Cover Reveal: PLAGUE CULT

Plague Cult – this is the first professionally designed cover I’ve ever commissioned. Isn’t it stunning? Lou Harper of Lou Harper Designs exceeded my high expectations and even higher hopes!

Plague Cult

In a small Texas town a desire for love becomes a curse that unleashes a deadly plague.

Ruth Warner is estranged from her family. She loves them, but her magic makes her an outsider in Bideer, Texas. Ruth has built a new life in New York as a healer at the Collegium.

Sometimes, though, you have to go home.

After the local coroner reports a suspicious death, the Collegium’s Chief Healer orders Ruth to Bideer. There’s a new cult in town, a lonely hearts club, and it’s playing reckless games with a death curse.

But Ruth isn’t going home alone.

Danger is in Shawn Jackson’s blood. He is a Collegium guardian, a mage trained to fight evil. He’s also a man accustomed to keeping secrets. He’s a hollerider, a huntsman; one of those who birthed the legend of the Wild Hunt. When he unleashes his magic, terror rides with him.

He’s also Ruth’s back-up.

As evil stalks an innocent town, the dedicated healer and battle-hardened marine must trust their own hurting hearts to prevent a devastating plague.

Warning: Plague Cult includes a haunted house, an unconventional ghost, and a home renovation romance.

If you love your paranormal romance fast-paced, intense and chilling, Plague Cult is irresistible.

Plague Cult, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, kindle unlimited, plague dystopia, cult romance, cult thriller, cult mystery, Plague Cult is out June 27. It is available for pre-order today!

Mysteries & More

mysteries, kindle,

sky garden, kindle unlimited cozy mystery, london romance,I’m delighted that my romantic suspense novel, Sky Garden, is part of this new 99c promotional event. There are over 60 books at 99c May 13-14.

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I’ve managed to escape the computer for a couple of hours two Fridays in a row! This is an awesome achievement. I’ve been writing and organising marketing for my books like a machine for all of 2016, so I’m glad to be sneaking in a little bit of balance. Why, yes, there is a world outside!

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Looking towards Penguin Island

Yesterday, I was near the coast, so I managed a few minutes at the beach. It was a windy day with the clouds rolling in, but so beautiful.

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Rain coming

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For those of you who signed up to my new Review Team, advanced reader copies should be with you in a week, possibly two, for Plague Cult. (For those interested in reviewing my new releases, please contact me. I need your name, email and preferred digital format for reading; i.e. mobi, pdf or epub).

Plague Cult‘s blurb:

In a small Texas town a desire for love becomes a curse that unleashes a deadly plague.

Ruth Warner is estranged from her family. She loves them, but her magic makes her an outsider in Bideer, Texas. Ruth has built a new life in New York as a healer at the Collegium.

Sometimes, though, you have to go home.

After the local coroner reports a suspicious death, the Collegium’s Chief Healer orders Ruth to Bideer. There’s a new cult in town, a lonely hearts club, and it’s playing reckless games with a death curse.

But Ruth isn’t going home alone.

Danger is in Shawn Jackson’s blood. He is a Collegium guardian, a mage trained to fight evil. He’s also a man accustomed to keeping secrets. He’s a hollerider, a huntsman; one of those who birthed the legend of the Wild Hunt. When he unleashes his magic, terror rides with him.

He’s also Ruth’s back-up.

As evil stalks an innocent town, the dedicated healer and battle-hardened marine must trust their own hurting hearts to prevent a devastating plague.

Warning: “Plague Cult” includes a haunted house, an unconventional ghost, and a home renovation romance.

Plague Cult releases June 27, 2016.

 

I’ve started a Review Team

Here’s the official announcement from Facebook:

I’d just like to add that writing this was HARD! I’m so shy about asking for reviews. I just dread it. What I’m hoping is that I get 20-30 people to sign up and then I can email you all when I have a new release and I’ll know that I’m not annoying you because you signed up! You want my books!

So, please, if you’re interested in reading and reviewing my books, please join the review team. Email me! If you already have my email address, please drop me a note telling me your e-format preference: i.e. mobi, pdf or epub. If you don’t have my email, jenny @ (let’s confuse the spammers) authorjennyschwartz (dot) com should reach me. If you don’t hear from me, then the gremlins ate your email. If you leave a comment, I’ll go chase them 🙂

Thank you.

