One of authors' struggles in the modern writing climate is the difficulty in being discovered. This is hampered in an environment where often an author, for the best of reasons, publishes with multiple publishers, or self-publishes some of their own work. This limits the places an author can promote the totality of their work. Their website. Author Central. Goodreads. But often blog tours arranged by publishers don't want you mentioning the book you have coming out next month if it's coming from a different publisher. It's like a whole chunk of the author's life is shuttered behind a door. To me that feels too much like a closet door. I don't like it.
As a publisher, I believe in supporting the whole author. Sometimes that means supporting a book that we didn't publish here. Sometimes that means supporting an author who is just starting out and may not have made the leap to a publishing house yet. Sometimes that's as simple as doing more than saying 'no' in a rejection letter—because most of the ones we get as authors are pretty useless and don't say much to help us place that discarded story, or lift us up from the despair that accompanies the letter.
Right now, it means supporting Purple Horn Press author Cindy Sutherland. She's in the middle of editing Love Aggression, and I know she can't dedicate as much time as she'd like to promoting some of her older titles. This one, Luck of the Irish, published by Dreamspinner Press, is a favorite.
Why? I'll admit it. I'm a sucker for an accent done well, and I can hear Cian in my head; it's so very sexy. It gets my motor running, and the romance is sweet, that almost sickeningly sweet kind. But it winds you toward something you expect to be bittersweet, even as the two characters are so clearly falling for each other.
I love it. I hope you will too. And until March 17, it's on sale at the Dreamspinner Press store. So, while Cindy's book from us isn't ready yet, you can still take some time to read a great story from a great author... for cheap! Seriously, it's worth checking out. Quinn is adorable, and Cian is sexy and you'll all hate David immediately. Buy Luck of the Irish for 30% off today.