We all love holidays, we all enjoy a good romance. And what could be better than coupling this festive season with some heart-warming and cheering *Christmas Romance* stories.
We'll be introduced to 'Mr Tall Dark and Handsome', or 'Blond Scandinavian Good looks'. And it’s always fun to see how long 'Miss I Will Resist You For As Long Possible' will actually refuse to let down her defences and how the drop-dead gorgeous male protagonist eventually wins - or vice versa!
I've put together a small personal selection of *Christmas/seasonal* books from nine authors - including SIX NEW RELEASES - and I hope there's something here to interest you, whether you're looking for the perfect novel to curl up and read on a cold winter’s evening with a cup of cocoa or if it's a sexy and feisty tale you're after.
Some of the books in this ***snowfall of seasonal romance *** have been lowered in price for a short spell only - so make sure you buy them now. And don't forget, seeing as ebooks are usually very reasonable in price at all times they make WONDERFUL presents! I hope the *Christmas* spirit cloaks whichever story you choose with just enough charm and twinkly appeal - after all it is *Christmas!* Enjoy!
'A Film Star, A Baby, And A Proposal' by C C Mackenzie
* It's a Ludlow Hall Christmas Special.
It's the time of year for families and friends, romance and laughter with all the gang at Ludlow Hall. But as Christmas approaches, will brooding movie star Mathias Carter get his wish to be left alone? Or will the magic of the festive season bring him his heart's desire?
This is a contemporary romantic comedy by a bestselling author.Amazon.co.uk
On Christmas Hill'~ A Seasonal Affair by Faith Mortimer New Release
It is a few weeks before Christmas and everyone except Catherine seems to be gearing up for the big day with excitement.
Catherine, a single mum, is struggling to bring up her five year old daughter, she has little time for romance, and when she learns she has lost her job and her flat is deemed inhabitable, she wonders just what else life is about to fling at her.
Where or to whom can she turn to for help? Kismet in the shape of handsome, bachelor, Jack Darcy aka Father Christmas is at hand. But can she trust the handsome stranger who seems to know a lot about her private life? Catherine's fiercely independent and is adamant she won't be taken advantage of again by selfish men. As temporary manager in a small sub-post office in a pretty English village, she uncovers a letter that has lain, unposted, for many years. Little does she know that her endeavours to find the recipient of that letter will lead to love for more than one person…99c/74p for a few days onlyAmazon.co.uk
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A Shepherd's Song by Janice Lane Palko
Tom Shepherd is anything but a hero. A senior physics major at a University, he just wants to make some easy cash for a spring break vacation. On the last Sunday in November, he arrives to sell the Christmas season’s hottest toy, for three times its retail price to a buyer. He arrives in the middle of a bone marrow drive benefiting four-year-old Christo Davidson, who has leukemia. Everyone there—including the media covering the event--assumes that Tom has come to give the toy to the sick boy. Tom has no choice but to give it away.
Lauded as a hero and bestowed with the nickname “The Good Shepherd,” Tom finds himself an overnight celebrity. He knows he’s unworthy of the honor, but when Gloria Davidson, Christo’s cousin, seeks out Tom to thank him for being kind so kind, Tom is bewitched by her beauty. To impress Gloria, he embellishes his character and lies. Tom asks Gloria out, beginning a relationship which leads him to examine everything he believes. On Christmas Eve, Tom finds himself facing choices that will affect everyone. Tom must choose between sacrifice and honor, love and loneliness, life and death.
A Christmas romance with which will make you believe in magic.
The Mantequero by Jenny Twist
June Blacker is a sensible, respectable woman – a language teacher beloved by her pupils. But she seems doomed to become an old maid. She has never had a lover because nobody wants to kiss a fat girl. And June is fat – very fat indeed.
But then she meets Ignacio, her holiday romance. Ignacio thinks she is beautiful. He wants to kiss her over and over again. And a strange thing happens to June. She starts losing weight – a lot of weight. Could Ignacio be THE MANTEQUERO?
