Greetings from San Francisco–it’s Free Book Friday!

San Francisco rocks

Hi, everyone. I’m in San Francisco for the annual Indie Uncon where published authors get together to share advice on what works, what doesn’t, what’s coming and what’s new. It’s a lot of fun, but also some mind-blowing a-ha moments–and a chance to reconnect with old friends.

But while I’m on BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) headed for my hotel, my newsletter is going out. In case you missed it, I have two announcements that might interest you, so I’ll share here, too.

 #1: It’s #freebookfriday

Free CURE

I love Roxanne’s delicious sense of humor. I know you’ll enjoy her characters and witty, delightful dialogue. And wait till you meet her lovely hero…be still my heart!

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The Chocolate Cure (Love at the Chocolate Shop Book 4)

No more chocolate! No more meddling! No more men!

New Year’s resolutions are great. Announcing them in a crowded bar, with a chocolate martini in her hand? Not Maddie Cash’s finest moment. It’s time this new realtor got serious about her life and this time, she means it.

But when hospital volunteering lands her at the bedside of bruised and battered Mick Meyer, who has no knowledge of Maddie’s reputation – and no memory of the kiss he begged from her during that long, pain-filled night, her best-laid plans are put in jeopardy. It’s not just his sweet tooth that’s tempting her.

The hunky bush pilot with the concussion has an old family property to unload. Making this sale could rejuvenate Maddie’s dying career. But when Mick turns on the charm, she’s in danger of forgetting all her best intentions… on chocolate… on meddling… and especially on men.

Download THE CHOCOLATE CURE for FREE now!

Amazon     IBOOKS     KOBO    BN    GOOGLE

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#2: MORE GOOD NEWS….

The newest The Inheritance book is here!!! And it’s by the wonderful, amazing Donna Fasano. You are so going to love WILD HEARTS OF SUMMER. And don’t forget to vote for your choice of charms. The winner will be announced in just a few months.

The Inheritance Collection Book Eleven
WILD HEARTS OF SUMMER (Ocean City Boardwalk Book 3)

Cathy Whitley’s two best friends, Sara and Heather, may have found the men of their dreams… and that’s all well and good for them. But that’s not going to happen to Cathy. She allowed love to catch her off-guard once and it drained her dry, emotionally and financially. She’ll never let it happen again. Ever.

Brad Henderson has been chasing Cathy for years. He’s settled for their on-again-off-again, “friends with bennies” relationship for far longer than he expected. Attempting to swim through the rip currents surrounding her heart has left him weary.

 

Then Brad inherits a business worth millions from billionaire Harold Hopewell. Hopewell had traveled the world and was touched by the stories of the people he met. In death, Hopewell is giving back, leaving an unusual will filled with life-altering bequests. Brad can’t believe his stroke of luck. Now Cathy will surely see him in a new light. Right?

 

One way or the other, it’s time to draw a line in the sand…

 

Read an excerpt HERE!

 

Purchase WILD HEARTS OF SUMMER now!

AmazonUK /AmazonAU /AmazonCA

CURRENT CONTEST: WILD HEARTS OF SUMMER by Donna Fasano.

Happy Friday, my friends! And happy reading. I know you’ll enjoy both of these great books.
Deb

BOGOs, anyone?

I love a deal. Who doesn’t?

I’m not a fan of buy-one, get one-half price. That’s 25%, right? Big deal. 25 is NOT 50.

So, when I stumble across a real BuyOne, Get One free deal, I’m pretty happy. And, believe it or not, it JUST occurred to me that I have such a deal going this week. But it ends at midnight on Saturday, I’m told.

Baby Billionaire

If you like connected series, BLACK HILLS BABY, the FIRST book in my new Black Hills Rendezvous series is FREE at Smashwords as part of READ-AN-EBOOK-WEEK celebration. If you grab them both, you’re getting two for the price of one. Sweet!

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Click here: SMASHWORDS and don’t forget to use the code: RW100.

Happy reading, my friends!

Deb

 

Get Out on Top (Tara Taylor Quinn)

Summer with TTQ Banner smallerI’ve been thinking a lot about right and wrong.  What’s right for one might not be right for another.  We have tough choices to make sometimes.  Choices that are right in one perspective and wrong in another.  Choices where someone is going to get hurt no matter what we do.  These kinds of challenges can be road blocks beyond which we never get past.  We become frozen, unable to move for fear of going the wrong way.  And sometimes not moving is the worst choice of all.  Because then everyone gets hurt.

