New Deal

I am so excited to announce that Ravenous Romance and Red Wheel have teamed up to offer paranormal romances in print. My work (the Blood & Sex Series) is a part of this offering and will be available in bookstores starting this summer.

According to the write-up in Publisher’s Weekly, “Reaction from Barnes & Noble and Borders has been very positive, Kerber added. Red Wheel will also sell the books into foreign markets and hopes to licensing foreign-language rights. ” (see the whole article here)

You can also take a peak at the covers and preorder on Amazon or on Red Wheel’s site at http://redwheelweiser.com/p.php?id=22

Real Money as a Best Selling Author

I stumbled upon a great blog today. This wonderful post explains the financial ins and outs of being a bestselling author. It is, unsurprisingly, not nearly as impressive as we new writers would hope. But this sobering information is so needed, and so appreciated.

Here’s a small glimpse…

“To give you a condensed version of what all those figures mean, for the sale period of July through November 30, 2008. my publisher reports sales of 64,925 books, for which my royalties were $40,484.00. I didn’t get credit for all those sales, as 21,140 book credits were held back as a reserve against possible future returns, for which they subtracted $13,512.69 …

My net earnings on this statement was $27,721.31, which was deducted from my advance. My actual earnings from this statement was $0.

My advance for Twilight Fall was $50,000.00, a third of which I did not get paid until the book physically hit the shelf … my agent received $7,500.00 as her 15% (which she earns, believe me) the goverment received roughly $15,000.00, and $1594.27 went to cover my expenses (office supplies, blog giveaways, shipping, promotion, etc.) After expenses and everyone else was paid, I netted about $26K of my $50K advance for this book, which is believe it or not very good — most authors are lucky if they can make 10% profit on any book. This should also shut up everyone who says all bestselling authors make millions — most of us don’t.”

There so much more information on the blog. Please look at Genreality for more http://www.genreality.net/

Short Stories for $ .50 at Ravenous!

Today only, all Ravenous Rendezvous short stories are just $.50!

Buy 10 for $5 to build your own anthology!

Buy 10 Ravenous Rendezvous short stories to build a custom anthology.  Email us at submissions@ravenousromance.com with the theme of your anthology and the stories you chose.  If we like it, we’ll publish it and send you a gift certificate!

Plus, there’s a new FREE short story!

“Cherry Pie” by talented and popular author Rachel Kramer Bussel is our new FREE short story! Download it today and be swept away by the steamy tale of a young wife who bakes a pie to surprise her husband…with delicious and sexy results!

But hurry–the $.50 Rendezvous sale is TODAY ONLY!

Don’t wait–stock up on steamy short stories now!

 

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Saving Sophie–Free Book…Today Only!

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Saving Sophie by Elle Amery is FREE today only!

Sophie Huntsman’s crush on gorgeous Jake Muscat began when she was just a frizzy-haired flat-chested teenager. She’s all woman now, and determined to fulfill her fantasy, even if it means following Jake’s rules. Jake’s always been a lone wolf, the type of guy who will never commit, but Sophie will take anything he’ll give her, even if it’s just one night of amazing sex.

This sizzling story is the first in a three-book series by Elle Amery that takes place in the small town of Quartzton, California.

Buy Grace on Fire and Tally’s Gift and get 3 books for the price of 2!

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Chat with a great agent!!

Books We Love Spice Reader’s Group is pleased to welcome Lori Perkins, Literary Agent and editorial director of Ravenous Romance, to a loop chat on Saturday, April 4 from 12 to 2 p.m. EST.
Lori will answer questions and provide information about the romance/erotic industry. She’ll be joined by some Ravenous Romance authors who will let us know about their latest releases, and also offer two $25 Ravenous Romance gift certificates!
Please join us Saturday, April 4 at BWL Spice,
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BWL_Spice_Readers/

Welcome Author Meredith Holmes!

