Spotlight On…Teri Anne Stanley and Deadly Chemistry

Today I have a special treat. My agency sib Teri Anne Stanley is here with her new release, Deadly Chemistry. I’ve had the pleasure of reading Deadly Chemistry (review in the works) and wow! This book is fun, intelligent, hot, and all around fabulous! This is one book you don’t want to miss. But to hold you over until Amazon loads, here’s Terri Anne–

Thank you for inviting me to share my book! I’m in a state of “I can’t believe this is actually happening.”

FYI, from June 23-30, Deadly Chemistry is .99!!! Heck, even if you hate it, it’s not like you’re out a whole cup of Starbucks!

perf5.000x8.000.inddDEADLY CHEMISTRY, By Teri Anne Stanley

Some chemical reactions generate too much heat…

Former undercover cop Mike Gibson has been lying low, working as a maintenance man to put
his troubled younger brother through college. But when a beautiful scientist enlists Mike’s help
to repair the damage done to her lab by a group of vandals, Mike finds that his, and his
brother’s pasts, are about to be brought to light.

Lauren Kane was happy having a secret crush on the hot maintenance man at Tucker University,
but when the drug she was studying is stolen, Lauren has a chance to get to know Mike in
person. The problem is, he seems to know more about what’s going on than any maintenance
man should. But then the drug turns up in the wrong hands, and Mike and Lauren have to
decide if their own chemistry will help, or hinder, the race to save innocent lives.

BUY LINKS:

KOBO: http://bit.ly/websitekobo

AMAZON: http://amzn.to/1oYlB7N

iBOOKS: http://bit.ly/ibookswebsitelink

BARNES AND NOBLE: http://bit.ly/1n3KxJ0

 

Author BIO:

 author photoTeri Anne Stanley lives in Northern Kentucky, near the Ohio River and her beloved Interstate-
75, with its lush rolling semis and musical rumbling tires. Teri has authored several scientific articles—and a three-ingredient recipe column, but isn’t allowed to write sex scenes for them, so now she writes fun, sexy romance filled love, angst and nekkid parts.
She’s also worked as a fashion designer for female body builders and a sex therapist for rats. In her spare time, she is a neuroscience research assistant. Along with a variety of teenagers and dogs, she and Mr. Stanley live just outside of Sugartit, which is—honest to God—between Beaverlick, and Rabbit Hash, Kentucky.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Author Email:

teriannestanley@gmail.com

Author Website:

http://teriannestanley.com/

Author Blog:

http://teriannestanley.com/

Author Twitter:

https://twitter.com/TeriAnneStanley

Author Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/TeriAnneStanley

Author Goodreads:

Newsletter:

http://bit.ly/tasnews

Spotlight On: JM Stewart & Her Knight in Black Leather

Today I’m turning my blog over to my good friend and fellow author JM Stewart. Her heartfelt contemporary romance, Her Knight in Black Leather is  today’s Kindle Daily Deal. What does that mean…?

Her Knight in Black Leather is today’s Kindle Daily Deal! That means for TODAY ONLY it’s only 99 cents on Amazon!

 ~*~*~*~ Blurb ~*~*~*~

Cover_Her Knight_489x750Cat Edwards has spent her life playing the wallflower in an effort to escape the repressive weight of her mother’s tarnished name. Dragged to a bar by her best friend in an effort to forget a broken heart, the shy bookworm is determined to be someone else for the night, but quickly gets in over her head. She discovers chivalry isn’t dead after all when a mysterious stranger comes to her rescue. He’s wearing black leather and a mischievous smile that promises to be exactly what she needs.

When his terminally ill father suffers a setback, Michael Brant returns to the town he swore ten years ago he’d never return to. He’s come back this time determined to make peace with the past, but being home brings up memories he doesn’t want to remember anymore. His first night in town, he’s captured by a damsel in distress. Cat’s beauty is made all the more alluring when he realizes she has no idea who he is. He can’t resist spending a single night in her arms. With her, he’s only a man, disconnected from his family’s name and the past that haunts him here.

As the town erupts with the news of his return, Michael’s dark past comes back to haunt him, putting Cat in danger. Someone is threatening her life and the life of her family. Desperate to keep history from repeating itself, Michael offers her his family’s name in order to keep her safe. When the lie spirals beyond their control, can they stop their hearts from becoming entangled as well?

Check out a bit more. Warning….this is sexy–in a good way :) 

“What did you need from me last night, Cat?” His hot breath teased her neck, the sensitive skin below her earlobe, and images invaded her mind. Of his mouth latching on there, leaving his mark. The possessive look in his eyes when he plunged inside her body, claimed her as his. How simultaneously wrong and right it felt to be claimed that way. They were strangers, yet deep down, she couldn’t deny she gave him a piece of herself last night.

