Monday, February 12, 2018

Stones of Sandhill Island

The Wild Rose Press just released my latest Sandhill Island book and I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it.  Sandhill Island is a mythical place off the coast of Corpus Christi where life is laidback – except when it isn’t.  The breeze off the waves may lull you to sleep in a hammock but watch out for your neighbors.  You might want to sleep with one eye open.
            Most of the inhabitants of the island are good, hard-working people who prefer a slower pace than life on the mainland.  And they are there to help if needed.  There are the occasional troublemakers who can take a tropical paradise and turn it upside down.
            Billie Stone had the voice of raw honey dripping from its comb.  Her mother, a former principal ballerina with the Corpus Christi Ballet brought her to the island as a baby and helped her develop her own art – music.  She was a favorite in the Corpus Christi jazz scene with her best friend, String.  String accompanied her on the bass fiddle and sometimes took over the piano.  His deep bass voice complemented hers and they mesmerize audiences far and wide.  Until tragedy struck, and her family was killed in an auto accident.  Then she headed back to the only home she’d ever known, Sandhill Island. Home to heal her psyche she found her mother had become ill with Parkinson’s.  Her strong lovely ballet legs had become her enemy. 
            Joe Franks was only a little drunk the night he hit the minivan and killed two people.  Now after a year in prison he is out only to find his job gone, house foreclosed, car repossessed, and bank account drained after paying into the Texas Victim’s Restitution Fund.  And no one would hire a jail bird. He wanted revenge and he was not above violence to get it.
            As Billie tried to recover from the loss of her family and, now her mother, she discovered her mother held a secret she’d never told her.  A secret that could change Billie’s life forever.
            Check out the second in the Sandhill Island series, Stones of Sandhill Island.  I’m thinking there may be a third that involves smuggling. 

I love island life!

Peggy Chambers

Available on Amazon and all major online retailers

Thursday, February 08, 2018

What Tools Do You Need - Post Four




This banner is from one of my personal groups where I invite authors to post about their books.  I’ve made an investment in my graphics. If you have a budget and it provides for a graphic artist, then by all means, hire the person and go back to writing. I don’t have such a budget so I make do with what I can.
Here’s some new memes without text that I purchase from a stock photo house. These are primarily from DepositPhotos.com. They usually have sales; i.e. 100 photos for $100 for a year. If they don’t show it on the website, chat with a sales person and it might be available.

This is used for a current Valentine’s Day Contest.
This is a favorite of mine. I post on the social media sites with a catchy phrase in the comment section. “At another time, another place, if he might find her again, Raven would demonstrate all the other things his lips and manly parts could do.” From Once Upon a duke.
Here’s another photo of my Regency Lady, where I use various phrases. Is she going to meet someone? Has she heard a noise and is frightened? Did the draft blow her candles out?  There’s no end to how you can utilize a photo.

It goes without saying--do not simply copy pictures from the internet. There are copyright laws and you don’t want to tangle with these legal issues. Pay for what you use and you’ll feel safe.
I’ve used this saying of mine in a few books, just to show there are countless ways to make your words count.
Above all, you want your memes to be fresh and new without breaking your bank. There a few other stock houses you can use: Dreamstine, Pixabay…just to name a few.

So here’s my last one. 

 Sincerely hope you’ve found this blog of interest. I’ve had fun working on my memes. I do use a graphic artist when I have special text.  I improvise when I can place the text under the photo. 

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What about your meme will make it engaging? Post Three



By now, you’ve noticed I use different banners/headers dependent on what I’m sharing with my readers and fans. I write titillating romance. My readers expect me to deliver, so my memes are indicative of my writing.

Here are some recent new memes.
*From your novel, choose a catchy tag line or short excerpt.
*Create a photo that will intrigue and tease.
*Do not use too many words. Choose carefully.
*The above examples show five lines: “Come to me in my rooms,” etc.
* “Clutch the Shirt of a Duke, And make him your own.” Three lines.
*Both memes have power words and sentences.
Here’s another meme made from a photo showing my debut novel and a prop mask and books in the background which I use for promotions.

