Saturday, October 31, 2015

Convincing the Secretary

I have a pretty shiny cover and a blurb to share for Convincing the Secretary! This is the 3rd book in the London Legal series, and features Edward Fenton, Arthur's not-so-diligent secretary from Convincing Leopold

Business and pleasure is a mix no gentleman should consider.

Lord Grayson Holloway goes after what he wants—be it in the law office on his clients’ behalf or in the bedchamber. His new position as partner puts him closer to achieving his goal of becoming the most successful solicitor in London. There’s just one problem—his new secretary. Broad of shoulder yet mild of manner, Edward tempts Gray like no other. Yet the young man barely notices him.

Edward Fenton tries to be a good secretary, but being in Lord Grayson’s hard, commanding presence rouses Edward’s most forbidden desires. Wicked, naughty desires no gentleman should consider giving in to, let alone with his new employer.

Gray is more than willing to mix business with pleasure. But convincing Edward to take a chance on a future with him? That might be the most challenging case Gray has ever taken on.

Warning: Includes buttoned-up gentlemen who become undone, improper use of a desk, spankings, and a big bad lord who has a soft spot for his virgin secretary.

Available March 8, 2016 from Samhain Publishing
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Here are the release dates for the first two books in the series. These two books are being re-released through Samhain Publishing with minor edits. So if you've read them already, there is no need to buy them again unless you just want the new versions with the pretty new covers. 
London Legal #1
January 12, 2016

London Legal #2
February 9, 2016

Convincing Arthur and Convincing Leopold are about Arthur & Leopold's relationship and should be read in order. Convincing the Secretary is a new book in the series and features a new couple. It takes place two months after Convincing Leopold and can be read as a stand alone title, though you'll likely enjoy it a tad more if you've read the other two books in the series. All three books are novellas. 

The London Legal series features lawyers finding love, with books #2 and #3 revolving around Arthur's law office in London.  

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Deleted Scene from Viscount's Wager

It's not often that I delete a scene in a book. Usually I'm adding a bit during edits. But Viscount's Wager got long on me, so I ended up cutting two scenes that weren't critical to Anthony and Gabriel's relationship development. 

Actually, neither scene featured the guys - one scene was with Max & Tristan (from All In with the Duke) and the other was with Will and Jack (from Sharp Love). The scenes were fun to write, yet needed to be cut. But when I did the cutting, I promised myself I'd share them after the book released just for fun and to give readers a peek into decisions that go into finalizing a book. 

I shared Max & Tristan's scene in my September newsletter (and I'll post it here later for those who don't get the newsletter). As promised in the newsletter, here is the other deleted scene from Viscount's Wager. 

If you haven't read Viscount's Wager yet, this deleted scene will contain spoilers. Consider yourself warned. If you want to read on, scroll below the cover. 
The scene was planned to take place in Chapter 18, between the time when Anthony and Gabriel go from the bedroom down to the study. When I wrote it, I thought I needed to show how Will and Jack knew to go to the house, but then later decided I could cover that with a line of dialogue later in the book. 

