Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Another harsh lesson learned! #Amazon #Suspense



 
 
Either I’m going crazy, (quite possible) Amazon's rules aren't clear or I didn't read them closely enough, (again - probable).

On Oct. 24th I decided to put my new book, Special Agent Finnegan, on pre-order after I'm made the corrections from my first editor and the proof-reader.  I wanted the release date to be Oct 30th. I knew it still had the content editor to go and my own final read but I had a full manuscript, formatted and almost ready.
So I went ahead and I set the book up. When I did so, it said that I needed to publish a full manuscript ten days before the release date. Oh!! Would they let me go ahead? What the heck, I decided to try and they accepted my release date for 5 days later. Great!

If they would have refused - no biggie! I’d have release it on the actual date of Oct 30th and forgone the pre-orders. But they didn’t.

Quite satisfied with the situation, I went ahead and started promoting the book and meanwhile, got the final draft back from the last editor and of course, she had some structural changes for me to make. None were drastic, but most of her suggestions would tighten the story and make it better.

Then as I tend to do, I read through the last version on my kindle and found the soft spots that stuck out to me. It’s amazing the areas I never noticed before that are so much more visible while reading on the e-reader. I went ahead and made those changes. Plus a few small spelling mistakes that had gotten past everyone else - including me. Finally, yesterday, a full two days before release, I tried to upload the last copy.

No can do!!

Amazon shut off access to the book and is holding it hostage until it’s released. Which means that everyone who ordered the earlier version won’t get the cleanest copy.  My stomach dropped when I realized that this was happening. Did I miss the rule where it said they wouldn’t allow any updates until after the book was released? I went back to check and it did say that one must upload the final version10 days before release day. I took that to mean, not a few chapters or a bogus book but one formatted with the full content, copyright, title page, dedication, etc. If they would have warned me that once I hit the save and publish button I would have no other opportunity to go back in, I would never have submitted.

So my friends, another lesson I have learned through trial and error that I’m passing on to you.

Do not upload a pre-order book on Amazon within 10 days of the release date unless it is the FINAL draft.

BTW, I also uploaded the book on Kobo the same day and I was able to reload the newest version yesterday…. Hummmm!! One might ask - why? Not me though. I just file away this mistake along with the multitude I’ve already committed and rack it up as – another lesson learned!!
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If any of you were some of the ones who ordered the book as a pre-order, please let me know and I'll be sure and send you the latest version.
 
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Friday, October 24, 2014

A COWBOY FOR CHRISTMAS by @TheAnnieJones #tenbrides Santas can come in all male forms - even cowboys!!

 
 


A COWBOY FOR CHRISTMAS




The very first actual major road I traveled in life was Route 66, California to Oklahoma. So it has always held a special place in my heart. When looking for a setting for a Romance series, where better than this place I had always loved?

And being an Oklahoma girl, and an OSU Cowboy to the core, a cowboy as a hero? No brainer. (The decision, not the hero!) Always a soft touch for a kid, and a kid with a pony was even better. Finally we needed a little Christmas and everything was set.

These were the seeds for A Cowboy for Christmas. The most romantic setting, the most romance time of year, how could romance not blossom?

I loved bringing these characters to life and watching them find each other and fall in love despite the odds against them.

This is just one of a fabulous collection of Christmas romances in Ten Christmas Brides. Wonderful Christmas romances from ten amazing authors that will put you in the perfect holiday mood. Don't miss out on this great way to celebrate the season.  




 

 
 
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Military, romance and a Christmas wedding by Usa Today author Helen Scott Taylor #tenbrides @HellenScotttaylo


 

 

 

Ever since I started writing the Army Doctor's Baby Series, books that blend medical, military and romantic storylines, I've had a scenario in mind where the hero and heroine are taken to prison in a war zone.

 


When it came time to write about the Army Pediatrician, Major Blair MacKenzie, who spends his time in dangerous parts of the world treating children in refugee camps, I knew he was the army hero most likely to be taken prisoner.

