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Holding On (Colorado High Country #6) —
The Colorado High Country series returns with Conrad and Kenzie's story.

A hero barely holding on…

Harrison Conrad returned to Scarlet Springs from Nepal, the sole survivor of a freak accident on Mt. Everest. Shattered and grieving for his friends, he vows never to climb again and retreats into a bottle of whiskey—until Kenzie Morgan shows up at his door with a tiny puppy asking for his help. He’s the last person in the world she should ask to foster this little furball. He’s barely capable of managing his own life right now, let alone caring for a helpless, adorable, fluffy puppy. But Conrad has always had a thing for Kenzie with her bright smile and sweet curves. One look into her pleading blue eyes, and he can’t say no.

The woman who won’t let him fall…

Kenzie Morgan’s life went to the dogs years ago. A successful search dog trainer and kennel owner, she gets her fill of adventure volunteering for the Rocky Mountain Search & Rescue Team. The only thing missing from her busy life is love. It’s not easy finding Mr. Right in a small mountain town, especially when she’s unwilling to date climbers. She long ago swore never again to fall for a guy who might one day leave her for a rock. When Conrad returns from a climbing trip haunted by the catastrophe that killed his best friend, Kenzie can see he’s hurting and wants to help. She just might have the perfect way to bring him back to the world of the living. But friendship quickly turns into something more—and now she’s risking her heart to heal his.

In ebook and soon in print!

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I grew up in Colorado at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, then lived in Denmark and traveled throughout Europe before coming back to Colorado. I have two adult sons, whom I cherish. I started my writing career as a columnist and investigative reporter and eventually became the first woman editor of two different papers. Along the way, my team and I won numerous state and several national awards, including the National Journalism Award for Public Service. In 2011, I was awarded the Keeper of the Flame Lifetime Achievement Award for Journalism. Now I write historical romance and contemporary romantic suspense.


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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Rock*It Reads has official launch today!

Here’s the big news I’ve been promising.

Today is the official launch of the Rock*It Reads brand, of which I am a part.

So what is Rock*It Reads?

It used to be that the “slush pile,” as it was called, sat on the desks of agents and editors. They would sift through it and decide what manuscripts they wanted to take on. This often excluded brilliantly written stories — but it also separated the chaff from the grain.

But with the advent of digital indie publishing, the slush pile has been placed in readers’ hands. The good thing about this is that there’s a lot more variety from which readers can choose, not just ideas and settings that New York publishing houses believe they can sell. Also, ebooks are often cheaper than printed books, making it easier for voracious readers to stay within a budget.

The downside is simply that there are so many books to choose from, and readers can’t be sure about the quality they’re getting.

Enter Rock*It Reads. Our slogan is, “Authors you love. Stories that rock.”

Rock*It Reads is a group of  New York published authors who are also self-publishing romances. We’ve each made a commitment to ourselves and to each other to put out only high-quality self-published works, and the logo is intended to communicate that.

When readers buy a story that bears the Rock*It Reads logo, they can know they’re getting a story that has been tended with the same level of attention and professionalism as we give our New York works. The logo is meant to be a sort-of “seal of quality,” because we care as much about writing great stories as you do about reading them!

Rock*It Reads is not a publisher or a publishing imprint. These are 100 percent self-published works, done by each author, on her own dime, on her own time.

We’ve simply banded together to form Rock*It Reads to help our readers find other high-quality self-published works.  We’re hoping that the logo will be a like a little beacon or guide though the world of self-published romances.

Rock*It Reads includes: Monica Burns, Lila DiPasqua, New York Times best-seller Cheryl Holt, Vanessa Kelly/VK Sykes, Kris Kennedy, Margo Maguire, Mia Marlowe, Elisabeth Naughton, Sharon Page, Joan Swan—and me.

Stop by our Facebook page today — April 11 — to join in the launch-day celebration, which includes hourly ebook giveaways from Rock*It Reads authors. And be sure to visit the Rock*It Reads website to learn more about the indie books by these authors.

Also, watch for our column, LOVE ROCKS, which will debut on April 23 on Barnes and Noble’s website. We’ll be reviewing the latest and greatest self-published books, helping to sift through the titles for those hidden gems. 

If you’ve been watching closely, you’ll have noticed the addition of the Rock*It Reads logo to my indie published books — Sweet Release and Carnal Gift — as well as to the cover of Skin Deep, which isn’t quite finished yet. (Ahem.) Also, I announced it in the News section of my official website, which was updated last week.

My first official Rock*It Reads release will be Skin Deep, which will be done and online by the end of April or early May. Sorry it’s late, but as you can see, I have been busy.

Watch for an article about Rock*It Reads coming soon to USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog, or read more in the May RT Book Reviews.

So there you have it — my big news. I’m very excited to be working with these 10 other authors and look forward to exploring the world of self-published books!


landin said...

Oooh,this promises to be a hit! I definitely need to check it out more closely!

Dalila G. said...

Big congrats to you and all of the other wonderful authors in the ROCK IT READS!!
I have some fav authors there and I will be adding some new to me ones.
Wishing all of you much fun and success!!!

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