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If I get around to writing a “Best Reads of 2014” post, one of the books I’ll wax most rhapsodic about is Summer Chaparral, a historical romance with an unusual late-19th-century Southern California setting, featuring some marvelously assured prose and characterization from debut author Genevieve Turner.

The follow-up novella to that book, The Cowboy’s Christmas Seduction, is free on Amazon this weekend. I haven’t read it yet, but because I loved Summer Chaparral so much, I wanted to alert you all to the free promotion (running 12/27 and 12/28).

Caveat: I asked around on Twitter, and people who’ve read both books recommend reading Summer Chaparral first rather than approaching The Cowboy’s Christmas Seduction as a stand-alone. But I figure as long as the novella is free, you might as well download it and save it until you’ve gotten around to reading Summer Chaparral. Which I do hope you’ll do, because like I said, it’s one of the best romances I read this year :)

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Thursday, 12/18, author Carolyn Jewel is hosting me for a giveaway of A Christmas Gone Perfectly Wrong plus a backlist book of the winner’s choice.

A month or so ago I saw her interview of author Joanna Bourne, and mentioned on Twitter that now I aspired to one day be interviewed by her, and she said she could make that happen. And so she did, with a slate of questions evoking my opinions on everything from The Best and Worst Things About Writing to The Suitability of Narnia as a Vacation Destination.

I had a lot of fun answering the questions, and I hope you’ll check it out!

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Edited 12/6: A Christmas Gone Perfectly Wrong will be FREE on Amazon from Monday, 12/8 through Friday, 12/12. I know I’m sounding a little fanatical about this (please note that the post below was written at about 5:45 in the morning after I’d been up all night), but I really want people to have this book for free!!

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So. Not until I went to upload A Christmas Gone Perfectly Wrong did it ever occur to me that I might not have the option to just make it permanently free.

I’ve conceived of this book all along as a promo tool; a shorter work that would hopefully harvest new readers for the existing Blackshear books (and then, ideally, my books-yet-to-come). I’ve told people it would be free. I’ve explained to someone who was concerned about the lack of a print edition that I didn’t want to make a print edition you’d have to pay for when the ebook would be free.

Well, as you’ve either figured out or already knew, one does not have the option to upload a book to all the biggest ebook retailers with a beginning and permanent price of free. The only way I can get it to be free on Amazon (by far the biggest ebook retailer) is to either:

  1. Put it on one of the other sites for free, then either alert Amazon or get someone else to alert Amazon (like so much else lately, this is not quite clear to me) of this fact, and hope that it takes them a couple days to match the price, rather than three or four weeks. Given that I expect the book’s marketability to drop sharply after Christmas, I can’t take the risk of the long wait. (Yes, I’m now kicking myself for not having put the thing up in October, which would have given me plenty of time for price matching.)
  2. Commit to Amazon’s KDP Select program, which means the book is available exclusively through Amazon for 90 days (which, for a Christmas book, basically means for the book’s 2014 shelf life), and then take advantage of the 5-day Free Book Promotion that’s available to KDP Select participants.

So I’m doing the latter. I’ve priced it at 99 cents, which is the minimum Amazon allows, and I will make it free for 5 days hopefully starting Monday December 8. (Instructions tell me to click on “Manage Benefits” on my “KDP Bookshelf” in order to initiate the promotion, but right now there is no “Manage Benefits” to click on. I’m assuming this is because the book hasn’t gone live yet. I’m counting on there being a “Manage Benefits” link, eventually.)

So. I’ll be very loud on Twitter and wherever else I am about these five free days – I’m a little leery of earning Amazon’s ire by saying, explicitly, “Don’t buy my book; wait for the free days!” But I will say, please don’t feel like it’s better to “support” me by paying for the book instead of getting it free. Because, while I’m not opposed to making money, that’s just not the way I’ve thought about this book, ever. It’s supposed to be my holiday present for existing readers, and my bait for new readers who maybe weren’t willing to bite at my 7.99 standard mass-market price.

Anyway. Let’s switch gears and talk about content. I’ll actually call this a Content Advisory.

Among the plot developments in A Christmas Gone Perfectly Wrong is a non-intentional sex event. And hand in hand with the absence of intent goes an absence of consent.

It’s definitely on the milder end of the non-consensual sex events scale – it’s not presented as a fun sexy thing that anyone would like to see repeated; the involved parties are taken aback and aghast – but if you’re triggerish around consent, or just have a zero-tolerance policy for anything short of enthusiastic consent, this might not be the book for you.

That’s as much detail as I’ll go into here. If you need to know more in order to decide whether you want to read the book, feel free to email me at cecilia at ceciliagrant dot com, and I’ll tell you the specifics.

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