Monday, July 28, 2014

New Foreword for FINDING NORTH - Book One of Naive Mistakes

I've added a new foreword to FINDING NORTH in preparation for Book Four which is coming out later this year. I will try and get Amazon to send an update to those of you who've already read it, but I am publishing it here as well in case that doesn't happen. (Same goes for all you iBooks, Nook and Kobo readers.)

Here we go!

FOREWORD


July 28, 2014
Here we are, almost a full year since first publishing Finding North, and thirteen or so other novels later.
I’ll be the first to admit that the writing style in this particular book you’re about to read is...different. Notice I didn’t say “bad.” I didn’t say “bad” because, despite the mountain of parentheses I felt needed to be used to write this story, people loved it. They more than loved it. Their reviews, emails, comments, kept me writing. They kept me writing so much that it has become quite realistic that, in the very near future, this will be officially considered my “day job.”
I pondered numerous times in this last year whether or not I should go and change the personal thoughts of the character and remove the parentheses and run-on sentences. Whereas some people loved it, a small amount felt the need to blast cannons and missiles in my direction as if I had broken some Holy Law of Writing, some venerable canon or doctrine of The Way it Should Be Done.
Friends, this is why they call it “Art.”
I decided against changing anything in this book, because in doing what I did, I nonetheless gathered to myself a small number of dedicated fans, people I am eternally grateful to, and to whom I owe, without a doubt, my later books. I am today a writer because of these people.
So, to you, New Reader, all you need to know is this:
Stick with this story. In re-reading it several times myself, I can safely say to you that the “confusing” parts, if any, are mostly in the beginning.
Books Two and Three (as well as all my later stories) made less use of the ubiquitous parenthesis.
This was the first book I wrote that got any sort of respectable sales and following.
Writers improve the more they right.
The first edition of this book had so many typos that I almost choked when I re-read it a month later in writing East Rising (Book Two.)
The same thing happened again when I re-read it just before writing West-End Boys (Book Three.)
Now, in preparation for a Book Four which people have been clamoring for, I found yet another four typos and fixed them.
Here’s the interesting thing: No one ever mentioned the typos! They mentioned the parentheses. And they mentioned how they loved the story!
Writing style is one thing.
Storytelling is another.
I certainly hope you put any preconceived ideas away as to “style” before reading this story. I certainly hope you understand that even I know it could have been better. I certainly hope you understand, also, why I didn’t change anything in this tale—because doing so would ruin whatever “magic” the story did contain which made it the success it is today.
Lastly, I hope the story of Finding North carries you away as it did so many other people.
All my love,
RD

Thursday, July 24, 2014

~ RED HOT BLUES GIVEAWAY ~ Last Day to Enter!

If you haven't yet entered to win one of FIVE copies of RED HOT BLUES, today is your last chance!

There are also other books up for grabs.

And don't forget: If you win a book / series you already own, I'll gladly send you a different one!

Giveaway

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

RED HOT BLUES - NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE! (And a Giveaway...)

Get it from:
(B&N and iTunes will be available in a few days. Please purchase from Smashwords in the meantime.)
UPDATE - July 28, 2014
Here are the B&N and iTunes Purchase Links
Nook
iTunes

RED HOT BLUES COVER


SYNOPSIS

STANDALONE NOVEL. 
NO CLIFFHANGER!
GREAT SUMMER READ.
292 pages

For fans of J.A. Redmerski's EDGE OF NEVER comes a new SUMMER ROMANCE that will tear your heart apart and leave you wistfully dreaming about the characters long after you've put the book down. 

Meet Ginger -- twenty-one, a father long since gone, a mother who marries for money, a body that's forty pounds overweight, and a voice from heaven itself. At seventeen, she gave the gift of herself to the boy she loved, the most wanted guy in school, and then he stood on it, left her hanging, walked away, and left her scarred. Forever.

Now? She prefers to be alone.

Meet Ace Travers -- roadhog, running from a broken home, a loveless childhood, talking with his fists and his smoking electric guitar, trying to keep the memories from hemorrhaging inside his mind. Memories of when he was beaten, when his father tried to take his little sister...

Memories he can never get away from.

Until he hears her sing. Ginger.

And now he can't stay away from her.

And she can't help herself from being attracted to him. Despite all the reasons she shouldn't be...

Genres: 
New Adult Romance
Romantic Suspense

* CONTENT WARNING: Not suitable for readers under 17 years of age due to explicit sexual content and strong language *

TEASERS...

Meet Ace...

Meet Ginger...

Giveaway!

Friday, July 18, 2014

COVER REVEAL & GIVEAWAY - RED HOT BLUES

As promised last week Friday, I will not be revealing the cover for RED HOT BLUES on this blog, but be sure to check out one of the following blogs (in random order) some time today as they will all be doing a reveal at some point in the day!

Add it to Goodreads!
Red Hot Blues

Check out the giveaway below! You stand a chance to win FIVE copies of RED HOT BLUES. You can also win a bunch of my other books (if you already own some of those, and you win, just mail me afterwards and I'll send you one you don't own. No problem.)

OK, here we go:

COVER REVEAL BLOGS

(in random order)

GIVEAWAY

And now...the giveaway!

BOOK RELEASE DATE

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Stay tuned...

Friday, July 11, 2014

New Release - July 20, 2014 - Synopsis


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**** NEW RELEASE ****
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For fans of J.A. Redmerski's EDGE OF NEVER comes a new SUMMER ROMANCE that will tear your heart apart and leave you wistfully dreaming about the characters long after you've put the book down. 

Meet Ginger -- twenty-one, a father long since gone, a mother who marries for money, a body that's forty pounds overweight, and a voice from heaven itself. At seventeen, she gave the gift of herself to the boy she loved, the most wanted guy in school, and then he stood on it, left her hanging, walked away, and left her scarred. Forever.

Now? She prefers to be alone.

Meet Ace Travers -- roadhog, running from a broken home, a loveless childhood, talking with his fists and his smoking electric guitar, trying to keep the memories from hemorrhaging inside his mind. Memories of when he was beaten, when his father tried to take his little sister...

Memories he can never get away from.

Until he hears her sing. Ginger.

And now he can't stay away from her.

And she can't help herself from being attracted to him. Despite all the reasons she shouldn't be...

Book Title: 
RED HOT BLUES

Genres: 
New Adult Romance
Romantic Suspense


RELEASE DATE: 
Sunday, July 20, 2014 (Click the link to add this to your calendar!)

COVER REVEAL DATE: 
Friday, July 18. 2014. The cover reveal will not be happening on this blog, but on about twenty-five other blogs. Out of courtesy to them, I will not be doing a cover reveal this time round, but I will post the links to their blogs on the day of the reveal. I will, however, post the cover on Release Day. 

Want to be part of the Cover Reveal?
If you run a book blog and would like to participate in the Cover Reveal, email me before Friday, July 18.