Monday, January 14, 2019

BOOKSWEEPS GIVEAWAY! Win 30 Historical Romances and New eReader! Until Jan 23rd @BookSweeps @KarynGerrard


Contest Title: Regency, Georgian, & Victorian Romance BookBub Giveaway
                        
Contest Dates: January 14 – January 23, 2019




Have you read my novel THE GOVERNESS AND THE BEAST? For a limited time, you can enter to win the book plus 30 fantastic historical romances from an amazing collection of authors, AND a brand new eReader - just follow me and other great historical romance authors on BookBub! ✨✨✨✨

Enter the contest by clicking here 👉 http://bit.ly/historicalrom-jan2019

When you’re done, leave a comment to let me know you’ve followed!

Some fantastic authors are included, like my The Drawing Room fellow patronness, Liana de la Rosa! And some of my fav reads like Lorraine Heath, Ella Quinn, Janna McGregor, and Liana!






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.

“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


Tuesday, January 1, 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR! My Resolution? Lower my Expectations. Again. by @KarynGerrard #amwriting





Happy 2019, another year gone! What is the upcoming year going to bring? No idea as I have not made any firm plans. I have numerous indie projects I can turn to, also working on a two book historical proposal. As for real life, Mr. G's health issues continue to take center stage and there may be a possible move back to the east coast on my horizon. All that may hamper my output I am sure. I can only do what I can, and I refuse to stress over it.

Resolutions? Bah. But I will try and follow this one for the coming year: (beyond refusing to stress out) Lower my expectations. Yeah, I've said it before, but it bears repeating, so I am re-posting this blog piece I wrote close to two years past to remind me afresh. All the best for the new year!

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You would think, since I've been published in one form or another since May 2011, I would have learned to lower my expectations by now when it comes to various aspects of being a romance author.

But I haven't. With each new goal achieved through the years, I would start to get my expectations up only to be smacked with reality and that dreaded of all words: Disappointment.

I will admit, I have never taken any sort of disappointment well, from my favourite restaurant not having the chicken dish I love that particular night, to the bigger, life-altering ones. So I already came into being a published author with a handicap.

Wow, book one sold great, that means the rest of the series will sell as well! Nope. Look! I am with a NY publisher, I am going to sell more books! Nope.

I could go on, but then this turns into more of a 'whine' and cheese than it already is. The best advice? To have no expectations of anything, then the disappointment will be easier to shrug off and you will be more inclined to move forward. However, we are only human, and it is perfectly normal to have some sort of expectation.

This being published thing has not been a huge thrill overall. The only thing keeping me going is the writing itself. That I still enjoy. Of course, I could write stories to please myself and not bother with publishing at all, not even self-pubbing. But when I submitted a manuscript March 2011 on a lark, not expecting anything, only to have it accepted, I became intrigued. How far could I go with this thing?
See? I had no expectations starting out. So what happened?

I started to have small successes. Tiny incremental changes that kept me moving in a forward and upward trajectory. That is when expectations started to creep in. The key with regard to expectations is not to overdo it. It is great to dream, but it should be hampered with a healthy does of reality. Especially if you are like me and do not take disappointments well.

This is not an occupation for the faint-hearted. But if you love writing enough to subject yourself to possible disappointments and heartache, then embrace it. Try and remain even-keeled, keep your dreams alive, but tempered with sensible goals. Focus on the writing. The joy of crafting a story. And perhaps you may come through this relatively unscathed.

Cheers!



Tuesday, December 11, 2018

All the Best For The Holiday Season! @KarynGerrard #takingabreak #Christmas



Thanks for all the support this year and the years before that. I will be taking a break for the rest of the month. I am literally burnt out on many fronts. I will keep my few remaining commitments for the month, but generally will not be on the internet much.

What is coming for 2019? I have no idea. Working away on a few indie projects and working on a proposal for traditional publishing, but have no clue as to the outcome of any of this. Hope after the holidays to have a clearer picture. Turn the page and all that.

Now my tree is up, I am going to catch up on some reading and spend quality time with Mr. G. :)

Meanwhile, cheers and all the best for the holiday season!

NOTE: In the post below this one, you can enter the giveaway for my latest release and a chance to win a 15.00 Amazon gift certificate!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

RELEASE DAY! Love with a Notorious Rake by @KarynGerrard #Giveaway #Historical @lyricalpress


Love With a Notorious Rake
Men of Wollstonecraft Hall Book 3
by Karyn Gerrard
Genre: Historical Romance

He’s as dangerous as he is irresistible . . .


The heir to his family’s fortune, Aidan Wollstonecraft is ready to put his prodigal ways in the past and prove himself worthy of his illustrious name.  Going undercover in a factory to expose the wretched working conditions, Aidan believes his noble act will lead him to a better future. Until he’s reunited with the sweet beauty who saw him through his darkest days. Cristyn Bevan stirs him like no other woman before. Makes him yearn to claim her, despite the damning curse that dooms any Wollstonecraft wife to an all-too-early death . . .

To fall for Aidan would be her undoing. Yet, something about the blue-blooded scoundrel draws Cristyn to him like a moth to a deadly flame. Is it a desire to heal him that keeps the lovely nurse close? Or her secret hope that somehow, some way, Aidan can let go of his dark past and see the light—and the love—waiting for him?



