Prepare to be Boarded! Romance on the High Seas- Release Day!

May 18, 2017

 

If you love historical romance, pirates, adventure, and thrills, you’ll love this 7-book set by these award-winning and best-selling pirate romance authors!  And it’s only .99!

THE PIRATE’S DEBT by National Best-selling Author Katherine Bone:

An earl-turned pirate is ordered by his benefactor to find an adventurous young runaway and return her home. To do so, he must retrieve her without being discovered by the most ruthless pirate hunter on the seas: her brother.

DEAD MAN’S KISS by Award-Winning Author Jennifer Bray-Weber:

Eight weeks. That’s all pirate captain Valeryn Barone has to escort a tempting naturalist untouched across the Caribbean or face the gallows. Can he resist the beauty who’s fallen for him? Does a dead man walking even have a chance?

THE BLACK MORASS by USA Today Bestselling Author Barbara Devlin:

In exchange for a chance at redemption and pardons for his crew, Jean Marc Cavalier accepts a pact that could result in liberty or death, if only he can survive the terms, but at least he will be free.

PIRATE HEIRESS by Award-Winning Author Chloe Flowers:

Captain Conal O’Brien has already lost control of his ship to the most unlikely band of pirates sailing the seas. If he’s not careful, he’s going to lose his heart as well as his ship to a headstrong lady pirate determined to destroy both.

MY LADY PIRATE by N.Y. Times Bestselling Author Danelle Harmon:

He holds the fate of nations in his hands. She’s the Pirate Queen of the Caribbean, savage, beautiful and untamed. When danger, secrets and deceit threaten both their love and England herself, can even an admiral named Nelson bring together this man who longs for a lady pirate and a woman who dreams of a gallant knight?

CAPTIVATED BY THE CAPTAIN by USA Today  Bestselling Author Amanda Mariel:

What happens when an American shipping company heiress crosses paths with a pirate? Can two people whose life paths are at odds find common ground?

CARRIED AWAY by Kamery Solomon:

After falling through time and being forced to join a pirate crew, Mark Bell falls in love with his fellow time traveler, Samantha. She’s a woman he can’t have, though. Will their presence in the past alter the future they know and love?

Get your copy for just PENNIES today!

Amazon: http://a.co/dl2nzHF

Nook: bit.ly/2nJuhHi

iBooks: apple.co/2n78w1x

Kobo: bit.ly/2nmMDxi

 


Link of the Week – History Undressed – Yuletide with a Pirate

December 13, 2016

What do pirates do at Christmastime? Raid, of course.

Check out the blog I wrote for History Undressed on Dutch pirate Laurens de Graaf who had a pretty nice Christmas in 1683.

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http://www.historyundressed.com/2016/12/yuletide-with-dutch-pirate.html


Editor Shop Is Coming! Entangled!

June 7, 2016

Polish your pitches! (Rules are listed at the top of the blog and it will go live next week.)

Get ready to have direct access to a senior editor at Entangled Publishing!

Learn what type of manuscripts they’re looking for right now!

http://www.entangledpublishing.com/

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Editor Shop- Introducing Robin Haseltine

June 6, 2016

We are so excited to host another Editor Shop, this time with the incomparable Robin Haseltine, senior editor of Entangled Publishing! Be on the lookout for details of this upcoming opportunity for you to submit your pitch to this wonderful publishing house.entangled-logo

  1. Tell us a little about yourself and how you became an editor extraordinaire!

    Although I’d written stories since I was 5 and hosted an award-winning non fiction column as an adult, I found I enjoyed the editing process more than getting the words on the page. Liz Pelletier, Entangled Publishing’s CEO, tweeted looking for interns shortly after Entangled opened their doors in 2011, and I came on board. I loved that Entangled opened a new and profitable venue to talented writers unable to break into traditional publishers. With fantastic guidance and shared expertise from Liz and Entangled’s other seasoned editors, I moved up from reading slush to Senior Editor. During that time, I’ve worked on NY Times and USA Today Bestsellers, 2 RITA-nominated books, and so many fine books that have hit the top of the charts and won numerous awards or have been featured on Fresh Fiction, Kirkus Reviews, and Romantic Times.

