Beguiling the Earl in Early Spring!

First, I want to thank everyone for their patience. I’ve received emails and comments here and on my Facebook author page asking when the next book in my Landing a Lord series will be out. Unfortunately, I had to deal with some personal issues last year that delayed the release of the book. But I now have good news – I’ve finished writing the book and am currently working on self-edits. I’ve also spoken to my editor and she will be able to squeeze me onto her schedule for March … that means Beguiling the Earl – Catherine and Kerrick’s book – will be out in early spring!

Below is a teaser for the book. I’ll probably also be posting an excerpt soon. :)

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Self-Publishing … One Year Later

I released my first indie title on December 17, 2012. One year later, I can say, without question, that deciding to self-publish my books, instead of waiting one-two years to sell to New York and then waiting for the book to be released, has been one of the best decisions of my life.

I posted my sales numbers on a private forum I belong to and was on the fence about whether I should make a blog post on this subject. It was brought to my attention, however, that someone left a comment on Laura Kaye’s blog post (her response to the Steven Zacharius article entitled “Self-Publishing: The Myth and the Reality”) and included my name in a list of other authors who’d earned a six-figure income in 2013. That comment was accurate. After Amazon sends out their payments at the end of December, 2013, I will have just squeaked past the six-figure-income threshold.

I decided to go ahead and share my numbers so that others can see that you don’t have to be a big-name author to actually do well self-publishing. I made the leap into indie publishing because of all those authors before me who were generous in sharing their own sales numbers and what they’d learned. Knowledge is power.

Other than a handful of blog hops, I have done zero advertising. No Bookbub ads (no point until I have more books out), no $0.99 fire sales for my full-length novel, and no boxed sets.

As of December 1, 2013*:

Dancing with the Duke (short novella)
Sales @ $0.99 – 16,546
Number of free downloads – 414,299**

Loving the Marquess (novel)
Sales –  35,932
(Mostly @ $3.99, but it was on sale for $2.99 for a couple of months in the summer.)

Lady Hathaway’s Indecent Proposal (novella)
Sales @ $0.99 – 13,739

In contrast, my sales numbers for the one title published through an epublisher:

Dear Stranger (novella with Total-e-Bound)
Sales – 2,116
The majority of these sales occurred after people found my self-published work.

*These are minus the numbers for Apple for the last two months. The Apple sales reports won’t input into TrackerBox now that I’m on a Windows 8 computer. I did report the glitch to the creator of the software and hopefully he’ll get a fix out soon. But my Apple sales numbers aren’t staggering so their absence won’t affect the final numbers by that much.

**This number is low because at least two retailers haven’t reported the number of free downloads this title has received on their site.

Fall Into Winter Romance Giveaway Hop

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We all have a favorite season – for me that season is fall. The moment temperatures start to drop in September my energy increases. And when it’s cool enough that there’s a slight nip in the air and we need to start wearing sweaters – heaven! I think part of it may be due to the fact that I’ve always loved school. Growing up, September heralded a new school year and with it new opportunities. Some people like to make New Year’s resolutions, but I’ve always been partial to reassessing my goals in the fall.

I have to be careful when writing that I don’t set all my books during the fall. Fortunately, when writing historical romances there’s plenty of opportunity to set stories during the Season in spring. I have yet to set a story during the summer or the winter, though.

Do you have a favorite season? Please share what you love about it if you do.

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Grand Prize for the blog hop – a $50 Amazon.com gift certificate.

In addition, I will be giving away an ebook (in your format of choice) of my novel Loving the Marquess.

Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter the grand prize drawing. To enter my giveaway, simply leave a comment on this blog post.

To visit other blogs in this blog hop, please click on the button below. You’ll also have the opportunity to win prizes at the various blogs along the way.

Happy hopping!

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Winners of my two gift card giveaways

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The Facebook winner of a $25 gift card is:

Sandi M.

The member of my newsletter list who also won a $25 gift card is:

Esther C.

Congratulations! (Winners have been notified via email.)

