Sunday, February 5, 2017

3 BOOK DEAL: Coming Soon, The Men of Wollstonecraft Hall by @KarynGerrard @lyricalpress #Historical


On top of the news that I now have an agent (Elaine Spencer of The Knight Agency) comes the news of a three book deal with Kensington Publishing's digital line, Lyrical Press. So I had my first announcement in Publishers Marketplace. It is the biggest publishing place for professionals and read by more than 40,000 daily. Every writer/author (or whatever label you wish) has their own idea of when they feel they are a true author. For me, it is this. Seeing a deal being announced in the trades.

Did I start out in 2011 when I was first published with an ambitious plan to get an agent, get deals, etc? Nope. It all sort of fell into place by a series of circumstances. Obviously. my writing had something to do with it. (And I hope to continue to improve) So I will move forward, write, and if I sell a few books along the way...bonus.

Now about the historical series! It is called Men of Wollstonecraft Hall.

Handsome, vibrant, and distantly related to an infamous family, the men of Wollstonecraft Hall share one tragic failing; women who become romantically entangled with them meet premature deaths. Society claims the men are cursed and only finding a true, passionate love will break the cycle of tragedy. Will they be doomed to live alone...or will the curse finally be broken?

A sensual historical series set in the mid-Victorian age, my series will center on a family of men consisting of:

Book One: Riordan Wollstonecraft, age 26 (father Julian Wollstonecraft, age 45, Viscount Tensbridge)
Book Two: Garrett Wollstonecraft age 32 (father Oliver Wollstonecraft, Earl of Carnstone, age 64. Garrett is the younger half-brother to Julian.

Book Three: Aidan Wollstonecraft, age 26, (oldest twin, father Julian Wollstonecraft, and heir to the earldom.)

Selected pics for inspiration for my heroes, excuse the modern dress.


Hero inspiration for the patriarch. The Earl of Carnstone, Oliver Wollstonecraft, age 64. 
Widowed 3 times, he is far past any romantic entanglements. Tragedy has clouded his life. He believes there is some merit in the curse, and has no intentions of testing it a fourth time. Or will he? He will be a secondary character in the books.




Julian Wollstonecraft, Viscount Tensbridge, and oldest son of Oliver, age 45.
Married and a father of paternal twins at nineteen, he became a widower four years after his sons were born. His heart broken, he vowed never to love or marry again. Instead he turned his passion toward progressive causes, something the entire family fights for. Meaningless affairs have filled his life and he intends to continue down that path, until he meets a woman who captures his attention as no other. Julian will be a secondary character in the books.




Book 1 will focus on Twin #2, Riordan Wollstonecraft. Age 26.

Of Julian's two sons, Riordan, like the rest of his family, is involved in progressive causes. For him, education is everything. Hiding his family connections, he takes a position as a schoolmaster in a small town where he meets an earl's widow. The cool, aloof beauty has an interesting proposition, one Riordan finds he cannot refuse. Not only does he wish to assist her in her plight, but also teach her to open her heart to happiness, contentment, passion, and —love.





Book 2 will focus on Garrett Wollstonecraft, age 32. Son of Oliver and Julian's half brother.

If anyone in the family believes in the curse, it is Garrett, It has ruled his entire life. He is six and a half feet tall, the giant of the family, and red-haired like his late Scottish mother, The Beast of Wollstonecraft, as he is often called, keeps busy running the family estate and seeing to the tenants and has little time for romance.
Until a woman from his past appears, upending his world and everything he has believed in.
  



Book 3 will focus on the oldest son and heir, Aidan Wollstonectaft. Age 26 and paternal twin to Riordan, A complete reprobate, Aidan hits rock-bottom and finds himself exiled from the family. To earn his way back, his father has a proposal: embrace the family's causes by taking a position in a textile factory. Using an assumed name, Aidan is to gather information on the poor working conditions for his father's reform bill. While there, he meets a young woman who touches his heart. This bad boy doesn't want to feel...to love...but fate has other plans.


All three books will be released in 2018. I had better get writing! Deadlines!



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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