Friday, February 24, 2017

Carole Mortimer - author of 220 books is visiting & I'm thrilled!! #newbook #mgtab


***I'm tremendously pleased to introduce you to my new friend and colleague, Carole Mortimer. She's a fabulous author with a zillion books to her name.
 

Hi Everyone,
 
Spring is definitely on its way because I have snowdrops out in my garden and the daffodils are all about 6” tall!
 
I would like to thank all of you for making 2016 such a successful year. All 9 books in my Regency Unlaced series have reached the Amazon #1 spot, with the books in my Knight Security series all being Amazon #1 & Top100 Bestsellers. I couldn’t have done any of this without all of you. 
 
The pre-order of the 1st book in my brand new series, Regency Sinners, is now available. The book’s title is Wicked Torment (Regency Sinners 1), with a publication date of April 28th. I intend to write eight books in the Regency Sinners series, the heroes linked through friendship and their years spent together in the army. All of the stories in this series will be complete, with a HEA ending, but with a mystery that will continue throughout and conclude in the 8th book. Intrigued? I hope so! 

Today is release day for Tamed by the Earl, the 9th and last book in my Regency Unlaced series. I’m really sorry to say goodbye to the characters in this series, but who knows, maybe a hero or heroine, or even two, will appear in the new series, Regency Sinners?
 
Enticing Ian, the 6th book in my contemporary Knight Security series is also available for pre-order and will be released on March 31st.
 
The stories in my romantic suspense series Regency Sinners, Regency Unlaced, Knight Security, and Alpha, are more explicit in their language and sexual content than my other books. In other words, they’re hot, so you have been warned!
 
Hope the rest of February is good for all of you.

Carole xx
 

Carole Mortimer has written over 220 books in the contemporary and Regency romance genres. She is 2015 Recipient of the prestigious Romance Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award. A USA Today Bestselling Author. Entertainment Weekly Top 10 Romance Author—ever. 2014 Romantic Times Pioneer of Romance. In 2012 Carole was recognized by Queen Elizabeth II for her ‘outstanding service to literature’.

She is very happily married to Peter, they have 6 sons, and live on the beautiful Isle of Man.

 


Newsletter: www.eepurl.com/2rfzz
 




Buy link for Tamed by the Earl (Regency Unlaced 9)


Also available on Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo and Smashwords

 
Pre-order Link for Wicked Torment (Regency Sinners1)


Also available on Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo, and Smashwords

 
Pre-order Link for Enticing Ian (Knight Security 5)


Also available on Barnes & Noble, ibooks, Kobo and Smashwords.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

I love these Giveaways!! #kindlefire #mgtab

 
WOW!!! This is so Cool!
 
The first book in this image is mine.
 
She's so beautiful - my heroine - big sigh!!
 
 
 


 
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plus a brand new Kindle Fire!
 
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 The Grand Prize winner receives a Kindle Fire,
and all participating books.
One runner-up receives all books.
 
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And... to make sure you have a gift today -
here's a free copy of My Cheeky Angel,
the first book of my Angels with Attitude Series.
 
From shy, lonely tomboy to hotshot businesswoman,
baggy jeans to suits and stilettos,
this story follows the journey of Annie Hynes.
She’s faced with one conflict after another
and is forced to cope with life’s challenges.
 

 

Will she eventually accept true love? Or… is she just too timid.
 
 

 



Sunday, February 19, 2017

Cover Reveal-Missing: The Lady Said No by Jacquie Biggar #mystery #ChandlerCounty #mgtab









Today is the official cover day for my upcoming contribution to the Chandler County World

Missing: The Lady Said No!

Description:

There’s something for everyone in Chandler County.
Chandler County is a small county nestled between Lexington and Louisville Kentucky. There are two small towns within Chandler County, Chandlerville and Bourbonville.
Chandler County is 311 square miles with a population of just under 7,000 but it boasts an active government, flourishing businesses, resident’s eager to make their way in the world and an entrepreneurial spirit abounds.

Two Festivals each year are held in Chandler County.

In May the Derby Festival celebrates the many entrepreneurs, horse ranchers and employees who work so hard all year long to make their mark on the Derby, one of the largest horse races in the country.
Visitors come from all over the world to celebrate the Derby Festival with the town’s folk and to escape the overcrowding of the two main cities burgeoning with visitors. With the festival excitement and visitors comes its own set of troubles.
There’s a Derby Hat contest, stick pony head races for the kids and the adults, Shetland pony races, Taste the Derby contest featuring favorite foods from the area, and a fashion show. Mint Juleps are poured with abandon and mayhem seems to follow that. Saturday evening, after the Derby hosts a concert in the park in which a headliner band entertains the crowd.



