Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Happy Birthday, Jane Austen! Release Day for THE PROUD AND THE PREJUDICED with 99¢ Limited Time Offer

Greetings, dear readers! 
It is, indeed, Jane Austen's birthday; but since she isn't around to accept a gift, I have one for you!

As you may have heard, All My Tomorrows, the critically-acclaimed modern adaptation of Pride and Prejudice (a semifinalist - among 20 in a field of 10,000 - in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards) has been retired. Today, December 16th, for Miss Austen's birthday, I am releasing an expanded and enhanced version of that "masterpiece" entitled The Proud and the Prejudiced: A Modern Twist on Pride and Prejudice!

The Proud and the Prejudiced has 9500 more words, 3 additional chapters, and 4 more scenes of our hero and heroine battling their pride and prejudices as well as their intense attraction to one another.

The retail price of this eBook is a mere $2.99; however, because I know so many of you have already had the pleasure of reading All My Tomorrows, for two weeks only, all ebook formats will be available for only 99¢! That's right - something like 2/3rds off the regular price. (Math is not my strong-suit.) And once the paperback is available, I will have a discount code for it as well.
Barnes and Noble for Nook

Amazon for Kindle US and Kindle UK, plus Kindle CA and Kindle AU

AllRomance eBooks for most formats

All eBook formats
Now just a disclaimer: Nothing has been revised in the book our heroine is reading (the book-within-the-book) The Edge of Darkness. That remains "as is," an homage to the Sidney Sheldon-type melodramatic novels of the '70s and '80s.

If you have already read All My Tomorrows, I believe you will enjoy the enhancements while reminiscing about the original. If this is your initial acquaintance with the story, I do hope you like my modern spin on Pride and Prejudice!

About The Proud and the Prejudiced

A Modern Twist on Pride and Prejudice
“Engagingly written & entertaining: Laugh-out-loud funny and filled with endearing characters, the novel’s greatest strength is its masterful dialogue and the banter between the players. Skillfully rendered love scenes add heat to the romances, which the author keeps interesting through a roller coaster of plot twists.” – Publishers Weekly

All My Tomorrows is losing the ratings war.

For headwriter Alice McGillicutty, the past year has had enough drama. Her mother passed away, her last relationship ended in disaster, and now poor ratings are catapulting her long-running soap opera toward cancellation.

For comfort and creative inspiration, she begins reading The Edge of Darkness, an old melodramatic paperback she found among her mother’s belongings.

When scandal rips Hollywood bad boy Peter Walsingham off the tabloids and into her studio, Alice doubts the small screen is big enough for his ego – or his entourage. In their battle of pride and prejudice, will Peter’s vanity and arrogance compel Alice to write him out of her script, or can she find a role for him in All My Tomorrows?

This contemporary romance not only follows Alice and Peter as they wrestle with misunderstandings, pride, and prejudices, but also the trials and travails of Alexandra, the heroine of the absurdist novel ‘The Edge of Darkness.’ Full chapters of the book-within-the-book are included as Alice reads and allows that story to influence her own.

Though the plot of the primary novel is vaguely reminiscent of Pride and Prejudice, Peter and Alice are no Darcy and Elizabeth but fully-formed characters from the twenty-first century.

The Proud and the Prejudiced is an expanded an enhanced version of the previously-titled All My Tomorrows.

“A thoroughly entertaining read – Peter and Alice have a fun and feisty relationship. Their confrontations are full of snappy dialogue and a tension that is more longing than overtly sexual. But when the sparks do fly, these two light up the room!” – InD’Tale Magazine

“5 out of 5 stars: Solidified the thoughts I had after reading Pulse and Prejudice: Saucier is a master storyteller. Her ability to keep the reader engaged throughout both works is fantastic.” – Austenprose

“In the mood for an absorbing drama with unpredictable twists and intense romances? Originative, unique, and remarkable – a Pride and Prejudice modern adaptation you do not want to miss! You will find much pleasure and enjoyment in this clever and inventive adaptation! I sure did!” – Austenesque Reviews

Saturday, December 13, 2014

A Sexy Morning ~ My Sexy Saturday ~ Dearest Bloodiest Elizabeth

"This week’s theme is A Sexy Morning. Don’t you just love it when you see characters have a snuggle down day that starts with an awesome morning? Or how about making love at dawn on a planet far away? Or watching the morning sky together for the very first time as the sun tops the ridge?  This is a theme about that special time of the day where only lovers go. Do they wake up next to each other and wonder how they got there? Or are they all over one another?"

Good morning, dear readers,

As you see, this week's theme is "A Sexy Morning." Well, I'm not going to give it to you. Not really, at least.

