Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Free Books Continue

Three Ink Jockeys are back in the saddle---participating in another book giveaway, December 12 and 13.   Check out for titles by Rebecca York, Patricia Rosemoor and Dana Marton, along with dozens of free books by other authors you want to read.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

We Have a Winner!

Congratulations to Ada Hui, the winner of the Book Derby $25 gift certificate. When we asked her about herself, she said, "My passions are reading romance novels and sports - hockey is tops." 

Friday, December 7, 2012

Bargains Continue

Thanks for participating in the Book Derby.  Many of the books below are still 99 cents.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Welcome to the Book Derby!

The champions are out of the gate! Ink Jockeys announce their first ever . . .


All books FREE or 99 Cents
TWO DAYS ONLY:  December 5 and December 6

All books written by bestselling, award-winning, traditionally published authors who have broken out of the starting gate to publish independently.  Join us at the ticket window.



Don't forget to send a few as gifts! You can specify delivery date on Amazon, so your gift is received at Christmas! Don't have a Kindle? Check out Amazon's FREE reading apps



 ROMANCE -- 99c   or   FREE    



SHORT STORIES -- 99c   or   FREE 



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Monday, December 3, 2012

Going It Alone... Or Not

Jenna Ryan

I think I've been shy since I was born. So naturally, I had no idea there was such a thing as a writers' group. That being other people with similar goals who will listen, understand, commiserate and support as needed. When I decided to pen my first Harlequin Intrigue, all I had were the standard guidelines and a deep well of hope. Oh, and I was also madly in love with Dark Shadows, Frank Langella's Dracula and just about every Alfred Hitchcock movie out there.

But first things first. Before I jumped into the writing pool, I read as many Intrigues as I possibly could. I knew I'd struck gold when I picked up Anne Stuart's Hand In Glove. There it was, my idea of the perfect Intrigue. It was this story that prompted me to go dark and spooky. I set my first Intrigue in a Massachusetts wax museum, followed the guidelines, boxed up my 70,000 plus word manuscript and sent it off to New York. Four nail biting months and one horrific postal strike later, I figured that poor manuscript was probably lying in pieces at the bottom of a Dumpster. Imagine my shock when, out of the blue, I got 'the phone call'. Harlequin wanted my book! Was I good or what?

Well, let's say I was good enough for the moment. But tastes change, and a few years later, I wasn't the flavor of the month any more. Ouch, that hurt. It also completely undermined my confidence. Maybe I couldn't write after all. Maybe the whole thing had been a huge cosmic joke. I have to say, it was a great relief when the publishing wheel began to turn for me again.

It took a while, but in time I found one of those writers' groups I mentioned earlier. Unfortunately, I was still so very shy -- which is frustrating but difficult to overcome. Thank God for on-line connections and Patricia Rosemoor in particular. She invited me to join a really great group -- which led to another and another and -- you get the idea.

In the traditional publishing world, my 32 Intrigues have run the gamut from Jack the Ripper to a Paris Puppet Theater. Two of my Intrigues earned the Romantic Times Certificate of Excellence. Two others were named Best Intrigue of the Year. I've also been honored with a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Romantic Mystery.

Although I haven't self-published a book yet, I'm excited to let everyone know that my very dark, supernatural, romantic thriller, THE ARISING will be ready to go in early 2013.

Available at
Coming March 5, 2013

Please visit my website my Facebook Page my Author Facebook Page or tweet me at @JennaRyanAuthor

For anyone who has recently connected with the Ink Jockeys site, have fun checking out the Book Derby, December 5 & 6 with its Prizes, Discounts and Free Books. You won't be disappointed!

A Scary and Exciting Time

Patricia Rosemoor

This is both a scary and an exciting time to be an author. In little more than a year, publishing has been turned on its head. Authors can now be their own publishers with little to no investment, and that has brought a huge change as to how traditional houses -- or legacy houses as they are now called -- and how agents are reinventing themselves. As someone who has lasted in the industry for a squeak away from thirty years, I have reinvented myself multiple times. And now, with all the opportunities available to authors, I am keeping my fingers in every pie I can.

