Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NEW CONTRACT: His Wicked Celtic Kiss @KarynGerrard fr @Crimson_Romance #comingsoon




New contract for HIS WICKED CELTIC KISS signed with Crimson Romance for book 2 in The Wicked Men of Rockland series. Book 1 was THE WICKED BAD.

Wait a minute, you mean The Wicked Bad was the start of a series?

Why yes, it was! I have no idea why it wasn't listed that way at ebook sites, because I made it quite clear to the lady who was the editor-in-chief at the time that this would be a series. However, now that I've decided to proceed with the series, maybe the listings can be fixed.

I have written quite a few novellas, but am now stretching my writing into longer pieces, and His Wicked Celtic Kiss is around 57,000 words. I am constantly learning the more I write to fashion a longer narrative.

And enjoying it while I do. This new book will showcase the secondary characters from The Wicked Bad, Julie and Lorcan.

Crimson is under new leadership and I like the direction they are heading, so I do hope to keep the series with this publisher.
Look at their SUBMISSION GUIDELINES HERE


The plan is to have this book out in the early to mid fall. I want to thank Crimson Romance for working around my various personal issues this spring and allowing me time to work on this book. You all rock.

Also, this will be released in Crimson's Contemporary line, not Spicy. This is a mainstream, category romance, though the heat level will be sensual. My first category, though technically The Wicked Bad was, only...way hotter.

I have started a Wicked Men of Rockland board at Pinterest. Check it out HERE

The model below? The muse for my sexy Irish hero, Lorcan Byrne, in His Wicked Celtic Kiss. Yow. Perfect match.

More info to come, and already plotting out book 3 (concerning Liam De Luca, secondary character in His Wicked Celtic Kiss) When I will get around to writing it is another question!



VERY UNOFFICIAL BLURB for His Wicked Celtic Kiss

Julie Denison was in a good place with her hurtful past...until she met Lorcan Byrne. Lorcan is incredibly handsome, and with a teasing wink and sexy Irish lilt he tilts her world on its axis. Julie knows Lorcan is in town for only six months and resolves to make it the best half year of her life­—and his. 

Lorcan Byrne’s previous life of danger has caused him to step back and take a little safe downtime in the small Maryland city of Rockland. He didn’t count on meeting someone like Julie. Her courageous vulnerability and passionate nature affect him in ways he finds delightful and moving. Believing he’s incapable of love, Lorcan tries to keep distant from Julie, but is always drawn back like a moth to the flame that is her beautiful soul.

Can Julie convince Lorcan there is more between them than an intense, physical bond? Will Lorcan discover he has more to offer Julie than—his wicked Celtic kiss?




THE WICKED BAD

  • File Size: 531 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1440573468
  • Publisher: Crimson Romance (April 15, 2013)

Nick Crocetti is an imposing figure in black leather riding his motorcycle about the town of Rockland. Owner of a bar, The Chief, whispers of criminal dealings and a murky past swirl around him. Dark and brooding, Nick is "the wicked bad" in looks and demeanor.

 Veronica Barnes, leaving a husband from a disastrously quick Las Vegas marriage and her high-paying consulting job, returns home after ten years to follow a lifelong dream and open her own bakery. Despite the mutual physical attraction - and a shared past - Nick and Veronica are wary of each other and have protective fences around their hearts.

 Can they break down the barriers of past heartbreak, or is Veronica just a good girl who longs to rub against "the wicked bad"?

 Sensuality Level: Hot


Karyn Gerrard Bio: 

Karyn lives in a small town in the western corner of Ontario, Canada. She wiles away her spare time writing and reading romance while drinking copious amounts of Earl Grey tea. Tortured heroes are a must. A multi-published author with a few best-sellers under her belt,

Karyn loves to write in different genres and time periods, though historicals are her favorite. 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.

                                 Karyn's Site/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Vacation Time, News, and a New Direction for the Fall~by @KarynGerrard


 I will be away on a much needed vacation July 17-August 16th. Will be travelling through the States and Canada, heading east to visit family and friends. I will have my laptop and IPod with me, so I will pop up here and there, for the most part, I'll be laying low.

I spent most of the late winter and entire spring being sidelined with personal concerns, and in doing so, it caused me to step back from writing and everything that came with it. Had a little inner reflection and made a few decisions.

