Valentine’s Shipping: Update (Feb. 8)

News as of Feb. 8: Today at noon is the printers’ deadline for shipping via Priority Mail. But you can still get your novels with Express Shipping, and of course, eBooks will be delivered through Feb. 14.

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Away on the Range now in eBook, too

Order in ebook, hardback or paperback

OK, cowgirls & cowboys, giddyup and get your romance on – wild on mild.

Our novel, Away on the Range, is now available in eBook form as well as the traditional paperback and hardback varieties. This means — yes, you little cowpokes, you can get it for Valentine’s.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Cupid.

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Valentine’s Shipping: Still time (Feb. 5)

Our 2011 best seller so far

News as of Feb. 7: Just checked with our printers, and they are in good shape for getting books out for delivery by Valentine’s Day That’s for both paperbacks and hardbacks, but for anyone who wants a book to arrive by February 14, get your orders in by noon on Monday, February 7.

We will keep you updated here as to any changes.

Our best seller so far this year is Another Day in Paradise, but there are 27 others to chose from with over a dozen eBooks, which are delivered electronically within 24 hours.

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Hey Ya’ll: A Chat with Tumbleweed Toni & Trailboss Troy

Fletcher had a blast on KTEX in College Station, Texas, on air with Tumbleweed Toni and Trailboss Troy, pictured here, on the Morning Express. Listen in (2 parts).

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Duji giving away her novel!

Fans listening to Duji and team on WMMS, Cleveland, had the astounding opportunity – some would say shockingly funny chance – today to win the copy of African Safari: Wild Life, Wild Love starring her and Jeffrey, the hunk in the flight suit… listen in (a little wild but hilarious)

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Check out the Wicked Deal

Hurry! Some lucky few will snag this wicked deal through 94 HJY. Rock on with the savings – half off a $50 gift card (did I mention, Wow) for anything at YourNovel.com .

Quantities are limited; good luck!

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Duji’s getting personal

Cleveland radio personality Duji of WMMS is getting personal about starring in a book. First, it was on the cover of the new African Safari book. Yes, that hunk of hers is peeling off his flight suit. Oh My.

Then, on her radio spot – she’s promising, well (blush) listen in:  Duji_Your Novel 1

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Love to save? You can win a free novel

Hey, who doesn’t like to save money? If you agree, then check out A Frugal Life, and right now, they are giving away one of our personalized romance novels. Free? It doesn’t get any more frugal than that! Good luck.

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New book marks our 25th anniversary year

This marks of our 25th anniversary here at YourNovel.com. What a ride it’s been! To celebrate, we’re offering readers the the ride of their lives — to 150 years in the past — in our newest title ready to be personalized for you and your sweetie.

WildWestFrontWEBNew to our line-up is Wild West Love Fest by Thomas Marcy, now available on our website, with an Old West town and characters right out of central casting.

And for reading this, here’s a special code for 10% off. At online checkout, simply use the promotional discount code YNBlog10% – which you can share with friends and across social media.

Stay tuned for more about our silver anniversary here at YourNovel.com and founders J.S. Fletcher and Kathy M. Newbern, aka Fletcher Newbern, and how a quick quip led them to create the genre of personalized romance novels any couple can star in.

ValSpecialMeanwhile, peruse some of our other products like our Little Lovey Duckies, our Love Bears and a bound set of 52, fully customizable “Love Notes” printed on one side and open for your creative musings on the other. Simply detach and share with that special someone every week in the coming year. Now that’s spreading the love.

The best is is our Lover’s Special Package that includes bears, duckies and Love Notes for only $15 plus plus free shipping. Supplies are limited and only available for U.S. shipping.

 

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Be a Veteran’s Valentine

We love this! Our local library is sponsoring Valentine making sessions all this week, and the cards will be sent to area vets. Check and see if your library is doing the same thing.  What a great way to send a little love to such a deserving group of people.

Here’s the link for the national program: http://www.military.com/veterans-report/valentines-for-veterans

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YourNovel.com featured on My Carolina Today

My Carolina Today hosts Valonda and Sharon chat with Kathy of YourNovel.com about how the concept of personalized romance novels came about — yes, it’s part of Kathy & Fletcher’s real-life love story — and about how these books are a fun, unique gift for Valentine’s Day. The ladies will actually be getting their own “wild” or “mild” romance novels starring them and their hunky heroes, so check back . . .

Kathy poses with Valonda and Sharon, hosts of My Carolina Today

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YourNovel.com featured on The Daily Buzz

Kathy had a blast on her return visit to The Daily Buzz TV show. The hosts always have fun with the idea of starring together in your own romance novel by acting out a little section from one of the 30+ titles. This time, the action came from “Sea Double: A Cruise Romance” and “Negril Everlasting: A Couples Resort Romance.”

Check out the hilarious video clip on our Facebook Page, and become a fan while you’re there. Contests coming soon!

