Demon Hunter is Free!

paranormal romance, demons, magic, romance,

Today is the official release day for my new paranormal romance, Demon Hunter. To celebrate, I’ve made it free (yes, free) for five days – exclusively on Amazon (which is the annoying bit – to get Demon Hunter into Amazon’s lending library, Kindle Unlimited, where it can go on being free for subscribers to read forever, Demon Hunter can only be listed with Amazon – sorry!).

You can bleed and die banishing a demon, but Fay Olwen discovers there are worse hurts. Betrayed by the Collegium and by her father, she must build a new life away from New York. Leopard-shifter Steve Jekyll would have her build it with him. But loyalties are never simple and new love never easy. When demons are unleashed, Fay tracks the evil back to the Collegium, and now all hell will break loose because Fay fights for the innocent, and Steve will protect what is his.

For fans of kick-ass heroines and shifter heroes who are alpha-male and sinfully sexy.

Demon Hunter is a paranormal romance novella.

Get it free, now!

You can read an excerpt or check out the app I created to accompany the book.demon

Book Predictions 2015

2015 predictions, publishing 2015,

Every year I challenge myself to predict the publishing landscape for the year ahead. And every year I’ve been too cosy, too focussed on my own little world, and so, I never get anything right. And yes, you do hear some frustration there.

So let’s go a bit broader. I’ve already discussed lending libraries/book subscription services and how I think Kindle Unlimited will lead to a short story bonanza.  But ebooks have also encouraged a lot of longer length work. The reason being that the cost of printing paper pages is no longer constricting word count. Both short and epic length books will hold a place in the book market. How authors make money at the different lengths is one of the many challenges of 2015.

Jeff Bezos, Mr Amazon, is on record as saying he wants to drive down the price of books. This will make them “more accessible”.

But I’m ignoring Bezos in favour of Amazon’s algorithms. They fascinate me. The thing is, they’re both a tool of discoverability and an assessment of authors’ activities. Yes, the algorithms are skewed to Amazon’s purposes, but they’re also about matching what readers want with what authors supply. If my books are low in the ranking, I’m not supplying what readers want – as much as I want to tantrum that it’s all the algorithms’ fault for “hiding” my books, it’s not.

There’s gold in them thar algorithms and that’s something I intend to exploit in 2015.

However, eggs in one basket is a foolish strategy. FOOLISH. Authors need to go wide. Self-publish with retailers other than Amazon. Submit to traditional publishers and work with them to push your books. Write, write, write so that you have products to sell.

Social media has been a huge distraction for years. Get over it. Yes, I’m a daily user of Facebook and Twitter, but I can tell you, it’s not moving my books. I need to be there so that when readers look, I’m present, but it is definitely not the best use of my time. My advice? Work out early (even before you start writing the book) where its audience hangs out and spend some of your rationed social media time there. Be strategic. It’s not rude, it’s smart; as long as you act with respect and according to the norms of the community you’re joining. Don’t join to use them. Join because you share their love for the sort of book you’re writing and which they read.

When it comes to considering trends in what books will be big in 2015, I’m still convinced that Coastal Romance has potential, especially with its theme of freedom. In fact, I suspect freedom in some form or other will define the key books of 2015. Millennials have expressed society’s general dissatisfaction with the status quo. Stories celebrating defeating or rejecting the system will resonate with many readers. Millennials don’t expect the system to work for them, so stories that show other paths will feed their hope.

In the end, and always, this is why I write: stories of hope keep us all going, build community and sustain our belief that we can change things for the better. Happy writing! Roll on, 2015!

