Thursday, June 26, 2014

GIVEAWAY: two signed paperback copies of ALWAYS A STRANGER!

I'm pleased to announce that I'm giving away two paperback copies of ALWAYS A STRANGER on Goodreads! The entry deadline is July 25!


When two worlds collide, anything is possible...
An international affair, London's Great Exhibition has taken the city by storm. As its newest Royal Commissioner, Lord Skyler Ridgemont must ensure the performers are properly contracted. Among them is the delicate and graceful Hanako Sumaki. Draped in vivid silk robes, Hanako's exotic Japanese fan dance captivates Skyler--and he longs to learn more about her...

But Hanako's enigmatic employer keeps his exquisite charge very close. The consummate artist, she shows the handsome nobleman many faces, but never her true heart, which holds a desperate secret. When Skyler learns the real reason Hanako has been brought to London, he will risk his entire world to win her trust--and save her from losing both body and soul. It's a feat that will require the type of courage only love can give...

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Always a Stranger by Amara Royce

Always a Stranger

by Amara Royce

Giveaway ends July 25, 2014.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Friday, May 23, 2014

The ALWAYS A STRANGER Virtual Book Tour - May 26 to June 6

I'm pleased to announce the (slightly belated) release tour for ALWAYS A STRANGER!  I'm excited to share this new book with the world!

The tour is a mix of interviews, guest posts, excerpts and reviews! Come visit to find out interesting tidbits about the book (and about me) and explore a variety of topics, including musical inspirations and Big Secrets! And don't miss the tour-wide giveaways, including two e-book copies of ALWAYS A STRANGER and a $20 gift card to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble!

May 26thGirl Meets Books- Interview/Excerpt
(Stop 2) Romancing the Book- Interview
(Stop 3) Plain Talk Book Marketing- Guest Post/Promo

May 27th- What I'm Reading- Guest Post/Promo

May 28thBuried Under Romance- Interview/Excerpt

May 29th- Imagine a World- Excerpt/Promo
(Stop 2) I am, Indeed- Review/Excerpt

May 30thSara Walter Ellwood- Interview
(Stop 3) Queen of All She Reads- Review/Promo

June 2ndA Tasty Read Book Reviews- Excerpt/Promo

June 3rdLiteraria- Guest Post/Promo

June 4th- Christine's Words- Guest Post

June 5thBlue Rose Romance- Excerpt/Promo

June 6thEmerald Musings- Review
(Stop 2) Book Suburbia- Promo

Thanks very much to Tasty Book Tours for all the hard work of organizing the tour (and for the gorgeous tour banner!), and thanks to all my wonderful blog hosts! 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

ALWAYS A STRANGER - Release day! (Two days late!)

ALWAYS A STRANGER's release day occurred during a particularly hectic week. Grades were due, I'm on a hiring committee that was conducting interviews of top candidates, etc., etc. Oh, and we celebrated a birthday in the family so, coincidentally, we happened to have cupcakes and balloons in the house on release day! Yay!

It's been so chaotic, though, that today was the first day I could get here to "officially" announce everything I should have announced on Thursday! 

NOTE: As difficult as it can be for me to find time to write updates on Facebook and here on my blog, I can usually be relied upon to visit Twitter on a daily basis. So if you want up-to-the minute news about me and my books, follow me on Twitter

I feel fortunate to have had some much appreciated attention online for the release of ALWAYS A STRANGER on its release day:

The Book Pushers - an exclusive excerpt of ALWAYS A STRANGER!

Heroes and Heartbreakers - First Look review!

Dear Author - release day review (Note: I generally don't comment on reviews, except to express my gratitude for the reviewer's time and attention---but I have to say that I deeply appreciated this review because the reviewer really saw things that were most important to me when I was writing ALWAYS A STRANGER. So it's a C+ review but it feels like an a personal A in terms of how I wanted to reach readers!) 

Historical Romance Reviews - This was a pre-release review from March 30. If I did scrapbooking, it would definitely go in my author scrapbook. (I tried scrapbooking and would love to keep it up, but I just end up collecting piles of stuff "To Scrapbook" and then never finding the time to put them together!)

