Winners!

Thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway last week! You all helped make release week for CHOOSING THE HIGHLANDER a huge success and a lot of fun!

Thank you for all the tweets and blog visits and notes of encouragement! I hope many of you will fall in love with Wilhelm like I did while I wrote him.

Without ado, here are the winners!

1st Prize

Amazon gift card $25

~~~Mary Ann Cloud~~~

2nd Prize

RuMe Tote Insert

(RuMe Tote Organizer Insert)

~~~Shannon Romein~~~

3rd Prize

Choosing the Highlander - Ebook(E-copies of Choosing the Highlander to 3 third-place winners)

~~~Suzanne King~~~

~~~Angela Horning-Archer~~~

~~~Becky Parsons~~~

Congratulations, ladies! Thank you for entering!

I’ve emailed the winners and will be sending out prizes as soon as I hear back from them. Remember, if you liked reading Choosing the Highlander, leave a review and tell someone you know about it!

Here’s the blurb and buy links again for anyone who hasn’t seen them yet:

As a mechanical engineer in 1981 Chicago, Connie designs plumbing systems. She has also designed her life to perfection, right down to the man she hopes to marry. But when Mr. Right proposes, she can’t say yes. A head-clearing vacation brings her to the Scottish Highlands, where her free-spirited twin wishes for Connie to find true love. Neither sister expects the wish to send Connie hurtling five hundred years into the past.

Wilhelm Murray, heir to the barony of Dornoch, hopes to one day hold a seat in parliament and bring urgently needed reform to Scotland. But everything changes when a woman slated for execution proclaims her innocence using the most peculiar language. Powerfully attracted to the brave beauty, he rescues her even though it means becoming a fugitive and forfeiting his dream.

As Connie and Wilhelm evade capture, she discovers his passion for justice. Scotland needs his ideas. It needs him. And so does she. But in order to clear Wilhelm’s name, she will have to turn her back on everything she’s worked so hard for and embrace the magic of love.

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How Well Do You Know Your 1980’s Toys?

Take This Quiz, Enter to Win an $25 Gift Card:

Test your knowledge of toys from the year 1981 to enter my giveaway!

What I’m giving away:

  • Amazon gift card $25RuMe Tote InsertChoosing the Highlander - Ebook

 

 

 

  • $25 Amazon Gift Card
  • RuMe Tote Insert & Organizer
  • 3 E-copies of my new release CHOOSING THE HIGHLANDER

What you have to to to enter:

You can enter in any number of ways. The point of the giveaway is for you to have FUN!

For the maximum amount of entries, do it all, but the bare minimum is to click HERE to visit my official Rafflecopter Giveaway page and click EASY ENTRY.

Show your 1980’s-Toy-Trivia Prowess:

Take my Quiz for another entry in my giveaway.

How many of these toys from the year 1981 can you name off the top of your head? Leave a comment below with your number of correct answers (out of 11) for another entry in my giveaway. You don’t have to be right. Just have fun!

The answers are in the comments, so down’t scroll down if you want to give this your best effort!

Did you get all 11 out of 11? If so, you did WAY better than this child of the 80’s!

I knew 7 of 11 without needing to look them up. For some I got half the name but couldn’t come up with the rest, so I decided not to count those.

For more giveaway entries, visit my Rafflecopter page and jump through all my shameless promo hoops.

Choosing the Highlander - EbookI decided to feature toys from 1981 specifically, because this is the year my heroine, Connie, is from before she gets sent 500 years into the past and meets her Highlander hero, Wilhelm. Check out Connie’s story in CHOOSING THE HIGHLANDER, my new release!

Some of you will remember Wilhelm and Constance, the older couple from WISHING FOR A HIGHLANDER. This is the story of how they met and the odds they had to overcome in order to be together.

Keep reading for the blurb and buy links:

As a mechanical engineer in 1981 Chicago, Connie designs plumbing systems. She has also designed her life to perfection, right down to the man she hopes to marry. But when Mr. Right proposes, she can’t say yes. A head-clearing vacation brings her to the Scottish Highlands, where her free-spirited twin wishes for Connie to find true love. Neither sister expects the wish to send Connie hurtling five hundred years into the past.

