Summer Days.

I did a week of house-sitting for my daughter, while she went to party it up in Cabo. I floated around in her salt water pool, on a giant flamingo float, and enjoyed feeling like a kid.

It was also a great time to think about the direction of my next book. Should it be a stand alone, a series, a contemporary with a mystery thread, or an all out paranormal? Hmm. I know the setting will be in Australia. I have one story I’m currently rewriting, and I’ve sketched out two more. But there is a fourth, unrelated book, that keeps gnawing at my brain. The setting for that one is in Darwin, in the Northern Territory, while the other three are set in the countryside of New South Wales. How to connect them? Or maybe don’t connect them? Decisions, decisions. 🙂

Time to visit my favorite restaurant and vineyard again. Briar Ridge, in Mount View, is a lovely little place, and with delicious food and wine. Perhaps I’ll head on home in the fall, have a few adventures, and see where all of these questions lead. It’s time to visit with my mother and the family, anyway. Good to combine all things.

On another note, the third book in the English Village series, One Unforgettable Friday, (and possibly the last in the series) has been contracted with the Wild Rose Press. I adore working with them and look forward to the input from my editor, Cindy Davis. I’m also excited to see what the cover artist, Tara Lynn Stout, will create.

Hope your summer days are still gorgeous, but even here in California I can feel summer winding down a little.

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Goddess Fish Review Tour

I enjoy working with this promotional company: www.goddessfish.com They are always professional, and keep their promises. While they offer many types of virtual book tours, I always choose the review tour, which is once a week, on a Monday, for four weeks. It gets me the social media involvement that I like. Nothing worse than bashing people over the head with promo about a new release. 🙂

The company promotes on Twitter and Facebook. The reviewer also posts on her site, on social media, and posts the review on Goodreads, and sometimes on Amazon. With recent books, I have not had a lot of reviews. They are hard to get, Amazon often removes them if they feel the relationship is too close, and I understand that. We all want honest reviews. In fact, I’m suspicious of books that only have all glowing 5* reviews, because we all know that books are rarely that.

One Truth Revealed has so far garnered a 5* and a 4* review. I’m looking forward to hearing what the next two reviewers have to say. Here is the latest review: http://www.longandshortreviews.com/book-reviews/one-truth-revealed-by-robena-grant/

 

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Book Fairies

Have you heard of The Book Fairies? They started out in the U.K. but have spread worldwide.

The idea is to place a sticker on the cover of your book, pop a bookmark inside, tie a nice ribbon around it and then leave the book somewhere to be found. The objective is for it to be passed on and read by many for free. I purchased book stickers, ribbons, and bookmarks at a small cost, and received the package in about a week. Very high quality too.

The concept appealed to me, and I went one step further. I typed up a little blurb asking for a review, or even a comment on my blog about where or how they found the book. I included my website address, and asked them to contact me, then glued it onto one of the front pages of the book.

To learn more about them: www.ibelieveinbookfairies.com

 

And here’s a photo of the two books I’m going to hand out at my local RWA chapter meeting on Sunday. Whoever takes the books may read them first, then pass them on. Drop the book on a bus seat, a train seat, leave it in a waiting room, outside a bookstore, or library…well, you get the picture.

 

 

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Release Day for One Truth Revealed!

Yay! I always love the excitement around release day. One Truth Revealed is book two of the English Village series. However, they are all stand alone books, so can be read out of order.

Here’s a blurb:

At thirty-five-years of age, and with pressure from her adoptive mother, Lina Bright is ten days away from undergoing Artificial Insemination in London. She doesn’t need a husband. She travels to Oldcastle to meet her biological mother, a spinster who runs a village teashop. To keep her mother’s secret, but determine her father’s identity, she creates the cover of scouting for property to start a new school.

A bachelor at forty, Drew Compton is an English Professor in Oxford. Diagnosed with “poor swimmers” his fiancée left him. He plans to live out his life alone, with his books. Disliking his mother’s secrets and controlling ways, he seldom returns to Oldcastle. But a chance meeting has him intrigued. Who is this chic Londoner?

As Lina’s plans for a school become a reality, romance blossoms, but roadblocks ensue. Will Lina and Drew trust in each other to overcome the difficulties and create a future together?

A tale of secrets and fears, One Truth Revealed, weaves a compelling web of intrigue and deception.

In honor of release day, I’m offering:

 

Two print copies of book #2 One Truth Revealed

Two kindle versions of book #2 One Truth Revealed

If you haven’t yet read One Safe Place, book #1, let me know in the comments. I might sweeten the pot with a copy of it as well. 😉

To enter:

Leave a comment, a wave, or a greeting in the comments, and your choice of print or kindle. I’ll select winners from my trusty new summer hat on Sunday, July 16th.

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Summer Hiatus

I’ve been enjoying the hazy, lazy, days of summer for the past two weeks. No writing, just kicking back. While it has definitely been enjoyable, and a much needed break, I’m beginning to toy with new ideas. Perhaps a book set in Australia. I’ll be visiting again in the fall, so that should be perfect to put finishing touches on a new to me location. Exploring in Australia; I can’t wait.

Here’s a nice review quote from InDtale Magazine for One Safe Place. It’s up for a RONE Award in October. Check out the amazing conference for readers and authors: www.indtale.com

It will be held in Burbank, at the Marriott hotel, October 12-15. I’ll be attending.

The video for review quotes is up on YouTube at this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxtU9amt_jw

Enjoy your summer!

 

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Book Submission

Whew! It’s done! Book #3 of the English Village series, One Unforgettable Friday, has been submitted to my editor at the Wild Rose Press, and sent to the designated readers for approval for contract. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed writing this series, and my fictional village became so real I’m sure if I visited the U.K. any time soon, I’d hop a train and go looking for the place.