- Wonder ~ Short Christmas Stories by Kristie Cook
- *New Release
- Presence:Tristan strives to find the perfect present for Alexis, although all she wants is him. Will he unearth just the right gift in time, or is his presence really enough? Plenty of steam to keep you warm through the chilly holiday season.
A vampire converted to the good side experiences her first Christmas. She struggles to understand the traditions of the season and believes she’ll never get it until she meets someone who needs her help. Can this newly changed vampire find the true miracle of Christmas in her heart and soul?
Warlock Claire always does what everyone else wants her to do, and she can’t help but wonder if this makes her bad at being bad. Wanting to do something for herself, she bails on the Random Acts of Evil festivities for anti-Christmas. When sparks fly between her and a were-bear, she sees her chance to defy her controlling family. But…will she have the courage to do?
- Three New Adult Paranormal tales to read by the fire with the Christmas tree lights twinkling.
Headspace By Calinda B
Vienna has a gift of intuition and the ability to make people think they actually had the experience she pulls from their mind. Vienna’s very successful in her virtual life but in her real life, she’s never climaxed. That’s been her secret for as long as she’s been sexually active.
When Vienna confides her secret in Jonas, he wants to help, promising success by Christmas. Only thing is, he’s in a committed relationship with a long-time girlfriend. When his shrewish girlfriend becomes jealous over his friendship with Vienna, will he cut off the friendship and break her heart?
Wild Water, White Horizon and Midnight Sky by Jan Ruth
Fancy a paperback Christmas in the stunning Welsh hills? Jan Ruth’s mix of romance and drama amid the fabulous mountains of Snowdonia is a great gift idea, or just the perfect excuse to stay warm by the fire... Jack’s Christmas doesn’t go to plan at all (Wild Water
), and as for Dan and Tina’s Christmas wedding (White Horizon)
, perhaps actually having a plan might have worked out better. Although there’s no sign of the festive season for James and Laura (Midnight Sky)
, they do get snowed in, and there’s a special promotion on the Kindle edition of this book throughout December for just 99c/77pAmazon.comAmazon.co.uk
The Christmas Honeymoon by Alicia & Roy Street
A Holiday Luv novella!
Serena always loved Christmas, but her favorite holiday season only brings on heartache after her groom-to-be runs off with another woman only a week before her December wedding. Giving back the wedding gifts and enduring the humiliating gossip in her small town proves to be too much for the quiet librarian who’d been the brunt of nerd jokes in high school, and Serena leaves town—only to return a year later determined to take back her life, her pride, and her joy in Christmas.
Damien has his own reasons for hating Christmas. No sweet and silly stuff for this handsome Scrooge, who hurls himself into extreme sports, almost daring nature to break through his hard shell. So why does he find his icy heart melting when confronted with the timid librarian whose sweet smile haunts his dreams?
Home for Christmas ~ Lia Fairchild
* New Release
This year, Ali and Stephen are both just trying to make it through the holidays. Stephen is fresh out of a relationship and dreading the prospect of Christmas alone. Ali, on the other hand, can’t celebrate with friends or family. The most important man in her life is dying—decorating cookies and hanging tinsel aren’t even on her radar. When the two meet during a chance encounter, Stephen’s instant attraction to Ali spurs him into action. He’ll do whatever it takes to give her the holiday she deserves and pull off a real Christmas miracle.
Lia Fairchild’s Home for Christmas
is the moving story of two people, fates intertwined, about to be surprised by what destiny has in store. Amazon.com
Have a Happy Reading over your holiday!
On Christmas Hill ~ A Season Affair
As we're entering the season of goodwill and festivities I've decided to reduce the cost of my latest novel, On Christmas Hill to just 99c/77p!
This will be for a FEW days only! So treat yourself (or someone else) to a 'real feel-good 'read today.
