Release day is always so exciting! There’s nothing like the rush of sharing a new book with my readers. Mail Order Widow is set in the Calico world, and is another addition to my Calico Brides series. The great thing about the novellas is they don’t have to be read in any specific order. They’re just a yummy little bite of Calico goodness.
And speaking of Calico goodness. Oh my goodness, I’m so excited to share that the story that started it all, New Prints in Old Calico, is now in Kindle Unlimted, so if you’ve got a subscription, you can head on over to Amazon and read for free! Yep, that’s right. Free. Because it is in this program, it is exclusively at Amazon for the next 3 months and who knows, maybe I’ll leave it there, maybe I won’t. I’ll let you, my readers decide that.
I’m on track for having the third book in the series ready in a few months as well! While I don’t have a lot to tell you about it yet, I can tell you that it features Ginnie (she was introduced in Under a Calico Moon as one of Lil’s girls) and how she gets to find love of her own with a yummy cowboy who becomes enamored with the dark haired beauty. He doesn’t want a saloon gal though, and she doesn’t want to quit, so the lines of battle are drawn. It’s going to be a fun and sexy showdown, that’s for sure.
But, in the meantime, go ahead and enjoy Mail Order Widow, and if you haven’t read the other books in the series, what’s stopping you? Go. Now. Read New Prints in Old Calico for free, and you’ll be hooked on this little town and its people as much as I am.
I ended 2017 on such a high that I’m excited to see what happens next! December held record breaking sales for me, with both my contemporaries and historicals doing really well. I’ve discovered I have loads of really great readers in Australia, which is pretty exciting.
Today I am pleased to share a completely updated book from eons ago. Harper’s Treasure, which is a fun contemporary romantic adventure, has gotten old. Not the story, which is still just as fun as it was on its 2005 debut, but the artwork and title. I’ve had much fun crafting a new title, new cover and new tagline for this snappy little romp. See?
An old nemesis, a treasure map and a card-carrying geek. What could go wrong?
It’s now available at most online stores, and is slowly populating through the others. There is a paperback coming to Amazon anytime (that means once they approve it) but it’s already available via the Lulu platform . It’s my favorite of the two paperback formats because it’s in true pocketbook size. Amazon doesn’t give that sizing option.
I’m also working really hard on finishing up the next novella in my Calico Brides series. Mail Order Widow is scheduled to be finished by the end of the month, so I can have it out for Valentine’s Day. Cover art is ready and I’m itching to post it, but I don’t want to do that until I’ve got my blurb and tagline ready to go. I’m still struggling a bit with that.
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.
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!
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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