Monday, April 14, 2014

Sharp Love - ARC Giveaway

Sharp Love (Gambling on Love #2) releases on June 9th, less than two months from now. Edits are totally done, and the book's been finalized and sent off to the Production Dept. To celebrate, I'm holding a giveaway for a .pdf ARC (advanced reading copy) of the book. In fact, I'm feeling the book love, so I'll pick 2 winners. So if you're interested in reading the book and don't want to wait until June 9th, throw your name in the virtual hat. Mr. Randomizer might smile upon you. 

Leave a comment on this post with your email address or send me an email at ava @ avamarch (dot) com to enter. Giveaway open until April 30th, 2014, midnight EST.

Here's the blurb for the book:

London, 1822

William Drake has lived among thieves, bastards and beggars all his life, doing what's necessary to survive. As a young orphan, that included looking after his best friend, Jack Morgan. But as they grew older, Jack took the honest path, leaving Will behind to fend for himself the only ways he knows how.

When an unsavory errand for his employer brings Jack back to London's underbelly, he needs Will's help. It's there, among the alleys they ran through as children, that the love he's always felt for Will returns. As their nights together grow hotter, Will discovers something new about his old friend—Jack's need to serve extends into the bedchamber.

Will has never fully abandoned his dream of escaping London with Jack. But what could the Duke's driver want with a dishonest cheat like him, beyond a bit of rough sex? It takes the gamble of Will's life to find out if he can win Jack's heart…

Story length: 77,000 words
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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 May 3rd, midnight EST, on this blog post. Blah, blah, blah, and whatever else I forgot to include here. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Blurb for Sharp Love


I received the finalized blurb (back cover copy) for Sharp Love, the second book in the Gambling on Love series, and thought I'd share. As for anything else exciting with me...there's not much right now. I'm in the writing cave, working on Viscount's Wager, the third book in the series. It's coming along quite nicely. I like it a lot so far - Anthony (Rawling) is fun to write. And now I'll duck back into the cave and leave you with the blurb for Will and Jack's book:

London, 1822

William Drake has lived among thieves, bastards and beggars all his life, doing what's necessary to survive. As a young orphan, that included looking after his best friend, Jack Morgan. But as they grew older, Jack took the honest path, leaving Will behind to fend for himself the only ways he knows how.
 
When an unsavory errand for his employer brings Jack back to London's underbelly, he needs Will's help. It's there, among the alleys they ran through as children, that the love he's always felt for Will returns. As their nights together grow hotter, Will discovers something new about his old friend—Jack's need to serve extends into the bedchamber.
 
Will has never fully abandoned his dream of escaping London with Jack. But what could the Duke's driver want with a dishonest cheat like him, beyond a bit of rough sex? It takes the gamble of Will's life to find out if he can win Jack's heart…
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edited to add....I just accidentally deleted a bunch of comments from the blog. Thought I was on the spam tab and clicked delete-all too fast. Sorry to all the lovely commenters - the comments aren't gone because I didn't like them. It was purely user error.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Beyond Reckless

Beyond Reckless is now available again! And it has a gorgeous new cover from the talented Kanaxa. The book is a fun short story featuring established lovers with definite heat and a bit of kink.


The book was originally published in 2010 from Amber Quill Press (for the Story Behind the Story post, click HERE). I recently got the rights back and decided to self-publish it. I've given the book an edit, but it's not substantially different than the original version. So if you've read the original, there's no need to buy it again. But if you haven't read it yet, you can now buy it from a variety of retailers for the reduced price of $0.99.
- Smashwords (variety of formats)
- (available soon from Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, etc)

Here's the blurb:

It’s the eve of Mr. Rys Palmer’s 25th birthday. A significant birthday, for it’s when he’ll come into his majority and gain full control of the inheritance from his obscenely wealthy grandfather. But the promise of a fortune isn’t what gets Rys’s blood pumping.

Mr. Martin Trent is well aware of his lover’s propensity for thrills. After four years together, he knows just how to indulge Rys without risking either of their reputations or their necks. But clearly Rys’s taste for more than a hint of danger has rubbed off on him. Beyond reckless to ask Rys to meet him at a formal ton ball to give Rys his gift. Yet Martin can’t resist the opportunity to give his lover a birthday he’ll never forget.

Story length: approximately 6,100 words

Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: D/s theme and elements, and male/male sexual practices.

Author’s Note: This is a previously published work. It was originally published in 2010. This second edition has been edited with minor changes. For readers who purchased the original edition, this second edition is not substantially different.

