Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NEW RELEASE: And Giveaway (til Sept 5) Bold Seduction by @KarynGerrard #Historical #Victorian



BOLD SEDUCTION
The Hornsby Brothers #1
Karyn Gerrard
Releasing Sept 1st, 2015
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 . . .




Phil did have a fondness for reading Gothic novels. In fact, she’d brought a copy of Elizabeth Gaskell’s The Doom of the Griffiths with her. Never dreamed she would find herself in a Gothic setting, but here she stood, smack in the middle of one.
The hallways were dark and narrow, which made traversing difficult. Everything smelled of damp and decay. The lighting in the place consisted of a strange combination of candelabras and oil lamps, which showed how new mixed with old. With each step she took, the floor groaned and squeaked in response. At the end of the long hallway, a light flickered from under the door. The sound of barking dogs startled her; she nearly jumped out of her skin.
“Justinian, Theodora, quiet!”
Phil stopped dead in her tracks at the deep, commanding voice. The animals immediately silenced. Who wouldn’t at such a tone? It must have been the professor. Taking a deep breath, she stepped to the door and knocked. No response. She tried again.
Nothing.
To hell with it. She turned the handle and crossed the threshold. What struck her all at once was the coziness. A fire blazed in a large stone hearth on the left side of the room. Before it laid two large, gray dogs the size of ponies. Good God. The hounds of hell. They eyed her with indifference, but a keen intelligence shone in their gazes, which they kept firmly on her. What were the beasts, wolfhounds? Enough speculation on the dogs. Phil swung her gaze to the large, ornate desk at the front of the room and the man sitting behind it.
The professor sat hunched over, his pen scratching furiously. He was a great hairy man with nary an inch of skin showing through. From the light of the lamp on his desk, it appeared his long wavy locks contained a curious mix of gold and brown as they hung forward like a curtain. He did not look up.
Phil scanned the room. Bookcases stuffed with ancient tomes filled every wall. On either side of the desk were two tables, the surface covered with books, maps, scrolls, and a thin layer of dust. No doubt the man himself would smell as musty as this room with dust and cobwebs collecting on his shoulders.
“You may leave the tray, Mrs. Brickell.”
Phil gave herself a moment to let the sultry and deep rumbling tone of his voice seep into her being. The sound lingered and made her weak in the knees. Quite a surprise, since most men didn’t garner any response from her at all. His voice, though cultured and refined, held the dangerous purr of a large predatory cat. Oh enough, Phil.
Suddenly, he stopped writing, flipped through a stack of papers, stroked his beard, glanced at the nearby bookcase, and muttered a quiet “oh.” He rose from his chair, and the loud creak that accompanied his movement meant the source to be either the banker’s chair or the professor. Revulsion moved through her upon seeing him lurch toward the bookcase to retrieve a stack of yellowed and stained parchment, keeping the same bent posture he had while sitting. Bloody hell, was the man a cripple? Another important fact those idiotic bastards neglected to mention. She shook the shocking revelation from her mind. The professor then moved swiftly back to his chair and sat all the while keeping the same crooked stance. Another disturbing creak could be heard, and she exhaled as she realized the sound came from the oak chair. The poor man was a hunchback. Well, no matter. She was paid to do a job regardless of the customer’s appearance.
 “If you are referring to that drunk, putrid, old woman lurking about your filthy kitchen, I regret to inform you she’s done a runner.”
The professor laid his pen on the desk and slowly lifted his head, cocked his thick eyebrows, and gazed at her. “Indeed?”
Good God, she was correct, a great hairy beast. His unruly hair stuck out in all directions, as if it hadn’t been combed in many days. He stared at her with great owl eyes. His spectacles were huge, taking up one half of his face while the other half was covered in a bushy beard of all shades of color. Wouldn’t be surprised to find a swallow making a nest in it. The attraction that occurred at hearing his voice dissipated like a morning fog.

This man resembled one of the filthy beggars frequenting the streets of London. A duke’s son? Impossible.
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Karyn lives in a small town in the western corner of Ontario, Canada. She whiles 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 bestsellers under her belt, Karyn loves to write in different genres and time periods, though historicals and contemporaries 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.










Friday, August 21, 2015

News Updates, Hot Reads, Hot Food, and Hot Guys w/e Aug 22 @KarynGerrard #UpcomingReleases #Sale


Hello! I am rather discouraged with the whole newsletter concept. Mailchimp is a bitch to use. Even when you think the newsletter looks great by sending a test copy to yourself, you send it out and the writing all overlaps *headdesk* I don't have the time or inclination to figure it out.

