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Ashlyn Chase

I first met Ashlyn Chase earlier this summer at the Romancing the Capital Conference 2017 (RTC) in Ottawa. She was one of the participating authors who sat on a few very interesting panels. This fun loving author, who enjoys connecting with her fans, currently has a paranormal romantic comedy series Love Spells Gone Wrong published by Lachesis Publishing. A fabulous series that offers a touch of romance and a dash of a comedy, a cozy read that goes perfectly with a steaming hot cup of cocoa on a cool fall evening!

With her own conference coming up, Fall in Love with New England and several books on the horizon, it was a miracle she had some extra time to connect with me and give us a glimpse into what she’s up to this fall.

LB: I always find it interesting to hear how authors come up with their idea for stories. With the Love Spells Gone Wrong Series there is a whole host of colorful characters, witchy events and a touch of mystery. How did you come up with the idea for this series?

AC: Oh, boy. I don’t know. I’ll just blame it on my muse, Thalia—the muse of comedy!

LB: At RTC 2017 you were on the “Adding a giggle to books” panel where you talked about adding comedy to your work and fans of the Love Spells Gone Wrong Series have often commented on how “sweet, sexy and funny” the books are. How important is the element of comedy in this series?

AC: Comedy is extremely important to me. Writing is hard work, and in my humble opinion, entertaining myself is essential to enjoying the process. What is it they say? If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life?

Readers can tell when your heart is in it and when it’s not. If I’m making myself chuckle, the readers will get a smile out of it too. I get fan mail saying, ‘I love your books. They’re a great escape…or, they helped me through a hard time.’ That’s when I know I’ve paid it forward, what an honor and privilege!

LB: Are there any other books planned for the Love Spells Gone Wrong Series?

AC: If I can ever find the time! I’m under contract for 2 more novels—and I promised a Kindle Worlds story to a fellow paranormal romantic comedy author. And then there are two more series ideas burning a hole in my brain. Maybe I can find a way to link them all together. LOL

LB: What other books are you working on right now?

AC: The Phoenix Brothers series. Seven brothers. All phoenix shapeshifters. And all but one are firefighters. If the worst happens, they can rise from the ashes. Yup, the legend is real, folks!

LB: “Fall in Love with New England” (I love this name! it’s so perfect) is a romance reader conference that has been organized by romance writers. This year it is taking place on October 13-14, 2017 at Best Western Executive Court Inn & Conference Center in Manchester, New Hampshire US.  As one of the founding organizers, how did the idea for this conference come about?  

AC: I kept wishing there was a romance reader/author conference close enough that I could drive to it. Upon meeting an organizer who puts on conferences all over the country, I asked if she’d consider one in New England. She said (haultily) ‘We’ll never go to New England. Boston is too expensive and it has to be near an airport.’ Okaaay…

Meet the real Ashlyn Chase. Never say never—I’ll take it as a dare. LOL. We have more than one airport in New England, and I found a lovely conference center and banquet hall about a mile from the Boston/Manchester Regional Airport. They even have a free shuttle! The hotel rates really drop after Columbus Day weekend, and that’s peak foliage season in NH. To me, it was a no brainer. Booked it. Paid the deposit. Got to work! 2016 was our first year and everyone had tons of much fun! By Sunday morning my conference committee and I decided we wanted to do it again. There’s still time for readers to register! www.fallinlovewithnewengland.com

Oh, and did I mention NH has no sales tax? Come and do your Christmas shopping! The Mall of NH and a new outlet mall are nearby.

LB: What are some of the fun, exciting events, and activities that are planned for readers?

AC: Here’s an updated list of attending authors. http://fallinlovewithnewengland.blogspot.com Some of the fun for readers (besides what’s listed on our website) can be found on our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/973500356041070/ This year we’ll be doing charm bracelets! I provide the empty bracelet and authors will give readers a charm representing their book—just for the asking!

LB: For authors who are looking at ways to market and promote themselves, do you believe participating in genre/industry conferences are a good promotional tool to invest in?

AC: Yes! The face-to-face interaction with readers is priceless! As a reader myself, I’ll buy a book from someone I’ve met and considered a friend a lot faster and more frequently than I will from an author I’ve just heard of. Here we make friends. Because this conference is still small, it’s easy!

LB: On a personal note, as an author, do you enjoy attending conferences?

AC: I love reader/author conferences, although I have to say I’ve been a little bummed out by the huge ones lately. Everyone wants to meet the famous authors. Mid-listers like me get lost. I enjoy the book signings at the smaller conferences, and believe it or not, I sell a lot more books even though there are fewer readers. Why? Because we’ve had time to become friends!

LB: You are one busy author! With all your commitments, do you still find time to read for pleasure? And if you do, what do you love to read?

AC: If I have time and my brain hasn’t completely turned to mush at the end of the day, I love to read. I may only have time for a chapter, but a good book is a treat I can dole out slowly.

I just finished Mary Janice Davidson’s first book in her new Insighter series. Deja Who. Very funny and unique. I will be starting Robyn Peterman’s second book in her Magic and Mayhem series tonight. And guess what? She invited me to write a book in her Kindle World! So, of course, that means I’ll be reading her whole series back-to-back for the next few weeks. Lots to look forward to!

LB: I like that you mentioned earlier that old saying, “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life”. If you were not a romance writer, what do you think you would be doing?

AC: I’d probably sell real estate or stage houses. I was trained in Interior Design and my guilty pleasure is HGTV… Oh, by the way, romance novels are not my guilty pleasure. I don’t feel guilty at all for enjoying my life!

LB: Thank you again, Ashlyn for your time. I know how precious it is!

AC: Thanks for the interview! It was fun and I appreciate the chance to reach more readers.

LB: Anyone looking to catch up with Ashlyn at her Fall in Love with New England conference, the details are below. For those who can’t attend the full conference, there will be a book signing as well!

