out of work, agents will see a drop in income...you get the picture.



Decisions will have to be made. Self-publish? Try another publisher? Or the big choice...quit altogether.

I believe many authors have been finding themselves at the crossroads the past year or so. I will confess, I did last year. I was about to quit, then decided to slide back into hobby mode, revise e-books as the rights are reverted, self pub at my leisure. After going through a couple of publisher closures, I wasn't keen on submitting to pubs any longer. Besides, I had one proposal out to a publisher and hadn't heard anything for months.

Typically, once I had my mind made up, the publisher offered me a three ebook deal. I got an agent. All of the sudden I'm a full-time author. But here's the thing, I have no expectations. NONE. The romance publishing biz is in flux, digital sales are down (Let's face it, the bubble has burst) I can throw in Amazon, Kindle Unlimited, etc into the mix as well. A lot of factors are playing into the many shifts happening and you know there is more to come.

The best thing to do is if you love to write...then write. Follow your own path but prepare for a rough road. Do what is best for you. Understand that being in paperback is becoming more difficult and don't beat yourself up about it if it never comes to pass or if you find the only choice before you is digital. Understand that making a living wage is next to impossible for most romance writers. If you accept these truths, I firmly believe you won't be disappointed. Write for you. Your own pleasure. And if you want to share them with the world, by all means publish them by whatever process you can.
Do what's right for you.
To everyone affected by the Harlequin line closures, stay strong.


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

NO LONGER AVAILABLE: Black Desire and The Riding Crop @KarynGerrard #RightsReversal #BackList




My backlist shrinks further! Having met the terms of the contracts, two books from Evernight Publishing have been returned to me. The free read (Only available at certain vendors, not Amazon) The Riding Crop, and Book 2 of my 4 book paranormal series, Black Desire.

So what is the plan? First off, these are erotic, and in the case of The Riding Crop, BDSM and more, and I just do not write this heat level any longer. I wrote a sequel to The Riding Crop, A Riding Crop for Two, and I will be able to get the rights back next year. When I do, it is on my long to-do list and I will someday revise, combine the two, and probably self-publish it.

As for Black Desire? I lost all interest in paranormal, even in my reading. I still half-heartedly follow Gena Showalter's main series Lords of the Underworld, and on the fence about continuing Kresley Cole's Immortals series, so this book is yet another being shoved on the back burner. I stopped reading JR Ward a few releases ago. It appears in my case when I lose interest in reading a certain genre or heat level, it carries over to my writing as well.

I cannot request book 3 and 4 until next year. Book 5 is written. Half of book six is written. Then...poof. Lost interest. It happens. Again, yet another project hanging in the wind. Do I finish and self pub under my second pen name? (currently not being used) Do I allow my agent to shop it around? Do I want to add yet another genre to this pen name? Decisions, Decisions.

The good thing about being hybrid is I have options and am in no hurry to explore them right now. So on the burner they go with a growing pile of other stories

Meanwhile, I will soldier on fulfilling my contracts, working away at The Copper and Madam for re-release.

Cheers!



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, May 1, 2017

His Wicked Celtic Kiss: No Longer Available Very Soon #RightsReversal @KarynGerrard Plus More!



My backlist will be shrinking by several more books in the next few weeks. I have asked for at least 3 back from Evernight Publishing (not sure I will get them all) and I just received the reversal letter from Crimson Romance For HIS WICKED CELTIC KISS (book #2 of The Wicked Men of Rockland)

So what happens next? It will take a couple of weeks for KISS to come down from all vendors. So grab it up if you wish.

This will also severe my ties with this publisher. Since they were just bought by Simon and Schuster, why didn't I stay on? There were positives and negatives to be sure. (mostly positives)
I got sidetracked by writing historicals for a couple of years. Also real life issues. A number of things.

So what is up for The Wicked Men of Rockland?

Major revisions for book 1, slightly less for book 2, book 3 is written (needs editing). Plotting book 4. Then we will see if my agent can raise any interest with another publisher. There are pubs that take previously published, now more than ever.

But first, I have to finish my contract work for Kensington Publishing. Two more books to write! Also there are self-pubbed projects backing up. I want to get THE COPPER AND THE MADAM out there in the next few months. Also revise KNIGHT OF CHRISTMAS and release in the fall.

A lot on my plate. But, I have set my priorities and working at my own pace. If I can't get to Knight of Christmas, it will wait until next year. Simple. I can only do so much, and with me about to start physio on my wrist, I have to slow things down.

Also a moment of truth, last year's book sales were abysmal. And with even more backlist coming down, they will drop further. But, I didn't start this with the expectation of making big money, so I feel no pressure to have multiple releases in the span of a few months. Following my own path, doing it my way.

Still enjoy the writing, so onward!

Cheers~

 
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