Wednesday, October 22, 2014

'I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread' By @KarynGerrard #Publishing

Thanks Bilbo. You  have summed up my year so far. I don't reveal much personally, though needless to say, I am taking my father's passing (end of April)  rather hard.

Beyond that, so far this year as a writer has not been a particularly satisfying one on many fronts.

Forget sales. Don't want to even go there. Let's skip that.

Dealings with publishers? Let's skip that, too.

The actual writing? Didn't do much of it this past year due to personal reasons ( like mentioned above) though I do have a few finished MS sitting collecting cobwebs.

I am at a crossroads. Though I am actually considering self-pubbing a few stories at some point, it doesn't exactly fill me with a lot of joy. I will be taking it slow and trying to find a way/path that will suit me. I feel more than a little residual resentment at certain pubs for giving me no other choice but consider self-pubbing. Thanks for that. Not.

I've just learned that the historical I signed a contract for with Kensington Publishing's digital line In July will not release until Sept 2015. Guess that means I will have to step up the self-pubbing quicker than I thought. I will state this publicly: If it is too much of a hassle, if it causes me any stress, then I won't be doing it and going forward I will be lucky to have 1-2 releases a year.

Outside of sitting and brooding in a dark room, the hubs after listening to my diatribe on the state of the romance and/or publishing world at the moment, asked me: 'Why do you do it?"

Yeah...why? I could just post the stories for free on my blog and withdraw completely from publishing. That's one solution.

But at the end of the day, I'm not a quitter. I write for me, its true, but I figure I've come this far, might as well see where the journey takes me. Much like Bilbo (Or Frodo) Baggins and his travels.

So, I have no other releases this year, (except one I am ignoring) a good opportunity to examine what direction I want to take next.

It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door. You step into the Road, and if you don't keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to. ~Bilbo Baggins

Monday, October 20, 2014

NEW RELEASE: His Wicked Celtic Kiss by @KarynGerrard #contemporary @Crimson_Romance #Sensual



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
Category, contemporary romance of approx 60,000 words, not erotic


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,” she whispered.

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


FREE READ: The epilogue to The Wicked Bad Click HERE



For a limited time, you can get The Wicked Bad in this box set, 10 novels for the low price of 99 cents!



SUMMER HEAT BOX SET 10 SPICY NOVELS! 
99 CENTS!

For a limited time, you can buy the Summer Heat box set, which includes 10 novels from Crimson Romance's Spicy line! Not short stories, not novellas...but novels.

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



BUY LINKS

AMAZON/AMAZON UK/AMAZON CANADA
CRIMSON ROMANCE/ADAMS MEDIA STORE
BARNES AND NOBLE
ALL ROMANCE


Karyn Gerrard Bio: 

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

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

SALE 30% OFF My Evernight Titles at All Romance 'Till Oct 20 @KarynGerrard #TimeTravel #Paranormal



Evernight Publishing is 4 years old! Congrats to all! A big tip of the hat to Evernight for offering me my first contract in the spring of 2011 (Timeless Heart) and for taking a chance on a raw, untried writer. When I look at that submission now, I shudder, (Can you say hot mess?) but Evernight must have seen something in the story...and me. I always be grateful.

In celebration of their birthday, Evernight is offering 30% off all ebooks at the All Romance site!

Check out Evernight titles HERE

I have 8 releases with Evernight Publishing (and 2 freebies)  Check them out HERE  Or look them up by title:


TIMELESS HEART

Sandra Cranston, an elementary teacher on leave, discovers an abandoned carriage deep in the woods. Inside is a man, Jerrod Ross, who fuels all of her wicked Regency dreams and fantasies.
Ross has been torn from the only world he has ever known—1821 Cornwall, England.  How will he adjust to the future and his growing desire for the lovely lady who found him? More importantly, how will he ever return to his time?
Published with Evernight Publishers, May 2011

Ebook approx 24,000 words
Erotic Romance/Time Travel/Fantasy
Amazon and All Romance Bestseller





BLACK LUST

Nov 18 2011
 From Evernight Publishing
Paranormal/Erotica/Romance
Ebook approx 28,000 words

Lucius Black lives a debauched and wild nightlife. Being a ‘Quarter’ (1/4 vampire), blood and sex are what he is. However, his existence wears thin after a century of hedonistic pleasure.
Trevina Patterson lives a quiet, happy life running a hair salon in a village on the east coast of the United Kingdom. It was a perfect life and all she could ask for, until a chance encounter with Lucius Black.

What was it about him that was so unsettling and yet so attractive?

For Lucius, no woman had ever been enough, until Trevina. She awakened in him feelings he had not thought possible. Passions considered by him to be little more than vampiric mythology. She awakened his...black lust.
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 and 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

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Cover Model Books Bestsellers at All Romance and #Amazon #99cents Sale Continues! @KarynGerrard


It did make it to #8 in the top 50, but I forgot to take a screen shot. Whoops. How did I do it? Its on sale for 99 cents and I managed to be featured in All Romance's bargain Wednesday newsletter, which gave it a lot of exposure.

