Thursday, May 12, 2016

Let's talk about BLURBS...

Writing cover copy/blurb is one of the hardest types of writing for me, and I know many other authors feel the same. I ask myself "why?" often. It shouldn't be hard writing a short version of your book to give people a flavour of it, but it is. Because it's hard to pull out the best parts into a readable, enticing couple of paragraphs while you've got a whole novel in your head.... It's impossible to keep a whole book in your head anyway, let alone shrink it down into two paragraphs! I quickly discovered that my best efforts were the ones that I wrote before I'd written the whole book.. I guess because my mind wasn't weighted down with all the info, just the early hooks. The best advice I can give anyone starting out is to write the blurb early, and think of it as a sales pitch not a summary.
Anyone who is good with blurbs has my undying admiration. It's a real skill. When I first started being bought by publishers (a half life ago) part of the mess of excitement was because they were going to do the official cover copy for me... lol! Although sometimes when it came in there were inaccuracies, or it wasn't as good as I'd hoped it might be. On a couple of occasions I even decided my own dismal efforts were comparable .. lol! But that's another story wink emoticon
If an author has been publisher published for a while they sometimes get rights back on earlier works, and then you're able to publish the book again. That means going back to writing a new cover copy for a very old book -- which brings it's own barrel load of author-angst. Not only is the story buried deep in your writing memory, but the publisher blurb has now become lodged in your memory too, like a mental road block. The publisher's blurb belongs to them though, it's their copyrighted material. You can't use it again and you probably wouldn't want to, so you've got to go back to the drawing board.
If you're reading this because you thought I was going to wave a magic wand and tell you how to do it, I'm not, I can't. But I know a lady who can. smile emoticon
I was recently in this situation (rights reverted) and put my hands up - I needed help and I wasn't ashamed to admit it. I want to recommend getting in touch with the Killion Group because blurb writing is one of the many superb author services they offer. I took my blurb to Jenn who does the blurb writing (and formatting and many other jobs) Jenn is truly gifted when it comes to the task. Treat it as a second opinion, a new angle. For a very reasonable cost Jenn presented me with a fresh, vibrant angle on my book blurb, and it was fun to work with her. if you're struggling with your blurbs check them out, you won't regret it.

Monday, April 18, 2016

After a long absence… back with a bargain! :)

It’s been a long while since I posted here, yes… To cut a long story short, I had major complications after surgery and nearly cheeked out of the planet for good. I managed to haul back from the edge of oblivion to have another go at this life. It’s been a long, slow journey and I’m still dealing with associated health issues but I'm getting there. I've already rejoined social media and feeling much more like chatting and hanging out with readers. 

In terms of new writing, there hasn’t been any but I’m hopeful for the future. If you’re looking for my TRADING HEARTS series, book two, hang in there with me because I hope to have news on that one soon. I had completed the novella before I went in to hospital so it’s just a matter of getting it polished and sent off to my editor. I’ll post more info soon.

Meanwhile, my work has appeared in several box sets – the most recent of which is MENAGERie, from Excite Spice. This includes my story THE RIGHT MEN FOR THE JOB. Get it while it’s hot – i.e. only 0.99c or equivalent!

Details for that one below, and I’ll post about some other boxed sets and an anthology (as well as the TRADING HEARTS series!) very soon!
Get ready for a MENAGErie of experience! 

This 21 BOOK Excite Spice MEGA Bundle is teeming with triads, in every possible combination you could imagine—and maybe some you never even thought of! You get over 300,000 words of exciting, multitudinous menage including every alpha hunk possible, from cowboys to billionaires, who all know the art of seducing a woman--or two. 

Twenty-one of the genre’s hottest authors will tempt you with hot, sizzling tales of trios that give new meaning to the term “open relationship.” 

So get ready to join the party, because these passionate, polyamorous stories will leave you panting for more! 

