Thursday, October 8, 2015

Bite of the Moon: Between Two Wolves is LIVE!

Take a Bite of the Moon
Between Two Wolves by Catherine Vale

The first book in the Bite of the Moon collection is live and ready for you. Again, Bite of the Moon books share the theme of telling stories about people who've been bitten and turned into shifters.

If you've ever wished a hunky shifter would bite you, don't miss these books.

(The second story in the series is my book Moon's Law which comes out next week.)

Having your throat cut has a way of changing a does being bitten by one of your two lovers.

99 cents or f-r-e-e in KU.

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Amazon CA


“I’m Colt.” I thought I heard an accent, not Canadian, certainly not American. He leaned across the space between us, hand extended. I hesitated, and then reached out, fingers just brushing his. I scooted forward a little more, and that's when I lost my balance.

I slipped off the rock, going face first under water. For a minute, the world was very hot, and very murky. Water went in my mouth, and up my nose, the odd taste of minerals heavy on my tongue. I flailed for a moment, unable to get a grip on anything solid, unable to get my footing in the small pool. Then a hand grabbed my upper arm, pulling me out of the water.

Sputtering, I finally drew a breath that wasn't full of water. I blinked, and spit out a mouthful of warm water. It tasted bitter, metallic. The guy pulled me up onto his lap with a strength I found quite surprising, more than a little alarming, but strangely appealing. I wiped the last of the water out of my eyes, coughing. I was sitting on this stranger's lap.

There could be worse places to end up after falling into the pool though. He wrapped an arm around my waist, pulling me against his chest. I was at a loss as to what to do with my hands, just barely resisting the urge to run my fingers through all that chest hair. I finally ended up with my hands folded primly in my lap. If my heart had been beating hard before, now it practically shook my body with every beat.

“You okay?”

I nodded. “Yeah. Just embarrassed. I'm not usually this clumsy.”

“It's okay,” he chuckled, and I was immediately captivated by the sparkle in his eyes. “Do over? I’m Colt.” He held out his free hand. I took it, shook it, pulled away...but he held on. “And you are?”

“I'm Risha. Rish to my friends.”

“Can I call you Rish then? Do I qualify for friend status yet? I did save your life, after all.”

“You did. And you do. So, yes, Rish is fine.”

“Or Red. I think you look like a Red.” He reached up, fingering a strand of my hair between his fingers.

I stared at him. A flash of resentment at that old name rose up, but I bit back my retort, and looked closely at his face. There was no malice in those dark eyes, obviously nothing intended, other than him looking at my hair, at the strand wound around his fingers. But I was a little freaked out by the intimate gesture, even if it seemed innocent.

“Yeah. I've been called Red.” In the past. But I didn't add that. I was moving on, and he sure wasn't part of my past, although I wasn’t sure right now what he was, or what he really wanted. Or what I was doing.

“It suits you. You look like a Red.”

I cocked an eyebrow. “And what does a Red look like?”

He tugged gently on my hair. “I bet when this is dry it blazes like fire.” His eyes moved
languidly to mine. “And I bet you're just as fiery.”

The hand on my waist slipped down to my hip. My t-shirt had ridden up, and his fingers brushed over my bare skin. I gasped, then coughed to cover the sound.

Colt let go of the strand of hair and reached up to touch my cheek. “You okay? Do you need mouth to mouth, or anything?”

I had no choice but to laugh. “Do you think it's a little late to ask? I'm talking, and...” His fingers slipped to the nape of my neck. “...breathing...” I might be breathing, but those breaths were coming in short little gasps. His eyes moved slowly from mine, down to my lips. I swallowed hard.

“Yeah. But, you know...” He pulled me closer. “Better safe than sorry.”

99 cents or f-r-e-e in KU.

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Amazon CA

Monday, September 28, 2015

Bite of the Moon Collection: Come get bitten! New shifter romances!

 Need to be bitten?
Come take a bite of the moon!

I'm pleased to announce a new multi-author project called 'Bite of the Moon.' This collection of shifter romance features some of your favorite authors and stories that follow heroines and heroes as they are turned into shifters. Books in the series include:

                             ~Moon's Law by Michelle Fox~

Once you've been bitten, there's no going back.

