Predator’s Rescue Release Day!

A lot of readers have told me they’re excited for this day and it’s finally here! Predator’s Rescue, Gemini Island Shifters 7, is now available at all e-outlets and the first reviews have been great. I hope you love Jani and Fleur’s story.

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Tiger shifter Jani Fodor should have washed his hands of Fleur Bissette long ago. However, when she disappears from the shape-shifter sanctuary on Gemini Island, he can’t forget her, and launches a fraught two-week search to find her. He thinks she’ll be grateful but the petulant she-wolf resents his intrusion in her life.

Jani recently liberated Fleur from a vicious cult of shape-shifters, where she was brainwashed by the sadistic August Crane. The wolf shifter terrorized their friends at the Ursa Fishing Lodge and Resort on Gemini Island. Labeled a “bad girl” all her life, Fleur knows she’ll never fit in with the good guys at the Ursa, no matter how much Jani tries to convince her of their regard. Besides, she can’t stay with Jani. Although he’s the closest thing she’s ever had to a friend, their chemistry is explosive in the worst way.

When a new menace arises, in the form of a vicious drug dealer with a grudge, Jani is adamant Fleur accept his help to rehabilitate her addict mother and remove her from the influence of her dealer. Fleur accepts Jani’s assistance but as they work together, friendship erupts into passion. Neither can deny their lust-struck spirit animals, and before long, they realize their connection runs deeper than they ever expected.

Despite the threats posed by the drug dealer, the worst danger of all dwells inside Fleur. Haunted by the spirit of August Crane, Fleur is inundated by visions that torment her. She is consumed by guilt and plagued by old hostilities. Can this bad girl make good? And is Jani’s love enough to save her from her demons?

Buy Links:

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Enjoy!

Give good blurb.

I’ve heard it time and again. If you want to sell a book, write a good blurb. Many readers have told me they purchase books based on two things: recommendations/reviews from friends and catchy blurbs. A gorgeous cover might snag some interest but the blurb will keep that interest.

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Today I am in the midst of writing a blurb for my contemporary romance work-in-progress. The book is nearing completion (God willing) and I figured it was time. Normally I write the blurb sooner because having a blurb on hand helps me focus the story.  It’s a good reminder of what the character wants and what sorts of obstacles she encounters.

I don’t like long blurbs. In my opinion, short and sweet is most effective. This isn’t the moment to delve into motivations for that minor character who pops in at the start of chapter eight, waves ‘Hello’ and disappears. Although that character may play a part in the narrative, the reader doesn’t need to know that level of detail in the blurb. All the reader wants to know at this point is genre, who the main characters are and the nature of the conflict. In romance, the reader probably also wants a sense of whether or not the conflict will resolve. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen readers complain that a book ended on an unexpected cliffhanger, with the love relationship in true peril. A romance reader wants assurance the love will endure, in my opinion.

I’ve learned one thing writing blurbs. If I can’t write a concise description of the book, there may be an issue with my plot. If my blurb wanders, my story might be wandering.  If I can describe the plot in a few, punchy sentences, I know my story is headed in the right direction.

Today, as I embark on writing a blurb, I will have all these thoughts in mind. And I will admit, if the blurb sounds “Meh,” I might have to return to the drawing board.

I aim to give good blurb.

Captain Morgan is the only good pirate.

Argh! Don’t we all love a swashbuckler? Images of Johnny Depp, that rascal, come immediately to mind.

Frankly, I’m not so jazzed on pirates these days. When you’re on the receiving end of pirating, your opinions tend to harden.

This week started out well for me. For the first time ever, I was able to arrange unprecedented discounts on my Gemini Island Shifters series. Seriously, the prices are nuts! Predator’s Kiss is currently available for a mere $0.99. The other books have been discounted as well. I was so happy to be able to offer this to my readers.

In the same week, I discovered these exact books on three separate pirate sites. Three. One of them had the entire series up for free downloads. With one of the sites, I wasn’t even able to submit a take down notice because the form on the site was wonky. So that site keeps my books, I guess, free for anyone to download.

Finding my books on these sites (again- this isn’t the first time- people keep uploading them), left a bad taste in my mouth. Why arrange for sales at all when others steal the books?

I hope people realize these sites are bad, not just for the author, but possibly for your computers. We all know viruses are a threat. To be honest, I sometimes wish viruses on those who upload and download my books via these sources. A pox on you nasty vermin! Argh (grunt, grunt.)

