Thursday, September 18, 2014

Weekly Roundup of News in my Pub World by @KarynGerrard Sept 18/14



What happening this past week in my publishing world? The shite hit the fan with Ellora's Cave. I won't post links, but google and you will find it. Or type in "Ellora's Cave" in the Twitter search and see what comes up. Layoffs, alleged mismanagement, claims of not paying authors, editors, and other staff, gossip and speculation, and EC is remaining silent. I had hoped to get my rights back for a contracted in Dec 2013 book, but no. It's coming out soon. This will be my one and only book with EC.

Since its an Xmas story, not much I can do with it until next year anyway. *sigh* This episode is not my first *headdesk* moment with a publisher and it won't be the last, I'm sure. Will be taking the rest of the fall to mull over my options. All this drama is tedious, though I know it isn't to those who have a ton of books published with EC and those who are owed money. The uncertainty is horrible. I hope for the best for everyone. What a hot mess. Moving on.

Received the cover art for His Wicked Celtic Kiss. Well done! Looks enough like the first book in this series, The Wicked Bad. You might (or might not) notice this is under Crimson Romance's Contemporary line, not Spicy like The Wicked Bad. This will have a sensual rating, but not as hot as the first book in my Wicked Men of Rockland series. Why?

I am stepping back from writing full-bore erotic romance. I plan to write at different heat levels, the highest being sensual, I am also trying to write longer pieces. This story is around 60,000, that's a lot for me. I also wanted to try to write a category, contemporary as part of a series. I learned a lot during the edit/revision process and hope to apply it in my further writing. This book comes out October 20th.


Also, there will be a sale on two of my backlist books at Decadent Publishing for the entire month of October at Amazon and All Romance for the low price of...wait for it...99 cents. The magic price point. *rolls eyes* I will announce which ones when Oct 1st rolls around.

Edits are still on-going for WILD PITCH. I am told a possible Oct release, but we will see. This is the co-written book with Gayl Taylor that was formerly named The Hero Sandwich. Getting a major overhaul.


Am writing for the first time in nearly three months. Working on a historical that is a total mash up of Gothic, fantasy, paranormal, historical, even a dash of sci-fi. Not sure any publisher would be interested, but I am having FUN. It relaxes me.

And isn't that the main reason we write? Well, its the main reason I write, at any rate. It sure as shite isn't for money. ;)

Though I do have completed manuscripts, I am not sending out any submissions for the rest of the year. Need to do some thinking.

Over at my blog, Erotic Romance News, The following fantastic books had spotlights, check them out!

BEAR HEART by Elyzabeth M. LaVey Click HERE
MISCHIEF, MONGRELS, AND MAYHEM by Heather Long click HERE
THE ORBUS ARCANA series by Viki Lyn and Vina Grey Click HERE

Keep reading, keep writing, and keep cool!

Monday, September 15, 2014

COVER REVEAL: His Wicked Celtic Kiss by @KarynGerrard Coming Oct 20th @Crimson_Romance #Contemporary



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

RELEASE DATE: October 20th 2014


THE WICKED BAD

  • 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

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Autumn of my Discontent @KarynGerrard #OpinionPiece



It hasn't been a good year, personally as well as professionally. But this will be about my so-called professional life and the state of publishing as seen through my eyes.

Frankly, I'm disgusted. I am aware no publisher is perfect. Not the "Big 5", nor any of the romance epubs from Entangled Publishing (Read the posts HERE at Absolute Write) to Ellora's Cave (also HERE at Absolute Write) and everyone in between. There is no perfect pub where everything is sunshine and daisies regardless of what they want you to think. Also, none of them have the magic formula for selling books and don't let them tell you any different. It is all a spin of the wheel. All the street teams, promo, sales, book bundles, and blog tours will not change that fact. Or if it does, it's a miniscule movement.

