Friday, November 1, 2019

NEW RELEASE from Peggy Jaeger! Available Now!

Hello November! 

So many of my favorite authors have books coming out I'm over the moon with bibliophile excitement! AND... I have next week off for vacation so I'll actually have time to binge them all without feeling guilty for hiding under my desk with my Kindle when I should be, you know, working. Jennifer Weiner new book is supposed to be Awesome, Claire Marti's latest just released, Penny Reid's new book will be out in days, and today PEGGY JAEGER'S NEW BOOK IS OUT!

I invited Peggy to visit and talk to us about this new series of hers, since it took a few twists and turns in the making. Her story is below and if you missed the first in the series - Dirty Damsels - you should grab a copy of that too. (my review from July is here)

Welcome, Peggy and her book, It's a Trust Thing.

When my first book was published I was one month shy of 55 years old. The very fact I found a publisher willing to take me on at that age was astounding. 17 books and 4 years later, and I am still astounded, even more so since other publishers felt the same way and took a chance on me.  Recently, though, two of those publishers and I have parted ways, one while I was in the middle of writing a new series. To say I was devastated to be dropped isn’t to do the situation enough credit. I had book 2 written with book 3 plotted. What was my recourse; leave them in a file, forgotten and gathering cyberdust on my computer? Try to get another publisher interested in the series?

There’s this old saw that says everything happens for a reason, and you just have to discover the reason, so instead of wasting another year with queries, or simply crying with frustration, I decided to do something I’d vowed never to so: Self publish.  I’d always resisted this path because I felt the learning curve was so vast and I didn’t have the mental wherewithal to learn how to do it well. (Or at all!)

I love being traditionally published and letting someone else handle all the “work” of getting a book into print. All I want to do is write. I am very happy letting cover designers  design, copy editors copy, and distributors distribute, with me being merely a cog in the wheel.

But if I were going to be a self-pubbed author, I would now be the captain of the ship where I’d once been the yeoman. Or is that yeoperson?

Any hoo…

The part of self publishing that has been the most daunting for me is in the editing process. As a traditionally pubbed author, I had professional editors guide and instruct me in order to make my books be the best they could be. Editors employed and paid by the publisher. Well, I am now, for lack of a better term, the publisher. In addition to being the cover designer, the copy editor, the content queen. Chief bottle washer and head cook.

Plus, the author.

I used to worry that reviewers and readers wouldn’t like the story I wrote, or my writing style. Everyone has an opinion and not everyone can like you or what you’ve written. I recognized that and came to terms with it early on in my career.

Now, though, I am agonizing over things other than if a reader likes the book. I worry about the editing and if there are any mistakes that I didn’t capture and correct before I hit “publish.” Is my tense consistent throughout the book? Is my spelling mistake-free? Are there any misplaced modifiers I didn’t catch, or dangling participles left on the page to confuse and puzzle the reader? Any missing words? Are the scenes flowing or are they stalling? Do I have a saggy middle or an impractical conflict? Does the end resolve well, or does the reader have questions?

These were all concerns my editors used to worry about. Now, it is my job.

I had no funds to employ a cover designer or an editor for this book, something every self-pubbed author should do. I designed the cover myself and I asked a college English professor who happens to be a friend to mine, to go through the book and point out anything that needed correction. She doesn’t read romance novels so I wasn’t worried she’d hate the plot or the story. I just wanted her to read the book as reader first and then an editor, which she did, and to point out any mistakes, spelling errors, etc., something fresh eyes would capture. I wanted to credit her with editing, but she asked me not to, claiming she didn’t want to do it for anyone else, just me.

I love her for that.

But…ultimately, if there are any mistakes or glaring mis-spellings, wrong or missing punctuation, or plot holes, it is ultimately my fault. The buck – and the book – stops with me.

Sleepless nights have become a habit in my life, believe me. I hope I have done the story- and my readers – justice. I sincerely hope mistakes aren’t found or if they are, that the reviewers don’t vilify me in the court of public opinion, reading, and reviews.