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What the reviewers are saying: A Perfect Score!
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 star
: (11) 4 star: (0) 3 star: (0) 2 star: (0) 1 star: (0) See all 11 reviews
“ A good read to put you in the Christmas spirit.
” AnnE | 5 reviewers made a similar statement
“ A classic love story past and present woven into one.
” Cathy Wilson | 3 reviewers made a similar statement
“ This author's excellent characterisation made this book very enjoyable.
” Elaine | 2 reviewers made a similar statement This review is from: On Christmas Hill (A Seasonal Affair) (Kindle Edition) (Mrs S S)
This is a lovely romantic Christmas story that you can curl up in your favourite place with your favourite tipple and something lovely to pop in your mouth every now and again and get lost in the story.
Single mum Catherine and her five year old daughter are living in a small flat while Catherine works in a post office. She finds a 40 year old lost love letter and Catherine tracks down the recipient and delivers it, then this lovely story goes from strength to strength from there on in.
Faith perfectly captures the atmosphere of a small town in England, she captures the nostalgia of wonderful wintry weather as she leads up to and including Christmas day, she captures a child's joy of Christmas and of course she captures the emotions of our lovely single mum who has to overcome heart ache caused by two men and her own parents.
Romantic stories by default are formulaic but it is how you treat this formula that makes a good read and Faith has certainly done that with this book.
I would love to see this story made into one of those Christmas films that are shown on the TV around Christmas time; in fact it would be better than some of the ones I've watched previously.
Today, I'm delighted to feature my good friend and American author, Donna Fasano on my blog.
Donna has had an illustrious writing career, and wrote for Harlequin for 20 years, writing sweet romance (as Donna Clayton) and women's fiction (under her own name). She also self-published some of her books. The Merry-Go-Round was her first indie-published book. Reclaim My Heart is her very first Montlake publication.She tells me she is very proud and excited to have been picked up by such a prestigious publisher.
Let's take a look at Donna, a little about why she started writing and the book itself.
What attracted you to writing in the first place?
I came to writing from my love of reading. While growing up, I lost myself in books in order to escape an unhappy childhood.
How has your upbringing influenced your writing?
I think authors who face a lot of pain and anguish seem to write stories with great depth, with honesty and compassion. It could be that dealing with trauma brings out the best (or worst) in people. I believe that losing my mother at such a young age had a huge impact on me not just as a writer but as a human being. I became, I don't know, more maternal towards my family, my friends, heck, towards everyone I meet... more giving of myself, I guess you could say. My mother's death could have made me bitter and angry. I'm just so grateful that the exact opposite seems to describe me.
What’s your favorite place in the entire world?
I have visited so many beautiful places. The South of France, the rolling mountains of Italy, the Mediterranean Sea, the cobbled streets of Brussels, the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona, beautiful Morro Bay, California, and I spend lots of time in Ocean City, Maryland. I obviously can't pick a favorite. Besides, there are so many places waiting to be seen!
If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
Elementary school teacher. I love children, and I often include them in my stories. I always say that children are very innocent and outspoken. Kids inject a great deal of fun into a book with their in-your-face honesty.
If you could live inside the world of a book, which book would you choose?
Pride and Prejudice. Love that Mr. Darcy!
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
I put my heart and soul into Reclaim My Heart, and I think it shows… in the story but especially in the characters.
So what’s next for you as an author? Any last words?
I'm thinking of writing a book that revolves around three friends in different stages of marriage, but I'm not sure yet. I've worked very hard on Reclaim My Heart and I'm going to take a few days off. Then I'll get back to work! I want to thank you for hosting me, and I want to thank your followers for taking the time to read about Reclaim My Heart.
Sixteen years ago, Tyne Whitlock cut all ties to her past and left town under the shameful shadow of a teenage pregnancy. Now her fifteen-year-old son is in trouble with the law and she is desperate for help. But reaching out to high-powered attorney Lucas Silver Hawk will tear open the heart-wrenching past in ways Tyne never imagined.
