Historical Romance by Sandy Raven
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A book release is kind of like giving birth.
I know it sounds cliche, but that's the way it feels to me. I'm so happy that LUCKY'S LADY seems to be very well-received so far. And for that I am thankful to a lot of people--first of which is my fantastic editor, Gail Shelton; the best betas evah! (Rosetta, Mary, Janet, and Melinda); a great cover artist, Kim Killion; the team of proofreaders at Proofreading by the Page; my formatter, Natalie at Clear Skies Author Services; my assistant, Ashley, and my husband, and daughters. I couldn't do it without them.
So, LUCKY'S LADY isn't even out one week and I've already had the questions "What's next? Marcus' book?" And my answer is no. Marcus' book is after the girls' book. It's just been planned that way. The three little girls christened at the end of Already His are getting their book first because... well, because I'm just obsessively chronological like that.
This book is WHAT THE FATES DECREE. My three girls are the fates. These are the three baby girls who do everything together. Including getting married. I'm having fun with this story. The only thing I will give away is that the engaged couple at the beginning don't marry each other, because they've already fallen in love with someone else. They just needed some maternal spurring in the right direction to open their eyes to a big mistake before it happens.
And I will reveal one more secret... Marcus meets the mother of his daughter at the engagement ball. I'm not telling you WHICH engagement ball either!
That's it. Nothing else. No mas.
And finally, because we had a Princess born today, I'm going to post a picture of my puppies! (You knew that was coming, right?) This is Attila and Boudicca playing in my office while I work. I could take this picture every single night and it would be the same. Because they play right next to my chair. Only the toys are different. For the most part I've learned to ignore their growling, yelping and singing. It's when they hit my chair or desk that's irritating. I've learned to keep a squirt bottle on the desk next to me. Wanna know how to stop a pair of Dobermans from fighting? Point the squirt bottle at them. Honest! :-D
LUCKY'S LADY - Pre-order is now available!
I have a daughter (well two daughters actually) and they are the sunshine in my days. This morning I received another reminder from my D1, that I have not posted to my page lately and DON'T YOU THINK IT'S TIME YOU DID?
She's right. I have a book coming out this month (finally!) LUCKY'S LADY is available right now for pre-order from Amazon and Apple iBooks. Here are the links:
Lucky's book is the book of my heart. Because of that, it was a challenge to me because I wanted it to be perfect. (If there actually is such a thing as perfect.) That's probably because it was originally the planned ending to the Caversham Chronicles and I wanted it to be something people would remember. When I decided to Indie publish, and readers began to write and tell me how much they loved the series and didn't want the stories to end, I started thinking about being able to continue with the next generations.... Once I decided I would do that, I had to rewrite some of what was in this book to reflect the future of the series. That's hard to do when you don't know what the future of the series is beyond a one or two more books.
Research is not a chore when the subject matter is one you love.
My editor opened my eyes about some things, and I sought professionals out to verify my technical research. So, in the end, it took longer, but it's hopefully a better book for it. My thanks to Adam P. in England, and Karen N. in the U.S. for verifying my work.
Will I do more sailing stories. Well.... probably. Mary-Michael has a shipyard to run. She and Lucky will be coming back to live in Baltimore. But before I do, I have three young ladies waiting to go to a house party and meet the loves of their lives, and a Marquess who needs a mother for his precocious little girl.
So it's back to the writer's cave for me. I will try and make time for more updates. Especially when I begin releasing my translated titles. I have Italian in the works right now, with my translator working on the second book right now. And last night I just accepted terms with a Spanish translator, who will begin working on my books soon. I'm still looking for French and German translators, so if you're one, or know of one, drop me a line here at: Sandy@SandyRaven.com
Oh, if you want to hear something great, it's a really short audio (about 12-13 minutes) on the Tea Races. Here's the link!
And, one last thing... Look for the audio of MISS AMELIA LANDS A DUKE to be released very soon. It's complete and I'm waiting on that same daughter mentioned above to add the cover to the file so that it downloads as one unit. It will be available everywhere, not just through Audible or iTunes. I'm very excited about the prospect of distributing widely with that one audio. Because it's the series prequel, I'm hoping those who hear it will move on to the other books in the series.
That's it for now. I have to get back to work now!
Oh, I can't go without sharing gratuitous picture of a happy dog.
