Sunday, April 14, 2019

Falling in Love in One Night? Why Not? by @KarynGerrard #Giveaway #RomanceGems #amwriting


I have to chuckle when I hear: "This isn't realistic, no one falls in love in one night/first sight." Actually, yes, some people do. In actual real life. It is rare, but it happens.

So why not in a romance story? Why can't the characters fall in love during a short period? One night? One week? One month?

Speaking as a romance reader, I suspend belief when I read for I believe a lot of romance is steeped in fantasy. The white knight riding up to rescue the damsel in distress. It is not based in any reality, as real life is far more messy and complicated. I read romance to escape, immerse myself in another world, and to get that satisfying happily-ever-after.

Doesn't matter if its a short story, a novella, or a full-length novel, I'm there for the journey. I want to be entertained, moved, and rooting for the characters to overcome obstacles in order reach that HEA(happily-ever-after). I would never complain about the length of a story, in fact, a short story is a perfect length for that "insta-love" so many roll their eyes at.

I've seen complaints about sex before falling in love. Well, that happens in real life too. Insta-lust can turn to something deeper, why not have it unfold in a romance novel?

As far as historical romance? The old "A duke would never marry a commoner, this is not realistic" argument also fits here. Again, this is fiction. Fantasy. I can suspend belief, and dukes have married commoners through the ages.

So because all these things factor into my reading experience, it has manifested itself in my romance writing. I have written more than one story where the couple fall in love right away, especially in my shorter works. I now write longer pieces with more complicated plots, but I still enjoy creating that journey to the HEA, whether it takes a night, a month, or a year.

Falling in love in one night? Why not?

Go for it. :) And give short stories/novellas a try!

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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. 

 A multi-published author, she loves to write sensual historical 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.



“Looking for a swoon-worthy read? You can’t go wrong with the lovely and emotional romances from Karyn Gerrard.” ~Vanessa Kelly, USA Today Bestselling author 

"Karyn Gerrard writes very enjoyable, richly textured historical romances." ~Kate Pearce, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author








Wednesday, April 3, 2019

NEW! Revised Edition of Bold Seduction by @ KarynGerrard #ComingSoon #Historical #CoverReveal #amwriting



Okay, so what is going on? What is wrong with the 2015 edition published with Kensington/Lyrical Press?
Nothing, in theory, but there is an explanation.

BOLD SEDUCTION was my first book with Kensington's digital line. It was originally a standalone story. When Kensington contacted me to see what else I had, I was writing THE VICAR'S FROZEN HEART. So I pitched it as book 2 in a series. Sold! But by the time I got around to pitching the third and final book, too much time had gone by, so Kensington passed, (though they did offer me contracts for another series) At the time, I didn't have an agent, what did I know about 'length of time' between books?

The publisher said I could release book 3 myself. Cool. But because of real life and contract obligations I wasn't able to get around to finishing book 3 until recently. THE MARQUESS OF SECRETS is releasing April 23rd.

So, I wanted to link all three books as a series on Amazon. Nope. Because there is two different publishers. (me and Kensington) Amazon said Kensington had to okay it. Kensington said Amazon had to okay it. I've seen other authors get series linked before (mix of publisher and indie) but I wasn't in the mood for a drawn-out argument.

Best to have the complete series under my control is the conclusion I came to. Besides, my writing has changed so much since 2014 when I wrote this. So I asked for the rights back. BOLD SEDUCTION will be disappearing from vendors in the next week or two. I've also asked for THE VICAR'S FROZEN HEART back as well. More to come on that.

The new cover is above, and I am working on revisions now. BOLD SEDUCTION will be back soon.

I have two other series with Kensington, they are staying put. I have no plans to ask for rights back anytime soon, if at all.

The future? As far as traditional publishing, I have no idea. Not even thinking about it, for I have enough on my plate on the indie side of my writing.

Moving forward!





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. 

 A multi-published author, she loves to write sensual historical 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.



“Looking for a swoon-worthy read? You can’t go wrong with the lovely and emotional romances from Karyn Gerrard.” ~Vanessa Kelly, USA Today Bestselling author 

"Karyn Gerrard writes very enjoyable, richly textured historical romances." ~Kate Pearce, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author









Friday, March 29, 2019

COVER REVEAL: My Wicked Soul by @KarynGerrard #OlderHero #RockStar #Contemporary #ComingSoon




Blurb for My Wicked Soul

Close to the breaking point after a difficult year in the classroom, elementary teacher Jessica Coleson is looking forward to summer vacation. While staying at the old family homestead, she meets an intriguing man who may be as burnt out as she is. Factor in his rough-hewn good looks, she finds him hard to resist.

Just turned forty and weary beyond words, rock star Mercury Phalen’s world has unraveled, culminating in the bust-up of his group and the dissolution of his marriage. Even though he laments the loss of his guys more, he’s not looking for an entanglement with another woman.

