The ROGUE AFFAIR anthology is now live! You say you want resistance in your romance? Along with Kris Ripper, Stacey Agdern, Olivia Dade, Adriana Anders, Emma Barry, A.J. Cousins, Jane Lee Blair, and USA Today bestselling authors Tamsen Parker and Ainsley Booth, I’ve got a story for you! You can get ROGUE AFFAIR from your favorite retailer for only 99 cents this first week. It goes up to $2.99 next week, so get it now!
Thank you to everyone who came out to see me and the other fabulous authors at the Baltimore Book Fest and the WRW Hearts to You Luncheon!! It was so much fun meeting so many new people and seeing old friends!
I have updated the website with the information for the Rogue Affair anthology and my contribution, “Dissent and Desire”! This will be out on November 8th and is currently up for preorder at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, and Kobo. I believe we have to wait until we have our final file ready before it can go up at Apple, but that will hopefully be happening in the next couple of weeks. It will for sure be up there on release day!
Speaking of Dissent and Desire, a scene from it is up for voting over at Scorching Book Reviews! The first round ends on 10/12 if you’re so inclined! Be sure to check out all of the other fabulous authors participating, including my first round opponent, Hudson Lin. A secret about this excerpt: it’s from the first version of the story! This scene is still in Dissent and Desire, but I completely rewrote the story this past weekend. Of the scene I did keep (the sexy times, mainly), I had to rewrite them from first to third person 🙂 I may send out the first version as a treat to newsletter subscribers one day, so be sure to sign up now!
Finally, I have two items up for auction as part of the Maryland Romance Writers annual fundraising auction. The first one is for writers and is a critique of the first 50 pages of your romance and a market assessment of it. The second is for readers and is a signed print copy of THE BRIDESMAID AND THE HURRICANE and a handknit-by-me shawlette. I finished the body of the shawlette yesterday and will be starting on the edging soon, so it will be ready to ship by the time the auction ends! Be sure to share all of the goodies in this auction with your friends!
First, August was *fabulous*! My mom and I traveled to Scandinavia, and Finland, and Estonia, AND Iceland! You can see a selection of photos from the trip on my Instagram. This fall, I will attempt to do weekly Facebook Live videos on my author page, so be sure to follow me there. The first one went up today!
Second, I have two appearances scheduled this fall! The first is next weekend:
- Baltimore Book Festival – Maryland Romance Writers Stage
- WRITING EROTICALLY on Friday, September 22nd at 6 pm
- SELF-PUBLISH LIKE A BOSS on Sunday, September 24th at 11 am
- WRW Hearts to You Luncheon on Sunday, October 8th 12-4 pm
Third, I donated two lots to the Maryland Romance Writers annual fundraiser auction:
- Signed copy of THE BRIDESMAID AND THE HURRICANE and a handknit shawl
- Critique of first 50 pages of unpublished romance manuscript
Finally, here’s my tentative publishing schedule through 2018:
- “Dissent and Desire” novelette in the ROGUE AFFAIR anthology – releases November 9, 2017
- A SCANDAL IN SCANDINAVIA: A CAPITAL KISSES NOVELLA – January 2018
- I WRITE LIKE WHO? USING LIBRARIAN SKILLS TO BETTER MARKET YOUR BOOKS (nonfiction) – March 2018
- THE BRIDESMAID AND THE SPY: A CAPITAL KISSES NOVEL – May 2018
- THE BRIDESMAID AND THE GOALIE: A CAPITAL KISSES NOVEL – November 2018
These dates, except the one for the ROGUE AFFAIR, are loose, but I’m going to try my best to meet them. I’ll be updating my books page later this month with this info.
First, thank you *so* much for the support you’ve given The Bridesmaid and the Hurricane! I knew this was a book I could be proud of, but seeing people’s reactions was more than I ever expected! Some places that have reviewed Radhika and Colm’s story:
- Romance Novel News
- Immersed in Books
- Coffee Books Life
- Book-A-Holic Anon
- Library Journal
This fall I’m doing at least one, possibly two, appearances. The one confirmed is the Baltimore Book Festival! I’ll be on two panels this year:
- Friday, September 22nd – 6 pm – WRITING EROTICALLY with Magda Alexander, Stoni Alexander, Michele Arris, Megan Erickson, Laura Kaye, and Alisha Rai
- Sunday, September 24th – 11 am – SELF-PUBLISH LIKE A BOSS with Magda Alexander, LaQuette, Terri E. Laine, Harper Miller, Laura Ward, Jasinda and Jack Wilder, and Robin Covington
I hope you’ll come out and see me along with all of the other authors attending this wonderful annual event! As soon as I confirm the other event, I’ll be sending out a newsletter, so sign up today!
I’m gearing up for the release of The Bridesmaid and the Hurricane next Tuesday! Librarian alter ego was at the American Library Association Annual Conference from late last week to early this week and found out that TBatH was being reviewed in Library Journal!! I was verklempt that it was going to be reviewed at all in that publication, but the fact it’s such a positive review makes it an unbelievable experience! Sorry for all of the exclamation marks, but I’m basically doing a happy pogo dance right now.
