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Teaching the Cowboy will be back…

…eventually.

God, I hate having to bust up my own schedule. *sigh* Bear with me.

Teaching the Cowboy bwwm romance by Holley TrentIf you’ve been hanging in with me for a while, you’ll recall that when I started submitting works to publishers, I wasn’t strictly a romance author. I wrote chick-lit and romantic comedies. I wrote stuff that crossed genre lines a bit, and Teaching the Cowboy was one of those books.

I don’t know how to categorize it, really. It’s got a romance element (three, actually), but as one of my author buddies recently said, it’s kind of a funky Lifetime/Hallmark movie but in print. It’s a saga with some romance threaded in–not women’s fiction (AT ALL, BECAUSE LOLOLOLOL, the evil character snark!), but…romantic fiction. I guess. Hell. I don’t know.

I wanna fix that, because, well, I write romances now. I sat down to do some very basic clean-up so I could get the book back out this month, but being a couple of years distanced from the project, I see it through a different editorial lens now. I’ve been working on it during downtime during the past week or so, and added a lot of words in that time (and removed a lot, too).

The background plot will still be the same. The characters’ personalities won’t change. You’ll know more about what they’re thinking and feeling and more about how their personal histories impact their behaviors.

So! Look for it May 19. It’s a massive book and I’m not going to rush to get it back out before then. The preorder link will be going up soon in case you missed the book the first time it was available. It’ll be a reasonable $2.99, which is a nice little discount from the former $4.99 pricing.

If you want some sexy cowboy-town snark to hold you over, my novelette Back to Storafalt is widely available now, and it’s only 99¢.

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Some news regarding my Musa Publishing backlist.

Hi, folks.

I learned some sad news this morning. Musa Publishing–one of the first houses to take a chance on the sassy, funky kind of romance I write–is going out of business at the end of the month. After four tough years in this changing publishing climate, its owners had to make some hard decisions about the company’s future. They’re releasing their entire catalog back to the authors at the end of this month.

What does that mean? Well, it means that all Musa titles will be pulled from e-book vendors very soon after February 28.

What does that mean for me personally?

Short answer: that’s complicated.

Long answer: Some books I may not re-release because of the changes I’ve made to my style and brand in the past three years. That may include Executive Decision and Her Resident Jester. I may at some point rewrite them, but I can’t see that on the horizon right now.

Teaching the Cowboy bwwm romance by Holley TrentSome books I’ll try to get back out under new covers as soon as possible. That includes Teaching the Cowboy and Back to Storafalt as those are part of an ongoing series and I really love the characters in that world. Being able to self-publish those stories means I can do some creative things with branding and issue stories at my own pace (which is faster than most publishers can accommodate). I know some of you have been waiting for Phil and Landon’s story–well, that just moved a little higher up my writing queue. I had pushed it down for a number of reasons (partially because my M/M and M/F readership doesn’t overlap a whole lot), but issuing these stories on my own means I can publish that story and the next in the timeline–Cord’s–at about the same time. You may even see some of my Storafalters crossing over into the Den of Sin world.

Love by Premonition by Holley TrentSome books I’ll sit on for a while and re-release when I have a lull in my schedule. That includes Love by Premonition and Mrs. Roth’s Merry Christmas. Those two need some tweaks to fit in with the books more typical of what I write. I hope to have them both back by the end of the year, but I can’t make guarantees. I am absolutely committed to re-releasing them. I just don’t want to underestimate how much time it’ll take me to rework them. (This is my chance to finally get Neil and Marcia into the bedroom. When I wrote Love by Premonition, I wasn’t confident in writing sex scenes. Obviously, that has sooooooo changed.)

In the lead-up to the company’s closure, all Musa Publishing e-books are 80% at their website. You can get my entire backlist published there for under $4. You can download epub, mobi, and PDF files there–you just need to be able to side-load them to your device. (Here’s a quick tutorial on how to do that.) Grab these stories now, because it may be your last chance.

I’m hoping this change is just a stepping stone to bigger things for everyone involved. I’ve met some great folks during my time publishing with Musa, and I’ll always be grateful I was able to groom my author voice there.

