Thursday, May 18, 2017

SPRING NEWSLETTER: Free, 99 Cent Sale, New Releases and NEWS! @KarynGerrard #publishing

Awesome Deals and News!
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FREE, 99 Cent Sale, New Releases and NEWS!

Hello, Kensington Publishing has put my two Hornsby Brothers historical
romances on sale (Bold Seduction is FREE, The Vicar's Frozen Heart
is 99 cents) Now is the time to snap them up! Buy links below.

New Release: Beloved Beast from Kensington Publishing/Lyrical Press!
See below for info and links.
Also Love Across Time Box Set, only 99 cents. See below for
info and links.

The Copper and the Madam (Blind Cupid #3) will be re-released in the
next couple of months, keep an eye out!

I have an agent! Elaine Spencer of The Knight Agency. Also have a
three book deal with Kensington/Lyrical for a historical series called
Men of Wollstonecraft Hall! Look for the first digital book, Marriage
with a
Proper Stranger, in Feb 2018!

That's all the news for now. Will probably send out another newsletter
 in the fall. Cheers!
~Karyn

ON SALE FOR FREE and 99 CENTS!

The Vicar's Frozen Heart on sale for 99 cents for a limited time! (Book 2 The Hornsby Brothers) ‪#Historical‬ ‪#torturedhero‬

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BOLD SEDUCTION is FREE (Limited Time) (Book 1 The Hornsby Brothers)‪#Historical‬ ‪#VirginHero‬

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COMING SOON! The Copper and the Madam!


The Copper and the Madam (Blind Cupid Series #3) will be re-released soon! Cover art by Cora Graphics. Book one and two are available now!

BLURB:  In 1897 London, Detective Sergeant Rory Kerrigan never expected to find love among the crime-ridden streets he’s vowed to protect. Especially since his wretched past has hardened his heart. Keeping emotion from his life ensures it does not interfere with his police work. Yet an unlikely woman finds a way past his defences.

Rea is owner of the brothel, The Blind Cupid, and harbors a desolate past of her own. As a result, she trusts no man. Yet it is hard to deny the ruggedly handsome Rory is everything honorable and appealing. He awakens feelings she’s never experienced before.

A grisly murder has Rory and Rea determined to bring the killer to justice. As danger lurks, secrets are revealed and passion ignites between them. Despite the obstacles, will the copper and the madam acknowledge their mutual yearning even at the peril of their lives?

BOX SET! Love Across Time 99 Cents!


Enter the world of yesterday…Ten full-length historical and time travel romances by bestselling authors will take you from Ancient Egypt to the British Regency to the American West and more.

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Book 2 Blind Cupid Series


The Governess and the Beast
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BELOVED BEAST (Book #2 Ravenswood Chronicles)

*can be read as a stand-alone* WW II! Spies! Romance!
Suspense! And Gothic, too!
AUTHOR BIO: 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.

Agent: Elaine Spencer of The Knight Agency

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

More Bumps in the Road for Romance Publishing: To Quit...or Not? by @KarynGerrard #Opinion



Harlequin (owned by HarperCollins since 2014) announced they are deleting 5 lines from their stable.

Superromances (longer novels), Western, formerly American (cowboy stories), Love Inspired Historicals (Christian), Kimani (African American), and Nocturne (paranormal)

This is a blow to all authors in these lines because if the past is any judge, unless Harlequin invites them to submit to another line, they are cast adrift.

I am not sure what HarperCollins has planned for Harlequin in the long-term, but I would guess as time goes by, you will see more lines disappear or go completely digital only.

Here's the thing, those dedicated readers of Harelquin's romance lines (Desire, Presents, Suspense, etc) are growing older. Way older. Younger readers are not all that keen on trope heavy, rigidly structured stories. (At least from what I have observed) Also, I am not seeing any evidence younger readers are even embracing romance as a genre as other generations have in the past.

Also the old publishing model of Harlequin books (available on the shelf only for a month) seems archaic and wasteful. And let's not forget there is even less space for paperback books, it seems to shrink every time I go into a store. And what is up with bookstores placing the romance section in back corners?

