Do You Think I’m Sexy? ~ Minding the Boss by @realamandabretz #MSS54 #Saturday7

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Today I’m participating in the weekly blog hop called My Sexy Saturday. As per the rules, I can share 7 words, 7 sentences or 7 paragraphs that convey the theme.

This week’s theme is Do You Think I’m Sexy?

The theme brought to mind the sexy and powerful character Max Drake in my short erotic romance Minding the Boss. Here’s the blurb and my sexy 7 sentences!

Minding the BossWhat is it about a man in charge?
Rachel Ellis has spent months fantasizing about all the things she’d love to do to her sexy boss Max Drake if given the chance. When the two find themselves alone in the office, on a Saturday night no less, she quickly realizes that all her naughty daydreams are about to come true.
Even though she’ll settle for just one night of passion with Max, Rachel finds out that anything is possible when you mind the boss.

 

 I startled at the sound of his deep, hypnotic voice. Even though I could recognize that mellifluous voice in my dreams, hearing it this late at night, while I was alone in my empty office building no less, caused me to drop the contents of my mug of coffee all over my desk.

“Here, let me help,” Max Drake, my ultra-sexy boss, said as he pulled a white towel out of thin air and began mopping coffee up off my desk.

My spacious cubicle seemed to shrink in size thanks to the presence of his powerful six-foot four frame. I watched him, fascinated by the way his bicep muscles rippled beneath his long-sleeved cotton shirt. It was a powder blue, my favorite color on him. I knew even before Max turned his blue-eyed gaze on me that the light blue hue would only enhance the azure color of his eyes.

Want to read more? Click here to purchase Minding the Boss.

Keep this hop going! Visit the other authors participating in this week’s My Sexy Saturday.

Fall into Love this September!

fil2014I know August just began, but I’m excited that fall is just around the corner…and with good reason!

For the entire month of September The Romance Reviews will be hosting a huge party encouraging readers to Fall into Love!

This promotional event will have lots of giveways and goodies for readers. The grand prize is a $100 gift card, but there are lots of other great prizes up for grabs including free books and additional gift cards.

Authors, if you’re interested in joining this promotion, click here for more information.

Readers, if you’re interested in entering the giveaways, stay tuned to my blog or connect with me on Twitter, Facebook or Google+ as I will be promoting the event on my social media channels leading up to the party and throughout the month of September.

Two Weeks of Scorching Summer Savings

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Beginning today my publisher, Totally Bound, is celebrating two weeks of summer savings. The hot deals differ from day to day but include sales on books of course, and speaking of hot, they’re also giving away a Kindle Fire!
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Enter to win and check out all the savings at the Totally Bound website, follow them on Twitter or like them on Facebook.

Camp NaNoWriMo Final Numbers

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Oh, July, you came and went so quickly. I had such big plans, such high hopes, such huge, lofty goals for Camp NaNoWriMo.
My goal for the challenge was to finish my 65,000 word work in progress. I fell short by 24k.
I started out on July 1 with a word count of 12,000. My official word count as of this evening is 40,500. So, I wrote 28,500 in the month of July. It’s definitely nothing to sneeze at.
I don’t write in a linear way…I like beginnings and endings, so those are complete. The middle always drags on for me. I know exactly what’s supposed to happen in the middle. I have the entire novel all planned out…it’s just a struggle for me getting the dang middle stuff written.
I’m now in the editing/fleshing-out-of-scenes phase with my WIP. Even though the challenge is over, writing on my WIP is not.
With only 18 short days and 24,500 words to go, needless to say I’m going to be working my tookus off in order to get the manuscript to my editor in time. I’ll keep everyone posted.

Did you take part in Camp NaNoWriMo this year, either the April or the July challenge? How did you fare? Let me know in the comments!

Guest Posts, Discounted Books & FSoG Movie Trailer!

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Happy Saturday!
I’ve been out of town for the past two days and am currently trying to sift through my overflowing email inbox.

I just realized today is the last day of a sale over at All Romance ebooks. You can get Tropical Heat and Special Delivery for less than $2.50 right now! Click here to visit All Romance.

This week I had a couple of guest blog spots that I wanted to share. white on black_with strap_275px

First, I wrote a blog post and shared a racy excerpt from Special Delivery on the Totally Bound blog about the appeal of fictional characters doing the naughty in a public place. Click here to read the blog post.

On Thursday of this week, my guest post about how completely sexy bachelor auctions can be was featured on All Romance Ebook’s ARe Cafe. Click here to read the article.

Speaking of completely sexy…who’s seen the Fifty Shades of Grey official movie trailer? I just watched it and I must say, the movie looks promising. Now to wait until February 2015!

Exploring Marketing Options with NoiseTrade

When I released my self-published historical romance A River Between Them20140505-102801.jpg last month I decided to experiment with some new ways of marketing. Since I’d never written a historical novel before I had lots of questions about how I should reach a new audience.

Back in May author David Gaughran wrote a short post touting the possible author benefits of using the website NoiseTrade. The site, which was previously only open to music artists, recently opened itself up for authors and publishers.

The way NoiseTrade works is authors (and artists on the music side of things) upload their ebooks, audiobooks or MP3s to NoiseTrade and fans can download said items for free.

Yeah, but what’s in it for me?

There are a few benefits for authors who upload their work to NoiseTrade. The biggest appeal I see is control. As an author I choose how much of my book I want on the site, I can upload an entire book for free, or just a few chapters. And I can change that at any time.

I uploaded a sample of A River Between Them to the website as a way to reach new readers on a “try before you buy” basis. Readers can download a PDF copy of the first 25% of my novel. If they wish to read the rest of the book at the end of the sample, I’ve embedded a link to my website at the end of the PDF. There’s also links to my website and social media profiles on my NoiseTrade profile page.