 

 

New Releases & Free Books

steampunk romance, paranormal romance, short stories,In HUGE news, I have two and half new books out. That “half” is not a typo, it’s a short story.  And I want you to know when and where you can pick them up for free. Yep, FREE.All books are Amazon only (so that Amazon puts them in their new lending library,  Kindle Unlimited -Dare- sorry, but I can’t beat the system, so I’m trying to join it)

Nov 2 – 4 Midnight Kiss, a Regency romance short story
http://www.amazon.com/Midnight-Kiss-Jenny-Schwartz-ebook/dp/B00P25BBZG/

Nov 5 – 9 Indulge. Sensual Tales of Steampunk & Fantasy
http://www.amazon.com/Indulge-Sensual-Tales-Steampunk-Fantasy-ebook/dp/B00P1T54H4/

Nov 12 – 16 Dare. Sensual Tales of Fantasy and Suspense
http://www.amazon.com/Dare-Sensual-Tales-Fantasy-Suspense-ebook/dp/B00P1TJ8GW/

Nov 30 – Dec 4 Guarding Christmas, a holiday short story
http://www.amazon.com/Guarding-Christmas-Holiday-Season-Short-ebook/dp/B00OT5INBU/

Don’t worry. I’ll post the dates again as each book goes free Hope you enjoy them!

And look out for “Clockwork Gold” and “Demon Hunter” — more steampunk and paranormal romance — in December!

 

“Hero Duty” Release Day!

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Hero Duty releases today. It may take the various book sites a while to catch up (Australia being half a day ahead of the US), but this is it!

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I want to say a heartfelt thank you to some people who played a big part in getting Hero Duty out and awesome.

First up, my critique partner Eliza Redgold. If I could grant one wish for all authors, it would be to have a crit partner as good as Eliza. Thank you for loving Brodie’s story and making it better.

Escape Publishing and the Harlequin Australia team are amazing. Kate Cuthbert accepted Hero Duty for publication and Lauren McKellar made it shine. Good editors deserve chocolate forever and a day. Danielle Maaitt designed the gorgeous retro-style cover.

Reviewers and fellow readers on Goodreads, BookLikes and Twitter have been supportive, encouraging and more important in my writing journey than they may guess. Thank you!

Finally I want to say thank you to the members of Romance Writers of Australia and of the Australian Romance Readers Association. I consider you all friends because you’re crazy like me: crazy in love with romance!

Reviewers Wanted: Hero Duty releases 1 June

reviewers“Hero Duty” releases 1 June and I’m calling in all favours — even those I haven’t earned! counting on your kindness. Please, if you review contemporary romance, consider adding “Hero Duty” to your reading list. For everyone else, a re-share of the graphic or a mention on your “watch for this book” list would be huge. Having reviews up on release day really helps a book launch, and I’m hoping this romance between an Australian billionaire Cinderella & an ex-soldier brings joy and a lovely couple of hours entertainment to readers.

Review copies are available via Netgalley:
https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/show/id/46472

She can buy anything she wants, except the courage to stand up to her family. That’s where he comes in.

Jessica Trove is a billionaire Cinderella, bullied by her family, and terrified of the responsibilities crashing down on her shoulders. She knows what she needs to do – she just needs to find the courage to do it.

That’s where Brodie Carlton comes in. Jessica is used to buying anything she wants, and what she wants right now is a hero. She’s going to make Brodie Carlton an offer he can’t refuse: be her emotional bodyguard, and she’ll make him rich. The only question is who will guard their hearts?

 

SAMPLE

Two dogs hurled themselves at the wire fence, barking viciously. They were mutts, dangerous mutts with bit white teeth and the bigger of them stood waist-high.

She shrank away, as far from the fence as she could and kept her eyes on the garage at the end of the driveway.

Its two doors were open showing a large, tidy space and a man’s legs sticking out from beneath an old, beat-up, black car. He had to have heard the dogs’ announcement of a stranger’s arrival, but he gave no indication of it. Not even the twitch of a scuffed boot.

The radio played an 80s rock ballad.

Hesitating in the doorway, Jessica heard the man singing along to it. His voice was low and muffled by the car, but it struck her how relaxed he was — and how awful she felt. Rather than raise her voice, knock on the car or tap his boot, she crossed to the radio and switched it off.