Next week’s Blog #4 is about: WHAT TOOLS DO YOU NEED?

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Wednesday, February 07, 2018

How Can You Use a Meme to your Benefit - Post Two




Back to the memes I’ve posted before:
#1
 #2
 #3

#1:  What started out in the carriage as a kiss in the name of safety became pleasurable, and not safe at all.

#2. “What would I have to do?”
       “I leave it to your resourcefulness under a starlit night with nothing but our naked imaginations.”
       His nearness too intimate.
       His touch too hot.
       His desire too obvious.

#3  “Samantha, I would venture it’s a definite possibility. As a caution, they would have to stay close to one another. It would be an experiment of interest, wouldn’t it?” A smile crossed his face. “Would you like me to take measurements?”
“Of me or the tub, Your Grace?” Her eyes engaged his. “However, that will not be necessary. I have determined it would fit two consensual persons.”

In each of the above three cases, the graphics relate to the words.
#1 shows the carriage
#2 shows the semi clad couple in an embrace.
#3 shows the bathtub scene and the two lovers.
The banter of each has a sensual connotation which Regency Romance readers love.

Where would you post these?
 To your Facebook Author Page(s)
To  your Twitter Page
To your Instagram Page

 In most cases, you can add a photo if you choose to take advantage of your reader’s 8 second interest.

Hints: Post it to as many groups within your genre as possible. Go to the Facebook Groups section and peruse the groups and join. Read guidelines carefully and follow them for each individual group.

           Post at specific times in the day. For my Pacific Time area, I post Monday to Friday, between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.  Weekends are usually Saturday only, same time frame.
           I post in the late afternoon, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with a brand new meme content.
          On Sundays, I choose not to post unless it is a crucial event. The readers and I both next a rest.
         Do not over-post the same message time and time again.
         Be adventurous and change your morning meme with a different meme in the afternoon.
         Memes can be made in all sizes and shapes.
        Above all, be professional. This is your time to shine.
Tomorrow's blog is: WHAT ABOUT YOUR MEME WILL MAKE IT ENGAGING?

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Tuesday, February 06, 2018

To Meme Or Not To Meme, That Is The Question - Part One




February 2018          

Hello Everyone: Allow me to introduce myself. I write as Sandra Masters for The Wild Rose Press in the Tea Rose Regency line. My heat level for these five published books in The Duke Series is a 4/5. Spicy/Steamy.

Early on in the marketing and promotion program, I experienced success with branding through memes. If you’re a one-person show without a virtual assistant or publicist, you might consider using memes in your social media which is what I did. Lisa Dawn at The Wild Rose Press helped me with my first meme. Thereafter, I managed to gather about seventy-five of them for all my books.

This blog on memes will run for the next four days. Now to this session.  What is a meme?  Whatever you want it to be. Sounds simplistic, but it’s not.
·                     A meme is a graphic image with text or with text representative of a character, place or    scene in your novel.
·                     It can feature a hero, heroine, villain, pet, or an abstract.
·                     It can include the cover of your book in a small version anywhere you choose, most          likely lower left or right of the meme.
·                     It can and should include the title and your author name.
·                     Ideally, if you have a mind-boggling tag line, it will catch the viewer.



If you were a reader/fan scrolling through social media, would these graphics and text lines make you want to know more about the book, the characters, the scenarios, the spice level, and cause to consider purchase of the book?
·                  I speak only for myself.
·                  Memes that are classic, elegant, spicy, and in good taste will attract attention.
·                  No porn and no erotica is allowed by Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
·                  Even though the memes above are suggestive, they are not blatant.
·                  My personal favorite in One Night With a Duke is the meme about naked imagination      and resourcefulness. Sigh.
·                  Memes do not have to have any text. The picture will speak for itself. Comments can be   made under the meme or anywhere you choose.
·                  I do not use memes for long excerpts.
·                  You can ramp your heat level up or down. You are the boss.

Next blog is: HOW CAN YOU USE A MEME TO YOUR BENEFIT? CAN YOU DO IT YOURSELF? CAN YOU USE MEMES WITHOUT TEXT? WHY? HOW?


