Release Day for STEAM ME UP, RAWLEY + Giveaway!


Note: Stay tuned to the end for a giveaway!

To all outward appearances today, as I put out my second full-length novel, this is me at the start of this GIF, trying to be all cool and stuff, and then at the end, that’s me on the inside! This poor story had a rough start and I’m so excited to be able to finally share it.

Journey to Publication

I originally wrote it in May of 2012, all excited about the steampunk world I was imagining in Mobile, Alabama in 1890 and was eagerly revising it when I signed with my agent, who quickly shot it down, saying steampunk was dead. When New Adult started gaining in popularity, I tried to tell her this was New Adult, but it didn’t grok until a year later and then she wanted to see it right then, and I’d stupidly set it down and never revised it, so it wasn’t at all ready for my agent to see it. I delved into revisions and sent it out to Betas, but when I got them back I was also getting burned out and took a break from writing, so when I finally picked it up again last year, my agent wasn’t as keen to see it, which served me right. And then we amicably parted ways.

I had it in my head, even after I decided to self-pub Must Love Breeches, that I would seek new representation for Steam, but then luckily a lightbulb went off when I realized I didn’t have to shop it first. I looked at it objectively–did I love the story and hope others would too? Yes. But was it something that was sooooo commercially appealing NY would want it? No. I’d missed the boat on steampunk and according to what I was hearing from my agent and others, New Adult (from a NY perspective) wasn’t interested in NA that wasn’t contemporary, and after coming off of several years of waiting to see if they’d pick up Breeches, I just didn’t want to wait on something I knew they wouldn’t want. This doesn’t mean I won’t pursue a traditional deal, and I do have a project that’s in revisions that I think might stand a chance, but there was no sense putting Steam in the long queue for the inevitable rejection. This isn’t meant to be negative or sour grapes. On the contrary, I found it rather freeing, as it gave me options, which I love, and I think if one is to be successful, one has to look at one’s work in an objective, business-like matter. That’s what’s so great about indie publishing, as we’re able to fill a need for books of our flavors, but which aren’t in high enough demand to make it a viable business proposition for NY to take a chance on–NY can’t make a living catering to niches, whereas indies can.

So Steam got more revisions and Beta rounds and it went off to a developmental editor, who had fantastic feedback and made it much better (Thanks Jessa Slade!). Then it was off to my copyeditor, who I was really excited about bringing it to the next level. But luckily, I gave a launch date to Amazon that was a month later than I anticipated having it ready, because several days after it was due back to me, and I’m wondering what’s happening, I learn she’d been struck down by the flu, poor thing! So it was a mad scramble to find a replacement that could give it a good edit during that first week in December and Julie Glover did me a solid, thank you!

So what’s the deal with Steam?

  • it’s set in the Deep South, in a world where Lincoln doesn’t get shot
  • it’s got an armored pet monkey
  • it’s got a hot, well-intentioned, but bumbling hero
  • it’s got a Jack-the-Ripper style murderer terrorizing the good folk of Mobile
  • and a heroine who finds that less terrifying than marriage

I forgot to do a blog reveal of the trailer I made a week or so ago, so here’s the visual for ya:

Here’s the blurbage:

Jack the Ripper might be in town. But is marriage more terrifying?

In an alternate Deep South in 1890, society reporter Adele de la Pointe wants to make her own way in the world, despite her family’s pressure to become a society wife. Hoping to ruin herself as a matrimonial prospect, she seizes the opportunity to cover the recent Jack the Ripper-style murders for the newspaper, but her father’s dashing new intern suggests a more terrifying headline—marriage.

Dr. Phillip Rawley’s most daring exploit has been arriving at his new home in America in a hot air balloon. A tolerable sacrifice, if it means he can secure the hand of his new employer’s daughter in a marriage of convenience. But Adele works, she’s spirited, and she has an armored pet monkey running her errands. Not only does she not match his notions of a proper lady, she stirs up feelings he’d rather keep in tight control.