Derby History:

While credit for the term Triple Crown has often been ascribed to Charles Hatton, a columnist for Daily Racing Form, who started using the term after Gallant Fox won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont in 1930, it really was The Times that began the regular use of Triple Crown
The American classics are the Belmont Stakes (1867), the Preakness Stakes(1873), and the Kentucky Derby (1875), which make up the American Triple Crown. Since the establishment of the British and American Triple Crown series, scores of countries have instituted their own (less prestigious) Triple Crowns of elite races.


Welcome to the Chandler County World!

My story takes place in 1953. My hero, Augustus Grant is fashioned after one of my all-time favorite detectives, Columbo.
Gus has just been called in to investigate the death of a prominent member of the horse racing community. But, when he arrives things get complicated. It turns out, the girl he left behind in order to pursue his career is the prime suspect.





The Race is on to find a Killer in the heart of Kentucky horse country...

Detective Augustus Grant is faced with his most baffling case to date. Well-respected race horse breeder, John Jorgenson, is murdered in his den days before the Kentucky Derby and the list of suspects is growing.
Complicating matters, Gus’ ex-girlfriend is the last person to have seen the victim alive.
Rebecca Hayes owes the Jorgenson family her loyalty. They gave her a new life after a disastrous affair leaves her alone and pregnant.
With all the evidence pointing in Becky’s direction, will Gus do his duty?
Or follow his heart?


Buy Link: Amazon

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Excerpt from Missing: The Lady Said No

April 16, 1953
Augustus Grant drove slowly down the paved drive lined with towering oaks waving gently in the early spring breeze. A split rail fence kept him company, the boards gleaming with a fresh coat of whitewash. In the distance, he could see some fine-looking horses munching on the blue-green grass Kentucky was famous for, not that he was any judge of horseflesh. A couple of foals, their chestnut coats gleaming in the early morning sun, broke away from the herd, kicking and jumping like skittish deer.
He stopped and rolled down his window, sticking his nose in the air to catch a whiff of how the other half lived. Money. He smelled money. If there was one thing the aristocracy knew, it was how to live in style.
Case in point; the mansion had just come into view. A Georgian red brick structure, three stories tall, with four thick white columns supporting the upper balcony, and enough windows to keep a cleaner busy for a year. It was truly awe-inspiring. Much different from his little two-room bungalow in town, that’s for sure.
Gus pulled up behind the sheriff’s car and nodded to the officer guarding the front door. Sheriff Tromley wasn’t going to be happy to see him. He tended to be territorial over his cases, but the chief had insisted, so here he was.
He took his time, gathering the leather briefcase that had been a gift from his ex-wife, his keys, a spare pen, and his trench coat in case the weather turned, rolled up the window and opened the door. Except now his hands were full and he couldn’t get out of the car. It took a few moments, some cringing when he inadvertently hit the horn with his elbow, but Gus finally managed to exit his Buick.
“Need any help, sir?” The young officer glanced doubtfully at the steep staircase leading up to the double entrance doors, then at him as though he were an old man in need of a walker.
Gus straightened his tie, darn near giving himself a shiner with the corner of the briefcase, and shook his head. “I can manage, thank you. Mind telling me where the sheriff is?”
“Out back, sir. Talking to the widow.”
That made sense. It was an established fact that in eighty-eight percent of murder cases, the killer was someone who knew the victim. He waited until the officer pointed which direction he should go, then Gus trudged down the walk, reviewing the case in his head.
Dead male, approximately forty-five years of age, found on the floor in his den with a pair of shears sticking out of his chest. The Jorgenson family were fourth generation horse breeders, and even had a colt who had won two of three legs in the Triple Crown. Gus had heard the horse was making the Jorgenson family more money now as a stud than he had racing. Nice way to retire.
He rounded the corner of the house, avoided the giant rose bush reaching out to grab his clothes, and sought out the elusive sheriff. There he was, on the other side of an Olympic-sized swimming pool, complete with waterfall. A gazebo provided both shelter and privacy from the house, but Gus could see just fine. And what he saw pulled him up short.
The sheriff had his arms wrapped around a woman who barely cleared his chest, her raven locks spilling down the back of her crimson red robe as she tilted her head to gaze into his eyes.
Augustus cleared his throat and the woman jumped, freeing herself from the sheriff’s embrace. Tromley glared across the distance, hands fisted at his sides, while the woman, Gus was sure it was the widow Jorgenson from the description he’d been given, spun away, tightening the belt on her bathrobe. As he neared, she picked up a pack of cigarettes with trembling fingers and lit a smoke. She took a long drag and exhaled, a blue cloud forming a nimbus around her head.
“What are you doing here, Detective?” The sheriff crossed his arms over a barrel chest and scowled.
“Well, sir,” Gus started, then tripped over a step and almost went sprawling. “The, ah, chief asked me to come out and offer a hand. He’s worried what the press is going to do with this one. Mr. Jorgenson is…” The woman let out a soft cry. “I mean was, sorry Ma’am.” He cleared his throat. “Mr. Jorgenson was a prominent member of the Lexington community.”
“We’re aware of John’s standing in the community, Detective Grant,” the sheriff said impatiently. “There’s no need for you to be here. I just finished my interview with Mrs. Jorgenson and will have a report filed by this afternoon. It was clearly an accidental death. These things happen.” He glanced at the widow and his expression softened. “Trudy has been through enough. She found her husband in the den.” His gaze hardened as it returned to Gus. “I’m sure you’ll understand if she needs some space right now to gather herself.”
Gus hesitated, then nodded to the missus. “Sorry for your loss, ma’am. Take all the time you need. Mind if I step inside, maybe have a look at the crime scene? Question your staff?” He ignored the sheriff’s soft curse. “It’s just that it’s the chief’s orders and all. I won’t be long…” He waited while she made eye contact with the sheriff, and when she began to shake her head, he added, “Or I could start with you, ma’am, if you would prefer?”
“Grant,” the sheriff warned.
Mrs. Jorgenson sighed and stubbed out her cigarette on an elegant cut-crystal ashtray in the center of the table. “It seems you’re determined, Detective. Go ahead then, question my staff. But don’t get in their way. They have jobs to do, same as you.” She sank into a deeply piled armchair and crossed slender legs, making no effort to stop the robe from sliding open dangerously high on her thigh. And of course she caught him looking. A feline smile temporarily chased the shadows from her eyes. “Anything else, Detective?”
A cold shower maybe?
Gus cleared his throat and fumbled with his briefcase. “Uh, no, thank you, ma’am. Appreciated.”
He turned and stumbled down the same dang step he’d tripped on earlier. He couldn’t imagine any man voluntarily giving her up, but you never knew what happened behind closed doors. He’d have a quick look-see, talk to a couple staff members, and be on his way. Case closed.
Except—it kind of bothered him. Shouldn’t she be a little more heartbroken at the loss of her husband? Shock triggered different reactions depending on the person, of course, but she’d seemed more worried about the staff getting their jobs done than getting to the truth. And what was going on between her and the sheriff?
He glanced surreptitiously over his shoulder and caught what seemed to be a heated exchange between the widow and the lawman. Obviously, they weren’t strangers. In fact, if he wasn’t mistaken, he’d have to say they had a history. Question was; how recent?




