Dear All Seven of you who Pre-ordered All I Need

I’m so sorry.

I have to postpone the release of All I Need. The current climate has taken it’s toll on a lot of artists and creatives, and apparently I am one of them.

I thought I was more of the pragmatic Butt In Chair and Write kids–but I just need more time to fill my well again.

I’ll keep you posted when I’m back up to me again. In the meantime–I’m working on being the person my dogs think I am.

Love you all and happy holidays!

Free Gift–Romancing the Beat

It’s a Christmas Miracle!  (or any of the 20+ holidays celebrated in December really)
buypbThrough the holiday season, the matchbook price on Romancing the Beat is free. Gift the paperback to your crit partner or a writer friends, keep digital for yourself!

 

How the Kindle Matchbook pricing works:

  1. Buy the paperback book here.
  2. After transaction has cleared–go to the Kindle page here. Book should be available to you for FREE. Once downloaded, you can read on any device with Kindle app on it. For more information about the Matchbook Program, visit Amazon
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New Release and Black Friday through Cyber Monday Sale

 

New Release…kinda….

If you never had the chance to read Mr. Virile and the Girl Next Door when it came out in 2013–I have good news. It’s been re-published as a new Silver Pines book–with a bonus epilogue!
(And keep scrolling for a great sale)

Take on Me is one of my favorites–Dane the hero falls SO HARD for Holly. He’s adorably unprepared for love. I hope you give this one a try. (Apple and Nook might have eaten too much turkey yesterday. The links are taking longer to go live for some reason.)

Take On Me

Online dating columnist Dane Martin (www.virile.com) has no plans to give up his reign as bachelor extraordinaire. He has a reputation to uphold, especially with the upcoming release of his book Coming on Strong.

Holly Winters, everyone’s favorite girl next door thanks to her blog of the same name, gives dating advice to women struggling to find commitment among the Virile sycophants. Dane is exactly the kind of guy she cautions her readers away from.

When a publicity stunt goes awry and the opposites must pretend to be dating, all bets are off. Has the Girl Next Door tamed the most Virile man alive, or is she just another notch on the bedpost?

Originally published in 2013 as Mr. Virile and the Girl Next Door. Now with BONUS EPILOGUE!

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Black Friday through Cyber Monday sale


I hope you are remembering to get yourself something nice this weekend. All Camp Firefly Falls eBooks are on sale for .99. A little summer fun sounds like just the thing right now.

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New Release: When It’s Love by Gwen Hayes

Are you ready to go back to Silver Pines? I have a new book out today! And it’s a Christmas one because I love Christmas. And there’s an introverted heroine who thinks nobody can notice her and an older brother’s best friend hero who can’t stop noticing her, no matter how much he wants to. And small town hijinks and figgy pudding and I think from now on I might write only holiday stories.

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Here’s the blurby bits and buy linky things.

A retiring soldier with no family of his own, Sergeant Joe Carter reluctantly agrees to spend the holidays in picturesque Silver Pines to transition to life after the Army. He’s a drifter now and has no business getting involved with his buddy’s family—especially with the sweet little sister who pretends she’s frumpy to ward off attention from men. He should let her be, but something about her loneliness reaches out to his.

The only introvert in a large family of extroverts, Lisa Rhodes finds her peace by fading into the background as much as possible. She lives a quiet life, wearing her shapeless clothes and boring hair like armor to atone for a past she’s not proud of. But there’s one problem this Christmas—her brother’s guest keeps seeing her. She’s never had trouble escaping a man’s notice —especially one who could have any woman he wants. But the harder she tries to hide, the more determined he is to seek.

When It’s Love is the third book in the Silver Pine Series, but may be read out of order.

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Free Beat Templates

Free Stuff

Romancing the BeatPresents…I have them.  If you’ve read Romancing the Beat: Story Structure for Romance Novels and you wish you had a cheat sheet, then you have come to the right place. Take your pick…Scrivener or PDF or …both!

Are you a Scrivener writer? I love Scrivener for my early planning stages. The template is color coded and ready for you to download to your computer. Click on the link: Scrivener template.

Maybe you prefer an old school printable? I am a notebook collector too! The PDF printable is ten pages–including a cheat sheet and a place to write. I tried to coordinate it with the Scrivener template for maximum effec

Win a Camp Firefly Falls T-shirt!

I’m so excited for this release! Book 2 of Camp Firefly Falls is out! His Counterfeit Campfire Bride is in the wild…and to share the joy–I’m giving away a cool kids shirt from camp. You know you want this…details for how to get your own shirt below. And don’t forget to pick up your copy of the book from your favorite retailer.

Camp Firefly Falls…pitching tents since 2016.

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His Counterfeit Campfire Bride

Forget Netflix and chill…campfire and thrill. The second book set in the Camp Firefly Falls world with stories so hot, you can roast marshmallows on your ereader.

Meet MiguelCFF-Cover-CampfireBride Castillo and Seraphina Worth. Two advertising office enemies sent to a corporate retreat at a sleepaway summer camp to work out their differences. With strict orders to come back with whatever trophies and ribbons are awarded for best team or come back unemployed, they are stunned to find out their boss sent them to the wrong camp session. Instead of corporate team building, they are signed up for Rediscover Your Marital Intimacy week.