I am sharing an excerpt from Dearest Bloodiest Elizabeth - the upcoming sequel to Pulse and Prejudice, the award-winning paranormal adaptation of the Jane Austen classic, which tells the story of Mr. Darcy, vampire. Since appearing in Entertainment Weekly introduced Pulse and Prejudice to a new audience, I thought  this might be a good time to let readers know that the story will continue, following Mr. and Mrs. Darcy from the parlors of London to the plantations near Antebellum New Orleans.

Although almost all of Pulse and Prejudice is from the point of view of Mr. Darcy, as if Miss Austen herself had always conceived his character as a vampire and, for reasons only she could say, did not reveal them in her novel, Dearest Bloodiest Elizabeth is the story of the newlyweds and told from the point of view of both Elizabeth Darcy as well as her vampire husband.

In this excerpt, it is the morning after a night of passionate love-making when Elizabeth awakens. Disappointed.

     Elizabeth awoke the next morning and rolled over and placed her hand on the cold emptiness beside her. She had fallen asleep in her husband’s arms after a night of passion and pleasure, only to awaken unclothed and alone. Again.

      She knew this should not bother her, this most benign affectation of his condition. After all, most husbands and wives did not share a bed. Indeed, her husband’s bed lay on the other side of the door adjoining their chambers, although she knew he did not spend his nights there either. Unreasonable as she knew it to be, Elizabeth wished that once – just once – she might wake up in her husband’s arms.

      A light scratching on her chamber door pulled her attention away from luxuriating in self-pity. “A moment,” she called out before pulling on her discarded nightrail and tying it high on her throat to conceal the tiny love-bites trailing down her neck.

I hope you enjoyed that little bite from Dearest Bloodiest Elizabeth!

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Cocktails with Romance author Karen "KL" Docter PLUS a Half Price Special Offer & a Cocktail Recipe!

http://www.colettesaucier.com/Good evening, dear readers! 

Thank you for joining me for Cocktails with Colette, my Happy Hour feature,  which I have on Thursday evenings on occasion to introduce you to some of my  author friends. You might notice that, although I usually have a picture of my own special dirty vodka martini, tonight I have something a little sweeter for your consumption. I call this the "Cosmo Compro" (as in "compromise") because, as always, I am trying to watch my weight - and lately have only watched it go up! This is approximately one part raspberry/pomegranate sorbet light vodka (I really should get a job as a D-minus-list celebrity endorser), one part (or so) club soda, and a bit of lime juice, garnished with a cherry. (I say "approximately" because when I fixed one for my daughter at a 1:1 ratio, she said it just tasted like the 
flavored fizzy water my step-mother always has -- so 
adjust to your own taste.) 

And get this:  it's only 75 calories! Well, not counting the cherry. Garnishes don't really count, do they? (If you follow me on Facebook, then you recently received the recipe for my other new cocktail I call "the cupcake." If you don't follow me - shame on you! I might take pity on you and include it on a future Cocktails; but you really should follow you favorite authors, like their posts, comment on them, and share them. Otherwise, Facebook won't post them in timelines! They are trying to force struggling artists such as myself to PAY to have our posts appear in the timelines of you and your friends. Sorry - I'm not going to pay so you can get a great cocktail recipe!)  But I digress.

Now, go on and pour yourself the cocktail of your choice as I introduce our guest.

I cannot begin to tell you how much I absolutely love Karen Docter. She writes both romantic suspense as well as sweet and spicy romance - just like yours truly! Throw in a Regency-era vampire, and we could be twins!

Tonight Karen is here to tell you about the first book in her "Thorne's Thorns" series, Killing Secrets. What a great title! And once you read this excerpt, you're going to be dying to read the rest. So guess what! For one week, beginning today (Thursday, December 4th), Karen (or "K.L.") has the Kindle version on sale for half price - only $2.99! So grab it at this special price while you can!


Excerpt from Killing Secrets

http://www.karendocter.com/books/romantic-suspenseDenver, Colorado.

At the first crack of gunfire, Rachel dove headfirst into the garden she was weeding. Listening for the second report she expected to follow, she prayed Amanda stayed at Patrick Thorne’s house where she’d gone an hour ago to play with her new friend, Suze.
Gasping for air, she inhaled the rich, spicy scent of freshly turned soil and crushed nasturtiums instead. Dirt and grit bit into her cheek and the bare flesh exposed by her cutoffs and T-shirt. The mid-afternoon sun beat hot against her shoulders and legs, and all she could do was lie there and watch a fat bumblebee dip into a russet blossom three inches from her nose.
Had she run almost nine hundred miles only to die like this, grubbing alone in the dirt like a spineless worm?
A surge of anger gave her impetus to lift her head. She peeked over the flimsy wall of twelve-inch annuals between her and the street. A second gunshot rang out, belched in a cloud of black smoke from an ancient Volkswagen bus that disappeared around the corner.
She groaned, more relieved than embarrassed by her overreaction. Her chin dropped. Taking several deep draughts of the thin Colorado air, she worked to calm the pound of her heart against her ribcage. Her efforts made her head swim. A