Be My Guest: Caroline Clemmons


Please welcome my guest, Caroline Clemmons, a wonderful writer I’m happy to have on my liCaroline Clemmons - Dreamin in Dallas - 4-1-11ttle corner of the net. Welcome, Caroline.

Hi, Lyn Thanks for having me as your guest today.

I’m excited to announce my latest historical western title, SNARE HIS HEART, is now available on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B073ZN4CCG for only $1.99. This is number 5 in my Loving A Rancher Series for Debra Holland’s Montana Skies Series for Kindle World. Whew! That sounds a lot more complicated than it is.

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Caroline, before we talk more about your beautiful new book, please tell us a little about your family and growing up.

My parents lived in North Central Texas when I was born but moved to Oildale, California when I was a baby. (Imagine my surprise when I learned one of my recent signed-paperback winners also lived in Oildale near the same time and had attended the same elementary school.) Just before I was eight, we moved back to Texas, but to West Texas and I grew up in Lubbock. That’s where I met my Hero. Now we live in North Central Texas with our menagerie of rescued pets. Our two lovely daughters are grown but, fortunately for us, live nearby.

When did you start writing?

I’m not certain, but I remember writing and illustrating stories as a child. My father taught me to read and write early. I joke that he taught me to read because he tired of reading the comic page to me each evening (I was crazy about Bugs Bunny) but actually Daddy placed a high value on education. I took journalism in school and for many years, I wrote newspaper stories. My mother-in-law loved reading romances and told me I should write one judging from the long letters I wrote. I did and in 1998 Kensington published my first romance book.

Are you traditionally or self-published?

I am very happily self-published. Not only do I make more money than I ever did with a traditional publisher, I get to write what I wish, when I wish. This freedom is wonderful and being self-employed at home is—as the ad says—priceless. I have only a few steps’ commute to work each day and there’s no dress code. I do write each day, some days more than others.

What do you hope your writing brings to readers?

Even though the story lines are fiction, they show characters overcoming obstacles. I hope readers go away from my books having been uplifted and entertained and having forgotten for a while any problems or stressors they may have.

Do you have a favorite quote?

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” By M. Ghandi

What are your plans for the future?

To keep writing, of course. Next month I will publish the conclusion to my Bride Brigade series, PRUDENCE. After that, I have a long schedule of books planned. If I live to be two hundred, I might get them all written. ☺

I admire your talent and prolific writing! Now tell us about your new release.

Glad too! SNARE HIS HEART is set in 1887 in and near Sweetwater Springs, Montana Territory. Those of you who read Debra Holland’s books will recognize many of her characters in this story. My book’s main characters are Forrest Clanahan and Addie Ryan, with Forrest’s stepbrother Ethan Campbell playing a large role.

Here’s the summary:

How can Adeline “Addie” Ryan deal with pity and sly remarks after her fiancé leaves her at the altar and elopes with her bridesmaid? Usually optimistic, Addie suspects this event will taint her socially as long as she remains in Atlanta. At her sister’s suggestion, she visits a matrimonial consultant. One man’s letter touches her heart, but can she travel to Montana Territory and marry a stranger?

Forrest Clanahan carries scars on half of his upper body that he received when he tried but failed to rescue his late wife from their burning home. Her death left a hole in his heart that won’t allow him to love again—but his children need a woman’s guidance and he needs a wife. He offers kindness and consideration—but not love. Never love.

Addie and Forrest unite against threats but can they develop a loving relationship?

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Yes, this is another mail-order bride story. I love reading and writing about women who believe becoming a mail-order bride is the best or only opportunity left for them. Would I want to have been one? No! But, who knows what we’d do if faced with difficult choices?

The Civil War decimated the male population. Later, when many eligible men moved west, a surplus of marriage-age women were left behind. At that time in history, there were few options left for a gently-bred woman who didn’t marry. She could become a companion for an elderly relative, become a governess if she was educated enough, or teach school (which required she remain single). Doing anything else lowered her social standing—if she had any.

I’ve read true stories of women who ventured across the country to marry a stranger they knew only by mail. Brides in some of these situations had tragic tales while others were happy—or at least contented. If you’re interested, Chris Enss published HEARTS WEST about several of these real-life mail-order brides.

I hope you’ll read and enjoy SNARE HIS HEART and that you’ll love Addie and Forrest as much as I do. If you do, please leave a review!

Excerpt:

“Shall we go?” Then, maneuvering so he kept his good side to her, he guided her down the aisle.

The children and men followed.

Before they left the sanctuary, Mrs. Norton indicated a large basket on the back pew. “I always prepare our brides a basket of food. A woman shouldn’t have to cook on her wedding day.”

