Please welcome, author, promoter, and all around awesome person, Debby Allen






















Foreword:
One of the greatest gifts I've discovered in this electronic writing world is the wonderful friendships that come about. This proves that you don't have to be published with the large houses in New York (and no offense to those who are) to make good friends. With that in mind, please welcome a dear friend of mine, Debby Allen. She's a romance novelist, runs the Romance E-Books sites, and is responsible for MUCH of my promotion (tee-hee). So, without further ado....
Debby Allen – Author of Romance


I’d like to say I’m just an author of romance for The Wild Rose Press, but I’m not. I’m also a promoter - of other authors and publishers. To say I don’t feel any satisfaction when I receive an email thanking me for an interview or an author/publisher spotlight would be bending the truth a little. I love it!
I first began promoting when I set up The Romance eBooks Myspace profile in February 2008. I had my 1st ebook release from The Wild Rose Press the following month and discovered just how difficult promoting could be. So I thought, why not get together with some other authors and we’ll promote each other. However, I never expected the profile to be so popular! Word got around pretty quick and before I knew it I had befriended a few hundred authors, readers and publishers – just over seven hundred up to now!
The promotion process is very simple - I promote your book on the profile and a direct link to your purchasing details are literally at the end of the potential buyer’s fingertips! Once your book is on the profile, all you have to do is sit back and reap the rewards.
On November 1st, I released the 1st Romance eBooks Newsletter. Just like the myspace profile, the promotion is just the same, but on a more personal level with interviews and spotlights. I call it The Pink Link – you’ll see why if you check it out. It was fun to create and the response for contributions was fantastic! If I’m honest, it’s more like a mini eMag than a newsletter. I’m very proud of it and very grateful to its contributors. At the moment, I promote free of charge, even though I have been offered payment. But my response to that offer is, just please promote me in return. That’s all I ask.

If you would like to check out The Romance eBooks Myspace Profile, here is the link:
http://www.myspace.com/romance_ebooks

If you would like to check out The Romance eBooks Newsletter Blog, here is the link:
http://romanceebooksnewsletter.blogspot.com/

I hope you’ll check out both. And if you would like to appear in the New Year Newsletter or any other after that, then contact me at romanceebooks@yahoo.co.uk


Writing Romance:

When I first began writing novels and novellas, it was mainly to practice my writing skills, but I also wanted to create stories that I would really enjoy reading myself. In those early days, I never expected to be published (but I do hope those books will be published one day when I have polished them off).
I love reading Harlequin Mills & Boon and desperately wanted to create such a romantic fantasy of my own. So after years of educating myself at home and reading lots of romantic novels, I submitted a short story to The Wild Rose Press, a publisher who publishes books in electronic and print format. And that’s where my dream began.
In March 2008, ‘Hibiscus Bay’ was released in electronic format and I received some fabulous reviews. Here’s a quick preview:



‘Hibiscus bay’ available from The Wild Rose Press NOW!
http://www.thewildrosepress.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=87_118&products_id=743
‘If blue skies, hunky foreign guys and glistening seas float your boat, then you’ll love this romp on the beach romance that will leave you searching for your Passport to Paradise!’

BLURB:

Exhilarating sex with an Arabian millionaire is the last thing Ashleigh Brennan expects after an illicit affair with her boss leaves her unemployed and without dignity. She vows never to be misled by first impressions again—until she meets wealthy, handsome Remmao Kamal. He’s full of passion and eastern promise—but for how long?
It’s hard to believe that this wealthy bachelor isn’t married, but his playboy lifestyle aboard his yacht has had its repercussions. After a succession of harbor pickups, his misjudgement of a lover’s intention put his life at risk. Since then, he has been determined to put his womanising days behind him—until Ashleigh walks into his life. Their sexual attraction is immediate and the temptation for Remmao to break his vow of harbor celibacy is as strong as Ashleigh’s desire to protect her heart. But will a one-night stand with no commitments be enough for them?'

REVIEWS

Simply Romance Reviews GRADE: A 'I can honestly say, while reading Hibiscus Bay, I was touched by the beautiful twist of fate for Ashleigh and Remmao. This is the kind of romance we all dream of. Debby Allen captured so many heart-warming emotions of both her characters... wonderful job Debby!!'Cocktail Reviews: 'Like a short version of a M&B/Harlequin title, Hibiscus Bay delivers on all fronts with an exotic locale, wealthy foreign hunk, a good dose of angst, enjoyable love scenes and a HEA. I’d recommend this to any fan of the genre.'

