Category Archives: Giveaways

With a little help from my friends

From friend to friend Image: Eliza C3 (Creative Commons Flickr)

This is how we discover the best stuff. Friend to friend.
Image: Eliza C3 (Creative Commons Flickr)

Isn’t this how we discover the best restaurants and movies and reads?

From our friends.

Around here we’re smiling at the success of Robin Helm’s new Pride and Prejudice romance. Understanding Elizabeth has really taken off.

My Kindle Select numbers are smiling too.

All because of Cross Promotion.

See, now that I’m an indie author, I can participate in that. Placing a link or two at the back of my e-book that says I think you would enjoy …

Mr Darcy recommends

“Mr. Darcy Recommends”

It’s a simple concept. Robin has placed an image link to Darcy By Any Other Name at the end of her book, and I have done the same. And readers must be having a look at Darcy, because my Kindle Select numbers are way up.

While Robin and I share a blog, it appears that we don’t always share the same readers.  Who knew?

Hey, Robin has a two-book giveaway going on this week at Of Pens and Pages. Stop by, read Nissa’s review of Understanding Elizabeth, and post a comment.

logo-4-1The USA winner has the option to choose a print book prize. Love that!

Really proud of Robin. Elizabeth has held on to her #4 spot against two best-sellers (with over a hundred Amazon reviews apiece), and has even won out against a 99 cent erotica.

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Quotable Pride & Prejudice

Be the first to identify them all correctly and claim your prize.

My family members routinely quote literature to each other, as well as to non-family members (who usually don’t get the connection). Pride and Prejudice is our most-quoted book.

Here are some of our favorites:

1. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”


2. “My courage always rises with every attempt to intimidate me.”

3. “For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors and laugh at them in our turn?”

4. “What are men to rocks and mountains?”

5. “I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.”

6. “I give you leave to like him. You have liked many a stupider person.”

7. “Every savage can dance.”


8. “You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

8. “Nobody can tell what I suffer! But it is always so. Those who do not complain are never pitied.”

9. “We neither of us perform to strangers.”

10. “You find great amusement in occasionally professing opinions which, in fact, are not your own.”

11. “Disguise of every sort is my abhorrence.”

12. “I was in the middle before I knew I had begun.”

13. “My good opinion, once lost, is lost forever.”


14. “She is tolerable, I suppose, but not handsome enough to tempt me.”

15. “In vain, I have struggled. It will not do. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

Are you able to name the character or circumstance being quoted without researching?

First reader to correctly identify all of them can claim an e-book copy of Understanding Elizabeth when it is published.

The Season for Reading

Photo: Bill Lapp (Creative Commons Flickr)

Add hot tea, a fuzzy blanket, and a good book. Perfect! Photo: Bill Lapp (Creative Commons Flickr)

Ah, autumn. Bright days, crisp evenings, and the tang of fallen leaves in the air. I love everything about this season.

Here in the Pacific Northwest, autumn marks the return of gray skies and rain. And that means it’s time for staying home with a book.

One of my very favorite things is coming in out of the wet to find a bright fire on the hearth. The drumming of rain against the windows, the welcome warmth of a cheerful fire, and an engrossing read. Such a comfortable combination.

Even guys like this book! Here, my sons lend a hand with promotion.

“Wait, Mom wrote THAT? Aw, Mom, what the heck?”

I’ve heard that October is one of the best times to release a book. Due to a frenzied school schedule–I’m teaching a high school class after all! –I can’t guarantee that the Mercy’s Embrace relaunch will happen next month, but I’m trying.

Speaking of reading, there’s a Darcy By Any Other Name giveaway at The Calico Critic. Bless Laura Hartness, she took on Darcy–all 662 pages–along with starting graduate school. “I applaud Laura Hile’s work,” she wrote, “and am so glad I said ‘yes’ to reviewing Darcy by Any Other Name!”

My all-guy fan club

My all-guy fan club. Otherwise known as my sons: Ben, Michael, and Nathan

Come by, read Laura’s wonderful review, and enter to win a Kindle edition. Here’s the link. Her giveaway ends October 8th.

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Praise for the Yours By Design series

my-top-5-modern-ppKudos to our own Robin Helm. Her Yours By Design series made Of Pens and Pages’ Top 5 List. Hooray!

“I loved reading the entire series,” says Nissa, “and each book was quite the page-turner.”

We agree! Autumn’s crisp evenings and shorter days usher in perfect reading weather. Why not curl up with Robin’s books?

GIVEAWAY ALERT! Nissa is offering the entire series to one lucky winner! Here is your chance to enjoy Robin’s novels as e-books. Visit  Of Pens and Pages  for details.



Darcy hops into the Kindle Unlimited pool

Now in Kindle Unlimited

Kindle Unlimited is a win-win for authors and readers.

Darcy By Any Other Name celebrates its three-month anniversary soon, so I decided to enroll it in Kindle Unlimited. Such a deal for the borrowing reader! All the Kindle e-books one’s heart could desire for just $9.99 per month.