The fact is pirating remains a serious threat to authors. Like any other job, we need to get paid. So do the folks who help us publish our books. I would never walk into a store and expect the clerk to give me a pair of jeans at no charge. Why then is it okay for some people to demand free books? It makes no sense to me.

How can you help your favorite authors? Buy our books from reputable sites. How do you know it’s not a legitimate freebie? Chances are if you have to pay for it elsewhere, it’s not a freebie. When in doubt, check the author’s website. I guarantee you she will have posted information on a freebie. We all do to increase sales.

This whole situation makes me want to cuddle with a bottle of Captain Morgan, the only good pirate in town. Even that Johnny Depp was sketchy.

Sales! Sales! Sales!

You will never find so many of my books discounted at once. If you’ve been holding off on picking them up, now is the time.

Gemini Island Shifters:

There is a huge sale on my Gemini Island Shifters series at Liquid Silver Books. until March 7! Each book is discounted. Predator’s Kiss, book 1, is only $0.99! Catch up with the series before book 7 releases Feb. 29!

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Where are the sales?

Liquid Silver Books

Amazon

All Romance Ebooks (search Rosanna Leo)

What can you expect for prices?

Predator’s Kiss – $0.99

Predator’s Serenade – $1.99

Predator’s Refuge – $1.99

Predator’s Claim – $2.99

Predator’s Fire – $2.99

Predator’s Trinity – $3.99

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And of course, you can still pick up Predator’s Rescue on preorder at Liquid Silver Books at http://www.lsbooks.com/pre-order-coming-soon-romance-books-c322.php

Vice:

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As part of Samhain Publishing’s Canadian Pride event, Vice is 40% off at Google Play until Feb. 18.

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Stock up on those book boyfriends now!

 

Rosanna’s Recommended Reads, Feb/16 edition.

At the tail end of 2015, I shared some of the books I’ve enjoyed and reviewed. However, there are a couple of others I very much wanted to mention and thought it might be fun to do another “recommended reads” post. Not all of these are brand new, but for one reason or other, they stuck with me and I hope you will enjoy them as well.

See Me by Pauline Allan

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I first discovered Pauline Allan in 2012, when I read See Me for the first time. I’ve often found myself thinking about it again. Pauline’s romance is edgy and powerful and features a female pornography entrepreneur and a man who has run out of options. It’s very sexy, haunting and I think anyone who appreciates hard-hitting romance will love it.

What a Girl Wants by Selena Robins

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If you follow me on social media, you may see me talking about Selena Robins’ book a lot. That’s because this contemporary romance is fun, fun, fun. You will fall in love with heroine Maddie and “sex-on-legs’ hero Alex. The tropical setting doesn’t hurt either. Can these friends successfully become lovers? I won’t tell! Read it yourself.

More than Magic by Donna June Cooper

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This was my first book by Donna June Cooper but I know I will continue with this magical paranormal series. The setting is unique. The protagonists, appealing. And the paranormal elements are so different and fun. No sparkly vampires here but you might encounter some “fairy dust.” Oh, and maybe a witch or two. Lots of fun.

Forged in Fire by Juliette Cross

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I loved the first book in Juliette’s Vessel Trilogy and plan to catch up on the rest of this paranormal series featuring demon hunters and “vessels” and all sorts of fun heaven-and-hell references. Jude is a delicious hero and the rest of the characters are equally intriguing. Can’t wait to experience more of this world.

 

 

 

 

 

Luv My Books’ Spotlight: The Gemini Island Shifters Series by Rosanna Leo

The wonderful Luv My Books has written an awesome spotlight on my Gemini Island Shifters series. Thank you so much. All her reviews are linked if you’d like to check out her thoughts on my sexy shifters.

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Luv My Books’ Spotlight: The Gemini Island Shifters Series by Rosanna Leo

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 “Go enjoy the sexy love and adventure in and around the Ursa Fishing Lodge and Resort on Gemini Island!”

📚 The Gemini Island Shifters Series by Rosanna Leo has been a very special series for me, taking me away to this unique island run by host/owner Ryland Snow, a super hunky, gruff bear shifter with a teddy bear center.  But you’ll find more than bear shifters on Gemini Island which was a fun surprise for me. I love Rosanna’s wolf, jaguar, lynx and tiger shifters, too. The youth program, fishing industry, running the lodge, some maniacal villians and cold nights keep everyone busy on the island set in northern Ontario surrounded by Lake Gemini.