I believe we have all been given a tool, an internal GPS, to guide us around the road blocks.  To help us choose the road that is the one we are meant to travel.  Or a road that will allow us to fulfill our purpose.  Or a purpose.  It’s not the mind, at this point, that can help us.  The mind is the thing stopping us.  At this critical point, it is only our hearts that can guide us.  Not to be confused with emotions.  Our emotions, depending on which one is reigning supreme, create many of life’s greatest troubles.  But our hearts, that sense of internal peace, is the ultimate guide.  Get to a place where you can quiet your mind.  Where no one’s voice is influencing you.  Including your own internal critic.  Just find a peaceful moment.  And in that peace, ask your question.  You will get a sense of knowing.

Every time in my life, when I’ve acted on that peaceful sense of knowing, I have been able to live with myself in the consequences.  When I act on emotion, or thinking, alone, I almost always have regrets.

The knowing isn’t always there.  It doesn’t always answer when I want it to.  Sometimes I have to sit for weeks, or longer, revisiting the peaceful place, until I ‘know’.  Sometimes we are meant to wait.

I have always told my daughter, from the time she was very young, to listen to her heart.  That is my prayer for everyone.  It is the only answer.

And for those of you who aren’t at a road block and just want to enjoy the day…Here’s a little fun chance to win a VISA gift card, a t-shirt and free books:

Spend the Summer with Tara Taylor Quinn Giveaway

The Merry-Go-Round called “Free”

Who gets dizzy on a Merry-Go-Round?

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Me? Not usually. But when I think about the sensation of going around and around, doing the same thing over and over, I get a little queasy.

Probably because I’ve been riding the promo merry-go-round all week.

First, one of my books was included in Tule’s 10-author Father’s Day Romance Collection. It opened at 99¢ for a short time, so the authors involved got on the bandwagon to share the news. Here’s my contribution to the hoopla.

Father's Day Tule

This is exciting–and good business, believe it or not. For a low investment, a reader can buy 10 full-length books, which can be a great introduction to a new-to-you author. (At least, that’s the standard school of thought.)

Personally, I love the cover and the other super-accomplished authors, and was thrilled to be invited to the party.

My second big deal this week started yesterday when my second Big Sky Mavericks book, MONTANA COWBOY, went Free.

Montana Cowboy FREE

Free, you say? What’s in it for the author?

Very good question. General wisdom suggests free is only beneficial when you have a connected series to take up the slack. If a reader reads your free book and likes your characters and setting and style, she might buy the rest of the books, so the cost of free is spread across 3-4 titles. One hopes.

But to make the most of FREE, you need to get the word out to the general masses beyond your usual circle of influence–and that’s where the merry-go-round speeds up and life gets a little crazy. There are literally hundreds of online sites, newsletters, blogs, and Facebook groups willing to hawk your book for you…for a price.

So, you set a budget, ask for advice even knowing what worked last week might be a bust this week, and you cross all fingers and toes…and wait for your sales numbers and ranking to come in.

Can I be honest? My head feels like it’s going to explode. And, the worst part? It’s damn hard to write when your fingers, toes and eyes are crossed. I’m seriously thinking about pulling an Ernest Hemingway. ;-)

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So, anyway, that’s been my week. We know what I’ll be doing all weekend…not drinking so I can make my deadline. Wish me luck.

Deb

PS: In case you’re interested in grabbing the bundle while it’s cheap, here’s the link: FATHER.

And my FREEBIE is available on all platforms. If you already read it, but want to see the new ending (Subject of a future blog), I suggest you grab it on another platform. GooglePlay is super easy, I’ve heard. Here are the links:

Smashwords- http://bit.ly/1QrfILY
iTunes - http://apple.co/1cEUsFp
GooglePlay - http://bit.ly/MtCowboyGP
KOBO - http://bit.ly/MyCowboyKOBO
Kindle - http://bit.ly/MtCowboy
and BN coming soon!

Deb

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Spend The Summer with ttq (Tara Taylor Quinn)

Summer with TTQ Banner smallerThis week launches six weeks of on-line touring, giveaways, games and visiting with readers.  I’d love to have you all join in the fun.

There will be t-shirts, VISA gift cards, a visit from Heather Graham (this week!) a lot of free books, a picture contest, and a Facebook Party!  Click on the photo for more information!

In the meantime, this week also Suspicious Sheriff of Shelter Valleysees the release of Suspicious, a two book, one low price Bestselling Author Collection with Heather Graham and I.  It’s available in Print and eBook everywhere books are sold and on July 7th it will be releasing in all audio formats, including CD, everywhere audio books are sold!

Storybroads is on tour this summer, too!  I hope you’ll enjoy the authors who have and will be visiting us thanks to the great ladies at Prism Book Tours!  Every guest author offers free books and exerpts!