Fall in Love with New England 2017 Date: October 13 – 14, 2017 Location: Best Western Executive Court Inn & Conference Center, Manchester, New Hampshire, USA

Book Signing

Saturday, October 14 2 pm – 5 pm

Ashlyn Chase Bio

Ashlyn Chase describes herself as an Almond Joy bar. A little nutty, a little flaky, but basically sweet, wanting only to give her readers a satisfying experience. She holds a degree in behavioral sciences, worked as a psychiatric RN for several years, and spent a few more years working for the American Red Cross. She credits her sense of humor to her former careers since comedy helped preserve whatever was left of her sanity. She is a multi-published, award-winning author of humorous erotic and paranormal romances, represented by the Seymour Agency.

She lives in beautiful New Hampshire with her true-life hero husband who looks like Hugh Jackman with a salt and pepper dye job. They are owned by a spoiled brat cat.

Where there’s fire, there’s Ash . . .

Sign up for Ashlyn’s newsletter on her website and check out her news and reviews: www.ashlynchase.com

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Chat with Ashlyn: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ashlynsnewbestfriends/

Twitter: @GoddessAsh

Ludvica Boota is currently in the publishing program at Ryerson University and is an intern at Lachesis Publishing Inc. Prior to her studies, she worked in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Her most adventurous experience was working for the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital in Dublin Ireland, where she was employed as a project officer but was never asked to deliver a baby. Ludvica holds an MBA from the University of Victoria and a B.Com from Carleton University.

When she’s not daydreaming about her next travel adventure, and perhaps her own HEA, she is usually immersed in a romance novel.

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Our BOOK OF THE WEEK is the luscious Regency historical romance More Than Passion by JoMarie DeGioia. Book 1 in the Dashing Nobles series. AND IT’S FREE!!!

GET IT FREE ON AMAZONBARNES AND NOBLEKOBO AND iBooks or RIGHT HERE at Lachesis Publishing.

What It’s About:

Geoffrey Kane, Earl of Kanewood refuses to feel anything more than passion. Four years ago, his fiancée betrayed him and he has no desire to experience that again so when he meets the beautiful Rebecca Kingsley, it’s passion at first sight. And only passion.

Rebecca has led a very quiet life working for her father at a small country inn. When she meets Geoffrey she falls in love with him right away. But she’s only the daughter of a baronet and men like Geoffrey never marry country girls like her. Do they?

When Rebecca’s father tries to marry her off to a wealthy old man, Geoffrey intervenes and marries her himself. He wants her very much but he couldn’t possibly love her. Love is for fools. At least that’s what he tells himself. But a sinister enemy soon threatens to destroy all that Geoffrey holds dear, forcing him to face the truth.

His marriage depends on it . . .

And maybe even Rebecca’s very life.

EXCERPT:

The Raven’s Inn was surprisingly elegant. The brick structure was trimmed with dark green, its long windows sparkling in the late afternoon sun. Rebecca Kingsley was straightening the beautifully-appointed parlor of the inn. Her father, Thomas, insisted that all the rooms look fine. His father had been a baronet, but all that was left of the family fortune, as it were, was the inn. As a younger man, he’d traveled in the social circles of the ton and claimed to know what the gentry and lesser folk alike looked for in food and lodging. Many travelers stopped at the inn, and they expected service and accommodations as fine as any in London, or so Rebecca’s father insisted.

At just twenty years old, Rebecca had been working at the inn all of her life. Her mother died when Rebecca was just two, leaving no real memories. Thomas refused to speak of her and Rebecca had long since given up asking. The only thing he’d say was that she took after her mother in looks. This he always said in a gruffly, affectionate manner that never failed to surprise her. She supposed she inherited her fair skin from her mother, that and her thick raven-black hair. She could never see anything of herself in Thomas.

He never really gave her much notice. She worked as hard as the servants at the inn, keeping her own room as well as half of the rest abovestairs. Mary, the chambermaid, took care of the other rooms as well as seeing to the guests’ personal needs. Rebecca served the morning and evening meals in the dining room, as well, along with Emmy. Emmy was funny and kind and a shameless flirt. She never hesitated to share her experiences with Rebecca, who couldn’t help but blush. She listened, though. Closely.

Rebecca was usually free to go about her own business after finishing her chores abovestairs. But this afternoon, she polished the candlesticks and dusted the furniture in the parlor. As usual, she wore her hair plaited in one long braid coiled at the back of her head. Her simple muslin gown was a few seasons old and well-suited to her task. She paused to gaze longingly out the window toward the stables out back. Beyond them, she could see the gently rolling hills over which she so loved to ride. If she didn’t have to see to the parlor today, she’d surely be out riding her black filly.

From her vantage point, Rebecca could see two figures walking out of the stable’s wide doors. One man was slight of stature and fell in step behind the other. The man in the lead was tall with broad shoulders and dressed in a brown coat and tan breeches. He walked with a long, easy stride. Sun glinted off hair she fancied the color of honey. He had a strong profile, and Rebecca couldn’t tear her gaze away from him. What color were his eyes?

“Fool,” she chided herself. She turned back to her work, flicking her dusting cloth in frustration.

* * *

She moved with an easy grace through the dining room, her glossy black hair catching the light given off by the candles. Curls framed the perfect oval of her face and teased the back of her neck. Her simple gown hugged her lush figure, the skirt swaying over her hips as she walked. She carried a pitcher of ale, and Geoffrey couldn’t take his eyes off her as she moved from table to table.

A man’s voice broke through his reverie. “Fetchin’, ain’t she?”

“What …?” He hadn’t even noticed the gray-haired man who joined him at his table. “Yes.”

“Peter Jenkins is the name,” the slight man offered. “How do you do?”