 Kane Martin has a reputation as the tough-guy, sex-stud sheriff of Glen Vine Michigan, but becoming a werewolf has rattled him. Forget partying, hooking up with girls, and locking up the bad guys, he's got bigger problems. Like dealing with locals taking potshots at his pack, and howling at the moon in his spare time...whether he wants to or not.

And there's this girl, Charlotte. She's totally not his type, but she smells so good, Kane's not sure he can resist.

Curvy Charlotte Wills was supposed to be getting engaged and finishing up a degree in library science, but instead she's been dumped and turned into a werewolf. In the middle of trying to get her life back on track, the last thing she needs is a distraction like Sheriff Kane Martin.

But life has a funny way of going sideways when you least expect it.

Especially when you're a werewolf.

Full length novel. No cliffhanger. Features a full figured beauty who loves her curves and a wickedly sexy alpha who can't keep his hands off them.

~Between Two Wolves by Catherine Vale~

Two wolves are twice the bite...and pleasure.

Recently single, Risha Reynolds wants nothing more than to escape for a weekend of hiking in the mountains. Burned by her ex, and angry as hell, she desperately needs the peace and quiet. Far, far away from the jerk who left her.

Besides, what better time to climb a treacherous mountain, and say goodbye to the world below, than after a rough breakup? What's the worst that can happen?

What Risha doesn't know, is that peace and quiet isn't the only thing she'll find when far away from civilization.  She's heard the campfire stories of the beasts that go bump in the night, but Risha isn't the kind of girl that believes in myth and magic. Yet when she comes face to face with two wildly handsome strangers, she has to admit that they aren't like any others she's ever known. 

If there's one thing she's certain of, it's that Colt and Jericho are hiding a secret, but when she is given the opportunity to uncover the truth, will she be willing to see what they really are?
If she opens her mind, her heart will follow...

~Lyric's Accidental Mate by Elle Boon~

A tough as nails soldier and a bad girl on a motorcycle with a bite...when they collide, everything changes.

A Woman In Need Of Saving

Lyric Carmichael is a shifter in trouble. When a pack of rogue wolves attacks her, she knows she will have to fight for her life. Being a member of the Iron Wolves MC and a wolf shifter, she's used to fighting, but with the odds stacked against her, she's not sure she'll make it out alive. 

A Badass Soldier

Rowan Shade, a member of the Special Forces, has fought many battles, so wading into the fight to save a gorgeous woman is second nature. Being bitten by Lyric in order to save him from a fate worse than death, and finding out there are supernatural beings, is one of the most erotic experiences of his life. He just hopes they live long enough to explore more of this new and wild world.

A Love Beyond Reason

As Rowan and Lyric explore their new relationship, the danger to the pack intensifies. When they find out one of their own has betrayed them, the strength of the entire MC is needed in order 
for them all to survive.

More Bite of the Moon books to come from Bryce Evans, Katalina Leon, Erika Masten and Kate Kent!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Last Hurrah at 99 cents:BESTSELLING Wolf Pack Boxed Sets to Retire

All good things must come to an end and the three bestselling boxed sets from the Wolf Pack authors are set to be unpublished. However, we decided to go out with a bang and put all three sets on sale for 99 cents each. The sale ends soon, so if you don't have all three sets yet, NOW is the time to buy before they're gone forever. (Or should that say furever?)

All the Alpha Lovin' You Need for 99 Cents!

Alphas Gone Wild ~ 151 reviews. 4.5 star avg.

Alphas on the Prowl~ 188 reviews. 4.5 star avg.

Shifters Gone Alpha ~ 186 reviews. 4.5 star avg.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Snarktember is here! Win a Kindle Fire, Gift Cards, Books, Swag and MORE!

Snarktember is here and that means a HUGE giveaway for you!
Sponsored by dozens of authors, there are dozens of prizes.
Go enter! You might win!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Author Advice: About that Boxed Set that pays only in exposure

I should be editing my novel which is due to the editor in the next few days, but why do that when I can procrastinate? So hi! Go put some Nutella on a spoon (my poison of choice) and let's talk about boxed sets!