It’s been three days, and I’m blown away by the response. Just this morning, almost 5,000 pages have been read. I’m excited to see Kindle Unlimited introduce Darcy to a wider reading audience. What’s not to love about a fun body swap?

The blue line goes up and up.

Kindle Unlimited readers are loving Darcy. That pages-read line is a- climbing today. And it’s only 11:00 a.m.

And check this out: Austenesque Reviews is giving away a Darcy e-book this week. It’s easy to enter. Follow this link, enjoy Meredith’s review, and leave a comment.

There are more Darcy giveaways scheduled, so stay tuned. Next up, Janet Taylor’s More Agreeably Engaged blog.  I’m loving the chance to meet so many new readers.

Did I mention that Darcy By Any Other Name is ON SALE?  Another reason to celebrate. Through August 10th, the Kindle edition is $3.99.

Read Meredith's review. Enter the giveaway

Read Meredith’s review. Enter the giveaway. Or if you can’t wait to get started, take advantage of the sale.

And that’s not all. Look for the Mercy’s Embrace trilogy to get new covers–and a new, swoon-worthy ending too. Hooray! I’m gunning for an October re-release celebration, just in time for rainy day reading. Tell you what, I’ve got my work cut out for the rest of the summer.

Exciting times, absorbing reading. That’s the latest book news from me.


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Calling All Cats!

Moose, a captive promoter

“Really?  You woke me up for this?” says Moose

Part of the book-selling game is keeping that title in front of readers. But after a while the “Buy My Book!” thing becomes awkward and annoying. So I look for ways to circumvent that.

Ha, I shamelessly use cats. You know, for #CatsOfTwitter and #Caturday? What’s not to love about a furry purry? Besides, everybody knows that cats rule the Internet.

Domino's not sure about my "photoshop" skills

“Book? What book? I don’t see any book,” says Domino

If you have a cat, I have a book to pose him with. That’s what happened when I went to my friend’s house for breakfast yesterday. Her sweet Moose was drafted into the book selling biz, and so was his sidekick, Lyric.

If no cat is handy, I can always patch in a book later. Here I make use of poor Domino, my “grand cat.” He doesn’t look impressed with my questionable “photoshop” skills.

Twitter is all about what’s happening “right now,” so I’m able to try stuff. You know, just to see what works. I’m not sure Domino’s hypnotic powers are all that great…

Tongue-in-cheek attempt

What was I thinking? This one didn’t get any retweets.

Lyric gives his all.

“But-but I don’t even know how to read!” says Lyric. “I’m so little, and that book is so big.”


Even better than the cat photo is a Giveaway. In theory, I’ll have a nice series of posts to share, putting the cover image out there without begging for a sale. I must say, though, last week’s Amazon Giveaway kind of backfired. Within 19 hours all five ebooks were claimed!

Speaking of Giveaways, there one going on right now at Clean Indie Reads. If you’d like a chance to win a print book (signed by yours truly), jump in. The odds are much better than the Amazon one!  And who doesn’t love turning real pages? Here’s the link.

To enter, click on the photo and fill out the form. Easy!

To enter, click on the photo and fill out the form. Easy!

Oh, and tomorrow I have my first paid promotion ever, a spot on The Fussy Librarian‘s email list. It’s my attempt to “catapult” Darcy By Any Other Name beyond the Austen fiction genre and into the wide world–without using cats! (sorry)

Off you go, sir! There are plenty of eager readers waiting.

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Darcy By Any Other Name GIVEAWAY

“Pride and Prejudice Meets Freaky Friday.” This headline–thank you, Chautona Havig!— tells you quite a bit about my new release, a fun body swap romance.

The Pride & Prejudice body swap romance that has everyone talking

The Pride & Prejudice body swap romance that has readers talking. Yes, that’s Mr. Collins on the cover.

And the buzz about Darcy By Any Other Name is spreading. It’s not because of advertisements–my budget for that is almost nil. No, people are hearing about this book because of YOU, my generous social media friends.  I am so very grateful for your likes and tweets and shares.

I’ve always said that I write for the thinking reader, but my goodness. Those articulate reviews at Amazon! Who knew that so many people share my subtle and quirky sense of humor? And believe, along with me, that true love also involves a meeting of the minds?

So now it’s time to give back–with a GIVEAWAY. I am offering one Darcy By Any Other Name ebook to two (2) lucky winners.

Entering is easy. Simply comment to this post by midnight, June 13, 2016.

It kind of has to be the 13th because of the book’s release date. Yeah, Friday, May 13, 2016. Otherwise known as “Freaky Friday.” I’m still smiling about that.

The print edition "selfie" ... all 662 pages.

Print edition “selfie,” 662 pages

If you’d like to check out the first five chapters (via Look Inside), here is the link to Amazon.  Speaking of Amazon…

The print edition of Darcy went live last night. Lo and behold, most of  the features are linked up and running.  It’s in Amazon’s match program, meaning that when you purchase the print book, you get the Kindle edition free.

About the price? Yeah, that. This is a BIG book, so think of it like a collector’s edition. Useful for readerly escape from the stress of workaday life … and also for clonking burglars!

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