Wilhelm Murray, heir to the barony of Dornoch, hopes to one day hold a seat in parliament and bring urgently needed reform to Scotland. But everything changes when a woman slated for execution proclaims her innocence using the most peculiar language. Powerfully attracted to the brave beauty, he rescues her even though it means becoming a fugitive and forfeiting his dream.

As Connie and Wilhelm evade capture, she discovers his passion for justice. Scotland needs his ideas. It needs him. And so does she. But in order to clear Wilhelm’s name, she will have to turn her back on everything she’s worked so hard for and embrace the magic of love.

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Feminists, Friends to Lovers & Fake Engagements!

Two-fer Tuesday!

two thingsI love me a good two-fer Tuesday! Don’t you?

Today I’ve got two new releases to share with you, one by Christine Warner, a fabulously talented contemporary romance author AND one by little old me.

Both are out officially TODAY! Don’t be shy, scroll down to check out our blurbs and excerpts. Whether you’re in the mood for feminist meets Highland warrior or friends faking an engagement, Christine and I have got you covered!

There’s a GIVEAWAY below, too. Don’t leave without entering!

A Friendly Engagement

A-FRIENDLY-ENGAGEMENT-1600x2400jpgOmar Esterly is married to his job. But when Omar sets his sights on a potential, family-oriented client, his confirmed bachelorhood becomes a problem. Fortunately, his friend and employee, Devi Boss, has the perfect plan…

Okay, so it wasn’t exactly Devi’s plan to become her friend’s fake fiancée. Lies aren’t her style. However, Omar offers her a big, beautiful raise—enough to track down the missing father she’s never known—and Devi reluctantly agrees to the whole engagement hoax…

This was supposed to be a no-strings-attached win-win for both Devi and Omar, but when they cross the line between friendship and…well, something more, Devi realizes she’s made a huge mistake that just might cost her both job and friend—falling for her fiancé.

Excerpt from A Friendly Engagement by Christine Warner

“You’re game for anything, right?”

Devi compressed her lips and studied Omar through a narrow gaze, taking in the way his overly bright eyes concentrated on her face as if memorizing every pore. Her gaze traveled south to the non-existent rise and fall of his chest and how he pushed his suit jacket aside as he placed his hands low on his hips. He’d stopped breathing while he waited for her reply. That made her more nervous than anything. “Normally I am game for anything, but considering the man asking the question, I’m a little nervous.” She licked her lips.

Omar shook his head, swallowing her hands in the warmth of his. “No. This is a great idea. I can’t believe I didn’t see it before.”

“I’ll hold back on saying I’m glad I could help until I know what you’ve got pinging around your brain.” She tried to pull free of his grip, but he only grasped her fingers tighter. Her inner voice told her whatever plan he’d cooked up included her and she wouldn’t be thrilled with the role.

“Bartow wants a family-first firm. He wants a planner who is married, blah, blah blah.” He dismissed his unfinished words with the thrust of his chin.

Devi nodded, her mouth going dry. Was he planning to hire a wife, or about to propose?

“I might not be married, but what if I were engaged?”

She didn’t want to jump to conclusions about the proposal so she pasted on a tight smile. “Do you have a serious girlfriend hidden away I don’t know about?” The thought unsettled her, but she pushed aside the heaviness in her gut. Omar and relationships mixed like fire and ice. Not that women didn’t find him attractive and vice versa, but his true love would always be work. Most sane women wanted something more than a workaholic commitment-phobe.

He shook his head a bit too vigorously. “No. No.” His grip tightened, and she flexed her fingers so he’d loosen his hold. “Hear me out before you shoot me down.”

“I’m more curious than ever.” Again, she threw sand over that niggling feeling in her belly. She never jumped to conclusions. Living by the seat of your pants didn’t allow it, but…

Why start now? She rolled her shoulders in an effort to relax. Omar pulled her off to the side and out of the crowd moving past them on the sidewalk. His hands shook with excitement, and he swallowed hard before clearing his throat. Always calm and collected, his buildup unsettled Devi, and she tugged one hand from his grip and pressed it against the gurgle growing in her stomach.