    I love my authors and I love my job.

    2. How long is the turnaround, usually, from the time an author submits to when they can look to hear from Entangled?

    We do our best to reply to authors within a two month time frame. http://www.entangledpublishing.com/submission-information/ on Entangled’s website has links to Submittable, an online system where we track every manuscript that comes in. Authors can request a particular editor, upload their work and synopsis, enter a query letter, and note the genre.

    3. What about an average for the time between signing to publication?

    There are many factors that go into establishing a release date: Editor’s calendar, Imprint calendar, and the anticipated length of the editorial process. Some category romances can be ready for Copy Edits in 2 months, Single Title might take 6. With all these variables, we like to suggest a book will go from contract signing to release within a year, with 8 – 10 months the average.

 

  1. What trends are you seeing in the market place?

    Contemporary romance, including Rom Com and Red Hot, shmexy romances, still command very strong sales, and we’re excited to see Paranormal (especially super alpha shifter heroes) and Sci Fi gaining strength. The historical market (Viking, Highlander, Medieval, Regency, and Victorian) has a very solid, devoted readership, and demand for multicultural romances is as strong as ever. We’re also seeing an uptick in YA Fantasy, although the New Adult market is retracting somewhat, possibly due to saturation.

    5. Entangled started in 2011 and has many imprints. What makes them different from other e-publishers?

I believe one of the reasons Entangled Publishing has become so successful in a few short years is due not only to the vision of Liz Pelletier, CEO, but also to our team approach in taking a book from submission to publication. Editors collaborate with each other and with publicity, along with the authors to help make their book the best it can be.

What is equally important is that we work to help shape an author’s career. We never see just one book, but how to grow an author’s fanbase, potentially moving them into another genre to develop crossover readership. Our royalty rates have always been high and our authors are important to us. Authors aren’t left to their own devices once a book releases — each has a dedicated publicity point person and team that hits the ground running, building excitement long before publication date.

As a result, our authors have hit the NY Times and USA Today Bestselling lists, have been nominated for RITAs, have won national contests like “Reader’s Choice,” and have sold foreign and film rights. We not only offer digital-first books, but release print books distributed via Macmillan that are sold in brick-and-mortar bookstores. In addition, we have a unique partnership with St. Martin’s Press.

Entangled anticipates trends instead of reacting to them and offers innovative ways to expand readership, which is tailored for each book. Liz Pelletier recently launched Entangled Music http://www.entangledmusic.com/, and several of our books have tracks embedded in them with talented new artists writing songs specifically for their characters. In a very crowded field, this gives authors another way their books can be noticed, as the tracks are also listed on pop charts.

More detailed information is available here:
http://www.entangledpublishing.com/about-us/

6. Entangled has a wish list. What are you wishing for?

Although I edit in every imprint except Inspirational, my favorite projects are Paranormal Shifters / Sci Fi Single Title and Historicals in both Category and Single Title from Medievals through Victorian time periods. I’m also interested in near-Sci Fi. Cutting edge Dark Hunter type Sherrilyn Kenyon books with a slight Sci Fi bent, action-adventure military on the cusp of the possible. But every book must have a solid romance and romantic conflict to appeal to our readers. I also love humor and enjoy editing Rom Coms. And I’m especially looking for multicultural books in all genres except Inspirational.

7. What do you look for in submissions? How do they pique your interest?

Most of the genres I edit have a very specific tone, so voice is going to be the first thing that draws me into a story. Once I’ve evaluated whether the voice is appropriate to the genre by reading several pages, I’ll read the synopsis to ensure there’s a good premise and solid romance (or at least the potential for a romance). This means there has to be a believable conflict that can be sustained through the book and not a misunderstanding that can be cleared up in a conversation. 2 – 3 tropes lend richness and depth.