So, instead, I am going to post updates on my website. There'a a strange concept! Look to the top right of this site and sign up by email to receive updates.

I laid low most of July, I had editing and writing to accomplish, and YAY! I did it. Just finishing up a polish on a manuscript I hope to submit later this week, a contemporary. More info to come.

On August 31st, Summer of Love box set will release with Crimson Romance. It is available for about 6 months and HIS WICKED CELTIC KISS (Wicked Men of Rockland #2) is included. All contemporary romances. Though I primarily write historicals, I also write the occasional contemporary. Here's your chance to check one out! Special price of 99 cents (not sure how long that will last) Snap it up!

It's up for pre-order HERE: Amazon/Amazonuk/Amazonca/Amazonau/KOBO/iTunes



On September 1st, BOLD SEDUCTION releases. This is the first book of my The Hornsby Brothers series, and my first book with Kensington Publishing digital arm, Lyrical Press.

A few early reviews are in and it already has a 4.70 ranking at Goodreads (as of this writing) I am pleased. TO those who reviewed, thank you! It is a historical set in the later Victorian age, and a sensual read. And emotional. I hope all enjoy it.

A little back story. This had a different title, and I was offered a contract from Ellora's Cave in March 2014 for it, but my gut alarm told me not to accept. Glad I didn't considering what's going on.

I sent it to Kensington and very glad I did. They liked it! As a result, I've been offered multiple contracts.


The three contracts have been finalized, and THE VICAR'S FROZEN HEART (The Hornsby Brothers #2) will be releasing March 1, 2016. BELOVED MONSTER (The Ravenswood Chronicles #1) Sept 15th 2016, and BELOVED BEAST (The Ravenswood Chronicles #2) February 28th 2017.

Beloved Beast has yet to be written, and Kensington also expressed an interest in the final book of The Hornsby Brothers (also not yet written) so, it seems I am a full-time writer now. Yikes!

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There will be a release blast with Tasty Book Tours Sept 1-3rd for Bold Seduction and Kensington has promotion planned as well, so gird your loins, as my social media will be inundated in the coming weeks.

I received official notice I will be given the rights back to The Blind Cupid from Decadent Publishing on December 1st. I am working on the story now, it will be revised, re-edited and re-released in Dec or Jan as THE SPINSTER AND MR.GLOVER. So far, more than 6000 words added. This will be self-published under my KG Publishing banner. Cover art coming soon from Cora Graphics.

HOT READS


Dark Skye by Kresley Cole (Immortals After Dark #14)

A very good read, though it seemed at times a rehash of other couples in the Immortal After Dark series.

I never checked out Kresley Cole's contemporaries, and I probably won't. I did take one of Gena Showalter's contemps out of the library and it was a DNF. Couldn't get into her angel series either, though I still read Lords of the Underworld.

I also tried Larrisa Ione's vampire series and that book was tossed in my "Take to the second hand store" bag. It proves the adage that just because you like a certain series from an author, does not mean you will enjoy every book they write.

Back to Dark Skye, It was an entertaining read, and I stand in awe of the world Kresley Cole has created. Recommended!


HOT FOOD

                     Baked Denver Omelet

Gluten free • Serves 6

8 Eggs, large                     
1 Chives and hot sauce                     
1 Salt and freshly ground black pepper                     
2 tsp Olive oil                     
1/2 cup Cheddar cheese, sharp
1/3 cup Milk                     
1 cup of cooked ham
1 avacado
1/2 cup green bell pepper
1/2 cup red bell pepper
1.2 cup onion







  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 7 by 11-inch or 9 by 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Sprinkle ham into an even layer in bottom of baking dish.
  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add red and green bell peppers and onion and cook until softened, about 4 minutes. Evenly pour pepper mixture over ham layer then sprinkle evenly with cheese.
  • In a large mixing bowl whisk together eggs and milk until well blended. Season with salt and pepper and stir, then pour over mixture in baking dish.
  • Bake in preheated oven until puffy and set, about 22 - 25 minutes. Cut and serve warm with avocado slices and optional chives and hot sauce.  







  • HOT GUYS

    I always feel weird when I drool over guys young enough to be my son (if I even had kids) But since I don't, I get over it quick enough.*wink*

    Cole Monahan is a 22 year old male model from  Tennessee, who played sports in high school, then became a fitness model by whittling down his body into Greek god proportions. (look at that back!) Also works for Elite Model Management.

