Friday, August 14, 2015

Help spread the news about our LOVE EVER AFTER Boxed Set 99¢ Pre-Order Sale and be entered to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card!

That's right! Just help me and my fellow InkHeart Authors spread the word about our upcoming boxed set release, LOVE EVER AFTER, and be entered to win. There are many ways to help and the more you shout out, the more it will increase your chances of winning.

How to enter:
One thing you can do when promoting our boxed set is to use the hashtags #LoveEverAfter and #Ink_Heart. This allows us to see your "shout-outs", which in turn, allows us to retweet, repost, like it etc. as well as connect with other potential readers. Without those hashtags, your efforts go unseen and, therefore, possibly unrewarded. We don't want that!

But the most important thing you can do to make sure you’re entered in our giveaway is to REGISTER your promotional efforts in one handy dandy place when you’re all finished.

Ways you can help AND be entered in our giveaway: 
  1. Tweet any or all of the pre-made tweets below between now and September 20th. (This can be done daily—in fact, we encourage it!) Feel free to make up your own, but we’ve included a few pre-made ones for your convenience.
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  4. If you're already a Twitter and/or Facebook follower, don't worry. You can still enter our giveaway by publicly telling your Twitter and/or Facebook friends to follow us too! (Just remember to use the hashtags #Ink_Heart and #LoveEverAfter when you do so we can see it.)
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  8. Add the LOVE EVER AFTER Boxed Set onto your Goodreads "Wanna Read" list. Eager to help us out more? Recommend our boxed set to your Goodreads friends!
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*Please make certain we’ve seen your efforts and you’re entered to win our $100 Amazon Gift Card!

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Things to remember: 
  • Don’t forget TO REGISTER your awesome efforts so you have a chance of winning the $100 Amazon gift card!
  • Every single book in our Love Ever After boxed set is a BRAND NEW, NEVER-BEFORE-PUBLISHED story.
  • The 99¢ price is only good for pre-orders and release week. After that, it goes up to $3.99!
  • Must use hashtags #LoveEverAfter and #Ink_Heart so we can see, like, and retweet you!
  • We'd appreciate any help you can give us in spreading the word!
Thanks so much, romance fans!

LOVE EVER AFTER: Eleven All-New Romances!

Are you ready for 11 Brand New Book Boyfriends all by New York Times, USA Today, and National bestselling authors?

For a limited time, get eleven ALL-NEW romances in one EXCLUSIVE collection! Cowboys, rock stars, hockey players, shifters, vampires and more! Read more...

But hurry—this 99¢ price is only good for pre-orders and release week! After that, it jumps to $3.99!
(Release Date: September 15, 2015)

Available for pre-order at:
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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Series Romances: Why Do We Love Them?

I’ve asked both readers and authors why they love to read series romance and one key reason seemed to stand out above the rest—because they weren’t ready to say goodbye to the characters.

This truly intrigued me as an author, because I, too, have a difficult time parting from the people I’ve created. I mean, let’s face it…sometimes, though we hate to admit it, we authors spend more quality time with our fictional characters than we do our own loved ones. We’ve breathed life into these make-believe individuals, giving them an identity and a purpose. Through our careful molding, our beloved protagonists find each other. And little by little, we shape the course of their lives, allowing them to grow, to come to a realization, and make that final move toward securing love and happiness.

In writing that perfect “happily ever after,” our own heart and soul goes into the grand making of these memorable characters. Because of that, it seems perfectly understandable why authors wouldn’t want to say bon voyage to them. But readers too?

Through my research, I’ve found that readers enjoy—and often times gobble up—series romance for the same reasons authors write them.

  • Attachment: Readers get attached to the characters, both primary and secondary. They make us laugh. Sometimes they make us cry. And every so often, they make us crazy. Essentially, they become family to us…people who capture our attention, grip our hearts, and hold us on the edge of our seats as we follow along through the twists and turns of the story. As New York Times bestselling author Melissa Fosterstates, “I write HUGE series because I fall for all of my characters.” To give them up would be like shipping your own family to another country and never seeing them again. Series romance allows readers the opportunity to spend “precious time” with the people they’ve grown close to, without the threat of saying farewell after the last page is turned.
  • Familiarity: Readers love the familiarity of the places they visit in our stories. It takes time to get settled into a location and, once we’ve immersed our readers into that lovely world, they don’t want to leave. It feels like home there. As national bestselling author Elena Aitken describes, “Series romance feels as familiar as a comfortable sweater.” Or as New York Times bestselling author Erin Nicholas says, “It’s like taking a trip back to a favorite childhood place or a favorite vacation spot.”
  • Investment: After the first book, readers are already “invested” in the characters, the place setting, and the conflicts that revolve around the storyline. It’s not enough to see the protagonists achieve their HEA (happily-ever-after.) Readers want to know if perhaps the sister will find her true love down the road. Or maybe the heroine’s best friend had a secret crush on the hero’s little brother. Will she overcome her insecurity and make her feelings known in the next book? Secondary characters intrigue readers as much as primary ones, and with series romance, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken says it best: “Readers get to catch a glimpse into the other characters’ lives.”