How does this differ from pirate sites?

Well, for one thing, I’ve elected to have my book on NoiseTrade and I can remove it at any time. Book piracy sites…not so much.

Also, there’s money-making potential for authors using NoiseTrade–albeit small.

Readers can leave artists a tip upon download. Tipping isn’t required, but is suggested by the site (a minimum tip is $1). NoiseTrade pays artists and authors 80% of the amount of tips they’ve received for downloads.

Another benefit to the site is that in exchange for the download readers leave their email address with the knowledge that authors can contact them in the future about new releases, sales, etc in the form of said reader being added to the author’s mailing list.

For me that’s a huge appeal. I’m always looking for ways to grow my quarterly newsletter.

A difference in sales?

I just started using NoiseTrade a couple weeks ago and while it’s impossible to track with 100% certainty, I do believe I’ve seen a correlation between the sample downloads on NoiseTrade and sales of A River Between Them on Amazon and B&N shortly thereafter.

Right now I’m still in wait and see mode, but I’ve been pleased with the site so far and may upload samples of other self-published books in the future.

If you’d like to download the sample of A River Between Them, click here.

Are you an author or an artist that uses NoiseTrade? What has been your experience with the site? Feel free to share in the comments section below.

One Sexy Lady~@realamandabretz #MSS49 ~@MySexySaturday

This week I’m participating in a blog hop called My Sexy Saturday.

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The way this weekly hop works is authors post 7 paragraphs or 7 sentences or 7 words from a WIP or a published work. This is the hop’s 49th week and it is celebrating sexy ladies. So what makes a heroine sexy? It’s beyond just looks, sexy is strength, sexy is a character who has grown over the course of a book or series of books. Sexy is kindness, compassion and being true to oneself.

I’m sharing 7 paragraphs from my new historical romance release A River Between Them.

The set up for the excerpt I’m sharing is that Samantha has stumbled upon some old love letters and is having an internal struggle over whether or not she should read them. Despite the invasion of privacy, she decides to read them and is drawn to the story that unfolds between two lovers from the 1920s, yet she doesn’t fully understand why their relationship resonates with her. It’s her passion for history and the desire to unearth answers that propels her throughout the book–and it eventually leads her to her destiny.

Samantha’s quest for answers is what makes her One Sexy Lady.

Here’s the blurb:

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Antique store owner Samantha Phillips embarks on a quest to find the answer to that question after she stumbles upon a beautiful, weathered wooden trunk. Samantha immediately falls in love with the antiquity when the old, battered wardrobe ends up in her possession. Lodged inside the lining of the footlocker is a stack of old love letters and a gold locket that holds a picture of a handsome young man.
Curiosity gets the better of Samantha and she reads the passionate correspondence one by one, and learns about the love between working class William Hayes and high-society Maggie Flannery. But when Samantha comes to the end of the letters, it is unclear whether William and Maggie end up together.
Driven by a force she can’t fully explain, Samantha contacts the former owner of the trunk, hoping for answers about the young couple. When she reaches out to Maggie’s great-nephew, Bryan Donovan, he is reluctant to share his aunt’s past with a stranger, at least at first. Together, Bryan and Samantha learn the love story of William and Maggie, while discovering their own feelings for each other.
Set in historic St. Charles, Missouri, the story of two star-crossed lovers from the 1920s unfolds through a series of letters and an old diary.

Here’s the excerpt:

Curling her feet beneath her, she read the letter. After she reached the end, she paused momentarily and reread it. When she was finished she carefully folded the old document, placed it in its envelope and moved on to the next letter. And so it went until she had finished her tea and her fourth letter. That was when things got really interesting.
As she removed the contents of the envelope of the fifth letter something dropped in her lap. She looked down to see a gold locket on a fine chain lying on her leg. She brought the piece of jewelry to her face to get a better look at its delicate details and the oval-shaped pendant’s filigree edging. Despite its age, the necklace didn’t appear too tarnished, so she assumed it wasn’t costume. She leaned into the light provided by the lamp on the end table next to her sofa and found the small lettering that confirmed the bauble was in fact made of eighteen-karat gold.
She found the seam of the locket and slid her fingers toward it, prepared to wedge a fingernail in the fold when suddenly she stopped short. As if reading the letters and taking joy in the juicy content wasn’t bad enough, now she was stooping so low as to look inside a locket. She had a pretty good idea what was inside, but still…she was curious and she couldn’t explain why, not to herself—and certainly not to anyone else—what exactly she was looking for or why she thought she needed to find it.
She just did.
Brushing aside any remnants of guilt, Samantha pried the locket open using her thumbnail. The old piece of gold sprang open and her eyes were greeted with a photo and lock of hair. She turned her gaze to the left side of the locket’s interior, to study the picture. The young man in the photograph was devastatingly handsome. Her gaze traveled over his prominent cheekbones, angular jaw and wide set eyes. He peered right into the camera with an honest intensity that Samantha had never seen before.
His gaze was powerful and direct, but his eyes held a soft, soulful quality that made the person on the receiving end feel drawn to him. Samantha literally couldn’t look away. He was beautiful in his frankness.
“You must be William. Now I understand why Maggie kept your letters. I would’ve too,” she said softly as she ran her finger along the gold rim outlining his portrait.

 

Want more A River Between Them? Click the link to purchase it at Smashwords, where it’s currently on sale for 25% off! http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/448608

Keep this hop going! Visit the other amazing authors participating in My Sexy Saturday http://mysexysaturday.blogspot.com/2014/06/one-sexy-lady-mysexysaturday-mss49.html