The above is another type of graphic: The banner which can be used for post cards, posters, newsletters, blogs, whatever you feel you need to engage your audience.
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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

TURNING A BOOK INTO AN AUDIOBOOK


As a child I loved child stars like Shirley Temple, Hayley Mills, and Patty Duke, seeing their movies over and over again. My teenage years were fraught with insomnia. Believe it or not, the thing that finally helped me sleep was reading cozy mysteries. After majoring in theatre in college, I became a professional actor working on stage and screen opposite stars like Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell, Nathan Lane, Holland Taylor, and Jason Robards. I combined my three passions and created the Jana Lane mystery romance series published by The Wild Rose Press.

Jana Lane was the biggest child movie star ever until she was attacked on the studio lot at eighteen years old. In PAPER DOLL, Jana at thirty-eight lives with her family in a mansion in picturesque Hudson Valley, New York. Her flashbacks from the past become murder attempts in her future. Jana ventures back to Hollywood, which helps her uncover a web of secrets about everyone she loves.

In PORCELAIN DOLL, Jana makes a comeback film and uncovers who is being murdered on the set and why. Her heart is set aflutter by her incredibly gorgeous romantic co-star, America’s heartthrob Jason Adonis. The other suspects include Jana’s James Dean type young co-star, her older John Wayne type co-star, her children’s Eve Harrington type nanny, the film’s gossipy makeup and hair artist, a local reverend trying to stop the film’s production, and Jason’s agent.

Following were SATIN DOLL (where Jana heads to Washington, DC to play a US senator in a new film and becomes embroiled in murder and corruption at the Senate chamber), CHINA DOLL (where Jana goes to New York City to star in a Broadway thriller, facing murder on stage and off), and RAG DOLL (where Jana stars in a mystery television show and once again life imitates art).

I set the series in the 1980’s since I love the music, hair styles, clothing, and decadence of that era. I had great fun writing about Jana’s mansion, wardrobe, makeup, and hairstyles. I was also able to incorporate some of the music, films, television shows, Broadway shows, and political and social events of the era, including the AIDS epidemic.

Many of the readers have told me it should be a television series, so I wrote the teleplay pilot. While waiting for television producers to make me an offer I can’t refuse, I decided to give the green light to audiobook versions of these popular novels. I was incredibly fortunate to find Charissa Clark Howe, a gifted actress, to perform PAPER DOLL. Now with PORCELAIN DOLL, I hit the jackpot with Derick Snow, an actor with a great deal of murder mystery acting experience. He not only connected with the mystery, humor, and mood of the novel, but also beautifully created the multitude of captivating and entertaining characters in Jana’s life in book two. His dramatic voice, crisp diction, and emotional availability bring the characters and story to life. Derick’s intensity is perfect for the many plot twists and turns, dropped clues and red herrings, sweet romance, and shocking yet gratifying ending. So now the audiobook of PAPER DOLL is now joined by the audiobook of PORCELAIN DOLL. It can be found at https://www.audible.com/pd/Mysteries-Thrillers/Porcelain-Doll-Audiobook/B077XKTVKL/ref=a_search_c4_1_7_srImg?qid=1512511196&sr=1-7. The remaining three audiobooks are also in the works.

So, grab your popcorn and take your front row seat. Listen to the Jana Lane mystery, PORCELAIN DOLL, performed by the wonderful Derick Snow. Lights up! Action on mystery, humor, romance, and lots of surprises!

Joe Cosentino
author of PORCELAIN DOLL, a Jana Lane mystery, published by Wild Rose Press
http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com

Saturday, December 23, 2017

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

This season is a favorite time of year for a lot of people.  While I miss having small children around, the good cheer is contagious. The house is not super-decorated, but the food will be special.  Old habits die hard. It’s true. Baked spiral ham with pineapple roasted rings, sweet yams, green bean casserole, cranberry dressing, and of course, pumpkin pie with ice cream for dessert. Hot cocoa and hot toddies complete the late afternoon with a super warming fire in the woodstove.  Brrrr…..it’s cold outside even here in central California.