The Long And Short Of It Reviews: “Hibiscus Bay,” set in a lush harbor town, is an emotional roller coaster of a romance between Remmao and Ashleigh… The setting of gorgeous Hibiscus Bay is a perfect place for Remmao and Ashleigh to explore their feelings further, and those descriptive details are nicely presented. (On a side note, this novella’s cover is beautifully designed and paints an idyllic picture of the paradise where these characters fall in love.)

New Releases:
My next release is a Christmas story, titled ‘Mistletoe and Ouzo Kisses’ due for release on 17th December 2008 from The Wild Rose Press. The storyline is set in Athens, Greece. Here’s a quick preview:




‘Mistletoe and Ouzo Kisses’ Release date - 17th December 2008 from The Wild Rose Press.
‘If a Greek Adonis found his way into your Christmas stocking, wouldn’t you want to unwrap him?’

BLURB:

A man is for life and not just for Christmas – or so the saying goes. When Leah Stamford accepts the offer to spend the festive season in Greece with her co-worker, Marcus Savakis, the last thing she expects to be unwrapping, is him. But after one ouzo too many, and with a voluptuous ex-girlfriend tempting Marcus back into her ample bosom, Leah will stop at nothing to win her colleague’s affections — though seduction isn't one of her talents. Leah's frigidness was the reason she lost her last boyfriend. Now it’s time to prove to herself that she can be daring and sexy. But has she got what it takes to seduce Marcus away from the desires of his ex-girlfriend? And can her timidness compete with this erotic Greek goddess?

For those of you who haven’t noticed, Chris Winters, who was crowned Mr. Romance 2008 at the Romantic Times Convention, is my cover model - and at special request! I feel very honoured and very privileged!

Unfortunately, there are no reviews for ‘Mistletoe and Ouzo Kisses’ to date.

Due for release in 2009 ‘An Outlaw’s Honor’ by Debby Allen.

Look out for ‘The New Year Romance eBooks Newsletter’! If you have a new release, new review or a competition that you would like to contribute to the newsletter, then contact me, Debby, at romanceebooks@yahoo.co.uk

I hope to hear from you soon.

25 comments:

Debby said...

If you would like to be in The Author Spotlight in The Romance eBooks New Year Newsletter, then leave your name and book title in a comment below. Competition deadline is at the end of the month. Best wishes ~ Debby.

Judith McGuinness said...

Hibiscus Bay sounds great, as does your Christmas book. I met my husband on a holiday vacation so I can't wait to read your version of our love story :)

Best of luck to you!
Judith

ddurance said...

I had to check it out and it sure is Chris Winters! He's so pretty, isn't he and such a sweetie?

Deidre

Debby said...

Wow, Judith! Does your book 'Once Upon A Moscow Night' have anything to do with your own real life love story?

Debby said...

Yes, it sure is Chris Winters, Deidre, and at special request! There's an article about him in The Romance eBooks Newsletter. You should check it out! Thanks for your comment.

Bess McBride said...

Hi Debby!

I really love the cover of Hibiscus Bay, really, really, really! Thanks for letting me submit my promo info to you. You're a sweetie.

Hi, Jenny!!!

Bess McBride

Jenny Gilliam said...

Wow, my blog is a'hoppin'! Hello, ladies (Hi, Bess!). Debby, thanks so much for blogging for me. And guess what? I have 1 Follower. Whoo-hoo!!!!

PS-I want to go on the New Year's newsletter.

Debby said...

Hey Jenny!

Thank you for this opportunity and thanks for the nice words about me (blush). I'm really enjoying myself. BTW, you already have a spot in the New Year Newsletter, shhh ;)

NancyD said...

Your books sound awesome, Debby!

And you know I'll be chasing down An Outlaw's Honor when it comes out. Gotta love our cowboys.

I have a western myself coming out this Friday the 21st called Redemption!

And I so agree with you that one of the major advantages of epublishing is that you can interact with other writers and readers in literally seconds!

Jennette Green said...

Your books sound wonderful, Debby. I'm going to be watching for your Christmas one! :)

I just recently learned about your promotional blog and newsletter through your myspace page--what a wonderful thing you're doing for us authors! Yes, it is so hard to promote, and thank you for making it a little easier!