And I sincerely hope that whoever reads It’s a Trust Thing, loves Nell and Charlie as much as I do. They deserved to have their HEA read, and, despite one blip along the way in the form of a dropped publisher, I hope I’ve done them proud.

Monday, October 21, 2019

DARK SECRETS ~ Available Now! 9 spooky stories for Halloween!

Nine new tales of romantic suspense by Nine Awesome Authors!
9 spooky stories ~ 99 cents

As the leaves fall from the trees, so do secrets and tragedy. Just in time for Halloween, NINE brand-new romantic suspense novels for you to enjoy. From evil and death to overcoming odds and finding love in the most unusual places, these sweet to spicy full-length novels will keep you eerily entertained and on the edge of your seat for hours. Plus, watch for a common thread between the books, it just might be a little Spooky.

Secret Fantasies, Pleasure Your Fantasies Series, Book 3 written by USA Today Bestselling Author Stacy Eaton: Can they figure out the secret before anyone else is killed?

Something Wicked This Way Comes written by Amazon International Bestselling Author Sharon Coady: Some people are born bad. Others are made that way. I was a combination of both.

Little White Lies written by Amazon Bestselling Author Jude Ouvrard: Sometimes lies are innocent but can't be avoided.

Romance be the Book written by Amazon International Bestselling Author Amy Manemann: Cool, Autumn nights lead to lingering heat, but can they solve a mystery in time?

The Devil's Own written by Amazon International Bestselling Author Angela Stevens: It's not every day a priest confronts the devil in his confessional.

Ghost in the Machine written by Amazon Bestselling Author Katie O'Sullivan: A little black book can ruin lives--or get you killed.

That Spooktacular Kiss written by USA Today Bestselling Author Tamara Ferguson: Will unveiling their families' dark secrets heal two wounded hearts?

Midnight Cove written by Pandora Spocks: Still waters harbor dark secrets.

Hunting Love written by Amazon Bestselling Author Chantel Rhondeau: Ghosts aren't the only ones being hunted on this tour--she must guard her life and her heart.


Monday, October 14, 2019

Monday Book Review: Dangerous Currents, by Kathryn Knight

Dangerous Currents, by Kathryn Knight
Published May 2018 by Wicked Whale Publishing

About the Book:
When a costly mistake ends Malorie Montgomery’s career, she returns to Cape Cod in search of a fresh start. But her plans for a new—and quiet—life are quickly derailed when she makes a grisly discovery in the woods, and her screams bring the one person from her past she’d hoped to avoid. Dean Slater, the ex-boyfriend who broke her heart in high school, now lives in the beachfront community that was supposed to be her haven…and he’s just as hot as he was six years ago.

With his rough background, Dean always knew he wasn’t good enough for the kind, intelligent beauty who claimed his heart, but somehow he’d believed their love was strong enough to survive anything—until the tragic night she turned her back on him when he needed her trust the most. Despite their painful history, Dean can’t resist the instinct to protect her, especially when it becomes apparent there’s a killer in their town.

Their former chemistry soon reignites, but Malorie has long accepted that her dark family secret has destined her to a life alone. And when she uncovers evidence that makes her the killer’s target, a deadly confrontation threatens to destroy any possibility of a second chance.

My Take:

Kathryn Knight writes dark tales of romantic suspense that are perfect for a cold, fall night. Her plots are twisty and her characters filled with so much inner turmoil that the pages keep turning until you can't believe you stayed up so late and yet there's that just-one-more-page feeling that keeps you going even later.

Like several of her other books, Dangerous Currents takes place in a small town on Cape Cod, where the setting almost becomes like another character in the story. I love how you can almost feel like you're right there with the characters whether walking along the sandy beach or stumbling through the conservation land forest along the shoreline.