Geoffrey shook the man’s hand. “Kane. Geoffrey Kane,” he answered. “Very well, thank you.”

The older man gave a flick of his head in Rebecca’s direction. “She’s Kingsley’s daughter.”

Geoffrey raised an eyebrow at that. This beautiful creature was related to the florid-faced innkeeper? Impossible.

Just then, the girl approached the two men. Her mouth curved into a smile for the older man before she turned her attention to Geoffrey. Her rose-colored lips parted as she stared into his eyes for a long moment. “Blue.”

Geoffrey blinked. “What?”

She shook her head. “N-nothing.”

Geoffrey could only stare at the girl, dumbstruck. Her eyes were the color of emeralds, and sparkled as prettily. His gaze fell on her lips as she flicked her tongue over them. Desire shot through him, want like he’d never felt before. Once again, Peter’s voice broke in.

“Rebecca, this is Geoffrey Kane. Kane, meet Rebecca Kingsley.”

The girl, Rebecca, curtsied in greeting after a brief hesitation. She seemed as off-kilter as he felt, to his amazement. After a moment, Geoffrey stood and bowed slightly. “Miss Kingsley.”

“I’m pleased to meet you,” Rebecca said.

Her voice suited her. It was soft and a bit husky. And damn sensual.

“Likewise.”

“Will you be staying with us long?”

If I can help it. “A few days, actually,” he said, smiling.

She gasped softly, the sound no more than a whisper. “Well, do enjoy your stay,” she said, shyly returning his smile.

She stared up at him for a moment longer. Finally, she filled his tankard. With a nod of her dark head, she continued on through the dining room. Geoffrey sank back down into his seat, his gaze glued to her form.

“Rebecca.” He breathed. “Becca.”

Like what you’ve read? You can get More Than Passion by JoMarie DeGioia right here at Lachesis Publishing.

JoMarie DeGioia writes historical romances with a touch of mystery for Lachesis Publishing. And her books are always on the steamy side. Her Dashing Nobles series follows the romances of four male friends in Regency London.

You can get JoMarie DeGioia’s books right here at Lachesis Publishing, or on AmazonNook, Kobo and Itunes.

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The Lachesis Publishing Book of the Week is LOVE AND HOPE.

Love and Hope features three beautiful novellas about about  hope, healing, and the power of love.

By USA Today bestselling authors Kayla Perrin and C. J. Carmichael with author Brenda Gayle. 

Proceeds from sales of this anthology will be donated to Ovarian Cancer Canada.

WHERE YOU CAN GET IT:

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Twice and Forever by Brenda Gayle

Jill Bennett had her life planned out, and then everything changed. Soon after her husband’s sudden death from a heart attack two years ago, Jill’s daughter Rachel was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the very young age of 21. Widowed and scared, Jill threw herself into caring for her daughter 24/7. Now that Rachel is in remission, Jill is finding it hard to let go and give her some breathing room at home and at her new job working for a local vet named Grant Palmer. Grant has a knack for getting under Jill’s skin, especially where Rachel’s future is concerned. The last thing Jill has in mind is getting on with her own life. So why can’t she stop thinking about the handsome Dr. Palmer?

Devoted to Her Cowboy by C. J. CarmichaeL When rodeo champion Blake Timber returns home as the star attraction of the Sheep River Rodeo Days he doesn’t expect to find his nerdy high school friend Shelby Turner so beautiful and so not nerdy. He also doesn’t expect to find his grandmother, frail and wearing a headscarf. When Grams reveals she has ovarian cancer, Blake is shocked. He’s thankful that Shelby, who works in his grandmother’s flower shop, has been there for her. But he wants to take over the reins and get his beloved Grams the best care money can buy. In spite of his best efforts, his well-intentioned plans are met with stubborn resistance from both women. Adding to his frustrations is his ex-girlfriend Kelli-Jo Calhoun, who is the Sheep River Days organizer. Unhappily married and with a son, she seems hell bent on roping him into something that could put everything he cares about at risk—especially his growing feelings for Shelby.

Her Angel by Kayla Perrin Tasia Montgomery never thought she’d get “that” phone call from her mom. Stage four ovarian cancer. Tasia puts her job as a chef in a busy restaurant in Atlanta on hold, to go home to Miami to be there for her mother. When her mom passes away, Tasia is left with a huge burden of guilt, sadness, and loss. Now, she is tasked with the duty of packing everything up and selling the family home. She knows her mom didn’t want her to sell but what choice does she have? Her brother Andrew, who is living in Seattle with his wife and their baby, is as distant as can be. Just like their father, who up and left them when they were kids. But when Tasia meets Malcolm Robertson, the contractor her mom hired to renovate the house before she died, Tasia is drawn to him. Her mom treated him like a son and shared things with him that she never revealed to Tasia. Malcolm becomes a good friend to Tasia, but does she want something more with the handsome contractor? As Tasia, sorts through her mother’s belongings she makes a discovery about her mom that shocks her to her core, but will it make her see the truth of her own life or make her head back to Atlanta for good?

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The Lachesis Publishing Book of the Week is DRAGON’S FALL – RISE OF THE SCARLET ORDER by David Lee Summers.

What it’s about:

Three vampyrs. Three lives. Three intertwining stories.

Bearing the guilt of destroying the holiest of books after becoming a vampyr, the Dragon, Lord Desmond, searches the world for lost knowledge, but instead, discovers truth in love.

Born a slave in Ancient Greece, Alexandra craves freedom above all else, until a vampyr sets her free, but then, she must pay the highest price of all . . . her human soul.

An assassin who lives in the shadows, Roquelaure is cloaked even from himself, until he discovers the power of friendship and loyalty.

Three vampyrs, traveling the world by moonlight—one woman and two men who forge a bond made in love and blood. Together they form a band of mercenaries called the Scarlet Order, and recruit others who are like them. Their mission is to protect kings and emperors against marauders, invaders, rogue vampyrs, and their ultimate nemesis—Vlad the Impaler.