💖 The love found there always draws me back and I absolutely love reading Rosanna’s main characters as they get their HEAs~happily ever afters. She certainly has created a cast of rugged heroes with a superstar drummer and some Hungarian royalty, just…

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Sofia Grey. Pole Position.

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Pole Position by Sofia Grey

 Name of series and book number in series: standalone

Genre: Contemp sports romance 

Publisher: Acelette Press 

Date of Publication: 12 February 2016
Price: $0.99 until 18 February, and then $3.99

Launch Blitz giveaway (runs until 14-February): http://goo.gl/forms/QZLKNIr3qf 

Tagline:

Her best friend or her lover. How can she choose?

Young unhappy couple having problems in bed

Blurb:

Jon’s glamorous life as a racecar driver is poles apart from Anita’s job in a bookshop, and he’s drawn to her in a way he never imagined. After one unfaithful, soon-to-be-ex-wife, and a revolving door of models and actresses, Jon finds Anita’s innocence and vulnerability a breath of fresh air.

Anita’s abusive ex-boyfriend left her running scared of any kind of relationship. Picking up the pieces of her life is hard, but her best friend since childhood, Danny Webster, is only too willing to help. And then she meets Jon. He completes her in a way Danny never could.

She doesn’t expect the men to hate each other on sight. Losing Anita isn’t an option for Jon or Danny, but only one man can take pole position for her heart.

Book links:

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Pole-Position-Sofia-Grey-ebook/dp/B019X66D2A

Amazon (UK): http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pole-Position-Sofia-Grey-ebook/dp/B019X66D2A/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28380399-pole-position

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Author links:

www.SofiaGrey.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6906923.Sofia_Grey

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Sofia.Grey.Romance.Author

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/sofiagrey1/

Twitter: @SofiaGreyAuthor   https://twitter.com/SofiaGreyAuthor

Amazon author profile page: https://www.amazon.com/author/sofiagrey

Author bio:

Romance author Sofia Grey spends her days managing projects in the corporate world and her nights hanging out with wolf shifters and alpha males. She devours pretty much anything in the fiction line, but she prefers her romances to be hot, and her heroes to have hidden depths. When writing, she enjoys peeling back the layers to expose her characters’ flaws and always makes them work hard for their happy endings. 

Music is interwoven so tightly into my writing that I can’t untangle the two. Either I’m listening to a playlist on my iPod, have music seeping from my laptop speakers, or there’s a song playing in my head – sometimes on auto-repeat. 

Check out my image collections on Pinterest and my music playlists on Spotify. 

Spotify playlist for Pole Position: 

https://play.spotify.com/user/12165779057/playlist/0aVmB44S3tewZQgvl6QeGq 

Short Excerpt: 

Jesus, Anita.” He interrupted, his face darkening. “He’s a fucking playboy. You can’t seriously be thinking of going out with him.”

Colette and I both stopped chewing and stared at him.

“You’re an innocent. He’ll eat you up and spit out the remains, then move on to the next willing body. Is that what you want? To be just another notch on his already well-scarred headboard? I didn’t think you were like that.”

I’m not.

Heat bloomed in my cheeks, and the toast crumbs threatened to lodge in my throat. I swallowed them down, and sought my composure. “It’s only dinner.”

“Yeah, only dinner. Then he pounces. What if you’re so flattered you can’t refuse? He’s a complete fuckwit, mark my words.”

“But Danny, you said—only the other day—you wanted to meet him. What’s changed?”

He rolled his eyes and stomped into the kitchen, arms crossed. “I’d like to meet him, as one bloke to another. I don’t want you to get involved with him. He’ll fucking destroy you.”

I sat there, unable to say anything. I’d known Danny all my life, and he’d never behaved like this before.

He tugged angrily at his tufty, ginger hair, and sat down next to me at the table. “Anita.” His voice was gentle. “He shags women and moves on. His wife divorced him because he couldn’t keep his dick in his pants. He dates models and actresses, not nice young girls who work in bookshops. He’s bad news. Please don’t go out with him. You’re not that type of girl.”

It felt as though Danny had smacked me in the face. His words rang through my head. Could he be right?