Cover Reveal – Doctor Wolf

I can’t wait any longer to share the cover for Doctor Wolf, the fourth Collegium series paranormal romance novel. It will be out late April. More details – like a sexy snippet and a pre-order link, soon!

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Liz Jekyll might be the most wanted wolf-were in London—wanted for dating, that is—but she doesn’t take it as a compliment. In fact, it’s a wretched nuisance because Liz has a vital secret to hide. What she needs is a disinterested wolf-were who could pretend to be her boyfriend.

Carson Erving would be very interested in Liz if it weren’t for Gentiana Aeternae. The botanist wolf-were from Alabama has found the legendary Elixir Gentian, and ruthless people will do anything, kill anyone, to get their hands on a plant that can grant an extra hundred years of life.

As danger explodes around them, two very independent wolf-weres will have to do the unthinkable and rely on one another. But when Liz’s secret is revealed, who will die?

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Don’t forget! Dragon Knight is out Feb 27 and available for pre-order now!

Dragon knight Gina Sidhe serves Earth’s only resident dragon, and she’s been issued with a quest. She must return with Lewis Bennett, President of The Collegium (the world’s magical order of peacekeepers), so that he may learn the Deeper Path of Magic from the dragon. A path that has been denied to Gina, and one she desperately wants.

But Lewis isn’t interested. He knows his magic has gone, burned out amid a terrible tragedy. Which makes his current task all the harder. He must restructure and repurpose The Collegium in the wake of a shocking and sly demon attack. He doesn’t have time for Gina’s quest, until she offers him the one thing he can’t have: a hidden route out of his Collegium life.

Because Lewis has his own quest, one secret and lethal, to save the world from a threat no one else believes in.

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Sky Garden Book Tour

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Be sure to check for the new link every day for the next three weeks. Apart from my intelligent and hilarious posts (I exaggerate 😉 ) there’s a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card. Good luck!

January 25 — Talking Books Blog

January 26 — Christine Presents

January 27 — The Reading Addict

January 28 — Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

January 29 — Room With Books

January 29 — Straight From The Library 

February 2 —  Independent Authors

February 3 —  Writers’ Wonderland

February 4 —  Queen of All She Reads

February 5 —  T’s Stuff

February 8 —

Book Events

Sky Garden book tour, Sky Garden, Jenny Schwartz,Next week I begin a three week book tour for Sky Garden, my contemporary London thriller that released late last year. It will include a chance to win a $25 gift voucher, so be sure to check in often. I’ll be posting a link to a new post every day. Thank you to Goddess Fish Promotions for organizing it and to all the bloggers participating. I answered a lot of interview questions for the tour, and some of my answers even surprised me! Other times I wrote posts on some surprising topics. Look out for the 5 things you’d never guess about me post.

dk2Almost as soon as the Sky Garden tour ends, I’ll be gearing up for the release of Dragon Knight on February 27.

Dragon Knight is the third book in The Collegium series, but as always, is easily read as a stand-alone novel. It’s available for pre-order at 99c, and on release will be free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

Dragon knight Gina Sidhe serves Earth’s only resident dragon, and she’s been issued with a quest. She must return with Lewis Bennett, President of The Collegium (the world’s magical order of peacekeepers), so that he may learn the Deeper Path of Magic from the dragon. A path that has been denied to Gina, and one she desperately wants.

But Lewis isn’t interested. He knows his magic has gone, burned out amid a terrible tragedy. Which makes his current task all the harder. He must restructure and repurpose The Collegium in the wake of a shocking and sly demon attack. He doesn’t have time for Gina’s quest, until she offers him the one thing he can’t have: a hidden route out of his Collegium life.

Because Lewis has his own quest, one secret and lethal, to save the world from a threat no one else believes in.

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I’m currently hard at work on Doctor Wolf, the fourth Collegium book. There’ll be a cover reveal and draft blurb soon! Its release is scheduled for late April.

2016 Publishing Predictions

I do this every year. I try to look into the future and guess which way the publishing industry is going to jump. Will the hot books be cosy mysteries or science fiction thrillers? So far, I’ve never been right. Gothic romances in space? So many possibilities.

