Year Without Rickman #MFRWAuthor

Year without Rickman

I’m back for the MFRW 52 week blogging challenge! Each week I will write a post from a set list of topics that with luck will a) get me blogging more often and b) help you get to know me better.

This week’s theme is: Shows I binge

What a difference a year makes. People leave a mark. Characters touch you and sometimes never leave. That’s what actor Alan Rickman did for me. He was a great actor and as we’ve just passed the first anniversary of his death I’m finding comfort in what he’s left behind.

I’ve just started another run through his body of work to mark this first anniversary of his death. I first fell for him in Truly, Madly, Deeply. Laughed at him as the Sherrif of Nottingham eating hearts out with a spoon, and loved him always as Professor Severus Snape. Of course, there are so many other roles to love. The legacy he’s left behind his impressive and yet I still wish for more like this:

I feel that way about TV shows too. I have about ten that I binge watch one after another. Here are my favorite three:

–NCIS – I loved that show but once Ziva was written out I just couldn’t continue watching new episodes. I only rewatch from Season 3 to her exit.

–I’m also strangely fascinated by The Fall. It’s a gritty series about a serial killer. The villain is not a nice man and yet I cannot look away. His adversary Stella Gibson, a police detective, is an odd one, extremely good at her job but also a bit of a siren to men. Gillian Anderson is amazing to watch as Stella. Jamie Dornan is utterly creepy in a good looking sort of way.

–Sherlock. I’ve probably banged on about my love of the BBC series many times before. Season 3 has just aired and while I didn’t realize it at the time I was apparently so caught up in it I was shouting at the TV. Sadly it’s supposed to be the last season for years aired, if they ever do another.

Thank heavens for DVD’s or Netflix and Stan for endless reruns.

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New Release: Fool for Love

Its book release day. Yay!!! It’s also my birthday. *sad face* Getting older isn’t really a yay anymore, but with a book release its a great distraction.

Fool for Love

Beverley Oakley and Donna Cummings are helping me celebrate my forty-mumbles birthday this year with these three outstanding new stories for readers to escape to.

Wicked Rogues. Handsome Aristocrats. Destined for love, one and all! 

In His Valentine’s Secret, by Beverley Oakley, Lady Athelton’s St Valentine’s Ball should have been a time for love, not vengeance, as the once carefree Lisette plots the demise of the man she once loved. Will she learn the truth in time?

In Truly, My Love, by Donna Cummings, Lord Benedict and Lady Sommerwood stage a faux romance in order to help him evade two besotted young misses at a Valentine party. But can an affair built on falsehoods possibly turn into true love?

And in A Husband for Mary, by me, Miss Mary Vine kissed a handsome stranger at the Fenwick Masquerade, never imagining the extraordinary attraction could be for the most disgraceful rake in London. A man she knew far too well…

The Fool for Love collection is winging its way toward your ereader now but you can read an excerpt from A HUSBAND FOR MARY on my website. A print edition will be available very soon on Amazon.

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Happy reading and lets all have cake today!

Surviving with Treats #MFRWauthor

I’m back for the MFRW 52 week blogging challenge! Each week I will write a post from a set list of topics that with luck will a) get me blogging more often and b) help you get to know me better.

This week’s theme is: How my Family Survives my Writing

Its a pretty good question. I went to the family for in-depth answers.

But first, getting their attention is a must. I grab treat material suitable to each family member and then turn off the internet connection. I wait by the router until they notice a problem and come to investigate.

Youngest son is first to reach me, expressing outrage at our internet provider. He’s a talker so I wait until he pauses for air. I wave freshly made Brownie before his eyes and he’s putty in my hands. When questioned about how he survives my career he smiles cheekily and says he relies on endless treats like this one to make it through each day.

Next to arrive is eldest son, a man of few words. He blinks, actually checks the lifeless router, and gives an eloquent if brief answer: ‘you write, its work. What’s so hard about that.’ I hand him his treat of choice – a can of Coke – and he switches the router back on and goes back to his computer.

Hubby doesn’t normally require bribes to get him talking about my writing, but I flash him just to make sure he’s not thinking of boats again. The man is a fan and the greatest supporter of my work. His first question is: why aren’t you writing?

What can I say, my family is content with what I do. They expect it, and treats. Surviving my writing has become second nature. *grins*

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The Sound of Music and other nonsense #MFRWauthor

badge-blog-challengeI’m participating in the MFRW 52 week blogging challenge during 2017! Each week I will write a post from a set list of topics that with luck will a) get me blogging more often and b) help you get to know me better.

This week’s theme is: A Few of my Favorite Things.

