All you have to do is click this button. It will take you to the instaFreebie where you choose the format you want. BOOM! Done. :)
Sorry about the delay on the release of this free read! I've been trying to find a new way to share these that makes it easy for everyone to grab the read in their preferred format without also adding extra work on this end with technical support. I think I've found it!
All you have to do is click this button. It will take you to the instaFreebie where you choose the format you want. BOOM! Done. :)
So I know quite a few of you found Her Cowboy Protector when I (quietly) released it last week. Y'all would give Benedict Cumberbatch a run for his Sherlock money!
Her Cowboy Protector was originally titled Cruz and Her Cowboy Protector. It was written *before* Ivan was even published and won a pretty big contest from a certain very well-known romance publisher. It had two offers for publication but a deal couldn't be reached so I set aside the book and wrote something new--the Grabbed books, actually.
Some great books end up "under the bed" and never get published for all sorts of reasons. Now that indie publishing is a possibility those books no longer have to die, unread and unseen, in Dropbox folders.
A short while ago, when I was going through my "under the bed" collection of completed but unpublished books, I thought Cruz and Niall's tale would be a fun, steamy read to fill the release void until the next two Russian books (Kostya and Alexei) are published. (Soon!)
Her Cowboy Protector features a complex, tortured hero and a strong, smart heroine who is a survivor. And a secret baby! Which is--hands down--one of my favorite romance tropes. The story starts off in Austin and has a cartel/DEA sub-plot.
If you're looking for another Nikolai style read? This book definitely isn't it! It's not as gritty, complicated, long or layered as my usual Roxie books.
But! I really love this couple and wanted to share this story now that I have the chance.
Cruz Montes can't believe her DEA Agent brother is abandoning her on a dusty, isolated ranch in West Texas with a cowboy she's never met. Carlos swears Niall is the only man who can keep Cruz and her unborn baby safe but she isn't so sure. One look at the rough ex-soldier and Cruz wonders if she wouldn't be safer on her own.
Rancher Niall Campbell isn't thrilled with the prospect of babysitting his best friend's sister, especially when he learns she's marked for death by an infamous drug cartel assassin. But he swore a blood oath with Carlos in the heat of battle and always keeps his word. He'll defend Cruz and her unborn baby with his life.
Cruz quickly realizes she isn't the only one being followed by a ghost. She's drawn to the haunted Niall. As she chips away at his emotional armor, Niall dares to dream about what it might be like to have a family of his own, to keep Cruz and her baby in his life.
But all those dreams will remain unrealized if he can't protect her.
Last summer, I sat down for an interview with TJ McKay of InD'Tale Magazine. We managed to find an hour to sit and chat during the Romantic Times Convention and had such a nice time.
This is basically just me talking about why I chose the Russian mob, why I went the indie route with this series and there's a mention of my scandalous romance with the Viking! Ha! ;)
You can read the magazine online here.
Here's the first of two free reads I'm releasing this month!
This one is called PAPER. It takes place in January, just after Orthodox Christmas and right before Lev is born. It's a sweet, beautiful (and sexy!) story of Nikolai and Vee's first anniversary.
Fair warning: This free read has spoilers for books 1-6 in the Her Russian Protector series.
You can grab a copy of the Elite Metal boxed set for 99 cents! This boxed set is different than the others I've participated in over the last year. In this boxed set, each book is set in the same shared world, and each story builds on the story before it. My novella, FORGED IN SILVER, is the last book in the set.
When I was invited to join this set last year, I was really intrigued by the idea of a shared world and joined stories. Plus it meant I got to binge watch action movies like The Transporter for an entire weekend for inspiration!
For decades the US Marines funded a top-secret unit known as Elite Recon. A deadly group of men and women sent to infiltrate dozens of countries completely undetected. Mission objectives so extreme casualties were not only probable, but expected.
The current batch of operatives had returned from hundreds of assignments unscathed…until one mission went horribly wrong. Several men lost their lives and the group disbanded. The remaining leathernecks were scattered in the wind with new identities. They were told to blend in. Be normal. Or face being forever silenced just like their fallen brothers.
