I hope this Juneteenth finds you well.
I’ve been silent on this blog for far too long. I hope you enjoyed a Happy Thanksgiving, Yule, New Year, and Valentine’s Day. After that, it gets harder. Most of us were in self-isolation by St. Patrick’s Day. And since then a lot of miserable history has been written.
Since you signed up for my blog you’re either a fan or a writer, or both. And like me, you probably dive into a book to take a break from the news. My recent books have included Mimi Matthews The Viscount and the Vicar’s Daughter, and the first two books of Hazel Hunter’s The Immortal Highlander series. I’m currently reading Grace Burrowes’ A Lady’s Dream Come True. (Burrowes is one of my auto-buy authors. Reading her books is like eating comfort food, but without the calories.) When I finish with that, I’ll take a break from historicals to read a romantic suspense by Fiona Quinn.
What books have you been taking comfort in?
If you’re looking for an exciting paranormal romance (or you know someone who is), the first book in my Celestial Affairs series, LIGHTBRINGER is Free right now.
Now that Thanksgiving is in the rear view mirror the gift giving season has officially begun. If you’re like me, you have a number of friends who prefer reading on their tablets and phones. Did you know that you can give them ebooks as gifts? It’s easy on Amazon. Just go to the product page of the book you want to give and click the button that says, “Buy for others.” Amazon will ask you to sign in, and then take you to a page where you can tell them who you want to give the gift to. They’ll let you schedule the gift for a particular day and even give you a place to write a note.
To make giving that gift a little easier (including to yourself), DARK WINTER’S NIGHT will be available as an Amazon Countdown for less than a buck through the 10th. (Sadly, Amazon’s Countdown feature is only available in the US and the UK. I’ll plan something soon that will be available to all my fans.)
DARK WINTER’S NIGHT is a short novel set in the Vinlanders’ Saga universe, but it stands alone. It was inspired by one of my favorite fairy tales, “East of the Sun, West of the Moon,” but I’ve put a Vinlanders’ Saga spin on it. If you’ve been wanting to read more about the Elves, or if you like grown-up fairy tales, this book is for you. (It has scenes meant for adult readers, so it’s not for kids.)
As always, thank you for reading! I hope you have a wonderful holiday celebration surrounded by the people you love, and that the new year is a happy one.
Now that GUARDIAN, Book Two in the Celestial Affairs series is available, and Book Three is in the pipeline, I’ve made it easy for readers to get started on the series. And what could be easier than FREE? You may have already read LIGHTBRINGER. If so, I hope you enjoyed it! Please let me know what you thought of it by leaving a review on Amazon. And please let your friends know about the sale (which runs through July 18th).
Jared has been stuck on the Terrestrial Plane for over 160 years. He can’t return home without the help of his Celestial brethren, and since he failed at his previous assignments, they aren’t welcoming him back. Now they’ve given him another chance to prove himself. All he has to do is save a beautiful psychic from a demonic assassin who can look like anyone, and strike anywhere, anytime. Falling in love isn’t part of the plan.
LIGHTBRINGER was originally intended to be a stand-alone novel, but I (and my readers) quickly realized that there were a lot more stories to tell. I’m looking forward to sharing them with you, so if you haven’t yet stuck a toe into the Celestial Affairs universe be sure to take advantage of this sale and read the first book in the series for FREE. (And don’t miss BETRAYED BY TRUST, a prequel set in 1979.)
I asked in my last post how you decide what’s worth spending your very precious and limited time doing. It’s a very personal choice. Did it prompt you to make any changes to your plans? Did you make any resolutions?
Like most people, I’ve never found “resolutions” to be very effective as a way to make a lasting change. So the last few years I’ve just made plans and set goals. It’s kind of the same, but with more of a road map on how to get where I want to go. Sometimes I fall short, but it gives me something to strive for.
We’re three weeks into the new year and so far all is going “according to plan.” This is a bit of a first for me. In the past, my behavior would have begun to diverge from my intentions by now. But so far, so good. I’ve been really busy, and enjoying every minute. (Well, almost every minute. Some days writing is like laying brick, as an author whose name I can’t remember once said.)
APOSTATE, Book Three in the Celestial Affairs series, is still in progress. I’m also working on a novella set in Alfheim, the world of the Vinlanders’ Saga. The working title is DARK WINTER’S NIGHT and it’s mostly about the Elves.
Speaking of the Vinlanders’ Saga, DANGEROUS TALENTS is FREE today. Many of you have already read it (Thank you!) but if you ever wanted to recommend it to a friend, today is a great day to do so. Actually, every day is a great day for you to recommend my books, but tomorrow DANGEROUS TALENTS goes back to its regular price.
At the end of my books I always say thank you to my readers for letting me entertain them for a few hours.
I really mean that.
Books have always been a refuge for me and if my readers set aside their concerns for a short time while slipping into the worlds I create, I’m honored. I know you have a ton of choices for how to spend your time.
To make that escape into another world a little easier, I’m offering FORBIDDEN TALENTS (Book Two in the Vinlanders’ Saga) at a steeply discounted price ($0.99) through Monday. The main characters spend a lot of time slogging through the snow, so now seems only fitting.
If you’ve already read FORBIDDEN TALENTS, thank you! I’d really appreciate it if you’d take a few minutes to leave a review. I love hearing what readers think.