Here's a truth, sales are down all across the board for ebooks. Here's another. There is a major glut of books and its near to impossible to be heard over the din. Before you think, 'self-pub' should be an option for me, it isn't at this point in time. Too much like work. One of the reasons I go through pubs is I don't want the bother of hiring a editor, cover artist, formatter etc. To do it decently, to put out a quality product, you need to spend a couple of hundred dollars minimum. Do you make that back? Yes, some do, but a bigger majority...do not. Self-pubbing is not for everyone, its an individual choice. Perhaps when I am able to acquire my rights back on older titles, I will consider it. Until then? No. If it works for you, yay! Let's remember that the authors making the most money only make up 5% of the writers out there. A sobering thought.

I was cynical before I stepped into the romance publishing puddle, now I am even more so. Too bad, because all this peripheral stuff can suck the joy from the writing experience. There are days (and more than a few lately) I feel like walking away. Pity my poor hubs having to listen to my occasional rants. Notice I said occasional. I have made a real effort to let a lot of this roll off my back, and for the most part, it does.

But not today.

But reading about yet another pub in dire straits, CLICK HERE has me wondering if it is worth continuing. Then I think about it, I write for me. Yes, selfish, but I do for my own entertainment and enjoyment. If some like it too, all the better.

I've already made a few adjustments. Less submissions. less focus on reviews, sales, and promos. I am slowing things down on all fronts. A choice I make for me. Everyone has to find their own way, and don't let any pub, author, or motivational speaker tell you otherwise.

Do what's right for you. Stay focused, informed, and most of all—sane. And enjoy the rich experience of writing. Tell a story and have fun.
That's what I plan to do~

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

NEW RELEASE! Blind Cupid Collection #99Cents #historicals @KarynGerrard @DecadentPub #erotic



BLIND CUPID WILL BE AVAILABLE IN DIGITAL FORM as of SEPT 9 and for 
99 CENTS!

This ebook collection will include: the bestselling (Amazon and All Romance) The Blind Cupid, The Governess and the Beast and The Copper and the Madam.  Approx 62,000 words total  From Decadent Publishing

COLLECTION BLURB: 


 Was Cupid blind?

Madam Rea chose the name The Blind Cupid for her brothel because she knew love would never take root in the den of sin.

Rea and her employees hide wretched pasts and devastating secrets while remaining cool and detached with regard to their carnal dealings.

But Desmond, Lila, and Rea cannot deny the desire they feel or the fact their hidden emotions and passions are awakened.

Can they learn to trust again and let love into their lives?

BUY LINKS:



Excerpt from The Governess and the Beast:

“Do you have courage, Miss Jennings?”

The question confused her for a moment. “I suppose as much as the next person....”

Baron Stonecliff reached behind his head, untied the knot, and unwound the scarf until he exposed his face. Utter ruin. She fought back the gasp of shock but could not prevent her physical recoil and stepped back. Mottled, puckered skin and a maze of nasty wounds, some of them burns, covered the left side. Scars crisscrossed his cheek and disappeared into his hairline. How miraculous his lips and jaw remained intact. What made the destruction harder to bear was the breathtaking masculine beauty still visible on the right. Lord Stonecliff must have been devastatingly handsome at one point. She kept her gaze steady, and she hoped, her emotions well buried. With swelling evident, she surmised his injury must have occurred in the last several months. The skin was red and raw. Would it be it sore to the touch? The scarring continued down his neck and disappeared under his collar. So, not only his face received injury.

“Have you looked your fill?” Stonecliff snapped in annoyance. “You must be able to gaze upon the horror that is my face. When I am in my own home, I do not cover it. The doctors recommended leaving my visage free to breathe in order to aid healing. Since am I told it is not as red as before, I suppose their theory has merit....”

He frowned and shrugged with slight indifference. The words were probably the most he had spoken to anyone in some time, and no doubt more than he wanted to share.

Hortense swallowed and took a step toward him. “Regardless, you are free to do as you wish in your own home. Since I did not run screaming from the room, there should be no difficulty.”