I’ll go away and hyperventilate for a while. I really dread the whole requesting reviews thing. Thank you a hundred times to everyone who already shares reviews (D, I’m looking at you 🙂 )

PPS  Please don’t feel you have to sign up or ever review. That I’m a review requesting phobic author is my problem 😉

 

“Skyriders” is in Flight! Release Day

SkyridersThe big news! This is the secret group project I haven’t been able to share with you. My Australian steampunk novella “Clockwork Gold” is part of an anthology of steampunk adventurers with big name authors in steampunk: Lindsay Buroker! Shelley Adina! AW Exley! Melanie Karseck! — yes, really! I give you … SKYRIDERS.

Intrigue and airships…

These five novels will take you on soaring adventures set around the globe.

A reckless ship-racer with a shattered past finds herself at the heart of an ancient mystery in Melanie Karsak’s The Star Garden.

In Lindsay Buroker’s Balanced on the Blade’s Edge, the last remaining guardian-sorcerer must enlist the aid of an impulsive colonel to find her bonded soulblade… and must avoid death at that same colonel’s hands.

A young woman inherits priceless artifacts and a world of danger in Nefertiti’s Heart by A. W. Exley.

Shelley Adina’s Lady of Devices will take you to Victorian London, where a young woman loses her place in high society only to find a new path to her future in the underworld.

And in Western Australia, a messenger pilot must navigate a lawless land as well as her own heart in Clockwork Gold by Jenny Schwartz.

These five exciting reads are geared towards adventure and ready to fly!

SKYRIDERS is available on Amazon, iTunes, Kobo & pretty much everywhere ebooks are sold!

It’s the Weekend!

DSC04413 I’d love to be at the beach, today. Cool, clean air. But that’s not going to happen! I have an evil headache from hell. I’m hoping to write a bit more of Plague Cult, which is at such an exciting point, however, I have a premonition this headache will defeat me. It sent me to bed yesterday.

Do you hear violins playing? This is a bit of a self-pitying post. Sorry! The headache feels kind of flu-ey. Muscle aches and pains… I do not want to be sick!

Why doesn’t the universe listen when we say, “too busy, I’ll be sick later”?

This is a big week. Doctor Wolf is out Wednesday. I also have a secret project, a group project, that ought to be out this week — it’s been hard not to mention it, here.

Grrr. It’s only 8am, but I think the computer’s going off. I’ll try another coffee, in case caffeine really is magic, but otherwise I think today is a day given over to the headache gods.

Hope you have a better weekend!

Pricing Policy Change

Going forward, novels in my paranormal romance series, The Collegium, will be priced at $2.99. Earlier in the year I committed to keeping them at 99c throughout 2016. Demon Hunter, the first in the series and a novella, will remain at 99c. New releases will also launch at 99c as an incentive to buy-buy-buy on pre-order and in the first two weeks. However, after that the price has to be dragged up to $2.99. The reason? Amazon.

I just read someone’s analysis of Amazon’s algorithms and while no one outside Amazon can confirm the analysis (and no one inside Amazon will do so) it is compelling. The bit that caught my attention was that Amazon sinks 99c books in its algorithmic searches.

But! you exclaim. I see lots of 99c books in my search results.

Yes. So do I. But looking at the sales data for my books in the context of other people’s sales data and analysis of their book promotion strategies, I can tell you that pricing the series at 99c is seriously hurting its discoverability.

So, because I like to be upfront about these things, that is my reason for reluctantly increasing the price of novels in my Collegium series to $2.99.

Doctor Wolf, paranormal romance, kindle unlimited, Doctor Wolf is currently 99c on pre-order before its April 27 release, and will remain at 99c for a fortnight after it.

Update – I have an internet connection again!

My internet connection has been reliably unreliable for the last few days, but I’m hoping it’s finally fixed. While it’s working, I wanted to share a few things.

Firstly, I have a new Reader Satisfaction Survey for my paranormal romance series, The Collegium. This series is the focus of 2016 for me, so anything I can do to make it better is vital.

Secondly, Plague Cult is on schedule for its June 2016 release. Shawn, the hero, insists on surprising me and everyone, but he will not be allowed to affect the publishing schedule!

Third … I’m organising amazing new covers for The Collegium series, so stay tuned for awesomeness via Lou Harper, soon! The very first cover will be for Plague Cult. I am very excited about this.

Doctor Wolf, paranormal romance, kindle unlimited,Fourth, Doctor Wolf is available as a pre-order ahead of its April 27 release. I don’t know who can resist a werewolf in London romance! And a botanist-werewolf hero? *swoon*

Fifth, I would really like to hit 500 likes on my Facebook author page, so if you’re on Facebook and haven’t “liked” me yet, would you mind? Thanks!!!

And that’s it! I hope you’re well and enjoying Autumn/Spring — it seems it’s hayfever time no matter where we are in the world 🙂 Atishoo! and happy reading 🙂