Because of that, it received a silver star in all three of its categories, and for a day or two, #1 in those categories of Vampires, Fantasy and Erotic. Also a category bestseller in Fantasy.

My Highlander Cover Model did well, receiving silver stars in Time-Travel and Scottish/Highlander. Last I checked (at the time of this writing) they were still in the top 5 at All Romance in those 2 categories. Also made the Amazon bestseller category in Fantasy.

All this is great, and I do hope it gives me more exposure to readers who may have never heard of me, but all this proves to me is price point matters, and being able to get the word out. Not an easy thing to do. I can't bring myself to pay money to advertise a sale to places like Bookbub (have you seen their prices? *faints*) or many of the other promo services out there. So I do what I can and my fellow authors and blogger buds have been a big help spreading the word. Thank you..



Sale continues until the end of October 2014!


MY VAMPIRE COVER MODEL
~ Paranormal/Erotic Romance/Contemporary~ Decadent Publishing

Words: approx 22,000

Release date: August 10th 2012

BLURB: 

Life changed for Deanna Brooks the night she attended a book signing for her aunt's best-selling paranormal romance series. There she met Burney "Burn the Cover God" Sheridan. The model for the fictional vampire hero, Burn is beyond handsome with an overabundance of Irish charm. 
Burn Sheridan, a man with scores of past lives, has a secret: He really is a vampire. Meeting Deanna was agony because for the first time in over two hundred years, Burn experiences the rarest of vampiric needs, the "mate of his soul" connection. Keeping people at a distance had been Burn's existence for centuries, but Deanna makes this pledge of staying detached impossible. 
Many obstacles lie ahead and the biggest of all may be Burn himself.   Can Deanna and Burn overcome them and find lasting love?  

BUY LINKS:








MY HIGHLANDER COVER MODEL 
~ Time Travel/Fantasy/Contemporary/erotic romance

Decadent Publishing Release April 9th 2013

Approx 22,230 words

BLURB:

Skye Bancroft is a hard-working assistant art director at Night Moon Publishers. Dealing with the occasional spoiled and egocentric model is part of her job description. She did not count on one so delusional to think he was a Scotsman from the highlands of 1814.

Cailin Thorburn is every woman’s dream—a highland warrior, who is fierce, passionate and wields a very large sword.  Rendered unconscious during battle, he awakens in another place, time, and seemingly in another man’s body. Was it all a dream? His convincing the bonnie lass, Skye, he is Cailin, the highland warrior, and not a pampered cover model is a daunting task.

Can an extraordinary man from another world prove he is who he claims? Will their attraction be enough or is Cailin just a highlander cover model?





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 and 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

Friday, October 10, 2014

Popcorn for Everyone! Drama! Accusations! by @KarynGerrard


It's been a surreal couple of months. Without getting bogged down with too much detail, the biggest drama is of course, Ellora's Cave (erotic romance e-publisher) suing a blog, Dear Author, and the owner of that blog, with the pen name, Jane Litte for defamation.

My first reaction on hearing this development? Get the popcorn! Let's face it, it's juicy news. And after you get past all the WTF**kery, you realize this is not a good thing at all for the romance community. You realize there are a lot of people affected by this development and not in a good way. Real lives and livelihoods are being  impacted and in some cases decimated. Real people who dedicated themselves to their craft, in either writing blogs and/or reviews, reporting on  publishing news, writing books, editing those books and creating the cover art. All those who work behind the scenes at an e-publisher. A lawsuit is messy and costly and at the end of the day, will it change anything?

I don't have a dog in this race, barely even a puppy. In fact, I had stated last month I wasn't going to discuss EC any further, but this lawsuit is big news. I made the decision back at the end of June not to accept a second contract offer from EC. I have one book coming out and I have already written it off as a lost cause. Damn shame. It will all come down to a waiting game now. What becomes of the lawsuit. What becomes of EC. I can't ask for my rights back for at least a year and in that time, anything can happen. I am with other pubs so this barely affects me. At least monetarily.

But thinking on it, it does affect me and everyone within the romance community. This will be a game changer. If anything, the lawsuit has shone a spotlight on the rot deeply hidden within the epub industry. Things are not sunshine and daisies for anyone, pubbed or self-pubbed. Also, this will affect all e-pubs. Writers who are burned by epubs for whatever reason are going to be turning to self-pubbing in droves. Can't blame them. Hell, I'm considering it.

This lawsuit could take months, become even nastier, drag out forever, or it could end quickly.

Here's hoping it ends quickly for all those caught in this mess. And it is a mess, A hot one.

Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada, I am laying low, relaxing, reading and eating turkey...Cheers!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

So...I'm Considering Self-Publishing ~by Karyn Gerrard @KarynGerrard #Hybrid

I really thought I never would.

Why?

