Book Promo: A Promise at Dawn by Jane Leopold Quinn


(a 15,500 word story)

by Jane Leopold Quinn

Their affair was scorchingly sensual

Faye Burke, recently widowed, retreated to the coast of Maine to grieve and reassess her future. Her favorite part of the day is watching the sun rise out of the Atlantic Ocean. It’s also when the man she considers her guilty pleasure runs along the beach.

Gil Farrelly, a successful painter, is trying to get his career back on track after the studio fire that destroyed everything. He starts his creative juices flowing every day by running on the beach. The lovely woman who watches him also gets his juices flowing and he’s determined to reinvent his career by painting her.

Faye’s combination of maturity and sensual vulnerability intrigue Gil and he wants to immortalize her on his canvas. She’s flattered, aroused and ultimately frightened of the emotions he incites. He claims not to care he’s younger by twelve years but she believes sooner or later he’ll come to his senses and seek out women his own age. Can Faye conquer her fears? Can Gil prove to her it’s not age separating them but her fear?

“Was your studio here in this area?”

“Uh huh. Like you, I came up here a couple years ago to find myself. Since the fire, I’ve been doing some landscapes. You’re the first portrait I’ve wanted to do in a long time.”

She lay on her back, tilting her face to the sun, savoring the warmth. She’d popped a slice of apple in her mouth, and he watched her chew and swallow it. “Faye,” he began, shifting his body over hers.

She sighed and opened her eyes.

He didn’t waste any time. Through eyes barely open, he watched her lashes close, watched her lips part. He kissed her softly. With light touches and delicate sips, he tasted the sweet stickiness of the apple on her lips.

She didn’t respond. It wasn’t a rejection. It just wasn’t a response.

He braced his hands on either side of her shoulders, holding himself off her breasts so the only place their bodies met was their lips. It took all his control to go slowly.

At first she didn’t touch him. Then at the same time she began to kiss him back, she placed her palms on his chest, their warmth and pressure highly arousing. She slid her arms around him and slowly pulled him down on top of her.

He took that for permission and rolled to his back, taking her, draping her over his body. He wrapped his arms around her, one hand cupping her head lightly, giving her the opportunity to break away if she didn’t like it. She stayed, and he deepened his kiss. His tongue explored her mouth, claiming her, delving into her welcoming and passionate response.

Her moans rose sweetly from her throat, then became deep growling noises. Her hands cupped his face, held him. She massaged his tongue with hers. His cock surged in response.

He rolled again putting her beneath him and slid his thigh between hers.

Her body quivered, her hips undulated, pressing upward against his.

He moved his fingers to the buttons of her sweater and flicked them open one by one, spreading the sides to reveal a pretty white lacy bra with, thank the good Lord, a front clasp. Her eyes opened, met his with an erotic, pleading gaze. The clasp easily opened, and her full, pale breasts spilled free.

“Gil,” she gasped his name. There was no question in it, just pure desire.

Slipping his hands under her shoulders, he pulled her up, brought his mouth down, and latched onto a beautiful strawberry shaded nipple as erect and hard as a little clit.

He uttered a soft grunt at her sharp cry, drawing on her, loving the taste and feel of the tightly furled bud.

She clawed at his shoulders, writhing under him. “Yes, yes, God, yes.”

He delicately clamped her nipple between his teeth.

“Yes. Harder.”

He rocked the tip and lashed it with his tongue.

“Oh. The other one,” she begged with a breaking sob. She fisted her fingers in his T-shirt, yanking, tugging at it.

He released her nipple and pushed himself up.

“No,” she cried.

He gripped the back of his T-shirt and pulled it off over his head, tossing it aside. “I want to feel your skin on mine,” he murmured, and teased her other nipple.

She gave herself so completely over to the torment of his mouth. He could feel her fingernails on his shoulders. The harder she scored, the deeper he drew on her nipple. They fed off each other, off the ecstatic storm of their emotions. She cried his name, rolled her head back and forth on the blanket, stiffened, and covered her mouth with the back of her hand. He felt her orgasm in the vibration of the guttural groan from deep in her belly.

His heart soared, his lips tipped in an elated smile. Just giving her this pleasure satisfied him more than he thought possible. She was an amazing combination of reluctance and responsiveness. She thought her age might make her less attractive? Ha!

