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Posted on Mar 8, 2012, 6:36:17 AM PST
Thought I'd drop in and say hi again. I've just finished writing the first draft of my third novel and my second is almost ready to publish now. It's exciting to get some more out there. The second is another clean historical adventure romance and my third is my attempt at a new genre. I thought I'd try sci-fi but as with all my work a romance snuck itself in there as well.

How do you guys balance promoting several books at once? Just focus on the newer ones or a bit of all of them?

With Proud Humility

Posted on Mar 8, 2012, 6:55:18 AM PST
Hi everyone,
Sally Wister was a real person. In September 1777, she fled Philadelphia as the British occupying army marched in. At her aunt's house she met Major William "John" Stoddert, a handsome, wealthy, and charming plantation owner from Maryland. They fall in love despite a huge obstacle: can an Abolishionist Quaker and a slave holder fall in love? Based upon her real war-time journal, this clean romance is full of authentic, historic details.
Sally Wister's Journal
Jennie Hodgers was also a real person. She dressed as a man and fought for the Union during the Civil War. Jennie fell in love with a fellow soldier in her regiment.
My Last Skirt: The Story of Jennie Hodgers, Union Soldier Is a clean romance with a starred review from Kirkus.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 8, 2012, 7:03:41 AM PST
Hi Book Mama,
Definitely show the funeral from the main character's point of view. Does the funeral soothe his/her grief? If so, how? Or, is your main character so in shock it barely registers? I have a funeral scene in Joshua's Fire that barely skims the surface of the main character's consciousness because of her shock and grief.

Posted on Mar 9, 2012, 4:02:14 PM PST
Last edited by the author on May 4, 2012, 7:48:07 AM PDT
Hi! Thanks for the opportunity to post.

THE CURSE - Hopefully, you'll want to curl up in your favorite chair and treat yourself to a year in Karla's world.

An insightful book about forbidden first love, living with bipolar, and dealing with prejudice, this novel derives its title from Karla's struggles with manic depression now renamed bipolar. In this approximately 72,500 word novel, sixteen-year-old Karla Stevens struggles with fearful dreams, first love, and Christian faith. She has always detested prejudice in others, but discovers a family secret that teaches her that she is also prejudiced. If you like realistic fiction, you should enjoy this story with its 1963 setting. I experienced most of the dreams, the visits from the unseen world, and the voices that wanted me dead. While that is true, the plot is totally fictitious. Kindle price $2.99.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2012, 6:19:21 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 9, 2012, 6:19:53 PM PST
"The wind-goddess sent me a dream of your death. I came to save you."
So begins an adventure brimming with love and warmth. Emily saves Stefan's life, but it is only the beginning.

First Love (Dark Visions Book 1)

Dark Visions: First Love
$3.99 on Kindle

(Review that talks about content)
The story told by the author is in a word lovely, containing great description, and a good storyline this is one to read. I really felt like I understood the characters and liked the developing romance, especially the twists that followed. With some great magic, no sexual scenes and crude language, I feel this would be a great young adult romance.

Posted on Mar 12, 2012, 8:51:46 AM PDT
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Posted on Mar 12, 2012, 10:50:18 AM PDT
Biker Babs says:
FREE today only!
Running Home (Second Chances) Christian romantic suspense

Posted on Mar 12, 2012, 12:06:34 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 12, 2012, 12:07:49 PM PDT
D.D. Chant says:
Hi Marti!

I'm DeeDee and my story is called 'The Promise' and is set in saxon England. It is the first book in `The Lady Quill Chronicles', a series that tells how one battle changes the lives of 5 foster brothers. This book is the story of Rafe and Adele and the promise that binds them together.....

Dear Reader,
I wish to tell you a tale that began with a promise destined to change the lives of many.
When only a child, Lady Adele of Berron lost her family during a dreadful battle and was betrothed to a stranger.
Lord Rafe of Valrek, only a boy himself when the battle of Calis raged, grew to be a feared warrior and trusted advisor to his King. But sadness filled his past and Adele served only to remind him of all he had lost.
However the promise that bound these two together caused great anger to some.
What, Dear Reader, happened in those days of treachery and darkness? Incline your ear that I may whisper the secrets that you so desire to hear......

Lady Quill

It is suitable for all!

The Promise (The Lady Quill Chronicles)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2012, 1:21:50 PM PDT
ANN SELF says:
Romantic mystery/thriller series with a clean, long-term love story. The stone mansion on Springhill Estate in New England has a haunting aura, a whisper of supernatural; possibly because the building hides a stunning connection to history. A mile out on the two-thousand acre estate, a massive gothic barn is a catacomb of hiding places-haylofts, storage spaces, and just plain empty rooms up in the nosebleed heights. Someone lurks in the overhead shadows, spying, calculating and nursing a severe hatred. Maybe one of the wealthy elite, boarding and training their pricey showhorses, or maybe one of the fancy coaches, or just a working stiff caring for the horses and cleaning stalls.