“How about we announce our engagement? I could pull in some favors and have it in the press Monday morning. That’d still give Bartow enough time to invite us to the meet and greet. And—”

“Whoa, whoa, whoa.” Devi’s stomach did a nosedive, and she yanked her other hand from his death grip and stepped back. She twisted one of the bangle bracelets on her wrist. “Our engagement? First off, I didn’t even know we were dating. And second, I am not going to help you get ahead by lying.”

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christine9Christine Warner is living her dream in Michigan along with her husband, three children, one laptop and a much loved assortment of furry friends.

Besides laughing and a good round of humor, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, writing but no arithmetic.  A confessed people watcher, she finds inspiration for her stories in everyday activities.  She loves to read and write about strong heroes and determined, sometimes sassy, heroines.

A girl gone wild, at least where social media is concerned, she enjoys meeting other avid readers and writers on facebook, twitter, Instagram, goodreads, and her website at christine-warner.com.

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Choosing the Highlander + GIVEAWAY

Choosing the Highlander - EbookAs a mechanical engineer in 1981 Chicago, Connie designs plumbing systems. She has also designed her life to perfection, right down to the man she hopes to marry. But when Mr. Right proposes, she can’t say yes. A head-clearing vacation brings her to the Scottish Highlands, where her free-spirited twin wishes for Connie to find true love. Neither sister expects the wish to send Connie hurtling five hundred years into the past.

Wilhelm Murray, heir to the barony of Dornoch, hopes to one day hold a seat in parliament and bring urgently needed reform to Scotland. But everything changes when a woman slated for execution proclaims her innocence using the most peculiar language. Powerfully attracted to the brave beauty, he rescues her even though it means becoming a fugitive and forfeiting his dream.

As Connie and Wilhelm evade capture, she discovers his passion for justice. Scotland needs his ideas. It needs him. And so does she. But in order to clear Wilhelm’s name, she will have to turn her back on everything she’s worked so hard for and embrace the magic of love.

Take This Quiz, Enter to Win an $25 Gift Card:

In honor of my heroine, Connie, who travels back in time from 1981, I’m hosting a giveaway that will test your knowledge of 1980’s toys. You can enter any time between now and end of day Sunday 6/28. I’ll announce the winners here on Monday 6/29.

What I’m giving away:

  • Amazon gift card $25Choosing the Highlander - Ebook$25 Amazon Gift Card
  • 3 E-copies of my new release CHOOSING THE HIGHLANDER

What you have to to to enter:

You can enter in any number of ways. The point of the giveaway is for you to have FUN!

For the maximum amount of entries, do it all, but the bare minimum is to click HERE to visit my official Rafflecopter Giveaway page and click EASY ENTRY.

Show your 1980’s-Toy-Trivia Prowess:

Take my Quiz for another entry in my giveaway.

How many of these toys from the year 1981 can you name off the top of your head? Leave a comment below with your number of correct answers (out of 11) for another entry in my giveaway. You don’t have to be right. Just have fun!

The answers are in the comments, so down’t scroll down if you want to give this your best effort!

 

Did you get all 11 out of 11? If so, you did WAY better than this child of the 80’s!

I knew 7 of 11 without needing to look them up. For some I got half the name but couldn’t come up with the rest, so I decided not to count those.

For more giveaway entries, visit my Rafflecopter page and jump through all my shameless promo hoops.

Excerpt from Choosing the Highlander by Jessi Gage

“Tell me your name,” he commanded.

Her eyes flashed in that way of hers that told him she didn’t make a habit of following orders. Och, her brazen spirit drew him from the moment he first saw her, when she’d been demanding Ruthven let her go despite being nude, bound, gagged, and outnumbered. Such bravery! Such intrepid determination!

“You told me no questions tonight.” Her voice scratched like sun dried wool not yet tamed into softness. The damage to her tender throat and lungs made him lust to slay her abusers all over again. Noticeably absent was her feigned English speech.

