March Madness, Marketing, and March Hares

March Madness usually refers to basketball. For many writers, the madness of March is the push to get older manuscripts finally finished, to begin new stories that have been kicking around in their heads for too many long winter months, and to figure out that elusive creature called “marketing.”

I know I’m definitely juggling all three as I finish up Book 4 of The Defiant Hearts series, which should have been finished and published about two years ago. At the same time, I couldn’t help but write back cover copy for two books that don’t exist yet. The characters have been nagging at me to get started so, at the very least, I wrote the bcc so they know I’m serious. Those pushy people in my head. Sheesh!!

Lastly, I’ve been delving into the land of newsletter marketing. Many writers, including a good friend of mine, were stranded by the closing of one business that handled relatively inexpensive emailings to large lists of thousands of subscribers. The next closest seemed to be prohibitively expensive since my friend has 25,000 signups to her newsletter. Then I discovered that for me to help her produce her newsletters, I don’t have to go with the expensive, canned variety, such as MailChimp, Mailer Lite, AWeber, or Constant Contact.

No, for very short money, under $50 per year, I can use a WP plugin to integrate her newsletter signups to her list and send her emails from an independent SMTP. This part is important since it might be a headache (meaning slow and unwieldy) to use her website’s host server to send out 25,000 emails at once.

Too technical for many, I love figuring this stuff out. All part of my March Madness routine, adding more things to my plate until I’m running around like a March hare!!! Honestly, maybe I look more like this guy on the right:

Cover of Presenting Lady Gus

I love the cover created by Philip Re. And the happy couple is standing in front of the real Thornbury Castle featured in the story.

Meanwhile, I am still enjoying a warm reception to my latest novella, Presenting Lady Gus. If you haven’t picked up a copy yet . . . click here. And if you already have, I would be grateful if you could leave a review.

Happy Spring!!

 

Ever Wish for a Book Boyfriend

This is purely for fun. Click here to create your own book boyfriend (be patient and wait for the “Get Started” message to appear at the bottom of the screen). Answer a few questions or put in keywords and, soon, you will be matched with the type of hero that you enjoy reading about in novels.

You can request periodic email notes from your book boyfriend with suggestions on books that feature your kind of hero. Clever idea. I hope it works out. I guess it depends on the size of the book database. Maybe my book boyfriend will suggest one of my own books back to me. How exciting!

I was greedy and created two book boyfriends, one is a sabre-wielding regimental soldier (pictured here; source: BuildaBookBoyfriend.com) and one is a pistol-dueling peer of the realm. Yours can be from present day or even from the future.

Let me know if you try it out and what your results are.

Presenting Lady Gus

Cover of Presenting Lady GusThe tale of how Presenting Lady Gus came to be is this: I sat down and started writing what I thought was a medieval, but the characters were speaking in Georgian English. I put it aside after 30,000 words and basically forgot about it. That’s me!

A few months ago, when my fellow writers at LoveHistoricals.com needed another story for our latest boxed set, I really wanted to be in it. I was poking around my pc and there was the folder labeled “Augusta.” I quickly realized that I had been sorely mistaken and that this was much closer to a Regency than a medieval. Soon, the tale of Augusta and Rolf flowed, and with another 18,000 words written, the story practically finished itself. (Oh, there may have been some hair-pulling and brow-furrowing on my part.)

The Love Historicals boxed set is not out yet, but Presenting Lady Gus is.

Synopsis:

Augusta Brenville needs a husband, preferably a wealthy one, to save her beloved estate. Unfortunately, holding onto her inheritance seems impossible when nary a suitor remains standing, nor alive for that matter! That is until a seasoned captain arrives, daring and intrepid . . . and a tad uncivilized for the lady’s liking.

For the sake of owning Thornbury Castle, Captain Rolf is willing to marry its rather awkward yet endearing mistress, regardless of her penniless state. First, however, he must thwart an assassin with a penchant for poison, fire, and arrows. Can he keep both himself and his betrothed alive until their wedding day?

I love the cover created by Philip Ré of REX Video Productions. Even more so because the happy couple is standing in front of the real Thornbury Castle featured in their story.

Presenting Lady Gus is available at Smashwords by clicking below. Also available everywhere digital books are sold, including Amazon, Kobo, iTunes, and Barnes & Noble.