I've decided I will be cutting way back on my submissions going forward. As it is I've not had a release since Dec 2013, and I find I'm cool with that.

Now, bear in mind I had 10 + releases the first two years published. That will never happen again. I will no longer be labelling myself an "erotic" romance writer since I will be dialing back the heat a notch or three. I will be writing at different heat levels, the majority being sensual. Also will be focusing on longer narratives.  My upcoming release with Crimson is 58,000+. (His Wicked Celtic Kiss, the book that follows The Wicked Bad) So not as many short stories and short novellas going forward. If any. :)



Just a reminder that a box set  from Crimson Romance that I am part of is coming August 11th. SUMMER HEAT will be available for a limited time and for the low price of yes...you guessed it...99 CENTS! The Wicked Bad is included. There are 10 novels from Crimson's Spicy line from very talented authors. Will be up on pre-order on Amazon soon!  Keep your eyes peeled~

I also have news I will share as soon as the contracts are all done and dusted. A historical romance of 38.000 words and with a new publisher. Stay tuned!




To all readers and fellow writers,



Have a great rest of the summer!  *Hugs*

Saturday, July 12, 2014

COVER REVEAL: Summer Heat Box Set @Crimson_Romance #Spicy #comingsoon @KarynGerrard


Not long ago I posted an opinion piece on box sets. I said, if asked, I would participate. Why not? So here I am! Crimson Romance will be offering bundled, boxed sets for a LIMITED TIME, and I will part of the Spicy set. These selections are not short stories or novellas, but novel length stories for your summer reading enjoyment. THE WICKED BAD is part of the set. I will post the pre-order link when it is up at Amazon. Meanwhile, take a gander at all the great stories in this set~ And mark August 11th. As far as I know, the price will be 99 cents. If that changes, I will post a correction.

BLURB
When the summer sun beats down on the beach, Crimson Romance turns up the sizzle between the pages. From hot bikers to powerful venture capitalists and those oh-so-sexy military men in—and out—of uniform, these ten books put the spotlight on the heroes who make us melt. It’s a collection of our steamiest stories by these rising stars:


The Wicked Bad--Karyn Gerrard
Infamous—Irene Preston
Prelude to a Seduction—Lotchie Burton
Inventing Sin—Alicia Thorne
His Fantasy Maid—Susan Blexrud
Island Pursuits—Heather Rodney-Diaz
Dangerous Love—Lilou DuPont
Her New Worst Enemy—Christy McKellen
Blitzkrieg Love—Livia Olteano
As If You Never Left Me—Katriena Knights


Tentative release date: August 11th


10 novel length, hot, spicy stories to heat up your summer! Coming soon, watch for it!





At the Crimson Romance/Adams Media Store HERE

Sunday, June 29, 2014

BOOK SPOTLIGHT: My Highlander Cover Model by @KarynGerrard #Highlander #timetravel



MY HIGHLANDER COVER MODEL from Karyn Gerrard

Release date: April 7 2013 from Decadent Publishing

Time Travel/Contemporary/Highlander/Erotic Romance

WORD COUNT:  23,000

BLURB: Skye Bancroft is a hard-working assistant art director at Night Moon Publishers. Dealing with the occasional spoiled and egocentric model is part of her job description. But she didn’t count on one so delusional to think he was a Scotsman from the highlands of 1814.

 Cailin Thorburn is every woman’s dream—a warrior who is fierce, passionate, and wields a very large sword. Rendered unconscious during battle, he awakens in another place, time, and seemingly in another man’s body. Was it all a dream? Convincing the bonnie lass, Skye, that he is Cailin, the Highland warrior, is a daunting task.

Can an extraordinary man from another world prove he is who he claims to be? Will their attraction be enough, or is Cailin just a cover model in a kilt?

 Book 2 in the Cover Model Series. Book one is My Vampire Cover Model.

