Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Teaser Tuesday with June Kramin - I Got Your Back, Hailey

When Hailey stumbles upon a backpack full of money on her nightly jog, she is forced to flee the security of her secret identity.
Although the sudden appearance of a man that had been flirting with her earlier seems odd, Hailey accepts Parker’s help in getting the heavy bag home. Within moments of arriving, they escape under gunfire. The men it was intended for want it back, and Hailey has now made herself a target.
Safe in a motel room, the two of them discover the truth: although their meeting was an accident, Parker had been involved in the bag’s drop and she had been his assignment all along. Now, getting Hailey away safely is Parker’s new mission. Together they struggle to put together the pieces of Hailey’s past and discover that they have more in common than they thought. 

Being on the run, keeping Hailey’s family safe, and searching for clues to put away the man that wants her dead are hard enough. Falling in love in the middle of it all was the last thing either one of them expected.


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Thursday, January 26, 2017

A #Giveaway on this #ThrowbackThursday by @MaddieJames

It's Throwback Thursday!

Here is a blast from the past for you. Below are the original covers of three of my books. All have different titles and yes, they were written under a different name. Can you guess the new titles for all three of these books?

Comment below with your guesses and one random winner will be gifted with all three of the NEW Amazon Kindle ebooks of these titles!

Ready. Set. Go!

What are the new titles for these three books?

 

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

4 Industry Articles on Book Marketing #WriterWednesday

I've come across some interesting writer industry articles related to book marketing this past week and thought I would share. I hope they are useful to you.

HubSpot shared a blog post on 7 Facebook Changes You May Have Missed. In December 2016, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated that Facebook has evolved from a traditional social media network into a new type of media company... Read more >>

The BookBub Partners blog shared 7 Top Book Marketing Tips from DBW 2017. Digital Book World held their annual conference on publishing and digital content strategies this week in New York City. For the first time, they hosted an entire track on book marketing... Read more >>

This blog post from Reedsy might be eye-opening for some. 8 Book Marketing Mistakes to Ban in 2017. For many authors, selling a book is even harder than writing it. But whether you’re self- or traditionally published, learning to market and sell your work is a key factor in author success. Read more >>

And from Written Word Media, this must read post on the Top Ten Trends in Publishing Every Author Needs to Know in 2017. What does 2017 have in store for authors? If you haven’t had a chance to read forecasts and predictions for the coming year, fear not. Read more >>

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Teaser Tuesday with Bronwyn Green - In Bounds

Her summer holiday just got a hell of a lot more complicated. 

Ivy Wright knows several things to be true: Marrying a guy who can’t keep it in his pants is a terrible idea. So is having a drunken, secret one-night stand with her best friend’s little brother. And catching a soccer ball with one’s face never works out well for anyone. When all three collide, what was supposed to be a relaxing vacation in the English countryside becomes unbelievably awkward not to mention sexually charged.

While recovering from a potentially career-ending injury, English football player, Will Darby, runs into the one woman he’d given up hope of ever seeing again. No longer chafing at being sidelined, Will is a man on a mission. He’s never forgotten his one and only night with Ivy, and their attraction is stronger than ever.

Convincing her to give him a chance is only the first hurdle. Getting her to admit her kinks and let him give her what she needs physically and emotionally is another, but is their connection enough when her secrets keep pushing them apart? 

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Today's #MondayMashup - January 23, 2017

Happy Monday!

In case you missed it....

I blogged at Wild and Wicked Cowboys last week. Come see where I am heading in June. Can't wait to hang out with so many of my cowboy author friends!

Romance authors Ruth Kaufman and Jan Scarbrough made appearances on my blog recently. If you missed their teasers, you can find them here.

Like chicken salad? See my Sunday Chicken Salad recipe here!

Authors! I have Tuesday Teaser blog post spots open starting February 7 and Friday Feature spots available beginning February 24. Give me a shout at maddie@maddiejames.net if you want to reserve a spot. Details are here! 

And don't forget, I have two sales going on right now. Both will end January 31, so grab them soon!






Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tuesday Teaser - My Once and Future Love by Ruth Kaufman

Annora of Amberton flees her castle to seek proof that she’s not a lunatic as her uncle declared when claiming wardship over her and her lands. Morgan ap Myrddin must rescue his father, Merlin, from imprisonment. But enemies have wounded him, draining his powers.
He stumbles upon her cottage and enlists her aid. As he helps protect her from her uncle’s schemes in return, undeniable desire and respect spark. But he won’t succumb to the lure of a mortal woman as his father did. She’s wary of caring for a man who refuses to discuss his past. When he finally tells her he’s a Knight of the Round Table, she fears he’s the lunatic as danger, secrets and destiny thwart the power of love.


