Winter’s Touch now available

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It’s over.

Celeste had come home from Midland to find herself fired from Winters Group and Stephen vanished. No one could tell her where he was, or why he left. But when she called him, he made it perfectly clear that he was done with her.

Over. How could it be over? They’d barely gotten started.

I’ll update the links as it goes live on the other sites.

And that’s The End for Celeste and Stephen. Whew, what a ride. I really hope everyone enjoys the ending. This is now officially the longest thing I’ve ever written. The series ended up being 127,000 words, or roughly 500 pages long. For those of you who want the whole Winter series at once, I’ll be releasing the bundled “Complete Edition” soon.  And yes, there will be a paperback version available as well.
Not sure what’s coming next. I want to work on something different for a little while before I start on Andrew’s story, mainly because I still don’t have a full story for him. I’ve got an opening, but I’m have no clue where I want to go with it yet. Right now I’m considering either a standalone billionaire romantic suspense novel, or the first novel in a military romantic suspense series that I’ve been fooling around with for a while. We’ll just have to see where it goes.
Thanks for reading!  🙂
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“Money hungry authors”

Most of you probably don’t realize that Amazon has a two-tier royalty system. For books priced $1.00 and up, Amazon gives the author 70% of the cover price. But for books priced below $1.00, the author only gets 35%.

So, if you pick up all 8 installments of Celeste and Stephen’s story (with the first installment free), I make

7 * $0.99 * 35% = $2.42

Keep in mind that each installment is over 15,000 words (60 pages), so the whole series weighs in over 120,000 words (480 pages). That’s a good size for contemporary romance when you consider that the average Harlequin only runs about 50,000 words (200 pages).

Now, if I released the whole thing as one large 480 page novel at $5.99, I would make  $5.99 * 70% = $4.19.

Since $4.19 is obviously more than $2.42, I think we can lay the whole “money hungry author” silliness to rest. I’m actually making a good deal *less* by releasing the story in installments.

The reason I chose to do it that way is because the story is designed using a soap opera / TV miniseries structure rather than a novel structure. I wanted to do something different, not just write “Yet Another Billionaire Assistant Romance Novel.” Releasing it in installments first rather than bundling seemed to be more “true” to the format I chose. For readers who don’t enjoy that format, or who prefer to get the whole thing and read it through at once, I will release a bundled edition at some point after the series is finished.

For those of you who have enjoyed the series being presented this way, thank you for coming along for the ride. I’ve been very pleasantly surprised at how well the series has been received. In the writer communities it’s common knowledge that readers *hate* serials and cliffhanger endings. Well, I’ve been self-publishing since 2011 and this series has been by far the most popular and successful story I’ve published. Like, 100 times more popular. So the conventional wisdom once again falls afoul of reality.

The final installment in Celeste and Stephen’s story, Winter’s Touch, will be out July 9th. I’m going to work on another project while I mull over Andrew’s story, but then I’ll come back to the Winters. When I do, it will be in the same serial format, but I think I’m going to cut it to six installments instead of eight. The pacing feels better with six, and that’s still a hefty length when it’s all bundled together.

Winter’s Storm Now Available

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What had Alan told Andrew?

Her ex’s revelations to Andrew Winter meant that her entire past was now an open book to the man who wanted to destroy her. With a little digging he’d have more than enough dirt to ruin her forever in Stephen’s eyes. Somehow she has to defuse the situation with Stephen before Andrew can lay out the sordid details of her earlier life.

But the whole world seems to be conspiring to steal every chance she has to talk to the love of her life alone, and then her worst fears are realized. Andrew has left town on personal business and flown to Midland. Alan had said that he’d told Andrew everything. Everything meant Midland.

Everything meant her mother.

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It’s still in the publishing queues on the other sites. I’ll post updates here as they put it up.

Edit: It’s up everywhere except Kobo. They’ve been having some kind of technical issue with publishing new books since last week. Hopefully they’ll get that fixed soon.

One more installment to go! Thank you to everyone who has come along for the ride. I hope you’ve been enjoying it as much as I have. You’ve made this experiment a huge success. Now I need to ask another favor – I need reviews on Winter’s Heat.

I want to run a couple of promotions once the series is finished, but the sites that do the promos have a requirement that the book needs to have a 4.0 rating on Amazon. Winter’s Heat currently has a rating of 3.9. If any of you could take the time to post an honest review to help bump it up over the threshold, that would be awesome. There are a *lot* of people who don’t want to read a series until all of the books have come out, so advertising the free first installment once Winter’s Touch comes out is kind of a big deal.

The “official” release date for Winter’s Touch is July 9th. I’m going to try to get it done a little earlier to wrap things up so I can take a couple of days off over the July 4th weekend, though, so keep an eye out here or watch for a newsletter announcing the release.

Love you guys! Thanks for making this all possible.

Winter’s Price now available

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It seemed as though everything was beginning to unravel.

Andrew was trying to destroy her. Alan was threatening to reveal the secrets of her past if she didn’t pay him off. Someone was terrorizing her with phone calls and emails and worse. Stephen and Derek were away, and she was all alone. And Stephen was never going to believe the truth. Everyone around them already assumed the worst. Celeste knows him—he’d pretend to blow it off and swear that he believed her, but inside it would start eating away at him and he’d never be certain that she was on the level.

Could I stand to leave him before he told me to go?

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And last but not least…

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OK, maybe it is least, since apparently no one on Kobo wants to buy my books anyway. Probably because they can’t find them.  😛

Winter’s Chill now available

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Someone wanted to send a message—but was it intended for Celeste or for Stephen?

There are plenty of suspects, but no real clues as to who set Celeste’s car on fire. Stephen wants her safe at his house, and despite her reservations that’s where she finds herself. Will his family stand by while she moves into his place? Even as she tries to settle in, the past insists on coming back to haunt them both. Alan won’t stay away, and with him he carries the shadows of her old life which she had thought safely buried. At the same time, Stephen’s secrets are beginning to leak out as well, even though he seems determined to hold onto them.

Tricia was here in Houston. Stephen had seen her again without telling me.

Stephen is going to find out who was responsible for torching Celeste’s car and make sure they never threaten her again. First, though, he has to make sure she’s safe, and to do that he’s going to keep her at his place where he never has to let her out of his sight. Then he somehow has to convince his family that Celeste isn’t after his bank accounts, while at the same time dealing with his former fiancée’s blackmail attempts. As if things aren’t complicated enough, he still hasn’t told Celeste about Patricia. He had to be careful—that  whole situation is a ticking time bomb just waiting to blow up in his face.

Both Celeste’s future and my own rested on me not making any more stupid mistakes.

It’s still publishing on Kobo, but should be available sometime Monday afternoon.

Winter’s Lure now available

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She had told him that she loved him, and now she didn’t know what to do.

Celeste just wants to go on pretending as long as she can that the words had just been something that popped out of her mouth in her panic, and that she didn’t really mean them. While she might possibly be able to look Stephen in the eye and convince him of that, she knows that if he asks her, in her heart she’ll have to admit to herself that she did mean every single syllable.

She’d fallen in love with Stephen.

The Winter family isn’t exactly ready to welcome her with open arms, though. They don’t fool around when they think someone is going to hurt the family. If Andrew and Sherri really think she’s just after their brother’s money, they’ll stop at nothing to get her away from him. And the Winters aren’t the only ones threatening to tear them apart. Both have pasts returning to haunt them, and secrets that they’d rather keep. But it was far too late for second thoughts.

After him, how could she ever bear to go back to the merely ordinary?

It’s currently available at

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