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Thursday, June 2, 2011

$2.99 Ebook Deals & a NEW Ebook Release!

Okay, this totally took me by surprise yesterday (in a good way), but I found out that According to Jane is part of a special Kindle sale -- called Sunshine Deals -- for "numerous bestselling and award-winning authors" (yes, I had a squeee moment at that description!) between now and June 15th. If you don't have it on Kindle and would like it for $2.99, you can get it here!!

One of the reasons I was so stunned was because I'd been up until 2am the night before trying to puzzle through the uploading-a-novel process at Amazon, Smashwords and B&N. I've had this little side project in the works for months and I was preparing to announce it this week, so to have Amazon unexpectedly include my debut novel in their June promotion...well, it couldn't have come at a more exciting time.

Why, you ask?

Well, because as of today, I have my first ebook-only release up at Amazon and Smashwords (B&N is coming soon, too). I'm thrilled about it -- and, as always, a little nervous! It's a book I wrote several years ago, around the same time as According to Jane, but it's a short romantic comedy geared toward what was the Harlequin Flipside line (R.I.P.), which I'd loved. Two of my good friends -- Simone Elkeles and Sara Daniel -- read it and critiqued it. I revised it. And revised it some more. I had an RWA pitch appointment scheduled with one of the editors of the line when, two weeks before the conference, we all found out Flipside would be discontinued. Sigh.

So, six years went by.

This winter, when I read through the story again, I still loved the characters and the quirky little community they lived in, and I couldn't wait to play with the manuscript again...to update and polish it now that I'd gone through the process of editing so many more novels. It's a tad lighter in tone than my women's fiction books and shorter, too (about 57,000 words), but a part of my writer's heart will always love short contemporary romances as well as those longer relationship novels. It's called On Any Given Sundae, and it's the story of a shy dessert cookbook writer and the high-school football star (turned successful restaurant owner) she always had a crush on. The two of them end up running an ice cream parlor for the summer and, well, it is a romantic comedy...so love is in the air, along with the delectable scent of hot-fudge sauce, caramel and whipped cream...

You all know me too well to be surprised that I'd write a whole book based around ice cream, right? *grin*

The great news is that it's priced at only $2.99, too, and very much a summertime read for those who'd like a light romance with a little steaminess and a lot of dessert love. The talented Kim Killion designed my book cover last month, and I was delighted with that as well. (I want one of those strawberries!!) And I owe big hugs to awesome authors Edie Ramer and Marie Force for answering my endless questions about ebook formatting -- thank you, ladies!

Now, I'm throwing virtual confetti in the air in celebration and trying to hand out massive ice cream sundaes to all of you before they melt... What's your favorite sundae topping?! Would you like whipped cream -- yes or no? Sprinkles?

Happy June, Everyone!

20 comments:

Judy Croome said...

White marshmallows & flakie (do you have flakies in the US? A delicious bar of creamy chocolate that crumbles into flakes. Perfect for a Sundae. Or a Sunday.

Good luck with your eBook. Will pop over to Kindle now!
Judy, South Africa

Jill Thomas said...

Marilyn! I love the title, but as I love anything sweet, I guess that's no surprise! The story behind ANY GIVEN SUNDAE is inspirational to any writer. I'll be cross-posting, Facebooking, shouting from the rooftops, etc. etc. etc. :)

Maria Geraci said...

Marilyn, congrats on the new release! I love the cover, title, concept... everything. I bet this is going to do really well and I can't wait to read it :)

BTW, favorite topping is definitely chocolate. Whipped cream? Yes, Please! No sprinkles needed:)

Marilyn Brant said...

Judy, I *love* flakies!! Cadbury, right? But, no, we don't have them here at most store...sigh. If they're the same ones I'm thinking of, I've had them in England and in Australia. There's a British import shop that will order them, too. I've never thought to put it on ice cream, but I will now!!

Jill, thank you so much! Your supportiveness and kindness is as sweet to me as creamy milk chocolate ;). Hugs!!

Maria, thanks! I really hope everyone who reads it will like it... And YES on the chocolate! Me, too. There can never be enough of it!!

Christy said...

Congratulations Marilyn!
Love the cover and the word play with "Sundae" title :-)

Pamela Cayne said...

How incredibly awesome!! Congrats to you, e-publishing superstar, you! Can't wait to read. Hooray!!!

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Edie Ramer said...

Marilyn, your book looks beautiful on my Kindle. I love the title, and I'm sure I'll love the book even more.

I like sundaes pretty much any way I can get them. I'm not fussy.

Kristina McMorris said...

Amazing on both counts, Marilyn! So excited for you. I have no doubt both books will sell like hotcakes. Or should I say "ice cream cakes"??

Marilyn Brant said...

Christy, thank you!! I was very proud of myself when I thought of the "sundae" thing, but my mind is FAR too often on sweets, so I can't stop myself from thinking of dessert puns. ;)

Pamela, LOVE to you, my friend!! I'm pretty far from superstardom, but the e-pub world has been an adventure already! Yet another set of skills to learn...yet another beginning...

Edie, thank you -- I'm so glad the cover turned out well on the Kindle screen! There's no way I'll ever be able to remember the five thousand steps I had to take to get the image transferred there (it involved downloading the Mobipocket Creator...and a Kindle Previewer...and praying to the tech gods :), but I'm glad it worked in the end.

Kristina, thanks so much! And LOL about the ice cream cakes ;). I love those, too!! Sending you a hug from Chicago.

Cindy Procter-King said...

Very cool, Marilyn. I loved the Flipside line! Glad you published your book.

Kate Sterling said...

Woohoo! That's awesome news, Marilyn! I'll get my copy for this weekend's reading pleasure. :)

Great cover, too!

Sundaes... yum... *wipes drool off keyboard before catastrophe strikes*

Marilyn Brant said...

Thanks, Cindy! I loved those Flipsides, too... ;)

Kate, thank you!!! And LOL about the drooling! You and me both... I am SO in the mood for ice cream right now :-).

Pamala Knight said...

Marilyn!! This is such WONDERFUL NEWS!!!!

Congratulations on ANY GIVEN SUNDAE (love that title!) and I've already rushed out to add it to my Kindle collection. Wishing you SO MUCH SUCCESS with this and I'm sure it's as delicious as it's title.

YAY!!

Marilyn Brant said...

Pamala, xoxoxox!!!! And thank you. I'm so lucky to have friends like you ;).

Joan said...

Hot chocolate syrup, nuts and whipped cream make a perfect sundae. Good luck with your books.

GladysMP said...

I, too, love ice cream and since we just hit the temperature of 100 degrees here in Houston...breaking all time record for so early in the year...ice cream sounds especially tempting right now.

Marilyn Brant said...

Joan, YUM!! I like the way you think ;). And thank you for the luck, too!

Gladys, 100 degrees already?! Oh, my... I'm sweating just at the 80+ degrees we got in Chicago this afternoon ;). Sending you that virtual sundae right away!!

Robin said...

Marilyn! Congratulations! I just downloaded it to my Kindle and can't wait to read it! You are such an inspiration, and I wish you loads of success with this new endeavor. Your talent is boundless, my friend. I love the cover and your title. :)

Marilyn Brant said...

Robin, thank you so much! xoxox I hope you'll enjoy the story, and I'm so grateful for your supportiveness and kindness... ;)