Did one corner of those full, sensuous lips quirk into an almost-smile? Oh, Lord, why was she thinking of his lips?

He bade her to sit again and took the chair opposite. Stonecliff crossed his long legs and regarded her closely.

“What I am about to say may well have you scream and run from the room. I did not bring you here to be governess to my ward. In truth, he is eleven years old and away at school. I lied. I brought you here to be—my companion.”


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



All three books are bestsellers in categories at Amazon and All Romance, with The Governess and the Beast reaching #4 on All Romance's top 50 bestseller list for the entire site.

About Decadent Publishing:

Decadent Publishing is an Alaska-based digital to print publishing house specializing in romance and mainstream fiction titles. Founded in 2010, we have published such lines as 1Night Stand, Ubuntu (African Romance), Prepper Romance, Beyond Fairytales, Calendar Men, and the upcoming ROAR line. We also publish non-fiction, sweet romance and young adult under our Bono Books imprint.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Nightmare on Editing Street by @KarynGerrard #amediting *headdesk*



Will this be a whine fest? Pass the cheese and crackers! I will try to keep my whine to the down-low. What I reveal here is not only my own experiences, but what I have heard from others. This isn't a bash fest on editors.

First off, I freely admit I am not a technically skilled author. No university or creative writing or grammar courses. I am a high school graduate and proud to say so. So my manuscripts are not as polished as they could be, I have improved at least from the hot mess that was my first submission and am eager to learn more. That's how I approach an editing process.

I am not a writer who clutches her story to her ample bust claiming 'this is my baby! You can't change or hurt my baby!' I don't think of my story that way, I welcome all suggestions and a respectful collaboration with an editor. That is the key word. Respect. And it should run both ways.

Truth? I don't like editing. It sucks all the joy out of writing for me, but it is a necessary component if you want to be published and taken seriously. So, you've signed a contract, yay! Now that the flush of victory has passed, reality sets in. The edits have arrived.

Do not be discouraged. Even the most successful of writers have to endure edits. If the edit calls for massive amounts of rewrites or changing your characters, then you need to have a heart-to-heart with the editor. Explain the gist of your story and your characters calmly and thoroughly. Remember you have lived with this story weeks and/or months, someone reading it for the first time may not 'get' what you are trying to convey. If the editor doesn't get it, chances are the reader won't either. Keep your dealings polite and businesslike and do not let emotion enter the process. (hard, I know)


A few compliments wouldn't go amiss on both sides. Editors, did you like a particular passage? Tell the writer! We only need a few mentions a manuscript, a toss of a few grateful crumbs. Did an editor make a really great suggestion on how to enhance a scene? Tell them! But don't overdo it with the sunshine and daisies. Some of the love fests I see on social media make me want to gag.

Also, don't take editing snark public. I am not a fan of editors on Twitter who tear apart submissions or manuscripts for public consumption. Especially ones typed in all-caps. Yeah, that really makes me inclined to submit to the pub you work for. Also writers, don't single out any particular pub or editor for your social media disdain. Not happy? Send them an email. Privately.

If you submit to more than one publisher, you will have seen a pattern of conflicting editing. One told me the Oxford/serial comma was dead. Take out those commas! The next pub told me to put them in. *headdesk* Curly quotes, no, straight quotes. Some highlight every repetitive word on a page, others let it pass. There a ton of examples. Just go with the flow. Your nerves will thank you. Even if you self-pub, every editor is different just as every story is different.

Editing is not fun. It's too much like work and school rolled together in a toxic mix. It makes for a nerve wracking experience. My advice? Pour a glass a wine, put on relaxing music, and wade into the mire and do what needs to be done. Hopefully you will come out on the other side relatively unscarred (and yes, I did use 2 adverbs in that sentence and the Oxford comma! )

Over-editing can strip the author's voice from the story, make sure that doesn't happen to you. If you must speak up, do so in a calm, professional manner. My experience from edits have run the gambit of so light a whitewash it could barely be called an edit, to the meat grinder edit that makes you want to crawl into a fetal position.

