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 […]
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, […]
****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 […]
****This post was originally published on The Writer’s Guide to ePublishing on October 6, 2012**** This is the second part of a three part series on MY business plan as a self-published author. Read Part One here 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. **** 3. Products Products are my books, obviously. But they have also come to include audiobooks, a few items I have for sale through Zazzle, and a few products related to my books (t-shirts, an apron, and bracelets) which are not mentioned below. Products Offered by Bramagioia Enterprises Novels are offered in several eBook formats and print books. Approximately 95% of all books sold are digital. It is unclear if novellas will be offered in print format. Currently available from Bramagioia Enterprises: Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes (A Rose Garner Mystery) – released July 12, 2011 Chosen (The Chosen #1) released September 18, 2011 Hunted (The Chosen #2) […]
****This post was originally published on The Writer’s Guide to ePublishing on October 5, 2012**** This is the first part of a three part series on MY business plan as a self-published author. So many people have heard about my twenty-three page business plan and 1) wondered how I found enough material to fill twenty-three pages 2) heard I wrote a twenty-three page business plan and were too intimidated to try it or 3) both. 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. **** When I self-published my first book in July of 2011, my goal was to sell 1000 books by December 31. Six months. At the time, it seemed like a pie-in-the-sky dream. I’d done my research and everything I found said self-publishing was a long tail venture. You start off slow and steadily build your sales—and your readers. Estimates for a first month’s expected sales were around 20-50 books. If I was lucky. And then hopefully, double sales the second month. What I didn’t count on were the benefits […]
A couple of weeks ago I hosted a two hour Facebook Q&A event about the Rose Gardner Mystery series. Toward the end of my two hours, I made a announcement that shocked many of my readers. Thirty-Six and a Half Motives will be the last Rose Gardner Mystery. This decision wasn’t made lightly, and honestly, I feel a little sick typing that. I love Rose but the outcry from many readers is that they want an end. I’ve stated before that Thirty-Six would resolve many of the outstanding questions as well as wrap up the J.R. arc. But after many, many months of discussion with my editor (honestly, since January, 2015) I’ve decided that it might be best to end the series. HOWEVER… …that won’t be the end of Rose. When my editor and I began to discuss an ending to the series, we also discussed what would become of Rose. I’m lucky that Angela loves Rose as much as I do and neither of us are ready to say goodbye to her just yet. Hopefully, a lot of readers feel the same way. So in late 2016, I’ll release the first book of a new series with Rose and […]
Want a sneak peek at THE GAMBLER? Read the first two chapters below! Available September 1! Preorder now! Preorder: iBooks Amazon US Amazon UK Nook Kobo Google Play Goodreads Chapter One No one had ever accused Libby St. Clair of being a practical woman. Not that she cared. The practical choice was often the safe one, the boring one. Libby St. Clair had also never been accused of being boring. She firmly believed in living life to the fullest. Ironically enough, the fact that she was now preparing to walk down the aisle toward a man she didn’t intend to marry was the first practical choice she’d consciously made, even if no one else realized it. Especially her two best friends. “Libby,” Megan gushed, staring at Libby’s reflection in the mirror. “You look gorgeous.” Blair gave her a warm smile. “She’s right, Libs. You’re stunning.” “And just think,” Megan said, fluffing Libby’s tulle gown. “Not a single mishap.” That was the part that shook Libby’s faith in her plan. Why was her wedding going so perfectly? Blair put her hand on Libby’s arm and stared into her eyes in the reflection. “I confess, when you called last month and […]
I’m SO EXCITED to announce the winner of the #DGSRosegiveaway!!! Thank you to EVERYONE who entered!!! It means so much to me that you want to meet me. But there can only be one winner so…… The winner is Ruthie Logan Parrish!!! Congrats Ruthie!!! I can’t wait to meet you!!!
To celebrate the release of Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes in bookstores on August 11, I’m about to announce the biggest contest I’ve ever offered!!! AND I AM SO EXCITED!!! Check out the details in my video: Here’s what you can win: Airfare for the winner and a guest to Kansas City, Missouri (continental US only) A private car to and from the airport Two nights stay in the Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza Hotel (Friday and Saturday) $500 gift card to the Country Club Plaza Dinner with Denise Grover Swank The contest runs from August 11-August 23. ONE winner will be announced on August 24. How do you enter? Take a selfie of you holding a print copy of Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes. IT MUST BE THE NEW COVER. Any photos of the old cover will not qualify. Post your photos with the hashtag #DGSRoseGiveaway to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can post it to one or all three. Each posting will equal one entry. The fine print: The photo must be a selfie with the new cover (Posted above.) Airline tickets are for the continental US only and will be purchased by Denise Grover Swank or someone working […]
Available September 1, 2015 Preorder: iBooks Amazon US Amazon UK Nook Kobo Google Play (Coming soon) Goodreads Libby St. Clair believes in fate—so much so, she’s willing to pin everything on a curse a fortune teller placed on her and her two best friends when they were kids. The curse, that each of them will marry before thirty, have a disaster of a wedding, and end up with a man other than her original fiancé, has come to fruition for both of her friends, who are now deliriously happy. But Libby’s attempt to quick-start the curse by proposing to her wrong-for-her boyfriend ends in a wild dash from the altar. She’s rescued by her friend Noah, the only person who understands her impulsive decisions–because he’s the same way. Having spent most of his adulthood fleeing responsibility and commitment, Noah McMillan is finally ready to grow up. Of course, figuring out how is still a work in progress. When he realizes he’s in love with Libby, he flies to Kansas City to put a stop to her wedding. But Libby’s already pulled a runaway bride. Eager to cheer her up and prove that he can be the man she deserves, he […]
Are you coming to PENNED Con? I’m hosting a VIP Party! Penned Con is in St. Louis from July 23-25. I’ll be a keynote speaker this year and I’m also hosting a VIP party! The first fifty people to sign up will get free admittance to my party on Friday night. You’ll get a free drink ticket and access to my VIP room with appetizers and a cash bar. I’ve opened the invites to members of my Readers Community on Facebook. Soon I’ll send out a newsletter with a link to sign up. If you haven’t signed up for my newsletter, this is just one of many reasons to sign up. You can sign up for my newsletter HERE. I’ll be signing books at Penned Con! You can either bring your own or purchase books from me. I’l bring multiple copies but if you want to be guaranteed the book)s) you want, be sure to preorder them from the link below. Preorder HERE For more information about Penned Con, you can check it out HERE.
Many, many readers have asked me to write a novella between Thirty-Four and a Half Predicaments and Thirty-Five and a Half Conspiracies, and I’ve said no. There will be no novella. But… That doesn’t mean there can’t be bonus scenes. Over the summer, and maybe into the fall until the release of Thirty-Five in November, I’m going to release what I’m calling “bonus chapters.” These chapters fall between Thirty-Four and the beginning of Thirty-Five. They will all be strictly other character POVs. There might be one chapter. There might be two. I’m writing them as they fit into my crazy summer schedule. I’ve written the first two chapters and I’m releasing them on Tuesday, June 2. Here’s a hint: The first chapter is from Mason’s POV. How can you read them? Sign up for my newsletter. Like the previous novellas, I’ll post links and passwords to the chapters. I’ll be sending out several newsletters between now and November 3, so you’ll have to read the emails and see if the links and passwords are inside. Hint: These chapters are bonus, so they will not be leading my newsletters. The newsletters will be sent out for other reasons so the link and […]