She thinks he’s unpredictable, unreliable, and unstable. He thinks she’s stuffy, stilted, and square. They can barely work together and now they have to pretend to be married for a week at summer camp—sharing a cabin with one bed, doing tantric yoga, and thwarting the advances of a couple interested in a wife swap.

Trouble is, the one thing they both excel at is marketing. And the more they sell themselves as the perfect married couple, the harder it to remember it’s an ad campaign and not a love match.

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New editing service: Romancing the Beat Critique

After a lot of positive feedback, I’ve added a new service to my freelance editing business. In addition to developmental editing, I now offer an analysis of the romance beats only based on my writing craft book, Romancing the Beat.

Surprised Woman Reading

I will read your story and give you a detailed report highlighting where you hit the beats, where the beats are missing, and where the beats need a stronger hit.

Introductory prices:
Your manuscript length:

1-25,000 words–$50
25,001-50,000–$100
50,001-100,000–$200

Head over to my editing site for more information.

Sleepaway Camp for Grownups Starts Now

I’m so excited. Camp starts today! And the first book (my first co-writing project) is FREE. The reviews are coming in and they are very positive–which is a great way to start the holiday weekend (Happy Canada Day and Independence Day!)

But wait, there’s more.

In just two weeks, Book 2 comes out. And you can preorder it now so you don’t miss a day of camp.

 Coming Soon to an eDevice near you…

July 1: Winning Back His Wife by Zoe York and Gwen Hayes

CFF-Cover-Winning-UPDATETwenty years ago, Michael Tully fell hard and fast at summer camp. Now his soon-to-be ex-wife has quit her job and invested every last penny into re-inventing Camp Firefly Falls. It’s a crazy, ridiculous plan–which he ignores, right up until he’s served with divorce papers.

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July 15: His Counterfeit Campfire Bride by Gwen Hayes

CFF-Cover-CampfireBride-UPDATE

Forget Netflix and chill…campfire and thrill. The second book set in the Camp Firefly Falls world with stories so hot, you can roast marshmallows on your ereader.

Meet Miguel Castillo and Seraphina Worth. Two advertising office enemies sent to a corporate retreat at a sleepaway summer camp to work out their differences. With strict orders to come back with whatever trophies and ribbons are awarded for best team or come back unemployed, they are stunned to find out their boss sent them to the wrong camp session. Instead of corporate team building, they are signed up for Rediscover Your Marital Intimacy week.

She thinks he’s unpredictable, unreliable, and unstable. He thinks she’s stuffy, stilted, and square. They can barely work together and now they have to pretend to be married for a week at summer camp—sharing a cabin with one bed, doing tantric yoga, and thwarting the advances of a couple interested in a wife swap.

Trouble is, the one thing they both excel at is marketing. And the more they sell themselves as the perfect married couple, the harder it to remember it’s an ad campaign and not a love match.

Kindle | Nook | Apple | Kobo |

Submission Call: Camp Firefly Falls 2017

CAMP-FF-LOGO-COLOUR-GIFAre you a contemporary romance author? Are you interested in writing a category length novel that takes place at the shared world of Camp Firefly Falls during the summer of 2017?

About:

Camp Firefly Falls, is a fictional sleepaway camp for grownups, set in the Berkshires.
Are you thinking of Dirty Dancing? Yeah. So were we. And Indian Summer. All those fantasies we had about making out on a dock, sneaking into the woods late at night, and making fast friends and slow, sweet crushes?

This year’s camp: http://campfireflyfalls.com/

Nitty Gritty: Each author self publishes own book and is responsible for editing (which we stress as important). There is no payment or advance to the authors, they are paid via the vendors they upload to according to sales. There may be incidental costs to chip in on but will be agreed to by all authors: cover art, web hosting, promo.

All authors co-work on a camp bible so we can keep things straight. You are free to use campers or staff in your book. Covers are branded as a group, author responsible for cost of their own. Each camp session can have a different theme limited only by your imagination.

Diverse characters more than welcome!

How to submit:

Please email Gwen @ gwenhayes.com with a proposed blurb of 125-200 words that includes your main trope(s), characters, premise, and camp session theme. It can and probably will change when you are done writing your book–we just want to know you have an idea.

If you are unpublished, we are still interested but please also attach a sample 50 pages of a manuscript you have finished so we have an idea of your writing voice. We also ask that you have a social media platform.

End date for submissions: July 31, 2016

 

*FREE* Scrivener template for Romancing the Beat

RTBIf you are a Scrivener user and have read Romancing the Beat: Story Structure for Romance Novels, you are in luck! I have put together a companion template just for you.

This Scrivener template is intended to supplement the writing experience after reading the book. If you haven’t read the book—I hope the template is still useful to you. I tried to put mini-explanations on the front of each beat card. I am not a Scrivener Professional—but I did my best.

Link to template 

Link to Romancing the Beat

Link to Scrivener