He suppressed a grin, wondering if she’d done it intentionally. “Simply telling me your name would have required fewer words than the rebuke, my lady, if your throat pains thee.”

“It wasn’t a rebuke.” A look of affront tugged her eyebrows low over those captivating eyes. How was it her every expression affected his viscera? With each change in her features, his stomach leapt and dove like a hawk in pursuit of prey. “Only a reminder.” The briefest flicker of nervousness belied the stubborn lift of her chin.

The kiss had made her uncertain. Before, she’d approached him as an adversary, though why she should do so, he could not guess. Now, she recognized the connection between them, but, if he guessed correctly, she feared it.

The lass needed time. She needed food and rest. He would ask no more of her tonight. Not even her name. It mattered not. His heart knew her regardless of what she called herself.

“Consider me reminded, sweet lady.”

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Legwarmers, Walkmans, & a Highlander?

Highland warrior meets 1981 career-driven feminist. What could possibly go wrong?

Choosing the Highlander - Ebook

The latest installment in my Highland Wishes series is almost here!

Release day is June 23rd

But pre-ordering is available here:

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Reserve your e-copy now and it’ll magically appear on your e-reader on release day. No hag stone or ancient stone formation required.

Or, if you prefer print, make sure you’r subscribed to my newsletter, and you’ll get an email on release day. Print copies will be available through CreateSpace, Amazon, & B&N.

This one’s going to be a ton of fun. Connie is a career-focused mechanical engineer from 1981 Chicago. She drives a  Mercedes, listens to Billy Joel, and has no patience for fluffy emotions like love. Her twin sister, Leslie, is the complete opposite, a free-spirited, Wicca-practicing sweetheart whose deepest wish is to see Connie happy.

To celebrate the summer solstice, Leslie takes Connie to an ancient druid site near Inverness, where they are vacationing together. Leslie makes a wish for Connie to find true love and happiness. Next thing Connie knows, she’s transported to a freezing cold winter’s night five hundred years in the past.

Find out how Wilhelm, the strapping Highland warrior, rescues her from a corrupt baron. I’ll give you a hint, it involves fire, swordplay, and a bit of berserker rage.

But that’s just the beginning. Wilhelm rescues Connie, but can he show her that love is stronger than logic and that giving in to passion can prove more satisfying than fulfilling all her modern-day career goals?

This Highlander has his work cut out for him. Fortunately, he’s up to the task. Fall in love with Wilhelm right along with Connie in this 3rd Highland Wishes novel.

Now for some 1980’s fun! Post your favorite 1980’s product, fashion, or memory in the comments to enter for a chance at a free pre-release e-copy of Choosing the Highlander.

My favorite 1980’s fashion is corduroy.

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A winner will be picked using a random number generator. Prize will be awarded the week before release (June 15-22).

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Here, Have an E-book

Highland Wishes Series Gets a Face Lift

Wishing for a Highlander - EbookFree e-books for newsletter subscribers!

Some people celebrate with champagne, some with balloons and confetti. Others go streaking through the quad. I’m celebrating with a face lift and a giveaway. Why?

Because I made the USA Today Bestseller list!

My Passionate Kisses 2 Love in Bloom co-authors and I hit the list in February with our $0.99 boxed set, and we did it in large part thanks to my newsletter subscribers.

Passionate Kisses2 CoverTo show my appreciation for these tried and true super fans, every person subscribed to my newsletter as of the end of the day on April 30th, 2015 gets a free e-book from my Highland Wishes series.

I’ve got shiny new covers for Wishing for a Highlander (Highland Wishes #1) and The Wolf and the Highlander (Highland Wishes #2). I want all of my newsletter subscribers to be able to enjoy an e-book version with a new cover. So… Commence Giveaway!

The Wolf and the Highlander - EbookIf you are a current newsletter subscriber, you should have already received the update I sent out today with the secret deets on how you can get your free e-copy with an updated cover.

If you are not a newsletter subscriber, go ahead and subscribe. If you meet the deadline, I’ll forward you today’s newsletter. But you have to subscribe TODAY (April 30th, 2015) to get your free e-copy.

