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LAST DAY! 99 cent for REGRET NOT A MOMENT

“Kept me wanting more.”
“A beautiful step back in time.”
“Attention keeper.”

THESE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE 18 STELLAR REVIEWS FOR #kindle #romance REGRET NOT A MOMENT! Read all the reviews, then one-click at http://amzn.com/B00C3PAR1W

This book is on sale for 99 cents this week.  Usual price is $3.99. To purchase, either click on link above or on book’s cover photo at right.

This is first and foremost a love story, but much more than that, too. One reader review says it best.

“Not only is the story romantic, fast-paced and historical, but it deals with matters of racism, feminism and misogyny” all in the elite, glamorous world of Thoroughbred racing.”

Iris Rainer Dart, author of Beaches (made into a classic movie starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey) called Regret not a Moment, “A bewitching book! You will never forget the captivating Devon Richmond…”

Blog Tour of REGRET NOT A MOMENT, Nov 18-22

bannerSign up for a blog tour of Kindle romance REGRET NOT A MOMENT.  The tour takes place November 18-22 (that’s next Monday for the start date).  To participate, go to hardcovertherapy.com.

Readers are unanimous in giving REGRET a 5-star rating.  In addition, best selling authors Janet Dailey and Jennifer Blake raved about the book.  To buy the book for $3.99, click here www.amzn.com/B00C3PAR1W

In conjunction with the tour, we’ll be giving away five copies of my second novel NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS.

lonely nights hi resHere’s a brief description of REGRET NOT A MOMENT: The year is 1930.  Beautiful, witty Devon is the daughter of a prominent Virginia family.  Many men have fallen under her spell, but none has captured her heart, until she meets New York tycoon John Alexander.  Their future seems assured: they will marry, raise a family, turn their country estate into the best Thoroughbred farm in the nation.  But what Devon cannot foresee are the conflicts that will drive away her husband or the tragedy that will devastate their marriage. Be transported from lush Virginia hunt country to sophisticated New York and the embassies of Paris.  Travel from the Hollywood glamour of Hearst castle in its heyday to the turmoil of war-torn Cairo, and the enclaves of aristocratic England. Devon’s tale takes you through the decades from peaceful pre-war America to the danger of World War II, and the racial unrest of the South of the 1950s and’60s.

Best-selling author Jennifer Blake called this book, “as warm and spirited as its heroine, as gracious as its Southern background, a tale rich with insight into the enduring nature of love and desire.  I enjoyed it immensely.”

Iris Rainer Dart, author of Beaches (made into a classic movie starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey) called Regret not a Moment, “A bewitching book!  You will never forget the captivating Devon Richmond…”

 

 

 

 

My Book on Sale This Week

Thank you for all your kind comments about this blog.  For those of you who would like to read more, the Kindle version of one of my novels, REGRET NOT A MOMENT, is on sale this week — November 4-10, 2014, for 99 cents/99£.  The usual price is $3.99.

This novel has received reader raves with an average 4.4 star Amazon rating.

Regret - Kindle Format Like A Book[1]The book opens in Virginia horse country. The year is 1930. Beautiful, witty Devon is the daughter of a prominent Virginia family. Many men have fallen under her spell, but none has captured her heart, until she meets New York tycoon John Alexander. Their future seems assured: they will marry, raise a family, turn their country estate into the best Thoroughbred farm in the nation. But what Devon cannot foresee are the conflicts that will drive away her husband or the tragedy that will devastate their marriage.

Be transported from lush Virginia hunt country to sophisticated New York and the embassies of Paris. Travel from the Hollywood glamour of Hearst castle in its heyday to the turmoil of war-torn Cairo, and the enclaves of aristocratic England. Devon’s tale takes you through the decades from peaceful pre-war America to the danger of World War II, and the racial unrest of the South of the 1950s and’60s.

Enjoy the thrill of Thoroughbred racing with one of the first women to break into the male-dominated sport and one of the first African-American men to become renowned as a world-class trainer.

Buy the book here: REGRET NOT A MOMENT amzn.com/B00C3PAR1W

Why I Quit Doing Book Giveaways

UPDATE: Last June, shortly after my books were published on Kindle, I wrote the spot that begins mid page:. How Many Stars on Goodreads and Amazon? Since then, I no longer do book giveaways. Why? I did not experience residual sales after promos ended, nor did I receive ANY reviews.  In contrast, when I do 99 cent sales along with inexpensive ads here and there, I sell as many books as when they were free: from a couple of hundred to over one thousand. Residual sales at full price also occur, though not at the same pace as when the books are 99 cents. Equally important: I get reviews!