    Imagine you take Charlie Hunnam and Chris Pratt and mix them in a blender. In fact, in pic below, his expression is pure Chris Pratt. (at least to me)

    Cole! Check the Buzzfeed drool piece on his hot self. HERE and an interview HERE



    Check my blog, E-Romance News for recent book spotlights and giveaways!  http://eroticromancenews.blogspot.ca/

    Until next time~Cheers~

    Friday, August 14, 2015

    SOCIAL MEDIA: Despite What the Experts Say, Use Sparingly #Opinion @KarynGerrard #SocialMedia



    Again, I make no claims to be one of the "experts" this is merely my own opinion and I draw on my own experiences. Everyone's interaction on social media is completely different.

    In explaining to my husband of yet another social media meltdown, I also had to explain what doxxing was to him, (Urban Dictionary: It's publicly exposing someone's real name or address on the Internet who has taken pains to keep them secret. Also spelled "doxing.") The hubs has no use for social media in general. Though he is a teacher, he refuses to have a Facebook page or any other presence on the web. Good for him, His life does not have a huge gaping hole because of it.

    It was then I realized if I wasn't a published author, I doubt I would be on Facebook, Twitter, etc either. But I am an author and on social media, because in this day and digital age, the two go hand in hand.

    The net is a nasty place. Trolls and monsters abound, ready to jump on you and tear you in half with their velociraptor claws just for the pure fun and sport of it. I learned this early on when I was moving about in the Sims gaming community, so I came to romance publishing with a sort-of semi-thick skin already in place. I hit a few potholes early on, but learned as I went and adjusted accordingly.

    Because I am on social media as an author and nothing else, I personally do not feel compelled to share my opinions on current news or any hot-button issues. Along with my identity, to me its private. Just how I roll. I look at it this way, does anyone following me (reader, writer or otherwise) really care what my opinion is on any particular issue? I would bet very few.

    Looking at recent drama happening all over social media, it usually starts with someone offering a very decided opinion on one thing or another and it escalates from there. Sometimes you have to walk away, but other times, I admit to getting out the popcorn and exhaling a sigh of relief I was not caught up in the melee.

    There are a lot of writers out there who are forever embroiled in  controversy or loudly offering their opinion on it. Whatever floats your boat. As a rule, I try and stay clear. If I don't like a particular post on Facebook or find it offensive, I either unfollow, unfriend, or block, whatever the level of disgust. But I keep my opinion to myself. Some don't. Again.., to each his own.

    I take who I follow and friend seriously, and for the most part my timelines are vitriol free. I use the 'I don't want to see this" feature on Facebook quite a lot. My feed, my option.

    I am also not inclined to pull back the curtain on my private life. One romance author vividly described her sex life on Facebook and I cringed. Hey, I'm not a prude, but whoa. TMI. Judging from the comments, her readers liked it. Sorry, I can't do it. As much as experts urge authors to share a piece of yourself on-line to readers, I can only go so far. It's not something that can be forced.

    So don't feel compelled to offer your soul to the internet because experts claims you must. Do what is comfortable for you. Also, think twice before posting a rant on whatever subject. The sharks will smell the blood in the water and go in for the kill. For my own sanity, I will continue to stay clear, and outside of promo for myself and others, instead tweet or post about food, hot guys, shows I like, baseball and that's about it.



    Wednesday, August 5, 2015

    Contracts, Publishers, Royalties and Professionalism @KarynGerrard #Opinion


    I'm at the end of my rope with a certain publisher. And I am so glad my gut alarm told me to turn down the second contract offer before everything turned foul. No, I am not going to call them out. I try not to give them much thought at all.

     I'm not the type to sharpen my claws, but I will share my experience with the now defunct Silver Publishing. The red flags that pop up with publishers usually all have a common thread. Luckily, when the Silver owner briefly offered people their rights back, I jumped at the offer.

    I did not get everything owed to me. Never saw third party sales. This hot mess dragged on for close to two years until at last the owner fled the country leaving many people high and dry with broken promises in his wake.

    Publishers in trouble follow a pattern. Software issues. Hardware issues. We have to downsize. Hang in there, we love loyal authors. Amazon screwed up our payment. Delay tactics on rights requests. Sales reports that make no sense. Or no reports at all. Nasty replies. And all the while courting new authors and treating the old (and in their mind, disloyal) authors like the plague. Us against them. You stabbed us in the back.