I’m really happy to be able to make my backlist available to readers, who might not have caught those stories the first time around. I can't tell you how many times I've had readers ask me how to get titles they missed. I have a large backlist both of my Patricia Rosemoor titles, but also novels written with a co-author as Lynn Patrick, Jeanne Rose and Roslynn Griffith. Samhain is publishing most of the Lynn Patrick backlist, and Lynn Patrick is once more appearing at Harlequin for their new Heartwarming line. Backlist Jeanne Rose titles are available again at Amazon, BN and Smashwords.

My first novel was a young adult romance. It won the 1983 Golden Heart for Best Young Adult Romance. Unfortunately, I wasn’t at the RWA National Conference that year. A chapter mate called me to tell me I'd won and that the editor of Silhouette Young Love was saying that I was her new author. I had submitted the book to her and had done a rewrite to lengthen it, but the editor hadn’t called or written to say she wanted the book. So I waited for the call. And waited. And waited. And then gave up.

Three weeks after the conference, the editor finally called and asked if she’d made me an offer. I said no. She said she wanted to buy the book and hoped that I would accept her offer...because she’d already put it in production. A CHANGE OF HEART (by “RoseAnne McKenna”) was the only young adult book I ever wrote. Books that followed were romantic comedies, long contemporary romances, paranormal romances, paranormal historical romances. I was determined to continue to be published, no matter the changing market. As I said, I keep reinventing myself.

My favorite subgenre, the type of novel that composes more than half of my backlist, is romantic suspense. I’ve written 93 published novels, sold over seven million copies worldwide. Fifty-three of those novels were Harlequin Intrigues. RT BookReviews has honored me with two awards for Best Intrigue and two Career Achievement Awards recognizing my career as a romantic suspense author.

Currently, I am writing for Entangled Publishing's Dead Sexy line. I had a little fun writing Christmas romantic mysteries -- HOLIDAY IN CRIMSON and NIGHTMARE IN CRIMSON -- by killing Santa Claus. Twice.
So far, I’ve gone indie with several of my Patricia Rosemoor backlist titles, including SEE ME IN YOUR DREAMS, TELL ME NO LIES and TOUCH ME IN THE DARK, the first three novels in my bestselling series, The McKenna Legacy. (The most requested books by my new readers.) And I’ve written one original indie romantic thriller, SKIN.

Pushed to the Limit
Drop Dead Gorgeous
We Ink Jockeys are all traditionally published authors who also are producing indie work, whether backlist or original titles. We've banded together, hoping to entertain you endlessly!

Watch this space for our exciting Book Derby on Wednesday and Thursday, December 5-6. We'll offer readers Kindle books ON SALE at 99¢ ... and some will even be FREE! So come back and scoop up the bargains.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Pushing the Boundaries of Imagination

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It's a great time to be a writer and an even greater time to be a reader!

As an author, I have more freedom now than ever before in my career. I can choose to publish my books however I want, push creative boundaries, go where no wo/man has gone before (yes, I'm a Star Trek fan <g>).

This freedom doesn't only give writers choices; more importantly, it gives readers choices. One glance at (and other ebook stores) and you can see how much variety is out there; far more than any brick-and-mortar store had space to shelve or any publisher had the resources to publish before.

Pushed Too Far
I don't know about you, but I grew up reading a vast range of stories, many of which didn't neatly fit one genre or another. My mom would take my brothers and me to the library, and I'd load up on books of all kinds. All the different stories made me feel as if there might be room in this magical world of books to write what fired –my- imagination, and at the ripe old age of seven, that's what I started to do.

When it came time to choose a major at the University of Wisconsin, the only subject I could choose was creative writing. And in 2000, I published my first novel with Harlequin Intrigue. For eleven years, I had a blast writing a pulse-pounding blend of romance and suspense.

Finally after twenty-five books with Intrigue, I decided it was time to push myself a little further. Or maybe a lot.  Ebooks were coming into their own, and the possibilities were endless.

I teamed up with my friend J.A. Konrath, a man known for both pushing boundaries and bringing his wacky imagination to a variety of different genres, and together we started the Codename: Chandler series, an action-packed, over-the-top series of spy thrillers staring a super assassin known only by her code name (FLEE, SPREE, and novella EXPOSED are out now, with THREE and more novellas on the way). And earlier this year, I released my solo police procedure thriller, PUSHED TOO FAR. I've been having a blast, to say the least.