All Romance and Bookstrand best-seller in Time Travel

REVIEWS:

5 STARS! I loved it, this story is the past and the present coming together in a very unique way, well written and thought out. I just couldn't put it down once I started. Fantastic reading. ~Sarki, My Earnest Reviews

4 STARS! My Highlander Cover Model transcends time and geographic distance to deliver a sexy romantic story that is steamy, erotic and addictive.  The character development in this book is outstanding. ~Manic Readers

5 STARS!  Wow, just wow. What a fun and unique concept mixed with some pretty hot romance. I absolutely adored this story. Cailin and Skye are both wonderful characters. ~SheriV

EXCERPT: 
  
“Listen, Skye. I am from 1814. I swear this on the honor of my clan.” He stood, reached for the sword leaning against the wall, and pulled it out of the scabbard. He swung the blade around his head in a perfect arc. Tossing the sword behind his back, he caught it and whipped it around to his front in another deft move. He lowered the sword point-side down in front of him and his hands gripped the pommel. “This is my sword, the one I carried into battle. I am a warrior of the clan Macbeth. I had it in my hand when I was pulled from my place in time. Think about it, lass. We both are called Thorburn? You say this Roderick held the sword before he swooned? There is druid magic at work here, no mistake.”

Skye barely registered his words. She was still staring at his sexy sword. How in hell had he learned those moves? She marveled once again at his potent, masculine presence. Somehow, it seemed to have increased, unless she was more attracted to him than she’d originally thought. Admitting she was simultaneously impressed and turned on, she then thought of his words. Eighteen fourteen. Warrior. Battle. Druid. Magic.

She subconsciously stepped back from him. The red welt on his forehead still looked angry and swollen. But this delusion seemed too detailed to spring from a crack in the noggin.

“Briagha, sibh glĂ© briagha,” he whispered.

“What did you say, Roderick?”

He tossed the sword to the chair and strode toward her with stealthy purpose. “Cailin. You will call me Cailin. No’ this Roderick, agreed?”

He cupped her face; his fingertips stroked her jaw. Bolts of electric heat moved through her body straight to her toes. Her brain grew foggy and confused from his intoxicating touch. Drool would dribble down her chin at any moment. Skye gulped deeply. The smart thing to do would be to humor him.

“Okay, Cailin. Whatever you want.”

He leaned down and his mouth captured hers. Soft, hot, heat and full, talented lips. Roderick…Cailin—whatever—kissed her as she’d never been before. It was fierce, commanding, and sensual as hell. Yet he tempered the forceful action with the gentle touch of his fingers as they caressed her cheeks. He moved down her neck, stroking with heated purpose while his mouth continued its plunder.

Okay, this was way hotter than when he’d had her against the wall in the studio earlier. Her physical response was immediate. Her breasts tightened, her nipples hardened, and her stomach dipped to the floor. He slipped his tongue between her teeth and curled around hers in an intimate, desirable dance. To hell with it. She flung her arms around his neck and stood on her tippy-toes to take more of his devastating kiss.


Karyn Gerrard Bio:

Karyn lives in a small town in the western corner of Ontario, Canada. She wiles away her spare time writing and reading romance while drinking copious amounts of Earl Grey tea.

Tortured heroes are a must. A multi-published author with a few best-sellers under her belt, Karyn loves to write in different genres and time periods, though historicals are her favorite. 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.

                               Karyn's Site/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Been Over a Year Since I've Been to Goodreads...An Update by @KarynGerrard



I left Goodreads in April 2013. 

First, a little background. I joined over four years ago as a reader and reviewer. I liked that I could keep track of what books I've read and what ones I had lined up in my TBR pile. I also reviewed books at the time for my own review blog and for another more popular one and cross posted them at GR.

Then in May 2011 I became a published writer. My review time was cut, but I decided to continue to rate/review books for my own pleasure.

 I was told as an author I should join some of the Goodreads groups and interact with readers. Okay, sounded plausible. I was immediately told "You're an author. Goodreads is for readers." Errr, okay.  After a few more chilly receptions, I left the groups.

Well, after witnessing poor behaviour in so many corners of the site, I'd had enough. I deleted the bookmarks and apps, unconnected Goodreads from Facebook and Twitter, and removed my blog and bio. Unsubscribed from all feeds, notifications, and emails.

I was going to delete my account, but decided against it. I had rated and/or reviewed over 600 books in two years, why should I delete it?  That was a lot of hard work. So I took down my avatar and haven't looked back.

Guess what? I don't miss it. I can't tell you as an author how much stress has been removed from my writing life. If you like Goodreads, that's great. Enjoy. Me? Done.

