Courting Carlie

One of the beautiful things about self publishing is the immediacy of making changes.  When something isn’t working, it can be changed relatively easily. Not so much with a traditional publisher. That doesn’t mean I don’t like my trad publisher, but this self pubbing thing is a whole other beast. Instead of a marketing department making decisions for me, I’ve got to do it myself, and sometimes, (oh horrors of horrors) I’m not always right.

I love the contemporary romance I recently wrote, with Carlie Barnes, a free-wheeling paranormal investigator, and Michael-Bloody-Denton, the uptight scientist who lives upstairs. I thought the title, Hide and Spook was cute, a little playful. I thought the first cover was good, but it didn’t seem to resonate with readers, so I changed the cover out to something a little more traditional.  I didn’t really like it as much, but I thought it was worth a try. Apparently my love for the story clouded my vision of what would work best for a title and artwork.

Readers are a savvy bunch. If they don’t like something they’ll tell you. Sometimes via email, sometimes to your face, and sometimes with their pocket books. I got the message loud and clear that my cutesy title and cover design was not what they were looking for. So, after a little angst (I am a writer, after all),I swapped them both out today for something more contemporary. And you know, I really, really like the new artwork. A lot. The title speaks to me way more than the previous one did, too.

It’s working its way through the vendor sites now, so all links should be available in the coming days, but so far, the Kobo link is the only one to go live first. They seem to be much quicker than some of the other folks. Might just be why I like ’em so much.

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Next in the Love in Calico series

Calico Bride, a Love in Calico novella is ready! I’ve been diligently working between this novella and the next full length novel in my Calico series, Calico Moon. While I’m almost half way finished Calico Moon, this story reached the end first. It’s a short novella, that introduces two new characters to our Calico family, whom you’ll meet again in subsequent books. I know this, because Sean appears in Calico Moon. I’m not sure if Brianna will or not yet. I guess time will tell there. And it was nice to revisit a few old friends, such as Dory, and Doc Witmer.

Here’s the set up:

After the death of her parents, it broke Brianna Campbell’s heart to send her younger brother out west on the mercy train, but with no means of supporting him, she hoped that he’d find someone to take him in. When she is finally able, she sets out for Calico, California, to reclaim him, and make a home to start a new life together. With no time for love, she doesn’t count on meeting a handsome rancher who makes her heart race.

Needing help for his ranch, Sean James takes in a couple of orphans from the mercy train under his temporary guardianship and provides room and board in exchange for good honest work. Still recovering from the death of his wife, he’s shut himself off from the outside world, especially the marriage hungry young women of Calico. But the boys worm their way into his battered heart, and he finds he doesn’t want to let either of them go when a sister comes to claim the younger of the two.

Brianna’s fierce independence earns Sean’s respect, and to his surprise, his interest in more than just a friendship. His attraction to the pretty blonde grows with each passing day, but can he convince to trust him and take a chance on love?

Grab this one for 99 cents at the retailer of your choice! Book links will be updated on the book page as they become active. Kobo’s links go live first!

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Western Romances Rule!

Since beginning work on Under A Calico Moon, which is the sequel/companion book to New Prints in Old Calico, I’ve really re-discovered my love of the era. Now I realize that what I’m writing is a bit more of a ‘romanticized’ version of reality, but heck, isn’t that what I’m supposed to do? Manly men who love and protect their womanfolk with every breath in their bodies, and women who love their men just as much. And what’s wrong with a handsome cowboy rushing to the rescue anyway? Not a darn thing.

The other night an old western came on, that I hadn’t seen in years. Pale Rider, which stars Clint Eastwood. Granted, it’s not your typical western romance, but it sure has a lot of action! I ended up staying up until 2 am to finish it, which is completely unlike me. I’m an ‘in bed, lights out by 11:30’ kinda gal. If I even make it to 11:30! So while I was watching the movie, an idea for another novella came to me, and I quickly plotted it out, using the beginnings of an old story I found on an old computer of mine. It’s not a long story, should come in around 20k or so for word count, but I like it so far.

I’m calling it Wyoming Wild. I was hoping to have it finished by March 19, because I’ve got a great Bookbub promotion started that day for New Prints in Old Calico, but unfortunately, it’s very doubtful it will be ready on time. It won’t be long though. I haven’t written the tagline or blurb yet, but it’s going to sound something like: “After Cora’s husband abandons her and their infant child in the wilds of Wyoming, she wonders if she’ll be able to cope, much less ever find love again.”

That’s all I have so far, and I kind of like it. I think I might keep it.

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Til next time,
Ellie

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