Her groom accepted the container, which appeared heavy. “Appreciate your kindness.”

Addie gave the minister’s wife a brief hug. “Thank you for everything, Mrs. Norton.”

The kindly woman smiled.

Reverend Norton stood beside his wife. “We hope to see you folks again soon.”

Addie hurried to keep pace with her new husband. She still hadn’t seen the scarred side of his face. Surely she would now and she braced herself so she wouldn’t cringe or display shock. Better to get that over with than prolong her tension.

He set the basket in the wagon bed. When he turned back to help her, she touched his unblemished jaw and turned his head so she could see his full face. He flinched and his hands fisted at his side.

He resembled a harlequin with half of his face perfect and handsome and the other half scarred, red, and horribly puckered. The combination created a ghoulish sight that would frighten anyone not prepared. Forcing herself not to outwardly react to his frightening appearance, she looked into his dark blue eyes.

“You said you wanted a wife who could look you in the face but you haven’t given me an opportunity.”

In the sanctuary, his voice had been soft and hushed. Now he spoke with a pleasant baritone, “Thank you for not screaming. I want neither pity nor rejection but only to be treated as I deserve.”

Not flinching had taken every ounce of her self-control. She ached for the pain he must have endured. Was there even a doctor in this area? How had he survived?

Montana Sky Series

In addition to SNARE HIS HEART, eight other Montana Skies Series books are now released.

TANGLED BLOOM is by Dallis Adams

SAVING THE OUTLAW is by Linnea Alexis

HEARTS RHYTHM is by Linda Carroll-Bradd

THE SCOUNDREL’S INCONVENIENT BRIDE is by Crystal Green

GIFTS OF LOVE is by Kit Morgan

REDEMPTION ROSE is by Louella Nelson

WHEN THE HEART HEALS is by Judy Pennell

LEGACY is by Lynn Winchester

You can see the covers and purchase each book on Debra Holland’s website at http://www.debraholland.com/kindle-worlds.html

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Caroline Clemmons is an Amazon bestselling and award winning author of historical and contemporary western romances. A frequent speaker at conferences and seminars, she has taught workshops on characterization, point of view, and layering a novel.

Caroline and her husband live in the heart of Texas cowboy country with their menagerie of rescued pets. When she’s not indulging her passion for writing, Caroline enjoys family, reading, travel, antiquing, genealogy, painting, and getting together with friends. Find her on her blog, website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Google+, WattPad, Shelfari, and Pinterest.

Subscribe to her newsletter here to receive a Free novella of Happy Is Bride.

Now, please go to Caroline’s blog at http://carolineclemmons.blogspot.com to read about Lyn Horner as her guest.

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Bastille Day Release & Remembrance


Finally, Beguiling Delilah is live! Nice gift for my birthday. I chose to release on July 14 in honor of  Bastille Day and the people who died a year ago in Nice, France, where part of Delilah is set. May they rest in peace, and may we see no more such tragedies.

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New Release from A.L. Simpson


Release Date: Feb 26, 2017 

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Romance Genre: Contemporary, M/M (non-erotic) 

Pages/Words: 176/48,624 

Goodreads Link: https://alsimpson79.wordpress.com/broken-bastard/

Blurb: 

Present Day 

My name is Tyler Maxwell Alexander. I’m twenty-eight years old. A few months ago, I had it all. An executive job in a prestigious investment firm owned by my father. Ha! Yeah, right – father. I’ll explain about that later. I lived in a waterfront apartment overlooking the harbor and drove a Mercedes convertible. 

Then, in the blink of an eye, it was gone. All of it. Everything, except the clothes on my back. I was broken. A bastard. Did I mention, I’m gay? No? Oh well, I have now. 

This is the story of how my fairytale life turned to shit in the blink of an eye….. 

Buy Links:  

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06VV92CV8

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06VV92CV8 

Amazon AU – https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B06VV92CV8  

Amazon CA – https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B06VV92CV8  

Barnes and Noble – http://bit.ly/2lfvbKv  

iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1205555410  

Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/au/en/ebook/broken-bastard  

Social Media Links: 

Website: https://alsimpson79.wordpress.com/  

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/A.L.-Simpson/e/B01AFF3D44/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1462860962&sr=1-2-ent 

Blog: https://alandvixen.wordpress.com/ 

FB:  https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010789387976  

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7746982.A_L_Simpson  

It’s Live! Happy Halloween!


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Want murderous Halloween reading? Check this out!

PROFILING NATHAN is out! Book five in my Romancing the Guardians series, this story is packed with murder and mayhem, sexy romance and supernatural flashes.