Next, is this book going to appeal to our readers? If we don’t have the readership, I’m hesitant to acquire a book no matter how exciting the voice, premise, or romance. That’s not saying I won’t take a chance, from time to time, but that’s why it’s so important to read our books, check sales rankings, to see whether a submission would fit one of our imprints.

I also look for super alpha (or sexy beta heroes for rom com) because our heroes have to be swoonworthy. Meet-cutes are important, too, and the more unique the better, since this is a great way to define the romantic conflict. We can see the chemistry — physical and intellectual — right away, which hooks our readers because they’ll root for the hero and heroine to find their HEA.

Finally, and equally important, if I love a submission or feel it has potential, I’m going to contact the author to see if we’ll be able to work together. At Entangled, editing is a partnership, a give-and-take and healthy respect for all parties involved in publication. Books always are their best when a trust relationship is the basis of the editorial process. If an author can’t trust my instincts, then I’m not the right editor for them.

8. Will you pass on a good story that may not be on your specific wish list to other editors at Entangled?

There are many times when I think there’s potential in a book, but it’s not for me, and other times when I’d love to edit a book but my calendar is full. Like all the editors at Entangled, we work as a team and will either send a solid candidate to a specific editor or will make every effort someone else picks up the book. Several authors have found a home with another editor. I have a book releasing soon that didn’t quite work for someone else, and one of my USA Today Bestselling authors was passed on to me because another editor was full.

Thank you for this great interview. Just as a final note to authors who haven’t yet sold, do your research. Read the author’s acknowledgements in those books you love, because if you like an editor’s authors and books, he/she might be the right one for you. Never give up, work with critique partners, and enter contests, which is a great way to gain an editor or agent’s notice.logo

 


It’s A Fact, Jack!

April 1, 2016

 

Happy April Fool’s Day! (This is no practical joke!)

Normally Friday is dedicated to Friday Fun Facts, well here’s one for you! Out of the brave folks who properly submitted their pitch to our wonderful editor at Boroughs Publishing, 3 have had requests for full manuscripts plus synopses!

#2 Title—Stumble Stones

#8 Once Upon a Masquerade

#9 A Mule, A Mobster and A Mountain of Trouble

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Congratulations to those three and kudos to all the rest who found the courage to send in their pitch. Be on the lookout for our next editor/agent shop, it will be in the 2nd quarter of the year!

Cheers and have a terrific weekend!congrats


Link of the Week – Pirates, Police, Prowlers

December 22, 2015

Perfect for holiday gift giving or escaping the season’s stress, this week’s Link of the Week features…us! Get swept away in action, adventure, humor, hard-hitting emotions, danger, and lots of romance. (Links are to Amazon, but all these books are available at your favorite e-tailers.)


 

Dead Man’s Kiss

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Forced to make a bargain…
One drunken night in Cuba lands Captain Valeryn Barone in a life or death situation. To escape the gallows, Valeryn must agree to a bargain only a fool would make: Escort the tempting and tenacious niece of his captor across the Caribbean or lose his ship, his crew and his life! The caveat? The beautiful Spanish woman must remain untouched for the entire voyage.

Determined to get what she wants…
Catalina Montoya will stop at nothing to get what she wants—even when trouble is certain. Sent to live with her uncle after a scandalous affair, Catalina intends to concentrate on her dream to become a renowned naturalist. She never expected her uncle would send her with a notorious pirate to further her studies. Worse, she never expected to want the devilishly handsome pirate more than anything else.

It’s a battle of wills…
Now Catalina only has 8 weeks to seduce Valeryn and collect her specimens before he returns her to her uncle. And Valeryn has 8 weeks to secure his redemption. Except neither would be that lucky. Not when ruthless enemies threaten to destroy them at every turn. Can Valeryn save those that foolishly depend on him? Can he resist Catalina’s heart? Does a dead man walking even have a chance?

http://amzn.com/B015G6M4JM


 

Echoes of the Heart

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For Dr. Calista Montgomery, losing her soldier husband was like diving into a cold dark sea, and the events at his funeral swept her farther from
shore. Crushed by the lies, Cali crawls into a bottle and flees all she knows. Inebriated and drifting aimlessly, she winds up in Esterloch, New York, where she’s arrested and hits bottom. Offered a chance to expunge her record, she accepts the conditions…but the real challenge is keeping herself safe from the arrogant, gorgeous and commanding sheriff.