Excerpt:

            Flames of agony seared Morgan ap Myrddin. Blood, crimson as the dragon on his long-lost banner, streamed down his side, soaking remnants of the shirt pressed against his arrow wound to staunch the flow. He sped through the forest, cracking branches in his haste. 
            Heart pounding hard as a hammer on an anvil, he caught his breath behind a wide oak and leaned heavily on the rough bark. Amidst a shower of autumn leaves, he closed his eyes to focus his dwindling strength and energy on listening. What he sought lay beyond the wind swishing through the trees.
He sought the footsteps of his enemies.
Morgan’s ears, keener than those of any mortal man’s, strained to capture the distant sounds of an army on the move. The faint rumble, the subtle shaking of the ground beneath his feet told him what he needed to know. His enemies approached.
Never before, in thirty-two mortal years fraught with danger, had he come so close to being trapped.
Closing his eyes, he raised his arms to summon aid, to call upon his vast powers.
Nothing happened. Nothing changed.
Icy needles of unfamiliar fear pierced him. “Taliesin preserve me,” he breathed.
No answer. His Mysteries had faded so, he couldn’t even hear the wisdom of his ancestors.
Morgan ran. He stumbled into a tree, dizzy from loss of blood. He had to move faster or they would capture him.
And his father would remain imprisoned for all eternity.
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Ruth Kaufman

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Writer Wednesday - Take the Pressure Off

A few days ago I can across a Word doc in my "potential blog posts" file that spoke to me. I'm not sure when I wrote the content but I imagine it was a couple of years or more ago. The thing is, it still applies to me today. The theme of the post is mostly two-fold -- quit beating yourself up if you don't make your daily word count, and write every day regardless. Good advice.

I realized as I was reading through the rough copy that I had written that I actually think it was an email I had written to someone else. I often find myself doing that -- sending encouraging and uplifting and inspirational emails to other authors when they are feeling like shit because of not writing. Hey, been there. Done that. And honestly, after 30 years of chasing this writing dream, I just have to say this: 

STOP IT.
YES. STOP THAT SHIT.

There is nothing that can halt the good stuff faster than the negative crap we poke in our brains. Stop dwelling on it. Just write every damn day. That's my advice. I don't care if it's two words or two thousand words. Just get words on the page. Every day. 

I thought perhaps you'd like to read that email. It spoke to me again. Perhaps it will speak to you. 

I don't know if it will help, but lately I've been having more success allowing myself to write less each day. I started off a few weeks ago with a strict calendar and deadlines and a 2500 word a day goal. I kept getting frustrated because I wasn't making my goal every day. 

They I decided to say fuck it to the 2500 goal. I realized I was comfortably writing between 1000 and 1500 daily. While beating myself up over not reaching the bigger goal, I failed to realize I was still significantly moving the book forward each and every day by writing less than the goal. And, I met all three of my last deadlines without doing that, and I should make my deadline at the end of the month on this current WIP.

Why the difference? Less pressure. I've divided out my day loosely -- fiction in the morning, non-fiction in the afternoon. It's helping me to balance all of these different kinds of projects. And I've been happier with what I've produced each day.

So, I think what I am saying is, perhaps, give yourself some firm deadlines, a timeline of sorts, and allow yourself to write LESS each day, as long as you write EVERY DAY. I am finding the every day advice to be pure gold for me. I don't put it off anymore. It's the first thing I do in the morning.

Make sense to you?

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Teaser Tuesday - Featuring Jan Scarbrough and Secrets

Secrets: Bluegrass Homecoming series by Jan Scarbrough

Schoolteacher Kelly Baron raised her child alone. Now that her daughter’s grown and married, Kelly can finally start her new life in North Carolina, responsible only for herself. She has just one more thing to do: help her mother. To do so, she must return to Heritage Springs, Kentucky, the place she’d fled years before. Back then she’d been nothing but a small-town girl from the wrong side of the tracks, hiding a secret that could have destroyed lives.

Newly divorced lawyer Rob Scott seeks solace for his heartache in his small-town roots. Maybe being an incurable romantic isn’t smart for a lawyer who has to deal with hard facts. The last thing he’s looking for is a relationship. He’d made millions in Chicago, but in his heart he’s always kept a secret dream, a desire he’s never told anyone. Then he runs into Kelly, the girl who’d disappeared from his life years ago, leaving behind only hurt and unanswered questions.