I’m an East Coast native and don’t miss the harsh, cold weather that I used to love so much. To all of you, stay safe, and have a wonderful holiday.

Sophie, our Terrier-Chihuahua is cold and cuddles up in a too-big hat, but to me, she’s still adorable. She’s waiting for hubby, Ron, to start the fire.

I’m smiling at this picture of Sophie, a dog we rescued at age eight and a half. She’s ten years right now, and a real scaredy cat at any noise. That’s her favorite chair where she rests on top of the pillow. It’s hard to tell where she begins and the pillow ends. Such a sweetheart to brighten our days.

As for me, I’m glad 2017 will soon be over, and I’m looking forward to a healthy….key word here….New Year. Two arm surgeries behind me, and impatience at the slow recovery, I get antsy, but there’s a lot planned for 2018, with a new Book Six in the Duke Series, hopefully early next year. I’m so excited for this last of the series book, The Blue-Eyed Black-Hearted Duke. Of all my dukes created, I’m in love with him. Hope you will find it a sinner so worthy of redemption. Then working on three spy Regency novellas, and a contemporary. I will be sharing sneak peaks of my new characters next year on my fans page.

If you enjoy my novels and you’re looking for something for a book-lover friend, hop over to: https://www.authorsandramasters.com and gift an e-mail book for only $2.99 each. Or go to: http://amzn.to/2zhpkXR and order direct any of the five books. Click on the Send As A Gift icon, and you’re on your way.

Sincerely, I thank you for all your support this past year. Have a Merry, Merry Christmas and a Prosperous Happy New Year.

SANDRA MASTERS

            Once in a while, in the middle of ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale. IMG_2091Sophie 1.JPGot co

Thursday, December 07, 2017

ONCE UPON A DUKE by Sandra Masters

Once Upon a Duke  by Sandra Masters    
The Duke Series, Steamy Regency Romance


This author based her books on women’s issues and the effect on all manner of women during the Regency. In this case, it is—to use modern words—spousal abuse. Belief in the existence of a "rule of thumb" to excuse spousal abuse goes as far back as 1782.


Although there is no other written record of Buller making such a pronouncement, this so-called law inspired me to write Serena’s story.


For those of you who asked, my broken right arm and left rotator cuff surgeries have challenged my ability to type. I am on my way to recovery. If there’s any bad that brings good with it, I have time to read more. The power of positive thinking is amazing. As an author, there are times when I like to read the entirety of one of my past novels. In this case, my debut novel called out to me. I smiled and also sighed, my duke was so…unforgettable.

Our sizzling hero, Geoffrey Austen, Duke of Sutton, has been a rogue longer than he cared to remember. The marriage of his mother and father was not one of warmth and love, but rather he likened it to the polar regions of the planet. Annoyed at his mother’s constant insistence he finds a suitable wife and performs his duty by producing an heir, he cringes at the thought. The women she promenaded in front of him were exact replicas of her artificial, cold, calculating wiles.

Quite by accident, he meets the sister of a friend at a hunt, Lady Serena Worthington. The exotic raven-haired widow’s marriage was a nightmare until her despicable husband died in a duel. Vowing never to marry again, she fears intimacy with any man. Serena resides in a private house on her brother’s property. Free to explore her artistic talents, Serena is content to live an isolated existence except for the times when her brother requests she serves as his hostess for his social and political events.



Serena is not prepared for the onslaught of his suave advances as he requests she paint his portrait. The visits to her studio provide ample time for the couple to share conversations and intimate moments.  When he gifts her with a puppy, Adonis, her fate is sealed.





Excerpt:  Chapter Ten:
Serena has refused all advances until one night, restless and unfulfilled, Geoffrey goes to the lake for a cold swim, and finds Serena naked in the water under the moonlit sky. He teased her, and as she attempted to cover her nudity, he stripped and went into the water. She retreated. He followed. She turned, and in the full night’s moon, he discovered her secret.

