Release Party with Rebecca Cohen: A quick word about the second editions and things to come!

May 11, 2014

As you may have seen this release for The Actor and the Earl is actually a second edition. Both this and Duty to the Crown have been re-edited and tweaked in the run up to the final in the series, Forever Hold His Peace.

 

I worked with DSP’s new editing team to iron out the anachronisms, a couple of historical inaccuracies and the nobles titles (more on that below!), but the fundamental story remains the same, so if you have the first editions you can get by without having to buy the second ones.

The titles of the British nobility had me tearing my hair out. In the new editions we’ve corrected the  main issues I had around the correct title for an earl and his wife. The biggie was Anthony’s surname – I referred to him as Anthony Crofton, but Crofton is the earldom so Anthony’s full name is now Anthony Redbourn, Earl of Crofton. You will also see he is referred to as Crofton by his peers, as would have been the correct address for an earl. The other thing was Lady Bronwyn, she should actually be called Lady Crofton in polite society.  I also corrected any inaccuracies for the other nobles’s titles, so fingers cross all our Lords and Ladies should be happy now!

 

We’ve also introduced the series title … yeah, it took me until book three to find one! But now I have The Crofton Chronicles.

Book One: The Actor and the Earl

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Book Two: Duty to the Crown (second edition available for pre-order now!)

 

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Book Three: Forever Hold His Peace (out in June)….teaser of the cover!

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And I’ve just finished the first draft of a Modern Crofton… so exciting times!

If you could meet a member of the Crofton family from any period, which period would you choose?

 

Release Party with Rebecca Cohen: Win the ebook!

May 11, 2014

Here’s your chance to win a copy of the ebook of The Actor and the Earl

 

As you can see I’m a sucker for a courtly love and misdirections. What do you love, is there a type of romantic fiction that gets you every time? Do friends to lovers leave you warm and fuzzy? Or do you prefer the Dom and Sub dynamic? Or do men in uniform get you hot under the collar?

 

Tell me in the comments for your chance to win! I’ll leave the contest open until 5pm EST (11pm Swiss time)

 

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Release Party with Rebecca Cohen: In Love With Shakespeare

May 11, 2014

Anyone who reads The Actor and the Earl, or even its blurb, will have an inkling that I’m a bit of a fan of Shakespeare’s comedies. With their cross-dressing twins, misunderstandings and a happy endings, my Elizabethan historical series has more than nod in the direction of the Bard of Avon.

My first introduction to Shakespeare was at school in English Lit classes, and it nearly turned me off completely! Several dull weeks studying Romeo and Juliet did nothing to encourage me to read or watch any of his other plays, but it was a free trip to see Twelfth Night that really opened my eyes, and since then I’d call myself a fan. My favourite is probably Much Ado About Nothing, and it’s no coincidence that in The Actor and the Earl I cast my young actor, Sebastian Hewel, as Beatrice.

But Sebastian now has a much more challenging role to play!

 

Extract from  The Actor and the Earl:

 

“So what of your sister, Mr. Hewel? Or were you always meant to play my bride?”

“Hardly. She has run off with a man she thinks herself in love with.”

Crofton laughed. “Clever girl.”

“So it seems.”

Sebastian watched as Crofton examined him closely, taking in his appearance from head to toe. “What now? You know what we planned to do.”

“I think the plan has merits,” Crofton replied with a sly grin.

“Her Majesty has granted me permission to wed Bronwyn Hewel. How would it look if Bronwyn were to refuse? But I think that we can come to an arrangement that will prevent me from having to sully the once-great Hewel name.”

Sebastian didn’t like the sound of that—the words too close to blackmail for his comfort. “Meaning what, exactly?”

“If you are willing to keep up this pretense, continue to play Bronwyn, then I in turn would take up the mantle of devoted husband.”

“What?”

“Your greatest performance, Mr. Hewel. Fool the court and polite society in an extravagant wedding, then retire to my country house to be my beloved wife for perhaps a year or two, after which time my young, but sickly, wife will succumb to a fever, and you will return to your life as Sebastian Hewel.”

For a moment Sebastian was unable to reply, Crofton’s shocking proposal robbing him of words. “But why would you want this?”

Crofton’s smile was predatory. “I have my reasons.”

“But—”

“No buts, Mr. Hewel. Do you have your answer? A life of luxury and your honor, or your family’s disgrace?”

Sebastian’s heart raced, but as he stared into Crofton’s expectant face, he really had little choice. “I accept.”

 

If you could play any role in pay, TV or movie, what would be you biggest dream come true? Personally, I’d really love to play Beatrice, just like Sebastian!

 

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Release Party with Rebecca Cohen: Let’s Meet the Players!

