Thursday, March 19, 2015

PRE-ORDER at #Amazon The Baron and the Mistress by @KarynGerrard #Historical #Victorian



THE BARON AND THE MISTRESS By Karyn Gerrard
Release date: April 7th, 2015
Approx: 29,700 words
KG Publishing
1.99 at Amazon.com


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 



Excerpt: Chastity could not believe she allowed the well-dressed gentleman to take her away in his carriage. They did not go far nor did they speak during the short journey. They both sat in a private room at The Pig and Whistle tavern. Her stomach rumbled. The man, who introduced himself as Ash and insisted she call him by that name, ordered beef stew, ale, and extra bread and cheese.
Fifteen shillings? The obscene amount still rattled about in her bewildered brain. With proper planning the money would keep her and her brother and sister comfortable for some weeks. What in God’s name did he wish to do with her? Or to her? What perverse act would she be subjected to? His intense stare made her uncomfortable. This Ash was too handsome by far. After removing his hat and gloves, he ran his hand through his black-as-midnight hair. His eyes were the color of a fine cognac and the gleam of lust that shone from them sent waves of heat through her body. Ash removed his cloak. The silver lining appeared to be the finest silk. His tall frame was perfectly proportioned and how well it filled out the excellently tailored evening wear. A smartly tied silver cravat about his neck completed the look and he did look every inch the rake. Chastity caught a whiff of expensive cologne. The scent of bergamot and lemon invaded her nostrils. Her stomach dipped precipitously. Dear heaven, I find him attractive? Not wise. Chastity’s gaze darted about the small room trying to find a quick escape route.
“What is your name, my sweet?”
His voice was deep, resonant, and cultured. A sensual baritone as rich as melted dark chocolate. Should she give her name? What would it matter? “Chastity.”
The man’s eyes widened briefly as he shifted in his seat, but his concentrated gaze did not waver. “Interesting choice of name for a prossie.”
Fury boiled quick and hot in her veins. “It’s my real name and I’m not a...a...prossie!”
The corner of his mouth quirked in amusement. “Of course not, even though you offered me a quick tup—for coin.”
Chastity’s cheeks burned in humiliation. Before she could answer, the door burst open and the barmaid carried in a tray of foodstuffs. The tantalizing aroma of beef, grilled onions, and fresh bread made her salivate. For a meal such as this and fifteen shillings, she would agree to anything. And she would bet this arrogant, handsome man knew it.


Pre-Order Links: Amazon/AmazonUK/AmazonCA/AmazonAU

Coming soon to All Romance, and Smashwords affiliates Kobo, Barnes and Noble and others.


AUTHOR INFO: Karyn lives in a small town in the western corner of Ontario, Canada. She whiles away her spare time writing and reading romance while drinking copious amounts of Earl Grey tea. Tortured heroes are a must. A multi-published author with a few bestsellers under her belt, Karyn loves to write historicals, particularly in the Victorian era. She also writes the occasional contemporary.
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 keeps her moving forward.

               Karyn's Site/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Tsu

Sunday, March 15, 2015

COVER REVEAL: Timeless Heart by @KarynGerrard #Rerelease #ComingSoon #TimeTravel #RegencyHero




TIMELESS HEART
Regency/Contemporary Time Travel
approx 28,000 words
(re-release with 6000 words added)

Unofficial Blurb:

 Suffering from burnout, elementary school teacher Sandra Cranston is on leave and trying to eliminate stress from her life. That plan is blown when she discovers an abandoned carriage deep in the woods. Inside is a man, Jerrod Ross, who fuels all of her wicked Regency dreams and fantasies. Take him home? Sure, why not?

Jerrod Ross has been ripped from the only world he has ever known—1821 Cornwall, England. A mine owner with many responsibilities, all he wants to do is return to his time. But his growing attraction for the lovely lady who found him makes staying in the future a temptation he finds hard to resist.

Torn between duty and desire, past and future, the hardest thing Sandra and Jerrod will do is admit their feelings. Or say—goodbye.



Coming late spring/early summer from KG Publishing




This was the very first manuscript. It was accepted and offered a contract by a publisher (Evernight Publishing) in less than 24 hours after submitting. The story was released in Spring 2011. I was granted the rights back in Jan 2015 and have been working on it the last several weeks, editing, revising, and adding more than 6000 words so far. 

