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My Books: Pre-release Giveaways

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

Jenna’s Spring releases have arrived!

A nice surprise arrived in the mail this week.  My April paranormal release from Nocturne appeared on my doorstep.  Beauty’s Beast is the fourth and final in The Tracker series and although it won’t hit the shelves until April 2, you can get a first release copy by entering my GoodReads contest.  I’ll be running one every two weeks until April.

I also received a smaller box of copies of my UK edition of this month’s Western Historical release, The Texas Ranger’s Daughter.  The cover looks nearly identical except for two slight differences, the Harlequin Historical logos are not the same and the American release has a catch phrase under the title, reading: The one woman he can’t have.  Well, I thought those were the only differences until I tried to put them all in the same box and discovered the UK book is bigger than the North America release.

Larger UK release on left and North America relase on right

The books are tucked into my office but I’ll be bringing some to Lady Jane’s Salon in NYC for giveaways on April 1st.  If you’re in the NYC area, mark your calendars.  I’d love to share the evening with my fans.



Craft: Bonus Material, The Texas Ranger’s Daughter

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

By now some of you have read THE TEXAS RANGER’S DAUGHTER, released this week.  I thought readers might enjoy seeing some bonus material that never made the book.  This section was cut from the manuscript for several reasons.  Since Laurie mentions her encounter with Anton to Boon, having her seducer appears seemed unnecessary.  Her memories of the incident and her mother’s mention of Anton served the purpose of explaining to the reader why Laurie never married and why she feels like a fraud.  Also, if Anton reappears, Laurie has to act to protect other girls who might face seduction and then Boon or her father would have had to deal with him and this tangent would pull attention away from the developing love interest.  In other words, it side-tracked the story, so it had to go.

Still, I thought that the readers might enjoy seeing Laurie meet the man who ruined her and made her feel like such a fraud.  It was this man who kept her from being able to find a husband out of fear he would know she was not pure and fear that she was unworthy of a good man.

Here’s the cut scene between Laurie Bender and Anton Fischer…

 

A knock sounded on the door so quickly after her father’s departure that Laurie thought he must have forgotten something.  But when she opened the door it was to the face she had spent the last five years trying to forget.

There in the hallway stood Anton Fischer, the Ranger who had seduced her and then dropped her like a bad penny.  He had changed little, except that his face was no longer lean and his waist was no longer trim.  He grinned roguishly at her and Laurie wondered where she had put Larson’s gun.

Her stomach dropped as if she was falling, but something about his smug expression replaced her shock with a suspicion, creeping in like fog.  Was this some kind of game to him?

“What are you doing here?”

“Surprised to see me?”

She had heard from her mother that he had left the division shortly after marrying the one he had been engaged to even as he had taken her innocence, some five years ago.  She knew he had been working in the pharmacy owned by his in-laws here in Abilene.  He also had several children.

Laurie narrowed her eyes on him.  If he thought her the same silly girl she had been he certainly was in for a surprise.

His expression told her that he had not accidentally run into her while seeking her father.  No, this was a planned encounter, a strategic attack.  He always knew when her father was away and always approached her at such times.

“What is it you want, Mr. Fischer.”

“That’s mighty formal for the road we traveled.”

“You are very lucky that we two are the only ones who knew of that.”

“Well, that’s the thing I’m here about.  Since I never did have to pay that piper I figure you are a gal who can keep a secret.  And seeing how you’ve grown into such a beauty, I wondered if you had any interest in renewing our acquaintance.”

Laurie’s cool demeanor slipped and outrage roared.

“I do not.”  She fairly spat the words at him.  How could she ever have considered him romantic when now just looking at him filled her with disgust?

“Pity, still you are a bit old now.”

Old?  She was not yet twenty and he called her old.  A dreadful thought occurred to her.

“How many other girls have you seduced?”

He gave her that smug cat smile and a shrug then reset his hat.  “Just like you, Laurie, Dearie.  I don’t kiss and tell.”

With that, he strolled away, whistling ‘Camptown Races.’

Laurie narrowed her eyes as she considered her folly might not be losing her virginity to Anton Fischer, but not telling anyone about it.

How many girls had suffered her fate because of her unwillingness to reveal the truth?

© 2012, Jenna Kernan, excessed from

THE TEXAS RANGER’S DAUGHTER, April 2013

 



Publishing: Book Release – Goodbye and Do You need Money for Gas?

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

The Texas Ranger’s Daughter, February 22 release from Harlequin Historical

 

The Texas Ranger’s Daughter releases on Wednesday!

Release is a good word for this type of parting.  As an author, I want my book in the hands of readers and await their response to my latest work with anxious anticipation.  Who will write me to offer praise and who will write me to offer constructive criticism?  Will someone review this story on GoodReads, Amazon or B&N?  Who will mention this book to a friend?

In mind, this is actually the second release.  The first release comes when I send my manuscript to my editor.  This marks the moment when the story is no longer only mine.  It is the instant that it changes from a beloved piece of my imagination to a commodity to be prepared for market.  Now the art department is involved with cover design and my editor is involved with suggestions on how to improve the story.  There are production meetings and front matter to collect (the dedication & Dear Reader letter).  The back cover is drafted and the book is scheduled for release.  Finally, for me, there are revisions, copy edits, line edits and final author alterations to be made.  During this time, the book becomes a collaboration of many interested parties, and although it is not all together mine, I still have input and a chance to make some changes.

The second release , for me, is when the book is available to the public.  Anyone anywhere can pick up my story.  They can read it, throw it, review it, offer it to a friend, set it on a precariously high reading pile, tuck it away in their electronic reader, review it online, trash it online, recommend it online or, maybe, just maybe, add it to their coveted Keepers Shelf.  This is the highest honor a reader can bestow.

In any case, what they do with it is not up to me.  The book, my story, is not mine any longer.  Now it has a life of its own.  Though the parting is a little sad, it is good to see your stories leave the house and not have to worry about them moving back in or asking to borrow money.

This Tuesday, it is the time for me to wish The Texas Ranger’s Daughter  well, wave good-bye and turn my attention to the stories that are still living under my roof and in my head.