Get into some new books this weekend!
Hey there, guys! I hope that you’re having a wonderful weekend so far.
We had a tonne of new subscribers join us this week, so if this is your first email, I hope you enjoy it.
This week, I’ve got two BookFunnel giveaways, one StoryOrigin giveaway, and four books to share with you.
After that, there will be the usual Cruise Control update at the end. This week is the week that it’ll be shorter, guys, I can feel it… 😉
Well, well, well…anyone else missing the outside world and social contact? No? Me, either! Who needs the world when you’ve got books? Shhhhh, I’m totally normal! The point is, there are 116 books to choose from here.
Also, I finally did it…I got a Kindle Unlimited subscription. I was about to buy A Billion Times No and I realised that I keep buying books every week, a lot of which are in KU. So yeah, I went ahead and did that. There’s a month free trial, so I figure that if I don’t read enough KU books in that time, I’ll cancel it.
But, I’m getting off track!
This giveaway has 109 books, they’re all hot. Did I mention my billionaire thing? Because I feel like I should mention my billionaire thing. I should probably just start writing about billionaires instead of rock stars at this point! 😝
There’s a couple of hot billionaire romances in there that I may or may not have downloaded but there are also lots of other sexy romance stories if billionaires aren’t your thing.
I feel like I’ve managed to share this week’s group promotions in such a way that they’re just getting raunchier as they go. Intentional? Maybe. You’d have to ask my sub-conscious.
There are 29 books in this one and…they’re hot. Seriously hot. There’s even a book called…wait, I can’t type that in my newsletter. Let’s just say, it’s very raunchy, there’s also a sequel listed, and I may or may not have gotten them both lol!
How would you react when mega-hot athlete Hayden McPhee ends up asking you to be his private nurse for the night?
A romantic, nursing novella
Kelly loved working as a nurse on the medical-surgical floor. She also had a hard time saying no. When her boss asks her to take on an extra patient, she agrees.
When she pulls back the curtain and finds Hayden McPhee as her patient, she isn’t sure how to react. But when he asks her to be his personal nurse, will she be able to finally say no?
I downloaded this one and read it in one sitting, it’s completely adorable. I also realised that I should be reviewing things I read on Goodreads, so I did that, too. I need to get better at writing reviews. I guess that, too, comes with practice!
An Alpha Cowboy, Curvy Woman Western Romance
“He did not want to offer anything, but she became his everything.”
The rule in one-night-stand is to remain strangers.
I broke the rule and offered my heart and everything to a stranger.
He refused my offer and chose to marry another. Fine.
But, fate refused to let me give up on him.
I had a plan for the sake of my twins.
I will marry a stranger. She only needed to love my daughters.
Then, I met her.
I wanted her to love me and I was desperate to love her.
But, for the sake of my twin daughters, I have to accept that she was not fated to be my wife.
The key would unlock his future and the safety of his kingdom, but he never imagined the sorceress would unlock his heart…
When antiques restorer, Rowena Lindstrom, purchases an armoire containing a hidden key and a “magic” mirror, she believes the handsome warrior prince on the other side has to be some sort of joke.
But she can’t deny they seem connected by more than just the key and, as her love for Prince Caedmon grows, she agrees to join him in his realm. Prophecy intervenes in a way neither of them could have ever expected.
Lost and alone in the Austiere Kingdom, Rowena struggles to find her place, and though she fights the heated advances of the dangerous Prince Caedmon, the attraction between them brings challenges much deeper than her troubled heart can recall.
Boldly, deeply erotic and especially enjoyable.
Claire, a stunning psychiatrist with a doctorate degree in Psychology. Erica, a shy, inexperienced girl, heiress of an immense fortune, who transforms into a passionate seductive woman. Cleo, a fiery, mysterious being who holds a secret and is not who she seems. And Kostas, a business consultant.
All brought together into a game of life, power and love in the merciless world of big enterprises. Ventured in a cosmopolitan island on a luxurious yacht and taking part to a wedding with three brides and a groom!!!
All of the above with an intense permeating eroticism! Described by intense eroticism, passion, twists and intrigues.
Okay, if you’re a new subscriber, settle in…this part of my weekly newsletters generally gets long. It’s where I give you all the latest news and information as to where the Cruise Control series is at.
I’ll see if I can try and make it a little shorter this week for you guys, but I don’t like my chances!
THE ALBUM – ARIANA AND GABRIEL
It has occurred to me, right this second, that there isn’t a lot going on with The Album at the moment. I’m still waiting on the proper reformat so that paperbacks and hardcovers can be sold again. If you want to buy it as an eBook, it’s available here.
Unfortunately, it’s been delayed because the company that does my proof-reading and formatting had a big project to work on and I’ve asked them to put The Album aside because it’s more important that they work on…
THE WEDDING – HEATHER AND HARRISON
…this. I’m spending basically my whole weekend working on the edit, which I’ve had put aside for the last week. I had something of an existential crisis as an author this week. I read that any book over 110,000 words is “too long”, especially for romance. Cue panic meltdown.
