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. 

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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.
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UPDATE
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. :)

21 comments:

  1. OMG, THAT'S SO EXCITING!! HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY, AVA!! Please, count me in <3 I would LOVE a print copy of Sharp Love for my collection, as I already own all of your available ebooks, hehe *guilty*
    You can find my at ma dot anne @ hotmai dot com <3 Love you!

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    1. Thanks, Annelise! And Sharp Love isn't available to buy in print format. The copies I have are left over from a limited print run the publisher did for a book signing. So they are super special :)

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    2. Aww, I can't believe I didn't win those D: A rare book of yours and signed?!! #dream

      Better luck to me next time, haha! Love you! <3

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  2. Happy 7 year itch...hope you have many more! If I was lucky enough to get picked out, could I have an ebook (for Kindle, think it is mobi) copy of All in with the Duke - Book 1 of the Gambling on Love series please. email me at ianhughesbooks @ yahoo dot co dot uk.

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    1. Thanks, Ian! And yep, mobi is for Kindle.

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  3. Happy Anniversary! I LOVE the Bound series and would love a print version. I've been reading Regency romances for 20 years and once I discovered M/M romances, I devoured every single one of your books. Keep up the great work!
    Vivmmfan @ gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks, Viv! I read Regency romances for years before I started writing my own (Quinn and Kleypas are my fave m/f historical authors). And I selfishly encourage fellow M/M authors to write historicals, so I can have more M/M Regencies to read :)

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  4. And I've known you the whole time! Congrats

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    1. And then some! It seems like forever ago but also yesterday when we hooked up as critique partners. Doesn't seem like 8+ yrs have passed :)

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  5. Happy 7th Anniversary! I would love a print copy of The Bound Series. I hope you have many more writing anniversaries through the years.

    waxapplelover (at) gmail (dot) com

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  6. Happy 7th anniversary! I love your books. I hope there are many more to come in the future!
    I would love a print edition of All In With The Duke. My email is
    susanaperez7140(at)gmail(dot)com

    Thank you for your wonderful books (and the giveaway)

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  7. Congratulations on the anniversary :) I'm looking forward to all the magnificent future books!
    And my favourite book of yours is Sharp Love, so I'd love to possess it in print :) (sikorska.anna at gmail)

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  8. Happy 7th Anniversary to you. Your books are really scrumptious, and I love them. I would love to read a print edition of "All In With The Duke", it looks really good. Thank you for this chance to win.

    dpd333(at)aol.com

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  9. Congrats on the achievement!

    And thanks for the great reads. Although Brook Street remain my favorites, I'm always in for another historical!

    I would love The Bound Series in print. (Can you sign?)

    c.c.williamsoutlookcom

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  10. Happy 7! So glad you decided to publish your work - it makes me happy indeed :-) I love the Brook Street series and would love a print copy of Thief.

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  11. Congratulations on your anniversary and for writing such enjoyable stories. I have all your books so I would love Convincing the Secretary in epub format if I am lucky enough to win.

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  12. So lovely of you to share your special anniversary with a gift to us. I hope you have many more reasons (books released) to celebrate as the years go on.

    May I put my name in the hat for The Bound Series in print, please. Thank you for the chance to win it!

    caroaz [at] ymail [dot] com

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  13. Congratulations on your 7th Anniversary! I love your books. You write with so much passion, it makes the reader feel what the character is feeling, the heart break and happiness.
    I missed getting the Legal books so if I win, I would like Convincing Arthur.
    tc10pen@bellsouth.net

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  14. Happy 7th anniversary, Ava! I am so, so glad you started writing M/M Regencies. I am such a big fan of your work I even have the books you wrote under your other name! But it's the M/M books I love the most, especially Brook Street.

    If I win, I'd chose the only book of yours I don't have - O Come All Ye Kinky in mobi. I've almost bought it on several occasions but since it's an anthology I've never taken the plunge!

    Congratulations again and here's to many more years of reading your lovely stories.

    Leslie (autiotalo at gmail.com)

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  15. Happy 7th anniversary! Thank you for sharing the celebration with us! I would love to win Sharp Love in print. For some reason, I haven't read it yet, and I need to change that!
    Antonia amaquilante(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. Happy anniversary! Congratulations on your 7 years. I would love to get Viscount's Wager in mobi if I won!
    oceanakers @ aol.com

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