Historical Romance by Sandy Raven
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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.
News? Why, yes! I have news!
The novella I wrote during March has been edited, revised, given a title and is about to be released on June 30th. MISS AMELIA LANDS A DUKE is a part of the SEDUCTIVE SUMMER NIGHTS boxed set with six other very talented authors. This is what I posted (below) on Facebook and G+, then did a shorter version for Twitter.
Grace Callaway, Sabrina Darby, Jennifer Haymore, Sue London, Kate McKinley, Sandy Raven and Vivienne Westlake would all like to invite you to share in a few Scandalous Summer Nights. Available 6/30/14 at all major e-bookstores.
And here is the lovely cover done for us by Carrie at Seductive Designs:
Isn't it just fabulous? I'm beside myself with how beautiful it is. And, from what I've read of my co-participant's stories they are just as fabulous as the cover! I do hope everyone enjoys our SEDUCTIVE SUMMER NIGHTS offering. It'll be on sale on 6/30/14, just in time for the Fourth of July weekend!
Also here's a pic of my Ridiculously Cute Puppy on his four-month b-day!
He sees one of the two foot rests to my two Adirondack chairs that were carried off the deck when my lake flooded in all the rain last month. They're all the way in the corner of the inlet (top of the pic)... waiting for my husband to go get them. (I would do it but there's snakes in there and I don't like snakes!)
So... even though I said I needed to be better about updating, I haven't done so, have I? But I really do have a good reason. Really, I do!
I spent the entire month of March writing a novella, then I sent it to my editor and she is already sending me back chapters with her comments and suggested revisions. I started doing them as she started sending them, so hopefully I'll make my turn in to the managing editor for the boxed set. This is an exciting first for me, as I've never been a part of an anthology or boxed set before.
And there's even more news. I've kind of been keeping under wraps for a while because I was asked to... but I'm such a proud mom, my pride demands to be shared. My oldest daughter is getting married this weekend. My D1 has been the apple of my eye since before she was born. I am so proud of her and the choices she's made with her life, including the new son-in-law I'll be welcoming into the family this weekend.
But that's not all, dear reader. Oh, no.... On Mother's Day weekend, my second daughter (D2), graduates from college. While D1 is the apple, D2 is my sunshine. She's the most like me. I see so much of myself in her that it's scary. Her heart is so pure and her will so strong, she'll succeed at anything she sets her mind to. And mom's going to be here cheering her on the whole time!
The day after she graduates, we leave for RT in New Orleans (I'm bringing D2 and my new VA with me.) I'll be on a panel with several superstar authors and... sigh... how I got lucky enough to get on that I never know. ;-) I'll have to contain myself and not go all fan-girl on them. So look for me in the HOW TO BE A HAPPY HOOKER workshop, along with Shana Galen, Miranda Neville, Valerie Bowman and Tessa Dare. Truly, I'm not worthy to shine their shoes, and I'm going to be there, with THEM! Can you hear me SQUEEEE?!?!?!?!?!
That's it for now, the novella (I really need come up with a title for it... like really soon!) will be out on the last week of June, just in time for the Fourth of July holiday weekend. The boxed set will be titled SCANDALOUS SUMMER NIGHTS, so look for it this summer!
Oh... One more thing. I got a puppy two weeks ago. He's so cute. See? His name is Attila, and I obviously cannot walk up the hill as fast as he can. :-)
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