Now, two years later, each living member of the group is kidnapped and given a chance to make things right. But this time they’re no longer under the thumb of Uncle Sam. A mysterious private backer who knows about their past has brought them back together. No longer are they forced to turn a blind eye to the lost and forsaken.
A new life. A new future…Elite Metal.
Forged in Silver
By Roxie Rivera
Rebel. Nomad. Troublemaker.
After surviving the double-cross during Operation Phoenix, Former Elite Recon Marine Silver embraces the underworld and builds a new life as one of the world’s most renowned thieves. Jewels, paintings, corporate espionage–there’s no job he won’t take for the right price.
Until Poppy Jones orders her ghosts to snatch him up in Budapest and haul him back to Texas to face her brand of justice…
Forced to decide between a prison cell and signing on to Elite Metal, Silver chooses the latter. Quietly operating in the background of a team that no longer trusts or wants him, he completes all the dirty little jobs that keep the team alive and flush with new intel.
But when he learns Poppy plans to infiltrate a terrorist gathering, he refuses to hide in the shadows a moment longer. In a world of secrets and lies, Poppy Jones is his bright light of truth and trust.
And he’ll brave the fires of hell–and the disdain of Steele and Chrome–to protect her.
I've decided to cancel the release of Alexei. I need some time to regroup and recover, and, frankly, dealing with the not so great emails and messages has made this difficult. So Alexei isn't coming out this week or next week. I'm not going to give a release date of any kind either. That's a lesson I've learned the hard way.
Kostya, ALexei, the remainder of the Emma serial, Forged in Silver (my contribution to the Elite Metal shared world), Collateral 2, Past Due, the Ivan sequel, Danila, the Seduced by the Loan Shark novel, Paid in Full, Ty & Vasya--these books will all be released in 2015. They're all in various stages of development (some complete, some partial) or in edits. But--again--no more release dates. If you follow me here or on Facebook or have subscribed to my newsletter, you'll be notified of releases when all links are live and ready to go. I'm returning to the way I started the Roxie indie publishing journey, publishing quietly and without fanfare.
Julie will be continuing the giveaways over the next couple of weeks. We both enjoy hosting them, and I love getting swag into the hands of readers who like to collect that sort of thing. There will also be some new tee designs in the coming months (Connolly Fitness, a Samovar softball team shirt, etc) and probaby some new buttons. We're working out the kinks on T-shirt ordering and also signed books.
I have some free reads I'll share in between releases. The first will be the chapters I cut from Nikolai 2 where Kolya and Vee welcome their son into the world. <----One of my favorite scenes I've ever written.
If you're waiting for a reply to a message or email, I'll try to get through in the next week or two. I also have a stack of snail mail packages that will go out early next week when the Viking makes his mail run.
Finally, I just want to say thank you so much for all of the kind and caring messages of support. You are all just so amazing and wonderful. I ask you to bear with me for the next few weeks. I'll get back on my ususal schedule of a new book or novella each month. But, right now, I just need some room to breathe.
<3 <3 <3
Oh my goodness! I am so sorry I missed all these messages and emails about the pre-order going poof!
On Friday morning, I decided to unplug for the weekend so I could get some much needed rest to help with my healing/recovery/getting better-ness. I even switched my iPhone to DND which meant even Julie couldn't reach me. <----Worst weekend ever to hide away!
I'm trying to figure out why the pre-order went *poof* but I don't have an answer yet. I suspect that it's some kind of glitch/miscommunication because my initial upload was half a day late way, way, way back in December. I was well within the final upload windodw/cutoff but I'm beginning to think that wires got crossed somewhere in the system.
After I finished freaking out about this, I realized this might actually be a blessing in disguise. I know that sounds crazy, but hear me out.
To meet that December deadline, I had to cut 1/4 of Alexei's book.
At the time, I decided I would release a sequel a few weeks later to finish out the book the way I had originally planned. As you can imagine, I have gone back and forth and back and forth about that decision since uploading the final version to KDP in December. When I was working on the print version last week, I had some serious doubts about my decision to do this in two books. But, because the pre-order was already arranged, I had no choice but to move forward because I didn't want 5K+ people to get one version and everyone else to get another.
