Sunday, September 14, 2014

Places to Find Anne Gallagher (Regency Romance Writer) on Social Media

As a self-published independent author, "they" say we should be on as many social media sites as you can be. Market, Promote, Be Everywhere and Annoy People with Spam.

As a general rule, I try not to annoy people. Hence my less than stellar performance at Marketing and Promotion. However, if you follow me on Twitter, you'll see over the last few days I have a really great excuse. I've been adding words to THE SEDUCTION of MR. SUMMERVILLE. (Up to Chapter Five so far.)

However, I was talking to a friend of mine (who oddly enough does marketing for her job) and she asked me how many social media sites I was on. I tried to name them, but couldn't. There are just too many. So I decided to do it here, in case you wanted to find me somewhere else. (IF that makes any sense.)

Not in any particular order of appearance.... click through for the link

Goodreads -- for my reviews. I'm not just a writer.

Pinterest -- for who I think my characters are.

Twitter -- Fun at 140 characters.

LinkedIn -- Because I can.

Shelfari -- I really need to update there.


And if you wanted to buy my books.... click through for the link

Kobo US

Apple itunes US

Smashwords

Barnes and Noble NOOK

Amazon

Scribd

And coming soon to Google Play (but we're not set up just quite yet -- by Thanksgiving hopefully)

The blog where I discuss writing, mainly, but with a more personal perspective Piedmont Writer.


So here I am. And where you can find me. Hope to see you around.

Anne Gallagher (c) 2014

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Reviews

Good Morning. Now that LADY OLIVIA'S UNDOING is finally released as well as THE LADY'S SECRET for pre-order, I've done a lot of thinking as to how to market these books. As you know, I'm not a great fan of marketing or promotion, and have pretty much done neither over the last few years.

Truthfully, I've never liked asking people for help. If I want something done, I do it myself, whether that's formatting an e-book, laying a new floor in my living room, or building a fence in the backyard. I'm just a natural DIYer.

The problem is, I can't do EVERYTHING, and sometimes I just have to bite the bullet and ask.

A long time ago, (when I first started publishing three years ago), the blogging gurus said you needed to have at least 10 reviews ready to go before you published. Well, three years ago, I didn't know 10 people who would want to read my books. Regency romance is a niche market -- you either like it or you don't. With vampires and steampunk, shades of color, and the zombie apocalypse currently the craze, traditional regencies (Jane Austen anyone?) don't always make it to the top of the charts, unless you're a name brand.

I have a name, and yes, I've branded it, but I'm just a small fish in a very big pond.

So here's the skinny... If you've bought ANY of my books, would you please leave a review. (Bought is the operative word. Book retailers frown on reviews that weren't "paid for".)

And I know how hard it is to write a decent review. However, I have to tell you, the best review I've ever received was on THE CAPTAIN'S COINCIDENCE. From Amazon, it had 5 stars and only two words -- "Well written." Believe me when I tell you, that was music to my ears. (I do work hard on everything I write and sometimes the best praise comes in the form of "good job".)

I don't expect you to write a dozen paragraphs, or expand on my themes (if you can find them), but I would like your honest opinion. And by no means do you have to write a review on ALL of the books (depending on how many you've read), but if you have read them all, one or two would be swell. Just pick the ones you like the best. (And if you didn't like them, then I guess this request is moot.)

A HUSBAND FOR MISS TRENT is free on Smashwords if you're new to this blog/writer and want a little taste of what I write. It's downloadable for all formats.

And you don't have to leave the review all over the place. Just where you bought it from would be sufficient. And Goodreads would be nice if you're on that site.


Thank you in advance.

Anne Gallagher (c) 2014

PS If you click on the tab under my header marked Reviews, you can find a few samples of other reviews. There's also a surprise.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Cover Reveal with a Twist

Good Morning. Today, I'd like to share my latest cover THE LADY'S SECRET. What's so great about this, is the picture of the main character, Arianna, I've been working with for the last several months. Okay, let me stop talking and just show you.

"Arianna"







Do you not think these two women look alike? How bizarre is that?

Anyway, THE LADY'S SECRET will be available through pre-order, publication set for October 15th. Sooner if I can get out of my own way.

Cover copy --

From the moment Lady Ariana Leighton met Mr. Stephen Summerville, she lost her heart. However, when Mr. Summerville was introduced to her younger sister Arabella, Ariana knew that Stephen had lost his.

Ariana surrendered the notion of love with Stephen Summerville.


Yet, she left a tiny piece of her heart open – hope would always remain.