Also, this will be my first self-pubbed effort that is a re-release. I will certainly make sure I mark it as such in the blurb. I hope to release it late spring/early summer. I am not rushing. Taking my time and doing a thorough spiff and shine on it. Since this was my first, and it sold well and became an Amazon bestseller, it holds a special place in my heart.

From a marketing point of view, I should set release dates, but I really can't with my personal life in flux due to hubby's health. I can only take things one day at a time and that also takes in my writing/editing/releases. Take it as it comes, its all I can do.

Isn't the cover glorious? Done by Cora Graphics. The model is Kieran from Period Images. He fits my hero Jerrod Ross to a tee. ~Cheers!



Karyn Gerrard Bio: 

Karyn lives in a small town in the western corner of Ontario, Canada. She whiles away her spare time writing and reading romance while drinking copious amounts of Earl Grey tea. Tortured heroes are a must. A multi-published author with a few bestsellers under her belt, Karyn loves to write historicals, particularly in the Victorian era.  She also writes contemporaries.
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 keeps her moving forward.

                          Karyn's Site/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Tsu

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Postmortem of Being in a Box Set: Did It Benefit Me? by @KarynGerrard #Sales #Opinion

I was in a box set, one of many Crimson Romance put together. It was available from August 2014 until March 2015.  The Wicked Bad (Wicked Men of Rockland #1) was part of it.

From what I see on Novelrank (I am aware it is no way accurate) but it appears it has sold thousands of copies in total, spending more than a few months in the 2000 range in sales rankings. Best ranking was 1345.

So, did any of this benefit me? (Now, I am talking of my own experience, not everyone's is the same)
In the short-term? Not really. And there is no money to be made being part of a box set, esp if you have to split pennies with 10 or more people. In the long-term? That remains to be seen.

Did I see a bump in sales or rankings on any of my back-list? No.

Did it cause a bump in sales with my new Crimson release, (released Oct 2014) Book #2 in The Wicked Men of Rockland series, HIS WICKED CELTIC KISS? Not that I can see or at least not in a huge way.

So all those thousands of people who bought Summer Heat did not feel compelled to continue with my series? I will bet you more than 85% of readers have this box set on their Kindles along with many, many other box sets, free reads, and 99 cent specials and they haven't been read at all. I only have to look at my own Kindle and there are 3-4 hundred free reads and 99 specials since I got the Kindle in 2011, and in that time, I've read maybe a couple of dozen. All this proves is there a major glut of e-books in whatever guise, and no way someone can read everything on their Kindle unless they read eight hours a day, everyday, until the grave.

So what exactly does box sets do besides make readers who love to one-click—giddy? I've read how box sets are merely a gimmick, a sales ploy to introduce authors no one has ever heard of before. A ploy authors use to 'cheat the system' to slip onto best-selling lists (NYT and USA TODAY) with very little effort. I've read these statements from bloggers and authors alike.

Is it true? Well, there are a lot of people I've never heard of that use the NYT (New York Times) bestseller moniker, but its never factored into my personal book buying anyway. And seeing "NYT Bestselling Author" is no guarantee of a quality product, traditional or self pubbed.

My opinion? Who cares how someone got on the list, kudos for getting there in the first place. The lists themselves now acknowledge e-book sales, so the game has changed anyway. Give congrats to the authors and move on.

Did this box set benefit me at all? In the short-term--no. Well, it did improve my Amazon author ranking. When the box set first came out I did see a flurry of activity at my website and some signed up for my newsletter. In the long-term? Still hard to gauge.

Will I be part of a box set in future?  If a publisher approaches me, and the book is more than 2 years old and not selling, what can it hurt?

In Conclusion: If a box set gets your name out there to a few people who have never heard of you, then bonus. If it slips onto one of the big bestseller lists—double bonus. Otherwise, you can bet the box set is languishing on people's Kindles, and maybe—just maybe— they will get to it.
Someday.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Last Few Days! #Sale on His Wicked Celtic Kiss @KarynGerrard #Giveaway and The Wicked Bad



THIS SALE AND GIVEAWAY ENDS Feb 28th


During the month of February, both Wicked Men of Rockland books with Crimson Romance are on sale for 1.99! 50% off the list price! Snap them up!

