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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year from Erica Monroe!




It’s that grand holiday we all call New Year’s Eve, and as I do every year, I’m reflecting back. I don’t make resolutions on January 1st, as I inevitably break them within the first year. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve resolved to lose weight or stop cursing—and I still love pastries and can say the eff-word nine different ways in a sentence and have it be grammatically correct. Instead, I choose to look back at what I’ve accomplished in the past year and what I’d like to improve. Setting goals with an actual time line helps me to keep on track.

2013 was one of the craziest and best years of my life. If you’ll allow me to soliloquy for a moment, here’s in short what happened: in April I made the decision to self-publish my first series; in June I received my first book cover; in July I went conducted a workshop to the Beau Monde on rookeries and went to my first RWA conference, where people actually (gasp!) wanted to know about my book; in August I quit my full-time job to pursue writing and took a part-time job as a receptionist; in September I turned 27; in October I finished my edits and beta edits for A Dangerous Invitation; on December 1st I finished the copy edits and all final read-throughs and content for the book and sent it off to formatters. Also in December—get this—I released my first novel into the world. You can now read the start to my series The Rookery Rogues on your e-reader or in paperback. That little piece of my soul called A Dangerous Invitation is no longer just mine: it now belongs to all the readers out there.

So you could say it’s been a wild year. I don’t normally like change, but in this case, I look back at all the changes and I’m so happy. It’s the support of people like this group here at Lady Scribes that I’ve been able to make these positive alterations to my life. In one year, I’ve gone from a girl who was playing around with a new project of darker, gritty romance to a girl who just published her debut novel, and worked her butt off to make it the best book she was capable of producing. I’ve learned more things about writing and 1830’s London than I ever thought possible. 

This year, I’m so grateful for my friends, my family, and my lovely husband. I’m hopeful that next year I can continue to grow as a writer and that I meet with success in publishing my second book. I’m looking not just for commercial proof that I’ve “made” it as a writer, but that feeling inside of me that tells me, “hey, you’ve done something you can be proud of.” Isn’t that what we all want? We strive towards making something great out of our lives. Something that makes us feel like we’ve left an impact on the world around us, and we’ve changed it for the better.

What I’ve learned most this year is that there’s a certain power in being yourself. I’ve never really been one to want to conform to other’s expectations—I have a problem with authority that I’m sure my host Andris understands—but I found myself doing that. I was stuck in a job where I didn’t really get to be me, or focus on the things I loved most. When I was finally able to leave that job, it hit me that I’d been unhappy not because of the work, or even because of the people around me, but because I’d allowed that job to interfere with my self-identity. I had lost track of myself as a writer. I’m a quirky, pretty cheery person, so that was a problem for me. 

But with self-publishing, and the wonderful supporting writing communities of both The Beau Monde and Heart of Carolina, I’ve realized that I get to be me. I can write angsty romances with suspense elements and pretty gruesome mysteries, and there’s an audience for that. I get to research the things that make me happy—no matter how weird or morbid they might seem.
I hope when you’re looking back at this year, that you’re surrounded by family and friends. That you’ve got good memories and that the hardships you’ve faced only strengthen you for what’s to come. It’s a brand new year ready for you to triumph. Go forth with your bad self and accomplish all that you’ve been meaning to!
And of course, in the immortal words of the great Spock, live long and prosper.

What are the big changes in your life this past year?



Book Blurb:
One fatal mistake cost Daniel O’Reilly the woman he loved, spiraling him toward drunken self-destruction. Now sober, he’ll have to prove he’s innocent of the murder he was accused of three years ago. But pistol-wielding Kate Morgan hasn’t forgiven his sins.
Torn from her privileged existence by her father’s death, Kate Morgan has carved out a new independent life in the Ratcliffe rookery as a fence for stolen goods. Daniel’s invitation to assist him jeopardizes her structured existence. Yet Kate can’t resist his touch, or the wicked desires he stirs within her.
As their renewed passions grow reckless, their investigation takes them through the darkest and most depraved areas of the City. To catch a killer, they’ll have to put secrets behind them and trust only their hearts.