Overall, it’s a summer filled with great books, bargains, freebies, and lots and lots of reading!

#FREE One Day Only (Tara Taylor Quinn)

MotherByFateSometimes things come out in my books that I don’t plan or expect.  Okay, most times.  Writing, for me, is a combination of accessing the unconscious mind, imagination, and telepathy.  My part, my responsibility, is to present myself to the page and then surrender. You’d think, after 70 books, I’d be good at it.  But I still struggle.  Letting go of self is hard.  Most particularly when life is requiring things of me and I need me to handle them.

Still, my books do not get written until I give in and let go.  I am no longer in control at that point.  Things happen.  In Mother By Fate, alot of things happened!  One in particular that took me by surprise.  I was typing along, listening to the dictation in my head, and someone appeared from the past - someone I knew – and feared.  He was the villain in three books – a suspense trilogy I wrote for MIRA books.

Today only, ANYONE who can guess who he is, or name the titles of any of the three books will receive the entire trilogy in eBook form.  ClickHere to enter. For those of you who read it the first time – you won’t have it in eBook form unless you went back and purchased it. It’s initial release was in print form only. There is no limit to how many people can win – today only.

Good Luck, Everyone! I’m going back down under…

Someone Has Your Back (Tara Taylor Quinn)

Paperbacks Plus Bookstore in Minnesota.  Click on the picture to visit!

Paperbacks Plus Bookstore in Minnesota. Click on the picture to visit!

Yesterday was not an easy day.  I’m on day nine of no less than eight hours a day and mostly no less than twelve hours a day of sitting at my computer, typing as fast as my fingers will fly.  It’s become almost comical (to me, I’m the only one here) and I laughed out loud once.  Taylor looked up at me.  For a while.  And then went back to sleep.  I love my chair, but…

You know how a person can lay in the bed for too long and get bed sores?  I’ve never personally been exposed to the occurrence, but I’ve heard of it.  Well, I think I have chair sores.  Not the open flesh kind.  A less obvious, less visible kind.  My shoulders were starting to hurt.  So this perfectly wonderful and quite expensive chair I own started to…get decorated.  First, a blanket on the back of it.  It’s Raggedy Ann and Andy.  My daughter bought it for me.  It says ‘Friends Forever’ on it with a big heart and the two books I’m working on this week are about three friends.  The blanket is kind of furry.  And kept the leather warm.

Next it was another part of me.  Including my hip.  I added a pillow to the bottom of the chair.  I was getting stiff with limited movement due to making sure Taylor didn’t fall out the open side arm of the chair.  I added a padded bath rug to the seat of the chair, tucking it in, and draped it over the arm of the chair.  Bonus added benefit to me, I now have a padded arm chair!  And she fits perfectly beside me with no harm of falling.

Then my shoulder and neck stiffened up to the point of not being able to turn my head.  So I added another pillow.  Two of them actually.  One behind my shoulders, and one beneath the shoulder one, to hold it up.  Another bonus benefit: my lower back is now supported!

My right forearm, my mouse arm, has been on the fritz for a while now.  It doesn’t hurt when I type.  At all.  But anytime I reach for something it argues with me.  Not kindly.  So I now have a heating pad in my lap, where I can rest my arm, and when my legs get too hot, I drape it across my arm as I type.  Only problem there is, it bonks Taylor in the head and she gives me dirty looks.

I can’t take a day off.  I turned in a book yesterday.  Have revisions due Friday on another book.  Chapters due for a third book on Monday.  And I can’t stop writing even if there were no due dates.  Writing is what I do.  In some facet, it’s what I am. But yesterday, in the midst of all this hard work, my Amazon sales ranking was down.  And that was my real problem.

I was a little less eager to take my aching arm to the computer this morning.  But I got up.  Took a breath.  Took Mom to work.  And presented myself at the computer.  I went to Facebook first as I do every morning.  Just to check in.  And the picture you see up there was waiting for me.  Out of the blue.  A woman whose store has been in business since 1988, had just connected with me on Facebook and posted the above picture to her wall.  Please click on the photo above and visit her.  Or like her on Facebook.  Not just because she supports me, but because she’s listening to the universe and her actions made a difference.  Yesterday was probably just another work day to her.  And her work day was a huge gift to me.  When I look at the big picture, it’s a great one!

Now a chance for a great gift for you.  The Heartwarming authors are giving away a huge Valentine gift.  My first Heartwarming book is one of the three mentioned above and not out until July, so I can’t offer you one, but there are a ton of great books in the giveaway.  To enter, just click on the book cover.  It’s part of the prize!A Child's Christmas

 

 

Offers (Tara Taylor Quinn)

ttq land is swamped.  I’ve been at this business a long time and I work hard.  Pretty much all the time.  I’m blessed and incredibly grateful to be able to do what I love.  Blessed to have been given an ability to write stories that people read.  I still have to stop and pinch myself sometimes when I look at the books I’ve written, the reviews from complete strangers, and realize that I really am a professional writer.  That I actually touch women’s lives in a positive way.