With Adele hunting down a headline and Dr. Rawley trying to protect and pursue her, a serial killer is spreading panic throughout Mobile, Alabama. Can Adele and Rawley find the murderer, face their fears, and discover true love?

I’m trying something new with this launch, and that’s pricing it at 99 cents for release week, so if you’re at all interested, pick it up before Monday, as it will go on it’s normal price of $3.99. Have no idea if this will help get it more exposure and find its audience, but I figured it was worth a try.

I’ve made some image quotes, which you’re free to pin or share:

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Here’s some tweets, if you’re so inclined. Just click on the image or the text and it will prefill it for you:

Tweet: It's release day! Jack the Ripper might be in town. But is marriage more terrifying? STEAM ME UP, RAWLEY http://ctt.ec/buPlQ+ Tweet: It’s release day! Jack the Ripper might be in town. But is marriage more terrifying? STEAM ME UP, RAWLEY http://ctt.ec/buPlQ+

Tweet: STEAM ME UP, RAWLEY releases today, a #steampunk #romance at the release price of #99cents until 1/19 http://ctt.ec/2H91n+ Tweet: STEAM ME UP, RAWLEY releases today, a #steampunk #romance at the release price of #99cents until 1/19 http://ctt.ec/2H91n+

releaseblitz

Over 20 blogs are part of my release day blitz tour hosted by Twinsie Talk Book Reviews (thank you, Angie!) and some will be doing reviews, if all goes well. Also, there will be a 3 chances to win an ecopy of both Breeches and Steam over on twinsietalk.com! Here’s the tour participants:

Reviewers:

TwinsieTalk Book ReviewsStephanie’s Book Reports | Eyes on Books’ Next Favorite ReadLittle Shop of Readers

Blitz participants:

Rough Draft Book Blog  | Literary Treasure Chest | Fictional Rendezvous Book Blog | The Shadow Portal | Indies Steal Our Heart | Reading by the Book | Pinky’s Favorite Reads | Eskimo Princess Book Reviews | A Pair of Okies | author sandra love  | Writing Between Corsets and Bustiers… | D&S Book Blog | Musings by Mandy | Sweets Books  | Evocativebookreviews | Becca the Bibliophile | A Dirty Book Affair | Spreading The Word With Denise & Donna  | Imaginative Dreams | Verna Loves Books | Not Your Average Book Blog

Thank you!

Thank you bloggers participating in the blitz, and thank you to all who’ve followed me on here over the years and have supported me–the online writing community is truly amazing! This is me poking my head against the internets and saying:

Thank you

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I set this all up last night so it’d be ready to publish when I woke up, and I forgot the buy links!

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Cover and Pre-Order Reveal for STEAM ME UP, RAWLEY + 99c Sale on MUST LOVE BREECHES

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Super excited to reveal today, the cover for STEAM ME UP, RAWLEY, Book 1 in my new series Mint Julep and Monocle Chronicles. It’s a New Adult steampunk romance, and boy did I have so much fun writing this! Once again, I hired the fabulous Kim Killion for the cover, and couldn’t be more pleased! 

I wrote the first draft in May of 2012, and after many revisions, it’s close to being ready! It is also available for pre-order. I picked the farthest date out I could, just in case I had some unforeseen circumstances with the editing rounds, so it says February 3, but I hope to put it out before then. The copy editor has the manuscript and she’s scheduled to have it back to me by first week of December, so with the turnaround time from the proofreader, and then formatting, I’m crossing my fingers for an early January release. Of course, y’all will be the among the first to know (first will be my street team and mailing list).

