Friday, September 18, 2020

BOOK COVER FRIDAY! SWEET JAZZ BY URSULA RENÉE



 
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one of New York's Leading Romance Authors.



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SWEET JAZZ
by Ursula Renée

Music brought them together in a world that would keep them apart.

The Big House's "Coloreds Only" policy makes the club popular with Harlem residents. The same policy makes it harder for the owners to find and retain musicians. After four weeks of listening to saxophonists with bigger dreams than talent, the owners are ready to hire the first person who walks in and plays "one good note." Their words come back to haunt them when Randy Jones auditions.

Many of the employees are not thrilled when Randy breaks the color barrier. He does find an ally in Cass, the club's sassy singer, who goes out of her way to welcome him. Offstage, Cass Porter looks like a teenager, but when she sings, she's all woman. Inside, she's been hurt badly and has determined never to love again.

As their relationship develops, life at the club for Randy becomes complicated when he has to fight both Cass's fear of opening her heart and those who want to keep them apart.  


Ursula Renée writes stories that’ll take you back. Visit her at www.ursularenee.com.


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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

WRITING TIP WEDNESDAY WITH BUFFY ANDREWS










Writers see the world differently.
Every voice we hear,
every face we see,
every hand we touch could
become story fabric.
--Buffy Andrews



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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

WRITING TIP WEDNESDAY WITH MARIA VALE




 Visit us every week for a new tip to improve your craft 
and spark your imagination.




If it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.
—Maria Vale



MARIA VALE
Website:  mariavale.com
Twitter:  @mariavaleauthor
Facebook: @MariaValeWrites
Instagram: @mariavelaauthor


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Monday, August 31, 2020

NOTES FROM THE WILD ROSE PRESS INTERVIEW BY JEAN JOACHIM




NOTES ON INTERVIEW WITH
RHONDA PENDERS, PRESIDENT OF THE WILD ROSE PRESS

by Jean Joachim

  
This award-winning small press is international with editors in Canada and the United Kingdom. The Wild Rose Press (TWRP) puts books in ebook and print (for books of 45,000 words or more). They print locally, using print on demand, but not audio, at the moment.

While they’ve had mostly murder mysteries and erotic romance submitted during the pandemic, they also publish women’s fiction, sci fi, historical fiction, historical romance (and not just in the Regency period), sweet romance, romantic comedy, historical comedy, and cozy mysteries, in addition to romance across all genres. They have published a handful of children’s books.

Currently, they do not accept cookbooks, memoirs, inspirational romance. inspirational fiction, or poetry.

How to submit? Electronically. There is a submit page on their website. Submit a query note, synopsis, and the first five pages of your manuscript. You should hear back in 45 days if they want to see more of the manuscript. Then it will take another sixty days to get a reply to that.

If you get a contract and submit a “clean” manuscript, it will take about 6-9 months for your book to be published. If it needs more editing, it can take up to a year.

TWRP does take foreign rights for five years, and they have some books in translation in foreign language.  They do not pay advances, and no agent is necessary. Submit directly to the publisher.

They publish gay and other books by diverse authors across all their lines, instead of having a separate line for each. They do publish series. Their royalty rates are confidential, but are competitive with other publishers. They buy all rights for five years.
Just a personal aside here:  I’ve watched TWRP for the past 10 years. They are one of the few small presses to produce quality books and stick around year after year. Here are a few reasons why they survive while others fold. They have these specialties to create author interest and attract readers:

“One Scoop or Two” – is a series of short stories that involve ice cream! This series was created for summer beach reads. An anthology of all the stories they’ve published in this series is coming out soon.

Wylder Historical Western Series – this is a series created by TWRP. Authors pick one or two characters and write a book about them that’s set in the same town. Once you pick your characters, you’re locked in. This series is very popular. Authors promote each other to boost sales.

Write Advice – they also provide publishing services either as a package or a la carte. You can get editing services, cover design, formatting, all the pieces of the self-publishing puzzle for separate fees, or buy a self-publishing package and they will get it done for you. This is another service that sets them apart from other small presses.

Under “events” on their website, there is a link to the Weekly Free Chat room, where they host chats every Tuesday night at 8:00pm.  The chats range from writing tips to marketing advice.

 They also offer a workshop called, “Where does the story start?” that helps authors begin their books in the right place.

They do not offer promotional services – most authors these days have to take care of that themselves, whether they publish traditionally or self-publish.  ##






Jean Joachim is an award-winning author of contemporary books.  Visit her at www.jeanjoachimbooks.com.


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Friday, August 28, 2020

BOOK COVER FRIDAY! SEASON OF THE WOLF BY MARIA VALE




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Every week we bring you an exciting hot book cover from 

one of New York's Leading Romance Authors.




SEASON OF THE WOLF
by Maria Vale
Sourcebooks Casablanca



The Legend of All Wolves continues.



Maria Vale is the author THE LAST WOLF (An Amazon and Library Journal Best Book of 2018), A WOLF APART (A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2018)  and FOREVER WOLF, (an ALA Booklist and Kirkus Best Book of 2019). For more information, go to MariaVale.com.


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Monday, August 24, 2020

HOT BLOG TOUR! EXCERPT FROM DEVILFISH BY ANNA KENSING




Welcome to RWA/NYC’s HOT BLOG TOUR.
  Thank you for joining us for the past two weeks as we shined the spotlight on “HOT” excerpts from New York’s Leading Romance Authors.  We hope you have enjoyed our selections, and continue to Read Romance. 



DEVILFISH
by Anna Kensing


Instead of stepping back, he touched Declan’s face again, running the tips of his fingers lightly over Declan’s beard. “Soft,” he murmured in a low, lazy voice that hooked deep in Declan’s belly. “I thought so.” 

“Elliot,” Declan started, but Elliot pressed the pad of his index finger against Declan’s lower lip. “Shh,” he said and dragged his thumb across Declan’s lower lip. He cupped Declan’s jaw with his hand, then slid it to tangle in Declan’s hair at the back of his neck. Declan opened his mouth to ask what Elliot was doing but before he got any words out, Elliot bent his head and put his mouth on Declan’s.

His lips were soft, and Declan closed his eyes to enjoy the kiss for just a second. Just two seconds, and he’d push Elliot back and remind him that he didn’t want to be doing this with Declan. But Elliot’s tongue slipped in between Declan’s lips and lightly traced the edges of his teeth. Declan let a soft sigh escape and opened a bit more when Elliot pushed in, sliding his tongue alongside Declan’s. Elliot slid his other hand from Declan’s shoulder up his neck, tilting Declan’s face to a better angle, deepening the kiss and sucking Declan’s tongue into his mouth. He tasted of whiskey, and Declan suddenly felt as drunk as Elliot must be.

Declan lost track of how long they stood there, kissing. Each time he pulled back, Elliot tightened his fingers in Declan’s hair and pulled him closer. #


Anna Kensing writes steamy paranormal historical romances that flirt with taboo. Her characters are often weird, mostly queer, and always get their happily-ever-after. Eventually. When she's not thinking about writing, she's usually thinking about her next tattoo. Visit her at https://www.annakensing.com.

 

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