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Cover Reveal: Breaking the Rules

Not all promises are made to be broken…

Marine Sawyer Villier has always preferred to keep his life simple and commitment-free. It’s why he lives off the grid in Taos, New Mexico when he’s not guarding billionaires.

But when he runs into his best friend’s widow during a stopover in LA, Sawyer realizes there’s one commitment he’s failed to keep, one he made to the man who saved his life in a time he’s sworn to forget.

But Sawyer’s not the only one having a problem with promises…

Single mother Alma Thomas wishes she could forget the moment when she had to choose between standing by the man she loved or saving herself and their unborn child. After a year spent keeping his secrets safe, all she wants now is to move on.

But when Sawyer reappears in her life determined to honor his promises, will Alma be willing to let go of her own?

BREAKING THE RULES

A DIFFERENT KIND OF LOVE NOVEL #3

by LIZ DURANO

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A Different Kind of Love Series

BOOK 1:
EVERYTHING SHE EVER WANTED (AN OLDER WOMAN/YOUNGER MAN ROMANCE)

BOOK 2:
FALLING FOR JORDAN (A SECRET BABY ROMANCE)

BOOK 3:
BREAKING THE RULES 

Preorder: COCKTALES by the Cocky Collective

S**t just got real with the “cocky” trademark issue or “cockygate” and if you’d like to own your copy of Cocktales: Cocky Collective by authors who take cocky-ness to a whole new level, best to preorder your copy now before its release at midnight, May 26, which happens to be MY birthday.

So yes, I’m getting this at midnight PST time for my birthday (pressie #2 to myself) and I sure hope no restraining order is going to stop it from getting there.

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Amazon US → https://amzn.to/2s9CKoe
Paperback → https://amzn.to/2GShyrj
Amazon UK → https://amzn.to/2IQhBtK
Amazon CA → https://amzn.to/2sfHM1B
Amazon AU → https://amzn.to/2wJkfvG
iBooks → https://apple.co/2k0W9mI
Nook → http://bit.ly/2Iq7XcP
Kobo → http://bit.ly/2Im9nJq
Google Play → http://bit.ly/2KtuExm

A bit more information about Cocktales from the description:

Cocktales is a limited-release anthology (available only from May 26 – August 26, 2018) of original, never before published material, some of which is raw and unedited. Each story was specifically written for this anthology.

The goal of the Cocktales Anthology is to raise funds to fight against obstruction of creative expression. Specifically, what we believe are obstruction attempts through the trademarking of common (single) words for titicular use in books / or as a book series (eBooks, print, and audio).

ALL net profits will be donated to:
1) Authors already impacted by creative-obstruction (10%), and
2) Romance Writers of America (RWA) (90%) as a general donation intended for their Advocacy Fund.

Disclaimer: This anthology is not being conducted on behalf of RWA, nor does RWA endorse this anthology or effort. They have, however, graciously agreed to accept the funds.

Authors with material included (as they appear in the anthology):
Nana Malone, USA Today Bestselling author – Foreword
Dylan Allen – ‘Cocked and Loaded’
Jana Aston, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Double Cocked’
Whitney Barbetti – ‘Cocksure Grin’
Author Sawyer Bennett, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘A Wicked, Cocky Plan’
K.f. Breene, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Magical Cock and Bull’
Ruth Clampett, Amazon top 20 Bestselling Author – ‘Don’t Get Cocky’
L.H. Cosway, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Illusionist Seeks Neanderthal’
Mariah Dietz – ‘Landmines’
Amy Daws, Amazon Top 25 Bestselling author – ‘Cock and Balls’
BB Easton, Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – ‘Cocky BB: Two Boys, One Prom.’
Jaymin Eve, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘The Cockier the Dragon, the Harder They Fall’
Emma Hart, NYT and USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Tricky Bond’
Staci Hart, Amazon Top 3 Bestselling author – ‘Cockamamie’
Jessica Hawkins, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocky Couture’
Julie Johnson Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – ‘Culinary Cock-Up’
Karpov Kinrade, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Crimson Cocktail’
Adriana Locke, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Swag’
Lex Martin, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Love & Hate at the Stallion Station’
Aly Martinez, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Going Down’
Katyi McGee – USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocksure Co-Star’
Corinne Michaels, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cockblocked’
Liv Morris, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Getting It Up’
Red Phoenix, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Her Cocky Russian’
Daisy Prescott, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Confessions of a Cockblocked Wingman’
Jessica Prince – ‘A Cocky Corruption Engagement’
Meghan Quinn, Amazon Top 20 Bestselling Author – ‘Fight or Flight’
CD Reiss, NYT and USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocky Capo’
Penny Reid, WSJ and USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Beard and Hen’
Julie Richman, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘The Color of Love’
Aleatha Romig, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Aligned’
Kennedy Ryan, Top 40 Amazon Bestselling author – ‘ALL: A Grip & Bris Story’
Kylie Scott, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Short Story with Mal and Anne from The Stage Dive Series’
Sierra Simone, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Until the Cock Crows’
Tara Sivec, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Chocolate and Cockup’
Kate Stewart, Amazon Top 30 Bestselling author – ‘The Golden Sombrero’
Leia Stone, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocky Alpha’
Karla Sorensen – ‘Tristan & Anna: A Bachelors of the Ridge short story’
Rachel Van Dyken, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocky Mafia’
April White, Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – ‘Code of Conduct’

It’s GDPR Day. Is it Safe to Go Outside Yet?