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A serial killer is murdering young women in Tampa’s entertainment district. Latino gangbangers are raising a ruckus. In the middle of all this, lives Nate Maguire, a reluctant Guardian of Danu. He just wants to make a living inking tattoos – until FBI profiler Talia Werner walks into his shop. She rapidly turns his life upside down.

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First, the beautiful, stiff-necked fed delivers a message from the Guardians, who outsiders like her aren’t even supposed to know exist. Although instantly suspicious, Nate can’t resist the attraction between them.

Then Talia gets involved in solving the recent murders and drags Nate into it. To save her pretty neck, he may need to employ a deadly psychic gift.

If you can spare a few minutes, sample the book for FREE on Amazon. If you like it, please tell your friends.

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Best Day to Launch Your Book


What is the best day of the week to launch your ebook? I’ve read conflicting advice on this subject. Some indie authors say launch toward the end of the week, preferably Thursday, to draw weekend readers. More importantly, to avoid competing with traditional publishers who most often launch new releases on Tuesday.

Taking the opposite tack, other authors say launch on Tuesday so you more or less ride on the big boys’ coattails. Their reasoning has to do with Amazon algorithms. Don’t ask because I don’t know.

Okay, so I have a new book coming out soon. Very soon! The title is Profiling Nathan, Romancing the Guardians, Book Five. Here’s the cover!

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Now, on what day of the week should I release this puppy? Drumming my fingers and gnashing my teeth here. Kidding! Actually, I’ve decided to split the difference and launch on Wednesday, October 26.

Close to Halloween! Bad idea? I hope not. The story features a grisly serial murderer, a first for me. Maybe it will appeal to mystery fans as well as paranormal romance fans. You think?

Want to check out the rest of the books in this series, as well as my paranormal western romances? Visit my Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/Y3aotC

Thanks for stopping by. What do you think is the best week day to launch a new book?

Release Day Minus 1


Well, actually minus one & one-half. TOUCHING CHARLOTTE releases on May 26th – this Thursday. It’s not too late to pre-order, which I would surely appreciate. As I mentioned in my previous post, pre-orders help boost a book up the ranks on Amazon, making it more visible for readers on release day.

As an incentive to pre-order Touching Charlotte, I’m making RESCUING LARA, the award-winning first book in this series FREE for 3 days beginning tomorrow, May 25th. I hope you will take advantage of this special offer.

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Rescuing Lara: http://amzn.to/1sSwh8y

Decoding Michaela: http://amzn.to/1MJpYOC

Capturing Gabriel: http://amzn.to/1Ro7FPH

Touching Charlotte: http://amzn.to/1SU6vNG

Date Change & Why Use Pre-orders


I goofed!

When I set the release date for Touching Charlotte as Tuesday, May 24th, I forgot that big publishing houses often release new books on Tuesdays. It’s not a good idea for indie authors to put a new book up against the big boys, so I pushed back the release date to Thursday, May 26. I hope there will be enough pre-orders by then to boost my book up the ranks on Amazon.

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The importance of pre-orders:

1. Pre-orders boost a book’s ranking on Amazon, B&N, Apple, Kobo, etc. on release day. The higher it ranks in its categories and in the site’s overall sales, the greater the chances your baby will be noticed by readers, which in turn may lead to more sales and an even higher ranking.

2. Pre-orders contribute to first week sales. Enough of them and your  book might make it onto a bestsellers list. We all dream of that, right?

3. If your book is traditionally published, a large volume of pre-orders may cause the vendor to place an order for more copies from your publisher — before your book even hits the shelves.

With these factors in mind, I plan to always offer my future books for pre-order.

If you are interested in reading Touching Charlotte, please, please Pre-order it now. You will make a real difference in the book ranking on release day.

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How and when to put your book on pre-order:

I’ve learned it’s best to start your pre-order campaign at least 30 days prior to the release date of your book. This allows more time to spread the word to your followers and on social media, and for pre-order sales to grow.

You can upload your book as a rough draft when placing it on pre-order. However, in the case of Amazon, you must upload the final copy no later than 10 days before the scheduled release date. Why? Because Amazon doesn’t like authors to miss their release date and upset customers. If an author does not upload their final copy by that 10-day cutoff, they lose pre-order privileges for one year.

On Amazon, placing a book on pre-order is much the same as uploading and releasing it immediately. You fill in the same details, upload the book cover if ready, upload the book, set the price, etc. The difference is you indicate on the form that this is a pre-order submission. (There’s a spot for that.) And, if you wish to upload a rough draft, you also indicate that.

That’s pretty much it. Just make sure you follow that 10-day rule!

Questions? email me: lynhorner@outlook.com

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