Be Kind To An Author Day

Pawns In LoveI’ve decided to proclaim today as “Be Kind To An Author.”

So you have your favorites. Well, then go out and show them.

1) Review one or more of her book(s) or at least rate it.

2) Click LIKE on her Facebook page.

3) Follow her on Twitter (@carlaswafford).

4) Do all of the above on Goodreads.

5) Sign up for her newsletter.

Hey, I can only hope I’m one of your favorites.  😀

You’re invited to the party!

Final Hi-Res CoverCome to the party on Facebook! Lots and I mean lots of Avon authors! The party doesn’t end until midnight (EST). Lots of goodies being given away.  Winners will be announced tomorrow there.  I’m giving away my 3 books and swag. My post will be there at 7 p.m. (CST).  Check it out.  Click here.

Celebrating an Anniversary With Giveaways!

Today is my Second Anniversary of my debut book, CIRCLE OF DESIRE! Last year, I totally forgot to celebrate, so I thought I would make up for it today. I’ve decided to give away more than one prize.

1) In CIRCLE OF DESIRE, who was Theo’s current mistress?

The winner receives a $25 gift certificate to the book store of your choice.

2) In CIRCLE OF DANGER, who was Charlie in love with?

The winner receives a $15 gift certificate to the book store of your choice

3) In CIRCLE OF DECEPTION, who rode in to the rescue on a horse?

The winner receives a $10 gift certificate to the book store of your choice, and if you live in the U.S., I’ll send you a tee shirt that looks like this. (Size XL – if too large, you can wear it as a nightshirt.)

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Rules: One winner per question (first one with the correct answer wins) and you can only win one prize. We need to share the love.

Good luck!

P.S. For those who haven’t read the books, Excerpts can be found at my website. Click here. They won’t give you the answers, but hopefully you’ll want to read them.

 

[The party has ended.  Be on the look out for next year. Updated 11/22/13.]

Winners of CIRCLE OF DECEPTION

Congratulations to the 10 Winners of CIRCLE OF DECEPTION on Goodreads.

Keith, Jill, Heidi, Pearl, Janea, Suzanne, Tania, Sharyonda, Carlotta, and Michelli!

I’m mailing them out on Tuesday.

Feeling The Love

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Though I’m still wary about Amazon.com (they are taking over the world), they provide a neat service to authors (no matter who publishes your books). They have an area called Author Central where authors can sign in and look at info from BookScan. That service shows your sales of paperbacks throughout mainland U.S.A. I have a feeling it’s not totally accurate, but that’s okay. Otherwise, I wouldn’t know anything until I receive my royalties payments. So I’m happy to see something in the meanwhile.

The info doesn’t tell you what store or who buys the book. It can tell you what city it was sold in. I’m happy and tickled to no end that the Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne love my books. They’ve sold the most. I have a feeling that either a book store bought them or a large book club. THANK YOU!!

It’s no surprise that the second largest sale was in Alabama. I do a lot of book signings there. THANK YOU!!

And the third is all due to my friends at FreshFiction.com.  Yep, the Dallas-Ft. Worth area!
THANK YOU!!

Unique Author Swag

I’m curious. If I were to give away a poster of my latest cover, would you be interested in winning it?  I have four of them and ready need only one. Would it be a fun prize to win? This is the cover.

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In November, my writers’ group holds a readers luncheon, and we have drawings for all kinds of baskets, e-readers and some great stuff. I thought about auctioning them off.

Thought I might get everyone’s feelings on it.

By the way, the keynote speaker at the luncheon is Jeaniene Frost.  Click here to find out more.

A “CIRCLE OF DANGER” Surprise!

Danger cover2I can’t believe I keep forgetting to mention on my blog that CIRCLE OF DANGER won the 2013 Booksellers’ Best Award for Erotic Romance!

While I was in Atlanta a couple weeks ago, I was invited to attend a private reception with the Greater Detroit Romance Writers. You probably remember CIRCLE OF DANGER and CIRCLE OF DECEPTION were finalists in their contest. So exciting!

Anyway, I was sitting there waiting to hear who won as I looked around for the NYT best selling author who would surely be standing up in any minute, when someone said, “Carla, your book won!” The only part I heard was “CIRCLE OF DANGER.”

I believed I squealed and I never squeal. I hugged my agent twice before I walked to the front. Then I said, “I always worried if I won something I would be like Jeff Gordon when he won his first championship and cry so hard that no one would ever understand what I was saying.” Everyone laughed (thank goodness), and then I said, “Thank you so much,” and sat down. I was still in shock.

Don’t get me wrong. I believe my books are good enough to win any contest, but I don’t expect it. Don’t think I’m saying they’re perfect, no, they’re not. But I do believe they’re just as entertaining as any NYT best selling one.