Originally from Chapter 18...
Sprawled over Jack on the narrow pallet, William Drake lifted his head and listened. There it was again—a distinct thud beneath the sounds of the rain pelting against the barn’s wooden roof. 
“Jack.” He gave his lover’s broad shoulder a nudge. “Did you hear that?”
“Pardon?” came Jack’s low, sleep-logged voice from the absolute darkness of the room, his chest rumbling with the word.
“I thought I heard something.”
The immense body beneath him tensed.
Will didn’t know the time, but it felt as though a few hours had passed since they’d fallen asleep. Likely too late for it to be merely Rawling and Tilden engaging in some enthusiastic bedchamber activities. A conclusion Jack must have come to as well.
“Up with you,” Jack said, all-business, the lethargy gone as if it had never been there.
Before Will could marshal his limbs to comply, large hands bracketed his ribcage and lifted him from Jack’s chest as though he weighted nothing. The blankets slipped from his back, cold air smacking his skin.
“Stay here.” There were the sounds of Jack moving about the small room in the loft—boards creaking, the shuffle of clothing.
“Like hell I’m staying here.” Will got to his feet. Where had he left his clothes?
“Will,” Jack admonished. “Stay here.”
“It’s too cold on the pallet without you. Best I get dressed and move about.” It wasn’t a lie. Sleeping on top of Jack had kept him nicely warm, but without a decent fire, the room was downright cold. And damp. Yes, he could stay under the blankets they’d found in the traveling carriage, but he did not want Jack investigating without him. Pummeling fists and brute strength couldn’t always keep one safe. “You don’t want me to catch a chill, do you?”
Another rustle of fabric. Jack let out a grunt, and stopped arguing.
Will felt around in the darkness and found his clothes and boots scattered about near the wooden stool in the corner. As he tugged on his breeches and shirt, he could feel the tension in the air. Tension that radiated from Jack.
“I am certain it is nothing to worry about,” Will said, foregoing his waistcoat and slipping his arms into the sleeves of his coat. “We are in the country. Could be an animal loitering about, or maybe it was just the rain. Or maybe those two haven’t gone to sleep yet. Perhaps they are even more vigorous in bed than we are.”
Another grunt from Jack, yet this one was lower, deeper. Not a sound of agreement.
“It’s possible. Those contained country gentlemen aren’t always as polite as they seem.” A fact Will had learned years ago. “Tilden could have Lord Rawling trussed up and bare-arsed on the bed. Maybe he has a fondness for paddles.” That was something Will did not want to walk in on. It would definitely make it uncomfortable between the four of them in the morning. Though… “Would you like a paddling?” Oh, that idea held definite merit. Jack’s muscular arse reddened and skin blazing hot. Jack bent over and begging him for another swift smack of the paddle. Jack liked to beg, and he really liked submitting. A need that was lodged into his soul. And Jack had grown more comfortable with his desires of late. Perhaps—
“Your greatcoat,” Jack said, completely ignoring Will as though he hadn’t spoken. Heavy fabric was thrust into Will’s hands. “Be sure to button it. It’s raining something fierce.”
All right. Perhaps now wasn’t the best moment to bring up a potential new erotic game for them to indulge in. Another night, then. He’d ask Jack again, and when they had the benefit of some candlelight. The look in Jack’s dark eyes would tell him immediately if he landed on something that sparked Jack’s interest.
Will donned his greatcoat, but before following Jack’s request, he checked the pockets of both it and his coat underneath. One, two, three blades. Four, actually, counting the one he kept in his right boot.
They made their way down the ladder. When they reached the end of the aisle, Jack thrust out an arm, keeping Will from preceding him. There was a squeak of hinges as Jack partially opened the barn door. A gust of wind blew a spray of rain into the aisle, misting Will’s face.
“See anything?” Will asked.
“Just the back of the house, though there is a candle lit in a room on the first floor. One of the windows on the side of the house, near the front. Drapes must be drawn, but there’s some light around the edges.”
“Maybe they haven’t retired yet.” To Will’s knowledge, there were no servants in residence, so it couldn’t be a footman moving about the house.
“We should be cautious, all the same.” Jack fully opened the barn door. “Stay behind me.”
They stepped out of the barn, Will shutting the door behind them. Cold rain smacked Will’s head, his shoulders, his face. The downpour was a constant drone of noise surrounding them. As they came up to the window in question, Jack paused. Yet the drapes were drawn too tightly for them to see into the room.
Jack motioned toward the front. They trudged through water-logged grass. Then Jack abruptly stopped and threw out his arm again, pushing Will behind him and against the side of the house.
“There’s a carriage with a team of four waiting up the drive,” Jack said over his shoulder.
Mr. Tilden had a visitor, in the dead of the night, no less. The preferred time for hired muscle to make a call.
So much for their little holiday in Derbyshire.
“Stay here,” Jack added, then he disappeared around the front of the house.
Like hell Will was staying there. He reached into his greatcoat pocket, fingers wrapping around cold steel, then followed Jack.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Big 7 and Giveaway

Today, September 16, is my 7 year anniversary as a published author! 

On September 16, 2008, Bound by Deception released. It has the distinction of being my first published book, though Object of His Desire was the first M/M book I ever wrote and my first attempt at writing a novella. It was simply of function of publisher timelines that caused Bound by Deception to be my first published book. 

Still, that's not to take away from Oliver and Vincent's achievement. They get to have a #1 next to their names. I loved writing that book, and I still love it. The angst, the smex, the kink, oh my! 

When I submitted Bound by Deception to Loose Id, I crossed my fingers and hoped and prayed they'd like my story. I stalked my inbox like an author possessed, and there was much flailing about when I received an offer to publish the book. 

A lot has happened in 7 years. I've written 18 books and 4 freebie short stories. I have books in ebook, print and audio formats and in foreign languages. I've learned a lot about the publishing world and have grown a ton as an author. I also know what a dangling modifier is now. 

Some things haven't changed. I still stalk my inbox when I have a proposal out to a publisher. I still fret that I'll get a "Really? This is crud." reply. There is still much flailing when a publisher tells me that yes, they'd like to publish my story. And I still get ridiculously excited on new book release day.