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Love the Twilight books? Now star in your own Vampire adventure

Our writer Gail Gibbs has penned three different novellas for us, all with a vampire theme. Now for the first time, they are combined in our first personalized vampire book that you and your blood-thirsty honey can star in: “Vampire Saga: A Trio of Tales.”

Vampires walk among us in this trilogy of romantic paranormal adventures, complete with jealousy, intrigue and danger.

You, as the  starring couple must learn to cope with the hidden world of vampires when you encounter a couple whose fiery love has spanned the centuries.

Set among the wild and majestic Rocky Mountains, you find yourselves drawn into a world of blood lust and supernatural powers and discover that associating with vampires can be both exciting and deadly.

Passion abounds, and not just among the vampires!

Love’s eternal power is put to the test as you  must draw on every ounce of you guile, courage and devotion to see yourselves through this adventure.

The Vampire Sage features this three short stories: “Vampire Rhapsody,” “Fresh Blood,” and “Blood Starved.”

And, don’t forget, Valentine’s quickly approacheth.

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New for 2011: Go on Safari

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Star in our newest book set on African Safari

We are thrilled! Just finished the cover of the new book for 2011 – hope you like it. “African Safari: Wild Life, Wild Love” is based on our own real-life, wild adventures on safari in southern Africa, booked through Abercrombie & Kent. We think you’ll love this new book. Tell all your friends. Special shout-out to our guide, Keennan Tholex, who provided the cover art of Alice the Leopard. Yes, we saw her. Here’s the direct link to view an excerpt and order the new book online; and don’t forget, it comes in paperback or hardback, in “wild” or “mild” and you can even add your photo to the cover. (Click here for examples.)

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YourNovel featured on Gizmodo

So cool: Gizmodo selected our personalized romance novels to feature in its holiday gift guide for “gifts for geeks and loved ones” called: Heartwarming Gifts For the Goofy Romantic.

Check it out.

Here’s what they had to say: Those trembling bodices and quivering loins aren’t limited to the Fabios of the world. Just give YourNovel your and your significant others’ names, 26 personal details, and choose from a few dozen themes that range from the exotic Rome: Diamonds, Danger and Desire to the sportier Sandhills Fore-Play. Every personalized book can come in “Mild” or “Wild” flavors, and for an extra $25 they’ll even throw your picture on the cover.

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Third vampire eBook on sale

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If you love all those vampire books and movies, you’re in luck as author Gail Gibbs has penned her third vampire eBook in her series for YourNovel. This one’s called “Blood Starved.” Gibbs has also written “Vampire Rhapsody” and “Fresh Blood.”

In “Blood Starved,” our starring couple are summoned to a Rocky Mountain hideaway where a convention of vampires takes them further into the world of blood lust and superhuman powers. Again they fall under the safeguard of their friends, the Duvalls, a pair of vampires who have seen centuries of creation and destruction. On this adventure, our couple find themselves embroiled in unexpected circumstances that require guile, courage, trust, and ultimately love to see them through.

“Blood Starved” is on sale for $19.95, while “Fresh Blood” and “Vampire Rhapsody” can be ordered at a the great combo for $24.95. Remember: eBooks are not bound or printed, but are delivered electronically, usually within 24 hours.

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Second vampire eBook on sale

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We are delighted to announce the second eBook from Gail Gibbs, a continuation of her vampire series that began with “Vampire Rhapsody.” Twilight fans, take notice:

(April 27, 2010 – RALEIGH, NC) –  YourNovel.com, which lets any couple star in their own personalized romance novels, has announced that its second vampire eBook, “Fresh Blood,” is now available online. “Fresh Blood,” from Arizona author Gail Gibbs, continues the story she began in “Vampire Rhapsody,” her first vampire eBook for YourNovel.com.

As with all YourNovel.com books and eBooks, “Fresh Blood” can star any couple thanks to an online questionnaire of 26 details, including the couple’s names, hometown, places of work, eye and hair color, best friends’ names, favorite perfume and cologne, favorite music, how long they’ve been together, and more.

The eBook also can be ordered “wild” or “mild” in terms of the romantic interludes, as can all YourNovel.com titles.

In “Vampire Rhapsody,” the starring couple take a work/play vacation and encounter a pair of vampires who entice them into a game that tests the love of both couples. In “Fresh Blood,” the starring couple are invited back to Colorado to the premier of an opera and party hosted by their new, rich vampire friends. More surprises, twists, and turns provide plenty of action, and again love’s eternal power is put to a test, this time involving life and death. (It’s not necessary to have read the first eBook in order to follow “Fresh Blood.”)

Gibbs came to YourNovel.com through the company’s romance-writing contest in 2002 to celebrate its tenth anniversary. Ten winning short stories — including her “Passion Among the Stars,” a romantic story set in outer space — was published in the anthology “Celebrating Romance,” still available on the company website, www.yournovel.com.