Well. Onward!

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In Case You Missed It (cheap books and expiring deals)

If you’ve already caught this news, please excuse the repeat! My readers connect with me through wildly different platforms, and I try to cover all my bases so I don’t miss anyone.
Seeing Red erotic contemporary romance by Holley TrentMy erotic contemporary romance Seeing Red is 99¢ at select ebook retailers right now. I’m not certain how long that’ll last, but get it here:

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iBooks

The Hearts and Minds books do NOT need to be read in order, but the characters do show up in each other’s books, so you might want to go back and read the others so you understand all the long-running jokes.

(By the way, the hero and heroine of the fourth H &M book [coming in October] are introduced in Seeing Red.)


Following Fabian by Holley TrentFollowing Fabian is now available to purchase. If you preordered it, it should have showed up in your e-reader yesterday.

I did note that there was some funky stuff in the Kindle version’s table of content’s drop-down yesterday. It doesn’t affect readability at all, but it was annoying enough to make me load a new version. If you happen to have the version where Chapter Three and Chapter Twelve have some extra info in the menu drop-down, I’m sorry. (This is something that probably bothers me more than it bothers you.)

Buy Following Fabian here:

All Romance eBooks | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Google Play | iBooks


Let it Snow erotic romance box setThe Let it Snow winter erotic romance anthology ebook version will go POOF! after 2/28. The paperback edition will be available indefinitely, but if you want the digital format, grab it soon. Let it Snow contains my Den of Sin novella Three Strikes, which sold on its own costs $2.99.

Get Let it Snow here:

All Romance eBooks | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iBooks | Kobo


extraordinary love paranormal romance boxed setThe Extraordinary Love bundle will also disappear at the end of the month. It contains nine of Crimson Romance’s paranormal romances, including the first installment of my Sons of Gulielmus series–A Demon in Waiting.

Get it here for less than a buck:

Adams Media Store | All Romance eBooks | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iBooks | Kobo

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Glut.

I’m in a glut. I’m working on four projects at different stages at once.

This happens every so often. It’s sort of a perfect storm. A mass of trails converging. A bottleneck of epic proportions. By Thursday, the storm will let up and I’ll be twiddling my thumbs a lot more, but as of right now, my daily to-do list is cluttered with line items.

-I’m in month 2 of writing the first book in my erotic sci-fi romance series. I’ve written ahead enough that I only need 1300 words/day through the end of the month. I’m hoping to have that out of my mailbox by 3/31. For books over 60,000 words, I allot two months of writing. That may mean I’m writing 1,000 words/day or 1,600. Just depends on projected length. I know what my sustainable pace is and I try to stay well below that.

-I’m in month 1 of the Last of the Season reboot. The first week was copying, pasting, and revising the content from the retired novelette. Everything from today going forward through 80,000 words will be new content. Shooting for around 1300 words/day on that one, too.

-I’m working through content edits on The Chieftain’s Daughter, which I’ll probably release mid-March. I’m taking those more slowly than usual so as not to burn out my editor (’cause the books I send her get longer and longer). I figure out how much to work through each day by picking a date to send it back and dividing the word count by the number of days.

-I’m making second draft tweaks on the first Desert Guards book and am hoping to get that submitted by the end of the month. Fingers crossed that I fix most the world-building holes in the second draft and don’t make such a mess that I end up needing a fourth draft. I’m working on the second draft 20% per day over the course of five days. It’s a shorter book–around 56k–and I try to complete second drafts fast enough that I don’t forget important details, but slowly enough that I can convincingly weave in all that emotional stuff with the sex and action.


I try to never have two projects in the exact same stage. Too much of one thing stokes burnout, so I diversify the tasks on my schedule to prevent it.

(In case you’re wondering, in total, the tasks on my list require between four and six hours of ass-in-chair time. It all depends on the types of scenes I’m writing and whether or not what I’m editing needs actual rewording or just reading.)

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The Emerald Springs Legacy is now available as a boxed set!