This EXCITE SPICE bundle is on sale for a LIMITED TIME. 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Offline for a while


I'm offline for a while now. I go into hospital for surgery in the morning -- think good thoughts for me!  I won't be able to post for a while but I'll tweet as soon as I am able to.  I have my kindle with me, loaded with lots of good books to read. I hope you do too. :)

Love you,

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Exciting news: MASTERED 2 is a bestseller!

I have some awesome news to share!! Mastered 2 - Ten Tales of Sensual Surrender  hit the USA Today Bestseller list at 128 out of 150 places. Woohoo! All of us involved in the project are thrilled to bits by this exciting news. A HUGE thank you goes out to all our readers for making this happen.  

This set is still available to download for a rock bottom price, but it is a limited time package deal, so if you want to pick it up do so soon!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Win an iPad mini with the Mastered 2 authors!

As a celebration of the Mastered 2 box set we've got a rafflecopter contest running. 
Click here for your chance to win an Ipad mini - closes very soon!! 

MASTERED 2 is a #1 BDSM bestseller on Amazon - woohoo - parteee! :) Big thank you to all those readers who've checked it out and left reviews. We're so pleased that it's being so thoroughly enjoyed.... ;)

This boxed set is only 99c/99p and it's only available for a limited time. If you haven't already grab your copy now. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Publication day!! MASTERED 2 is out!

Today's the day – Mastered 2 - ten tales of sensual surrender is published today.
If you pre-ordered this box set it should be on your e-reader at any moment now if not already. I'm so excited to be part of this collection. It’s such a fab group of authors, lovely people and awesome writers.

These are ten all-new novellas with a bonus short story thrown in too. For a limited time this set will remain $.99 in the US and £.99 in the UK. Grab it while it lasts! I'll post all the story details below:

Jacqueline crashes a billionaire’s exclusive poker game in order to seduce him into granting a favor to save her sister, but instead finds herself Played By the Master. 

TANGLED & BOUND by Jennifer Leeland with Emily Ryan-Davis 
When a threesome gets complicated, conflict can drive lovers apart. Ty, Noah and Tasha must find a way to connect before one of them walks out the door. 

HER SECRET by Portia Da Costa 
Jamie Lennox is the first man that Susannah ever loved, but now he’s different, dangerous and more devastatingly attractive than ever before. Their reunion is passionate and perverse, a thrilling exchange of power and pleasure. Can this lover from Susannah’s past become the master of her future? 

Can Arianna make her one night with her billionaire master last a lifetime? 

THE BUYER by Saskia Walker 
A wild weekend with a dominant master proves Naomi's true nature, but will it also prove that business and pleasure don't mix? 

RESISTOR by Madelynne Ellis 
Rhythm guitarist, Spook Mortensen doesn't want a second chance with sound engineer, Allegra Hutton-- not over a table, in a limo or in bed. 

HIS TOUCH by Karen Fenech 
After her life is shattered by her Dom, can Corinne trust another man with her submission and her heart? 

MASTERING THE MISTRESS by Evangeline Anderson 
A muscular slave turns the tables on his unsuspecting mistress and teaches her an erotic lesson in submission. 

LUSCIOUS by T.J. Michaels 
MacKenzie Ivers is a strong personality who submits to one man--her husband, Landon. After ten years of marriage, a nasty divorce, followed by a sweet reconciliation, Mac wants nothing more than for her husband to stop punishing himself for his part in the former "crazy". It’s going to require some conniving and some rope...miles and miles of rope. Luckily, Twilight Teahouse has everything she needs to get this particular rigger back in the saddle. 

Some secrets are worth pursuing, especially when discovering them means you might be punished! 

XO, BLAKE by Avery Aster 
For fans of the dark comedy BDSM film Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down comes an erotic exploration in domination and submission where Ivy League students let their kinkiest desires run wild, and Blake shows you just how good it feels to be on top. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Stepbrother romance..?

Australian cover
Step sibling romance\erotic romance is experiencing huge popularity right now. Personally, I think it was always popular it's just that it's being more accepted as a subgenre (its coming out of the closet..? ;o) and we're seeing more covers with blatant step titles and blurbs with specific reference to the step sibling relationship.