I am not one who has to be in control of every move I make in the e-book publishing world. I just as soon give that to someone else to do. I'd rather write. Yes, I know its a business, yadda, yadda...but I don't want to spend days on end trying to figure out how to format or searching for stock photos for a cover.
So, that means I would have to sub-contract this stuff out. And that can get expensive. So I thought, initially, I would stick with e-publishers.

Yeah. Well, I have been burned twice already by e-pubs, and to me, that is two times too many. Also, the marketplace has changed so much since I started in the spring of 2011, it doesn't even resemble the same landscape.

E-books have flatlined. There is a major glut of e-books. The price points have been brought so low that what some publishers charge is beyond what an e-book consumer is willing to pay. Thanks to book bundles and self-publishers bringing down the price, there isn't much room anymore for any higher price points. But let's face it, some e-pubs are charging too much. 2.99 for 8000 words? Yikes. 9.99 for a historical romance e-book when I can order the paperback for 6.99? Right.

So, is self-pubbing for me? Not as the main outlet for my ebooks, no. But I will become a Hybrid author in the new year. I am no longer submitting short stories to publishers. In fact, I will hardly be writing any at all, but if and when I do, I will release it myself. I know it is no guarantee of high sales, I have heard from more than one writer that self-pubbing isn't exactly hitting the motherlode.

I am in no hurry, I will take the steps slow. Do the research and due diligence. The majority of what I will be self-pubbing will be books returned to me because the contract is up. And I will be getting them back.
I am also cutting back on submissions since I am now writing at 40,000 words and higher for the most part.
I also refuse to be stressed out over this business. It started as a hobby. It still is in a few ways, because I luckily do not need the money from royalties to live on, so I don't feel compelled to write more than I do or sweat about sales, categories, reviews, promo, Amazon deals etc. Maybe that is not the most business savvy path to take, but it works for me. Keeps me sane.

The way things are going, I don't know how some of the e-pubs will be able to stay in business. Will more be bought up by bigger e-pubs or New York publishers the way Lyrical Press was bought by Kensington Publishing? Its a real possibility. Makes smart business sense.

I have a couple of publishers I submit certain books to, and as long as that relationship remains mutually respectful, I will continue to submit to them. Self-pubbing will be secondary, and you can bet I won't be doing it myself. No thanks.
Sub-contracting here I come.

Any suggestions or recommendations welcome.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Weekly Roundup of News in my Publishing World @KarynGerrard Oct 4/2014


So what happened this week? Ellora's Cave (erotic romance publisher) is suing a blog, Dear Author, and the owner of that blog, with the pen name of Jane Litte for defamation. To say the shite has hit the fan blades and spattered all over the wall is an understatement. Not only in the romance community but in many areas of the publishing and legal world at large. Story already made the LA Times.

This will not end pretty. Personally? (yes, my opinion) I think EC made a epic miscalculation here and will suffer big time for it. Want to know more? Google, search in Twitter Feeds, use hashtag #notchilled. Meanwhile, I think Bugs and Sam sum up the internet and social media in general for me.






This week saw the release of WILD PITCH co-written with Gayl Taylor.

This was previously published in another incarnation as The Hero Sandwich, but it got a rewrite and a mega-edit.

Released in Decadent Publishing's 1Night Stand line. Cougar/Erotic/Menage (no FF interaction)

BUY LINKS









There is a sale on my two cover model books with Decadent Publishing. for the entire month of October. My Vampire Cover Model made the All Romance newsletter on Wednesday and as a result made it to #8 on All Romance's top 50 bestseller list! And hit all 3 of its category bestsellers lists as well. Very glad some bought it and hope they enjoy. :)

MY VAMPIRE COVER MODEL BUY LINKS: 

AMAZON/ALL ROMANCE/AMAZON.CA/AMAZON.UK/AMAZON.AU

MY HIGHLANDER COVER MODEL BUY LINKS:

AMAZON/ALL ROMANCE/AMAZON.CA/AMAZON.UK/AMAZON.AU


His Wicked Celtic Kiss is up for pre-order at Amazon and 20% off the list price!  Release date is October 20th

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?

Heat Level: Sensual


This is book 2 in my series, WICKED MEN OF ROCKLAND. Book 1 is THE WICKED BAD


UP FOR PRE-ORDER AT AMAZON (20% Off)



No word on BOLD SEDUCTION (historical) as yet. I did hear from my editor to expect 1st round edits by the middle of the month. Can't wait to share this story with everyone. My first beta, virgin but very sexy hero!

This is set in the later Victorian era (my fav to write in) And I am interested to work with a new publisher, especially the digital arm of Kensington Publishing. When I have more info, I will share.

Over at Erotic Romance News blog we spotlighted some wonderful books this week! Drop by and check them out, some have giveaways that may still be active!

WILD PITCH  by Karyn Gerrard and Gayl Taylor

AT SECOND GLANCE by Vicki Ballente

LEARNING THE ROPES by TJ Kline

HER EVERYTHING  by Tara Andrews

Until next time, keep writing, keep reading, and keep cool~
 
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