I’m crowdsourcing a title for the 4th book in my award-winning Precious Gems Series (mystery/adventure/romance), I hope you’ll play along. There will be prizes.
How it Works:
- The title should fit well with the titles of previous books (Rarer than Rubies, Italian Ice, Jaded).
- The theme is gold this time around and the story takes place in Istanbul, LA, and Texas.
- Read the blurb below to get an idea of the book’s themes (family, second chances, love)
- Limit of 3 entries per person
- Leave your title suggestions as a comment and use your real email address in the comment form (no need to leave it in the comment)
- In the event of two people sending the same title, the earliest entry will be taken.
- Entries are due October 27, 2014
- If your title makes it to voting: e-book from my backlist
- Chance to have a character named for you in the book (or choose a name if you’re too shy), for a few random entrants
- If your title wins the voting: print copy of your choice of my books available in print.
( I can’t promise your title will be chosen, since my publisher has final word on titles, but if it’s a good one, chances are they will love it!)
About the Book
The Precious Gems Series is a little like Romancing the Stone meets Indiana Jones.
Here’s the blurb. If you can incorporate one of the themes into the title it’s more likely to work. I’ve also put some photos of items they are looking for or locations in the book to inspire your creativity.
Reed Acton has something more difficult to face this time around: a visit from Trent Copeland’s parents. He’s less equipped to handle hugs and holidays than the Taliban or international art thieves. When he’s assigned a case to track down a set of gold Babylonian artifacts looted from the Iraqi National Museum after the 2003 fall of Baghdad, things start to look up. The investigation takes him and Trent to Istanbul and then to an army base on US soil where Reed has to confront the worst demons from his past–his own parents–in order to find out which soldiers have been selling off the smuggled items.
When I saw the full list of books entered in the Rainbow Awards this year I stopped breathing for a moment. There was a lot of competition in the categories where I had entered books. So, you can imagine my shock and delight when I got emails from Elisa Rolle telling me that I had two books in the finals. I was especially thrilled because I didn’t enter any books last year because I didn’t have money to cover the entrance fees.
Both books also received Honorable Mention for receiving at least 36/40 points from at least one of the judges!
JADED made it to the finals in the Rainbow Awards for Best Gay Mystery. This book is very special to me. It’s set in Japan, where I lived for 5 years in my other life as a financial markets economist. I’ve wanted to set a book here for a long time, and everything came together for this book, part of my Precious Gems Series. I’m very proud of how JADED turned out and think it’s one of my best books yet. An extra special doomo arigatoo gozaimasu to Thea Nishimori who was my Japan beta to make sure everything was accurate and up-to-date. The beautiful Anne Cain is in the 3rd round of the Cover Contest, so it could use your vote.
Thanks to Dreamspinner Press big sale, JADED is 25% off until 10/10, so it’s a good time to grab a copy! (http://bit.ly/dsp-eml)
I had been dreaming about writing this particular story for a long time. I’m an unrepentant horse lover since childhood and I was dying to write about horse racing. I got to hang out for a month with a local trainer at Golden Gate Fields for research, asking a million questions. Out of the Gate is about a British actor in Hollywood who falls for a racehorse trainer when he and his friends buy a racehorse. I was so surprised how popular this book became. It was a story I wanted to write for several years, but I had no idea how much readers would enjoy it. It’s my biggest selling novel since my debut novel in 2009. It’s blown me away.
It’s on sale 25% rebate at All Romance eBooks during October, so it’s the perfect time to get your copy! (http://bit.ly/are-gate2)
Normally I don’t ask for votes, because I never get nominated for anything, but I finally got nominated for something! Two nominations for the LRC Cafe Best of 2013 Awards. I didn’t even read the posts when they came out, because I had no idea any of my titles might be listed. I’m not actually asking now, just putting it out there. If you care to vote, I would be very grateful for your support. Voting runs from Jan 20 to Jan 24 (Eastern time US). Links to the polls are below. You will need to be a member of the LRC Yahoo Group to cast a vote. I was surprised and thrilled when a reader told me that my Precious Gems series with Dreamspinner Press was nominated for Best Series of 2013. If you’ve read and enjoyed it, I would appreciate your vote. If you haven’t read any of the books, it’s best described as Indiana Jones meets Romancing the Stone–only gayer. It’s a fun adventure/mystery/romantic suspense series. The poll is on the LRC Yahoo Group:
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I was also lucky enough to also be nominated in the YA/New Adult Category for my holiday novella SNOW JOB, my very first Loose Id title. So if you don’t already have a favorite in that category, please consider voting for my book. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LoveRomancesCafe/surveys?id=2487839
Here’s the blurb: Two weeks in a remote mountain cabin with his hunk of a jock college roommate Monty Jameson has Zack Gregory hot under the collar in all the wrong ways. Truth is, Zack would rather be almost anywhere else, but it’s his only option if he’s to finish a project he needs to graduate from the University of Washington. Even worse, the nearest town is a faux-Bavarian village that looks like someone poured a snowglobe out on the eastern Cascades.
Late-night fantasies aside, Zack’s no fan of manslut Monty, preferring his men with virtues that are more than skin-deep. A few days into their retreat, Monty’s raw sexuality and flirtatiousness has Zack questioning his resolve. The idyllic setting is Zack’s Christmas fantasy come true, and even the splashy village eventually works its charm on him. Then when the cabin’s power goes out and Monty lays himself bare–in every way imaginable and then some–Zack sees a whole new set of possibilities. But will falling for Monty make the best Christmas ever, or is Zack just getting snowed?
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Thank you very much for your support.
[Please leave a comment when you vote, so I can thank you personally.]