1. TripleM
Have you ever rediscovered an old love you’d forgotten all about? When I was a teenager I used to move my portable radio into the back of the house to listen to a Sydney radio station before school and late at night. Triple M was almost a religious experience for me. Classic Rock, irreverent breakfast DJ’s. In the 20 years since, I wandered away from them due to poor house location for a decent radio signal but no more. Last month I found out they have an iPhone app and its my favorite thing at the moment! I’m in heaven. Classic rock rocks my world once again!
2. Writing themes
I’ve noticed a tendency to write a lot of second chance love stories and if I look over my keeper shelves, I tend to read them a lot too. Its not intentional, its what comes out and what I’m drawn to as a reader. I imagine other people are much the same.
3. Experimental Cookery
When I’m in the kitchen I’m a cook not a chef. I don’t tend to follow recipes to the letter and thankfully no one has died yet (or even barfed). Very few of my successful experiments are written down completely. I should probably get to that one of these days before my memory goes.

Oh, and yes. The Sound of Music is one of my fav movies too!

 

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Hello Sexy New Year: 2017

Hello Sexy New Year!

At least that’s how I’m choosing to think of the future–productive and above all else heavy on the sexy tales!

2016 didn’t exactly go as planned for me. If you are waiting on new series books from me I must apologize for non-delivery. You see, early last year my mother was properly diagnosed with Alzheimers Disease (you cannot force your fossils to see a doctor) and as the year progressed I spent more and more time helping out at their home. It didn’t help that my dad has been slow to accept he’s not the strong, strapping farmer he once was and made me worry my head off about what he was getting up to too.

Last year was great for quality time with my parents and I’ve got solid good-daughter karma going on, but was a very bad year for writing. I had to give up reaching my goals to lower my own stress levels by about mid year. Difficult situations can make thinking happy sexy thoughts pretty much impossible. Since my books tend toward the wicked end of the scale I struggled with switching off and getting into the mood (for writing). Thankfully things seem more settled of late and 2017 is off to a great start. I’m not making resolutions as such, but I’m already deep into writing mode and cranking out words like a demon, or a romance writer fueled by unlimited coffee and a post Christmas sugar high. 🙂

New Year, New Stories: Fool for Love

One good outcome of my short attention span last year was that I managed to write a novella totally unconnected with any of my existing book series. A Husband for Mary was pure fun to write! No deadline, no linking into existing series worlds, and I really needed that freedom. But then once it was written I had to figure out what to do with it. I write to escape and publish my stories so that readers might get away from real life as well.

As luck would have it A Husband for Mary is being published together with two wonderful new tales from Beverley Oakley and Donna Cummings. Here’s the official teaser for the new collection:

Let Love Conquer All!

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Wicked Rogues. Handsome Aristocrats. Destined for love, one and all! Beverley Oakley, Donna Cummings, and Heather Boyd have teamed up to bring you three utterly romantic love stories to warm your heart!

In His Valentine’s Secret, by Beverley Oakley, Lady Athelton’s St Valentine’s Ball should have been a time for love, not vengeance, as the once carefree Lisette plots the demise of the man she once loved. Will she learn the truth in time?

In Truly, My Love, by Donna Cummings, Lord Benedict and Lady Sommerwood stage a faux romance in order to help him evade two besotted young misses at a Valentine party. But can an affair built on falsehoods possibly turn into true love?

In A Husband for Mary, by Heather Boyd, Miss Mary Vine kissed a handsome stranger at the Fenwick Masquerade, never imagining the extraordinary attraction could be for the most disgraceful rake in London. A man she knew far too well…

READ AN EXCERPT FROM A HUSBAND FOR MARY

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The print edition will be either a pre-order or available on release day. Still have the proof the physical copy yet.

2016’s last bit of bad news: All Romance eBooks Closure

Much to my surprise and disappointment, All Romance Ebooks has closed its doors with very little notice. I was not informed directly by ARE of the closure but thanks to the awesomeness of the indie author community, the news got around to me too.  Like every other author affected, I’m owed royalties but don’t expect to be paid out any time soon.

With such short notice, I understand its been a horrible mess for readers to download their books off the site. If you missed out on reclaiming a title of mine please get in touch and send me a screenshot showing the prior purchase. There is nothing worse than losing a good book and I want to help.

That’s all my news for the moment. Hope the New Year is making you smile already.

Chills Free and Print Giveaway

Chills Free

I’ve recently set CHILLS, Distinguished Rogues book 1, free for sale (but not at All Romance eBooks) and the number of copies ordered has been staggering. The free book reached #3 in the Amazon US Kindle Store, #1 in Historical Romance at iBooks (in several countries) and has exceeded my expectations at Barnes and Noble. If you haven’t grabbed your copy yet visit the CHILLS page on my website to find your bookstore of choice.

