Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Enchanting Knights! New Boxed Set with

I'm excited to announce that My Once & Future Love, which RT Book Reviews calls a "fantastic blend of romance and Arthurian legend," will be part of the boxed set Enchanting Knights: Medieval Romances of Legend and Lore with books by Allie Mackay (aka Sue-Ellen Welfonder), April Holthaus and Elizabeth Rose! The set releases 6/20 and is on preorder now! Available on Amazon for just .99 and free in Kindle Unlimited.

We love the cover! Do you? Here's a bit more information about the books in the set:

If the roguish Bran doesn't change Mindy's mind about him and his bonnie homeland, neither will find peace. But unexpected passion can be the most powerful....
A lady on the run from her scheming uncle aids an imperiled knight. Desire and respect spark as he helps her in return, but secrets, danger and destiny thwart the power of love.
LEGEND OF THE FAE: April Holthaus
Returning home from battle, he stumbles upon a lass who can’t speak. While trying to solve the mystery behind who she is, Galen finds himself falling in love with a lass he knows nothing about.

She’s the Lady of Fire villagers call a witch. He’s the infamous Dragon's Son. Can they work together to destroy the dragon, or their haunting pasts stop them as they realize they really fear themselves?

Friday, June 10, 2016

Welcome! This stop is MY ONCE & FUTURE LOVE (Unsung Knights of the Round Table #1) by Ruth Kaufman, which released May 26th.

Morgan ap Myrddin must rescue his father, Merlin, from imprisonment. But enemies have wounded him, draining his powers. Annora of Amberton flees her castle to seek proof that she’s not a lunatic as her uncle declared when claiming wardship over her so she can reclaim her home and lands.

Morgan stumbles upon Annora’s cottage and enlists her aid. As he helps her in return, respect and undeniable desire spark. But he won’t succumb to the lure of a mortal woman as his father did. She’s wary of caring for a man who won’t discuss his past. When he finally does, she fears he’s the lunatic. Secrets, danger and destiny thwart the power of love.

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~ ENTER TO WIN AN E-BOOK OF AT HIS COMMAND, double finalist in the 2016 Booksellers’ Best Awards:

What’s a lady to do when the king commands her to marry a lord, but she’s falling for the knight sent to protect her from undesirable suitors and is a scribe for the king’s rival for the throne? Could she defy her king for love?

Q: What’s your favorite historical setting and why?
A: Leave your answer in the comments!

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NEXT STOP: @Tammy Andresen 

Thank you for participating in our blog hop! Winners will be drawn Monday, June 13, and announced on each post. ‪#‎NewReleaseHop‬‬  

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Friday, June 03, 2016

What are you and your books worth?

In addition to being an author and writer, I'm a voiceover and on-camera talent.

When I book acting jobs through a talent agent, rates for the shoot and usage (national TV, internet, internal only, etc.) are already set. If I think they're too low, I decline the audition. For example: a radio commercial for a hospital in perpetuity (unlimited time period) for $500. That might seem like a lot to a beginner, but I could have conflicts trouble down the road when the next hospital doesn't want to hire someone who already has hospital spots running.

If I book a gig myself, I set the rates with the client. When I self-publish, I set the prices for my print and e-books after taking prices I see for other books in my genres and Amazon's suggestions into account.

Yet there's often pressure to discount or lower rates or prices I set for acting work or books. Questions abound.

Acting: The client may have what I think is a very low budget or say they can find someone do to the project for less. Do I meet their rate to get the job, or wait until I find a client willing to pay the rates I've researched and think are fair for my skills, expertise and experience? If a client sends me a large quantity of work, do I offer a volume discount? Is there value in meeting/working with new clients at a lower rate, hoping for more projects in the future?

Books: There are dozens of discount/free book e-newsletters. To even get a spot in one, I have to pay and/or meet certain criteria. The cream of the crop, BookBub, cost $390 to advertise my first book for free in the US, UK, and Canada.

Will the ad earn out in terms of sales? Now that I have four novels available, do I make the first free to encourage readers to read it, and hope they'll pay for the others? Do I stay in Kindle Unlimited, for which readers pay a monthly fee and I get paid when readers read my books...usually around .005 cents per page? Do I do more boxed sets, which often have 4 books for .99...but since all 4 authors share in the marketing and promotion I'll probably sell more copies than I can on my own? How many giveaways do I do via blog hops, Facebook parties and online promotions?

At the moment, my first book, AT HIS COMMAND (a double Booksellers' Best Award finalist in Best Historical and Best First Book) is on sale from $2.99 to .99. How much time and money do I spend to promote that?

Often, the only way to know is to try something and see if it works. If not, try something else.