    It has turned me off submitting to any mid-size to small publishers owned by individuals. And it doesn't matter if you do the due diligence, (as I did at the time of signing the contracts) because in this unsteady and volatile publishing business things can change on a dime. Also when dealing with smallish pubs, you are dealing up close with personalities, cliques, and favouritism. Not to say this doesn't happen at bigger pubs, because it does. Now, I am talking generalities, what I've seen other people comment on, this is not my experience as a whole. Unfortunately, thanks to the actions of a couple of pubs, its turned me off a bunch of others. Which is too bad.

    One sign things are rotten in Denmark is how a publisher responds to you. Snark? Accusations? Completely ignores you? This is no way to run a business, no matter how big or small.

    Does the publisher stop communicating with its authors as a group? Do you have no idea what's going on? This is also a red flag. If a publisher was professional, they would keep authors in the loop no matter how much relations had deteriorated. Also before signing with a publisher owned by individuals, find the owners on social media and see how they present themselves. If they are friendly but professional, chances are their business will be run the same way.

    Also this is for newbies: I know the euphoria being offered a contract can bring, especially your first one. But don't let the stardust blind you to what other authors are saying. Heed the warnings. For where there is smoke, there is fire. Don't drink the Koolaid for any publisher. They are not your family. It's a business. So be professional and polite.

    Quite a few smaller pubs have shut down this year, most of them did it the right way, bowing out before they got in too much debt, graciously offering back the rights to authors. I am glad the majority of pubs ARE professional. But it always takes one or two to sour the barrel. Be cautious. Watch for red flags. And always listen to your gut alarm.

    And now a not so polite clip from GOODFELLAS. Excuse the language.


    Sunday, August 2, 2015

    Bold Seduction by @KarynGerrard is up for Pre-Order and up for Review at #Netgalley! #Historical #Sale




    BOLD SEDUCTION

    by Karyn Gerrard
    Release date: Sept 1 2015
    Kensington Publishing Corp/Lyrical Press
    Book #1 The Hornsby Brothers
    Word Count 40,000
    Historical Romance

     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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    Excerpt: Of all the replies this strange woman could give, that one Spence did not expect. Damn his interfering friends. The last time he’d been in their ignominious company they teased him mercilessly of his virgin state. Never should have admitted to such a confidence, but he had one too many brandies and his tongue loosened. At the time, they did not chortle at him, but merely commented the state should be taken care of—and soon. The teasing, he supposed, could be considered good-natured; it wasn’t cruel. He knew the difference.
    A sudden and slow simmer of anger stirred inside him. Were his so-called comrades lounging at a club in London, laughing with mirth at their joke? Sending a woman for hire all this way to bed him? Spence’s gaze narrowed. Perhaps this tart was in on it.
    She made for quite a vision, standing there stroking her leg. A ripple of desire caused his dormant prick to twitch a little. Her gown, though garish, showed a certain style. Philomena the madam possessed an attractive figure and a pretty enough face, if not for the gaudy paint. Her hair shimmered with various shades of the midnight sky and glowed with health and vitality. His birthday was tomorrow, really? It must have meant Christmas had come and gone for another year. He did have turkey for dinner last week come to think of it. Back to the matter at hand.
    “Please remove your limb from the chair, Madam McGrattan, and take a seat.”
    She gave him a brief pout but did as he asked.
    “I am not sure what manner of payment my acquaintances promised you for carrying out this means of humiliating me, but I will match the amount if you will leave me alone.”
    She arched an eyebrow at him. “In the first place, Professor, your friends were genuinely concerned for your isolated life-state. This is not a joke at your expense, nor would I participate in someone’s mortification. Second, I’m stuck here for the week. Under the circumstances, we can hardly avoid each other. If you think I will be bringing in trays of food to you, or looking after those great beasts of yours, you are bloody well mistaken.”
    Justinian woofed, raised his shaggy head, and after a few moments, rested it on his front paws, ignoring them both.
    Her light brown eyes shone with determination. Quite an attractive shade, like tea after the milk had been added. One week. The place was large enough they could manage to avoid each other. He couldn’t very well turn her out into the teeth of cold, winter weather. Sharing accommodations with a stranger would upset his equilibrium; however, he must make an effort and keep his anxieties well hidden.
    “On the second floor there are a few rooms. Pick one of the least dusty ones, and there you may stay until Boyle returns with the wagon in a week’s time.”
    The madam crossed her arms across her ample chest, and the enticing glimpse of her bosom caused his cock to twitch again. “I can see to the meals as I’m able to cook, but you will eat in the bloody dining room with me. As I said, be damned if I’ll wait on you. You do have one?”
    “Yes.Though the room hasn’t been used in some time. Is your verbosity always this colorful?”
    “A lot of men like it. Yes, I suppose my talk could be considered salty.”
    “Much like your cooking I’ll wager to guess,” he murmured.
    Philomena smiled. “I like a man who gives as good as he gets. It bodes well for the task ahead.”
    “There will be no ‘task’ between us, Miss McGrattan.”
    She stood straight. “We’ll see on that score. I always follow a job through. Now there is plenty of food. I’ll see what I can scrounge up. I’ll come and fetch you when it’s ready.”
    Philomena turned on her heel and marched from the room, her chin held high.
    Theodora gave him a questioning woof.
    “I know, old girl. I’m not sure what to make of her either.”





