Tuesday, June 28, 2016

NO LONGER AVAILABLE: That Christmas Feeling by Karyn Gerrard @KarynGerrard And A Surprise Reveal! #PenNames



I'm not a fan of the concept of branding myself, but I suppose that is what I'm doing, I stopped calling myself an erotic romance writer two years ago, my last erotic romance release was my one and only book with Ellora's Cave Dec 2014.

I now write sensual which I suppose is classified as more mainstream, whatever that means.

So as I slowly get back the rights to my early erotic romance releases from Evernight Publishing and Decadent Publishing, a decision had to be made. Do I keep the heat level for some stories and change it for others? Yeah, I think I will do exactly that.

I rec'd the rights back for That Christmas Feeling. Thanks Evernight! So I will be re-doing this hot short story to be more mainstream and also lengthen it (from 8900 words to about 13,000) I hope to release it later in the fall and it will be a KU selection, only available at Amazon. New cover already ordered!

Since I will also be eligible to get back the first book in my paranormal series this fall, I decided to keep the hot heat level for those and release it under a pen name I haven't used in 1.5 years.

The surprise reveal! I have a few releases under the pen name Karly Germain. Click HERE to check out the blog. I wrote a handful of MM books published with Evernight. I now have changed the pen name to also encompass MF and MMF in addition to MM. I will use this pen name to re-release the paranormal series as it reverts back to me. The titles will be changed. And I have a completed book that has been sitting on my computer for three years that is part of the series that will be revised and released at some point.


This pen name will be secondary, not used that often, and when it is it will be to self-pub re-releases (or the rare new release) under my KG Publishing banner.

I have a lot on my plate. A lot of re-releases to rework and revise and also new releases under Karyn Gerrard. But now I have re-branded myself and split myself in two, my work will have a more cohesive look (and heat level) for each pen name. Karyn Gerrard is my main pen name. I will continue to write sensual historicals and contemporaries. There is a lot coming up for both pen names in the next two years.

Stay tuned!

Monday, June 20, 2016

NEW RELEASE: The Governess and the Beast by Karyn Gerrard @KarynGerrard #Victorian #Gothic #lowprice




blurb: With a new name and an eagerness to begin a new life, Lila Jenner answers an ad for a governess and embarks on an adventure she did not expect. Hiding secrets and a past she longs to forget, she is disappointed to find out she has been employed to be a companion of a different sort: To a man who embodies both beauty and the beast.

In a gothic, crumbling manor on the edge of a North Sea cliff, Baron Simon Wolstenholme is cloistered away from society. Horribly scarred from battle wounds, the baron lives up to his infamous title “The Beast of Stonecliff” in appearance and attitude and comes to the realization he’s been alone too long.


Simon bargains with Lila for a singular night of passion. A storm rages outside, but it cannot compare to the clash of emotions between a lonely man and a distrustful woman. Secret desires are revealed, hearts are laid bare. Many obstacles lay before them until they can admit their true feelings, though pride could destroy the fairy tale before it begins.



BOOK #1 The Blind Cupid Series NOW AVAILABLE 99 cents!

 


THE SPINSTER AND MR. GLOVER (Blind Cupid Series #1)
By Karyn Gerrard
KG Publishing
Approx 15,000 words Short Story/Historical/Victorian


BLURB: His male beauty moved her. His vulnerability touched her. His past horrified her...

Anne Sommer, a spinster firmly on the shelf, does the unthinkable. She hires a man from the Blind Cupid brothel for a night of scandalous pleasure. Anne wants the sensual memories to keep her company in the lonely years ahead. However, she did not expect the young man to move her in ways she never imagined.


Desmond Glover gives sexual gratification—for a price. An orphan whose childhood was mired in scandal and poverty, Desmond has learned to close off his emotions with regard to his occupation. He did not count on a lonely spinster to awaken his hidden passion.

Not only do the years separate them, but so do their social standing. Can Anne and Desmond cross such a chasm and find mutual desire—or love?

This short story was previously published with a different title. Revised, re-edited, and more than 7500 words added. Heat Level: Very sensual 

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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. 
A multi-published author, Karyn loves to write historicals, particularly in the Victorian era. She also writes contemporaries. Tortured heroes are a 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 keeps her moving forward.




Saturday, June 11, 2016

Being a Published Author: Is it Worth all the Hassles? #Opinion @KarynGerrard



So is being a published author worth all the hassles?

To me, not lately.

I could turn this into a complete 'whine and cheese' post, it is tempting. Okay, maybe I will...a little.

Fed up with publishers as a whole, I turned to self-pubbing for some of my releases, but therein lies different types of hassles.

I just uploaded the new version of The Governess and the Beast and Amazon has completely mucked it up. It will take days to straighten out, or I may have just lost all 25 reviews the book had. I am so sick of incompetence every where I turn. You guess it, my patience is on a short and dangerous fuse.

Which indicates to me it might be time to again consider if this is all worth it. I am certainly not seeing any monetary reward, but then neither are a lot of other authors so I am not alone there.