Ebooks have been great for me as a writer, but that's only a small part of why I love them. My favorite thing about my Kindle is that it makes me feel like I did as a kid, browsing through shelves of books that seemed as vast as my imagination and picking out whatever suits my fancy; traditionally published books, indie published books, backlist books, and hidden gems.

What's your favorite thing about ebooks? And what boundaries have ebooks inspired you to push, either in reading choices or in the stories you write? And lastly, are you a trekker?

Check back on Wednesday, when we'll be offering some of our books for 99 cents and FREE, to pick out whatever –you- feel like reading and comment to win a gift card! Spread the word!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Dana Marton writes fast-paced action-adventure romances that take her readers all over the globe. She's a Rita Award finalist and the winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence. She loves writing stories of intrigue, filled with dangerous plots that try her tough-as-nails heroes and the special women they fall in love with. Her 30 books have been translated into many languages and published all over the world.<<

That sounds so good I almost impressed myself just typing it. LOL Well, a few shiny sentences can cover a lot of gritty truth. The above bio is my glamor version for press releases. My path to publication, on the other hand, was nothing if not unglamorous. I wrote for 13 years and completed 4 books (as well as writing a lot more that didn't get finished), before I finally received the call from a major NY editor. I was beginning to wonder if I was being tenacious or just too stupid to know when to quit.

When the editor called, I was so nervous, I was standing by the kitchen counter with the wall phone, my knees shaking. I sure wished for a chair. I sure wished for some paper and pen, too, to write down all the things she was throwing at me, like the possibility of pen names, deadlines and contract details. I listened to everything in a daze, hoping I'll remember half of it. After we hung up, I realized the phone was cordless. I could have gone and grabbed a piece of paper and sat down.

Everything worked out in the end. I looooove writing, and would spend all day doing it if I could only break my family of the pesky habit of wanting to wear clean clothes and eat. What's up with that? My wonderful assistant is Toby, a 6 mos old goldendoodle. If I have free time between books (I'm talking about a day here), I enjoy flea markets, gardening and going on long walks in the woods with my husband. He's my hero. He's served in the Army, was a volunteer medic for years for the free ambulance, was a volunteer firefighter, and when I lost my office job and still hadn't sold any books yet, he offered to sell his SUV, a car he loves beyond words, and trade it for the cheapest clunker he could find, so I could stay home for a few months and see if I could give writing a little more time. It didn't come to that. I sold my first book, SHADOW SOLDIER, a romantic suspense novel, just in the nick of time. 

I'm so excited about being part of our BookDerby on Dec. 5-6 and giving away a ton of 99c and FREE Kindle books for readers. How is that for a bargain? Make sure to check back in with us! 

Dana Marton

Friday, November 30, 2012


The Comfort Zone.
 It's a lovely place to be, isn't it? Wearing the same soft, pilly sweater, eating the same fat-loaded comfort foods, seeing the same friends, even writing the same types of books.

I published my first romantic suspense with Harlequin Intrigue in 2001. Since then I've written 32 books for Intrigue. My next Intrigue is
Cover Me, an anthology I wrote with Rita Herron and Joanna Wayne, on shelves in March of 2013. I love writing for Intrigue. To me it still seems like a dream and it's definitely a dream come true.

But as much as I love writing romantic suspense, I also love writing other genres of romantic fiction--paranormal romance, contemporary romance and even historical romance. 

Recently, I've been flexing those out-of-shape writing muscles, and I'm happy to announce that I have several short stories from different genres up on my Amazon Kindle page. I also have an historical romance novella called September Rain and a light contemporary romance, It's In His Kiss, that will be available for our InkJockeys BookDerby event, right here on the InkJockeys Blog on December 5 and 6.  

My fellow authors and I will be offering a ton of 99¢ and FREE Kindle books for readers. Come grab some spectacular books at prices that can't be beat.

I'd love to hear if any of you have stepped out of your comfort zone lately. It's a brave and daring thing to do (in my opinion) and I applaud you for doing it.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Paula Graves, Living Vicariously

I've always wanted to be interesting, but apparently I lack the drive or the internal resources for it.  I'm ruthlessly average, a bit on the nerdy side, and my life is so ordinary it even puts me to sleep.
So how on earth did I come to write romantic thrillers for a living?