Available April 25, 2017

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Goodie!! Here's another fun place to enter your name and win #prizes #mgtab



February 13 – 20th

Another Valentine’s Special!

Enter to Win 45+ Romantic Suspense Novels 

PLUS a Brand New Kindle Fire!

Are your favorite books to read Romantic Suspense?

I sure as hell love to write 'em!

So… give yourself a treat and enter this contest.

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One runner-up receives all books.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Instafreebie's benefits for the hard-working author! #mgtab @instafreebie




My newest favorite site is called Instafreebie. I was aware of this website’s scheme quite some time ago but didn’t pay too much attention until I realized the ways it could be useful for an author.

Then I signed up and started using them for different scenarios and they worked very well.

First – I set up a book to give the readers a chance to read the first book of my newest series and I advertised this on Twitter, Facebook and my blog. I wanted to bring attention to that collection “Holiday Heartwarmers” because they were holiday books for Christmas and the season was upon us. I noticed the other book’s sales were picking up and best of all, I saw the “pages read” on Select had doubled.

Next – I realized that I could send the link for free copies of my book to my beta readers and they could choose the format they wanted since one of the functions Instafreebie offers is your book in mobi, epub and pdf.

Then – it dawned on me that I could use these freebies in my newsletters. (Okay – I probably heard about it somewhere online, but I did see the genius in this and tried it myself :-))))

You might think that giving away a freebie in your newsletter defeats the purpose of getting new subscribers since they're already subscribed to your newsletter.  But you need to see beyond that. What you really want is to keep your subscribers, and that means an interesting, fun newsletter that has something to offer them.
And that’s where Instafreebie comes in handy.

You can put as many books free as you want and for as long as you want. They give you options so you’re in control of the Giveaway.

They say the best way to find a new reader is by letting them experience one of your books and Instafreebie allows you to do that. I’ve spent a huge amount of money over the years to promote free books so I could get them into the hands of new readers. Instafreebie has a free option so it won’t cost you anything.