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Here’s the details:

Steam Me Up, Rawley
New Adult Steampunk Romance
Series: Book One in the Mint Julep & Monocle Chronicles
Projected Release Date: Jan/Feb 2015
Length: Novel (94,000 words)
Ebook Pre-Order Price: $3.99
ISBN: 978-0-9905400-3-8
Content advisory: Adult language, explicit sex
Cover artist: Kim Killion

The print cover:

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Blurb

Jack the Ripper might be in town. But is marriage more terrifying?

In an alternate Deep South in 1890, society reporter Adele de la Pointe wants to make her own way in the world, despite her family’s pressure to become a society wife. Hoping to ruin herself as a matrimonial prospect, she seizes the opportunity to cover the recent Jack the Ripper-style murders for the newspaper, but her father’s dashing new intern suggests a more terrifying headline—marriage.

Dr. Phillip Rawley’s most daring exploit has been arriving at his new home in America in a hot air balloon. A tolerable sacrifice, if it means he can secure the hand of his new employer’s daughter in a marriage of convenience. But Adele works, she’s spirited, and she has an armored pet monkey running her errands. Not only does she not match his notions of a proper lady, she stirs up feelings he’d rather keep in tight control.

With Adele hunting down a headline and Dr. Rawley trying to protect and pursue her, a serial killer is spreading panic throughout Mobile, Alabama. Can Adele and Rawley find the murderer, face their fears, and discover true love?

Originally, this was meant to be the sequel to Must Love Breeches, but my agent wisely advised me to make that into a time-travel series, so Steam is a spin-off from Breeches instead. The events that take place in Breeches make the world that Steam is set in.

To that end, to celebrate the cover reveal and pre-order ability for Steam, I’m putting Breeches on sale this week for 99c on iBook, Amazon, B&N, and Kobo! Thank you to Free Kindle Books & Tips and The Fussy Librarian for helping me to promote this sale!

MaggiesWinner of the Unpublished Maggie for the Paranormal Category!

Last month, I was ecstatic to learn that Steam Me Up, Rawley won first place at the Georgia Romance Writer’s Annual Conference. Someone at the awards ceremony posted this pic of the program.

Steam Me Up, Rawley Available for Pre-Order

Amazon| iBook Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Google Play

You can also put it on your virtual shelves:

Goodreads | Library Thing | Shelfari

Steam Me Up, Rawley board on PinterestOfficial Book Page

Tweetables/Shareables

Help me spread the word! Click on any of these links below to automatically generate that tweet:

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Do you like to read steampunk despite the industry saying it’s dead? Do you think New Adult has room for non-contemporary genres?

MUST LOVE BREECHES Released Today!

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about sum it up for me right now!

It’s available on all major outlets, including outside the US. More will be opening soon as a foreign distributor populates some German and Spanish outlets.

Elsewhere this week

Thank you all, and sorry this has become like the All Must Love Breeches All The Time Channel! I do hope to get back to blogging about other books and on writing craft.

Spread the word

If you’re active on twitter, here’s a tweet to share:

Tweet: Happy release day! MUST LOVE BREECHES, a #timetravel romance available now on Amazon #books #newrelease #PNR http://ctt.ec/dA435+

Tweet: Happy release day! MUST LOVE BREECHES, a #timetravel romance available now on Amazon #books #newrelease #PNR http://ctt.ec/dA435+
Facebook

You can share the book page on Facebook to let your friends know

And here’s the buy links

If you’re so inclined ;) Pre-order price is $3.99 and it will change to its normal price of $4.99 at the end of my blog tour

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Thank you all for your support all along the way. I know I haven’t been as active as I used to be on here. I found it hard to keep it up after a while :(

MUST LOVE BREECHES featured on USAToday’s HEA column!

usatodayheaIt’s ramping up to the release date next Wednesday, and I’m nervous and excited. There’ s also so many balls I’m trying to keep in the air, I’m already hunched over and cringing waiting for one of them to bop me in the head. I really need to make a list of things to do and keep track of!

