I Heart Las Vegas Romance Writers!

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I’m thrilled to announce that Please, my tale of dangerous seduction, has been selected as a finalist in the Las Vegas Romance Writers’ I Heart Indie Contest *!

To be fair, at least half of the credit goes to my amazing cover designer, Brandi McCann who was a dream to work with and who whipped up this baby:

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Brandi is extremely patient, professional and happy to work with her clients to achieve the specific vision they have for their cover. I can’t recommend, or thank, her enough.

But I did write the blurb. So there’s that. If you’re a regular here, you’ve seen it before. But if not, here it is:

Small-town romance writer Elizabeth Holmes' novels may be hot, but her love life is tepid at best. What else can you expect after fourteen years of marriage to man whose idea of adventure is ordering a new dish at the H

Wouldn’t you like to find out?

Well then, head over to All Romance E-Books where Please is discounted by 50% all this week.  Just 99 cents. You gotta heart that!

*In this contest, genre-specific book clubs judge the front cover and back copy of indie romance novels to determine what readers prefer. Because whether we should or shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, let’s face it. We all do.

Thrills, Chills and Sweet, Sweet Love

Love stories are all fine and dandy. But for some of us, love just isn’t enough. Some of us want a story that both warms our hearts and gives us the chills. We want a little cloak and dagger along with our hearts and flowers. We want romantic suspense.

If you’re a fan of the genre, you need to bookmark Just Romantic Suspense. Oh, and look who’s featured on the site today. And running a giveaway.

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Dance with Me is in the spotlight today, but the giveaway – an e-copy of my latest steamy romantic suspense and a Starbucks gift card – runs all week.

I’m also one of the featured authors on Jennifer Denys’ Wicked Weekends where the thrills are of a different sort, but no less delicious.

Please Review Carefully

 

 

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A reviewer friend and fellow emerging writer April L.Wood recently shared this bit of wisdom with me:

All reviews are good. Even the bad ones.

If you are a new writer who has been on the business end of a one or two star review, you might not agree. Bad reviews hurt and not in a mosquito-bite way. In a bee-sting way. Burning and long-lasting.

And potential readers see those bad reviews. They could hurt sales. How can that be good?

Sure, there’s the old “any publicity is good publicity” thing.  But there’s more to it than that.

According to my friend, those “bad” reviews lend credibility to your writing. They show that the reviews were not just written by your friends and relatives – people who have a vested interest in pleasing you. They show that your work is being read by people you won’t see at your next family reunion or PTA meeting.

Not only that, but your writing is having an effect on those people. Making people think. Feel. React.

You know how busy we all are these days. That one-star review shows that someone cared enough about your work to set aside the time to write and post the review.

After all, hate is not the opposite of love. Indifference is.

That said, it feels pretty darn good when you get a positive review, like the one from TJ at Scandalicious for my newly released romantic suspense Dance with Me.

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Here’s a quote:

“We get a little of everything in his book. A smart and sassy heroine, a sexy and oh so sweet hero. An overbearing controlling mother, a crazy Russian villain. Chock-full of suspense, laughter and erotic sexy times!”

You can read the full review here.

A big shout-out to TJ, Scandalicious and all the people who take the time to write book reviews, good, bad or ugly. We who are about to write salute you!