A hurricane roaring up the coast makes the barn atmosphere even more isolated and claustrophobic. A devious trap claims a life, but not the person it was specially constructed to snare. The homicide brings Massachusetts Sate Police detectives Westerlund and Russell onto the scene to sort through the characters on Springhill Estate and root out a malevolent killer. The intended victim, Jane Husted, now has to live life looking over her shoulder, and tries to get in tune with a sixth-sense she didn't know she had. ESP was not something she needed or believed in, but now it could help to stay a step ahead of evil. To complicate matters, she gets tangled up with a man from her past, in a genuine love story that has to be relegated to the backburner as she fights to keep her career as a trainer and show-rider and stay alive at the same time, not to mention deal with an approaching hurricane.

SOMETHING MOST DEADLY , SOMETHING VERY GHOSTLY , and SOMETHING MOST EVIL . Over 100,000 words each book. Mild language, no forensic gore.

Posted on Mar 14, 2012, 6:24:34 AM PDT
Corlea says:
Free today, always free for Amazon Prime, and regular price is ninety nine cents. :)

Misery Saves the Night

In a world divided by humans and humans with supernatural abilities a girl seemingly falls out of the sky one night into a country stuck in the same routine for four decades. This young girl shakes up the country of Disten by being the first supernatural ability human in their land to not have been born there... And by killing an entire squad of their government's, the Nation Security of Super Humans, or the NSSH for short, best soldiers while in a power induced trance. Waking up in a hospital the following day, she is strapped to a hospital bed with no memory of her life before that moment. From that moment on, she fights for her freedom while trying to recover her past. Her quest takes her half way across the world where she tries to find peace only to have her past come back for her, literally. Struggling between what her heart wants and what she needs to do, young Recarie will decide to peacefully live a new life or fight for those who won't fight for themselves.

Posted on Mar 26, 2012, 7:05:35 AM PDT
SorrowHeart says:

by the author of "Possum Dance" and "Lies the Heart Tells"

As Sun on Snow by Maddie Broome

Contemporary Romance / Clean Romance -- 70,000 words

Heat level = kisses. No bad language.


There are all kinds of magic in the world. But none are more powerful than the magic of love.

In need of healing after a bitter divorce, Tessa Alexander travels to Maine with her young daughter, Caili. Their destination -- an isolated mountain cabin. There Tessa hopes to relax and rebuild their shattered family. Then a series of mysterious events warns they aren't alone on their mountain refuge.

Michael Redpath has gotten used to being alone on his mountain, and he likes it that way just fine. Nonetheless, he can't help feeling drawn to Tessa - and to Caili, who believes in all things magical.

What follows is a journey of discovery as all three learn the true meaning of magic - and of love.

Posted on Mar 26, 2012, 1:58:16 PM PDT
Anyone else's devices acting slow today? It's taken forever for titles to show up on my device. Seriously. It seems to want to download about 1 title at a time. And then nothing, and I have to tell it to sync and check for available titles again. Then we go through the whole process once again. It's taking FOR-EV-ER! Is this just today, dumb luck, or because my device has less than 500 MB free?

By the way, Sorrowheart, your stories sound great! I sampled the new one and bought another one. :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 27, 2012, 5:42:34 AM PDT
SorrowHeart says:
<<By the way, Sorrowheart, your stories sound great! I sampled the new one and bought another one.>>

Book Mama -- Hope you enjoy it!

Posted on Mar 27, 2012, 2:03:52 PM PDT
A couple months ago I asked for suggestions and advice on writing a funeral chapter for my book. I wanted to thank everyone who responded with your great ideas, and to let you know that I (finally) finished it last week!

I was in Indianapolis for a month and a half attending some anti-human trafficking training with our mission and really thought I'd have a lot of time to write, as the training was only 3 days a week for several weeks. Wrong! The last thing I wanted to do after spending 3 days a week submerged in that heavy topic was write a funeral chapter. So, due to some circumstances that separated our family for two weeks (they had to remain in Indiana with a broken down vehicle, I had to fly home for some meetings), I had 2 weeks by myself, during which time I got quite a bit of writing done. :-)

I'm very thankful that I'm finally through that chapter. I decided not to include the funeral details, but to have some of them pop up as my main character thought back to the day and her husband's funeral service. I don't remember who made this particular suggestion, but I think it definitely worked well for the flow of the story. Thanks again!

Posted on Mar 27, 2012, 3:10:25 PM PDT
Jean says:
Book Mama, sorry to hear your time away wasn't as productive as you'd hoped. And you're right, the issue of human trafficking is anything but "light," and it can take a lot out of a person. Kudos to you for your dedication to such a good cause! :-) And I'm glad you finished the chapter you were working on. Sometimes I feel like I'm not getting anywhere at all in my current WIP (work in progress), and then I'll get on a roll and write more than I expected. Some scenes or storylines just come easier than others I guess. In any case, I'm glad you're back and I hope you're back in a comfortable, sustainable routine. Or soon will be, at least. ;-p

Posted on Mar 29, 2012, 7:03:36 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 29, 2012, 7:03:50 AM PDT
Anti trafficking stuff can be really intense, going through all the research on it at the moment as I've been getting involved with a few charities over here too, I'm hoping to write a novel on it but I've got a lot of planning etc ahead and I'm going to try and schedule writing it around fun events to lift me back up again from such a difficult topic.