Almost a new year, and a new look for my website! This functionality of this new site should be much easier for those of you visiting from your phones and tablets. While it might not be as 'fancy' looking as the old site, this one is much more streamlined and user-friendly. Or so I'm told. So, if you have a problem navigating, please leave me a note with what is not working properly for you and I will forward to the web mistress (aka my Darling Daughter #1, or D1.)
Welcome to all the new visitors! So the past few weeks I have had a few ads in places and it's increased my visibility some--which is a good thing in this business. One of the exciting things that's happened over this past weekend (aside from the new website going live,) is I've crossed a little milestone.... I've reached the 100,000 books sold mark. Okay, so it's not the millions of some of the superstar authors, but I'm still young, and quietly working my way up there. ;-)
Last month, as a birthday present to myself, I got another Doberman pup--a little female to keep the Ridiculously Handsome Dog company. She is Ridiculously Lovable Little Girl Dog (who will grow to be a nice-size girl if she keeps eating the way she does!) Below is the pic of me with my darling Boudicca, and the Ridiculously Handsome Attila the Dog.
Sometime after the first of the year, we're going to have to look into training for them both, and perhaps a refresher for me. They're both kind of spoiled and rambunctious, and that can be dangerous when it's icy out and we're going down a hill or steps. So that's a New Year's Resolution for me.
That's it for now, I've got to get back to work on Lucky's book. (And, yes, I'm STILL working on those edits.)
Thank you Apple iBooks readers for making CAVERSHAM'S BRIDE #1 in the Romance Category today! Thank you, I love you!
I have to thank my UK readers for making MISS AMELIA LANDS A DUKE #2 in the Regency Historical category at Amazon.UK. You ladies (and gents) ROCK! I am beyond thankful... I'm humbled. Really.
We have a new cover for Lucky's Lady, the files for the old cover were lost, and my fab cover designer created a completely new cover for me. I actually love it better than the blue cover I already had. Here it is. Look! Very pretty, autumn-y looking, no?
ALSO, REMEMBER THE DATE: October 1, 2014..... Miss Amelia Lands A Duke will be available for purchase at all ebook stores online! Print copies will be available through Create Space and Amazon only.
The leaves are changing color here in Central Virginia. I love autumn. It is my absolute favorite time of year. I love the nip in the evening air, as the temps slowly get cooler, the scent of crops harvested, tilled soil, and hay put away in the barn for winter. But I think my favorite thing is the fact that we don't have to ride the tractor or mowers for about seven or eight months. Stupid, I know....
A while back I promised to be better about updating my website, and that hasn't happened. I should probably keep a calendar and put that down as one of the 'things to do' each week. But which calendar do I put it on? I already have so many calendars that I have to consult each one when I can't remember which calendar I put what on. There's the one on my desk (which gets lost under the ever-growing pile of 'stuff'), the one on my phone (which I actually forget to consult), the one on the fridge (granted, the most important one, but still not updated as much as I should because I'm not always in the kitchen when I make an appointment,) and the one in the feed room (it has the family feeding schedule for the outdoor babies.) None of them is completely accurate, though none is actually inaccurate either! Thus the dilemma. There are scraps of paper all over the place from the various notepads around the house. I'll write something down, tear it off and... LOSE IT! Organization? You gotta know by now, it's not my strong suit!
Anyway, as you can probably guess, I have NEWS! (It seems that's the only time I update, huh?) MISS AMELIA LANDS A DUKE will be available for purchase on 10/1/14 as a standalone novella. It has been available since 6/30 as one of the novellas in the SCANDALOUS SUMMER NIGHTS boxed set, but that agreement was just for three months and (sadly) our boxed set comes down on 9/30. But I'm ready to go, and there will be no lapse in availability. Here's the wonderful cover created by Kim at The Killion Group. Isn't it just fabulous? My oldest daughter is doing the formatting and we should have a completed file before the end of the weekend.
But that isn't the only news I have, though I don't have a completed cover yet (I still need to write my back cover blurb,) LUCKY'S LADY, (The Caversham Chronicles, Book Four) will be released in November. Not quite sure about the date yet, but I'm hoping for Thanksgiving week AT THE LATEST. If I can get it together before that, then I might make it a birthday present to myself and take a few days off!