BTW, some of you have asked if there will be more books in the Vinlanders’ Saga. The answer is definitely yes! I’m writing the third book in the Celestial Affairs series, APOSTATE, right now, but when that’s done I want to tell Fender’s story. I really like Fender. He grew from a “walk-on” character into a really great guy. I plan to give him his own adventure in a part of Alfheim we haven’t explored yet. I hesitate to say when that book will be out–my predictions tend to be overly optimistic. Stay tuned and I’ll keep you informed.
In the meantime, have a wonderful holiday surrounded by friends, family, and books!
In addition to my romantic fantasy and paranormal romance series I write the sensual Victorian Secret Romance series as Francesca Rose. (Some people have asked me why I used a different name for these books. I think once you read them, you’ll understand, but the short answer is because I didn’t want to mislead my fans into thinking that all of the Frankie Robertson books had the same level of sensuality.)
The idea of a romance with a Yeti came to me while I was on vacation. My writer brain started playing with the idea of how to create a story about a loving relationship with a big furry hero. Brainstorming over lunch with my husband, we designed an alternate Victorian world where Yetis live in a hidden Himalayan enclave, send diplomats to London, and sometimes serve in the East India Company Army. That conversation sparked the foundation for YETI IN THE MIST.
If you like a sensual and loving romance, I think you’ll enjoy YETI IN THE MIST. And right now you can enjoy this unusual romance for 67% off the regular price. Get your copy now and be sure to leave a review to let me know how you liked it. I look forward to hearing what you think!
For a limited time, I’m giving away BETRAYED BY TRUST on Amazon for your Kindle. It’s Free, and just for my fans. I’m not advertising it anywhere.
BETRAYED BY TRUST is a romantic paranormal suspense novel, and part of the Celestial Affairs universe. It takes place back in 1979 in the U.S., and if you were alive and aware back then, you may recognize some of the historical references. Gideon, Jared’s Celestial friend in LIGHTBRINGER, makes an appearance.
Speaking of Gideon, a while ago I said his and Ana’s story, GUARDIAN, would be released in October. Sadly, that’s not going to happen. My goal is always to give you a rich and rewarding reading experience, and GUARDIAN just isn’t there yet. So, with many apologies, I’m pushing back the release of Gideon’s story.
In the meantime, however, you can get a glimpse of Gideon’s past in BETRAYED BY TRUST. Click or tap through and get your FREE copy today and share this post with your friends. And please share your opinion about the book on Amazon. Reviews really do help readers find books they’ll enjoy, and to be honest, they help me, too. The more reviews a book has, the more visibility it gets. Your help is much appreciated!
BTW, if you subscribed to my newsletter, you would have known about this giveaway yesterday. You can get a free story and sign up for my occasional newsletter by tapping HERE. And a big thank you to subscriber Cathie, who took the time to write me when she had trouble finding BBT. I hadn’t included links for my international fans. If you live outside the US, you can get your FREE copy of BBT here: UK / CA / AU / DE / IN
Just a quick note to let you know that for a limited time, VEILED MIRROR is available at 75% off the regular price.
VEILED MIRROR is a stand-alone romantic suspense novel, but since it’s one of my stories, it has a touch of the paranormal in it. In this case an angry ghost wants to solve her murder.
When I first started planning this book, I set it in Victorian England, but I later changed it so it takes place in a fictional county in contemporary southeastern Arizona. If you’re not familiar with the weather in this part of the U.S., the arroyos really can fill up in just a few minutes during the monsoons (as described in one scene), and often sweep away unwary motorists. (It seems mad to people who live in wetter climes, but in the desert we have roads that go right through stream beds–some of them actually are the stream beds– because most of the time they’re dry.)
I hope you enjoy reading VEILED MIRROR as much as I enjoyed writing it! If you have a few minutes when you’ve finished, please consider leaving a review to help other readers find a book they’ll like.
For a limited time, this Victorian Secret Romance is available for only $.99!
Catherine Denton loves her ailing husband and is taken aback when he encourages her to take a lover. Reginald, formerly a colonel in the East India Company Army, wants his young wife to have what he cannot give her: children―and his titled brother, Cedric, has offered to oblige. However, her brother-in-law is not the man Catherine desires. The male who makes her pulse race is Reginald’s good friend Yolann, the Yeti who served with him in India―and who sleeps just down the hall.
Neither wants to betray their loyalty to a man they both respect and love. Neither can deny their desire.
Get your copy today before the price goes back up!
I also want to let you know that I’m about two thirds of the way through the 1st draft of GUARDIAN, the sequel to LIGHTBRINGER in the Celestial Affairs series. I’m quite happy with the way it’s coming along, and I think you’ll like it just as much when you see the finished book!
For those of you who have been waiting patiently (or otherwise) for the sequel to LIGHTBRINGER, take heart: Gideon’s story is on its way! My cover designer, Jaycee DeLorenzo of Sweet N Spicy Designs has just created the cover for Book 2 in the Celestial Affairs series. It will be about six months before GUARDIAN is available, but I love this cover so much that I didn’t want to wait to share it with you.
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Speaking of sales, VEILED MIRROR is on sale right now at 50% off the everyday price.
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