One week ago today I received a lovely enevelope via FedEx containing a letter reverting the rights to 7 of my books. Since then I have been madly formatting, proofreading (amazing what happens to some words when they get converted from Word.doc to .mobi file back to Word.doc) and designing covers. You see, I had only anticipated getting two of them reverted, Under the Desert Moon and Straight for the Heart, and certainly not within three weeks of my asking for the rights back, so getting all seven was amazing, wonderful, and a bit scary all at the same time.
So I basically dropped everything I was doing in order to concentrate on getting those books up on Smashwords and Amazon. As of midnight last night 6 of the 7 are uploaded and available as new editions with the spiffy new bargain price of $2.99. The original publisher editions are still listed on the book pages, and will be until Random House pulls them, but my editions are there too, sometimes a little tricky to find, but they’re there.
My first upload was Across A Moonlit Sea.
This is the start of the Pirate Wolf series, the begining of the Dante privateering dynasty. The sequel, The Iron Rose is coming in ebook format soon, and of course, the book I am working on and hope to finish and publish direct to digital by Christmas is the third in the trilogy, The Following Sea.
Next up was Under The Desert Moon
This initially gained more attention as the Forty F**king Flowers book, but in reality, it’s a darn good Western. My dad was an adamant Western fan and this book was deliberatly written to include all of his favorite movie cliches…the blowsy saloon hall singer, the stagecoach attacked by Indians, a jailhouse break, a shootout, the innocent schoolmarm turned vengeful angel. Kathe Robin, in her review at the time of print release, called it the “Silverado of books” and that absolutely thrilled me because she *got it*. My homage to Westerns. For the Chief, always.
Next up were my medievals. Yet another homage, this time to MY favorite character in history, Robin Hood.
Through A Dark Mist introduces the Black Wolf, an outlaw who moves freely through the forests of Lincolnwood harassing the sheriff and of course, King John. It also deals with the real mystery involving the Lost Princess of Brittany, the little tidbit I came across one day that put the idea for the book into my head in the first place. Book Two is In the Shadow of Midnight, the story of the Black Wolf’s son Eduard and his quest to rescue Eleanor of Brittany while at the same time trying not to lose his heart to Ariel, who is trying just as hard to discourage him. Third in the trilogy is The Last Arrow, the story of the Wolf’s daughter, Brenna, who tries to stop an assassin from killing her brother Robin. Along the way she finds out the assassin isn’t who she thought he was, and Gryffin Renaud finds out he has a heart after all.
Last up was Pale Moon Rider.
Another of my favorite characters in history is the mysterious Highwayman. Something about riding across the moors at night, cape flying out behind, face shadowed behind a mask, stopping coaches and robbing the rich…well yeah, okay, it’s admiration for a thief, but a cool thief in this case, Tyrone Hart, aka Captain Starlight. He only robs the bad guys, which sort of makes him a good thief LOL. As of this writing, Amazon doesn’t have it up yet, but it should be there soon.
Today’s project is formatting Straight For the Heart, the book that started the whole “asking for the rights back” process, since it’s listed with outrageous prices over at Amazon…$23 for the paperback and $13.80 for the kindle edition??????? And they (the publisher) wonders why it didn’t sell? *snort*
Hopefully MY edition will be up by tomorrow or at least just a few clicks way.
And hopefully Amazon will actually have an active link to Under The Desert Moon by then too.