Kelly’s kept her secret all these years. But sometimes the only way to build a future is to face the past.

Read an excerpt here http://a.co/aFPjv7A

Recent nice review: I simply adored this story. A warm, compelling read about a second chance at love. Beautifully written with characters that I really came to care about. Secrets: Bluegrass Homecoming is a wonderful read that is perfect for curling up with under a blanket on a cold winters day — or any day for that matter. I Highly Recommend. Amazon Review

Available at AMAZON. A Kindle Unlimited Title

Monday, January 09, 2017

Monday Mashup with Maddie James - January 9

Hello Monday!

Here's what's going on in Maddie's world.

It's frigid cold here in Kentucky so I spent the entire weekend inside (except for quickly taking the dog out to potty) and got a lot of work accomplished.

My Current WIP - My current work-in-progress is a novella for Sable Hunter's Hell Yeah! Kindle World. So far it's untitled, but I'm sure a title will come to me soon. They always do! My deadline is February 28 and the release will happen in May. Excited! Here are a few lines from the story...

Holy mother of all things sinful—the man staring back at her with his hand outstretched represented nothing short of cowboy crack. She knew if she partook of him once, she couldn’t stop, and that was the last thing she needed right now. Her gaze started at his calloused hand and traveled upward perusing every God-given feature the man possessed—deep-set black eyes, chiseled chin and cheek bones, and a scruffy five o’clock shadow. All of which were perfectly set below a white, straw Resistol, cocked sexily to one side. 

What do you think?

Last week my newsletter went out. The monthly giveaway there was a signed paperback copy of Corporate Cowboy. If you are not a newsletter subscriber, you can't get in on the giveaway. So what are you waiting for? Sign up here anytime. 

One of my tasks this weekend was to update my Events page on my website. It's done! Follow this link to see the events I will be participating in so far this year. You can also see on this calendar the authors who will be guest posting on this blog.

Did you watch the new NBC television show Emerald City last Friday night? If so, then you may be interested in my blog post this morning over at Gems in the Attic. Come by and say hello!

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

On Sale through January - Corporate Cowboy - #99cents

The Montana Ranchers Series #6; Montana Heat, Book One

This book is a spin-off of the original Montana McKennas books and has a higher heat level. (erotic romance, domination and submission)

When Emma Lavender is called to corporate headquarters at the end of her first week of employment at WestInn Hotels, she is shocked at the proposition offered by the company CEO. So shocked, in fact, she takes him up on his offer.


Emma Lavender is your average college graduate--eager to make a go of her first job and pay off those student loans. Fresh out of a relationship going nowhere, she leaves Charlotte, North Carolina, behind and heads for the wild west--Billings, Montana. But in Montana, no one takes her seriously or appreciates her southern belle upbringing, except for one man--CEO of WestInn Enterprises, Gage Parker--and he seriously appreciates what Emma has to offer.

Corporate executive by day, rancher by night, Dom all the time--Gage Parker is an Alpha male with an insatiable sexual appetite and a fundamental need to control women sexually. When Emma crosses his line of vision during her work orientation at his hotel, he engineers a meeting and presents Emma with a proposition that literally rocks her southern belle upbringing to the core--and one that Emma learns she is powerless to refuse.

AMAZON | IBOOKS | BARNES & NOBLE | KOBO  | PAPERBACK

Click for A scene from Chapter One

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Teaser Tuesday with Ginger Ring - Featuring Crossing Roman

Madison Miller is a small town girl with big dreams, but
years of running her mother’s bridal business has put a damper on that…

Madison is weary of planning other people’s dream weddings and ready to find a man of her own—when a sudden encounter with a handsome visitor leaves her world spinning. He's all she can think about, but the son of a mafia boss is not the kind of man she’d had in mind. She wonders how being involved with him might impact her life—and the lives of those she cares about.

Roman Caponelli is looking to expand his family’s business on the legitimate side—not the mafia side—and perhaps find a little romance… Roman is captivated with Madison, but this local beauty wants nothing to do with a criminal like him. Madison said no to him once, and come hell or high water she won’t deny him again—and if he has to use mob tactics to make that happen, so be it.

Roman sets out, determined to win the only woman who has kept his interest for more than one night.
Madison is everything he wants in a woman, and he will stop at nothing… Not until the entire town knows that Crossing Roman is not an option.