This book and LADY OLIVIA'S UNDOING are both prequels to THE SEDUCTION OF MR. SUMMERVILLE, the last novel in the Reluctant Grooms series.(Which should hopefully be released by Christmas.)

I should also mention that both UNDOING and SECRET both have mirror-imaging and cliff-hanger endings. I'll speak more on that in an upcoming blogpost.

So what do think about the cover? Isn't she beautiful? Many thanks to my inspired cover designer at Straw Hill Designs.

Anne Gallagher (c) 2014

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Pre-orders on Amazon

Pt. Judith, Narragansett, RI
Good Morning. I am returned from vacation, less tanned than I'd like to be, and flat out getting ready for my daughter to go back to school tomorrow (where does the time go)....and of course, have captured a summer cold so this post will be short and to the point.

I finished THE LADY'S SECRET while I was on vacation. My critique partner hates me, she said the story made her cry. So I guess that means it's pretty good.

It will be available for pre-order, along with Lady Olivia's Undoing this week.

As you may remember LADY OLIVIA'S UNDOING has been available for pre-order on Smashwords, Kobo, itunes, and NOOK, for the last month. It seems that Amazon does not want to be undone, so has now started offering indie/self-published authors the same opportunity.

Both, UNDOING and SECRET will be available from Amazon as pre-orders starting Sept. 1. (Or earlier if I can get out of my own way.)

LADY OLIVIA'S UNDOING will be published Sept. 15th.

This picture has been my inspiration
for Arianna, the main character
in THE LADY'S SECRET
THE LADY'S SECRET will be published Oct. 15th.

The last book in the Reluctant Groom Series (yes, it is coming to its inevitable end) THE SEDUCTION OF MR. SUMMERVILLE will be published at Christmas.

Once school is fully underway, I will try and make these blog posts more enticing. Reading about my publications is not a whole lot of fun. But I must do them.

I will also have a cover for SECRET very soon. It's astonishing.


Tell me -- What would you like to see me write about here?

Anne Gallagher (c) 2014

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Keeping it Real

Good morning. As you know, I write Regency romance, a sub-genre of historical fiction. In each of my books, I've done endless research to get the "history" of the period as true as I can get it. Yes, I will admit I have "fudged" some facts to make either my story, or my timeline fit together into a cohesive whole.

As an example -- In THE LADY'S FATE, it seems Prince George is a bit of sucker for romance. Was he in real life? I have no idea. But in my books he is. Why? You may ask. The simple answer -- because I wanted him to be. In his own life, Parliament would not allow him to be married to his much older, Catholic, twice-widowed wife. So I took his disappointment (which I'm sure was more akin to outrage had I actually known Prinny) and used it to my advantage.

Is that wrong? I have no idea. But it's my book and I'll write it any way I want to. To me Prince George is as real to me as my own brother.

Now, some people have said that I don't actually write "Regency" romance because I don't write like Georgette Heyer (famed author during the 40's and 50's) because I do not ascribe to the "comedy of errors" novels that she was so famous for. I'm not a fan of Heyer. Sorry. I'm sure there were a lot of comedic errors made during the Regency period, but the Regency also involved the Napoleonic Wars, as well as poverty, and suffering, and political intrigue. People were not just aristocrats having balls and dancing at Almack's. There was more to life than London Society.

Jane Austen actually LIVED during the Regency period. (And for those of you who don't know what that is, it was the period that Prince George ascended to the throne as Regent in England, because his father King George was mad. 1811-1820 or 1830 depending on who you talk to.)

As far as I'm concerned, Jane Austen is the quintessential Regency romance writer because her characters are so believable. Her characters are balanced between good and not-so-nice, most have a major life-altering ah-ha moment that changes the direction which they were following (Mr. Darcy anyone?). However, the main point in any of her stories is not necessarily romance. Yes, there's always a happily ever after at the end, but in order for the main characters to get to it, they have to go through a lot of crappy crap to get there.

To me, the main point in all Austen's work is the character arc. She strives to make each "real" with all the foibles and grace, and idiosyncrasies that make people, well, people.

She writes "personally" -- as if she knew Cathy Moreland and her penchant for imagining the worst about Captain Tilney, and Anne Elliot's desperate hunger for Frederick Wentworth. And let's not forget Emma's matchmaking meddling. How many women do you know who are just like Emma?

To me, this, this getting into their heads, is what writing is all about. I'm not going to harp on some of the ridiculous stories I've read that are published by New York (that no one even bothered to check for historical accuracy) or the wanton sex that appears on every other page (because sex sells -- guess what friends -- not so much anymore).

