Saturday, July 11, 2020

Historical Romance #Giveaway! 18 e-books From Various Authors +#Kindle Paperwhite @KarynGerrard #Win! Ends July 20th




🌟 🌟 Hot Summer Reads Historical Romance Giveaway – Win 18 e-books plus a Kindle Paperwhite e-Reader!🌟 🌟

Are you ready for some summer reading? I’ve teamed up with some of my favorite Historical Romance author friends to bring you this AMAZING giveaway. From sweet to steamy, Dukes to pirates, we’ve got you covered!

🌟 🌟 UP FOR GRABS: Win e-books of all these books featured, (eighteen books) PLUS a brand new waterproof Kindle Paperwhite e-reader. Perfect for lounging by the pool (or reading in the bath!)



🌟 🌟 HOW TO ENTER: Lots of ways to enter via this Rafflecopter link: https://bit.ly/SummerHistoricals



Make sure to share this contest with all your book-loving friends. And don’t forget to hit the ‘Like’ button on this page and leave me a comment to let me know you entered. Good Luck!

Here’s all the authors taking part: If any are new to you, why not check out their FB pages too?

Kate Bateman /  K. C. Bateman: https://www.facebook.com/kcbatemanauthor/

RULES: Contest open until July 20th 2020. One winner will be chosen at random.
Contest open worldwide. In the event of a winner from outside the contiguous Unites States, an alternative prize in the form of an Amazon gift card to the value of $130 will be sent instead of a Kindle Paperwhite. Winner will still receive all e-books as advertised. Not associated with Facebook in any way. Void where prohibited.


My book included in giveaway?



My book included? 

His heart needs to heal…
 

He gave her shelter from the storm, nursed her back to health. But Tremain Hornsby is more than just a village vicar performing a chivalrous duty. He’s an ex-soldier whose spirit has been ravaged by war. A nobleman living under another name and hiding his aristocratic heritage. Yet despite his secrets, he cannot help but be drawn to the fallen beauty, and asks her to stay and care for the orphan in his charge.

And hers is lost…

Society has deemed Eliza Winston a disgraced governess. Dismissed, robbed, and left to perish, she finds herself in Tremain’s home—and soon realizes her handsome rescuer is the one in need of healing. Though a daunting task, Eliza is determined to thaw the vicar’s frozen heart—but her own is in danger. For Tremain is not only the man she’s dreamed of, but a blueblood whose noble birth makes him an impossible match.




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Friday, June 19, 2020

NOW AVAILABLE: The Vicar's Frozen Heart by Karyn Gerrard @KarynGerrard #ReRelease #Historical #Victorian







His heart needs to heal…
 

He gave her shelter from the storm, nursed her back to health. But Tremain Hornsby is more than just a village vicar performing a chivalrous duty. He’s an ex-soldier whose spirit has been ravaged by war. A nobleman living under another name and hiding his aristocratic heritage. Yet despite his secrets, he cannot help but be drawn to the fallen beauty, and asks her to stay and care for the orphan in his charge.

And hers is lost…

Society has deemed Eliza Winston a disgraced governess. Dismissed, robbed, and left to perish, she finds herself in Tremain’s home—and soon realizes her handsome rescuer is the one in need of healing. Though a daunting task, Eliza is determined to thaw the vicar’s frozen heart—but her own is in danger. For Tremain is not only the man she’s dreamed of, but a blueblood whose noble birth makes him an impossible match.




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Bold Seduction (Of Professor Hornsby) The Hornsby Brothers #1









A Fascinating Proposition

As owner of The Starling Club, one of London’s more popular brothels, Philomena McGrattan has seen and heard it all. There is little that surprises her anymore, and even less that stimulates her. When she is presented an opportunity at a tempting and bold seduction, she can’t help but rise to the challenge. A virgin son of a duke? How could she refuse?


An Improbable Encounter

Quiet and set in his ways, Lord Spencer Hornsby is a brilliant eccentric who prefers solitude and researching ancient civilizations. Alone in the Welsh countryside, with only his wolfhounds for company, Spencer has little time or patience for the pleasures of society. But when an unexpected guest arrives at his isolated hunting lodge, Spencer cannot help but be irresistibly intrigued by the presence of this beautiful woman.

