Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A NEW CONTRACT: Bold Seduction by @KarynGerrard w/Kensington Publishing Corp/Lyrical Press #Historical




I am please to announce I have signed a contract with Kensington Publishing Corp's digital line, Lyrical Press for a historical romance, BOLD SEDUCTION.



This is the first time I had two contract offers for the same story, I ultimately decided to go with Lyrical. Time to try a new publisher and I am looking forward to the association. Lyrical Press was purchased by Kensington Publishing Corp in Jan 2014, and I am pleased to be part of the Kensington group. Contracts mailed to New York (how cool to say that!)

BOLD SEDUCTION is a Victorian era erotic/sensual romance of approx 38,000 words. My hero, Lord Professor Spencer Hornsby? I used Benedict Cumberbatch as the muse. Right down to his thigh-melting voice, lol~ My Hero, if diagnosed today, would have a mild case of Asperger's with a little OCD through in. And he is a virgin. Had a lot of fun writing this.

Here is a very unofficial blurb:

An Assignment of Seduction: When two men turn to Philomena McGrattan to hire a prostitute as a surprise for their virgin friend’s thirtieth birthday, Phil decides to take on the task herself.  Life had become predictable and tedious and the third son of a duke who prefers books and academia over women and lustful pursuits could prove to be just the challenge she’d been looking for.

Professor Lord Spencer Hornsby, a brilliant eccentric who prefers solitude and pursuit of ancient civilizations, is unprepared for the unexpected arrival of the strange but seductive woman with her offer of never considered carnal delights. Quiet and set in his ways, he becomes enchanted with the bold madam.


Philomena is shocked to find the odd professor stirs up feelings she thought long dead. Spencer, ever the man of research, is eager to learn all he can. Will the professor and the prostitute discover deeper emotions are in play as they take their journey of sexual discovery?

Will keep you apprised of any release dates and such. After more than 8 months without any new releases, glad to be moving forward. Also glad to be adding a New York publisher to my list of publishing options. Cheers!



Tuesday, August 26, 2014

My (Non) Experience with Ellora's Cave by @KarynGerrard #EroticRomancePublisher



Let's establish a timeline here:

Submitted manuscript for a historical erotic romance January 2013. At the time, they wanted the first three chapters and a synopsis.

I got a request from an editor for the whole manuscript in July 2013.

Offered a contract on my historical September 2013.

Didn't hear anything again until I was finally sent paperwork and contract December 3rd.

A few months passed, I asked about the editing timeline and was told by the editor since the book has a Christmas theme, the release would be later in the fall of 2014, but she would be in contact soon to do edits, they would be done this spring.

In January 2014, I submitted another historical. Got a contract offer in March 2014. I was dealing with my father's sudden illness and subsequent passing, so me accepting the contract was put on hold. Editor said that was fine. Asked about edits on Xmas story, no response. Sent another email, no response.

May 2014 news went public about late payments and the publishers response they had software issues. I held off accepting the contract.

June 2014 I withdrew my historical manuscript for consideration and asked again about edits. No response at all.

August 2014 I get an email from the editor she sent to all her authors stating her services were no longer required from Ellora's Cave. She would be wrapping up her work on stories already in the editing process in two weeks.

Week later: Publisher states all unfinished books under contract will be placed in an 'editing pool' and "we have no way to predict or estimate when your book will get worked on."

Publisher goes public stating sales are down 75% at Amazon and staff and other cuts are being made.

I send email to publisher asking for rights back since the book has never been edited or no cover art issued. I am sent a two sentence response that started out as 'dear author' and told to send my request to contracts. Obviously this email has been sent to a whole lot of people.

I did so and received an auto response saying:  We are currently overwhelmed with emails. We're sorry for the delay. If you have sent an inquiry regarding rights reversion, it has been received and is in the queue. We hope to respond within two months.

Again, no one personally responds. All auto responses.

Thus endth my non-adventure with Ellora's Cave. What are my options? I will explore them. Since I signed a contract I probably don't have much of a leg to stand on. But I will update if and when I hear anything.
In the meantime, I have moved on. I wish any authors at EC all the best.

*Ironic Note* this historical under contract with EC was also caught in the Silver Publishing debacle. Maybe its cursed.

Friday, August 22, 2014

NEW RELEASE!: SUMMER HEAT BOX SET! 10 Spicy Novels #99Cents #TheWickedBad @KarynGerrard

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SUMMER HEAT BOX SET 10 SPICY NOVELS! 
99 CENTS!

I recently did a blog post on box sets CLICK HERE and now here I am part of one myself. I have no illusions it will make any bestselling list, but am hoping after 8 months of no releases, it will give me a little exposure. What a great way for readers to try out a new-to-them-author. There is no money to made on this for either the publishers and/or authors. Its for exposure in an over crowded marketplace. Typically, there is now a glut of box sets. But the thing to remember is most of them are only available for a limited time, so snatch them up!

The Wicked Bad is part of this set. Book 2 in this series is coming this fall. Watch for HIS WICKED CELTIC KISS.

For a limited time, you can buy the Summer Heat box set, which includes 10 novels from Crimson Romance's Spicy line! Not short stories, not novellas...but novels. My novel THE WICKED BAD is part of the set. Exceprt below.

BOX SET 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



BUY LINKS

AMAZON/AMAZON UK/AMAZON CANADA
CRIMSON ROMANCE/ADAMS MEDIA STORE
BARNES AND NOBLE
ALL ROMANCE



 excerpt:


The Wicked Bad by Karyn Gerrard

Blurb:  Dark and brooding, Nick Crocetti is a bad boy in looks and demeanor. Veronica Barnes needs a new start, and Nick is a complication she doesn’t need.
Can they break down the barriers of past heartbreak, or is Veronica just a good girl who longs to rub against “the wicked bad”?

