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Grandma used to say. . .

Grandma used to say, in relation to food preparation, you have to present your dish to first feast the eyes before it feasts the stomach.

In the same way, one might presume, this way of thinking can be adopted to all products whether they are edible or not. If something is pleasing to the eye, it is more likely to be acquired; and if the product is a book, for it to be picked up, scrutinized, and if the formula is to their liking, purchased.

In my case, I thought I had achieved just the right formula when, last year [2017], I had “packaged” Book 2 in my Romance in War series. I believed I was being clever with the title by combining words from two situations dating back to 1944 – the year the story is set. “Operation Dragoon” was the code name for the invasion of southern France in August of that year. At that time, the American musician Glenn Miller was popular, and his tune “Moonlight Serenade” is one of my favorites. It only seemed natural therefore that I should entitle the story “Dragoon Serenade”. Getting an appropriate cover for it was a challenge, and although both the publisher and I loved the end result, it has now come to light [seven months since the books release], that readers held a different, more negative, view.

Book 2 in the Romance in War series is a lovely story or so I’ve been told by all those who have read it. The three 5 star reviews on Amazon and Goodreads seem to support those positive comments.

Yet despite such encouraging feedback sales of the book were lower than expected. It was therefore a difficult decision to make, but with the support of Luminosity Publishing, the story has been repackaged.

On Thursday June 7th, 2018 the book is to be re-released with a new exciting title and a new, more vibrant cover:

Fingers and toes crossed, as well as Grandma’s favorite recipe, “Codename: Amour” will appeal to all lovers of sensual romance and adventure.

With very best wishes

Louise xx

 

 

 

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Promotions for “Dragoon Serenade”

As a lead up to the release of my latest novella in the Romance in War series I have been experimenting with some promotions through Facebook.

I’m not too sure how it works, but if all the ‘views’ represent people who have viewed the advert then it is hoped they will be impressed enough to buy a copy of the e-book “Dragoon Serenade”

The promo is of course backed up with a book trailer created for me by Luminosity Publishing which can be viewed on YouTube at:

I hope you’ll enjoy the trailer… but I also hope you’ll buy the book.

Best Wishes

Louise

Paperback: Romance in War – Volume One

Cover Art by Dusktildawn Designs and Poppy Designs at Luminosity Publishing

Original Art Work Copyright belongs to Dawné Dominique [Book 2] and Poppy Designs [Book 1]

Romance in War – Volume One is to be a paperback consisting of “Letter from a Stranger – Book 1” and “Dragoon Serenade – Book 2” of the Romance in War series.

Luminosity Publishing is scheduled to release Romance in War – Volume One on15th November 2017.

The book will be available through the usual distributor channels such as Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, and Luminosity Publishing’s own website.

Best wishes

Louise

“Dragoon Serenade” to be published

It would seem that the revisions I had completed for book 2 in my Romance in War series “Dragoon Serenade” have paid off. Although I had wanted to keep this series as “sweet” romances, where sex remained behind closed doors, it has proved to be no longer a viable option.

Since the revisions I recently carried out, the story was sensual enough to be offered to Luminosity Publishing. This is the comments I received along with their offer of a contract for the story:

I loved the plot in this story. It held my interest, and I read the whole book in one session. The writing is very good. I am sure readers will love it as much as me.

Luminosity Publishing have set a projected a release date of October 2017 for the e-book.

They will combine Books 1 and 2 into a paperback version to be released hopefully by November 2017.

Also as Dawné Dominique has created such fantastic covers for “The Sword and the Rose” series Luminosity has agreed for me to approach Dusktildawn Designs to create a cover.

Needlesstosay, I am over the moon that this latest story is soon to be released.

Best wishes

Louise

 

What will 2017 bring?

As the year-end fast approaches I’m in a bit of a dilemma on what I should be writing in 2017.

Certainly I will continue with my “Romance in War” series even though at this stage I haven’t got a publisher on board to take them on – Book 2 – Dragoon Serenade anxiously awaits to be released to romance readers.

I am currently writing Book 3 – Balor’s Landing which is set on the small island of Toraigh, Ireland in September 1944 and have plans for at least four more books afterwards.

“The Sword and the Rose” Series is another matter. Although Book 4 – Lady of Seville nears completion, and I had envisaged a further 3 books, feedback I have recently received seems to suggest that I should be thinking of writing something else completely different.

It will be hard to let go of the characters I have grown to love, especially Elena de Cellorigo-Borja, my heroine in two of the four books, but even so perhaps a change would be good for my readers as well as for me. Who knows maybe I shall return to complete those three other stories at a later date.

What to write instead is a question I will have to ponder over. It has been suggested that I might consider historical romances with a Scottish flavor – apparently books of this nature are best-sellers regardless if they are sweet or erotic romances, so is it something to consider? I shrug – your guess is as good as mine – sigh!

I have been toying with the idea of either returning to the early to mid-19th century Australia to pick up where I left off with my first novel Beneath Southern Stars or doing something completely different and dabble in fantasy?

For now I suppose I will just enjoy the Christmas holidays with my family and see the New Year in before I put on my thinking cap to overcome this difficult situation I’m finding myself in.

In the meantime I will take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy, and prosperous New Year.

Best Wishes

Louise