An Offer They Can’t Refuse.

Who is Jules Vanderzeit, and why does he appear in all four of my Gided Age romance novels?

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He isn’t the hero of any of the stories. He’s more like a villain, the antagonist, and yet, he’s the common factor in the series.

Who would base a series on a villain? Not me! Not really.

As I see it, Jules isn’t a villain so much as he represents an opportunity.

While it may seem as if Jules, the Maestro, shows up at the worse possible moment in my character’s lives, he’s really there to offer them an opportunity to set things right. While it may seem as if he’s the source of all their woes, he’s really an opportunity to make life altering choices.

He’s like the classic case of getting fired from a job you really, really hate but think you really, really need. And then, when you’re at your lowest, this eventually becomes the best thing that ever happened to you. If forces you to jump-start your life for act two.

Being forced out of our comfort zone, even an unpleasant comfort zone, forces us to make choices we would otherwise avoid. And while it often seems more difficult and challenging than we would like, it also provides the opportunity for greater rewards.

Interested in seeking out a new opportunity for yourself? Read one of the Jules Vanderzeit books to see for yourself if he can make you an offer you can’t refuse.

Why the Gilded Age?

Sometimes I’m asked by I write about the Gilded Age of New York? Easy and short answer is because it interests me. My Jules Vanderzeit novels, including Until You Love Me, are all set in the Gilded Age.UntilYouLoveMe hr-300dpi-3125x4167

There are hundreds, perhaps thousands of romance novels set in the Regency and Victorian periods of England. I’ve read several. But after awhile, I wanted something different than an endless line of Dukes, Earls, Barons and other titles of the nobility. Then it occurred to me, why not America? The Gilded Age, the time period roughly from 1870s to early 1900s, is filled with stories of wealthy families living soap opera lives with scandalous escapades. Perfect fodder for romance novels.

It was the rise of the Robber Baron, Capitalist, and Industrialist. An enterprising young man could go from rags to riches within his lifetime, and pass that wealth on to his children, creating family dynasties. The Gilded Age gave us J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, the Astors, Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, and so many more.

But behind theses wealthy men were their wives and daughters, setting the stage for high-society with all their self-imposed rules of etiquette, and hierarchy. Caroline Astor, wife of William Backhouse Astor, Jr. proclaimed herself as the highest social arbiter of her time. She made it her priority to codify proper behavior, as well as determine who exactly was acceptable among New York’s elite, going so far as to list the 400 families who could be counted as members of Fashionable Society.

Much like the Regency and Victorian periods of England, the Gilded Age had its upstairs and downstairs, the in crowd and the outs (aka, all the others), new money vs old, or basically rich vs poor. It had fancy dresses, well dressed men and lots of money spent on balls, and parties and yachts and mansions. It was a time of amazing social change, as well as political and social-economic.

What’s not to love, and oh what fun to write about.

Three reasons why I’m Not Good at Promotion

I have published 8 books in romance and am working on numbers 9 and 10. By now, you would think I’d be good at promotion. But I’m NOT. In fact, I kinda suck.

Promotion is actually two words – PRO, as in professional or progressive, and MOTION as to move or take action. Progressive Action. Yeah, not so good at either being progressive or taking action.

But I’m a good writer, or at least I think I am, as well as several people who have read my books and seem to agree. But to reach the next level of success I need Several More Readers (aka sales). Let’s be real here people, writers need to sell their books.

So, here are the top 3 reasons why I suck at promotion:

  1. Consistency. To be a good at promotion, the message needs to be consistent. A consistent branded message consistently repeated. My message?

    Timeless Romance with a Touch of Magic.

    Love is the greatest magic of them all.

    How many of you knew that? If only it there were more like you, the ones who knew.

  2. Easy Call To Action. For promotion to be successful, it needs to provide an easy access for the consumer – i.e. reader – to buy my books. This should be done with a single click that take the potential buyer directly to a place where they can buy my book(s), such as this one: Until You Love Me. Go ahead and click that link and see if it works.    Thanks  🙂
  3. Measurable Results. Good promotion should be measurable. This helps the promoter to know what works and what doesn’t and where to spend their advertising budget. Except I have nearly no advertising budget.

Which takes me back to number one about being consistent. And then number two about watching my sales records, which I don’t do nearly as often as I should. I rarely look at my sales data or worry about whether or not I sold XX number of books. Maybe I should, but that seems boring and often depressing.

I’d rather be writing.

Or hanging out with my friends on facebook. (honesty). Which all makes me suck at promotion. But hopefully, I’m still a good writer with entertaining stories to tell.

So IF you’re interested in timeless romance with a touch of magic, please buy and read my books, and I’ll keep writing.

Enjoy always. T

Until You Love Me.

Exciting days are here again. It’s time for another Jules Vanderzeit Gilded Age novel.

November 1st is just around the corner, and with it comes the release of Until You Love Me, the third book in my Jules Vanderzeit series.

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When the story begins, it’s November 11, 1893 during the gilded age of Manhattan. The holidays are fast approaching and Rebecca Wheland Jaffary has no desire to spend them surrounded by people she doesn’t love, or worse, whom she believes don’t love her. James Jaffary, her husband of four months, wants nothing to do with her, or so she thinks, and as far as she’s concerned, the feeling is mutual.

Frustrated, but not defeated, Rebecca schemes to return to her father’s house on Fifth Avenue, but he refuses her sanctuary. Desperate to come up with an alternate plan, she takes off for her father’s summer cottage on Long Island. However, once she arrives, nothing goes as planned, and suddenly, with a single misstep, everything she had thought important no longer matters.

Look for Until You Love Me – on sale November 1 – at major online booksellers.

Enjoy always, T