    AUTHOR INFO: Karyn lives in a small town in the western corner of Ontario, Canada. She whiles 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 bestsellers under her belt, Karyn loves to write historicals, particularly in the Victorian era. She also writes the occasional contemporary.
    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/Tsu/Amazon Page

    Friday, July 24, 2015

    No Longer Available: My Vampire Cover Model By @KarynGerrard #Paranormal #RightsReversal


    NO LONGER AVAILABLE

    MY VAMPIRE COVER MODEL~ Paranormal/Erotic Romance/Contemporary~ Decadent Publishing

    Words: approx 22,000

    Release date: August 10th 2012

    BLURB: 

    Life changed for Deanna Brooks the night she attended a book signing for her aunt's best-selling paranormal romance series. There she met Burney "Burn the Cover God" Sheridan. The model for the fictional vampire hero, Burn is beyond handsome with an over-abundance of Irish charm. 
    Burn Sheridan, a man with scores of past lives, has a secret: He really is a vampire. Meeting Deanna was agony because for the first time in over two hundred years, Burn experiences the rarest of vampiric needs, the "mate of his soul" connection. Keeping people at a distance had been Burn's existence for centuries, but Deanna makes this pledge of staying detached impossible. 

    Many obstacles lie ahead and the biggest of all may be Burn himself.   Can Deanna and Burn overcome them and find lasting love?
    ~~~~~

    This was my first book with Decadent Publishing in the summer of 2012. The three year contract is up next month and I requested the rights back. I see its been taken down already at most if not all vendors. I do intend to ask for all my rights back on my Decadent releases as the 3 year dates draw close, except for Wild Pitch which I wrote with Gayl Taylor and has a five year contract. I no longer submit to Decadent Publishing.

    My Vampire Cover Model will be receiving a complete rewrite, revision and re-edit.  I have too much on my plate right now, so look for it sometime next year. I will be self-pubbing through my KG Publishing banner and will no doubt keep the same title.

    Meanwhile, My Highlander Cover Model is still available for awhile yet. :)

    Next up? Requesting the rights back to The Blind Cupid. Cheers!


    Monday, July 13, 2015

    Taking a Break...Again. @KarynGerrard #WhineAlert #Meh


    I often announce I'm taking breaks here and there the past several years, I also did it when I was doing Sims Fanfic stories. Sometimes, it all just overwhelms you.

    No more so than now. I'm in a bit of a funk and I think a lot of it is because usually this time of year the hubs and I are travelling east. But we can't go this year due to his health concerns. So here we sit and I had no idea this place was so hot and humid in July and there seems to be a thunder storm every other day. Things have been a real bummer since last spring with my beloved father passing as well as a beloved uncle this winter, and the hubs' growing health problems and the waiting to hear of surgeries.

    CAUTION WHINE ALERT:

    I'm also in a funk about publishing. I have two self-pubs books at 99 cents that aren't selling. It's pretty bad when you can't even muster up sales at that price point. Okay, they haven't sold that badly, I just thought they would've done—better. *pout*

    I have a book up for pre-order at a really good price and it's not selling either, which in my present state of mind means it will not sell when it goes live Sept 1. I know things could be worse. You tell yourself that, logically you know it, but everything still sucks anyway.

    Yeah. Not in a good place.

    Meanwhile, I need to step back. When a person feels blah, its best to leave the stage and recharge. So that's what I'm doing. I will keep up on my commitments for blog posts on E-Romance News and tweet a few news items here and there for the account, but that will be the extent.

    Later, have a good July~




     
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