THE WICKED BAD (#1 Wicked Men of Rockland)  BUY AT AMAZON

also on sale at AMAZON UK/AMAZON CA/AMAZON AU


HIS WICKED CELTIC KISS (#2 Wicked Men of Rockland)  BUY AT AMAZON

also on sale at: AMAZON UK/AMAZON CA/AMAZON AU




HIS WICKED CELTIC KISS by Karyn Gerrard
Book #2 Wicked Men of Rockland
File Size: 688 KB
Print Length: 181 pages
Publisher: Crimson Romance (October 20, 2014)
This is book 2 in my series, WICKED MEN OF ROCKLAND. Book 1 is THE WICKED BAD

BLURB: It took just one teasing wink and a sexy Irish lilt from bad boy Lorcan Byrne to turn Julie Denison’s world upside down. The problem is, he’s only in town for six months, and happily ever after isn't in this world traveler’s vocabulary.

Julie’s worked hard to get her life in a good place—dropping substantial weight and getting a great job at her friend’s bakery. But this handsome charmer is just as tempting as any of the decadent pastries she sells, and she can’t resist his advances for long. Julie fully expects Lorcan to break her heart—but she’s planning to enjoy every second she can of their explosive chemistry.

After years of danger as a soldier and a spy, Lorcan fled to tiny Rockland, Maryland for some boring downtime. He didn't count on meeting someone who could ignite his libido and soothe his damaged heart, and their passion soon leads to deeper feelings. But can Julie convince Lorcan he has more to offer her than just his wicked Celtic kiss?

Sensuality Level: Sensual




EXCERPT:

“Julie. You look beautiful,” he whispered with awe.The smile slid from her face and her lip trembled. Oh, damn. What did I say? He wasn't lying. He held out his hand, she took it and stood. “You've done your hair. Like ribbons of golden sun.” He dropped her hand and stepped close so her breasts brushed against his chest. He bit back a groan, then framed her face and stroked her flushed cheeks with his thumbs. A sheen of moisture glittered in her beautiful eyes. “Brings out those adorable gold flecks in your lovely eyes, darlin’."

 “Thank you,” she murmured.

Her vulnerable response touched him in a deep uncharted area of his heart. He lowered his head and tilted her face up. “I've been aching to do this since that night at the pub. Indulge me. Only a taste.” His lips barely touched hers, but it sent roaring heat to all parts of his body. Lorcan suddenly had a vision of sprawling her across the counter and plunging himself into her feminine heat. Where did that come from? Just from an innocent kiss? He didn't dare suckle those lips any more or he’d lose all control. He stepped back.

Julie’s eyes were closed and her lips still slightly puckered. A slight whimper of protest came from her when he moved away. "Thank you." Lorcan smiled broadly. “You’re welcome. You’d best prepare yourself, Julie. Whenever we find ourselves alone like this, I will be kissing you. You’ll never know when it’s coming or just how wicked it will be.”

Her eyes snapped opened. “Wicked?”

 “Aye, I've been told I’ve a wicked kiss.” He winked at her. “Shall we head out? Nick recommended this place so if it’s no bloody good, we can blame him.”

Julie smiled and nodded. He took her hand. Simmering flame, bloody hell.



THE WICKED BAD

(Book #1 Wicked Men of Rockland)
File Size: 531 KB
Print Length: 210 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1440573468
Publisher: Crimson Romance (April 15, 2013)

Nick Crocetti is an imposing figure in black leather riding his motorcycle about the town of Rockland. Owner of a bar, The Chief, whispers of criminal dealings and a murky past swirl around him. Dark and brooding, Nick is "the wicked bad" in looks and demeanor.

 Veronica Barnes, leaving a husband from a disastrously quick Las Vegas marriage and her high-paying consulting job, returns home after ten years to follow a lifelong dream and open her own bakery. Despite the mutual physical attraction - and a shared past - Nick and Veronica are wary of each other and have protective fences around their hearts.

