November 28, 2016

Trailer Trash: Neely Kate (Rose Gardner Exposed Novella)

Readers of my Rose Gardner Mystery series know that I often release novellas between the novels. When I released novellas before, I let my newsletter subscribers read the novellas in three parts before they officially released. They would get links and passwords in the newsletter and could gain access to read the parts on my website. It wasn’t a free download, but it was a free read. It was a way to tell my readers thank you for their loyalty and support. Unfortunately, for now, SINS OF THE FATHER is the last Rose Gardner free read novella. With the release of each novella, I got angry emails. Readers had trouble with the passwords and gaining access. (My assistant or I  would happily help them get to the page.)  Some readers missed the deadlines and were upset that I wouldn’t 1) give them access to the pages after the deadline (the pages were deleted the day after the deadline) or 2) wouldn’t send them a free copy. (That wouldn’t be fair to the other readers who didn’t get free copies and read it on the website.) Honestly, it became exhausting and disheartening. So for now, I will be releasing novellas with […]
November 7, 2016

FAMILY JEWELS (Rose Gardner Investigations #1)

****FAMILY JEWELS**** Rose Gardner Investigations #1 November 29, 2016 With only three more weeks until the release of FAMILY JEWELS, I thought I’d clear up some confusion about the new Rose Gardner series. While Rose Gardner Investigations is a new series, readers of the previous series will see a seamless transition from the novella SINS OF THE FATHER or THIRTY-SIX AND A HALF MOTIVES. Readers who have never read a Rose Gardner Mystery book will be able to start with FAMILY JEWELS without a problem. The books in the new series will no longer have the >Number and a Half< in the titles. Almost every character from the Rose Gardner Mystery series will make an appearance in the new series at some point. Each book of the Rose Gardner Investigation series will be a self-contained mystery, but there will be overlap of Rose and her friends’ personal lives over the course of the series. FAMILY JEWELS has a preorder price of $2.99 but will raise to $3.99 on December 5. There will be novellas with the new series, but for now, they will focus on secondary characters and their backstories. The novellas will be part of their own **Rose Gardner […]
September 6, 2016

Center Stage $0.99 Sale

To celebrate the upcoming release of ACT TWO, CENTER STAGE is on sale for $0.99 for a limited time. iBooks Amazon Amazon UK Nook Kobo Google Play
September 4, 2016

ACT TWO: Chapters One-Three

ACT TWO (Magnolia Steele Mystery #2) releases September 13, but here’s a sneak peek at the first three chapters!   Preorder links: iBooks Amazon Amazon UK Nook Kobo Google Play Amazon print Goodreads     “What the hell are you doin’, Magnolia?” My hand froze in midair, holding the pastry bag suspended over the tray of hors d’oeuvres. I brushed a stray hair out of my eyes with my forearm. “I’m doing what you told me to do. I’m filling the shrimp puffs.” My mother put her hands on her hips and gave me her best How did I give birth to someone so stupid? look. I’d grown accustomed to it during my teenage years, but she’d dusted it off and used it more times than I could count over the last three days. “With buttercream frosting?” I lifted up the bag and squirted some of the creamy filling onto my finger, then cringed after I tasted it. Definitely not cream cheese. “I must have grabbed the wrong bag.” “Just how many people at the art gallery show are gonna want to eat Cajun shrimp puffs filled with buttercream frosting?” The answer was so obvious I saw no reason to […]
August 16, 2016

Act Two Cover and Blurb

  ACT TWO (Magnolia Steele Mystery #2) September 13, 2016 Available for preorder: iBooks Amazon US Amazon UK Nook Kobo For as long as Magnolia Steele can remember, the past has had its hooks in her. Her time as a Broadway actress in New York City was an escape that ended in public humiliation, but now that she’s back home in Franklin, Tennessee, she’s feeling the grip of the two incidents that stole her innocence. The first was the disappearance of her father when she was a teen, who left home for a meeting and never came back. The other incident…well, her memories have returned, but it’s best left where it belongs—in the past. Hoping for closure, Magnolia decides to look into her daddy’s cold case. Though the town gossips are convinced he ran away with his client’s wife and money, she has always suspected foul play. Talking to a few of his old acquaintances seems harmless enough—until the man she’s arranged to meet turns up dead. There’s evidence someone murdered him to keep him quiet, and she realizes that whatever conspiracy her father was mixed up in is far from over; it’s entering its second act. If Magnolia keeps […]
July 22, 2016

Sins of the Father: A Rose Gardner Mystery Novella

SINS OF THE FATHER Rose Gardner Mystery Novella #9.5 The novella will be available to be read for FREE here on my website and will be released in three parts. The link and password to read the parts will be set out on in my newsletter on: August 30: Part One September 30: Part Two October 31: Part Three Sign up for my newsletter here: http://bit.ly/29vR8O2 The novella will be pulled from my website on November 15 and will no longer be available to be read. If you wish to purchase the novella for your eReader library, it will release on November 1, 2016 You can preorder it at: iBooks: http://apple.co/29S6Lhv Nook:http://bit.ly/29Z8GG9 Kobo: http://bit.ly/29ZZdew Amazon: to come Sins of the Father As the fallout from J.R. Simmons death begins to settle, some of the victims are still dealing with the results of that deadly night. Rose mourns the changes in her life and struggles to move on. Neely Kate is devastated when Joe leaves Henryetta two weeks after his father’s death and refuses to speak to her. Joe is left dealing with his father’s business and the consequent FBI investigation, while he wonders where he belongs. But when Rose’s former neighbor’s […]
April 30, 2016