Ella Quinn's blog - check out my guest post about how Japanese ukiyo-e art influenced ALWAYS A STRANGER (at the blog of fellow eKensington author Ella Quinn)

USA Today's Happily Ever After blog - ALWAYS A STRANGER even got a mention at USA TODAY online! Eeeeep!

I'll be doing a virtual book tour for ALWAYS A STRANGER (with giveaways) from May 26th to June 6th! Check out my Appearances page for more information on where you can find me! 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

It's MAY! May! What a month! May the fourth...oh, you know...'s May.  Busy month, May is!

With the end of the semester looming, I'm preoccupied (in other words, crazed and sleep-deprived), but here are the three big author highlights for me this May:

Brenda Novak's Annual Online Auction for Diabetes Research 

I've been a fan of Brenda Novak's most excellent auction long before I became an author. It includes all sorts of amazing auction items, including once-in-a-lifetime trips, lunch with bestselling authors, critiques from agents and authors, autographed books, and much more. The auction runs through the month of May! It's a wonderful auction for a good cause, and this year, I'm part of two auctions!

ALWAYS A STRANGER - release date: May 15, 2014

That second auction item up there, the Japanese Delights gift pack, coincides with the release of ALWAYS A STRANGER, which features a half-Japanese heroine. It turns out that you can already order it as a trade paperback (POD), but the official release date of the ebook is May 15th. You can preorder at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes and other e-booksellers.

Virtual Book Tour - May 26 to June 6

Thanks to Tasty Book Tours, I'll be doing an online book tour for ALWAYS A STRANGER, featuring exclusive excerpts, interviews, guest posts, and a tour-wide giveaway. I look forward to "seeing" you at various tour sites! Check out my Appearances page for the schedule!

Happy May!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Free! For a limited time, NEVER TOO LATE is FREE!

Yes, it's true! Never Too Late is currently FREE for Barnes and Noble's Nook and Amazon's Kindle! Yes, free! I think it's also free on iBooks but can't link to it.

Oh, you don't have a Kindle or Nook? Don't fret! There are apps for those!

  • Nook for smartphone or tablet
  • Kindle for smartphone, tablet, or web browser
I know the Nook freebie deal is running until April 29, but I don't know when the Kindle deal ends. Oh, and *cough* watch for Barnes and Noble's Free Fridays feature on April 25! 

psst--Right now, right this minute, Never Too Late is #1 on Amazon's list of Best Sellers for Historical Romance (in the Top 100 free category for Kindle historical romances) and #38 on Amazon's list of Best Sellers in the Kindle Store (in the Top 100 free category). Squeeeeeee! Fleeting, I'm sure, and in rather specific subcategories, but it's pretty darn cool to see it listed as #1 somewhere! Squeeeeeeee again!  THANK YOU to everyone purchasing it! 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

A word or two on book reviews

Given recent online controversies about "anonymous" reviews...and given the fact that reviews have begun showing up for ALWAYS A STRANGER, I just want to make clear my perspective on reviews: 

I appreciate each and every review, whether it's positive or negative or anywhere in between. 

I appreciate everyone who takes the time to try my books. No matter what your response to my books ends up being, I appreciate that you gave them a chance. I don't expect everyone will love my work; fiction is far too subjective for that. Do I want people to be enthralled by my books? Well, of course. Do I want people to say to others, "You've GOT to read this!" Absolutely.

But I fully understand that this is a dream scenario, and I know that you, dear readers and reviewers, don't owe me anything. So thank you in advance if you read ALWAYS A STRANGER. With all the millions of books out there you could choose, thanks for giving your time and attention to mine. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

News briefs

It's been a rough winter. So much snow and ice. For a while there, every day I could hear the Dar Williams song "February" in my head. We've had so many snow days, in fact, that my college canceled Spring Break.

But the past few days have been sunny and warmer, and the snow is finally melting.

And I have some tidbits of good news:

  • I was informed at the beginning of the week that I am being promoted to Associate Professor, effective July 1st! I can't even begin to tell you how happy and relieved I am!
  • ALWAYS A STRANGER is now available for reviewers on Netgalley!