Dragon Knight, paranormal romance, Kindle Unlimited,This year, I’ve promised myself to focus on my paranormal romance series, The Collegium. Until I have three new books complete for it (I’m including Dragon Knight‘s scheduled February release), I can’t entertain any new book ideas. Basically, I’m betting that paranormal romance series will maintain a solid readership in 2016.

But after that, what should I tackle?

Cosy mysteries as a genre tend to sell steadily, and if you hit a popular vein (like Amanda M Lee did with her snarky witch series) then your books fly out the door.

I suspect themes of surviving against all the odds will continue to resonate with readers. Thrillers tap this. I wasn’t joking when I opened this post with a reference to science fiction thrillers. Science fiction is mainstream (look at the Star Wars franchise).

Will there be another break-out book like Fifty Shades of Grey (which I still haven’t read)? Yes. But I predict it won’t be present-day. I’m going out on a limb, but I think the big break-out book will be a recent historical. By which I mean something set within people’s living memory. We might stretch to the post-war world of the 1950s. But any decade after that is rich with possibilities. Vietnam Vet and a flower child heroine? Wall St banker and a dancer in the 1980s? It’ll be a romance.

But it’s not just the type of books that will rise and fall in popularity in 2016. So, too, will different ways of getting books into readers’ hands. Amazon remains the dominant player in the digital book market, and for the moment, I’m exclusive with Amazon for my self-published books. That may change though if Amazon’s policies and possibilities outside it shift. I’ll be keeping an eye out, but I’m frankly baffled as to how that path-to-publication for digital books will play out. There’s undoubtedly a game changer being developed out there.

One thing I have noticed is that readers who read a lot (that used to be me, but 2015 kicked my butt) are being presented with new ways to save their dollars, even while being coaxed to spend regularly. Amazon’s $10 a month lending library, Kindle Unlimited, is one example of that (and one which includes all my self-published books). Other book subscription services like Scribd and Oyster took a hit this year, so Amazon reigns supreme.

The other new-to-me dollar saving/spending strategy is BookBub‘s new feature where subscribers can bookmark books they’re interested in, and BookBub will alert them when that book is advertised at a discount price at BookBub. Or, to quote BookBub in their recent email to me:

Dear BookBub Reader,

We’ve picked you to be one of our first readers to try Bookmarks, a new feature that enables you to track books you want to read and get notified when they have a BookBub deal.

Thus, readers willing to commit some time to picking up new books, will probably restructure their book-buying habits to take advantage of similar possibilities elsewhere. BookBub is arguably the biggest and best place for advertising book promotions (from the self-published author’s perspective), so the fact that they’re introducing this feature is significant.

As a consequence, in 2016 it remains vital for authors to have a consistent pricing policy that establishes and respects readers’ expectations.

It’s early Tuesday morning as I write this. I need more coffee! If I think of any other predictions, I’ll add them, but for now, this is it. Do you have any publishing/book predictions for 2016? What are your writing/reading plans for the year?

Sky Garden book tour

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Goddess Fish Promotions is organising a book tour for my London contemporary romance, Sky Garden, to run from January 25 to Feb 12, 2016. If you’re a book blogger and interested in being part of it, please click through to Goddess Fish Promotions to sign up. There’s a $25 Amazon gift card up for grabs for readers during the tour — and one for blog hosts — both randomly drawn.

Sign up here.

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On the rooftops of London, you can be anyone.

A year ago, Lanie Briers escaped a serial killer. She grew up in a theatre family and her act was mediumship, but not anymore. Life, now, is a hidden retreat above a quirky Bloomsbury museum, where she waits and watches.

Nick Tawes is an unexpected intrusion. He’s a landscape architect filming a television series on roof gardens, and he intends to build one in Lanie’s aerial territory. He has his own demons, old family troubles, that lure Lanie out of her refuge and into living again.

But as summer progresses and the sky garden grows, Lanie’s enemy is closing in—because some secrets must go to the grave.