 

To make life more difficult for him, the woman he loves is taken with him, so he's trying to protect her as well as find a way to escape.

 

But not to fear, I promise you this story ends happily with a Christmas wedding in the Scottish Highlands!

 



USA Today Bestselling author Helen Scott Taylor's first novel, The Magic Knot, won the American Title contest in 2008, was a Golden Heart® finalist, and was chosen as one of Booklist's top ten romances of 2009. Since then, she has published other novels, novellas, and short stories in both the UK and USA.


Helen lives in South West England near Plymouth in Devon between the windswept expanse of Dartmoor and the rocky Atlantic coast. As well as her wonderful long-suffering husband, she shares her home with a Westie and an aristocratic chocolate-shaded-silver-burmilla cat who rules the household with a velvet paw. She believes that deep within everyone there's a little magic.

 

Connect with Helen here.

 




 

 
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

AN ALMOST PERFECT CHRISTMAS by #tenbrides Donna Fasano – A tribute to sad times for real people! @donnafaz

 
 
 
 
When I read this post, I have to admit to tears welling. I, too, have a beautiful friend who lost her young son close to this season and it's a heart-wrenching glimpse of hell for anyone who's had a similar experience. As much as I love her, I couldn't even begin to imagine - didn't want to - still don't. In the same way as Donna's friend has continued to live her life, so has mine. Therefore, I'll think of her as I read this wonderful story.... 
 
 


If you read the reviews that have been left on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads for AN ALMOSTPERFECT CHRISTMAS, you will see that many readers recommend clutching a box of tissues as you read. Why, you might ask, would an author choose to write a sad holiday story? I’m happy to explain.

 

One of my very best friends lost her daughter on May 3, 2003. It was an unimaginably tragic event that no parent should ever have to face. But some do. I won’t describe the hellish grief my friend has experienced and continues to experience; however, if you have a child you love and cherish, well… details of the despair aren’t necessary.

 

I have been there for my friend as much as possible through her years of agony. I cry with her and console her as best I can. I also laugh with her while recalling wonderful memories. My friend will never forget her beloved daughter, and I intend to spend the rest of my live remembering right along with her.

 

Fate has stolen “perfect” from my friend. No event, no matter how special, will ever be perfect for her. There will be no perfect holidays, no perfect outings, no perfect anything. That’s just how it is for parents who have lost a precious child. Even so, I have watched my friend continue to live her life, boldly and courageously. She enjoys each moment as much as she possibly can. She has taken “almost perfect” and created some good times. (A personal note to her: I love you, Karen, and I am so proud to call you my sister-friend.) Surviving tragedy and living life with as much happiness and hope possible is why I wrote AN ALMOST PERFECT CHRISTMAS. 

 
 

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Release Day for Ten Christmas Brides - 99cents of pure romance.


Ten Christmas Brides
by: Ruth Cardello, Nina Bruhns, Donna Fasano, Rebecca York, Helen Scott Taylor, Patrice Wilton, Mona Risk, Annie Jones, Alicia Street, and Mimi Barbour
Genre: Holiday Romance
Release Date: October 21, 2014



Join ten New York Times, USA Today and National best-selling authors to celebrate the holiday season with a boxed set of stories brimming with emotion, holiday spirit and happy ever afters. From sweet to sexy, suspense to small town drama, travel from Belarus to Africa to the snowy Highlands of Scotland as Santa delivers our gift to you--love, laughter and happiness this Christmas!


Recipe for Love
by Ruth Cardello, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

All Madison Andrade wants for Christmas is a place to hide and she finds it in the home of a lusty French chef. Richard D'Argenson's recipes are famous, but they lack one necessary ingredient--love.

Must Love Santa
by Nina Bruhns, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

Detective Nick Palladin just needs to close one last case in Vice--going undercover as Santa--before getting his Christmas transfer to the K-9 Unit. But when a cute little fluffball and the knockout holding her leash stumble into the op and are attacked, Santa and his faithful dog come running to the rescue!