Last week, I told you not to buy Colleen’s Choice on its own, and here’s why:
small town romance boxed set
The ESL collection is available for a limited time in a 5-novel + 1-short story bundle. You can read all of the stories back-to-back for less than a buck. (For some reason, Amazon is selling it at a sickeningly low 78¢ right now. I don’t try to understand it. [Can we really understand anything? *insert confused-Jayden-Smith meme here*])

This continuity series is small town romance with a sexy, modern, tea-infused kick, and there’s just enough snark to keep it from feeling like a soap opera. (Not that there’s anything wrong with soap operas. After all, I did get my flair for drama from somewhere.)

Ready to read? Get the ebook bundle at one of these places:

Adams Media Store | All Romance eBooks | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Google Play | iBooks | Kobo |

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Get these backlist books for $1.99 all February!

Crimson Romance Feb 2015 saleIt’s that time again! Last year, I had two books in the Crimson Romance February $1.99 sale. This year, I have…

Shit.

Seven?

Wow. I guess I was busy last year!

In a nutshell, every Crimson Romance book published in 2012, 2013, and 2014 that is regularly priced at $4.99 will be $1.99 via Amazon US February 1-28. Here are my eligible titles in case you’ve missed any:

Contemporary

cover art My Nora by Holley Trent Sold As Is by Holley Trent Colleen's Choice by Holley Trent
Note: You can get CC even cheaper by buying the Emerald Springs Legacy series bundle.

Paranormal

ADemoninWaitingSOGcover
NOTE: Through the end of February, ADiW is included in the 99¢ Extraordinary Love boxed set. 9 books = better deal.
A Demon in Love by Holley Trent A Demon Bewitched paranormal romance
Melt My Heart anthology cover

By the way – through 2/28, you can enter to win a Kindle Fire. All you’ve got to do is subscribe to Crimson’s new release newsletter.
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Winterball flash sale!

Winterball mm erotic romance by Holley TrentMy m/m erotic romance Winterball will be exclusive to Amazon for a few months starting on February first, but I have to start pulling it from other vendor sites this weekend to give other sites a chance to expunge it.

If you use devices/apps other than Kindle, here’s your chance to snap up the novella for 99¢. This is truly a flash sale! Winterball will disappear from most sites on Saturday night.

If you miss the sale and don’t have accounts elsewhere, don’t worry – it’ll be back in May.

Get it here before it’s gone:

All Romance eBooks
Barnes and Noble
Google Play
iBooks

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I kinda know what I’m doing. (Subtitle: 2015 releases)

Things have fallen into place enough that I have a general idea of what’s releasing when, especially for Q1 and Q2 2015. This is how things stand right now. (Post is sticky and will be updated as information is available.)

Emerald Springs Legacy box setFebruary 2: the Emerald Springs Legacy boxed set releases. That’s for you contemporary/sexy small town romance lovers. If you like family sagas, you’ll love this series. (I’m not just saying that because I have a book in it.)

Out now!

-February 10: Shrew & Company 4/Following Fabian (para rom suspense, I guess) releases.

Out now!

-March 17: Afótama Legacy 2/The Chieftain’s Daughter. It’s basically The Viking Queen’s Men part II.

Available now!

-April 13: Sons of Gulielmus bundle is available now!

-June: Hearth Motel 1/Prince in Leather (this used to be Last of the Season). When you read The Chieftain’s Daughter, you’ll have a good idea what this series’ background plot will be about. Sorry to be coy.

-July: Den of Sin Season 4 novella. More on that later.

-September: Afótama Legacy 3 (Viking’s Flame). This’ll be the romance between Nadia and … well, you’ll see. You’ll know by the end of The Chieftain’s Daughter.

-October 13: On the Ropes, the last story in my Hearts and Minds series, releases. That’s already up for preorder at the ‘Zon.

Okay. That’s all I have release info for right now. I’ve got stuff that hasn’t been scheduled yet, and I’ll fill in the gaps on those later.

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Bésame (not!) – a No-Kiss Tease

Shrew and Company paranormal romanceLiv Rancourt nudged me on Facebook last month and dared me to take part in the annual No Kiss Blogfest.

