Saturday, November 22, 2014

#MySexySaturday Seven Kisses is $0.99 This Weekend Only!

Hey, I wrote a book! It's a dark romance called Seven Kisses! And if you buy it this weekend at Amazon, it's only $0.99!

I used to have this view that authors who sold their novels for under a buck were seriously undervaluing themselves and their work. Now I realize you just have to. Unless you're Stephen King, this is what you've got to do to build momentum. If you're lucky. Which I usually am... not.

But enough about my failure to thrive. It's My Sexy Saturday and you know what that means: I get to showcase 7 paragraphs from my new book.

This week's theme is Thanksgiving and family and stuff, so I was super-super tempted to feature Adam and Sheree's Family Christmas (because brother/sister incest!) but I think it's enough that Gabrielle, my protagonist in Seven Kisses, is a total daddy's girl. Not in a sex way, despite what Mme de Villeneuve suggests in one scene later in the book.

But let's keep things light for now. Here are the first 7 paragraphs from Seven Kisses:

“Sounds like a fun vacation, Daddy. I’m getting a little jealous.”

“Gabby, I’ve told you a hundred times: you’re more than welcome to come along.”

“Nah, I don’t want to cramp your style.” Holding her phone to her ear, Gabrielle looked both ways before crossing the street. “Anyway, car shows aren’t exactly my thing.”

“Oh, that’s right,” her father said with a chuckle. “Instead, you’ve opted for… what’s it called, a hermit holiday?”

Gabrielle burst out laughing as she jogged across the road. “It’s called a staycation and you know it. You’re so corny, Daddy.”

“Made you smile, though.”

“True.”

...and then things get DARK. But you have to read the book to find out just how dark.

Here's where you can buy a copy of Seven Kisses (brace yourself--it's quite a list):

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PSBSZIU
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00PSBSZIU
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/494684
BN: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/seven-kisses-giselle-renarde/1120805991?ean=2940046266320
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id943930162
All Romance Ebooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-sevenkissesabeautyandthebeastdarkromance-1684014-341.html
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/seven-kisses-a-beauty-and-the-beast-dark-romance
Scribd: https://www.scribd.com/book/247266919/Seven-Kisses-A-Beauty-and-the-Beast-Dark-Romance
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=qJqCBQAAQBAJ
IN PRINT CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/5112345


Thursday, November 20, 2014

#FreeRead Wedding Heat: Friday (Yes, the ENTIRE series one box set!)

Today I'm taking a little break from telling you about my novel Seven Kisses (which comes out tomorrow, by the way!) to let you know you can now grab yourself a merry little copy of Wedding Heat: Friday (the series one box set) absolutely FREE!

The offer is available today and tomorrow only (that's November 20 and 21), so act fast!

This box set contains the first SIX stories in the wedding heat series.

Why am I giving it away such a high-value collection? To celebrate the fact that it's finally available in print!

If you like your books on paper, you can now purchase a copy of Wedding Heat: Friday from https://www.createspace.com/5114507

And if a free ebook is more your style, booya:
US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GFSK83U
UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00GFSK83U
CANADA: http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00GFSK83U
AUSTRALIA: http://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/B00GFSK83U

And to find out more about the series:  http://weddingheat.wordpress.com/stories-in-the-series/

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Okay, You've Waited Long Enough (Pre-order Seven Kisses for #99cents!)

I teased you earlier in the week with an undercover unreveal, where I only showed you the TEXT layer of the cover for my upcoming novel Seven Kisses. Today I'm showing you the whole shebang:

On my Mac, this cover appeared crisp and gorgeous. On this computer, it seems reaaaally dark... which, considering Seven Kisses is a dark romance, I guess I'll say was entirely deliberate. Can't see it at a glance? You've got to look closer. Take your time. Stare at it. I totally meant for that to happen. It's all part of my masterful marketing technique (HA!).

New news: Seven Kisses is now available for pre-order from Amazon for only $0.99. If you want this novel for $0.99, pre-order it NOW because, trust me, this price won't last:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PSBSZIU
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00PSBSZIU

Monday, November 17, 2014

Undercover Unreveal: Seven Kisses

Everybody does a cover reveal when they've got a new book coming out. I'm original. I'm doing an UNDERcover UNreveal for my upcoming dark romance, Seven Kisses.

What does that mean?

It means today I'm only showing you the cover TEXT, not the IMAGE. Instead of an image, I'm just giving you white space. You'll have to wait until Wednesday to see the entire cover, pretty picture and all!

Coming Soon: A Cover Reveal!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

#MySexySaturday The Book Nobody's Ever Going To Buy

I blogged earlier in the week about how a cheating spouse is the taboo nobody wants to face in erotic fiction... and how my semi-autobiographical release "My First Christmas as a Married Man's Mistress" is the ever-unpopular adultery erotica. I wonder how long it'll be on the market before somebody actually buys a copy. Anybody taking bets?

Anyhoo, here are 7 paragraphs from the book nobody buys:
A mistress never plans for the holidays. There’s no one to kiss at the stroke of midnight, that mystical juncture between New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. She’s never treated to dinner on her birthday. Forget Valentine’s, too; utterly out of the question. Her heart is not warmed by fuzzy pyjamas and turkey at Christmas, unless she has friends or family to take her in.

But rarely does a mistress maintain close friendships, and often does she splinter from her family. Families like for their girls to grow into respectable women who marry and spawn. Not vixens. Not thieves. Families have no place of worth allocated to those of us who consort with the husbands of the respectable wives-and-mothers we ought to be. The image held of us as the good little girls, good little women, respectable members of society, is all at once destroyed. Disappointment infuses the gazes cast upon us. We are not what they wished for us to be…

Ah, but this is all becoming a touch too philosophical for my liking. At this rate, I may never begin my tale. And it’s a good one, too. You would be loath to miss it. As you are likely aware, if you are a reader of my work, I am far more interested in sex than philosophy. And that is precisely what this story will contain, as soon as I stop rambling about nonsense.