There was a thunk, followed by the rattle of a trolley and the man rolled out from under the car.

Shivers slid under Jessica’s skin.

Brodie Carlton. Instantly recognisable from his photograph, even out of uniform. Six-foot two, muscled shoulders covered by blue overalls, brown hair cut short and hazel eyes, frowning up at her.

The dogs had stopped barking, but she still wanted to cut and run. This man was too much challenge.

But if she ran now, she’d never stop. ‘Sergeant Carlton?’

‘I’ve left the army.’ He pushed a boot to the floor and the trolley rattled back under the car. Like sliding a door closed or an escalator descending, he simply shut her out.

‘I know.’ Her simple words hung on the air.

The trolley reversed. He rolled out completely, put aside the wrench he held and stood. At his full height all that power, under perfect control, intimidated her.

Instinctively she stepped back as he stepped forward, but the bench on which the radio sat blocked her retreat. The edge cut into her spine.

He stopped.

Jessica watched, wide-eyed. She was used to men who used their power to intimidate, but Brodie Carlton had seen her distress and respected it, not exploited it. Hope tangled with nervousness, almost choking her. Her voice was thin when she said, ‘I’m Jessica Trove. I’m a friend of Sonia Dwyer.’ She held out her hand.

The frown returned to his face. No, not a frown. His battle face. There was no expression, just steel determination; blocking her out. He glanced at his hand and wiped it down his overalls. ‘I’m dirty, Ms Trove.’

‘I don’t mind dirt.’ It took courage, but she kept her hand out. She looked at his face, not at her hand, which trembled.

Slowly, his fingers closed around hers.

His handshake was firm but gentle. His skin was calloused. He was warm where she was freezing.

She wanted to hold onto his strength, but she hadn’t the right. She released his hand and tucked hers into the back pocket of her jeans. ‘I know what it cost you to help Sonia.’

‘I’m thinking you don’t.’

‘You lost your life in the army.’

‘I quit. They didn’t fire me.’ The gentleness he’d shown her vanished, beaten out by impatience. ‘If you’re here to say “thank you” — ’

‘No, I…I’m here to offer you a job.’

The seam of the back pocket of her jeans ripped, giving way under the pressure of her nervous pulling at the pocket. She forced her hand to still. ‘I need a hero.’

***

Review copies available via Netgalley:
https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/show/id/46472

Australia Day Blog Hop 2014

Australia Day! The holiday that can mean anything you want :)

I’m thoroughly enjoying the OzRomance Blog Hop and everyone’s different experiences of Australia Day. For me, it’s simply a day off. I don’t watch the fireworks (too noisy and the dog needs his paw held through the stress of it anyway) and I don’t think I’ve ever dressed in a flag — though more power to you if you can pull off that look! So the question was, what should I write about?

An Australia Day romance
An Australia Day romance

FOOD!

The answer is always food.

Australians come from so many different countries and we bring with us our food heritages, most importantly, our comfort recipes. So I thought I’d share with you one of my simple to make, but not so good if you’re dieting, recipes.

According to the internet, Blini are buckwheat pancakes. Not in my family. My mum learned from her mum how to make potato pancakes and we call them blini. All measurements are very rough in this recipe.

Peel about five potatoes. Chop them roughly. Put one in a blender along with an egg and blend smooth. Add the rest. (I’ve burned out blender motors doing this — so be warned — but it still beats hand grating the potatoes). Pour the liquid potato into a bowl, add a generous pinch of salt, a couple of heaped spoonfuls of plain flour (you want a solid pancake batter) and stir. Fry spoonfuls over a medium heat until cooked through. I use olive oil for frying. Serve with a VERY generous sprinkling of raw sugar.

I told you the recipe was a danger to diets!

If you’re looking for an Australia Day romance to read while eating your blini, my short story Mistaken Engagement has gotten some wow! reviews.

Happy Australia Day and good luck in the contest below.

 

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