I kinda cringed at my computer screen. I write the kind of romances where characters go from being really pissed at each other to being extraordinarily amorous at the drop of a hat. There’s rarely anything in between.

I figured I’d end up writing something new just for the event, but last week when I was proofing the new edition of Framing Felipe for the Shrew boxed set, I found a scene. WOOT!

So. Here it is – a not-kiss between a Spanish acrobat (who’s invisible sometimes) and a mutant private eye:

Felipe Castillo Shrew and CompanyFelipe sank into one overstuffed sofa Sarah knew to be particularly sleep-inducing and pulled Sarah down on his lap.“Quit struggling. Do you have somewhere you need to be?” He leaned back so his neck was against the armrest, and his ankles were crossed at the other end of the sofa. Looping his arms around her waist, he pulled her down on top of him and rolled her over.

Because she felt like he expected it, she struggled somewhat ineffectually to get up. He was wiry, but strong, and she was tired.

She sighed. “I would like to have my own seat, is all.”

Truth be told, he made a pretty nice pillow. Most pillows didn’t smell like troublesome, handsome, eligible Spaniards.

She took a discreet whiff and stifled her moan.

“Just be still.” He pulled her shoulders down so her torso was pressed against his and her face nuzzled against his neck.

“What are you doing?”

“You need to relax.”

Yeah, she was getting there. Still…

“I can do that over there.” She pointed to the flanking sofa—a plaid one Tamara regularly claimed as her favorite. It had good, firm cushions, and was situated for a perfect view of the television. Tam loved Mexican soap operas. She didn’t speak Spanish. She loved them for the overly dramatic fighting.

“Maybe I’m cold and need a body to keep me warm.”

“You’re full of shit,” she murmured against his neck.

His warm, musky neck.

Her lips were gliding over his Adam’s apple before she realized what she was doing. She pulled back and tried to push up on her arms.

He held her still. “Do that again,” he said, and there was a note of command in his voice. “Feels nice.”

“No. I shouldn’t have done it the first time. Let me up.”

“Just stay where you are. Get used to it. Is it so terrible, being there?”

“Terror wouldn’t be the word I’d use to describe it. I just…”

His fingertips danced down to her waist, and lingered at the small of her back. They tickled the stretch of exposed skin between her shirt bottom and her pants’ waistband, and Sarah drew in a sharp breath. Her gut and things much lower contracted.

No, it wasn’t that she found him abhorrent at all. It was just that she didn’t know how they could possibly sustain such a coupling. Or if he’d even want to. She didn’t do casual, and although her attitude sometimes had a tinge of misandry about it, the truth was, she tolerated men just fine. At least the ones she considered her equals—Eric, Patrick, her father, her brother. It was a short list, really.

Given what she was, though, she wasn’t sure she was capable of the give and take required to keep any sort of real relationship from exploding upon impact.

It’d been a long fucking time since she’d even tried.

And Felipe? Well, he was a circus performer with no home and a lot of baggage.

Bésame.”

“I don’t want to kiss you,” she lied.

“Why not?”

Of course he would ask that. She didn’t have a good response, so did the next best thing and turned the tables on him. “Why do you want me to kiss you?”

He didn’t hesitate at all. “Eventually, I think, you’ll give all of yourself to me. Your lips are just the start.”

She pushed up onto her elbows and stared at his placid expression.

Cocky bastard.

Just between you and me, Felipe has the right to be cocky.

The Shrew & Company bundle containing stories 1-3 will release next Tuesday, and will be priced at a nice 99¢ through the release of Shrew 4: Following Fabian. (Release date = Februaryish b/c that’s how I roll.)

Subscribe to my paranormal romance new release newsletter if you want a reminder when it’s released.

Hop back to Amanda’s to find out what the next stop on the Fest is. Remember – no kissing allowed!

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What to expect from me in 2015.

coldHolleyI’m a day early for my end-of-year projections, but I figured you wouldn’t mind.

I’ll keep this puppy short and sweet because it’s cold here on the Front Range and my bum wrist is being a whiny little bitch.

This post is for the readers wondering what series they’ll be seeing more of and what new shenanigans I have planned.