Erica Monroe writes dark, suspenseful historical romance. Her debut novel, A Dangerous Invitation, Book 1 of the Rookery Rogues series, released in December 2013. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina, and the Beau Monde Regency Romance chapter. Erica can also be found blogging every other Saturday at Teatime Romance. When not writing, she is a chronic TV watcher, sci-fi junkie, lover of pit bulls, and shoe fashionista. She lives in the suburbs of North Carolina with her husband, two dogs, and a cat.



Erica is giving away an ecopy of A Dangerous Invitation!

Buy Links:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Dangerous-Invitation-The-Rookery-Rogues-ebook/dp/B00H57P5DI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386725791&sr=8-1&keywords=a+dangerous+invitation
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-dangerous-invitation-erica-monroe/1117604777?ean=2940148949893
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/a-dangerous-invitation
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/385367
Paperback edition coming later in the month.


Monday, December 30, 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year a little early!




Between a whole lot of teddy bear orders, 5 are ready to ship to Australia, and another 2 as soon as I receive payment, they are a lot of fun, and a lot of work, I'm working on book deadlines.
 Best Friends Purple Sweater Bear

But to me, they're like writing. Each has her/his own personality! She looks like she needs a hug.

In the past, I've looked at the future as kind of like a blank slate. But this year and last, I've scheduled WAY too many things. So I'm going to a Chicago writers conference (1st time), Authors After Dark, Romantic Times (1st time ever, and I'm going to be helping to host a pirate wench party!), RWA Nationals, and two trips for research, Scotland, and Minnesota to a wolf park and whatever else my fan and friend can get me involved in up there. So really looking forward to it. And have to see family.

But I have deadlines too! And somehow I've got to accomplish those also. So my New Year's goal is to not schedule so much for 2015. LOL :)

My fans sent me some cool gifts too! My wolves, to keep me on track.

 

Supernatural to remind me to take some time out for me.



And a doll to tell all my frustrations to, especially when it comes to edits!



I am ready for it! Only it means lots of deadlines, trips, and fun! :)

What about you?

Terry
"Giving new meaning to the term alpha male!"
www.terryspear.com

Thursday, December 26, 2013

SALE ALERT: 200 Romance Titles $1.99 TODAY ONLY!!!

Happy Boxing Day!
Did you get a Kindle for Christmas and/or some great Amazon gift cards? Then you're in luck because today over 200 romance and women’s fiction titles by Sourcebooks authors are discounted to $1.99 for TODAY ONLY.
Among them are books three and four in the Amoveo Legend!!!
Untamed arc cover

UNDONE arc cover

Guess what...there are 198 more sexy romance titles to choose from! I'm posting the full list of books below for your convenience and you can access the Kindle Daily Deal page HERE.
 Enjoy and Happy Reading!