Forced to return to the Delaware Indian community where Lucas was raised, Tyne and Lucas are tempted by the heated passion that consumed them as teens. Tyne rediscovers all the reasons she found this man irresistible, but there are scandalous secrets waiting to be revealed, disgraceful choices made in the past that cannot be denied. Love is a powerful force that could heal them both—if the truth doesn't rip them apart.
USA TODAY Bestselling Author Donna Fasano is a three time winner of the HOLT Medallion, a CataRomance Reviewers Choice Award winner for Best Single Title, a Desert Rose Golden Quill Award finalist, and a Golden Heart finalist. Her books have sold nearly 4 million copies worldwide and have been published in two dozen languages. Her books have made the Kindle Top 10 List, the Nook Top 10 List, and the iBooks Top 10 List.
What others are saying about Donna's books:
"...complex, funny, and realistic..." ~Wilmington News Journal
"This book is well written, the characters are real, everyday folks. It is very easy to identify with them. Donna Fasano is a talented author." ~Elizabeth M. Caldwell on Amazon
"...a fast paced riotous look at family life today. Donna Fasano is right on target!" ~Donna Zapf, SingleTitles.com
I want to thank Donna for giving us the chance to have a look inside her writing life - and thank you, reader for dropping by..Thank you!
Link to Kindle Edition: Amazon.com
Link to Paperback: Amazon.com
Link to Audio: Amazon.com
Author Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/DonnaFasanoAuthor
Author Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/DonnaFaz
Author Website/blog: http://DonnaFasano.blogspot.com
Goodreads author/book page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1111480.Donna_Fasano
Link to Pinterest: http://www.Pinterest.com/DonnaFaz
Paperback ISBN: 978-1477817988
I'm over the moon as Bookbub is featuring The Assassins' Village as its Mystery book today - and it's only 99c/77p.
Available on ALL Amazon sites, Barnes and Noble, Kobo (incl WH SMith) Apple and Smashwords.
Here is the link to Bookbub for an easy perusal! All book sites are at one-click http://www.bookbub.com/ebook-deals/the-assassins-village-by-faith-mortimer
Thanks for dropping by...oh I forgot to say the bok has zoomed up to #77 overall on Amazon!!
Good morning Peeps!
They say time passes when you’re having fun – and this year has certainly flown. I can’t believe it is less than seven weeks until Christmas day!
As usual, I’ve been kept busy. In the spring I was involved in a major musical production, singing and dancing as well as acting. An amazing experience! Last month I was chosen for my first professional appearance in a commercial. I never knew it took so many people to make a 30-second advertisement (over 30), and it was quite an adventure being ‘on-stage’ with cameras zooming around all over the place. I can’t wait to see the finished result – due any day.
Of course writing takes the majority of my time and 2013 has been brilliant! You might recall I’ve written three books this year, A Very French Affair, Childhunt, Devil’s Brae
AND now, my latest & fourth release
, On Christmas Hill – A Seasonal Affair
Although I'm primarily a mystery suspense
writer, I am astounded that A Very French Affair (Romance & Drama
) has been my top selling book over the summer in the UK – and it still is. So, people obviously like my more romantic stories – and I’m delighted to have added another string to my bow.
A word of warning – my romance books are NOT mushy or pornographic…although there are some love scenes, which I endeavour to keep tasteful. I enjoy creating characters with which we can all empathise, recognise our own similar traits; heartache, happiness and simply, life.
Here is a short description of the new book: On Christmas Hill. It is a few weeks before Christmas and everyone except Catherine seems to be gearing up for the big day with excitement.
Catherine, a single mum, is struggling to bring up her five year old daughter. She has little time for romance, and when she learns she has lost her job and her flat is deemed inhabitable, she wonders just what else life is about to fling at her.