May 11, 2014

Elizabethan actor Sebastian Hewel takes his bow at the proscenium only to embark on the role of a lifetime. When his twin sister, Bronwyn, reneges on the arrangement to marry Anthony Redbourn, Earl of Crofton, Sebastian reluctantly takes her place. At nineteen, Sebastian knows his days as a leading lady are numbered, but with this last performance, he hopes to restore his family’s name and pay off his late father’s debts. Never mind the danger of losing his head should he be discovered.

He didn’t expect Anthony to be so charming and alluring—not to mention shrewd. While he applauds Sebastian’s plan, Anthony offers a mutually beneficial arrangement instead. Sebastian will need every drop of talent he has to survive with both his head and his heart intact, because this is the best part he’s ever had.

 

Let me introduce you to my leading men in The Actor and the Earl:

 

Sebastian Hewel, who we see on the cover as himself and this twin sister Bronwyn, is a young man who defied his family to become an actor. During Shakespeare’s time men played the female roles, so when we first meet Sebastian he is playing Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing. Unfortunately for Sebastian, his life is about to have him play a very different role… that of his sister, who should have  been about to become Lady Crofton, wife to the infamous Anthony Redbourn, Earl of Crofton. Poor Sebastian, not only does he have to deal with all the female paraphernalia, but Anthony Redbourn himself, who is known at court for sharing his affections widely. If only Anthony wasn’t so attractive!

 

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And talking of Anthony, I’m sure the earl would insist on being introduce! So without further a do, let me introduce Anthony Redbourn, Earl of Crofton. Anthony is a darling of the court, and one of Queen Elizabeth’s favourite courtiers. Anthony has a well deserved reputation of not caring who he takes to his bed, but he needs to find someone, and quickly, to marry.

Anthony was inspired by Robert Dudley, Earl of Esssex, who was the definition of Elizabethan bad boy. A rogue and a charmer, Lord Essex was one of the courtiers guaranteed to cause a twitter!

 

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Do you have a favourite historical period or person? If you could who would you most like to meet?

 

Release Party with Rebecca Cohen

May 11, 2014

Hello, my name is Rebecca Cohen

 

I’m thrilled to be here today to chat about my new release, the second edition of The Actor and the Earl  (released 9th May)

 

Join me as I talk about about the Elizabethan period that inspired the novel, the background to the second edition, and give sneak peak to what else is coming for The Crofton Chronicles!

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Oh, and there’ll be a giveaway!

 

If you have any questions about any of my stories or my influences please just ask and I’ll try my best to answer!

May 10 Anniversay Giveaway

May 10, 2014

May 10 Dreamspinner Press Seventh Anniversary Giveaway Contest is Warriors and Healers by H.J. Brues

Chocolate and peanut butter and sweet and sour candies—who says opposites can’t be perfect? For today’s Dreamspinner Press Seventh Anniversary e-book contest, tell us your favorite DsP book featuring opposites attract leads.

All comments, likes, shares, re-tweets on this blog, the DsP Facebook page and Twitter will be entries to win one of ten e-book copies of Warriors and Healers by H.J. Brues. You have until 8:00 pm tomorrow, May 11 for eligible interactions.

New Releases: May 9th, 2014

May 9, 2014

The Actor and the Earl by Rebecca Cohen

 

Elizabethan actor Sebastian Hewel takes his bow at the proscenium only to embark on the role of a lifetime: replacing his twin sister as a bride.

2nd Edition

 

The Crofton Chronicles: Book One

 

Elizabethan actor Sebastian Hewel takes his bow at the proscenium only to embark on the role of a lifetime. When his twin sister, Bronwyn, reneges on the arrangement to marry Anthony Redbourn, Earl of Crofton, Sebastian reluctantly takes her place. At nineteen, Sebastian knows his days as a leading lady are numbered, but with this last performance, he hopes to restore his family’s name and pay off his late father’s debts. Never mind the danger of losing his head should he be discovered.

 

He didn’t expect Anthony to be so charming and alluring—not to mention shrewd. While he applauds Sebastian’s plan, Anthony offers a mutually beneficial arrangement instead. Sebastian will need every drop of talent he has to survive with both his head and his heart intact, because this is the best part he’s ever had.

 

A Timeless Dreams title: While reaction to same-sex relationships throughout time and across cultures has not always been positive, these stories celebrate M/M love in a manner that may address, minimize, or ignore historical stigma.

 

First edition published by Dreamspinner Press, November 2012.

 

Length: Novel (216p.) | Genre:  Historical European, Timeless Dreams| Release Date: May 9, 2014

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-127-7) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-126-0)

 

 

 

 

Dinner at Home by Rick R. Reed

 

Instead of calling the cops when he catches Hank breaking into his car, Ollie offers him a job. Together they discover they can really cook.