I figure, the next best thing to doing something exciting is writing about it. I'm too afraid of heights to stand on a chair, but that doesn't keep my heroines from dangling thirty feet from a truss bridge in a hallucinatory state.  Fire scares the heck out of me, but I've been known to stick a hero in a burning house trying to open a nailed-shut trap door to save the heroine.

When I was a kid, my play time was all about pretending to be something I wasn't.  I guess writing books is the grown-up equivalent to playing pretend for me.

I've always thought of writing as a fun sort of therapy, in which I deal with my neuroses by living them out on page and winning. I get thrills through my characters, who get to do the interesting, exciting, and important things that I'll probably never get the chance to do.  Like take on a Mexican drug lord and fall in love with a smokin' hot cowboy.

My December story, "Wyatt" is part of a Harlequin Intrigue Christmas anthology called THREE COWBOYS.  My co-conspirators, Julie Miller and Dana Marton, wrote the first two stories, and mine wraps up the overarching mystery.  It's a tale about three brothers, estranged by time and circumstance, who join forces when the little sister they never knew existed is kidnapped by a ruthless drug cartel just a few days before Christmas.  There's plenty of danger and thrills, but there's also a heart-warming story about a family finding its way back together at a time of year when family and forgiveness take center stage.
I also have three indie e-books available now, books I chose to publish myself in order to help them find an audience.  Talk about living vicariously—one of them actually features a former President's daughter seeking help and protection from the former Secret Service agent who once protected her.  Check them out on my website:
So here's my question for you.  Do you read books to meet interesting people?

Don't forget to watch for our upcoming Book Derby!  Lots of free and 99¢ books up for grabs! Don't miss it!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Connie Flynn. Starting Over . . . and Over

Life is what happens while we're making other plans . . . John Lennon

As we move through life making plans then dealing with what actually happens, we often fail to notice how frequently we start over. That got me thinking about my writing career, the one I decided to pursue after I got to work one day and learned my boss and all my peers were being laid off. I was the only one left and not long for that world, either, I realized, so I began looking for other work.

That took me to fiction writing, novels actually, and I wrote a romance that was sold to Harlequin Superromance, the second publisher I'd sent it to. I was elated. I was on my way. Harlequin was,  of course, going to buy everything I wrote, and when you stop laughing I'll tell you what this recollection brought with it.

First, I think I always wanted to be a writer, I just didn't know it. Back in the fourth grade I had this wonderful inspiring teacher who encouraged the class to write fiction and share their stories. I wrote about Suzie and Jimmy, siblings who solved mysteries and had a black cat that had undergone a white hair examination in order to become a Halloween cat. Anyway, I quickly became a superstar in this small fourth grade class and the other kids couldn't wait to read the next Suzie and Jimmy installment.

Everyone, that is, except my best friend, Bonnie (isn't that cute, it rhymes) who told me without any sugar coating that she didn't understand why I kept writing about these same stupid people. Apparently, I didn't understand either because I don't remember ever writing another story that year.

Fast forward twenty years on an afternoon when I just finished reading a dark Phyllis Whitney gothic romance. The story grabbed me and when I finished I decided I wanted to write like that.  Typewriters weren't household items in those days and the personal computer was just an spark in the brains of future Microsoft founders, so I grabbed a spiral notebook and put it all down by hand. I wrote. I crossed out. I scribbled over old writing, I strived to write new . . . and better. Eventually I decided my writing was crap. Who was I to think I could ever write like Phyllis Whitney?

It never occurred to me to ask myself where that voice came from. Echoes of Bonnie I now think, but the page binder got stuck in a bottom drawer, not to see daylight for nearly ten years when I moved. While packing, I found the binder, started reading the pages – no easy task since the handwriting was often illegible – and discovered the writing really wasn't all that bad.  It needed rewriting, yes, but it wasn't crap.

Which circles me back to the beginning of this blog, when my working life was thrown into "starting over." I started over once again, still using a binder and ruled paper. Then I bought an almost leading edge personal computer, (256k of RAM) although I didn't spring for the hard drive. I got an employee discount from the company that would later lay me off.

That's when I really started over. I went into writing novels for the money (okay, you can laugh again) but it soon became a calling and that's when I realized that the rest of my life would be a series of "starting over."  I wrote ten traditionally published novels and each book entailed "starting over." Publishing began changing in the blink of an eye. Editors jumped ship with nowhere to land, expectations changed and the bean counters finally got control.
That's when I realized that independent publishing was a world where I had some control and I met the wonderful Ink Jockeys and together we are helping each other thrive by publishing independently. Life remains a series of "starting over." Only now I wouldn't have it any other way.



