Thursday, November 30, 2017

The End of The Duke's Sons Series


The Duke Knows Best comes out next Tuesday, December 5. This final book in the Duke’s Sons series follows the story of Randolph, the clerical brother, and his romance with a young lady determined not to marry a clergyman.

Verity Sinclair has grown up surrounded by churchmen, and she wants an adventurer instead. It takes a while for her to see that there are all kinds of adventures.

I was happy to include some Gresham family drama in this last volume. It seemed the duke and duchess hadn’t had enough to do up to now. They are powerful personalities and a pleasure to watch.

Booklist said: "With her usual flair for subtle characterization and polished writing expertly leavened with dry wit, Ashford delivers another superbly crafted addition to her Duke’s Sons series, all of which are required reading for fans of cleverly conceived, smartly written Regency historical romances." I hope you'll give it a try!

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Where Art & Authors Collide...

Writing and books are without doubt my first love and ultimate passion. I love nothing more than hanging around bookstores or visiting famous writer's houses. But a close second for me has to be art.

I’m very lucky to have visited some of the biggest galleries in the world, including the Met in New York City and the Louvre in Paris. A few weeks ago, I went up to London for Halloween. London is an amazing place for many reasons, but one of the best things is that all of its museums are free to enter. So while we waited for our ghost bus tour, we went to the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery (two separate museums next door to each other).

Below are some of the paintings I saw and why they are so special to me.


The Virgin of the rocks by Da Vinci. There are two versions of this and I’m lucky enough to have seen them both. The other is at the Louvre in Paris. This painting makes me very emotional.


The original famous painting of Jane Austen by her sister. This is actually tiny. A lot smaller than I thought. It sits in the Romantics gallery at the National Portrait Gallery.


Lord Byron, the ultimate bad boy of romance. I’ve always loved his poems.


Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein. She wrote the novel as challenge by Lord Byron in Lake Geneva, to write a horror story.


The famous painting of the Bronte sisters by their brother Branwell. I was so thrilled to see the original after being a fan of theirs for so many years.


Emily Bronte. The other famous Bronte painting. I love the gothic appeal of this painting. Here, she looks like a woman capable of conjuring up the dark romance of Wuthering Heights.


We all love Vincent Van Gogh, don’t we? His paintings really move me. They seem to take you on a journey into his beautiful yet muddled mind. To look at them is to dream through his eyes.

What’s your favourite painting?

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Street Teams: What are they? How do I get one?

HI, everyone,
This is a repost from an interview written for another blog dated 4/2015. The info is still good. (It's nice to know some things don't change!)



  1. HOW DID YOU START YOUR STREET TEAM?

I put out a call on my facebook fan page as well as my yahoo fan group. My original intention was to have 50 members, one in each state. Well, I have 50 members and about 45 states represented. A few states have 2 members. I just couldn’t find a fan in the Dakotas, Montana, Minnesota, or New Mexico. *Update--I still don't have anyone in those states. Buler? Buler?)

  1. WHAT IS YOUR STREET TEAM CALLED?

Ashlyn Chase Champions

  1. WHAT DO YOU DO FOR YOUR STREET TEAM?

I send them physical promos to hand out and books to review (if they’re willing.) I hold a contest during promo heavy months on the 10th of that month for a $10 gift card. I also send each member a holiday card and gift each year.

  1. WHAT DOES YOUR STREET TEAM DO FOR YOU?

I ask for tweets, Facebook, and other social media shares when I have something new to promote. Some members review my books and post those reviews on their blogs or review sites. They all hand out my promos and talk up my books. In other words, they are my word of mouth advertising—the best ad there is!   

  1. WHAT ARE THE PROS TO HAVING A STREET TEAM?

Besides (hopefully) increased sales, I like knowing my die-hard fans. I give them a little more personal glimpse into my life and career as well. Some of us have become dear friends.