It's about keeping the characters real. So real that when you read, you root for, you cry with, you are devastated or elated right along with them.

Tell me -- What makes a character real for you?

Anne Gallagher (c) 2014

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Historical Research -- Politics

Good Morning. As we all know, one cannot write a period novel without doing research. Throughout my series, I've needed to delve into the politics of the time.

First of all, let me say, I am an American. I have a hard enough time keeping track of my own country's political history. Second of all, I'm a genre writer, not an historian, so if I decide to use political aspects in my books, it had better be for a good reason.

I've found there are two trains of thought to using politics -- the first, as a decided focus of the main plot. And second, as an added layer to the general background of the setting.

For example:

In ROMANCING LADY RYDER, I focused on one particular point in the Napoleonic Wars -- the negotiations between Russia and England. In a nutshell, my main character the Earl of Greenleigh is a spy. He leads a double life -- in Society he is known as a lover of art. In reality, he works for the Foreign Office gaining secrets. We start out in France, but then because of Illora Ryder, we are enmeshed in the political dealings between Russia and England. (Russia's leader Czar Alexander finally realized Bonaparte was a maniac and even though he had made an agreement with him, he decided to hedge his bets and stay on the good side of England just in case.)

I used several key figures from Russian history as well as England and although 99% of it is not true, the 1% I did use, worked. Well, it worked for me anyway.


In THE LADY'S FATE, the Marquess of Haverlane and Duke of Cantin, are with Prince George as advisers to get him seated as the Prince Regent. I did not say specifically what they were advising George on, but it got them out of the house.

With each of my books, I have looked at certain aspects of British political history, but I have never done a comprehensive "lesson" as it were. Truthfully, there was so much going on, I can't wrap my head around it as a "whole", which is why I've tended to break it into smaller palpable pieces.

In LADY OLIVIA'S UNDOING, I dove into the East India Trading Company a
well as a few particular battles in Spain and Portugal. In THE CAPTAIN'S COINCIDENCE I used the alliance between France and America as a backdrop. Somewhat. (There's so much there I didn't want to get bogged down -- which I did, and then cut it all out.)

In using politics for background, I feel it is better to give a general overall feeling to the plot rather than a history lesson. Unless, as I said previously, you're writing a TRUE HISTORICAL novel. Which I'm not.

Tell me -- How do you feel about using historical information?

Anne Gallagher (c) 2014

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Writing While on Vacation

Good morning. Yes, I know the last couple of months have been fraught with indecision on this blog; first I'm here, then I'm gone, then I'm posting once every six weeks, then I post two weeks in a row. I've been trying to find a balance in there somewhere, and it doesn't seem to be working. I finally get a schedule and then it blows up in my face.

However, I knew a long time ago when I started planning my vacation this summer, that I would have to work. (Unless I actually finished the two novellas I needed to finish before June 14.  That didn't happen, but I tried really hard.) So here I am, on vacation, writing this blog.

Right now we're in Carlisle PA with my brother and sister-in-law. (Well, technically we saw my brother for just the first afternoon -- he's been working at the Naval Base Fire Station ever since. Yes, they do have Naval Support in Pennsylvania.)


Anyway, I decided to bring along two laptops so I would be able to write anyplace, any time. So far I have only broken out one to check email and post on Twitter. (Which I'm kind of liking. I haven' been Tweeting in a long time.  You can find me there @gallagher_anne)

Before I left NC, I worked like a maniac on THE LADY'S SECRET, another prequel to the last novel in the Reluctant Grooms series. It was coming along nicely (at 25k) and I know what I have to do to finish it. It should only be a matter of weeks.

And now that LADY OLIVIA'S UNDOING  is up for pre-order (across all major etailers, except Amazon) I'm giving that room to rest before I have to tackle those revisions. (Back from my critique partner with just a couple of blips to fix.) All in all, I'd say it received some pretty high marks from my beta readers.

We're heading to RI in a couple of days (a couple of days because of impending storms) and when we get there we're beaching it until August 19. Yay. I haven't been to the beach in a couple of year so this will hopefully revive my creative juices.


It's hard work trying to write and keep house, and keep a kid happy. When it all gets too much something has to give, and 9 times out of 10, it's this blog. But I hope you'll stick around. I'll try and be better at posting.

I should take a lesson from the turtle above -- slow and steady wins the race.

Anne Gallagher (c) 2014