Do the best you can. Pick your battles and be the diplomat. If you and an editor just can't agree, contact the owner/publisher. For the most part, just 'get 'er done'. The sooner you do, the sooner the nightmare is over. :)


Monday, September 1, 2014

A NEW CONTRACT: Wild Pitch @KarynGerrard and Gayl Taylor @gaylschat @DecadentPub #1NS #Hot



Another contract! I am pleased to announce that Gayl Taylor and I have found a home for our collaboration, THE HERO SANDWICH. (not available since May 2014, we got the rights back)

Decadent Publishing has offered us a contract for the newly titled WILD PITCH for the 1 Night Stand series. This book has been re-edited and re-written in parts and will get a further buff and shine with DP.

Look at former Red Sox Gabe Kaplar on the left, reminds me of our baseball player hero, Barrett.

It is a short story as are most all in the 1 Night Stand series, this is approx 17,000 words. We are both so glad this story will get a new chance to find readers as it is quite special to both of us.

It is an erotic romance contemporary. Steamy, hot, and carnal with lots of emotion and heart.





We are told it may have a September or October release, we will keep you posted!  Batter Up!

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 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


Gayl Taylor's Bio:


A California native, Gayl Taylor spent much of her youth daydreaming and making up stories. Life in her imaginary world was full of adventure, intrigue, and romance. Temporarily distracted by real life, marriage, three kids, and the necessary paycheck; she found her way back to writing as a hobby and eventually pursued her dream of being a published author.

Although she still has her day job, at night Gayl writes sensual, erotic romance often finding inspiration in her experiences and surroundings. There are pieces of her in all the characters whose stories she tells.

Gayl lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her three sons and rock star cat. She is a firm believer in love and the power of romance.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A NEW CONTRACT: Bold Seduction by @KarynGerrard w/Kensington Publishing Corp/Lyrical Press #Historical




I am please to announce I have signed a contract with Kensington Publishing Corp's digital line, Lyrical Press for a historical romance, BOLD SEDUCTION.



This is the first time I had two contract offers for the same story, I ultimately decided to go with Lyrical. Time to try a new publisher and I am looking forward to the association. Lyrical Press was purchased by Kensington Publishing Corp in Jan 2014, and I am pleased to be part of the Kensington group. Contracts mailed to New York (how cool to say that!)

BOLD SEDUCTION is a Victorian era erotic/sensual romance of approx 38,000 words. My hero, Lord Professor Spencer Hornsby? I used Benedict Cumberbatch as the muse. Right down to his thigh-melting voice, lol~ My Hero, if diagnosed today, would have a mild case of Asperger's with a little OCD through in. And he is a virgin. Had a lot of fun writing this.

Here is a very unofficial blurb:

An Assignment of Seduction: When two men turn to Philomena McGrattan to hire a prostitute as a surprise for their virgin friend’s thirtieth birthday, Phil decides to take on the task herself.  Life had become predictable and tedious and the third son of a duke who prefers books and academia over women and lustful pursuits could prove to be just the challenge she’d been looking for.

Professor Lord Spencer Hornsby, a brilliant eccentric who prefers solitude and pursuit of ancient civilizations, is unprepared for the unexpected arrival of the strange but seductive woman with her offer of never considered carnal delights. Quiet and set in his ways, he becomes enchanted with the bold madam.


Philomena is shocked to find the odd professor stirs up feelings she thought long dead. Spencer, ever the man of research, is eager to learn all he can. Will the professor and the prostitute discover deeper emotions are in play as they take their journey of sexual discovery?

Will keep you apprised of any release dates and such. After more than 8 months without any new releases, glad to be moving forward. Also glad to be adding a New York publisher to my list of publishing options. Cheers!



 
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