Tuesday, March 1, 2016

March 1T Status Update -- It was all about the story

It is with a heavy heart that I tell you that Samhain Publishing, my first publishing home, has announced they're closing their doors over the next several months.

Man, I loved this place. It was home in more ways than one. The quirky warnings, the editors who actually got my sense of humor, the safe environment made this the publisher of my heart.

Mind Mates, which had been slated for August 23, is now in limbo. I expect my rights back shortly and will proceed with indie publishing to try to get this to you as close to the original release date as possible. Here was the gorgeous cover. I don't know if I'll get to keep it or not.

Okay, before I get all weepy again, here is the good news. April Fools For Love 2016 is trucking along and plans are on track (to mix my vehicular metaphors) for preorder release mid-March.

Sneak peek at the cover!

Coming March 18, 2016--A fairy tale romance with a twist.

Cinderella hungers to escape from under Widow Wikkid's grinding thumb. But to snare a plum job at Prince Industries, Cin desperately needs her degree, and she can't wrap her mind around tax accounting.

Then scarred but sexy Rafe Montoya ignites her imagination with his brilliant tutoring—and, as they work together in his cozy apartment, he sets her body on fire. She thinks he's the one for her, until he starts pushing her to attend Gideon Prince's marriage-mart ball.

Rafe is really Gideon Prince, head of Prince Industries. He must name his bride by his April first birthday or suffer the loss of his family fortune.

Rumors say he's still single because women love his money and looks, not him. Is he lonely or just another duplicitous tycoon?

Hopefuls flock to Prince's birthday ball, but only the woman who's kind, wise, and generous will win his heart. Is it Cin, or will her stepmother, as she always does, snatch the prize for her own daughters?

And on the night of the ball, when Cin discovers Rafe’s true identity, can she even accept his final test?

Warning: Rags-to-riches fairytale meets the texting generation. Stepsisters who are a blush-brush shy of a full makeup set, and a ball gown built like a tank. Contains material intended for mature audiences. Reader discretion advised.


  1. Mary, when I heard the news, I thought of you. I even told my husband about it. I know it's hard to leave a home, but at least you've made baby steps before this. You have a following, and you'll do great! I LOVE this blurb for the Cinderella book! It's one of the best blurbs I've read.

    1. Yes, it was so sad, but leavened by knowing I could finish the series on my own.

      All my indie publishing success starts with you. BTW followed that Facebook advertising article you suggested and it's been really good!

      Thanks! I copied your style of headings, then honed my word choice, then had a couple blurb beta readers help me reorder things logically. So, a team effort, lol.

    2. Mary, I'm glad if I did anything to help. Very cool about your blurb beta readers. :)