“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 🙂

Plague Cult – Update

paranormal romance, kindle unlimited, urban fantasy, plague cult,Plague Cult is going really well and is on track for its June 27 release. I know I shared the draft blurb on Facebook, but I don’t think I’ve done so here. It’s really rough, but here it is — followed by a snippet.

When magic mixes with a lonely hearts cult, the result could be murder!

Ruth Warner is from a small town in the Texas Hill Country. Years ago she was driven out, blamed by her family for her cousin’s paralysis. If she’s such a powerful healer, why couldn’t she heal him?

But now her home town is ground zero for the Lonely Hearts Plague, and Ruth is back to try and save her family and former friends, and she’s not alone.

Shawn Jackson is a Collegium guardian, a mage trained in combat and sworn to protect the innocent. For all her travel overseas healing the world, you don’t get much more innocent than Ruth, so Shawn’s priority is protecting her.

The danger centres on the Moonlit Hearts Cult that has established itself in the town’s former holiday resort. Investigating it will be difficult, but Ruth and Shawn have the perfect cover. Ruth owns an abandoned house on the edge of town, and Shawn will be her ex-marine friend receiving board and lodging in exchange for renovating it.

Too bad nobody told the resident ghost!

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Shawn took her empty mug from her and put it beside his on the table abandoned by the businessmen. Then he sat back down. “What else do I need to know?”

Ruth sighed. The guardian was smart and controlled, which were great traits in a mission partner, until you wanted to avoid an issue. She guessed he’d detected her reluctance and wanted an explanation of it.

“My family and I aren’t on the best terms.” She kept her response minimal. Strictly a needs-to-know basis. “My brothers and I are fine, but they’re not in town. Mitch is in the army, Kane at college. Coming home means facing a bit of talk. Nothing that will jeopardise our mission. You should ignore anything you hear about me.”

He looked thoughtful. His amazing hazel eyes seemed to darken from alert yellowy-green to a shadowed khaki shade. “Will it cause trouble that I’ll be staying alone in the house with you? Single guy?”

“Oh? Oh no.” She almost laughed. “No. They won’t believe you’re involved with me.”

He didn’t relax and share her humour. If anything, his face set stern, forbidding. “Why not?”

“No reflection on you.” Without thinking, she put a reassuring hand on his knee. “My family sees me as a repressed—well, for lack of a less old-fashioned word—spinster.”

“Are you?”

He didn’t move, but she was suddenly aware of the skin, muscle and bone under her hand. The intense masculine power so near her. “No.” She had to clear her throat. “I’m not repressed.”

“Just haven’t found the right guy?” And suddenly he was the laid-back, teasing guy who’d presented himself in William’s office.

His change, and the swiftness of it—his ability to mask his power—was something to consider, later. For now, Ruth embraced the reduced tension. “Yeah. So far, all the frogs I’ve kissed have been toads.”

He laughed, stood and stretched. “All right. I’ll read the briefing, get a few of my things together, and meet you here at four o’clock.”

She nodded at what had been less question than command. A mission couldn’t have two leaders, and she didn’t see Shawn Jackson following anyone. He seemed a man inclined to take his own path. “Four o’clock in the foyer.”

He sketched a casual salute and loped away.

She stayed seated beneath the tree fern and watched him, and the way others turned to watch his departure. Evidently she’d been away from the Collegium too long. Shawn Jackson had some sort of standing, and she didn’t know what.

Time to find out.

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Plague Cult is out June 27, but enjoy the other Collegium books, now! The adventures (stand alone) begin with Demon Hunter.

 

Doctor Wolf – available for preorder

Doctor Wolf, paranormal romance, kindle unlimited,If you’ve been waiting for Liz’s story (Steve’s sister) then be happy! It’s nearly here. Doctor Wolf is out 27 April, and available for pre-order now.

I’ve tried out three covers and finally settled on this one. I love it the most, even if it doesn’t match the rest of the series.

If you’re curious about the covers for The Collegium series, I’m keeping quiet about the news (cool stuff, but takes a few months to organise), but I have shared it in The Collegium Facebook group.

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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.

werewolf, London, shapeshifter romance, Kindle Unlimited, paranormal romance,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?

Preorder Doctor Wolf