On a happier note today I would like to recommend the hiring out of the illustrious (and quite attractive) Captain Hayes and his ship full of sword-fighting misscreants. They do kidnappings, rescuing's of damsels in distress, treasure hunting, ship to ship combat, sword-fighting (obviously), pirate locating and dispatching, and they are quite a lot of fun at parties. They take payment in doubloons, pieces of eight, other shiny things, and failing that rum! For references on the abilities of said Captain and crew see the story of Marie Woodell penned down in With Proud Humility, only 99 cents currently.


Posted on Apr 25, 2012, 11:20:59 AM PDT
Biker Babs says:
Wow, this forum needs a push to the top!

So hope you will check out the review of my Christian romantic suspense novel, Running Home (Second Chances) on "Clean Romance Reviews" today! http://www.cleanromancereviews.com/2012/04/running-home.html

Also, my book Entangled (A Fredrickson Winery Novel) is now FREE for kindle. It is a mystery/suspense with a sideline of romance:)


In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2012, 11:34:57 AM PDT
Lisa Shea says:
Dear Barbara -

Absolutely your books are still on my list of things to get to. I am SO behind with my full class load for my bachelor's degree and everything else. I promise soon I'll get to that. I'll wait to pay for it, to help you out.

I now have seven of my medieval novels live on the Kindle and on CreateSpace. All of them are free of explicit sex. They are all standalone so they can be read in any order. All proceeds benefit battered women's shelters. All are 99 cents.

Here's the latest one -

Badge of Honor - A Medieval Romance


Lisa Shea

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2012, 1:37:13 PM PDT
The Legend in the Cloud

An emotional and inspirational rollecoaster ride. A young college girl finds her life turned upside down by an island romance. A message of taking the good with the bad. I put humor in to try and break up the tears. At least, I cried writing it.

$1.99 on the Kindle

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2012, 7:12:42 AM PDT
Biker Babs says:
Wow you have been busy! That is hard work taking a full load of classes with everything else. Good luck with that. I will definitely check out your new books. Take care,
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Posted on Apr 26, 2012, 7:17:10 AM PDT
AK Dawson says:
Poison Oak Summer is primarily a murder mystery, but it has a strong element of romance. Oh, and a few sprinkles of the supernatural.

Eighteen-year-old Lucy came to California to have fun. But within hours of arriving at the summer camp where she is supposed to work, she discovers the body of a boy floating in a nearby river. At least that's what she thinks she sees. The body disappears down a waterfall and no-one will believe her that it existed in the first place - not even the police. Lucy decides to find out the truth for herself. Along the way, she discovers that life is stranger than she thought possible and death stranger still.

Praise for AK Dawson's previous novel, MiG-23 Broke my Heart: "Simply amazing. This book misled the hell out of me...The author is subtle enough to allow the story to flow while just under the surface of the tale tragedy, awareness, hopelessness and hope are surrounding you. Many social, ethical and political issues are tackled effortlessly in this story. Racism, brutality, loyalty, corruption, youth, love and naiveté. I was engrossed from page one and am entirely grateful for the experience." - novelopinion.org (5/5 stars)

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012, 3:52:27 PM PDT
Lisa Shea says:
My class workload is definitely quite a time sink. I haven't had time to breathe. Luckily my review team keeps helping me with the polishing of my books so I can get them out. I think I mentioned that I have 10 total written, so the "work" is all done in that sense. I am releasing them once a month to get them in the public eye, so they can help battered women's shelters. All proceeds go to that cause, so that is my main incentive for getting these up and able to be bought.

I just put up the seventh one -

Lady in Red - A Medieval Romance

So there are three more to go. The 8th one, Finding Peace, goes live in the end of June.

I just finished 2 6-week classes for the spring term so that leaves me with just the second half of my 2 12-week classes to finish up for the next month and a half. So that's a relief. Having four classes at once with two of them being double-speed classes was just too much for me. Hopefully now I can start to catch up on projects!


Posted on May 25, 2012, 8:09:39 AM PDT
Fancy Pants says:
I Recommend anything by Kathleen Ball, Clean Western Romance. She is a Spectacular author & You will enjoy the page turning escape they bring you. http://www.kathleenballromance.com/

Posted on May 25, 2012, 8:21:29 AM PDT
Amy Harmon says:
I write 'clean romance' - mostly because I taught teenagers and I wanted something I could recommend comfortably to them, but that would still be pleasing to a large portion of the population. Running Barefoot is a contemporary novel about the relationship between a small town girl and a Native American Boy. It is very romantic, with dialogue that makes you fall in love right along side the characters.
My other novel, Slow Dance in Purgatory (Volume 1) is a YA paranormal romance - with a completely new twist on the genre. I have a group of female readers (of all ages) hounding me for book 2 in the series which I am feverishly trying to release by Labor Day. Hope you like them!

Posted on May 26, 2012, 11:45:13 AM PDT
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