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OUR BOOK OF THE WEEK is the romantic suspense novel Give Me Shelter by Alexis D. Craig.

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What it’s About:

Inspector Eli Miller’s unspoken feelings for his partner, Bex, color his whole life. When his past comes calling, will it be the push he needs to seek a future with her?

Inspector Rebecca ‘Bex’ Mulcahy has lived long enough to know that love is a street con at best, and a dangerous distraction at worst. Any feelings she has for her partner Eli definitely fall into the latter category. Will her dedication to her job keep her from finding a possible future with Eli?

Their latest case is protecting Violet Burrell, a young woman with scars on her soul stretching back to birth, who inadvertently witnesses a shockingly brutal murder at the hands of a sadist. Violet is determined to testify in court. Her strength and courage impress Eli and Bex, who will protect her at all costs.

But it is Violet’s beauty and spirit that entrances Junior Inspector Atticus Randall. Atticus is also assigned to protect Violet, and while he knows he should ignore his growing feelings for her, he just can’t stop himself from falling for the brave beauty.

Life in the Las Vegas branch of Witness Protection has never been more tangled. When the emotional landmines start a chain reaction, everyone in the blast radius is going to need a little shelter.

EXCERPT:

AR escorted Vi out to the table on the balcony to enjoy their sundaes. He liked to take his lunch out here on occasion, just when he needed to get away from his desk for a bit but didn’t want to leave the building. His dedication was paying off, since Marco had started entrusting him with more and more responsibilities, as evidenced by the woman sitting next to him now with her eyes closed in bliss. “You really never had a hot fudge sundae before?”

She shook her head, and her expression hardened. “No. Not with my mother and certainly not with the nuns.”

He pondered her ascetic life and the choices she’d made from it. It was all there in her file, but he felt like an intruder or a stalker, knowing that much about a virtual stranger to him. He’d much rather know her as a person, beyond the story of sadness and neglect. “Violet’s a pretty name.” An inane statement, but he knew he was out of his depth attempting to tackle a subject so daunting as the life of Violet Burrell.

She shrugged and flipped the end of a pigtail over her shoulder. “It is what it is. Your parents really named you Atticus? They not like you or something?”

He snorted a laugh and put the spoon back into his ice cream. “They like to read.”

“To Kill a Mockingbird, I know.” She smiled shyly. “It’s a good name. Strong, valiant.”

The heat of the summer air had nothing on him. He saw her grin, and he felt his ears burn from a blush. “So what’s the verdict?” He gestured towards her rapidly diminishing sundae.

“I think I want to eat this for the rest of my life,” she said as she dipped her spoon into the plastic cup to fish out a peanut covered in hot fudge.

“That good, huh?” He watched her close her eyes and sigh as she licked the spoon, and he had to loosen his tie. The way she was enjoying her ice cream reminded him that his wasn’t going to stay frozen forever. He dipped his spoon into the plastic cup and then brought it to his mouth.

“Damn near better than sex.”

At her words, he found himself gulping down a large mouthful of ice cream, much more than he meant to, swallowing it quickly. “Oh hell! Ice cream headache!” The sharp spike of pain that it brought was quick and excruciating, but it served its purpose driving all thoughts of pursuing that line of questioning from his mind. As the throbbing ache receded, he noticed her hand on the back of his neck, trying to help by rubbing and massaging from the base of his skull to his shoulders. So much for virtuous thoughts. Nodding to show her that he was okay now, he reached in front of her and snagged her mysterious old green book from beside her purse as she returned to her ice cream Nirvana.

“Hey, that’s not yours,” she said around a mouthful, gesturing with her spoon. But, she made no move to retrieve it from him, so he felt comfortable perusing while she continued to savor her snack.

He opened the book at the place she’d marked, reading about a gameskeeper comforting the lady of the house, in a chicken coop, that led to so much more than mere physical release in graphic and frankly gripping detail. That was definitely not what he’d expected, and the fact that she’d been reading this book all this time did things to his already heated blood that made his mouth run dry and his ears start to ring.

“So . . . ?”

Her voice, smokier than before, startled him out of the words on the page. Her purple eyes were darker than he remembered, and he found himself lost for a moment before he caught himself. “It’s ah . . . definitely colorful.” He pushed the closed book back over to sit next to her purse, her bookmark still in place.

Vi smiled self-consciously. “It’s the language. It paints this picture like a smudged old photograph, beautiful and still kind of dirty.”

And that about described the thoughts he was having at that moment. “I could definitely see that.”

Like what you’ve read? You can get Give Me Shelter at Lachesis Publishing and on amazon.com, at Barnes and Noble and Kobo.

Alexis D. Craig has been a writer from early childhood, discovering her calling when she wrote the Thanksgiving play for her kindergarten class in Tucson, Arizona. After moving to Indianapolis with her family in 1988, she wrote a column for her high school newspaper and two novel-length stories before graduating at age sixteen from Park Tudor School. After attending Sarah Lawrence College outside New York City, she returned home to Indiana to be closer to her family.

Alexis works for a local sheriff’s department in the communications division. She spends her free time reading and writing romance novels and investigating haunted houses.

She lives with her husband and two very excitable beagles.

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I love checking out an author’s website to read about upcoming events and more importantly new books. One of my favourite romance authors is New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Eve Langlais. I happened to be looking at her site last month and imagine my surprise when I found out about a local romance conference happening in my own backyard!  The event, “Romancing the Capital” was described as “Swag, Prizes, Fun Events, Interesting Panels, A Book Signing, along with plenty of smiles and laughter!” I am an avid romance reader, but I have never attended a romance genre event or conference.  I could already feel the excitement and who could say no to meeting authors, winning prizes, and learning more about a genre you already love… Not I.

