I can’t believe I almost forgot to announce this!
I’m leaving the Select program on December 18th and this is the last time the book will be free on Amazon.
The program worked well for me but readers want diversity, so after the 18th it will be available on all platforms.
If you’ve already read the book, Thank you. If you’ve read AND reviewed the book, Many, Many Thank-you’s.
If you haven’t read it yet, pick it up. Please. I’m told it’s a really good read. ;-)))
I ran a free weekend promo for A Needful Heart, and I never expected it to do as well as it did, or affect as many people as it has. I’m so very proud of the reviews I’m getting, and if any of you reviewers read this, THANK YOU! I’m so glad you loved it and yes, I am debating a second book, although it may be a ways down the road. It took me a couple of years to get Matt and Gina ready, I wouldn’t want to rush them for more.
I followed my heart with this book and wrote what I would want to read. It was rejected several times by some of the bigger e-pubs, and now I’m glad that it was. It gave me the freedom to release it raw and unvarnished, and I think readers appreciate that.
I sincerely appreciate that you’ve downloaded, read, reviewed, tweeted about, gossiped about my book. And told me how much you loved it. I take it all to heart.
I know, I know. You can smack my hand if you feel the need. I’ve been very remiss in blogging. All I can say is, I’ve been busier that a three pecker puppy. Sorry, is that wrong to say? More about my bizzy-ness later.
I received a note from an author friend who I greatly admire, and it hit me that one of the great things about publishing in these times is the amount of support we get from other authors. Indie authors, in particular, are some of the most open, welcoming people you’ll ever meet. I think it may have something to do with a shared solidarity. Not necessarily US(indies) against THEM (traditional) but more of an Us for THEM- THEM being the READERS.
There’s a lot of angst in the traditional publishing business these days. I think they’re floundering, trying to figure out who suddenly staged a coup when they weren’t looking. I think they view indies as invaders. I kinda don’t think the indies care, though. We’re more concerned about what our readers think than anybody else.
Small presses also encourage a congenial atmosphere. They’ve had to do things differently to step out of the Traditional shadow and make a name for themselves. That means depending upon all aspects of your business (authors, editors, readers, reviewers) to build each other up. I really believe I’ve landed in an ideal situation for my publishing career. My owner at Decadent goes out of her way to promo my indie books, and I promo Decadent any chance I get, because of the great guidance I’ve received from her and the editors there. I genuinely believe I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for my experience with Decadent.
SO, on to the bizzy-ness, then I’ll tell you about some fantastic FREE books.
In July I released A Needful Heart . August 28th I released Tempt Me, Book 2 of The Awakening Society, and the culmination of the question I asked readers in Book 1 (which is now FREE!!)**** side note- Amazon decided to raise the price on TAS. Grrr. So, here are some links to other outlets where it IS free. Smashwords– Barnes and Noble– and at the time of this posting Kobo was down. Sorry about the inconvenience folks.**** September 21 I release Love On The Line through Decadent, and I also may release the first in my as-yet-unnamed wounded veteran series. I’m working on the second book of Love on the Line, and may have a Christmas story percolating as well. So you can understand why I haven’t been paying a lot of attention to my blog recently, right?
So, to make it up to you, I’m going to tell you about some awesome free books from indie authors I admire. They were the first taste of indie publishing I got, and made an incredible impact on me. Feel free to pass this information on.
Donna McDonald sent me the note that inspired this blog, and lucky for you she has a couple of free books you need to check out. Very different series’, but each wonderful in their own right.
Dating A Cougar in the Never Too Late series.
The Demon of Synar in the Forced to Serve series.
Masters at Arms in the Rescue Me series.
All three books are super fantastic and deserve to be read.
So, you’ve got 4 free books now if you follow the links! Happy reading and stayed tuned for more to come!
Today’s a busy day for A Needful Heart. If you follow this link, I’m taking part in a release party at The Romance Studio. And I’m giving away a copy of ANH to one person who comments.
THEN… At 6:30 TODAY, I will be on Edin Road Blog Talk Radio. If you follow the link, you can listen to little old me talk about whatever comes to Jesse Coffey’s brain. I’ll also be reading an excerpt from A Needful Heart. You can call in and listen and if you have questions you can do that too.Or if you want to make fun of my bumbling you can do that too.
I’m super excited today! Can you tell?
Although I had planned to release the second Awakening Society book next, this one was more ready. It was rejected from an e-publisher because they weren’t sure their audience would want to read about a child abuse issue. And that’s fine. I chose a fantastic cover from Viola Estrella, had it edited and formatted, and here it is.
I have to say, I have worked on this book in one form or another for a couple of years, and my hero Matt has gone through a lot of changes over that time. I hope you love him as much as I do.
READ AN EXCERPT
When Gina stepped forward and wrapped her arms around him, resting her curly head against his chest, Matt was floored. And humbled. And shamed. She was beautiful, and sweet, and had more friends than he had nails in his garage, and she was wrapped around him like he meant something to her. For the briefest second he wrapped his arms around her and squeezed, then stepped back. Or tried to step back. With his feet already up against the bottom stair, he couldn’t get them untangled fast enough from hers. He felt his weight shift, and knew he wouldn’t be able to keep them upright. Swinging his right arm out to break their fall, he encountered the base post of the banister. Clenching fiercely, his muscles strained as he tried to keep them both vertical.
It was no use. Under their substantial combined weight, the post snapped.
Matt landed on the stairs hard, with Gina clutched to his chest. He didn’t even care that he had fallen. His foremost concern was for her, and her recent injury. So, even though he had stairs digging into his back, and a four inch by four inch post fell over and conked him on the head, he cradled Gina as protectively as he could.
Gina looked up at him in a daze, her left hand clutched in his t-shirt and her right held against her chest. Her eyes were wide with fright and her hair wild. Their legs had gotten tangled, and her right leg was over his lap. Looking down, it was easy enough to imagine another, more intimate situation, and in spite of the crazy circumstance, his body responded. Even as he tried to ignore the tempting picture she made, his dick hardened.
“Uh, wow,” she laughed. She tried to adjust her leg, and Matt knew the exact second she noticed his erection. All movement stopped, and a pink tinge colored her cheeks, but she looked up with a smile, which surprised him. “We, uh, need to quit meeting like this. Really.” She pressed a quick, hard kiss to his chin before she scrambled off his lap.
READ A NEEDFUL HEART EPILOGUE
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Not for readers under 18. Contains strong language and adult sexual situations.
Matt Calvin has watched Gina Carruthers sway up and down the doctor’s office hallway once a month for four long years. It’s time to do something about this fascination he has with her. He knows he’s not relationship material, but he doesn’t expect it to get that far. He just wants to talk to her, and put himself out of his misery once and for all. Things never go as planned, though, and when fantasy crashes and burns into reality, Gina pays the price.
Gina doesn’t blame Matt for her injury, but she is appreciative when he steps into her crazy life to help out. Proximity fires the sudden attraction between them and Gina can’t believe she’s overlooked the sexy carpenter for this long. Tattooed and intimidating, he’s not the type she’s normally drawn to, but something about him tugs at her heartstrings.
When a dire situation develops and they have to save a little boy, Matt loses control of his tightly held emotions. Though his heart aches, Matt walks away, both for Gina’s safety and his own sanity. It’s up to Gina to convince him love can heal any heartache.