  1. WHAT ARE THE CONS TO HAVING A STREET TEAM?

Other than the cost of postage, I can’t think of much. I guess there are risks, although I haven’t experienced any (that I know of.) There’s always the chance of piracy with any advanced review copy, or being taken advantage of in other ways. But I can’t imagine why anyone would join a street team if they didn’t want to help the author.

  1. WHAT WAS YOUR MOST SUCCESSFUL STREET TEAM EVENT OR PROMOTION?

It’s hard to say. One of my street teamers has a regular booth at a swap meet and her local Comicon and offers my promos to thousands of attendees. I send her a few extra goodies because I know she’ll have no trouble distributing them!

  1. HOW MUCH TIME OUT OF YOUR DAY DOES IT TAKE TO MANAGE YOUR STREET TEAM?

Very little “management” happens in my life. LOL During release months I post to our secret facebook group, asking for social media shares. I have the whole 50 in a group email list and send out news of a galley available to review or new promos just in. I don’t assume everyone has time to do everything, so the biggest part of my ‘management’ is keeping track of who wants to do what at any given time. And now I have an assistant to help with that! Thank goodness for Dianne!  

  1. HOW HAS YOUR STREET TEAM IMPACTED YOUR SALES?

I wish I knew. The crazy thing about tracking sales is that you try so many things at once, and you never know which paid off. I do ask them what kind of promo they did that month. They usually try different tactics too. So, the answer to your question is: Nobody knows, but it's all good.

  1. FOR AN AUTHOR JUST GETTING STARTED WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE HER/HIM ABOUT STARTING UP A STREET TEAM?

I’d say decide on the number of members you can handle and start small. At some point you may lose one or two who become too busy, but you’ll gain ten times more every time you put out the call for new members. Say you have ‘openings’. I keep a waiting list when I put out the call and get more volunteers than I have openings.That makes it special--for everyone.
Most recent release! Laura's Upcycled Life is my first Indie...And my Champions' promotion was invaluable!
Coming in March from Sourcebooks. Book 1 in a whole new series! The Phoenix Brothers. Available for preorders!

My question: Are you on a Street team? If so, what do you like about it? If not, would you like to be on one.


Monday, November 27, 2017

Next Up? Christmas!

 Picture I took of a nutcracker in the German shop at Disney World, one of the table setting for Christmas last year, and the old rocking horse and decorated tree this year. I'm ready. Are you?


Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

And if you need a little Christmas:

Terry Spear Dreaming of a White Wolf christmas FB cover (6)