KINDLE DAILY DEAL – SOURCEBOOKS – 12/26/13
Title
Author
Deal Price
Jesse (The Secret Life of Cowboys)
C. H. Admirand
1.99
Wedding in Apple Grove
C. H. Admirand
1.99
Bite Me, Your Grace
Brooklyn Ann
1.99
Once Again a Bride
Jane Ashford
1.99
Demons Prefer Blondes (Demons Unleashed)
Sidney Ayers
1.99
Demons Like It Hot (Demons Unleashed)
Sidney Ayers
1.99
Legacy (Casablanca Classics)
Jeanette Baker
1.99
Catriona (Casablanca Classics)
Jeanette Baker
1.99
Irish Lady (Casablanca Classics)
Jeanette Baker
1.99
Nell (Casablanca Classics)
Jeanette Baker
1.99
Shot of Sultry (Sultry Springs)
Macy Beckett
1.99
Wildest Dreams (Casablanca Classics)
F. Rosanne Bittner
1.99
Thunder on the Plains (Casablanca Classics)
Bittner, Rosanne
1.99
Slave (The Cat Star Chronicles)
Cheryl Brooks
1.99
Warrior (The Cat Star Chronicles)
Cheryl Brooks
1.99
Rogue (The Cat Star Chronicles)
Cheryl Brooks
1.99
Outcast (The Cat Star Chronicles)
Cheryl Brooks
1.99
Hero (The Cat Star Chronicles)
Cheryl Brooks
1.99
Virgin (The Cat Star Chronicles)
Cheryl Brooks
1.99
Wildcat (The Cat Star Chronicles)
Cheryl Brooks
1.99
One Lucky Cowboy
Carolyn Brown
1.99
Getting Lucky
Carolyn Brown
1.99
I Love This Bar (Honky Tonk)
Carolyn Brown
1.99
Hell, Yeah (Honky Tonk)
Carolyn Brown
1.99
Honky Tonk Christmas
Carolyn Brown
1.99
My Give a Damn's Busted (Honky Tonk)
Carolyn Brown
1.99
Love Drunk Cowboy (Spikes & Spurs)
Carolyn Brown
1.99
Red's Hot Cowboy (Spikes & Spurs)
Carolyn Brown
1.99
Darn Good Cowboy Christmas (Spikes & Spurs)
Carolyn Brown
1.99
One Hot Cowboy Wedding (Spikes & Spurs)
Carolyn Brown
1.99
Mistletoe Cowboy (Spikes & Spurs)
Carolyn Brown
1.99
Just a Cowboy and His Baby (Spikes & Spurs)
Carolyn Brown
1.99
The Blue-Ribbon Jalapeƃ±o Society Jubilee
Carolyn Brown
1.99
Hundreds of Years to Reform a Rake
Laurie Brown
1.99
What Would Jane Austen Do?
Laurie Brown
1.99
Heir (The Duke's Obsession)
Grace Burrowes
1.99
Soldier (The Duke's Obsession)
Grace Burrowes
1.99
Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish
Grace Burrowes
1.99
Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight (Windham Sisters)
Grace Burrowes
1.99
Lady Eve's Indiscretion (Windham Sisters)
Grace Burrowes
1.99
Darius: Lord of Pleasures (Lonely Lords)
Grace Burrowes
1.99
Dark Highland Fire
Kendra Leigh Castle
1.99
Flirting Under a Full Moon
Ashlyn Chase
1.99
Return of Black Douglas
Elaine Coffman
1.99
No Proper Lady
Isabel Cooper
1.99
Lessons After Dark
Isabel Cooper
1.99
Healing Luke
Beth Cornelison
1.99
Backstage Pass: Sinners on Tour (The Sinners on Tour)
Olivia Cunning
1.99
Rock Hard (The Sinners on Tour)
Olivia Cunning
1.99
Double Time: Sinners On Tour (The Sinners on Tour)
Olivia Cunning
1.99
Hot Ticket: Sinners on Tour (The Sinners on Tour)
Olivia Cunning
1.99
Certain Wolfish Charm
Lydia Dare
1.99
Lydia Dare Wolf Bundle
Lydia Dare
1.99
Wolf Who Loved Me
Lydia Dare
1.99
Wolfishly Yours (Westfield Wolves)
Lydia Dare
1.99
SEALed with a Promise
Mary Margret Daughtridge
1.99
SEALed with a Ring
Mary Margret Daughtridge
1.99
Assassins in Love: Assassins Guild
DeLake, Kris
1.99
Landlord's Black-Eyed Daughter
Mary Ellen Dennis
1.99
Greatest Love on Earth
Dennis, Mary Ellen
1.99
SEAL at Heart
Anne Elizabeth
1.99
In Over Her Head
Judi Fennell
1.99
Wild Blue Under
Judi Fennell
1.99
Catch of a Lifetime
Judi Fennell
1.99
I Dream of Genies
Judi Fennell