“I wanted the fantasy. You were a little wild, a little dangerous. A Harley-riding bad boy in black leather with a wicked gleam in your eye who challenged anyone to try to judge you.”

A faint chuckle sounded behind her, so infectious one corner of her mouth curled in response.

“You were everything I wanted to be and exactly the type of man I never go for.”

“Is that why you took that ride with me? Spent the night with me? Because I’m different?”

She hesitated, her heart stalling in her chest, then shook her head. She spent the night with him because the façade intrigued her. The unexplainable pull between them and the uninhibited desire in his eyes sucked her in. The tenderness of his touch overwhelmed her. He overwhelmed her.

“No. I did it because I felt safe with you.” Safe to fulfill a fantasy without fear of it getting out of control, without fear she’d find out he really was every bit as dangerous as he appeared. And though she couldn’t explain how she knew, she’d bet every last cent she had that the only thing truly dangerous about Michael Brant were his discerning eyes.

“That’s exactly what I needed from you. The anonymity. You were the only person in this town who didn’t seem to know who I was, who hadn’t already formed an opinion of me. Over the years, I’ve convinced myself I didn’t care what people thought, but I came back expecting judgment. There are people here who aren’t fond of me. And with you, for one night, I was just a man. I had no name, no obligations, no expectations.”

He shifted closer, his body brushing her back, his heat seeping into her skin. I needed you.” His breath against her sensitive skin made her shiver. “I was just … me. I wasn’t sure I wanted to know if you’d ever heard of me, what you thought of Michael Brant.”

His hands slid onto her arms, his touch light and hesitant, as if he couldn’t resist but wanted to give her room to object. When she didn’t — couldn’t — those hands skimmed along her forearms, over the backs of her wrists, awakening every nerve ending along the way and setting the tiny hairs to standing on end.

~*~*~*~ About the Author ~*~*~*~

 Me1JM writes sweet and heartwarming contemporary romance with a touch of passion. She’s a wife, a mother, a spiritualist, and lover of puppies, and happily addicted to coffee and chocolate. She lives in the Great Rainy Northwest with her husband of sixteen years and their two sons. She’s a hopeless romantic who believe everybody should have their happily-ever-after and has been devouring romance novels for as long as she can remember. Writing them has become her passion.

99 cent buy link on Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00AWWZVBE

Here are the other buy links, but keep in mind the 99 cent deal is only available on amazon.

Barnes and Noble

iTunes

Kobo

All Romance ebooks

Crimson Romance

 

Let’s Build The Perfect Man

Awhile back I was privileged enough to be a part of a group blog with some dear writer friends. But life and genre changes got in the  way and before we knew what had happened, the blog had ground to a stop. I understand. C’est la vie.

And like when things change, it happened quick enough that we weren’t able to finish a project that I had started there–building the perfect man. Sigh.

So far here’s what we have: The ‘perfect’ man has

- Brown Eyes

brown eyes – Chest Hair

chest hair – tattoos

johnny-depp-tattoos – Five-O’Clock Shadow

facial hair

Double Sigh. Except we still have a long way to go. This post is a refresher. And there’s more to come. So stay tuned…

Warning to the Women

Watch for this scam

I don’t know how many of you shop at Walmart, but this is how I became a victim to this scam.

Two seriously good-looking, well-built cowboy types come  over to your car as you are loading your purchases. They are both shirtless and start wiping your windshield with a rag and Windex with their highly defined chest muscles and rock hard abs. It’s impossible not to look. When you offer them a tip, they say, “No” and instead ask you for a ride to another store.

You agree and they get in the back seat. On the way, they start talking dirty about what they want to do to you. Then one climbs in the front seat and begins kissing your neck and begs you to pull over so he can make love to you! While this is going on, the other guy steals your purse!!

I had my purse stolen last Tuesday, Wednesday, and twice on Thursday. Again on Saturday, also yesterday, and most likely tomorrow.*

Be careful out there, ladies! ;)

*Author unknown, but too good not to share!

My New Cover!!

Ten Reasons Not to Date a Cop will be out in November 2012 from Samhain Publishing!

Kaylee Stephens has had enough of cops and their arrogant attitudes, but when a priceless, cursed, pre-Colombian statue comes up missing, the day-school teacher finds herself in the middle of a police investigation. And face to face with sexy Detective Lucas Blackfox, her brothers’ old high school chum. Kaylee swears she knows nothing about the statue, but manages to turn up in the wrong places time and time again. If Luc could just get close to her, maybe he could find out the truth and solve the case.

But Kaylee doesn’t date cops. She has her reasons.

~*~*~*~*~*~

Because all’s fair in love and investigations.