If you miss the deadline, never fear. My e-books go for about the same as a latte at your favorite coffee house: $3.99. Sometimes I run a sale. The best way to hear about sales and new releases is…you guessed it, subscribing to my newsletter!

I only send a few updates per year, so don’t worry about a deluge of Jessi Gage propaganda.

Once again, THANK YOU! to everyone who bough a $0.99 e-copy of Passionate Kisses 2 Love in Bloom. You all are the best fans a girl could ask for!

Look for a third new cover in June as I get ready for a summer release of book #3 Choosing the Highlander. I can’t wait to introduce you all to younger (and lustier) versions of Wilhelm and Constance, the couple who help Melanie and Darcy when they’re on the run from Steafan.

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BookReport is the Icing on the Cupcake

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Don’t get me wrong, I love Excel. Like, I really love Excel. I have difficulty making it through a day without entering something in a spreadsheet (This might require an intervention, but that’s a topic for another post). But it’s nice to have an easy-to-use tool available to help me analyze KDP sales data at a glance. BookReport does just that. Here’s my review after 48 hours of using this analysis tool:

In a nutshell: It’s cool. Is it $10 a month cool? The jury is still out.

In more detail:

You all know I’m a chronic over-sharer. I’ve gotten a record number of blog hits by posting my earnings for my indie Highlander books. Analyzing sales data and making comparisons is vital to writing such posts. Because every retailer reports sales and earnings differently, those of us who like to track these things with anal retentive obsessiveness generally use some kind of spreadsheet system to pool data from various retailers. Some retailers present the information in a more useful way than others.

One of my favorite retailers for reporting sales data is Nook Press. While their sales dashboard doesn’t offer many tools for customization, it does present the data I’m interested in seeing. Here’s a screenshot of what I see when I log onto Nook Press to check on sales:

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At a glance, I get an idea of what’s selling currently, what sales trends look like over time and what my projected royalty will be for the given month. For more detailed data, I just click the “Monthly Sales Reports” button, and voila! I get a spreadsheet I can save in my royalty statements folder and analyze to my heart’s content. Nook press gets an B+ as far as attractiveness and usefulness of their sales dashboard.

Google Play, in my opinion, is the worst. Here’s what I see when I log into GP:

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First, notice, I had to do two print-screen shots. As a rule of thumb for presenting dashboard information, it’s nice if you can present everything in the area of one screen. Scrolling equals increased work for the author.

Second, notice that total waste-of-space pie chart (or is it a donut chart?) taking up half of the top screen? Why do I need a pie chart to show me which of my books are live or not? Would I be interested in sales data for books I’ve uploaded to GP but not officially put on sale? No. I would not. Because those books wouldn’t be selling. In fact, I can’t imagine the rationale of uploading a book and then just letting it sit there and not earn royalties. I totally don’t get this chart, and therefore it pisses me off. Why is 50% of the dashboard space taken up by it?

Third, the graphics are so basic that I couldn’t even build something this ugly in Excel if I tried. What analysis software are they using, Analytics Steam Age? Come on, Google, you have an amazing search engine. Your e-store is nice looking. Why is the author dashboard tri-chromatic and completely uncreative?

Fourth, to see anything other than what’s shown on this pitiful excuse for a dashboard, I have to make like 8 different selections using drop down menus, including start and end dates, what kind of report I want (all the descriptions are long and convoluted and none include the word “royalties”) and country of sale. Then there’s this write-in “book identifiers” field with no explanation whatsoever. Is this for ISBNs? Titles? Genre? There’s not even a little info-bubble to give me a hint. I have never used this field.

Google Play gets a D-.

Amazon KDP presents a great deal of information. It’s not as pretty as Nook Press’s layout, but the sheer amount of information available results in my giving them an A-. Here’s what I see when I log onto KDP and look at my sales dashboard, which they call “reports”:

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First, the layout is attractive and easy to navigate. Here’s what you see at the top of the “Reports” tab. You’ve got eight options of screens you can view, each presenting attractive, useful information. I find two of these screens most useful.