Cat Johnson, Eve Langlais, and Felicity Kates

Sadly, I was too late as the conference was sold out.  But being the go getter that I am, I decided to take a chance and e-mailed Eve Langlais directly to see if there were hidden tickets or a way I could volunteer. Unfortunately, there were no tickets or volunteer positions but she connected me with the RTC Facebook group where I found an individual who could not attend and was nice enough to sell me their tickets.

Apparently, Eve Langlais, who is a local Ottawa author, not only writes steamy romances but she throws one heck of an event!

Ashlyn Chase

Romancing the Capital 2017!

Romancing the Capital is a writer/reader conference which was held August 3rd to the 5th 2017 in Ottawa at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites Ottawa Kanata. Organized by Eve Langlais, this is the conference’s 3rd year and features an impressive line up of NY Times, USA Today & Amazon bestselling authors as well as new and upcoming talent.  Attending authors are from both Canada and the US, and represent the many facets of romance from historical, mystery to paranormal, LGBTQ & erotica- there is literally something for everyone.  While reading the schedule I even noticed that Lachesis Publishing own Ashlyn Chase  – who I met but totally forgot to get a picture with but will next year, was also an attending author.

The conference offers two types of tickets, meals, and non-meal and reader registration include, a registration bag stuffed with goodies,  access to all 50+ panels and events, as well as  coffee and pastries Friday & Saturday morning. The price is exceptionally low in comparison to most conferences and with the amount of swag – including some free books, it is well worth it.

The conference started Thursday afternoon with publishing and writing panels for aspiring, advanced /published authors but readers were also welcomed.   One of my favorite workshops was given by Deborah Cooke “I wrote a Book. Now What? Steps to Publishing”, which was very informative and gave you the opportunity to ask questions from a well known, long time bestselling author.

For the more advanced there were panels that focused on the business aspects of the publishing industry. One workshop titled “Indie, Publisher, and Hybrid: What’s the best Choice?” featured advice from authors Nathan Burgoine, Milly Taiden, Deborah Cooke, Elle James.

Ludvica Boota with Opal Carew and Sharon Page

Friday Panels had authors who wrote in the various sub genres within in romance and gave attendees a taste of the type of books that are in that category. One of my favorites was Dirty Talk with Opal (Carew) and Sharon (Page).   Not only did I win a penis shaped lipstick in my favorite shade or red, I also won a copy of Sharon Page’s novel Deepest Desires of a Wicked Duke! (And she autographed it for me.)

Other panels were “Romance that goes back in time”, “Exploring LGBTQ Romance”, “Bad Boy Athletes and Bikers”.  If there was something you didn’t know about the romance genre, I’m sure it was covered here.

If listening to a panel was not your thing there were also crafts and game rooms where you could hang out, have fun and win more stuff!! One unique workshop was given by Viola Grace called “Get Bento”.  In the workshop participants were given bento box sets as a gift and got a chance to make treats with her and chat. The “Goat Yoga with Pastries’ & Coffee” with Felicity Kates and Anne Lang was something I am sad to say I missed. But if on the schedule next year, I’m there.

Each evening ended with a themed costume ball. There was a Heroes Vs Villains ball and a Fairy Tale Monster Bash where you could win great prizes for the best costumes and shake your booty to the DJ’s set.   If you were looking for a quieter evening, there was also an author hosted room with games and prizes.

Saturday featured a book signing in the afternoon, which was also open to the public. There was an option to buy books from the authors as well as a mobile Chapters station were select books were being sold.

3 Days of Fun, Laughter & Friendship!

RTC 2017 was a well-organized, author accessible event where authors were happy to talk, take photos, answer questions, or to just have a good laugh with! I was incredibly humbled at how generous some of these authors were, with their time and the giveaways.  Like other attendees, I came home with bags full of books, charms, and jewelry, t-shirts, water bottles and other fun swag.

I had a great time discovering new authors and titles and also connecting with members of the local Ottawa Romance Writers Association (ORWA). I also met an aspiring author who happens to be my neighbor who I learned lived down the street from me in a home once owned by my childhood friend. Talk about six degrees of separation!

Although I was not able to attend the over 50+ workshops and panels, from speaking with other participants, everyone seemed to agree, there were no bad options.

Thinking about attending next year?

Book Early! This event sells out quickly. As per the Facebook post earlier and the RTC 2018 site, Meal tickets are sold out, but non-meal tickets are still available so stop reading this and go get one!

Connect with the Facebook group. Joining the group will keep you up to date not only on conference details but keep you connected with other attendees. Also if you couldn’t get a ticket, check the Facebook group because as they say “life happens” and someone might need to sell their ticket.

Desiree Holt

Cathryn Fox

Amy Ruttan

Attend everything you can. Like I said, there are no bad options and there is so much to do, see and learn.  Try it all!

Bring cash to the book signing. Check the Facebook page and the RTC 2018 site, but this year cash was the acceptable form of currency. Even the Chapters Mobile site only accepted cash.

Don’t Be Shy! Everyone is there fun and authors seemed more than willing to stop for pictures, chat, and Milly Taiden gave me a hug!

RTC 2018

The format will be slightly different. There will be a dinner and themed ball on Friday night and the event will end Saturday afternoon after the book signing.

I hope to see you there!

When: August 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, 2018

Where: Holiday Inn & Suites Ottawa/Kanata

Who’s Attending: Fantastic authors including several New York Times, USA Today and Amazon BestSellers

Ludvica Boota is currently in the publishing program at Ryerson University and is an intern at Lachesis Publishing Inc. Prior to her studies, she worked in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Her most adventurous experience was working for the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital in Dublin Ireland, where she was employed as a project officer but was never asked to deliver a baby. Ludvica holds an MBA from the University of Victoria and a B.Com from Carleton University.