Trish McCallan ~ Indy Author

Interview Time! I love Interview Time. And today my victim, er…guest is none other than Trish McCallan. You may remember Trish from yesterday’s review blog. Yes, I talked her into two days. How clever am I ! So grab a cup of coffee and pay attention, Trish is going to tell us all about her experience self-publishing her fabulous novel, Forged in Fire.

Amie:  Trish, I have to admire your bravery and dedication for your work and to self publish! I’m sure there are a lot of writers out there who are interested in self-publication but don’t know where to start. (namely, me!) I’d love to hear anything you’d like to share about your self-publication experience.  Like…When did you decide to take the self-pub plunge?

Trish:  I finished Forged in Fire in March of 2011 and started querying agents. By June I had the full out with four agents and the partial out with even more. And then a friend sent me a link to an essay about why an unpublished author should not hire an agent—the essay was by Kris Rusch, of the The Business Rusch.

The Business Rusch was a wakeup call for me. Kris Rusch covered everything that was happening in our industry, and for the first time I questioned whether selling to New York was the smart choice. I spent days reading through the essays Rusch had written on the industry, read through all the comments, followed links to other industry blogs and became convinced that selling to New York would be a death sentence to my career goals. If the traditional houses were already reeling, and we hadn’t even hit the tipping point yet, what would the climate be like in two-three years when my book debuted? (Assuming it sold quickly) Once the tipping point hit, and the majority of the book sales were digital, how would a debut author stand out? Print outlets were declining at an alarming rate, eventually everyone but the bestsellers would be selling mostly digitally through the huge online bookstores like Amazon and B&N. So how in the world would a new author find a reader base? I’m on a lot of readers’ loops, so I know there’s tremendous anger at the traditional houses for the prices they charge for eBooks. A lot of readers won’t even buy digital copies of debut authors’ books because of the price.   

At this point I started researching e-publishers and self-publishing. One of the things I did was track the books on Amazon’s bestselling romantic suspense list in the Kindle Store.  This list ranks the books by how well they are selling. And I made a startling discovery. The books that were selling the most copies and were at the very top of the bestsellers’ list, (the top twenty bestselling romantic suspense) were all self-published. They were either traditional authors’ backlists or unknown authors’ original titles. And they were mostly 2.99 or below. I started tracking traditional authors’ new releases. And discovered that while some of the bestselling authors in my genre might hit the top twenty with their new release, the book only lasted a couple of days at the top before it plummeted. Yet all those cheaper, self-published titles that had been there when the new release hit, were still there when it tanked. It was obvious that readers were buying on price in my genre, not name recognition. At that point I decided to self-publish. I could control the price if I published the book myself. I couldn’t control the price if I went with a traditional house or an e-publisher.

 Amie:  Wow! That’s some great information. Now, is your book available in print as well as in e-formats?

Trish:  No, as of now my book is only available digitally.

Amie:  Tell me about the art work. who did the cover? And how much of a hand did you have in determining the final look?

Trish:  The cover for Forged in Fire was created by Laura Morrigan. But I gave her a detailed description on what I was looking for. I’d studied the best selling romantic thrillers and I discovered all these books featured a sexy guy with a gun on the cover. I also sent Laura a couple of examples of the kind of covers I liked—which gave her a sense of the kind of cover I was looking for.

 Amie:  And now for the dreaded edits…who did your edits and how many reads did you have before you said, “it’s time.”?

Trish:  Jim Thomsen did the copy/line edits for me and Anne Victory did the proofing edits. After I finished the revision off these edits, I sent the book out to another 10 people, through five rounds, and they read for editing errors. The first two people on the first pass found about 66 errors, the second two on the second pass found 22, the third two on the third pass found 10, the fourth two on the fourth pass found 3. When the book came back free of errors on the fifth pass I published it.

Amie:  Now, please tell us about your book.

Trish:  This is Forged in Fire’s blurb:

Beth Brown doesn’t believe in premonitions until she dreams a sexy stranger is gunned down during the brutal hijacking of a commercial airliner. When events in her dream start coming true, she heads to the flight’s departure gate. To her shock, she recognizes the man she’d watched die the night before.

Lieutenant Commander Zane Winters comes from a bloodline of elite warriors with psychic abilities. When Zane and two of his platoon buddies arrive at Sea-Tac Airport, he has a vision of his teammates’ corpses. Then she arrives—a leggy blonde who sets off a different kind of alarm.

As Beth teams up with Zane, they discover the hijacking is the first step in a secret cartel’s deadly global agenda and that key personnel within the FBI are compromised. To survive the forces mobilizing against them, Beth will need to open herself to a psychic connection with the sexy SEAL who claims to be her soul mate.

Amie:  Where did the story idea come from/how did it come about?

Trish:  I actually dreamed the opening to Forged in Fire- then I had to wrap a plot around that opening scene.