Thank you!

avwc_pdA Very Wicked Christmas anthology released last month featuring The Christmas Affair from the Rebel Hearts series. Thank you so much to everyone who pre-ordered a copy and a huge thank you anyone who reviewed the set and have been saying such nice things about Amy and Harper’s romance. Don’t forget too that the Anthology is available in print and there’s plenty of time still to order copies to give as a gift.

Work in Progress

I have a couple of projects on the go at the moment that I hope to be finished with before Christmas. I have a short story re-release coming up in December and after that a Valentine’s Day story to be published in January. I’m also writing a new Hunt Club tale right now and the next novel in the Rebel Hearts series. Both of those will publish next year. Stay tuned for more regency hotness…

Goodreads Print Edition Giveaway: Chills

And last but not least, I’m running a Goodreads contest this month for two print editions of Chills. If you love to have a physical book in your hands head over to the Goodreads contest page and enter your name in the giveaway.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Chills by Heather Boyd

Chills

by Heather Boyd

Giveaway ends November 27, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Contest ends November 27, 2016 and is open to readers worldwide as usual. Goodluck!

Release Day! A Very Wicked Christmas is live

Release Day! A Very Wicked Christmas is live.

Today’s the day. Six months (and probably more) of hard work has paid off for six hardworking authors. A Very Wicked Christmas Anthology features the very best work from Barbara Monajem, Wendy Vella, Donna Cummings, Nicola Davidson, Beverley Oakley and I’m so proud be involved.

A Very Wicked Christmas

Here’s the full blurb:

In Heather Boyd’s The Christmas Affair, a lonely shopkeeper offers shelter to a beautiful, not so innocent miss to overcome the bitter memories of Christmases past, but could such a wicked connection ever lead to a happily-ever-after? A dashing spy with marriage on his mind seeks to rekindle the spark by any means possible with the woman who claimed his heart in Love at First Dance by Barbara Monajem. A scandalous widow rescues the man of her dreams – but his secrets could destroy their love in Nicola Davidson‘s Joy to the Earl. A masquerade ball was no place to be reckless with your innocence, and yet one scorching look at the masked highwayman urges Miss Partridge to do just that in Mistletoe and the Marquess by Wendy Vella. In Lord Misrule by Donna Cummings, a young widow chooses a handsome rogue to be her first lover, but his regrets from a past Christmas may end their affair before it even commences. A blue-stocking becomes a courtesan to escape a murderer in The Glittering Prize, an intrigue-filled romance by Beverley Oakley about finding love where it’s least expected.

A Very Wicked Christmas Anthology is an all-new collection of stand-alone complete works. There’s a digital and print edition available too.

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I can’t wait to hear your thoughts.

Limited Time Sale – The Wedding Affair 99c now!

Limited Time Sale – The Wedding Affair 99c now!

The Wedding Affair on sale bannerGreat news! The Wedding Affair is on sale RIGHT NOW for 99c!

The deal won’t last long so grab your copy quick before the price returns to normal.

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Also… a word about reviews

Reviews are important to me. I am always grateful when a reader takes the time to comment on what they like about my stories. Quotable reviews ones make my day. Thank you! But in the last week I’ve learned that Amazon.com has changed the requirements for leaving reviews on products in a big way. See for yourself:

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You can read the full conditions for leaving a review here.

If this change affects you, and the reviews you’ve written have disappeared, I’m sure you’re frustrated. You may have won books as prizes during the year, or been given gift cards at Christmas or birthdays or even from Facebook parties. You should be able to have your say about them if you want to. And I’m positive it has been possible to be a avid reader in the past without once using a credit card at Amazon.

Despite the annoyance though, always remember there are other places happy to take your review without making you use your credit card first: Apple iBooks, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, Google Play, All Romance Ebooks, and Goodreads. Amazon is not the only place that sells books…its just the place most people talk about first.

As always, whenever or wherever you leave a review, I hope you enjoy my stories.

Cheers!

Have Yourself A Very Wicked Christmas! 99c Pre-order

A Very Wicked Christmas!

So very, very excited to share the news that I’m publishing in an anthology with 5 fantastically talented regency romance authors. A Very Wicked Christmas is a collection of stand alone novella length stories full of our usual brand of mischief and exciting romantic adventures.

Have Yourself A Very Wicked Christmas!

Six of today’s most popular regency romance authors come together to deliver a holiday anthology full of passion, promise, and scandalous dalliance.