Though Mercury is attracted by Jessi’s nurturing personality and sensual response to his touch, denying what exists between them is the wise choice—especially considering the baggage he’s dragging behind him. Yet he wonders: could this be the love he has yearned for and written songs about all these years?

~~~~~COMING SOON!

This was an erotic romance with Decadent Publishing back in the day, (under a different title) and this revision-rewrite is nothing like the previous book. At all. Completely different. I'm toying with the idea of putting this in KU (I have nothing in there) since it is a short novella and a standalone story. I've aged the hero. Now 40 years of age. More mainstream which is how I've been writing since 2015, more so with each new book I release.

I am hoping to release this by the end of this year, we will see what happens. Lots going on in real life. Big changes coming. I find I am on social media less and less...and I prefer it. But I'm picking away at this, and having a blast revisiting this story. Stay tuned!




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. 

 A multi-published author, she loves to write sensual historical 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.



“Looking for a swoon-worthy read? You can’t go wrong with the lovely and emotional romances from Karyn Gerrard.” ~Vanessa Kelly, USA Today Bestselling author 

"Karyn Gerrard writes very enjoyable, richly textured historical romances." ~Kate Pearce, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author






Wednesday, March 27, 2019

RWA: To Renew Membership or Not? #Opinion by @KarynGerrard #Romance

First: RWA is Romance Writers of America

The group was formed in December 1980 in Houston, Texas, USA, back in the old days when romance writers were in print only.

To say that gatekeeper mentality runs deep into the very bones of this organization is no exaggeration. Change did not come easy. Because for years joining the upper echelons of this organization was difficult. Gatekeepers. Rules.

Now, organizations should have rules and codes of conduct. But they should also have the foresight to see after 20+ years, romance publishing was changing. Did these predominately white "let's all be nice" ladies open their arms to change? Nope, not all of them. When E-books hit the scene, they were sniffed at, not considered "real books", and when digital publishers wanted to go to the convention? Nope. Not real publishers. LGBT books and publishers? Nope. Love is between one man and one woman. Yes, once upon a time, the RWA said that. So that caveat pretty much dismissed erotic romance as legit in their eyes as well. Changes to the rules to join PAN (a step up the rung of that ladder) to allow more to join? Met with a recoil and resistance.

But never was the elitist privilege of this group more apparent than the complete dismissal of authors of color (AoC) and in particular, black romance authors. Which is the ultimate irony because the founder of this group back in the day in Houston? Vivian Stephens, a black woman.

Now we come to the RITA awards. My opinion? Never likes peer-judged contests or awards. Because if there is a group of people who will be extra judge-y, its other writers. Let's set aside the inherent biases many romance authors bring to the table. Hell, I have them. I don't care for lighthearted regency romps (which often get picked in the Historical category) But I would read one and judge it fairly. There are certain types of books that nearly always get nominated, and it's why many don't bother to submit their books for consideration.

But not submitting a dark, gritty Victorian historical because that type of book is hardly ever chosen to be a finalist pales in comparison of how black romance authors have been systematically shut out, year after year. To. This. Day. Last year it was all #RitasoWhite, a lot of discussion, a promise of change, but what happened? The same this year. It was if those decades-old members doubled down. Did any judges purposely mark scores low on AoC? I hope we get to see some of the judges scores when they are given to authors this summer.

In the PAN (published authors network) forum of the RWA website the past few days, we saw white privilege with a healthy dose of elitism on full display. Most of the racist/homophobe comments were by older white ladies clutching their pearls. Those white ladies that have been members for decades. The OG. Which in this case stands for Old Gatekeepers.

So, what to do? Stay with the RWA or abandon ship? I had these thoughts before the RITA finalists were announced. For me, change isn't coming fast enough. I don't care for the cliquish feel of this organization. The popularity contest-like mood of it, from electing board members to the awards themselves. (and allowing board members to enter books into the contest. Never thought this was right, and was glad to see Tessa Dare call it out on Twitter) But the systemic bigotry across the board has me recoiling all the more.


My membership is up for renewal in May. Do I stay or do I go now? I have a lot to think about. And I have to think beyond my own opinions and biases. Because we white people cannot expect AoC and LGBTQIA or disabled members to carry the burden of change on their shoulders.

And it must change. And if it can't? Maybe it's not worth saving~

Saturday, March 23, 2019

PRE-ORDER! The Marquess of Secrets by @KarynGerrard #Historical (The Hornsby Brothers #3) #ComingSoon

COMING April 23, 2019!
The Marquess of Secrets 
(The Hornsby Brothers #3 and conclusion to the series)




A secret life
For years Harrison Hornsby, Marquess of Tennington, heir to the Duke of Gransford, has been a scandalous rake. Unbeknownst to all he’d been leading an entirely different and secret life as physician to the poor. Though his younger brothers held out for true love, as the heir, Harrison feels he doesn’t have that luxury. The time has come to marry an appropriate bride. One who in society’s eyes is worthy to become a duchess. But fate has other plans.


A damaged woman


Life for Lydia Chesterton has not been kind. Once a respected nurse at a London hospital, she is alone and homeless due to disastrous decisions with regard to love and trust. Living on the streets and deathly ill, Lydia finds temporary sanctuary with Harrison. Her rescuer is hard to resist especially when he proposes a trade of secrets. With her dangerous past threatening her future, and Harrison bound by duty, a lasting love appears to be out of reach…unless they toss aside all obstacles and risk their hearts.


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BOLD SEDUCTION (The Hornsby Brothers #1)


BOLD SEDUCTION
The Hornsby Brothers #1
Karyn Gerrard
Kensington Publishing/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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The Vicar's Frozen Heart (The Hornsby Brothers #2)



approx 55,000 words
Historical/Victorian
Heat Level: Sensual
Kensington Publishing/Lyrical Press

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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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. 

 A multi-published author, she loves to write sensual historical 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.



“Looking for a swoon-worthy read? You can’t go wrong with the lovely and emotional romances from Karyn Gerrard.” ~Vanessa Kelly, USA Today Bestselling author 

"Karyn Gerrard writes very enjoyable, richly textured historical romances." ~Kate Pearce, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author



 
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