Dragon Knight – up for pre-order

Dragon Knight, the third book in the Collegium series, is available for pre-order and releasing in February 2016.

Dragon Knight, paranormal romance, Kindle Unlimited,Dragon knight Gina Sidhe serves Earth’s only resident dragon, and she’s been issued with a quest. She must return with Lewis Bennett, President of The Collegium (the world’s magical order of peacekeepers), so that he may learn the Deeper Path of Magic from the dragon. A path that has been denied to Gina, and one she desperately wants.

But Lewis isn’t interested. He knows his magic has gone, burned out amid a terrible tragedy. Which makes his current task all the harder. He must restructure and repurpose The Collegium in the wake of a shocking and sly demon attack. He doesn’t have time for Gina’s quest, until she offers him the one thing he can’t have: a hidden route out of his Collegium life.

Because Lewis has his own quest, one secret and lethal, to save the world from a threat no one else believes in.

Change of pricing policy.

In 2015 I experimented with different prices for my books since they vary in length from short stories of just over 30 pages, to full length novels of 250+ pages. I also ran a number of free promotions, so by careful attention you could read nearly all of my books for free.

However, in 2016 I’m going to simplify my life, and not add a huge $$ cost to your reading budget.

All of my self-published books remain in Kindle Unlimited. So if you’re a subscriber to Amazon’s lending library, enjoy! Otherwise, I’m lowering their price to the lowest price point Amazon will allow and still let the books continue in Kindle Unlimited; i.e. 99c. Thanks to the weirdness of Amazon’s currency exchange, sometimes they interpret that 99c as a few cents either way of US$1, but I set the price at 99c.

If you’re a reviewer and require review copies, as always contact me with the title you’re interested in and the digital format you prefer.

Current Project: Dragon Knight

I’m writing the third Collegium book as we speak. Dragon Knight is Lewis Bennett’s story — and when you’ve read Djinn Justice I hope you’re as curious as me to discover what that is! He’s so disciplined, I just have to know what it is he’s hiding. So does the heroine, Gina Sidhe. They make a fascinating couple. She’s a dragon knight and house witch. Lewis is the President of the Collegium and a mage who has burned out his magic saving lives. As for the dragon … Morag is interesting and definitely unexpected!

dk2Enjoy the snippet from Chapter 1.

Gina waited as Chad scrutinised her. He’d find nothing to suspect. Her cover was solid. She was a junior member of the Sidhe family, famous for their hotels and their house witchery. She let her magic swirl gently, sending the message that she wasn’t a threat. Her business was mundane. She freelanced as a software consultant. As far as Chad knew, she was simply here, in New York, delivering a message from her great uncle. She hoped that her expression was appropriately faintly bored; that of a woman honouring a family request. Just as this appointment with President Bennet was Lewis Bennett honouring the favour he owed Uncle Asey.

“One moment.” Chad stood and walked to the closed door of the inner office. He knocked, received permission, and opened the door. Holding it for Gina wasn’t politeness. If she tried to attack President Bennett, Chad would be right there.

She walked across the room, conscious of her hips swaying thanks to the high heels she wore and how the cut of her navy-blue suit emphasised her figure, while the colour contrasted dramatically with her fine red-gold hair. Not that she wore her hair down. No, her hair was neatly confined in a chignon. She wanted the guardians to note her attractiveness, but not leap to the conclusion that she was trying to seduce their president.

They just had to believe it was possible.

She reached the doorway. “Thank you.” She walked past Chad and into the office.

Lewis Bennett stood behind his desk and everything in the room faded into the background. Jacket off, tie unknotted, shirt sleeves rolled up, dark blond hair too short to be anything but tidy, Lewis was impressive. Broad shoulders were well-muscled. So were his forearms and chest. His dark brown eyes mesmerised. His mouth was perfect, lips neither thin nor too full, but masculine and stern.

She’d seen his photo, read his history, but nothing had prepared her for the man.

Keep walking. Remember to breathe. Maintaining eye contact was not an issue: she couldn’t wrench her gaze away.