A Promise at Dawn is available at Amazon

Amazon Reviews

“Good short story! Faye and Gil have very hot chemistry, and their story is heartwarming. I was surprised at the character development in such a short offering. Faye had suffered such a huge loss, and we were drawn in along on her new path in life.”

“Ms Quinn paints a detailed portrait of a woman re-awakening after the loss of her husband. Her emotional state is handled quite deftly. This story has pathos, passion and humor woven together. Gil and Faye’s story unfolds quickly and it’s a scorcher.”

Author Bio

Sensual fantasies were locked in my mind for years until a friend said, “Why don’t you write them down?” Why not, indeed? One spiral notebook, a pen and the unleashing of my imagination later, and here I am with more than a dozen books published. The craft of writing erotic romance has become my passion and my niche in life. I love every part of the creative process — developing characters, designing the plot, even drawing the layout of physical spaces from my stories. My careers have been varied — third grade school teacher, bookkeeper, secretary — none of which gave me a bit of inspiration. But now I’m lucky enough to write romance full time — the best job in the universe!

Jane Leopold Quinn

My Romance:  Love With a Scorching Sensuality

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Interview with Author Guy Ogan

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAuthor & Genre’: G. D. Ogan, Paranormal-Romance (vampires who protect humans and animals).

Bio: Grew up near Fort Worth, TX; Arlington, VA & Los Altos, CA. Sports: running track, cross-country & marathons. Upon undergraduate degrees through Foothill J.C. & Texas Christian Univ. commissioned in USAF during which I completed a graduate degree in Counseling Psychology from Ball State Univ. I retired as a Major with over 20 years of service then finished a second graduate degree in Counseling & Human Development at Hardin-Simmons Univ. went to work for the Texas Criminal Justice System and after 10 years, retired as a psychologist. I’ve had long term love affairs with motorcycles, classic cars, my wife and now writing my stories.

Books now in print & digital1st of series, “Immortal Relations” a love story about a human male who gives up his “life” for love and the guardian vampires who try to protect humans from the evil type of vampires, human criminals and dictatorial politicians. 2nd in the series, “Immortal Relations, Love and War” our vampires want to save a dying friend by changing him but he suddenly becomes the leader of his country, now his nation has a leader who is a vampire at a time when it is being invaded by China (war, terrorist acts & ecological disasters hit all at once) 3rd in the series, “Immortal Relations Coming Out” having saved mankind from a nuclear war and other disasters our vampires discuss coming out to the human world in order to form a strong symbiotic relationship, but evil politicians in Washington seek vengeance for interference in the invasion of Russia by their Communist friends. As often happens with the Federal Government, they act not understanding the nature of those they wish to destroy and their efforts prove not only counter-productive but make them look both impotent and foolish.

Questions & Answers (A):