Yup, today, GDPR kicks in and I think I’ve done everything I was supposed to do. I updated all my Privacy and Cookie policies and sent out emails to those who signed up for my newsletter asking them to reconfirm their subscription. I don’t know if I wasn’t supposed to do that but with my inbox exploding yesterday with over 100 GDPR-compliant emails, I figured it was best that I make sure I had that box checked off.

So what do I do now?

Do I wait for someone to say, hey, you violated GDPR, I’m suing you?

I have no idea. Just don’t sue me.

Of course, now I’m seeing some emails asking me to join in on the new newsletter building promotions because, after all, we’ve just cleaned up our list leaving us with hardly anyone left so WHY NOT GET SOME MORE?

And here I am going nopenopenope. Been there done that and won’t do it anymore. I get that a huge mailing list is nice but if more than 50% have no idea who I am, what’s the point other than getting to say, hey guys, my mailing list has 50k subscribers. I’m better than you all!

I really just need to write and have been wanting to write for the last three days since I got myself a new iPad for my birthday. Not the iPad Pro unfortunately but the 6th generation one. I wanted one just for my writing since I’ve now returned to VoiceDream app and am writing exclusively on that before I export it to Ulysses for editing and then Vellum for final formatting into ebook and paperback.

Meanwhile, I’ve got 40k more words to go so wish me luck.

How’s your Friday so far?

 

 

 

So Many Lists So Little Time

With General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR coming into effect this week, I’ve had to take my eyes off finishing the book to deal with my mailing lists. Turns out I have three lists to deal with, 2 for Liz and 1 for the secret pen. I’m so tempted just to delete all of them because, goodness, who has the freaking time to figure the regulations and then the process of confirming that I am in compliance with each of the mailing list providers? And then make sure that by sending them a reconfirmation email, I’m not allegedly admitting that I got their emails without their consent in the first place????

You guys may have time but honestly, I don’t.

With the two emails sent to my main list and some major culling on my end last night that had me removing subscribers who had received up to 28 emails from me in the last 2 years and either never opened a single email or clicked a single link, I’ve come to the realization that 80% of my main list—which came from list builder promotions and giveaways, the ones where the subscriber receives a free book in exchange for an email address—do NOT know who I am. Or care.

That’s 80%, maybe even 85% given that my 10K list has been whittled down to 1500, give or take.

That’s a lot of people who may have no idea who I am.

It’s humbling.

It’s discouraging.

But like most entrepreneurs, it’s onward or bust, even if most days, I just want to go bust and get a job at Starbucks making coffee for writers more successful than I am ten times over. And I am serious.

Don’t even get me started on naughty pen’s mailing list. One day she had 80 subscribers just from the back of her books alone mostly gleaned from ONE day that came out of nowhere and then she joined a list building promotion and got 1000 more in one more day. That was awesome, but those 1000 people are going to go. I don’t have the time to email them anything, much less write anything titillating just to ask them to stay on my list. All I wanted to do with this whole writing thing was to write, not go through so many regulations, cookie policies and privacy policies on each and every website I run.

And then there are the GDPR experts who contradict one another with their guides. Do this, no, don’t do that. It’s crazy. And I have a few more days to go. It’s faster just to delete everyone and start over.

That way I can go back to writing.

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Waking Up to A Royal Wedding… and A Freebie

Me: I’m not waking up at 3 AM for no royal wedding!

Also me: Why am I awake at 3 AM? (turns on the phone and watches the live-stream)

So, yes, I watched bits and pieces of the royal wedding and thought it was really beautiful. Harry and Meghan Markle look perfect for each other. I loved the way he looked at her and said, “You look amazing. I’m so lucky.”

And then the lip bite…

I’ve actually had to cut down on the number of times my characters bite their lip because I don’t want to run into a reader who’s bound to count how many times I use it. But at this moment I don’t give a hoot anymore. My characters, male and female, will bite their lips ALL THEY FREAKING WANT.

Anyway, it also made me realize I’m old since I remember watching the royal wedding of Prince Harry’s parents back in 1981. I even made a scrapbook of Lady Diana Spencer.

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Now I wish I wrote fast because royal romances are bound to be in… along with mountain men and their virgins and reverse harems.

