Monthly Books Post

I have a pretty feeble number to report for my books read total this month. I could claim I’ve been super busy writing, but that would be a total lie. I have been writing, steadily, and I’m nearly done with the draft of a sequel to Patient Z (but more about that in another post!) But I’ve also been on holiday from the day job for two weeks of July, so could have got in a load of reading. Instead what I got in was a load of podcasts and colouring in – my new favourite way to relax.

But I’ve got a few read or listened to and I’m still on track to meet my Goodreads Reading Challenge for the year.

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Lucky Seven(teenth) – Monthly backlist giveaway contest – contest now closed.

CONTEST NOW CLOSED – thanks for entering. Come back on the 7th of each month for another chance.

Feeling lucky this Friday?

It’s time for a new feature on my blog. I noticed I still have a few ebooks and paper books from my backlist hanging around that I’m entitled to give away. So I’ve decided to have a monthly giveaway on my blog. It will usually be on the 7th – so watch out for Lucky Seventh posts from 7th of August. But I couldn’t wait to start, so thought I’d kick it off today, the 17th.

It’s simple enough.

  • I’ll post the list below, specifying if they are print or ebook. Maybe I’ll ask a silly question too.
  • Enter a comment below, answer the question, or write a limerick, tell a joke, whatever and say what you’d like to win (specify print or ebook if the same book is available in both formats.)
  • If ebook, tell me your preferred format.
  • If print, I’ll only ask you for your postal address if you win.
  • Make sure to put your email address in the email field of the comment form so I can contact you.

Once they’re gone they’re gone! Some might only have one to give away, others more. I’ll run these posts until I’ve whittled down the list and have none left. I’ll run each contest for a week.

Read on to see what’s up for grabs this month. Click on the cover to see more details on the book page.
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July Links

Romance Novel Think Pieces For Dummies
Jessica Tripler on Bookriot with some – ahem – advice to journalists who want to write about the Romance genre.

1. Use an image of Fabio. He hasn’t graced a romance novel cover in decades but you want your readers to think they recognize him as the guy who’s on all the covers of those books they don’t read.

The One Thing You Need to Know Is Everything
Natalie Damschrode on the Romance University blog about continuing education for writers, but not only about the writing itself.

Jennifer commented on how much publishing has changed since my first post in 2009, so of course the first thing I did was go back and read that. And she’s right. Obviously, authors have so many more options, so much more control over their careers, so many ways to individualize their path to publication. But it struck me that one thing has never changed, not in the 23 years since I started writing romantic fiction.

Education is probably the most important element in the foundation of your writing career.

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I’m free! Uh-oh.

So it’s been a busy six and a half months. Immutable came out on Wednesday and that was my forth release of the year! That’s been a lot of editing, and deadlines. I think I have release fatigue. :D

Immutable cover by Maria Fanning Mapping the Shadows cover. Art by April Martinez. Cover by Scott Carpenter Tempting The Stars cover by Scott Carpenter

Now I’m in a phase where I don’t have any contracted unreleased books. Which is a weird situation for us writers. On the one hand there’s a sense of freedom to get on with the new stuff, set my own timetable, and not have to worry that publisher edits will drop on me right when I’m in the middle of a purple patch of writing a draft. On the other hand, it leaves one a bit nervous, with that little nagging voice suggesting I night never sell another book to a publisher again. So in the past it’s always been a big relief when I’ve sold one and I’ve got a pending release.

Patient ZRight now I have a completed novella draft and an in the middle of a novel draft – a sequel to Patient Z! The next draft – to write during NaNoWriMo is starting to tickle my brain. I think it will be around mid to late August before I have the novella ready to submit, so I’m going to try to make the most of this phase of freedom, even if it is nervous making, before I start the nailbiting phase of having a story on submission and then – I HOPE – have those publisher edits and deadlines again.

Don’t forget to check out my monthly links post tomorrow!

Immutable Release Day

It’s release day for Immutable – a fantasy/paranormal novella, published by Dreamspinner Press. I’ll be on the Dreamspinner blog later today for a release day blog party. Come say hi!


Immutable cover by Maria FanningEvery night, in the tiny cottage he shares with his dying mother, lonely young shepherd Callum dreams of having a lover by his side. A man to share his bed and his life. One day, as he gathers driftwood on the beach, he finds Breen, a beautiful, naked stranger. Breen makes love to him, leaving Callum certain he’s only a fantasy. But the stunning Breen is there again the next day—fulfilling Callum’s every wish. Then Callum’s hopes are shattered when he learns of Breen’s true nature. Panic and desperation drive Callum to commit a terrible betrayal to try to keep Breen from leaving him.

A Bittersweet Dreams title: It’s an unfortunate truth: love doesn’t always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears.

Available now from Dreamspinner Press.
See the book page for more buy links.

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Art by Maria Fanning