  1. Are you a plotter or a pantser? (A). I guess you could say a pantser; however, the action in my novels usually comes to me in either sleeping or waking “dreams.”
  2. What do we have to look forward to in the future? (A). Good Lord willing, I’ll be able to add at least a few more novels to my “Immortal Relations” series.
  3. Which one of your characters do you most identify with? Why? (A). Gary Logan because he is me, my military knowledge and background as well as my love of animals and desire to see good win out over evil (of which there is far too much of in the world) is what you will see in Gary.
  4. If you could sit down with anyone in the world who would it be? (A). Senator Ted Cruz to discuss what can be done to return America to a Constitutional Republic.
  5. What advice would you have for someone who is just starting out? (A). Write what you’re passionate about and what you know or can thoroughly research and while you should keep an open mind to “constructive suggestions” don’t listen to those who just want to criticize for the sake of being a stumbling block to your writing.
  6. Where does your inspiration come from? (A). A love for my country and a burning desire to see it return to the philosophy which made it great, “Through education and hard work you can achieve your dreams”…not by depending on government largess.
  7. What attracts you to your genre? (A). After finding the photograph (see page two of “Immortal Relations”) that proved what my mother had said about my father’s tryst, I had a dream and got up and started typing my love story about guardian vampires that try to protect humans.
  8. What does your desk look like? (A). Buried by a hundred sheets of notes of things that I want to include in future novels, resource materials and other data.
  9. What is the first novel/short story/poem you wrote? Did you ever publish it? (A). I had a clinical-assessment book published in 1990 on working with children, adolescents & adults to help treat Attention Deficit Disorder titled, “Can Anyone Help My Child?”
  10. Where do you like to do your writing? (A). I have a tiny 3’ X 4’ space (I’d invited my mother-in-law to live with us after her husband and my best friend died). We built onto the house so she would have a bedroom, bathroom and sewing nook on the first floor. After her passing I converted her “sewing nook” into my writing area (it is small but quiet and secluded).
  11. How do you come up with your titles? (A). They “come to me,” either while writing the book or in the case of my next (4th in the series) “Immortal Relations – Revenge” I have already “dreamed” what the book will be about, before I’ve put any of it into a digital format or on paper. So, in this case the title was the result of “mental processing” while I slept and day-dreamed.
  12. Is there a message in your novel you want your readers to grasp? (A).Yes, “EVIL can only win if good men and women stand silent and do nothing to stop it!”
  13. How much of the book is realistic? (A). While each book is fiction there is a lot of reality in each. I use historical as well as current events to extrapolate what the actions of the various parties will be. Things like the failing 25 year old cap over the Chernobyl Reactor and the dangerous leaning of the Fukushima Reactor Building are clear and present dangers as are the current threats by the Marxist regime in Washington to our freedoms and liberties under the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
  14. Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? (A). Yes, what Gary, Magdalena and Eviana do to protect humanity are often based on things I or other military members have either done or been trained to do.
  15. If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? (A). Tom Clancy
  16. What book are you reading now? (A). Michele Drier’s “White Nights” her seventh book in the Kandesky Vampire Chronicles. She is one of a number of authors who I consider friends and whom I try to help promote (even if better known than I am).
  17. Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? A. Augusta Fussell Fern, her “Cian’s Revelation” and “Babet’s Epiphany” have me salivating in anticipation of her third novel in the series. And of course,  Michele Drier’s novels are amazing!
  18. Do you see writing as a career? (A). I consider myself a “story-teller” more than a writer. A writer has perfect “penmanship, prose and punctuation” I do my best to tell an intriguing story, but know I’m a struggling journeyman when it comes to writing.
  19. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? (A). Not in the latest book, “Immortal Relations Coming Out” but I would try to cut back on the “explicit togetherness” (sex) in the first book “Immortal Relations” as it caused too much negative reaction in my family. I did make an effort to tone it down while writing it but my “muse” just wouldn’t hear of it!
  20. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? (A). If you met me, one on one, you would probably consider me outgoing and rather forceful (my military persona), but in reality I consider myself rather shy (I’d rather write than speak). Putting my thoughts on paper has always been so very much easier for me than speaking in public.
  21. What was the hardest part of writing your book? (A). I believe all authors will say the same thing…PROMOTING the novels…being “unknown” authors we find ourselves “awash” in a sea of others hoping to find a lifeboat we can climb into and at age 71 I’m unsure how long I can stay afloat waiting in the freezing North Atlantic as I watch the HMS Titanic slide under the icy, black waters.
