Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Podcast Episode 59: 2018 Goals




Focus on Fantasy Romance Podcast: Goals for 2018


Podcast Hosts:
Elle Clouse
AR DeClerck
Electra Gajdos
Paulina Woods
Ishabelle Torry (absent)


The ladies of the podcast discuss their goals for 2018 and reminisce about the goals they met (or didn't meet) for 2017.



Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2018



The Future is Now

Good morning, adventurers! We made it to 2018! There's something about the beginning of a new year that breathes new life into us old, tired humans. I know that 2017 was a challenging year for myself, and for many of the wonderful people I know. I am going into 2018 hoping that we can weather the storms, stand tall against the barrage, and still be standing when we ring in 2019. 

There's a great feeling of freedom for me as I start 2018. I am free of all the expectations I set for myself in previous years. I know the landscape of publishing, and writing, and I know what I have to do to make myself happy in it. I have some plans in place for the coming year, and whether I succeed or fail, I will know that I chose my own path and made my own way in this crazy world. 

What the heck am I planning, you ask! Well, I told everyone back in the fall that my new focus is punk genres, and I've held true to that statement thus far. I have plans to write more stories in the Icarus Kane world, and I've started a really interesting dark noir, Gothic, steampunk shifters series called Shadowlyte Shifters Saga. This is a bit of Penny Dreadful meets Sherlock Holmes, with some romance, of course! I really hope readers enjoy it. I've also got a Radish exclusive series of cozy mysteries set in 1930s Illinois (The Franny Calico Mysteries) that I think readers will enjoy. So 2018 is shaping up to be a fun one for me.

READERS! What do you want to see more of from me in 2018? Comment below to tell me. I'm dying to know!

I wanted to wrap up this post with a special announcement. Bound to You is currently ON SALE for 0.99 for a very short time. This is a chance for readers who haven't met Jacks and Lia to get their chance at a reduced price. I wrote Bound with the idea that everyone is special, but Jacks is a little more special than most. To be honest, he's one of my favorite heroes and I hope you think so, too! 

So, 2018, I'm raising my glass to you and to my fabulous readers. There's nothing I want more than to end 2018 with more great stories to tell. 

~AR






Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Podcast Episodes 56 & 57 AUTHOR INTERVIEWS


Focus on Fantasy Romance Podcast: Episodes 56 & 57


The ladies of the podcast and I interview Monica Enderle Pierce and Anna Lowe!












As always, please like, comment and share the podcast to keep us bringing you great content!
Go to the  Focus on Fantasy Romance Blog and leave a question for the authors to be entered for a chance to win a free e-book!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Podcast: Catching Up On the Podcast Episodes 53, 54 & 55

Focus on Fantasy Romance Podccast


Podcast hosts:
AR DeClerck
Elle Clouse
Electra Gajdos
Ishabelle Torry
Paulina Woods

Please watch, like, comment and share the podcast to keep us on the air! We discuss books, genre and our geeky lives each week, bringing you the best of fantasy romance!

Episode 53: Interview with JM Butler





Episode 54: Interview with Melisse Aires




Episode 55: Binge Reads and Faves






Find the podcast blog at www.focusonfantasyromance.wordpress.com

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Radish Application Platform: HELLO RADISH!


AR DeClerck Loses Publisher; Goes Wide; Joins Radish


A lot has happened for me in the last few weeks and I wanted to share it with you all now that things have calmed down a bit. As many of you might already know (especially if you follow me on social) I have gained a rights reversion for all my backlist from my publisher Nevermore/Raven's Seduction Press. There was no big drama surrounding the request, simply that I'm ready to take the reigns on my own publishing career and it was time. I remain friends with everyone at the publishing house and wish all their authors the best of luck. It was definitely a great way for me to learn the ropes and begin building my platform without all the stress of doing everything myself. 

Now that I've regained the rights to the books, I've decided to pull out of KU with all the titles. There are many reasons for this decision, and I'm sorry for anyone who enjoyed reading my books in KU. Basically, it's a good time for me to spread my wings as an author and to allow readers on all platforms to find me and read my books if they'd like to do so. All of my backlisted titles are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Tolino and many are available for your local library to order if you'd prefer to do that. 

Another super exciting thing I'm doing right now is putting my books up on a reading app called RADISH. Radish is an app for iPhone and Android that allows readers to read chapters of work, and pay coins to unlock the next chapters. It's ideal for readers with limited time to read, and those who love serialized work. I've started with Desolation and Redshift up on the platform right now, and the others will follow soon. If Radish sounds interesting to you, you can access it HERE.


I've updated all the buy links on my BOOK LINKS PAGE and you can find all the books by clicking the link under the description. It will take you to the Books2Read page where you can choose whatever retailer interests you the most. I am hoping that at some point I can also launch on Google Play for readers who prefer to read on Google Books. I have an account there, myself, and love it when authors are able to release there. 

As always, I am planning to keep writing great books for everyone to read. Radish will feature an EXCLUSIVE DecoPunk Murder Mystery series, The Franny Calico Mysteries. If you like murder mysteries set in 1930s-40s then you'll love Franny and all her hijinx. I'd recommend downloading the Radish app if you'd like to read the first Franny mystery for free. Murder and Mistletoe will release on Radish on December 8, 2017!