A Very Wicked Christmas

In Heather Boyd’s The Christmas Affair, a lonely shopkeeper offers shelter to a beautiful, not so innocent miss to overcome the bitter memories of Christmases past, but could such a wicked connection ever lead to a happily-ever-after? A dashing spy with marriage on his mind seeks to rekindle the spark by any means possible with the woman who claimed his heart in Love at First Dance by Barbara Monajem. A scandalous widow rescues the man of her dreams – but his secrets could destroy their love in Nicola Davidson‘s Joy to the Earl. A masquerade ball was no place to be reckless with your innocence, and yet one scorching look at the masked highwayman urges Miss Partridge to do just that in Mistletoe and the Marquess by Wendy Vella. In Lord Misrule by Donna Cummings, a young widow chooses a handsome rogue to be her first lover, but his regrets from a past Christmas may end their affair before it even commences. A blue-stocking becomes a courtesan to escape a murderer in The Glittering Prize, an intrigue-filled romance by Beverley Oakley about finding love where it’s least expected.

A Very Wicked Christmas is an all-new collection of stand-alone complete works.

 

The Christmas Affair

Rebel Hearts Novella

Harper Cabot, the proprietor of Cabot’s Haberdashery, was devastated by the death of his wife to the point he cannot pack away any of her belongings. Everyone expects his mourning to end soon, but he is devoted to his business and ignores how lonely his life has become in every other respect. A chance encounter brings Amy Mellish to Harper’s notice when he discovers the woman huddled behind his store one bitterly cold night before Christmas. Stirred by compassion and unexpected attraction, he offers Amy shelter in his home…only to have the woman seduce him before the night is over.

Amy has long admired the proper Harper Cabot from a distance, believing a prostitute very far below his notice and unneeded in his life. Although saddened by his loss, Amy very much needs Harper’s protection and boldly strikes a bargain to stay in exchange for satisfying his lust. In Harper’s arms, Amy discovers passion beyond her experience even though the signs of the late Mrs. Cabot linger every corner of his home. Although begun as a diversion from shared sorrows, can their brief affair overcome the bitter memories of Christmases past and create the lasting connection they both secretly desire?

(Harper Cabot first appeared in An Affair of Honor)

Pre-order now at 99c. On Sale October 18, 2016

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Release Day: An Affair of Honor

Release day: An Affair of Honor

Hi Rebel Hearts Fans!

I’m so excited. (Yet again) The new book, An Affair of Honor, is out in stores today! There’s always a certain level of nervousness for me about any new release, even after sharing 32 stories with my readers. I always hope every new story is loved. Matilda and William were so good together that it was almost a wrench to set the story aside.  I always hope every new story is loved and this time is no different. An Affair of Honor a bit naughty – there’s spanking, a little bondage and more. It’s not a vanilla regency romance, but it is two people struggling to understand how to move in the same direction and make a life together. So, I do hope you’ll check out my new romance soon. I hope you love William and Matilda as much as I do. Happy reading!

About An Affair of Honor

An Affair of Honor Small Digital Book CoverUnneeded for command of a ship after surviving serious injury, disciplinarian Captain William Ford was ready to face society until he’s cornered by a marriage minded miss. He makes a desperate bargain with the maid who saved his life—act the part of a besotted lover in return for financial gain to drive the woman away—only to end up in a very real marriage of convenience with the maid to avoid the scandal of his own making.

When Matilda’s plans to marry another end abruptly, she reluctantly agrees to Captain Ford’s marriage proposal to protect his sister’s marriage prospects with his assurance of an eventual annulment and independence. She soon discovers her husband’s desire to guide her with a firm hand stirs a shocking passion in her. Does she dare gift William with her secrets and heart…or admit that his desires match her own when they never intended forever?

Begin reading with the excerpt…

London, 1814

Matilda Winslow blew a fallen lock of her hair from her eyes and then crawled under Captain Ford’s bed to retrieve an item that had rattled to the floor while she’d been changing his sheets. She stretched to reach a strap that appeared to be wedged behind the headboard.

When tugging from beneath failed to free it, Matilda scrambled out again, frustrated. The captain was leaving very early the next day, returning to his ship and command, and she needed to finish this job. Mrs. Young insisted the bedding be changed before he returned to the house.

She wasn’t supposed to be in his rooms at this hour. No one was. The captain, when he was ashore, ran his home under a firm set of rules that no one dared cross.

Matilda considered her options. She couldn’t leave it there in case it was important to the captain. The bed was too heavy for her to move on her own, and although she could call for help, she hated to do so. The other servants didn’t like her very much, having decided from the beginning to make fun of her at every turn. Calling out to them was decidedly unappealing, so she had no choice but to climb onto the huge bed, hoping she could reach the mysterious item without having to remake her morning’s work entirely.

It was dark behind the headboard, and she thrust her hand into the narrow space.

She touched cold metal and jerked her hand back in surprise. Matilda peered into the gap and discovered the straps attached to a buckle. Puzzled by their presence, Matilda grabbed the item and tugged it into the light. It was not what she’d expected to find.