  22. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? (A). That the passion of writing my stories has given new vigor and meaning to my life – it has been a marvelous “tonic” and even if my novels never catch on…my renewed passion is worth it!
  23. Do you ever experience writer’s block? How do you get through it? (A). Having experienced Attention Deficit Disorder all my life, my mind is in “hyper-drive” all the time so rather than “writer’s block,” I have writer’s FLOOD! The ideas come both so fast and so furiously the task is to try and pick and choose from all the possibilities.
  24. Do you ever write naked? (A). If in the middle of the night I awake from a particularly interesting “dream-state” I may indeed find my way to my computer sans clothing.
  25. Do you ever find yourself jealous of other authors? Who? Why? (A). No, I not only wish them all the very best of luck with their novels I will do what I can to promote the ones whose works I really enjoy, making positive suggestions to those who struggle.
  26. How do you react to a bad review? (A). I’m sure I’ll get one someday as it’s impossible to please everyone and I’d be a fool to try. I just try to tell a positive story and let the chips fall where they may. I’m surprised someone hasn’t taken my first book to task because of the amount of “explicit togetherness” in it…maybe they’re embarrassed to admit they have read such a “naughty book!” LOL
  27. How many people have you murdered over the course of your career? (A). Assuming we are talking “figuratively” the first book has the curtain falling on an evil vampire gang of over 100; the second book has two Chinese Shock Armies (of several thousand each) getting their “nickers ripped” after terrorists paid by the Chinese “decapitate” the Government of the Russian Federation (several hundred politicians & the terrorists also die) and a low-yield tactical nuke kills about a hundred guards and technicians at an Oil Pumping Facility on orders from rogue OPEC Ministers (who don’t fare well in the end). My third book is the least bloody – no thanks to Washington’s Marxist regime, with only a few deaths. For sake of argument let’s say 5,000-6,000 souls are dispatched.
  28. How many hearts have you broken? (A). There is a great deal of love and passion in my novels, but I can only think of one young vampire who doesn’t get the hybrid vampire young lady (my own granddaughter in the novel, who is infatuated with a shape-shifting young werewolf), but that young vampire will find love in the end.
  29. Ever knocked someone off only to regret it? (A). Not yet (and hopefully never). Being better trained and equipped than the evil vampires, human criminals and evil politicians they fight, my guardian vampires have been able to best the enemies with only a few injuries (and if you know anything about vampire physiology a severed limb reattaches with very little effort).
  30. Any topic you will never write about? (A). There are highly successful if salacious series with plots that appear to be about degrading and/or harming innocent men and women and I just don’t think I would want to do that type of story.
  31. What are the most important attributes to staying sane as a writer? (A). Sane…what gives you the idea that anyone in this field isn’t at least a little wacko?! LOL
  32. Has your dog ever eaten your manuscript?(A). No, but I love all dogs & cats and if they chewed them up I wouldn’t be upset with them but with myself for leaving the drafts where any animal might get them. I consider dogs, God’s gift to mankind to teach us about love and loyalty and they deserve out love and loyalty in return!
  33. How much impact does your childhood have on your writing? (A). Other than the first few pages of my first book where I discuss the things my late mother said, not much.
  34. What are books for? (A). In my view, fictional books are mostly for enjoyment and hopefully to enlighten the readers to some degree
  35. Do you prefer e-books, paper backs or hard covers? (A). While the “feel” of a book in one’s hands is nice, I prefer my Kindle as it currently holds several hundred books.
  36. Do you buy a book by the cover? (A). No, I read the description and comments about the story. If it sounds like a good story I care little about complaints about grammar or punctuation – to me the story is the most important thing.
  37. Do you watch the movie and spoil the book or read the book and spoil the movie? (A) I’ve done it both ways. I saw Twilight the movie before I bought and read the books, the best of which IMHO is Stephenie Meyer’s, unpublished, “Midnight Sun” which explains the emotional turmoil Edward was going through far better than the other books. Of course, J.R.R. Tolkien’s, “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of The Rings” series were out in published form long, long before the movies so as a teen I had worn out all those books from repeated readings and there is no way the movies could ever handle the extremely detailed descriptions of all the lands the “fellowship” traversed. Likewise J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels were out in print and audio books well before the movie adaptations and only a few of Tom Clancy’s superb action novels have seen a movie version produced and some, such as “Sum of All Fears” were so rewritten in the name of political correctness that the movie had little relationship to the book. Authors should never allow such misuse of their works and Hollywood should be ashamed of their cowardice to point out true evil in this world!


