Thursday, February 5, 2015

2015 Updates and the Year Ahead

With the new year comes a look ahead. Here are my plans for 2015: 

The to-write list includes:

  • Finishing up Viscount’s Wager (Gambling on Love #3). I’m really loving how this book is coming together. The book has sort of a ‘second chance romance’ theme. Anthony’s (Viscount Rawling’s) hero was his teenage crush, the gorgeous and reserved Gabriel Tilden, who was Anthony’s best friend’s older brother. 
  • Writing Convincing the Secretary (London Legal #3). This one will feature Edward Fenton, the mild-mannered and not-so-diligent secretary in Convincing Leopold. His hero? The ruthless new solicitor in the office. There’s unrequited love, wicked naughty games, and some angst. One of my favorite kinds of stories to write :)
  • Writing a novella for Sam from Brook Street: Thief. Sam was Cavin’s younger ‘brother’, and his story will take place 6 years after Thief. It will be kind of New Adult-ish, since he’ll be 19 yrs old and his love interest will be 21. I’ve got some scene ideas scribbled out, and this one is going to be tons of fun. 

The 2015 to-be-released list includes:

  • His Client, 3/17/2015. This is a re-release. I got the rights back from Loose Id, and will self-publish it this spring with a shiny new cover, some minor edits, and a new lower price. The re-release is currently available for pre-order and it’s available on NetGalley for any reviewers/bloggers who want to request it for review. 
  • Viscount’s Wager. TBD release date, though it looks like sometime in 2015. Once I get the book finished, I’ll have a better idea of when it will be available. 
  • Sam’s book. Currently targeting late 2015 for a release date. This will be a self-published title. Cooper Davis (a very dear friend of mine) and I decided to collaborate on a duology. My contribution will be Sam’s book, and Cooper is contributing a historical New Adult set in the fantasy world from her Noble Pleasures series. 

For those who are counting, that’s 2 new releases and 1 re-release in 2015, with 2 new novellas to write and about a ¼ of a novel. A part of me feels like it’s not enough, that I should be producing more. The epub & indie markets move quickly. There are authors who have the gift of production and can write amazing books in a relatively short amount of time. I, unfortunately, am not so gifted. My muse is a slowpoke, and in order for him to work at his best, he likes to go slow. It’s something I’ve come to accept. I’ve also been working on writing/life balance. Being in the writing cave all the time is no fun. I need to take time to enjoy life and friends and family. And when I do that, it makes writing much more fun. So that’s my focus for 2015 – balance. 

If you are wondering about the London Legal novellas, those are currently slated to be released starting in January 2016 with the re-release of Convincing Arthur (currently available for pre-order), followed by the re-release of Convincing Leopold, and then the release of the new 3rd book in the series, Convincing the Secretary. 2016 may seem like forever away, but given my writing schedule/pace and production lead times coupled with wanting to release the books in the series close together, January 2016 ended up being the start date. 

Last but not least, for those who have asked if I’ll have more books available in audio, I received word that Sharp Love and Viscount’s Wager will be available from Audible. Sharp Love will be available in audio in about 6 months or so. Viscount’s Wager will either be available when the ebook releases or afterward. 

So that’s my look ahead into 2015. After a beyond hectic 2014, I have a feeling 2015 will be a very good year, and I’m super excited about the books on my to-write list. Here’s to a great 2015 for everyone! 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Coming Soon

I have coming soon news! His Client will be re-released on March 17, 2015. 

I got the rights back from Loose Id and will be self-publishing it with a new cover, a new lower list price, and some minor edits. For those of you who purchased the original edition, this self-published edition won't be substantially different. The book's currently available for pre-order on Amazon (links below), and will be available soon at other retailers for pre-order. 

Here's the gorgeous new cover (I'm so in love with it! *pets shiny, pretty cover*) and the updated blurb:

Love wasn't supposed to be part of the bargain…

On every visit to Madame Delacroix’s brothel, Nathaniel Travers requests the same man. Stunningly handsome and highly skilled, Jasper not only shares Nate’s fondness for wickedly erotic games and black leather corsets, but he has become a trusted confidant. And Jasper’s the only person who knows Nate longs for a committed relationship with his childhood friend, Peter Edmonton.

Unrequited love hurts, but it hurts even more when the object of affection is in love with another. Jasper Reed has been working at Delacroix’s for a decade. He’s saved enough to retire, yet he remains at the decadent London brothel. Leaving would mean leaving Nate and the hope someday the rugged gentleman would stop pining for his best friend and realize he loves Jasper, just as Jasper loves him.

Edmonton’s impending marriage looms before them, causing Jasper to take another look at his stubborn heart. Yet Jasper’s a bastard whore, and Nate’s the nephew of a viscount. Surely there can’t be any hope for them… 

Note: This is a previously published work. This second edition has been edited with minor changes. For readers who purchased the original edition, this second edition is not substantially different.

Pre-Order - Amazon US 
Pre-Order - Amazon UK
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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Year's Progressive Dinner

Welcome to one of the Salad course options in the M/M Writers' Buffet!  

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Here are the rules - Dinner starts on 12/31/2014 at noon EST. You can "choose your own dinner adventure" from appetizers, soup, salad, main dish and dessert, but those of you who visit and comment at each and every blog will be entered into a drawing for one of three (3) $35.00 gift cards to the venue of your choice: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or All Romance Ebooks.

Plus, some individual authors (like me!) might include a private drawing for those people who stop by. So read, drink and be merry! Happy New Year from all of us, at the M/M Writers' Buffet!

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I’ll admit, my idea of cooking usually involves a microwave or the toaster oven (or both, when I employ my micro-bake method). But I do have a few things I’ve created to appease my picky taste buds, and I can operate a grill and a stove. One recipe is a BBQ Shrimp Caesar Salad. It’s super yummy, and can be made in the summer (using the grill for the shrimp) or in cruddy weather (sautéing the shrimp). 