The chemistry between Malorie and Dean is like a slow burning fire that neither one knows how to keep from spreading, despite their best efforts. They dated in high school, but a misunderstanding at prom broke them up and kept them apart for six years. Resentment, insecurities, and secrets keep them from discovering the truth about that night until it's almost too late because both of them are as stubborn as they come.

And the mystery...! I loved the way the author sets up several of the characters to be the potential killer, each one connected to Malorie in some way. When I read the chapters from the killer's viewpoint, I found myself trying on each of the characters to see which one fit best and only barely figured out the truth before Malorie's life was in danger. I love it when a twist keeps me guessing right alongside the characters!

If you're looking for a suspenseful read for a blustery fall night, check out this book, or one of Kathryn Knight's other spooky tales (Haunted Souls is still my favorite.) You won't be disappointed with any of her 5-star reads!

Grab your copy on AMAZON

Monday, October 7, 2019

Monday Book review: Detecting Autumn, by Jody Kessler

Detecting Autumn, by Jody Kessler
A Granite Lake Romance
Published 2019

About the Book:
“All’s fair in love, war, and romance novels.”
Bestselling romance author, Autumn Alex Monroe lives and works by her misguided credo.

Whether she’s jumping from planes, dating members of the mafia, or falling for the detective who’s trying to find out her true identity, Alex will do anything to write the perfect novel.

Private investigator turned brew master, Shane Everett, is selling his detective agency and moving to Granite Lake to open a brewery with his brothers.

When mafioso, Gabe Moretti, offers Shane easy cash to investigate his girlfriend, the witty and sexy author Alex Monroe, Shane takes the job.

Shane soon discovers that Alex has multiple personas, she’s weird, wild… and totally irresistible.

Plus, she needs Shane’s protection from the sociopathic goon who claims to be her boyfriend.

With Alex’s bizarre sleep disorder, a wedding held at gun point, and their off-the-charts attraction, Shane and Alex will have you cracking up with laughter and swooning over every page.

My Take:

Do you ever get to the end of a book, read the teaser chapter and immediately click to buy the next book in the series? Yeah, I do that all the time when I really like a story. I know it's what all authors hope for, and why we put those teasers at the end of books. 

In case you were wondering, they work.

Strap yourself in for a fast-paced roller coaster of a romantic suspense by one of my favorite romance authors. Jody Kessler has a remarkable way of getting into her characters heads and making the reader see the action through their eyes. With this novel, the characters are unique and quirky and the whirlwind plot keeps you glued to the action as the author jumps back in forth through time.

The main character of this roller coaster is Autumn Alexandria Monroe Sawyer, whose life is more complicated than her full name plus all her pseudonyms combined.  Autumn is an author who writes both science fiction and romance under a few different pen names, and likes to have hands-on experiences of the things she incorporates into her novels.  Wacky and unpredictable, but not stupid and definitely likeable.

With her current books delving into mafia-entangled suspense, she decides to date a few connected Italian men, to get the inside scoop... Except she ends up with more than she bargained for, dating two different men from rival families. Luckily, retired special forces and former private investigator Shane Everett is around to save her from herself, as well as from the Moretti crime family.

Plot twists and time jumps keep the reader on their toes almost as much as Autumn keeps Shane on his. Throughout it all, the electricity between Shane and Autumn sizzles off the page. With a heroine this unpredictable, it's hard to know what constitutes her happily ever after, or if she'll ever be able to achieve it... But somehow despite the insanity, you keep rooting for the couple to figure it all out.

This book is part of a series the author has set in the fictional mountain town of Granite Lake, California. Autumn appeared as a minor character in the previous story, Diving Elise, and owns the bookstore Elise works at.  She also appeared as a minor character in Reclaiming Melanie, the third book in the series. Shane Everett is the middle child of the three sexy Everett brothers who are opening the new brew pub across the street from the bookstore. You can read this as a total standalone, or as part of the larger series.

Five sizzling stars to this crazy bunch of characters. Grab your copy on AMAZON