Excerpt from Dreaming of a White Wolf Christmas

Owen couldn’t believe his luck. Candice Mayfair was the beautiful white wolf he’d seen that day so long ago. Not that she looked like a wolf right now. He only knew she was the wolf, unequivocally, because he recognized her scent. After the initial shock of seeing an unfamiliar and intriguing Arctic she-wolf, he’d gone after her.
The whole pack had gone on a run that night, but they knew to stay far away from any campsite. He and the other guys had swum across the river to explore a bit. Cameron and his mate had stayed on the other side with the kids. He’d even swum back across the river to find her and discovered her scent had led right to one of the tents. Since she had moved into the tent, he knew she had to be one of their shifter kind. He’d even hung around the next day, waiting to catch a glimpse of her, but there were several women, and he had no idea which one had been her. Two blonds, a couple of brunettes, and a red-haired woman—none of whom looked like the picture he had of Clara Hart, though.
Being a white wolf in summer had made it difficult to blend in, so he’d had to keep well out of sight.
Candice Mayfair was definitely the author of the books on the website, though she didn’t look like the photo her uncle had of her, if she was Clara Hart. She had the same compelling eyes, different color, but they got his attention, grabbed hold, and wouldn’t let go.
He carried her to her couch and set her down, staying close, his hand still on her arm until she seemed to regain her equilibrium.
“The wolf pup was yours,” she accused, jerking her arm away from him.
“Wolf pup?”
“Yeah, wolf pup. Don’t pretend you don’t know about your own wolf pup.”
Then all the pieces began to fall into place. Campers. Campfire. Food. Corey, the wolf pup she had to be referring to, hadn’t just found the food like they’d thought. Candice must not have been a wolf until that night.
“You fed him? Corey? His mom wondered why he smelled of beef jerky that night. We thought he’d found some at the campsite. Don’t tell me…he bit you.”
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Some days you never know what’s going to happen!
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Tangling with a White Wolf―Best Christmas Ever, or Real Trouble?
Romance writer Candice Mayfair never missed a deadline in her life―until an accidental bite from a werewolf puppy turns her into an Arctic wolf shifter. She’s forced to isolate herself in the wilderness to cope with her unpredictable shifting while she works on her deadlines. After all, for Candice, Christmas is just another day.
Enter private investigator Owen Nottingham, a wolf shifter hired to find Candice so she can collect her inheritance. They have a real problem: she must arrive home in human form, and that’s not happening during the full moon. Besides, Owen has a new mission: to convince the pretty she-wolf her best move is to join his pack in time for Christmas…and to prove he’s the only wolf for her.
White Wolf series:
Legend of the White Wolf
Dreaming of a White Wolf Christmas (Book 1)
Flight of the White Wolf (Book 2)
Arctic Wolfs
Dreaming of a White Wolf Christmas
Oct 3, 2017
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Dreaming-White-Christmas-Terry-Spear/dp/1492645176
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Indio: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/dreaming-of-a-white-wolf/9781492645177

Have a great one!!!

Terry
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving from Sourcebooks Casablanca Authors







Happy Thanksgiving! I love, love this time of year. One special treat will be hosting my sister and her two daughters. We've made our plans, which includes a baking day. My sister, Jodi, will make a cherry pie (she's famous for them). I plan to experiment with more Georgian era recipes with the help of my nieces. We're going the old fashioned route and baking our pumpkins (as opposed to using canned stuff for pumpkin desserts). It's a noticeable difference in flavor.

From my family to yours, we wish you a Happy, Wonderful Thanksgiving!      ~Gina Conkle



At Thanksgiving time I often think of my mother's mother, whose house we visited for so many holidays. She always made sure each family member had their favorite food at the feast. Mine was a "salad" made with lime jello, crushed pineapple, and cottage cheese.
I don't know if I could face it now, but I loved it as a child. And it sure seemed a better choice then my brother's green bean casserole with canned mushroom soup and french fried onion topping. Ick!

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Have a joyous, gratitude-filled Thanksgiving.
Jane Ashford




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Thanksgiving is a special time for me. My heart overflows with gratefulness--that I live in this country and enjoy the freedom to celebrate as I wish. Thankful for my family and for good health. For being able to continue to write my stories.

But most of all, I'm thankful for readers. I have the best ones on earth. Without them, I'd have no need to write.

Blessings to all!
Linda Broday



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Thanksgiving means family and now we have a new addition!!  Happy Thanksgiving! Terry Spear

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Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends! I'm Canadian and we already celebrated our Thanksgiving back in October. I took my son and daughter to the pumpkin patch/farm and here are a few of my favorite photos from the day (and a favorite conversation!).

I am grateful for so much this year—my first book, Highland Promise, came out with Sourcebooks, we got a puppy, and my kiddos started Kindergarten!! But the biggest thing I'm grateful for is just them—I'm grateful to be their mom. 💕💕💕
                                        —Alyson McLayne


                                 



Maddie: What kind of bird is that?
Me: A turkey.
Maddie: Just like our turkey that we bought for Thanksgiving!
Me: Um...not exactly.


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I always feel a little guilty about Thanksgiving because I contribute almost nothing except my delightful company. My father-in-law is a great cook and he loves going all out for the holidays, so all I have to do is show up with a bottle of wine and my annual dinner contribution.
Because nothing says Happy Thanksgiving like turkey-shaped butter.

