Tuesday, February 3, 2015

*Sale Alert* NEVER TOO LATE for $0.99!

My first book, NEVER TOO LATE, originally released in 2013, is currently on sale at various e-retailers for just $0.99

Take a look at my Never Too Late tab for more on this Victorian historical romance featuring an older woman who runs her own bookshop!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Book 3 is done!!!!

*cue trumpet fanfare*

I submitted Book 3 to my editor this week!

 It still needs a name...I mean, it had one at the synopsis stage, but that was just a working title. And I gave it a new title when I submitted the final manuscript, but that one is still not definitive. And the title is just part and parcel of how difficult it was for me to write this book.

For many reasons, Book 3 was a challenge for me, and it took me a long, long, long time to catch the flow of the story. Yes, as the creator, I'm supposed to be in charge. I'm supposed to be able to decide what happens, who does what to whom, and who gets punished for what. A writer has all that god-like power. Sure. But Book 3 refused to acknowledge my omnipotence. Maybe this was my version of a sophomore slump. Or maybe I teetered on the edge of burnout. After all, during the writing of this book, I applied for both tenure and promotion to associate professor. And finished working on a grant project...and began co-chairing a new committee...oh, and let's not forget teaching five courses per semester. Okay, enough of this "my diamond shoes are too tight" whine (Anyone else remember that episode of Friends? No? Just me...).

 The point is...Book 3 is done! (At least until I get edits back.)

 Oh, and here are a few details about it...it's another Victorian romance, set in the same time/world as NEVER TOO LATE and ALWAYS A STRANGER, but it takes place mostly outside of London in northern England, more specifically in the vicinity of Bradford and Leeds. It's a "second chances" story that was very loosely (and I mean very, very loosely!) by Elizabeth Gaskell's NORTH AND SOUTH. I know that's not really telling you about the actual story. I'll get to that soon, I promise!

On to Book 4! Ever forward!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Giveaway - ALWAYS A STRANGER! Ends Dec 12!

In the spirit of the holidays, I'm giving away a signed paperback copy of ALWAYS A STRANGER on Goodreads!

Enter today!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Always a Stranger by Amara Royce

Always a Stranger

by Amara Royce

Giveaway ends December 12, 2014.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Social Media for Social Good - SMSG14

Limecello at A Little Bit Tart, A Little Bit Sweet has done Social Media for Social Good campaigns for the past few years, and this year the SMSG14 campaign highlights some important causes: ALS, Ebola, and child refugees.

There are lots of ways to participate and to help raise funds and awareness. Even simply commenting on the SMSG14 post at ALBTALBS raises funds from those who've pledged (including me!) so come join us!

Psst--I'm also doing a book giveaway -- earn entries by posting comments at http://www.tartsweet.com/2014/10/25/using-social-media-for-good-to-make-a-difference-fighting-als-ebola-and-for-child-refugees/! (The Rafflecopter giveaway link is in the Comments section!)

Go see what you can do to help!

Friday, October 24, 2014

File this among things I didn't know..but find interesting...Melville's MOBY DICK

I knew Melville's massive opus MOBY DICK was published in the mid-nineteenth century, but I didn't know all this...including that it was first published in England rather than in America. And now I'm thinking of ways to incorporate its publication into Book 4!

October 18, 1851: Melville’s Moby-Dick is published in London as The Whale: http://blog.loa.org/2010/10/october-18-1851-melvilles-moby-dick-is.html

Monday, October 13, 2014

Historical Romance Network

In recent years, there's been talk online about historical romance being in a kind of down cycle. But if you have any doubts that historical romance is going strong, visit the Historical Romance Network

I'm pleased to say that I'm part of this dynamic group of historical romance authors striving to increase the visibility of the genre and its varied sub-genres. 

Think you know historical romance? Think it's all the same? Think it's gone stale? Think again! 

Check out HRN's wonderful video highlighting the vast range of historical romances these days and like HRN on Facebook

Escape to the pleasures of the past!

Friday, October 10, 2014

NJRW's 2014 Put Your Heart in a Book Conference - Before

Huh. It's been quite a while since my last post. *swipes at the cob webs with a feather duster*


I'm eagerly looking forward to attending NJRW's Put Your Heart in a Book conference this year!

*whispers* It's my FIRST EVER romance conference! AND my first ever book fair signing! 

Like a kid in a candy store, I'm so excited about everything! Just glancing at the workshop schedule, I don't know where to look/go first! So much to do and see! So many people to meet! I mean, just look at the variety of topics and speakers!

And the Literacy Book Fair and Author Signing on Saturday, Oct 18 - 4 to 5 pm - is open to the public! Part of the proceeds will go to Project Literacy of Greater Bergen County. Here's a list of the authors participating (scroll down to the 2014 Literacy Book Fair section.

I. Can't. Wait.