Amie:  One thing you want the reader to walk away with after reading this book.

Trish:  I want the reader to stumble away exhausted, because they couldn’t put the book down and stayed up all night reading.  *bg

Amie:  Well, I can vouch for that or at least my big yawns and bleary eyes can! And the most dreaded question of all—are you going to try your hand at self-publishing again?

Trish:  Absolutely, self-publishing was the best decision I have ever made. It’s enabled me to quit my day job and write full time. I’m actually in the production process with a second book. The book, which is called Yesterday’s Child, is scheduled for publishing on the last day of March.

 I can’t wait! Okay, now it’s Trish’s turn. I’m going to turn the blog over to her and she’s going to tell us all of her secrets. Well, maybe not *all* of them. :) Take it away, Trish.

I am a huge proponent of self-publishing. Self-publishing my high octane romantic thriller, Forged in Fire, has completely changed my life. And I mean this in a literal sense. I published the book on September 7th, and by the end of December I had sold over 10,000 copies and earned enough in royalties to enable me to quit my day job and write full time. As of February 28th, 2012 I’ve sold over 20,000 copies of Forged.

Quitting my job to write full time was a dream come true, and a direct result of self-publishing Forged. So believe me when I say that I wholeheartedly believe a previously unpublished and unknown author can build a fan base and make a very good living through self-publishing their work. In fact, I firmly believe that a good book, in a “hot” genre, can make an author more money through self-publishing, than through traditional publishing.

But I am also a realist, and an observer, and I know that few books do as well as my Forged has done. That isn’t to say my success is an anomaly, because it honestly isn’t. There are dozens of previously unpublished and unknown authors who are doing as well, if not better than me. I’m selling peanuts compared to some of these authors.

But the thing is, there are even more books that just aren’t selling at all. For every book that sells well, there are hundreds that aren’t selling at all.

I’m not saying this to discourage anyone from self-publishing. If you want to make a living off your writing, I still believe you have a better shot at doing it by self-publishing your work, then by going with a traditional house. But I also believe that people need to be realistic about their goals—and realistically, making a living through self-publishing is still a long shot. Less of a long shot than trying to make it through a traditional publisher, but still a long shot.

The hard truth is that some books just won’t sell.

Part of this can be attributed to genre. Romantic suspense and romantic thrillers are big sellers in the Kindle store. (which is Forged in Fire’s subgenre) But there are other genres that just don’t sell as well.

Part of this can be attributed to how the book was produced. If the cover doesn’t grab the reader’s attention, the book will tank. If the blurb is unfocused, or has any spelling or editing errors, the book will tank. If the book’s sample chapter has formatting issues, or any spelling, grammar, or punctuation errors, the book will tank.

Sometimes a book’s lack of success can be attributed to the author’s writing ability. The vast majority of writers are unable to judge their own work. They can’t tell that their work is sub-standard and not yet ready for publication. But readers can tell, and they won’t buy. Or sometimes they buy just so they can leave horrible, ugly reviews which would devastate any fledgling author.

But sometimes a good book, with strong writing, an interesting premise, a fantastic cover, a great blurb and compelling sample—a book that has been promoted up the ying-yang—still  doesn’t sell. There’s no rhyme or reason as to why. Some books just don’t sell, or at least they don’t sell well.

So while I encourage everyone to throw their hat in the self-publishing arena, I also urge everyone to take a step back and view this path with realistic expectations. Understand that for the typical self-publisher, success comes after years of toil and multiple books. Research the industry so you can maximize your chances of success. Invest in your career by having your work professionally produced. Understand that self-publishing is a constantly changing industry. It is much harder now, to make a big splash, than it was four months ago when I released my debut book.

Why? Because there are dozens of new authors entering the industry every month, because there are dozens of traditionally established authors releasing well-written, fully edited backlist titles, because publishers are realizing that they can’t compete unless they drop their prices, so they’re starting to drop their prices—but mostly because there is a huge glut of free books dominating the market and a lot of readers are browsing these free books instead of the paid ones these days.

None of this means you can’t make it, but it does mean it will be harder, maybe take longer—so walk this new path with your eyes wide open and realistic expectations in your mind.

I’d like to take the time to tell Trish thanks again for visiting and sharing such great information about her publishing experience. If you missed yesterday’s post, I urge you to go back and read my review of Forged in Fire. It’s a fabulous book and a definite steal for the price.

And remember Trish is on a blog tour that includes a giveaway. Here’s the link to enter and to find out Trish’s other stops on her tour.

http://www.clpblogtours.com/2012/01/forged-in-fire-by-trish-mccallan.html

Thanks, dear readers, for stopping by and tons of luck to you, Trish!!

Lots of <3–Amie