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Happy New Year!

Sydney fireworks 2013Looking back over 2017, I notice a vague sense of unease. Have I achieved enough? What could I have done that would have made this year more successful? How can I look ahead at 2018 with an increased level of optimism?

I’m sure many of you will feel the same. For me, I believe that unease is caused by not having achieved enough in my writing. I took on extra days at work and added responsibility which led to reduced writing time. I fell victim to procrastination so that even when I did have time, I didn’t write enough. Even when I knew I was falling into this trap, I found it difficult to drag myself out.

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So in 2018, I will write more and procrastinate less. I will get two new books out to my readers. One is written and one half written so that shouldn’t be too difficult. I will start the next book. I will  market all my titles. By the end of 2018, I will be earning enough from my books to support my writing ‘habit’.

At this time, I believe it’s important to focus on the positives from the year. All my family is happy and healthy. Michael and I bought an apartment which means no more dead money. Sam turned 21 and we enjoyed a celebration with our friends. Sam and Tom went overseas for the English cricket season, Tom scoring 1000 runs! They returned safely. Our family grew closer, along with extended family and friends.

the-lady-and-the-pirate-webcover-finalI published The Lady and the Pirate and have had some encouraging reviews. I joined three new writers groups which I’m sure will be a great support in future. Michael had his gall bladder out, bringing to an end a year of hell(2016). He, Sam and James began working on a farm which might lead to all sorts of opportunities in the future. James got a job offer from the Defence Force and 2018 should see him enter that organisation.

What are your regrets from 2017 and what will you do to rid yourself of them in 2018? Will you make that doctor’s appointment, apply for that job, take the plunge with a mortgage or even start writing that book you always promised yourself? Will you start studying, travel overseas, de-clutter your home or start a family? Will you take a chance on love? Will you commit to reading 50 books and leaving reviews for the authors?

36794-095Whatever you decide you will do, take action now. Don’t let this special new beginning be wasted. I’m going to make 2018 a big year for my writing. No regrets in 2018- let that be our mantra- no regrets in 2018.

Until next year

Bernadette xx

 

 

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The Lady and the Pirate- Pre-orders Open!

the-lady-and-the-pirate-webcover-finalWow, it’s been some ride over the last five years. I took a moment today to reflect on all the milestones I’ve ticked off with my writing over that period.

There was that exciting call, in March 2012, from Carol George of Penguin, with my first publishing offer for Princess Avenger. I made a trip to  the Romance Writers of Australia conference on the Gold Coast where the Destiny imprint authors shot a video, launched the imprint and had our author shots taken. It was a massive weekend and none of us could know how the next few years would unfold.

Princess Avenger Ebook coverThe next year Penguin released The Lady’s Choice, the second book in this fantasy romance series that I am absolutely hooked on writing. I decided I wanted to write a love story featuring a mermaid but when that was rejected I had a big decision to make. Find another publisher (if I could) or venture into the scary and unknown world of self-publishing.

At the time I just didn’t have enough confidence to step onto the self-publishing pathway and so I pitched The Lord and the Mermaid to Momentum (Pan Macmillan). Hayley Nash loved it and offered me a two book contract as long as we began Momentum’s own mini series. The Wildecoast Saga was born. The covers were amazing and I had The Lord and the Mermaid and The Elf King’s Lady both released in 2015.

The Lord and the Mermaid coverI began writing the book that I will release on the 14th of February- The Lady and the Pirate. I loved the freedom that came with having a pirate and a smuggler butt heads, not to mention the intrigue of a member of the aristocracy carrying on an illegal operation in a man’s world. Alas, hard times had fallen on the ebook publishing industry and Momentum didn’t want my story.

I had already begun self-publishing with the titles that were returned to me from Penguin, and added to my stable with Princess in Exile, the sequel to Princess Avenger, so I was keen to expand yet again.

36794-095On Valentine’s Day, February 14th 2017, I will publish The Lady and the Pirate on Smashwords and Amazon. It is now ready for pre-order at your favorite ebook retailer and will soon be available in print.

Links  Amazon   ibooks  Kobo  Barnes & Noble  Smashwords

I hope you enjoy reading The Lady and the Pirate as much as I enjoyed creating it!

 

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Merry Christmas 2016

36794-095Anyone else think the year has flown? How much have you packed into this year?

For me, 2016 has been massive. I’ve settled into a new city and have helped build a new practice from scratch. It’s taught me a lot about myself. I thought by my age I might have stopped learning about what makes me tick but apparently not. What I have discovered has made me both more comfortable in my own skin and also driven me to be a better employee, leader and person.It’s also shown me that I have a long way to go.

My writing has had to take a back seat as I first worked on marketing my books and then spent more hours at my day job. I have new found respect for authors who write as well as hold down a full time job. I can’t really do my writing justice at the moment but I know things will turn around and I just have to keep moving forward with it at whatever pace is possible.

Samael Delcost 1Christmas finds me one third of the way through writing my next book and half way through the edits of The Lady and the Pirate, due for release February 14th 2017. I can’t wait for reader reaction on this one- you’re going to love it!

As a gift for my readers, most of my books are on special over the Christmas period.

Princess Avenger is FREE on all platforms. Just click the cover to the right for your copy.

Special deal extended!
Until the 1st of January, you can get The Lady’s Choice and Princess in Exile at 20% off! Just use the coupons: WW93K for The Lady’s Choice  and coupon WR52A for Princess in Exile

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My Pan Macmillan books The Lord and the Mermaid and The Elf King’s Lady are on special at half price at the moment- that’s around $1.99 each depending on which country you live in. Just click on the links to take you to the book.

So you can pick up my entire list for less than $10- Merry Christmas!

The reading order is:

Princess Avenger
The Lady’s Choice
Princess in Exile
The Lord and the Mermaid
The Elf King’s Lady

So have yourself a merry little Christmas and I’ll see you closer to 2017. Enjoy!!

 

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Free Book to Celebrate Destiny Romance

Destiny Romance, Penguin Australia’s digital romance imprint is offering romance lovers a free digital short story by popular romance author, Anne Gracie, this month. Anyone who registers at destinyromance.com, will have the opportunity to read The Laird’s Vow, a charming historical romance by this three time shortlisted RITA award author. https://www.destinyromance.com/

Launched in August in Australia, Destiny Romance is quickly gathering momentum. The imprint which publishes eBooks across the romance genres of contemporary, historical, suspense, paranormal, fantasy, sci-fi and erotica, has a strong emphasis on discovering new Australian voices in the world of romantic writing.

The Destiny Romance website also allows readers internationally to purchase eBooks from the site, so they can enjoy their Destiny Romance eBooks anywhere – from the coffee shops of New York, to the tube stations of London and the beaches of Queensland.

The Penguin team behind Destiny Romance, Sarah Fairhall and Carol George, said “We are proud to be delivering Australian stories in a genre we both love, in a format that reflects changing tastes and times, and to a worldwide audience.”

Destiny Romance releases two new eBook titles every month and requests for media copies can be made via Net Galley.

Current titles available include:

  • · Wish by Kelly Hunter
  • · Harbinger by Peta Crake
  • · Small Town Storm by Elise K Ackers
  • · The Convenient Bride by Jennifer St George
  • · Cityglitter by Carla Caruso
  • · Double Exposure by Charmaine Ross
  • · Rules are for Breaking by Imelda Evans
  • · Princess Avenger by Bernadette Rowley.

To purchase all of these titles go to  https://www.destinyromance.com/