I decided to take it a step further. I don't write reviews, I usually don't read any reviews (mine or anyone else's), and in most cases, I don't solicit for reviews. More stress gone. It has been so freeing.

Hardly a day goes by and I see someone on Facebook upset over a poor review/rating or treatment at Goodreads. Please, take my advice. Stop going there. Believe me, your blood pressure will thank you. Its not worth getting upset over. Yes, I became rather distraught over my first gif laden, snarky 1 star review. Now if I come across one, I laugh it off and move on. I will admit it took a long while to get my head in that 'let it roll off my back' mode. It can be done—by no longer looking at reviews.

Since I used to do reviews, I know it's not easy to write one. Neither is writing a book. So know I appreciate all reviews, reviewers, and bloggers. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and are free to voice them. Just as I am also entitled to ignore Goodreads and focus on my writing. I would never try and tell someone how to write a review or how many stars to give a book, movie, or restaurant. Its all subjective. Hell, I toss quite a few DNF's in the recycle bag. We all have our likes and dislikes.

Social media is a great tool for getting the word out and connecting with readers. For me, Goodreads is not one of them.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Happy Birthday to Me! @KarynGerrard and #Giveaway! Enter now! (until July 7th) #win #e-books



YAY! Happy Birthday to me! Yes, June 23rd is my birthday and while I won't say exactly how many...what the hell, I'm just over the 50 mark. I am living proof it is never too late to pursue your dreams.

When I was a teen in the late 70's listening to Boston, Styx, and Foreigner, I had dreams of being a published writer. With my teen angst on full bore nuclear alert, I poured out my guts in a journal writing short stories and poems and began so many longer stories that I never finished, I had lost count.

Then came the 80's, I got married, moved away and embarked on a different adventure. The years clicked by and the writing fell by the wayside. Okay, we are talking decades here.

While my entire family are voracious readers, the romance genre never darkened our doors growing up. When I got married to a teacher,*who is also a big reader* romance never darkened my door, either.

How did it all come about? 2007 I was in a second hand book store looking for something to read. I picked up a Mary Balogh. I enjoyed those wonderful BBC costume dramas, why not try a historical romance?
I was hooked. 


By 2011, ebooks started to take a firm hold, and I began to wonder, could I write a story and *gasp* sell it? I wish I had a sad rejection story to tell, but my first attempt was accepted in 24 hours (I've had a rejection or two since then)

I may have slowed down a bit, but I still enjoy it!

So to celebrate another year of breathing and writing, I'm having a giveaway! All you have to do is leave me a hearty happy birthday in the comments with your email and at the end of this giveaway, I will pick a winner!
Open until July 7th~

What am I offering?  TWO OF MY EBOOKS, Winner's choice (format depending on availability)


♪ Happy Birthday to meeeee ♪



Karyn Gerrard Bio:

Karyn lives in a small town in the western corner of Ontario, Canada. She wiles away her spare time writing and reading romance while drinking copious amounts of Earl Grey tea.

Tortured heroes are a must. A multi-published author with a few best-sellers under her belt, Karyn loves to write in different genres and time periods, though historicals are her favorite. 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.



                               Karyn's Site/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest

Friday, June 20, 2014

The Hero Sandwich is no Longer Available By Gayl Taylor @gaylschat and Karyn Gerrard @KarynGerrard



Gayl Taylor and I requested the rights back from Breathless Press for this short story. In checking, it seems this ebook has been removed from most third party sites, so we will be moving forward.  It was released in Nov 2012.

So what are our plans for it? We will be renaming it, rewriting, editing, and hopefully, will find a new home for it.

This book was tagged ADULT by Amazon some months back, which in turn, affected sales. The cover was 'too suggestive'. In light of the recent crackdown by Amazon on certain types of covers, its a good opportunity for Gayl and I to re-do this on a lot of fronts.  It wasn't worth changing the cover to suit Amazon, so we decided to wait until we could contractually ask for the rights back. No hassles with Breathless Press, we just feel this story deserves a second chance.

We are looking forward to redoing The Hero Sandwich and finding a new home, as we both love this little story. It got great reviews, too!  Our new ttitle? SWING AWAY. The hero is a baseball player. :)

This ends my association with Breathless Press, but not Gayl's.

Meanwhile, will keep you posted on the status of this story~

Cheers~




 
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