Excerpt:  She followed him toward the beach. The shoreline wasn't very big, but private, as you couldn't see the road or much else from their vantage point. Wonder how many other women he brought here, she thought cynically.

He spread the blanket and assisted her in sitting down. Again, the touch of his hand made her face flush as well as parts further south. Nick sat next to her with one leg bent and he rested his arm on the top of his knee. They sat quietly and gazed out over the water. The waves caressed the sand with a serene almost hypnotic sound.

“I saw you talking to that wuss, Jake Spooner, as I left the other day. I can imagine what he said about me,” Nick said in a voice so soft, she hardly recognized it as his.

Veronica cleared her throat uncomfortably.

Nick laughed. “I see. Go on, amuse me, what did he say?”

“Um, he said you were in prison—” she began.

“Jail. Not prison,” he retorted.

“There’s a difference?”

“You’ve got the cop for a brother, you tell me,” Nick snapped. He shook his head, more gently he said, “Sorry. It’s a touchy subject. City jail, for assault and destruction of property. Prison usually means a state or federal beef. Mine was local and a long time ago. I did my time and it’s over. I don’t like talking about it.”
“He called you a thug and said you deal drugs among other things.” She shouldn’t be telling him this, but the words tumbled out of her.

“Really? And still you went out with me? Are you some thrill seeker, one of those good girls eager to rub up against some wicked bad? Is that why you’re here? I’ll be as bad as you want, just say the word.”
His voice grew tight and edgy. Barely restrained anger simmered below the surface, she could hear it.

“I’m just telling you what Jake said, you asked.”

Nick stared at her for several moments. “Yeah. I did. Sorry. I haven’t been out on a date in awhile.”

“You haven’t been with any women...”

“Oh, I didn't say I haven’t been with women, just haven’t been on a date.” The right corner of his mouth twitched in what Veronica supposed was amusement.




Thursday, August 7, 2014

BOOK SPOTLIGHT: Rock the Wolfe by @KarynGerrard Fr @DecadentPub #SummerRead #BBW



ROCK THE WOLFE by Karyn Gerrard


  • File Size: 246 KB
  • Print Length: 77 pages
  • Publisher: Decadent Publishing Company, LLC (November 16, 2013)

he’s desperate for a break…

After a difficult year in the classroom, elementary school teacher Kerri Coleson is close to the breaking point. All she wants is a quiet summer to regroup and refresh. Vacationing alone at the old family homestead, she never expected to meet a burnt out rock star or discover that he might be the man of her dreams…

He’s desperate for her…

Following the bust-up of his group and the dissolution of his marriage, rock star Wolfe Phalen’s world has been turned upside down. Though intrigued by Kerri’s lush curves, nurturing personality, and sensual response to his touch, the last thing he wants is a romantic entanglement…

Kerri may rock Wolfe’s world, but will she rock his heart and soul?


Genre: Contemporary, erotic romance, rubenesque

Heat level: 4
Word count – 17k




Excerpt So much for a walk today.

A distant rumble of thunder boomed across the horizon. The rain fell in torrents from the gray, cloudy sky. Wolfe stood on Kerri’s veranda, the hood up on his sweatshirt. He could have called and canceled, but realized he didn’t have her cell number. Cold, stinging rain lashed his cheeks as he waited for her to answer.

She opened the door and a gust of rain-laden wind caught her square in the face. She gasped and then began to laugh. The light, feminine sound cracked through the barrier around his heart. It was if the clouds had parted and the sun shone down on them both. Jesus, where had that romantic drivel come from? If it had happened to Janice, she would have screamed and railed on and on about getting wet. Kerri laughed. A sharp difference, and a welcome one.


She stepped back, allowing him to enter. After closing the door, Wolfe bracketed her face with his hands and swiped the cold moisture away from her flushed cheeks. As he lay gentle kisses where the rain had been, he heard a soft moan escape her parted lips.

The slight hold he had on his control slipped away. Capturing the moan with his mouth, he kissed her with hunger he had not known existed within him. The cold, clinging dampness of his clothes dissipated as the heat level grew between them. He backed her against the wall and let his hands explore her ample curves. Rotating his hips, he let her feel everything that pulsed and vibrated through his entire body.

For the first time in months, he felt alive. Potent. Emotions he had not had in ages, and a few he could not identify, rocked him hard.

The depth of her response ramped up his desire even more. Kerri rubbed against him, her breath hitching in short gasps in between the desperate kisses.


“Is it terrible I brought condoms?” he whispered.
“Oh, God. No. Not terrible. I like a man who plans for every contingency.”
Laughing, he leaned in and kissed her. “Where? Upstairs?”
“I have a fire going in there.”

She pointed to the living room. Sex in front of a fire. Perfect.




Rock the Wolfe nominated for the BTS Red Carpet Award




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


 ALSO CHECK OUT Karyn's other rock star romance, HEART OF ROCK!



Irishman Brogan Byrne is at the pinnacle of 1974 rock-music success. Handsome, charismatic, with a three-octave voice, you’d think he had it all. But Byrne sinks to new depths of depravity with women, liquor, and drugs.

Carly Montgomery is an ambitious record executive offered an opportunity to be manager for the last leg of Byrne's tour. Though she’s detached and tough as nails, Carly’s cool facade comes under attack. Somehow Byrne manages to slip by her frosty defenses.

Brogan, for his part, is broken inside. A past memory weighs on his soul, affecting his actions. Is Carly the one woman to help him forget his guilt and heal his heart of rock?






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!





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