Gibbs says, “After I was selected to be published in ‘Celebrating Romance,’ I gained the confidence to submit my efforts to the marketplace and have had other encouraging successes. I had a great time writing ‘Passion Among the Stars,’ so I was excited to get an opportunity to work on this longer eBook for YourNovel.com. Then when they asked for a second installment of the story, I was thrilled. Writing is now my full-time passion with the goal of developing it into a full-time career.”

Gibbs also has published short stories in Church Educator and AlienSkin online magazine, and short pieces in Natural Health and True Confessions. The first chapters of her unpublished science fiction novel placed second in the sci-fi/fantasy category of the 2007 SouthWest Writers Annual Contest. She is a member of Arizona Mystery Writers, the Tucson Saguaro Romance Writers, and the Society of Southwestern Authors, and won a commendation in their 2009 Writing Contest, including publication of her short story in The Story Teller. She also will have a story in the eBook version of the upcoming science fiction anthology Cheer Up, Universe.

After 25 years living in Silver City, NM, she and her husband of 28 years, Ron, moved just north of Tucson to Oro Valley, AZ, last year.

She met her own real-life sweetheart while working in the ore analysis lab of New Cornelia Mine at Ajo, AZ.

They have one daughter, Emily, who lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Jay David.

Gail Gibbs received a chemistry degree from the University of Arizona in 1978, and a business degree from Western New Mexico University in 1999. She’s worked a variety of jobs from mining labs to town clerk to non-profit accounting, and has written for her own enjoyment through it all.

“Working with YourNovel.com has been fun,” the author added. “The owners, who are themselves writers, have been very encouraging.”

YourNovel.com’s founders, Kathy M. Newbern and J.S. Fletcher, who form the husband/wife writing team Fletcher Newbern, have written 18 titles in the line-up. Their company originated personalized romance novels in 1992, and now has six additional writers.

“Fresh Blood,” available from www.YourNovel.com for $24.95, is currently on sale for $19.95, and is the fourth eBook the company has issued. It joins “Danger in Dublin” by Monica Hunt Ellison and “Buried Love” by Katie Brown, and of course Gibbs’ “Vampire Rhapsody.”

In all, YourNovel.com offers seven eBooks — other settings are ParisGreat Exuma in the Bahamas, Little Palm Island in FL, and The Reefs in Bermuda — and 26 full-length adventure-romance novels in either paperback (starting at $39.95) or hardback (starting at $84.95), and there’s the option to add a photo of the starring couple to the cover for $25 more. Paperbacks are generally delivered in one week in the U.S.; hardbacks take two weeks. But eBooks, once payment is approved, are quickly emailed to customers for their own download and printing.

The fastest way to order all titles is on the web at www.YourNovel.com. Those without Internet access can call (800) 444-3356 to have information faxed or mailed.

YourNovel.com has an ongoing call for submissions, especially for eBooks. Contact submissions@yournovel.com for guidelines.

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Kathy on John Boy & Billy (Mother’s Day)

At Valentine’s, Kathy had so much fun being on John Boy & Billy’s “The Big Show,” that she went on air again for Mother’s Day. The hosts of this nationally syndicated radio show had a blast, yet again, talking about how YourNovel.com can put you and your sweetie – the momma of your children – together in a romance novel.

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Look who’s starring in a book

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Talk about getting into the spirit of things. Radio personalities Paul Fuller & Al Matthews went a little overboard (pun intended) when creating their photo to add to the cover of their personalized romance novel “High Seas Romance.”

Yes, it’s a story of a brave and dashing captain in the British Royal Navy (that’s Al channeling Johnny Depp) who must go wherever duty takes him. His true love (Paul, who gives bodice-buster unique meaning) seeks a way to avoid being left behind, and in doing so faces many challenges.

What follows is a swashbuckling adventure featuring exotic ports-of-call perfect for romance and a glimpse into a time where seemingly simple choices meant the difference between life and death.

Will our couple succumb to perils natural or manmade? Or will their love shelter them from the storm? Or will they set a new trend for Casual Friday?

Hear the interview with “The Paul & Al Show” on WHJY 94.1 Providence, RI.

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Readers write and thank us

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One of the most rewarding things about running YourNovel.com is hearing from our readers who absolutely love the product.
At first, they are intrigued by the idea of starring together in a romance novel, but then, when they actually get a book in their hands (or an eBook via email), they write back with fabulous comments like this one from Debbie in Jackson, MO:

“Dear YourNovel.com – Wanted to tell you what a great Valentine your book was to my husband. We had a good laugh and were impressed by the size and look of the book. I ordered Heart of the Keys, which was perfect since we had been to Key West years ago. I could actually picture us there again while reading the book. Thank you for delivering the book in a timely manner and helping make it a great Valentine’s Day.”

Thank you, Debbie, for making our day!

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