-Find the book on GoodReads

UPDATE: Stumbling Over Chaos is hosting a giveaway for Beyond Reckless. To throw your name in the virtual hat, hop on over to the post and comment. Giveaway contest open until 2/28 at 7pm CST.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Cover Lovin' - Sharp Love

I received the finalized cover art for Sharp Love, which is book #2 in the Gambling on Love series! I love getting cover art - makes me so happy. As always, Carina's marketing department did a fabulous job.

The book is currently slated for release in June 2014. No blurb yet, but I can tell you the book features Jack Morgan, who was Max's ever-useful, giant of a carriage driver/bodyguard/tracker-downer of ex-boyfriends from All In with the Duke. Jack's a principled, honorable kind of guy. And his hero, William Drake, is not so principled. Will and Jack have a history, a long one at that. I think of it as an 'old friends to lovers' book. Jack eventually ended up in Max's employ, and Will stayed in the East End of London where he 'works' as a card sharp. In Sharp Love, you'll find out how Jack is so good at tracking down 'missing' ex-boyfriends and other random people for Max, and what exactly Jack did with his time while he was seeing to an 'errand' for Max in the last 1/4 of All In with the Duke. ...yeah, Jack does a lot of work for Max that needs air quotes.  

In other news, I'm currently working on Viscount's Wager, book #3 in the Gambling on Love series. It features Anthony, Viscount Rawling, who was Max's best friend, and Gabriel Tilden, one of the people Jack tracks down in All In with the Duke. Gabriel was Anthony's teenage crush and has the distinction of being Anthony's first kiss. Ah, thwarted young love! And that's all I'll say about that book, as I'm currently writing it and haven't finished it yet. :)

I'm totally late on this one (I blame my beyond hectic weekend) and the sale/giveaway is over, but I have to give a shout-out to Oliver and Vincent. Joyfully Jay picked her 15 all time favorite Loose Id books as part of her birthday celebration/sale, and Bound by Deception was on her list. Yay for Oliver and Vincent! 

It is currently -2 degrees in my neck of the woods and spring can't get here soon enough. Hope everyone's staying warm and having a nice January!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Update - What's Up with Ava

Now that All In with the Duke has been released, I'm about to head back into the writing cave. So I thought now would be a good time to give an update on what's on deck and what will be coming soon-ish.

- The Convincing series is changing homes. Convincing Arthur and Convincing Leopold are currently unavailable, but they will be re-released in early 2015 from Samhain Publishing. 

- There will also be a new book in the Convincing series - Convincing the Secretary. It will feature Edward Fenton, one of Arthur's secretaries (not the diligent worker, but the one who was infatuated with Arthur). You haven't met his hero yet, but the guy was mentioned in a round about way at the end of Convincing Leopold. The series will likely release in back-to-back-to-back months, so early-ish 2015 for the new book. 

Beyond Reckless is currently unavailable. To be honest, I haven't yet decided what I want to do with the story. I adore Rys and Martin - they were fun characters to write. I've toyed with an idea of a prequel, a 'how they became a couple' story. Or maybe I'll just self-pub Beyond Reckless as a stand alone short story. I've got a lot of my plate for the next few months, so likely I won't decide what to do with the story for a while. One way or another though, it will eventually be available again. 

And I swear, the 'currently unavailable' thing is not a new pattern with me. It's just how the timing worked with these three books. And the fact I decided to move them is not at all a reflection of my experiences with the respective publishers. Both are wonderful publishers. 

- Sharp Love (book #2 in the Gambling on Love series) has been sent off to my lovely editor, and is scheduled to release June 2014. It's Jack Morgan's book (he was Max's carriage driver in All In with the Duke). And since I'm feeling the love for Jack and his card sharp hero, William Drake, here's a short quote from the unedited book:
“You washed my hair. Never done that before.” Jack more mumbled than spoke. “It was nice.”
“Looks like you found it more than nice, Jack.”

- Next up on the to-write list is Viscount's Wager (book #3 in the Gambling on Love series). It will be Anthony, Viscount Rawling's book (he was Max's best friend). If you've read All In with the Duke, you can probably guess his hero will be a gentleman by the name of Gabriel Tilden. 

- I spent the Thanksgiving holiday setting up a new office. I will no longer be the Author Under the Cupboards. Took one of the spare bedrooms and turned it into an office, complete with a desk and a dry erase board and everything. Here's the new writing cave, including the photo-bombing dogs:


The muses also made the move. They seem happy in their new home, though Kidlet is after me to free four of the marbies from their 'jails'. She used to call them man-barbies, but now they are just my 'marbies'. So far, I've been able to keep her from freeing them. They are safer there - heck, today I found Jake nekkid in the shower of the barbie townhouse. Being a man-barbie and living outside of a box is dangerous in my house. 

- Last but definitely not least, a huge thank you to everyone who has picked up All In with the Duke. I really hope you enjoyed Max and Tristan's book :)  
 
Barbara