Tuesday, July 25, 2017

So you are NOT going to a Romance Conference...and it's Okay #Opinion @KarynGerrard


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So you are NOT going to a romance conference. Its okay, and you are one of the majority. Most romance authors do not attend for a variety of reasons.


You start to see the tweets, about packing, shoes, wine, etc and you wonder if you are missing out on all the fun. Here's the thing, it's not for everybody. It really isn't. Shyness, anxiety, depression, illness, all factor into why some people cannot attend. Distance, cost, family illness and/or obligations are other reasons, and all solid ones.

The positives? Networking, workshops, drinks and socializing. Agent and editor appointments to plug your book. Fun. More networking.

The RWA (Romance Writers of America)  and RT (Romance Times) conventions are huge. Overwhelming. Stress inducing. If you are a convention/conference virgin, you may want to try smaller venues first before tackling these monster events. Or you may want to check out the newbie session at the RWA conference. There is a two hour first timers orientation.

But here is the real kicker, they are NOT cheap. We are talking thousands of dollars for air, hotel, convention fees, swag, meals, and other assorted costs if you wish to do any sightseeing or barhopping.

I read a long thread on Facebook last month and various authors bemoaned the fact the cost is not worth what they took from the events/conventions they attended. That may well be the case for many authors. Whereas others adored it and took a lot from it.

Readers who attend these conventions are coming to see the huge authors, let's face it. If you can garner a little exposure from that, it may be worth it to you. There are people/authors who thrive on this sort of event and I say more power to you. But most of us would just as soon stay home and write.
And that's okay, too.

It is an individual choice. Don't feel you have to attend now you are published. It isn't a rite of passage. (At least it isn't to me) Always check the workshops to see if there is anything that catches your interest. Check the venue and city. I mean, Orlando in July? Been there, done that, and I almost perished from the heat and humidity. Too much for this Canadian, lol. But if you plan to stay within the air-conditioned hotel/conference centre, it should be fine. And if you thrive on heat, bonus!

It all comes down to this, there is no right or wrong decision. Only YOUR decision. And what is mine? Cost, distance, and family illness/obligations. It is just the way it is.
To those going to the RWA conference, stay cool, have fun, and network!





Thursday, July 13, 2017

SALE! Hornsby Brothers #99Cents #FREE ~Bold Seduction and The Vicar's Frozen Heart @KarynGerrard


The Vicar's Frozen Heart By Karyn Gerrard

Book #2 The Hornsby Brothers
approx 55,000 words
Historical/Victorian
Heat Level: Sensual
Kensington Publishing/Lyrical Press
Release Date: March 1, 2016

NOTE: This is not an inspirational romance.


His heart begins to heal…

He gave her shelter from the storm, nursed her back to health, just as any good man might do for a damsel in distress. But Tremain Colson is more than just a small town vicar performing a gallant duty. He’s an ex-soldier whose spirit has been ravaged by war, a nobleman hiding his aristocratic heritage. Yet despite his secrets, he cannot help but feel drawn to the fallen beauty and soon asks her to stay and care for the orphan in his charge…

And hers is lost…

Disgrace sent Eliza Winston out into the world, a governess in ruin. But once she finds herself in Tremain’s home—and in his bed—she realizes her handsome rescuer is the one in need of healing. No sooner does Eliza thaw the vicar’s heart than she realizes her own is in danger. For Tremain is not only the man she dreams of marrying, but a blueblood whose noble birth makes him an impossible match…

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BOLD SEDUCTION
The Hornsby Brothers #1
Karyn Gerrard
Release Sept 1st, 2015
Lyrical Press


No offer is more daring…

BOLD SEDUCTION

An Intriguing Proposition

Passion. Seduction. Pleasure. These are the qualities of any courtesan worth her salt. As owner of The Starling Club, London’s most notorious house of ill-repute, Madame Philomena McGrattan has seen it all, heard it all, done it all. There is little that surprises her anymore, and even less that excites her. So when she is presented a chance at an irresistible seduction, she can’t help but rise to the challenge.

A Dangerous Game

Studiousness. Practicality. Discipline. Such are the attributes of a good scholar, and such are the principles Lord Spencer Hornsby has built his life around. Alone in the Welsh countryside, with only his wolfhounds for company, Spencer has thrown himself into his work. There is little time for the pleasures of society, not even to think of the joys of the fairer sex. But when an unexpected guest arrives at his isolated hunting lodge, Spencer cannot help but be baffled by the presence of this dangerously beautiful woman. And when he discovers the reason for her arrival, and the pleasures she promises, he cannot help but find himself irresistibly intrigued . . .





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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. A multi-published author, Karyn loves to write historicals, particularly in the Victorian era. She also writes contemporaries. Tortured heroes are a 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 keeps her moving forward.


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Delay on Re-Releases for Several Books #SelfPublishing @KarynGerrard #TheGirlCantHelpit



Yikes. I got the rights back for this book Dec 2016, and I wanted to revise and re-release it in under six months under my KG Publishing. Not going to happen.

Obviously any contracted books I have with a publisher (Kensington) must come first. I have to pass in book 2 manuscript Sept 15th. Book 3 is due March 1 2018. I think it best I get these two books written and passed in before I turn my attention to any self-publishing releases.

As a result it has caused a real pile of rights reversed e-books on my back burner. My back list has shrunk by nearly half. But these books need work (in some cases A LOT of work) and I am not going to rush it. Click HERE to see a complete list of my books that are no longer available.

After the Copper and the Madam? I had hoped to revise Knight of Christmas (my one and only Ellora's Cave release) for Fall 2017. Again, not going to happen. I have pushed it to Fall 2018.

Though I did fix the cover so it is ready to go! EC said I could use the same cover if I removed their logo (gladly!) I added the Victorian Xmas street light. Not bad, eh? Yes, it is a historical, hence his cravat.

This is a sizzling erotic romance, and I will be dialling down the heat to sensual since I do not write erotic any longer. I want to expand it a bit as well.

Again, I refuse to rush it.

After that? I have one other cover art I bought, I was going to use it for my Wicked Men of Rockland series, but I have decided I will be revising and seeing if my agent can shop it around first.


(Note to self: do not buy cover art until revisions are done and you are completely sure of your plans)

So what to do with this cover I bought? First, I removed the 'Wicked Men of Rockland' logo under the title.

Now I can use this for a short novella. I received rights back to 'Rock the Wolfe' from Decadent last year.

It is around 17,000 words, a rock star contemporary and it needs revising, editing, and expansion. So this is the third self-pubbing release in the queue.

No idea on the release dates for any of this.

I refuse to stress myself out by spinning too many plates.



But stay tuned, as I plan to release them as soon as I can give them my full attention. :)

Thanks for your patience and understanding!

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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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!

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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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