Where or to whom can she turn to for help? Kismet in the shape of handsome, bachelor, Jack Darcy aka Father Christmas is at hand. But can she trust the handsome stranger who seems to know a great deal about her private life?
When Catherine finds a forty year old letter hidden in a village post office and seeks to reunite the letter with the addressee, little does she know what part she will play in the affair or how circumstances change her very existence. Will she find that perfect love which so far has eluded her?
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I do hope you enjoy your read of On Christmas Hill,
(and it’s not just for women!) or of any of my other books. If you care to leave a review at any time after your read, I’ll be very happy to see it. Reviews are very important for authors as it lets us gauge how our readers appreciate our work.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and please feel free to email me at any time. I love hearing from you.
All best wishes and thanks for dropping by, Faithx
Good Morning Peeps!
I'm continuing with my series about interesting British authors and today I'd like to introduce you to Jan Ruth.
Jan has written three full length novels; Wild Water, Midnight Sky & White Horizon.
Also Available: The Long & The Short Of It.
Jan has been writing for more than 30 years and despite various dalliances with the more traditional publishing routes, she is now pleased to be an independent author.
She lives in North Wales (UK) and her books feature the rugged Welsh landscape and more often than not, her love of dogs and horses. Although she writes serious love stories with strong characterisation, she also captures the humour of modern everyday life and the endless complications of relationships.
Jan's style has been described as falling between two genres-not light enough for romance but not literature either-it sits somewhere between the two. My Celtic Connections:
The longer I live and the more places I visit in the world, the more connected I feel to my roots, or more specifically my spiritual home, Snowdonia.
Seventeen years ago we moved from Cheshire to North Wales. Although Cheshire has its history and pretty rural surroundings aplenty, Wales is far more extreme in both aspects. The castles and the rugged hillsides scattered with stone settlements, druid’s circles and Roman roads bring out the historical muse in me. To think that I am treading the same path as someone who lived in the Iron Age, is both fascinating and humbling. Snowdonia kick-started my stalled obsession with writing in a very positive way.
All this whimsical talk of the past makes me sound as if I write historical based fiction. Far from it. Much as I admire many other genres I tend to be very much rooted in current times and my work reflects a lot of my own life experiences. But this is where I find the two ideas merge a little because I am most certainly inspired by this Ice Age landscape and the idea that what has gone before, shapes what we see today, but does it shape what we feel
I write contemporary fiction set in North Wales. It falls very loosely into the romantic genre but it isn’t hearts and flowers fiction. You may find the odd spot of arson, adultery and manslaughter laced with black humour and of course, the big landscapes of Snowdonia.
All titles are available for all e-readers and are currently being formatted for print.
for all book links and information.
Link up on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/JAN-RUTH-Author/152542251518210
Follow on twitter: https://twitter.com/JanRuthAuthor UK links to current titles for kindle. (Please see website for all other links.) WILD WATER Amazon.com: WILD WATER Amazon.co.uk
MIDNIGHT SKY Amazon.com MIDNIGHT SKY Amazon.co.uk
WHITE HORIZON Amazon.com WHITE HORIZON Amazon.co.uk THE LONG & THE SHORT OF IT Amazon.com THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT Amazon.co.uk
I'd like to thank Jan for being my guest today, and also you, the reader, for taking the time to drop by. Jan writes some lovely books - I've read two and I'm sure others will enjoy her work as much as I have.
The novelist, Jan Ruth
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Two weeks before Christmas. The villagers of Agios Mamas, in Cyprus, are preparing for the season's festivities. Without warning terror strikes the heart of the village.
Two small children disappear...without trace... the frantic search is on.
Who has been stalking the family for the last six years and knows their every move?
Why has this family been targeted? What is the kidnappers' ultimate goal? Will local author and amateur sleuth, Diana Rivers and CID Police Chief Inspector, Adam Lovell find the children in time?