Gift Card Giveaways

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If you’ve signed up for my new release mailing list or follow me on Facebook, you already know that I’m currently doing two giveaways. One person signed up for my mailing list and one person who likes my Facebook author page will each win a $25 gift card to their choice of Amazon, B&N or Kobo.

Lady Hathaway’s Indecent Proposal had a very successful launch, reaching as high as #354 in the entire Amazon Kindle store! It’s still doing very well, as is Loving the Marquess. These giveaways are my way of saying thank you to everyone who has purchased one of my books.

If this is the first you’re hearing about my giveaways, you can sign up for my newsletter here and like me on Facebook here.

The number of likes on my Facebook page is much less than the number of people who have signed up for my mailing list, so you have a better chance of winning if you like me on Facebook and look under the “giveaway” tab to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. If you’re genuinely interested in learning about my new releases, though, you’ll want to sign up for my mailing list as well. If you do, you’ll receive a newsletter as soon as Beguiling the Earl is available. Facebook is a great venue for interacting, but I know it doesn’t always display an author’s posts to all their followers.

The contests end at midnight tomorrow, Friday August 23. Good luck!

Suzanna

Winner – Hot Summer Romance Giveaway Hop

11970917161615154558carlitos_Balloons.svg.medUsing random.org to choose a number between 1 and 38 (the number of lovely people who commented on my blog hop post), the winner of a signed paperback copy of Loving the Marquess is:

Ann C.

Congratulations, Ann! I’ll be contacting you shortly!

The grand prize winners were contacted by Malia Mallory, the organizer of this blog hop. They are:

Kindle Fire – Lisa Anderson (From Lissa Mathews’ blog)
$50 Amazon Gift Card – Jennifer Mathis (From Adriana Kraft’s Blog)

 

Hot Summer Romance Giveaway Hop

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Earlier this week I released my latest book, Lady Hathaway’s Indecent Proposal. At its heart, this is a story about two people who’d had a romance in the past but been separated. Now, twelve years later, Miranda – Lady Hathaway – has been recently widowed and she conceives a desperate plan that will allow her to spend a few nights in the bed of the man she had to give up all those years before.

How about you? Do you enjoy reading reunion stories? And if so, do you have any favorites? I am a big fan of reunion stories. I’m also a big fan of steamy historical romances. Lady Hathaway’s Indecent Proposal is both of those things.

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Grand Prizes - The organizers of this blog hop have two grand prizes.

#1 – A Kindle Fire.
#2 – A $50 Amazon.com gift certificate.

In addition, I will be giving away a signed paperback copy of my novel Loving the Marquess.

To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post. Please remember to leave your email address as well so you can be contacted if you are chosen as a winner.

To visit other blogs in this blog hop, please click on the button below. The more comments you leave on various blogs, the more times you’re entered to win one of the two grand prizes.

New release and an upcoming giveaway

I’m very happy to announce that Lady Hathaway’s Indecent Proposal is now available for sale! You can read more about it and find sale links on the book’s website page here.

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Also, between July 18-21 I will be participating in the Hot Summer Romance Giveaway blog hop. There are two grand prizes for the overall blog hop – #1 is a Kindle Fire and #2 is a $50 Amazon.com gift certificate.

In addition, I will be hosting my own giveaway. At the end of the blog hop I will be giving away an autographed trade paperback copy of Loving the Marquess. Many other participants in the blog hop will also be giving away prizes.

Drop by my blog between July 18-21 to participate!

 

Lady Hathaway’s Indecent Proposal – teaser chapter

Lady Hathaway’s Indecent Proposal is almost done and I’ll be sending it off to my editor soon. I just need to add an epilogue. I’ve been finding it difficult to find time to work on it, though, because I’ve also been working on Beguiling the Earl, the next book in my Landing a Lord series.

I’ve decided to share the first chapter of Lady Hathaway on my Facebook page. This is close to the final version, but please note that it might change after my editor looks at it. There’s an adult advisory on this first chapter (but no full love scene at this point.)

You can find the excerpt on my Facebook page here. I hope you enjoy it!

Suzanna