An Almost Perfect Christmas
by Donna Fasano, USA Today bestselling author
Aaron Chase is desperate to give his daughter a perfect Christmas and elicits the help of Pediatric Nurse Christy Cooper to do it. When Aaron's impish eight-year-old talks them into a make-believe wedding, can the magic of Christmas make the vows stick?

Christmas Captive (The Decorah Security Series)
by Rebecca York, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author

How did hard-driving businessman Jordan Campbell end up in a coma? And can nurse Hannah Andrews use her psychic talent to connect with him and trap his would-be killer? As she and Jordan work together, she knows she's putting her own life--and her heart--at risk.

The Army Doctor's Honeymoon Baby (The Army Doctor's Series)
by Helen Scott Taylor, Award-winning and National bestselling author

Army doctor, Blair Mackenzie, secretly loves his childhood friend, Lorna, and protects her in the African refugee camp where they work. Lorna depends on Blair--he's her best friend, the only man she's ever loved. She longs to admit her feelings but a family secret from their past prevents her.

Kiss Me Santa
by Patrice Wilton, National bestselling author

Widowed schoolteacher, Cindy Harris meets Brad Williams--posing as Santa--when she takes her young son to the mall. Imagine her surprise when he shows up as the hot-shot realtor selling her family home. Sparks fly between them. Can the magic of Christmas give them the best gift of all -- love?

An Unusual Christmas
by Mona Risk, Award-winning and National bestselling author

Running away from Christmas celebrations and the demons of her past, Dr. Jillian has dedicated her life to saving third-world children. In Belarus, a baby girl, four little boys, and a handsome doctor may teach her the true meaning of Christmas.

A Cowboy for Christmas
by Annie Jones, Award-winning and National bestselling author

A single mom who has pinned all her hopes on reviving a popular tourist dude ranch gets a Christmas surprise that may change everything when her son asks Santa for a new dad. And that very night a Christmas-skipping cowboy shows up at their door.

The Christmas Honeymoon
by Alicia Street, Award-winning and National bestselling author

Quiet librarian Serena always loved Christmas, until she was jilted before her December wedding. A year later, while trying to rekindle her tarnished holiday spirit, she meets Damien, handsome daredevil--and a total Scrooge. Their unlikely mutual attraction brings on a challenge that leads to one very romantic Christmas.

She's Not You
by Mimi Barbour, National bestselling author

Sick and widowed, running scared from a man who insists she belongs to him, Belle is forced to let the charmer down the hall help out. Not just for her sake, but it's Christmas, she's in trouble and her little girl has decided their sympathetic neighbor is her special hero.




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A book full of delicious cookie recipes to share with the family this Christmas!

In this book you’ll find favorite cookies of the heroes and heroines in the Ten Christmas Brides romance-novel boxed set. Some are the treats our characters remember fondly from their childhoods. Others are the ones they enjoy today—or make to give as gifts. Here you’ll find everything from Almond Crescents, Coffee Pecan Delights, and Swedish Teacake Cookies to Rocks, Butterscotch Brownies and Scottish Shortbread. And each recipe comes with a note explaining how it fits into the author’s story, so you’ll have a little more insight into her characters and plot.

The recipes are the authors' gifts to you this holiday season. Enjoy these special goodies and have a wonderful Christmas. Best wishes from the authors of Ten Christmas Brides!


