Friday, January 13, 2017

BOOK COVER FRIDAY! THERE HAS TO BE A REASON BY KATE McMURRAY (new release!)



WELCOME TO BOOK COVER FRIDAYS!
Every week we bring you an exciting hot book cover from 
one of New York's Leading Romance Authors.


And congratulations to Kate on the release of her new book.




THERE HAS TO BE A REASON 
by Kate McMurray
Dreamspun Press


SUMMARY:  Dave is enjoying his junior year at a big New England university, even if none of his relationships have been especially satisfying. He plans to hang around with his best friend Joe and focus on his studies until he graduates, and then he’ll figure out the rest. Meeting Noel changes his plans. Noel is strikingly beautiful and unlike anyone Dave knows. Something about Noel draws Dave to him—an attraction Dave doesn’t feel ready to label. And even if he was, why would Noel be interested in Dave? And what about Joe? He hates Noel and everything he represents, and he might hate Dave if he finds out about Dave’s secret desires. So Dave will have to keep those feelings hidden—along with his relationship with Noel. But Noel has fought too hard for his identity to be Dave’s dirty secret.  Will Dave tell the truth and risk the life he’s always known… or live a lie and risk losing the love of his life?

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Friday, January 6, 2017

BOOK COVER FRIDAY! SOLSTICE MIRACLE BY ALEXIS DARIA (FREE READ!)


WELCOME TO BOOK COVER FRIDAYS!
Every week we bring you an exciting hot book cover from 
one of New York's Leading Romance Authors.


RWA/NYC wishes everyone a Happy 2017 and
Happy Three Kings Day!

 And Thanks to Alexis for providing a Free Read 

of her story on Wattpad. See below.



SOLSTICE MIRACLE
by Alexis Daria




BOOK SUMMARY:  Two people who’ve written off love and magic find a little of both on the longest night.

After inheriting her grandmother’s house in suburban Connecticut, Rina Minkin revives her witchy improv character to help pay for necessary home repairs. When Miguel Alvarez shows up at her front door with two kids in need of a Winter Solstice miracle, even cynical Rina can’t turn them away. And the longer she spends with them, the more she wants them to stick around.

Read the free story by clicking here.



HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Monday, January 2, 2017

CLEAN SLATE BY KATE McMURRAY





I’ve always been a very forward-looking person. I don’t tend to dwell in regret. I’ve certainly made mistakes in my life and tried things that ultimately failed, but I think it doesn’t really serve me well to fret about what happened. It’s better to learn from my mistakes and apply what I learned to the next thing.

We have a lot of annual milestones that, I think, offer us the opportunity to wipe the slate clean. The start of a new school year, for example—last year’s grades no longer count—or January 1.

So here’s a thought exercise for you: what from 2016 can you put behind you?

Did you get a rejection letter? Several? Did your dream agent pass on your manuscript? Were sales lower than you hoped for? Did you miss a deadline? Was there something about your last book that you don’t like? Did one of your publishers close?

Think about anything along those lines. Now put it behind you.

Because 2017 is a new year. Your stumbles and falls in 2016 don’t matter anymore. If you’re trying to hook an editor or agent, maybe do another pass through that manuscript to make sure it shines and send it out again. If something about your last book nags at you, put that energy into making sure your next book is amazing. If you got the rights back to a book—whether by design or not—what can you do with that book now? Find a better publisher for it? Put it out yourself? If your sales were not what you wanted, think about what you can do to improve on them in 2017. How can you find new readers?

Some of that’s easier said than done. We all have personal setbacks as well, ongoing stressors, things we have to deal with daily. But what I like about the New Year is optimism.


Here’s how I’m looking at 2017: I’m thinking about how the short term can help the long term. Maybe working more and writing less now means I’ll have the financial means to write more later. Maybe slowing down to think through the plotting process on my next book means the first draft phase will go faster and more smoothly. Maybe now is the time to experiment a little, to write my crazy idea even if it’s pretty far outside the mainstream romance market, or to try a new sub-genre.

Maybe it’s time to weed out the story ideas I’ve had that won’t work and I won’t finish and focus instead on the ideas that have potential. I keep a folder on my laptop that is mostly fragments of ideas, and lot of these have potential to be great books, but some of them admittedly aren’t any good and could be trashed. That’s another way of looking forward—getting rid of the old, heavy stuff holding you back and looking forward to new projects.

And celebrate your triumphs. If you signed a new contract in 2016, if you put a new book out, if you got a great opportunity or some stellar reviews, take the time to celebrate that. Don’t let yourself get mired in the things that don’t go as well.

Look forward instead of back. Take 2017 as a clean slate, an opportunity to start anew. Celebrate what goes well and move forward when things go poorly. I’m looking forward to 2017 being a great year, and I hope it is for all of you as well. ###


Kate McMurray is an award-winning author of gay romance and an unabashed romance fan. When she’s not writing, she works as a nonfiction editor, dabbles in various crafts, and is maybe a tiny bit obsessed with baseball. She has served as President of Rainbow Romance Writers, the LGBT romance chapter of Romance Writers of America; and as Vice President of RWA/NYC. She lives in Brooklyn, NY. Visit her at www.katemcmurray.com. 


Friday, December 30, 2016

'TIS THE SEASON! INSERT GROOM HERE BY K.M. JACKSON (NEW RELEASE!)


During this holiday season our authors are sharing their 
"Favorite Things."


Here are K.M. Jackson’s Favorite Things:

The holidays are truly the most wonderful time of the year. And for me, my favorite thing is bringing the tree out from the basement and doing the annual what goes where magic slot hunt to get it put up. I also love unveiling the new ornaments that I purchase for my kids every year. The tradition started when they were young and, twins, they are now turning 23 so the tree is getting pretty full. It’s always fun to look back and reminisce over years gone by. (See ornaments below.)

This year is an extra special one as we are celebrating the release of the first book in my Unconventional Brides Series from Kensington Publishing called INSERT GROOM HERE just released on 12/27/16.




INSERT GROOM HERE
Unconventional Brides”
by K.M. Jackson
Kensington Books

SUMMARY:  Eva Ward has won a lavish wedding on the nation’s hottest morning show and can’t wait to kick off her happily-ever-after in style. Too bad her fiancé backs out on-air—and cameraman Aidan Walker makes sure her private meltdown goes viral, down to the last couch-kicking moment. The only way Eva can save face and keep her perfect nuptial plans on track is to star in a new “find-a-groom” reality segment. But finding Mr. Right in one month means ignoring her handsome new producer—none other than Aidan himself—and getting their instant, exasperating attraction out of her system….  Eva soon finds there’s a lot more to Aidan than freewheeling charm. But one glimpse of his caring side can’t make up for off-camera politics, Aidan’s own secrets—or Eva’s fear that they’re too different to ever trust each other. So it’s time for her to flip this script, write twists no one will see coming—and risk her heart to get the real thing…



Happy Reading. Happy New Year.


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HAPPY 2017!








Thursday, December 29, 2016

‘TIS THE SEASON! MY FAVORITE THINGS BY DEL CARMEN



During this holiday season our authors are sharing their
"Favorite Things.”


The opportunity for being naughty and nice!
--Del Carmen



RWA/NYC wishes everyone
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

‘TIS THE SEASON! MY FAVORITE THINGS BY ANNA BIERHAUS


During this holiday season our authors are sharing their
"Favorite Things.”



Surfing in February!
--Anna Bierhaus





RWA/NYC wishes everyone
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

READ ROMANCE