Book Promo: Chaperoning Paris by Victoria Pinder


Gigi Dumont never forgot how she walked away from the only man she ever loved.

She’s a teacher who has led her students to the finals of an international French competition to be help in Paris. The night before the trip, the Principal tries to cancel the trip before he, in turn, loses his job to her high school boyfriend, Sean Collins.

Sean Collins has survived cancer, a divorce , and Gigi having aborted their child back in high school. He assumed he’d hate her, if they ever crossed paths again. But he discovers she’s exactly what he wants.

When Gigi and Sean are stuck together for a week in Paris, Gigi feels she has lost all her control. How can she survive her attraction to Sean? The man’s sexier now than he was back in the day, and once upon a time, he’d had her heart. She finds herself falling for him, even knowing forever is impossible.


A daydream flashed in his eyes. Principal Murray’s jaw dropped to the ground in shock the second Sean stepped inside the office with the papers.

Sean clutched the wheel. He intended to twist the knife even further. People like Mr. Murray gave businessmen around the world the reputation of cold, heartless automatons, especially when he claimed the firing had been over “job performance.” Every one of Sean’s students had passed the state assessments.

Now, Sean ran the finances for his parents, his father’s company, and his brothers. The support of his family to get him through cancer treatments had been phenomenal, but what if he hadn’t had that support? What if he’d had no money to pay for treatments? He’d be dead because the principal had fired him due to the insurance increases. Well, now Sean had a better solution.

He sped down the country road for the half-hour trip. During his horrible marriage to Jennifer, he’d worked as a teacher, and his students had achieved both academic and social successes. Jennifer had been the nightmare that drove Sean away from Collins Industries, Collins Enterprises, Collins Investments, and Collins Mutual, to list a few of his father’s multiple companies. Post divorce and cancer, Sean had made the decision to offer employees packages in cases of sickness. Anyone who worked for him would now receive a payoff equal to the job performance done over the years as part of a settlement. Money paid hospital bills.

Sean’s stomach clenched as he gazed at the sign for the Barnstable Charter High School parking lot. Sean parked Gerard’s fancy lawyer wheels that screamed “out to impress” right next to the about-to-be-sacked principal’s BMW sedan. The Aston Martin made the perfect goodbye gesture. Murray had been outclassed.

Sean leaned forward in his seat, refusing to feel guilty. He waited for the school bell to ring and watched students bounding outside.

Unlike most people, his family had money, and normally he wouldn’t like flaunting wealth. His Jeep Wrangler suited him just fine, but today he needed to look like the elite businessman he was. He stepped out a minute later, and in a fast walk, he strode down the halls. Sean winked the second he saw the school guard’s shocked face.

“You had cancer?” asked the older African American lady who coached the wrestling team.

“Yes, I did. I’m better now,” Sean said, smiling.

He inclined his head and passed the security desk then Sean turned right toward the principal’s office.

In his briefcase he carried the school board’s ruling and the proof of sale of the school to Collins Enterprises. Barnstable was a private school that followed school board law. The sale to his company had been finalized, but Sean had insisted on telling Murray in person. The minutes of the meeting would be posted at one that day. Victory waited for him, and justice tasted better than homemade chocolate chip cookies.

In the office, the overqualified secretary, Mattie, dropped her pencil on the floor. Sean made eye contact with her and the older woman smiled back. Then he picked up the pencil in stride, and handed it back to her. She opened her mouth to speak, and he shook his head, placing his finger over his lips to silently request her silence.

She smiled her response and swiveled her chair back to her computer.

He had seen Mattie in action and understood the older woman had known how to treat people more than anyone else in the office.

Outside the principal’s door, Sean straightened his tie into perfect alignment. His heart rate sped up and his entire body became alert then he heard her voice.

Gigi, or should he say, Giovanna Dumont. Her quiet, sweet voice unmanned him, making his palms sweat. Why would she be here? And how could she still steal his breath away?

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Victoria Pinder grew up in Irish Catholic Boston before moving to the Miami sun. She’s ProfessionalPicworked in engineering, after passing many tests proving how easy Math came to her. Then hating her life at the age of twenty four, she decided to go to law school. Four years later, after passing the bar and practicing very little, she realized that she hates the practice of law. She refused to one day turn 50 and realize she had nothing but her career and hours at a desk. After realizing she needed change, she became a high school teacher. Teaching is rewarding, but writing is a passion.

During all this time, she always wrote stories to entertain herself or calm down. Her parents are practical minded people demanding a job, and Victoria spent too many years living other people’s dreams, but when she sat down to see what skill she had that matched what she enjoyed doing, writing became so obvious. The middle school year book when someone wrote in it that one day she’d be a writer made sense when she turned thirty.

Besides her full time job of teaching, in 2013 and 2014, she sold on her own sold books to three different publishers. The Zoastra Affair, Chaperoning Paris, Borrowing the Doctor, and Electing Love will be published from Soul mate Publishing. Mything the Throne will be published with Double Dragon Ebooks. Favorite Coffee, Favorite Crush will be published with Jupiter Press.