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Ruth Cardello
Ruth Cardello is a New York Times bestselling author.  She writes fast-paced, fun, sexy romances with hot alpha heroes and the strong women who tame them.  She writes about Billionaires, Cowboys, and she is also getting into some spicier story lines.  She likes to consider what she writes as bathtub reads.  Sheer escapism.
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Nina Bruhns
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Nina Bruhns decided it was time to change careers and pursue her longtime dream of writing when fieldwork in Egyptology became too dangerous. Since then, Nina has achieved international bestsellerdom writing for Berkley, Harlequin and Silhouette, various epublishers, and now as an indie author with Cajun Hot Press. Nina has earned numerous awards for her thirty-plus books to date, including three Daphne du Maurier Awards for Best Overall Mystery-Suspense Book of the Year, three Rita nominations, four RT Bookclub Reviewers Choice Awards, a National Readers Choice Award, five Dorothy Parker Awards of Excellence, and two Golden Hearts.
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Donna Fasano
USA Today Bestselling Author Donna Fasano is the author of over 30 romance and women's fiction titles. Her award-winning books have been described as "emotional," "heartwarming," and "simply wonderful!" Over the course of her 25 year career, she has sold 4 million books worldwide. BigAl from BooksAndPals.com says, "Donna Fasano is a keen observer of human nature and creates characters that ring true to life."
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Rebecca York
New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly best-selling and award-winning author, Rebecca has written over 145 books and novellas. In 2011 she became the dozenth author to receive the Romance Writers of America Centennial Award for having written 100 romantic novels. Her Killing Moon was a launch title for Berkley’s Sensation imprint in June 2003. Five more books in the series have followed.

Rebecca has authored or co-authored over 65 romantic thrillers, many for Harlequin Intrigue’s very popular 43 Light Street series, set in Baltimore, and many with paranormal elements.

Her many awards include two Rita finalist books. She has two Career Achievement awards from Romantic Times: for Series Romantic Suspense and for Series Romantic Mystery. And her Peregrine Connection series won a Lifetime Achievement Award for Romantic Suspense Series.
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Helen Scott Taylor
Award-winning author, Helen Scott Taylor is an award-winne, writes sweet contemporary romance set in the UK and Europe. Her contribution to Ten Christmas Brides is The Army Doctor's Honeymoon Baby, part of her Army Doctor series.
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Patrice Wilton
Patrice Wilton is a National best selling author of more than 20 books. Her best known series include The Candy Bar Series, Serendipity Falls series, and her returning war hero series, A HERO LIES WITHIN, HANDLE WITH CARE and AT FIRST SIGHT.

She lives in West Palm Beach with her retired PGA golf pro husband, and plays tennis and golf when she's not writing fun, sexy romance stories. She loves emails and will answer everyone the same day.
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Mona Risk
From Best Romance Novel of the Year at Preditors & Editors Readers Poll, to Best Contemporary Romance of the Year at READERS FAVORITE with two Gold Medals, and EPPIE award finalist, Mona Risk’s name was posted on Amazon.com in the 100 most Popular Authors in Romance list for several months and she recently received an OUTSTANDING ACHIEVER Award at Affaire de Coeur Magazine.
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Annie Jones
Award winning author Annie Jones loves Romance, Christmas and Route 66 so it seemed natural to combine them in A Cowboy for Christmas. The author of 40 books including romance and women's fiction, she lives in Kentucky with a houseful of family and a head full of ideas for more books.
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Alicia Street
Alicia Street is an award-winning author who often writes in collaboration with her husband, Roy. Her years as a dancer, choreographer and teacher are the inspiration behind her Dance 'n' Luv contemporary romance series. Many of her characters from this series cross over into her Holiday Luv series, which includes her sweet romance novella featured in Ten Christmas Brides.
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Mimi Barbour
Mimi Barbour is an Amazon best-selling author who's sold over 500,000 copies of her books world-wide. Her five romance series: The Vicarage Bench/ time travel at it's best, Angels with Attitudes / angels love romance, Vegas / fast-paced plotting, Elvis / make a song a book and her newest, Undercover FBI / with sizzling conflicts and lots of humor.

Mimi's been heard to say: "I'm an author who loves to read uplifting stories about romance. Add in some time travel, or maybe an angel, or even a little romantic suspense and it makes the story more fascinating because of the incredible possibilities."


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Monday, October 20, 2014

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What's better than a Christmas Wedding? Ten Christmas Weddings!