Happy feasting, everyone!
Tamara Morgan

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

PUPPIES!

Although this is technically a book blog, and I’m supposed to be writing about all the glamorous bookish things in my life right now, I’m going to give you a puppy instead. (Sorry not sorry.)


For my birthday a few weeks ago, my husband and daughter decided that the perfect gift would be a wriggling, messy, rambunctious puppy…and they weren’t wrong. Duke is the newest addition to our family, and we couldn’t be happier about him. He’s an Akita/Lab mix, and he’s already assimilated himself into the writer lifestyle by lounging on the couch with me for hours at a time while I work.


He’s also a dog after my own heart because the only thing he wants to do (besides nap) is eat. In fact, he's quickly learned to carry around his bowl and look sad, because nothing is more effective in getting snacks than this face.


Seriously, you guys. He's so hungry. The vet says he's likely to grow to 100+ pounds, so he has some serious growing to do.


My real-life adventures also have a way of popping up in the novels I write, so don't be surprised to read a book soon with a ravenous puppy who wins the heart of everyone he meets. (And for more pictures of puppy adventures, be sure and follow me on Instagram. I'm a super obnoxious puppy parent on there!)

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Tamara Morgan is a contemporary comedy romance author. Ninety-nine percent of her information comes from television, movies, books, and all other pop culture activities that limit the amount of time she has to spend in polite company.

Her long-lived affinity for romance novels survived a B.A. degree in English Literature, after which time she discovered it was much more fun to create stories than analyze the life out of them. She lives with her husband and daughter in the Inland Northwest, where the summers are hot, the winters are cold, and coffee is available on every street corner.


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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

HIGHLAND PROMISE PHOTO SHOOT—Behind the scenes with Jasper by Alyson McLayne

My debut book, Highland Promise, came out recently, and its book birthday was the same day as my puppy Jasper's first birthday! So I thought it would be fun to do several promo pics featuring my birthday boy with my birthday book. Jasper would cooperate and pretend to read and love Highland Promise. 

Right?!!

As you can imagine, it was a long day—hair and make-up, costumes, props, a wee prima puppy tantrum, and a big, exhausted sleep when the shoot was done.

We started out looking at Highland Promise and deciding how best we wanted to feature the book. After a minute of just staring at it, we sighed, wiped up the drool, and decided full frontal would be best…I meant the cover, of course!















Next we delivered Jasper to our hair and make-up peeps, Maddie and Cooper, to make sure he looked snazzy, then we looked at various options for costume, deciding that because Jasper was orally fixated and liked to eat things, simpler would be better.

All was going well until he went all wild-eyed and decided the book smelled delicious. Bad doggy! 




We had to call in hair and make-up for a quick touch up and to get the paper out of his teeth. Luckily, the client (me) had enough books to replace the chewed one and after a quick break to let Jasper loose on the Craft Services table, we kept going.

Finally Jasper's day came to an end and he fell into an exhausted sleep, dreaming of rabbits, Darach MacKenzie, and the yummy glue used in book bindings. 


But my work had just began as I chose the best shots, edited them and added copy. Here's how they turned out:




My mom's book just came out. It's called HIGHLAND PROMISE. You should buy it…before I melt you with my eyes.



My Mom's book just came out. It's called HIGHLAND PROMISE. I know it's exciting, but can you keep it down? I'm trying to read.




My mom's book just came out. It's called HIGHLAND PROMISE. I 💗 it so much. Darach MacKenzie is my new favorite book boyfriend…is that weird?




My mom's book just came out. It's called HIGHLAND PROMISE. Please buy it…I'm low on treats.




My mom's book just came out. It's called HIGHLAND PROMISE. There are dogs in this book. They chase cats. Sooooo good.

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Do you have a favorite photo? Let me know in the comments down below!

To buy Highland Promise and help refill Jasper's treat jar, please click on any one of the following links:

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