Join Diana and her friends as they try to unravel the horrific nightmare which has hit the sleepy little village. In Childhunt you'll meet a real monster of a man - I dare you! WooHoo! 99c!
Morning Peeps! TODAY! The Books-a-Fire authors
are back with more fabulous deals and NEW books to buy. There are no gimmicks or hoops to jump, just incredible prices on every single book. Just point, click, and buy books in every genre for just 99 cents each
All books on the page are priced at 99 cents
to make your shopping easy and affordable. For less than the price of a dinner out, you could treat yourself by buying every single book on the page!
To make it really easy, we've also created categories. Click your favorite category at the top of the page and see all the books that are on sale in that category. Load your Kindle and enjoy a quiet read now that the kids are back in school. You've had a hectic summer so treat yourself to a good book today! Go to http://bit.ly/15u8DGF today or click on one of the books which interests you below... And of course, I couldn't resist...I've put one book into the sale too...my best selling romance, A VERY FRENCH AFFAIR is up for grabs at 99c!
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Author Jenny Twist
Good Evening Peeps, We each of us have our favourite authors, whether they're from the US, Australia, Europe , Asia or South America. Being British many of my favourite authors are...British. Apart from all the well known ones whose work we've come to recognise and admire, there are a fair few in number making good inroads into the readership markets. Today, and for the next month or so I thought I'd share with you some authors who you might or might not know about. Their lives are diverse...their work equally so...and some are extremely interesting. My first author, I'm pleased to feature is Jenny Twist...take it away Jenny! Bio
Jenny Twist was born in York and brought up in the West Yorkshire mill town of Heckmondwike, the eldest grandchild of a huge extended family.
She left school at fifteen and went to work in an asbestos factory. After working in various jobs, including bacon-packer and escapologist’s assistant (she was The Lovely Tanya), she returned to full-time education and did a BA in history at Manchester and post-graduate studies at Oxford.
She stayed in Oxford working as a recruitment consultant for many years and it was there that she met and married her husband, Vic.
In 2001 they retired and moved to Southern Spain where they live with their rather eccentric dog and cat. Besides writing, she enjoys reading, knitting and attempting to do fiendishly difficult logic puzzles.
She has written two novels - Domingo’s Angel
– a love story set in Franco’s Spain and harking back to the Spanish Civil War and beyond - and All in the Mind
– a contemporary novel about an old woman who mysteriously begins to get younger.
She has also written an anthology of short stories - Take One At Bedtime
– and co-written the anthology - Bedtime Shadows –
with the inimitable Tara Fox Hall.
She has contributed short stories to many other anthologies, of which two – Doppelganger
and Uncle Vernon
have recently been released as short ebooks.
Her first self-published ebook, Away With the Fairies
was released in September 2012. Her second, Mantequero,
was originally published in Winter Wonders
by Whimsical Publishing and has just been released as a short ebook.
*** My name’s Jenny Twist
(it’s my real name) and I’ve been writing for about twelve years, but only had my first book published 2 years ago.
I had always wanted to write but life kept getting in the way, so I didn’t actually get started until my husband and I retired to Spain in 2001.
Not long after we moved here Stephen King brought out his seminal On Writing
, which has been my bible ever since. One of the things he does in the book is set the scenario for a short story and suggest that you finish it. The result in my case was Waiting for Daddy
(now published in Take One At Bedtime
). I was so pleased with it that I sent it to a local magazine, Streetwise,
which features, amongst other things, short stories for English people living in the Costa del Sol. To my delight, they asked me to provide a piece every month, alternating between articles and short stories. This was really good for me, as it gave me deadlines to meet and I really set to and began to write down stories I’d had in my head for years (which felt a bit like cheating) and the occasional new one. I also started writing stories for competitions, one of which was set in Spain in the 1950s and later became the first chapter of my novel, Domingo’s Angel.