So, that's all my news. WHEW! A lot has changed for me in the last month. I am forever grateful to my publisher for all their support as we part ways. My readers; you are keeping me going! Remember, reviews are like coffee for authors. We NEED fresh infusions regularly! As always, the Focus on Fantasy Romance podcast continues. I've been a bit lax posting the podcasts on the blog but I'll catch up, I promise! 

Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and through my newsletter anytime. You can get new release emails via Amazon or through Books2Read

Please join me on any of the above platforms and find out what's coming next!

~AR

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Podcast Episode 52: Nano Et Al


                                                                                                                                                                           


Focus on Fantasy Romance Podcast 

Episode 52

NanoWrimo & Other Junk

In which the ladies of the podcast discuss NaNoWriMo, and a whole lot of other off-topic stuff. As we do!
Enjoy!


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Libby Sinclair Presents: Hunted (Vampires in Space!)



Libby Sinclair Presents: HUNTED

Enemies by nature. Allies by necessity. Lovers by fate.

Bound for an off-world job, Morgan Sandoval had a fling with a sexy stranger during her final night on Earth. But it’s the last thing on her mind when her deep space transport arrives at its destination, and the crew and passengers are forced to abandon ship. She, and a small group, crash land in an escape pod, and are stranded miles away from civilization, with no way to communicate with the other survivors. Undeterred, she scavenges for supplies, and the group marches to the closest settlement only to discover it’s abandoned. Worse, people begin disappearing in the night then all hell breaks loose. As if in a nightmare, vampires attack, and her one-night stand is one of them. When he swears he wants to help her, can she trust him? Or is she just prey for the hunters?


EXCERPT

The bartender set her drink before her and looked at him expectantly. He waived his credit pass over the counter to buy them both a drink. “Vodka.”

“Uh oh, looks like he had some friends.” She sipped her drink and glanced behind him.

Of course, the drunk had found his friends. Turin wouldn’t have a problem putting down a couple thugs but he’d rather get to know the woman beside him. And he had orders to keep out of trouble.  A bar brawl didn’t really sound wise.  “Let’s make them jealous then, shall we?”

He took her hand and led her to the dance floor. Her eyes lit up, she tossed back her drink, depositing the empty glass on a passing server’s tray. His vodka sat on the bar, forgotten.  Didn’t matter. She smelled like she’d had enough for both of them.

They walked to the middle of the dance floor, the music thudding around them.  She pressed herself against him, every curvy, delectable inch of her. Her arms wrapped around his neck, her sly smile revealing dimples.

She pulled him down until her lips met his ear. “Morgan.”

Her name seared itself into his memory.

“Turin.”

Her scent invaded his senses until nothing else mattered. Roses, sugar, and alcohol. “I’ve never seen you here. From out of town?”

“Yeah. Here on business, headed back home tomorrow.”  The urge to get to know her was at war with the notion he couldn’t have attachments.  Not on earth, or any planet he lived.  It was forbidden.  Damn contract.

She smiled, swaying in the circle of his arms.  Morgan danced like flowing water down a stream, part of the reason she grabbed his attention.  She had a grace of movement rare among her kind.  Each move looked effortless and in perfect time with the music.  Her lithe body wriggled against him to the beat, distracting him.

He ran his hands down her back and rested his palm on her rounded bottom.  She squeaked.

“Is this ok?”  He felt like a teenager for asking, but he didn’t want to push her into something she didn’t want.  And he hadn’t been with a woman in…  He couldn’t remember.

“Yeah,” she laughed.  “Just fine.”

He hadn’t wanted a woman in ages. Turin desired more than to grab her ass.  She was going to be his undoing if he didn’t return her to her friends.  He couldn’t bring himself to let her go.

“I think it’s safe now.”  The song transitioned to another, a perfect excuse to part ways.  A quick glance at the bar confirmed the drunk had moved on.   

“Oh, but I like this song.”  She turned, leaning into him, her round bottom pressing against him.  “Just a little longer?”

He groaned.  She was bound to notice the bulge in his pants. And then what?  He’d be leaving in the morning and gone for weeks.  Months.  Her warmth was so enticing.

She spun again and faced him, her hands resting on his chest.  “I’m leaving tomorrow.  To start a new job.”

“Well, then don’t waste your time with me, your friends are right over there.” 

Before he could step away, she pressed her lips to his and heat shot through his body. Soft and supple, her kiss awakened a desire he’d worked hard to crush over the years. Her greedy tongue coaxed his mouth open until they met passion for passion.  Her soft moans drove him wild, the dance floor forgotten.

“Morgan.” He broke the kiss, his body screaming for her.

“My friends can’t offer the particular sort of fun I’m looking for,” she breathed, her bosom heaving against him. She nibbled her bottom lip. “I want to make the night memorable.”

“We’ve just met.” He ran his hands up her arms and pulled her grip from his neck. He held her hands to his chest, meeting her eyes. It was best they stop, before things got out of hand. “If you keep kissing me like that, I might not be able to stop myself.”


Apparently, that was the wrong thing to say to discourage her.



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