So, this just came across my dashboard–USAToday featured the book trailer for my time travel historical MUST LOVE BREECHES for their HEA column, yay! Robin Covington had this to say:

I became a fan of time-travel romance with my first read of Outlander when it came out two decades ago, and I’m always on the lookout for fun romance with a century-jumping twist. The trailer for Must Love Breeches (love the title) by Angela Quarles has succeeded in adding another to my TBR pile. She picked the perfect music, images and font to set off the historical romance where a thoroughly modern miss is enchanted by a hot guy known as the Vicious Viscount. Well done!

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  • Yesterday, Paula Millhouse hosted me on her blog with an Author Journal, wherein I answered a couple writerly questions
  • Today I’m on fellow Paranormal Unbound author Celia Breslin‘s blog with an excerpt as well as on Victoria Adams’s blog for an Author Spotlight

Update on other books

  • I’m embracing this whole indie thing and decided this week that it makes the most sense for me to indie publish Steam Me Up, Rawley as well, so I’ve posted it up on Goodreads sans cover, and put a Chapter One excerpt in the back of Breeches. I’ve book a developmental editor for Sep 22, and hope to put it through the rest of its editing phases (copyedit and proofread) and have it out in January or February of next year.
  • Must Love Chainmail, Book 2 in the Must Love series, will tentatively be released in September of 2015. It’s also up on Goodreads too.

Book Trailer Reveal for MUST LOVE BREECHES and Kickoff of Blog Tour

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So excited to kick off my blog tour today and what better way than with the trailer reveal for Must Love Breeches!

I also have blog appearances scheduled starting today! I’m over at Jenna Jaxon‘s blog with an Author Spotlight and an excerpt, as well as at fellow time travel writer, Karen Michelle Nutt where I talk about the Allure and Challenge of Time Travel Romances.

On Thursday, I’ll be at Paula Millhouse’s blog answering some questions, and then rounding off the week at fellow Paranormal Unbound author Celia Breslin.

For a complete list of my blog stops, visit my book page.

MUST LOVE BREECHES Due Out Sep 3, Avail Now for Pre-Order

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I’ve set a release date for September 3rd!

It’s now successfully gone through a copy edit and a proofread, and as of last night, it has been formatted for both ebook and print. Now I’m only waiting on the print version of the cover.

It’s been available for pre-order online on most outlets all summer, but just last week, Amazon opened up the pre-order option for indie authors, so it’s now up there too!

It will be available in both ebook and print form, though only the ebook form is available for pre-order. The pre-order price for the ebook is $3.99 and it will change to its normal sale price of $4.99 the week after launch (Sep 8)

It’s almost been three years since I started blogging. In fact, I started when I was working on this book with a view to publication. Some of you have been with me that long, bless you!

Ways to support

If you’re wondering if there are ways to help me spread the word about my release, I’ve laid out some actionable items below. And I’ll preface it all with a BIG FAT THANK YOU! I’m just putting it out there in case any of you want to help, but weren’t sure how to. I’m certainly not expecting or asking you to do this :)

Goodreads

Goodreads is a social networking site just for book lovers! If you’re on there, you can help with discoverability (which is so hard for new authors like me).

  • Add it to your Goodreads shelf
  • Vote for it in any of these Goodreads lists you feel comfortable doing
  • I really haven’t experimented much with this, but I’ve added this quote and another, but I don’t know if liking it does much or not. Anyway, just putting it out there :)

Pinterest

If you’re on Pinterest, I’ve created a board with pins for Must Love Breeches. Feel free to repin!

Twitter

If you’re active on twitter, here’s a tweet to share:

Tweet: She's finally met the man of her dreams--only 1 problem: he lives in another century. MUST LOVE BREECHES pre-order http://ctt.ec/59WZ2+

Tweet: She’s finally met the man of her dreams–only 1 problem: he lives in another century. MUST LOVE BREECHES pre-order http://ctt.ec/59WZ2+

 

Facebook

You can share the book page on Facebook to let your friends know

Join My Street Team

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If you’d like to join my street team and help spread the word, I have a sign up page. Those who join will be placed in a secret group on Facebook, where I’ll post whatever promo I’ve got going on that I’d like help broadcasting. I’ll also post freebies and maybe some deleted scenes. Not sure yet how it will all play out…

Guest Post

I’m also available to do a guest post on your blog. Contact me if you’re interested.

