I have a release date, finally, for The Incorrigible Mr. Lumley! He’ll be live at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Smashwords on June 14, 2013. Other venues will be available as they are processed.
This is Book Two in the Bridgethorpe Brides series. You still have time to read Book One, His Impassioned Proposal. Stephen and Jane have a small appearance in Book Two, which is about Stephen’s cousin David, whom you met in Book One.
Stubborn. Hard-headed. Single-minded. Those qualities are what make David Lumley a successful horse breeder. When he puts those qualities to work befriending Lady Joanna Hurst with less than noble intentions, he’s tenacious in his pursuit.
Lady Joanna falls fast and hard for the handsome, witty and charming Mr. Lumley after her brother’s ultimatum to find a husband by the end of the Season. He is everything she imagined a husband could be, and more. Blissfully unaware of the conflict between their fathers, she believes he’ll declare his love soon. Then she overhears a conversation between Mr. Lumley and her brother, and all of Mr. Lumley’s tenacity will be needed if he’s to win back her heart.
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Malicious Mischief (Mischief and Mayhem, #1)
by Marianne Harden
~When the chips are down, the buffalo is empty~
Am I a flake? Sort of. But I’m trying to change. My grandfather has property tax issues, and what troubles Granddad, troubles me. Good thing I’ve held down a steady job for months. A major big deal. Not the getting a job part—I’ve had lots—but the held down aspect. Somehow, I always end up unemployed, but not today.
Today, I am Rylie Tabitha Keyes, chauffeur to the seniors at Fountain of Youth Retirement Home (FoY.)
It was dawn Sunday as I eased my employer’s van from one freeway onto another. After that, I concentrated on the wet asphalt up ahead. I didn’t want to think about my job history or our financial woes. Instead I focused on the summery sunrise over the Cascade Mountains due east. I stared at it a moment, charmed by its contrast to the more typical Bellevue, Washington gloom brooding overhead.
I should’ve been asleep, but I needed to toss trash from a fundraiser rolling around in the back of the van. Leland Rosenberg, my boss at Fountain of Youth Retirement Home, had asked me to dump the bags at his second business, Rosenberg Laboratory, as FoY’s Dumpsters were full from a recent bathroom remodel. His mood had been edgy, kind of insistent I dispose of them last night. I confess, before I could carry out this task, a minor traffic accident and an all-important overnight obligation had waylaid me. I didn’t bother to sigh over how blunders always seemed to pepper my work performance. Some things were fated to be. After all, I slogged at my job for money not joy. It isn’t that I don’t like working at FoY, it just isn’t my dream gig. You see, I yearned to be a private detective, a Veronica Mars 2.0. Problem is, my grandfather is against the idea. Dead set against it.
So with the stench from the trash bags mounting, I steered FoY’s van onto the off-ramp and headed toward Rosenberg Laboratory just off the freeway exit. My mind was filled with thoughts of a steamy shower, maybe a few hours of shut-eye before punching the clock at nine. I stared forward, squinted. And iced over. Up ahead. Wrong-way traveling. A panel truck advanced, peeling rubber.
Zeroed in to hit me.
I whipped the van off the road, the red, white, and blue panel truck whizzing past. I slammed on the brakes, fighting to control the wheel. I wrestled with it, panicked, my mind flashing on one fortunate thing: no seniors were in the van.
Tons of hazards burst before my eyes. I struggled to absorb them. A mangled guardrail zigzagged up ahead; its many gaps from other out-of-control vehicles big as life. Worse was the wall of giant Douglas-firs growing beyond, lower trunks scarred, limbs low and swaying.
I was going to careen through the railing.
I was going to hit the trees.
I was going to die.
Career chameleon, Rylie Keyes, must keep her current job. If not, the tax assessor will evict her ailing grandfather and auction off their ancestral home. When a senior she shuttles for a Bellevue, Washington retirement home winds up dead in her minibus, sticky with a half-eaten s’more, head clad in a cellophane bag, and a pocketed complaint letter accusing her of driving by Braille, her goal to keep her job hits a road bump.
The deceased was thought to be a penniless Nazi concentration camp survivor with a silly grudge against Rylie. However, the victim has enemies who will stop at nothing to keep their part in the murder a secret.
Forced to dust off the PI training she’s kept hidden from her ex-detective grandfather, Rylie must align with a circus-bike-wheeling Samoan to solve the murder, all while juggling the attentions of two very hot police officers.
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About Marianne Harden
Marianne Harden loves a good laugh. So much so, she cannot stop humor from spilling into her books. Over the years she has backpacked through the wilds of Australia, explored the exotics of Asia, soaked up the sun in the Caribbean, and delighted in the historic riches of Europe. Her goals in life are simple: do more good than harm and someday master the do-not-mess-with-me look. She divides her time between Switzerland and Washington State where she lives with her husband and two children.
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It’s finally here, just in time for 12/21/2012! Outcast, my new Young Adult/New Adult/Urban Fantasy story is currently available on Kindle and Kobo, and is being process on other sites. Watch my website for updated buy links.
