Monday, January 23, 2017

Thousand Book Challenge by Debra St. John

New Year's Eve at the Corral
by Debra St. John

Tina Perkins thinks falling in love with your best friend is a tired cliché. She's had a flirty friendship with Nick Jameson forever, and she likes it that way. Until she's dared to sleep with him and suddenly can't stop thinking about what it would be like to cross that friends to lovers line.

Nick wants Tina. Badly. New Year's Eve is the perfect time to make a resolution to get her into his bed. He doesn't want to ruin the friendship they share, but adding 'with benefits' to the label would make things perfect.

As the clock ticks closer to midnight, there's a lot at stake. Will a night of passion ruin everything or lead to a lifetime of love? 

The Challenge:
When I submitted this story, my editor told me books of this length don't sell well. My immediate thought was how fun it would be to prove her wrong. (In the best way possible!)
Almost immediately an idea began to form. As crazy as it sounds, I decided to challenge myself to sell a thousand copies of this book. Why a thousand, you ask? Simply because a hundred didn't seem like enough (LOL).

For less than the cost of a cup of coffee (and I'm not even talking about one of those fancy frou frou ones) you can help me win this personal challenge. All you have to do is buy a copy of the book. (Passing word of the challenge along to your reader friends would be appreciated, too.)

You might be thinking: What's in this for me? Well, I'll tell you...First, you get to read a great story! You also have the chance to win some prizes. (And who doesn't love prizes?) If you buy a copy of the book, if you tell a friend (or two or three or know, like those old commercials: And she told two friends and she told two friends and so on and so on...), if you Tweet about the challenge or post about it on Facebook, or if you leave a comment here, you can earn Rafflecopter entry points. The winner of the Rafflecopter drawing will get a paperback set (autographed of course!) of the original Corral series: This Time for Always, This Can't Be Love, and This Feels Like Home (If you're outside the continental U S of A the set will be digital.) AND digital copies (in the format of your choice) of the first four books in the Holidays at The Corral series (Christmas, Valentine's Day, Fourth of July, and Halloween).

So, what are you waiting for? Go grab a copy of New Year's Eve at The Corral !



B & N:

Happy Reading and many, many thanks for participating in my challenge!

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P.S. If you can't wait to find out if you've won copies of the holiday books, they are on sale for half price for most of the month of January 2017.

Debra St. John has been reading and writing romance since high school. She always dreamed about publishing a romance novel some day. Her dream came true when she started writing sultry contemporary romance with sexy heroes and spunky heroines for The Wild Rose Press. Although she's a country gal at heart, she lives in a suburb of Chicago with her husband, who is her real life hero.
She is the author of The Corral Series, which includes her debut release, This Time for Always, a Champagne Rose and Rosebud bestseller at The Wild Rose Press. This Can't Be Love and This Feels Like Home complete the series.
Her spin-off series of novellas (Holidays at The Corral) includes Christmas at The Corral, Valentine's Day at The Corral, Fourth of July at The Corral, Halloween at The Corral, and New Year's Eve at The Corral.
Her holiday stories are A Christmas to Remember, An Unexpected Blessing (Thanksgiving), and The Vampire and the Vixen for Halloween.
One Great Night, a 2015 IDA First Place Winner, Family Secrets, and Wild Wedding Weekend round out her bookshelf.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Baby Watch in Alaska

I'm in Anchor Point, Alaska waiting for my 10th grandchild to arrive. We've gone on walks where I've seen moose tracks, watched eagles, and enjoyed the 0 and negative temperatures.

We also went on a drive on a sunny day and I took some photos.  Here they are:

Monday, January 16, 2017

Guest - MK McClintock

Why I Write Historical Romantic Westerns
MK McClintock

It began with me romping around the pastures on all fours with the horses and playing cowboys and Indians with my siblings. I was eight years old and my family had a small ranch in Colorado, but for years before we moved to the Rockies, we had vacationed each summer to the mountains. I grew up with a deep appreciation for the majestic landscape of rolling hills and open meadows surrounded by the mighty Rocky Mountains. 

At a young age, I didn’t think that one day I would write novels. I wrote stories as children often do, but they were for school or pleasure, and because I had a vivid imagination that found a variety of ways to manifest itself. Writing longer works of fiction came about as a slow and natural progression, and when the early ideas forms, they were a combination of Victorian romance and western.

The idea for the first Gallagher book wouldn’t come about until many years after I moved to Montana. It was a surprise that the land I came to love figured so prominently in my books. Writing historical romantic westerns gives me the opportunity to combine three of my favorite things: history, romance, and the American West.

I want readers to see the land as I do, to smell the pine trees and watch eagles fly overhead, and to feel the crisp and clean autumn air as the weather turns and snow covers the peaks. The Gallagher family needed a home within Montana, and thus the Hawk’s Peak ranch was born. The more time I spent with the Gallaghers, their family, the ranch hands, and the delightful people in the fictional town of Briarwood, I knew something special had happened. I knew letting go wouldn’t be easy . . . so I didn’t.

Journey to Hawk’s Peak, book five in the Montana Gallagher series, is the latest adventure I’ve had the joy of taking with the Gallaghers and their friends. Their journey has been filled with surprises: heartache, new beginnings, second chances, and a deep love for both the land the people who have touched their lives.

I hope you’ll join me on a journey filled with the remarkable men and women of Hawk’s Peak and Briarwood.  

MK will give one person who comments a paperback book if in the U.S. and ebook if you live outside the U.S.  Be sure to leave your email so we can contact you.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Giveaway and Find Great Authors! #LitRing #Prizes

 A group of authors, me included, have put together a fun way to find new authors and great books.What Will You Read Next? -- Quiz and Giveaway, by LitRing.

Take the quiz and you are eligible for the great prizes listed below and you have chances to pick up some wonderful books at great prices! The prizes are awesome:

  • 1 $500 gift card
  • 4 $100 gift cards
  • 1 Kindle Fire
  • 1 Nook Color
  • 1 iPad Mini
  • 1 Kobo Aura
All you have to do is take a fun quiz.  How cool is that?