And something else hasn't changed - my goal is to share my stories. I started writing because I wanted to read angsty, smexy Regency M/M romances and I couldn't find them. So I wrote the type of stories I wanted to read. When I decided to publish, my goal shifted to sharing those stories with others. And that's still my goal to this day. 

Enough about me. To celebrate my anniversary (which is still about me, but let's overlook that), I'm holding a giveaway for winner's choice of one of my available books. Here are the giveaway details:
  • 2 winners chosen at random
  • Winner chooses which book they'd like
  • Format: Print or ebook (epub, mobi or pdf format). Winner's choice. If you choose print and you win, I'll send you an email to request your snail mail address.
  • Giveaway open to U.S. and International entrants
  • To enter: Leave a comment on this post (either here or with the post on Goodreads, as it will cross-post) with your email address or send me an email at ava @ avamarch (dot) com to enter. Include you preferred title and format. 
  • Giveaway open until September 30th, 2015, midnight EST.

Print options include: English language editions of All In with the Duke, Sharp Love, O Come All Ye Kinky, The Bound Series. 

Standard giveaway rules apply. Must be at least 18 yrs of age to enter. 2 winners chosen at random by yours truly. One entry allowed per person. Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary to enter. Yours truly will post the names of the winners by October 2nd, midnight EST, on this blog post. I'll also send the winners an email to let them know they've won. Winners have until October 7th, 2015 to respond to the email with their format  & book of choice. Blah, blah, blah, and whatever else I forgot to include here.
The randomizer did its work, and the winners are....Viv and Juliana!!

An email has been sent to each to let them know of their lucky winner status. Thanks so much to everyone who entered either here or via email, and big thank-you for your congratulations and generous comments. You've made me smile and feel very fortunate to have people who enjoy reading my books. :)

Monday, August 10, 2015

New Release and Blog Tour

Viscount's Wager, the 3rd book in the Gambling on Love series, is now available!
You never forget your first love, but is a second chance worth the gamble?

Anthony, Viscount Rawling, knows exactly what he wants in life and he isn't above having a look about London for it. When he spots recently widowed Gabriel Tilden at a ton function, he thinks he might have found love…again.

Gabriel is as gorgeous and reserved as he was when he broke Anthony's heart seven years ago. But they were only adolescents then…surely Anthony won't hold the incident against him. And especially not when the attraction between them is stronger than ever.

Gabriel came to London in search of distraction, and a teasing Anthony is impossible to resist. As Anthony introduces Gabriel to the pleasures that can be found in the city—and in his bedchamber—their bond deepens into something more. Yet both men are hiding secrets that could pull them apart forever…

Check out the book's page on my website for an assortment of buy links and an excerpt from chapter 1.

I'm going on a Regency Romance Tour with the wonderful KJ Charles to celebrate the release of Viscount's Wager and A Fashionable Indulgence. We're fabulous chatters, so you know you want to stop by and check out our posts. And if you stop by, you can enter to win one of two $25 gift certificates and ebooks. 

10th - Smexy Books
12th - All About Romance
12th - Joyfully Jay 
13th - Fiction Vixen
14th - Prism Book Alliance
15th - Sinfully Addicted to All Male Romance

On August 12th, I'll also be over at the Carina Press blog.

And if you haven't read A Fashionable Indulgence, I highly recommend doing so. It's truly a fantastic book. I'm totally hooked on KJ's new Society of Gentlemen series, and can't wait for book #2 to come out in December.

That's all for me for today. I'm off to flail about and squee over new book release day. I worked on the book for over a year, and I'm ridiculously excited that release day is finally here. 

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Books on Sale and an Update

I have a couple of books on sale, so if you haven't read them yet, now is a good time to pick them up. 

His Client is on sale for $0.99! 
Love wasn't supposed to be part of the bargain...
Amazon  -  Barnes & Noble  -  iBooks  -  Kobo  -  ARe

Brook Street: Thief (book #1 in the Brook Street trilogy) is on sale for $1.99.
A lord intent on his first decadent night with a man finds love when he picks up a thief in a gambling hall.
Amazon  -  Barnes & Noble  -  iBooks  -  Kobo

In other non-book sale news, I'm hard at work on Convincing the Secretary, the new 3rd novella in the London Legal series. The book includes a big growly lord, a secretary with a naughty imagination, and some kink and angst. Definitely a fun book to write.  

Monday 8/10 is a big day, as Viscount's Wager releases! There will be a blog tour with KJ Charles, and much running & flailing about on my part. I'll post the tour schedule to the blog on Monday. 

I will be sending out August's e-newsletter on Monday, so if you haven't signed up and are interested, the sign-up form in on my website. There's also a link to the form in the upper left of the blog. 

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!