He scooped her up into his arms and splashed his way to the grassy knoll, and sat her on the bench. The lantern light showed the marks on her back. He helped her into her chemise; then he placed his shirt tightly around her to calm the tremors. He stooped and rubbed her legs to get the blood circulating. He’d been a fool to keep her in the water for those few moments. “Come to me. I will not hurt you.” His arms encircled her shoulders, and he cradled her. “I offer you the warmth of my body, Serena. It is adequate for both of us.”
He pulled her close and nestled her head against his shoulder.

“Answer me, my sweet Serena. Are your scars the reason you will not give yourself to me?” He tilted her chin to him. “Did you think I would find you repulsive?”

“Yes.” Tears trickled down her cheeks.

Geoffrey no longer wanted to seduce her, but only to protect her from whoever harmed her.

“Your husband did this, did he not? If he were not already dead, I would kill him myself—a slow painful death.”

She sniffled. “You honor me with your vow.”

She raised one hand and placed it in the nest of fur on his chest. Her touch ignited strong emotions—fury—desire— compassion—sympathy, each one in combat with the others. He wanted retribution for the wrongs done to her, but vengeance would not be his.

Serena again sobbed. He rocked her in his arms while his lips tasted her salty tears. He kissed her temple. “Shush, love. Those scars do not make a difference to me. You are the most beautiful woman I have ever known, inside and out.”  His lips thinned in anger at the harm done to her beautiful body.
“Are your wounds the reason you come to the lake at night?”

“The freedom of the water makes me forget…for a short time.”

§§§§§§
His Grace was a marvelous storyteller in his own right. Eventually, he took Serena on imaginary sensual travels all over the world. She fell under his spell. What woman could resist when he brings her the harem outfit so she could dance for him in his role as a sheik? Serena has fallen in love with Geoffrey, but he has only fallen in lust with the woman he calls, My Sultana.



“Excerpt:  Page 161
“I will create a story for us,” he whispered hoarsely. “Imagine yourself in my draped tent in the desert. There is a small brazier to provide light and warmth. Somewhere outside a woman sings a Turkish love song and strums a lute. Your belly moves and writhes. I’m driven mad with desire.” He sucked in a long breath.
“I am stripped to the waist in nomad fashion. There are satin cushions strewn along one side. Incense fills the air. I sit in the chair in the tent. You undulate before me, and your sensuous lithe movements promise an invitation of things to come. The dance escalates as you move and swirl in spiral steps. Faster, faster.”
Geoffrey licked his lips, watched her every motion. His body stiffened, he fought for control of the relentless passion. It forged through him like a raging mythic god.
Serena moved toward him.

His voice was soft as a warm desert wind that caressed and tempted. “Can you smell the incense, Serena?”

§§§§§§

When she refused to become his mistress, they part. Her heart broken, but her resolve strong, she’d savor the beautiful memories of their lovemaking.

Upon Geoffrey’s return to London, he had an epiphany, and after finding the theatre women and others unsuitable, he returned to Serena—only to find she is gone! Her villainous brother  arranged for her betrothal to another man. The despicable gentleman, Lord LeBran, now held her captive on his remote fortress in the south, until their marriage in three weeks. LeBran’s only interest was her money.  The nefarious brother had told Geoffrey a monstrous lie which caused him to curse the day he ever met her. However, determine to be with Geoffrey or end her life, Serena does find a way to have a message delivered to the duke that she was a  prisoner and would love him either in this world or the next.

Now he believed she always loved him,  and sends a letter back to her to prepare for their marriage or his funeral. 



Blurb:

            Serena, an artist, and widow, has no desire for another husband. When she meets Geoffrey Austen, attraction sizzles to a scorch. Stolen days and nights ignite forbidden passion. Geoffrey asks Serena to be his mistress, but she wants commitment, love, and marriage, not an affair with a notorious rake.
         Geoffrey realizes Serena might be the one woman who can care for his tortured soul, and maybe release his demons. The magic they shared shatters when he learns of her engagement with another. He vows to save her even at the cost of his own life.
         Will Geoffrey’s gallantry prove he truly loves Serena?
         If he survives, will Serena surrender all to him?

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From the author:  I so enjoyed writing and rereading this book. As a debut novel, it set the pace for the rest of the Duke Series. Check out: https:www.authorsandramasters.com.













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