And the shadow side to this is that I have a lot of books that need their fair share of the limelight.  Coming to you in September:

Four Times The Trouble Hardcover EditionHusband By Choice  Four Times The Trouble is the Hardcover edition.  Husband By Choice is the third book in the Where Secrets Are Safe series, following Wife By Design (2/14) and Once A Family (6/14).  What I have to say about Husband By Choice is this:  When I contracted the book my editor told me that an in house conversation went something like this – ‘if anyone can do it, Tara can’.  When I turned in the book, the in house conversation was ‘she did.’  The cover makes this book look like a nice sweet family story.  It’s not.  It’s psychological suspense.

The offers:  I’m told I need more reviTheFriendshipPactwebews of The Friendship Pact on Amazon.  I’ve been authorized to give away #free a limited number of copies of this book in exchange for honest reviews.  For the next week, in celebration of the release of Husband By Choice, we’ll also be giving away ebook copies of Wife By Design and Once a Family to anyone who posts a review of The Friendship Pact on Amazon!  That’s three free books!  All current and recent releases!  Email staff@tarataylorquinn.com for offer.

And…here on Storybroads…we are giving away a brand new Kindle Fire completely free, with Storybroad books pre-loaded on it!  To enter, comment on a Storybroad blog post!  You can earn one entry per blog post from now until October 31st!

More news on the ttq front – we have titles!  In December, Child by Chance will be out.  And in March, 2015, watch for Mother by Fate!

Or, if you just want to have some camaraderie, join the open Friendship board on Pinterest.  We’re just getting started, but we already have international participation!  We’re just pinning pictures and quotes of us and our friends, or of friendships that inspire us!  We’re just shining a light on friendship.  Spreading friendship energy.  Focusing on one thing that is a huge source of strength for all of us.  Hope to see you!

Pinterest, Free Book (Tara Taylor Quinn)

I’ve arrived!!!  I finally found a social media that I just love!!!  It’s quick and easy.  You get to know bits and pieces about people in a way that I absolutely love – a way that speaks to me.  You get to know what they think is pretty or stylish.  You see if they love books.  You see what they think about relationships and what kind of foods they like to eat.

All in picture format or a quote that’s only a few words.  I can do this!!

My publisher has been voraciously pressing me for a stronger internet presence.  I don’t spend enough time out here.  I get it.  I’ve just been strongly with logistics.  I’ve got four books out this year.  And four books out next year, too.  When you think about the logic of that…I’m writing four books a year.  Revising four books a year.  Doing line edits on four books a year.  And reading print outs of four books a year.  I’m doing art fact sheets and brain storming titles for four books a year.  I LOVE THAT I GET TO DO FOUR BOOKS A YEAR!!!  And sometimes, at the end of the day, I’m tired.  (Okay pretty much every day at the end of the day I’m tired.)  While I have a true desire to connect with everyone on social media, to form the relationships, I just struggle with finding the energy to do so as often as I must in order to tend to the budding relationships.

Enter Pinterest!!  To borrow a very very old, worn and too much tried saying, Try It You’ll Like It.

Or, please try it.  I’ll like it!  http://www.pinterest.com/tarataylorquinn/boards/

I have a free book to giveaway and the winner will be drawn from those who start to follow me today on Pinterest.  I’m lonely out there!

 

 

Redux (Tara Taylor Quinn)

Please enjoy a completely free e-copy of The First Wife – an introduction to my work if you’ve never read me. An extra copy if you have! Follow the link at the bottom of this post, or over in the Breaking News Sidebar to get your free copy!

In celebration of my new series, What Happened In Comfort Cove, Harlequin is giving away free copies of this 2010 Bestseller. Due to response, they have extended the download deadline!!

Some instructions:

A message from Harlequin Books – If you do not have ePub software on your Computer, tablet or phone, you will have to download it to view this free copy of The First Wife. (Software Links also accessible directly from Harlequin Book’s Website)

For your Computer:
Download…
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For other Electronic Devices:
(Android, BlackBerry, iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) or Windows 7 Phone)
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Follow the prompt for the correct installation of your software.

Software and Book are completely Free.

NOW…To Get Your Free Book:

Just click on the book below
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Download to your device!

Please feel free to pass this link on to all of your family and friends. The giveaway is completely free to everyone!