Why don’t giveaways work? I don’t know. I suspect people don’t value free stuff.  They wonder why no one is willing to pay for it.  After I downloaded several free books, I understood why.  There may be some gems out there — I’m positive there are — but I haven’t found any.  Many of the ones I read had clearly not been edited, formatted, or even properly proofread. Again — before I get a bunch of outraged comments — I’m sure there are some great free books, and I’ve read the Amazon newsletters describing indie success using the giveaway strategy. It just didn’t work for me nor a couple of other traditionally published authors with whom I share war stories.

Here’s What I Wrote Last June:

How Many Stars on Goodreads and Amazon?

I offered free Kindle versions of both my novels in the past month, and about 2,000 customers downloaded them.  My novels only cost $3.99, so I don’t think price is why I had such a spike on free days; I think it’s the free advertising you get on sites that follow free book deals.

The dilemma for the author: why offer something for free when your object is to sell books?  The answer is, to get your name out there, make Amazon aware of you, make readers aware of you and, hopefully, get some good customer reviews.

So far on Amazon, I have received mostly five-star customer reviews. In case you were wondering, there is no way for the author to manipulate or add reviews.  Friends who bought your book can add reviews, but all my reviews, except one, are from strangers. I am honored that people gave me such raves.

On Goodreads, I don’t have many reviews, but they are all over the place.  To be honest, I consider PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, GONE WITH THE WIND, DAVID COPPERFIELD, THE HOUSE OF MIRTH, and other classics to be five-star books.  While I am happy to receive good ratings, I’m not stupid enough to think my books are on a par with Jane Austen’s or Edith Wharton’s.  THEY are 5-star writers.

So for those people who downloaded my books for free, the hope is that you will provide a review, and a nice one.  Please know, however, that no offense is taken if the ratings aren’t five stars.  I’m no Hemingway and I don’t expect to be treated as one.  I’m just grateful that people take the time to read my books.

REGRET NOT A MOMENT amzn.com/B00C3PAR1W

NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS amzn.com/B00CJYQB5S

No More Lonely Nights Offered Free Today for Kindle

For those who have downloaded my novel, NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS — or who haven’t yet– here is a review from RT magazine

NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS by Nicole McGehee

Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction

RT Rating

Dominique Avallon’s family has been a powerful force in Egypt for years. But now the French and British influence in Egypt is failing, and the built-up anger and bitterness is overflowing into violence. Matriarch Solange Avallon decides to protect her young daughter by having her marry a French businessman living in the U.S. Young Dominique receives a double blow when she loses her first love, married British Officer Stephen Hampton, and then discovers that her new husband is a con-man who marries wealthy women for their money.

Dominique has the last laugh though, for the Egyptian government confiscates her family’s holdings, leaving them nearly destitute. Freed from her first husband, Dominique starts her life over in New York City and eventually remarries. But is it Clay Parker who truly holds her love, or the compassionate and intriguing Senator Mark Patout?

Dominique will face a lifetime of challenges as she defies society’s dictates and continues to work as an events coordinator. Those skills will come in handy when Dominique is unexpectedly forced to become the breadwinner in her family once more.

Author Nicole McGehee shines with this absorbing emotional drama which outlines the life of a complex woman who learns to face life’s challenges and her feelings head on. This novel vividly celebrates the ability of the human spirit to meet adversity and triumph in the end.

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

http://www.rtbookreviews.com/book-review/no-more-lonely-nights

Rotten Rejections

We’ve all experienced rejection, but those of us in the arts have to experience it more than most.  A few years ago, my literary agent sent me a funny little book called ROTTEN REJECTIONS  (copyright 1990 Pushcart Press), whose contents are inspiring.

For example, of Pearl Buck’s, THE GOOD EARTH, the rejection said, “Regret the American public is not interested in anything on China.”

Of THE PETER PRINCIPLE, a McGraw-Hill editor wrote, “I can foresee no commercial possibilities for such a book…”

SANCTUARY by William Faulkner, “Good God, I can’t publish this. We’d both be in jail.”

DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, “This girl doesn’t, it seems to me, have a special perception or feeling which would lift this book above the ‘curiosity’ level.”

THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD…You’re welcome to John Le Carre–he hasn’t got any future.”

ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell, “It is impossible to sell animal stories in the USA.”

THE WAR OF THE WORLDS by HG Wells, “I think the verdict would be, ‘Oh don’t read that horrid book.'”

Other writers who received many rejections:  F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gustave Flaubert, Marcel Proust, Edgar Allen Poe, Julia Child, Oscar Wilde, Stephen King, and, wait for it…Jane Austen.

So artists of every stripe:  keep trying!

To purchase my fiction

REGRET NOT A MOMENT amzn.com/B00C3PAR1W

NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS amzn.com/B00CJYQB5S