FOR THE LAST TIME

Sheriff Jack Benfield hates drunks. They’re selfish, manipulative, and they break hearts, and his is no exception. He saw the damage inflicted upon his family, so he has no patience for any of them, not even the beautiful Dr. Montgomery. His body, however, has different ideas, and soon two desperate souls will discover that some breaks make us stronger—and sometimes we must drown before we learn how to breathe.

http://amzn.com/B017RSJA0I


Mutiny of the Heart

Mutiny of the HeartSloan Ricker will bow before no man—not ever again. That it’s a redheaded, female captain who buys him off the auction block makes no difference; he’ll do whatever he must to steal away. But when she offers him his freedom in exchange for decoding an old map, it’s an opportunity to begin again. No matter how intensely he despises his luscious new keeper.

Navigating the high seas means always being on your guard—especially when one takes a temptingly handsome captive on board. Captain Joelle Quint believes Ricker when he claims to be a cartographer and, perhaps foolishly, hopes he’ll be the key to unlocking her dark family secrets. She’s spent years on that infernal map.

To get the answers, independence and love that they both long for, Joelle and Ricker must relinquish control to each other…or die trying. Amid a battle with the Royal Navy and a first mate’s seething jealousy, Joelle also fights her growing lust. For Ricker, what begins as a chance at freedom becomes a struggle to make the beautiful, intriguing Captain Joelle Quint his mistress in more ways than one.

http://amzn.com/B00IB5BSA2


 

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Reilly Shay has built a reputation as a highly successful cat burglar. Her current contract—to steal a one-of-a-kind
diamond bracelet—puts her one step closer to freedom from her employer. But she suspects her days are numbered. She’s a target for cops and crooks, and no one has her back since her ex-partner, and ex-lover, Grant Aubrey turned on her.

Grant gladly takes the job to capture Reilly at her latest heist. He loved her and she betrayed him. Case closed. But as he waits in the shadows of a Greek villa and watches her crack the safe, old desires emerge. And, suddenly, taking her in isn’t nearly as enticing as just taking her.

Will one night of dangerous passion be the death of them both?

http://amzn.com/B00F8TCFEM

 


More from the Romancing the Pirate series (click on covers):

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Link of the Week – Dead Man’s Kiss

September 22, 2015

Warning! Shameless promotion ahead!

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I’m so excited! It has been a long time in the making, but it’s finally almost here. DEAD MAN’S KISS, the 5th full-length novel in the Romancing the Pirate series, is available NOW for PRE-ORDER!

Forced to make a bargain…

One drunken night in Cuba lands Captain Valeryn Barone in a life or death situation. To escape the gallows, Valeryn must agree to a bargain only a fool would make: Escort the tempting and tenacious niece of his captor across the Caribbean or lose his ship, his crew and his life! The caveat? The beautiful Spanish woman must remain untouched for the entire voyage.

Determined to get what she wants…

Catalina Montoya will stop at nothing to get what she wants—even when trouble is certain. Sent to live with her uncle after a scandalous affair, Catalina intends to concentrate on her dream to become a renowned naturalist. She never expected her uncle would send her with a notorious pirate to further her studies. Worse, she never expected to want the devilishly handsome pirate more than anything else.

It’s a battle of wills…

Now Catalina only has 8 weeks to seduce Valeryn and collect her specimens before he returns her to her uncle. And Valeryn has 8 weeks to secure his redemption. Except neither would be that lucky. Not when ruthless enemies threaten to destroy them at every turn. Can Valeryn save those that foolishly depend on him? Can he resist Catalina’s heart? Does a dead man walking even have a chance?

Release date is October 1st! Pre-order now! Dead Man’s Kiss will also be available in print!

Amazon  ¦  Barnes & Noble  ¦  Smashwords  ¦

Coming soon to:  Kobo  ¦  iBooks