Now she is represented by Dawn Dowdle of Blue Ridge Literary Agency and she hopes to continue selling her novels that she writes. Moving up to the next level from hard work and determination is rewarding, and partnerships bring new opportunities.

Also she’s the Vice President of Programs for the Florida Romance Writers. She’s gone to multiple conferences and intends to continue. She learns and meets so many people at conferences. Her website, and she’ll continue to grow my web presence. She is working hard on other projects and found the time to plan her wedding this year.

Before writing, her father had taken her to many star trek conventions and on her own she grew up as the only girl in the 90s at the comic book store. Science Fiction was her first love, but contemporary romance was her second. She’s sticking with contemporaries for the near future.

Member of Florida Romance Writers, Contemporary Romance, Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapter of RWA, Celtic Hearts and Savvy Authors.

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Favorite Books I’ve Read Recently by Melissa Fox

I love to read. I do a lot of it, I’m happy to say, and always have. I love falling into another world, other people’s lives, problems, love, highs and lows, and know that despite being put through the wringer of live, love, and expectations, all will work out for that oh-so-satisfying happily ever after. Here are some of the books I’ve really enjoyed over the past few months.

Kate SeRine’s Transplanted Tales series

This series started with Red and continued with The Better to See You and Along Came a Spider. Earlier this year, Kate released a novella called Grimm Consequences, a continuation or sequel featuring the hero and heroine of Red, Tess Little and Nate Grimm. With this story, Kate firmly established Nate as one of my top five all time favorite fictional heroes. This story has all the feels, all the desperate longing, facing impossible situations and making unbearable sacrifices all for the one you love. I was lucky enough to read an ARC of Kate’s most recent addition to the series, due out in August, titled Ever After, and loved it as much as the others. The transplanted tales have been my go-to rec for anyone who asks, and I’ve yet to hear back of any disappointment.

Kristen Ashley’s Colorado Mountain and The ’Burg series

Well, love or hate Kristen’s stories, but for me, they are my crack addiction. I’ve found that I can’t read more than two in a row, as there are many similarities throughout her contemporaries, and the other little idiosyncrasies start to build and become slightly irritating. But when I read one of her stories, I get sucked completely in, unable to put down, getting that swoony feeling in my stomach and heart. So I try to pace myself, which proved difficult when most of the books in the Colorado Mountain series went on sale for a dollar off, and then her entire ’Burg series went on sale for 99 cents in advance of the upcoming release in the series. Yeah, I gorged. I’ve made it though The Gamble, Sweet Dreams, Lady Luck, Breathe, Jagged, in the Colorado Mtn series, with just Kaleidoscopeto go, and For You, At Peace, andGolden Trail in The ‘Burg series with Games of the Heart left before I’ll likely break down and buy The Promise when it comes out.

Laura Florand

A new-to-me author I discovered through a blog review when Turning Up the Heat went on sale (or free?) a couple months ago. I thoroughly enjoyed her flow, style, depth of emotion and attachment she creates with her characters and situations, the fascinating glimpse into their world, lives, and professions. When The Chocolate Rose went on sale recently, I snapped that up and found myself completely invested in Jolie and Gabriel’s story, smiling, grimacing, shaking my fist and falling in love right along with them. Definitely will be snapping up the rest of her backlist!

Hope you can check some of these out and enjoy them as much as I did! I’d love to know what you’ve read recently that sucked you in and made your knees weak with swoon – share, please!

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Devouring two or ten books per week as a young’un, I was rationed books by my parents like most kids get rationed candy. So, of course I turned to writing to tide me over between fixes.

I’ve lived in the suburbs of the Mid-West, desert of the Southwest, and foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Since moving to an island in the Puget Sound with my husband and dogs, I’ve learned to play a mean game of 5-stand, catch squid, clams, shrimp, and crab. Good thing I like shellfish.

Author of the paranormal romance Wraith series published by The Wild Rose Press .

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One Thing Book Marketing Experts Don’t Know by Dany Rae Miller



Oh, goody. The platform-building seminar is next.

Finding the room on the writing conference map, I slam back the rest of my coffee and hurry through the lobby. The seminar is packed when I arrive. Must be a popular topic. I slide into one of the last seats in the back.

My anticipation is high. Super secret tips are just what I need to launch my pen name.

