Shattered Rainbows, book #5 in my Fallen Angels series, is currently free on most ebook platforms and will continue to be free for about another week. I'm writing this blog partly to talk about the book, but also explain some of the marketing decisions that go into why a book might be free.
Shattered Rainbows is a favorite book of mine. (For the record, Romantic Times gave it a 4 1/2 star GOLD rating and it was a RITA finalist.) I could probably say that almost anything I've written is a favorites, but that's especially true in this case. Lord Michael Kenyon is one of the most intense and tortured heroes I've ever written, and he has a lot of baggage to work through, complicated by the fact that he's a British Army officer and the battle of Waterloo is a key feature of the story.
I have no idea why I'm fascinated by British military history in the Napoleonic period, but I keep coming back to it time and time again. Partly that's because it was a 'good war,' fighting against an authoritarian Continental monster. Lots of drama for stories! Characters are tested in the crucible of battle, and in none of my books has that been truer than in Shattered Rainbows.
I picture the heroine, Catherine Melbourne, as looking like Catherine Zeta-Jones at age 25. Orphaned and married very young, she "follows the drum" with her cavalry officer husband during the Peninsular wars, raising her intrepid young daughter and nursing wounded soldiers after the battles. During the tense pre-Waterloo period in Brussels, she and Michael are drawn together but she's married and both are honorable. The story gets more and more complicated from there!
The title, Shattered Rainbows, is both a metaphor and a physical object, a silver kaleidoscope made by Michael's friend Lucien. After a long and dangerous series of challenges, there's a happy ending, of course–that's why we read and write romance, after all!
If you're not familiar with BookBub, it’s a promotional website that sends daily emails about ebooks that are on sale in categories you've expressed interest in. I get romance, SFF, women's fiction, history, and other categories every day, and prices range from free to about $2.99. The author gets to decide the price and what countries will have the sale price. I always make my books available in as many countries as possible because all readers deserve bargain books.
For readers, A BookBub deal is a chance to discover new authors for little or no money. For indie authors, getting a BookBub feature is a very fine thing because it's invariably profitable, though not as much so as it was in earlier years. Ideally, the book will be first in a series so readers will want to read later books in the series.
I've had several BB deals on Thunder and Roses, book 1 of the Fallen Angels, but BB likes to offer subscribers fresh options and no longer wanted to feature T&R, so I decided to offer Shattered Rainbows. The series is based on a group of friends and they appear in each other's stories if there is a good reason for them to appear. Shattered Rainbows is closely connected to the last two books of the series. Book 6, River of Fire, features Kenneth Wilding, a close officer friend of Michael's, and the hero of book 7, One Perfect Rose, is Michael's brother Stephen, the Duke of Ashburton. I think they make a nice trilogy if readers like the first of the three.
BookBub has some other nice features. For example, if you choose to follow an author there, you'll be notified if that author has a new book. That's what happened when I released The Marriage Spell in May. Followers were notified of the release so they could buy it if they were interested.
This is one small corner of independent book marketing, which is a vast and complicated world. There are many promotional sites and many places to find books. Writers want to be read and readers want to find new authors they can love.
When the system works, we all win! Do you have a favorite place to find new books? Happy reading!