When she’s not daydreaming about her next travel adventure, and perhaps her own HEA, she is usually immersed in a romance novel.

Connect with Ludvica on Facebook  / Instagram / Twitter  / LinkenIn

 

The Lachesis Publishing BOOK OF THE WEEK is THE BILLIONAIRE’S DOUBLE TAKE, a brand new sexy mystery by J.M. Griffin. 

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WHAT IT’S ABOUT:

Art gallery owner Erin Cameron has a problem. Not only has she lost her way after the death of her parents, she lost a bit of herself as well. Her only solace, is the constant, loving care of her housekeeper, Mrs. Hardy and the beloved family art gallery that she inherited from her father. In order to side-step the limelight and still get her work done, Erin creates an alter-ego named “Penny Boucher” as her assistant. Each day, the beautiful, violet-eyed brunette transforms herself into a brown-eyed, blonde and heads off to work. Her disguise works so well, that her own staff prefers having Penny around rather than Erin.

But a double life has a way of creating double trouble. Especially when a tall, dark, and gorgeous art collector named Tristan Forsyth arrives from Scotland, determined to buy Cameron Gallery. At first, Erin uses “Penny” as a way for her to “avoid” the billionaire and his all-knowing, sexy, green eyes. Until Erin realizes, that not only does she not want to avoid Tristan, she can’t stop thinking about him.

When a valuable painting is stolen, and Erin becomes the prime suspect, can she turn to the handsome, Scottish billionaire for help? And more importantly, can she tell him the truth about her double life?

 

Get THE BILLIONAIRE’S DOUBLE TAKE AT LACHESIS PUBLISHING, or on amazonBN Nookkobo, or iBooks.

Cheers! and Happy Reading. 

J.M. Griffin. is the author the popular and funny cozy mystery Vinnie Esposito series and the fun (and yummy) Deadly Bakery series.

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The Lachesis Publishing Book of the Week is CHILD OF THE DEAD by Sara Brooke. Book 2 in the Bloodmane Chronicles.

Get it today at Lachesis Publishing (all ebook formats) and print; amazonkobobarnes and nobleiBooks.

She is The Chosen.

Renda Bloodmane is not your average 29-year-old librarian. She sees dead people, battles demons, and her boyfriend is a ghost.

When a young girl is haunted by a powerful evil spirit, Renda is the only one who can save her. She must use everything she’s got to protect the child. But there’s more at stake in this dark battle, and this could be Renda’s last chance to discover her true identity. She’ll do whatever she can to save the Child of the Dead.

Sara Brooke is an Amazon bestselling author of horror, paranormal romance, and suspense fiction.

A lifelong avid reader of all things scary, Sara’s childhood dream was to write books that make readers sleep with their lights on. She hopes that isn’t too troubling for the thousands of readers worldwide who have purchased her books.

Sara resides in beautiful South Florida. She can be reached via her website at www.sarabrooke.com. Sara welcomes feedback and questions from readers.

You can get Sara’s Lachesis Publishing release – The Awakening: Book 1 Bloodmane Chronicles at Lachesis Publishing, as well as amazon.combarnes and noblekobo, and iTunes.

You can Like Sara’s facebook page  – called, The Bloodmane Chronicles . Connect with Sara on facebook, on twitter @SaraBrooke8, and on her website. Sara welcomes feedback and questions from readers.

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If you are anything like me then a visit to Chapters, the only “bricks and mortar” store available in my area, is always a welcome adventure. (Yes, books get me that excited…especially new books).  I love thumbing through their stacks while sipping my full-fat, full-sugar, vanilla-bean latte. (Don’t judge me!). As I peruse through the books I want to gobble up, the cost doesn’t cross my mind until I hit the checkout line. That’s when I thank the Visa Gods.

But, I’m going to ask you to put your imagination hats on and take a little trip with me into my favourite books store . . .

Imagine this scenario: I was in a Chapters/Indigo last week, sipping on my mocha-cha-cha-frappa-macha-latte and balancing a basket full of colourful items I couldn’t wait to get home: a cute tote bag with the words “Just Read” on the front and a neon-pink water bottle (one day I plan on going to the gym on a regular basis) along with a really cool travel journal made from recycled maps (one day I plan to travel the world) and a couple of plushy throw pillows (one day I’m going to re-decorate my bedroom). Chapters sells a ton of gift and decorative items and they are all carefully and artfully displayed in the area closest to the entrance and on your way to the cash registers. How can I resist?  But – here’s the twist in our story. As  I was walking to the checkout line, my eyes landed on a splashy display for a new release by one of my favourite authors. Hmm… the book was $9.99. I couldn’t believe the price! I mean, it was outrageous. I remember when a mass-market paperback cost only 5.99. I was livid. I grabbed a copy, and balancing my chi-chi latte, and my basket of home decor items in one hand, and the paperback book in the other, I marched up to the customer service desk. I tapped my foot as I waited in line, fuming as I got closer to the front. When I got to the desk, I barely gave the service clerk a chance to smile and say hello, before I launched into my tirade:  ” I am outraged!” I exploded. “I have bought many, many books here,” I continue, as I haul my basket of throw pillows, journal and water bottle and tote bag onto the service desk. I slap the paperback down on the desk in front of the wide-eyed clerk. And after taking a big slurp of my moo-moo latte, I say to her:  “This book is far too expensive! I am shocked at the price. This is the first title of a new series for this author. I demand that I get it for free. I don’t want to waste my hard-earned money if I am not going to like this new series.” The clerk gaped at me. She was speechless . . .

REALITY CHECK PLEASE!

C’mon – people! Would you do this in a clothing store? Nope. Would you try this in a shoe store? Nuh-uh. Have you ever thought about pulling this in a bookstore? Of course not! Because readers never think to go into a store and bargain for the books they want to purchase and stores would NEVER entertain the idea. So WHY WHY WHY do some readers believe it’s not only okay, it’s THEIR RIGHT to ask authors to either reduce their EBOOK prices or give them the book for FREE?!?!