Pre-Order

And if you’re so inclined ;) Pre-order price is $3.99 and it will change to its normal price of $4.99 on September 8

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Thank you all for your support all along the way. I know I haven’t been as active as I used to be on here. I found it hard to keep it up after a while :(

Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card for Adding Must Love Breeches to GR! Ends 8/4

amazongiftcard_25I’m currently running a giveaway, ending August 4 at Midnight CST. Enter to win a chance for a $25 gift card from Amazon.

To Enter

  1. Visit the book page on Goodreads and add MUST LOVE BREECHES to your to-be-read pile
  2. Visit the Rafflecopter form and tally your entry

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To enter for an additional chance, visit my author page and like the status update announcing the giveaway; it is pinned to the top.

Terms & Conditions

Must be 18 years or older to enter. Winner has 48 hours to respond to the email or they forfeit their prize. US Residents only.

Announcement

Winner will be announced on my facebook author page on August 5th

That Publicity Stuff…A New Review and an Interview

The obligatory linkage to the latest with BEER AND GROPING IN LAS VEGAS:

First up a review was posted today on Delighted Reader, with an A Rating. Here’s a snippet:

This was a fun quick read involving a quirky romance that was set up by a djinn.  Short stories and novellas can make me leery of wanting to give them a try because not everyone who writes one understands just how to achieve a good balance of plot, pacing and character development to fit into the page count they have.  Fortunately, this author did a great job so I ended up with an enjoyable reading experience that had me reading with a smile on my face and an ‘ah’ of satisfaction coming from my lips by the end….So, I can heartily recommend this one to those who enjoy a quirky magical contemporary Happy For Now with promise of the future romance with not a lot of time to read. – Sophia Rose, Delighted Reader

And then I visited Tara Kingston’s blog with an interview about a guilty pleasure and a little about what I’m working on right now…

Reviews, and Interviews, Oh my!

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Continuing with the promotion of the release of my erotic romantic comedy, BEER AND GROPING IN LAS VEGAS, here’s the latest reviews and interviews:

Thank you for your support!

In looking at my Amazon ranking, I think sales are good. I won’t know until I get a report from the publisher mid-month. But if you bought a copy, thank you! Your support means so much to me! I can’t tell you how overwhelming your support has been to me, I really appreciate it!

Spare some likes and tags?

Due to the way Amazon ranking works when doing searches, if you have a spare moment, I could totally use some Likes & Tags. What does that mean? ‘Likes’ are a small button right under the title page. Tags are located near the bottom of the page and you are allowed to agree with up to 15 tags that are there (or add your own). Believe it or not, when readers search based on tags, it’s not the sales ranking that puts a book to the top, but the number of people who’ve tagged it for that category!! So in one of mine, there’s a book with 1 review (3 stars) and a lower sales rank, but because they have way more tags, they are higher than mine in the category. Doing  this is completely anonymous!

Reviews

Customer reviews on Goodreads and Amazon are going well. If you’ve read it, rating it on Goodreads will help its visibility–you don’t have to leave a review there to do so. Thanks!!

Do you have a release out now? What things have you found help your visibility?

Book Trailer Made USAToday’s HEA column + Interview on Celia Breslin’s blog

Today my book trailer is featured by Robin Covington in her USA Today’s HEA book trailer column! Thanks Robin! Such a thrill to wake up to!

I’m also over at fellow RWA FF&P chaptermate Celia Breslin’s blog with an interview about authors I like and my preferences on supernatural creatures in my PNRs–stop on by!