It only takes a few days for Ollie D’Angelo to lose his boyfriend, his job, and his home. Instead of mourning what he doesn’t have, Ollie celebrates what he does: the freedom to pursue his real passion—cooking. He begins Dinner at Home, a home-catering business, and it takes off.

 

Late one night, Ollie catches Hank Mellinger, a streetwise hood down on his luck, about to rob his car. Ollie soon discovers that appearances aren’t necessarily what they seem. Hank isn’t a criminal caught red-handed, but a hungry young man trying to make a life for himself and the four-year-old niece he’s trying desperately to take care of.

 

Instead of calling the cops, Ollie offers Hank a job and a way to pull himself up by his bootstraps. Together, they discover they can really cook… and that their shared passion for food just might lead to a passion for each other.

 

Length: Novel (206p.) | Genre:  Contemporary | Release Date: May 9, 2014

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-836-0) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-835-3)

 

 

 

Holding Out for a Fairy Tale by A.J. Thomas

 

While looking for Sophia, Ray and Elliot find that tackling organized crime might be easier than resisting the urge to tackle each other.

Least Likely Partnership: Book Two

 

When his vicious cousin Alejandro makes a violent late-night visit, San Diego homicide detective Ray Delgado gets a brutal reminder of why he left his family behind. Alejandro wants Ray to find his sister, Sophia, who disappeared from the UC San Diego campus, before the FBI digs too deep into his business.

 

Special Agent Elliot Belkamp spent his entire life jumping from one place to another, but his new assignment assisting a FBI task force offers him a chance to settle down. When Elliot catches a missing person’s case as his first assignment, the last person he expects to find poking around the victim’s dorm room is Ray, a one-time hookup he’s more inclined to punch in the face than kiss hello. After discovering Sophia’s disappearance is linked to a massive computer-based theft that has two powerful crime families ready to declare war, Elliot focuses on his investigation and tries to ignore Ray.  As the search for Sophia turns dangerous, Elliot and Ray discover that tackling organized crime might be easier than resisting the urge to tackle each other.

 

Length: Novel (250p.) | Genre: Mystery/Suspense | Release Date: May 9, 2014

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-706-6) | Buy as Paperback ($16.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-705-9)

May 9 Anniversary Giveaway

May 9, 2014

May 9 Dreamspinner Press Seventh Anniversary Giveaway Contest is Summer Song by Louise Blaydon

The Old West? The 1950’s? Medieval England? For today’s Dreamspinner Press Seventh Anniversary e-book contest, tell us your favorite time period in a DsP book.

All comments, likes, shares, re-tweets on this blog, the DsP Facebook page and Twitter will be entries to win one of ten e-book copies of Summer Song by Louise Blaydon. You have until 8:00 pm tomorrow, May 10 for eligible interactions.

Harmony Ink New Release: May 8, 2014

May 8, 2014

Special Effect by Russell J. Sanders

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

Nick tries to help Steve recover his memories, but in the process, he risks losing the first love he’s ever found. Special Effect by Russell J. Sanders, a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.

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Graduating senior, theater lighting wunderkind, and closeted gay, Nick Fortunati volunteers with The Streetwise Players in the dark corners of The Laughton, a creepy old movie palace decorated in Grand Guignol style. But his father wishes Nick would use his intellect and his scholarship to become a biotech engineer and earn a prosperous living for his future family. Nick loves his dad and wants to please him, but he dreams of a career in theater. And he wants a male lover. Unfortunately, his homophobic father won’t approve of either.

When Nick’s at his loneliest, out of the corners of the theater and into his life comes trouble-laden Steve Stripling, a man with little memory of his past other than his name. Meanwhile, Nick’s introduced to the dashing Wash Vitek and is torn between the two men. His situation is further complicated because he doesn’t know if Wash is gay.

Nick resolves to solve the mystery surrounding Steve and help the young man recover his memories, even though by doing so, he risks losing the first love he’s ever found.

Length: Novel (180p.) | Genre: Mystery/Suspense, Young Adult, Gay | Release Date: May 8, 2014

Buy as an eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62798-912-1) | By as a Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62798-911-4)

May 8 Anniversary Giveaway

May 8, 2014

May 8 Dreamspinner Press Seventh Anniversary Giveaway Contest is Urban Shaman by Lyn Gala

Men in uniform are wildly popular in gay romantic fiction. For today’s Dreamspinner Press Seventh Anniversary e-book contest, share your favorite DsP book featuring men in uniform.

All comments, likes, shares, re-tweets on this blog, the DsP Facebook page and Twitter will be entries to win one of ten e-book copies of Urban Shaman by Lyn Gala. You have until 8:00 pm tomorrow, May 9 for eligible interactions.