I spent several years sending stories to magazines and getting them rejected or ignored and I had really given up hope of ever getting any published. It seemed there just wasn’t a market for the kind of stuff I like to write. I tried my hand at more middle-of-the-road romance, which is what the English magazines prefer, but they all have their existing stable of authors and aren’t really interested in looking at anyone else. Most didn’t bother to reply at all. Those who did were usually quite obviously using a form letter and clearly hadn’t read the work in question. I once, to my amazement, got quite a rude letter from a major magazine publisher which appeared to be criticising an entirely different piece. The comments didn’t relate to my story at all. What amazed me was that they should be so unkind to people who submit stories to them. Surely many of these are their own readers. Do they really think it’s a good idea to insult them?
By this time my novel was nearing completion and I began sending it out to publishers and agents. I had higher hopes for the novel because it seemed to be a more commercially viable proposition.
During my research on publishers I had a very close shave with a vanity publisher which had disguised its true nature so cleverly that I was about to sign the contract when my husband, re-reading the small print, noticed it was ‘author-funded.’ I could have committed myself to paying £3,000 (about $5,000) to a publisher who would have had no interest whatsoever in marketing my book, since it had already been paid for printing it.
Then I discovered the site The Passionate Pen.
If you are an author looking for a publisher, you really need to know about this site. It not only lists all the publishers who pay YOU (rather than the other way round), and all the reputable agents, but it also has a list of the ‘bad guys.’ Through this site, I found my main publisher, Melange Books
, then called Midnight Showcase.
I sent them the novel. A few weeks after that they accepted the novel . I had gone, in a matter of weeks, from struggling writer to soon-to-be-published author with TWO BOOKS to my name. That was one of the happiest moments of my life. Take One At Bedtime,
the anthology of my short stories, was published in April 2011 and Domingo’s Angel,
a romance set in Spain during and after the Spanish Civil War, in July. Since then Melange has published several of my stories in multi-author anthologies, plus another novel and another anthology, this time with the amazing Tara Fox Hall.
Now that I have become established I have found that publishers are much more willing to accept my stories. Not only does Melange seem to be happy to publish my work, but so are other publishers. It’s like a Catch 22 situation. Once you actually find a publisher it’s much easier to get accepted by others. I’m telling you this so you don’t give up. Success breeds success.
A lot has changed in the publishing industry in the two years since I got started. It has now become so easy and cheap to publish your own book, that one wonders whether it’s worth going through all the hassle of trying to persuade a publisher to take you on in the first place. After all, a publisher doesn’t do much for you that you can’t do for yourself.
It is completely free to put an e book on Amazon using their KDP program. Of course, you do have to pay for editing and cover art, but maybe you have friends who will edit your work and do the artwork. You may even do your own artwork. But under no circumstances attempt to rely on your own editing
. It doesn’t matter how good you are, you can never see your own mistakes.
“Ah, but what about promotion?” I hear you ask. I hate to disillusion you, but NO publisher, not even the big houses, promotes an author unless that author is already a celebrity and expected to be a bestseller. You have to do your own promotion.
This was an awful shock for me. I thought you got published and then sat back and waited for the money to roll in. Promotion is a whole different issue, so I won’t deal with it here, but don’t panic. It’s not difficult, just time-consuming, and you make a lot of friends on the way.
What I can tell you is for me it was worth it. I have never been happier in my life than I am right now. I’m doing what I always wanted to do and it is just as satisfying as I always knew it would be.
Links for Jenny Twist https://sites.google.com/site/jennytwistauthor/home
Facebook Author Page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jenny-Twist-Author/291166404240446
Goodreads Author Page http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4848320.Jenny_Twist
Amazon Author Page US: amazon.com/author/jennytwist
UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Jenny-Twist/e/B005CI80ZC/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1 Thanks Jenny, for a chance to look into your interesting past...I loved the escapologist’s assistant part...that I didn't know!
And thank you all for dropping by. I hope you enjoyed Jenny's post as much as I did.