Since ebooks burst onto the market in the late 1990s-early-2000s,  determining the price for an eBook has been at the forefront of an ongoing debate for authors, publishers, and readers. For me the answer to this debate seems quite simple, authors should be paid for their work. If an author or publisher chooses to put a book on sale or make it available for free – that’s great. If they don’t then that’s okay too. Just like any other product you buy – books cost money to make, and the publishing business is just that – a business.

However, when I spoke to a few indie authors I was surprised to learn that there are some readers out there who believe ebooks should be deeply discounted or free.

As a print and ebook reader myself I DID have an expectation of paying less for an e-book, until I did some research and figured out the truth of the matter. The before-me thought:  If there is no production or PPB (print, paper, and binding) cost, then shouldn’t that automatically result in a significantly lower price? The after-me realized: NOPE!

On average, ebooks are priced anywhere from $0 – $9.99 and in some cases higher ( Ahem . . .KMM Fever series *cough*…) depending on whether you have a traditional publisher or have decided to self-publish. On average, indie books are already priced lower than print between $0 -6.99.

And although the PPB costs are eliminated, there are still various costs associated with publishing an ebook, such as cover design, layout & formatting, editing (professional), marketing and other miscellaneous costs (legal, distribution, author assistant etc) all which will be shouldered by the author (or publisher). Also with fierce competition in the market, indie authors spend an incredible amount of time and effort marketing their work so that it reaches their readers, which includes offering free content and free ebooks.

What is a fair price?

That answer depends on a number of factors, in this case, the cost to produce, distribute, market and what the author deems is fair to her/his work. But keeping the above expenses in mind, the average ebook seems to be competitively priced ($0 – $6.99).

I am sure the debate about pricing will always exist in some form, and all the authors I spoke with agreed that while there are some who ask for free content, (and some readers can be very nasty about it – there are many blog posts and facebook posts out there by frustrated authors who have received emails from disgruntled readers about the cost of their books). But most authors have supportive fans who understand that this is their livelihood, their bread, and butter. After all, like the rest of us, writers do need to get paid and deserve to make a profit. Especially when you consider the time it takes an author to write and publish a book.

And in case you’re wondering about my little “scenario” at the beginning of this post, I did actually ask for a discount once. The employee chuckled, and then told me in a polite but strong tone that their store policy prohibits haggling on prices. Either pay for the book or leave it. I paid. Thank you, Visa Gods!

Not sure how to price your eBook…..

Whether you’re publishing your first novel or your 10th, sometimes it can be hard to know how to price your work or use the price as a tool to achieve your goals. Consider some tips below.

5 Factors to Consider When Pricing Your EBook

Research YOUR Market

The first place to start is by researching the market for your genre. For example, if you’re writing mystery you’ll want to look at other titles that are similar to yours and compare the prices. But if you’re writing a cookbook, depending on the type, aside from other cookbooks you may want to take other health or diet books that relate to your topic.

This research will help you to find a pricing range. EBook titles cost anywhere from $0-$9.99 and can sometimes climb higher depending on author, genre, and time of release. Generally for most novels $0.99 – $5.99 where you’ll find a sweet spot between $2.99-$3.99.  So be sure to do your homework. You want to price competitively, not too high or too low.

Other questions to consider is the demand for your genre. Is your genre part of a trend like colouring books or vampire novels? Is there a wide market or is this a narrowly targeted market?  Or you may have already built up a following. With built in demand and fans, you may be able to price higher.

“You Get What You Pay For”

That saying still resonates today for a reason. Price can signify to consumers the quality or exclusivity of a product or it can be used as part of an overall marketing strategy. Readers choose to purchase based on the perceived value of a product. For an author, the value of their work is not just the story they tell but it can also mean the length of the work, how many words? Pages?  Bonus material? Was it professionally edited? Graphics? All these things add value to the work that you’re selling and should be reflected in the price of your work.  Unless it’s on a promo from a subscription list like BookBub, I know when I buy something for $0.99 it may have typos, plot holes or be formatted terribly.

One thing about Kobo  I like is that aside from the page and word count it will tell you on average how long it will take to read the book. For me, that is one contributing factor to the value of a book. The longer the book, the longer I’ll be in the world enjoying myself.

For example, I discovered author Eve Langlais and her Lions Pride series on Kobo priced at $4.99 for 167 pages 49K words. For me, this is a quick fun 3-hour read.  As this author has developed lengthier titles, the price of her work has increased. Her newest title “The Assassin Next Door” is 71K words and priced at $5.99. An exciting 5-hour read for me that is already loaded on Kobo and waiting for me to gobble up.

Costs

This seems like an obvious consideration, however you’d be surprised how many authors will gloss over this because they love what they do.  Passion for your work is important but does not negate the cost that you’ve incurred in order to bring that work to the public. This will mean a little simple accounting.

When considering pricing your e-book you want to ensure the price you set will allow you to cover the costs (at least some). This will vary depending on what services you chose to use i.e. professionally editing, cover design and formatting, marketing. Estimating how many books you think you can sell will help you determine a price that will cover the incurred costs. Remember: Sales-Costs = Revenue

Price as a Strategy

Setting a pricing objective or strategy can help determine your price and contribute to your overall goals. Depending on where you are in your career, a first-time author or an established author with a huge backlist, setting an objective will help determine your price.

If you’re a new author you may be looking at building a readership by having readers try your work. Instead of giving your work away for free you may want to consider a lower price to gain traffic and readers through impulse buys. Or maybe you are an established author trying to sell your backlist before a new title comes out, perhaps a sale or promotional pricing for a certain time period would encourage new readers to try your work and allow the current reader to try older work while waiting for the new release. Thinking about starting a new series and hoping to “hook” reader, giving the first book for free or at a discounted rate is always a good enticement.