The personal reward is also not what it should be but that could be my state of mind. There are so many things we are 'expected' to do as an author, and frankly, I don't see the payoff.

Send out newsletters! And what, be lucky if you get a 30% open rate? What's the point of this? I unsubscribed from a bunch recently and those I do get, I delete without reading a lot of the time, so why would I expect anyone to open mine? Are newsletters a fat waste and a total time suck? An antiquated form of reaching out to readers? I would say yes to all of the above. But as authors, we plug along and do it, because it is 'expected'.

Posting on social media! Another time suck and total waste. Facebook and Twitter have tweaked their algorithms so tight, your posts are not reaching anybody. Why? They want you to buy ads. I have cut back my Facebook visits this year. I don't use the app at all anymore. I've always preferred Twitter, but even that has lost its appeal. How tiring to try and get friends, followers, clicks, etc.

Blogs? Blog hops have all but disappeared, blog tours have dropped in popularity. Blogging in general is not what it used to be. Triberr (blog post sharing service) never worked right for me, and I am about to delete both my author account and the E-Romance News account. Does anyone actually visit your blog as a result of Triberr? All it seems to be doing is clogging up Twitter feeds. And their support dept is a joke. (and rude)

Do I sound bitter? Yes. And weary. Real life isn't helping either. But now that I am in full whine mode, there does come a time where an author has to step back, take a breath, and take a break.

I think I will be doing just that. Clear my mind, relax.

See you around~


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Cover Reveal on BELOVED BEAST by @KarynGerrard (#2 The Ravenwood Chronicles) #Coming Soon #Historical


Inside the Book:



Title: Beloved Beast
Author: Karyn Gerrard
Publisher: Kensington Publishing/Lyrical Press
Genre: Victorian
Format: Ecopy

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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Meet the Author

Karyn lives in a small town in the western corner of Ontario, Canada. She whiles away her spare time writing and reading romance and drinking copious amounts of Earl Grey tea. Karyn loves to write historicals, particularly in the Victorian era. She also writes contemporaries. Tortured heroes are a 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 keeps her moving forward.

You can find me on Twitter as well. 
And Facebook
And Pinterest
 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

SALE! The Hornsby Brothers Series #99Cents each! Bold Seduction and The Vicar's Frozen Heart @KarynGerrard #Historical


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
Release Date: March 1, 2016

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…

BOTH BOOKS ON SALE FOR 99 CENTS FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE!







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BOLD SEDUCTION (The Hornsby Brothers #1)


BOLD SEDUCTION
The Hornsby Brothers #1
Karyn Gerrard
Release 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 . . .





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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. A multi-published author, Karyn loves to write historicals, particularly in the Victorian era. She also writes contemporaries. Tortured heroes are a 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 keeps her moving forward.


Saturday, June 4, 2016

COVER REVEAL: Beloved Monster by Karyn Gerrard @KarynGerrard #ComingSoon #Historical #Victorian @lyricalpress




COVER REVEAL: BELOVED MONSTER BY KARYN GERRARD




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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?

Ready for the cover?



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BELOVED MONSTER by Karyn Gerrard

Book #1 The Ravenswood Chronicles

Historical/Fantasy/Gothic
Kensington Publishing Lyrical Press
63,000 words +

Release date: Sept 13th 2016



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COMING SOON!

BELOVED BEAST Book #2 The Ravenswood Chronicles

Historical/Fantasy/Paranormal
Kensington Publishing Lyrical Press
74,000 words +
Tentative release date: Feb 28, 2017

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 . 

Monday, May 30, 2016

SALE! The Baron and the Mistress by Karyn Gerrard @KarynGerrard #99Cents #Historical Buy it Now!




THE BARON AND THE MISTRESS By Karyn Gerrard
Release date: April 7th, 2015
Historical/Victorian/Sensual
Approx: 29,700 words
KG Publishing



Forget the horrors. Remember...me.

A shivering young woman leans against a lamppost in the most notorious street of ill repute in all London. For Asher Colborne, Baron of Wenlock, this is a haunting vision of beauty and wretchedness. Uncharacteristically halting his carriage, he is shocked to discover the thin, dressed-in-rags creature is none other than Chastity Armitage, a beautiful angel who captured his heart at a grand ball more than two years past. For Colborne, her circumstance is a mystery he feels honor bound to unravel.

Chastity and her siblings have been on the run for more than two years. Desperate for food and lodging money, she is forced to sell herself. She never expected a tall, handsome man to appear as if from mist and change her life forever. She is given a choice, continue down the path of never-ending poverty or become the baron's mistress.

Though they are both determined the arrangement remain an emotionless business transaction, the attraction between them is scorching. Many barriers and obstacles lay in Chastity and Ash's path. Can the baron and the mistress embrace true love?

Heat Level: Very Sensual 









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 and drinking copious amounts of Earl Grey tea. A multi-published author, Karyn loves to write historicals, particularly in the Victorian era. She also writes contemporaries. Tortured heroes are a 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 keeps her moving forward.

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