Monday, July 18, 2016

NOW AVAILABLE: My Highlander Cover Model by @KarynGerrard #TimeTravel #Fantasy Highlander From the Past!





BLURB:
Skye Bancroft, assistant art director at a small New York publisher, is used to dealing with the occasional spoiled and egocentric model. After all, it’s part of her job description. But during a photoshoot, she didn’t count on one to become so delusional as to think himself a Highlander from 1814 Scotland.

Cailin Thorburn is every woman’s dream: A warrior who is fierce, passionate, and protective. Rendered unconscious during battle, he awakens in another place, time, and in another man’s body. Could this all be a dream? Convincing the bonnie lass, Skye, that he is Cailin is a daunting task.

Regardless of his strange time travel story and sexy Scottish burr, believing this extraordinary man is from another era becomes hard to deny. The attraction between them sizzles and Skye is left to wonder: Is Cailin truly as he claims? Heat Level: Sensual



EXCERPT: “You doona believe me, do ye, Skye?”
Her gaze softened as if indulging a simple child. Pity he did not need or want. His temper boiled hot and furious as he tried to rein his frustrations. No bluidy luck. With a sweep of his arm he sent the platter of food crashing to the floor. The plate smashed to bits. He stood and pounded the table with such force, his glass tipped over. The fizzy drink—soda, she called it—dripped into a large pool on the floor.
“I am Cailin Thorburn! I doona understand how I came to be here or what my connection is to the lad or where he is. Do you think I want to be here?” He strode toward her. Grabbing her shoulders, he brought her to her feet. “Look into my eyes, lass. Do you see this Roderick you hold in such disdain? Amhairc fhéin cridhe. See my heart.” He snatched her wee hand and laid it on his chest and held it there. “Feel my heart, mo eudail.”
Her lower lip trembled. It was not his intent to scare the sweet lass. “What are you saying?” she gasped. “You spoke that language earlier….”
“’Tis the Gaelic, my mother’s tongue. I said before you are beautiful.” He cupped her cheek. “I called you my darlin’. Look into my eyes. Do ye see Roderick?”

* * *

How could she think straight when he gave her such an intense look? His eyes burned with passionate, green fire. He spoke Gaelic or what he claimed was Gaelic. Whatever, it was enough to squeeze her heart and curl her toes. He thought her beautiful? No man had ever said it to her before. Calling her “my darling” caused a few hot tears to cluster in the corner of her eyes.
Blinking back the gathering moisture, she did as he asked and looked deeply into his eyes. No, she didn’t see Roderick. She’d never claimed to know Roderick anyway. But what did it prove? When Skye stood close to him like this, she could easily believe anything he told her. Anything at all.
This house proved the opposite of what she’d thought Roderick was—an arrogant ass. Instead, she observed a cozy, tastefully decorated home with many pictures of family about and numerous books showing a mind that yearned to learn new things. The house was clean, his clothes neat and organized. Snooping in the kitchen, she found the herbs and spices lined up alphabetically in the cupboard. Coupled with his moments of sweetness like the one discussing the brooch, she became more and more convinced she may have misjudged Roderick.
All a man had to do was speak a little Gaelic to convince her he came from another time and another body? However, the sword came to life and it definitely vibrated. Hell, it had hummed. She hadn’t imagined it. When he regained consciousness, he was no longer Roderick. A stark reality.
“Do you want me to be truthful? I honestly don’t know what’s going on. I need more time to process this. No, I don’t see Roderick, but I’ve only had a few dealings with him. We weren’t close. When we gripped the sword, it vibrated and made a weird sound. Then it slipped from our hands and hit Roderick in the forehead.” Her fingers brushed by the small goose egg and Cailin moaned softly from her touch. “When he woke up, he was different. He was—you. I can’t completely dismiss it, but I can’t accept it all, either. I need time.”
With a sigh, he clasped her hand and kissed it. “Skye, I have a feeling time is the one thing I dinna have. Mayhap the sword is enchanted. But I feel in here,” his fist lowered to his solar plexus, “my time here is limited. This is no’ my body, no’ my life. I canna stay.”
His emotionally spoken words cut deep. She liked Cailin a lot, with his Scottish burr, searing kisses, and flash of temper. Truth? She would hate to see him go, whether he really came from 1814 or a figment from his own imagination as a result of the bonk on the head.
As if reading her mind, he let go of her hand and glanced at the mess on the floor. “I do have a spark of temper. Forgive my petulance. I will clean this up right away.”
Without thinking, she cupped his whiskered cheek. A husky moan escaped him as he leaned into her touch. Another wave of desire tore through her. “I’ll fix you another plate. I bought plenty.”
Laying his hand over hers, his gaze grew intense and concerned. “Did I scare ye, lass? I dinna mean to frighten you. I feel useless. By the honor of my family and clan, I will earn my keep while I am here. ’Tis grateful I am for your concern and care. You will tell me all about being a model, and I will do my best.”

Skye’s heart banged fiercely against her ribs. Comforting warmth spread through her sparking her nerve endings. She wasn’t falling for him, was she?





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KARYN GERRARD



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. To learn more about Karyn and her 

books, visit www.karyngerrard.com.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

GOODREADS GIVEAWAY: Win Paperback Copy of the Upcoming Release Beloved Monster by @KarynGerrard #Historical #Gothic






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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


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?



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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 . 

Luke's Story continues!



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Monday, July 4, 2016

NO LONGER AVAILABLE: Heart of Rock by @KarynGerrard But Out of the Ashes, A Change in Direction #Publishing



I got the rights back to Heart of Rock from Decadent Publishing. This book was a real heart breaker. It was like something I've never written before, the hero was hard to take, but it did get very good reviews the few it got, but also didn't sell much.

It's first incarnation was in 2012 with the now defunct Silver Publishing. Remember them? What a nightmare. I got the rights back to that and one other book with Silver before it imploded. Never did get the rest of my royalties owed, but it wasn't much anyway. The publisher I was with at the time, Decadent, contracted it in 2013. It went through a meat grinder of an edit, so much so I wondered if I would even continue on with writing. But that's how we learn, eh?


Flash forward to 2016, and the contract is up and rights have been reverted. So what do I do with it?

Well, it's not keeping it's 1970's setting, which is kind of a shame. I had fun revisiting the decade I grew up in.

So, do I throw it on the back burner to collect cobwebs?

Tempting, but then I thought, since the hero's last name is Byrne, and so is my hero from His Wicked Celtic Kiss, why not make them brothers? So Heart of Rock will be stripped down to the bare skeleton, it will no longer be an erotic romance, and eventually, I will make this story part of my Wicked Men of Rockland Series.

A lot hinges on whether I will be getting the rights back to The Wicked Bad from Crimson Romance. I try again in September. If I do get it, The Wicked Bad will be revised first, again, no longer erotic, more mainstream and completely revised (oh boy, does it need it)

Then I will turn my attention to Heart of Rock which will be called My Wicked Soul (#2.5 Wicked Men of Rockland)

I am assuming all this will not happen until later 2017 and beyond. The good news? I have book 3 already written in the Wicked Men of Rockland Series, so yes, the series will continue. I plan a book 4 to conclude it.

Not all books sell. In fact, most don't. But it is gratifying to get a book back and be able to move ahead with a complete "do-over".

More to come~

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 erotic romance 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. 
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