TBatH is now available for preorder as an ebook at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, iBooks, and Kobo, along with the international retailers supplied by Tolino. I’m working on making print versions available. It will likely be first available through Amazon, and later through Ingram which distributes to many independent bookstores and Barnes & Noble. If you get your ebooks through your public library, and they use either the Overdrive or Bibliotheca/Cloud Library platforms, you can request they add it to their collection. Believe me, I would be most appreciative if you do that even if you buy your own copy!!
I will be doing a blog tour next week and part of the week after, and will update my release day post with the locations. I hope you’ll consider visiting them when they’re available! Thank you all so much for your support over the years. I can’t even begin to express how much it means to me!
This month has simultaneously felt like one of the shortest months ever because of the “HOW AM I GOING TO DO ALL THE THINGS?!?!” feeling, as well as one of the longest because of all the things I was doing! If you’re not subscribed to my newsletter, you missed the news that I have a release date for THE BRIDESMAID AND THE HURRICANE! The release date is July 4th! A slightly early birthday present for me 😀 I had been waiting until I turned my revised file over to my copy editor to make the release date decision, and since then, I’ve gotten both the copy edits *and* proofread edits back from my contractors. Which means, all I need to do is read through it one more time before tossing it over to my formatter. Who happens to also be my cover designer. We were in the stock photo weeds today looking for a cover model for this book, and I think we found a winner. I’m hoping to have a final cover ready to announce when I get back from Book Expo (it’s actually alter ego who is going for work). And that announcement is going out to my newsletter subscribers first, so :hint,hint:! What all this activity means is that I’m hoping to have THE BRIDESMAID AND THE HURRICANE up for pre-orders in the next couple of weeks. As soon as that happens, I’ll add the links to the book’s page. I’m really excited to share Radhika and Colm’s story with you!
In other news, I’ve finished the first draft of a short story that is *not* set in the Capital Kisses world, but *is* set in the DC area. The aim is that it’s going to be in an anthology, but nothing is quite set in stone yet. Once I have more details, I’ll update here. It *will* be available some way later this year.
Busy, busy, busy! Not only am I busy working on THE BRIDESMAID AND THE HURRICANE, but I’m also very busy with an office move at work. Because of the latter, I’d hoped to be done with developmental edits of TBatH this past weekend, but due to tweaking the subplot, I need to rewrite the last 10,000 words of the novel. FUN TIMES! I will be done with those this weekend and will be sending it off to my copy editor early next week. As soon as I do that, I’ll make a final decision on the release date. My cover designer is hard at work coming up with lovely covers and I’m looking forward to showing you this first one when it’s ready. As a reminder, my newsletter subscribers get first dibs on news, so sign up today! I’ve got a lot of backend things brewing as I prepare for the release of TBatH, so keep watch as I update the site and send out news!
The books in the inaugural trilogy for the CAPITAL KISSES world have titles!
1. THE BRIDESMAID AND THE HURRICANE – Heroine: Radhika, Hero: Colm
2. THE BRIDESMAID AND THE SPY – Heroine: Stacey, Hero: Jay
3. THE BRIDESMAID AND THE GOALIE – Heroine: Jorie, Hero: Sean
THE BRIDESMAID AND THE HURRICANE is currently with the developmental editor, and I should be getting it back in the next week or so. Once I get a look at how much work is needed to whip it into shape, I’ll make a final decision on a release date. While reserving the right to change it in case of catastrophe 🙂 Stacey and Jay are getting squirrely with me on their story. Every time I think I have them pinned down, they go laughing into the shadows. Probably appropriate as Jay’s job is in the shadows. I’m in the middle of conversations with friends, both writers and non-writers who may have happened to have worked for the same government agency that Jay works for, to help me pin down the issues I’m having with these two so I can get back to drafting their story and the production process rolling along. At this point, I’m hoping to have their story ready to release some time this fall and Jorie and Sean’s story ready in early 2018.
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Things have been quite busy for me since I posted here last. First things first, I will be self-publishing a trilogy of novels set in the CAPITAL KISSES world. The first story will belong to Radhika, the older sister of Rory from BLIZZARD BLISS. You’ll find out what Radhika was doing during the blizzard and how it impacts her a year and a half later. I swear, this is not a secret baby story! There may be some issues with a new, and very hot, coworker, however. :whistles innocently: The other two stories will be about two of her three best friends, Stacey and Jorie, and you’ll get to see how they support the final member of their quartet, Hilda, as she prepares to get married. Radhika’s story has been fully drafted and gone through one round of revisions thanks to my alpha readers. I’m currently waiting on my beta readers for their input and will revise again before sending it out to a contracted developmental editor. After that, I plan on sending it out for copy edits and at least one proofread. Fingers crossed, Radhika’s story should be out in July as I want the release to be a birthday present to myself!
I’ve also started the cover design process for all three books and will be announcing the titles first in my newsletter when I have Radhika’s cover available. This month I’m drafting Stacey’s story, and I’m having a lot of fun with her! I am so thankful for all of you who have joined me on this ride through the years and I’m looking forward to this next stage of my career!
If you’re on Facebook and would like to interact with other fans of mine and the romance genre in general, I’ve created group called Kelly Maher’s Bibliophile Coterie. The group is currently set to “Closed” but I reserve the right to switch it to “Secret” if needed. Feel free to email me at kellymaher at gmail.com if you have any trouble accessing the group!