Wednesday, July 20, 2016

AT HIS COMMAND: Double Booksellers' Best Award winner!?

I'm honored to announce that AT HIS COMMAND  won BOTH the Best Historical and Best First Book 2016 Booksellers' Best Awards.

And this week a reader wrote, "I started reading 'At His Command' and didn't stop until I was 20% in. Wow, what a wonderful story!!! I was actually angry at the clock for passing so quickly.  I can't wait to return to it but wanted you to know I LOVE it so far!!"

Yet despite such wonderful accolades and praise, and though I've (temporarily?) reduced the price to .99, I'll share that sales have dwindled to a trickle.

How do I keep AHC visible so readers can discover it amidst the 42.986 historical romances in the Kindle store as of this writing?

I follow several online book marketing groups, where the main takeaway is that what works for one author may not work for another. The others are to write more great books--some say it takes at least five or six--and be patient. I've released four medievals in a year and a half, and have a novella coming in September. I have completed manuscripts in other genres, and over a third of the second book in what I hoped would be my Unsung Knights of the Round Table series. Do I finish that or release something else, which may interest more or fewer readers?

And how does an author keep going if she's not just doing it for the joy of writing or saying she's a published...spending time writing, revising, getting books ready for release, promoting current releases and paying for covers, editors, promotion, bookmarks? When is someone being patient and persistent, and when is someone beating her head against a brick wall?

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Another new boxed set: Medieval Hearts

My third book, The Bride Tournament, is now part of the boxed set Medieval Hearts: Four Epic Tales of Romance and PassionIt's on preorder for .99 on Amazon and will be available in Kindle Unlimited when it releases July 12! 

In TBT, The Gone with the Wind love triangle meets The Bachelor in late medieval England. The king wants her to marry the new earl, but she wants to marry her betrothed. So she holds a bride tournament to find the earl a better, more willing bride. Who will win his hand in marriage…and his love?

Also in the set are:
Enthralled by Amazon All-Star Emma Prince

When raiding Northumbria’s holy houses to help his village, Eirik meets Laurel, who stirs him like no other. In an attempt to protect her, he breaks his oath never to claim possession of another person, and claims her as his thrall. But can he claim her heart, or will Laurel fall prey to his enemies’ devious schemes?
Torn between securing her freedom or giving herself to her Viking master, will fate decide for Laurel—and rip them apart forever?

Lady of the Mist by bestseller Elizabeth Rose

Echo, daughter of the infamous pirate, Captain Powell ap Llyr, tries to live up to his expectations of being the son he never had. But when handsome lord Garret is trapped aboard her ship, she can’t let him die at the hands of her father and the crew. Love and honor clash as a nobleman and a pirate fall in love and face the most difficult challenge of their lives.

Knight Storm by Ria Cantrell

Respected as a Healer, Rhianna du Montefort turns a deaf ear to hurtful whispers of “witch” and vows not to marry. Sir Erik Ragnorsen is commanded to marry her, but despite his reputation for honor doesn’t wish to marry a witch. Will love be strong enough to weather the storm that threatens to tear them apart?

Hope you enjoy the set, and, if you're so inclined, leave an honest review.