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Good News, Part One…

From November 15 through 30th, GAME OF HEARTS will be a free e-book at the Samhain website as well as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Sony and others. Yay!! 

I’m particularly glad Samhain chose this book for their promotion, because it’s the first in a series of five mail-order-bride books that came out in paperback years ago but are now being re-released as e-books.  The paperbacks have been out of print for quite some time, so it’s fun to see the stories available again.

GAME OF HEARTS was originally conceived as a romantic comedy, Wild West style. When my editor decided she wanted it to be the first in a series of historical romances about different brides finding love through the same mail-order-bride company, I decided to make it a little more serious. But if you know my writing style, it was still supposed to be light and funny. No angst. No sentimental tugging at the heart strings. Just a sexy/reluctant groom, a wisecracking bride, and lots of banter.

But as the story unfolded, something crazy happened. It started getting a little – well, poignant.  That was a shock, since I’m completely anti-angst. And then as I got to the ending, I started crying. Blubbering like a baby right there in front of the keyboard.  Heartstrings, tugging – the whole works!

Fast forward to 2011, when the paperback was scanned into e-book form, and I had to proofread it to make sure the scanning software hadn’t made any mistakes. And guess what? I cried again. Sheesh…

In addition to Aengus and Suzannah, there’s another couple being matched up in GAME OF HEARTS as well (a gambler and a shy young miss who is Suzannah’s best friend since childhood) so you get two stories for the price of free.

Oh and did I mention it’s free? So if you haven’t already read it, please give it a try.  Let me know if the ending makes you cry! Thanks,


p.s. I have a couple of paperback copies left, so if you really, really don’t do e-books, shoot me an email at katedonovan @ hotmail.com and I’ll enter your name in a little drawing at the end of November. No geo restrictions, so feel free to enter from wherever you are. And if you love e-books, but live somewhere where the price of the e-book isn’t zero, let me know that too and I’ll be sure to put your name in the drawing!

Good News part 2 to follow in a few days. Hint: THE LAST NOEL -- a science fiction holiday story -- should be available this weekend. I'll post the cover then, wait til you see it!


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 3rd, 2012 04:01 pm (UTC)
Game of hearts
Just finished this wonderful book! I scout out he free books to find new authors everyday. This book did make me cry at the end. It was beautifully written.


Dec. 4th, 2012 01:40 am (UTC)
Re: Game of hearts
Hi Cheryl,
Thanks for letting me know you liked the book! And I'm glad I made you cry (that sounds odd, but it's true -- especially because I don't like crying alone). I think the free book idea worked for this particular story, so I hope my publisher decides to do it again.
Thanks again!
Dec. 16th, 2012 01:43 am (UTC)
I just finished reading this book and wish you would write a sequel to it! I haven't read any of the other books in the series yet, but plan too!
Dec. 17th, 2012 12:50 am (UTC)
Thanks for letting me know you liked the book! I had plans for a 'group' sequel, where all of the brides (Suzannah, Megan, and the 4 from the other four books) all got together to find a wife for the matchmaker, Russell Braddock. That way we could see them all a few years later and see how things are going (we know Megan is expecting a baby from one of the other books in the series, but we don't actually see her or Ben or anyone from the first book). I don't know if the sequel would sell, but I certainly have been thinking a lot about it again now that the books have been re-released.
Thanks for contributing to the inspiration!
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