Indie boxed sets blew up in a big way in 2014. For a while, they were the easiest of easy buttons when it came to hitting the USAT and NYT bestseller lists. You got a group of authors together, a good concept, a hot cover and you marketed the hell out of it and BOOM you had the sales numbers to be a bestseller.

Plus, at times, lots of money. 

How do I know this? Well, here's my personal background with boxed sets: I've been the brains behind boxed sets and I've been the follower getting schooled on how to git'r done. I've 'lettered' three times with boxed sets. I've been in boxed sets that made well over six figures, leaving the authors with five figures in profit each. And I've been in relative flops that barely earned me $500. (Comme ci, comme ca. Le sigh.) 

I have applicable experience, is what I'm saying. Which is why I'd like to bend your ear. 

So...moving on...

Even though many boxes never lettered, it seemed almost ridiculously easy once you'd been in one that had. The math was rather reliable in terms of the amount spent on ads, price points that moved copies, the volume of synchronized marketing required and how that all fed into the amount of books sold. 

However, as more and more authors jumped into boxed sets, the market became saturated. As if that wasn't bad enough, Kindle Unlimited also began skewing rank as well as visibility and the NYT started 'overlooking' boxed sets more often than not. The easy street to an author's alphabet had closed by early 2015.

Boxed sets aren't extinct, though. Not by a long shot. They will forever be useful tools for reaching new readers and providing some extra revenue authors may not otherwise see. (And they can still become bestsellers, it's just not as predictable now.)

But there are boxed sets that don't benefit authors and I want to take a minute to talk about those.

Beware the boxed set that doesn't pay authors. I'm seeing more and more of these 'offers' that pay only in exposure. Or they give you a couple bucks and the balance is paid in exposure.  

For authors who don't yet know how rank relates to earnings, these boxed sets may be tempting. Which is why they even exist. They're capturing authors who don't know better.

I want you to know better.

If you give away one of your stories to these exposure bundles and it ranks at 200 in the Amazon store for quite some time, you just lost out on four figures. How's that exposure feeling now?

Believe it or not, every boxed set I've ever done, I've made money AND benefited from exposure. You don't have to give up one to have the other. Everyone can and should win.

Know that you can make $10,000, $20,000, $30,000 or more on a huge breakout hit boxed set. You can make ~$500 on one that kind of flops.

Don't give away your work. Exposure boxed sets are not going to deliver anything you can't do yourself. They are not a short cut. They do not benefit authors.

If you're tempted to jump into one of these exposure only sets, interpret the urge as a sign that you're behind the curve on learning the ins and outs of marketing. Authors who know how to market don't need to give their stories away.

Money flows toward the writer and exposure is NOT money.

Some exceptions to the 'no money boxed sets are bad' philosophy:

1. Charity boxed sets, but be sure you can verify the money went to the charity and be aware the person donating gets one hell of a tax write off which is a financial benefit you will not see.

2.Boxed sets that serve other cooperative goals. Such as building a mailing list that everyone benefits from.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Author Advice: 5 Reasons Your Open & Click Rates Have Declined on Your Mailing List & How to Fix It

Mailing lists are finicky, tricky things and prone to several different problems. The one that causes a lot of angst for authors is poor performance metrics. You spend all this time hustling to grow a list of dedicated readers only to run into declining open and click rates. What? How does that even happen?

Oh, let me count the ways.

1. You're spam and don't even know it. For whatever reason, your email address has been blacklisted as spam by too many email service providers and they're refusing to deliver your newsletter. This is almost guaranteed to happen, unfortunately. One sign this has happened to you is when personal one-on-one emails from your account start going to spam. If your editor or best writing bud is telling you that they keep having to fish your emails out of spam, you've got a problem.

The fix: Switch out the email associated with your email campaigns to a domain email ( Don't use gmail or hotmail, that just makes you look even more like spam! It costs less than $30 to set up a domain, forward the domain to your website and create a domain email on I'm a Luddite and I managed to do it, so can you!

2. Other people are spam and you share a server with them. Everyone's newsletter is sharing space on various servers and, if too many of your fellow newsletter senders get blacklisted as spam, the entire server can be blacklisted.