I've always thought it a very sexy setup, as a young teenager or even older person you're pushed together with someone who you are not related to, but you get to spend an awful lot of time around and may be sexually attracted to or even fall in love with. But of course your parents won't want it to happen. Sexy, forbidden, lots of potential for conflict! :)

Last year my novel The Burlington Manor Affair was published and this one is a step brother/step sister erotic romance with a mystery sub plot. I think it went out just before the tide turned and the publisher didn't put any mention of step siblings in the book blurb or on the cover. That's why I'm posting about it now -- in case any of the readers who love this subgenre are interested, this novel is still available in e-book at all the usual retailers, although its cheaper if you buy from either M&B in the UK or Harlequin direct in the US. I posted below the details and some of the covers that appear for this book in different countries. If you pick Rex and Carmen's story, I hope you enjoy it!

US and UK cover

A legendary family estate.
A mutual longing.
A bargain struck. Carmen Shelby wants what's been left to her — the valuable estate that she once called home. Rex Carruthers is the heir to Burlington Manor, a ruthless playboy who enjoys playing games, and all he wants is for Carmen to surrender. There can be only one winner….

Italian cover
Available from:
Harlequin Books
Mills and Boon in the UK
WH Smith in the UK
Amazon in the UK
Harlequin Australia, and other online retailers

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

3D cover for MASTERED 2 - coming in less than 3 weeks!

The MASTERED 2 Boxed set 3D cover is in! Check out all the great stories you can get for only 0.99c preorder price :)

Pre-order links:   

Thursday, March 26, 2015

What I'm working on through 2015

The end of March is a tad late to be posting about what I'm working on through 2015, but I've had to be cautious about promises because I'll be having a major operation soon. Cue the hollering and stomping feet and *don't want to* ;o) Having said that, I'm chugging along slowly in the meantime and actually doing better than I'd hoped – especially given that I'm doing my best not to fret myself silly about the surgery.

The main project on my desk for 2015 is BOUND FOR TROUBLE my next HQN Books novel. That one has been on hold for a while but it's now about one quarter written. Alongside that I hope to complete a series of shorter linked stories called TRADING HEARTS.

Allowing for the chunk of time I'll be away from the desk BOUND FOR TROUBLE should be delivered to my Harlequin editor before the end of the year, and parts 1,2 and 3 of TRADING HEARTS should also be complete. 

The first part  of the series, THE BUYER, launches in the MASTERED 2 BDSM boxed set, which I've posted about here previously. Publication date for that set is April 21st and the special pre-order price of only 0.99c/0.99p is now available at iTunes, Nook and Kobo as well as Kindle. Pretty soon I'll be sharing tasty excerpts from the stories right here on the blog - prepare for STEAM... ;)

Pre-order links:  
Kindle US
Kindle UK

Monday, March 09, 2015

Sharing a new book cover..

Good morning! smile emoticon Celebrating Monday by sharing this gorgeous new book cover, designed for me by the very talented Kim Killion. Oh my! Love it. The Buyer will first be available exclusively in the MASTERED 2 boxed set, which is currently on a special pre order price of 99c/99p at Amazon - for eleven stories including many bestselling authors! Here's the info:
On the heels of the wildly popular New York Times and USA Today bestseller, MASTERED, we bring you MASTERED 2, eleven more tales of sensual surrender! 
These 11 scorching erotic romance books are all brand-spanking new and never-before-released, until now! One-click this anthology today at a low pre-sale price of only 99 cents. This won’t last long.Find the book here!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Coming soon - MASTERED 2

Love this cover! So sexy. :)

This gorgeous new boxed set is being published in April - not too far away. It includes stories from a bunch of bestselling authors and I'm totally thrilled to be part of it. 

The set is available on Kindle pre-order for 99pence/$1.50, so if you are into D/s erotic romances you can reserve your copy before the price goes up! :)