Here’s what you need:
Romaine lettuce
Parmesan cheese
Romano cheese
Caesar salad dressing
Shrimp. Raw, peeled and deveined. Use as many as you want.
BBQ spice rub
Crusty dinner rolls

Make the salad first. Combine the lettuce with the salad dressing in a bowl, mix it up, then shred some Parmesan and Romano cheese on it. After the salad is done, stick it in the refrigerator while you cook the shrimp. 

Then throw the dinner rolls into the toaster oven to heat them up. You’ll need one for every person. I usually go with French rolls, since they are nice and crusty but soft on the inside.

For the shrimp part, you’ll need a good BBQ spice rub. Rub the BBQ spice onto the shrimp. If you are grilling, then put the shrimp on skewers and grill until the shrimp are cooked. If sautéing, then put a bit of olive oil in a pan, heat up the pan on medium heat, and then sauté the shrimp until they are cooked. 

The final step is to take the salad out of the fridge, throw the BBQ shrimp on it and then tear up the French rolls to make croutons and throw them on the salad as well. The salad is especially yummy when eaten when the shrimp and rolls are still warm – it makes a wonderful warm/cold combo.  

There you have it – one of the few dishes I can actually cook with a level of success and that doesn’t come out of a box. It’s not something any of the characters in my books would have eaten – my guys live in England in the early 1800’s. They like meat and good old fashioned English food. I don’t eat meat and my taste buds aren't a fan of most traditional English dishes. But if Ben and Cavin from Thief lived in the 21st century, I could image Cavin making a salad like this one for Ben for a light luncheon or as one of the courses for a dinner party. 

And if you are interested in keeping up to date on my new book releases, you can find my newsletter sign-up form on my website. 

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To enter the New Year's Progressive Dinner giveaway for one of (3) $35 gift cards to a choice of venues mentioned  above, leave a comment on this post and the other posts in the dinner party. The winner will be chosen and announced on January 6, 2015.

Also, I'll be giving away (1) ebook from my backlist. To enter, leave a comment on this post with your email address. Winner will be chosen at random by yours truly.
-Must be at least 18 yrs of age to enter. One entry allowed per person. Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary to enter. I'll post the name of the ebook winner on January 6th, 2015 on this blog post. I'll also send the winner an email requesting their book of choice. The winner has until January 14th, 2015 to respond to the email.
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UPDATE: And the winner of the ebook giveaway is Kaisquared! Congrats!! I've already sent her an email requesting the ebook of her choice.
Thanks again to everyone who participated in the New Year's Progressive Dinner!
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Coming Soon Updates

I hope everyone in the US had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. The weather is actually warming up a bit here in the Midwest, so the daily high temps are above freezing again...for the time being.

In Coming Soon news, the release date Viscount's Wager (book #3 in the Gambling on Love series) has been pushed out. The book will release sometime in 2015. As for exactly when...I'm not sure yet. 2014 was an unexpectedly hectic year. I'll be very glad to have this year behind me. Plus, Viscount's Wager is turning out to be longer than expected. It will be even longer than All In with the Duke, which currently holds the title of my longest book.

In good news, I'm loving the way Viscount's Wager is coming together. Seriously, love. Rawling has been super fun to write, and he and his hero, Gabriel Tilden, bring the angst and the smexy times. I hope readers love their story enough to forgive the delay in the book's release.

For anyone who had pre-ordered the book and had their pre-order cancelled, there's no reason to worry and you have my apologies. Once a new release date is set, then the book will go back up for pre-order, and I'll also update the blog and my website with the new release date.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Giveaway - All In with the Duke - Print or ebook

I have some print books on my shelves that are in need of good homes. So I have decided to host a series of giveaways, one every couple of weeks or so for the rest of 2014. 

Let's start with All In with the Duke. Here are the giveaway details:

  • 2 winners chosen at random
  • Format: Print or ebook (epub format). Winner's choice. If you choose print and you win, I'll send you an email to request your snail mail address
  • Giveaway open to U.S. and International entrants
  • To enter: Leave a comment on this post (either here or with the post on Goodreads, as it will cross-post) with your email address or send me an email at ava @ avamarch (dot) com to enter. 
  • Giveaway open until November 16th, 2014, midnight EST.

All In with the Duke (Gambling on Love #1)

Max Arrington, the Duke of Pelham, vows to never again let a handsome face blind him to a man's true intentions. But ten months of celibacy and lonely nights drive him to a decadent brothel, where a beautiful young man arouses his illicit passions as never before.

Tristan Walsh has grown tired of being used for men's pleasure. But his latest client is different: commanding yet generous, Max makes him feel cared for as well as wanted. Yet Tristan knows he'll never have the choice to leave the brothel and submit only to Max.

So when Max invites him to be his guest at his country estate, Tristan eagerly agrees to his terms—days to do as he pleases while Max tends to the dukedom, and nights spent together in wicked play. But when the "business arrangement" begins to deepen into something more, Tristan must face the fact that he has no true place in Max's life—or in Max's guarded heart…

81,000 words

Standard giveaway rules apply. Must be at least 18 yrs of age to enter. 2 winners chosen at random by yours truly. One entry allowed per person. Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary to enter. Yours truly will post the name of the winners by November 17th, midnight EST, on this blog post. I'll also send the winners an email to let them know they've won. Winners have until November 24th to respond to the email with their format of choice. Blah, blah, blah, and whatever else I forgot to include here.
I put the names of those who entered via the blog, GoodReads, and email into the randomizer, and the winners are:
-Roger Grace

Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to everyone who entered!