I met Author Ruth Cardello on The Author's Corner (trianglevarietyradio.com) Blog Talk Radio chat recently. She's an indie (self-published) author like me and is kind of an idol to many of us because she turned down a 7-figure contract offer from one of the "big 6" New York publishers. (Close as I came to that milestone was having an editor from one of the recently merged NY Big 6--which I guess makes them the Big 5 now--asking if I'd be willing to discuss going traditional with them after Nobody's Perfect made the USA Today Bestseller list in September. Big established publishers are great for print editions, audiobooks, foreign translations, and international markets, but when I refused to even consider giving up my digital rights, discussion ended at the editor's desk. But that's okay--I'll figure out how to do those other things on my own, just like Ruth and others are doing. It will just take me longer.)
Anyway, I just heard book 4 in her Legacy Collection series is out and wanted to share her with you--while you wait for me to finish something else, of course. LOL Ruth writes "fantasy" love with billionaires, which is pretty different from my books, but when I went to her Amazon Central author page and WHOA! Check out who she is posing next to--a Marine! (A Gunnery Sergeant, according to his uniform insignia, I think. Just like Master Gibbs on NCIS!) Ooh-rah!
So, if you want to escape reality a bit, start with the FREE read: MAID FOR THE BILLIONAIRE (this is the Amazon link, but it's also available at Barnes & Noble and other booksellers).
Then keep reading to catch up. The newest is book 4 (link below). There's a twist that I like--SHE is the billionaire. Go Ruth! Ruth's books are described as Harlequin Presents with a plus or something special (the special plus being SEX that doesn't happen closed doors!) Be still my heart!
You know from Nobody's Hero that I have a thing for "Sultan" Adam and his harem girl Karla. And I'm still dying to read Cherise Sinclair's My Liege of Dark Haven, which also has a sheikh fantasy scene. So I think I'm going to enjoy this bit of escapism when I get to it. Nothing wrong with fantasies!
Here's the blurb for SAVING THE SHEIKH:
Rachid bin Amir al Hantan is fighting for the sovereignty of his small country. He needs to find some powerful allies - and fast. Attending the wedding of Dominic Corisi is as much about reconnecting with old friends as it is about celebrating nuptials. The last thing he needs right now is the distraction of a woman.
Zhang Yajun is a self-made billionaire who can’t believe she accepted her friend’s dare to kiss Sheikh Rachid before the end of the wedding. When impulsive words lead to even more impulsive actions, these two will discover that sometimes the last thing you were looking for is the one thing that can save you.
Book 1: Maid for the Billionaire (FREE in e-book format!)
Book 2: For Love or Legacy
Book 3: Bedding the Billionaire
Book 4: Saving the Sheikh
I'm giving away a copy of one of Ruth's first four Legacy Collection e-books to a commenter (or her/his designee, if you want to give it as a gift to a friend). We'll draw next week. Reader can choose which of the AVAILABLE books she wants.
Just comment and tell us what your favorite fantasy Romance would be.
Happy Reading! Now back to work on getting my first four books into print!