Anyone who knows me, has figured out that I truly enjoy writing series romance. At this time, I have three series romances, plus another on the way:

The Jamett & Joseph Series (sweet contemporary romance)

The Emerald Isle Trilogy (historical Viking romance)

The Warrior Saga Series (historical Viking romance)

The Warrior’s Captive, Book 2 — Coming soon...
Warrior Gone Rogue, Book 3 — Coming soon...

Mavericks of Meeteetse Series (contemporary Cowboy romance)
Made For McKinley, Book 1 — Coming summer 2015
Wild For Wallace, Book 3 — Coming soon...

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Quick-Wit and Humor: Off-The-Cuff Ingredients for Devouring Chick-Lit Romance

The other day, I received an email from a family member featuring actual conversations between elementary school children and their teaches. The quick-wit these youngsters had is downright hilarious. I loved their replies because, being a mother of two young girls, I can appreciate the literal sense of their innocents thoughts, whereby making them natural stand-up comedians with little effort and without their knowledge.

Truth be told, I admire quick-witted people, because frankly, I am NOT one of them. I have several friends that are amazingly witty and they always seem to have a knack for spitting out those great "one-liners." Two of my favorite authors who never fail to keep me laughing with their quick-witted humor are Kristan Higgins with 
TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE and THE NEXT BEST THING, and Margaret Ethridge with her After Happily Ever line: CONTENTMENT.

Nonetheless, I can portray quick-wit when I want to, particularly in the books I write under my Gracie Lee Rose pen name. Because I have all the time in the world to ponder the "right thing to say" as I'm writing, I can appear to be one of those ingeniously clever authors.

Take this scene from THE START OF SOMETHING GOOD for instance. Jamie and Joseph, (my adorable hero and heroine who are next door neighbors) are having a conversation over coffee one morning after he wakes up with a serious hangover, from a long night of drinking with the guys. This is the first time he steps foot in her apartment and what follows when she invites him in.

“I appreciate the compliment, but I’m not an interior decorator.”

“What do you do?” he asked, meeting me in the kitchen. He leaned across the island, his biceps bulging above the right angle of his arms. I tried to keep my focus on the technique of pouring two cups of coffee. As easy as that sounded, today it was a difficult task given how close he was to me. If I shifted a little to the left, his hand would graze against my forearm.

I cleared my throat and my terribly imaginative mind and poured creamer into my cup. When I scooped a huge dollop of whipped cream to top it off, he came off the counter.

“Whoa, whoa,” he said, raising his hands. “What are you doing? You’re ruining a perfectly good cup of coffee.”

“I take it you like yours black?”

“I like mine the way Juan Valdez intended.”

I recalled the vintage 1980s Columbian coffee commercial. I hadn’t heard that name in forever, but I could still see the early riser slipping into his boots after the crow of a rooster and heading to the fields to pick the richest coffee in Columbia.

I handed him his mug and took a quick sip of mine, the cream settling on my upper lip. My tongue, licking it off, caught his attention. His eyes lingered on my mouth, but as soon as he realized I saw his drifting gaze, he looked away.

“So, what do you do again?” he asked, clearing his throat.

“I own a coffee shop on Fountain Square.” I gave a wry smile. “I ruin hundreds of cups of coffee on a daily basis.”


I hope you enjoyed that cute little excerpt of mine. And now, I give you the true geniuses of the trade; the quick-witted children of the world. Happy Friday! 

TEACHER: Maria, go to the map and find North America.
MARIA: Here it is.
TEACHER: Correct. Now class, who discovered America?
CLASS: Maria.

TEACHER: John, why are you doing your math multiplication on the floor?
JOHN: You told me to do it without using tables.

TEACHER: Glenn, how do you spell 'crocodile?'
TEACHER: No, that's wrong
GLENN: Maybe it is wrong, but you asked me how I spell it.

TEACHER: Millie, give me a sentence starting with 'I'
MILLIE: I is..
TEACHER: No, Millie..... Always say, 'I am.'
MILLIE: All right... 'I am the ninth letter of the alphabet.'

TEACHER: Donald, what is the chemical formula for water?
TEACHER: What are you talking about?
DONALD: Yesterday you said it's H to O.

TEACHER: Winnie, name one important thing we have today that we didn't have ten years ago.

TEACHER: Glen, why do you always get so dirty?
GLEN: Well, I'm a lot closer to the ground than you are.

TEACHER: George Washington not only chopped down his father's cherry tree, but also admitted it. Now, Louie, do you know why his father didn't punish him?
LOUIS: Because George still had the axe in his hand....

TEACHER: Now, Simon , tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating?
SIMON: No sir, I don't have to, my Mom is a good cook.

TEACHER: Clyde , your composition on 'My Dog' is exactly the same as your brother's...Did you copy his?
CLYDE: No, sir. It's the same dog.

TEACHER: Harold, what do you call a person who keeps on talking when people are no longer interested?
HAROLD: A teacher