The Wedding is 122,000 words long and my editor said my readers “would be better served with a 90,000-word novel than a 122,000-word tome”. Sigh. I’m sorry, guys, I can’t cut that much out of it.
On top of that, nobody that has read it has said anything about it being too long. Six people have rated it on Goodreads, one person who is a friend, and five people who were all just people who read The Album and reviewed it, so I reached out to them to see if they wanted to review the sequel.
The most recent feedback I got was that the person didn’t want it to end! So…I don’t know. She definitely has some top-notch edits in there, but massive cuts just aren’t something that I want to do. I think the benefit of being an indie author is being able to say, “not today!” and keep all the bits I really love, I guess.
Someone did suggest to keep any big cuts that I do so that I can send them out as gifts to you guys here and there. Ooooooh, I am actually making one quite large change. I’ll keep all of that and sometime down the track, you guys can get the “alternate ending” (maybe in the lead up to the release of The Baby?). 😘
In the meantime, this tome of a romance novel can be pre-ordered here.
THE BABY – LITA AND SEBASTIAN
First and foremost, that is just a silly cover I made for now! It has a proper cover coming, I promise. One that fits the theme of the series. The same company that does my proof-reading and formatting do my covers and they’re pretty slammed, as I mentioned. So, my book that isn’t being released until November takes a back seat, that’s for sure!
Right, so…this guy. Where were we? *checks last week’s email* Ah, yes…96,959 words and so very creatively blocked! It currently sits at precisely 110,000 words and now I’m giggling because last week I told you that I’d only added 13,071 words to it in two weeks and this week I’ve added 13,041 words to it. I’m sorely tempted to go and write 30 words on it now, but then it would be 110,030 words and that’s less pretty, anyway.
Basically, yes, I’ve written stuff on it. I got over my crap enough to write some more of it. I did also spend a few hours last weekend writing a one-shot that is 4,576 words long, as well. It will almost certainly never see the light of day because it’s to do with my secret favourite ship in the Cruise Control world, I wrote about it in my blog here if you want to find out more about it.
SEBASTIAN – YA CRUISE CONTROL
Last, but very much not least! I’m kind of actually proud of this cover that I made myself in Canva. I sort of adore it a lot. For a while now, I’ve been toying in my head with the idea of writing a Young Adult novel about Cruise Control when they first met as teenagers. If you’re interested, you can find it here, and it’s totally free to read!
I had thought that I would finish the main series first and then just see if there was any interest in the idea of a YA series. But, I’m me, and apparently now that I’ve started writing and sharing my stories with the world, I can’t stop.
Have I mentioned that it took me almost ten years to write The Album? That is to say that I did NaNoWriMo ten years ago and wrote 50,000 words in a month. Then, I wrote nothing on it for about seven years, until Becky hassled me for the ending. I sat on a completed novel for a couple of years and then sat on an edited novel for another year. Finally, I ended up publishing it with a month turnaround.
Basically, the rewrite was uncalled for and wouldn’t have been necessary if I’d had my crap together! My point is that I think I was scared. I was scared to put my writing out there to be judged. Now that I’ve done it, I know that one-star reviews are painful, but they’re not the end of the world. It just means that your book wasn’t for them, but there are plenty of people who it is for.
I also know that I really, really like people reading my books and what I’m writing. I like escaping into another world and being able to give other people a world to escape to. I also like to think that I’ll get better the more that I write, too. So, that’s why I decided to just go ahead and start writing the YA novel on Wattpad.
For people who don’t know, Wattpad is basically a social media platform entirely for reading and writing stories. I’ve known about it for a while, obviously, but I never got into it because I was still too scared for people to read my stuff. I signed up for it a couple of months ago and didn’t do anything because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to write there.
Wattpad chapters are generally shorter than book chapters, I’m trying to keep mine at 1,500-2,000 words. I’m treating it as a bit of a writing exercise. I’m getting to know Hayden more. I also get the challenge of writing Young Adult, rather than romance. I switched immediately from finishing a chapter of Sebastian to writing some more of The Baby and it’s a fascinating experience.
I’m definitely more in my “comfort zone” when writing the adult stuff, but I like the challenge. Because it’s Young Adult, I have to focus on scaling back the language I use, getting into a different mindset and it’s actually harder and takes me so much longer to write than any of the novels where they’re adults.
So yeah, I started doing that on Wednesday and I’ve written 6 chapters so far. It’s sitting at 9,753 words. I love writing about baby Cruise Control and just seeing where all of their jokes and friendships started. I’m low-key planning to continue this with four books, one for each of the guys and following their journey from meeting through to signing their record deal and preparing to go on their first tour…hmmmm, I wonder what happens then? 🤔🤣
Anyway, as usual, this email has gotten too long and turned into a semi-blog. Off, I go to do some editing…okay, a lot of editing…but probably very little cutting!
Have a great weekend, and stay safe!