Monday, February 18, 2019

2019 Writing Plans are Shaping up: What's Ahead: by @KarynGerrard #ContemporaryRomance #WickedMen



In 2013 and 2014, these two books were published with Crimson Romance. (Wicked Men of Rockland) I got the rights back in 2016 for The Wicked Bad, just before Crimson (Adams Media) were bought by Simon and Schuster, who closed down the Crimson romance line in 2018. I got the rights back for book 2, His Wicked Celtic Kiss, in 2017. Since then, they have been sitting on my back burner.

NOTE: Some used print on demand copies or unsold trade paperback copies of these books are still out there.

For the past four years since HWCK was published, I turned to historical romance. I also no longer wrote erotic romance (which is what The Wicked Bad was, hence it being released in the spicy line)
The edit was horrible for book 1, much better for book 2, and I thought I would continue the series. I wrote book 3. Submitted it, then shortly thereafter, withdrew it. Historical romance was calling.

Now I've decided to turn to some indie projects for a while. I've already started to rip apart The Wicked Bad. The base core of the story remains, but it will change a lot. It will no longer be 'erotic' but sensual. I am also changing the title somewhat.

The titles of the four book series will be: (stories will be 55,000-70,000 words)

THE WICKED MEN OF ROCKLAND CITY

Book 1: He’s the Wicked Bad (change in previous title)
Book 2: His Wicked Celtic Kiss (no change in previous title)
Book 3: His Wicked Cold Heart (all new)
Book 4: He’s the Wicked Good (all new)

I am also not ruling out novellas about secondary characters.

A little about the series:  (unofficial summary, still tweaking it)

Nestled on Chesapeake Bay in Rockland City, Maryland, this small industrial city has witnessed the struggle for dominance by two families: the De Lucas and the Barnes’s. Their lives are inter-meshed for good or ill. Passions run high as do old and new resentments—and old and new loves.


The Barnes family represent law and order. The De Lucas the complete opposite and soon their various criminal enterprises overtake everyone’s lives with disastrous results. Once the smoke clears, will the Wicked Men of Rockland City open their hearts to love?

Obviously, Rockland City and the characters are fictional.  

I found when writing my historical series for Kensington Publishing, Men of Wollstonecraft Hall, that I enjoyed doing a family saga type series with overlapping story lines. I realized that is exactly what The Men of Rockland City is. Can't wait to dive back in.
It's happening. Already looking into ordering cover art.

A lot on my plate. But, I am working at my own pace.
Still enjoy the writing, so onward!Stay tuned.

Cheers~





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



Thursday, February 14, 2019

SALE: BELOVED BEAST Limited Time #99Cents by @KarynGerrard #Historical #WWII #Gothic #fantasy





BELOVED BEAST Book #2 The Ravenswood Chronicles

Historical/Fantasy/Suspense
Kensington Publishing Lyrical Press
74,000 words +
Release date: Feb 28, 2017
(can be read as a stand alone)

If a man can live forever . . .

A lifetime ago, the debauched Viscount Ravenswood lost his life, only to be revived as as new man with a new name…and a new desire for love. Now, scarred and monstrous of visage, Luke Madden has outlived his beloved wife. Crushed by loss and despair, he swears to never feel such a love again. For such a perfect mingling of souls could never happen twice in one lifetime. Especially for a beast such as Luke believes himself to be . . .

. . . how can he love forever?

Gillian Browning is a bold woman of action. But her spy activities in pre-war Germany have made her a target. Now in London, she is being hunted by ruthless Nazi operatives. Luckily, a fellow spy knows someone who can protect her—Luke. Taking Gillian to his former home in the country, he reluctantly finds himself caring for her more than he thought possible, and to his surprise she reciprocates. But when a threat from Luke’s own past increases their peril, he must decide if he has the true strength to love—and trust—again . 





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BELOVED MONSTER by Karyn Gerrard
Book 1 of The Ravenswood Chronicles





  • Print Length: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing/Lyrical Press 
  • Publication Date: September 13, 2016



  • What makes a man? 
    The wild and dissolute Viscount Ravenswood lives only for his own pleasure, caring not one wit for the broken hearts left trampled in his wake. But his decadent lifestyle finally catches up to him in a fatal carriage race. It’s an infamous and spectacular end to a brief, immoral life—or is it?

    And who is the woman who loves him?
    When Glenna Parker stumbles upon her cousin Reed Parker’s cluttered laboratory, she could never have imagined the mad experiment he is about to embark upon—to bring a man back from the dead. Not just any man, but Ravenswood, who once shattered her heart. With no memory of his former life, Glenna calls him Luke, and finds herself enchanted by his compassion—and passion. Protecting the scarred Luke has become Glenna’s sole mission, but can she protect her heart from her beloved monster?


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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



    Monday, February 4, 2019

    SALE LIMITED TIME! #99Cents Bold Seduction (Hornsby Bros 1) by Karyn Gerrard @KarynGerrard #Historical @lyricalpress




    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 By Karyn Gerrard

    Book #2 The Hornsby Brothers
    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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    COMING 2019!
    The Marquess of Secrets 
    (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.







    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




    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! ✨✨✨✨

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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 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!



     
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