Why I’m Giving it Away: An Author’s Honest Answer

Gingerbread Man-1From now until September 24th, one of the best novels of my career, certainly the most critically acclaimed, is going to be appearing in electronic formats for the first time, and its price will be listed as Free. A few readers have asked me why I’m doing this. So I’m going to tell you exactly why.

This novel, GINGERBREAD MAN, was a romantic thriller. I’ve done several books labled romantic suspense by the publisher, that I consider romantic thrillers instead. The action is constant, the pacing breathless, the thrills and chills are rapid-fire. The word “suspense” conveys a slower pace to me. Maybe I’m wrong.

Anyway, I’ve done seven of these books now. The Mordecai Young trilogy (Thicker than Water, Colder than Ice, Darker than Midnight) followed by its spinoff, The Secrets of Shadow Falls trilogy (Killing Me Softly, Kill Me Again, Kiss Me, Kill Me.)  And this stand alone novel, Gingerbread Man, which is still awaiting its sequel. (I swear I’ll write it one of these days!)

When I look at the number of RITA nominations and other awards and nominations I’ve received for my romantic thrillers, as opposed to the number for my parnormals (for which I’m more widely known, because I’ve done so many more of them) I see that the kudos rate is far higher for the thrillers. PW has raved about them, four out of the seven have garnered RITA nominations.  (That’s 57%) They’ve raked in several other industry awards as well.

And now I’m stepping into a whole new phase of my career with a new set of thrillers that are better than anything I’ve ever done. In these books, which we’re calling “The Brown and De Luca Novels” we’ll see the same hero and heroine over the course of several stories. Their relationship builds slowly, but more deeply, while the stories themselves are fast paced thrillers that throw them together over and over again.

I figured I had a ways to go to convince readers used to me writing paranormal romance, to trust me enough to buy a thriller series. (There are paranormal elements to SLEEP WITH THE LIGHTS ON, WAKE TO DARKNESS, and DREAM OF DANGER, namely Rachel’s uncanny extra sense developed during 20 years of blindness. And in Book One, it’s even more than that via her transplanted corneas, from a donor who was a serial killer.)

My best bet, I think, is to show those paranormal fans who haven’t read my thrillers before, and those thriller readers who haven’t read me before, what I can do. And the best way to do that is to give them one for free. And that is the honest and frank reason why I’m releasing GINGERBREAD MAN for the first time in all ebook formats, absolutely free. And because I want readers to get excited about the new Brown and De Luca series, I’m including a super-sized excerpt of SLEEP WITH THE LIGHTS ON that you won’t find anywhere else. Four chapters! That way, you’ll know for sure whether you’re going to love the book before plunking down the publisher’s list price.

GINGERBREAD MAN is free now at the following sites:

Kobo  Nook  Kindle  iTunes  Smashwords


22 thoughts on “Why I’m Giving it Away: An Author’s Honest Answer

  1. I can’t wait to read this! Thank you very much! I have read The Mordecai Young trilogy and The Secrets of Shadow Falls trilogy loved them! Looking forward to reading your new series too!! :)

  2. Maggie – I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw that Gingerbread was free. That said, I wasted no time in downloading it to my Nook. Now I’m going to give my dogs a treat so they won’t bug me, settle into my recliner and spend the afternoon reading.

    I think your reasoning is sound. I’m one of those fans who hasn’t read the thrillers, mostly because I love the paranormal books. If this new and free book is only half as good as you say it is, it will keep my attention to the end and then I will have to buy the other thrillers. I’ve been reading your books for years and never been disappointed yet so there’s no reason for me to think I won’t love the thrillers too.

    Thank you for your generosity,
    Peg Barker

    • If you only knew how much I’m on pins and needles waiting for my readers’ verdict! It’s maddening, but fun too. I hope you enjoy them both.

  3. I haven’t read your thrillers — I’m a little afraid to. I scare so easily, but I’m game since you’ve written it. Thank you for the copy of Gingerbread Man.

  4. Thankyou so much for offering “Gingerbread Man” for free, on Kindle. Truly one of the best books I have ever read. Very clever plot wise .. at one turn I said to myself “gee, this book is good”. And it’s the first one I have read that is one of yours … so I am so keen to find some more and try them. Blessings … Liz

    • Oh, I’m so happy to hear that. Thank you Liz. Please check out my MS Classics Line for more of my top reads, especially Eternity, Infinity and Destiny. I’m so glad to have connected with a new reader!
      Welcome to my world. :)


  5. Thank you for the e-book Gingerbread Man. I could not put it down. Can’t wait for Sleep with the Lights On. First time I’ve read any of your books. Now you have a new fan!


    • All part of my evil plan, dear Marjorie. :) I’m truly so glad you enjoyed Gingerbread Man. It’s always been one of my personal favorites. :)

  6. I have already read this book, bought it when it came out. I did get it again to read, it was so good the first time. I have enjoyed all of your books

  7. I bought Ginger bread man and loved it, You haven’t actually written a book that I didn’t love, I buy books buy author, so I look for your name all the time when I have some cash for a new book! :), but am frustrated that I can’t get as many of them as I would like in digital format. :( -Carol

    • Hi, Carol! First, thank you SO MUCH! Second, I can’t imagine why you’re having trouble finding my books in digital. All but three are there. Kiss of the Shadow Man, which I’m griping to my publisher about, and two of the Oklahoma All Girl Brands, to which I got the rights back and am releasing myself. FEELS LIKE HOME (renamed A MOMMY FOR CHRISTMAS and heavily revised with several new scenes) will be coming out this week! And Dangerous Lover in January. Thanks again!!!

  8. I’m still waiting to see what happens to Mordecai Young’s daughter, Dawn. Is there a book telling what happens after she rides off in her jeep leaving Bryan?

  9. I can’t thank you enough for offering this book for free. I love to read but do not always have the money to spend for my Kindle books. I tend to shop the free ones, and every once in a while it will bring me to fall in love with an authors work…just as I did with this book. I was even happier to know that the book was from an established writer and I could go straight into reading more of your books. I will shell out the money for your books and am so happy that I found the Brown and De Luca series! And PLEASE do write a sequel to the Gingerbread Man 😀

    Thank you!

  10. Looking forward to reading this so thank you in advance! I’m new to the e-book thing and read the de Luca & brown novels for fun….loved them and desperate to know when the next one will be out!! :-) I KNOW I’m going to love this one.

    • It hasn’t been free for a few months now, but it’s only 2.99. I really hope you enjoy it. (I have to go add a note to this post so people know that.) Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  12. Awwww! Am soo sad i wasnt aware when some of ur books wer made free to download. Am sooo in luv with your writing. So far i have read “colder than ice” and am searching for the book 1 and 2 of the modecai young series. Your other books will also be nice to read b’cos the suspense n the rush of feeling i get when reading your novel is somthing i havent found in any writer’s novel yet. Am so glad i got to read one of your books and looking forward to read more if i get access to them

    • Will, right now I have several free ebooks you can download at no cost. The Littlest Cowboy (Book 1 of the Texas Brands.) The Brands Who Came for Christmas (Book 1 of the Oklahoma Brands.) Eternity (Book 1 of the Immortal High Witches series.) Dream of Danger, a Brown & de Luca series novella. And Forgotten (Book 1 of Shayne’s Supernaturals Series.)

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