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The books of Connie Flynn, a bestselling, award-winning author of ten novels and several short stories, are getting some positive attention from eBooks readers these days. She writes in several genres, including paranormal romance, romantic comedy and romantic action/adventure, contemporary fantasy, and mystery/suspense. Look for several more new releases from her in 2013.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Ginger Chambers

Ginger Chambers’ writing specialty is Contemporary Romance.  She’s been writing and selling romances for most of her adult life. First for Dell Publishing and then for Harlequin.  “I’ve always been a romantic,” Ginger says. “And I read hundreds and hundreds of romances before starting to write. I truly do love romance!” 
Of Ginger’s 33 plus books,  she wrote one Candlelight (sweet) Romance, three Candlelight Ecstasy (spicy) romances, four Candlelight Ecstasy Supreme romances (longer versions of the Ecstasy romances), eleven Harlequin American romances, two books in the highly popular Welcome to Tyler series--the first continuity series Harlequin created--(written by different authors, with a single mystery running throughout twelve books), two books in the follow-up continuity series, Hometown Reunion (also set in Tyler), and ten Superromances, seven of which were Ginger’s own continuity series within Superromance, The West Texans. Three of Ginger’s Superromances were also re-edited and re-published by Harlequin for their new Heartwarming series.

Coming soon on Ink Jockeys: Ginger Chambers venture into e-publishing. “I’ve found it so sad over the years that series books have had such a short shelf life. But now, with the advent of e-publishing, series writers are able to bring their past books to life again. How wonderful for both readers and writers!” 

Learn more about Ginger at her blog, and on her Facebook page,

Watch this space for our exciting Book Derby on December 5-6. Come scoop up some bargains!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Rebecca York Goes for the Far Out

When Rebecca York was little she lived in an apartment building in Washington, D.C., where the elevator broke every few months, trapping tenants for hours. Because she was terrified of getting stuck in there alone, she would access her fifth-floor apartment by running up or down the stairs. The stairwell was dark and spooky, and she imagined vampires and zombies lurking there, following close on her heels as she pounded up the steps. But she preferred that threat to the haunted elevator. Eventually, she made peace with the dark creatures of the night and even got to like them so much that she turned them from monsters to the sexy alpha male heroes of her romantic suspense stories.

She’s written more than seventy-five RS novels, all populated with guys who can only be tamed by the love of a good woman. One of her latest projects is her indie series, Decorah Security, where all the agents have paranormal powers or take on paranormal cases. Frank Decorah, the crusty old Navy SEAL who owns the agency, had his own run-in with the weird and dangerous not long after he lost his leg in a commando raid, which is why he keeps an open mind to otherworldly possibilities. His agents include werewolves Cole Marshall (DARK MOON) and Zack Marshall (HOT AND DANGEROUS), a very sexy ghost named Matt Houseman (CHAINED), and Ben Walker, who can touch the dead and get their last memories (DARK POWERS). Rebecca loves getting inside the heads of these alpha-male heroes, pairing them with strong women, and putting the two of them in danger. Their reward for defeating the bad guys is their own HEA.

A USA Today best-selling novelist, Rebecca is a recipient of RWA's Centennial Award. She has written for many traditional publishers. Her werewolf Moon series was previously published by Berkley, with new stories coming out in the Decorah Security Series. She also writes for Harlequin Intrigue, including her long-running 43 Light Street series, set in Baltimore, and has started a fantasy romance series (the Chronicles of Arandal) for Carina Press as well as a romantic suspense series for Sourcebooks which will be published in Fall of 2013. She is the winner of a PRISM Award, two RT BOOK REVIEWS Career Achievement Awards, 5 New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf Awards, and the 2012 Mentoring Award of Washington Romance Writers. Two of her books were RITA finalists. Learn more about Rebecca York at her Web site, or drop by her blog,  Her Twitter handle is @rebeccayork43. She’s on Facebook at

Watch this space for our exciting Book Derby on December 5-6.  We'll be offering a ton of 99¢ and FREE Kindle books for readers. Come scoop up some bargains.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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