Best of all, you don’t have to lock your book in Select to get 5 free days or make a book free on Amazon at all. Instafreebie works well in Giveaways also when you have to gift a number of books; this makes it easy and cost effective.

So, go to the website and look into how simple it is to use. There you’ll see that you can upgrade, and being as nosey as I am, I had to check out how I would benefit from doing so. And I was quite excited at what was offered there.

If you choose to pay the $20 /month, they give you the option of having everyone who signs up for your freebie a chance to add their e-mail address to your Mail Chimp newsletter directly.    

For me, I’m thinking it might be worth the money for a few trial months. The reason it interests me is this: on one of my freebies, I gave away 2,134 copies of a Christmas book. Had I captured even a portion of those readers for my Newsletter it would have been worth the $20.






***Just so you know, these Giveaways and Freebies have been around for some time and are still quite sought after. But we know how overwhelmed the reader can get with so many coming at them at once. When this happens, the popularity will be a thing of the past and we’ll have to move on to the next new craze.




Friday, February 10, 2017

A Special Valentine's Giveaway that's the best one yet!! #100freebooks #mgtab

This is my donation to the Giveaway!!





February is the month for romance!



Valentine is the perfect time to lock yourself inside and turn up the love. Melt that icy cold outside with tales of happy ever after.

And I have the perfect solution...


100 FREE Novels to tempt you!



A Giveaway to end all others!!

Click HERE...




Friday, February 3, 2017

Mail Chimp Newsletter Lists - Clean out the deleters! #mgtab





I’m going to keep this simple because as far as Mail Chimp is concerned, I have a very simple understanding of how it all works. So if I tried to go into too much detail, I wouldn’t only be losing you…heck I’d be lost myself.

Needless to say, I promised I’d share with you all what I’ve been doing about  the different Giveaways I’ve been involved in lately and one of the many consequences from all those giveaways are multiple lists of new subscribers. Now those subscribers are wonderful, don’t get me wrong, I love having them as new fans, receiving my newsletter but there are difficulties that have to be faced.

#1 – I now have a number of lists of people from the various Giveaways. Some are Contemporary Romance readers who signed onto Giveaways formed around that genre. Others are Fantasy, Suspense and even Spicy. So I cannot place them all onto one newsletter list because in many cases, they wouldn’t be interested in the products I’d be promoting and they would unsubscribe.

#2 – Therefore, I’m forced to form categories in my List. Right? Except I’m not too sure how that’s done. So I went to Mail Chimp and researched it only to find my eyes were crossing, drool was forming a pond on my desk and my snores woke me. Finally, I broke down and decided to try watching a u-tube video on how-to use Mail Chimp.  Luckily, there was a new Mail Chimp video for 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OE0k7tuKEa0 that was very clear and easy to follow. (I’ll admit, I had to watch it more than once to really let it sink in J

But it answered my questions. I found out how to combine all those lists and yet keep them in separate groups. The reason you want to do this is because as soon as you combine the lists, Mail Chimp automatically streams out the duplicates. That’s important because many fans join all the Giveaways they can find so it’s possible for you to have the same people on multiple lists.

Remember… you have to pay for your subscribers once you’ve reached 1,500. And then again at 2,000, and each time the price goes up, it jumps radically. So it’s important to keep your lists pared down as much as possible.

#3- Next, I’ll eventually need to send a notice to those fans who’d signed up mainly to win prizes and free books but who have no intention of continuing to open my e-mails nor can hey be bothered to unsubscribe. This means I’m paying for those people who are actually driving down my open rates. I will need to send out forms to them and see if they are truly wanting to get my newsletters or not.  So again… I went to Mail Chimp and found this very simple form. I went to Lists and then on the right where you see Stats, I clicked it open and found sign-up forms.


 

On the “Build it tab” of the Form Builder, you can add or remove form fields, customize text, and add a message to the top of your form.

I wrote a message telling everyone how much I appreciated their support and that I would love to have them re-sign to my newsletter, which would always give them options to win prizes, free books and great sales.

On the “Design it” tab of the Form Builder, you can make your design more exciting with custom colors, fonts, or images.

In this example, you’ll learn how to change the form’s color scheme, and replace the header text with an image.

On the “Translate it” tab of the Form Builder, you can set your default language, turn on auto-translate, customize default form text, or change text direction.

The sign up form has an address Url that showed up automatically that takes the subscriber to your newsletter so if they do sign up, they’ll be added to a new list.  If you send this notice out at least 3 times over a few weeks, you will give everyone a fair chance to open the form and stay with you and at the end of that time, Delete the ones who never signed up.

Good luck with setting up your lists and make a point of trying out some of the many Giveaways available so you can build your list. (I listed some in my last post.)  

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