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



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Last night Aidan heard the agonized cries of a recent inmate in addiction hell. God, had he acted the same when coming off the poison? He could not recall, but what little he remembered chilled his black soul.
He entered his room and stopped short at the sight of Cristyn. She was her father’s most trusted, loyal assistant and nurse. Her presence always caused his heart to skip a beat. It made him fully aware he was a man, and she a woman. Cristyn’s beauty never failed to capture his interest. She had a coal-black shade of hair similar to his, and violet-blue eyes he could happily become lost in. This glorious young lady was far too stunning to be toiling away in a country clinic for addicted reprobates.
Cristyn was making his bed, going about her chores efficiently and cheerfully. Early in his stay, there were times when she had annoyed him with her sunny smile and optimism; then he’d learned to bask in it, savor it. But nothing had prepared him for her touch. Even the lightest brush of her fingers seized his breath. He was shameless, being attracted to her while in such a pathetic state.
Could he be drawn to her because she was the only attractive woman around for months? Perhaps, for surely it could not be more. Despite his poor health, the rake still lurked under the surface. Yet during his horrible first few weeks here, Cristyn had stood at the vanguard, coaxing him to eat and attending to his every need. She’d spoken to him in soft, reassuring tones, all the while acting compassionate and kind and encouraging him to embrace his recovery. My angel. My savior.
One particularly vivid memory recalled him as a crumpled heap of tears and self-pity. Cristyn had held him, speaking soothing words of support. She had called him cariad more than once. Aidan found out later it meant “love” in the Welsh tongue. A term of endearment? Did she refer to all her male patients as cariad in her sensual, musical voice? What made him worthy of her special attention?
Beyond such questions, his blatant display of emotion and weakness embarrassed him the more his condition improved. In increments, he slowly tucked away such vulnerabilities and allowed the old Aidan to emerge, at least in her presence. The cool, detached, I-couldn’t-care-less rake. It was a solid shield to hide behind. You damned coward.




Scandal with a Sinful Scot
Men of Wollstoncraft Hall Book 2 

You must lock away your heart at all costs.”


Falling in love was the darkest moment of Garrett Wollstonecraft’s privileged youth, even as he and Abigail Hughes shared a blissful summer of passionate promise. Sworn to keep Abigail safe from the curse plaguing generations of Wollstonecraft men, Garrett sacrificed his future happiness. Now, fourteen years after he lost his heart, Abigail reenters his life. But the woman who arrives unannounced at his ancestral manor is very different from the sheltered girl Garrett once knew.

The widow of a country doctor, Abigail can’t forgive Garrett for his cruel rejection. Yet she can no longer keep the truth from him—a secret that could have resulted in her ruin. But as the embers of desire reignite, and Abigail and Garrett slowly rebuild trust, a malicious enemy plots against them. Is their love strong enough to break free from the sins of the past—and to end the tragic cycle that consigns Garrett to a life of loneliness?




Marriage with a Proper Stranger
Men of Wollstonecraft Hall Book 1

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?





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.





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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

BOOKBUB FEATURED DEAL: Scandal with a Sinful Scot by @KarynGerrard #99Cents #Historical Sale Ends Dec 2nd





SCANDAL WITH A SINFUL SCOT
(Men of Wollstonecraft Hall #2) 
Publisher: Kensington/Lyrical Press  


You must lock away your heart at all costs.”

Falling in love was the darkest moment of Garrett Wollstonecraft’s privileged youth, even as he and Abigail Hughes shared a blissful summer of passionate promise. Sworn to keep Abigail safe from the curse plaguing generations of Wollstonecraft men, Garrett sacrificed his future happiness. Now, fourteen years after he lost his heart, Abigail reenters his life. But the woman who arrives unannounced at his ancestral manor is very different from the sheltered girl Garrett once knew.



The widow of a country doctor, Abigail can’t forgive Garrett for his cruel rejection. Yet she can no longer keep the truth from him—a secret that could have resulted in her ruin. But as the embers of desire reignite, and Abigail and Garrett slowly rebuild trust, a malicious enemy plots against them. Is their love strong enough to break free from the sins of the past—and to end the tragic cycle that consigns Garrett to a life of loneliness?





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Available Book #1
Marriage with a Proper Stranger


MARRIAGE WITH A PROPER STRANGER 
by Karyn Gerrard
(Men of Wollstonecraft Hall #1) 
Kensington Publishing/Lyrical Press 


“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?






Book 3 Love with a Notorious Rake
coming Dec 4, 2018


He’s as dangerous as he is irresistible . . .

The heir to his family’s fortune, Aidan Wollstonecraft is ready to put his prodigal ways in the past and prove himself worthy of his illustrious name.  Going undercover in a factory to expose the wretched working conditions, Aidan believes his noble act will lead him to a better future. Until he’s reunited with the sweet beauty who saw him through his darkest days. Cristyn Bevan stirs him like no other woman before. Makes him yearn to claim her, despite the damning curse that dooms any Wollstonecraft wife to an all-too-early death . . .

To fall for Aidan would be her undoing. Yet, something about the blue-blooded scoundrel draws Cristyn to him like a moth to a deadly flame. Is it a desire to heal him that keeps the lovely nurse close? Or her secret hope that somehow, some way, Aidan can let go of his dark past and see the light—and the love—waiting for him?

“Karyn Gerrard writes very enjoyable, richly textured historical romances.”
—Kate Pearce, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author


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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 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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