Today, we have the honor of chatting with our guest blogger, author Meredith Holmes. She is one of my fellow writers with Drollerie Press and a very talented storyteller. For her blog post, she’s been kind enough to give us the story of how she got started as a writer. –Angie

     In the beginning… Well, there was me. Hi. This blog tour we’re (mostly!) talking about origins–our origins as writers, the origins of our stories…Maybe Origins stores. Who knows! I think most writers have a similar start–their imaginations, especially as kids. I know I did. I’d make up stories all day long to tell my stuffed animals, my brothers, my mom… Stories about the plastic Native American figure that survived the cold war and ended up in my bedroom (I’d made him into a lost descendant of Geronimo, his spirit trapped in the plastic drugstore toy that one of my uncles had purchased decades ago), stories about how the large tree outside the bedroom window was actually a woman and I sort of let my writing sit on the back burner for a while. I was actually first published in elementary school. I wrote a haiku about a kitten and it was put in the little school newsletter that was handed out at PTA meetings and in the language arts classes. “You should write more,” my mom and maternal grandma both told me. I blushed and rolled my eyes (sarcastic even at six). I would poke at it, making “books” with ruled paper and pretty wrapping paper as the cover, held together with brads or staples. Short stories that, looking back now, make me cringe but for a seven year old or ten year old, weren’t too bad (in my honest opinion *wink* ). I was too obsessed with becoming an actress at that point though and thought of writing as something someone else did, make me a script or write a book about me! In junior high I was asked to read a short story in an assembly. Wow. Intimidation, anyone? I glowed, I shuddered, I read, and I tucked the praise away for later, refusing to believe I might be good at anything, the self-defeatist certainty that adolescents seem to revel in making sure I believed that.

by Meredith Holmes, Drollerie Press

by Meredith Holmes, Drollerie Press

transformed at night. Stories about gremlins under the bed to scare my little brothers, about ghosts in the woods (sensing a theme here?), elves and faeries, imps and demons. As I grew older the stories evolved, took shape and form and texture as I read more and expanded my literary world (I was very precocious reading-wise and read way above level, which might explain some comments on my Language Arts papers from elementary school…).

     Years passed and I began to dabble in journalism. Nothing serious–newsletters for campus projets while in college, technical writing for an anthropology project that was to be published in a journal, and some tentative poking at “unembedded journalism” which left me burned after the alleged publisher for the paper ran off with all of our articles and tried to pass them off as his own. I wrote a short story that was published on Byzarium (it’s now on Drollerie’s site) but I didn’t think much on fiction or “seriously pursuing” a writing career. During this time I had finished college and begun grad school, attempted a career at teaching but all the while kept coming back to my flights of imagination. I had notebooks of half-formed plots and ideas, pictures cut out or described which made me think of characters I was sure that I’d never use. Then one day, I was introduced to National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo, for short. My dear friend who told me about it had participated in it herself a few times and said I should give it a try (she had seen my notebooks!). I hemmed, I hawed, I signed up a month or so in advance but I didn’t give it much thought. At least not until one day soon before the start of NaNoWriMo when I was in a local New Age shop and saw a beautiful card depicting a male faerie: he was dressed in semi-Edwardian garb and had hair the color of autumn leaves, nearly translucent wings that were almost nonexistent against the brightly swirled background of holly and snow. “Cadfael,” I said aloud. “That’s Cadfael.” And like that, Unseelie was born. I couldn’t tear myself away from NaNoWriMo whenever I had a free moment and I eventually wrote Unseelie, Stone Circles and A Year and a Day–the three novellas which would become known as Unseelie.

I haven’t looked back, really–it’s been a rollercoaster ride getting published and now working on two more novels to submit and several short stories but sometimes, when someone asks me where it began, I do think of the kitten haiku and I tell them about my overactive imagination.

Visit Meredith’s blog at: http://meredithholmes.wordpress.com/ 

Sweet Deal for Free Erotic Romance

This message came down from Ravenous Romance today, and I just had to pass it along!

To help our readers escape to ecstasy in these recessionary times, Ravenous Romance is offering our own “stimulus package”!

Buy 1, get 1 free gift certificates!

For every gift certificate you buy, we’ll send you another one of equal denomination absolutely FREE. Buy a $25 gift certificate, get another $25 gift certificate FREE! Go to our gift certificates page now to order.
All NEW Ravenous Readers’ Club!

We’ve also made our Ravenous Readers’ Club a better deal for our readers. For just $19.99 per year, you will get a 15% discount on every purchase! You’ll also be eligible for special discounts and promotions. Join today to start saving.

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