This is Why I Publish My Books On More Than One Retailer

I just found out Mitch’s Win, Boaz’s Wager, and Patty’s Gamble are not available on the Amazon UK site. I knew Patty’s Gamble hasn’t been available on the Amazon Australia site.  Meanwhile, Google Play isn’t showing Shane’s Deal, Just Good Friends, or the pre-order for Kidnapping the Viscount.

This hasn’t only been limited to those two sites. I’ve had this happen on Kobo in the past, too. As far as I know Apple and B&N have been okay. But I haven’t received feedback from people telling me they can’t find them on those sites, so at one time, maybe there was something missing. I have no idea what to think.

Sometimes there’s a glitch in the system. It’s no one’s fault. It just happens. But this is why I have never been exclusive to only one retailer. No matter what the retailer is, I refuse to be exclusive to it.

Okay, in the course of writing this post, someone in a FB group said they found Just Good Friends and Kidnapping the Viscount on Google Play. So within ten minutes, the books went from missing to being there. True story, guys. I’m not making this up!

See what I mean about unpredictability? Sometimes there’s no rhyme or reason to some of this stuff.

But that’s why I’m on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple, Google Play, and Smashwords (and the smaller channels Smashwords distributes to). I want to be available in as many places as I can. I don’t know if you will want to go to another retailer to get a book that isn’t on the one you prefer. (I, myself, am pretty loyal to my retailer, so I understand why you might not want to.) I am sorry if you can’t get one of my books on the retailer you prefer. I am doing all I can to rectify that issue, but I can’t promise my efforts will work.

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I wrote the stuff above yesterday evening. Then I put this post in my draft folder since I wasn’t sure I wanted to publish the post. This morning I got an email from an author friend who had a pre-order up on Barnes & Noble. The book had been on pre-order without any problems. Then the book released today. And it disappeared from the Barnes & Noble store this morning. She had no warning. This is a horrible thing to happen on a book’s release day. So now I know of a case where this happened on Barnes & Noble.

This tells me that no retailer is immune this kind of thing. And this is why it’s best for all authors to be on every retailer possible. It’s also best for readers. I know it’s inconvenient to buy a book from another retailer, but at least there’s the choice to do that. If the author only published the book on one retailer and that retailer didn’t show the book (for whatever reason), at least the book can be found somewhere else.

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Shane’s Deal (Montana Collection: Book 4) is Now Available!

For those of you who wanted to see the Montana Collection complete, Shane’s Deal is finally here! Thank you for being patient and waiting. 🙂 I know it’s been quite a while since I did Patty’s Gamble. I hadn’t originally planned to do a Book 4, but there were two loose ends that I had to wrap up: Madeline Thompson (who was mentioned in Boaz’s Wager) and the mayor (who got a mention in Boaz’s Wager and Patty’s Gamble).

The series is now complete!

Books in the Montana Collection:

  • Mitch’s Win
  • Boaz’s Wager
  • Patty’s Gamble
  • Shane’s Deal

Shane's Deal new ebook cover

Here’s the description:

Madeline Thompson, the woman the outlaws were looking for at the beginning of Boaz’s Wager (Book 2 in the Montana Collection), has finally arrived in Lewistown, Montana, but no one knew she was coming because she had disguised herself as a man. She was only going to stay in town long enough to get more supplies for her trip to Canada. But then fate intervened with a bullet to her shoulder…and now she’s not going anywhere.

When Marshal Shane Taft discovers Madeline’s true identity, he knows only a desperate woman would take such a big risk in traveling through the wild territory of Montana without a chaperone. That alone prompts him to protect her. Finding out she’s recently widowed and is carrying a child prompts him to propose marriage.

Madeline’s first husband left a lot to be desired. Besides thinking women had nothing worthwhile to contribute but an heir, he was cold toward her. She would say no to the deal Shane is offering, but necessity forces her to marry him. Nothing good can come from being under another man’s thumb.

That is, of course, unless he happens to be the right man.