But beyond the shake-up at Harlequin, this will have a trickle down effect. Editors may also be out of work, agents will see a drop in income...you get the picture.



Decisions will have to be made. Self-publish? Try another publisher? Or the big choice...quit altogether.

I believe many authors have been finding themselves at the crossroads the past year or so. I will confess, I did last year. I was about to quit, then decided to slide back into hobby mode, revise e-books as the rights are reverted, self pub at my leisure. After going through a couple of publisher closures, I wasn't keen on submitting to pubs any longer. Besides, I had one proposal out to a publisher and hadn't heard anything for months.

Typically, once I had my mind made up, the publisher offered me a three ebook deal. I got an agent. All of the sudden I'm a full-time author. But here's the thing, I have no expectations. NONE. The romance publishing biz is in flux, digital sales are down (Let's face it, the bubble has burst) I can throw in Amazon, Kindle Unlimited, etc into the mix as well. A lot of factors are playing into the many shifts happening and you know there is more to come.

The best thing to do is if you love to write...then write. Follow your own path but prepare for a rough road. Do what is best for you. Understand that being in paperback is becoming more difficult and don't beat yourself up about it if it never comes to pass or if you find the only choice before you is digital. Understand that making a living wage is next to impossible for most romance writers. If you accept these truths, I firmly believe you won't be disappointed. Write for you. Your own pleasure. And if you want to share them with the world, by all means publish them by whatever process you can.
Do what's right for you.
To everyone affected by the Harlequin line closures, stay strong.


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

NO LONGER AVAILABLE: Black Desire and The Riding Crop @KarynGerrard #RightsReversal #BackList




My backlist shrinks further! Having met the terms of the contracts, two books from Evernight Publishing have been returned to me. The free read (Only available at certain vendors, not Amazon) The Riding Crop, and Book 2 of my 4 book paranormal series, Black Desire.

So what is the plan? First off, these are erotic, and in the case of The Riding Crop, BDSM and more, and I just do not write this heat level any longer. I wrote a sequel to The Riding Crop, A Riding Crop for Two, and I will be able to get the rights back next year. When I do, it is on my long to-do list and I will someday revise, combine the two, and probably self-publish it.

As for Black Desire? I lost all interest in paranormal, even in my reading. I still half-heartedly follow Gena Showalter's main series Lords of the Underworld, and on the fence about continuing Kresley Cole's Immortals series, so this book is yet another being shoved on the back burner. I stopped reading JR Ward a few releases ago. It appears in my case when I lose interest in reading a certain genre or heat level, it carries over to my writing as well.

I cannot request book 3 and 4 until next year. Book 5 is written. Half of book six is written. Then...poof. Lost interest. It happens. Again, yet another project hanging in the wind. Do I finish and self pub under my second pen name? (currently not being used) Do I allow my agent to shop it around? Do I want to add yet another genre to this pen name? Decisions, Decisions.

The good thing about being hybrid is I have options and am in no hurry to explore them right now. So on the burner they go with a growing pile of other stories

Meanwhile, I will soldier on fulfilling my contracts, working away at The Copper and Madam for re-release.

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. 

 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, particularly in the Victorian era. She also writes 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 1, 2017

His Wicked Celtic Kiss: No Longer Available Very Soon #RightsReversal @KarynGerrard Plus More!



My backlist will be shrinking by several more books in the next few weeks. I have asked for at least 3 back from Evernight Publishing (not sure I will get them all) and I just received the reversal letter from Crimson Romance For HIS WICKED CELTIC KISS (book #2 of The Wicked Men of Rockland)

So what happens next? It will take a couple of weeks for KISS to come down from all vendors. So grab it up if you wish.

This will also severe my ties with this publisher. Since they were just bought by Simon and Schuster, why didn't I stay on? There were positives and negatives to be sure. (mostly positives)
I got sidetracked by writing historicals for a couple of years. Also real life issues. A number of things.

So what is up for The Wicked Men of Rockland?