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


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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 was born and raised in the Maritime Provinces of Eastern Canada, and thrilled to have just recently moved home! 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.


Sunday, June 14, 2020

I've Had it With Facebook: Social Media Musings by Karyn Gerrard @KarynGerrard #Opinion


I've never really liked Facebook. But after the recent stories about the owner, Zuckerberg, I'm more disgusted than ever. See HERE and HERE
Delete my account? As soon as I am no longer a published author, I will do so. I know there are authors who have cut ties already. It's an individual choice. So what can I do?

First, Facebook is getting none of my money. I spent 5.00 once to boost a post years ago. Never again. Billionaire Zuckerberg does not need more of my money.
I've also ghosted my author page. I'm not jumping through Facebook's many and various hoops to get more views or interaction.
I've deleted the Facebook app and Facebook Messenger from all my devices. If I go on Facebook at all, it will be on my desktop through a browser, and as little as possible. (Once or twice a week) I've also ghosted Instagram, which they own. They also own WhatsApp, Oculus VR, and recently bought Giphy. (which could change how we send GIFs forever)

Next? I will block ads. Hit Facebook in the wallet.

From K. Tempest post on Medium from 2017: All major desktop browsers have extensions or add-ons that will block ads on Facebook as well as everywhere else. Just go to the websites for Firefox Add-OnsChrome ExtensionsSafari Extensions, or Microsoft Edge Add-Ons and search for Adblock. 

Want to delete Facebook and other social media, check it out HERE

I believe there is no hard and fast rule about social media, no matter what publishers and experts tell you. (I had a publisher tell me to join Instagram, and I did, what a total waste) It really doesn't sell books. Join a Facebook group? No one sees your posts. Post on your FB timeline? No one sees it unless you interact several times a day with many, many people.

To those who have mastered social media, I tip my cap. But I find it ponderous and an invasion of my privacy. (I have removed all personal photos from my Facebook and will no longer share them on Instagram) I've cut back on Twitter as well. After being an author for nine years, social media has only become more difficult exposure-wise. Since moving home, I have even less time. What little computer time I have....I'd rather be writing!

~Cheers

Monday, May 25, 2020

COVER REVEAL AND COMING SOON! His Wicked Celtic Kiss (Wicked Men of Rockland City #2) by Karyn Gerrard @KarynGerrard #Contemporary






Unofficial blurb: 

It took just one teasing wink and a sexy Irish lilt from bad boy Lorcan Byrne to turn Julie Barnes’s world upside down. 

 After several dangerous years working as a soldier and a spy, Lorcan has stopped in Rockland City for some much-needed downtime. Working for his extended family, 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 change her life. But this handsome charmer is just as enticing as any of the decadent cakes she sells, and she can’t resist the temptation. She’s planning to enjoy every second of their explosive chemistry—for as long as it lasts. 

For his part, Lorcan didn’t count on meeting someone who could soothe his damaged heart and heal his troubled soul. Never mind the searing attraction. But staying permanently in one place is not an option. However, Julie is determined to convince him that he has more to offer than just his ‘wicked Celtic kiss.’

Cover by The Write Designer


FROM THE AUTHOR:


Note on this book: It was previously published in 2014 with Crimson Romance
I rec'd the rights back in 2017. Crimson Romance is no longer in business. (Bought by Simon and Schuster in late 2016, closed in 2018)

Used paperbacks of the 2014 version are still floating out there.

I'm completely revising this story. His Wicked Celtic Kiss is a mainstream romance. This is not a dark romance.

Book 3 is written, it is called His Wicked Cold Heart

Book 4 is not written as yet. will be called He's so Wicked Good

I set no deadlines on myself, so the revisions are done when they're done, meaning it could release later this year or early next year. I'm guessing 2021.



A little about the series: The Wicked Men of Rockland City

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 Barneses. For good and for ill, these family’s lives are intertwined.

The Barnes family represents law and order. The De Lucas embodies the complete opposite, and soon their various criminal enterprises overtake everyone’s lives with disastrous results. Once the smoke clears, the question remains of who will survive. Passions run high, as do old and new resentments—and old and new loves.



Check out the cover reveal for Book #1 He's the Wicked Bad (also coming soon!)