ONLY YOU First Two Chapters

ONLY YOU Bachelor Brotherhood #1 eBook June 14, 2016 print book October 25, 2016 Amazon iBooks Nook Kobo Google Play Goodreads If you loved The Wedding Pact series, you’ll love my new Bachelor Brotherhood series. Megan’s brother Kevin kicks the series off when he decides not to reenlist in the Marines and comes back home to Blue Springs, MO. There’s lots of Megan, Nicole (Kevin and Megan’s mother, AKA Knickers) Libby, and Gram! I had a lot of fun with this book and I can’t wait for you to read it!       Chapter One “This place is a piece of shit.” Kevin Vandemeer stood in the front yard of the two-bedroom home he’d purchased sight unseen, running his hand over his head. “Well, of course it is,” his sister, Megan, said. He turned to her, his mouth dropping open. “You purposely found me a piece-of-shit house? I know I was an asshole when we were kids, but this seems excessive for payback.” She shook her head in annoyance. “Stop being a drama queen. You said you wanted a flip house. This is a house to flip.” “That I could live in.” He punctuated the last two words with his […]
April 5, 2016

Replica Release Day!

REPLICA THE BLOOD BORNE SERIES, BOOK 2 RELEASE DATE: APRIL 5, 2016 Amazon iBooks Barnes & Noble Kobo From NYT and USAT bestselling authors Denise Grover Swank and Shannon Mayer comes the thrilling sequel to “Recombinant” . . . When the sun rises, the nightmares are supposed to fade . . . this time, they don’t. An expose’ on the dangerous experiments Rachel and Lea uncovered with the Asclepius project turns the world against them. Except for a single man who claims he knows about a hidden plan to complete what was started with Asclepius. Faced with complications they could never have foreseen, and hunted by new and terrifying factions, once more they are in a race against time. With a new set of clues to decipher. A werewolf who claims he’s their friend. And a Cazador . . . that isn’t supposed to exist. This time either the two strong willed women will finally learn to trust one another . . . or end up watching one another die.
April 4, 2016

Preorder One Paris Summer and Get a Swag Pack!

I have several new releases, all within a few months of one another, but want you all to know how much I LOVE One Paris Summer. Purchase Links: iBooks | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Google Play When my daughter turned sixteen, I took her to Paris to fulfill a dream we both shared–visiting Paris. I had wanted to visit Paris since my high school freshman French class, and my daughter wanted to go after falling in love with Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. While we were there, a story started appearing in my head. A girl who spent the summer in Paris and found her first love. I’ll be honest–I sat on the story for a couple of years, but when I mentioned the idea to my agent, he told me he wanted to try to sell it to a traditional publisher. It took me over a year to finally write the partial I had promised him, but once we had it out on submission, we had an offer within a a couple of months. I love this story–did I mention that? One of the reasons I wrote this book was for my daughters (currently ages […]
March 15, 2016

My love for Center Stage…and a few other things

Today is release day for Center Stage, the first book of my new Magnolia Steele Mystery series. iBooks Amazon Kobo Nook Google Play Goodreads I love this book, but I REALLY love this character. Magnolia quickly wormed her way into my heart. The story is set in Franklin, Tennessee, a suburb of Nashville. I lived there for three years and I absolutely loved it there. Beautiful landscape and some of the genuinely nicest people I’ve ever met. While Franklin is a lot more sophisticated than Henryetta, Arkansas, the fictional town that is the setting for my Rose Gardner Mystery series, it still has a lot of heart. It’s definitely one of my favorite places. Still,  those of you who read my books know it’s all about the characters for me. Magnolia easily ranks as one of my favorites, but this book is packed with other characters who  have captured my heart. There were two surprise characters–neither of them in my rough synopsis for the book–but once they landed on the page (or my computer screen, as the case may be) I KNEW they had to stay. I quickly worked things around to make them fit seamlessly into the overall story […]
February 29, 2016

Read the First Eight Chapters of Center Stage for FREE

Only two weeks until the release of CENTER STAGE and I’m so excited that I’m letting you get a sneak peek at the first eight chapters!!! Also there’s been such a great response to the bookmark giveaway that I’ve decided to extend it to ANOTHER 1000 bookmarks! Just send proof of your preorder of CENTER STAGE and your physical address to Jamie@dgswank.com.   FIRST EIGHT CHAPTERS–Free! Available now iBooks Amazon Amazon UK Kobo Nook CENTER STAGE (full book) March 17, 2016 iBooks Amazon (all sites) Kobo Nook Google Play: (Coming Soon) Goodreads   Ten years ago, Magnolia Steele fled Franklin, Tennessee after an incident that left her with hazy memories and a horror of the place where she had been born and bred. Though her abrupt departure destroyed most of her treasured relationships, she vowed never to return . . . until she has no choice. When Magnolia’s breakout acting role in a Broadway musical ends in disgrace, there’s only one place she can go. She finds herself on her momma’s porch, suitcase in hand. Drama follows Magnolia around like a long lost friend. She reluctantly agrees to help her momma’s catering company at a party for a country music star, […]
January 24, 2016

A Business Plan for Indie Authors–Part Three

****This post was originally published on The Writer’s Guide to ePublishing on October 7, 2012**** This is the third part of a three part series on MY business plan as a self-published author. Just remember, what works for me, or is important to me, may not work for you. My hope is if you are a self-published author, this will make you think more about the business part of your career. The first part covers the Table of contents, the business description, and the business ownership and location. Go here to read Part One. Part Two covers what my products are, my pricing strategy, and my financial plan. **** 6. Production Schedule and Writing Plans I’ve already mentioned that I think it’s important to schedule the writing and release of my books. I schedule my developmental and copy editors months in advance and I base those dates off of my production schedule.  Otherwise it would be a guessing game.  As of September, I have my developmental editor booked out to September 2013. In my business plan, I listed every book I planned to write, and the schedule I planned to follow. Production Schedule Sacrifice: Developmental edits return on Wednesday, January 4 […]