Using subscriptions lists such as BookBub and Freebooksy can help bolster your readership and potentially gain readers. It was BookBub that first introduced me to author Mimi Jean Pamfiloff and her King Series. I purchased the King trilogy box set, which was advertised on BookBub and priced at $.99.   I fell in love with both the series and author. I am now working my way through her backlist.

The VALUE of your work:

What does your work mean to you? As an Author, you work hard and a little bit of your soul is embedded into each book. More importantly, you still need to earn an income. Don’t under value, the time, effort, and creativity it takes to produce a book. Undervaluing your work may sell an extra copy but does not guarantee a sale and it might make you feel discouraged.

Ultimately, you, the author, need to be comfortable with the price you are setting for your eBook.

Ludvica Boota is currently in the publishing program at Ryerson University and is an intern at Lachesis Publishing Inc. Prior to her studies, she worked in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Her most adventurous experience was working for the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital in Dublin Ireland, where she was employed as a project officer but was never asked to deliver a baby. Ludvica holds an MBA from the University of Victoria and a B.Com from Carleton University.

When she’s not daydreaming about her next travel adventure, and perhaps her own HEA, she is usually immersed in a romance novel.

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OUR BOOK OF THE WEEK is the delightful light paranormal romance THE CUPCAKE COVEN by ASHLYN CHASE. Book 1 Love Spells Gone Wrong Series

CLICK HERE TO BUY (all ebook formats available)

WHAT IT’S ABOUT:

Pretty Wiccan Rebecca Colby borrowed money from her father to start a bakery, and now he’s calling the loan due. When she learns he fell off the gambling wagon and owes big money to some scary people, she has to start making a profit—and fast—before the loan shark takes a bite out of her.

Hot Cowboy Dru Tanner is looking for his missing sister who left Texas to explore their New England Wiccan roots. She’s the only family he has left, and he’s desperate to find her. Dru has to hide the fact that he’s not a Wiccan long enough to infiltrate a coven in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It’s the only lead he has.

Dru needs a job and a place to stay while he searches for his sister. Rebecca needs cheap help so she can work some baking magic. Dru makes Rebecca an offer she can’t refuse—if only lust doesn’t drive them crazy first.

READ AN EXCERPT:

The bell above the door tinkled, signaling a customer. Jumping to her feet, Rebecca mumbled into the phone, “I’ll have to call you back, Dad.” She hung up and took a deep breath to compose herself.

Plastering a smile on her face, she turned toward the counter and caught her first glimpse of the most incredible man she’d ever seen. He was tall, at least six feet. His jeans hugged lean hips in such a way as to leave little to the imagination, yet he moved in them casually, looking totally comfortable.

When he reached the counter a gorgeous smile softened his rugged features. Blue eyes and sandy brown hair peaked out from under the well-worn cowboy hat. Am I looking at a real live cowboy here in New England?

He tipped the brim of his hat. “Mornin’ ma’am. Or I should say good afternoon. I guess it’s past noontime, after all.”

If he was rambling a little bit, she was grateful for it. She didn’t think she could speak right away.

“I was wonderin’ . . . that help-wanted sign in the window . . . ?”

Shoot. Should she tell the guy she might not be in business very long? Her Wiccan values had her believing that honesty was the best policy, but she could at least let him finish his sentence.

“Yes?” she prompted.

“Well, this is gonna sound pretty stupid if I’m wrong . . .”

His hesitation only lasted a moment. Then he gazed into her eyes with his piercing blue ones. “Are you by any chance a witch? Because if so, maybe we can help each other. I’m willin’ to trade my services for your help findin’ my sister.”

That sure wasn’t what she expected him to say. She almost tipped her head toward the ceiling to thank the Goddess.

“I—uh . . .Yes. I’m Wiccan. Do you want a locator spell?”

“Sure. If that’ll help me find her.” He reached into his shirt pocket and produced a picture of a young woman. She resembled him, but she looked much younger. Long blonde hair tumbled down from a similar cowboy hat, and she wore a checkered shirt, but the major similarities were her blue eyes and easy smile.

Rebecca hadn’t done a locator spell in a long time. And she’d never done one to find a human being, but the trade was a perfect idea. Witches aren’t supposed to make money by performing spells for other people, but a trade to save some money doesn’t count. Does it? She’d ask Hanna, later. For now, she was intrigued by the idea and the cowboy was waiting for an answer.

“Can you bake?”

He laughed. “I can learn.”

“No need. There are plenty of other ways you can help. I’ll have you fill out an application, and later I’ll check your references. By the way, our coven is meeting tonight. Would you be interested in attending?”

His brows shot up. After a brief hesitation he asked, “Do you think that’ll help me find my sister?”

“It might. You could also check out Myranda’s Occult Shop. She’s got loads of expertise and you can find any ingredients you need for a spell there.”

“A spell . . . Uh, sure, I’ll talk to Myranda.”

“Good! I hope to see you tonight,” she said. “I’ll get you that application now, and if your references are good you can start tomorrow.”

“Great. Can I get that application with a side of cherry pie?”

“Sure thing.” She smiled, already feeling a bit lighter.

LIKE WHAT YOU’VE READ SO FAR?

YOU CAN PURCHASE THE CUPCAKE COVEN RIGHT HERE! CLICK HERE TO BUY 

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Ashlyn Chase is a best selling author who writes funny and sexy, light paranormal romances and erotic romances. Connect with Ashlyn on her website and on facebook and twitter.

Ashlyn will be at the Romancing the Capital Conference in Ottawa, Canada from Aug. 3-5. Be sure to stop by if you are in the area and you could meet Ashlyn! 

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