Major revisions for book 1, slightly less for book 2, book 3 is written (needs editing). Plotting book 4. Then we will see if my agent can raise any interest with another publisher. There are pubs that take previously published, now more than ever.

But first, I have to finish my contract work for Kensington Publishing. Two more books to write! Also there are self-pubbed projects backing up. I want to get THE COPPER AND THE MADAM out there in the next few months. Also revise KNIGHT OF CHRISTMAS and release in the fall.

A lot on my plate. But, I have set my priorities and working at my own pace. If I can't get to Knight of Christmas, it will wait until next year. Simple. I can only do so much, and with me about to start physio on my wrist, I have to slow things down.

Also a moment of truth, last year's book sales were abysmal. And with even more backlist coming down, they will drop further. But, I didn't start this with the expectation of making big money, so I feel no pressure to have multiple releases in the span of a few months. Following my own path, doing it my way.

Still enjoy the writing, so onward!

Cheers~

Sunday, April 9, 2017

SALE: Limited Time! #99Cents The Baron and the Mistress by @KarynGerrard #Historical #Victorian




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 


SALE 99 CENTS LIMITED TIME






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, particularly in the Victorian era. She also writes 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, March 20, 2017

Setting Priorities and Deciding on a Romance Genre by @KarynGerrard #Publishing #amwriting


I have been writing for my own pleasure since I started this journey in 2011. I am not a savvy marketer or efficient at self-promotion. I don't write what's popular because I didn't start out at this to make money. Though it would be nice. However, like many, my book sales have dropped several notches the last two years. Do I start writing alpha a-hole heroes (for example) or continue to write what I want? There comes a time in an author's career where you have to examine the dollar figure on the romance genre you are writing in and make a decision.

I have come to that fork in the road. Because I have an agent (Yes, I still have to remind myself I have one!) the next step on this journey is to try and get more exposure (my number one priority) and yes, sell some books. Garner a little recognition.

I have been writing historicals almost exclusively the past three years. Time for a change. The genre is not a big seller, that is a hard truth. Unless you are top-tier like Lisa Kleypas, Lorraine Heath, or Elizabeth Hoyt, or a handful of indies who are historical writing machines (I admire that!), you fall into the middle area which to me is a black hole.

What to do? Shift my priorities. Yes, I have a three contract deal with Kensington for historical e-books, but beyond that? Time to take stock and quit hitting myself over the head over and over.

The Copper and the Madam? (book 3 of Blind Cupid trilogy) Cover art already bought, revisions half done. Yes, I will re-release this probably in the summer. I feel no pressure to do it sooner. Again, demand is not there.

Knight of Christmas? (historical) My one and only book with the now closed Ellora's Cave? I can re-use the cover art, that will save $$$, and it does need revising. I might get it out this fall.

And that, as they say...is that. No more historicals for a while. I will be turning my attention to contemporaries. If I take a cold, hard look at numbers, my few contemporaries have outsold my many historicals. A stark reality. So I will be focusing on a contemporary series I have, getting it ready for my agent to submit and go from there.

Every author has to examine what they want out of this writing thing. Making a living wage? Highly unlikely. I've seen a lot of posts on Facebook lately of authors examining whether they want to continue. Let's be truthful. The bubble has burst. There is no money to be made except the top 1-2% (just like in real life!) It's demoralizing and heartbreaking, but one must accept the reality.

Want exposure and sell a few books? You may want to go the agent route. (But even that is no guarantee) Write the genre you love? If making money is not a top priority, continue to do what you love.
Perhaps you will be one of the very lucky few who get to write what they love AND make some money.

Let's be careful out there~

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

FREE! Limited Time Bold Seduction by Karyn Gerrard @KarynGerrard @lyricalpress #Historical #VirginHero



BOLD SEDUCTION
The Hornsby Brothers #1
Karyn Gerrard
Kensington Publishing/Lyrical Press



FREE LIMITED TIME!

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
Kensington Publishing/Lyrical Press
Release Date: March 1, 2016

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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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.










 
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