The book-marketing experts take their places on the dais. I whip out my notebook and put on my glasses. Ooooh. There’s a cute guy among the gurus. Nice. A spoonful of hot always helps the lessons go down, doesn’t it?


“Welcome to (name withheld to protect the innocent writers conference). I’m (name withheld) and with me are (names withheld because I don’t want to be sued and/or blackballed).”

Blah. Blah. Yadda. Yadda. They take turns sharing their impressive credentials.

“You should being building a platform preferrably before you publish,” says one of the men ~ not the cute one.

Okay. Sure. Like I haven’t heard that a gazillion times.

“Yes. To reach out and interact with your readers as much as you can ~ from your website, your email list, through social media,” says a woman with legs for days.

I wave my hand.

“A question already.” She points to overeager me. She smiles.

I smile back. “Yeah. I’m sorry. I don’t understand. If we’re unpublished, we don’t have readers yet with which to interact. Where should new authors, or those of us launching new pen names, start?”

“You find your tribe, you know. Get out there and find readers interested in your genre.”

Okay. That’s exactly what I’ve been doing. I’m part pleased and part pissed. How much did I pay for this seminar, again?


“Can you give us an example of how best to engage with such a reader? I mean how does a new author gracefully beg for a read?”

“Oh.” The leggy lady laughs. “You do not want to beg.”

“Then, what do we do? What’s the best way to interact with potential readers?”

Confused blinking takes over the panel. Are those crickets chirping?

The cute guy recovers first. He sits up and pins me with his bluer than blue eyes.

Yes, baby, tell me all your secrets.

“Well, first you have to write a good book.” Hmmm. I’m underwhelmed by his insight.

“Understood, sir. We all do our best.” The other authors in attendance affirm that with nods and murmurs. Embolden by them, I continue. “But we hear over and over again that we should build a platform and interact with readers before we officially publish. How do we do that without coming across as hawkers and stalkers?”

The crickets chirp, in slow-mo this time.

Eventually, Miss Legs-For-Days flips her lovely hair over her shoulder. “Just get out there and interact with potential readers wherever you find them.” She smiles. “Moving on, let’s discuss one leg of an author’s platform, social media.”

So there you have it. Even the collective wisdom of an esteemed panel can’t tell you how to go about building readership.


Want to know my deepest fantasy? Can I confess a blasphemous secret? I don’t want to sell books only to have them sit on Kindles unread. I want to reach passionate readers. I want them to dive into the story, connect with the characters and feel.

To that end, I slipped on my prettiest big girl panties and made a decision. I’d make the first Wolven Moon novel completely and totally free. Oh, but you won’t find it on Amazon just yet. Hell no. Again, it’d linger on Kindles like the majority of free Amazon downloads. Nope. I’m poking around for a backdoor into reader’s hearts.


Cynthia Dagnal-Myron, author and Huffington Post blogger , convinced me to post my work on Wattpad . Not as easy as it sounds. There’s a snag (isn’t there always a snag?) for paranormal erotic romance. R-rated pieces get buried and X-rated work isn’t welcomed at all. Still. Wattpad has R.E.A.D.E.R.S. and a lot of them. Gotta find a way around the snag.

What I came up with is serializing a PG-13 version on Wattpad and releasing the original super sexy version on my website .

Creating two versions of Soft Shatter has been more of a challenge than I anticipated. Sex is an essential part of the love story and fleshes out the characters. No pun intended. Removing the lovemaking destroys the overall arc. The most I can do is substitute words and shorten sex scenes to fit Wattpad’s guidelines.

Will it work? Can readers on Wattpad join my passionate readers? More importantly, will fans of erotic romance follow the crumbs to the sexy version?


Your guess is as good as mine and, I’d say, as valid as the distinguished, high-priced book-marketing experts.

Stay tuned. Good or bad, I’ll share results when I have them.

But, hey, in the meantime, can I interest you in a free read? Soft Shatter has a coven of smart witches, a multitude of sexy alphas and a four-chapter love scene.

Did you say four-chapter love scene, Miss Dany Rae?

I smirk. I sure the hell did and it’s effing hot, if I do say so myself.

Come on over, readers . Let me introduce you to the first of many Wolven Moon characters. Bet you’ll fall in love with them, too.

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