Monday, January 02, 2017

A New Year Monday Mashup

That's right. I'm bringing the Monday Mashup back for the new year. So, what just happened and what's coming up? Let's chat.

I have a Romance Sampler on sale right now and I blogged about it a couple of weeks ago on this blog and at Gems in the Attic blog. That sampler will be on sale for 99 cents only for the month of January, so check out the deets and grab it while you can. It's at all retailers in ebook.

Speaking of the Gems in the Attic blog, you can find me there once a month on every second Monday. I also blog at Wild and Wicked Cowboys on the 18th of every month. Come visit me there too!

Oooh, a little birdie tweeted in my ear that there is another sale upcoming. Perhaps at any minute! For the first time, Corporate Cowboy is going to be on sale for 99 cents. Yes. It's true. Watch for it....

And if you are so inclined, check out this new project of mine that has just launched. It's a blog for now with publications to come down the road. Can you #adult? If not, check this out.

The Home Ec Teacher's Guides to.... Just about everything. 

Coming up: Watch for romance authors Ginger Ring, Jan Scarbrough, Nancy Fraser, and Ruth Kaufman to make appearances on my blog in the near future!



Sunday, January 01, 2017

By the numbers -- A look at the New Year

We’re all thinking about new beginnings right now. After all, today is January 1, the first day of a brand new year. It is normal to ponder starting over, setting new goals, and pledging resolutions to do things differently or to make improvements in our lives.

I’ve been thinking along those lines too.

As I wrote in a blog post a few days ago, 2016 is getting a bad rap all over social media, and people are happy to see the year go. I hope, for all of those people who were so adamantly negative against the year, that 2017 will bring greater joy and awesome things for them. I wrote in that piece that perhaps what needs to happen is a change of attitude. I’m not the judge and jury on that, but I do have to wonder if others really think and analyze what went wrong with 2016 for them, and how it can be different next year.

And then, there is Elizabeth Gilbert, who shared in this Ted Talk that perhaps some things aren’t our fault. That perhaps we’re assigned muses or beings or somethings to our lives who make us look at things this way or that, help us write our stories, do our work, and so forth. That perhaps, it’s not just talent—she thinks that’s a heavy burden to put on our shoulders—but that it’s how much our muses decide to show up for work each day. Which lead me back to thinking about new beginnings again and numerology.

Now, I’m not a fan of numbers. I’ve never really liked working with them—yet, I hold a great respect for them. Mostly, I respect people who understand and love working with them. I’ve never found numbers as fascinating as words. The concept of numerology, however, has long fascinated me and if you go back to Elizabeth Gilbert’s philosophy, I like it even more. Perhaps things are ordained, so to speak, for us. Perhaps it is the choices we make within that “plan” or path that is set forth too. Maybe it’s a combination of fate and determination, with some wisdom tossed in on the side.

At any rate, I’ve looked at the numerology predictions this morning for 2017. Both the Universal Year Number and my Personal Number are number 1. That means that this next 9-year cycle for me should be a good path forward. According to a couple of articles I read online here and here, this is what I can look forward to in 2017 and the next nine years.

• New beginnings, change, and progress in many areas (ideas, interests, status, friends and business, vocation)
• Leadership is strong
• Individualization
• Confidence – time to assert my will
• A year of ideas! – and being a self-starter (I’ve always been that)
• A year to shine! – with confidence
• Motivation
• A time to listen to my personal ideas and desires and decide what I want to accomplish

I’d be remiss not to mention that this Universal and Personal Year of 1 grows out of a challenging 2016 for me. When I look back over the year, I realize a tremendous amount of change occurred for me during this time.
• I abruptly and unexpectedly lost my mother
• I went back to full time work after nearly three years of working at home writing
• I ended a significant relationship

All the while, I kept plugging away at life. I’ve taken some time the past couple of weeks to reflect, finally, which has been a good thing. I have gained wisdom from this past year, and the previous cycle, but now it’s up to me to put my lessons learned to practice in the coming nine years. I know it’s not just fate, but I’ve been told that numbers do not lie. I have a healthy respect for what they are telling me.

I know I need to put in the work too. I need to show up and do my part. If nothing else, I have determination. I’ll take that boost from the numbers and run with it. And I’m looking forward to 2017 and the next 9 year cycle providing me with the skills, wisdom and insight to move things forward.

What are your thoughts for the new year?