1.99
Genie Knows Best
Judi Fennell
1.99
Magic Gone Wild
Judi Fennell
1.99
Making Waves
Tawna Fenske
1.99
Believe It or Not
Tawna Fenske
1.99
Line of Scrimmage
Marie Force
1.99
Love at First Flight
Marie Force
1.99
Everyone Loves a Hero
Marie Force
1.99
Wedding in Springtime
Amanda Forester
1.99
Wicked Wedding of Miss Ellie Vyne
Jayne Fresina
1.99
Making of a Duchess
Shana Galen
1.99
Rogue Pirate's Bride
Shana Galen
1.99
If You Give a Rake a Ruby (Jewels of the Ton)
Shana Galen
1.99
Tapestry of Dreams (Casablanca Classics)
Roberta Gellis
1.99
Fires of Winter (Casablanca Classics)
Roberta Gellis
1.99
Masques of Gold (Casablanca Classics)
Roberta Gellis
1.99
Rope Dancer (Casablanca Classics)
Roberta Gellis
1.99
Miss Lavigne's Little White Lie (Beau Monde Bachelor)
Samantha Grace
1.99
Stories to Make You Blush: Seven Naughty Tales
Marie Gray
1.99
Wickedly Charming (Fates)
Kristine Grayson
1.99
Utterly Charming (Fates)
Kristine Grayson
1.99
Thoroughly Kissed
Grayson, Kristine
1.99
Charming Blue
Kristine Grayson
1.99
Heart of a Texan (Night Riders)
Leigh Greenwood
1.99
Gentleman Never Tells (Rogues' Dynasty)
Amelia Grey
1.99
Dash of Scandal
Amelia Grey
1.99
Gentleman Says "I Do"
Amelia Grey
1.99
False Colours
Georgette Heyer
1.99
Lady of Quality
Georgette Heyer
1.99
Black Sheep
Georgette Heyer
1.99
Charity Girl
Georgette Heyer
1.99
Frederica
Georgette Heyer
1.99
Convenient Marriage
Georgette Heyer
1.99
Talisman Ring
Georgette Heyer
1.99
Cousin Kate
Georgette Heyer
1.99
Corinthian
Georgette Heyer
1.99
Grand Sophy
Georgette Heyer
1.99
Arabella
Georgette Heyer
1.99
Foundling
Georgette Heyer
1.99
These Old Shades (Alastair Trilogy)
Georgette Heyer
1.99
Devil's Cub
Georgette Heyer
1.99
Black Moth
Georgette Heyer
1.99
Masqueraders
Georgette Heyer
1.99
Powder and Patch
Georgette Heyer
1.99
Beauvallet
Georgette Heyer
1.99
Venetia
Georgette Heyer
1.99
Bath Tangle
Georgette Heyer
1.99
Unknown Ajax
Georgette Heyer
1.99
Toll-Gate
Georgette Heyer
1.99
Civil Contract
Georgette Heyer
1.99
Sprig Muslin
Georgette Heyer
1.99
April Lady
Georgette Heyer
1.99
Pistols for Two
Georgette Heyer
1.99
Deliver Me from Darkness: A Novel of the Paladin Warriors
Tes Hilaire
1.99
Deliver Me From Temptation: A Novel of the Paladin Warriors
Tes Hilaire
1.99
Taste Me (Underbelly Chronicles)
Tamara Hogan
1.99
Chase Me
Tamara Hogan
1.99
India Fan (Casablanca Classics)
Victoria Holt
1.99
Untamed (The Amoveo Legend)
Sara Humphreys
1.99
Undone (The Amoveo Legend)
Sara Humphreys
1.99
Goblin King (Shadowlands)
Shona Husk
1.99
Kiss of the Goblin Prince (Shadowlands)
Shona Husk
1.99
For the Love of a Goblin Warrior (Shadowlands)
Shona Husk
1.99
Highland Rebel: A tale of a rebellious lady and a traitorous lord
Judith James
1.99
Legend of Michael: Sin and Satisfaction (Zodius)
Lisa Renee Jones
1.99
What a Goddess Wants (Forgotten Goddesses)
Stephanie Julian
1.99
How to Worship a Goddess (Forgotten Goddesses)
Stephanie Julian
1.99
Goddess in the Middle (Forgotten Goddesses)
Stephanie Julian
1.99
Winter Sea
Susanna Kearsley
1.99
Rose Garden
Susanna Kearsley
1.99
Mariana
Susanna Kearsley
1.99
The Shadowy Horses
Susanna Kearsley
1.99
Where There's Smoke
Karen Kelley
1.99
Where There's a Will (Good Girl)
Karen Kelley
1.99
Cowboy Trouble
Joanne Kennedy
1.99
One Fine Cowboy
Joanne Kennedy
1.99
Tall, Dark and Cowboy
Joanne Kennedy
1.99