If that isn't enough, the audio version of LOVING SARAH is in production. I've heard snippets and the fabulous Dennis Kleinman and Victoria Mayers have nailed Ian and Sarah. Ian is an American, born of Scottish parents and forced to live in England to prepare for the day he inherits his grandfather's title. So the accent wasn't exactly the easiest to manage but Dennis nailed it. He is doing a fabulous job. Anyway, that will also be on sale at some point this autumn.
And as soon as I get those edits for Lucky's book off my plate, I'll get back to work 'my girls' (book five.) Sometimes I think I've bitten off more than I can chew with that one. I have a vision and a plot, but sometimes my characters don't behave the way I want them to. (Though after raising two real daughters I can deal with it.)
In closing, here is gratuitous pic of handsome puppy who will be seven months old in a few days. This was taken just moments ago. He's grounded and is in puppy time out because he chased new kitty into the bedroom. Attila knows he's not supposed to chase the cats. He learned this very early on. But new kitten (#18) arrived Thursday and is still frightened of big bad Attila the Pup, so when I let Attila back in, kitten ran and Attila chased. Bad Attila. You're grounded.
Here is pic of ridiculously cute #18. He still needs a name, though I'm leaning toward Burt (because I have an Ernie) OR Samuel for Samuel Clemens. (Ernie is actually named for Ernest Hemingway.) About four or five cats back we ran out of names on the CATS playbill, and started going with American Authors. We have Ernie and Zane (Gray) and I think this is likely to be Samuel. (But he and Ernie are such buddies, it sounds natural to call him Burt!)
That's it for right now. Can't think of anything I've forgotten. Have a great week! And if I'm not back for a few months, well... that's about normal for me. Isn't it? You can be sure I'm working--either writing or taking care of the babies, but I'm working!
Once again our annual RWA conference was great success. I love San Antonio, and have been many times when I lived here in Texas. The best thing about conference is seeing my friends that live all over the world. Our conference is like a gathering of girlfriends who talk online to each other, but really only get to see each other this one time a year. We take workshops put on by some of the best and most knowledgable in our industry, we compare notes, talk shop, and plan career strategies all while consuming minute amounts of alcohol.
Wait, I lied.... We consume massive amounts of alcohol.
And then we cheer for each other at the awards ceremony and vow to try again next year. Maybe then we'll be lucky enough to get a nomination or, if we are so blessed, win that coveted Golden Heart or RITA.
We come home after each conference with a *glow* from too much food and too many ideas. And we promise ourselves we will implement those new ideas into our next book, and/or our business strategies. That's what I'm trying to figure out right now. I'm plotting out a new series for an editor (and friend!) that asked, and am trying to work the first one into my calendar for 2015... along with the other two books and novella already planned.
So it looks like the next few years will be busy indeed. But it's a good kinda busy. Really it is.
At the Lady Authors' party! (from left: Jennifer McQuiston, me, Vicky Dreiling, Ella Quinn)
Well the Facebook Launch Party was a HUGE success! Thank you to everyone who came, interacted and entered the contests. I have taken all the gifts in my care to the PO this past Saturday morning, so you should be getting them soon!
SCANDALOUS SUMMER NIGHTS is doing very well at all e-tailers and we're now a Bestseller at All Romance eBooks! Here's a cute little badge they gave us. I don't know how to make it a link, but here's the page at All Romance eBooks!
The group of us authors are cross-promoting each others' stories in the collection and today I'm going to highlight Vivienne Westlake's Lady Northam's Wicked Surrender.
And that's not all.... You know you're going to get one, so here it is. Puppy CUTENESS! Ridiculously Cute Puppy loves ice cubes. OMG does he love ice cubes! He'll come running from another room when he hears me filling my glass with ice. Of course I have to give him one. He won't leave me alone until he gets it!
We have our page up for the Facebook launch party on June 30th for our Scandalous Summer Nights Boxed Set release! It's got a beautiful banner thanks to Lindsey Ross at Cut7Paste, and we're in the final preps for organizing with all our guest authors. My guests are two terrific authors that I'm lucky enough to call friends, Vicky Dreiling and Sylvia McDaniel. This will be my first ever Facebook Launch Party. I've been Sylvia's guest once and it was loads of fun. My guest spot time flew by. We're doing something very similar to Sylvia's party with guests and prizes, Q&A with all seven of us who contributed to the boxed set and our guests.
Here's the link and the cool banner Lindsey made:
I really hope you will stop by and join the fun on June 30th, 2014, from noon to 7:00 p.m. Pacific, 3:00 to 10:00 p.m. Eastern.
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