You can find it at these retailers:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

Apple

Smashwords

Note for those who use Google Play: The publisher has uploaded this book, and it says it’s live in the dashboard. BUT the store isn’t showing this book. I’m unable to give you a link. I am having the same problem with a couple of other books I recently put up to Google Play. There must be some kind of glitch going on over there right now. I’m not sure when this will be resolved.

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Shane’s Deal (Montana Collection: Book 4) is Due out April 5

I’ve gotten a few questions about when Shane’s Deal will be out, and I can now point everyone to the links were they can go to get it if they want to pre-order it. The only place it’s not on right now is Google Play, but my publisher does have it ready to go over there, so it will be there.

Shane's Deal new ebook cover

Click here for the pre-order links!

This is the last book in the Montana Collection. For easy reference, here are the other books:

Mitch's Win new ebook cover  Boaz's Wager new ebook cover  Patty's Gamble new ebook cover

When I was working on Shane’s Deal, I had the covers changed for the series has an updated look. That’s why you might not recognize them. 🙂

So, what can you expect in Shane’s Deal?

I left a loose thread at the end of Patty’s Gamble. It’s probably been a while since anyone’s read it since that book came out in July of 2014. (It was so long ago that I had to look it up!) But yes, it’s almost been five years. I did go through and reread the series to refresh my memory, which is good because I had forgotten the details of the loose thread I had left at the end of Patty’s Gamble. That loose thread was the mayor. I was originally going to resolve things with him at the end of Patty’s Gamble, but in the back of my mind, I knew it was best to do that in the fourth (and final) book. That’s when I decided to tack on Book 4 to the series.

Shane’s Deal picks up right after John Meyer got arrested for stealing cattle. If you’ll recall, Patty was upset because the mayor wasn’t arrested, too. If you’ll also recall from Boaz’s Wager, Boaz had a brief encounter with the mayor, and during that time, I hinted that the mayor was a real scumbag.

My problem for the past four years was that I needed a plot I wanted to write that would fit the hero and heroine of the book. I’d rather wait until I can get the book right than to rush something that is mediocre. I know it wasn’t easy to wait, but this is a book I’m really excited about. It gives the entire series a truly satisfying ending.

I wasn’t able to bring in Mitch, Heather, Greg, or Patty because those characters just didn’t fit anywhere. If I had put them in, it would have jarred everyone out of the story, and that’s something I don’t like to do. I was, however, able to bring Boaz, Eva, Herb, and Rachel back. In the timeline in the series, this book takes place before Boaz and Eva had any children of their own, so it’s just Leroy and Hannah (Boaz’s children from his first marriage) in here.

This book also features an alpha hero. I rarely do those, but for this story, the hero had to be an alpha character because he’s going to have to deal with criminal activities. I needed a hero who could do what was necessary no matter what was going on around him. I think this is the first book where I actually did a gunfight scene. I admit I was a little intimidated to write it since I hadn’t done that before. Action scenes aren’t my strength. But I was pleased by how it turned out. It wasn’t that long, but it didn’t need to be for what I had to accomplish in the scene (which is the hero saving his wife). I was listening to the instrumental music piece “Wizards in Winter” by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra while writing it. (I realize that’s not a western type of song, but I was writing this in December, and I was playing music to go with the Christmas season.) The music had an upbeat and battle feel to it that fit what I needed.

The heroine in this story is the Madeline the bandits were looking for at the beginning of Boaz’s Wager. So maybe it was fitting that Boaz, Eva, Herb, and Rachel got a prominent role in this book. It helps to bring to conclusion who Madeline was and why she was on the run. Also, it tells us what in the world ever happened to her. Those were things I had wanted to address in the series, and it just never popped up in the course of writing Patty’s Gamble. That was another reason I had to add a fourth book.

I can’t give away much more without spoiling the story, so I’m going to end the post here. If anyone has questions about this book, I’ll answer them as long as it doesn’t spoil anything.

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