I'd love a chance to be in the Author's Spotlight in your New Year Newsletter, so here is my info:

Book title: The Commander's Desire
My name: Jennette Green

Thanks again! :)

Debby said...

Thank you, Jennette. I just hope the promotion of Romance eBooks makes a difference to some author's, even if it's only slightly.
Best wishes.

Jenny Gilliam said...

Debby,

Can I compete for the author spotlight? Sorry, Jeanette!

Kim Smith said...

Debby, I do not think I qualify for the contest, (cozy mystery writer here!)but I wanted to post and congratulate you on your successes and thank the CTR folks for posting the link to your interview here on Jenny's blog.
Best wishes to the winner!
kim smith
avenging angel, red rose publishing 2009

Reece said...

Hi Debby

Great site and thank you for this fun opportunity!

Reece Herring - Erato's Tears

Thanks!

Judith Leger said...

Hi Debby!!

Wow, wonderful blog! Woman, I just don't know how you have the time!! Mistletoe and Ouzo Kisses sounds HOT!

Thanks for all you do for everyone, Debby! And thanks Jenny for having her over today! Both are of you are brilliant gems in the writing world.

Judith Leger
Love's True Enchantment
Coming soon from The Wild Rose Press

Tamela said...

Good Morning from Sunny Texas--

I love your site and thanks so much for having Jenny on, I adore her and the books she writes!

P.S. I'd like to be in your newsletter, as well.

Kelly Moran said...

I'd love to be in the author spotlight. My current book is WHEN THE LEAVES STOP FALLING, and the next comes out in January '09, IDLE THURSDAY!
Good luck, everyone! and great work!
~K
www.authorkellymoran.com

Joanna Waugh said...

Hi Debby! You are one busy lady, what with all the hats you wear. And you do them all so well! Keep up the good work.

Joanna Waugh
BLIND FORTUNE
Cerridwen Press

loreleicolton said...

Hi Debby. Good Luck with your books and writing.

Lorelei Colton.
A Star Gem in the Rough.

Susanne Saville said...

Hi fellow Rose Debby!

Very interesting interview! I'm looking forward to your Christmas book. I enjoyed Hibiscus Bay. :)

Susanne Saville
The Wiccan Kitten

Catherine Bybee said...

Seems everywhere I look I find you, Debby. I wish you plenty of sales and sucess with your news letter.

Tracy Preston - Romance Writer said...

Debby,

Your book sounds great! I'm always on the lookout for something a bit different. And, it sounds spicy -- which is also a good thing.

Thanks so much for letting me know about this promo opportunity. I'd LOVE to enter! Being that this is my first release, I need all the exposure I can get... :-)


Tracy Preston
DESTINY'S CAPTIVE
The Wild Rose Press

Angela Steed said...

Hi, Debby! Better late than never, right? I'm really looking forward to reading your Christmas story. It sounds sexy. I met my husband during a Christmas snow storm. We may not have been on some tropical beach, but it was just as hot. ;D

All the work you put into promoting us authors is just amazing. Thank you so much. You're the best!

I'd love to be in the New Year newsletter. =)

Debby said...

Hi Kim, thanks for dropping in all the same. And if ever you feel like writing a romance, you know where to come for promotion :)

Thanks also, Reece for stopping by and entering the comp.

Tamela, Kelly and Lorelei, your names are in the draw hat, just another hat of mine, Joanna lol.

Susanne, I wasn't aware you had brought Hibiscus Bay - THANKS!

Catherine, there are two ways of looking at that comment, lol!

Tracy, congratualtions with the release of your first book! I will watch your space :)

Angela, how romantic! I envy you! Feel free to request a spot in the New Year Newsletter. Let me know how you'd like to contribute.

That goes for every one! Thanks for taking the time to visit me at Jenny's blog!

Rae Lori said...

I'm a little late in posting but wanted to give my support and best wishes to Debby! She's an awesome lady who really works hard to help out her fellow authors and she's sweet to boot!

Definitely check out the Romance newsletter for some great new releases and a flash fiction by yours truly in the current edition. I'm looking forward to reading some future stories in the new issues so send em in!

Rae Lori
Author of Before Dawn Breaks - Out now!
(You don't have to enter me hehe)