Did you watch the royal wedding?

ETA: I forgot all about my freebie!

To celebrate my birthday month, Loving Ashe is free for a limited time!

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Easy Miss, I’ve Got You

Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder were my first ever Superman and Lois Lane. Nothing before or after can ever compare, not even (gasp!) Henry Cavill. There’s just something about how movies and images stay with you when you’re first exposed to them, and the raw emotions you felt.

I’m sure if I were to watch them again, the original Superman would seem slow and clunky, but there was nothing like this scene when Superman catches Lois (I don’t care about the physics of it because technically she wouldn’t have survived) but it was just perfect.

And the words he says… now I know where I heard it first. Now I know why it’s stayed with me all this time.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers and moms-at-heart!

I’m going to come out of my writing cave long enough to have my coffee and maybe a plate of pancakes before I go back in. I’ve got words to write and a book to finish!

How’s your day so far?

Words Are Powerful

The last week in Romanceland has been rife with controversy. I kinda got caught up with it emotionally because I knew people in both camps, and as a result, I’ve fallen behind on my word count.

Like, really behind.

I had originally thought about not writing about it but at the same time, I thought, why don’t I want to write about it? It’s important, isn’t it?

Well, maybe not to the regular person it’s not, so this may not be of interest to you as a casual reader. But for an author like me who writes in the field of romance, the implications are pretty huge.

You see, a fellow romance author trademarked the word “cocky.” She writes a series that started out as the Cocker Brothers of Georgia (or Atlanta, I can’t remember now…), about seven brothers with the last name Cocker. And so each book in her series starts with the word Cocky. Cocky Roomie, Cocky Heart Surgeon, Cocky Cowboy... you get the drift.

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Can’t touch this…

So with 17 or 18 books now in her series, I guess she figured besides trademarking Cocker Brothers of Atlanta (or Georgia), she might as well trademark Cocky because, well, it’s her “brand” now.

She applied for the trademark in September 2017 and was granted the mark last month. Then she started sending C&D letters to other authors who had Cocky on their titles or series, mostly released after she published the first Cocky book (Cocky Roomie). She told them to change their titles and series names or she’d sue them for monies owed to her. She told them she would win. She told them retitling would take a day, nothing more.

Cue #cockygate.

The backlash? HUGE.

Her response? “Branding.”

Amazon’s response to her trademark infringement claim? Removing the “infringing” authors books along with a note stating that they may owe the cocky author monies earned.

Other people’s response? Meh? Who cares? Just a bunch of women fighting with each other. One misogynist dared “spiteful jealous mean girls” who had a problem with it to suck his cocky.

Words were exchanged. Emotions got heated. Parody cocky books popped up and are selling like hotcakes…

I mean, things escalated quickly.

But the precedent set over the trademarking of a single word that is a huge part of romance? Dangerous.

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It was exhausting.

But now it’s back to work.

I need to write more words. Maybe I’ll even throw cocky in there just to be sentimental about #cockygate and the weekend when I should have been writing.

***Romance Writers of America (RWA) has stepped in to stop the take-down of affected books and the rest (petition to cancel the trademark, maybe) will be handled legally. 

A New Week

This weekend has been crazy in the author world. It’s a miracle I got to write anything at all with everything going on, seeing friends’ books taken down, threatened with lawsuits, and feeling sick to my stomach (and my heart) at what was going on. Friendships lost, trust broken. People I thought were good people in this author business (not just within romance) were not. So for the weekend, mostly, I was sad, aghast, disappointed, and sad again.

But that’s life, isn’t it?

But with Monday here, I told myself it was time to snap out of the despair. I needed to assemble that exercise bike I’d bought last week and channel my despair and disappointment into some kind of activity. And so here she is, my new exercise bike (and no, it’s not the actual picture of the bike in my house but the one from the web):

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I rode on it for 15 minutes this morning WHILE dictating 840 words of my book. A first for me and while some passages of my dictated text once transcribed looks like this:

Just so looks at me with what seems like disbelief. And Elmo’s laugh. That’s classic Oma, introspective mint never want exactly to believe everything I would say.

I’m loving it. I need to do it more often. I also need to enunciate better when I speak.

Most of all, I need to get this book done.

Maybe I’ll even lose weight doing it.

How’s your Monday going?

Thirty-one Days of Liz

…officially starts today!

Why? Because May is my birthday month and with many in my family celebrating their birthdays in the same month (all 7 of them) and everyone hubby always forgetting my birthday in the process—and as of last year, the kid, too—I always make it a point to just celebrate it…

Every. Freaking. Day. In. May.

So today I went shopping and got myself a new pair of running shoes. And an indoor bicycle. And a book light thingy so I can read my (real) books at night.

Yup, I’m ready to rock this month and also finish writing that darn book because I have 50 days left before I need to upload the final copy.

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