Saturday, August 1, 2020

August Brings Good Times & Good Books by @JoanReeves #RomanceGems


LAST CHANCE BEACH: Summer's End

August brings the culmination of a lot of hard work by half of our Romance Gems Authors. Back in June, I had a little free time and an idea that I could put together a box set of romance short stories, thus fulfilling one of my stated goals when I started Romance Gems in February 2019.

Free Time Is Dangerous

Wow! A little free time can be dangerous!

I thought it wouldn't be that difficult to do since I've been a part of 15 or 20 box sets in the last few years.

I knew about formatting, Kindle Digital Publishing, marketing—all of the required elements to successfully write and publish.

BUT, I had no clue how much work it would be. *LOL*

Endless emails. Organizing all of the elements.

Encouraging authors to learn what Nancy Fraser, Maddie James, and I wanted to teach. The list of things to learn was seemingly endless to many, and probably not of interest to Readers.

Somehow, we got everything done, and Last Chance Beach: Summer's End will publish on August 4 at midnight, for a measly 99 cents! That's right, only 99 pennies (plus tax if you're in a state that taxes online sales).

But Wait There's More

With Maddie James and Hannah Rowan in the role of Publisher, we created Cocktails on Last Chance Beach, a FREE companion book to the 14 Romance Short Stories Collection.

That's right, totally free! You can get your copy at Amazon, iBooks, or Kobo.

Click Last Chance Beach on the Menu bar to read all about it. Then rush out and buy your copy of Last Chance Beach: Summer's End and get your completely free ebook of  Cocktails on Last Chance Beach too.

Almost Forgot

I was so busy putting this project together and managing it that I nearly forgot I had to write a romantic short story too.

I had just finished writing The Key to Kristina, a mystery romance, for the Fortune's Favor: The Treasure box set so I was in the mystery mode.

I started writing a funny romance, but a little bit of a suspense element sneaked crept in albeit in a small way.

My story for Last Chance Beach: Summer's End is Hot August Night.

When they met it was hate at first sight for celebrity chef Zander Rojas and junk food loving police detective Chelsea Elliot.

They’re not just dismayed when they discover they each have a reservation for Blue Moon House.

They’re determined to make life miserable for the other and be the last inhabitant standing when the feud is over.

Imagine how horrified they are when they realize they have the hots for each other.

Romance Gems August Update

The Author Spotlight shines on Jan Scarbrough for August. Be sure and visit the page to learn more about Jan and her books.

This month, we're switching things up a bit because change is a good thing.

We'll be doing Comment and Win for the first time since last year.

Nancy Fraser will tell you more about it when she blogs, but the concept is simple.

The Daisy graphic to the left explains the rules so I hope you'll drop by every day and post a comment.

You just may be the August Winner of Sizzling Days & Sultry Nights.

Have a wonderful August. Make the most of the last month of summer. Stay safe. Be Social—at a safe distance.

Escape into the pages of books, the least expensive form of entertainment, and a peaceful Retreat from the world and its problems.

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Happy Reading!

25 comments:

  1. Can't wait to read all these great stories!! Got my copy pre-ordered already!!

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    1. Thank you, Kari! The excitement—and anxiety—keeps building. *LOL*

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  2. Me too! Waiting for the big day!

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    1. I think on Release Day we should all convene on our FB Readers Page for a champagne brunch—the cyber way. We'll have to figue out a time for everyone.

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  3. I love box sets. Thank you for working so hard to put it together! Can't wait to read them. Each time I hear about a book in the set, it amps up the excitement. I'm such a book nerd!

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    1. We're all book nerds which is why we turned to writing books in the first place, right? *g*

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  4. Great recap Joan! You've poured heard and soul into this project. Kudos to you and all of your late nights. Thanks for a beautiful product!

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    1. You've also put your heart and soul into this. The Cocktails on Last Chance Beach book is fabulous.

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  5. A ton of work with fabulous results! I’m seeing a great month ahead of us all.Thanks for all you do to herd these cats, Joan, Maddie and Nancy. Hannah thanks, too for stepping with our happy side project of Cocktails on Last Chance Beach. Super be job, all of you.

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    1. Meow. Meow. Thank you, Bonnie. I think you were the first one who knew your title immediately. Hangover Husband is great. Auto-Correct is the devil's spawn.

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  6. I hate auto correct with a passion. Superb job, all of you!

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  7. What a great job everyone has done on this project! I can't wait to read the stories.

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    1. Thank you to all for embracing the concept I pitched and for writing such wonderful stories.

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  8. I think we should do our cyber champagne tasting via Zoom. Would love to see all the talent that put this set together, and raise a glass to you, Joan, for your unending patience. Here's to Last Chance Beach: Summer's End and to many sales.

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    1. Thanks, Marcia. I celebrated by going to the chiropractor to get the kinks out of my back. *LOL* I'm waiting for Larry to come back from a meeting so he can open the chilled bottle of Prosecco.

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  9. Joan, you are the champion at herding cats and deserve a diamond tiara. Kudos to you! We have a lot of reading (and writing) waiting for us. I look forward to readiNG HOT AUGUST NIGHTS.

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    1. Hey, I LOVE tiaras! Thank you. You know, we should all someone take our picture with each of us wearing a tiara. We'll put it on our Bestseller Poster. (fingers crossed)

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  10. I think that it's always a touch sad when summer ends.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  11. Great update, aha can see many people clutching on to a good book in the summer heat.
    pores(at)live(dot)com

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  12. *LOL* Sorry, Mary Preston and Calvin F. I forgot we were doing COMMENT & WIN this month. Your comments were tallied. Lack of sleep makes me goofy.

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  13. Stepping in a day or two late to read and comment. Love books like this and love that cover. kareninnc at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks, I love the cover too. It's my idea of the perfect beach.

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