Unofficial Blurb:


Dark and brooding, Nick Crocetti was labeled a bad boy from the moment he arrived in Rockland City. Now owner of the bar, The Chief, whispers of criminal dealings and a murky past still swirl around him. Being alone suits Nick, until his high school fantasy enters his life once again.

Veronica Barnes is leaving behind a disastrous marriage along with her high-paying consulting career. Returning home, she is determined to follow a lifelong dream of opening her own bakery. Meeting her secret high school crush, ‘the wicked bad’ Nick, rocks her world in ways she never imagined.

Despite the mutual physical attraction - and a shared past - Nick and Veronica are wary and determined to protect their hearts.
Breaking down the barriers of past heartbreak seem insurmountable, especially when the intimate bond moves toward something neither counted on—nor wanted. For two lonely people, acknowledging their feelings may be more than they bargained for.


Cover by Cora Graphics






Karyn Gerrard was born and raised in the Maritime Provinces of Eastern Canada, and thrilled to have just recently moved home! 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.


Monday, May 18, 2020

WRITING: Don't Dismiss Learning As You Go #Opinion by Karyn Gerrard @KarynGerrard #amwriting #amlearning


I don't claim to be a skilled writer. Far from it. In fact, you'll probably find mistakes in this blog post. I don't have a university degree. Nor did I take any creative writing courses or attend workshops. I am not skilled in the ins-and-outs of grammar and sentence structure. I am not an expert in English Lit. I seem to have a brain block when it comes to tenses, but I'm striving to improve.
So with grade 12 business courses stuffed in my credentials, how did I ever think I could become a published author? A pipe dream? A step too far?

Let's toss self-pubbing aside and the snarky comments from a certain segment of the literary world that claim, 'any monkey with a pulse and an internet connection' can upload a book and become published. Yeah, we are not going there.

Instead, let's focus on the craft itself. How many times have you gone back and looked at something you wrote five years ago and cringed?
Don't. Take pride that your writing has improved and you can actually see the evidence. University and/or creative writing courses sure come in handy for the technical aspects of grammar, story structure and such, (if you have an opportunity to take courses, do it!) but if you can't actually 'tell' a story, then all the spiffy and shiny grammar and punctuation in the world is not going to get you published.

SELF AGGRANDIZING ALERT: One thing I have going for me, I am a storyteller. I always had a vivid imagination and vivid dreams I could recall in detail. Still do. I was the twelve year old at Girl Guide camp standing before the campfire making up a horror story off the top of my head that kept the other girls riveted. My stories were always read out loud in English class right up into high school. Bragging? Sure. It shows I have a propensity for storytelling right from childhood. I used to write poetry and short stories through my teens.

But then I was married at twenty, moved halfway across the country so my hubs could take up a teaching position. Writing became lost, though I was still a voracious reader.

Long story short, I came to romance years later when I picked up a second hand copy of Simply Love by Mary Balogh one day for no particular reason.

I was hooked. Good and proper.

Over a period of several months in 2010 I wrote a time travel romance manuscript. Found a bunch of digital publishers on the internet and submitted it. It was accepted in 24 hours. Hell, that was easy.

No, it isn't. First off, the manuscript was a complete mess. Luckily, the publisher looked beyond and offered a contract on the story itself.  Remember its the story that grabs an acquisitions editor, not if you've eliminated all dangling participles. (though that's important in its own right) Always pass in as clean as manuscript as you can.

I submitted to different publishers, ones I thought would further my writing. Like climbing a ladder. I learned as I went, with each new manuscript, with each new edit, good or bad (and I've had both). My writing became longer in length, with more complicated plots and characters. I'm still learning.

In four years I went from a small digital publisher to a New York publisher's digital line. Is that an achievement? To me, damn right it is.
I never expected it.

In 2011, I submitted the manuscript with no expectations of acceptance. In fact, when I got the acceptance email, I thought it was a joke.

I've since found out that writing and publishing is no joke. But if a middle-aged woman with grade twelve business courses under her arm can be taken seriously by an associate editor in a New York publishing office, then anything is possible.

Further education is great, but if you don't have it, it doesn't have to be a roadblock. If you yearn to write, DO IT. Being a storyteller is 3/4 of it. If you can spin a yarn, and tell it well, you can learn the rest as you go. And that's what editors are for, because no one person can do it all. Hey, there's nothing wrong with on-the-job training.

Cheers~
 
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