But, now that the pre-order went *poof*, I'm seriously considering holding off on the release until Friday. Tha gives me enough time to tweak and have this reformatted so the original version, all 100K+ words of it, comes out together at one time instead of as book 1 and book 2. I really think that it's the best decision because I know I'm not happy with the book 1 and book 2 situation which means y'all probably won't like it either.
So. Let me see how quickly I can get this tweaked and reformatted. It might even pop up before Friday if the planets align...
In the meantime, Julie is going to help me put together some giveaways and I'll toss up the first 5 or 6 chapters on my website tomorrow morning so you can get a bigger taste of Shay and Alexei.
So here's the deal. Alexei and Kostya are still hanging around in edit-landia. Alexei will be ready to go very soon but Kostya is...well. It's a big, fat sexy book like the Nikolai sequel so it's complicated and labor intensive.
Alexei is available for pre-order now. It has a release date of January 6, 2015---->but the moment Alexei is edited and formatted and in my hot little hands next week, I will hit publish and make it available for immediate release.
I should have a pre-order link for Kostya by Wednesday. It will be the same situation. The date for the pre-order may say XYZ but the moment the book is ready for release, I'll make it available.
Alexei is #8 in the series but it's the start of a new story arc so there are no spoilers for Kostya's book. It's a stand-alone (much like Sergei was when I started the second story arc in the series after Nikolai's first book) so I feel totally comfortable releasing it into the wild. Plus y'all have waited so patiently that I really want to give you the next installment as quickly as possible.
I know some of you are seriously frustrated by the delays. I get it. I really do. Believe me. I would much rather be releasing books quickly and on my preferred schedule. But real life and autism and heart problems don't always play by the rules, you know?
This weekend I was having a serious writer meltdown and a friend managed to talk me down by telling me to think about all I had accomplished since February 2013. I was really surprised to count up every project I had completed, published and/or sold. I had no idea!
In the last 22 months, I have written and/or published:
A Very Russian Christmas
In Kelly's Corner
In Jack's Arms
In Finn's Heart
Caught By Menace
Saved by Venom
Red Hot Dragon
Wicked Dark Dragon
Emma Serial (Parts 1-5)
That is 21 books in 22 months! It's 1.5 million words. It's 68,000 words per month or 2267 words a day.
During those 22 months, the Viking went to school full-time and worked full-time as a medic (so 24 hour shifts 3x/week.) Kiddo was diagnosed with autism and started intensive therapy. She had a heart failure scare. We lost a dog. We had family drama that would make a telanovela look tame. One of my publishers decided to go off the rails, and I had to walk away from a world I loved so very much.
But I kept writing. And, sure, the last two books were delayed. And it sucked. I hated doing it. HATED it. It made me feel like a big, fat stinking failure to disappoint everyone who wanted these books and wanted them now. But I can't change any of that. I can only publish books when they're ready--and I want them to be as perfect as possible for every reader who buys or borrows a copy.
Before I took the plunge as Roxie and went indie, no one would buy these Houston underworld stories I wanted to tell. I kept hearing: There's no market for Latina romance. There's no market for I/R romance.
The readers who love these characters as much (and sometimes more judging by the fantastic fan art y'all send me! LOL) have proven that there is a huge and voracious market for stories that are a little dark and a little genre-bending.
And as long as y'all enjoy reading them, I'll keep on writing them! :)
You can pre-order ALEXEI from Amazon here. New pre-order links to follow soon!
Shay Sandoval has big dreams and works hard to achieve them. But her older sister likes that fast, easy money and finds herself in a hot mess of trouble when she helps her boyfriend scam Houston’s underworld. Terrified for her sister and herself, Shay turns to the only man powerful enough to save them—former prize fighter and Russian mob enforcer Alexei Sarnov.
Just as ruthless in business as he was on the streets, Alexei has built a new life as a respected, wealthy businessman. When he learns Shay’s troubled sister has invoked the wrath of Houston’s criminal elite, Alexei rushes to intercept Shay before the city’s worst men can get their hands on her.