 Can they break down the barriers of past heartbreak, or is Veronica just a good girl who longs to rub against "the wicked bad"?

 Sensuality Level: Hot

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Karyn lives in a small town in the western corner of Ontario, Canada. She wiles away her spare time writing and reading romance while drinking copious amounts of Earl Grey tea. Tortured heroes are a must. A multi-published author with a few best-sellers under her belt,

Karyn loves to write in different genres and time periods, though historicals are her favorite. 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 keeps her moving forward.

                                 Karyn's Site/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest

Thursday, February 12, 2015

BOOK SPOTLIGHT: His Wicked Celtic Kiss Tour @KarynGerrard #Giveaway #Contemporary


Enter to Win 
Print Copy of THE WICKED BAD



It took just one teasing wink and a sexy Irish lilt from bad boy Lorcan Byrne to turn Julie Denison’s world upside down. The problem is, he’s only in town for six months, and happily ever after isn’t in this world traveler’s vocabulary.

Julie’s worked hard to get her life in a good place—dropping substantial weight and getting a great job at her friend’s bakery. But this handsome charmer is just as tempting as any of the decadent pastries she sells, and she can’t resist his advances for long. Julie fully expects Lorcan to break her heart—but she’s planning to enjoy every second she can of their explosive chemistry.

After years of danger as a soldier and a spy, Lorcan fled to tiny Rockland, Maryland for some boring downtime. He didn’t count on meeting someone who could ignite his libido and soothe his damaged heart, and their passion soon leads to deeper feelings. But can Julie convince Lorcan he has more to offer her than just his wicked Celtic kiss?




HIS WICKED CELTIC KISS (Book #2)

THE WICKED BAD (Book #1)


“Julie. You look beautiful,” he whispered with awe. The smile slid from her face and her lip trembled. Oh, damn. What did I say? He wasn't lying. He held out his hand, she took it and stood. “You've done your hair. Like ribbons of golden sun.” He dropped her hand and stepped close so her breasts brushed against his chest. He bit back a groan, then framed her face and stroked her flushed cheeks with his thumbs. A sheen of moisture glittered in her beautiful eyes. “Brings out those adorable gold flecks in your lovely eyes, darlin’."   “Thank you,” she murmured. Her vulnerable response touched him in a deep uncharted area of his heart. He lowered his head and tilted her face up. “I've been aching to do this since that night at the pub. Indulge me. Only a taste.” His lips barely touched hers, but it sent roaring heat to all parts of his body. Lorcan suddenly had a vision of sprawling her across the counter and plunging himself into her feminine heat. Where did that come from? Just from an innocent kiss? He didn't dare suckle those lips any more or he’d lose all control. He stepped back. Julie’s eyes were closed and her lips still slightly puckered. A slight whimper of protest came from her when he moved away. "Thank you." Lorcan smiled broadly. “You’re welcome. You’d best prepare yourself, Julie. Whenever we find ourselves alone like this, I will be kissing you. You’ll never know when it’s coming or just how wicked it will be.” Her eyes snapped opened. “Wicked?”  “Aye, I've been told I’ve a wicked kiss.” He winked at her. “Shall we head out? Nick recommended this place so if it’s no bloody good, we can blame him.” Julie smiled and nodded. He took her hand. Simmering flame, bloody hell. 




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Karyn lives in a small town in the western corner of Ontario, Canada. She whiles away her spare time writing and reading romance while drinking copious amounts of Earl Grey tea. Tortured heroes are a must. A multi-published author with a few bestsellers under her belt, Karyn loves to write in different genres and time periods, though historicals and contemporaries are her favorite.

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 keeps her moving forward.







Monday, February 9, 2015

Summer Heat Box Set Gone End of Feb! #99Cents Incl: The Wicked Bad @KarynGerrard #Spicy



SUMMER HEAT BOX SET 10 SPICY NOVELS! 
99 CENTS!

This box set will disappear end of Feb 2015, now is the time to snap it up! 10 novels for 99 cents. Insane bargain. 