The fix: This is a tough one to verify, let alone fix. The newsletter services aren't exactly interested in admitting, 'yeah, our servers are getting blacklisted as spam.' However if you know you're doing everything right, but opens and clicks are dwindling, then it's time to consider migrating your list to another company. Another sign that this may be an issue is if other authors are suddenly noticing big drops in their newsletter metrics--that signals a systemic issue such as...ding ding ding! servers being blacklisted as spammers. (And yep, this is a huge p.i.t.a to deal with. Sorry.)

3.You never talk to your readers. One way to keep your emails in people's inboxes is to periodically encourage replies to your newsletters. Back and forth dialogue tells the email service provider that you're legit.

The fix: Hold a contest where subscribers need to email you. The catch? You should respond personally to each and every response. (Yep, it's a lot of typing, BUT your relationship with your readers will grow, which is a nice side effect.)

4.Your readers have moved on. Did you know? Newsletter subscribers actually go stale? Aw, man. You worked so hard, not only to write the perfect book, but to connect and engage with people and they are so over you. Sad, but true. The life span of your average subscriber is three to six months.

The fix: Engagement, engagement, engagement. Contests, giveaways and exclusive content can prolong your relationship with newsletter subscribers. You need to have a content plan for your newsletter that gives readers a reason to stay tuned in.

On top of a content plan, you need a recruitment plan. You need to be bringing in new readers on a regular basis--that never stops.

5.You can't math. Pop quiz...which number do you want to have 20% of? 1,000, 10,000, 50,000? As your list grows and gets bigger, the performance metrics change. See, when a list is shiny and new (and before you've been blackballed as spam everywhere) you get 80% open rates and 80% click through rates. Over time, though, your list becomes a mix of new and stale subscribers, you start going into spam and your performance metrics decline. Strange but true, a five figure list can yield click rates of just 10% and 20%, which seems shockingly low, BUT you are still coming out ahead...because math.

20% of 1000 is 200.

20% of 10,000 is 2000.

20% of 50,000 is 10,000.

The fix: You can keep your metrics pretty high by properly purging your list of subscribers who've lost that loving feeling. Good content and recruitment plans as explained above are also key. You can also do a little cheap therapy by comparing the actual number of opens and clicks now to what they were when you first started. Do that and you'll see that your metrics may be kind of blah, but you're actually reaching more readers than ever and have no reason to be sad.

So there you have it...5 reasons your mailing list metrics are in the dumps and what you can do about it. Mailing lists are not simple things to manage, they are complex organisms that can veer way off track if you're not careful. Hopefully, you have some ideas now on how to navigate the challenges of your mailing list.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Southern Shifters: Furever After Release Day Events & Giveaways

My book, Furever After, will be live on Amazon tomorrow and there are various giveaways and events planned for all the books in the Southern Shifters universe.

First up, TOMORROW 8/11 we have a Facebook party that is already hopping. Come join us and meet the authors as well as learn about their books. There will also be several giveaways! I'll be giving out an awesome swag bag as well as other prizes!

After that, on 8/12, there will be a Facebook Author Page Hop with even more giveaways. Check back for the link to that.

There's also a group for the Southern Shifters series that you can join.

Furever After Blurb

Staying safe means killing her wolf…

Piper Oakes is done with being a shifter and doing whatever she can to jettison her wolf. If she doesn’t, her alpha will force her to be his mate, even though they have no bond. In an effort to force her obedience, he’s taken everything from her—family, friends and any sense of safety she ever had. There’s no reason for her to be a wolf anymore and every reason to walk away.

Saving her wolf is his only chance at love…

Dr. Jaxon Comyn has never met a wolf who could be his mate. To fill the void of living alone, he throws himself into the study of human medical science. When Piper comes into his life, it’s his one shot at having it all, but claiming her as his mate means taking on both her alpha…and his.

Welcome to Eliza Gayle's Southern Shifters series, where alphas move heaven and earth for their ‘happily furever afters.’

Note this is a novella, not a novel. Longer than a short story, shorter than a novel. While it’s a good idea (and lots of fun!) to read Bad Kitty by Eliza Gayle, it’s not required. This story stands alone with no cliffhanger and an HEA ending.