1. Sales Dashboard:

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I like charts and graphs. This line graph shows my daily sales over time so I can see trends. I can use drop-down menus to view sales by individual book or by all books. This is for all books. I can change the x-axis using pretty much any range I want. With an easy click, I can look at a week or two weeks or six months or a year. If I want to do a few more clicks, I can enter a custom range (custom range is all that’s available on Google Play, and it’s a PITA to use).

One problem with this view is that I can’t get a line for each book. That would be very cool. I also can’t compare groups of books. I sell Highlander time-travel romances and I sell contemporary romances. It would be neat to compare trends for these two groups.

2. Month to Date Unit Sales

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This is the other view I use a lot on KDP. At a glance, I can see what I’ve sold in a given month.

While there is a lot of clicking around on KDP to gather sundry information, it’s nice to have so much data at my fingertips. I mentioned a couple problems with KDP’s reporting, and that’s where the real meat of this post comes in.

My Passionate Kisses 2 Love in Bloom co-author Allie Boniface let me know about some cool software she saw on the Indie Romance Ink author’s chat loop (Yahoo group for info exchange). It’s this script you run from your Amazon KDP reports dashboard that presents your KDP sales data in a more user-friendly way.

I was a little skeptical about it (a) because I don’t really speak “computer” and the phrase “script you run” sounded complicated and (b) because KDP is already one of the better data reporters. I wasn’t sure how it would be improved upon.

But since there’s a 2-week free trial, I decided to give it a shot. I am a data freak, after all.

First, let me say, it was super easy to install. I just went here and followed the four-step instructions. It was actually so easy, I laughed. Seriously. Anyone can do this.

Here’s how it transformed my KDP reports dashboard:

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First, notice I included my bookmark bar in this screen shot. See the little “Book Report” button? That’s what I installed. To use it, you go to your KDP reports page and click that button on your bookmark bar. (Note: if you don’t have a bookmark bar, don’t despair. There are instructions for you too. Also, this software works for Mac, PC, tablet, whatever you have.)

Next, It’s pretty. BookReport (BR) understands that authors are egomaniacs, so they put the covers of your bestselling titles right there at the top. Just for that, I give them an easy A. It also combines info from several KDP screens in one place. I can see not only my daily number of sales on this screen, but I can also see how much I’m making that day.

Similar to KDP, where you can click around to various screens, BR has screens accessible by tabs. Here’s the History tab:

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It’s two screen’s worth of information, but I forgive BR for making me scroll because they present useful information in an attractive way. Using the nifty drop-down menus, you can view your sales history by an assortment of pre-programmed time frames, including a fortnight (bonus points for cuteness).

Also, PRETTY COLORS!

Now for my favorite BR feature. Here’s what I see when I click the “Compare” tab:

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So, what in the world is Group 1 & Group 2? Group 1 represents my Highlander romances. Group 2 represents my contemporary romances.

None of the retailers make it easy to compare sales for book against book or for groups of books. To do that, you have to dig into the downloadable reports and do some fancy finger work. That’s why the “Compare” tab is where I find the most value in BR.

Now, I did have a little SNAFU. I have two KDP publishing accounts, one for my books and one for the boxed set I’m part of, for which I do the accounting. It’s important to keep the boxed set separate from my personal publishing account, because retailers don’t distinguish between books when they pay you. They just send you the lump sum of what you earned for each marketplace/store. I get between nine and twelve payments from Amazon each month PER publisher account. If I didn’t keep my accounts separate, I would have to open around 20 files each month and dissect out what royalty I need to distribute to my boxed set co-authors. I have enough trouble getting it right each month without twenty added complications (ask my very patient co-authors, they will confirm this!).

So… I wanted to use BR for each account just for kicks. Mostly, I wanted to use it for my personal account, since on the boxed set account, I only sell one book at a time. Well, my kicks cost me. I totally confused the software. Poor BR was giving me the daily dashboard report for my personal account and the history/comparison tabs for the boxed set account.

This resulted in my emailing BR help. I got a same-day reply from Liam, who suggested a fix that worked. He even answered a follow-up question I had about possible discounting of the $10/month price for yearly subscribers. He mentioned there would, in fact, be a discount annual plan made available in the near future.