In fact, this is not just one story, but many stories, many little fictions fastened together by a larger fiction. The key element making this such a fascinating tale is that, while the little fictions are just that—thrilling little stories I wrote one Christmas as a special gift for my lover—the larger fiction is true. It is the tale of my lover’s gift to me, mine to him, and the gift we shared between us.

The aforementioned ‘little stories’ are what we refer to as ‘flash fiction’ in the trade. They are very short, like little flashes. I don’t like to think of them in relation to flashers; that is far too obscene for my taste. Flash fiction is like a splash of sunlight across a grey winter sky. It doesn’t last for long, but it cheers away that sadness we begin to feel as the days become shorter and the dark nights expand, along with our waistlines.

The flash, because of its conservancy of words, leaves a lasting impression on our hearts and minds. On our bodies too, I should hope, since the material flowing from my fountain pen is essentially pornography.

Before I begin my tale—and you see now how I am procrastinating, most likely out of fear that you will judge me harshly for consorting with a married person—I would like to share with you an example of a flash. This was the first in the compilation I mentioned earlier, the gift I gave to my brilliant lover. One always hesitates to give one’s writing to a man one considers brilliant, for fear he will laugh at its innocent stupidity, but it was for this reason my gift had such impact. It was something I created from my body, my heart and my mind, exclusively for him. And now I share it with you.

(...if you buy a copy mwahahahaha...)

Now Available from:
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/492105
All Romance: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-myfirstchristmasasamarriedman039smistress-1671902-149.html
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PGS5U06
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00PGS5U06
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id940112926
BN: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/my-first-christmas-as-a-married-mans-mistress-giselle-renarde/1120728872?ean=2940046315882&itm=1&usri=2940046315882
Scribd: https://www.scribd.com/book/246247770/My-First-Christmas-as-a-Married-Man-s-Mistress

Coming soon to other retailers

Friday, November 14, 2014

Monsters and Shifters and Men IN PRINT!

When you release a new book, it's smart to have the print version available right away. It's stupid to wait a month and then make the paperback available. As you know, I'm fond of doing stupid things, and so Monsters and Shifters and Men, Oh My! is now available in print (fourteen million years after the ebook came out):

Just can’t get enough? Monsters and Shifters and Men, Oh My! is full of spicy paranormal romances!

Inside you’ll find a princess in hiding, a forest full of shapeshifters and a faery with a secret. Curious about that mysterious man at the coffee shop? So are baristas Saada and Toby. Meanwhile, paranormal investigators Geoff and Anna are northward bound to search for the legendary Shadow People. And how will Artemis react when she encounters a cunning incubus who knows what he wants… and takes it?

Monsters and Shifters and Men, Oh My! includes:

Shadow People
The Regular
A Tale of Fur and Flesh
Monstrous Obsession
Secrets of the Solstice Sacrifice

CreateSpace eStore: https://www.createspace.com/5096399


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

My First Christmas as a Married Man's Mistress

You know what's a great idea? Writing an erotic romance about an adulterous relationship.

Just kidding! It's a stupid idea, unless you like throwing your time down the toilet. Nobody buys adultery erotica. I'm not counting hotwife/wife watching stuff, because yes I know that sells like hotcakes. That's what I SHOULD have written if I wanted to sell copies and make money.

But I didn't know that when I started writing back in 2006. I didn't know what the market wanted. I barely knew what the market WAS. I just wrote about what was going on in my life, and at that time my decade-long affair with a married man was spiraling to a close.

I spent a good portion of my adult existence as a married man's mistress, so why wouldn't I write about it? That's what I figured. I had no idea adultery was the new taboo (and not in a good way). I wrote an entire short story collection (Audrey and Lawrence) about that relationship. What a waste of time. For the record, I still love those stories... but that's just me.

"My First Christmas as a Married Man's Mistress" is another adultery-themed book I stupidly wrote. It was first published in 2010 by lyd Alterotica and, at that time, was titled "A Mistress' Christmas." The publisher folded last year, as I've mentioned here before, but I didn't rush right out to republish this one because... what's the point when nobody's gonna buy it?

How's that for a defeatist attitude? That's me. I love my work but I have zero confidence in my ability to sell it.

So that's my marketing spiel. (HA!)

"My First Christmas as a Married Man's Mistress" is available again as an ebook. It's nothing like most erotic romance out there, but you can say that about most of my work. You can count on me to be different. But this one.... this one is super-different:
Giselle knows how hard it is to find a good Christmas gift for a married man. She wants to give him everything, but where would he put it? Sometimes the best place to hide a secret is in plain sight…

“This is not just one story, but many stories, many little fictions fastened together by a larger tale of forbidden love. While the little fictions are just that—thrilling narratives I wrote one Christmas as a special gift for my lover—the larger fiction is true. It is the tale of my lover’s gift to me, mine to him, and the gift we shared between us.”

Originally published as A Mistress’ Christmas, My First Christmas as a Married Man’s Mistress is a strange and dreamy holiday trip through one young woman’s illicit love affair.

Now Available from:
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/492105
All Romance: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-myfirstchristmasasamarriedman039smistress-1671902-149.html
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PGS5U06
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00PGS5U06
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id940112926
BN: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/my-first-christmas-as-a-married-mans-mistress-giselle-renarde/1120728872?ean=2940046315882&itm=1&usri=2940046315882
Scribd: https://www.scribd.com/book/246247770/My-First-Christmas-as-a-Married-Man-s-Mistress

Coming soon to other retailers