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Friday, March 8, 2013
12:00 AM | Posted by Maureen | | Edit Post
It took me several teeth grinding days, but finally, the first of my neverending pirate story is up and available on several platforms. Smashwords, Amazon but not Nook, not yet. It's proving difficult.
Now, to tackle the print edition…
It was never wracking. My stomach hurt, my head hurt, I was jittery.
Yes, convinced I would do something wrong and the cover would be inverted, the text would be in Swahili (a good thing if I’d wanted that!) and it would lock me out and not let me fix anything. The first person to attempt download would find gibberish and make a scathing review and I’d never sell another book…
I finally took the first steps, husband at my side and we were ready to send to Amazon and…I didn’t have a cover the right size.
It’s okay, my cover artist sent me a copy that next morning and I did it.
Now, I will admit. I’m still a nervous wreck, but I’m playing it very cool. Nonchalant almost. Unconcerned. Zen. I’m playing it zen.
Okay, I’m trying to play it zen.
All I can do is all I will do. I am not going batshit to gain the attention of the world. I believe in my story, she’ll find her place. And introduce the other 2.9 million words of the series in the next 7.5 years. Four books a year…that’s all I’m going to force out of myself. Yes, I’ll continue to court indy publishers for my other books, and New York.
How did I celebrate the release of A Caribbean Spell? I had a massage and then I spent 15 minutes blathering with Renee Bernard on Canned Laughter and Coffee, her radio internet show. About 30 books, 3 million words and pirates.
I sold two books right away, on Smashwords. (And probably made more money from those two then I did with a dozen of my indy pubbed books. It’s tragic.)
Other self published authors tell me the first is always the most nerve wracking. It gets easier.
I figure about the time I figure it out and feel calm about it, Amazon will change how it does things. Smashwords will merge with Goodreads and then I’ll be totally screwed.
And start over again.
I’m in this for the long run. It’s the story I always wanted to share. A lovestory between two people which will span all 30 books. Through thick and thin, ups and downs, and lots of saving the world.
Because that’s how I roll.
Let’s celebrate! Here is my blurb, long version…buy my book! Read my book! Rate my book! Pat my head! I’m breaking out the good rum!
First in an exciting new series from the author of The Kraken’s Caribbean. Blending romance, pirates, paranormal, scifi and fantasy…it must be A Caribbean Spell!
Meet Miranda, experienced time traveler, sexual adventurer, and do-gooder. Making friends and finding lovers comes easy, while interfering is her specialty. Confident, impetuous, she treasures new experiences; life is for learning and the joy is in the journey.
Riding the currents of time is a challenge this witch is up for. No matter where or when she lands, she hits the ground ready, looking for whatever challenge the universe presents. She discovered her talent, to walk between the realities of time and space, after losing her 20th century world to a devastating earthquake. Seeking a cause to die for, or a reason to live, she stumbles upon the Caribbean of Jake Reynard. This new realm proves more tempting than she counted on.
Not to mention totally unfamiliar. Port Royal thrives, and is certainly not the wicked city her world’s history painted it. But it does prove exciting. Handsome pirates, magical devices, even an evil sorceress sail these seas.
Before she faces these realities, she befriends Joanna, married to a good man whose gentle nature wins Miranda’s allegiance. Port Royal finds her unconventional but is still willing to embrace her differences, despite her uncouth clothing, her lack of social skills and an uncanny ability at speaking the truth, regardless of propriety. A beautiful setting, charming climate, this sweet world quickly captures her loyalty. And her heart.
Once danger rises to threaten her new friends, she takes it on. Better the perils aimed at the city come her way since she can handle them using assorted tricks, magical spells and the skills she’s developed in decades of travel.
Miranda is a wounded woman. Though appearing merry and in control, the guilt of survival drives her to take desperate chances. Going up against an evil sorceress is right up her alley. What begins as nothing more than a simple liaison with Reynard to keep her magical energy primed raises questions she isn’t prepared for. Has she really found a reason to live in this freewheeling world?
She may be a witch who restores her magical energy through sex, a role the pirate Reynard is delighted to fulfill, but she didn’t count on the sex to deepen into real caring, or love, heaven help her.
Nor did he.
Reynard loves his life. A consummate pirate, he treasures his rum, his ship and showing how clever he is. When acquaintances rope him into assisting in a rescue of what sounds like a reckless woman, taken prisoner by a notoriously evil female pirate, he agrees. Raising sail to save the world is the last thing he expects to be caught up in. But if that is what it takes to keep the fascinating witch he pulls from the sea, then so be it. Falling in love is not part of the plan. He didn’t build his profitable reputation on doing good deeds and trust doesn’t come easy.
But trust and luck is something these two need if they are to survive and master A Caribbean Spell.
Support your local pirate! And drink up me hearties! Yo ho! Release week on the Revenge! Celebrate! Celebrate!