Am I glad I made use of the free trial of BookReport? Yep. It’s attractive, fun, and easy to use.

Could it be better. Sure. It would be extra neat if it worked on every retailer’s sales dashboard, but even a programmer idiot like me knows that would be a huge headache to develop. As a single-retailer dashboard analysis, though, it’s pretty kick ass.

Will I continue to use it for $10 a month? Probably. I’m waiting for that annual plan. The only thing holding me back is that I CAN create this information with a little hard work, and it’s not like I NEED this information to get by. But it is nice to be able to see all this at a glance, especially the comparison of groups of books. For over-sharers like me, it will make blogging about sales and earnings even more fun!

Have fun checking out BR for yourself. The BookReport free trial is for 2-weeks. If you have any reason to email help, be sure to say hi to Liam for me.

Be sure to let me know what you think of it or if you’ve tried something better/worse/completely different for sales analysis.

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Free Publicity Fridays with Magda Alexander

Storm ConqueredStorm Conquered by Magda Alexander

A Rebellious Spitfire . . .

When Brianna Storm discovers her illegitimacy, she abandons everything dear to her. Where she once took pride in her work, she now turns a blind eye to the thefts and destruction at the Brazilian project she manages and spends her time erotic dancing at the local bar. In reality her antics are a diversion to a threat against her family. A threat which may claim the life of an innocent soul.

An Honorable Man . . .

Jake Cooper, her former bodyguard, arrives in Brazil to fix whatever’s wrong with Brianna and get the project back on track. To do that he must take on a new role—that of her lover. Something he’s reluctant to do. He’s carried a torch for her since the day they met and refuses to be her plaything. But when forces beyond their control threaten not only their safety but the life of someone closely related to her, they must face their enemy together, even if to do so would destroy them both.

STORM DAMAGES SERIES
Storm Damages (Book 1)
Storm Ravaged (Book 2)
Storm Redemption (Book 3)
Storm Conquered (Book 4)

Jessi’s Review

In a nutshell: Fast paced, steamy, and tense from beginning to end.

I was hooked on Magda’s Storm Damages series since book 1. Book 4, Storm Conquered, is the first in the series to focus on Brianna Storm, the sister of the hero who stole the show in books 1-3. I was looking forward to the romance between the party girl aristocrat and the man who got fired from being her bodyguard. This book does not disappoint.

The romantic tension between Jake and Brianna is spot on. The romance and plot are woven together seamlessly. From the tropical jungle setting to the growth the characters experience through having to work together to thwart a plot against Storm industries, I was swept away into an action-packed world every time I sat down to read.

My favorite aspect of Magda’s writing is her dialog. Her characters sound like who they are, and I hang on their every bratty, sullen, or  lusty word. If you haven’t checked out Magda’s books before, start with Storm Damages. Prepare to be hooked on a new series!

In related news, I was SUPER excited when I found out Magda’s books are being made into audiobooks. Book 1 Storm Damages is out already with Audible, and I plan to snatch it up with next month’s credit.

About the Author

Magda-Alexander_Closeup_Pink_SmallMagda Alexander loves piña coladas and walks in the rain. Okay, enough of that. Rewind.

Magda loves reading steamy romances which she’s been doing since she was ten. Ummm, that’s not quite true. Steamy romances did not exist when she was ten, and if they had, she’s pretty sure her mother would not have allowed her to read them. She did read the hand-holding, longing-glances kind, along with her catechism, which got her into trouble more than once. Let’s just say Mother Superior was not amused.

As soon as sexy romances came into existence, thank you Rosemary Rogers, she’s been lapping them up. So when it came time to write one, guess what she wrote. A no-brainer, right?

Magda, a lifelong learner, graduated from the University of Maryland where she majored in Business Administration (because her family had to eat) and minored in English (because she needed to dream). She’s lived in Maryland most of her life and now resides close to the Catoctin Mountains in a city whose history dates back to colonial times.

To learn more about Magda and her books, visit her beautiful website and don’t forget to check out her Storm Damages series!

 

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