Cowboy Crazy
Joanne Kennedy
1.99
Cowboy Tough
Joanne Kennedy
1.99
My Unfair Lady
Kathryne Kennedy
1.99
The Fire Lord's Lover (The Elven Lords)
Kathryne Kennedy
1.99
Beneath the Thirteen Moons
Kathryne Kennedy
1.99
Lady of the Storm (Elven Lords)
Kathryne Kennedy
1.99
Enchanting the Lady (The Relics of Merlin)
Kathryne Kennedy
1.99
Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl
Gina Lamm
1.99
Fortune's Son
Emery Lee
1.99
Dating DaVinci
Malena Lott
1.99
Cover Me (Elite Force: That Others May Live)
Catherine Mann
1.99
Hot Zone (Elite Force: That Others May Live)
Catherine Mann
1.99
Elite Force: That Others May Live Bundle: Cover Me and Hot Zone by Catherine Mann
Catherine Mann
1.99
Under Fire (Elite Force: That Others May Live)
Catherine Mann
1.99
Free Fall (Elite Force: That Others May Live)
Catherine Mann
1.99
Staying at Daisy's
Jill Mansell
1.99
Walk in the Park
Jill Mansell
1.99
Thinking of You
Jill Mansell
1.99
Waking Up With a Rake (Regency Rakes)
Mia Marlowe
1.99
Treasures of Venice: A passion they never expected and a danger they cannot escape
Loucinda McGary
1.99
Kiss of Steel
Bec McMaster
1.99
Heart of Iron
Bec McMaster
1.99
Mistress' House
Leigh Michaels
1.99
Officer Breaks the Rules (Semper Fidelis. Always Faithful.)
Jeanette Murray
1.99
Tempted (Eternal Guardians)
Elisabeth Naughton
1.99
Enraptured (Eternal Guardians)
Elisabeth Naughton
1.99
Enslaved (Eternal Guardians)
Elisabeth Naughton
1.99
Jane Eyre's Daughter
Charlotte Bronte
1.99
Man Who Loved Pride and Prejudice: A modern love story with a Jane Austen twist
Abigail Reynolds
1.99
Merely Magic (Casablanca Classics)
Patricia Rice
1.99
Lure of Song and Magic
Patricia Rice
1.99
Must Be Magic (Casablanca Classics)
Patricia Rice
1.99
Trouble With Magic (Casablanca Classics)
Patricia Rice
1.99
This Magic Moment (Casablanca Classics)
Patricia Rice
1.99
Temptation in a Kilt
Victoria Roberts
1.99
Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark
Donna Simpson
1.99
Heart of the Wolf: To win her, he must fight to the death...
Terry Spear
1.99
Destiny of the Wolf
Terry Spear
1.99
To Tempt the Wolf
Terry Spear
1.99
Legend of the White Wolf (Heart of the Wolf)
Terry Spear
1.99
Seduced by the Wolf (Heart of the Wolf)
Terry Spear
1.99
Terry Spear’s Wolf Bundle
Terry Spear
1.99
Wolf Fever
Terry Spear
1.99
Heart of the Highland Wolf (Heart of the Wolf)
Terry Spear
1.99
Dreaming of the Wolf (Heart of the Wolf)
Terry Spear
1.99
SEAL in Wolf's Clothing
Terry Spear
1.99
Savage Hunger (Shifter)
Terry Spear
1.99
Howl for a Highlander (Heart of the Wolf)
Terry Spear
1.99
Highland Werewolf Wedding (Heart of the Wolf)
Terry Spear
1.99
My Love, My Enemy (Casablanca Classics)
Jan Cox Speas
1.99
Prince of Power (Chronicles of Yavn)
Elisabeth Staab
1.99
Scrumptious
Amanda Usen
1.99
Luscious
Amanda Usen
1.99
Hell on Wheels: Black Knights Inc.
Julie Ann Walker
1.99
In Rides Trouble: Black Knights Inc.
Julie Ann Walker
1.99
Rev It Up: Black Knights Inc.
Julie Ann Walker
1.99
To Conquer a Highlander
Mary Wine
1.99
Highland Heat
Mary Wine
1.99
Highlander's Prize
Mary Wine
1.99
Trouble with Highlanders
Mary Wine
1.99
Hex Appeal
Linda Wisdom
1.99
Wicked By Any Other Name
Linda Wisdom
1.99
Hex in High Heels (Jazz Tremaine)
Linda Wisdom
1.99
Lady Flees Her Lord
Michele Young
1.99
No Regrets
Michele Young
1.99
Outcast Prince (Annwyn)
Shona Husk
1.99