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#Giveaway:  Rachel Kall,Tarah Scott,Cecilia Grant

#Giveaway: Rachel Kall,Tarah Scott,Cecilia Grant

Welcome to the Dear Author August Extravaganza, Day 8.

Every day this month, we are giving away copies of books, both digital and print, as well as gift certificates and even a digital reader. Stay tuned to this link to see all of the giveaways. They only last a few days each so keep visiting.

From Author Cecilia Grant

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A Woman Entangled, third book in the Blackshear Family series. A hard-headed beauty with dreams of marrying a lord finds her schemes upended by the barrister she rejected three years before. This was our July book club pick. You can read the review here and look at the Q&A here.

A Lady Awakened and A Gentleman Undone, first and second in the Blackshear Family series, have also been reviewed favorably here at Dear Author. Check out all our Cecilia Grant reviews here.

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From Author Rachel Kall


Edge of your seat romantic suspense: Attorney Alex Popov’s dream of partnership is put to the test when she’s pulled into a top-secret investigation involving arms dealers and one of her clients, Rodrigues Capital. The only good part about her association with the secretive organization is her client contact, Pedro Martín. She’s drawn to him, but he’s hiding something. When Jacob shows up as a new attorney at Alex’s firm, it’s clear Pedro isn’t the only one with secrets. As Alex tries to determine Jacob’s true identity, she’s drawn closer to Pedro and deeper into the mystery of Rodrigues Capital and its shadowy networks. Everyone has an agenda. In a world of lies, where no one is what they seem, Alex puts everything — even her dreams of partnership — on the line for love. Amazon Link * Author Link

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From Author Tarah Scott

How does a woman tell her betrothed that she murdered her first husband?

No man bargains for war when he chooses a bride, but when he steals her from holy ground, he can expect nothing less.

Iain MacPherson swore he was nothing like his father, but his kidnapping of Victoria Hockley, the Countess of Lansbury is the first step toward the same obsessive jealousy that fueled his father’s life-long feud against the chief Iain’s mother loved.

A kiss, a midnight race for freedom, and a royal missive force Victoria into her captor’s arms. Hallowed ground can’t save her from the devil that followed her from England. Yet the Scottish lord who swears to protect her is far more dangerous.

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Thursday News: The Author run publishing houses; eBook silos

Another author, Teresa Medeiros, announced the formation of her publishing house, Amber House.  She is apparently re issuing backlist titles and publishing new front list work including a non fiction work.  Medeiros “publishing house” isn’t acquiring new books and there is no word as to whether Tule is either.

Gemma Halliday, Inc. is a publishing house owned and operated by the author Gemma Halliday.  Sibel Hodge announced that she had just “signed” with GHI a few days ago.  There is no link for GHI itself.

I’m not sure whether these are author coops or actual publishing houses. I do think it is interesting that these houses, if they are publishing houses, aren’t subject to the same scrutiny given to larger publishing firms.  And I’m not sure what the new author gets out of it? If it is primarily for covers, editing and distribution then isn’t it just an Author Services firm?

As a reader, are you more interested in a Gemma Halliday branded book or one by Jane Porter?  It’s an interesting concept. I suspect we’ll see an increase in a number of author “publishing houses”.

The author goes on to state that the Post has the best API of any newspaper but acknowledges that the API wasn’t part of the deal. But distribution ideas make sense or at least better sense than other musings which basically amount up to Bezos wanting a propaganda machine. Co.Labs ? code + community