Ready? *sips tea*


Sons of Gulielmus

I’ve got six more stories planned for the SoG world. They’ll have two different arcs and will be branded under two series names. One will have shapeshifters–I’m calling that one “Desert Guards” for reasons that’ll become apparent–and the other will deal with a peculiar sort of angel. (Yes, Gulielmus being one of them.)

I don’t like to talk much about projects that haven’t been contracted yet, but I’ll say the first will be submitted in February. More news on that as I have it. I’ve already warned the editor that it’s coming.

Filthy Vikings (AKA the Afótama Legacy)

The Chieftain’s Daughter, Afótama 2, is very nearly done. I’m two scenes from the end. It’ll be about the same length as The Viking Queen’s Men, and as I mentioned before, it’ll continue the romance of Tess, Ollie, and Harvey.

Okay, that’s not quite true. It’s really Ollie and Harvey’s romance, and Tess is around dealing with queenly shit and being a catalyst for drama of all sorts. I don’t know how to categorize that story. I suppose its part erotic romance, part paranormal romance, and part urban fantasy…with an MMF relationship.

I’m sitting on this one for a little while once it’s done because 1) I need to space out releases a bit. The next Afótama story won’t be out until late 2015, and the next story SET IN THIS WORLD (scroll down for news about that) won’t be out until summer. 2) I already have paranormal releases in January and February. I don’t want to launch them right on top of each other.

Look for The Chieftain’s Daughter in March. The preorder link for it will go up in January.

The Greasy Fairies (AKA Heath, Thom, and the crew at the Hearth Motel)

I first introduced the sídhe warriors Heath, Thom, et al in Last of the Season. You saw them again in The Viking Queen’s Men, and they play a critical role in The Chieftain’s Daughter.

In February, I’ll be rebooting Last of the Season and turning it into a novel-length work. It’ll take place between books two and three of the Afótama series and will spin off into the Hearth Motel series.

These two series will remained intricately intertwined. There may be some future books that carry both series monikers, but expect that the Afótama books will be remain paranormal and the Hearth books closer to urban fantasy.

Last of the Season may or may not be re-titled. Okay. It probably will be. Either way, look for it this summer. (I’ll tell you when as soon as I know. It may be in a boxed set.)

Shrew & Company

I haven’t forgotten about this series, y’all. In fact, Astrid’s story is with the editor right now. Following Fabian will be out in February. Look for the preorder link in a couple of weeks.

Since you like me enough to be reading my blog, I’ll share some exclusive news with you: if you haven’t started the Shrew series yet–wait. I’m releasing the first three stories in a bundle on January 6. It’ll be 99¢ through the release of Following Fabian. Won’t be so inexpensive after that. (Sorry. Book sales are money I use for things like dental crowns and iTunes binges.)

Shrew 5 is on the horizon…for very late in 2015. If I can get it done sooner, I will, but my calendar for 2015 is already a hot mess.

But what about contemporary romances, Holley?

Well. I don’t have much going on there. I’ll have another Den of Sin novella releasing in the summer, and I may have something in a spicy boxed set that hasn’t quite come together yet. I will be writing a Storafalt novel in Q1 (Cord’s story, in case you’re keeping track). I have a geek book scheduled for October 2015 release through Lyrical Press (On the Ropes – it’s Stephen Scott’s story).

Other than that?

Meh.

If anyone wanted a contemporary (or erotic contemporary) from me at this point, they wouldn’t have to beg, but they might have to offer me a little blood.

Oh! By the way – if you missed the Emerald Springs Legacy when it released last spring? Well, soon you’ll be able to get all five books in one bundle. More news on that soon. Like. Really soon.

Miscellaneous

I’m branching off into a new subgenre next year. I suppose it’s, technically, sci-fi romance, but it’s pretty light. Think near-future manifest destiny space saga with *coughcoughménagescough*.

I sent the series proposal off to my editor. Hopefully she won’t stop responding to my messages. There might have been a little bit of WTF in that packet. (Sorry.)

News on that when I have it.


I think that’s it!

Have a safe and happy New Year, everyone!

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