But now that she’s under his protection—and under his hands—Alexei realizes that he wants and needs more than he’s ever dared to hope for in his harsh life. He wants Shay in his home and in his bed—but not as merely his mistress.
Earning Shay’s love and trust just might be the hardest deal he’s ever sealed…
EXCERPT AFTER THE JUMP!
I've had a couple of questions about the release date for Kostya and Alexei. After all the stress that went with the Nikolai 2 release delay, I was extremely hesitant to put a firm "official" date on Kostya and Alexei. So I didn't--and I'm glad I didn't. My sort of quiet goal was to release Kostya this week but that's not going to happen for a variety of reasons.
The main reason is that ====>THIS<==== happened. If you're plugged into the romance world, you've heard all about the Ellora's Cave vs Dear Author lawsuit. I'm not going to get into it here. If you read my post, you'll get my final word on EC and the way it has impacted my other pen name.
I have been dealing with all of that bullsh*t since last winter. I tried to keep my problems there as quiet and private as possible, only discussing them with my attorney and my writer friends. Walking away from the Grabbed series was freeing in a way--but it was also extremely emotionally and physically draining. I cried. A lot. So much.
Writing books is a creative business and my well went dry in October. That's why I had a hard time wrapping up Kostya's book and polishing Alexei's. Honestly? I'm tired. I went to the NINC writer's conference with lots of big plans to write and edit and write--but I slept. A lot. And unplugged from most social media and the internet and my iPhone. And took kiddo to the beach and spent quiet evenings with the Viking. And it was nice.
We're home from our mini vacation and I'm back in my office. I'm writing and editing again and loving every minute of it. The words are finally flowing easily again and I'm remembering why I fell in love with this series. Kostya and Alexei will be released by the end of the year. In fact, Alexei actually has a "official" release date because my PR folks made me pick one. When I get the final cover for that book later this week, I'll share the release date. Kostya's book will come out before Alexei's. If you stalk me here or on FB or are on my newsletter, you'll get a notice when it's ready.
Audiobooks! Right now, you can listen to Ivan and Dimitri in audio. Last week, I approved the final audio for In Kelly's Corner so it should pop up on Audible, Amazon, etc soon. In Jack's Arms, Yuri and Nikolai are in production right now. Yuri is actually in the final stages! So for those of you who enjoy audio, you'll soon be able to listen to four yummy Russians and two Connolly brothers. ;0
Houston BookRave: I'll be hanging out and signing books at the Houston BookRave on November 15. Come see me! I'll have buttons and other fun swag. You can still grab tickets for this event.
All packages for giveaways went out in mid-October. They should have all arrived by now, even the international boxes and envelopes. If you didn't receive your package or if there was a problem with your package, you can contact the Viking at theviking@roxieriverawriter (dot) com. He'll get it sorted out for you!
I'm going through reader mail in the mornings. The Viking takes a box of envelopes and packages to the post office once a week so you can expect replies, swag, etc soon.
Here's the Kostya cover and blurb. I'll pick out some sneak peeks to share of Kostya and Alexei soon.
After a nightmare blind date, hair stylist Holly Phillips swears off men. The only problem with that plan? Her mysterious and sinfully sexy neighbor Kostya who appeared from the shadows and saved her on that cold, scary night.
Now Holly can't stop thinking about the way his strong hands felt on her body or the sweet, tender way he cared for her. He's absolutely everything she wants—but he’s a man with big secrets.
Former covert operative and current mob cleaner Kostya Antonovich lives his life by one major rule: Don't Get Involved. But vivacious, beautiful Holly makes him want to break that rule and break it hard.
When the lies surrounding Holly's birth begin to unravel, she finds herself in the crosshairs of a cartel hit squad and a burned Russian spy desperate to tie up loose ends. Suddenly, breaking his rule and keeping her close—in his arms and in his bed—is the only option.
To save Holly's life, Kostya will use every last tool in that sinister black bag of his. For her, he'll risk it all.