Join ten New York Times, USA Today and National best-selling authors to celebrate the holiday season with a boxed set of stories brimming with emotion, holiday spirit and happy ever afters. From sweet to sexy, suspense to small town drama, travel from Belarus to Africa to the snowy Highlands of Scotland as Santa delivers our gift to you—love, laughter and happiness this Christmas!
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Recipe for Love by Ruth Cardello, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author.  
All Madison Andrade wants for Christmas is a place to hide and she finds it in the home of a lusty French chef. Richard D’Argenson’s recipes are famous, but they lack one necessary ingredient—love.  Spend a steamy holiday with this unlikely couple and fall in love –Andrade style.

Find Ruth at: http://ruthcardello.com/

Must Love Santa by Nina Bruhns, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. 
Detective Nick Palladin just needs to close one last case in Vice—going undercover as Santa—before getting his Christmas transfer to the K-9 Unit. But when a cute little fluffball and the knockout holding her leash stumble into the op and are attacked, Santa and his faithful dog come running to the rescue!


An Almost Perfect Christmas by Donna Fasano, USA Today bestselling author.
Aaron Chase is desperate to give his daughter a perfect Christmas and elicits the help of Pediatric Nurse Christy Cooper to do it. When Aaron’s impish eight-year-old talks them into a make-believe wedding, can the magic of Christmas make the vows stick?

Find Donna at: www.DonnaFasano.com

Christmas Captive (The Decorah Security Series) by Rebecca York, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author.
How did hard-driving businessman Jordan Campbell end up in a coma? And can nurse Hannah Andrews use her psychic talent to connect with him and trap his would-be killer? As she and Jordan work together, she knows she’s putting her own life---and her heart---at risk.

Find Rebecca at: www.rebeccayork.com

The Army Doctor's Honeymoon Baby (The Army Doctor's Series) by Helen Scott TaylorUSA Today bestselling author.
Blair Mackenzie, secretly loves his childhood friend, Lorna, and protects her in the African refugee camp where they work. Lorna depends on Blair—he's her best friend, the only man she's ever loved. She longs to admit her feelings but a family secret from their past prevents her.


Kiss Me Santa by Patrice Wilton, National bestselling author. 
Widowed school teacher, Cindy Harris meets Brad Williams--posing as Santa--when she takes her young son to the mall. Imagine her surprise when he shows up as the hot-shot realtor selling her family home. Sparks fly between them. Can the magic of Christmas give them the best gift of all -- love?

Find Patrice at: http://patricewilton.com/

An Unusual Christmas by Mona Risk, USA Today bestselling author. 
Running away from Christmas celebrations and the demons of her past, Dr. Jillian has dedicated her life to saving third-world children. In Belarus, a baby girl, four little boys, and a handsome doctor may teach her the true meaning of Christmas.

Find Mona at: www.monarisk.com

A Cowboy for Christmas by Annie Jones
Award-winning and National bestselling author.
A single mom who has pinned all her hopes on reviving a popular tourist dude ranch gets a Christmas surprise that may change everything when her son asks Santa for a new dad. And that very night a Christmas-skipping cowboy shows up at their door. 

Find Annie at: http://theanniejones.com/

The Christmas Honeymoon by Alicia StreetAward-winning and National bestselling author. 
Quiet librarian Serena always loved Christmas, until she was jilted before her December wedding. A year later, while trying to rekindle her tarnished holiday spirit, she meets Damien, handsome daredevil—and a total Scrooge. Their unlikely mutual attraction brings on a challenge that leads to one very romantic Christmas


She’s Not You by Mimi Barbour, National bestselling author. 
Sick and widowed, running scared from a man who insists she belongs to him, Belle is forced to let the charmer down the hall help out. Not just for her sake, but it’s Christmas, she’s in trouble and her little girl has decided their sympathetic neighbor is her special hero.

Find Mimi at: www.mimibarbour.com


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