When the world collapses, the only person who comes looking for Niki Mathers is the loser who made fun of her in high school. JC Phillips saves her life, so she can’t really tell him to get lost. And he is keeping her from being alone at the end of the world…
JC will never forgive himself for choices he made the night before the earthquake. Rescuing the girl he’s been crushing on for the past year doesn’t bring atonement. Maybe making the world safe for Niki will take away his guilt.
The world they know is dying. All they want is to find their place in it before it does.
You can download the first chapter for free at my website!
You might have noticed I’ve updated the website very belatedly and added the books released in the past year. Wow, where does time go? I won’t whine about health problems and such, but will brag that a new granddaughter provides (not nearly enough) distraction! It’s actually because of her I’m getting everything back into shape. I don’t want her rolling her eyes when she sees how I’m perpetually behind.
His impassioned Proposal will be out by the end of September if I have to pull some all-nighters! I bumped what was originally going to be the first of the series back a bit when I realized this one needed to come first.
Part of what is holding me back in a sweet paranormal Young Adult story which will be included in an anthology to raise funds for a large cat rescue. I can’t wait til I can share those details with you! And I have another paranormal YA, Apocalyptia, coming out in December, for obvious reasons. Can you guess the release date? Yup! 12/21/2012. I’ll have a cover for you soon!
So now you are as up to date as I am. As you know, publishing is a fluid business so all dates are tentative, but Impassioned and Apocalyptia are pretty much carved in stone. Have you “liked” my author page on Facebook? That’s the place I hit first with news. See you there!
In honor of the release of the four books in the Danby Summons anthology, the twelve authors are holding a contest with lots of prizes! You’ll find the details here.
To enter the contest, leave your name and email address in the comments. (Feel free to break into code like aileen AT aileenfish DOT com) Watch for more places and chances to win!
As you can see I’ve been busy writing more than blogging or promoing, but I’m a writer, not a blogger or promoter at heart. But since there are so many new authors delving into the Indie publishing venture, or considering it, I thought it might be helpful to add one more voice to the blogs sharing the journey.
I’ve been published for two years now as Ari Thatcher through Ellora’s Cave, and am pretty happy with my sales there, all things considered. Four months ago I self-published short erotica under another name and I’ve been turning cartwheels over those numbers.
Next week I will release my first two novellas under my own name, to be followed by at least four Regency shorts by the end of the year. Since those are the first books released as Aileen Fish, I decided this is the perfect time to begin journaling the experience. None of the books are erotic, and erotica and erotic romance are considered the better selling genres. Yet I know plenty of non-erotic romance writers doing quite well in Kindle sales. I really believe good books sell no matter the genre. It might take time for readers to find them, but they will, eventually.
I plan to share monthly sales numbers across my three author names, as Ari will self-pub some erotic romance, too. We can assume my writing/editing/formatting/covers will be equal, although I’ll be making revisions if needed. I’ll document promo done for one name or another and resulting jumps in sales, if any. I don’t promote the short erotica, and really hate promo period, so there won’t be a lot done after the first few books are released.
So you know where I get my crazy ideas, I am following the blogs of Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Katherine Rusch to the point of distraction (major squirrelage and popcorn kittens going on here!) and might send you their way to clarify a point.
The main points in my business plan are harped on by DWS: sales grow proportionally with the number of books available, don’t check the sales numbers daily and don’t mess with pricing. I do plan to mess with his price-messing rule at the start though, but I’ll get into that with the next post.
In the meantime, status quo:
Covers ready for Immortal Temptress and Renegade Wolf ~
Next step: complete edits & formatting and release books.
Mel S.! You’ve won your choice of book from Desiree Holt’s backlist! Please see her comment in the previous post for instructions on how to claim your book. Congratulations!
This month Desiree Holt celebrates her 100th release with Downstroke from Ellora’s Cave. Downstroke is the story of lover reunited after twenty years trying to bridge a gulf of bitterness while outwitting a killer. To help her celebrate I’m giving you a taste of one of her other books. Leave a comment to be entered in the drawing at the end of the month for an Acer netbook.
The first Desiree Holt book I read was Give It to Me. What a fun, hot read it was! I wanted to be Callie so badly, finding a sexy neighbor to help me celebrate my birthday. Here’s the blurb:
Carolina (Callie) Michaels is tired of being a good girl. She has deep, erotic fantasies she’s just dying to live, but none of the men she dates seem to want to share them. She decides to give herself the birthday present of a night to remember, but when her intended date decides she’s too adventurous for him, Callie’s attention turns to dark, sexy Sam Winthrop, her next door neighbor who’s had his own erotic dreams—about her. She invites him to celebrate her birthday with her, and when he gets to her place and discovers what kind of celebration she has in mind, Sam’s convinced that tonight his fantasies as well as Callie’s will come true.
You can read an excerpt on Desiree’s site.
As part of the celebration, Desiree is giving away a prize every day of one copy of one of Desiree’s novels of the reader’s choice from her backlist. Names will be drawn from those who post comments. At the end of the month, one lucky person will win a grand prize of a refurbished Netbook with digital DVD drive. After you (the reader) post here, go to Desiree’s web site at www.desireeholt.com and enter to win the grand prize of the netbook at the end of the month.