BOX SET BLURB: When the summer sun beats down on the beach, Crimson Romance turns up the sizzle between the pages. From hot bikers to powerful venture capitalists and those oh-so-sexy military men in—and out—of uniform, these ten books put the spotlight on the heroes who make us melt. It’s a collection of our steamiest stories by these rising stars:

The Wicked Bad—Karyn Gerrard
Infamous—Irene Preston
Prelude to a Seduction—Lotchie Burton
Inventing Sin—Alicia Thorne
His Fantasy Maid—Susan Blexrud
Island Pursuits—Heather Rodney-Diaz
Dangerous Love—Lilou DuPont
Her New Worst Enemy—Christy McKellen
Blitzkrieg Love—Livia Olteano
As If You Never Left Me—Katriena Knights



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The Wicked Bad by Karyn Gerrard

Blurb:  Dark and brooding, Nick Crocetti is a bad boy in looks and demeanor. Veronica Barnes needs a new start, and Nick is a complication she doesn’t need.
Can they break down the barriers of past heartbreak, or is Veronica just a good girl who longs to rub against “the wicked bad”?

Excerpt:  She followed him toward the beach. The shoreline wasn't very big, but private, as you couldn't see the road or much else from their vantage point. Wonder how many other women he brought here, she thought cynically.

He spread the blanket and assisted her in sitting down. Again, the touch of his hand made her face flush as well as parts further south. Nick sat next to her with one leg bent and he rested his arm on the top of his knee. They sat quietly and gazed out over the water. The waves caressed the sand with a serene almost hypnotic sound.

“I saw you talking to that wuss, Jake Spooner, as I left the other day. I can imagine what he said about me,” Nick said in a voice so soft, she hardly recognized it as his.

Veronica cleared her throat uncomfortably.

Nick laughed. “I see. Go on, amuse me, what did he say?”

“Um, he said you were in prison—” she began.

“Jail. Not prison,” he retorted.

“There’s a difference?”

“You’ve got the cop for a brother, you tell me,” Nick snapped. He shook his head, more gently he said, “Sorry. It’s a touchy subject. City jail, for assault and destruction of property. Prison usually means a state or federal beef. Mine was local and a long time ago. I did my time and it’s over. I don’t like talking about it.”
“He called you a thug and said you deal drugs among other things.” She shouldn’t be telling him this, but the words tumbled out of her.

“Really? And still you went out with me? Are you some thrill seeker, one of those good girls eager to rub up against some wicked bad? Is that why you’re here? I’ll be as bad as you want, just say the word.”
His voice grew tight and edgy. Barely restrained anger simmered below the surface, she could hear it.

“I’m just telling you what Jake said, you asked.”

Nick stared at her for several moments. “Yeah. I did. Sorry. I haven’t been out on a date in awhile.”

“You haven’t been with any women...”

“Oh, I didn't say I haven’t been with women, just haven’t been on a date.” The right corner of his mouth twitched in what Veronica supposed was amusement.


Karyn Gerrard Bio: 

Karyn lives in a small town in the western corner of Ontario, Canada. She whiles away her spare time writing and reading romance while drinking copious amounts of Earl Grey tea. Tortured heroes are a must. A multi-published author with a few best-sellers under her belt,

Karyn loves to write in different genres and time periods, though historicals are her favorite. 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 keeps her moving forward.

                                 Karyn's Site/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Some Good News and Bad News @KarynGerrard An Update~


First, I want to thank everyone for the comments and messages of support across social media during my hiatus. It is much appreciated.

Yes, there is good news and bad news with regards to my live-in hero. The good news? It's not cancer. That was the best news ever.

The bad news? He will he off work for several months and will require back and neck surgeries.  Being a dedicated teacher, having to leave the classroom halfway through the year has hit him hard, but health comes first. There are other things also to be addressed, but those are the main points I'm willing to make public. Got to keep some things private, right? :)

It goes without saying I am here for him. Since we live in a tiny town, we will have to travel for these operations, so we will take things as they come and adjust accordingly.

It shouldn't affect my writing much, in fact, having him home means he can assist me with editing/revisions! YAY! Just kidding. Well, sort of. *wink* But it may mean I may blink out of social media for short periods going forward.

Life can be a damned bumpy road, but I'll take the victories when and where I can.

Its not cancer.

Onward. :)
 
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