*sigh*

No matter how I say it, it sounds conceited, and goodness, I’m not. It’s just I write books I love to read. Isn’t that what every author should do?

Oh, here’s a picture of the award!  Love it! Beautiful!  Thank you, GDRWA and the booksellers who read my book!

IMG_0435Oh, and my editor received a really nice pen. On the side of the pen, it read something like, “I’m an editor of a Booksellers’ Best Award author.” I thought it was cool.

Free E-book!

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Want a free ebook? Send me your mailing address (US only) and I’ll snail mail it to you.  My email address is carlaswafford @ charter.net.

Thanks!

The Circle Series at $1.99 each!

ImageSurprise!  All of my books are priced at $1.99 in e-format. SO you have no excuse not to buy it. That’s pretty darn cheap for a full length novel . . . make that a full length GREAT novel.  LOL!

Amazon

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Barnes & Noble

Kobo

All Romance Ebooks

iBookstore

And many more…

Special Price $1.99

CIRCLE OF DECEPTION is only $1.99 in e-format until the middle of May.  Be sure to check it out at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance Ebooks, etc.

Here’s a little “sound bite” from CIRCLE OF DECEPTION:

“Hell’s Purifier.” Abby shook her head. “I hate it when people call inanimate objects names like that. It romanticizes it. Where do people come up with that crap?”

[Carla: Who moi?]

My Next Big Thing

Jennifer Echols asked me if I would be interested in being tagged for a blog hop. I never can tell that lady no (though I’m late posting this!). She’s such a sweetheart, and besides, I love her books! So here I am without a new book coming out anytime soon and me, being Imageme, refuse to talk about books that are not under contract. As you can imagine, yes, I’m writing (when am I not?) but writing a second proposal that hopefully will be accepted. The first that was turned down will show up as self-published or with another publisher when I get back to it. Loved that one!

Anyway, I decided to talk about The Circle series and though much of what the Blog Hop asks I’ve already answered on other Blog Hops, I thought maybe you will read something new or maybe you are new to my series. So here we go.

1) What is the working title of your next book?

As I mentioned above, no contract, no telling. Anyway, I don’t have a title for it. So here are the current titles out: CIRCLE OF DESIRE, CIRCLE OF DANGER, and CIRCLE OF DECEPTION.

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?

The idea for the first one, CIRCLE OF DESIRE, came from my love of the spy/assassin genre. I love books like this especially Linda Howard’s ALL THE QUEEN’S MEN. Love that book! Plus I love La Femme Nikita (old TV series) and James Bond movies (especially the ones with Pierce Bronson and Daniel Craig).  After writing three paranormal books in a row (no, they’re not published), I decided I needed to write something different. We’re always told to write what you love. Besides vampires, as I mentioned, I love assassins and I love it when I can twist a genre around on itself. Thus why the first book opens with a scene where the hired killer is a woman.

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3) What genre does your book fall under?

It’s Romantic Suspense, but my publisher added the word Erotic. Don’t misunderstand, it’s not erotica. There really is a difference. Since they decided on erotic, they placed it in Avon Red. I will say that the second book is certainly hotter than the first and third, but I’ve read hotter books under paranormal that doesn’t have erotic on the spine or been placed in Avon Red. Personally, I love Avon Red books, but they don’t have a place on their website where you can easily find them all. Just my personal wish. HA!

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

CIRCLE OF DESIRE – Olivia & Collin:  Julianne Moore and Gerard Butler

CIRCLE OF DANGER – Marie & Ryker:  Hayden Panettiere and Hugh Jackman

CIRCLE OF DECEPTION – Abby & Rex: Jessica Alba and The Rock

I have to mention a secondary character and who I think could play him in a movie, Rex’s brother, Jack:  Vin Diesel.

5) What is a one-sentence synopsis of your book?

In this case, it will be for the three.Two clandestine organizations begin to implode but are saved by three determined couples who want to protect the ones they love.

6) Who is publishing your book?

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7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

Let’s say this, the first book was published October 2011 and the third December 2012. So roughly four months each – for a rough draft.

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Lori Foster’s Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series. And in a way, Shannon McKenna’s McCloud Brothers.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?

See number 2.  😀

10) What else about this book might pique the readers’ interests?

The different relationship dynamics along with the hot sex.  LOL! Seriously, I hope the suspense in wondering what will happen next will help too.

Where can you buy my books? Anywhere on-line. In e-format or paperback.  Here’s a link to Amazon.

Anyway, I don’t have anyone tagged at this time, but will come in add them once I do.

Quote of The Day

“What is up with you and getting hung upside down naked?”

“Ha-ha.” He twisted his body. “Maybe the question should be why do people think it’s necessary?”

He had a point.

[Rex Drago and Abby Rodriguez captured by the bad guys in CIRCLE OF DECEPTION.]

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