Book #2 One Truth Revealed is now available for Pre-Order at Amazon: http://amzn.com/B0714BRTBW

I adore the cover by Tina Lynn Stout:

 

Fingers crossed that all will like book #3, and that I will soon have that contract in hand. I’ll then close out this series, and I’m already playing games in my mind as to what I might create next. I promise to keep you posted.

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RONE Finalist!

One Safe Place made it into the finals, thanks to you my family, readers, and friends for voting in the first round! I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to get my work seen by more people.

It’s always difficult, as an author, to grow readership. My hope is, by attending this fabulous reader/author conference, InD’Scribe: www.indscribe.com October 12-15, 2017, it will allow me to engage with more readers. Having my book in the running for a RONE award is a plus in achieving this goal.

I can’t wait for October! Hope to see you there!

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Now We Wait

Thank you so much to everyone who voted, shared a post on Facebook, tweeted, for the public voting aspect of the RONE Awards. I’m forever grateful. It turned out to be a week of fun and excitement, and even if I don’t final, I sure did enjoy the process. Here is the book that was nominated:

Being new to this, yes I’m a first-timer for this award, I have no clue how long the next step takes. I imagine it won’t be too much longer as the staff at InD’Tale magazine calculate the votes. Then they announce who goes into the final round. Those finalists will be judged by industry personnel, and awards will be given at the InD’Scribe conference: October 12-15, 2017.

Go here to learn more about the conference: www.indscribe.com

 

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Maggie Marr and a Great Deal

Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 Maggie Marr will run a BookBub ad where she will offer her Eligible Billionaires Boxed Set Books 1-5 for only $.99! I know for sure it’s already available on Amazon, so go, check it out! And remember, scroll down to enter the rafflecopter giveaway!

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For a *LIMITED* time Get five Bad Boy Eligible Billionaires for one ultra low price! Meet Cole, Tristan, Nick, Ryan, and Trevor. Jet set from South America, to L.A. from the exotic resort of Mesquale to France, with a media mogul, corporate raider, real estate tycoon, resort owner, and restaurant heir. Each Bad Boy Billionaire is shockingly sexy both in and out of the bedroom. Enjoy all five of the Bad Boy Eligible Billionaires!

Author Bio:

Maggie Marr is the author of contemporary romance and women’s fiction. She writes smart, sexy, women and the men they love. She got her start in Hollywood pushing the mail cart at ICM, but quickly rose through the ranks to become a motion picture literary agent. As well as writing, she maintains a boutique legal practice dedicated to the needs of creatives & entrepreneurs. She is the current President of Los Angeles Romance Authors (LARA) and legal adviser to the Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA). Maggie loves all things pop culture and when she isn’t taking care of her clients or writing she can be found reading, chasing kids, or exercising her rescue pup.

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Pre-Order One Truth Revealed

Yay! One Truth Revealed (book#2 English Village series) is now available for pre-order at Amazon: http://amzn.com/B0714BRTBW

Here is the blurb:

At thirty-five-years of age, and with pressure from her adoptive mother, Lina Bright is ten days away from undergoing Artificial Insemination in London. She doesn’t need a husband. She travels to Oldcastle to meet her biological mother, a spinster who runs a village teashop. To keep her mother’s secret, but determine her father’s identity, she creates the cover of scouting for property to start a new school.

A bachelor at forty, Drew Compton is an English Professor in Oxford. Diagnosed with “poor swimmers” his fiancée left him. He plans to live out his life alone, with his books. Disliking his mother’s secrets and controlling ways, he seldom returns to Oldcastle. But a chance meeting has him intrigued. Who is this chic Londoner?

As Lina’s plans for a school become a reality, romance blossoms, but roadblocks ensue. Will Lina and Drew trust in each other to overcome the difficulties and create a future together?

A tale of secrets and fears, love lost and found, One Truth Revealed, weaves a compelling web of intrigue and deception.

Here is an excerpt:

“Thank you for breakfast.”Lina stood, shivered, already feeling the loss of his departure. She pulled on her coat and stuck her gloves in the pocket. “Lovely to talk with you. I hope to see you around the village. My shout next time.”
“Yes, well, the meeting…who knows how long that will last?” He looked worried, and a bit gloomy for a moment. “I may pop into the pub tonight, time permitting.” He smiled then, and his blue eyes twinkled. “You can buy me a beer.”
That sounded promising. Her gaze dropped to his mouth. She’d love to taste those lips. Feel the heat that
emanated from him up close and personal. “I’ll look out for you.” Lina extended her hand. Better to leave this
unexpected meeting casual, friendly. As much as her body tingled, anticipating what a kiss would be like, she
had to remember she was about to be impregnated with some other stranger’s sperm.
They shook hands and the same initial surge of electricity was there, but the longer they held hands a
sturdy warmth took over and that sent a spiral of hungry longing through her body. Normally men in her life
were there for short periods. They’d both know what they were getting into from the very beginning. Nothing
serious. No surprises. Love and romance were for the weak. It surprised her that she liked a lot of things about
this man, and felt familiar with him already. She even cared about that worried look that had crossed his face
again at the mention of the meeting. She’d have made a move, even knowing it would be short-lived, if the timing had been better. She released his hand. Let him go with no promises. If they were destined to meet again, then they would.

And for my readers, leave a comment if you would like to participate: I’d love to gift you a PDF or Mobi copy, and in exchange I’d appreciate an Amazon review. This will help me in obtaining a BookBub review after it is released. Thank you so much. And if you do give it a review, please state that you received an ARC (an advanced reader copy) in that review or it might not post. Thank you again.

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