‘Three Romances’ – Bronte Bicentenary Promotion

Featured Image -- 246To mark the bicentenary celebrations of the Bronte sisters, ‘Three Romances,’ my collection of three short historical romantic stories, including ‘Brizecombe Hall,’ an homage to Charlotte Bronte, will be free from Smashwords and its retailers until 21st April (Charlotte’s birthday):

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/356113

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/three-romances-catherine-e-chapman/1116987953

http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/three-romances-brizecombe/id715416548

I would appreciate all reviews, recommendations and ratings on retailer sites and elsewhere.

Also, several of my books are available at reduced price throughout Smashwords’ ‘Read an ebook Week’, 6-12 March:

http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/CatherineChapman

 

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RONR is Nearly 3! ‘High Sea’ Promo, Free Book Listings Sites and Book Review Blogs

'High Sea,' short Victorian romance, free on Amazon 12-16 November

‘High Sea,’ short Victorian romance, free on Amazon 12-16 November

As Romance Or Not Romance approaches its third birthday, I have decided to celebrate with a free promotion of my short Victorian romance, ‘High Sea.’  This will be the last one on Kindle Select so, Kindle users, grab it while you can!  The book will be free from Wednesday 12th to Sunday 16th November.

The impending anniversary has given me cause to reflect that the blog is now morphing somewhat from its original purpose as a platform to publicise my books, into a bit more of a writing / self-publishing blog.  Having now had some experience of the trials and tribulations of self-publishing, it seems natural to use RONR to summarise useful information I’ve found and, to some extent, to seek to inform other indie writers who are starting out or looking for guidance / inspiration.

To that end, I’ve improved my lists of links to other sites.  There is a category for Book Blogs and Other Sites, which contains links to the blogs of reviewers who’ve helped me along the way and to various sites that I have found useful, in terms of providing writing opportunities and guidance or services to authors.

I’ve also created a list of links to sites providing free listings for authors.  These are sites that may also provide paid promotional services but do have an element of free listings that I have found to be effective.  Some are sites where your book needs to be free to be included.  They all have their own submission criteria, so please study these carefully before submitting.  Many are forums that also provide scope for indie authors to promote their work.  Please bear in mind that forums have etiquette that you must observe – only posting promos in the designated threads, for instance.

I will keep these link lists updated and hope that writers find them useful for promotional purposes and that readers find them a rich source of free and bargain books!

‘Rhiannon’ Revamped!

The new cover design for 'Rhiannon,' short Medieval romance

The new cover design for ‘Rhiannon,’ short Medieval romance

I’m delighted with my new cover for Medieval romance, ‘Rhiannon.’

This was designed by Melissa Alvarez.

It’s not long now until my Kindle Countdown Deal Promo for Collected Romances, my historical romance anthology which includes ‘Rhiannon,’ along with my six other published short romances.

At the start of this deal (3rd October) you’ll be able to buy seven stories for the price of one!

‘Brizecombe Hall’ Gets A Make-Over…

New Book Cover for 'Brizecombe Hall,' short historical romance

New Book Cover for ‘Brizecombe Hall,’ short historical romance

… because apparently books really are judged by their covers!

I have been digesting the advice of Mark Coker (Smashwords Founder and Self-Publishing Guru) and, as a result, have decided to embark on a process of revamping my bookcovers.  Having now become a lot clearer about defining my short historical stories as ‘Romance,’ I figure that, accordingly, their covers should be romantic!

First to get the treatment is ‘Brizecombe Hall,’ my Regency / Victorian romance.  I acquired this cover from Self Pub Book Covers.com and I’m really thrilled with it.  Their site is a great concept, I think, connecting authors and artists and enabling authors to browse loads of designers’ images and customise them.

In other news, I’m delighted that the current promo of ‘Elizabeth Clansham‘ has now filtered through to Amazon.com, where readers have started to download the book for free.

‘High Sea’ – Short Victorian Romance

'High Sea' -Victorian Romance- book cover

‘High Sea’ -Victorian Romance- book cover

My latest novelette in the genre of historical romance is ‘High Sea,’ a story set in the Victorian era.  Here’s the blurb:

 Samantha, a seamstress, stows away on a ship bound for Australia, disguised as a boy. Discovered by the ship’s doctor, John Seacombe, she becomes his assistant. However, she rapidly finds that her growing feelings for Doctor John mean that her disguise is a hindrance, rather than a help. And when the feisty Estelle McEwan enters the scene, things become even more complicated for Sam.

As an introductory promotion, the book will be free on Amazon Kindle from 16th – 20th August:

http://www.amazon.com/High-Sea-Catherine-E-Chapman-ebook/dp/B00MJC8QFS

http://www.amazon.co.uk/High-Sea-Catherine-E-Chapman-ebook/dp/B00MJC8QFS

I hope readers enjoy it.  Although the Victorian era is familiar territory for me, this books differs from most of my writing in that it’s written from the point of view of a first person narrator.  (I actually have in mind the narrative style of earlier, 18th century novels.)  So, in this respect, it’s a departure.  I’ve written short stories in the first person but tend to go for third person narrators for anything longer, but I really enjoyed writing in the voice of Sam / Samantha!

If you read ‘High Sea’ and like it, I would appreciate reviews and ratings on Amazon and elsewhere.

‘The Office Party’ – free Christmas story

'The Office Party' book coverPublished well in time for Christmas(!) is my latest short story, ‘The Office Party.’  It’s available to download free from Smashwords and their retailers.  Here’s the blurb:

In the run up to their Christmas works’ party, Maria’s colleague, Clair, has her eye on the new guy, Alex. But it’s Maria herself who finds she’s the object of unexpected attention. A short story for Christmas.

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/463518

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-office-party-catherine-e-chapman/1120065934

http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-office-party/id906383812

As ever, I hope readers enjoy it and would appreciate reviews, recommendations and ratings.

‘Rhiannon’ free on Smashwords

Rhiannon cover

‘Rhiannon’ – free Medieval romance

My Medieval romance, ‘Rhiannon,’ is currently free to download from Smashwords and its retailers:

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/155276

Here’s the blurb:

Rhiannon, a Welsh farmer’s daughter, is smuggled into a walled English garrison town. Harboured by a merchant and his son, her happiness is shattered when her presence in their home is discovered. Taken to the castle, Rhiannon’s fate lies in the hands of Lord Edward. Will he believe Rhiannon’s claim that all she wants is to be a lady?

It’s a short Medieval romance that’s adult in tone.  If you read and enjoy the story, reviews, recommendations and ratings would be appreciated.